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Susan French (Riddlesdale)

Also Known As: "Susan Riddlesdale", "Susanna Riddlesdale"
Birthplace: Assington, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Riddlesdale and Dorcas Riddlesdale
Wife of Thomas French, Sr.
Mother of Thomas French, Jr.; Alice Howlett; Dorcas Peake; Susan French; Ann French and 4 others
Sister of Richard Riddlesdale; Thomas Riddlesdale; Dorcas Dynes; Joan Mather; Edward Riddlesdale and 2 others

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About Susan French

  • Susan Riddlesdale1
  • F, #70818, b. 20 April 1584, d. August 1658
  • Father John Riddlesdale1 b. 26 Sep 1557, d. 4 Jun 1629
  • Mother Dorcas1 b. c 1560
  • Susan Riddlesdale was christened on 20 April 1584 at Assington, Suffolk, England. She married Thomas French, son of Jacob French and Susan Warren, on 5 September 1608 at Assington, Suffolk, England.1 Susan Riddlesdale died in August 1658 at Ipswich, Essex, MA, at age 74.
  • Family Thomas French b. 11 Oct 1584, d. 5 Nov 1639
  • Children
    • Thomas French+2 b. 27 Nov 1608, d. 8 Aug 1680
    • Alice French+ b. 9 Apr 1610, d. 26 Jun 1666
    • Edward French+ b. c 1612, d. 28 Dec 1674
    • Dorcas French+2 b. 31 Jul 1614, d. 30 Dec 1697
    • John French+3 b. 22 May 1622, d. 1 Feb 1697
    • Mary French+ b. 6 Jan 1624, d. 1 Feb 1697
  • Citations
  • [S11674], Ancestors of Stanley Elmer Allen.
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • [S11597], Submitted by BrownR488.
  • From:


  • b. 20 APR 1584 Assington, Suffolk, England
  • d. 28 SEP 1658 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: RIDDLESDALE, John
  • Mother: Dorcas,
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 5 SEP 1608 Assington, Suffolk, England
  • Spouse: FRENCH, Thomas
  • b. 11 OCT 1584 Bury St. Mary, England
  • d. 5 NOV 1639 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • FRENCH, Thomas
    • FRENCH, Alice
    • FRENCH, Dorcas
    • FRENCH, Susan b. 22 APR 1616 Assington, Suffolk, England
    • FRENCH, Ann b. 1618 Assington, Suffolk, England
    • FRENCH, Margaret b. 1619 England d. 1635 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
    • FRENCH, John
    • FRENCH, Mary
  • From:


  • Susannah Riddlesdale French
  • Birth: Apr. 20, 1584 Assington, Suffolk, England
  • Death: Sep. 28, 1658 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • The daughter of John & Dorcas Riddlesdale, she married Thomas French on Sept. 5, 1608 in Assington, England. Their possible children:
    • 1. Thomas French (1608-1680) m. Mary
    • 2. Alice (French) Howlett (1609-1666) m. Thomas Howlett
    • 3. MARGARET (FRENCH) LAMB ALLEN (my ancestor) (1612-1650), m. EDWARD LAMB & Samuel Allen
    • 4. Edward French (1612-1674) m. Ann
    • 5.Dorcas (French) Peake Crafts (1614-1697) m. Jonathan Peake and Griffin Crafts
    • 6. Ann French (1616 - )
    • 7. Susan French (1616- )
    • 8. John French (1622-1697) m. Freedom Kingsley
    • 9. Mary (French) Smith (1624- 1697) m. George Smith
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Thomas French (1584 - 1639)*
  • Children:
    • Thomas French (1608 - 1680)*
    • Edward French (1612 - 1674)*
    • Dorcas French Crafts (1614 - 1697)*
    • John French (1622 - 1697)*
    • Mary French Smith (1625 - 1697)*
  • Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 54658458
  • From:


  • Specific Ancestral Lines of the Boaz, Paul, Welty & Fishel Families By Adrienne Boaz
  • Pg.489
  • Thomas French (Jacob, Susan) was born in 1584 TH31 or 1585 TH34 in Assington, Suffolk, England BA11, TH34, TH31 and was baptized on October 11, 1584 in Bures St. Mary, on the border of Suffolk and Essex in England TH34. Thomas married Susan Riddlesdale BA11, BE7, L13, TH31 on September 5, 1608 L13, CA12, BE7 in St. Edmund Parish BE7, Assington, Suffolk L13. He was probably the man named Thomas French who was mentioned in the will of John Gurdon, Esquire, of Assington, Suffolk, which was written on December 6, 1621 and proven on October 10, 1623 WA19. John Gurdon bequeathed several parcels of land to his grandson, also named John Gurdon, and one of these parcels was described as "the messuage or farm house wherein on Thomas French doth now inhabit, called Garland's, and lands belonging &c., which I did lately purchase of Sir William Waldgrave, knight, the elder, situate in Assington...." WA19.
  • He, and the remaining members of his family who had not already left for the New World, sailed from England to Boston after 1633 AN3 or circa 1637 TH35, L13, BE6, TH31. The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 did not state the name of the ship which transported the French family, nor did it indicate in which year they traveled, but simply listed their names in "Appendix A; Alphabetical List of Passengers" BA11. He settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts BE7, and owned land at Reedy Marsh in 1638 and 1639 BE6, SC4, which was a planting lot that he owned on or before July 25, 1638 DA12.
  • He died in Ipswich in 1639 TH35, L13, BA11, and the administration of his estate was granted to his widow on November 5, 1639 SH17, TH35, DA12. The court record stated that, by the advice of the Ipswich magistrates, his land was to be sold "for the maintenance of his wife & education of his children, wch are not yet able to p[ro]vide for themselues" SH17.
  • Susan Riddlesdale (John, Dorcas) was said to have been born in about 1587 TH31 or 1588 in England, but she was allegedly baptized on April 20, 1584 in Boxford, Suffolk TH34. Another baptismal record for a child named Susan Riddlesdale, whose father was John, ocurred in Lindsey, Suffolk, less than four miles northeast of Boxford, on September 6, 1584 EN4.
  • Susan was mother of Thomas, Alice, Dorcas, Susan, Anne, Margaret, John, and Mary BE7, L13, DA12, although she may have had nine children TH34. Four of her children, Thomas, Alice, Dorcas, and Susan, sailed for the colonies prior to her own immigration AN3, DA12. All of her children baptized in Assington, Suffolk: Thomas on November 27, 1608, Alice on April 9, 1610, Dorcas on July 31, 1614, Susan on April 22, 1616, Anne on March 15, 1617, Margaret on March 12, 1619, John on May 26, 1622, and Mary on January 6, 1624 DA12.
  • She was enumerated as "Widdow French" in a list of commoners in Ipswich on "the last day of the last month" in 1641 SC4, which would have been in February 1641. A Dorcas "Ridelsdell" was listed as a witness in a defamation case between Richard Smith and Joseph Fowlar in the Ipswich Court on March 30, 1647 CO12; this Dorcas may have been her niece, the daughter of her brother, Edward TH34. While Edward did not immigrate to
  • Pg.490
  • New England, his wife, Mary, died in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, in 1683 TH34.
  • Susan died in August 1658 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts BE7, L13, and her son, John, was granted the administration of her estate on September 28, 1658 DO13. The Ipswich record of her death simply stated, "Susan French, widdow dyed in August, 1658" MA26. A complete list of the items of her estate, which had a value of a mere twelve pounds, was inventoried on March 10, 1658/9 by Robert Lord and Phillip Fowler, and they have been transcribed below TH26:
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.528
  • John Riddlesdale (Henry, Joan) was baptized on September 26, 1557 in Boxford, Suffolk, England TH34. He married Dorcas circa 1583, probably in Assington, Suffolk TH34. John and Dorcas sold several acres of pasture land to John and Faith Gryme of Assington for 120 pounds on January 3, 1613 or 1614 TH34. He was buried adjacent to Dorcas on June 4, 1629 in Assington, Suffolk, England TH34.
  • Dorcas "released her interest in land leased in June 1555 by John and Robert Gurdon for 500 years to John Vigorus the younger" on January 3, 1613 or 1614, and may have been a relative of John Vigorus, who was a clothier of Langham, Essex TH34. Dorcas was the mother of Susan, baptized on April 20, 1584, as well as Richard, Thomas, Joan and Dorcas, who may have been twins, Edward, and John, who were all born in the approximate years of 1586 through 1598, and finally Sarah, who was baptized at Assington on March 2, 1599/1600 TH34. Dorcas was buried on September 24, 1624 in Assington, Suffolk, England TH34.


SUSAN RIDDLESDALE bp 20 Apr 1584 Boxford Suffolk EN; died Aug 1658 Ipswich MA; daughter of John Riddlesdale and Dorcas (unknown). Came to Ipswich MA before 25 July 1638 when he is mentioned in the records.


1. Thomas French

2. Alice French born: Bef 9 Apr 1610, Assington, , SFK, ENG

   * Marriage: Thomas Howlett in 1634
   * Died: 26 Jun 1666, Topsfield, Essex, MA, USA 111
     Children : 
   * Thomas Howlett
   * Sarah Howlett
   * John Howlett
   * Mary Howlett+
   * Samuel Howlett
   * William Howlett
   * Nathaniel Howlett
3. Dorcas French
4. Susan French
5. Anne French
6. Margaret French
7. John French
8. Mary French

Pane-Joyce Genealogy

Family of John Riddlesdale (568) & Dorcas [Riddlesdale]

2001. Susan Riddlesdale. Born ca 1584 in Boxford, Suffolk. Susan was baptized in Boxford, Suffolk, on 20 Apr 1584.99 Susan died in Aug 1658 in Ipswich, MA.99

Will: On the web at

   Estate of Susan French of Ipswich
   Essex Probate Docket # 10189

Administration of the estate of Susan French, deceased, granted 28: 7: 1658, to her son John French. Ipswich Quarterly Court Records vol 1, page 71.

Inventory of the estate of Susan French, widow, of Ipswich, taken Mar. 10, 1658 by Robert Lord and Phillip (his (l) mark) ffowler:

a fetherbed old and small, 2 fether pillows, one old couerlet & blankett, 2£, 18s.; her wearing apparell, 4£; one old chest & box without a lid, an old

Hogshead, 8s.; a linen wheele & 2 chaires, 5s.; and old brase pot & a little ould skillet & little Iron pot, 10s.; 2 pewter dishes poringer & skimer, 8 s.

6d.; 2 paire of old shires, ould brase and other small things, 12s.; an old warmeing pan & frying, 6s.; 2 small trayes, earthen ware & other lumbar,

5s. 6d.; a cowe old, 3£;

total 12 £ 11s. 6d.

Received in Ipswich court Mar. 29, 1659. Essex Co. Probate Files, Docket 10,189

Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts; 1635 - 1681"

In three volumes,The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916, Vol I p.272

Submitted by: Homer Scott

On 5 Sep 1608 Susan married Thomas French, son of Jacob French (1555-11 Nov 1615) & Susan Warren (-1 Aug 1613), in Assington, Suffolk.99 Born ca Oct 1584 in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk. Thomas was baptized in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, on 11 Oct 1584.233 Thomas died in late 1639 in Ipswich, MA.99 Occupation: Tailor. Religion: Thomas was admitted to Boston church as member #128, 1632.

Their children include:

7193 i. Ens. Thomas French (ca Nov 1608-8 Aug 1680)

7194 ii. Alice French (ca 1610-26 Jun 1666)

7195 iii. Edward French (ca 1612-28 Dec 1674)

7196 iv. Dorcas French (ca 1614-30 Dec 1697)

7197 v. Susan French (31 Jul 1614-)

7198 vi. Ann French (15 Mar 1617-)

7199 vii. Margaret French (Died young) (ca 1619/20-Nov 1635)

7200 viii. John French (ca 1622-1 Feb 1697)

7201 ix. Mary French (ca 1624/5-1 Feb 1697)

2002. Richard Riddlesdale. Born ca 1586 in Assington, Suffolk. Richard died in Nov 1610 in Assington, Suffolk. Buried on 6 Nov 1610 in Assington, Suffolk.99

2003. Thomas Riddlesdale. Born ca 1588 in Assington, Suffolk.

2004. Joan Riddlesdale. Born ca 1590 in Assington, Suffolk.99

On 11 Oct 1610 Joan married Richard Mather in Assington, Suffolk.99

2005. Dorcas Riddlesdale. Born ca 1590 in Assington, Suffolk.99 Dorcas died in Dec 1610 in Assington, Suffolk. Buried on 15 Dec 1610 in Assington, Suffolk.99

On 11 Oct 1610 Dorcas married Thomas Dynes in Assington, Suffolk.99 Occupation: yeoman.

They had no children.

2006. Edward Riddlesdale. Born ca 1592 in Assington, Suffolk.99 Edward died in Feb 1630/1 in Assington, Suffolk. Buried on 9 Feb 1630/1 in Assington, Suffolk.99

Edward married Mary [Riddlesdale]. Mary died on 10 Apr 1683 in Rowley, MA.99

Their children include:

7202 i. Edward Riddlesdale (ca 1620-)

7203 ii. Mary Riddlesdale (ca 1621/2-12 Aug 1672)

7204 iii. Sarah Riddlesdale (ca 1623-ca 1704)

7205 iv. Rebecca Riddlesdale (ca 1630-)

2007. John Riddlesdale. Born ca 1594/1598 in Assington, Suffolk. John died in Dec 1602 in Assington, Suffolk. Buried on 10 Dec 1602 in Assington, Suffolk.99

2008. Sarah Riddlesdale. Born ca 1599/1600 in Assington, Suffolk. Sarah was baptized in Assington, Suffolk, on 2 Mar 1599/1600.99

On 20 May 1620 Sarah married Mark Gryme in Assington, Suffolk.99

Mark, of Bures St. Mary.


1. Joan Reifschneider-Jones, "correspondance, research notes, GEDCOM data files, personal communications, Interviewer: researcher" (20 Jan 2002).

2. Joan R. Jones entry, Family Search database, Pedigree Resource File CD 3, submission number 246200-061899160622 (Salt Lake City, UT: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1999).


4. Will on the internet:



On 5 Sep 1608,Susan married Thomas French, son of Jacob French (1555-11 Nov 1615) & Susan Warren (-1 Aug 1613), in Assington, Suffolk. Born ca Oct 1584 in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk. Thomas was baptized in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, on 11 Oct 1584. Thomas died in late 1639 in Ipswich, MA.99 Occupation: Tailor. Religion: Thomas was admitted to Boston church as member.


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Susan French's Timeline

April 20, 1584
Assington, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
Boxford, Assington, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
Boxford, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
Boxford, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
Boxford, Assington, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
Boxford, Assington, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
Boxford, Assington, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
(Boxford) Assington, Suffolk, England
April 20, 1584
Boxford, Assington, Suffolk, England
Boxford, Suffolk, ENG