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Anna French (Bowers)

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Death: circa 1744 (51-67)
Derby, New Haven, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. John Bowers and Bridget Bowers (Thompson)
Wife of Francis French, Jr.
Mother of Samuel French; Israel French; Mary Baldwin; Charles French; Hannah French and 2 others
Sister of Mary Nichols; Samuel Bowers; John Bowers, Jr.; Nathaniel Bowers and Barbara Moss
Half sister of Sarah Metcalf; Ruth Frisbie and James Bowers

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About Anna French

  • Full text of "Rev. John Bower, first minister at Derby, Conn., and his descendants"
  • The first clergyman of Derby was Rev. John Bower, who was settled there in 1672 and died in 1688. He was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1649. He was a son of George Bower, or Bowers, found in Scituate, Mass. in 1637, in Plymouth in 1639, and who removed to Cambridge. ............
  • He married at New Haven, Bridget Thompson, daughter of Anthony Thompson of New Haven. Mr. and Mrs. Bower's had at least the following children, perhaps more.
  • Ruth, bapt. 20th Dec, 1657, m. 2nd Dec, 1674, John Frisbie of Branford, and had children — John, 23rd May, 1676; Edward, 24th Jan., 1678; Rebecca, 14th Nov., 1679 ; Hannah, 18th Jan., 1681 ; Samuel, 10th Feb.. 1683 ; Ruth, 6th Dec, 1685, d. 26th May, 1688 ; Joseph, 15th Aug., 1688. As widow and administratrix of her husband, she deeds 20th Jan., 1700, to her son Samuel, with assent of her son John. Mr. Savage says she m. 2nd, William Hoadly.
  • Mary, m. 1682, Samuel Nichols.
  • Samuel, 5th iSTov., 1665.
  • John, born at Guilford, 3rd Dec, 1667.
  • 'Ann, m. 2nd Sept., 1703, Francis French of Derby.
  • Nathaniel. The latter does not appear in Savage's Dictionary, but 29th Dec, 1707, Mrs. Bridget Bower deeds to "my beloved son Nathaniel Bower of Green witch, in the county of Fairfield." He removed to East New Jersey and in the grant for Derby appear the minor heirs of Nathaniel Bower in East New Jersey, deceased. He was Rev. Nathaniel, minister of the first church in Greenwich in 1700. He succeeded Mr. Wakeman at Newark, New Jersey, and was succeeded shortly after Aug., 1716, by Mr. Whittlesey in Newark. He is beyond all question the Rev. Mr. Bower of Rye — in 1696, and remaining there until 1700, when he was "settled" at Greenwich. The period of his stay at Rye was while the people of Rye "revolted" from New York to Connecticut, which revolt apparently arose in considerable degree at least, from religious feeling. In 1700 the town ordered his salary to be paid "in specie as followeth, wheat at five shillings per bushel, and all other provisions pay equivalent." His salary was fifty pounds.
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  • Genealogies from "The History of the old town of Derby, Connecticut, 1641-1880; with biographies and genealogies
  • [Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
  • 2. FRANCIS, son of William French, came to Milford, probably in 1650, with Edward Wooster. who may have been his brother-in-law, and settled in Derby with Wooster in 1654, being then twenty-nine years of age. Here he continued, working to establish his home in the wilderness, until 1661, when, on April 10th, he married Lydia Bunnell, of Milford, and brought her to his home; which constituted the third or fourth family in the plantation. ......................... Children:
  • 10. 'Francis, b. Feb. 11, 1677.
  • 10. 'FRANCIS, JR., son of Francis French, m. Anna Bowers, Sept. 2, 1703, who d. Jan. 11, 1744, and he d. April 11, 1751, aged 74 years. He lived on his father's homestead; was high sheriff of the town; was a man of positive character, and stood high as a Royal Arch Mason. Children:
  • 12. Samuel, b. July 23, 1704.
  • 13. Charles, b. Feb. 14, 1707; d. Nov. 9, 1783, aged 76.
  • 14. Israel, b. Oct. 8, 1709.
  • 15. Francis, b.
  • 16. Mary, b. Feb. 6, 1712.
  • 17. Hannah, b. 1716; m. Abel Gunn 3d for 2d wife.
  • 18. Nathaniel, b. Oct. 28, 1717; d. Nov. 13, 1780 or '81.
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Anna French's Timeline

New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
July 23, 1704
Age 19
Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
October 8, 1709
Age 24
Derby, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
February 6, 1711
Age 26
Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, USA
Age 30
Age 31
Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
October 28, 1717
Age 32
Age 59
Derby, New Haven, Connecticut
September 7, 1925
Age 59