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William French

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Halstead, Essex, England
Death: November 20, 1681 (78)
Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas French, of Halstead and Anne French
Husband of Elizabeth Godfrey; Elizabeth French and Mary Mixer
Father of Francis French, Sr.; Elizabeth Ellis; Samuel French; Mary Hyde; John French and 8 others
Brother of Thomas French, IV; Mary Bacon; Samuel French; John French; Elizabeth Gunter and 11 others

Occupation: Captain, tailor
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About Capt. William French

  • William French
  • M, #39963, b. 15 March 1603, d. 20 November 1681
  • Father Thomas French b. c 1562, d. 27 Jan 1613
  • Mother Anne (Agnes) Olmstead b. c 1565, d. 11 Feb 1624
  • William French was born on 15 March 1603 at Halstead, Essex, England. He married Elizabeth Symmes on 20 November 1628 at Halstead, Essex, England.1,2 William French married Mary Lathrop, daughter of Rev. Thomas Lathrop and Sarah Learned, on 6 May 1669 at Billerica, Middlesex, MA. William French died on 20 November 1681 at Billerica, Middlesex, MA, at age 78.
  • Family 1 Elizabeth Symmes b. 1603, d. 31 Mar 1668
  • Children
    • Elizabeth French+2 b. 5 Sep 1629, d. 21 Jun 1697
    • Mary French+1 b. 1633, d. 27 May 1672
    • Francis French+ b. c 1636, d. 14 Feb 1691
    • Sarah French+1 b. Mar 1638, d. 14 Oct 1694
    • Jacob French b. 16 Mar 1640, d. 20 May 1713
  • Family 2 Mary Lathrop b. 4 Oct 1640, d. a 1735
  • Child
    • Sarah French+ b. 20 Oct 1671, d. Jul 1727
  • Citations
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • [S11597] Ancestry.com, Submitted Stephen Anderson.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1330.htm#i39963

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  • FRENCH, William
  • b. ABT MAR 1602/3 Halstead, England
  • d. 20 NOV 1681 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1623 England
  • Spouse: GODFREY, Elizabeth
  • b. 1606 England
  • d. 31 MAR 1668 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • FRENCH, Elizabeth b. ABT 1631
    • FRENCH, Mary
    • FRENCH, John
    • FRENCH, Sarah
    • FRENCH, Jacob
    • FRENCH, Hannah
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 6 MAY 1669
  • Spouse:LOTHROP, Mary
  • Children:
    • FRENCH, Sarah
    • FRENCH, Abigail b. 14 APR 1673
    • FRENCH, Hannah
    • FRENCH, Mary
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_1f.htm#35

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  • Genealogy of the French family Published 1903
  • https://archive.org/details/genealogyoffrenc00camd
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogyoffrenc00camd#page/n6/mode/1up
  • Pg.3
  • THOMAS FRENCHE*
  • of Wetheisfield, Essex Co., England, died 1599. In his will mentions wife, three children and grandson John, son of son Thomas, and gives to poor of Halsted, of West Wratting, Snetisham, Little Birdsfield and Arkesden.
  • Children.
  • Thomas* m. Anne ; Mary m. John Collins ; Elizabeth m. John Meade
  • THOMAS FRENCH
  • of Halstead, Essex Co., England, died Jan. 27, 1613. Left wife Anne, six sons and several daughters.
  • Children
  • Thomas* m. Miss Wood ; John ; Edward ; Robert ; William ; Francis
  • THOMAS FRENCH
  • of Halstead, Essex Co. Married a daughter of Wood.
  • Children
  • William* born Mch 15, 1603 m. Elizabeth ___ ; Francis Bapt June 29, 1606 ; Jerrymya Bapt Nov. 21, 1607
  • Lieut. WILLIAM FRENCH (or Frenche)
  • who was was our earliest ancestor in the direct line in America, was born in Halsted, Essex Co., England, March 15, 1603. He married Elizabeth ___ , and had four children born in England. He came to America with Rev. Thomas Shepard and his brother Samuel, Roger Harlaksuden, and George and Joseph Cook, in the ship "Defence" in the summer of 1635. He settled first in Cambridge, Mass , and in 1652 was one of the original proprietors and earliest settlers of Billerica, Mass. He was a Lieutenant of the militia and afterwards Captain. Was chosen "to sit in the Deacons seat" 1659. "Comitioner to establish the county rates" the same year ; one of the first selectmen, 1660, and served nine years. Committee to examine children and servants in "reading, religion and the catechism," 1651 ; the first Deputy or Representative of Billerica in the General Court at Boston, 1660, taking his seat in 1663. Evidence of his activity in the cause of Indian instruction is found in a letter wiitten by him to "a godly friend in England," published in London in the famous tract, "Strength Out of Weakness," and afterwards republished in the Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll. 3d S. vol. 4, pp. 149, 196, in which he gives a detailed account of the testimony of an Indian convert. His wife died March 31, 1668, and he married 2d, Mary, daughter of Thomas Lathrop of Barnstable and widow of
    • ( ) Numbers in parenthesis indicate the generation.
    • * Names marked with the star show the direct line of descent of the family in Camden.
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogyoffrenc00camd#page/4/mode/1up
  • John Stearns of Billerica. He died Nov. 20, 1681, and his widow afterwards married Isaac Mixter of Watertown as his third wife.
  • By wife Elizabeth he had ten children :
    • 1 Francis, b. England, 1624 ; m. Lydia Bunnille of Milford
    • 2 Elizabeth, b. England, 1629 ; m. Richard Ellis of Dedham
    • 3 Mary, b. England, 1633 ; m. Jonathan Hides
    • 4 John, b. England, 1635 ; m. Abigail Coggan
    • 5 Sarah, b. Cambridge, March, 1638 ; m. Jonathan Cheak
    • 6 JACOB,* b. Cambridge, March 16, 1640 ; m. Mary Champney
    • 7 Hannah, b. Cambridge, Apr. 12, 1641 ; d. June 20, 1642
    • 8 Hannah, b. Cambridge, Feb. 16, 1644 ; m. John Brackett, Sept. 6, 1661, had 9 children
    • 9 Samuel, b. Cambridge, Dec. 3, 1645 ; d. July 15, 1646
    • 10 Samuel, b. Cambridge, abt. 1648 ; m. Sarah Cummings
  • By wife Mary he had :
    • 11 Mary, b. Billerica, Apr. 3, 1670 ; m. 1st Robert Sharp: 2d Nathl. Duncklee
    • 12 Sarah, b. Billerica, Oct. 29, 1671 ; m. Joseph Crosby of B., May 6, 1691
    • 13 Abigail b. Billerica, Apr. 14, 1673 ; d. Apr. 13, 1674
    • 14 Hannah, b.Billerica, Jan. 25, 1676 ; John Child of Watertown
  • Francis French (2) (Lieut. William) (1)
  • Born in England, 1624, came with his father in the "Defence"; removed to Milford, Conn., about 1650, and four years later was one of the first settlers in Derby, Conn. He married, Apr. 10, 1661, Lydia Bonnelle of Milford and died Feb. 14, 1681. His widow died Apr. 1, 1708.
  • They had :
    • .... etc.

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http://www.timjanzen.com/family/groups/gp125.html#head2

William French

Born: 15 MAR 1603   - Halstead, Essex, England
Marr: CA 1623       - England  			
Died: 20 NOV 1681   - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Father: Thomas French Mother: Anne (Agnes) Olmstead Other Spouses: Mary Lothrop

Wife: Elizabeth Symmes

Born: 1603/1605     - Of Sandwich, Kent, England 
Died: 31 MAR 1668   - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts  

Father: William Symmes Mother: Mrs Symmes

Children (total) = 14

Children with Elizabeth Symmes (10):

Francis French

Born: 1625          - Halstead, Essex, England
Died: 14 FEB 1691   - Derby, New Haven, Connecticut

Elizabeth French

Born: 1625          - England
Died: 27 MAY 1672   - Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts

Mary French

Born: 1632/1633     - England
Died: 27 MAY 1672   - Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts

John French

Born: 1635          - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 7 OCT 1712    - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Sarah French

Born: MAR 1638      - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Marr: 1657(other spouses) - Jonathan Peake
Died: 14 OCT 1694   - Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Jacob French

Born: 16 MAR 1640   - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 20 MAY 1713   - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Hannah French

Born: 2 FEB 1642    - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 20 JUN 1642   - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Hannah French

Born: 16 FEB 1644   - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 9 MAY 1674    - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Samuel French

Born: 3 DEC 1645    - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 15 JUL 1646   - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Samuel French

Born: 3 DEC 1648    - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 4 NOV 1727    - 

Children with Mary Lothrop (4):

Mary French

Born: 3 APR 1670    - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died:               - 

Sarah French

Born: 29 OCT 1671   - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died:               - 

Abigail French

Born: 14 APR 1673   - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Died: 13 APR 1674   - 

Hannah French

Born: 25 JAN 1676   - 
Died:               - 

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Held the military title of Captain. Still researching.

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LIEUT. WILLIAM FRENCH

Immigrant in the "Defence" 1635 from Hartwick

Lieut. William French or Frenche, tailor, son of Thomas and Anne French, born 15 March 1603 at Halstead, Co. Essex, England, died 20 Nov 1681 aged 78 Billerica, Middlesex Co., Ma. William married 1st in England, Elizabeth ( ), born 1603 Canturbury, England and died 31 March 1668 at Cambridge, Ma. The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy by F. A. Virkus, v. 7, p. 852 says William French's wife was Elizabeth Godfrey. William married 2nd to Mary (Lathrop) Stearns, the daughter of Thomas Lathrop of Barnstable, and the widow of John Stearns, she later married Isaac Mixter. William, as shown by the record in the custom house, came with his family in the Defense from London, England in 1635 when he was aged 32, wife Elizabeth 30, Francis 10, Elizabeth 6, Marie 2 1/2, John 5 mo's. In the winter of 1634 he sailed in the "Defense" from Hartwick, but the vessel was driven back by storms and the journey was postponed until summer. Sailing once more proved perilous for the ship sprang a leak, but arrived safely at Boston, Ma. on October 3rd, 1635. Admitted freeman 1636. Educator. He settled first at Newtown where he purchased land in 1639, now called Cambridge. When the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston was organized William was an early member and held the rank of Junior Sergeant in 1643, First Sergeant in 1646, and Ensign in 1650. He also became a member of the militia company at Cambridge of which he was made Lieutenant on March 26, 1647, and later Captain. In 1652/3 he removed to Billerica, eighteen miles north of Boston, where he was one of the original proprietors. Appointed to solemnize marriages. He held many offices of trust, showing that much confidence was placed in him when to hold office was to bear great responsibility. In 1659 he was chosen "to sit in the Deacon's seat", and appointed comitioner to establish the cuntry rates. In 1660 he was one of the first selectmen and served nine years. In 1661 he served on a committee to examine children and servants in "reading, religion, and the catechism." In 1660 he was the first Deputy or Representative of Billerica in the General Court at Boston, taking his seat in 1663. Evidence of his activity in the cause of Indian instruction is found in a letter written by him to "a godly friend in England," the famous tract entitled "Strength out of Weakness" published in London and re-printed by the Boston Historical Society, (Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., 3d S. vol. iv. p. 149-196) in which he gives a detailed account of the testimony of an Indian convert. His land in the town amounted to two hundred and fifty acres, which were increased by subsequent allotments in later divisions.

Children: of William and Elizabeth French

FRANCIS b. Eng. abt 1624, m. Lydia Bunnell

Elizabeth b. Eng. abt. 1629, m. Robert Eliot of Dedham

Mary b. Eng. abt. Jan 1633, m. Nathaniel Dunkler

John b. Eng. abt Feb 1635, bp. by Mr. Hooker in Cambridge

m. Abigail Coggan

Sarah b. Cambridge March 1638, prob. d. young

Jacob b. Cambridge 16 March 1640, d. 20 May 1713 aged 73 Billerica, m. Mary Champney

Hannah b. Cambridge 12 April 1641, d. 20 June 1642

Hannah b. Cambridge 16 Feb 1644,

m. 6 Sept 1661 John Brackett, had nine ch.

Samuel b. Cambridge 3 Dec 1645, d. 15 July 1646

Samuel b. abt 1648, m. Sarah Cummings

Children: of William and Mary French

Mary b. Billerica 3 Apr 1670, m. Mr. Sharp

Sarah b. 29 Oct 1671, m. Joseph Crosby, had twelve ch.

Abigail b. 14 Apr 1673, d. 13 Apr 1674

Hannah b. 25 Jan 1676, m. John Childs

Contact: Susan Dorris dorris@onecliq.net

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He was living in Billerica, MA at the time of the marriage of his son.

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William was probably from Essex and arrived in Boston with Harlakened in 1635, in the "Defence" after a 34-day journey from London. Rev. Hooker was a fellow passenger. He was a freeman at Cambridge 3 Mar 1636, a first settler of Billerica, where he was granted 150 acres in 1652. At Billerica he was a Selectman from 1660-69. He was a member of the committee to examine children and servants in reading, religion and catechism in 1661. He was the first representative of Billerica to the General Court at Boston in 1663. He was lieutenant and captain in the militia. It was thought William was the son of Thomas French of Halstead, Co of Essex, England bap. there in 1603, but this was disproved by Elizabeth French in her article for the NEHGR, "Genealogical Research in England", vo. 65 (July, 1911). William was the author of the Indian tract "Strength Out of Weakness", London 1652, reprinted in 3 Mass Hist Coll, IV; 103. In this letter, written to a "godly friend in England", he details the testimony of an Indian convert to Christianity. He had a brothers, John and Richard, both also of Cambridge and Billerica.In his will dated 5 Jun 1679 he left bequests to his grandchildren, having provided for his children during his lifetime: "to the eldest son of John ffrench to Wm the son of Jacob ffrench to Elizabeth ye Daughter Richard Ellis to Jonathan ye Son of Jonathan Hides, to ye Eldest Daughter of Jonathan Peake, to Marah ye Daughter of Jno Brackett, which are all my grand children". His second wife, Mary, and son, Jacob were executors. Following his death on 20 Nov 1681 an inventory of his estate was taken by Jonathan Danforth, Sr. and Patrick Hill which amounted to ?231.12.10. His will records him as "aged abt. seaventy & six years" and the inventory as "being in his 78 year of his age" at the time of his death. B to check: "NEHGR", Vol. XLIV, 1890, p. 367-372, "Lieutenant William French and his Descendants", John M. French, M.D.

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   7 possible matches found on Ancestry.com Ancestry.com 

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Symmes b: ABT 1605 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co

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Came over to New England on the ship "Defence" with Shepard 1635. In 1652 he went to Billerica, MA. He was a Lt. and Capt. in the militia. nine children with Elizabeth Symmes.

First man chosen to "Deacon's seat" in 1659. Commissioner for country rates 1659. Selectman 1660 (served four years) On committee to examine children and servants for reading, religion, and catechism 1661 first rep. or deputy to general court in Boston 1663. Wrote "Strength Out of Weakness" published first in London, England and then republished in Mass. It is in the Historical Society collection.

He married second Mary Lathrop widow of John Stearns May 6, 1667 and had 4 more children


From: History of the Town of Surry, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, 1769-1922, With a Genealogical Register and Map of the Town, 1925, pp 634

"Lieut. WILLIAM FRENCH, Halstead Mar 15, 1602/3; d. Nov. 20, 1681. He came to America, 1635 in the "Defence"; settled a Cambridge, Mass.; subsequently he rem. to Billerica that state where he was on of the original settlers," and where he was a leading citizen in religious and town affairs. In 1660 he was the first deputy elected to represent that town in General Court at Boston. He was the first deacon in the town chrch, 1661."

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Will of William French

http://ntgen.tripod.com/bw/french_index.html From: The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles, p 208: (Midd. V: 276-278) I William French of Billerica aged about seaventy & six I have already given to all my children that have been already married their portions, I add as followeth to eldest son John French, to Wm. the son of Jacob French, to Elizabeth ye Daughter Richard Ellis, to Jonathan ye son of Jonathan Hides, to ye eldest Daughter of Jonathan Peake, to Marah ye Daughter of Jno. Brackett, which are all my grandchildren.

        Remainder unto my wife, & to those children born to me by her. Wife and Jacob French to be executors. Made 5 June 1679. Presnce of Samll. Whiting Junr., Jonath. Danforth Sen. Proved 20 Dec. 1681.
        8 Dec. 1681. Mary French Executrix to ye Estate of Lt. French her dec'd Husband made oath to Inventory.
        (Midd. XVI: 413) Lt William French of Billerica (Who deceased 20 Nov. 1682) Division of his Estate, the widow one third, to Mary French (now Sharp) eldest dau., to Sarah French, to Hannah French. Dated 6 Dec. 1687.
        The widow's part was set off from the estate of her 1st husband John Stearns, deceased, consented to by Sarah Crosby, Mary Dunklin, Hannah Child, daughters of the within mentioned Wm. French. Dated 20 Aug. 1722. 

other information on this website- Links

Note: References below to "TGM" are for the "The Great Migration", Vol 2, sketch of William French, released in 2001, by Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn. This is the latest and greatest material on William French of Cambridge.

Origins The origins of William French are unknown. I quote another researcher: "There are so many discrepancies and suppositions concerning the English ancestry of William FRENCH that it is best to omit all references to possibilities until such time as the conflicts are resolved." He definitely was not the William French reported in earlier genealogies as baptized in Halstead, Essex, England, on 15 Mar 1603; as a 1637 London, England, will for another William French has been found and proved to be the one born in Halstead. See NEHGR 65:284-86 and TGM.

His origins are reported as unknown in TGM.

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The Immigrant


Born: About 1603-5. Per reference in his will that he was 76 when he made his will in 1679 = 1603. Age on passenger list was 30 in 1635 = 1605. Immigrated: 1635 on the ship Defence, probably with first wife, Elizabeth (___) and four children, ages 5 months to age 10. Embarked probably Harwich, England August 10, 1635, landed Boston, October 2, 1635. On Cambridge Freeman's list of 3 Mar 1635/6.


See passenger list of the Defence Note William is listed in a different section from his family. Note he is shown as servant to Roger Harlakenden. I haven't learned what that was about.... Also note that an Elizabeth French, aged 30, was named once with children and no father; and an Eliza French, aged 32, was named in a different place, directly under William French, servant of Roger Harlankenden... I haven't learned what that is about, either. Was she listed twice? A different woman?? The children listed here do appear to be confirmed later in his will, so this does appear to be his family, but the presentation in this passenger list does raise some questions. This situation is not mentioned in TGM, leading me to believe the above may be a transcription error and that there was only one Elizabeth Lathrop listed on that list.

Occupation: Tailor (TGM) Residence: Landed at Boston, moved within days to Cambridge (1635). Was then one of the founders of Billerica, Middlesex Co, Mass and removed there probably about 1652. (Billerica was called the Shawhine Grant until 1655.) On Freeman's list of 03/03/1635/36.

Spouse: He was married twice:


1) Elizabeth, identity unknown, born about 1605 (aged 30-32 on Defence passenger list, England, died March 31, 1668, in Billerica, Mass. She was about 63 years of age when she died. Ten children born from about 1624-1648.(I have seen references to her surname as both Godfrey and Symmes, but TGM reports her identity as unknown. There was a Sarah Simes on the Defence passenger list with them.) 2) Mary Lathrop (Thomas2, John1), born October 04, 1640 in Barnstable, Mass, her second husband. She was 37 years younger than William French! They married May 06, 1669, when William was approaching 70 years of age, and then they had four children! Mary first married John Stearns and had five children with him. So this household had 14 children and five step-children!!

Mary married Isaac Mixer, Jr. on June 29, 1687, as her third husband, after William French died. Mary outlived Isaac Mixer, Jr. and died sometime after 1735, after she was 95 years old.


Titles, Positions: Was a Selectman for Billerica for nine years. He was sometimes referred to as "Lieut", a role he had in the militia. Died: November 20, 1681, in Billerica, Middlesex Co, Mass

Will/Estate: His will was made June 5, 1679, inventory taken November 20, 1681. William had already provided for his children prior to the time of writing his will. However he did make bequests to his grandchildren. The children from his second marriage, and his wife, participated in the division of the estate.


From: The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles, p 208: (Midd. V: 276-278) I William French of Billerica aged about seaventy & six I have already given to all my children that have been already married their portions, I add as followeth to eldest son John French, to Wm. the son of Jacob French, to Elizabeth ye Daughter Richard Ellis, to Jonathan ye son of Jonathan Hides, to ye eldest Daughter of Jonathan Peake, to Marah ye Daughter of Jno. Brackett, which are all my grandchildren.

        Remainder unto my wife, & to those children born to me by her. Wife and Jacob French to be executors. Made 5 June 1679. Presnce of Samll. Whiting Junr., Jonath. Danforth Sen. Proved 20 Dec. 1681.
        8 Dec. 1681. Mary French Executrix to ye Estate of Lt. French her dec'd Husband made oath to Inventory.
        (Midd. XVI: 413) Lt William French of Billerica (Who deceased 20 Nov. 1682) Division of his Estate, the widow one third, to Mary French (now Sharp) eldest dau., to Sarah French, to Hannah French. Dated 6 Dec. 1687.
        The widow's part was set off from the estate of her 1st husband John Stearns, deceased, consented to by Sarah Crosby, Mary Dunklin, Hannah Child, daughters of the within mentioned Wm. French. Dated 20 Aug. 1722. 

Probable Siblings:


William French administered the estate of John French of Cambridge and was named his brother in those probate records. This John was also a tailor. He may also have been a brother to Richard French of Cambridge. (Lived in vicinity, named a son Samuel, as did William, etc - but no firm proof). Richard is probably the father of Samuel French who married Sarah Cummings (see below and TGM.)


On-line biographies of William French: 

Biography of William French at the Michael Roman Page. Biography of William French and one line of his family, along with English ancestry, at the Stephen Lawson page. (This page has moved. If anyone know where it moved to, please write me. Thanks.)


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Notable Kin

Notable French's include Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and Charles Goodyear, discoverer of the vulcanization process for rubber.

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Sources and Resources Primary Source

 

The primary source for William French is the recently released "The Great Migration", 2001, Vol 2, pp 588-593, by Anderson, Sanborn, and Sanborn. This is a series of books that follows the "The Great Migration Begins", and is a part of the Great Migration Study Project of the NEHGS.

Other Sources


Ancestry of Hattie Whitney, Michael Roman The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles, 1913

History of Cambridge, Massachusetts 1630-1877, Pg 278

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Notes, Questions, Errata


There were several other New England immigrants with the surname French. Be careful out there... lots of opportunity for mixups. NOT son of Thomas French of Halstead, Essex, England. That Thomas French did have a William French born in 1603, but he has been proven to be a William French who died in England and is not our immigrant. See NEHGR 65:284-86 and TGM.

Three Daughters Named Hannah


William had three daughters named Hannah. The first, born 1641, died young. The second, still from the first wife, born 1644, lived to adulthood and married John Brackett. But, she died in 1674, and he then named yet another daughter Hannah, this one from the second wife, Mary Lathrop. She was born 1676, married John Child, and is my ancestor. Samuel French md Sarah Cummings, was probably son of Richard French - not William.


From The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles, 1913. p 207, which shows Samuel as a son of Richard and Martha (___) French of Cambridge: "Proof has not been discovered, of the statement found among written authorities, that Lieut. Samuel French, who m. Sarah Cummings, is the son of Lieut. William and 1st wife Elizabeth (Symmes?) French of Billerica. From the Cambridge Records we find that [a] Samuel, the son of William and Elizabeth French, was b. 3 Dec. 1645, and bur. 15 July 1646, and no other son by the name of Samuel was born to William French in Cambridge. But the Cambridge records do show that Richard and Martha French had a son Samuel b. 13 July 1653."

This conclusion is shared by TGM.


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Subsequent Generations


Thomas French family taken by Indians at the Deerfield Massacre. Thomas French's wife was killed as the Indians took a group of 112 English citizens north to Canada. Thomas and two children were "redeemed" (I guess that means released, probably for ransom, but I don't see details.), two children married Canadians (I don't know if that means they were "sold" to French Canadians or what happened there), and one lived an Indian life. I had this reference here when I thought, based on Bullard, that this Thomas was a grandson of John French of Cambridge, brother of William French of Billerica. It now seems that most believe him to be a descendant of Thomas and Susan (Riddesdale) French of Ipswich (Thomas > John > Thomas m Mary Catlin). If that is true, he's not related to us, but I will leave this link here anyway, as it is fascinating history. Top of Page

Children of William French and of Mary Lathrop:

 

Descendants of William French

 
1   William French 1604 - 1681

.. +Elizabeth (___) 1605 - 1668

........... 2 Francis French 1624 - 1681 ............... +Lydia Bunnell 1643 - 1708 ........... 2 Elizabeth French 1629 - 1681 ............... +Richard Ellis 1629 - 1694 ........... 2 Mary French 1633 - 1672 ............... +Jonathan Hyde 1626 - 1711 ........... 2 John French 1635 - 1712 ............... +Abigail Coggan 1637 - 1662 ........... *2nd Wife of John French: ............... +Hannah Burrage 1643 - 1667 ........... *3rd Wife of John French: ............... +Mary Rogers 1650 - 1677 ........... *4th Wife of John French: ............... +Mary Littlefield 1640 - 1719 ........... 2 Sarah French 1638 - 1694 ............... +Jonathan Peake 1637 - 1700 ........... 2 Jacob French 1640 - 1713 ............... +Mary Champney 1640 - 1681 ........... *2nd Wife of Jacob French: ............... +Mary Convers 1650 - 1686 ........... *3rd Wife of Jacob French: ............... +Mary (___) 1650 - 1709 ........... *4th Wife of Jacob French: << this wife not in TGM ............... +Ruth (___) 1650 - 1730 ........... 2 Hannah (1) French 1641 - 1642 ........... 2 Hannah French 1644 - 1674 ............... +John Brackett 1637 - 1686 ........... 2 Samuel French 1645 - 1646

 *2nd Wife of William French: 

.. +Mary Lathrop 1640 - 1735

........... 2 Mary French 1670 - ............... +Robert Sharp 1670 - ........... *2nd Husband of Mary French: ............... +Nathaniel Duncklee 1670 - ........... 2 Sarah French 1671 - ............... +Joseph Crosby 1671 - ........... 2 Abigail French 1673 - 1674 ........... 2 Hannah French 1676 - 1766 << my ancestor ............... +John Child 1669 - 1748


Since I am also descended from Mary Lathrop, I am half cousin to the descendants of Mary from her first marriage to John Stearns:


Descendants of Mary Lathrop

Descendants of Mary Lathrop
1   Mary Lathrop 1640 - 1735

.. +John Stearns 1630 - 1669

........... 2 Isaac (1) Stearns 1658 - 1659 ........... 2 Samuel Stearns 1659 - 1735 ........... 2 Isaac Stearns 1661 - 1739 ............... +Mary Merriam 1664 - ........... 2 Nathaniel Stearns 1663 - ........... 2 Thomas Stearns 1665 - 1696 ............... +Rebecca Chamberlain 1662 -

 *2nd Husband of Mary Lathrop: 

.. +William French 1604 - 1681

........... 2 Mary French 1670 - ............... +Robert Sharp 1670 - ........... *2nd Husband of Mary French: ............... +Nathaniel Duncklee 1670 - ........... 2 Sarah French 1671 - ............... +Joseph Crosby 1671 - ........... 2 Abigail French 1673 - 1674 ........... 2 Hannah French 1676 - 1766 ............... +John Child 1669 - 1748

 *3rd Husband of Mary Lathrop: 

.. +Isaac Mixer 1630 - 1716


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Kansas Pioneers Lineage

 

Direct Descendants of William French

1   William French 1604 - 1681 b in England 

.. +Mary Lathrop 1640 - 1735 b in Barnstable, Barnstable Co, Mass

2   Hannah French 1676 - 1766 b in Billerica, Middlesex Co, Mass 

.... +John Child 1669 - 1748 b in Watertown, Middlesex Co, Mass ... 3 Mary Child 1700 - 1776 b in Westborough, Worcester Co, Mass ....... +Nathaniel Whitney III 1696 - 1776 b in Watertown, Middlesex Co, Mass ..... 4 Nathaniel Whitney IV 1728 - 1776 b in Westborough, Worcester Co, Mass ......... +Abigail Joslin 1735 - b in Westborough, Mass ........ 5 Abigail Whitney 1763 - 1847 b in Grafton, Worcester Co, Mass ............ +Elijah Bruce 1760 - 1835 b in Westborough, Worcester Co, Mass ........... 6 Abigail Whitney Bruce 1806 - 1884 b in Marlboro, Windham Co, Vermont ............... +Nehemiah Willis Fisher 1805 - 1859 b in Marlboro, Windham Co, Vermont ............. 7 Eleanor Serepta Fisher 1843 - 1924 b in Marlboro, Windham Co, Vermont ................. +Henry Gilbert Baldwin 1836 - 1894 b in Dover, Windham Co, Vermont ................ 8 Arthur Willis Baldwin 1876 - 1961 b in Near Ada, Fountain Twp, Ottawa Co, Kans .................... +Inez Evangeline Hallock 1886 - 1976 b in Near Milo, Lincoln Co, Kans

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Capt. William French's Timeline

1580
July 25, 1580
Bures St. Mary,Suffolk,England
July 25, 1580
St. Mary, Bures, Suffolk, England
July 25, 1580
St. Mary, Bures, Suffolk, England
July 25, 1580
St. Mary, Bures, Suffolk, England
July 25, 1580
St. Mary, Bures, Suffolk, England
1603
March 15, 1603
Halstead, Essex, England
March 15, 1603
Halstead, Co Essex, England
March 15, 1603
Halstead, Co Essex, England
March 15, 1603
Halstead, Co Essex, England
March 15, 1603
Halstead, Co Essex, England