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Deborah French (Button)

Also Known As: "Wathen", "Deborah Joy"
Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Button and Grace Button
Wife of Walter Joy and Thomas French
Mother of Jacob Joy; Abraham Joyce; Mary Bennett; Isaac Joy; Joseph Joy and 3 others
Sister of Mary French

Managed by: Kimberly Wycliff Bentley
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About Deborah French

Thomas French m2. by 1667 Deborah Button, sister of Mary Button [3] [4]. Some reports say she was Deborah Wathen Joy, widow of Walter Joy of Milton, MA. Deborah was the mother of Thomas’ last two children: Samuel and Abigail. Deborah died May 19, 1717.

Joy, Walter. Walter Joy's wife at Milford was treated by Winthrop, 1657. We are unable to connect him with the Hingham family, and no relationship is known to Peter Joy of Salem. He left little record of himself or family, but for reasons which will presently appear we believe that his wife was Deborah and that she m. (2) Thomas French of Guilford, as his second wife. The first link in the chain of evidence is too the brief record of the estate of Isaac Joy, whose Inv. presented 9 June 1675 showed a small property at Milford and Guilford; he left a mother who lived at Guilford; three brothers and one sister related by the father and mother; and there were two children related by the mother only. A study of Guilford families reveals that Thomas French, between 1660 and 1667, acquired a second wife Deborah, by who he had two children, - Samuel 1667, and Abigail 1669. This answers the requirements of the case perfectly. Furthermore, Thomas French and Deborah his wife, of Guilford, conveyed on 10 Mar. 1678 and also on 21 July 1679, to Joseph Joy of Guilford. ... With regard to the half-brother, Samuel French, Talcott's manuscript history of Guilford families states that he d. young, but nothing to substantiate this has been found except that no record of him after his birth appears in Guilford records. The age of death of Sergt. Samuel French of Strafield agrees with the birth of the Guilford Samuel, and patient search has failed to disclose any other Samuel with whom the Stratfield man can be identified. The eldest dau. of Sergt. Samuel French was named Deborah, as was also the eldest dau. of Jacob Joy; and this is what we should expect if Deborah was their mother. We therefore conclude that Walter Joy m. Deborah _____, who m. (2) Thomas French ( Deborah (_____) (Joy) French perhaps m3. John Jordan and d. in 1677. John Jordan and Deborah his wife of Guilford conveyed to John French [stepson of Mrs. Deborah French], 12 Apr. 1677; Jonathan Pitman witnessed the deed, which states that Deborah died before the ensealing and delivery. [Guilford Deeds]).

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  • Birth: 1622 in Wiltshire, England
  • Death: 1677 in Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

Daughter of: George (1597 - 1642) Margery (Hayward) Worthen (1593 - 1644) wife of Walter Joy. She married Walter Joy (1625 - 1665) on September 17, 1644 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.


  • Mary Joy Bennett (1647 - 1684)*

Burial: Unknown

  • Created by: In Search Of
  • Record added: May 07, 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 110130896

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Deborah French's Timeline

March 13, 1624
Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 4
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America
April 1636
Age 8
Age 12
Virginia Colony
Age 19
Milford, New Haven Colony
Age 22
Age 29