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Mansfield French

Birthplace: Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont, United States
Death: Died in Pearsalls, Queens County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Pearsalls, Nassau County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua French and Grace French (Bassett)
Husband of Austa Malinda French
Father of Eliza Minerva Taylor; Sarah True French; Winchell Mansfield French; Mansfield Joshua French, Jr.; Grace Ruth French and 2 others
Brother of Laura Benedict; Hiram French and Minerva Baker

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About Mansfield French

Name Prefix: REV

REFN: 1214

Winchell Genealogy p 146

"Her husband is spoken of (Silliman's Journal) as the founder of Marietta College, O. He was prevented by failure of the eyes, from finishing his theological course at Gambier. He founded the Episcopal Seminary at Gambier, and held the presidency two years. He then felt impelled to enter the ministry of the M.E. Church; and, after traveling some years, was appointed to the presidency of the Preparatory Department of the Ohio Weslyan University, at Delaware, Ohio. Pending his entrance on the duties of the position, he preached at Chesterville; and his wife had the care of a Seminary there, in which she met with great success in her religious efforts. After this, he raised means to found the Biblical Professionship at Delaware; and then became President of Xenia Female College; and subsequently one of the founders of Wilberforce University. Meantime he and his wife assumed the editorship of "The Beauty of Holiness," which they removed to New York City, and conducted with exceeding success, till the breaking out of the late war. Mr French then enlisted as a Chaplain in the Regular Army. His field of labor was South Carolina. He became deeply interested in the measures which led to the establishment of the Freedmen's Bureau; and has been an intimate cooperator with Gen. O. O. Howard, in securing the requisite legislation, and in the management of the affairs of the Bureau."

Woodlawn Cemetery, NY - Lot 268 LLP, Sec. 59, Area 304

from gedcom received from Nancy Stewart Kyritsis 05/2001

Baptised 23 Sept 1813 as Mansfield by Rev. Abram Bronson in the Zion Protestant Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, VT. He was called Joshua in early boyhood but he never used the name. From the Encyclopaedia Americana 1940, Vol. 12, p. 61: "American Educator, b. Manchester VT, 1810, d. 1876. He was educated at Kenyon College, Ohio, and from 1845 to 1848 was president of the Female College, Xenia, OH. The culmination of his efforts in Ohio was the founding of Wilberforce University, the first college for the colored race, as he had been one of the founders of Marietta College. An ardent abolitionist, he laid before President Lincoln his plans for the education of the negroes as preliminary to their emancipation. The National Freedman's Relief Association was the realization of his views as he had stated them at a mass meeting held in the great hall of Cooper Union, New York, February, 1862. He became the agent of this association and did valuable work for the liberated negroes of the south at Port Royal, SC."

BIOGRAPHY: From, "Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel French, The Joiner, of Stratford Connecticut", Mansfield Joseph French, 2nd Edition, 1940; pp 72-106:




1214 MANSFIELD FRENCH son of Joshua & Grace (Bassett) French

b Feb 21 1810 Manchester Vt; bapt Sept 23 1813 by Rev. Abram Bronson in Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, Vt; communicant Zion Church Aug 13 1826;

d Mch 14 1876 Pearsalls Long Island NY; m Aug 28 1832 Granville Ohio, Austa Malinda Winchell, b Oct 25 1810, Granville O, dau of Silas & Ruth (Rose) Winchell of Granville O; d Oct 25 1880 Brooklyn N.Y.; burials in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City, Lot 268, Section 59.

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Mansfield French's Timeline

February 21, 1810
Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont, United States
September 23, 1813
Age 3
Zion Protestant Episcopal Church Manchester Center VT
January 24, 1834
Age 23
Gambier, Knox County, Ohio, United States
March 28, 1836
Age 26
Gambier, Knox County, Ohio, United States
February 19, 1838
Age 27
Granville, Licking County, Ohio, United States
September 16, 1843
Age 33
Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio, United States
June 1845
Age 35
Homer, Licking County, Ohio, United States
May 1846
Age 36
Amity, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
June 7, 1850
Age 40
Chesterville, Morrow County, Ohio, United States