Samuel French "the Joiner"

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Samuel French

Birthplace: Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England
Death: September 03, 1763 (76)
Huntington, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Huntington, Fairfield County, Conneticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel French and Susanah French
Husband of Mary French
Father of Samuel French; Mary Booth (French); Susanna Deming (French); John French; Anne Beardslee and 5 others
Brother of Jeremiah French

Occupation: Carpenter, Emmigrated to Boston, MA about 6/4/1715
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About Samuel French "the Joiner"

Name Suffix: 2nd the Joiner

BIOGRAPHY: from "Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel French, The Joiner of Stratford Connecticut", Mansfield Joseph French, 2nd ed., 1940; pp 38-49:



BIOGRAPHY: Samuel French of Stratford, Connecticut, called "the joiner", was the son of Samuel and Susannah French, born May 15, 1687 in Bradford Abbas*, County Dorset, England, and baptized June 7, 1687 by Rev. Robert Bartlett, Nonconformist minister, a friend of Rev. Jeremiah French, Samuel's grandfather. Unproven records in possession of descendants of Samuel's son, Jonathan, state that Samuel's wife was Susannah and that they came to America in 1688 with two children, Jeremiah, born July 4, 1681, and Samuel, and that "the rest of the children of Samuel French were born in this Country". No birth date of Jeremiah or the other children has been found in America. Samuel French, senior, may have come over-sea in a ship owned and mastered by his first cousins, Philip French, junior, and Capt. John French. There were sons of Philip French, senior, of Kelshall, modern Kelsale, now a parish in Saxmundham, County Suffolk, England. There were prosperous merchants, with interests in London and New York. A colonial record in New York states that Philip French, junior, "came to New York in June 1689 for the second time". No other record of Samuel or Susannah in America has been found. Yet Samuel may have been in the employ of his cousins, who soon established commercial interests of importance in New York City, married and owned homes. Philip lived in Pearl St., close to the site of Fraunces Tavern of a later date while John lived on the Broad Way near the Bowling Green. It is possible that, when Philip was acquired a large tract of land in East Jersey, on the Raritan River, near the present city of New Brunswick, Samuel and, later, his sons were employed in developing the estate. Philip French, junior, and his son, Philip, 3rd, were interested in the establishment of Trinity Church in New York and in churches for which they gave land in New Brunswick. Samuel, the joiner, may have worked on these churches. He may have married Mary Price in East Jersey. Several Price families were living in the adjoining Morris Co. at that time. A Peter Price was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, N.J., in 1764, and for him Samuel's grandson Peter Price French, born Oct. 15, 1762 in Stratford Conn. May have been named.

However, the record in the Jonathan French family that Samuel, senior, and his wife, Susannah, came to America in 1688 appears to be contradicted by a family tradition related by kinswomen in East Dorset, Vermont, that Samuel (the joiner) came to America from England when his eldest son, Samuel, the 3rd, was four years old. In 1879, Mary5 (French) Cadoret (Samuel4, Andrew3, Samuel2, Samuel1, the joiner) wrote to Rev. William Glenney5 French (Andrew4, Jonas3, Jonathan2, Samuel1, the joiner) of New York that her sister, Catherine (French) Hibbard, writes:- "I think they (French family) came from Huntington, Connecticut, to Vermont.

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Old Cemetery of Huntington


Fairfield County

Connecticut, USA


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Samuel French "the Joiner"'s Timeline

May 15, 1687
Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England
June 7, 1687
Bradford Abbas
Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Stratford, Connecticut, United States
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
March 15, 1724
Age 36
Christ Episcopal Church, Stratford, Fairfield, CT
July 4, 1726
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States