Thomas French, of Halstead

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Thomas French, lll

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Wethersfield, Essex, England
Death: Died in Halstead, Essex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas French, II and Bridget French
Husband of Anne (Agnes) French
Father of Thomas French, IV; John French; Margaret Hill; Capt. William French; Jerrymya French and 11 others
Brother of Mary French; Elizabeth French; Alice French; Robert French; John French and 2 others
Half brother of Jacob French, Sr. and Rev. George Burrough

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About Thomas French, of Halstead

Thomas French Sr.,his wife and remaining children sailed for New England about 1637 and settled in Ipswich, where he first appears on the record in New England in 1638 with a grant of land:

"25 July 1638 - Granted William Swinden by the company of freeman, Anno 1638, three acres of planting ground lying at the Reedy Marsh, having a lanting lott of Thomas French the Elder on the South and three acres granted to Philip Challis on the north.

25 July 1638 - Memorand, that Richard Lumpkin hath sould unto John Tuttell...Also pcell of medow ground lying at the Reedy Marsh, lately granted and layd out to the sayd Richard Lumpkin, being about fifteen acres...bounded by ten acres of upland of Richard Jacobs on the South, on the North by certaine Lands belonging to Mr. Apleton and Matthew Curren, on the east by medow belonging to Thomas French the elder, on the west by several planting lottes.

22 August 1639 - Granted to Samuel Boreman...Also six acres of planting ground beyond Mudy River, having a planting lott of Mr. Smith's Southeast, and certaine tenn acre lotts of Thomas French the elder, and others, butting upon the Northwest.


  1. Anne Olmstead


  1. John French b: Bet 1594 and 1595 in England
  2. Edward French b: Bef 13 Aug 1598 in Halstead, Essex, England
  3. William French b: Abt 1604 in England



  • Genealogy of the French family Published 1903
  • Pg.3
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • John Stearns of Billerica. He died Nov. 20, 1681, and his widow afterwards married Isaac Mixter of Watertown as his third wife.
  • By wife Ehzabeth 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.


MARRIAGES (2) Spouse Mrs. Anne FRENCH Marriage about 1578 Halstead, Essex, England Spouse Anne (Agnes) OLMSTEAD Marriage 1587 Farnham, Essex, England


This person's information was combined while in Ancestral File. The following submitters of the information may or may not agree with the combining of the information: MICHELE L./BROOKS/ (2198781) HARVEY FRANCIS/DEAN/ (2207593) ROBERT H./MCKEE/ (2210646) TONI RICHARD/TURK (2434752) NEIL H/AIKIN/ (2509159) MARTI/KATZ/ (2519167) MARGARET/BRODYLO/ (2521599) WAYNE D./DAVIS (2631317) STEPHEN/JAY/ (2651436) ROGER F./SCHERGER/ (2651954) FRAN JONES/LIBBY/ (2664815) SCOTT E./HODLMAIR/ (2670217) MARCIA/MATZ/ (2670480) SANDRA LAPRATH/FARMER/ (2676593)


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2016-02-11), entry for Thomas Edward French.

He was born C. 1565 in Wethersfield, Essex, England He was buried 20 Nov 1613 in Halstead

Thomas m. Anne (Agnes) Olmstead in Farnham, Essex, England on 26 Jul 1587


  • Thomas French IV], mentioned in his father’s will of 1613, b. ca. 1587 in Frating, Essex died 1621 as he is not mentioned in his brother William's will. He married Palludia Wood.
*  Mary French, bp. 3 Oct 1591 in Halstead. She married before 1621 to a man named Bacon [16], perhaps Sir Edmund Bacon. Mary d. Aug 1671. They had a son named John Bacon who is mentioned in Mary’s brother’s (Robert) will in 1653. Mary m2. Thomas Peirson on 12 Dec 1649 in Gosfield.
  • Anne French, bp. 21 Sep 1592 in Halstead, d. 11 Feb 1624 in Halstead
  • John French, bp. 14 Nov 1595, m. perhaps Jane Pratt in Halstead in 1631 per Boyd’s Marriage Index. John d. 11 Mar 1638/39.
  • Elenor (Eleanor or Ellen or Elianor or Ellanor) French, bp. 29 May 1597 in Halstead. She m. George Gunter before 26 Nov 1637
  • Edward French, bp. 13 Aug 1598 in Halstead, died 1642.
  • Margaret French, chr. 25 Feb 1598/99 in Halstead. Her father is not mentioned here. She probably died in infancy because a second Margaret was baptized in 1602.
  • Elizabeth French, bp. 26 May 1600 in Halstead
  • Marget (Margret or Margaret) French, bp. 2 Feb 1601/2 in Halstead, m. Samuel Dike, clerk, at Bury St. Mary, Suffolk, 16 Jul 1627
  • William French, bp. 15 Mar 1602/3 in Halstead. He died on 16 May 1621 at age 18 at St. Dunstans-In-The-West, London, England. This is not the William who immigrated to Billerica, MA, in 1635.
  • Robert French, Sr. b. 1608 (according to the age in which he started college) in Halstead, or perhaps 1604/05. Robert m1. Edith ca. 1632. Edith d. 17 Jan 1644/45 [36] giving childbirth to her son Francis in Halstead, born that same day. Robert French m2. Elizabeth Man on 17 Feb 1644 in Gosfield, Essex. Robert’s wife, Elizabeth Man, is mentioned in his will, along with Robert’s children Phillipp, Richard, Elisabeth, Thomas, and Susann. He also mentions the unborn child his wife Elizabeth was carrying at the time he wrote his will in 1653.
  • Francis French (male), bp. 29 Jun 1606 in Halstead, died before 1621
  • Jerrymya (Jemima) (Jemonia) Frynch (female), bp. 21 Nov 1607 in Halstead
*  Dorryty (Dorothy) French [8], bp. 2 Sep 1611 in Halstead, m. Thomas Lewyn before 1642
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Thomas French, of Halstead's Timeline

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