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Thomas French, Jr.

Birthplace: Assington, Suffolk , England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas French, Sr. and Susan French
Husband of Mary French
Father of Sarah French; Thomas French, III; Mary Smith; Samuel French of Ipswich; John French and 4 others
Brother of Alice Howlett; Dorcas Peake; Susan French; Ann French; Abbe French and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer, tailor, Tailor
Managed by: Private User
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About Thomas French, Jr.

  • Thomas French1
  • M, #61985, b. 27 November 1608, d. 8 August 1680
  • Father Thomas French1 b. 11 Oct 1584, d. 5 Nov 1639
  • Mother Susan Riddlesdale1 b. 20 Apr 1584, d. Aug 1658
  • Thomas French was born on 27 November 1608 at Assington, Suffolk, England.1 He married Mary Scudamore, daughter of William Scudamore and Frances Lechmere, circa 1630.1 Thomas French died on 8 August 1680 at Ipswich, Essex, MA, at age 71.1
  • Family Mary Scudamore b. c 1595, d. 6 May 1681
  • Children
    • Ephraim French+1 b. 2 Mar 1633, d. Sep 1716
    • Thomas French+2 b. c 1635, d. 14 Dec 1661
    • John French+3 b. Feb 1635, d. 15 Mar 1706 or 25 Jan 1707
    • Mary French+1 b. c 1643, d. 2 Sep 1676
  • Citations
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • [S11597], Submitted by iankate2.
  • [S11597], Submitted by JoanGardner1948.
  • From:


  • b. ABT 1612 England
  • d. 6 MAY 1681 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1630
  • Spouse: FRENCH, Thomas
  • b. 27 NOV 1608 Assington, Suffolk, England
  • d. 8 AUG 1680 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: FRENCH, Thomas
  • Mother: RIDDLESDALE, Susan
  • Children:
    • FRENCH, Thomas
    • FRENCH, John
    • FRENCH, Samuel b. ABT 1639 Ipswich, Essex, Mass. d. 1688 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
    • FRENCH, Ephraim b. ABT 1643 Ipswich, Essex, Mass. d. SEP 1716 Enfield, Hartford, CT.
  • From:


  • Specific Ancestral Lines of the Boaz, Paul, Welty & Fishel Families By Adrienne Boaz
  • Pg.489
  • Thomas French (Jacob, Susan) was born in 1584 TH31 or 1585 TH34 in Assington, Suffolk, England BA11, TH34, TH31 and was baptized on October 11, 1584 in Bures St. Mary, on the border of Suffolk and Essex in England TH34. Thomas married Susan Riddlesdale BA11, BE7, L13, TH31 on September 5, 1608 L13, CA12, BE7 in St. Edmund Parish BE7, Assington, Suffolk L13. He was probably the man named Thomas French who was mentioned in the will of John Gurdon, Esquire, of Assington, Suffolk, which was written on December 6, 1621 and proven on October 10, 1623 WA19. John Gurdon bequeathed several parcels of land to his grandson, also named John Gurdon, and one of these parcels was described as "the messuage or farm house wherein on Thomas French doth now inhabit, called Garland's, and lands belonging &c., which I did lately purchase of Sir William Waldgrave, knight, the elder, situate in Assington...." WA19.
  • He, and the remaining members of his family who had not already left for the New World, sailed from England to Boston after 1633 AN3 or circa 1637 TH35, L13, BE6, TH31. The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 did not state the name of the ship which transported the French family, nor did it indicate in which year they traveled, but simply listed their names in "Appendix A; Alphabetical List of Passengers" BA11. He settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts BE7, and owned land at Reedy Marsh in 1638 and 1639 BE6, SC4, which was a planting lot that he owned on or before July 25, 1638 DA12.
  • He died in Ipswich in 1639 TH35, L13, BA11, and the administration of his estate was granted to his widow on November 5, 1639 SH17, TH35, DA12. The court record stated that, by the advice of the Ipswich magistrates, his land was to be sold "for the maintenance of his wife & education of his children, wch are not yet able to p[ro]vide for themselues" SH17.
  • Susan Riddlesdale (John, Dorcas) was said to have been born in about 1587 TH31 or 1588 in England, but she was allegedly baptized on April 20, 1584 in Boxford, Suffolk TH34. Another baptismal record for a child named Susan Riddlesdale, whose father was John, ocurred in Lindsey, Suffolk, less than four miles northeast of Boxford, on September 6, 1584 EN4.
  • Susan was mother of Thomas, Alice, Dorcas, Susan, Anne, Margaret, John, and Mary BE7, L13, DA12, although she may have had nine children TH34. Four of her children, Thomas, Alice, Dorcas, and Susan, sailed for the colonies prior to her own immigration AN3, DA12. All of her children baptized in Assington, Suffolk: Thomas on November 27, 1608, Alice on April 9, 1610, Dorcas on July 31, 1614, Susan on April 22, 1616, Anne on March 15, 1617, Margaret on March 12, 1619, John on May 26, 1622, and Mary on January 6, 1624 DA12.
  • She was enumerated as "Widdow French" in a list of commoners in Ipswich on "the last day of the last month" in 1641 SC4, which would have been in February 1641. A Dorcas "Ridelsdell" was listed as a witness in a defamation case between Richard Smith and Joseph Fowlar in the Ipswich Court on March 30, 1647 CO12; this Dorcas may have been her niece, the daughter of her brother, Edward TH34. While Edward did not immigrate to
  • Pg.490
  • New England, his wife, Mary, died in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, in 1683 TH34.
  • Susan died in August 1658 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts BE7, L13, and her son, John, was granted the administration of her estate on September 28, 1658 DO13. The Ipswich record of her death simply stated, "Susan French, widdow dyed in August, 1658" MA26. A complete list of the items of her estate, which had a value of a mere twelve pounds, was inventoried on March 10, 1658/9 by Robert Lord and Phillip Fowler, and they have been transcribed below TH26:
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.528
  • John Riddlesdale (Henry, Joan) was baptized on September 26, 1557 in Boxford, Suffolk, England TH34. He married Dorcas circa 1583, probably in Assington, Suffolk TH34. John and Dorcas sold several acres of pasture land to John and Faith Gryme of Assington for 120 pounds on January 3, 1613 or 1614 TH34. He was buried adjacent to Dorcas on June 4, 1629 in Assington, Suffolk, England TH34.
  • Dorcas "released her interest in land leased in June 1555 by John and Robert Gurdon for 500 years to John Vigorus the younger" on January 3, 1613 or 1614, and may have been a relative of John Vigorus, who was a clothier of Langham, Essex TH34. Dorcas was the mother of Susan, baptized on April 20, 1584, as well as Richard, Thomas, Joan and Dorcas, who may have been twins, Edward, and John, who were all born in the approximate years of 1586 through 1598, and finally Sarah, who was baptized at Assington on March 2, 1599/1600 TH34. Dorcas was buried on September 24, 1624 in Assington, Suffolk, England TH34.


Son of Thomas and Susan (Riddlesdale) French [1]


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Thomas French, Jr.'s Timeline

November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk , England
November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk, England
November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk, England
November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk, England
November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk, England
November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk, England
November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk, England
November 27, 1608
Assington, Suffolk, England
Age 21
Abt. 1631