French Family Association

Mara French, P.O. Box 1109, Sutter Creek, CA 95685-1109. 209-267-0649

French House in Braintree, MA. The house’s most prominent resident was Asa French (1775-1853), a trained civil engineer who opened Braintree’s first post office in his house in 1825.

Chart #5, John French, 1622
Braintree, Quincy, and Dorchester, MA

This page updated by Mara French on 3/30/08. Please send Frank Dyer any corrections or additions to this chart.


History and Research

DNA Test for Chart #5

Frank Dyer’s Genealogies of Families of Braintree, Email:
or open the main page and search for French, John. Source: [13]

Photos of the French Family in Braintree, MA (to be supplied later)

John French House in Avon, MA, 1749

Asa French House in Braintree, MA, 1825

Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, MA, by Waldo Chamberlain Sprague


Cemetery Reports

Index of Chart #5

History and Research

John French was first recorded in Dorchester on 27 Jan 1642/3 after his arrival in Boston. He and his wife Grace (Kingsley?) had 9 children: John, Thomas, Mary, Dependence, Temperance, William, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Samuel, all born in Braintree. Some say John was born on 26 May 1612 in England; others say he was born in 1622.  Another says he was born in 1619 in Suffolkshire. Others say he was born in Dorsetshire, England. Some researchers say that John’s wife’s name was Grace Kingsley; others say her surname is unknown.

Mara French has many photos of their land “French Common” in Braintree and of the first Braintree Post Office which they owned – these photos will be added to this website. Both John and Grace are buried at the Hancock Cemetery in Quincy, MA. A more recent stone was dedicated to them.


[1] A History of Old Braintree and Quincy, by William Samuel Pattee, 1879. Search for French on pages 34, 124, 174, 175, 179, 270, 271, 373, 374, 375, 403, 404, 405, 408, 409, 410, 413, 414, 416, 418, 420, 421, 422, 428, 442, 529, 544, 578, 579, 635.

[2] A Brief History of the Town of Braintree in Massachusetts, by Edmund B. Barton, 1940, French on 14 pages.

[3] Jolene Dodge’s Descendants of John French, Email:

[4] Gerry DeRidder,

[5] Barry French,

[6] Lorri French,

[7] A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May 1692, on the basis of Farmer’s Register, by James Savage, former President of the Massachusetts Historical Society and Editor of Winthrop’s History of New England with two supplements in four volumes. Corrected electronic version copyright Robert Kraft, July 1994, with addition of missing pages 422-423 (vol.3) by Warren Wetmore for the file in four sections (the original four volumes), access Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Originally Published Boston, 1860-1862.

[8] The Vinton Memorial: See pages 317-322 for the French Family of Braintree, with an index on p. 497. Photo of B. V. French on p. 193. Biographies of Frenches starting on p. 195.

[9] "The Family, Ancestors, and Descendants of Captain John French of Stoughton, MA" by Sidney French 1870. A descendant of John French of Braintree, FFA Ch. 5. John (1), Dependence (2), John (3), Dependence (4), John (5). 12 pp. 8 1/2 x 11. FFA library F073.

[10] "Family Memorial" by Elisha Thayer, 1835. French Sections extracted p. 54-67, 90-99. FFA Ch. 5.

[10] John French of Braintree, MA, notes on the Frenches in connection with France, England, Ireland, Scotland, and the U.S. by A. D. W. French, 15 pages, 1895. Order through Ms. Iris Watson, Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970, Tel: 508-745-7170, FAX: 508-745-8025.

[11] French Families of New England, extracted from the Genealogy of 14 Families by E. Thayer, 9 p. 1835. Order through Ms. Iris Watson, Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970, Tel: 508-745-7170, FAX: 508-745-8025.

[12] Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640-1793, by Samuel A. Bates, ed. During this period Braintree encompassed the large area that became the modern towns of Braintree, Quincy (1792), Randolph (1793), and Holbrook (1872). This work (1886 reprint) includes information on John French, FFA Chart #5, and verbatim transcriptions of the town meeting records and of the births, marriages, and deaths recorded in the town books. 2 vols., 940 pp., index, paper, #B071. Order from Heritage Books, Inc., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Pl., Suite 303, Bowie, MD 20716.

[13] Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, MA, by Waldo Chamberlain Sprague. Chart #5 by Frank Dyer uses this source as 99% of the data received.

Cemetery Records

Hancock Cemetery in Quincy -- It appears Daniel and Hannah Keith Haskell French deeded the cemetery and a piece of land to be used as a town house to the inhabitants of Quincy back in April 19, 1844. It was to remain as such forever with the understanding that if ever the town of Quincy used it for any other purpose than that intended, the deed would become void. Frenches buried here are Anna Hannah Marsh French, Annie Evelyn French, Arthur French, Charles E. French, Daniel F. French, Eleanor Tompson French, Eleline Phipps, Francis French, Grace Kingsley French, Hannah Keith Haskell French, Henry French, Infant French, John French (2), and Willie French. Photos of all of these gravestones (new stones and engravings) are shown at this website; however, when Mara French was there about 20 years ago, she took photos of the original stones which will be added to this page as soon as they are scanned.