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Chart #57, Edward French, 1737
(combined with former Chart #44)
FrenchÕs Cove, Bay Roberts, Harbour
Grace, and Bareneed,
New Westminster, British Colombia, Canada
This chart updated by Mara French on 9/8/13. Numbers in brackets [ ] show sources and refer to the bibliography at the end of this chart. An asterisk (*) shows continuation of that line. Send any corrections or additions to this chart to firstname.lastname@example.org. Revisions: 2009, 2011, 2013.
1.1* Edward French, b. ca. 1680, and is listed in the microfilm copy of the Edward French Shipping Co. log . He lived in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. FrenchÕs Cove was named after the Edward French family who claimed land here going back to 1634, perhaps the grandfather of Edward.
FrenchÕs Cove, 1920.
FrenchÕs Cove is named after the Edward French family
who claimed land here going back to 1634.
The remains of a fishing settlement are barely visible to the eye today, below.
1.2* Stephen French and is listed in the microfilm copy of the Edward French Shipping Co. log .
1.3 Ioan French is listed in the microfilm copy of the Edward French Shipping Co. log as dying on 31 Sep 1737 . His name is pronounced Yo-Ann and is Welsh for John.
A microfilm copy is available through LDS Family History Centers, Microfilm #1887634. The log is for several ships and covers from the early 1700s to ca. 1800. It includes several birth entries for the FRENCH family as well as one marriage and one death entry.
Below is my transcribed summary, (but I welcome any corrections, additions, etc). From Carolyn Kelly, email: Carolyn.Kelly@Rogers.com.
Note: This outline was researched to the best of my ability, but as it was a difficult task, I make no claim that it is correct. Please use it just as a guide. Mara French, email@example.com.
Name Date Parents Birth Gen
Mary French September 12, 1763 Edward & Elizabeth 4
Edward French August 11, 1766 Edward & Elizabeth 4
William French August 14, 1768 Edward & Elizabeth 4
Gordon French July 29, 1770 Edward & Elizabeth 4
Samuel French May 1, 1772 Edward & Elizabeth 4
John French July 11, 1774 Edward & Elizabeth 4
Abraham French February 16, 1778 Edward & Elizabeth 4
Ioan French (John) (illegible) Edward & Elizabeth 4
Nathaniel French (illegible) Edward & Elizabeth 4
Elizabeth French 1747 3
Mary French May, 1749 3
William French 1753 3
John French 1755 3
Thom French 1758 3
William French 1709 Edward 2
Mary French September 16, 1718 Stephen? 2
Elizabeth French March 1, 1786 Edward & Patchene 5
Dycanner French March 1, 1788 5
Koblif French November 9, 1792 5
John French May 1, 1796 5
Samuel French April 29, 1801 5
William French married November 2, 1733 (spouse's name is not legible)
Ioan French (John), September 31, 1737
From Lloyd Rowsell, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. His remarks are in brackets [ ] .
"From the IGI files I have viewed microfilm of documents confirming that the Edward French family operated a West Indies Shipping & Trading Company out of Bay Roberts during the period abt. 1700 to 1810. [During a snowstorm in January 2002], I read microfilm [1935 handwritten transcription record] of a document in the Newfoundland Archives [originally] dated April 21, 1636 mentioning a Richard French a skillful Marryner and recommending commission to take Pirattes to be granted to Capt. French.
Newfoundland Ship registers confirm that my ancestors built and owned sailing vessels in the late 1700s and later mastered fishing and sealing schooners up until abt. 1860. Other Russell / Rousell relatives in Newfoundland built, owned and operated fishing and trading schooners until the 1940s and some are active in the fishing business today."