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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 email@example.com. Revisions: 2009, 2011, 2013.
Children of John French, 5.1
6.1 Edward French, b. ca. 1843, mentioned in his grandmotherÕs will, Mary French, of 1852.
6.2* John French, b. 1845, m. Jane Lacey on 18 Nov 1873 at St. MarkÕs CoE Church in Bareneed, Port de Grave. Witnesses were James Lacey and Tryphena Newell . He is mentioned in his grandmotherÕs will, Mary French, of 1852. He was known as Skipper John who died in a terrible storm at sea, on sight of shore, while many of the townspeople watched in anguish at the fate of all on board but the one survivor.
Children of Joseph French and Grace Boone, 5.3
6.3* Abram French, b. ca. 1832, d. 1869, mentioned in his fatherÕs will of 1851. Abram m. Mary Newell on 25 Nov 1858, who was b. May 1836 in The Dock, Bareneed, Conception Bay, NL, the dau. of James and Margaret Newell.
This information is from William F. Mugford, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and needs further research to make sure this information belongs here.
In the Bareneed C of E marriages (1851-1863):
Married on Nov 25, 1858 at St. Mark's Church of England Church at Bareneed, CB. Abraham French and Mary Newell. Abraham was listed as a bachelor of "the Dock", Bareneed, CB and Mary was a spinster of the same place. The witnesses were: Ann Newell, Elizabeth French, Jacob Newell, John French, Abraham Newell. They all signed with an "X"
In the burial records for Port-de Grave, Bareneed, Conception Bay, Newfoundland (1828-1869) the burial of Abraham French on Sep 10, 1867. Record #312. His widow later remarried.
Children of Edward French, 5.7
6.4 Mary French, mentioned in her grandmotherÕs will, Mary French, of 1852. She may have been the Mary French who m. Francis Bradbury on 2 Dec 1841 in Bay Roberts or John Bradbury on 6 Jun 1856 in Bay Roberts.
6.5 Edward French, mentioned in his grandmotherÕs will, Mary French, of 1852.
6.6 Thomas French, mentioned in his grandmotherÕs will, Mary French, of 1852.
6.7 Grace French, mentioned in her grandmotherÕs will, Mary French, of 1852. She m. Thomas Boone, widower, on 28 Dec 1848 in Bareneed. Grace was also a widow.
6.8 Joseph French, mentioned in his grandmotherÕs will, Mary French, of 1852.
Children of Edward French, 5.8
6.9 William French, mentioned in his fatherÕs will of 1839.
Children of John French and Amy Batten, 5.11
6.10* Stephen Augustus French Sr., b. 1837 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 19 May 1915 in ColeyÕs Point and is buried at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Cemetery. He was the son of John French of ColeyÕs Point who was b. 12 Mar 1810 in Brigus. He m. Mary Ann Stevens whose name is in StephenÕs will of 1916. They married on 12 Dec 1869 in Bareneed, ColeyÕs Point per the Newfoundland Parish Records of Port de Grave. Mary Ann StevensÕ sister, Fanny Stevens, also married a French – John French, after her first husband Robert Rumbolt died or left – he was the son of Robert French of ColeyÕs Point.
Will of Stephen French from Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 397-398 probate year 1916
In re STEPHEN FRENCH deceased.
I, Stephen French of John, of ColeyÕs Point, in the Island of Newfoundland, fisherman, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, And as to my worldly estate, and all the property, real personal, or mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit: I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary Ann French my house, furniture, outhouses and all my land situated on the south side of the brook running into Long Beach Pond, and bounded on the North by said Brook, on the south by a road, separating my estate from Jacob Morgan Estate, on the east by Isaac CurnewÕs land, and on the west by RowsellÕs Estate, to have and to hold the same during the term of her natural life, and after her decease, this said house, furniture, outhouses, and said land shall become the property of my youngest son Charles Samuel French, to have and to hold the same to his heirs and assigns for ever.
I give devise and bequeath to my other three sons Stephen French, James Henry French and Reuben French all that piece or parcel of land situated on the North side of the main road known as the Brigus Road and extending sixty yards along said road, and bounded on south by Brigus Road, on the North by MarleÕs estate, on the west by land belonging to my son Reuben French and on the east by the estate of John, William and Elijah French, to be evenly and equally divided between my said sons Stephen French, James Henry French and Reuben French to have and to hold the same to their heirs and assigns for ever.
And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my said sons William John French & Chas. Saml French to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I the said Stephen French, have to this my last will and testament, subscribed my name and affixed my seal this ninth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen. Stephen his X mark French Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Stephen French, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto Witnesses: James Norman. W.H. Greenland.
Correct, Charles H. Emerson Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
6.11 Reuben French, b. 1 Sep 1844 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada,.
6.12 Patience French, b. 1846 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 6 Nov 1931 at age 85.
6.13 Leah French, b. 13 Jun 1850 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 30 Oct 1931 in Montclair, Essex Co., NJ.
1934 MAY 01 French, Leah distribution of estate - entire
Leah French (1850-1931) left Canada and wound up very well off in Montclair, NJ USA by the time of her death in 1931. It appears she never married, and I cannot find what her occupation was. But she left an estate naming many Frenches as heirs. I am uncertain how some of tthose named are related. Document courtesy of M Gregory of Vermont USA.
6.14 Caroline Irene French, b. 13 Apr 1853 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 22 Sep 1931 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
6.15 Emma Jane French, b. 26 Aug 1859 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 16 Aug 1915 in Ontario, Canada. She m. Wilcox. She died 16 Aug 1915 at age 53, states that she was a married housewife and that her parents were John and Emma French. John French may be the one who m. Emma Jane on 17 Dec 1841 of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; several men named John could be this one – we need a lot more research; see 5.1 and 5.11. IÕll do more research on this problem for the next update, or if you have an answer, please email me at email@example.com.
6.16 Jacob French, b. 1 Nov 1859 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 31 Jan 1890 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
6.17* Esau French, b. 19 Nov 1862 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 6 Nov 1931 at ColeyÕs Point, Harbour Grace District, Newfoundland. He m. Sarah Patience Earl on 18 May 1892 at ClarkÕs Beach, District of Port Grave, Newfoundland; the daughter of William Earl and Tryphena Mercer. Esau was listed as a fisherman and Sarah was listed as a servant. The service was performed at the Reformed Church of England Parsonage by Rev. William Goodchild. Sarah was b. 3 Sep 1869 in Country Road, Port De Grave District, Newfoundland and d. 30 May 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The twins are Sarah FrenchÕs grandchildren, children of her son Edgar Garfield French, William and Wallace French. Twins were born in 1941; photo above taken ca. 1939.
St. John, the Evangelist, ColeyÕs Point, built in 1898-99, a later church than the French family knew.
The Church Hall for St. John the Evangelist is located about ¼ of a mile to the west of the Church.
From an article by Harold Dawe, Rector's Warden, St. John the Evangelist and based on a comprehensive history of St. John the Evangelist written by Albert French in 1981. The history offers vivid and detailed information. Copies are available at the rectory.
6.18 James French, b. 1882 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, d. 1891.
Children of, Abraham French, 5.12
6.19 Charles French.
6.20* Abraham French, b. 1842, d. 29 Aug 1903. He m. Patience Louise Crane.
Will of Abraham French from Newfoundland will books volume 7 page 348 probate year 1904
i. Abraham French, 1842-1903 "If anyone has any information on the parents or siblings of this Abraham French please contact: Sam.Rosenberg@Rogers.com and/or Rondadwyer46@hotmail.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Abraham French was born in Bay Roberts in 1842 and died August 29, 1903 in St. JohnÕs, NL
He left a will which is listed in the Newfoundland Supreme Court Index of Wills as being in Vol 5. p451, but we actually found it in Vol 7, p 348 as listed in http://ngb.chebucto.org/Wills/nfwillsf.shtml. We viewed a microfilm copy at the Family History Center, film #2070897.
He names three sons: Charles, Abram and Samuel. But we know he also had another son named George, who died in 1901. He also had 6 daughters who were not mentioned in the will: Emma, Isabelle, Helen, Patricia, Elizabeth, and Francais. His wife, Patience Louisa Crane, is mentioned in the will but not by name.
The last will of Abraham French late of Bay Roberts, Planter, deceased. In the name of God. Amen. I Abraham French Planter of Bay Roberts in the district of Harbor Grace being of a sound and disposing mind do make my last will and testament. All my land which my house is standing on I beaqueth it for my two sons Charles and Abram French, my son Charles French is to have the wester half and on wich is house is now standing upon. My son Abram is to have the Easter half and my Dwelling House and out house wich is standing on my son Charles land. My son Charles is to have the use of the outhouse as long as he lives or until he gets outhouses of his owne My wife is to live in my house with my son Abram as long as she remains unmarried and to have the use of all my House Hold effects. I bequeath to my cow and calf to be her own personal property. I also bequeath to my tow sons Charles and Abram my horse with all Drags Slides and other Horse gear to be used by them as long as they both shall live or get a Horse each of their own and that they air to agree in all things. My land down the Harbour, should my son Samuel come to Bay Roberts to settle down and live he is to have it for his oune personal property, but while he remains away that land is to be the property of my two Charles and Abram and to be eaqueally devided between them. Abraham French Signed by witness William Crosdell. John Tobas. Arch W. Hiscott Bay Roberts. 26 August 1903. I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of Abraham French. D. M. Browning, Registrar
6.21 Samuel French, moved away from Bay Roberts before 1903 when his father died.
6.22* George French, b. 17 Aug 1843, d. in 1901. The following information was submitted by Pat Bunten-Walberg, email: email@example.com, and needs further research to make sure this is the correct George French. He m. Mary Sheppard.
GEORGE FRENCH, b. Aug.17, 1843 Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, m. Nov. 16, 1869 Harbour Grace, to MARY SHEPPARD, b.1843 in Harbour Grace. They had 9 children, all born in H.G.: 1) Belinda (Bell) French (m. John Twambley), b.1871, d.1925, 2) Mary Jane French (m. Simeon Janes), d. abt.1930, 3) ALICE FRENCH (my G.Grandma), b. 1873 Nfld. / d. 1942 Quebec, m. Ernest Marlow in Quebec abt. 1895, they had 8 children: - George Marlow, - Rose Marlow - Ruby Marlow - Alma Jean Marlow, - Linda Marlow , - Rhoda (My Grandmother), - Kenneth, - Patricia Marlow (b. 1916 / d. 1952 Quebec), buried at Mount Royal Cemetery, In Quebec 4) Else Maude French (m. Alex Clark), b.Nov.14,1890, 5) William "Kenneth" French (m. Agnes Twigg), b. Mar.25,1887, 6) George "Wallace: French, b.Sept.28, 1884, 7) Ambrose French, b. Nov.25,1882 (?), 8) Rachael French, b. July19, 1882 (?), 9) Emily French, b.1870.
6.23 Emma French, not mentioned by name in her father AbrahamÕs will of 1903.
6.24 Isabelle French, not mentioned by name in her father AbrahamÕs will of 1903.
6.25 Patricia French, not mentioned by name in her father AbrahamÕs will of 1903.
6.26 Elizabeth French, m. John Richards on 11 Jun 1860, not mentioned by name in her father AbrahamÕs will of 1903.
6.27 Francais French, not mentioned by name in her father AbrahamÕs will of 1903.
Children of Charles French and Jane, 5.13
6.28 Sarah French, b. 1842.
Children of Edward French, 5.14
6.29 William French, mentioned in his fatherÕs will of 4 Aug 1839. In this sentence it is difficult to tell who had the will – was it Edward or William? William French, son of Edward French, whose 4 Aug 1839 will mentions his son William. It also mentions that his father was William French. More research is also needed on whether or not this William could have married Jane Caldwell, dau. of William Caldwell (1769-1835) and Elizabeth Marshall, b. 1777, who marriage took place on 8 Nov 1832, CE Cathedral, St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, who had children Frederick, b. ca. 1853, and Elizabeth. From the dates of these children, one would assume the will of 4 Aug 1839 was EdwardÕs will. Descendant of this line: Clayton H. Heathcock, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://heathcock.org/, 5235 Alhambra Valley Road, Martinez, CA 94553, 925-997-9542.
Children of Isaac French and Mary Jemima, 5.15
6.30 William John French, mentioned in his fatherÕs will of 9 May 1891. No other child is mentioned.
Children of William (or John?) and Penelope (Penny) French, 5.19
6.31* William John French, b. Sep 1829 in Bareneed, Newfoundland, Canada, d. Sep 1910 in ColeyÕs Pt. William John French was the son of John French. He m. Elizabeth Snow ca. 1864. She was b. 4 Nov 1838 in Bareneed, d. 11 Nov 1924 in ColeyÕs Pt., Newfoundland  . He was the son of John French of ColeyÕs Point. He was accidentally killed while following his occupation in the lumber woods in the state of Maine. – so, he is not the son of William & Penny.
Bareneed, Newfoundland, Canada. Another record shows ÒaÓ William French, m. 15 Jan 1868 in Bareneed, a widower, Rachel Lacey, a widow at The Dock in Bareneed.
French Family Cemetery in Bareneed, Newfoundland.
6.32 James French . May or may not be this James, but there is for sure a James here. In the following will, he m. Anne and does not mention any children in his will. He died in 1885.
Will of James French from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 390 probate year 1885
In re James French deceased.
I James French of St. JohnÕs Dealer hereby revoke all wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Anne French for her support and maintenance during her lifetime all the rents issues and profits of all my houses lands goods chattels and effects of what nature or kind soever of which I may die possessed. After the decease of my said wife I give devise and bequeath all my money houses goods chattels and effects to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. JohnÕs for Masses to be celebrated for the repose of my soul and that of my said wife. I appoint the Reverend Michael F. Howley DD executor of this my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand at St. JohnÕs aforesaid this 25th day of June A.D. 1885. James his X mark French. Signed published and declared by the said James French as his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses (the same having been first read over and explained to the said James French) the word ÒmyÓ having been first inserted on 13th line. M.H. Carty, J.J. OÕReilly.
Certified correct, D. M. Browning Registrar
6.33 John French . He may have been the John French who m. Jane Bradbury on 16 Nov 1862 in Bay Roberts.
6.34 Henry French .
6.35* Robert French , m. Elizabeth. The Robert in this will d. 1926.
Will of Robert French (could be another Robert French)
from Newfoundland will books volume 13 page 428 probate year 1926
IN RE: ROBERT FRENCH. DECEASED Know all men present that I Robert French do give to my grandson Ernest Allan Greenland son of Martha Jane all my land cleared and uncleared dwelling house and out houses and all my cattle and all that I have in my possession after myself and my wife Elizabeth are deceased and if Ernest Allan Greenland should die before us the land and all the property remains ours the same
Given the ninth of June in the year of our Lord one thousand nine and nine.
ROBERT X FRENCH
Witnesses ) Albert Greenland ) Stephen Greenland
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this
will the following)
Fiat Sept 18/26. Kent J. Adm C. T. A. granted to Martha J. Ryan. Sept 20/26. Estate sworn at $233.50
6.36 Elizabeth French . She may have been the Elizabeth French who m. James Bradbury on 29 Dec 1875 in Bay Roberts.
Children of Benjamin French and Mary Anne Bartlett, 5.20
6.37 Mary French, b. 15 Feb 1832, d. 24 Jul 1910 at age 78, m. Christopher Bishop on 23 Nov 1854 in Bay Roberts, ColeyÕs Point, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, at St. MatthewÕs Church (Anglican), and had quite a few children.
6.38* John French, b. 4 Oct 1835, died at sea on 19 Apr 1881, m. Hannah Mary Snow on 8 Dec 1861 at St. Matthews Church, Bay Roberts, Newfoundland. They had at least 6 children.
6.39 Ann French, b. 16 Sep 1838, m. John Tippett or Typett.
6.40 Emma French, b. 20 Nov 1841, m. George Pack of Bay Bulls.
6.41* Abraham ÒAbramÓ French, b. 21 Feb 1844 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada, d. 1 Apr 1922 in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Canada, m. Mary Jane Dawe. Headstone of Abram and Mary in Newfoundland, died 1 Apr 1922. Mary was b. ca. 1843 in ShipÕs Cove, Newfoundland, Canada and d. 8 Feb 1895 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada. They were married on 10 May 1871 at Port de Grave, Newfoundland, Canada, which states Abraham was from ColeyÕs Point and Mary was from ShipÕs Cove. She was the daughter of Jacob and Anne Dawe.
6.42 Selena French, b 17 Jul 1846, d. 1866 (never married).
6.43 Elizabeth French, b. 29 Sep 1848, d. 1906, m. William Batton.
6.44 Benjamin French, b. 5 Mar 1850.
6.45 Isaac French, b. 13 May 1852, d. 1935, m. unk.
6.46* William French, b. 31 Aug 1856 in Bay Roberts, d. 30 Sep 1940 in Bay Roberts, m1. Rebecca Stevens who died in 1895, m2. Rachel Elizabeth Taylor in 1897.
William French on left with Crew of S S Strathmore, next photo heÕs on right.
William FrenchÕs employment confirmation for serving as second engineer on S S Strathmore during the summers of 1902, 1903, 1904, and 1906. See http://www.thestrathallan.com/index.html, or email Les Jones, email@example.com.
United Church Port de Grave in Newfoundland Church where William French (b. 1856) and Rachel Taylor were married in 1897.
The Country Road Bay Roberts home. Rachel French with 2 daughters.