French Family Association

The Official Website of the Surname French

Chart #112, Richard French, 1775
Springfield, Essex, NJ and Oldwick, Hunterdon, NJ
Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ
Tuscarawas Co., OH

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Descendants with the surname French of this line.

This chart updated by Mara French on 7/27/16. Numbers in brackets [ ] show sources and refer to the bibliography at the end of this chart. An asterisk (*) shows continuation of that line. Contact. Revisions: 1994, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016. Always a “work-in-progress” for which I take no responsibility for errors, but I do the best research I can.

Contents

FFA Home Page

Introduction

Outline

Generations:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11

First Four Generations

DNA Group 1 Test Results, Search for Richard French born 1775.

Walpack, Sussex County, New Jersey

Bibliography

Introduction

I’ve researched this line just about all I can from ancestry.com, the internet, and family members. Additions need to come from family members or from local books or historians who haven’t put their information online. You are welcome to have me add or delete any information here -- Contact. Although Richard French is not of my line, I will continue to do research on him as time permits.

Outline

Only the surname French appears in this outline. The first 4 generations have no been proved in any ways or means, but they are being researched as possibilities. For details of the first 4 generations, see the DNA Outline and Details.

1.1 John French, the brick mason, b. 1647, m. Susannah before 1680, d. 1713 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ. Children were John, Richard, and Ann; parents could have had these names. Because John had son John Jr. ca. 1684, he immigrated as a young man and met and married Susannah in the New World. Details.

2.2 Richard French, b. ca. 1689 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ, m. Elizabeth, d. 13 May 1747 in Springfield, Essex, NJ. The family moved to Westfield in 1692 where his sister Ann was born. Details.

3.6 Richard French Jr., b. 1717 in Springfield, Essex, NJ, m1. Sarah, m2. Mercy North, d. 1798 in NJ. Details.

4.10 Richard French, b. 1745 in NJ, d. before 1797 in Oldwick, Hunterdon, NJ, m. Selletje. Details.

5.1 Richard French, b. 1775 in NJ, m1. Easter Scrosman, m2. Elizabeth van Vlerah, d. May 1838 in Tuscarawas, OH.

6.1 Seletje French, b. 15 Aug 1799 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, m. George Antrobus.

6.2 Susy French, b. 25 Jun 1801 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, m. Charles Peter Everett.

6.3 Caty French, b. 14 Jan 1803 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, d. before 2 Jul 1876 in Perry Co., IL.

6.4 Marie French, b. 10 Jan 1805 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, m. William Crum, d. 10 Nov 1891 in Tuscarawas, OH.

6.5 Sara French, b. 18 Jan 1807 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, m. John Peeper.

6.6 Moses French, b. 27 Mar 1809 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, m. Jane Edie, d. 15 Apr 1856 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ.

7.1 Alexander French, b. 1829 in Tuscarawas, OH, m. Ellener Ann Brown, died after 1880.

8.1 William Alexander French, b. ca. 1859 in IL.

8.2 Nancy J. French, b. ca. 1861 in IL.

8.3 Richard H. French, b. ca. 1864 in IL.

8.4 Mary A. French, b. ca. 1865 in IL.

8.5 Eliza E. French, b. ca. 1875.

7.2 Mary French, b. 1831 in Tuscarawas, OH.

7.3 William French, b. 1832 in Tuscarawas, OH, m. Margaret Ann Wilson, d. in Civil War in 1865.

8.6 Lucinda French, b. ca. 1858 in Perry Co., IL.

8.7 Samuel G. French, b. 1862 in Pinckneyville, Perry Co., IL, d. 26 Feb 1881.

8.8 Dr. Richard Vale French, b. 12 Mar 1864 in Pinckneyville, Perry Co., IL, d. 23 Aug 1955 in Jefferson County, KY, m. Martha (Mattie) Elizabeth Rice, m2. Martha Elizabeth Rice.

9.1 Thelma Vale French, b. 7 Sep 1906 in TX, m. William McKinley Ison, d. 30 Jan 1995 in Louisville, KY.

9.2 Richard Dale French, Jr., b. 15 Apr 1909 in Dallas, Dallas County, TX, d. 30 Sep 1970 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, AR.

10.1 Richard Dale French II, b. 1937, m. Anna, living in Carson City, NV.

10.2 Elizabeth Vale French, b. 1 May 1939 in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, MD, d. 4 Oct 1939.

10.3 Judith Ann French, b. 30 Jul 1940 in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, MD, m. Alfred Kellogg, d. 2 Dec 1982.

10.4 Jim French.

10.5 Bill French.

10.6 Mary French, m. Rhodes.

7.4 Eliza French, b. 1835 in Tuscarawas, OH.

7.5 Sarah French, b. 1836 in Tuscarawas, OH, m. Alexander C. Brown.

7.6 Robert French, b. 1840 in Tuscarawas, OH.

7.7 Richard B. French, b. 1844 in Tuscarawas, OH, m. Mary C. Davis.

6.7 Anna French, b. ca. 1812, m. Cornelius Crum.

6.8 Samuel French, b. 2 May 1814 in PA, d. 20 May 1842 in Tuscarawas, OH, m. Sarah Thompson.

7.8 John French, b. 1833 in Tuscarawas, OH, m. Sarah Kirby.

7.9 Elizabeth French, b. 1836 in Tuscarawas, OH.

7.10 Margaret French, b. 15 Nov 1839 in Tuscarawas, OH, d. 20 Dec 1870.

7.11 Robert French, b. 1841 in Tuscarawas, OH, died in the Civil War, 8 Oct 1862.

6.9 Richard French Jr., b. Jun 1817 in Morrisville, Bucks, PA, d. 11 Apr 1870 in DuQuoin, Perry, IL, m1. Mahala Barr, m2. Mary Columbia Turner Lawrence/Lorance.

7.12 Moses French, b. 1844 in OH, m. Mary C. Killman.

7.13 Samuel French, b. 12 Apr 1847, d. 9 Mar 1926, m. Nancy Verlinda Shamel.

8.9 John Richard French, b. 16 Jul 1877 in Laclede Co., MO, d. 27 Apr 1878 Laclede Co., MO.

8.10 Lula Leota French, b. 3 Aug 1879 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, d. 28 Jun 1930 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, m1. 3 Aug 1879 to William Thomas Stewart. m2. William Harve Goutley.

8.11 Abijah Lee French, b. 27 Nov 1882 in Laclede Co., MO, d. 27 Oct 1960, m. 2 Oct 1910 to Margaret Elizabeth Cook.

9.3 Dwight “Wayne” French, b. 24 Oct 1913 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO. He d. 16 Jul 1993 in Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Co., MO. He m. Elizabeth Painton in Aug 1940.

9.4 Lillian Louise French, b. 18 May 1916 in Competition, Laclede, MO, d. 14 Jul 1979 in Lebanon, Laclede, MO. She m. George Milanovich on 14 Nov 1942 in Laclede, MO.

9.5 Robert L. French, b. 22 Mar 1919 in Competition, Laclede, MO, d. 9 Aug 1967.

8.12 Roy Thomas French, b. 26 Feb 1885/6, d. 10 Jun 1945 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, m. Ada May Porter.

9.6 Gaylen Lee French, b. 23 Feb 1917, d. 22 Aug 2015 in Springfield, Greene Co., MO. She m. Leroy Arthur Patterson.

9.7 A. Dean French, b. 25 Jan 1919, d. 4 Dec 1980 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO.

8.13 Robert Allen French, b. 13 Jun 1887 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, d. 21 Mar 1847, m. Sylvia Benton on 22 Dec.

8.14 Harry Clifford French, b. 30 Jun 1889 in Bellingham, WA, d. 4 Jun 1956, m. Martha “Mattie” Buster.

8.15 Dora Dell French, b. 9 Oct 1892 in Bellingham, WA, d. 1 Sep 1955, m. Orr Van Stavern, d. 14 Sep 1955.

8.16 William Shamel French, b. 14 Sep 1895 in Whatcom, WA, d. 20 Sep 1972 in Lebanon, m. 16 Jun 1919 to Gertrude Wilhelmina Van Rootselaar.

9.8 Mary Linnitta French, b. 22 Mar 1920 in Competition, Laclede, MO, d. 29 May 1993 in Raytown, Jackson, MO, m. Hayward Victor Johnson on 21 Apr 1938

9.9 Mildred French, b. 1922, m. Wayne Lewis.

9.10 Calvin Laraine French, b. 24 Sep 1924 in Laclede, MO, d. 4 Jul 1994 in Lebanon, Laclede, MO, m. Thelma Jean Uder on 5 Jan 1950 in Laclede, MO.

7.14 Laban French, b. 1849, m. Marinda N. C. Powell.

8.17 Harvey French, b. Jul 1869 in IL, d. 15 Dec 1915, m. Bertha A. Hill.

9.11 Delmer S. French, b. 1906 in AR, most likely Kilgore, Clay, AR.

9.12 Norma S. French, b. 1908 in AR, most likely Kilgore, Clay, AR.

9.13 Ella M. French, b. 1910 in AR, most likely Kilgore, Clay, AR.

9.14 Haskell B. French, b. 10 Apr 1914 in AR, most likely in Black Oak, Craghead, AR. He m. Florence and resided in Belleville, IL. Haskel died on 27 Nov 1975.

8.18 Elizie French, b. 1872 in IL.

8.19 Rosa French, b. 1876 in IL.

8.20 Letta French, b. 1879 in Little Black, Randolph, AR.

8.21 Mary French, b. Dec 1888 in AR.

7.15 David French, b. 16 Sep 1851 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, m. Amelia Priscilla Shamel, d. 23 Feb 1928.

7.16 Alexander French, b. 1854, no heirs.

7.17 Elias French, b. 29 Mar 1860 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, m. Izora Vinena Shamel, d. 8 Dec 1897.

7.18 Ira French, b. 20 Sep 1861 in Du Quoin, Perry Co., IL, m1. Mary Rebecca Peek, m2. Ethel, d. 9 Apr 1941.

8.22 Vallie Richard French, b. 1890, Success, Clay County, AR, d. 1958, Camargo, OK, m. Otillia Pauline Gessell.

9.15 Richard Paul French, Sr., b. 1921, d. 1990, m. Anna Mae Talbot in 1946, Napoleonville, LA.

10.7 Paulette Louise French, b. 1946, New Orleans, m. Paul Myron Bradburn.

10.8  Linda Catherine French, b. 1948 in New Orleans, m. George Eric Mariz.

10.9 Richard Paul French, Jr., b. 30 Mar 1951, Alderson, W. VA, m. Diane McCormick.

11.1 Mary Eleanor French, b. 5 Mar 1984 (twin), m. Geoff Timblin.

11.2 Sarah Kathryn French, b. 5 Mar 1984 (twin), m. Alex San Filippo-Rosser.

10.10 Mary Ruth French, b. 1955, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, m. Scott Calder.

10.11 Joan Marie French, b. 1956, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA.

10.12 Joseph (Joe) Alan French, b. 1958, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA [4]. No heirs.

10.13 Madeline Margaret French, b. 1960, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, m. Joseph Gal, in Springfield, MO.

8.23 Varnie Roy (Jay) French, b. 1894, Success, Clay County, AR.

8.24 Varenia Rosena (Rosa) French, b. 1897, Success, AR, m. Felix Cooper

8.25 Lena Rivers French, b. 1900, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK, m. Mack Carper.

8.26 James Harvey (Harvey) French, b. 1904, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK, m. Ethel Bessie Fawcett in 1928.

9.16 Ira French, b. 1929 in OK, lived in Kiamachi, Pushmataha, OK.

9.17 Leonard Dale French, b. 19 Sep 1931 in Sobal Pushma, OK, d. 21 Sep 1999 in Wenatchee, Chelan, WA.

9.18 Ernest French, b. 1934 in OK, lived in Kiamachi, Pushmataha, OK.

7.19 Luther French, b. 1868, d. 1872.

7.20 Richard Edgar French, b. 5 Apr 1870 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, m. Henrietta Conner, d. 22 May 1954.

8.27 Guy French, b. ca. 1900 in TX.

8.28 Lucille French, b. 1901 in TX, d. 1989 in OH.

8.29 Evelyn French, b. ca. 1910 in Missouri.

8.30 Richard C. French, b. 20 May 1911 in Auxvasse, Missouri, m. Adelaide Bradley, d. 27 Jan 1974 in Borger, Hutchinson, TX, and is buried at the Okmulgee Cemetery.

6.10 Elizabeth French, b. 26 Sep 1827, m. Philip Smeltz.

5.2 William French, b. 20 Mar 1782.

5.3 Anna French, b. 2 Jul 1783.

First through Fourth Generations

Research in progress; data will be provided later.

1.1 John French, the brick mason, b. 1647, m. Susannah, d. 1713 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ. Children were John, Richard, and Ann; parents could have had these names. Susannah was b. 1651 in Woodbridge, d. 1716 in Woodbridge.

2.2 Richard French, b. 1680?? in NJ, m. Elizabeth Fearing???

3.6 Richard French Jr., b. 1717 in Springfield, Essex (now Union) Co., NJ, m. Sara

4.10 Richard French, b. 1745 in NJ, d. Oldwick/Germantown, Hunterdon, Mercer Co., NJ, m. Selletje, of Dutch heritage.

5.1 Richard French, b. 1775 in NJ, m1. Easter Scrosman, m2. Elizabeth van Vlerah, d. May 1838 in Mill township, Tuscarawas County, OH.  -- FFA Chart #112

Fifth Generation

Children of Richard French and Selletje, 4.1

5.1* Richard French, b. 1775 in NJ [5], not listed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick, NJ [21], d. May 1838 in Mill township, Tuscarawas County, OH. Richard was first found at Walpack, Sussex NJ. in 1793 on the Militia eligible list. See Ref. [13] in Bibliography for his estate listing in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Richard, b. ca. 1775 (fifth generation), lived in New Jersey until at least 1809 as his son Moses was born 27 Mar 1809 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, and then moved to Cross Creek, Washington Co., PA, where he is listed in the 1810 census, age 26-44 (born 1766-1784), with a total of 5 in the family, including a son under 10, 2 daughters under 10, and his wife age 26-44.  

 

 

Marriages

Richard m1. Easter Scrosman or Esther Croswell ca. 1799 in NJ [6] and had 3 children. She was born ca. 1775 in NJ and d. 27 Oct 1804 in Sussex County, NJ.

The following record from the Walpack, N.J. Book 78, page 143, of the Dutch Reformed Church shows Richard’s wife’s name as Esther Croswell baptizing their daughter Caty who was born 14 Jan 1803.

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Richard m2. Elizabeth Van Vlerdenor or Van Vlerah or Vanvlerah or Van Vlierden or Van Auken shortly after 27 Oct 1804 in Sussex Co., NJ [6] (NJ state records say Van Auken) [5]. She was b. ca. 1781-1790, and died Feb 1850 in De Kalb, De Kalb County, IL. They are found in the Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records 1716-1830 baptising 3 of their children (Marie, Moses, Sarah) before 1810. “An” Elizabeth Van Vlerah from Tuscarawas Co., OH, m. Harrison Parker and had son John Parker b. 28 May 1859 [20]; no connection yet found. The name Van Vliere appears in the Walpack, N.J. Book 78, page 111, of the Dutch Reformed Church. John Van Vlieren was a deacon in 1793. This booklet is handwritten, 169 pages, with hundreds of names.

Chronology

1775 ca. – Richard was born in NJ.

1793 -- Richard was first found on a Sussex County, NJ militia eligible record of 1793.

1799 -- Richard m1. Easter Scrosman or Esther Croswell.

1802 -- Richard French witness to a will in Knowlton Twp. Sussex Co., (included Warren County until 1824), NJ. w/Green and Ludom. The Jonathan Layton family lived in Sandiston township, Sussex County, NJ, in the 1800 census. Knowlton was also known as Hardwick.

1804 Oct 27 -- Richard m2. Elizabeth Van Vlerdenor or Van Vlerah or Vanvlerah or Van Vlierden or Van Auken on 27 Oct 1804 in Sussex Co., NJ

1810 -- Richard, his wife, and three children appear in the census of Cross Creek, Washington Co., PA. He is listed as age 26-44 (born 1766-1784), with a total of 5 in the family, including a son under 10 (Moses), 2 daughters under 10 (Marie and Sara), and his wife age 26-44. It is unknown where his earlier 3 children from his first wife were living.

 

 

1812 War of – In 1812 Richard was 37 years of age. A record exists in Pennsylvania for “a” Richard French in the 1st Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia as a Private under Ferree. This could be a record of another man with the same name as no age is given.

1820 -- Richard French is listed in the census of Dohrman township, Tuscarawas Co., OH. Dohrman Tract or Dohrman’s Grant was a land tract in eastern Ohio granted by Congress to Arnold Henry Dohrman (1749-1813), who helped the American cause in the Revolutionary War. Dohrman was from the Netherlands. Today this area is part of Harrison and Tuscarawas Counties.

1820 census – Dohrman township, Tuscarawas Co., OH:
2 – under 10, born 1810-1820, Samuel b. 1814, Richard b. 1817
2 – 10-16, born 1804-1810, Moses b. 1809, +unk.
1 – 45+, born 1775 or before, Richard b. 1775
2 – under 10, born 1810-1820, Anna b. 1812, Elizabeth
1 – 10-16, born 1804-1810, Caty b. 1803 or Marie b. 1805 or Sara b. 1807
1 – 16-18, born 1802-1804, Susy b. 1801
1 – 18-26, born 1794-1804, Seletje b. 1799
His wife is not listed. Did she die?

From Rush Township, Chapter XIII, p. 627, “The History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio”. The early settlers came chiefly from Pennsylvania. They were mostly unlearned and many were superstitious.

1830 -- Richard is on the 1830 census enumeration in Dohrman township, Tuscarawas Co., OH. He was living in between John Crum and William Crum (husband of Richard’s daughter Marie).

1 son, 10-14, Richard, b. 1817
1 son, 15-19, Samuel, b. 1814
1 male, 50-59, Richard, head, b. 1771-1780.

1 dau., under 5, Elizabeth, b. 1827.
1 dau., 5-9, unk.
2 daus, 10-14, Anna, b. 1812, Sara, b. 1807
1 female, 40-49, his wife, Elizabeth van Vlerah, b. 1781-1790.

1830 – Richard settled in the Valley of the Stillwater, in the eastern section in Rush, the northeast quarter of Section 31.

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1838 May – Richard died in Tuscarawas County, OH.

DNA

Richard French has an almost exact DNA match of 66 of 67 with Ezekiel French (FFA Chart #21), b. 17 Jun 1775 in Essex Co., NJ, d. 1 Jan 1861 near Troy, Miami Co., OH [5]. Richard also migrated to Ohio. Ezekiel was the son of Aaron French, b. 8 Sep 1739 in Monmouth, Co., NJ and moved to Amity, Washington Co., PA in the 1790s and died there on d. 31 Aug 1805. Richard had also lived in Washington Co., PA, moving there in 1810. However, Ezekiel does not show up as the brother of Richard per FFA Chart #21.

5.2 William French, b. 20 Mar 1782 in Oldwick/Germantown, Hunterdon, Mercer Co., NJ [17]. He was baptized on 14 Jul 1792 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick, NJ, as the son of Richard and Selletje French [21]. His parents were her witnesses [21].

5.3 Anna French, b. 2 Jul 1783 in Oldwick/Germantown, Hunterdon, Mercer Co., NJ [17]. She was baptized on 9 Aug 1783 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick, NJ, as the daughter of Richard and Selletje French [21]. Her parents were her witnesses [21].

 

Sixth Generation

Children of Richard French and Easter Scrosman, 5.1

Description: EasterScrosman

From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume XLI, 1910 [18]

6.1 Selitie or Seletje or Selete French, b. 16 Aug 1799 in Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ, christened on 10 Jul 1803 (all 3 sisters christened at the same time) in Walpack Dutch Reformed Church, Sussex Co., NJ [6]. She m. George Antrobus on 18 Sep 1820 in Tuscarawas Co., OH, according to the Selected Counties of Ohio, 1789-1850 Marriage Index; however, no stable record can be found for this marriage. She was named after her grandmother Selletje, wife of Richard French.

6.2 Susy or Susana French, b. 25 Jun 1801 in Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ, christened on 10 Jul 1803 (all 3 sisters christened at the same time) in Walpack Dutch Reformed Church, Sussex Co., NJ [6].

From the Walpack, N.J. Booklet 78, page 141, of the Dutch Reformed Church. This is the first appearance of the French family in this booklet.

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Susy m. Charles Peter Everett on 27 Jun 1822 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [17]. Charles used the name Peter and was b. 17 Mar 1800 in Gnadenhutten, Northampton, PA. His mother died when he was only 13 in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas, OH. His parents were Joseph Everett and Sarah Elizabeth Davis. The name Gnadenhutten is a family name and a cemetery in Tuscarawas County, OH, received that name where Sarah Adeline Myers (married a French) was born 14 Feb 1852 and d. 8 Dec 1876.

In the 1830 census, Peter and Susy lived in Dohrman, Tuscarawas, OH. He was age 30-39, and they had 2 daughters aged under 5, 1 daughter age 5-9, and Susy was age 20-29.

In the 1850 census, he lived in Rush, Tuscarawas, OH, where he was living with his wife Susana, and their 5 children: Rebecca M. Everett (20, Alvin E. Everett (16), Jane E. Everett (15), William D. Everett (13), and David W. Everett (9). Peter was a carpenter.

6.3 Caty or Catherine French, b. 14 Jan 1803 in Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ, christened on 10 Jul 1803 (all 3 sisters christened at the same time)  in Walpack Dutch Reformed Church, Sussex Co., NJ [6]. She d. before 2 Jul 1876 in Perry Co., IL [17].

From the Walpack, N.J. Booklet 78, page 143, of the Dutch Reformed Church. Easter Scrosman is spelled Esther Croswell. After this 1803 date, it is possible that Easter/Esther died during childbirth, as Richard French re-married immediately thereafter on 18 Jan 1805.

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Catherine m1. Resin Porter on 4 Dec 1823 in Dohrman, Tuscarawas Co., OH [17]. He is listed in the 1830 census of Dohrman with one son age 5-9. Resin is age 20-29 and Caty is the same age. He d. bef. 3 Apr 1835 in Tuscarawas Co., OH. Living very nearby is her half-brother Moses French, who was married with one son under age 5. Note that another man named “Reason Porter” shows he was born in 1801 in OH and was living in Polk, IA in 1850 and married to Ann Porter, and that he died 16 May 1876 – perhaps he and Catherine parted ways.

Catherine m2. David Gibson on 3 Apr 1835 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [17]. They appear in the 1840 census of Rush, Tuscarawas, OH, no children. David was b. ca. 1805 and died on 2 Jul 1876 in Perry Co., IL.

   
Walpack Center is along the Delaware River south of Pt. Jarvis, NY, and just north of the Delaware water gap.

Children of Richard French and Elizabeth Van Vlierden, 5.1

6.4 Marie (or Mary) French, b. 10 Jan 1804 or 1805, or per Walpack Church records, on 18 Jan 1805, christened on 13 Oct 1805 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Walpack, Sussex County, NJ, d. 10 Nov 1891, m. William Crum, son of Thomas and Phoebe Crum in Tuscarawas Co., OH on 23 Jul 1829 [1] [5]. Mary was christened 13 Oct 1805 in the Walpack Dutch Reformed Church [17]. She named a daughter Phoebe Crum. For more information on this line, see J. Michael Frost’s website, Ref [6] below. Moved to Washington County, PA, in time to be on the census there for 1810. That census count does not match the known children. Did the older children stay with another relative?

In the Walpack, N.J. Book 78, page 149, of the Dutch Reformed Church, Richard French and Elizabeth Van Vlierden have their first child, Maria, on 18 Jan 1805.

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6.5 Sara French, b. 18 Jan 1807 in Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ [6]. She was christened on 17 Apr 1807 [17]. For more information on this line, see J. Michael Frost’s website, Ref [6] below. Sarah J. was living with her brother Moses in 1850 in Mill, Tuscarawas Co., OH [6]. She m. John Peeper on 22 Sep 1850 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [6] [17].

In the Walpack, N.J. Book 78, page 153, of the Dutch Reformed Church, Richard French and Elizabeth Van Vlierden have their second child, Sara, on 18 Jan 1807.

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6.6* Moses French, b. 27 Mar 1809 in Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ [5] according to Ohio Federal Census records, and christened on 25 May 1809 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ. He m. Jane Edie / Eddy on 29 Jan 1828 in Tuscarawas Co. OH. Jane was b. ca. 1807 in OH [2]. Moses and Jane moved to Perry Co., IL ca. 1849-60 [5]. Moses died 15 Apr 1856 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ. Moses lost his wife and mother both in 1850. He died on 15 Apr 1856 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ.

In the Walpack, N.J. Book 78, page 159, of the Dutch Reformed Church, Richard French and Elizabeth Van Vlierden have their son, Moses, on 27 Mar 1808 (old calendar), today that would be 1809.

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Moses French was b. ca. 1735 in Sussex Co., NJ and died before 1797 in Sandystone Township, Sussex Co., NJ. He m. Congleton. His son, Aaron French, was born 1 Mar 1767 in NJ and died 1 Jan 1851 at Sheshequin Township, Bradford Co., PA. His wife, Mary Meyers, was born 28 Apr 1778 in NJ and died 6 Dec 1863 at Sheshequin, PA. Their son, Walter French, was born 3 May 1812 in PA and died 16 Jun 1890 at Sheshequin, PA. His wife, Sarah "Sally" Rogers, was 9 May 1809 in Bradford Co., PA and died there 6 Mar 1864. Their son, Walter Henry French, was born 19 May 1847 and died 27 Dec 1911 at Chemung, Chemung Co., PA. His wife, Harriet Gertrude VanSice, was born 7 Sep 1861 in Rome, PA and died 8 Mar 1914 in Athens, Bradford Co., PA. Their son, Ralph Earl French, was born 1 Dec 1894 in Athens, Bradford Co., PA and died 18 Jun 1965 in Syracuse, Onodage Co., NY. His wife, Ethel Florence McBain, was born 28 Nov 1905 at Lowville, Lewis Co., and died 9 May 1975 at Watertown, Jefferson Co. See DNA Tests, Group 1. See FFA Chart #22.

 

Chronology

1809 Mar 27 – Moses was born in Walpack, Sussex Co., NJ.

1810 census – Family moved to Cross Creek, Washington County, PA where Moses appears as 1 son under 5 with 2 sisters, Sarah and Marie, but where are the 3 children by his first wife?

Richard, b. ca. 1775 (fifth generation), lived in New Jersey until at least 1809 as his son Moses was born 27 Mar 1809 in Walpack, Sussex, NJ, and then moved to Cross Creek, Washington Co., PA, where he is listed in the 1810 census, age 26-44 (born 1766-1784), with a total of 5 in the family, including a son under 10, 2 daughters under 10, and his wife age 26-44.  

 

 

1820 Census - Tuscarawas Co., OH, Dohrman TWP:

3 males under 10, Moses
1 male 26 to 45
1 female under 10
1 female 16 - 26

1828 Jan 29 – Moses married Jane Edie in Tuscarawas County, OH.

1830 census -- Moses was living in Dohrman township, Tuscarawas Co., OH [6], with his wife and 1 male under 5.

1830 OH Census - Tuscarawas Co., OH - Dohrman TWP, P. 39:
FRENCH, Moses
1 male under 5 yrs
1 male 20-30 yrs
1 female 20-30 yrs

1840 census – Moses was living in Rush township, Tuscarawas Co., OH [6].

1840 Census - Tuscarawas Co. OH - Rush TWP, Pg. 344:
FRENCH, Moses
1 male under 5 yrs
1 male 5-10 yrs
1 male 10-15 yrs
1 male 30-40 yrs
2 females under 5 yrs
1 female 10-15 yrs
1 female 30-40 yrs

1850 census – Moses was living in Mill township, Tuscarawas Co., OH, Moses is listed as a farmer, age 43, born in NJ [6].

FRENCH, Moses, age 43 NJ Farmer
FRENCH, Jane, age 43 OH *cannot read or write
FRENCH, Alexander, age 20, b. OH
FRENCH, Mary, age 19, b. OH
FRENCH, William, age 17, b. OH
FRENCH, Eliza, age 15, b. OH
FRENCH, Sarah, age 13, b. OH
FRENCH, Robert, age 11, b. OH
FRENCH, Richard, age 6, b. OH
FRENCH, Elizabeth, age 23, b. OH
FRENCH, Sarah, age 22, b. OH

1850 Sep 17 or afterwards – Jane died.

1856 Apr 15 – Moses died in Pickneyville, Perry Co., IL [17].

 

6.7 Anna French, b. ca. 1812 in OH [6]. For more information on this line, see J. Michael Frost’s website, Ref [6] below. She m. Cornelius Crum, brother of her sister Marie’s husband, on 23 Jul 1829 in Tuscarawas Co., OH. They had 4 children: Phoebe, Richard, Elizabeth, and Abraham [6].

6.8* Samuel French, b. 2 May 1814 in PA, d. 20 May 1842 in Tuscarawas Co., OH, and is buried at the Bethel Cemetery, m. 12 Sep 1833 to Sarah Thompson [1]. Lived next door to his brother Richard after their father died.

6.9* Richard French, Jr., b. 1817 perhaps in Philadelphia Co, PA or Washington Co., PA [5], d. 11 Apr 1870 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL on his former farm. He was buried at the Cudgetown Cemetery, Perry Co., IL. In 1840 he is listed in Salem township, Tuscarawas Co., OH [6]. Richard lived next door to his brother Samuel after their father died in 1838. In 1850 he is listed in District 7, Perry Co., IL as a farmer, age 33, born in PA.

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He m1. 23 Sep 1838 in Tuscarawas County, OH to Mahala Barr, daughter of Daniel Barr, and had 8 children. Mahala was b. 18 Jan 1823 in OH, d. 7 Oct 1866 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL on the family farm. They are both buried at Cudgetown Cemetery, Perry Co., IL, which is where the school stands now – the stones were removed and piled in a corner of the lot. Mahala’s tombstone was partially broken and the date is partly missing. Shortly after they married, they moved to Illinois and can be found on both the 1850 and 1860 Federal Census for Perry Co., IL. Mahala had a brother named Ira Barr who supposedly lived in Ireland. It is said that Richard was in partnership in a department store in Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Perry Co., IL ca. 1849-60 [5]. Mahala was said to have had red hair.

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Richard m2. (Mrs.) Mary Columbia (Turner) Lawrence and lived in Coffeyville, KS, or in Randolph County, IL, on 8 Oct 1867. She was a widow with 3 daughters.

The first eight children (1 daughter who died young and 7 sons) were from Richard Jr.’s first wife and the last two were from his second wife. Her husband had been killed in the Civil war.  She bore Richard Luther and Richard Edgar French. Her husband, Richard “Dick” French died a few days after his son Richard Edgar was born - leaving Mary a widow once more. The 7 sons from Mahala did not get along well with their stepmother, Mary, and after Richard's death, the farm was sold off. Mary took her children and moved to Kansas to be near her sister's family, and the 7 sons split up and moved down into LaClede Co., MO and Arkansas. While living in Kansas, Mary lost a daughter, Anne, and son, Luther, to a poison well. She left the area and remarried a third time to a man named John Whittenberg. They settled in Madison Co., MO. She and he raised Richard Edgar French. Mary also had an additional daughter with John Whittenberg - named Nettie in 1879 in Audrain Co., MO.

6.10 Elizabeth French, b. 26 Sep 1827 in OH (unproven). Elizabeth was living with her brother Moses in 1850 in Mill, Tuscarawas Co., OH [6]. She m. Philip Smeltz on 7 Apr 1859 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [6] [17]. They appear in the 1860 census of Salem, Tuscarawas County, OH, Philip is 41 and Elizabeth is 35, and their son Arther is 8.

Seventh Generation

Children of Moses French and Jane Edie, 6.6

7.1* Alexander (Eddy) French, b. 1829 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio [2]. He moved to Perry Co., IL ca. 1849-60 [5]. He is in the 1860 census of Perry Co., IL as a farmer, age 32, born in OH [6]. He m. Eleanor Ann Brown, daughter of Samuel and Mary Brown, b. ca. 1835 in IL [6]. They were m. 30 Mar 1858 in Perry Co., IL [6]. She d. 1905 and is buried at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pinckneyville, Perry Co., IL.

1850 census -- Alexander is listed as living in Mill, Tuscarawas, OH, living with his parents Moses (age 43) and Jane (age 43), plus family members:
Mary (age 19) sister
William (age 17) brother
Eliza (age 15 sister
Sarah (age 13) sister
Robert (age 10) brother
Richard (age 6) brother
Elizabeth (age 23) aunt, who m. Philip Smeltz on 7 Apr 1859 in Tuscarawas Co., OH.
Sarah J. (age 22) aunt???

1863-1865 -- Alexander registered for the U.S. Civil War Draft at age 34 while he was married in Illinois. He registered with this brother Robert who was age 31.

1870 census -- Alexander is listed in the census of Perry Co., IL. He was living with his children William A. (11), Nancy J. (9), Richard (6), and Mary (5).

1880 census -- Alexander is listed in the census of Pinckneyville Precinct, Perry Co., IL [6]. He was living with his children William A. (21), Richard (17), Mary A. (15) and Eliza E. (5). They all worked on the farm.

 

7.2 Mary French, b. 1831 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio [2].

7.3* William French, b. 1832 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio [2] [5]. He moved to Perryville, Perry Co., IL ca. 1849-60 [5], d. ca. 1864-1867. In 1860 he is listed in the Perry Co., IL census as a farmer, age 27, born in OH. He m. Margaret Ann Wilson who was born ca. 1838 in IL [6], and d. in 1930 and is buried at the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery in Cherokee, Alfalfa County, OK. William and Margaret were m. 2 Apr 1857 in Perry Co., IL [6]. William died in 1865 (perhaps in the Civil War) in Perry County, IL, as his widow m2. Daniel Waggoner Hughey [5] and moved to Cherokee, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. William was buried at the Galum Presbyterian Cemetery in Pinckneyville, Perry County, IL.

Margaret Ann Wilson was the daughter of James Steele Wilson and Margaret Ann Woodside. She married Daniel Waggoner Hughey on 23 Aug 1866 in Perry Co, Il. They had children Ida Etta, Duff Allen, Alva M, Uel S, Abbe J, John E. She had 3 children from a previous marriage to William French, who preceded her in death. Lucinda, Samuel and Richard V. French. For details on the Hughey family, see http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42337660.

1863-1865 -- William registered for the U.S. Civil War Draft at age 32 while he was married in Illinois.

7.4 Eliza French, b. 1835 in Ohio [2].

7.5 Sarah French, b. 1836 in Ohio [2], m. Alexander C. Brown in Perry Co., IL on 7 Jan 1857 [5].

7.6 Robert French, b. 1840 in Ohio [2]. He moved to Perry Co., IL ca. 1849-60 [5]. In the 1860 census, Robert was living with his brother William in Perry Co., IL, and working as a farm laborer, age 20, born in OH [6].

7.7 Richard B. French, b. 1844 in Urichville, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio [2]. He moved to DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL ca. 1849-60 [5]. In the 1860 census, Richard was living with his brother William in Perry Co., IL, and working as a farm laborer, age 18, born in OH [6]. He m. Mary C. Davis in Perry Co., IL on 31 Mar 1869 [5]. He stood 5' 9" tall with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a dark complexion. He served during the Civil War with the Union Army
with Co. G, 12th Illinois Infantry
Enlisted on July 25, 1861. He was mustered in as a Private
Reenlisted on January 1, 1864 in Richland, Tennessee.
Mustered in on January 13, 1864 in Pulaski, Tennessee.
Mustered out on July 10, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky [19].

Children of Samuel French and Sarah Thompson, 6.8

7.8 John French, b. ca. 1833 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [6]. He m. Sarah Kirby on 25 Jun 1863 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [17]. In 1850 he was living in Salem, Tuscarawas, OH.

7.9 Elizabeth French, b. ca. 1836 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [6]. In 1850 she was living in Salem, Tuscarawas, OH.

7.10 Margaret French, b. 15 Nov 1839 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [6]. In 1850 she was living in Salem, Tuscarawas, OH. She d. 20 Dec 1870 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [17].

7.11 Robert French, b. ca. 1841 in Tuscarawas Co., OH [6]. His father died the following year, 1842. In 1850 he was living in Salem, Tuscarawas, OH. The 1850 census also shows another child living with this family of mother and 4 children, and that was Harrison French, age ½ year. In the 1860 census, Harrison was 9, living in Salem, Tuscarawas Co., OH, with the same family, and it says Harrison’s entire family was born in Ireland, which we know is not true. Harrison is not found in any further census records. Robert was killed in the Civil War on 8 Oct 1862 in Perryville. A researcher found a short report that linked Robert with a Crum boy (cousin?) and another boy named William Lewis (possible link to widow Selete who married a Wm. Lewis/Louis?).

From Rush Township, Chapter XIII, p. 449, “The History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio”. The early settlers came chiefly from Pennsylvania. They were mostly unlearned and many were superstitious.

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From: "Tuscarawas Pioneer Footprints", Vo. 9., No.2:

"A Noble Record":  In the neighborhood where now is the village of Wolf, Tuscarawas Co., OH, seven farm boys enlisted in August of 1862 to serve for 3 years in the Civil War and were joined to Co., K, 98th O.V.I., Capt Parrish's Company.  They were Henry Cline, D.B. Moore, John O. Buffington, Abraham Crum, Lewis Fankboner, Robert French and William Lewis.  Their regiment organized at Camp Mingo, near Stubenville, crossed the Ohio River at Cincinnati August 24 and immediately entered upon active field service.  It's first battle was at Perryville, KY (Octobert 8, 1862) where the regiment was fiercely engaged and suffered a loss of 230 men killed and wounded. The squad of 7, before mentioned, suffered a loss in that battle of 3 killed - Abraham Crum, Lewis Fankboner, and Robert French.  Two were severely wounded: D.B. Moore and John O. Buffington.  One, William Lewis was knocked down by a caison wagon and badly bruised during the confusion of retreat from the first position..."

98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry -- Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 110 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 125 Enlisted men by disease. Total 247.

Children of Richard French and Mahala Barr, 6.9

Besides these 7 sons, they had a little daughter who died young.

7.12 Moses French, b. ca. 1844 in OH, m. 10 Nov 1878 to Mary C. Killman in Laclede, MO. Moses’ wife left him and took their daughters with her. No trace of her ever found [1]. In the 1880 census, Moses was living with Mary C., age 21 (b. 1859), and he was age 36. He states that his father was born in PA and his mother in OH. They lived in Franklin, Laclede, MO. In the 1900 census of Washington, Vernon Co., MO, Moses was living with hundreds of unrelated lodgers, none with the surname French; he was 56. This was State Lunatic Asylum Number Three. See photos in the Insane Asylum Number 3, plus here.

Mary was involved with the Fairview School in Rolla, MO, and acted in a play as per the Rolla Herald on 5 Mar 1885. The critics said she was well spoken and entertaining.

From the Rolla Herald, Rolla, Missouri, 7 Apr 1892:

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From the Rolla Herald, Rolla, Missouri, 12 May 1892:

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From the Rolla Herald, Rolla, Missouri, 19 May 1892:

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7.13* Samuel French, b. 12 Apr 1847 in OH, d. 9 Mar 1926 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, m. 5 Jan 1875 in Lebanon, Laclede Co., MO to Nancy Verlinda or Verlanda Shamel. Nancy was b. 6 Sep 1859 in Marshall Co., KY and d. 2 Mar 1934 in Competition, MO [1] [36]. Nancy’s parents were John C. and Virlinda (Nelson) Shamel [3] [36]. Both are buried at the Competiton Cemetery.

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7.14* Laban French, b. ca. 1849 in Tuscarawas, OH, still living in DuQuoin, IL, in 1870 when his father died. He m. Marinda N. C. Powell on 7 Oct 1868 in Perry Co., IL. She died in 1905 in Clay, AR, the dau. of Middleton W. Powell and Lucinda Ememline McElroy. In the 1900 census, Marinda was living with her son Harvey in Current River, Clay, AR. Laban and his siblings were farmed out when their father died. In the 1880 census, Laban was living in Little Black, Randolph, AR, and states that he was born in OH and his father was born in PA, and his mother in OH. Laban d. 1894 in Success, Clay, AR. They had at least 4 children.

7.15 David French, b. 16 Sep 1851 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, d. 23 Feb 1928 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, m. 18 Dec 1879 in Lebanon, Laclede Co, MO to Amelia Priscilla Shamel, sister of Nancy [1]. Buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO.

 

7.16 Alexander French, b. ca. 1854 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, never married, buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO [1].

7.17 Elias French, b. 29 Mar 1860 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, d. 8 Dec 1897 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, m. 1 Oct 1882 in Lebanon, Laclede Co., MO to Izora Vinena Shamel, sister of Nancy [1]. Izora was b. 27 Feb 1863 in Missouri and d. 19 Mar 1914 in Missouri. Both are buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO.

7.18* Ira French, b. 20 Sep 1861 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, d. 9 Apr 1941 in Sobol, Pushmatha Co., OK, m1. 29 Jan 1890 in Success, Clay Co., AR, to Mary Rebecca Peek [1]. He m2. Ethel.

In the 1910 census of Econtuchk, Seminole County, OK, he was age 49, a farmer, and living with his children Vallie French (19), Jay French (16), Rosa French (12), Lena French (9), and Harvey French (5).

In the 1940 census of Kiamachi, Pushmataha, OK, Ira was 78 years old, the year before he died, and living with Ethel French, age 56, born in 1884, his wife. Living next door to them in 1940 were J. H. French, age 35, living with his wife Bessie, and their children Ira (age 11), Leonard (age 8), and Ernest (6).

Ira was buried at the Sobol Cemetery in Choctaw County, OK, on 9 Apr 1941.

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Children of Richard French and Mary Columbia Turner, 6.9

7.19 Luther French, b. ca. 1868 in Perry Co., IL [6]. He d. in 1872 in Chautauqua Co., KS [17]. He may have lived in Coffeyville, KS [1]. He died after drinking from a poison well in Peru, Chautauqua Co., KS.

7.20* Richard Edgar French, b. 5 Apr 1870 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL [6]. He d. 22 May 1954 in Maricopa Co., AZ [17]. Richard m. Henrietta Conner in 1896 in MO, and had daughter Lucille French, b. 1901 in TX, she d. 1989 in OH. His father, Richard, died a few days after Richard Edgar French, his son, was born, on 11 Apr 1870. Richard moved to Coffeyville, KS. In the 1940 census of Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, OK, Richard, 70, and Henrietta, 67, are listed, Richard working as a clerk in a retail grocery. In the 1830 census of Okmulgee, Richard states that his father was born in PA and his mother in NC. They are living with their son Richard C. French, who is 19 and working as a foreman in a warehouse, and with their daughter Mary, age 31, who had m. Anderson. In the 1920 census of Okmulgee, Richard and Henrietta were living with their 4 children. Henrietta was b. 1872 and d. 1944; both are buried at the Okmulgee Cemetery.

Eighth Generation

Children of Alexander E. French and Eleanor Ann Brown, 7.1

8.1 William Alexander French, b. 16 Dec 1858 in Perry Co., IL [6], d. 1 Jan 1944 and is buried at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pinckneyville, Perry County, IL. He was a farmer at age 21. He m. Annie M. Rice who was b. 1867 and d. 1942.

8.2 Nancy J. French, b. ca. 1861 in IL [6].

8.3 Richard H. French, b. ca. 1864 in IL [6].

8.4 Mary Ann French, b. 25 May 1865 in Pinckneyville, Perry Co., IL [6], m. Charles C. Helvy who was b. 1861 and d. 1938. She d. 7 Aug 1947 in DuQuoin, Perry Co., IL, and is buried at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pinckneyville, Perry County, IL.

8.5 Eliza (Eleanor Elizabeth) E. French, b. 3 Aug 1874 in Perry Co., IL [6], d. 21 Dec 1943 and is buried at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pinckneyville, Perry County, IL. She m. William Kinney Clark who was b. 1867, d. 1954. They had children Howard William Clark, Bertha Bernice Clark Armstrong, and Helen Joy Clark Sinks.

Children of William M. French and Margaret Ann Wilson, 7.3

8.6 Lucinda French, b. ca. 1858 in Perry Co., IL [6].

8.7 Samuel G. French, b. 1862 in Pinckneyville, Perry Co., IL [6], d. 26 Feb 1881 at age 19 in Perry County, IL, and was buried at the Galum Presbyterian Cemetery.

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8.8* Dr. Richard Vale French, b. 12 Mar 1864 in Pinckneyville, Perry Co., IL, d. 23 Aug 1955 in Jefferson County, KY. He died 23 Aug 1955 in Jefferson County, KY.

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Richard’s father died when Richard was 2. He and his siblings Samuel and Lucinda were raised in Perryville with their mother, Margaret Ann Wilson French, and stepfather Daniel Hughey. Several Hughey step-brothers and sisters also lived in their home.

In the 1870 census, he lived in Township 5 Range 3, Perry, IL. In 1880 they lived in Pinckneyville, Perry, IL. Richard’s brother Samuel died the following year. After Richard moved to Texas, they had a daughter and son. In 1912, Richard lost his mother and in 1913 he lost his wife. He went on to live in Casa, Perry, Arkansas, and by 1930 he was in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, until his death in 1955.

Richard m1. Martha (Mattie) Elizabeth Rice ca. 1908; she was age 16, born ca. 1892, and died on 11 Aug 1913 in Dallas, TX, at age 21. She was from DuQuoin. Richard m2. Loulie I. Fegenbush, 1872-1964 in Louisville, Jefferson Co. [17].

Richard was one of 95 young men who received a diploma from Hospital College of Medicine at the Masonic Theater in Louisville, KY, announced in the Courier-Journal of Louisville, KY, on 4 Jul 1905.

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Children of Samuel French and Nancy Verlinda Shamel, 7.13

8.9 John Richard French, b. 16 Jul 1877 in Laclede Co., MO, d. 27 Apr 1878 Laclede Co., MO [3]. Buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO.

8.10 Lula Leota French, b. 3 Aug 1879 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, d. 28 Jun 1930 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, m1. 3 Aug 1879 to William Thomas Stewart. William was b. 23 Jul 1871 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, d. 23 Jul 1904 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO [1]. They are both buried at the Competition Cemetery. They had son Harry Lee Stewart, b. 23 Aug 1903 in Laclede Co., MO, d. 9 Dec 1961 in Kansas City, MO, m. 11 Apr 1925 to Virginia Fay Norris who was b. 30 Jul 1905 in Laclede Co., MO [1]. They had daughter 6.2 Virginia Lavern Stewart, b. 18 Oct 1926 in St. Louis, MO, m. 2 Aug 1951 to Frank Joseph Stodden, Jr. [1]. Lula Leota French m2. William Harve Goutley of Leclede Co. ca. 1898, and had a dau. Irene Leota Gourley of CA.

8.11* Abijah Lee French, b. 27 Nov 1882 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, d. 27 Oct 1960, m. 2 Oct 1910 to Margaret Elizabeth Cook [3]. Both are buried at the Competition Cemetery, Laclede Co., MO. Margaret was b. 10 Mar 1887 and d. 22 Oct 1963.

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According to these following newspaper articles, Abijah was a large man, a 200-pound right guard who didn’t graduate from St. Louis University after finishing his football career, and later became a preacher.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO, 12 Oct 1908.

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO, 1 Dec 1908.

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO, 4 Oct 1910.

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO, 8 Jan 1911.

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO, 23 Nov 1927.

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO, 28 Nov 1928.

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8.12* Roy Thomas French, b. 26 Feb 1885 in Plato, MO, d. 10 Jun 1945 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, m. Ada May Porter [3]. Both are buried at the Porter Cemetery, Competition, Laclede Co., MO. Ada was b. 4 Sep 1884 and d. 4 Mar 1967.

8.13 Robert Allen French, b. 13 Jun 1887 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO, d. 21 Mar 1847, m. Sylvia Benton on 22 Dec 1907 [3]. Buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO.

8.14 Harry Clifford French, b. 30 Jun 1889 in Bellingham, WA, d. 4 Jun 1956, m. Martha “Mattie” Buster [3]. Buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO. He was a Privatae in the MO Quartermaster Corp during WWI.

8.15 Dora Dell French, b. 9 Oct 1892 in Bellingham, WA, d. 1 Sep 1955, m. 20 or 23 Oct 1910 to Orr Van Stavern, the son of C. Van Stavern and M. Hogshead [3], d. 14 Sep 1955. Both are buried at McBride Cemetery.

8.16* William Shamel French, b. 14 Sep 1895 in Whatcom, WA, d. 20 Sep 1972 in Lebanon, Laclede, MO, m. 16 Jun 1919 to Gertrude Wilhelmina Van Rootselaar [3]. Both are buried in the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO. Gertrude was b. 24 Jun 1896 and d. 30 Aug 1987.

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Children of Laban French and Marinda N. C. Powell, 7.14

8.17* Harvey B. French, b. Jul 1869 in IL, as per the 1880 census, d. 15 Dec 1915 in AR. He m. Bertha A. Hill on 24 Oct 1900 in Corning, AR; she was b. 14 Nov 1875 in Clay Co., AR, and had 3 children. In 1900, Marinda was living with her son Harvey B. French in Current River, Clay Co., AR. In 1920 she was widowed, working as a teacher in the public school system, living with her 2 sons. By the 1930 census, Bertha was widowed, living in Cleveland, Clay, AR with her son Haskell who was 16. In 1940, she moved to Hot Springs, Garland, AR, and was living alone, having completed her 2nd year in college. Bertha d. 27 Aug 1960 in San Bernardino, CA.

8.18 Elizie French, b. 1872 in IL, as per the 1880 census.

8.19 Rosa French, b. 1876 in IL, as per the 1880 census.

8.20 Letta French, b. 1879 in Little Black, Randolph, AR, as per the 1880 census.

8.21 Mary French, b. Dec 1888 in AR. In 1900 she was 11 and living with her brother Harvey in Current River, Clay, AR. She m. Willis Goatcher in 1910 in Randolph Co., AR, b. 1 Jun 1887 and d. Oct 1979 in Oklahoma.

Children of Ira French and Mary R. Peek, 7.18

8.22* Vallie Richard French, b. 1890, Success, Clay County, AR, d. Dec 1958, Camargo, OK, m. Otillia Pauline Gessell [4]. Lived in Econtuchk, Seminole County, OK, in 1910.

8.23 Varnie Roy (Jay) French, b. 1894, Success, Clay County, AR [4]. Lived in Econtuchk, Seminole County, OK, in 1910.

8.24 Varenia Rosena (Rosa) French, b. 1897, Success, Clay County, AR, m. Felix Cooper [4]. Lived in Econtuchk, Seminole County, OK, in 1910.

8.25 Lena Rivers French, b. 1900, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK, m. Mack Carper [4]. Lived in Econtuchk, Seminole County, OK, in 1910.

8.26* James Harvey French, b. 1904, known as Harvey, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK, m. Ethel Bessie Fawcett in 1928 [4]. Lived in Econtuchk, Seminole County, OK, in 1910. In the 1940 census of Kiamachi, Pushmataha, OK, James’ father Ira was 78 years old, the year before he died, and living with Ethel French, age 56, born in 1884, his wife. Living next door to them in 1940 were J. H. French, age 35, living with his wife Bessie Fawcett, and their children Ira (age 11), Leonard (age 8), and Ernest (6).

Children of Richard Edgar French and Henrietta Conner, 7.20

8.27 Guy French, b. ca. 1901 in TX, age 19 in the 1920 census of Okmulgee, Okmulgee Co., OK, working in copper in the glove factory.

8.28 Lucille French, b. ca. 1902 in TX, age 18 in the 1920 census of Okmulgee, Okmulgee Co., OK, working as a sales lady in retail grocery.

8.29 Evelyn French, b. ca. 1910 in Missouri.

8.30 Richard C. French, b. 20 May 1911 in Auxvasse, Missouri. In 1930 he was living in Okmulgee, working as a foreman in a ware house. By 1940 he was married to Adelaide Bradley, same age, and had daughter Norma Jean French, age 12. He d. 27 Jan 1974 in Borger, Hutchinson, TX, and is buried at the Okmulgee Cemetery.

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Ninth Generation

Children of Richard Vale French and Martha (Mattie) Elizabeth Rice, 8.8

9.1 Thelma Vale French, b. 7 Sep 1906 in TX, d. 30 Jan 1995 in Louisville, KY. Beginning in 1920, she lived in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, with her aunt Mary Belle Rice, and with 17 unrelated lodgers. She had married, but by age 24 she was divorced William McKinley Ison and had a daughter, Mary, who was about 1 ½ years old, born in 1929. In 1930 she was working as a stenographer in a music company, living with her aunt and 1-year old daughter, plus 16 other unrelated lodgers.

9.2* Richard Dale French, Jr., b. 15 Apr 1909 in Dallas, Dallas County, TX, d. 30 Sep 1970 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, AR, and is buried at the Casa Cemetery in Casa, Perry Co., AR [5]. His mother died when Richard was only 5. Richard joined the U.S. Navy.

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Richard m. Elizabeth Louise Record who was born on 22 Aug 1914 in Canandaigua, NY, and died on 11 Jan 1997, the daughter of Robert C. Record and Hattie Larner. They had 2 children: Elizabeth Vale French (1939-1939), and Judith Ann French Kellogg (1940-1982). Richard Dale French died 30 Sep 1970 and is buried at the Casa Cemetery in Casa, Perry Co., Arkansas.

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Children of Abijah Lee French and Margaret Elizabeth Cook, 8.11

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9.3 Dwight “Wayne” French, b. 24 Oct 1913 in Competition, Laclede Co., MO. He d. 16 Jul 1993 in Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Co., MO. He m. Elizabeth Painton in Aug 1940. She was born 6 Aug 1917 and d. 18 Jul 2000. His granddaughter is Amy J. French-White, email: frenchamyj@yahoo.com, who was born 25 Jan 1977 in Advance, Stoddard, MO. Before he married in late 1940, he was living in Caruthersville, Pemiscot Co., MO, in the 1940 census as “Wayne D. French, a lodger with 5 other people. He had completed 4 years of college and was working as an assistant supervisor.

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9.4 Lillian Louise French, b. 18 May 1916 in Competition, Laclede, MO, d. 14 Jul 1979 in Lebanon, Laclede, MO. She m. George Milanovich on 14 Nov 1942 in Laclede, MO, and they had 3 children; 1 daughter and 2 sons. George was b. 1917 and d. 1970.

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9.5 Robert L. French, b. 22 Mar 1919 in Competition, Laclede, MO, d. 9 Aug 1967. He married and had 2 daughters.

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Children of Roy Thomas French and Ada May Porter, 8.12

9.6 Gaylen Lee French, b. 23 Feb 1917, d. 22 Aug 2015. She m. Leroy Arthur Patterson who was b. 1915 and d. 2007. They had daughter Donna June Williamson who was b. 1938 and d. 2007, same year as her father. She was buried at the White Chapel Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Springfield, Greene Co., MO.

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9.7 A. Dean French, b. 25 Jan 1919, d. 4 Dec 1980. He was buried at the Porter Chapel Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO.

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Children of William Shamel French and Gertrude Wilhelmina Van Rootselaar, 8.16

9.8 Mary Linnitta French, b. 22 Mar 1920 in Competition, Laclede, MO, d. 29 May 1993 in Raytown, Jackson, MO, m. Hayward Victor Johnson on 21 Apr 1938 and had 3 children. Hayward was b. 1918, d. 1962.

9.9 Mildred French, b. 1922, m. Wayne Lewis and had daughter Beverly Jean Lewis.

9.10 Calvin Laraine French, b. 24 Sep 1924 in Laclede, MO, d. 4 Jul 1994 in Lebanon, Laclede, MO, m. Thelma Jean Uder on 5 Jan 1950 in Laclede, MO, and had 2 children. Thelma was b. 24 Oct 1928 and d. 23 Nov 1995. They are both buried at the Competition Cemetery in Competition, Laclede Co., MO.

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Children of Harvey B. French and Bertha A Hill, 8.17

9.11 Delmer S. French, b. 1906 in AR, most likely Kilgore, Clay, AR, m. Alta Jolley, d. 8 Sep 1973 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

9.12 Norma S. French, b. 1908 in AR, most likely Kilgore, Clay, AR, d. 24 Aug 1915 in Clay, AR.

9.13 Ella M. French, b. 1910 in AR, most likely Kilgore, Clay, AR.

9.14 Haskell B. French, b. 10 Apr 1914 in AR, most likely in Black Oak, Craghead, AR. In the 1930 census, he was living with his mother in Cleveland, Clay, AR. He m. Florence Kasten on 26 Nov 1936, and resided in 1950 at 7205 West B, Belleville, IL. Haskel died on 27 Nov 1975 and is buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Lemay, St. Louis County, MO. He was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was only age 1 when his father died.

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Children of Vallie R. French and Otillia Pauline Gessell, 8.22

9.15* Richard Paul French, Sr., b. 1921, d. 1990, m. Anna Mae Talbot in 1946, Napoleonville, LA. She was b. 1924 in Washington County, PA, d. 1980. Both Richard and Anna are buried in Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, MO [4]. Anna was the daughter of Arthur C. and Anna P. Talbot, and had a large family. Her 9 siblings were Arthur C., Thelma A., Edwina M. Raymond J., Nicie L., June A., Lawrence O., Flo or Flora A., and Robert J., all born in Louisiana. In the 1940 census, Anna lived in Assumption, Louisiana. She attended the Hotel Dieu School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana, beginning on 18 Aug 1942 and graduated on 18 Aug 1945, the following year marrying Richard.

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Children of James H. French and Ethel Bessie Fawcett, 8.26

9.16 Ira French, b. 1929 in OK, has a male child, who also has a male child. In the 1940 census lived in Kiamachi, Pushmataha, OK.

9.17 Leonard Dale French, b. 19 Sep 1931 in Sobal Pushma, OK. In the 1940 census lived in Kiamachi, Pushmataha, OK. He died on 21 Sep 1999 in Wenatchee, Chelan, Washington. He lived at 225 1st St. SE, East Wenatchee, WA.

9.18 Ernest French, b. 1934 in OK. In the 1940 census lived in Kiamachi, Pushmataha, OK.

Tenth Generation

Children of Richard D. French, Jr. and Elizabeth Louise Record, 9.2

10.1 Richard Dale French II, b. 1937 [5], m1. Anna, m2. Jan. Richard is living in Carson City, NV [5]. He states in an email in 2011 that his sons are Richard and Stevan (nickname Engel), his brothers are William David and James Robert. Dad had no brothers. Grandfather Dr. Richard Vale had a brother Samuel. His father William had brothers Alexander (nickname Eddy), William, and Robert. Moses had no known brothers (possible, b. Tuscarawas or Washington Pa.). Email: dickfrench37@gmail.com. This part of the family needs a lot more research as the siblings don’t match up correctly with what Richard Dale French had to offer. Richard was a Lieutenant in the Navy in 1980.

10.2 Elizabeth Vale French, b. 1 May 1939 in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, MD, d. 4 Oct 1939. She lived 5 months and 3 days. She is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bladensburg, Prince George’s County, MD.

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10.3 Judith Ann French, b. 30 Jul 1940 in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, MD, m. Alfred Kellogg, d. 2 Dec 1982. They had son Earl Kellogg. Judith was cremated and ashes scattered.

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10.4 Jim French – James Robert French?

10.5 Bill French.

10.6 Mary French, m. Rhodes.

Children of Richard P. French and Anna Mae Talbot, 9.15

10.7 Paulette Louise French, b. 1946, New Orleans, m. Paul Myron Bradburn, 1975, in Springfield, MO [4]. They had children Monica Pauline Bradburn, b. 1979 in Fort Worth, TX [4] and Edward Damien Bradburn, b. 1982 in Fort Worth, TX [4]. On Facebook as Paulette French Bradburn. Email: pp.bradburn@sbcglobal.net.

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10.8  Linda Catherine French, b. 1948 in New Orleans, m. George Eric Mariz in 1970 in Columbia, MO [4]. They had children Paul Louis Mariz, b. 1973 [4], and Anna Prejean Morgan Mariz, b. 1975 [4]. Linda is a novelist and George is a professor of history, currently living in Bellingham. WA. Linda Mariz email. Email: shutterhouse@gmail.com and George.mariz@wwu.edu. On Facebook as Linda French Mariz.

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10.9* Richard Paul French, Jr., b. 30 Mar 1951, Alderson, W. VA, m. Diane McCormick, 1981 in Colorado Springs, CO [4].  Rick ordered the DNA test in March 2016; the results matched DNA Test Group 1. Diane was born 18 Jul 19xx and is of Pennsylvania Irish heritage.  Rick and Diane live in Black Forest, Colorado near Colorado Springs. Email: rickpfrench111@gmail.com.

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Rick French and his wife Diane. Below is a French reunion of two non-related French families in about 2013.

Rebecca “Becky” French Garcia, Jason Garcia, Zaeda Garcia, Nedra San Filippo, Keith French (all of FFA Chart #6), and (from FFA Chart #112) Rick French, Sarah French, Alex San Filippo-Rosser, Janice Unoski (Nedra’s sister). On bench: Mary French, Diane French, Emma Unoski (Janice’s daughter and Nedra’s niece, and non-related friend.

10.10 Mary Ruth French, b. 1955, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, m. Scott Calder, 1982 in Springfield, MO [4]. They had children Clayton Andrew Calder, b. 1986 and Emily Nicee Calder, b. 1989 [4]. On Facebook as Mary Calder. Email: calderm@sbcglobal.net.

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10.11 Joan Marie French, b. 1956, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA [4]. Email: frenchjoan@hotmail.com.

10.12 Joseph (Joe) Alan French, b. 1958, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA [4]. No heirs. Email: animalhouse07@gmail.com.

10.13 Madeline Margaret French, b. 1960, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, m. Joseph Gal, 1984 in Springfield, MO [4]. They had children Thomas Joseph Gal, b. 1987; Christopher Gal, b. 1988; and Matthew Joseph Gal, b. 1993 [4]. On Facebook as Madeline Gal. Email: mjgal5@sbcglobal.net.

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Eleventh Generation

Children of Richard P. and Diane (McCormick) French, 10.9

11.1 Mary Eleanor French, b. 5 Mar 1984 (twin) [4]. She married Geoff Timblin who was born 17 Jul 19xx. They have 2 children: Rory Timblin born in 2013 and Colin Timblin born in 2014. Email: mary.e.french@hotmail.com.

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11.2 Sarah Kathryn French, b. 5 Mar 1984 (twin) [4]. She m. Alex San Filippo-Rosser on 21? Sep 2014 in Westcliffe, Colorado. Alex was born 11 Jul 19xx. Email: sarahkfrench@gmail.com and sanfilipporosser@gmail.com.

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Walpack, Sussex County, New Jersey

Montague was formed out of Walpeck, and is believed to be named for the Duke of Manchester, George Montague, as part of Sussex County. It was settled by 1701, when its people were ordered to vote in Ulster County, NY. They had come from Esopus (now, Kingston, NY), & followed the waterways and Native American trails. The Dutch West Indies Co., probably had trading posts here before the homesteads. The early settlement was known as Menissink - across from that island. The first settlers lived side by side with the Minsi [Lenni Lenape or Delaware tribe], and their property was deeded from the Indians. The treaty of Easton, in 1758, freed NJ from further Indian claims to land.

Until 1664, this area was controlled by the Dutch. Later, it was ruled by England and the Proprietors of East & West NJ. We shared one royal governor with NY until 1738. This area was included in the 1704 Minisink Patent from Queen Anne, which also covered property in present day NY, as our original northern boundary was to have extended to Station Point (near Cochecton, NY). New York also once claimed land as far south as Easton, PA and later to the southern tip of Minisink Is. Early town records note a Precinct of Menissink as of 1736 under Orange Cty. (recognized by NY in 1738). It came under Sussex County, NJ in 1755 and was renamed the Precinct of Montague in 1759. The compromise boundary between NJ and NY was settled at the fork of the Delaware & Neversink Rivers in 1769.

The Minisink Dutch Reformed Church organized in 1737, with its first building about 1/2 mile south of present site. It moved to the River Road location in 1827. The current structure was built in 1899. An early mill, built by Thomas Quick, was in our Millville area - before he moved to PA. The French & Indian War, necessitated that forts be erected along the river. Indian raids then continued through the Revolutionary War. The "Old Mine Road" was the early route used for trade and troop movement and was visited by Mohawk chief, Joseph Brant, and Count Pulaski. The first houses were made of stone, as wood was a sign of wealth. First industries were mills (sawmills & grist mills), blacksmiths, tanneries and small stores. Small communities developed within the township: Brick House, Millville, and Tappentown/ Duttonville. Brick House, with its historic hotel, had businesses, a post office - and was considered the "Village of Montague". River crossings were by ferry until the bridge to Milford was built about 1829. The D&H Canal caused present day Port Jervis, NY to develop as a center of commerce and the Erie Railroad further affected the future of Montague. Our town evolved into an agricultural community. Along with growing crops, people raised chickens, turkeys, hogs and cows. Between 1820 and the Civil War, many went West - to new frontiers. In 1850, our population was 1010. In 1920, it bottomed out at 534. Education began in one room schoolhouses throughout the community. The present K-6 elementary school site on Route 206 began with only 3 classrooms in 1955. Six additions followed, with the last in 1997.

This French family belonged to the Wallpack Dutch Reformed Church, Sussex Co., NJ. Church Register of the Wallpack Congregation, formerly spelled Walpeck. The Dutched Reformed Church of Walpeck, NJ, began on 31 May 1741. The Van Campen family were founders. They immigrated thru Staten Island, NY, as did the French family.

Wallpack Township, formed in 1731 out of Hunterdon County, included the present townships of Montague, Sandyston and the former Pahaquarry. The Delaware River forms the western boundary and the Old Mine Road, supposedly built by Dutch miners before 1664, traverses the township. From Historic Markers.

Bibliography

[1] FFA member Virginia Stodden, 405 South Autrey Avenue, Lafayette, CO 80026-2201.

[2] Gary Hiller, 3520A Winsor Place, Crown Point, IN 46307.

[3] Jennifer Van Stavern, 5935 Westmere Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919 (no longer at this address).

[4] FFA member Linda C. Mariz, 708 17th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. (360) 733-0771, email: shutterhouse@gmail.com.

[5] Richard French, email: dickfrench37@gmail.com descends from Richard’s son Moses. Per DNA tests, this line is closely related to Aaron French, Chart #21. Richard’s website: http://dickfrench.tripod.com/. Richard has long been baffled as to the father of "my" earliest known predecessor- Richard, b. 1775, first found at Walpack, Sussex NJ. in 1793 on the Militia eligible list. I think I have -at long last- reached a theory that withstands objective analysis. I'd appreciate your thoughts. My Y DNA has proven to be identical- 37/37 - to Philemon French b. 1774, son of Robert French and Joanna Osborne. Richard b. 1775 is not a known son of Robert. The Y-DNA is a paternal trait, So Philemon and Richard need to be from the same family. Richard b. 1775 left possible clues as to his heritage in naming his children. In the Dutch communities, it is common to name for the grandparents. Richard’s first wife is Easter Scrossman according to the DRC records. She  died ~1794. His second wife is Elizabeth Van - Auken or Vlerah or Vlerah, depending on looking at State/Van Auken family? DRC records. However; The girls in "my" Richard family are Seletie, Caty, Susana, Mary and Sarah. Selitie- I think for his step-mother, married to Richard French at New Germantown, now Oldwick. Dick French at 1108 W. Washington St., Carson City, NV, 89703, phone: 775-883-0215.

Š      See Ref [5]’s theory on the parentage of Richard French, Manifest Destiny at http://dickfrench.tripod.com. Dick French put together a lot of data to help discover Richard’s parentage. SEE [33]

Oldwick (zip code 08858) shown above is an unincorporated area within Tewksbury township in Hunterdon County, NJ. It was formerly called New Germantown and is the oldest German Lutheran parish in NJ.

[6] J. Michael Frost’s website of various French families. Email: frostinaz@cox.net and his website:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=frostinaz01&recno=0. This website shows over 400 Frenches, but not necessarily from the same family.

[7] Church Record of the Walpack Congregation, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 41 (1910), pp. 83, 94, 96, 98, 202:

Date: 1803. July 10.
Parents: Richard French, Easter Scrosman
Child: Selitie, b. 16 Aug., 1799; Susy, b. 25 June, 1801
Witnesses:

Date: 1803. Oct. 16.
Parents: Richard French, Esther Croswell
Child: Caty, b. 14 Jan., 1803
Witnesses:

Date: 1804. Oct. 13.
Parents: Richard French, Elizabeth V. Vlierden
Child: Marie, b. 18 Jan., 1805
Witnesses:

Date: 1806. April 17.
Parents: Richard French, Elizabeth ---
Child: Sarah, b. 18 Jan., 1807
Witnesses:

Date: 1809. May 25.
Parents: Richard French, Elizebeth Van vlera
Child: Moses, b. 27 March, 1809
Witnesses:

[8] A household headed by Richard FRENCH is listed in the 1810 census of Cross Creek Township, Washington County, PA.

Listed in Richard's household are 1 free white male under 10 years of age; 1 free white male between 26 and 45 years of age; 2 free white females under 10 years of age; and 1 free white female between 26 and 45 years of age.

Assuming that Richard is the free white male listed in the 1810 census as then being between 26 and 45 years of age, he would have been born between 1765 and 1784, according to the 1810 census.

Assuming that Richard's wife is the free white female listed in the 1810 census as then being between 26 and 45 years of age, she would have been born between 1765 and 1784, according to the 1810 census.

Assuming that the other persons in Richard's household are children of Richard and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of one son [which son would have been born between 1800 and 1810, according to the 1810 census] and two daughters [which daughters would have been born between 1800 and 1810, according to the 1810 census].

[9] The History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Chicago, IL: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884: Page 637, Rush Township:

It was here in the valley of the Stillwater that the first settlement in the township was made. The six sections which form the eastern part of Rush, 19, 20, 25, 26, 31 and 32 of Township 13, Range 7, like those in Mill Township, are a portion of the Dohrman tract. It began to be settled about 1808, and in 1820 the following settlers resided here and owned property: Thomas Archbold, the east half of Section 19;

Nathan Adams, the northeast quarter of Section 20; Peter Bennett, the southwest quarter of Section 19; Patrick Bennett, the northwest quarter of Section 31; Richard French, the northeast quarter of Section 31; Charles Foster, the southwest quarter of Section 32; William Lyons and James Martin, the south half of Section 31; Hugh Nelson, the northwest quarter of Section 32; John Niblack, the northeast quarter of Section 25; Levi Porter, the southwest quarter of Section 20; Andrew Sewell, the southeast quarter of Section 25; William Wilson, the northeast quarter of Section 32.

[10] A household headed by Richard FRENCH is listed in the 1820 census of Dohrman Township, Tuscarawas County, OH.

Listed in Richard's household are 2 free white males under 10 years of age; 2 free white males between 10 and 16 years of age; 1 free white male over 45 years of age; 2 free white females under 10 years of age; 1 free white female between 10 and 16 years of age; 1 free white female between 16 and 26 years of age; and 1 free white female between 26 and 45 years of age.

Assuming that Richard is the free white male listed in the 1820 census as then being over 45 years of age, he would have been born before 1775, according to the 1820 census.

Assuming that Richard's wife is the free white female listed in the 1820 census as then being between 26 and 45 years of age, she would have been born between 1775 and 1794, according to the 1820 census.

Assuming that the other persons in Richard's household are children of Richard and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of four sons [two of which sons would have been born between 1794 and 1810, and two of which sons would have been born between 1810 and 1820, according to the 1820 census] and four daughters [one of which daughters would have been born between 1794 and 1804, one of which daughters would have been born between 1794 and 1810, and two of which daughters would have been born between 1810 and 1820, according to the 1820 census].

[11] A household headed by Richard FRENCH is listed in the 1830 census of Dohrman Township, Tuscarawas County, OH.

Listed in Richard's household are 1 free white male between 10 and 15 years of age; 1 free white male between 15 and 20 years of age; 1 free white male between 50 and 60 years of age; 1 free white female under 5 years of age; 1 free white female between 5 and 10 years of age; 2 free white females between 10 and 15 years of age; and 1 free white female between 40 and 50 years of age.

Assuming that Richard is the free white male listed in the 1830 census as then being between 50 and 60 years of age, he would have been born between 1770 and 1780, according to the 1830 census.

Assuming that Richard's wife is the free white female listed in the 1830 census as then being between 40 and 50 years of age, she would have been born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1830 census.

Assuming that the other persons in Richard's household are children of Richard and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of two sons [one of which sons would have been born between 1810 and 1815, and one of which sons would have been born between 1815 and 1820, according to the 1830 census] and four daughters [two of which daughters would have been born between 1815 and 1820, one of which daughters would have been born between 1820 and 1825, and one of which daughters would have been born between 1825 and 1830, according to the 1830 census].

[12] Cudgetown Cemetery, Perry Co., IL, website:
http://www.perrycountyillinois.net/sub70.htm

[13] Tuscarawas County, Ohio Administration Record 1810-1839, pp. 483-484:

Estate of Richard French

A true and accurate inventory of the goods and chattels of Richard French late of the Township of Rush in the county of Tuscarawas as presented to the undersigned William Barkley, Alexander Edie, Jr. and John Robinson appraisers appointed by the court of common pleas of said county by Hugh Nelson Administrator of said estate this 7th day of June AD 1838.

Property

One mare & colt - $45.00
Four sheep - $3.50
One saddle - $4.50
One lot of clothes & basket - $7.23
One axe - $1.00
One hoe & ______ - $1.25
One ? & holding - $7.50
One pair of socks - $.59
One lot of wood - $1.37
One bottle - $.11
One bible & testament - $.75
One bin strand & cord - $1.00
Ten yards of flannel - $5.00
3 cuts of woolen yarn - $.12 ½
one pair of shoes - $.62
Total amount of appraisement - $78.32 ½

Given under our hands this day and year appraised

- John Robinson
- William Barkley
- Alexander Edie, Jr.

The state of Ohio Tuscarawas County

Before me William C. Kennady a justice of the peace in and for said county personally came William Barkley, Alexander Edie, Jr. and John Robinson of praises of the estate of Richard French late of the Township of Rush in said county deceased and were sworn will and truly to appraise all the goods and chattels of the said Estate which should be presented to them for appraisement. Given under my hand and seal this seventh day of June AD 1838

- Wm. C. Kennedy

Sale List

List of this sales of property goods and chattels belonging to the estate of Richard French late of Rush Township Tuscarawas County Ohio deceased sold at Public Venders by this undersigned administration of said Estate on this 23 day of June 1838.

Purchasers names:
Thomas Ogden - 1 wool hat - $0.26
Levi Porter - 1 saddle - $5.00
William Coples - 1 log chain - $2.06 ¼
Jacob Sponsler - 1 hoe & chivis - $0.18 ¾
Jacob Sponsler - 1 Axe - $1.13
Thomas Nelson - 2 lbs wool - $0.24
Moses French - 1 bed stead & cord - $1.00
David Gibson - 1 bottle - $0.08
Jacob Sponsler - 1 pair shoes - $0.18 ¾
Samuel Bonham - 1 Bible & Testament - $0.63
William Coples - 1 lot flannel - $5.20
Cornelius Crum - 1 pr socks & yarn - $0.41
David Gibson - 1 bed & bedding - $6.26
Samuel Bonham - 1 basket & clothes - $2.50
Moses French - 1 ewe & lamb - $2.25
Jacob Sponsler - 1 ewe & lamb - $2.00

Total amount of sales bring $71.38 / Signed Hugh Nelson, Administrator

Schedule of Debts

A true and accurate statement of the debts which appear from the papers and accounts and under which have come into my hands be due and owing to the Estate of Richard French late of Rush Township Tuscarawas County Ohio Dec'd. So far as known to the undersigned Administrator.

One note on David & George Gibson for $5.50

One note on Moses French for $350 with credits thereone $100 leaving unpaid $250.00

One note on Richard French Jr. for $300 with credits thereon $124.13 ½ leaving unpaid $175.96 ½

One note on Charles P. Everett $12.00

One due bill on Josh Cail $50.00

One note on Kiser Ross & I. Johnson $1.75

One note on Wm. Crum & Moses French $70.53 ¼

One note on Richard & Moses French $24.25

One note on Hugh Carothers $12.00

Total amount of debts due said Estate $599.99 ¾

Given under my hand this 1st day of August 1838/

Signed Hugh Nelson Administrator

[14] DAR Van Bunschooten Museum1097 Route 23 
Sussex, NJ  07461 
(973) 875-5335 or 875-4058. Website:
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njdar/Chinkchewunska/museum.html

[15] Laclede Co., Missouri website: http://books.google.com/books?id=JGFAO7WyPSwC&pg=PA155&lpg=PA155&dq=Missouri+blacksmith+%2BMO+%2BFrench&source=web&ots=NX-OTUKJTt&sig=3-bSbWzby0iZ4QX_sCCPGXV_RaU&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA155,M1

[16] Reformed Church, website: http://books.google.com/books?id=JGFAO7WyPSwC&pg=PA155&lpg=PA155&dq=Missouri+blacksmith+%2BMO+%2BFrench&source=web&ots=NX-OTUKJTt&sig=3-bSbWzby0iZ4QX_sCCPGXV_RaU&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA155,M1

[17] General Lassie, aka Hutchy, generalassie@aol.com, website in Dec 2008:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=laffordfrench&id=I12921

GeneraLassie’s website on Lafford French – NJ to TX, generalassie@aol.com (no longer good), new email: Hutchy, tutorsontap@yahoo.com. website: (note that there are many errors in this genealogy)
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=laffordfrench&id=I12921.

[18] New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume XLI, 1910. Website:
http://books.google.com/books?id=XdYUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA94&dq=%22Easter+Scrosman%22#PPP7,M1

[19] Genealogy Trails, Finding Illinois Ancestors, Perry County, Illinois, Veterans. Website: http://genealogytrails.com/ill/perry/pcvets/vets_f.html

[20] Schoonover Mastertree, Part 1, website:
http://us.share.reocities.com/mfs53211/mastertree1.htm. There are several Frenches on this line which are unknown to this branch.

[21] Zion Lutheran Church Records, Oldwick, NJ. Website:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~smokey/kjjkk/g0000092.html

1753  Samuel French marries Helena Rosenkrans @ Port Jervis, Sussex Co., NJ.

1771 Joseph and Elenora French christen Elenora @ Oldwick Zion Church, Sussex NJ. (now tied to FFA Chart #112)

1774  Sandyston Twp. Sussex NJ. Moses Frensh, listed on taxpayer list.

1774 Newton Twp. Henry Frensh, Taxpayer list

1778 Jeremiah French Resides in Sandyston w/ Margarite Van Gorder ( per communication w/ Marion Sherer)

1782/3 Richard French (b. +/- 1775) and Selletje christen Anna and William. Oldwick Zion Church (now tied to FFA Chart #112)

1797 Ye widow Selletje marries Wm. Louis @ Zion Church,  Oldwick NJ. (now tied to FFA Chart #112)

1798 Johanna French born to Noah French  (b. Feb. 1754) & Johanna Campbell (m. 1786);  Newton Twp., Sussex NJ. (Noah's first wife was Mary Rolfe. He moved to Essex Cty New York,  in 1801?; died 14 NOV. 1843 Johanna apparently d. Aug.6 1846) ( Think he's b. in east Jersey.

[22] Church Birth/Baptismal Records, Hunterdon Co., NJ, 1999, by Marietta Pickell, email: csimp@uclink4.berkeley.edu. Shows the Birth and Baptismal Records of Zion Luthern Church in Oldwick, NJ, 1770-1800, printed in the N.Y. Genealogical & Biographical Magazines. Website:
http://files.usgwarchives.net/nj/hunterdon/church/birthbapt.txt

[22] Jeanette French, Email: jfrench1@earthlink.net. From an email from Jeanette dated 18 Oct 2004:

Zerubabell is such an unusual name -- I wonder if there is any connection between Zerubabell FRENCH and Zerubabell NORTH families?

Note that Zerubabell FRENCH of Maryland may have been apprenticed in Philadelphia about 1714.

from the archives:
Subject: Will of Samuel French, 1715
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004
from Jenny LaMore

From Hall of Records Commission
Department of General Services
State of Maryland
# 813197, Vovl 14, p 80

In the name of God Amen, I Samuel French . . . I give unto my son Tho. French . . . I give unto my daughter Mary French, . . . . I give unto my son Zerbubabell (?) French. . . .and the part belonging to my son Zerubabell, I desire made be sold to . . . payment of the money to Zerubabell. My will is that my son Tho. . . . bind out his brother Zerubabell as apprentice to such trade . . . to be done at Philadelphia if possible. . . . constitute my son Tho. my sole Executor . . . . this first day of Dec., Anno Domini. 1714

Sam'l French

[23] 225 Years, a History of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oldwick, New Jersey, by John H. Munnich, 14 Aug 1939. Website:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~foulkrod/225_years.htm

[24] Herb Edwards, hedwardsjr@yahoo.com, website:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=herbedwards&id=I17299

[25] JQMagie@aol.com (email good in 2006) and allisons@brightok.net from NJESSEX-L@rootsweb.com

[26] Judith French, judith3331@verizon.net.

[27] Counterfeiting in Morris County, NJ, by Robert J. Pipes, 2002, website:
http://www.pipesfamily.com/cfiet.htm, Email: pipesb@pipesfamily.com

[28] Counterfeiting in Colonial America, by Kenneth Scott, website:
http://books.google.com/books?id=HweK4Om1xNsC&pg=PA144&lpg=PA144&dq=%22Zorobabel+North%22&source=bl&ots=32fiPzMJta&sig=nJ2Sv7iWQCbmmDEVTP_z_GUtUZc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=2&ct=result#PPP1,M1

[29] Liber 26, folio 77
21 Jan. 1748/9
HOLEGER, SARAH, Kent Co., Maryland.
Zorobabel / Zerabable French is listed in the 1790 and 1800 federal census in Kent Co., MD.    

To cusen Sarah Hynson, clothes & a spinning wheel 
    
To cuzan Elizabeth Massey, wife of Nicholas Massey, my black clothes & my hat. 
    
To sister Elizabeth French, wife of Zorobabel French, my saddle & bridle. 
    
To sister Rachel Chipley, wife of John Chipley, my black bonnet. 
    
To my 2 cozens William & John Hynson, equ. div., the money from a bill of loading. 
    
To cozen Charles Hynson, my riding horse. 
    
To cozen James Hynson, the money due me from his father estate & from Andrew Hynson, John Hynson, & James Brady. 
    
To nephew Samuel French, my chest & trunk. 
    
To nephew William French, my bed. 
     Extr: bro.-in-law Zorobabel French. 
     Witn: Daniel Hull, Andrew Hynson. 
     4 March 1748, affirmed by Daniel Hull (Quaker) & sworn to by Andrew Hynson.

Website: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/stagser/s500/s538/html/s538-26.html 

[30] Liber 28, folio 146
1 April 1749
FRENCH, ZOROBABEL, Kent Co., Maryland, planter. Zorobabel / Zerabable French is listed in the 1790 and 1800 federal census in Kent Co., MD.    

To wife & extrx., Elizabeth French, for widhood, the 100a of Partnership where I dw. 
    
To son Zorobabel French, s 100a on s wife d. or mar., Burks 50a, Frenches Lott 22a, mare Molley, saddle, & 1 sh. sterl. 
    
To son Samuel French, 50a on the N side Dead Branch. 
    
To dau. Hannah Massy, mare Hynns, other livestock, a bed, other hhold furn., & 1 sh. sterl., which I gave her after she was mar. 
    
To grdson Abraham Massy, a heifer yearling. 
    
The residue of my m. e., equ. div., to my 4 chldn: Samuel French, William French, James Williamson French, & Sarah French. 
     Witn: Thos. Gould, Sarah Gould, Mary Rosser. 
     3 June 1751, sworn to by Thos. & Sarah Gould in presence of Zorobabel French, heir at law.

Website: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/stagser/s500/s538/html/s538-28.html

[31] removed

[32] Amy French-White, email: frenchamyj@yahoo.com.

[33] MANIFEST DESTINY: A Brief Family History

The story has to start with the earliest French we have found that is known to be directly connected by blood-

Richard French b. ~1775. He is in Walpack,  Sussex County, NJ. in the  1790's.

It is probable that he is either the cousin, brother or the nephew of Moses & Henery Frensh, they are on the 1774 Sussex County Tax lists records for Sussex County. Yet, @ 18, Richard is in Walpack in 1793, Moses resides in Sandyston, now Union Co.; and Henry is at Newton Twp.., to the east.

We know an Aaron French was the son of Moses French per the recording of his marriage to Mary Myers: " "Aaron French, son of Mof[s]es late of Sandeston, dec with Mary Myers, daughter of Bastian Myers of Montague, May 28, 1797

The above couple have been married by me the date as above." Guisbert L. Sutfin, Justice.

Aaron and Mary named a daughter Easter.

The Brit's trashed this part of our Country when they resisted our independence - so a lot of records including the 1790 NJ. census were destroyed.

Richard and Easter (S)crosman (DRC records) christen Selitie, Susana and Caty in 1803 at the DRC at Walpack, Sussex Co. NJ. 

Selitie was b. 1799, all 3 are born by 1803. Mary was b. 10 Jan 1804. (m. Wm. Crum; d. 1891 see below).

I have found an Easter Beadle who married Jacob Crosman in 1797 in Sussex Co. could Richard's wife be "the widow Crosman"? Easter could also be a daughter of John Crissman and Maria Johanetha Schoonhover. They married in Dec. of 1773 and lived at Stillwater, just N. of the Warren Co. line, & S. of Newton.

The family moved to Washington Co., PA. in time to be on the census there for 1810. That census count does not match the known children. Did the older children stay with their Aunt/ grandparents?

There had been French's in Washington Co., PA for some time, I am not sure if they are related. Aaron French (potentially a brother or cousin) is still there in 1810 as he has a daughter  Ruth born in Nov. that year; however he moves to Ohio and is not on the 1810 census.

 Interestingly, PA early marriages relates that: (#)150; July 13, 1815, Hugh Logan to Martha Latimore of Buffalo. By Rev. Mr. French. That one marriage is the only mention of the Rev. Mr. French in that file.

Another son, Richard is b. in 1817. Our family moves to Tuscarawas, OH. in time for the 1820 census;  Several of the children marry there. 

Richard died in 1838.

 Moses m. Jane Edie, they have sons Alexander, William, Robert and Richard.

Daughters also!

By 1852 there is a record of Richard (b. 1817) buying government land at Pickneyville, Perry County, IL.. In 1854, Moses purchases acreage nearby.

Another French purchases govmt. land near Duquoin.

On the 1860 Perry Co. IL. census, Jane and Moses' sons Richard and Robert are living with Alexander.

William lives next door with his wife Margaret Willson and daughter Lucinda. Samuel is b. 1862, My grandfather Richard Vale French is born in 1864.  William is deceased by 1867 when

Margaret Willson French, widow with 3 children remarries Daniel Waggoner Hughey, a Civil War union Calvary Vet. born in Va..

Richard V. is still with the family on the 1880 census.  Hugheys are still on Pickneyville's  1890 census.

Granddad told me he mined coal before going to medical school.

There is an IL. marriage record for a Richard V. and Chitty Gussey in 1898. She remarries in  1900 and Richard age 36 starts medical school in Louisville KY.; graduating in 1905.  According to the Rice family,  he married "Mattie" Martha Rice in 1904.

He interns in Little Rock, AR. 

They moved to Dallas TX. Thelma was born in 1906, Richard Jr. in 1909.

Mattie dies in August of 1913. Thelma goes to Louisville, lives with the Rice's.  Richard goes to a Germanic orphanage.

Doc marries Mrs. Lou Boss, they move to Casa Ar.  He Doctors, she fills Rx's in their Drug Store.  Dad told me of catching the horse barefooted and without a rope to hitch it to the buggy so Doc could make his rounds. In 1926 fire destroys downtown Casa, including their store. They move to Ky. I think Lexington. He is a Railroad Dr.

1926 Richard Jr. joins the Navy.

Doc moves to Louisville, practice includes surgical privileges at Louisville Hospital.. Doc dies 1955.

Assigned to the battleship USS California, Richard is a Gunners mate. Medically discharged from the USN during the depression, Richard locates in Washington DC., attends radio school, starts a service business. Marries his office manager-   Children: Richard  D. II  b. 1937.

Elizabeth b. '38 or '39 dies.   Judith A. b. 1940, Mary 1944.  While business is in DC., have home in  Arlington,  then  Fairfax Park, Va.. We move to Durango, Co., in 1950.  James R. b. 1951, William D. b. 1954.  Becoming too ill to work, Dad returned to Casa, AR..  about 1965/6, d. 1970. Mom moved back to Durango, then St. George, UT. then Yerington, NV.; d. 1999.

Richard D. II joined Navy in 1955. m. Agnes Marie(Ame) of Chicago IL.. Served as USN Air Traffic Controller. Children Ame  b. Key west, Fl.; Grace E. b. Argentia, Nfld. .; Richard and  Carol b. South Ruislip, England ;

Denise and Steve b. Chicago

Aboard USS Forrestal for Gulf of Tonkin fire in '67. Divorced 1974. Married Anna  @ Lake Tahoe, Ca.  Became USN (Ret.) in 1980.  Airport Manager:  Danville IL. and then So. Lake Tahoe Ca.,

Retired, Anna and I Toured USA in our RV.

Moved to Sierra Vista, AZ in 1996.

[34] Kerri Conner Pajutee, kerri.pajutee@att.net. Kerri is not responsible for any research done on this page, but her name is kept here as she wants to be informed of any new information.

[35] Walpack, N.J. Book 78, of the Dutch Reformed Church. This booklet is handwritten, 169 pages, with hundreds of names. Website: Website: http://interactive.ancestry.com/6961/42037_647350_0324-00102?pid=300184238&backurl=http://search.ancestry.com//cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc%3DGIJ37%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26gss%3Dangs-g%26new%3D1%26rank%3D1%26gsfn%3DEsther%26gsfn_x%3D0%26gsln%3DCroswell%26gsln_x%3D0%26msypn__ftp%3DNew%2520Jersey,%2520USA%26msypn%3D33%26msypn_PInfo%3D5-%257C0%257C1652393%257C0%257C2%257C0%257C33%257C0%257C0%257C0%257C0%257C%26msypn_x%3D1%26msypn__ftp_x%3D1%26MSAV%3D0%26cp%3D0%26catbucket%3Drstp%26uidh%3Dnye%26pcat%3DROOT_CATEGORY%26h%3D300184238%26db%3DNYDutchChurch%26indiv%3D1%26ml_rpos%3D1&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=GIJ37&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=42037_647350_0324-00049 .

[36] From FFA Library: F512 Newburg (Competition), Laclede, MO. Contributed by Jennifer Van Stavern. Removed from library and added here. Letter from Jennifer on 19 Jun 1985: 5935 Westmere Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919.

[37] Terry French, tgfrench@bellsouth.net, email good in 2002. Researching Jeremiah French.

[38] This handsome Dutch Colonial house, built in 1787, was the home of the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, appointee of the Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church to take charge of three consistories: Maghagamack, Minisink and Walpack in Sussex County, NJ. The Reverend Van Bunschooten was thirty-seven when he arrived in 1785, and served the area until his death, forty years later. 

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