French Family Association

The Official Website of the Surname French

Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD, Public Square ca. 1900

Chart #129, John Peter French, ca. 1732
Chansford, York Co., PA
Warwick, Lancaster Co., PA
Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD
York Co., Huntingdon Co., PA
Ohio Co., IN
Botetourt Co., VA
Blount and Knox Counties, TN

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Peter French, b. 1762; Michael French, b. 1799; James Wesley French, b. 1828; Sarah Catherine French, b. 1866; William Henry French, b. 1855; Thomas H. French, b. 1850 (3 photos); Steve French, b. 1856; John Horace French, b. 1859; Samuel H. French, b. 1895; Cullen J. French, b. 1911

 


This chart updated by Mara French on 8/22/12. Numbers in brackets [ ] show the source material 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 marafrench@mindspring.com. Revisions: 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

NOTE: This is only a draft of this chart, mainly constructed for the use the DNA Test Group 4. Please make any corrections or additions to this chart – although this is not my family, I will be updating it from time to time. Refer to this chart by chart number. Additions are greatly appreciated. You will be notified of the next revision if I have your email address.

Contents

FFA Home Page

FFA Chart #129

In Appreciation

Foreword

History and Research

FFA Charts Related To This Chart

French Family Reunion

Immigration and the Census Records

Verification that John (Peter) French is part of DNA Test Gp 4

New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery

DNA Test Data for Isaac French

DNA Test Group 4 Test Results (old website)

DNA Test Group 4 Test Results (new website)

DNA Test Group 4 Lineages

DNA Test Group 4 Cross-Reference Chart

DNA Test Group 4 Blog

DNA Test Group 4 Descendant Chart to Testee

DNA Group 4 Analysis

DNA Testing

Genealogy

John (Peter) French’s Lineage

First Generation

Second Generation

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

Fifth Generation

Sixth Generation

Seventh Generation

Eighth Generation

Ninth Generation

More Links

History of Knoxville, TN

Unidentified Photo

Members of the Former French Family Association with Dues

Analysis of the Early John Frenches in Pennsylvania

German Surnames Connected with this Line

Donald Nelson’s Genealogy which includes sidelines of this French Family

John French's Will, 1787

DNA Testing

Bibliography

In Appreciation         

The FFA would like to acknowledge Pat Nickel (of the Peter French line), Sue Peterson (of the John French, Jr. line), and Karen Engstrom, Ref. [33], (of the George French line, son of John Peter and Maria Barbara French) who pulled together constructive data during their big push ten years ago, but didn’t get around to documenting it. The significance of this information is that it makes Peter, John, George, Elizabeth and Catharine definitely the children of John Peter French and Maria Barbara French. Patricia A. Nickel was born 20 Dec 1935 and died 19 Jun 2009 of lung cancer in Reed City, Osceola Co., Michigan.

The FFA would also like to thank Deb Skoff for her untiring efforts in trying to determine the connection between Henry French who m. Elizabeth Ersom, FFA Chart #31, and John French, FFA Chart #129.

Rebecca Freeborg needs to also be recognized. She has researched her lines all her life, and in 1985 she was in declining health and unable to do more. She writes that she has obtained deeds and land grants proving Peter’s brothers were Henry and William (the FFA has not seen the deeds and is not been able to prove this theory). However, she may have combined these names with FFA Chart #10 or FFA Chart #192 which are very similar and do have brothers Henry, Peter, and William. That is to say, all these charts may be combined someday, but for now the FFA has not proved it. She also is the one who found Joshua’s altercation with the English Count and his escape to Germany from Boston – Joshua being Peter’s father, and Joshua’s father being Samuel, but the FFA has found no validity in this statement; and in fact, finds it most likely not to have any truth with this family whatsoever. Rebecca says Joshua left Boston ca. 1762-64 and returned to Boston in 1765, but he must have been from another line. The name Joshua could be the same as John. Rebecca writes that she has no heirs and donated all her research to the FFA for publishing. Rebecca has a double middle name, Rebecca Minerva Maloney French, m. Arthur Freeborg. She was b. 28 May 1907, d. 21 Jul 1990 in Knoxville, TN. We thank her for making the New Salem United Methodist Church a landmark and for initiating and funding the gravestone for the first two burials in their cemetery, that of Peter and Rosanna French. Rebecca French and Arthur Freeborg are buried in the same cemetery.

Ray Novak. I would also like to thank Ray Novak for his years and years of research, and to his lovely wife Margaret who has keeps up with his French line after his death. She says that hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t think of something she wants to tell Ray, especially about his family tree. Ray died 27 Nov 2002 after battling lymphoma for nearly 13 years. His research has been sent to the Ripley County Historical and Genealogical Library in Versailles, IN, by his wife, Margaret. Her email is renfamilytree@sio.midco.net (good in 2005). Note: FFA Chart #51 now connects to this chart and the two charts are combined here.

Foreword

I’ve researched this line just about all I can from ancestry.com and from the internet. Additions need to come from family members or from local books or historians who haven’t put their information online.

P.S. Although John French is not of my line, I will continue to do research on him as time permits. My line is FFA Chart #6.

History and Research

John French was also known as Peter French or John Peter French, John being his Saint’s Name which was later dropped, and Peter being his Christian Name. This website uses both names depending on which name is used in which document.

Peter French bought 50 acres of land ¼ mile south of the widow Mong’s land in 1757 in Frederick Co., MD. The transaction became final in 1759. He had to be 21 years old to buy the land, and was therefore was born circa 1733 or before. He was the father of 5 children: Catherine, Elizabeth, Peter, George, and John French Jr. He d. 25 Dec 1787 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD [34, 35]. Washington County was formed 1 Oct 1776 from Frederick County. Allegany County was formed from Washington County in 1789. Hagerstown is the county seat. Hagerstown was founded by Jonathan Hager, a German emigrant from Pennsylvania.

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Colonial roads and migration routes to the South ca. 1750 and afterwards. When crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains before 1746, travelers from the Chesapeake into western Virginia were compelled to first go north to Philadelphia, then west on the Lancaster Road, then southwest on the old Philadelphia Road through York, on to the Potomac River, and connecting with the Shenandoah River Valley. A key historical event which influenced the migration of people from the Chesapeake to points west and southwest was the opening of the first wagon road across the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1746. It became known as the Pioneer’s Road, and allowed for wagon traffic from Alexandria to Winchester, the westernmost town in Virginia at that time. Winchester was located on the Great Valley Road. By traveling from Alexandria overland to Winchester, the route to access the Great Valley Road had been shortened dramatically. The trace today of the Pioneer’s Road is very close to that of the modern U.S. Hwy 50, which crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains via Ashley’s Gap.

As a result of the opening of the Pioneer’s Road, thousands of Scots-Irish immigrants to America changed their travel plans after hearing from relatives in America. Before 1746, the primary port of entry to the American colonies was Philadelphia. After 1746, Alexandria, Virginia on the Potomac River became an important port of entry for the newcomers coming from the Irish Sea. See more http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=19649.

FFA Charts Related To This Chart

FFA Chart #10, John Peter French and William Lewis French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #23, Isaac French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #30, Louisa French – no test
FFA Chart #31, Henry French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #129, Peter French – no test taken
FFA Chart #136, George French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #146, Samuel French —no test taken – may not be of this group.
FFA Chart #186, Philip French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #193, David French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #194, Jonathan French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #195, Jacob French – DNA Test Group 4

From Karen Engstrom: The DNA test was ordered by Karen Engstrom for her male French cousin who turned 90 years old in 2011. Evidently the men in the French family must have done some questionable things in their youth as most of them will not subject themselves to a cheek swab/DNA test. I have one hope left in South Dakota which means a very long road trip and right now I have a lot of irons in the fire. The test kit sits in a prominent place awaiting the day that I find my roundtuit and opportunity to drive to South Dakota. The project remains on hold - not discarded.

From Bea Waters: I haven't had time to follow through on the DNA of our family but in the DNA 4 Peter French and Rosanna Rule was listed in one of them. Peter is the one that gave land for New Salem Church, Tipton Station Rd. Knoxville. Tennessee. My grandfather was William Harrison French born November 30, 1857 married to Eliza Jane Talley. He had brother Micheal H. French married to Eliza C. French. I plan to have a DNA for myself and still plan to have one for Lester Bill French, grandson of Lester French. Let me know the steps I need to take to get these DNA tests. Bea Waters

NOTE: Very Important. It is very important that a French male take the DNA test so we can verify that the test belongs to DNA Test Group 4. To participate, please email marafrench@mindspring.com.

French Family Reunion

Ashley Ashworth Carter, webmaster@journeytotexas.co, http://journeytotexas.com/Johnson_Photo_Album.htm, http://journeytotexas.com/Jonas_Raymond_Carlton.htm

Reunions in Vernon, Texas, in 2008, 2009, 2010, see http://journeytotexas.com/Events.htm.

For future events, please email Ashley Ashworth Carter at webmaster@journeytotexas.com

Immigration and the Census Records

The only clue that we have that this family lived in Germany is the marriage record of John’s son Peter to Rosanna Rule which states that both were born in Germany. However, it is not the original record, but one typed in later years. I believe they both met in Pennsylvania, as I also believe John was born in Pennsylvania.

Peter Frentch appears in Washington Co., MD, in the 1790 census, along with George Rühl and Jacob Sheetz all next door to one another which indicates this is the correct line. The letter “t” added to French is actually an “s” which appears to look like a “t” in old German script. Another reason for the added “t” would be the impossibility of achieving an “s” sound in the German language from “ch” which would be a “k” sound. Preceding the “ch” with an “s” would soften the sound.

Peter Frentch, 1 male under 16, 1 male over 16, 1 female.
George Rühl,
Jacob Sheetz,

The Germans who m. into this French family had the surnames Rule (Rühl), Smice (Schmeiss), and Sheets (Sheetz). Many Germans emigrated from Hesse, Germany to Pennsylvania between 1748 and 1766. Hesse, or the Palatine (Palatinate or Pfalz region), was the area of highest 18th Century German recruitment and emigration. The waterways Rhine, Mosel, Ruhl, Main, and Neckar Rivers were the primary mode of travel from their villages to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, for emigration to America.

My personal hypothesis is that his family was originally from England and left for Holland for religious reasons. Jacob changed his name to Jacob Frans; Frans in Dutch means French. In Holland they could chose the religion they wanted (which was the initiation of the Baptist Church), but there was little work for them and they did not know the language. Immigrating to Pennsylvania was then more easily achieved, and Jacob’s first records might have showed him as Jacob Frans. His family members married into many German families.

There are 9 or more sets of twins in this French line.

Verification that John (Peter) French is part of DNA Test Gp 4

Proof that Jacob French (FFA Chart #195), Peter French (FFA Chart #129), and George French (FFA Chart #136) were brothers.

Š      Frederick French, grandson of John Peter French, and his wife Mary Hensely moved to Terra Haute, Vigo Co., IN [1] and bought land the same day (1 Aug 1837) and in the same county (Vigo Co.) as Ersom French, grandson of Henry French of FFA Chart #31 and son of George French and Elizabeth Sturman, which could not have been a coincidence, but showing that these two families were related [106] [49]. They lived in Vigo Co., IN, between 1832-1838.

Š      The FFA believes John had a brother, Jacob, who bought land in Washington County, MD, in 1785, two years before John died there. Jacob did not live in Washington Co., as he was living in Berkeley Co., WV, and paying taxes there. Jacob bought land called “Long Point” in 1785 and land called “Keep Secret” in 1787, both in Washington Co., MD; info provided by Vicki Ref. [106]. For more info on Jacob, see FFA Chart #195.

Š      The French family then bought land in Frederick Co., Maryland where only 3 men with the surname French are listed on ancestry.com: Jacob French in 1752 (FFA Chart #195), Peter French in 1759 (FFA Chart #129), and George French (FFA Chart #136) in 1776.

Š      Henry Kalb supersedes 22 November 1767 against George French (FFA Chart #136), Jacob French (FFA Chart #195), and Peter French (FFA Chart #129), all sons of Jacob French (1st) for £32.5 and 305 1/2 lbs of tobacco (Land records Liber K Abstracts 1765-1768, p. 117) [32]. Recovered before Wm Luckett, Evan Shelby. This indicates that all 3 men were brothers living in the same location; namely, Maryland. Henry Kalb is listed in the Bucks Co., PA, Church Records in Nockamixon township, where he was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Congregational Church. No French is listed from this church. Henry Kalb died in 1794 according to the Index to the Will Books and Intestate Records of Lancaster Co., PA, which include only one French, James French who died in 1763. This record of Henry Kalb is so far the only record we have indicating that George, Jacob, and Peter were brothers.

New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery

The church was built in 1898 on land given to them by the French family. It was added to the National Register in 1983. The architectural style is Late Gothic Revival.

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95 members of the French family are buried in this cemetery. For details, see http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSiman=1&GScid=2173041&GSfn=&GSln=French

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New Salem United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN, taken by Mara French on her research trip in about 1998. Located at 2417 Tipton Station Road, Knoxville, TN 37920

John (Peter) French’s Lineage

 

1.1 Jacob French, b. ca. 1702

 

     2.1 Louisa French, b. ca. 1723

     2.2 George French, b. ca. 1726

     2.3 Jacob French, b. ca. 1730

     2.4  John (Peter) French, b. ca. 1738, d. 1787, m. Maria Barbara

         3.1 Catherine French, b. 1764, m. Jacob Sheetz

         3.2 Maria Elizabeth French, b. 1765, d. 1817, m. John Schmeiss

         3.3 Peter French, bap. 1769, m1. Rosanna Rule, m2. Mary Rule, Peter d. 1849 Knox Co., TN

              4.1 Katrina French, b. 1792

              4.2 George French, b. 1795, m. Elizabeth Houser, George d. 1877

              4.3 Sarah Jane French, b. 1798, m. Alexander Nichols.

              4.4 Jacob French, b. 1799, twin, d. 1882, m. Sarah Kountz

              4.5 Michael French, b. 1799, twin, d. 1867, m. Dorothy Kountz

              4.6 Frederick French, b. 1801, d. after 1880, m. Polly Hensley

              4.7 Peter French, b. 1805, d. 1896, m. Malinda Ellison

              4.8 William French, b. 1807, died young.

              4.9 Mary French, b. 1808, m. Henry Huffaker, d. 1904.

              4.10 Anna Eliza French, b. 1812

              4.11 Andrew Rufus French, b. 1843, m. Caroline C. Rigsby.

         3.4 John French, bap. 1772, d. 1858, m. Ever.

              4.12 male French

              4.13 Elizabeth French, b. 1796, m. Joseph Parsons.

              4.14 Catharine French, b. 1800, m. David Parson.

              4.15 George French, b. 1803, m. Agness.

              4.16 Thomas French, b. 1805, m. Barbara.

              4.17 female French

              4.18 John French

              4.19 female French

              4.20 female French

         3.5 George French, b. 1775, d. 1857, m1. Mingo woman, m2. Sarah McBride

              4.21 Catherine French, b. 1796

              4.22 Susannah French, b. 1798

              4.23 Sarah French, b. 1800

              4.24 Margaret French, b. 1802

              4.25 John French, b. 1805

              4.26 Elizabeth French, b. 1809

              4.27 George French, b. 1811

              4.28 Priscilla French, b. 1816, twin.

              4.29 Abigail French, b. 1816, twin.

              4.30 Peter French, b. 1819.

              4.31 Robert French, b. 1821.

              4.32 Lytle French, b. 1823.

        3.6 William French (perhaps per Ref. [28])

        3.7 Henry French (perhaps per Ref. [28])

First Generation

1.1  Jacob French 1st. For previous generations and the siblings of John French, see FFA Chart #195. Jacob b. ca. 1702 (place unknown), and immigrated to Pennsylvania perhaps in 1738 and d. in 1755. He m. Martha.

Second Generation

Children of Jacob French 1st and Martha, 1.1

2.1 Louisa French, see FFA Chart #195.

2.2 George French, see FFA Chart #195.

2.3 Jacob French, see FFA Chart #195.

2.4* John (Johann) (Peter) French (Frensch), Sr., b. ca. 1732 perhaps in Chanceford township, York Co., PA. He could have been the only son of Jacob French 1st, who was born in the new world. See FFA Chart #195. John’s brother George needed to be naturalized; therefore, George was most likely born overseas, we do not know where, but it was not in England as he would have not needed to be naturalized. John didn’t need to be naturalized because he most likely was born in PA. Perhaps John’s parents immigrated to Philadelphia ca. 1730. John d. 25 Dec 1787 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD [34, 35], with his brother Jacob in his presence; Jacob died the following year, 1788, but in West Virginia where he lived; Jacob only owned land in Hagerstown, but did not live there.

John French was also known as Peter French or John Peter French, John being his Saint’s Name which was later dropped, and Peter being his Christian Name. This website uses both names depending on which name is used in which document.

Determining Peter’s Age

Š      Peter’s father Jacob moved in Antrim, Franklin Co., PA and bought land there in 1748. Peter remained in Chanceford, York Co., which is east of Antrim. Most likely he would not have moved west to live with his father, and then move east (not a direction most emigrants took) to return to Chanceford. Therefore, we believe he was an adult of at least 16 years of age when his father moved in 1748; Peter was born ca. 1732 or before. 

Š      Peter French bought 50 acres of land ¼ mile south of the widow Mong’s land in 1757 in Frederick Co., Maryland. The transaction became final in 1759. He had to be 21 years old to buy the land, and was therefore was born circa 1736 or before, not 1742 as thought earlier. He was the father of 5 children: Catherine, Elizabeth, Peter, George, and John French Jr. He d. 25 Dec 1787 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD [34, 35]. Washington County was formed 1 Oct 1776 from Frederick County. Allegany County was formed from Washington County in 1789. Hagerstown is the county seat. Hagerstown was founded by Jonathan Hager, a German emigrant from Pennsylvania.

Spelling of the Name French

The German pronunciation for a “ch” is that of a “k” as in Christ, so to make the “s” sound, the Germans prefix it with an “s” as in Frensch. This is only the interpretation of the name according to how it sounds. We have no idea how it was originally spelled, and it may not be that important in those days. The name Johann is a Saint’s name in Germany usually prefixed before the Christian name. Members of the Frensch family at Stehli’s (St. Luke’s) Union Church in Chanceford township, York Co., PA, are: Barbara, Johannes, John, Maria Barbara, and Johann: these members all spelled their surname as Frensch. The surname “French” does not appear in Chanceford records.

Chanceford township, York Co., PA, borders the Susquehanna River on the east, and the Mason-Dixon Trail runs through the township.

Also see “Analysis of the Early John Frenches in Pennsylvania”.

Marriage

John French m. Maria Barbara in 1762 in Chansford Township, York Co., PA. She was b. ca. 1740-1741 in PA. Maria Barbara was also known as Barbara, Maria being her Saint’s Name which was later dropped, and Barbara being her Christian Name. The only Maria Barbara I could find in York Co. at the time of their marriage was Maria Barbara Rudeshill. See discussion on Maria Barbara’s surname. Chansford was later spelled Chanceford. See a map of the townships of York County, PA. York Co. was formed on 19 Aug 1749 from Lancaster Co. Chanceford was formed in 1747. John and Maria Barbara moved south through Pennsylvania toward Maryland late in life.

After John’s death in 1787, Maria Barbara m2. William Albright in 1789 in Washington Co., MD. William and Maria Barbara Albright owned land in Dover, Huntingdon Co., PA in 1793. The deed was for land to be given to John French, Jr. Maria Barbara d. ca. 1817 in Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA.

Records

Š      The Pennsylvania Original Land Records Series for York Co., PA and the township of Chanceford lists Johan Frensch and no other one of this family; therefore, there is no Maria, Barbara, Albright, French, Frensch, Rule or Rühl listed.

Š      St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Chanceford Twp., York Co., PA: Baptism sponsors Jul 24, 1774 Johannes Frensch & Maria Barbara Frensch. Baptism Jun 22, 1795 Maria Barbara Schmeiss (parents Catharine & John).

Š      St. Luke’s Congregational, Chanceford Twp, York Co., PA: b. Je 8, 1774. Maria Catharina baptized Jul 24, 1774 parents Jacob Seiford & Catharina, sponsors Johanes Frensch, Maria Barbara, s. 19, 1775  Johan  (George?) baptized O. 15, 1775  Johan John Frensch, Maria Barbra, Sponsors Michel Worm, Ana Elisabeth. Stated in another format: Johannes Frensch was a sponsor along with his wife Maria Barbara Frensch, of the birth of Maria Catharina Seiford on 8 Jun 1774 and her baptism on 24 Jul 1774; parents were Jacob and Catharina Seiford at the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (formerly Stehli’s, now St. Luke’s), Chanceford township, York Co., PA.

Š      From the IGI Index, Johann Frensch was christened 15 Oct 1775 at Saint Lukes Church or Stahleys Lutheran and Reform Church of Chanceford, York Co., PA.

Š      Census 1779 Chanceford Twp, York Co:  John French 200 acres, 1 horse, 4 cattle tax 25.0.0, (no negroes)

Š      John and Maria Barbara French named their 5 children Peter, Catherine, Marie Elizabeth, John, and George, all born in Chanceford, York Co., PA.

Š      John Frensch and his wife Maria Barbra Frensch were the parents of Johann Frensch born 19 Sep 1775, baptized on 15 Oct 1775, sponsors were Anna Elisabeth Worm and Michel Worm at the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (formerly Stehli’s, now St. Luke’s), Chanceford township, York Co., PA.

Š      Barbara Frensch was a sponsor at a baptism along with her husband John Frensch. The parents of the newborn were John and Anna Morisson. They all witnessed the birth of Maria Morisson on 27 May 1782 and her baptism on 16 Jun 1782. Also a sponsor was Michel Worm at the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (formerly Stehli’s, now St. Luke’s), Chanceford township, York Co., PA. In 1786 John Morisson paid taxes in North Ward, Philadelphia Co., PA.

Apparently Johannes-Mattes Stroeher emigrated to the United States with John Jacob Stehli, on the ship "Priscilla", on September 11, 1749, under Captain William Muir. Other passengers were Rudy Juntz, Jacob ( ) Kuntz, Jacob Bart and Johan Nickel Neu and Johan Adam Neu. another ship of interest is the "Brotherhood", under Captain John Thompson; she landed Saturday, November 3, 1750. On board were Michael Wurm, and Johann Adam Stohr. Marriage records from the Katholische churches of the diocese of Trier include Matthias Stroh, January 28, 1728. His spouse was Margaretha Schmid Roemisch-Katholische, Bombogen parish, Whittlich deanery, Trier diocese, Rhineland, Preussen. Between 1728 and 1760, American pioneer Johannes-Mattes Stroeher, and his wife Margaretha Schmidt baptized several children (the total estimated number of offspring was 15). Witnesses at baptism in the Quittophilla Hill Lutheran Church, included his son John-Nicholas Strayer and wife Marie Catherin, his daughter Elizabeth Stroer, Michael or Michel Wurm (Worm, possibly a corruption of the name Warmpstler) and wife Ana Elizabietha, and Valentine Keller and wife Justine-Catherine. From the FFA: This proves that the Frensch family met the Stehli and Worm families in Pennsylvania as those families immigrated much later. See http://www.angelfire.com/ia2/z2/strayer2.htm

Š      John and Maria Barbara French moved south to Maryland from Pennsylvania later in life, probably after 1782 and until 1787 when John died. The reason for moving to Hagerstown, Maryland, could have been because John’s siblings lived in that area. Son Peter was baptized near Philadelphia, and son George was baptized in York Co., PA. Their children were all baptized in German churches in PA.

Death

From Ref. [33]: John French's will, dated 22 Dec 1787, was witnessed and signed by George Rule, the father of Rosanna Rule French who had married Peter French, son of John French who made this will. George Rule is listed in the 1790 census of Codorus township in York Co., PA, next to Chanceford township. Also in Codorus lived Maria Barbara Rudisell; hence the thought that her surname was Rudisell before she married John see Ref. [112] for many more surnames. John d. 25 Dec 1787 at age ca. 55. The will mentions:

wife, Barbara,
children Peater (Peter)
John
George
Catherine and
John Smice (the son of John French's daughter, Elizabeth),

all of whom inherited from their father, John. Because Elizabeth was married or because she married a Hessen soldier, John gave money to her son instead. Another witness to the will was Abraham Long. It was 6 years after John’s death that his son, Peter, moved to Botetourt Co., VA, in 1793. The will was read in 1789 (two years after the will was written) in Washington County, Maryland, and at that time signed by William Albright and Barbara, his wife, who was also the mother of John French’s children. Apparently Barbara French remarried right after John's death to William Albright.

The will speaks of John French, late of s'Cydecef, which could have been an old village name or the name of his house or land. This is an erroneous assumption, it is merely legaleez, says Pat Nichol, John French late of WASHGCOTY deceased”). The will was sent to us by FFA member Jackie Bullock from the Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Maryland 21401, dated 22 Dec 1787, Liber A, Folio 173 (2 pages), Appr. Per. Prop.: Liber A2, Folio 136, Accts: Liber 1, Folio 234.

The appraisal of John’s goods and chattels was written on 4 Mar 1788. The original will uses the name “John French” and not “Frantz”. The FFA has found no listing of the name Frantz for John. In 1787 their youngest child was not of age, according to John’s will. George Rule was a witness to the will of John French in Dec 1787 in Washington Co., MD [33]. George Rule was the father of John French’s daughter-in-law, Rosanna Rule. See John French’s Will. George Rule m. Mary Minker.

John French’s will was in the courthouse in Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA [106]. John’s son Peter had a son Peter’s son Frederick who was born in Botetourt Co., VA, in 1801.

The FFA believes John had a brother, Jacob, who bought land in Washington County, MD, in 1785, two years before John died there. Jacob did not live in Washington Co., as he was living in Berkeley Co., WV, and paying taxes there. Jacob bought land called “Long Point” in 1785 and land called “Keep Secret” in 1787, both in Washington Co., MD; info provided by Vicki Ref. [106]. For more info on Jacob, see FFA Chart #195. A DNA test by a living French male, a descendant of John, would reveal if John and Jacob were brothers or not.

Will of George Ruhl

http://members.cox.net/lessparks/pafn43.htm

WILL OF GEORGE RULE SR. WRITTEN AND FILED APRIL 12, 1819 AND WAS
PROBATED
IN 1823.

WILL IS STILL ON FILE IN BOTETOURT COUNTY, FINCASTLE, VIRGINIA.

LAST WILL OF TESTAMENT OF GEORGE RULE:

In the name of God Amen, I, George Rule of the County of Botetourt and
State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby make
this my last Will & Testament in form and manner (illegible). 1st It is
my will and desire that after my decease my body be decently buryed & all
expenses attending my burial and funeral be punctually paid as well as all
other just debts that may be due or owing from my Estate and for the
purpose of discharging any expense or debts above mentioned I wish all my
personal property to be sold at public sale as soon as can be conveniently
after my decease upon such credit as my Executioner may think proper and
after paying all charges as afore (illegible) the balance or residue of
such sale (if any there be) shall be equally divided amongst my seven
children. Towit: Catharine Rule alias Catherine Sheets, Rosanna Rule
alias Rosanna French, George Rule, Christiana Rule alias Christiana
Disher, Jacob Rule, John Rule and Michael Rule. 2dly It is my will and
desire that my Executors retain in their hands the sum of one hundred
dollars for the more comfortable support of my grand daughter Sally French
to be paid to her as soon as can be after her Father's decease but if the
said Sally French should happen to die before her Father then and in that
case the said sum of one hundred dollars to be equally divided among my
seven children as aforesaid. 3dy It is also my will and desire that
George Rule and Peter French pay no Interest on money that I have
heretofore thought proper to pay them in advancement as so much of their
share of my estate which I direct that they shall account for each of the
pricipals but not for any Interest. 4th Whereas I have heretofore sold my
real estate or plantation to my two sons to wit Jacob Rule and John Rule
on a considerable credit for sundry payments If it should happen that I
should depart this world before any of the said payments become due that
whatever amount of money that may be in my possession at that time of my
decease after paying all necessary and immediate demands be equally
divided amongst my seven children as aforesaid that the said sum of one
hundred dollars to be retained for Sally French as aforesaid be put out on
interest until such time as she shall have a right to receive it & when
that time comes for to receive it, with the interest whatever it may be.
5thly and Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint Jacob Rule and Jacob
Disher Executors of this my last will and testament revoking all others in
testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of
April in the year of our Lord 1819.
[entirefamily.ged]

Slightly Different Version:

REFN47663 WILL OF GEORGE RULE SR. WRITTEN AND FILED APRIL 12, 1819 AND
WAS PRO BATED IN 1823. WILL IS STILL ON FILE IN BOTETOURT COUNTY,
FINCASTLE, VIRGINIA. LAST WILL OF TESTAMENT OF GEORGE RULE: In the name of
God Amen, I, George Rule of the County of Botetourt and State of Virginia being of sound mind
and dis posing memory do hereby make this my last Will & Testament in form and manner (
illegible). 1st It is my will and desire that after my decease my body be dece ntly buryed & all
expenses attending my burial and funeral be punctually paid a s well as all other just debts that may
be due or owing from my Estate and for the purpose of discharging any expense or debts above
mentioned I wish all my p ersonal property to be sold at public sale as soon as can be conveniently
after my decease upon such credit as my Executioner may think proper and after payin g all charges
as afore (illegible) the balance or residue of such sale (if any there be) shall be equally divided
amongst my seven children. Towit: Catharine Rule alias Catherine Sheets, Rosanna Rule alias
Rosanna French, George Rule, C hristiana Rule alias Christiana Disher, Jacob Rule, John Rule and
Michael Rule. 2dly It is my will and desire that my Executors retain in their hands the sum of one
hundred dollars for the more comfortable support of my grand daughter Sally French to be paid to
her as soon as can be after her Father's decease but if the said Sally French should happen to die
before her Father then and in that case the said sum of one hundred dollars to be equally divided
among my seven children as aforesaid. 3dy It is also my will and desire that George Rule and Peter
French pay no Interest on money that I have heretofore thought proper to pay them in advancement
as so much of their share of my estate which I direct that they shall account for each of the pricipals
but not for any Interest. 4t h Whereas I have heretofore sold my real estate or plantation to my two
sons to wit Jacob Rule and John Rule on a considerable credit for sundry payments If i t should
happen that I should depart this world before any of the said payments become due that whatever
amount of money that may be in my possession at that time of my decease after paying all necessary
and immediate demands be equally divided amongst my seven children as aforesaid that the said sum
of one hundred dollars to be retained for Sally French as aforesaid be put out on interest un til such
time as she shall have a right to receive it & when that time comes for to receive it, with the interest
whatever it may be. 5thly and Lastly I do he reby nominate and appoint Jacob Rule and Jacob
Disher Executors of this my last will and testament revoking all others in testimony whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of April in the year of our Lord 1819.

Chronology of John Peter French 

1738 “A” Jacob Frans who immigrated on the ship “Elizabeth”). The name “French” in Dutch is “Frans”. Most likely the French family immigrated about 10 years earlier.

1732-33 – John French was born in Chanceford township, York Co., PA. John was his Saint’s Name which was dropped in later years. His Christian Name was Peter.

1748 John’s father, Jacob 1st, moved to Antrim, Franklin Co., PA. One would think John had to be at least 16 years of age in 1748 or born in 1732, but we do not have an actual birth date for him.  

1751 John’s brother, Jacob 2nd, m. Magdalena Snively in Antrim.

1752 – Jacob French 1st, father of John, bought 100 acres of land in the Chewsville area in Maryland very close to where John’s brother, George, had 1700+ acres of land. Jacob sold this land in 1754, the year before he died.

1753 -- Jacob French, see Coldham, 4:102, and Patricia A, Anderson, Frederick County Maryland Land Records Liber E Abstracts, 1752-1756. Andrew Grimm owned 990 acres of land called “French’s Vineyard” in 1753 and 1759 with a certificate on the land saying Peter French (brother to Jacob French (2nd). The name “John” was often used in Germany as a Saint’s Name, and the second name, Peter, was considered the Christian Name.

1753 and 1759 -- Then, Andrew Grimm owned 990 acres of land called Frenches Vineyard in 1753 and 1759 with a certificate on the land saying Peter French. Then, George French, William Paca, and Samuel Chase did a resurvey on Three Springs in 1760. Also, Henry Pitner and James Macky made a resurvey on Frenches Vineyard in 1760, and so did Peter Rench and Daniel Dulaney in 1746. John Beard made a resurvey on Frenches Venture in 1759. George French made a resurvey on Balshears Misfortune owned by Christopher Burkhead.

1754 Peter French bought 50 acres of land ¼ mile south of the widow Mong’s land (see George Mong mentioned in 1757, her son). The transaction became final in 1759. He had to be 21 years old to buy the land, and was therefore was born circa 1733 or before.  He is most likely the younger brother of Louisa French, and Jacob French. Louisa married Jacob Snively in 1743, and Jacob French married Magdalena Snively in 1751. Based on these dates, we can say that Louisa was probably born in 1722, and Jacob in 1730 as they had to be 21 years of age when they married; it was very unusual not to be at least 21. 

1755 -- John’s father, Jacob, died in 1755 in Antrim, Franklin Co., PA, when John was only about 16 years old; John remained in Chansford, York Co., PA. John’s brother, Jacob 2nd, lived in Antrim in 1748 when he was 21+ years old.

1757 John Rohrer, son of Jacob Rohrer, was one of the first Mennonists to return to the valley in 1757 after people fled in 1755 because of the dangerous conditions related to the French and Indian War (1754-1763). John Rohrer purchased “Warm Indian”, a 500-acre tract from George French (the son of Jacob French 1st).

Deb, Ref. [1] sent the FFA a Maryland Militia List dated circa 1757 during the French and Indian War. It is a muster of Captain John White’s Company for 6 days of service. Ken Houk of the Conestoga Area Historical Society said that the “Mennonites did not fight in the French and Indian War for more than six days.” The names on the list that I recognize are men that lived in the Washington County, MD area, states Vicki:

John Stull
George Mong
Jacob French
Michael Miller
John Rorer (Rohrer)
Peter French
Henry Snevely (Snively)

Vicki noticed George French is not on the list, but went to Annapolis in 1747 with some of these men (or their sons with the same first name) to petition for naturalization. My sense is George and Jacob French (2nd) were a generation older than these men in the militia during the French and Indian War. Captain John White from the Maryland militia served his six days of service in 1757. And Captain White's sons were there:  Peter White, Leonard White, and John Stull. Capt John married Martha Stull in 1750. Jacob Stull went to Annapolis with George French and died in 1749. Click to see 3 pages of the Maryland Militia of Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1763, of Capt. John White’s Company, of soldiers (all Mennonists) who served their limit of 6 days per their religion, which Deb, Ref [1], sent to the FFA.  Page 1    Page 2    Page 3

Familiar names are Lieutenant Henry Snevely, George Mong, Frederick Rorar, Jacob French, John Stull, Michael Miller, John Rorar, Peter French, Jacob Miller, Andrew Hover. “Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774” by Murtie June Clark, 1983-1999, is online if you have a subscription to ancestry.com: http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/BookView.aspx?dbid=49108&iid=FLHG_ColonialSoldiersSouth-0003. 

Because of the border dispute along the MD/ PA border, settlements were being encouraged with land grants. Land warrants and patents were used for revenue and taxation.  A fire in Lancaster destroyed tax records from 1740 to 50. Early Lancaster records were housed in Westchester in Chester County, PA.

1758 -- List of Maryland Militia, 1732-1763, Muster of Captain John White’s Company, Maryland Militia, for 6 days service which was as long as a Mennonite was allowed to serve, proving all these men were Mennonites: Jacob French, Michael Miller, John Rorar (or Rohrer), Peter French, Jacob Miller, Andrew Hover (or Hoover), Henry Snevely. Andrew Hoover was naturalized in the same group as George French in 1747. This could mean that Peter French was at least 18 years old when he served in 1758 or born ca. 1740 or before.

1759 -- Peter French bought 50 acres called “Dry Bottom” about 1/4th a mile south of Widow Mongs in Washington Co., MD. She was probably the widow of Peter Mong. See LandPatentOwnersWashCo1730-1830.pdf. Peter had to be 21 in order to buy land in 1759; therefore, he was b. 1738 or before. The French family then bought land in Frederick Co., Maryland where only 3 men with the surname French are listed on ancestry.com: Jacob French in 1752, Peter French in 1759, and George French in 1776.

1760 -- George French, William Paca, and Samuel Chase did a resurvey on “Three Springs” in 1760. Also, Henry Pitner and James Macky made a resurvey on “French’s Vineyard” in 1760, and so did Peter Rench and Daniel Dulaney in 1746. Peter Rench may have been Peter French. John Beard made a resurvey on “French’s Venture” in 1759. George French made a resurvey on “Balshea’s Misfortune” owned by Christopher Burkhead.

1762John French m. Maria Barbara in Chanceford.

1764 -- dau. Catherine baptized.

1765 -- dau. Maria Elizabeth French baptized in PA.

1766 Apr 19 -- SKILES, William 19 Apr for 300 acres including his Improvement. Adjoining Widow BARNETT, John FRENCH and a Dutchman in Hanover Twp. His mark. Hanover is in York Co., PA. William Skiles was b. ca. 1737 in Lancaster Co., PA and died in 1767, just a year after this land deed at 30 years old. His father was from Wicomico, Somerset Co., MD, married to Catherine Harmon, and he d. on 19 Apr 1750 in Leacock, Lancaster Co., PA. His grandfather was Thomas Skiles, b. 12 Nov 1668 at the Stepney Parish in Wicomico, Somerset Co., MD. William Skiles of Lancaster, PA, was Irish. No French has been found in Wicomico.

1767 Henry Kalb supersedes 22 November 1767 against George French, Jacob French, and Peter French, all sons of Jacob French (1st) for £32.5 and 305 1/2 lbs of tobacco (Land records Liber K Abstracts 1765-1768, p. 117) [32]. Recovered before Wm Luckett, Evan Shelby. This indicates that all 3 men were brothers living in the same location; namely, Maryland. Henry Kalb is listed in the Bucks Co., PA, Church Records in Nockamixon township, where he was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Congregational Church. No French is listed from this church. Henry Kalb died in 1794 according to the Index to the Will Books and Intestate Records of Lancaster Co., PA, which include only one French, James French who died in 1763. This record of Henry Kalb is so far the only record we have indicating that George, Jacob, and Peter were brothers.

1769 Apr 29 -- son Peter French baptized at the New Lutheran Church in Falkner/Falckner Swamp, PA. He d. 3 Sep 1849 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

1769 Dec 31 -- Magdalena Frensch, b. ca. 1749 in Straszbery, York Co., PA, m. John Frederick Altvater on 31 Dec 1769 at the Trinity Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) in York, York Co., PA. The name “Altvater” means “old father” in German. Another listing shows the names as Johann Friedrich Altvater, b. 1744, and Magdalena Freund, b. 1748. Magdalena died in Berlin, Somerset Co., PA. Somerset Co. is actually 3 counties west of Franklin Co. or 5 counties west of York Co. [According to the dates, she could have only been a daughter of George French, son of Jacob, FFA Chart #136].

1772 Jan 9John Frensch, father, baptized in York Co., PA at St. Luke’s Lutheran and Reformed Congregations.

1772 Jan 9Maria Barbra Frensch, mother, baptized in York Co., PA at St. Luke’s Lutheran and Reformed Congregations.

1774 Jun 8 -- Johannes Frensch was a sponsor along with his wife Maria Barbara Frensch, of the birth of Maria Catharina Seiford on 8 Jun 1774 and her baptism on 24 Jul 1774; parents were Jacob and Catharina Seiford at the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (formerly Stehli’s, now St. Luke’s), Chanceford township, York Co., PA. Johannes is the German form of the name John.

1775 Sep 19 -- son George was baptized in Chanceford, although the record at All St. Luke’s Lutheran and Reformed Congregations in York Co., PA, states son Johann Frensch was born on this date, and baptized on 15 Oct 1775.

From Vicki, Ref. [106]: The Chanceford Townships - York County , PA, Volume 8 by Neal Otto Hively. On page 29, the members of St Luke's Church were listed from 1773 to 1791. There is a Johan Frensch in 1775, and a Johann Schmeiss in 1785. 

1775 Sep 19 -- John Frensch and his wife Maria Barbra Frensch were the parents of Johann Frensch born 19 Sep 1775, baptized on 15 Oct 1775, sponsors were Anna Elisabeth Worm and Michel Worm at the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (formerly Stehli’s, now St. Luke’s), Chanceford township, York Co., PA.

1779 John owned 200 acres in Chanceford. He paid taxes and exoneration for 1 horse, 4 cows, 10 cash in Dollars, and 200 acres of land.

       

1780 John owned 200 acres in Chanceford. He paid taxes and exoneration of £25 for 1 horse, 4 cows, 10 cash, and 200 acres of land.

1780 John increased his land holdings later in 1780 to 300 acres in Chanceford, plus 6 horses, 3 cows, valued at £523 and paid £39 taxes.

1781 John claimed 190 acres of land. Perhaps he gave land to his children or sold it. He also claimed only 1 horse and 4 cows. All were valued at £67 and he paid only £2 taxes, also in Chanceford, York Co., PA.

1782 John owned 199 acres of land, 2 horses, 5 cows, 5 sheep, and 1 still, valued at £91 and he paid £4 taxes, in Chanceford, York Co., PA.

1782 May 27 -- Barbara Frensch was a sponsor at a baptism along with her husband John Frensch. The parents of the newborn were John and Anna Morisson. They all witnessed the birth of Maria Morisson on 27 May 1782 and her baptism on 16 Jun 1782. Also a sponsor was Michel Worm at the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (formerly Stehli’s, now St. Luke’s), Chanceford township, York Co., PA. This date – 16 Jun 1782 – proves that John and his wife were still living in PA, but moved shortly to Hagerstown, MD, where John’s brother, Jacob 2nd, lived. The name “Maria” was often used in Germany as the Saint’s Name and was dropped later on; thereby, leaving her Christian Name “Barbara”.

1783 John owned 400 acres of land, 1 outhouse, 2 dwelling houses, and had 6 inhabitants. Having 2 dwelling houses could indicate that one of his children lived on his land. He probably had a total of 4 children living with him as he had no servants or negroes. His children along with birthdates were Catherine 1764, Elizabeth 1765, Peter 1769, John Jr. 1772, George 1775. No other French is listed in any of these years in Chanceford.

                                                                                   

1787 Dec 25John French died in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD. Thereafter in 1789, John French’s wife Maria Barbara French married William Albright in Washington Co., MD, and owned land in Dover, Huntingdon Co., PA, in 1793 – the deed was for land to be given to her son, John French.

1788 -- John's brother Jacob 2nd died in Berkeley Co., WV.

1789 -- Maria Barbara French m. William Albright (probably Albrecht) in Washington Co., MD, the year John’s will was read, and moved to Huntingdon, PA, along with two of her children: Elizabeth and John.

1790 Census of WA Co., MD (living next to each other)
Jacob Sheetz, with one son under 16 and two daughters under 16.

George Rule, with three males under 16 and one female under 16.
Peter Frentch, with 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 1 female over 16. The original census shows his name as John Frentch, but the ancestry.com index shows his name as Peter Frentch. The original is in very poor condition and very light and hard to read.

On a 1790 Washington Co MD List of Taxables I show a Peter French 200 acres on Cherokee Creek, Washington Co., MD, 20 Jan 1790 (the note on this tax roll states:  On 25 February 1790, North Carolina ceded this land to the Federal Government. On 26 May 1790, this area was included in the newly formed Territory South of the Ohio River). Cherokee Creek was the watercourse that David Lamon and John Lemon lived on in Washington Co., MD. Peter French lived next door to Jacob Sheetz and George Rule. See http://us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/md/washington/1790/pg0016.txt.

1793 -- William and Maria Barbara Albright owned land in Dover, Huntingdon Co., PA in 1793, during the same year that son Peter moved to Botetourt Co., VA. Maria Barbara had returned to PA after John died in MD as most of her children lived in PA.

1817 -- Maria Barbara Albright d. ca. 1817 in Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA. Some members of the Albright family are buried at the Franklinville Cemetery in Franklinville, Huntingdon Co., PA, but this cemetery was established only by 1830. No French is buried in this cemetery. The cemetery is also known as the Colraine Cemetery.

Thereafter – John and Maria Barbara French’s children dispersed in various directions:

Daughter Catherine French, baptized 1764, m. Jacob Sheetz, remained in Washington Co., MD

Daughter Elizabeth French, baptized 1765, remained in York Co., PA, and then Huntingdon Co., PA, m. John Schmeiss, an ancestor or her Elizabeth's mother. 

Son Peter French, baptized 1769, lived in Montgomery Co., PA, moved to Botetourt Co., VA, then to Knox Co., TN.

Son John French Jr., baptized 1772, lived in Botetourt Co., VA, then returned to Huntingdon Co., PA.

Son George French, baptized 1775, lived in York Co., PA, then moved to Ohio Co., IN.

Early Churches in Lancaster, PA

THE REFORMED CHURCH. 
In the Centenary Discourses delivered by Dr. Henry Harbaugh, at the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on October xith and 12th, 1851, on the occasion of the celebration of the one hundred and fifteenth anniversary of that church, it was stated that "it was about the year 1700 that the First Reformed or Huguenot Palatinate and Swiss families settled in this State, and in this country." The Discourses, as edited by Rev. W. Stuart Cramer, D. D., and published in "The History of the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, Pa., 1736-1904," however, state:

Reformed families came to this province of Pennsylvania as early as 1683. In 1709 there was a large emigration from the Lower Palatinate, and also in 1712. Among these there were some who settled in the hounds of what is now Lancaster county; and some of their names are found on the first few pages of the baptismal records of this (the First Reformed, at Lancaster) church. Such as Weyandt, Ferri, Le Fevre, Slayniaker (Schleiermacher), Zimmerman (Carpenter) and Franciscus.

Heller's Church: The Lancaster church was, however, not the first organized in Lancaster county. The fact that baptisms recorded in the church records as having been performed two years before the Lancaster church was formally organized point to the existence of an earlier Reformed church organization in the county. And it is now generally conceded that the mother church of the Reformed congregations in Lancaster county is Heller's (or as now known, Salem) Church which is situated about one mile to the southward of Mechanicsburg. For more, see http://www.salemhellers.com/historyofsalemhellers. [Lancaster County, once a section of Chester County (which was known as Conestoga), was established in 1729. The future city of Lancaster was established in 1730. However, Salem Church was already a place of worship for the Palatinate German settlers.

[From the FFA: It is highly probable that the French family attended the Salem Church in Lancaster as they named their church in Knoxville, TN, the “New Salem” Church, and it would explain why they added the word “New”.]

Upon its site once stood a small log church, "with seats of slab, and a floor of bare ground," erected it is claimed in 1722, and, so, deemed to have been the "first Reformed Church built in all the Conestoga country." In 1730-32 this congregation divided into six preaching places, among them that at Lancaster, states Dr. Cramer. According to a paper deposited in the cornerstone of Heller's, or Salem, Church, it appears that "This congregation was founded in the year 1722, by a number of German Reformed fathers. The first house was built in 1722, repaired in 1802, rebuilt and enlarged by the same congregation." Dr. Joseph H. Dubbs, contributed to the Lancaster County Historical Society, in 1900, a paper entitled the "Earliest Reformed Church in Lancaster County." In part he writes:

In early records there are frequent references to a church called "Conestoga," or "the Hill Church." it was always mentioned with respect as the earliest Reformed Church in all this region. No such church is known at present, and it is evident that it must have ceased to exist at a very early period. Concerning this church we have now a good deal of information.

If the earliest settlers had been accompanied across the sea by their European pastors, it is possible that Reformed churches might have been immediately established; but the people were left without leaders and had to meet the religious situation as best they could.

After waiting long for regular pastors, the people began to take matters into their own hands. They built schoolhouses, and persuaded the schoolmasters, or other intelligent persons, to conduct worship and to read printed sermons on Sunday.

In Montgomery County [the county north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] there was an excellent schoolmaster, whose name was John Philip Boehm. He was not very highly educated, but had in earlier life conducted the Reformed parochial school in the city of Worms, in Germany. His father had been a minister and he knew exactly how a Reformed Church ought to be conducted. Having emigrated to America in 1720, his talents and personal excellence were soon recognized, and three incipient congregations, Falkner Swamp, Skippack, and White Marsh besought him to become their pastor. He hesitated long, because he had not been ordained; but at last, after serving for several years as a "reader," he yielded and in 1725 assumed the pastoral office.

From the FFA: John Philip Boehm was b. 25 Nov 1683 in Hochstadt, Frankfurt Am Main, which at that time was Prussia, not Germany. He d. 29 Apr 1749 in Hellertown, Lehigh Co., PA, and is buried in Blue Bell, Montgomery Co., PA. He immigrated to Pennsylvania probably on the ship “Laurel” with John Coppel, Master, from Liverpool and Cork. He settled on a 200 acre farm in Whitpain township, Philadelphia (later Montgomery) County which he purchased in Sep 1736. This information is given here perhaps to find a path for finding Jacob French. For details see http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/e/b/e/Wiliam-W-Eberwein/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-1386.html.

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The Reformed people of Conestoga were a little slower in effecting an organization. For several years their devotions had been led by a pious tailor, named John Conrad Templeman. This man subsequently wrote a letter to the Synods of North and South Holland, in which he embodied his recollections * * * In his letter, dated February 13, 1733, * * * he says: "The church in Canastoka had its origin in the year 1725, with a small gathering in private houses, here and there, with the reading of a sermon, with singing and prayer, according to the German Reformed order, on all Sundays and holidays; but, for want of ministers, without the administration of baptism and the Lord's Supper." * *

* When the Reformed people of Conestoga learned that Boehm had organized the churches of Philadelphia County, they invited him to perform a similar service in their behalf; and he acceded to their request. In a letter to the Classis of Amsterdam, dated January 14, 1739, he says: "This district of Cannestoga is very extensive. The first congregation which was gathered here I call Hill Church (Bergkirek); it is situated in the centre. I served it according to their call to come to them twice a year, for the first time in the year 1727, on the 15th of October, and there were present fifty-nine communicants, as this was the first time that a communion service had been celebrated in the Cannestoga Valley." During the periods intervening between the semi-annual communion seasons, I suppose, Templeman continued to act as reader.

A month earlier, the first ordained Reformed Church minister to land in America, arrived in Philadelphia; and when he, the Rev. George Michael Weiss, "heard that Boehm was performing ministerial acts without ordination, he protested vigorously in word and deed." He drew the Conestoga congregation away from Boehm; only temporarily, however, for the latter soon applied for regular ordination to the Classis of Amsterdam; and his request was granted. Boehm was ordained by the Dutch Ministers of New York on January 29, 1730; and thereafter, for some years, he served the Conestoga congregation. Templeman enumerated the congregations in what he regarded as Boehm's District as follows:

The first congregation numbered 55 members, with the following Elders: Rudolf Heller and Michael Albert.

The second congregation numbered 51. The Elders were: Hans George Schwab, Johannes Goehr and Conrad Werns.

The third congregation numbered 30. Their Elders were: Johann Jacob Hock and Andrew Halsbrun.

The name of the first elder of the first congregation seems to indicate the connection between the first Conestoga church and that near Mechanicsburg known as Heller's Church. Dr. Dubbs writes:

Concerning the identification of these churches there is little difficulty. The first is, of course, "Conestoga," Michael Albert is mentioned in Boehm's correspondence as an elder of "the Hill Church," as late as 1740. The second congregation was "Cocalico"--afterwards called Bethany, near Ephrata * * * The third congregation was Lancaster * * * After this period the history of the Conestoga Church becomes indistinctive * * * After 1739 the Conestoga church was served at intervals by the Rev. J. B. Rieger, of Lancaster, but it had evidently ceased to be regarded as an important point. In that year Boehm reported that the congregations at Lancaster, Cocalico, and Hill worshipped in log buildings. In 1740 the Hill Church offered to pay an annual salary of eight pounds and twenty-five bushels of oats for the services of a regular minister.

Lancaster is referred to in the church minutes of 1748 as "the new town in Cannastoka"; and the records seem to indicate that the regular services in the Hill Church had by that time been discontinued. Dr. Dubbs goes exhaustively into reasons for thinking that Heller's Church was the original Conestoga Reformed Church (see vol. V, number I, Papers of the Lancaster County Historical Society), and closes with the following paragraph:

The argument which we have presented is cumulative, but it is convincing. Consider it as we will, there is but one conclusion. The old Conestoga Church passed out of history more than a century ago, but the line of historic descent was never entirely broken, and Heller's Church now occupies the site of the earliest Reformed Church in Lancaster County.

The second congregation at Heller's was organized by the Rev. Daniel Hertz in 1830, "on the basis of an earlier organization." Dr. Dubbs writes: "There was at that time a small log church, which was occasionally opened for public worship, but no regular pastor had for a long time been stationed there." The churchyard, however, presents almost an unbroken connection, there being tombstones in it bearing the dates 1729, 1737, 1762, 1776, 1789 (presumably years of death, not birth). Furthermore, when the church was rebuilt in 1860, the words "Founded about 1722" were chiselled into the cornerstone.

First Reformed Church of Lancaster: Of the congregations that branched from Heller's Church, the first that calls for review is the First Reformed Church of Lancaster; and it should here be stated that the following outline of its history is drawn mainly from the published works of Dr. W. Stuart Cramer, regarding that church.

The first records of the First Reformed Church at Lancaster are entitled "Church Protocol of the newly built Reformed Church here in the island of Pennsylvania in Cannastoken in the new town named Lancaster." Dr. Harbaugh's translation of this Protocol reads, in part as follows:

Now as regards the building of this our church, the beginning was made in the year 1736, and by the help of God it was so far completed that on the 2oth of June, or upon the festival of Holy Whitsuntide, we held divine worship in it for the first time. The teacher, preacher or pastor called to this office of God was the reverend and truly pious John Jacob Hock.

This was the first church edifice solemnly consecrated to God in the county seat, Lancaster; it was otlogs and so probably was raised in the year in which it was consecrated. The building of another church, the Trinity Lutheran, had been begun in 1734, but that edifice was of stone, and does not seem to have been consecrated until 1738, which circumstance indicates that the building was not completed until that year; hence the First Reformed Church might feasibly be claimed to have been the pioneer church in Lancaster.

The first log church stood upon the same site as that occupied by the present magnificent edifice. The plot of ground was given by James Hamilton, the deed stating that he, James Hamilton, favoring the application and request of "the members of the congregation of the Reformed Church of the High Dutch Protestants in the town of Lancaster," "doth freely and absolutely give and grant" the said lot "for the promotion of religion." The deed is dated October 5, 1741, and further designates the realty thus- "On which said lot or piece of ground a meeting house erected by the said congregation now stands." One historian has stated that the first log church stood on the opposite side of Orange street. The church records, however, refute this statement, though it seems to be a fact that the log building did later stand on the opposite side of Orange street. The explanation is that when the stone Reformed Church was erected the old log church was razed by the purchaser of it. He had the logs carried to the opposite side of the street, and there rebuilt. It was used as a residence until January 4, 1836, when it was destroyed by fire.

"As regards the election of the first elders of the church, John Henry Basler, Felix Mueller, John Gorner, and Peter Dorr were elected by the congregation and declared duly qualified." The first deacons elected were John Charles Keller and John Stephen Ramersberger. The first baptism was that of Ann Barbara, daughter of Abraham Weidtman, June 20, 1736. Twenty-one were baptized in 1736, fifteen in 1737, and twenty-eight in 1738.

The ministry of John Jacob Hock in the Lancaster congregation ended on October 30, 1737. Regarding him, Dr. Dubbs writes:

John Jacob Hock had previously been a ruling elder in the congregation and was chosen to the ministry by the people, somewhat as Boehm had been called at the beginning of his work. He also preached at Bethany, near Ephrata, and as soon as a regular minister could be secured he retired to private life.

He was succeeded at Lancaster by the Rev. John Bartholomaus Rieger, who was pastor until 1743. Dr. Dubbs writes of him:

Rev. John Bartholomaus Rieger arrived in Philadelphia and took the oath of allegiance on September 21, 1731. He had been educated at Heidelberg and Basel. He was commissioned for the American work by the authorities of the Church of the Palatinate. He was an ordained minister. He was not, however, deeply interested in his commission. For several years he was pastor in Philadelphia and at Amwell, and in 1739 accepted the pastorate of the Reformed Church at Lancaster, where his brother Jacob Frederick had in the meantime settled as a physician.

According to his tombstone in the First Reformed Church graveyard at present, he was born in the Palatinate January 10, 1707 * * * He died March 11, 1769. His brother also lies buried in the rear of the church.

From February, 1743, to November, 1744, the Lancaster church was without a pastor. In November, 1744, the services of Rev. Casper Lewis Schnorr were secured. He was pastor from that time until March of 1746, but "according to Saur, he was utterly unworthy of his office." Dr. Dubbs relates that Schnorr "had rested under a cloud before he left the fatherland." Nothing is known of him after his departure from Lancaster other than that he went into New York State. For some time after Schnorr's departure from Lancaster, the Rev. Reiger again acted as pastor, but it seems to have been a'temporary arrangement, for he was not well liked by many of the members, and in this second term as pastor, the differences between him and the congregation developed "into such a settled dislike that a separation took place towards the close of that year."

He was acting-pastor, in September, 1746, when Rev. Michael Schiatter "on his tour of regulating charges and settling ministers came to Lancaster." On September 26th Rev. Schlatter preached in Lancaster, entering into the objects of his mission. The Lancaster congregation "were unanimous in desiring a stated pastor," and undertook to contribute L40 in money, besides produce and other presents, for the support of a pastor. It is evident that the Rev. Schiatter considered the Lancaster charge to be an important one. He transmitted the request to Holland, and while awaiting the result of their call, he himself visited the congregation in November, 1746, and twice in 1747. He baptized twenty-six children, and in June, 1747, administered the holy communion in the Lancaster church to two hundred and twenty-five communicants. He wrote of that occasion:

The multitude assembled on this occasion was so great that the church could scarcely contain half of them; so great was the desire to hear the word of God; and most of them returned with joy and thanksgiving.

Michael Schlatter was born in 1716. He came to America in 1746, and preached in Germantown on September 18 of that year. He passed through Lancaster and York, on his way to churches at Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland, in 1747, states Dr. Dubbs. It was not his first visit to Lancaster, apparently. Through his efforts the first Coetus convened in Philadelphia, September 29, 1747. Later, he took active interest in the movement for the establishment of schools, and became the first Superintendent of Public Schools in Pennsylvania.

In response to the Rev. Schlatter's call, in behalf of the Lancaster church, the Rev. John Jacob Hochrentiner arrived in America, August 13, 1748. He was accompanied by the Rev. Dominicus Bartholomaus, "who was intended for the congregation at Tulpehocken." Mr. Hochrentiner proceeded to Lancaster without delay, and preached to the congregation. They confirmed the call, inviting him to become their "stated and regular" pastor. He returned to Philadelphia, and in October an elder was despatched from Lancaster to transport him and his goods from Philadelphia. Alas! The young minister was destined never to serve Lancaster. In attempting to unload his gun before packing, it exploded in his hands, and killed him. The written sermon he had intended to preach, as his introductory, in Lancaster, was found in his pocket. The disappointment of the Lancaster congregation was great when their elder returned unaccompanied, and reported that their long hoped for regular pastor was dead, and had "no more any por- tion forever in anything that is done under the sun." However, they tried to get the Rev. Dominicus Bartholomaus to come to them, as a stated supply, or as pastor. The Tulpehocken congregation, however, would not release him oftener than four times in a year. This number of services he held in Lancaster, and in 1749, the Rev. Thomas Leydich also preached. In September, 1749, while the Coetus was in session in Lancaster, the Rev. John Conrad Steiner arrived at Philadelphia. A call for his services was delivered to Mr. Schlatter by the Lancaster congregation, but disappoint- ment was again to be their lot. The newcomer fell sick in Philadelphia, and later took a Philadelphia charge. [The photo below is of the Salem Reformed Church and cemetery in 2004.]

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Donegal Reformed Church: The Reformed church history in the Donegals covers almost as long a period as the Donegal Presbyterian. The Donegal Reformed Church at Milton Grove, and the Maytown Reformed Church at Maytown, were the subjects of an extensive writing in 1918, by Rev. W. J. Lowe (see Lancaster County Historical Society Papers, Vol. XXII-3). Quoting therefrom, very briefly, it appears that "the beginnings of Reformed worship in Donegal took place shortly after 1720." There were at that time no Reformed church ministers, regularly ordained, in the country, but pious laymen would lead a service; reading a sermon, and having singing and prayer on all Sundays and holidays. The first such reader in Lancaster county was, it is said, John Conrad Tempelman, a pioneer tailor, from Heidelberg, Germany, who settled in the Conestoga, in about 1721. "He must be regarded as the founder of the Reformed Church in Lancaster county," or at least his name should be coupled with that of Boehm. Rev. Michael Schlatter "undertook an extensive journey," in 1747, which brought him to "the stream called Conestoga," and to Lancaster, from which place, some days later, he "went sixteen miles farther to Donegal, a church which lies north of Lancaster;" and there "preached to a small but spiritually hungry congregation of about twenty families." He found that up to that time the congregation had been "edified and served by a certain tailor from Heidelburg, named Tempelman, whom the people some twenty years ago urged to this service, they being willing to be instructed and comforted by a pious layman rather than be wholly without the public service of God." This is taken by Rev. Lowe as evidence "that there was a Reformed Church organization of some kind in Donegal, possibly as early as 1725."

In 1743;, the Rev. Jacob Lischy did missionary work in Reformed churches in Pennsylvania. He was a Moravian, a follower of Count Zinzendorf, who planned to unite all Protestant German churches, then in Pennsylvania, tinder a temporary denomination which he named "The Congregation of God in the Spirit." Rev. Lischy organized the congregation at Donegal in June, 1743, and in October of that year administered the Lord's Supper, according to the ritual of the Reformed church. In December, 1744, the Donegal congregation resolved to build a church.

The church in Donegal was built near where Centreville (Milton Grove) later developed. In December, 1744, Rev. Lischy reported that he preached in Donegal every six weeks, and only on week days. He added: "They are now building a church, which will soon be ready, and which I am to dedicate."

The church edifice was dedicated on March 22, 1745. The Rev. Christian Henry Rauch visited the church shortly before that time, and was much pleased with the new church. He "drew up a statement with regards to the church. It is to be general, for everyone who wishes to preach the Gospel in it."

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Third Generation

Children of John French and Maria Barbara, 2.4

A division was made in 1770, with the southern portion of Virginia becoming Botetourt County, covering today's western Virginia, Kentucky, most of Illinois and Indiana, and a third of Ohio; it ended at the Mississippi River.

John and Maria Barbara had 5 children: 2 went to Huntingdon Co., PA where their mother moved with 2nd husband, 1 remained in Washington Co., MD where their father died, 1 went to Ohio Co., IN, and 1 went to Knox Co., TN. 

3.1 (Marie) Catherine French [34, 35], baptized 1764, listed in her father’s will, m. Jacob Sheetz (or Sheets), had one son and two daughters. She may not have been m. by 1787 because of how she is listed in her father’s will compared with her sister Elizabeth – her father gives to her oldest son, not to his daughter Elizabeth. Catherine was m. by 1790, as Jacob Sheetz appears in the 1790 MD census in Washington Co., living next to George Rühl and Peter French. Catherine and Jacob Sheetz were also living in Washington Co., MD ca. 1800. She d. ca. 1803 in Taneytown, MD. Their son Jacob Sheetz was b. 1785, m. Hannah Marple, and he d. Apr 1860 in WV, age 75, as per the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index. In the 1790 census, Jacob Sheetz is listed as living in Washington Co., MD, living next door to George Rühl, who was living next door to Peter Frentch (as it is spelled in the census), all of this line. In 1850 Jacob Sheetz (the son) was living in Shepherdstown, Jefferson Co., VA.

3.2 (Maria) Elizabeth French, (known as Elizabeth – see naming conventions), baptized in 10 Sep 1765 in Chansford Township, York Co., PA, d. 1817 in Tell Township, Huntingdon Co., PA [34, 35]. The Pennsylvania German Church Records, Volume II, page 182 shows she was baptized in the New Hanover Lutheran Church, Montgomery Co., PA, the daughter of Johannes and Maria Barbara Frantz, sponsors David Neier and Maria Elisabeth. She m. (Johann or Johannes) John H. Smice (Schmeiss – the German spelling), a Hessian soldier, prior to Jul 1785 in York Co., PA, the year he was released as a prisoner of war for 7 years. John Smice was b. 20 Jan 1752/53 in Schonau/Schoneau, Schonstein, Hessen, Germany [34, 35] [33], the son of Johann Martin Schmeiss. In the 1800 census, John Smice was living in Shirley (Shirleysburgh), Huntingdon Co., PA. He d. between 1813 and 1814 in Tell township, Huntingdon Co., PA, and Maria Elizabeth French Schmeiss d. ca. 1820. The German spelling for Smice is Schmeiss. See biographic notes on Johannes Schmeiss. Also see See http://www.ourfamilyhistories.com/hsdurbin/tax-lists/1767Patax4.html. This family eventually moved to Ohio.

There is information on a Johannes & Maria Barbara Frantz baptising baby Maria Elizabeth, b. 10 Sep 1765, baptized 17 Nov 1765 in the Hanover Lutheran Church in Berks Co, PA [33]. The surname “Rühl / Rule” does not appear in this line. See website: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=keacooke&recno=1178

Schmeiss (a German name – male Schmeiss relatives joined the Hessian Troops in the American War for Independence)

The will of Johannes Schmeiss' father-in-law, John French, was probated on 5 April 1788 in Washington County, MD. Maria French was cut from the will by her father (John French) and her share was given to John Smice Jr., her oldest son.

They had 7 children:

Maria Barbara Smice, b: July 24, 1785 Chansford Township, York Co., PA

John Smice Jr., b: Abt. 1786 Chansford Township, York Co., PA    d: Bet. 1828 - 1829 Clear Springs, Washington Co., MD

George Smice, b: Abt. 1791 Washington Co., PA, d. 1853

Rebecca Smice, b: Abt. 1793 Washington Co., PA

Elizabeth Smice, b: Abt. 1795 Washington Co., PA

William Smice, b: Abt. 1799 Tell Township, Huntingdon Co., PA

Peter Smice, b: March 21, 1801 Tell Township, Huntingdon Co., PA, d. 30 Jan 1884 in Pine Creek township, Ogle Co., IL, m. Elizabeth Parks, had 11 children.

John Smice Jr. is mentioned in the will of Maria Elizabeth French’s father, John French. John Smice Jr. was her oldest son. John Smice Jr. eventually moved to Ohio, and also lived in Grand Detour/Pine Creek, Ogle Co., IL. John Smice, Peter’s grandson and son of his daughter Elizabeth French Smice, was born ca. 1786 in Chansford township, York Co., PA, only 1 year before Peter had died. Vicki suspects that Elizabeth, Peter’s daughter, may have been left out of her father’s will because she married Johannes Schmeiss, a Hessian soldier.  He and his brother Jorge (George) were born in Schoneau, Schonstein, Germany - their father was a shepherd.  Johannes was captured at Trenton (along with @ 900 other Hessian soldiers) on Dec 26, 1776.  He remained a prisoner of war until 1783....and he was paid for working on public buildings in Lancaster for a time. Johannes and Maria Elizabeth married before 1785. 

John Smice Jr., was born to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss circa 1786. John Smice Jr. was present with John Smice Sr. on the 1790 census in Washington County, MD, and on the 1800 census, Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, PA. John Smice Jr. paid taxes as a "single freeman" in 1807, Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, PA. In 1810, Tell Township was formed out of Dublin Township. John Smice Jr. appeared on the 1810 census for Tell Township as head of household and paid taxes on 1 cow for the years 1810, 1811, and 1812.

According to the PA Archives, Vol 9, 6th Series, page 23, John Smice Jr. was drafted (age 28) into the 46th Regiment in the War of 1812. On page 645, John Smice Jr. is listed in the 11th Division at Erie, Pennsylvania in March 1813. Volume 8, page 99 lists John Smice Jr. as being discharged about 5 November 1813 from the Company of William Morris of the Pennsylvania Militia. The military
records in the National Archives include a note which reads: "Deserted July 9, '13". This may have been a mistake or he may have gone AWOL (UA) and returned, since he was discharged about 5 November 1813.

In 1813, John Smice Jr. paid taxes on 3 cows. He continued paying taxes through 1816 on one cow. For the year 1817, John Smice Jr. paid taxes on one horse and Traxler's land. In the meanwhile, a daughter was born 28 August 1815. Then, John Smice Jr. appeared for the last time on the 1820 census, living in Hagerstown, MD. John Smice Jr. died between 1820 and 1830, since the 1830 census of Washington County, MD lists a "Widow Smice". Most likely John Smice died in 1827 at age 41 in Clear Spring, Washington Co., MD. John Smice m. Catherine Parks in 1807 in Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA, and had children Nancy, Mary, John, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Catherine.

From Ref. [33] Karen Engstrom: At this time, June, 1999, there is research being done into the possibility that John and Maria Barbara were of German descent, possibly Palatine Germans. There is information on a Johannes & Maria Barbara Frantz baptising baby Elizabeth in the Hanover Lutheran Church in Berks Co., PA. 

Births:  Lutheran Church in New Hanover, PA, page 182:
Frantz, Maria Elizabeth b. Sept 10, 1765, baptized Nov 17, 1765
parents Johannes and Maria Barbara
sponsors Daniel Neier and Maria Elizabeth

Census Records

1800 U.S. Census: [85]
Huntingdon County, Shirley Township, Shirleysburg Borough, page 135
Males Under 10: two (George, Peter)
Males 10-15: one (John, Jr)
Males 16-25 one (unknown)
Males 45 & up: one (Johan Schmeiss)
Females Under 10: two (Mary, unknown)
Females 10-15: one (Maria Barbara)
Females 26-44: one (Maria Elizabeth French)

3.3* Peter French, baptized 29 Apr 1769 (or 11 Jun 1769) in New Hanover Twp., Philadelphia Co., PA, according to the New Lutheran Church in Falkner/Falckner Swamp, PA [6]. There are two churches in Falkner Swamp: the New Hanover Lutheran Church in New Hanover twp., Montgomery, PA, and the Falkner Swamp German Reformed Church UCC.

Peter was baptized at the Falckner Swamp Church in PA according to Ref. [33] Karen Engstrom. Peter was baptized near Philadelphia [33]. The marriage records of the Reformed Church in Falkner Swamp, Montgomery Co., PA, 1748-1800, do not list this family. Peter was most likely the oldest son because he received the most in his father’s will of 1787. Peter d. 9 Mar 1849 [5] in Knox Co., TN [1].

Peter was aka Petter, Peater, and Pieter, and his surname was spelled Frentch or Frensch.

Peter French gave the grounds on which the New Salem United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN, was built. The Methodists were against slavery. The entire property was deeded to seven trustees among whom were Peter French, Michael Rule, George Rule, Frederic Rule, Michael French, and James Tarwater.

The New Lutheran Church in Falckner Swamp, PA, erected 1767-1768.

1762

Peter born in PA. Any record indicating Peter was born in Germany is unverified and only hearsay.

1769

Baptized 29 Apr 1769 at the New Lutheran Church in Falckner Swamp

1787

Peter’s father, John, died in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD.  Peter was 25.

1790

Peter is in the List of Taxables for 200 acres in Washington Co., TN on Cherokee Creek. So there was a Peter French in Washington Co TN by 20 Jan 1790 (the note on this tax roll states:  On 25 February 1790, North Carolina ceded this land to the Federal Government.  On 26 May 1790, this area was included in the newly formed Territory South of the Ohio River).  Cherokee Creek was the watercourse that David Lamon and my ancestor John Lemon lived on in Washington Co TN [107].

From Wikipedia: What is now Tennessee was initially part of NC and later part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on 1 Jun 1796, and was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861, and the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war.

1791

Peter m1. Rosanna Rule in Warwick, Lancaster Co., PA

1792

Peter’s dau. Katrina born, probably in PA

1793

Peter appears on property records of Hugh Allen, Botetourt Co., VA, 24 Apr 1793

1795

Peter’s son George born in Botetourt Co., VA

1798

Peter’s dau. Sarah born in Botetourt Co., VA

1799

Peter’s twins Jacob and Michael born in Botetourt Co., VA

1801

Peter’s son Frederick born in Botetourt Co., VA

1805

Peter’s son Peter Jr. born in Botetourt Co., VA

1808

Peter’s dau. Maria born in Botetourt Co., VA

1810

In the U.S. Federal Census of Botetourt Co., VA;
Note: this is not the Peter Frantz listed in the 1810 census of Botetourt Co., VA.
2 males under 10, Frederick, Peter Jr.
3 males 10-15, George, Jacob, Michael
1 male 26-44, Peter
1 female under 10, Maria
1 female 10-15, Sarah
1 female 16-25, Katrina
1 female 26-44, Rosanna

1812

Peter’s dau. Anna Lisa born in Botetourt Co., VA

1815

Peter’s name last appears in Botetourt Co., VA, in Sep 1815

1816

Moved to Knox Co., TN, where he bought land on 20 Dec 1816 in WD-1, page 353, 204 ½ acres of land on Stock Creek, just southwest of Knoxville.

1830

In the U.S. Federal Census of Knox Co., TN,
Peter was 60
1 female 15-20, Anna Lisa
1 female 20-30, Maria
1 female 60-70, Rosanna just before she died
also living in the same neighborhood as Jacob French, George French, Michael French,

1830

Rosanna died in Knox Co., TN

1831

Peter m2. Mary Rule (Porter). Mary died after 1850

1849

Peter died, 9 Mar 1849 in Knox Co., TN.

Marriage

Peter m1. ca. 1791-93 to Rosanna Rühl (pronounced and later spelled as Rule). Peter lived near Lancaster, PA, when he met and m. Rosanna Rühl (pronounced and later spelled as Rule), another German emigrant. The German spelling is Ruehl or used with an umlaut over the “u” and delete the “e”). Peter met and m. Rosanna in the vicinity of Lancaster, PA [4]. Rosanna was b. 1773 in Wallau, Hessen, Germany, the dau. of George and Rosanna (Shipley) Rühl of Hessen, Germany [1]. Mara French researched the village of Wallau and will add that information when found in her storage. George and Rosanna Rühl were buried at Old White Oak Cemetery, Penryn, Warwick Twp., PA. The U.S. and International Marriage Records of 1560-1900 show the marriage of Rosanna Rühl, born 1773 in Germany, m. 1793 to Peter Frantz French who was born in 1762 in Germany. Any record indicating Peter was born in Germany is unverified and only hearsay. The Pennsylvania Dutch are of German Heritage, not Dutch. Dutch is actually Deutsch, which means Germany.

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Peter and Rosanna traveled down the Shenandoah Valley and settled in Botetourt Co., VA on the James River in the vicinity of Springwood, where Spreading Creek joins the James River at the foot of Purgatory Mountain. The name of Peter French first appears in Botetourt County Personal Property Records of Hugh Allen on 24 Apr 1793. The name of George Rule, Sr., his father-in-law, appears in 1801, followed by John (Jack) French in 1803, William French in 1809, and Thomas French in 1812.

Rosanna French d. ca. 1830 in Knox Co., TN [1] and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. The graves of Peter and Rosanna French are marked only by fieldstones alongside the graves of their son, Jacob and his wife Sarah.

Peter m2. Mary Rühl on 13 May 1841 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, a cousin of his first wife Rosanna, who may have first married a man named Porter. Peter and Mary had a son, Andrew Rufus French. Mary died after the 1850 Knox Co., TN census.  She is listed on that census with her son, Rufus A., two other children and Peter/Rosanna's daughter, Sarah Jane French. Mary Porter was a neighbor of Peter in one of the census records. In the 1850 census, George Porter, age 16, is living with this family.

Peter and Rosanna probably belonged to the German Reformed Church, formed in 1770 in Lancaster, PA, where the majority of the Rühl family were members. In the First Census of the United States in 1790, Washington Co., MD, Jacob Sheetz (Peter’s brother-in-law), George Rule, and Peter French are listed as living next to one another.

Peter d. 9 Mar 1849 [5] in Knox Co., TX [1]. In his will he states his youngest “son is to share if able to take care of it" [9]. This son was from Peter’s second wife and only 5 years of age when his father died. Ref [9] has a copy of Peter French's will dated 23 May 1849. Peter is interred at the cemetery by New Salem United Methodist Church, Route 10, 2417 Tipton Station Road, Knoxville, TN, along with seven generations of Peter’s descendants [4]. Peter and Rosanna lived at "Mary-Marsh" on Little River near the Knox County and Blount County line.

There is reason to believe that Peter and Rosanna were the first unit of the family to displace themselves from the environs of northern Maryland/southern Pennsylvania and move to the banks of the James River in Botetourt County, VA, in the vicinity of Springwood, which was and still is a "Low Dutch" (German) community. The name of Peter French first appears in the Botetourt County Personal Property Records (VA) of Hugh Allen on 24 Apr 1793. The name of George Rule, Sr., his father-in-law, appears in 1801, followed by John (Jack) French in 1803, William French in 1809, and Thomas French in 1812 [4]. George Rule, Sr., died in Botetourt Co, VA, on 12 Apr 1819. His will, Volume C, 393, probated Sept. 1823 mentions his seven children, including Rosanna, wife of Peter French. The name of Peter French last appears in Botetourt County records in Sept. 1815. He had sold out the last of his holdings there, after having purchased lands in Knox County, TN. Court records in Knox County show Peter recorded the deeds for 204 1/2 acres of land on Stock Creek and along the southern limits of the county. (Dec. 20, 1816, W-D-1, pg. 353) [4]. After the probate of George Rule’s will, in 1824, Peter received a land grant of 137 acres in TN on the south side of the River French Broad. His brother, George French, owned land south of Peter’s land. Here Peter and his family lived and died and here they raised a stable family. This area became a German-Lutheran community.

 
French Broad River

Peter’s first commitment, after the land purchase, was to the Lord. a log meeting house, 20 x 20 ft, designated as a place to hold religious services. It stood on what is now Martin Mill Pike (a street) at Tipton Station Road. Whether the structure was standing at the time of purchase, or later erected by the Frenches, is unknown; however, Rosanna Rule French immediately gave it the name of "Salem," and the roadway became "Salem Valley Road," now known as "Tipton Station Road" [4]. The New Salem United Methodist Church is located at 2417 Tipton Station Road in Knoxville, TN. Martin Mill Pike was once the main road from Knoxville to Maryville. It was a road which Prince Louis Philippe, later king of France, traveled when he spent Saturday night, Apr 29, 1797, at an inn near the intersection of North Cusick Street and East Broadway Avenue in downtown Maryville. Maryville is a city in Blount Co., TN, only 20 miles south of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN

Peter requested his son George name his son (Peter’s grandson) Amos, (born 1831) in memory of his brother "who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783." [4] The FFA does not believe this statement to be true in that Peter did not have a brother, uncle, or cousin named Amos with any proven source material.

Peter embraced the Wesleyan concepts of the Protestant faith. He worked in Pennsylvania and into Virginia and Tennessee (NC). Peter brought the first of the Rules family to Knox County when he bought his farm. He had been in the area on preaching missions prior to 1812 – one letter states he "shook the hand of Asbury today" [4] [8]. Peter traveled establishing Methodist Societies and members of Rosanna’s family came to be with her when Peter went on a preaching mission to Texas. He also established a church in Roane County, TN, ca. 1811, in the vicinity of now Dayton. It was known as French’s Methodist Church. (Perhaps not valid. Peter’s brother, William, located in Roane County. He too was a minister [4].)

Peter is interred at the cemetery by New Salem United Methodist Church, Route 10, Knoxville, TN, along with seven generations of Peter’s descendants [4]. Peter and Rosanna lived at “Mary-Marsh” on Little River near the Knox County and Blount County line. The New Salem Valley Methodist Church is on the National Registrar of historic churches.

According to the 1790 Census of Washington County, Maryland, Jacob Sheetz, Peter “Frentch” and George Rule were neighbors [1]. See the will of George Rule.

Land Grants indicate that Peter French, Henry French, and William French were brothers per Rebecca Freeborg. They are both listed in Botetourt Co. Personal Property Records in 1809. William removed to Roane Co., TN after 1811 where he was a minister. Neither William nor Henry are listed in the will of Peter French’s father, John. Peter’s will was dated 25 May 1849 and probated in Knox Co., TN in Sep 1849.

Ref. [28] states “Peter French was what they called a circuit rider for the Methodist Church. According to the records Peter had a bother William who settled in Roane County and built a church called French Church. Henry was another brother that stayed in Greene County but I do not have the listings for them or Wm French in Roane County.  The ones that I have are the ones in Knox County for our family.  There are two different French families in Knox County which are connected to Peter.  Peter had six sons George, Jacob, James Michael, Frederick, William, and Peter, Jr.”

At the Salem Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, a special gravestone was created by Rebecca Freeborg, a descendant, to honor him and his wife Rosanna. She lists his birth date on the gravestone as 1770; however, in her book she lists his birth date as 1762. By October 1983, Rebecca French Freeborg had placed a memorial to Peter and Rosanna French in the New Salem Church cemetery to mark their burial spots.

Map of Knoxville, Tennessee

Description: knoxville

You will definitely need to get a better map if you plan to visit these places near Knoxville, Tennessee.

1.    The Salem-Methodist Church is at 2417 Tipton Station Rd. just east of Twin Creek.

2.    The Baptist Church is east of the Salem-Methodist Church on Tipton Station Rd.

3.    French Road and French Old Road are at the east end of Governor John Sevier Hwy (further east than is shown on this map), just before you cross the French Broad River on the east side.

4.    Peter French’s land at Stock Creek.

5.    Further west on Stock Creek Road is the Rule Gap (named after the Rule family) and land owned by the French family. Stock Creek Road crosses into Blount County where another part of this family lived – check if this is FFA Chart #10 and not this line.

6.    Charlie French’s house is at the end of Craig Cove right on the Tennessee River (last house). The Houser house is at the end of Houser St. right on the Tennessee River (last house).

3.4* John French Jr., baptized 9 Jan 1772 at the Falckner Swamp Church in York Co., PA; however, the 1850 census states he was born in 1769 in Delaware – he was age 81 in 1850. He is listed in Botetourt Co., VA Personal Property Records in 1803. In 1815 and in 1832, John was a principal township officer, a Supervisor of Tell Township, PA. In 1820 and 1835, he was an Overseer of the Poor. John’s father, John Peter, died on 25 Dec 1787 when John was only 15 years old. Thereafter in 1789, John Jr.’s mother Maria Barbara French married William Albright in Washington Co., MD. William Albright owned land in Dover, Huntingdon Co., PA, in 1793 – the deed was for land to be given to Maria Barbara’s son, John French Jr. This is the reason why John French Jr. remained in Huntingdon Co., PA.

Marriage

John m. Ever after 1792 as their first child was born between 1794-1800. The 1850 census of Tell, Huntingdon, PA, states that she was born ca. 1773 in PA. Looking at the other census records below, the date of 1770-1771 seems more accurate. A record of an “Ever George”, b. 1770 in PA is also listed as living in Franklin, Lycoming Co., PA, in the 1850 census, along with the Reaser family when she was 80 years old.

Death

John d. Jun 1858 at 86 years old in Tell Township, Huntingdon Co., PA [33, 34, 35, 4]. Because he died after 1850, he is included in the valuable 1850 census which shows individual names living in the household and not just ages.

Census Records

1810 Census of Botetourt Co., VA
2 free white males under 10, born after 1800, Thomas 1805, George 1803
1 free white male 10-15, born between 1794-1800, unk.
1 free white male 26-44, born 1765-1784, John – b. 1772
2 free white females under 10, born after 1800, Catherine 1800
1 free white females 10-15, born between 1794-1800, Elizabeth 1796
1 free white female 26-44, born 1765-1784, wife Ever

1820 Census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA
1 male under 10, b. 1810-1820, John
1 male 10-15, b. 1805-1810, Thomas 1805
1 male 16-25, b. 1795-1804, George 1803
1 male 45+, b. before 1775, John – b. 1772
2 females under 10, b. 1810-1820,
1 female 10-15, b. 1805-1810,
1 female 45+, b. before 1775, wife Ever

1830 Census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA
1 male 20-29, b. 1801-1810, Thomas 1805, George 1803
1 male 50-59, b. 1771-1780, John b. 1772
1 male 90-99, b. 1731-1740, who is this? John’s father John was b. during this time, but he d. 1787. Wife’s father?
1 female 15-19, b. 1811-1815,
1 female 20-29, b. 1801-1810, Catherine 1800
1 female 50-59, b. 1771-1780, Ever

1840 Census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA
1 male 60-69, b. 1770-1780, John b. 1772
1 female 70-79, b. 1760-1770, Ever

1850 Census. John m. Ever, according to the 1850 census of Tell Township, Huntingdon Co., PA, in which census they were living next to George French (age 47 and b. in 1803 in PA) and his wife Agness C. (age 47 and b. 1805 in the District of Columbia) and children Hannah (age 22 and b. 1828 in PA) and Lydia (age 19 and b. 1831 in PA). In the 1850 census, John was 81 and b. in 1769, Ever was 77, therefore born in 1773 in PA. Age-wise, it would seem as though this George was John’s son. (This line was originally Chart #51, but it now connects to this chart, Chart #129). Also in the 1850 census, John and Ever were living with Barbara French (age 35 and b. 1815 in PA most likely the wife of Thomas), John French (age 12 and b. 1838 in PA most likely the son of Barbara and Thomas), William French (age 5 and born in 1845 in PA most likely the son of Barbara and Thomas), and Thomas French (age 45 and b. 1805).

3.5* George French, Sr., born 19 Sep 1775 at (Stehli’s) St. Luke’s Union Congregation Church in Chansford Township, York Co., PA, and was baptized there on 15 Oct 1775, sponsors were Anna Elisabeth Worm and Michel Worm at the Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (formerly Stehli’s, now St. Luke’s), Chanceford township, York Co., PA. See Stehli Silk Mill. He d. 24 May 1857 on Irwin or Erwin Iceberg’s Farm in Bear Branch, Pike Township, Ohio Co., IN [33]. Erwin/Irvin Iceberg, now located in Dillsboro, IN, is a beef cattle feed lot and tobacco farm. George was a Methodist. The Methodists were against slavery. George was buried in the French Cemetery on Irvin Iceberg Farm near Bear Branch, only 1 stone, probably 5 graves [89]. George is listed in his father’s will. Karen Engstrom [33] is a descendant of George. George’s father, John Peter, died in 1787 when George was only 12 years old.

Marriage

He m1. a native American woman from the Mingo tribe ca. 1796 and had 5 children. See Mingo Indians. She probably died some time between Mar 24, 1805 and May 5, 1809 in Springfield, Huntingdon, PA. James Logan, one of the first settlers in this area of Pennsylvania, became renowned in history as “the Mingo chief”. She was buried in PA.

George m2. Sarah McBride on 5 Mar 1809 in Springfield, Huntingdon Co., PA [33]. Sarah was b. Dec 1787 in Huntingdon, Huntingdon Co., PA, d. 17 Sep 1863 in Alexandria, Madison Co., IN [33], and buried at the Starr Cemetery in Alexandria, IN [77].

 

Joyce Chandler, Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania

The church was organized in 1786 and occupied a log structure until 1831. The Reverend Samuel Ralston spoke from the pulpit from 1796 to 1836. The "meetinghouse" played a key role in the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion.

Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church. Off PA 88 at junction with Mingo Church Road (PA 1061) in Washington County (1-2 miles south of Finleyville, at 561 Mingo Church Road in Finleyville, PA, 15332, 724-348-5278). Photos by compiler with Joyce Chandler. Enlarged marker & church and enlarged meetinghouse stone.

"Mingo Creek Church. This area has been called the cradle of the Whiskey Rebellion. Here in the 1790s, a log meetinghouse stood near the site of the present church. Used by the Mingo Creek Society after its formation in February 1794, it became a nerve center for protest against the whiskey excise tax. Society members were active in militia musters held on these grounds; some are now buried in the churchyard.

"Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission."

"Mingo Creek Meeting House. Organized in 1788. This pioneer congregation first worshiped in a 50 ft square log building with rough benches for seats constructed in 1786 on the site of the present manse. The first pastor Doctor Samuel Ralston was born in Northern Ireland of Scotch parents and received his education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He was installed as pastor in 1796. The present church was built in 1831. (stone)Dedicated 1958."

From "History of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland Counties, IN 1885", Pike Township - Ohio County, [39].

"Other pioneers of the township, who had located here between sixty and seventy years ago, can be recalled George French and family (Pennsylvanians), Samuel Cunningham and family, Peter Bear (a Virginian) and family, John and Elisha Clark (from Ohio here) and families, Norman Sloan and family, Benjamin Locks and family, Jeremiah Folsom and family, Ebenezer Phelps and family, and a Mr. Walson, all of whom lived in and about what is called Freedom; along Laughery Creek, lived Samuel Graham, John Lyons, Isaac Bisby, some of the Purcell's and a man by the name of Spears, all men with families; and on Bear Creek, lived Benjamin Dulph and family. These men were all in the strictest sense pioneers, clearing up and improving farms, and otherwise identified in the township's history."

"In the early settlement in the southern part of the township, a class of Methodists was accustomed to worship at the residence of George French, who was a class-leader. This denomination, we believe, has never erected a meeting-house of their own in the township."

George W. French was an enlisted man from Ohio County as nearly as can be obtained (the place of residence and the company not given in the adjutant-general’s report).”

From “Pike Township, Ohio Co., IN: Freedom, or Cole's Corners”.

“This consists of a little cluster of houses located along the highway where two country roads cross, in the southern part of the township, where is a post office, and some little business. The post office was first established on Bear Creek, under the name of Bear Branch, with Henry A. Downey, once a prominent lawyer of Vevay, as postmaster..." The grave of George French is located on the farm of Erwin Iceberg which is located about a mile north of Bear Branch, IN. The broken stone lies in the pasture behind the building of the farm.

Census Records

Children:
Catherine 1796 Huntingdon Co PA
Susannah 1798
Sarah 1800
Margaret 1802 Mercer Co PA
John 1805

Elizabeth 1809 Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co IN
George 1811 Dearborn, Dearborn Co IN
Priscilla 1816
Abigail 1816
Peter 1819 Hardentown, Dearborn Co IN
Lytle 1823

1800 Springfield, Huntingdon, PA
1 male 26-44, George
4 females under 10, Catherine 1796, Susannah 1798, Sarah 1800, Margaret 1802
1 female 26-44, Mingo

1810 Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN. No census here at this time.

1820 Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN 310001/2101
3 males under 10, Peter 1819, George 1811, other unk.
1 male 10-15, John 1805
1 male 45+, George
2 females under 10, Priscilla and Abigail twins 1816
1 female 26-44, Sarah

1830 Caesar Creek, Dearborn Co. IN 02110001/0002001
2 males 5-9, Lytle 1823 and unk.
1 male 10-14, Peter 1819
1 male 15-19, George 1811
1 male 50-59, George
2 females 15-19, Priscilla and Abigail, 1816
1 female 40-49, Sarah

1840 Dearborn Co. IN 000200001/011002
2 males 15-19, Lytle, Peter
1 male 60-69, George
1 female 5-9, unk, perhaps grandchild
1 female 10-14, unk, perhaps grandchild
2 females 30-39, earlier daughter
1 female 40-49, Sarah

1850 Pike, Ohio Co. IN [census is incorrect and states Charles instead of George]
George French 75 born in PA, farmer with $1,000 of real estate
Sarah 63 born in PA
Living next door is Lytle French, age 27, farmer born 1823 in IN, with his wife Elizabeth, age 29, born 1821

1860 Pike, Ohio Co., IN
Sarah French, 75, living alone

Fourth Generation

Children of Peter French and Rosanna Rule, 3.3

4.1 Katrina “Kate” French, b. 1792 in Washington Co., MD, d. young [1]. The family moved to Botetourt Co., VA in 1793.

4.2* George French, Sr. [3], b. 9 Jul 1795 in Springwood, Botetourt Co., VA [1], m1. Elizabeth “Betsy” Houser or Howser on 31 Jul or 4 Aug 1818 [16]. Elizabeth was b. 20 Mar 1791 and d. 11 Jun 1864 [1]. Elizabeth was the dau. of George Houser (1760-1843) and Philipina Herleman (1760-1791). George and Betty are listed in the 1860 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, living with several of their children and grandchildren. By the 1870 census, Betty had died and George is living with his daughter Evaline in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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Site of the Huffaker Ferry crossing the French Broad River from Huffaker land in Seven Islands to Sevier County near present day Kodak Tennessee.

1820 census of Knox Co., TN, no records for TN

1830 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
George French, age 30-40, b. 1795
1 male 10-15, William b. 1820
1 female under 5, Evaline b. 1828
2 females 10-15, Rosanna b. 1819,
1 female 30-40, Elizabeth Houser, b. 1791

1840 census of Knox Co., TN
2 males 5-9, Amos b. 1831 and Henry b. 1834
1 male 20-29, William b. 1820
1 male 40-49, George, b. 1795
1 female 10-14, Evaline b. 1828
1 female 20-29, Rosanna, b. 1819
1 female 40-49, Elizabeth Houser, b. 1791

1850 census of  Knox Co., TN
George, 55, farmer with £1500 value of real estate
Elizabeth, 60, wife
William, 30, farmer, son
Eveline, 22, daughter
Amos, 19, farmer, son
Henry, 16, farmer, son

1860 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, living next to his brother Michael
George 65 farmer with £2500 worth of real estate and £3000 worth of personal estate
Betty 69 George’s wife
Henry 21 £400 of personal estate
Polly 39 £110 of personal estate
Annas (Amos) 27 farmer £1000 worth of real estate and £500 worth of personal estate
Malinda 27, Amos’ wife
William 3, Amos’ son
Elizabeth 1/12, Amos dau.

1870 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
George was 75 and living with Jacob and Evaline French Tarwater, his daughter. George is indexed as George Frech.

Death

George d. 11 Mar 1877 or 1872 [1], and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. Elizabeth was b. 20 Mar 1791 and d. 11 Jun 1864 [1].

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4.3 Sarah Jane “Sally” French, b. ca. 1798 in Botetourt Co., VA, m. Alexander C. B. Nichols on 14 Aug 1855 in Knox Co., TN [1]. Lived with her stepmother Mary Rule in the 1850 census. Sally is mentioned in the will of her grandfather, George Rule. He must have cared very much for her as he mentions her several times in his will, but doesn’t mention other grandchildren. George Rule died in 1823 when Sally was 25 years old. Also in 1850, she may have been living with her sister, Mary in Knox Co., TN.

4.4* Jacob French, Sr. [5], b. 19 Sep 1799 (twin) in Botetourt Co., VA, d. 12 Jan 1882 [1], buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church, lived in Stock Creek Community, m. Sarah Kountz (sister of Dorothy) [1] [5] who was b. 31 Mar 1806 in TN, granddaughter of Wesley Huffaker and daughter of Spencer Clark [4] [8]. Sarah d. 24 Nov 1889 [5]. Both are buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. Jacob gave the ground on which the church and cemetery are located in 1856 [5]. The property was deeded to seven trustees among whom were Peter French, Michael Rule, George Rule, Frederic Rule, Michael French, and James Tarwater. Peter and Rosanna were the first members to be laid to rest in the New Salem’s cemetery and there is a marker to this effect on their graves [1]. Jacob and Sarah lived in the Stock Creek Community [3]. Jacob and Sarah were living on a farm next to other French farms in the 1850 Knox Co. census.

Military

Jacob was in the War of 1812 as a Private in the 32nd Regiment (Krickbaum’s), Pennsylvania Militia.

Census Records

1830 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Jacob French age 20-30, 2 males under 5, 1 female 20-30, living close to his father.

1850 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, children all born in TN
Jacob, 50
Sarah, 48
John F., 20
Peter, 18
Isaac L., 16
Michael, 14
Mary J., 12
Gerlet E., 6
Andrew G., 3
William B., newborn

1860 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Jacob French, 60 farmer £10,000 of real estate, £3000 of personal estate
Sarah French, 50
Michel French, 23 (Michael), £1900 of real estate, £200 of personal estate
Ellen French, 16
George French, 10
William French, 2
Temple French, 6
Mary French, 5
Jane French, 4

1870 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Jacob French, 70
Sarah French, 64
Andrew G. French, 23
William B. French, 20
Tornella E. French, 16

1880 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
William French, 30
Susan M. French, 27
Lily French, 5
Abner A. French, 3
Sarah O. French, 1
Jacob French, 80
Sarah French, 74
Martha E. French, 14

Death

Jacob was buried on 12 Jan 1882 in Knox, Knoxville Co., TN at the New Salem United

Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

4.5* Michael French [1], b. 19 Sep 1799 (twin) in Springwood, Botetourt Co., VA [1], d. 3 Mar 1867, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, lived in Stock Creek Community, m. Dorothy (Dartha) Pauline Kountz (sister of Sarah who also married a French), who was b. 30 Oct 1802 in PA, d. 5 Dec 1875 or 1879 [1]. He is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The twins Jacob and Michael were probably named after their mother’s siblings.

Description: Michael French  Description: Dorothy P 

Michael and Dorothy Kountz French

1830 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
Michael French, age 30-40, 1 male 10-15; 3 females under 5; 1 female 20-30.

1840 census of Knox, TN
Michael French, age 40-50, 2 males 5-10; 2 males under 5; 3 females 10-15, 1 female 40-50 (Dorothy).

1850 census of Knox, TN
Michael age 50, farmer; Dorothy age 48; Margaret age 21; Caleb age 18, farmer; Joshua age 16; Jacob age 14; Marshal age 12; Adeline age 8; Sarah C. age 4.

1860 census of Knox, TN
Michael age 60 farmer with £6000 value of real estate and £3000 value of personal estate
Dorthie 57
Gosinay 26 £300 of personal estate
Marrial 21 £200 of personal estate
James 20
Mary 19
Sarah 14
Elizabeth Hall 2 (a Hall family was living nearby)

 Description: Michael Headstone Description: Dorothy

4.6* Frederick French, b. 6 Jan 1801 in Botetourt Co., VA, m. Polly Hensley on 15 Apr 1822 in Blount Co. TN [1]. Marriage license below contributed by Ref. [1]. Mary “Polly” Hensley was b. 1797/98 in Washington Co., VA (now Scott Co., VA), died after 1860 in Edgar Co., IL. She was the dau. of Larkin and Sarah Hensley [78]. Frederick French and his wife Mary Hensely moved to Terra Haute, Vigo Co., IN [1] and bought land the same day (1 Aug 1837) and in the same county (Vigo Co.) as Ersom French, grandson of Henry French of FFA Chart #31 and son of George French and Elizabeth Sturman, which could not have been an accident, but showing that these two families were related [106]. They lived in Vigo Co., IN, between 1832-1838. Then they moved to Edgar Co., IL. Frederick d. after 1880 in Edgar Co., IL. Frederick was a farmer. 

Description: FrederickFrench

From Ref. [49]: Frederick bought land in Vigo Co., IN on 1 Aug 1837. On the same day, Ersom French bought land in the same county. The 1850 census shows Frederick French in Edgar Co., IL and verifies that his wife is Polly and that some of their older children were born in Knox Co., TN and some others were born in the mid-1830's in Vigo Co., IN. Ersom French is the son of George French and Elizabeth Sturman. Ersom is also the grandson of Henry French of Mercer County, Kentucky. May be a clue that Ersom French (FFA Chart #31) and Frederick French (FFA Chart #129) were somehow related? Frederick’s father and Ersom’s grandfather were living in the same vicinity about 50 years earlier – in Shenandoah Co., VA.

4.7* Peter French, Jr., b. 16 Oct 1805 in Botetourt Co, VA [1], lived in Knox Co., TN, d. 4 Feb 1896 most likely in Knox Co., TN [2]. Peter m. Malinda Ellison on 19 Dec 1827 [16]. She was b. 8 Aug 1812, d. 11 May 1896 (same year as Peter). Both are buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knox Co, TN [1].

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1830 census of Blount Co., TN
1 male 20-29 Peter
1 female under 5 Mary Ann
1 female 15-19 Malinda

1840 census of Knox Co., TN,
1 male 5-9, Peter III
1 male 30-39, Peter Jr.
2 females under 5; Elmira and Margaret
1 female 5-9; Martha
1 female 10-14; Sarah
1 female 10-14; Mary Ann
1 female 20-29 Malinda
He lived next door to his son George, his son Michael, and his son Jacob. Frederick, Henry, Michael, and George Rule were also living in the neighborhood.

In the 1840 census, Peter French Jr. is listed as being between 30-40 years of age with one son between 5-10, which would be Peter III. Also listed in 1840 are 2 females under 5 (Martha and Elmira), 1 female between 5-10 (Sarah Jane), and 1 female 10-15 (Mary Ann). Also listed in the 1840 census of TN living near each other are the families of Elizabeth Goddard, Samuel Goddard, George French, Peter French Sr., Michael French, Phillip Houser, Jacob French, George Rule, Michael Rule, Henry Rule, Peter French Jr., William Tarwater, James Tarwater, Frederick Rule, Mary Porter, Joseph Goddard, and Jacob Houser. Philip Houser’s first wife was Mary Ann French who died young. She m. Philip Houser on 17 Oct 1833.

 

1850 census of Knox Co., TN
Peter 44, Malinda 37, Mary Ann 20, Sarah J. 18, Leonidas 16, Martha E. 14, Elmira E. 12, Margaret S. 10, Melvina M. 5, Eliza A. 2, Samuel Patton French 0

1860 census
Peter (spelled Petter) is listed in the 1860 census of District 14, Knox, TN, age 55, born ca. 1805 in VA, living with his wife Malinda, age 49, and their 9 children all born in TN: Almirg age 21, Margaret age 19, Malinda age 14, Eliza age 12, Samuel age 10, Leon age 9, Petter age 5, Michel age 4, George age 3. Peter was a farmer.

1870 census Knox Co., TN
Peter 64, Malinda 57, Margaret L. 25, Samuel P. 20, John G. 18, James P. 14

1880 census Knox Co., TN
Peter 74, Malinda 68, John 28, James P. 24

4.8 William French, Sr., b. ca. 1807 in Botetourt Co., VA, died young [1] before the 1810 census.

4.9 Maria or Mary “Polly” French [6], b. 25 Mar 1808 in Botetourt Co., VA [1], m. Henry Huffaker on 10 Sep 1829 at Seven Island, Knox Co., TN. Mary d. 6 Oct 1904 in Knox Co., TN and is buried at Seven Island, Knox Co., TN [1]. Henry Huffaker was b. 29 Mar 1805, d. 14 May  1900. One line of this family continues with Marshall Alexander Huffaker (4), b. 25 Jun 1830, d. 13 Dec 1897, m. Mary Jane Campbell; Harriet Josephine Huffaker (5), m. Dr. Wm. Leondias Cate; Annie Lee Cate (6), m. G. W. Stanbery; G. W. Stanbery II (7), m. Nancy Hamilton [6]. Another line of this family continues with Eliza Minerva Huffaker (4), b. 1835 in Knox Co., TN, m. McCannon, d. 1875; Mary Cowan McCammon (5), b. 1868, m. Winkle, d. 1939; William Cowan Winkle (6), b. 1899 in Knox Co., TN, d. 1964 in Caddo Parish, LA; Patsy Ruth Winkle (7), m. Nickel [32]. Another line is Alice Adelia Huffaker (5), b. 29 Nov 1858, d. 23 Aug 1907, m. John Calvin Bettis.

In the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, Mary is living next door to her siblings who each are head of household: George, Michael, James, and Jacob. She is living with Rufus A. French 6, George Porter 16, Margaret Johnson 16, and Sarah French, 53.

4.10 Anna Eliza French, b. 29 Mar 1812 in Botetourt Co, VA [1]. The family moved to Knox Co., TN in 1816.

Several of these children (George, Michael, Mary, James W., and Jacob) lived on farms next to one another per the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN.

Description: KnoxCoFrenches

Children of Peter French and Mary Rule, 3.3

4.11* Andrew Rufus French [1], b. Jun 1843 according to the 1900 U.S. census of TN. His father’s first wife, Rosanna Rule died in 1830. His father, Peter, m2. Mary Rule. In the 1850 census of TN, Andrew is listed as Rufus A. French, age 6, living with his mother Mary French, age 43, and his half-sister Sarah French, age 53. His father had died the previous year. Andrew m. Caroline (or Cyntha) C. Rigsby 21 Sept 1865 and fathered at least 7 children and was still caring for his half-sister, Sarah, age 85, on the 1880 census of Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN. In the 1880 census, his household included Mary E. French age 13, George H. French age 11, William A. French age 9, Sarah E. French age 7, John French age 5, Jacob M. French age 3, and Rebecca French age 1. In the 1900 census he was living in Civil District 4, Sevier, TN, age 56. His father was b. in VA, mother in TN. He is living with his wife Cyntha C. of the same age, and George H. French, age 31; and Jonathan R. French, age 9.

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Children of John and Ever French, 3.4

4.12 male French, b. 1794-1800 in Botetourt Co, VA, as per the 1810 census of Botetourt Co., VA.

4.13 Elizabeth French, b. 31 Aug 1796 in Botetourt Co, VA, d. ca. 1855, m. Joseph Parsons [41]. In 1850 lived in Aurora, Erie, NY. They had son Joseph W. Parsons. For more, see Ref. [96]. Joseph Parsons was b. 1790 in Chester Co., PA, d. 1851 in Tell township, Huntingdon Co., PA.

4.14 Catharine French, b. 12 Jul 1800 in Botetourt Co, VA, d. 31 Aug 1872 in Tell twp., Huntingdon Co., PA [41]. She m. David Parson [41] and had 11 children.

4.15 George French, b. 1803 in Botetourt Co, VA, m. Agness C. who was b. 1805 in the District of Columbia. They are both in the 1850 census of Tell. They had 2 daughters: Hannah, b. 1828 in PA, and Lydia, b. 1831 in PA. Hannah was living with her father, George, in the 1870 census of Tell. Lydia French m. Samuel Parson who was b. in 1835 in PA, and they had children Rachel A. Parson, b. 1862 in PA, Meade Parson, b. 1865 in PA, Harris S. Parson, b. 1868 in PA, Levi Parson b. 1870 in PA according to the 1880 census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA, and they were living with Hannah French, Lydia Parson French’s sister, b. ca. 1830.

4.16* Thomas French, b. 1805 in Botetourt Co, VA, m. Barbara who was b. 1 Aug 1812 in PA, and she d. 22 Feb 1901. They had at least 2 children: John, b. 1838 in PA, and William W. French, b. 1845 in PA. This family of 4 people are listed in the 1850 census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA when Thomas was 45. They had children John, b. 1838 and William, b. 1845.

4.17 female French, b. 1805-1810 as per the 1820 census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA.

4.18* John French, b. 1816 in PA, 1811-1820 as per the 1840 census. John m. Sarah; he was a laborer and lived in the 1880 census of Chesterville, Morrow Co., OH, with Sarah and children Thomas, 29 (b. 1851) and James 27 (b. 1853).

1840 Census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA
2 males under 5, b. 1835-1840
1 male 5-9, b. 1831-1835,
1 male 20-29, b. 1811-1820, John
1 female under 5, b. 1835-1840
1 female 20-29, b. 1811-1810, Sarah

4.19 female French, b. 1811-1820 as per the 1820 census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA.

4.20 female French, b. 1811-1820 as per the 1820 census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA.

Children of George French and first wife Mingo, 3.6

4.21 Catherine French, b. 31 Aug 1796 in Huntingdon Co., PA, m. _______ Billings [33] [35] [40] ca. 1820 [77].

4.22 Susannah French, b. 10 Jul 1798 in Huntingdon Co., PA, d. 10 Apr 1839 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [40]. Susannah m. Hezekiah Shook Sr. [33] ca. 1814 and had 11 children: Charles, Luther, Margaret Eliza, Sarah Jane, Catherine Mathilda, Luther Johnson, George F., Hezekiah, Claude, Mary Jane, and Susan Hannah Shook [40]. Hezekiah Shook Sr. was b. 20 Dec 1795 in MD. They had a large family. See Donald Nelson’s Genealogy.

4.23 Sarah French, b. 20 Mar 1800 in Huntingdon Co., PA [33] [40].

4.24 Margaret French, b. 16 May 1802 in Mercer Co., PA, d. 17 Nov 1869 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN, m. Lytle William Johnson [33] [35]. Lytle was b. 28 Feb 1795. They were m. 1820 in Dearborn Co., IN. He d. 24 Dec 1838 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN [34].  They had a daughter, Susan Jane, b. 19 May 1843 in Dearborn Co., IN, d. 19 Nov 1844 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [34]. Margaret Johnson is listed in the 1850 U.S. census of IN as living alone in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN, age 47.

4.25* John French, b. 24 Mar 1805 in PA, d. 1838 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN, or in Ripley Co., IN, m. Eliza Swift [34]. They were m. on 15 Jan 1826 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN [34].

Children of George French Sr. and Sarah McBride, 3.6

Ohio County was created on 15 Jan 1844 and was formed from Dearborn County. The county was named for the Ohio River.

4.26 Elizabeth (Betsey) French, b. 10 Dec 1809 [33], m. William Graham, m. 21 Nov 1826 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN [34].

4.27* George French, b. 22 Sep 1811 in Dearborn, Dearborn Co., IN, d. 29 Mar 1880 in Post Twp., Allamakee Co., IA. He was buried at the Frankville Cemetery in Frankville, Winneshiek Co., IA.

Marriage

He m1. Jane Purcell / Pursel on 28 Jul 1832 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN. She was b, 1815 Versailles, Ripley County, IN, d. Apr 30, 1842 Versailles, Ripley County, IN. They had 4 children who needed a mother after Jane died on 30 Apr 1842 giving birth to daughter Sarah Ann.

George m2. Hannah Sprague on 13 Oct 1842 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN. She was the dau. of John Sprague and Elizabeth Betsey Hildreth, formerly of Connecticut. Hannah was b. 28 Jan 1819 in Henniker, Merrimack Co., NH. From Ref. [xx]: As a side note:  Hannah Sprague was a descendant of Massachusetts Bay settlers including Lt. William French and although not "Mayflower" she had a pedigree that goes back to the Celtic Kings of Scotland, Alfred the Great of England (a Saxon) and Wm D'Roos a reluctant signer of the Magna Carta (tried, true and proven!).  That and a nickel won't even buy you a cup of coffee.

Sprague Family

“A” large Sprague family connects to the French family in Billerica, MA, FFA Chart #2, but so far nothing ties these two families together. The Winneshiek Co. Cemetery Records completed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) have George’s date of death as 29 Mar 1880. George appears in the 1850 Ripley Co., IN census as 38 years old and working as a farmer. His wife Hannah was 29 at that time, born in NH. She d. 29 Mar 1880 in Post Twp., Allamakee Co., IA [33] or on 9 Sep 1895 in Postville, Allamakee Co., IA [34].

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Hannah Sprague above who later married John Pixler on 6 Feb 1882 after George French died in 1880. She d. 10 Sep 1893 in Postville, Allamakee Co., IA and is buried at the Postville Cemetery in Postville, Clayton, IA.

Census Records

1850 – Johnson township, Ripley Co., IN
1860 – Johnson township, Ripley Co., IN
1870 – Ludlow township, Allamakee, IA
1880 – Post township, Allamakee, IA

Death

George d. Apr 1880 in Post township, Allamakee, IA, and is buried at the Frankville Cemetery in Frankville, Winneshiek, IA.

4.28 Priscilla French, b. 15 Aug 1816 (twin) in Dearborn Co., IN, m. Ezra Bair on 31 Mar 1833 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN, d. 14 Feb 1872 in Alexandria, IN [77]. Ref. [34] says she was b. 5 Aug 1815. They had 7 children: John, Peter, Eliza, George, Sarah, Litle, and Ezra B. Bair [88].

4.29 Abigail French, b. 15 Aug 1816 (twin) in Dearborn Co., IN, m. 16 Aug 1838 and divorced in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN [77]. Abigail m. Silas Cooper, b. May 3, 1820, m. Aug 16, 1838 Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, IN [34]. Abigail m2. To Charles Knapp [88].

4.30* Peter French, b. 31 May 1819 in Hardentown, Dearborn, IN, d. 4 Apr 1890 in Bear Branch, Ohio Co., IN, age almost 71 years [77]. Photo below shows he was 70 years, 10 months, and 3 days, buried in Olive Branch Cemetery, Bear Branch, Ohio Co., IN [88]. Peter m. Catherine Butler, b. ca. 1825in Ohio Co, IN, m. Apr 13, 1846 Ohio Co, IN, d. Apr 13, 1867 Farmer's Retreat, Dearborn Co, IN. Peter is listed in the 1850 census of IN as living in Division 2, Ohio Co., with his wife Catherine and sons John, age 3, and Francis, age 1. Peter was a farmer.

4.31* Robert French, b. 1821 in Dearborn, IN, d. 1853 (age 32) in Bear Branch, Ohio Co., IN [77], m. Lorena Lucina Robbins or Robins on 21 Feb 1844 in Dearborn Co., IN. She was b. 16 Aug 1827 in NY, d. 10 Jul 1899. They had child, Jane French, b. 1848 [88].

4.32 Lytle J. French, b. 1823 in Dearborn, IN [77], m. Elizabeth Catherine Woods on 9 Dec 1841 in Jefferson Co., IN [34]. Elizabeth was b. 1821 according to the 1850 census of Division 2, Ohio Co., IN. No known children.

Fifth Generation

Children of George French and Elizabeth Houser, 4.2

5.1 Rosanna/Rosanah “Rosa” A. French [1], b. 25 Mar 1819 in Knox Co., TN, m. Elijah Johnson 1 Sep 1842 in Knox Co., TN [111]. Record read Rosan French m. Elyah Johnson Sept 1, 1842 by Wm C. Tipton JP. Bond by WM Harris on Aug 30. Elijah was a son of Thomas Johnson & Martha Rodgers [109]. Rosanna was living with her parents in the 1850 census of TN. She d. 25 Apr 1878 and is buried at the New Hope Cemetery in Anderson Co., TN, along with her husband. Elijah was b. 28 Oct 1823 in Knox Co., TN, and d. 17 May 1881 in Anderson Co., TN. They had 4 children: George W., Thomas Andrew, M. L., and H. F. Johnson. Rosanah is buried at the New Hope Cemetery in Anderson Co., TN.

5.2 William Henry French [1], b. 25 Apr 1820 in Knox Co., TN, d. 5 Jan 1892 and is buried at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. He m. Nancy Houser. Listed in the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, age 30, farmer, living with his parents. Not listed in the 1860 census with his parents. It is assumed that Nancy Houser died young and William lived the rest of his life with her family and had no heirs. In the 1870 census of Knox Co., TN, William, age 50, was living with Jonathan Houser 71 and Polly Houser 62 and their family of 8 children. In the 1880 census of Knox Co., TN, William is 60 and living with Jonathan Houser 82 and Polly Houser 71 and their family of 5 children.

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5.3 Evaline or Eveline French [1], b. 19 Jul 1828 in Knox Co., TN, d. 30 Jun 1902 and buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery (IS THIS CORRECT? COULDN’T FIND HER), m. Jacob Tarwater 6 Nov 1855 in Knox Co., TN [16]. Jacob was b. 29 Apr 1830 and d. 14 Aug 1905 (or 1902), buried at the New Salem United Methodist Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. Living with her parents in the 1850 census of TN. Listed in the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, age 22, living with her parents. Not listed in the 1860 census with her parents. She is listed in the 1870 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, living with her husband Jacob, and her father George with his second wife Betty.

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5.4* Amos French [3], b. 27 Sep 1831 in Knox Co., TN [4], d. 24 Jan 1893 and is interred at the cemetery at New Salem United Methodist Church, Route 10, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN [4]. Amos m. Malinda Rule, the dau. of Michael and Elizabeth (Dill) Rule, on 27 Dec 1855 [1] [7]. Malinda was b. 22 Feb 1831 and d. 3 May 1912 [1]. Living with his parents in the 1850 census of TN. Amos and Malinda are buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church, Knoxville, TN [1]. Listed in the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, 19, farmer, living with his parents. Listed in the 1860 census of Knox Co., TN, 27 farmer, £1000 worth of real estate and £500 worth of personal estate.

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5.5 Henry French [1], b. 9 Sep 1834 in Knox Co., TN, d. 1 Nov 1862 and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. A Union soldier from Blount Co., TN, killed in the Civil War. Living with his parents in the 1850 census of TN. Listed in the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, age 16, farmer. Listed in the 1860 census of Knox Co., TN, age 21, £400 of personal estate, died 2 years later in the Civil War. No heirs.

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Children of Jacob French and Sarah Kountz, 4.4

5.6 Ann Eliza French [1] [5], b. 29 Mar (year unk, but probably 1827), d. 29 Sep 1829, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN [3].

5.7* James Wesley French, b. 19 Aug 1828 in Knox County, TN, d. 5 Apr 1901 by drowning while crossing a ford in Little River Crossing. He was buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

Marriage

James m1. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Johnson [5] on 8 Nov 1849 [16] in Knox Co. Elizabeth was b. 11 Aug 1828, the daughter of Thomas Johnson and Martha Rodgers, d. 4 Apr 1879 after which James remarried 5 months later to Elizabeth Kidd. Both James and Elizabeth Johnson are buried at the Logan Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery in Wildwood, 4626 Logan’s Chapel Loop, Maryville, Blount Co., TN [1] [5]. The family lived in the Wildwood Community. Lizzie was a twin per Steve A. French [3]. See all 31 graves at Logan’s Chapel: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSiman=1&GScid=14813&GSfn=&GSln=French.

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James m2. Elizabeth Kidd on 7 Sep 1879 in Blount Co., TN. She was b. 25 Dec 1840, d. Aug 1909 and is buried at the Logan Chapel Methodist Cemetery. They were m. after 1879 (first wife’s death) and had four children [3]. James and Elizabeth were living on a farm next to several other French farms in the 1850 census of Knox Co. TN census. See http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/746928/person/-2049942841.

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Right photo: Blount County Court House, Maryville, TN.

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Military

James W. French, Confederate, 1 (Carter’s) Tennessee Cavalry, 1st Regiment, Private, during U.X. Civil War 1861-1865.

Census Records

1850 Census, Knox, TN, living next door to many head of household French family members: George, Michael, Mary, Sarah, and Jacob.
James W. French, 21
Elizabeth French, 21

1860 Census, Rockford, Blount Co., TN
James W. French, 30
Elizabeth French, 30
Thomas French, 9
Jacob French, 8
William French, 7
Duff French, 5
Stephen French, 3
John French, 1

1870 Census, Maryville, Blount Co., TN
James W. French, 41
Elizabeth French, 41
Thomas H. French, 18
Jacob M. French, 17
William L. French, 16
Jefferson C. French, 14
Stephen French, 13
John H. French, 11
James A. French, 10
George French, 8
Martha E. French, 5

1880 Census, Gardner Store, Weakley, TN
James W. French, 50
Nancy French, 46
Sarah French, 27
Elizabeth French, 19
Nancy J. French, 20
John French, 16
Mary French, 14
Martha E. French, 12
Alice French, 8
James French, 5

5.8* John Fletcher French [1] [5], b. 10 Jan 1830 in Knox Co., TN, d. 14 Mar 1910 in Rondo, Polk Co., MO, m. Amanda Johnson on 14 Sep 1852 in Knox Co., TN [16]. She was b. 15 Jul 1833 in Knox Co., TN, the dau. of William David Johnson, b. Apr 1810 in Knox Co., d. 12 Jan 1892 and his second wife Eliza Hinton who was b. ca. 1817, d. between 1870-1874 afterwhich William David Johnson married his third wife [109]. Amanda Johnson French d. 9 Dec 1895 in Rondo, Polk Co., MO [3]. This is the direct line of Ref. [109].

Census Records

1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings.

1860 census of Knox Co., TN, married and living with wife Amada and children Sarah E., Isaac L., and Martha L.

1870 census of Jefferson, Polk Co., Missouri, married and living with wife Amanda, and children Sarah E., Isaac, Martha L., Mary P., Burnsids, Thomas J., Charles, and Molley.

1880 census of Jefferson, Polk Co., Missouri, married and living with wife Amanda, and children Sarah E., Isaac L., Martha L., Mary P., Ambros B., Thomas J., Jacob A., Julia E., Ida M., Eva G., and Dora. Also living with them is Stephen A. French, John’s nephew.

1900 census of Jefferson, Polk Co., Missouri, widowed at age 70 and living with children Sarah E., Martha L., Ida M., Eva G., and Dora.

5.9* Peter French III [1] [5], b. 17 Mar 1832 in TN, d. 10 Nov 1902, m. Malinda C. Kidd on 21 Nov 1855. She was b. Mar 1837, d. 21 Apr 1910 in TN [3].

Census Records

1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings. Peter married in 1855.

In 1860 he was living in District 12, Rockford, Blount Co., TN with his wife Malindy French, age 22, b. Apr 1937, and 2 small children, Minerry age 4 and James age 1.

In 1870, Peter is listed in the same place with Manerva age 14, James age 12, William age 10, and Jacob age 8.

In the 1880 census, Peter lives with his wife Malinda, dau. Manerva age 23, son Jacob age 17, and son Charles, age 4, b. Oct 1875.

1900 census of Blount Co., TN living with wife and Charles and Pearl. James and William are not listed in the 1900 census, Peter is living with his wife, son Charles age 24, and granddaughter Pearl age 17, b. Jan 1883. This census states that Malinda was the mother of 5 children all born in TN, and in 1900 only 2 were living. In 1900 Charles was a teacher. Peter’s son James, b. Apr 1877 in TN, was living next door in 1900, m. to Mandy, born Sep 1876 in TN, with son Harry born Aug 1898 in TN. One of these males had a son James b. Apr 1877 in TN, m. Mandy ca. 1897, she was b. Sep 1876, and they had a son Harry, b. Aug 1898 in TN.

1910 census of Blount Co., TN, Malinda is a widow as Peter died in 1902. She is living with her grandson William C. French (30) and his wife Lindo L. (30) and their children Morie L., and Clarence. She died later in the year.

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5.10 Isaac Lewis French [1] [5], b. 25 Mar 1834, d. 2 Sep 1892, m. Rachel E. McTeer who was b. 1836. In the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings. He was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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5.11* Michael (Mike) French II [1] [5], b. 24 Jan 1836, d. 2 Jun 1892, m. Isabella Lamon who was b. 11 Mar 1847, d. 23 Jul 1900 [3]. In the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings. In the 1860 census of Knox Co., TN, Michel French, 23 (Michael), £1900 of real estate, £200 of personal estate. He was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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5.12 Mary Jane French, b. 24 Jan 1838. In the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings. She m1. Alexander Cummings Andes on 22 Sep 1857 in Knox Co., TN. Alexander was 23 Jul 1831 in Sevier Co., TN, and d. 22 Apr 1863 in Murphreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, and is buried at Stones River National Battlefield in Murphreesboro. Mary Jane then married 5 years later to m2. William Johnson on 24 Dec 1868 in Knox Co., TN, bond by S. H. Johnson (Stephen Hale Johnson), confirmed by Knox Co. marriage records [109]. William Johnson was b. 1829, d. 1890. Mary Jane d. 17 Feb 1908 at age 70 and was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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5.13 Sarah Rosanna French [1] [5], b. 26 Feb 1840, d. 21 Jul 1845 (age 5) and buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN [3]. She was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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5.14 Ann Eliza French, b. 19 Mar 1842, d. 29 Sep 1842. She was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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5.15 Juliet (or Geriet or Gerlet) Elizabeth French [1] [5], b. 28 Jan 1844 [3]. In the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings. She was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville. She d. 7 Feb 1865.

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5.16* Andrew George French, Sr. [1] [5], b. 22 Jul 1846, d. 1 May 1937, m. Martha Jane Wardell who was b. 20 Jul 1853, d. 13 Dec 1884 [3]. In the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings. In the 1860 census of Knox Co., TN, living with parents and siblings, age 10. He was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville. They had at least 2 children.

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5.17* William Brownlow (Doc) French [1] [5], b. 11 Mar 1850, d. 22 Sep 1923, m. Susan Minerva Haynes on 5 Aug 1874 or 8 May 1874. She was b. 22 Nov 1852, d. 24 Dec 1926 [3]. In the 1850 census of Knox Co., TN, living with his parents and children. He was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

1880 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN
William French, 30
Susan M. French, 27
Lily French, 5
Abner A. French, 3
Sarah O. French, 1
Jacob French, 80, his father
Sarah French, 74, his mother
Martha E. French, 14, niece who m. Goddard.

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5.18 Temple (or Tornella E.) French, b. 1854.

5.19 Mary French, b. 1855.

5.20 Jane French, b. 1856.

Children of Michael French and Dorothy Kountz, 4.5

All children are listed in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census living in Subdivision 15, Knox Co., TN.

5.21 Eliza Jane French [1], b. 6 Feb 1828, d. 29 Oct 1842. She is not in the 1850 census. She is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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5.22 Margaret French [1], b. 20 Apr 1828 in Knox Co., TN, d. 9 Mar 1876 in Maryville, Blount Co., TN, m. Edmond E. Kidd who was b. 24 May 1828, d. 20 Feb 1904 in Maryville, Blount Co., TN. Margaret was living with her parents in the 1850 census of TN at age 21. The ancestry continues with their son Elbert Sevier Kidd (4); Ned Napoleon Kidd (5); Robert Edwin Kidd (6); Susan Kidd Blakley (7) [19]. By the 1860 census, she was not living with her parents.

5.23* Caleb B. French [1], b. 14 Feb 1832 in Knox Co., TN, d. 25 Jul 1892, buried at the Bethel Cemetery in Kingston, Roane Co., TN, m. Sarah Jane McCammon 30 Aug 1855 in Knox Co. [16]. Sarah was b. 20 Mar 1835 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, d. 1906 and is buried in Kingston, TN. Caleb was living with his parents in the 1850 census of TN, age 18 and a farmer. In the 1860 census of Roane, TN, he was married to Sarah and had children Martha J. age 3, Michael O. age 1, and Samuel M. just born. In the 1870 census of Roane, TN, he was living with his wife and children M. E. 13; M. O. 11; S Mc. 9; W. M. 4; and D. C. 1. In the 1880 census of Roane, TN, he was living with his wife Sarah, was a hotel keeper, and living with his children Michael, Samuel, William, Dorotha. See Notes on Sarah Jane McCammon. Sarah Jane McCammon French was b. 2 Mar 1835 and d. 12 Feb 1906 and is buried at the Bethel Cemetery in Kingston, Roane Co., TN.

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5.24* Joshua (Goshinay) French [1], twin of Jacob, b. ca. 1834 in Knox Co., TN, m. Cinthia probably in 1878. She was b. Oct 1842 according to the 1880 and 1900 census of District 9, Blount Co., TN. Joshua had 2 sons, Frank who m. Lucy McNutt and George who m. a Gray.  The 1850 census of TN states that Joshua was born in 1834, age 26, £300 of personal estate. Joshua was spelled Goshinay in the 1860 census of TN.

5.25* Jacob Dexter French [1], b. Jan 1836 in Knox Co., TN, m. Mary Naomi McCammon who was b. 9 Dec 1942, d. 11 Dec 1901. Moved to KS [65]. The 1850 census of TN he was born in 1836, age 14. Both Jacob and Mary were buried at the Council Corners Cemetery in Weir Co., Cherokee Co., KS. At the time Mary died on 10 Dec 1901, she was survived by her husband, sons Will, Samuel, Marshall, Barton, and Arthur, and daughters Jennie Davis, M. D. Wilson, and Della French.

Jacob and Mary had 15 children within about 20 years. Six of them died before Mary died. Four children died very young. Five daughters married. One daughter did not marry. Two sons never married. Three sons married and had children to carry on the name French. There may have been 2 sets of twins. Of the 3 sons who had children, one son had 3 sons, another son had 2 sons, and the other son had 1 son.    

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5.26* James Marshall French (referred to as Marshall) [1], b. 26 Oct 1838 in Knox Co, TN, d. 17 Jun 1902 buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN, farmed on Little River at present site of Farmer’s Co-op on Old Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN, m. Mary Lucinda Maloney on 14 Oct 1869 in Knoxville, TN. She was b. 22 Feb 1852, d. 11 May 1919 (Mother’s Day) and buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church [66]. They lived at the old French home place called Mary-Marsh on Little River near the Knox Co. and Blount Co. line. James was a farmer. He was living with her parents in the 1850 census of Knox, TN, age 12. In the 1860 census of Knox, TN, he is living with his parents, age 21, £200 of personal estate, and his name is spelled Marrial.

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5.27 Michael French, Jr. [1], b. 26 Oct 1838, may have been a twin to Marshall, died young, not in 1850 census.

5.28 Mary Adeline French (referred to as Adeline) [1], b. 1 Oct 1837, d. 30 Oct 1900, m. Elijah Howell Flenniken on 19 Sep 1861 in Knox Co. [16]. He was b. 11 Oct 1830, d. 12 Apr 1906. Adeline was living with her parents in the 1850 census of Knox, TN, age 8, and in the 1860 census she is listed as Mary, age 19, living with her parents in Knox, TN.

5.29 Sarah Catherine French [1], b. 22 Apr 1846, m. John Wesley Andes on 27 Jun 1867 in Knox Co., TN. They lived in Sevierville, TN [47]. She was living with her parents in the 1850 census of Knox, TN, age 4 [47]. Photo below is of Sarah Catherine French ca. 1890, age 54. For more information on this family, see The Andes Family by Ref. [47].

Description: Andes Family 

Photo from Ref. [47]. John Wesley Andes Family, Sevierville, Date about 1890

Standing (L to R) Ulysses Sevier, Ethel Dorothy, Frank Henderson, Addie Elizabeth, and Rose Belle

Seated (L to R) John Wesley Andes and Sarah Catherine French Andes

Seated on ground (L to R) Ernest William and John Wilburn

Children of Frederick French and Mary “Polly” Hensley, 4.6

5.30 Alexander French, d. 1860.

5.31 Minerva A. French, b. 14 Feb 1824 in Knox Co., TN [17]. She m. on 30 Apr 1857 in Edgar Co., IL, to Benjamin Cruzan [78]. Listed in the 1850 census of Edgar Co., IL, living with parents.

5.32 Mathew French, born 1826 in Blount Co., TN, m. Elizabeth who was b. 1829 in Vigo Co., IN. In the 1850 Census, they had one child named Samantha, age 5 months, born in Edgar Co., IL [17].

5.33 Ellen French, b. 1830 in Knox Co., TN [17]. She m. Harry Gould Brown [78]. Listed in the 1850 census of Edgar Co., IL, living with parents.

5.34 Jordan French, b. May 1930 in Vigo Co., IN [17]. Jordan was a laborer, living in Edgar Co., IL in the 1850 census with his father, mother, and siblings. He m1. on 17 Dec 1857 in Hendricks Co., IN to Davidella King, m2. in Marshall Co., IN, to Ellen Dunlap on 8 Dec 1878 [78]. He had at least 2 children: Raymond and Jenny. Listed in the 1850 census of Edgar Co., IL, living with parents. The 1880 census of Green, Marshall Co., IN, shows Jordan 45 and Ellen 26 living alone. She was born in Jun 1853 in IN, and in the 1900 census of Green, Marshall Co., IN, Jordon Jordan and Ellen are listed as living with her brother William T. Dunlap and her sister Isabella, plus Ellen’s daughter Jenny French 12, b. Jun 1887 in IN. 

5.35 Roseanna or Rosanna H. French, b. 10 Oct 1834 in Vigo Co., IN, m. 9 Oct 1851 to Lafayette Glazebrook in Edgar Co., IL, d. 29 Apr 1870 in Moultrie Co., IL, [78] and is buried at Camfield Cemetery in Moultrie Co., IL [1]. Lafayette was Putnam Co., IN. They had three children: Angelina, Franklin, and Margaret Glazebrook [18]. Franklin’s lineage is: Franklin Glazebrook (4) of Sullivan, IL; Elfia Olive Glazebrook (5), m. William Schmidt; Harold Estel Smith (6), m. Kathryn Firebaugh; Jacqualin J. Smith (7), m. John LeGrange Bullock [1]. The French cemetery was initiated during the 1870’s on the farm of William French, Sr., located southwest of Allenville, in Section 20, Township 13, Range 6 East. Many of the graves are those of the descendants of this Farmer-Minister and Civil War Veteran who came to Moultrie County in 1833 from North Carolina by way of Tennessee. Listed in the 1850 census of Edgar Co., IL, living with parents.

5.36 Peter M. French, b. 1836 in Vigo Co., IN [17] [78]. Listed in the 1850 census of Edgar Co., IL, living with parents.

5.37 William French, b. 1838 in Vigo Co., IN [17] [78]. He d. Sep 1850 at age 12. Listed in the 1850 census of Edgar Co., IL, living with parents.

Children of Peter French Jr. and Malinda Ellison, 4.7

5.38 Mary Ann French [1], b. 1830, age 20 in the 1850 census of TN.

5.39 Sarah Jane French [1], b. 1832, age 18 in the 1850 census of TN.

5.40 Leonides French [1], b. 1834, age 16 in the 1850 census of TN, m. Rachel E. McTeer on 22 Oct 1858 in Blount Co., TN [16].

5.41 Martha Elizabeth French [1], b. 1836, m1. Adam Tarwater on 14 Aug 1855 in Knox Co. [16], m2. John Miles Stevenson, m3. Fred Elliott [2]. She d. 18 Dec 1903, outlived three husbands though it is believed she only had children by John Miles Stevenson (1807-1873) [2]. Listed as living with her parents, age 14, in the 1850 census of TN.

5.42 Elmira Emaline French [1], b. 16 Jun 1838, age 12 in the 1850 census of TN, m. T. F. Wilhite or Whittle on 20 Dec 1860 [16]. Living with her parents in the 1860 census of TN in Knox Co. They had son Peter James Whittle, 1861-1942. Elimira d. 31 May 1920 and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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5.43 Margaret “Lucy” S. French, b. 5 Oct 1840, age 10 in the 1850 census of TN. Listed in the 1860 census of TN living with her parents, age 19. In the 1870 census, there is a Margaret L. French, age 25, living with this family. She m1. Richard Jack Davis, m2. James Waters.

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5.44 Manerva R. French [1], b. 9 Feb 1843, d. 2 Mar 1845 and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville. She was age 5 in the 1850 census of TN. Listed in the 1860 census of TN living with her parents, age 14.

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5.45 Eliza B. French [1], b. 1848, age 2 in the 1850 census of TN. Listed in the 1860 census of TN living with her parents, age 12.

5.46 Samuel Patton French [1], b. 27 Mar 1850, d. 3 Jun 1939, buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in South Knoxville, TN, m. Miranda Brown on 11 Nov 1879 in Knox Co. [16]. She was b. 16 Jan 1852 and d. 7 Mar 1923 and buried in Woodlawn. Listed as living with his parents, age 0, in the 1850 census of TN. Listed in the 1860 census of TN living with his parents, age 10. Samuel is listed as living with his parents in the 1870 census of TN, Knox Co. In 1880, Samuel is m. to Miranda and living next door to his parents.

5.47 Leon or Leonides French, b. 1851, listed in the 1860 census of TN living with his parents, age 9.

5.48 John G. French, b. 1852, listed in the 1870 census of TN living with his parents, age 18. By 1880, John is living with this family in Knox Co., TN, age 28, listed as the son of Peter and Malinda of this line.

5.49 son French, b. and d. Oct 1853 at 9 days old, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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5.50 Petter (Peter) French, b. 1855, listed in the 1860 census of TN living with his parents, age 5. An older brother was also named Peter.

5.51 Michael or Michel French [1], b. 1856 (twin?), listed in the 1860 census of TN living with his parents, age 4.

5.52 James Peter French, b. 16 Nov 1855 (twin?), d. 24 Apr 1944, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville. He m. Millie Johnson, 1866-1918, and had one daughter, Cora French Blazier, 15 May 1890 to 2 Oct 1966, who m. William M. Blazier and who was buried at the New Salem United Method Church in Knoxville.

Census Records

James Peter is listed in the 1870 census of TN living with his parents, age 14. By the 1880 census, James is living with his family in Knox Co., TN, age 24, listed as the son of Peter and Malinda FrenchC.

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5.53 George French [1], b. 1857, listed in the 1860 census of TN living with his parents, age 3.

5.54 Maneva Minerva Rosanna? French, b. 1857 in TN, listed in the 1880 census of Blount Co., TN as the sister of Peter French, age 48, who m. Malinda, and 43, and living with them in 1880. Jacob French is living with them, only 5 years younger than Maneva, but he is the son of Peter and Malinda. She appears in the 1860 census of District 12, Rockford, Blount Co., TN, as Peter’s sister.

Children of Andrew Rufus French and Caroline Rigsby, 4.11

5.55 Mary E. French, b. 1867, in the 1880 Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN census as age 13.

5.56 George H. French, b. 1869, in the 1880 Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN census as age 11. George may have had son Jonathan R. French, age 9 in the 1900 census of Civil District 4, Sevier, TN.

5.57 William A. French, b. 1871, in the 1880 Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN census as age 9. William d. 1 May 1941 in Knoxville and is buried at the Asbury Cemetery in Knoxville.

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5.58 Sarah E. French, b. 1873, in the 1880 Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN census as age 7.

5.59 John French, b. 1875, in the 1880 Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN census as age 5.

5.60 Jacob (Jake) M. French, b. 30 Jun 1879, in the 1880 Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN census as age 3. He d. Sep 1931. His gravestone says he was born in 1880 and died in 1931 in Knoxville, and married to Sissie L. French, b. 1885, d. 1944.

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5.61 Rebecca French, b. 1879, in the 1880 Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN census as age 1.

Children of Thomas and Barbara French, 4.16

5.62 John French, b. 1838 in PA and listed in the 1850 census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA.

5.63 William W. French, b. 1845 in PA and listed in the 1850 census of Tell, Huntingdon Co., PA. He was a Justice of the Peace, Millwright, and Carpenter.

Map of Todd, Huntingdon Co., PA, dated 1873, just left of the Todd Post Office.

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Children of John French and Sarah, 4.18

5.64 male French, b. 1835-1840.

5.65 male French, b. 1835-1840.

5.66 female French, b. 1835-1840.

5.67 male French, b. 1831-1835.

5.68 Thomas French, b. 1851, lived in the 1880 census of Chesterville, Morrow Co., OH. He d. 1929 and is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville, Morrow Co., OH.

5.69 James M. French, b. 1853, lived in the 1880 census of Chesterville, Morrow Co., OH. He d. 1930 and is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville, Morrow Co., OH.

Children of John and Eliza (Swift) French, 4.25

5.70 Mary French, m. Cannon [40].

5.71 Henry S. French, b. in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [40].

5.72* George Washington French, b. 20 Oct 1823 in Dearborn Co., IN. George d. 8 Nov 1915 in Pretty Prairie, Reno Co., KS.

George m. Carolyn Clark on 21 Mar 1847. She was b. 11 Jan 1829 in Maryland. Caroline d. 16 Jun 1910 in Pretty Prairie, Reno Co., KS [40].

Ray Novak did research on this line and determined that parents John and Eliza (Swift) French did have a son named George, but he just wasn’t the George Washington French who married Carolyn Clark on 21 Mar 1847.

5.73* Edward P. French, b. ca. 1827 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, m1. Sarah C. Williamson, b. Aug 6, 1833 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN  m. Oct 24, 1853 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN  d. Sep 3, 1856 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN. Edward m2. Mary A. Givan on 29 Oct 1857 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN [34]. In the 1850 census, he appears living in Centre, Dearborn Co., IN, age 23, living with no other French.

5.74 Margaret French, b. ca. 1834 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Abt. 1848 at age 14 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co, IN [34] [40].

5.75 Anna E. French, b. ca. 1836 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, m1. Thompson [34] [40].

Children of George French and Jane Purcell, 4.27

5.76 Sarah Ann French, b. Apr 1833 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. 24 Jun 1888 West Union, Fayette Co, IA, m. John Carlos Sprague on 2 Dec 1849 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN. He was b. ca. 1827 Henniker, Merrimack Co, NH, d. Bef. 1870 [34]. Sarah d. Jun 1880 at 47 years old. They had children Caroline Emily Sprague, Silas Sprague, John Sprague, and Albert Sprague.

5.77* Thomas French, b. 1836 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Jan 22, 1893 Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR, m1. Elvira Sprague on 14 Jun 1854 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN. She was b. ca. 1841 in OH [34] [79]. He m2. Elvira Canfield on 8 Jul 1866. She was b. 1847 and d. May 1935 and is buried at the Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena, Cherokee, KS. Thomas was age 14 in the 1850 Ripley Co., IN census.

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5.78* John French, b. 20 Jul 1838 in Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. 10 Nov 1910 in Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Rachel M. Davies on 26 Nov 1863 in Versailles, Ripley Co, IN. She was b. 10 Jun 1841 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. 23 Jul 1905 in Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA [34]. John and Rachel are buried at the Frankville Cemetery in Frankville, Winneshiek Co., IA. John was age 12 in the 1850 census of Ripley Co., IN.

Gravestone of John and Rachel French, from the Frankville Cemetery, Frankville, Winneshiek Co., IA, website: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21298969

5.79* Peter French, b. 29 Sep 1840 Versailles, Ripley County, IN, d. 6 Nov 1924 Taylor, Loup County, NB, m. Deborah (Debby Ann) Davis on 16 Dec 1863 in Versailles, Ripley County, IN. She was b. ca. 1847 in Versailles, Ripley County, IN and d. bet. 1892 - 1894 Frankville, Winneshiek County, IA [34]. Peter was age 8 in the 1850 Ripley Co., IN census.

Children of George French and Hannah Sprague, 4.27

5.80 Dickerson French, b. 16 Aug 1844 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Mar 30, 1865 Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN [79].

5.81 Elizabeth Margaret French, b. May 14, 1849 (twin) in Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Mar 10, 1935 Ruthton, Pipestone Co., MN, m1. Sheldon Lyman Payne, b. Jun 25, 1849 Ontario, Canada  m. Jul 28, 1869 Waukon, Allamakee Co, IA  d. Jul 17, 1900 Ruthton, MS. Elizabeth m2. Frank or Francis Edgar Kinyon, b. Apr 1, 1848 IL, m. Jan 25, 1911 Redfield, SD, d. Dec 29, 1923 Doland, Spink Co, SD [34]. He was 8 in the 1860 Ripley Co., IN census [79].

5.82 Nancy Jane French, b. 14 May 1849 (twin) in Versailles, Ripley Co, IN    d. Apr 4, 1929 Glenwood, MS, m. Jonathon Southward, b. Mar 26, 1849 Bath, England, m. Nov 11, 1871 Waukon, Allamakee Co, IA  d. Oct 3, 1938 Glenwood, Pope Co., MN [79] and is buried at the Glenwood Cemetery.

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5.83 Louisa C. French, b. 1850, 5/12 in the 1850 Ripley Co., IN census, d. before 1860 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [79].

5.84* Edward James French, b. Feb 16, 1852 Versailles, Ripley County, IN, d. Feb 6, 1901 Lake Andes, Charles Mix County, SD, and was buried 7 Feb 1901 at the Burbank Cemetery, Burbank, Clay Co., SD. Edward m. Flora Alvina Duggins, aka Flora Edna Duggan, the dau. of Jessie Duggins and Rachael Harris on 19 Apr 1875 in Lansing, Allamakee Co., IA. She was  b. Nov 27, 1858 Waukon, Allamakee County, IA, d. Mar 24, 1938 Vermillion, Clay County, SD. In 1901 Edward lived at Lake Andes, Charles Mix Co., SD [79]. The Burbank Cemetery, located a couple of miles north of the town of Burbank, SD is now abandoned. Over the years the majority of the grave markers disappeared. Some years ago, Mr. Raymond Novak arranged that a headstone be manufactured that contains the identities of the members of Edward French's family that are known to be buried in the cemetery. Unfortunately, because the cemetery records have been lost, the positioning of the marker is only approximate. The cemetery was once administered by the local Methodist Church, and there is always the possibility that the records may still survive buried in a church archive somewhere.

5.85* James Harvey French, b. Feb 14, 1853 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. May 20, 1928 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m1. Nancy Kast, b. Prairie du Chien, WS, m. Sep 8, 1877 Prairie du Chien, WS, m2. Orpha Formelia Payne, b. Mar 19, 1863 Ontario, Canada, m. Sep 24, 1879 Winneshiek Co, IA, d. May 8, 1947 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34]. James was a farmer according to the 1910 census of Postville, Allamakee Co., IA.

5.86* William Henry French, b. 9 Jul 1855 or 1857 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, d. 30 Apr 1927 in Elk Point, Union Co., SD, m, Kathern Duggins (Stark) in 14 Oct 1877 in Winneshiek Co., IA [34]. She was b. 26 Oct 1856 in PA, d. 23 Mar 1929 in Elk Point, Union Co., SD [77] [79].

William Henry French b. July 09, 1857 in Versailles, Ripley Co, Indiana, and died April 30, 1927 in Elk Point/Civil Bend Twp, Union Co., South Dakota.  He married Katharine Duggins* Oct 14, 1877 in Decorah, Winneshiek Co., Iowa, daughter of Jessie Duggins & Rachel Harris.  She was born Sept 24, 1863 in West Camp, Iowa and died March 19, 1929 in Elk Point/Civil Bend Twp, Union Co., South Dakota.  They are both buried in the Elk Point Cemetery.  William Henry moved with his parents from Ripley Co., Indiana, to Postville, Allamakee Co., Iowa, at the age of seven and grew there to manhood.  He and Katharine moved to Union County in the fall of 1883 where he rented a farm on fertile land near the Civil Bend area of the Missouri River.  This is where they raised their family. He was a gentle, hardworking, quiet, stoic man.  He was almost 72 years old when he died from a heart attack while watering his team of horses on his way to work the field.  The funeral was at the Methodist church. Katharine was remembered by family members as a gentle, kind and loving woman who was always busy and kept a very tidy home.  She died of cancer at 68 years of age.

*That Starks name had to do with the family Katharine lived with after she was orphaned.  She adopted their surname for a little while prior to her marriage.  Throwing that into the mix just muddies the waters unless the whole story is told.  She was not born in PA - a total impossibility.

 William Henry French

5.87 Martha M. French, b. 6 Apr 1859 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, d. 28 Dec 1926 in Ortley, Roberts Co., SD [79]. She m. George Washington Bollman, Sr., b. Apr 27, 1847 Zanesville, OH, m. Dec 7, 1875 Luana, Allamakee County, IA, d. Nov 18, 1917 Ortley, Roberts County, SD [34].

5.88 Hester Laura French, b. 21 Sep 1862 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN or Frankville, IA, d. 22 Sep 1940 in Churdan, Greene Co., IA [79] or in Cambridge, Story Co., IA [104] and is buried at the Highland township cemetery in Churdan, Green Co., IA [104]. Hester m. William Henry Kinyon, b. Jun 4, 1858 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA, m. Nov 21, 1878 Waukon, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Nov 17, 1940 Churdan, Greene Co, IA [34].

 Hester Laura French Kinyon

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5.89 Julia French, b. 12 Jul 1863 in Jennings Co., IN [79] or 12 Jul 1865 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [34], d. 21 Jul 1924 in Dubuque, Dubuque Co., IA [79]. She m. Frank Edgar Kinyon, b. Apr 1, 1848 IL, m. Dec 28, 1881 Ludlow Twp, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Dec 29, 1923 Doland, Spink Co, SD. Julia m2. Moore, b. Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, m. ca. 1888. Julia m3. James Edward Manuel, b. Feb 19, 1888 Plattesville, Grant Co, WS, m. Sep 21, 1914 Dubuque, Dubuque Co, IA, d. Mar 21, 1966 Dubuque, Dubuque Co, IA [34].

5.90 Maria French, b. ca. 1867 [34].

5.91 Louisa French, b. ca. 1869 [34].

5.92 Leander French, b. ca. 1873 [34].

Children of Peter and Catherine (Butler) French, 4.30

5.93* John B. French, b. 1847, from the 1850 census of Division 2, Ohio Co., IN, d. Abt. 1921 Bear Branch, Ohio Co, IN, m. Flora Cooper, b. Apr 12, 1853 Pike Twp, Ohio Co, IN, m. Jan 23, 1873 Switzerland Co, IN, d. Aug 19, 1935 Pike Twp, Ohio Co, IN [34].

5.94 Francis French, (male) b. 1849 in Pike Twp., Ohio Co., IN, from the 1850 census of Division 2, Ohio Co., IN. Francis may have died young as he is not in the 1860 census.

Children of Robert and Lorena L. (Robbins) French, 4.31

5.95 Lydia French, m. James Elder [34].

5.96 Eli W. French, b. 1845 in IN [34].

5.97 Jane French, b. ca. 1848 in IN [34].

Sixth Generation

Children of Amos French and Malinda Rule or Rühl, 5.4

Living at the next farm to this family was Dartha (Dorothy) P. French age 67, James M. French age 31, and Mary L. French age 18 according to the 1870 census of District 14, Knox, TN. In 1860, this family was living with 3 generations of Frenches: George and Elizabeth (Bethy) the grandparents, Amos and Malinda the parents, William and Elizabeth the children, Henry the brother of Amos, and Polly French the wife of Frederic French in the 1860 census. Living next to them in the 1860 census was Michael and Dorothy French of the 3rd generation and 5 of their children.

6.1* William Harrison French [1] [3], b. 30 Nov 1857 in TN, d. Jan 1928, m. Eliza Jane Talley on 5 Dec 1878 [16] who was b. 31 May 1859 and d. 9 Feb 1932. Both William and Eliza are buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville. William is in the 1860 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, living with his wife and 2 oldest children at his father Amos’ house. Grandfather of Bea Waters who contributed much of the information on this line.

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6.2 Elizabeth C. French, b. 1860 according to the 1860 and 1870 census of District 14, Knox, TN. She m. Jonathan L. Ford. Elizabeth is in the 1860 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, living with her father Amos and grandfather George.

6.3* Michael H. French, b. 1 Sep 1863 in TN, d. 9 Feb 1937 at age 74 and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Stock Creek Community, m1. Eliza C. Merritt or Marritt who was b. 14 Apr 1865, d. 30 Jan 1944 [1]. His death certificate says he was married to Martha Rule, but I think they were referring to Malinda Rule his mother, as he was married to Eliza in the 1930 census and she outlived him. In the 1940 census, Eliza was a widow living on Tipton St. Road in Knoxville, with her daughter Elizabeth and her grandson Allen J. French, age 1. They were living next door to Eliza’s son Luther E. French and his wife Viola C., and their 2 sons Edwin and Robert G. as well as more of her children in the same area.

Census Records

1900 census of Knox Co., TN
Michael H. French 37
Wife in 1886, Eliza C. French 37
Vola S. French 13
Roy A. French 10
Claud E. French 9
Lizzie French 5
Malinda French 69 mother
Sadie (or Sallie or Sally R.) French 32 sister

1910 census of Knox Co., TN
Michael H. French 48
Wife Eliza C. 46
Ray A. French 21
Claud E. French 19
Lizzie M. French 16
Marshall C. French 8

1920 census of Knox Co., TN
Michael H. French 57
Wife Eliza C. 56
Roy A. French 30
Elizabeth French 25
Marshall C. French 17

1930 census of Knox Co., TN
M. H. French 66
E.
C. French 65
Lizzie French 35
Marshall French 28
Ellen French 26 (daughter-in-law, Ellen S. McSpadden)
Marna E. French 4, granddaughter (daughter of Marshall and Ellen)

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6.4 Martha Emma French, b. 29 May 1864 in TN, d. 17 Jul 1864 [1], infant daughter of A. & M. French. Buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church [1].

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6.5 Eliza Ann French, b. 21 Oct 1865 in TN according to the 1880 census of District 21, Knox, TN, m. James Russell Haynes on 15 May 1892 [1]. James was b. 1862, d. 1928. Buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church in Knoxville.

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6.6 Sally Rosale French, b. 1868 in TN according to the 1880 census of District 21, Knox, TN. Ref. [1] states Sally m. a Mr. Ford and that their grandson was Herbert H. Ford, but no such record could be found as it appears Sally never married. Sallie R. French is in the 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 census of Knox Co., TN. In the 1910 census, she was living alone with her mother Malinda who was 78.

6.7 George H. T. French, b. 13 Dec 1870 in TN, d. 30 Apr 1871 [1]. Buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN [1].

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6.8 Marshall A. French, b. 30 Jun 1873 in TN according to the 1880 census of District 21, Knox, TN, never married [1]. He d. 15 Nov 1893 and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church in Knoxville, but his name is stated incorrectly as W. A. French.

Children of James Wesley French and Elizabeth Johnson, 5.7

Census Records

1870 Census, Maryville, Blount Co., TN
James W. French, 41
Elizabeth French, 41
Thomas H. French, 18
Jacob M. French, 17
William L. French, 16
Jefferson C. French, 14
Stephen French, 13
John H. French, 11
James A. French, 10
George French, 8
Martha E. French, 5

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Brothers John, Steve, and Tom French taken by Joseph Sancheza

First row: Stephen Alexander French, Ellen Gertrude Graham, John Horace French, Omci (Naomi) French, Thomas Hamilton French, Edna Chaney (friend of family). Second row: Stella White (friend), Nellie French, Clara Mae Johnston, Nannie Jane Harlow French, Helen Louise French (baby), Samuel H. French, Willis Mason Jr., Jack Chaney (friend), Mr. Chaney (friend), 2 children (probably Chaney children), woman (probably Mrs. Chaney). Picture on wall is supposed to be James Wesley French. Photo from by Joseph Sancheza. Naomi A. French was b. 4 Jan 1905 and d. 7 Dec 1988 and is buried at the Beulah United Methodist Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. Photo ca. 1909, when Naomi was about 5 years old and when her sister Helen Louise French was just born.

6.9* Thomas Hamilton (Tom) French, b. 4 Nov 1850 in Knoxville, TN (or 1845 per tombstone), d. 29 Mar 1918 in Crowell, TX, m. Sarah Buena Vista Shannon [5]. She was b. 5 Jan 1848 in Franklin Co., GA, dau. of Leonard and Charlotte Shannon, d. 29 Sep 1927 in Crowell, TX [5]. Both are buried at the Thalia Cemetery in Foard County, TX [5]. Tom was first a farmer in Brasstown, NC. He lived near where Little Brass Creek flows into Big Brass Creek. He had a grist mill where he ground wheat and corn. He settled in Thalia, Foard Co., TX, where he sold his goods [3]. Lived in Blount Co., TN, age 18, in the 1870 census.

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Thomas Hamilton French and Sarah Buena Vista Shannon French ca. 1890

6.10 Jacob Millard French [5], b. 2 Nov 1851 in TN, d. 8 Aug 1899, m. Isabelle Elmira Davis [3] on 28 Sep 1873. Isabelle was b. Sep 1849 and d. 26 Dec 1914. Jacob was buried at the Asbury Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. They had daughter Myrtle May French who m. S. W. Paul; she was b. 3 Nov 1881 and d. 30 Dec 1917. Myrtle and S. W. Paul were buried with a double stone at the Asbury Cemetery. Jacob lived in Blount Co., TN, age 17, in the 1870 census.

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6.11 William Louis (Bill) French [5], b. 26 Jun 1853 in TN, d. 7 Jun 1905, buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Knoxville, TN, m. Margret Ann Hafley who was b. 31 Dec 1855, d. 14 Mar 1929, daughter of Betsy Bennett and Bartley Hafley. They had one dau, Bert, who m. a Baker [3]. Lived in Blount Co., TN, age 16, in the 1870 census. They also had a daughter who died in infancy, Martha J. French, b. 8 Sep 1974, d. 8 Dec 1874, as the daughter of W. L. & M. French, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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6.12 Jefferson Catlet (Jeff) French [5], b. 23 Oct 1854 in Blount Co., TN, d. 23 Apr 1923, m. Mary J. Brown [3]. She was b. 30 Jun 1857, d. 2 Jul 1946. Both are buried at the Caledonia Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. He lived in either Blount Co., of Knox Co., TN his entire life. He had 4 daughters: Cora I. b. 1877; Phebe b. 1879; Bertie M. b. 1885; and Inez Claire b. 1899. Lived in Blount Co., TN, age 14, in the 1870 census.

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6.13* Stephen Alexander (Steve) French [5], b. 26 Jun 1856 in TN, d. 28 Apr 1938, m. Mary C. Fowler on 28 Jan 1897 [3]. Lived in Blount Co., TN, age 3, in the 1860 census and age 13, in the 1870 census. By the time he was 23 and in the 1880 census, he moved to Jefferson, Polk Co., MO, to live with his uncle John F. French, 50, and his wife Amanda, 47. By the 1900 census of Tyler, Hickory Co., MO, Stephen was 43 and married in 1897 to Mary C. Fowler, 30, and living with their children: Bonnie L. 16, Bertie E. 14, Edgar P. 13, Guy S. 10, George G. 8, and Robert B. 2. Stephen states that both his parents were born in TN. In the 1910 census, Stephen and Mary C. were living in Tyler, Hickory Co., MO with their children George 18, Rober 12, Lon D. 3, and Dorotha 1. In the 1920 census of Tyler, Stephen was 63 and had one more son, Velbert B. Then in the 1930 census of Tyler, Stephen was 73, his wife Mary C. was 60, and they were living in Tyler.

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6.14 Peter Johnson French [5], b. 23 Feb 1858 in TN, d. 24 Feb 1858 [3]. He was buried at the Logan’s Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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6.15* John Horace French [5], b. 14 Feb 1859 in TN, d. 22 Dec 1928, m1. Martha Mattie Henson on 28 Nov 1878 probably in Cherokee, NC. She was b. Nov 1845, 14 years older than John [3]. John m2. Nannie Jane Harlow on 7 Oct 1901 in Cleveland, Pawnee Co., OK. John d. 27 Dec 1928 at age 69 in Collinsville, Tulsa, OK, and is buried at the Ridgelawn Cemetery.

1870 census of Blount Co., TN, 11 years old

1880 census of Murphy, Cherokee, NC, age 21, Martha age 35

1900 census of Collinsville, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, age 40, living with his daughter Elizabeth French Graham, age 21, and his son Henry C. French, age 16

1920 census of Collinsville, Tulsa, OK, age 60, married to Nannie J., and children Omie 16, Hellen 9, Glen 5, Esther V. 1.

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6.16 James Templeton (Jim) French [5], b. 13 Feb 1861 in Blount Co., TN, d. 15 Aug 1940 and buried in Beulah Methodist Church Cemetery on Old Kimerlin Heights Rd., Knox Co., TN. He m1. Mary E. Fryer on 29 Jan 1885 in Knoxville, TN. She was b. 1855, d. Jan 1910 [3]. Lived in Blount Co., TN, age 10, in the 1870 census. Many others from the French family are buried at the Beulah Cemetery and will be added later: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2167379. He m2. Cepha Davis French, who signed his death certificate. She was b. 30 Oct 1878 and d. 8 Dec 1950.

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Mary E. French, wife of J. T. French, d. 26 Jan 1910 at age 55 and is buried at the Beulah United Methodist Cemetery in Knoxville, TN.

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6.17* George Henry French [5], b. 24 Oct 1862 in TN, d. 16 Sep 1935 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN and is buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery, m1. Hattie G. Mullendore who was b. 27 Aug 1864, d. 23 May 1896 when her children were still very young [3]. He m2. Belle D. by the 1910 census. Lived in Blount Co., TN, age 8, in the 1870 census. He worked at Merchant & Restate.

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6.18 Martha Ellen French [5], b. 28 Aug 1865 in TN, d. 8 May 1902, m. Ulysses Grant Goddard on 31 Jul 1884. He was b. 1863, d. 1939 [3]. Both were buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. They had children born between 1886 to 1896: Maud Elizabeth, James C., Floyd, Daisy Cora, Stella, and Pearl Goddard. Lived in Blount Co., TN, age 5, in the 1870 census. In the 1880 census of Knox, TN, she was living with her uncle, William Brownlee French.

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6.19 Sarah Victoria (Vic) French [5], b. 13 Sep 1870 in Blount Co., TN, m. Frank Russell Giffin on 25 Feb 1892 in Knox Co., TN [3]. They had a son, Charles Giffin, who lives in Baltimore, MD [3].

6.20 Annie E. French, b. 12 Aug 1876, d. 2 Jan 1932, m. William Thomas Foster, b. 1 Jan 1865, d. 20 Dec 1937. They had dau. Carrie Foster, b. 1909, d. 15 May 1920. All are buried at the Logan’s Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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Children of James W. French and Elizabeth Kidd, 5.7

The following children are per Clevy French Dupes and Ref. [20].

6.21* James Samuel (Jim) French, b. 1 Apr 1876 [20], m. Amanda Sweat (Mandy) on 17 Jul 1897 [20] [3]. James d. 6 Dec 1959. Amanda was b. 30 Sep 1876, d. 26 Sep 1938. Both are buried at the Clark’s Gove Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN [20]. They had 9 children.

6.22* McLee (Mack) French, b. 24 Jul 1882, m. Myrtle Ott (Mert) [3]. The 1900 census of Civil District 12, Blount Co., TN lists him as age 17 or born in 1883. He d. 24 Nov 1962. Both are buried at the Central Point Cemetery in Blount Co., TN.

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6.23 Clevy Hester French, b. 3 Dec 1887, d. 14 Sep 1977, m. Thomas Henry Benton Dupes who d. 1938 [3]. The 1900 census of Civil District 12, Blount Co., TN lists her as age 12 or born in 1888.

  
Clevie French and Thomas Dupes

Children of John Fletcher French and Amanda Johnson, 5.8

This family had 13 children, 9 daughters and 4 sons. None of the sons had sons to carry on the name French.

1860 census of Knox Co., TN, married and living with wife Amada and children Sarah E., Isaac L., and Martha L.

1870 census of Jefferson, Polk Co., Missouri, married and living with wife Amanda, Sarah E., Isaac, Martha L., Mary P., Burnsids, Thomas J., Charles, and Molley.

1880 census of Jefferson, Polk Co., Missouri, married and living with wife Amanda, and children Sarah E., Isaac L., Martha L., Mary P., Ambros B., Thomas J., Jacob A., Julia E., Ida M., Eva G., Dora, and Stephen.

1900 census of Jefferson, Polk Co., Missouri, widowed at age 70 and living with children Sarah E., Martha L., Ida M., Eva G., and Dora.

6.24 Isabelle Jane French, b. 14 Aug 1853 in Knox Co., TN; d. 9 Sep 1853 in Knox Co., TN [68].

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6.25 Sarah Eliza French, b. 17 Feb 1855 in Knox Co., TN; d. 23 Mar 1942 in MO [68] and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO.

6.26 Isaac Lewis French, b. 24 Jun 1856 in Knox Co., TN; d. 3 Jan 1907 and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO. He m. Tenny Isaac French, 10 Feb 1881 [68], and had dau. Eunice French, b. 1889, d. 1894, and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO.

6.27 Martha Linnabelle French, b. 20 Jun 1858 in Knox Co., TN; d. 31 Mar 1912 [68] and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO.

6.28 Mary Porterfield French, b. 15 Jun 1860 in Knox Co., TN; d. 23 Feb 1937 in Near Urbana, MO. [68].

6.29 Ambrose Burnside French, b. 11 Aug 1862 in Knox Co., TN; d. 12 Nov 1889 [68] and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO.

6.30 Thomas Johnson French, b. 3 Jan 1865 in Knox Co., TN; d. 24 Apr 1892 in MO [68] and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO.

6.31 Jacob Alexander French, b. 10 May 1867 in MO; d. 8 Oct 1895 in Martinez, CA, and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO, only 4 months after his marriage. He m. 22 May 1895 to Lena M. [68].

6.32 Julia Elizabeth French, b. 28 Dec 1868 [68].

6.33 Ida May French, b. 1 Jul 1870 in MO; d. 21 Dec 1924 in MO and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO. She m. a man named Summer.

6.34 Eva Georgiana French, b. 24 May 1872 in MO; d. 5 Sep 1951 [68].

6.35 John William French, b. 10 Jan 1874 in MO; d. 27 Jan 1877 in MO [68] and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO.

6.36 Dora French, b. 10 Feb 1876 in MO; d. 6 Jan 1949 in Maxwell, Colusa Co. CA, m. Ora Lee Brown on 30 Jun 1901 in Rondo, Polk Co., MO [68].

The bride and groom, Lee and Dora, taken on their wedding day Jun 30, 1901 at Rondo, Polk County, MO.

Children of Peter French and Malinda Kidd, 5.9

1870 census of Maryville, Blount Co., TN, living with wife and Mancrva, James, William, and Jacob.

1880 census of Blount Co., TN, living with wife and Maneva, Jacob, and Charles.

1900 census of Blount Co., TN living with wife and Charles and Pearl.

1910 census of Blount Co., TN, Malinda is a widow as Peter died in 1902. She is living with her grandson William C. French (30), son of her son James B. French, and his wife Lindo L. (30) and their children Morie L., and Clarence. She died later in the year.

6.37* James Baxter French (known as J.B.), b. 15 Nov 1858 in Blount Co., TN according to the 1860 census of District 12, Rockford, Blount Co., TN, d. 25 Jan 1939 in Maryville, Blount Co., TN, and is buried at Logan’s Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN. He m1. Ellen Newmon on 14 Nov 1878 in Blount Co., TN. He is listed in the 1880 census of Blount Co., TN, age 21, with his wife Ellen Newmon, 23, and their son William age 7 months, and her parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Newmon. In the 1900 census shows James B. French, b. Nov 1858, age 41, a farmer, along with his wife Margaret, born Oct 1869, age 30, and their children: Maud b. Sep 1887, Luther b. Aug 1889, Minis (son) b. Apr 1892, Bessie b. Jan 1894, Jake b. Nov 1895, James H. b. Oct 1887, and Edna G. b. Mar 1900, all born in TN. J.B. m2. Margaret M. Headrick, b. 18 Oct 1869, d. 10 Jan 1914.

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Children of Michael French and Isabella Lamon, 5.11

6.38 Jacob Oscar French, b. 17 Nov 1869, d. 1 May 1889, age 20, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.39 Sarah Effie French, b. 10 Nov 1871, d. 28 Oct 1897, age 25, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.40 Mary Ruth French, b. 1 Nov 1875, d. 2 Feb 1970, m. Albert Goddard who was b. 1869 and d. 1920. They had 4 children and the entire family was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.41 Laura Ella French, b. 2 Jan 1878, d. 25 Nov 1932, m. Stephen Taylor Johnson who was b. 1874, d. 1944. Both Laura and Stephen are buried at the Mount Olive Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.42 Jessee E. French, b. 26 Nov 1879, d. 6 Sep 1907, and was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. He moved to Estancia, Torrance Co., NM.

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6.43 Frederick Houston French, b. 3 Jun 1884, d. 4 Jun 1944, m. Ida Louise Weigel who was b. 1880, d. 1947. Both were buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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4.44 Chester French, lived in Estancia, Torrance Co., NM.

4.45 John French, lived in Estancia, Torrance Co., NM.

Children of Andrew George French and Martha Jane Wardell, 5.16

6.46 Eva G. French, b. 1880, d. 1963.

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6.47 Andrew George French Jr.,

6.48 Horace Fletcher French, b. 21 Jun 1883, d. 29 Apr 1940.

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Children of William Brownlow French and Susan Minerva Haynes, 5.17

6.49 Lily French, b. 19 Apr 1875 in TN, age 5 in the 1880 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, d. 22 May 1923 in Knox Co., TN, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. Lily m1. Keller, m2. Smith.

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6.50 Abner Alvin French, b. 1876 in TN, age 3 in the 1880 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. He d. 4 Feb 1883, age 6, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.45 Sarah Opha French, b. 12 Sep 1879 in TN, age 1 in the 1880 census of Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. She m. Charles O. Hall and appears in the 1920 census of Knox, TN, with their children: Hugh, Myrtle, Earl, and Lizzie. She d. 12 Mar 1935 and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.53* Urbana Alexander French, m. 15 Aug 1880 in Knoxville, d. 23 Nov 1949 in Knoxville, m1. Fannie Effie Rule on 24 Dec 1901 in Knoxville, m2. Iva M. Brown in 1919 in Knoxville. He is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. Iva Brown was b. 1887 and d. 1976, and Fannie Rule was b. 1882 and d. 1919.

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6.54 Son French, b. 11 Jul 1883, d. 16 Jul 1883, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.55* Jacob Dexter French Sr., b. 25 Apr 1886 in Knox Co., KY, m. Katie Isabella Owens on 13 Dec 1908 in Knox Co., TN, d. 28 Dec 1967 in Knox Co., TN, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.56 Elizabeth (Lizzie) French, b. 9 Jan 1888, d. 10 Sep 1956, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. She m. Albert Milton Johnson on 7 Aug 1904 or 8 Jul 1904. He was b. 1882, d. 1932.

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6.57 Susan Haynes French, b. 16 May 1893, d. 18 Mar 1894, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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Children of Caleb B. French and Sarah Jane McCammon, 5.23

6.58 Isabella (Belle) French, b. 13 Aug 1856 in Kingston, Knox Co., TN, d. 23 Apr 1915, lived in Kingston, TN, m. Robert Kittrell who was b. 10 Dec 1840, d. 20 Apr 1905. In the 1880 census, they were living in Piney, Loudon Co., TN. They had 2 children: Jennie Florance Kittrell, b. 27 Apr 1879 and Oliver Pleasant Kittrell, b. 3 Jul 1881. Belle was buried at the Magnolia Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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6.59 Martha J. French, b. 1857 in TN, listed in the 1860 census living with her parents in Kingston, Roane Co., TN.

6.60 Oliver Michael French, b. 1 Sep 1858 in Kingston, Roane Co., TN, d. 18 Sep 1905, m. Mary Evelyn who was b. 1857 and d. 1905. They lived in Knoxville, had a daughter who m. Dr. Arthur Preston Whittaker, an Episcopalian Minister of Knoxville, TN. See website: http://web.utk.edu/~mklein/alum1.html#whitaker.

Arthur Preston Whitaker, b. 6 Jun 1895 in Tuscaloosa, AL, d. 30 Jan 1979 in Avalon, NJ

Michael and Mary were both buried at the Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.61* Samuel McCammon (Mack) French, b. May 1860 in Kingston, Roane Co., TN. In the 1880 census of Roane, TN, he is 20 and living with his parents and working as an assistant hotel keeper along with his father. In the 1900 census of Roane, TN, he had m1. Ella M. Dearmond in 1888 and had 4 children: Clorence French 10; Oliver D. French 9; Clemmie French 4; and James M. French 2. In the 1910 census of Harriman, Roane Co., TN, he is m2. Margurett E. and has 5 children. In the 1920 census of Harriman, Roane Co., TN, he is married to Margaret E. DeArmond in 1874 and has 4 children. Samuel d. 5 May 1924 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN at the Harriman cemetery, leaving a widow, and listed as the son of Caleb B. French and Sarah J. McCammon.

6.62 William Marshall (Marsh) French, III, b. 18 May 1866 in Roane Co., TN, d. 18 Feb 1916, and is buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. He m1. Eliza S. Pope who was b. 19 Dec 1867 and d. 23 Mar 1903. She was buried at the Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. No Children. William was widowed at his death, living at 514 Oxford Place in Knoxville, TN, a lumber dealer. William m2. Nola Smitherman ca. 1880, who was b. in Chattanooga, TN, buried at the Lynnhurst Cemetery. She was b. in 1866, d. 1915, just the year before William had died.

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6.63 Dorothea Clemmie French, b. 10 Nov 1868 in Kingston, TN, lived in Knoxville, TN, m. Welcher Hope ca. 1882, no children. She d. 5 Feb 1892 and is buried at the Bethel Cemetery in Kingston, Roane Co., TN.

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Children of Joshua French and Cynthia R., 5.24

6.64 Frank D. French, b. Dec 1869 in TN according to the 1880 census of District 9, Blount Co., TN, m. Lucy McNutt. In the 1900 census of Civil District 19, Blount Co., TN, Frank was 30, his mother was Cyntha R., his father Joshua was no longer living, but he was living also with his brother George, age 28. Frank was a farmer.

6.65 Edgar French, b. 1870 in TN according to the 1880 census of District 9, Blount Co., TN. Edgar is not listed in the 1900 census.

6.66 George E. French, Nov 1871, m. Anna H. Gray probably after 1910. She was b. 1878. In the 1900 census of Civil District 19, Blount, TN, George was living with his mother and brother, Frank. They were also living with Mattie, J. Nunn age 42, a niece of Cynthia R. French, and Annie L. Lawe age 17, a boarder. George was a farmer. No known children for this couple. In the 1910 census, George was living with his mother Cynthia French in Civil District 2, Knox, TN and with no one else. George and Anna are listed in the 1930 census of District 11, Knox, TN.

Children of Jacob Dexter French and Mary N. McCammon, 5.25

Jacob and Mary had 15 children within about 20 years. Six of them died before Mary died. Four children died very young. Five daughters married. One daughter did not marry. Two sons never married. Three sons married and had children to carry on the name French. There may have been 2 sets of twins. Of the 3 sons who had children, one son had 3 sons, another son had 2 sons, and the other son had 1 son.  

6.67 Sarah D. French, b. 29 Jul 1862 in TN, d. 29 Aug 1877, buried at the Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, TN [65]. The Old Gray cemetery was established in 1850 and is where many of Knoxville’s most prominent citizens, including Senators, Governors, House members and civil War heroes from both sides of the conflict have been buried. She died before 10 Dec 1901, the date her mother died.

6.68 William (Will) Michael Seward French, b. 14 Jun 1863 in Blount Co., TN, m. Nora Ann Ferguson [65] or Tennyson. She was b. 31 Oct 1863 in Greene Co., IL, and d. 23 Feb 1926 in Mineral Wells. William appears in the 1870 census of District 9, Blount, TN, living with his parents and his siblings, Samuel 4, and Eliza 2. In the 1880 census, William was living in District 21, Knox, TN, with his parents and siblings: Samuel 14, Eliza 12, Martha 9, Marshal 6, Albert 3, and Rosa 2. William d. Mar 1940 in Palo Pinto Co., TX. Both William and Nora are buried at the Elmwood Cemetery in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., TX.

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6.69* Samuel (Sam) McCammon French, b. 13 Mar 1866 in TN according to the 1880 census in TN, d. 10 Feb 1946, lived in Pittsburg, KS, m. Emma Eliza Wilson [65]. In 1900 Sam was living in Weir, Cherokee, KS with his wife and their 2 children, Arthur M. 4, and Donald W. 2. Samuel was buried at Mount Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS.

6.70 daughter French, b. 8 Jan 1868 (twin?) and died the next day. She was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. She may have been a twin to Eliza.

6.71 Eliza Jane (Jen or Jennie) French, b. 1868 (twin?) in TN according to the 1880 census in TN, d. May 1931, m1. Henry Davis prior to 1894 (see Eliza’s brother Albert), m2. Robert Lowe [65]. She was buried at the Mount Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS.

6.72 son French, b. 20 Jun 1870, d. 3 Jul 1870, and was buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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6.73 Martha (Mattie) Dora French, b. 22 Jul 1871 (twin?) in TN according to the 1880 census in TN, d. 12 Apr 1917 in Weir, Cherokee Co., KS, m. Miltford Wilson [65]. She was buried in an unmarked grave in Council Corners Cemetery, Weir, Cherokee Co., KS.

6.74 Anne Belle French, b. 25 Jul 1871 (twin?) in Knox Co., TN, never married, taught school [65]. Perhaps twin to Martha? She died before 10 Dec 1901, the date her mother died.

6.75* Marshall Oliver French, b. 17 Dec 1873 in TN according to the 1880 census in TN. He m1. Nellie S. Holliday who was b. 24 Aug 1875 and d. 31 Aug 1902 and is buried at the Council Corners Cemetery in Weir, Cherokee Co., KS. After her death, Marshall m. Clara probably by 1903 and she appears in the 1920 census of Pittsburg Ward 2, Crawford, KS with their 3 children: Marshall age 17, Walker age 13, and Hellen age 10. Marshall d. 2 May 1937 and is buried at the Mount Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS.

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6.76 Albert Barton (called Barton) French, b. 30 Jun 1876 in TN according to the 1880 census in TN. In the 1910 census, Albert B. may be the brother-in-law living in Pittsburg Ward 1, Crawford, KS with the Davis family. It lists Henry M. Davis (age 65, head), Jennie F. Davis (age 42, his wife), and Dorothy L. Davis (age 16, dau.). Henry M. could have been the 1st husband of Albert’s sister, Eliza Jane French. In 1930, Albert was living with his sister-in-law, Della Crabb, in Weir, Cherokee Co., KS. Albert was a coal miner. Albert d. 13 Nov 1944 and is buried at the Council Corners Cemetery in Weir, Cherokee Co., KS.

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6.77 Rosa Della French, b. 1878 in TN according to the 1880 census in TN. She m. Charles Alison Crabb who was b. 1867, d. 1948. She d. 1944 and both are buried at the Council Corners Cemetery in Weir, Cherokee Co., KS. Charles m1. Emma E. Elder on 3 Jul 1893 at Osage Mission, Neosho Co., KS. Emma died from a hemorrhage shortly after giving birth to a second child on 22 Sep 1896. Their first daughter was Una May Crabb, b. 20 Aug 1894, d. 4 Sep 1895. The second child was born in the fall of 1896, and that child died in Oct 1896, just 1 week after her mother had tragically died. Emma was only 23 years old. Una was buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt, Allen Co., KS.

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6.78* Arthur Franklin Houston French, b. 6 Nov 1880 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS, youngest son. He m. Ada Hisle who was b. 1885. He d. 14 Dec 1953 in Santa Barbara, CA. They had children Mary Hisle and Arthur Houston French.

6.79 Minnie French, never married, died before 10 Dec 1901, the date her mother died.

6.80 Della Etta French, youngest daughter, m. William Skers [65]. She died after 10 Dec 1901, the date her mother died.

6.81 Matthew French, died young, before 10 Dec 1901, the date his mother died.

Children of James Marshall French and Mary L. Maloney, 5.26

6.82 William French, b. 1860 in TN according to the 1870 census of District 12, Rockford, Blount Co., TN. The marriage of James Marshall and Mary Maloney was in 1869, so perhaps this child was from a previous marriage or the date is incorrect.

6.83 Jacob French, b. 1862 in TN according to the 1870 census of District 12, Rockford, Blount Co., TN. In the 1880 census of Blount Co., TN, Jacob is living with his parents, age 17. The marriage of James Marshall and Mary Maloney was in 1869, so perhaps this child was from a previous marriage or the date is incorrect.

6.84* Charles Alexander French, b. 29 Oct 1875 in Blount Co., TN, d. 11 Jan 1945 in Contra Costa Co., CA. He m1. Minerva E. who was b. 24 Apr 1872 and d. 6 Jan 1897 as the wife of C. A. French, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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After his first wife died in 1897, Charles moved to California and m2. Bertha Anna Lemoine after 1905 in Contra Costa Co., CA. She was b. 20 Jan 1884 in Contra Costa Co., CA, and d. 22 Nov 1958 in Alameda, CA, and was buried at the Union Cemetery in Brentwood, Contra Costa Co., CA, with Charles. Charles is listed in the 1900 census of Blount Co., TN, widowed, age 24, living with his parents Peter 68 and Malinda 63 and his niece Pearl 17 – who was her father? Charles was a teacher. In the 1910 census, Charles and Bertha are in Contra Costa Co., CA. They had 2 daughters: Anna Bertha, b. 1909 and Floy E., b. 21 Aug 1913, both in Contra Costa Co., CA. In the 1920 census of Brentwood, Contra Costa Co., VA, Charles is 44, Bertha is 35, Anna B. is 10, and Floy E. is 6. In the 1930 census of Contra Costa Co., CA, Charles is 54, Bertha A. is 46, daughter Bertha A. is 20, and daughter Floy E. is 16. No male heirs.

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6.85 Florence Amanda French, b. 24 Jan 1871 in Knox Co., TN, d. 30 Dec 1936 buried at Clark’s Grove, Blount Co., TN, m. William Kirby Wright on 16 Mar 1892 [66].

6.86 Hugh Maloney French, M.D., b. 18 Oct 1872 in TN, d. 16 Jan 1933 buried at the Prosser Cemetery in Prosser, Benton Co., WA, m1. Beryl Engel on 29 Jun 1899, m2. Clara M. Calkins of WA in 1927. He had 2 daughters, Beryl Engel French by his first wife and Nancy Josephine French b. 25 Apr 1929 by his second wife [66]. In the 1900 census, he was a boarder, having married in 1899, and living in Oakesdale town, Whitman, WA. His wife Beryl Engel was not living with him in 1900. In 1920 she is living with him in TN with their dau. Beryl, age 20. In the 1930 census, he is living with his second wife Clara M. in Prosser, Benton, WA, and their 1 year old dau. Nancy. Nancy was b. 21 Nov 1930 and d. 15 Jul 2008 after having married a man named Maxey; she is buried at the Beulah United Methodist Cemetery in Knoxville, TN.

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6.87* Charles Michael French, b. 30 Dec 1874, d. 13 Oct 1936, m. Beula McReynolds on 17 Jul 1895 [66]. Charles and Beulah are listed in the 1910 census living in Knoxville Ward 10, Knox, TN, with their 4 children.

6.88 Stella Dorothy French, b. 29 Jul 1877, d. 7 Jan 1930, m. Alexander Anderson Scott on 12 Jun 1895. He was b. 1868, d. 1951 and buried at the New Gray Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. They had children Adelia Scott, d. before age 10; Dorothy Geraldine Scott, m. Clyde Kelso and had 3 sons: Douglas, Scott (or Patrick), and Alexander A. Scott Jr. [66].

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6.89 Arthur Freeman French, b. 13 Jun 1880, buried at the Mt. Olive Cemetery, m. Nancy Rebecca Maddox in Jun 1908. She was b. 12 Apr 18xx, d. 27 Sep 1978. They had a daughter, Margret Lucy French, b. 5 Nov 1909, m. Samuel B. Garner, and had son Samuel B. Garner Jr. [66]. Living on his father’s family farm, age 19, in 1900, Civil District 11, Blount, TN. Arthur was a farm laborer. Arthur and Nancy are both buried at the Mount Olive Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

6.90 Annie Minerva French, b. 27 Oct 1882, d. 16 Feb 1957, m. Isaac MacCall English (a French married an English) on 11 Jun 1902 [66]. Living on her father’s family farm, age 17, in the 1900 census, Civil District 11, Blount, TN. They are both buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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6.91* James Marshall (Edwin) French, b. 10 Sep 1884, d. 9 Dec 1955, buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Knoxville, TN, m. Cassie Maxey who was b. 24 Sep 1887, d. 13 Mar 1976 [66]. James began road building in 1909. Living on his father’s family farm, age 15, in 1900, Civil District 11, Blount, TN.

6.92 Daisy Evelyn French, b. 1 Dec 1887, d. 27 Feb 1978, buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, m. Charles Benjamin Ryan on 18 Dec 1907. Had children: Mary Williams Ryan, d. at birth, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Knox Co., TN; and Dorothy Evelyn Ryan, b. 23 Mar 1915, d. 13 Mar 1979, buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery [66]. Living on her father’s family farm, age 12, in 1900, Civil District 11, Blount, TN.

Children of George W. French and Caroline Clark, 5.72

6.93 Rebecca Jane French, b. ca. 1849 in Lock Springs Community, Ripley Co., IN, d. 6 Feb 1902 in Holton, Ripley Co. IN, m1. Isaac Ambrose Colson on 19 Dec 1863 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, m2. Robert Hart on 11 Sep 1868 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, m3. Henry Overturf on 17 Aug 1869 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, m4. Hensley H. Kirk on 5 Sep 1870 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [34].

6.94* Theodore F. French, b. 25 Jun 1849 in Lock Springs community, Ripley Co., IN, d. 1 May 1931 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, m. Susan Edna Overturf Vawter on 6 Apr 1873 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN. Susan was b. 15 Jan 1844 in Franklin, Johnson Co., IN, d. 30 Nov 1944 Osgood, Ripley Co., IN.

6.95* James Monroe French, b. 19 Jan 1851 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN, d. Dec 1913 in Portland, OR. He m. Elizabeth Valdvogel on 8 Jun 1887 in Toledo, OH. Elizabeth was b. 1 Sep 1863 in Toledo, OH and d. 30 Aug 1943 in Portland, OR [34].

6.96* Jeremiah John French, b. 9 Sep 1853 in Holton, Ripley Co., IN, d. 9 Feb 1927 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS, m1. Esther M. Cory on 31 Oct 1877 in Reno Co., KS. Esther was b. ca. 1850 in IL [34]. Jeremiah m2. Lucina Josephine Cory on 25 Oct 1883 in Kingman Co., KS. She was b. 1 Jun 1866 in Lyon Co., KS, d. 27 Sep 1954 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KA [34].

6.97* George Washington French, b. 11 Nov 1855 in Holton, Ripley Co, IN, d. 17 Nov 1947 in Kingman, KS. He m. Anna Mary Heavenridge who was b. Mar 24, 1861 Union, IN, m. Jan 6, 1879 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN  d. Aug 31, 1914 Kingman, KS [34]. George m2. Maggie Horme ca. 1915 in Kingman Co., KS. She was b. 10 Feb 1881 in Keyesville, MO, and d. 2 Oct 1956 in Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

6.98 Samuel W. French, b. Dec 11, 1857 Holton, Ripley Co, IN, d. Nov 25, 1874 Lock Springs, Ripley Co, IN [34].

6.99* Edward L. French, b. Aug 19, 1860 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. May 26, 1947 Vancouver, Washington, m. Laura Etta Rea, b. Jan 6, 1866 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, m. Jun 5, 1883 Reno Co, KS, d. Jul 28, 1947 Vancouver, WA [34].

6.100 Joseph Ira French, b. Oct 14, 1864 Lock Springs, Ripley Co, IN, d. Jan 25, 1875 Lock Springs, Ripley Co, IN

6.101* Franklin Reason French, b. Nov 23, 1867 Lock Springs, Ripley Co, IN, d. Jul 23, 1934 Portland, Oregon, m. Maude Sunderland, b. Sep 30, 1877 Creston, IA, m. Sep 23, 1895 Omaha, Douglas Co, NB, d. Feb 22, 1965 Omaha, Douglas Co, NB [34].

6.102 Lizzie Caroline French, b. Jan 6, 1870 Lock Springs, Ripley Co, IN, d. Feb 7, 1961 Kingman, KS, m. Christopher Columbus Cawthon, b. Dec 17, 1859 Williamson, IL, m. Aug 24, 1890 Reno Co, KS  d. Sep 21, 1947 Kingman, KS.

6.103 Ulysses G. French, b. Sep 29, 1872 Lock Springs, Ripley Co, IN, d. Oct 14, 1872 Lock Springs, Ripley Co, IN. There is a Ulysses G. French listed in the 1900 census of Center, Marion, IN as a lodger living in Indianapolis, IN, age 35.

6.104 Henrietta May French, b. Oct 19, 1873 Holton, Ripley Co, IN, d. Aug 31, 1904 Pretty Prairie, KS, m. Theodore Dunn, b. Feb 26, 1869 IA, m. Feb 25, 1892 Pretty Prairie, KS  d. Oct 20, 1931 Pretty Prairie, KS.

6.105 Lura French, b. Dec 25, 1889 Holton, Ripley Co, IN, d. Nov 1, 1891 Holton, Ripley Co, IN.

Children of Edward P. French and Sarah C. Williamson, 5.73

6.106* Edward J. French, b. Abt. 1852 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Abt. 1923 Madisonville, OH, m. Mary Anna Wessels, b. Jun 24, 1849 Madisonville, OH, d. Feb 22, 1905 Madisonville, OH.

Children of Thomas French and Elvira Sprague/Canfield, 5.77

6.107 Jennie A. French, b. 17 May 1867 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, m. Hamblin [104]. She m. Edward J. Spiva ca. 1885 and she d. 10 Feb 1946 at age 76 and is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Webb City, Jasper Co., MO.

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6.108 Sarah Fannie French, b. 19 Dec 1869 in Allamakee Co, IA, m. Joseph C. Branham, b. Eureka Springs, AR, m. Feb 19, 1889 Eureka Springs, AR [104]. She d. 2 Nov 1958 in Webb City, Jasper Co., MO.

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6.109 Edna May Elmiry French, b. 5 Dec 1871 in Allamakee Co., IA, m1. Thomas Harp, b. in IA, m2. Jesse Bridges on 10 May 1890 in Eureka Springs, AR, m3. James Louis Harp ca. 1899 [104]. In 1930 she was living in Galena, Cherokee Co., KS where she d. 12 Dec 1930 and is buried at the Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena, Cherokee Co., KS.

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6.110 Ira F. French, b. 1873, d. 1873 [104].

6.111 William G. French, b. 1875, d. 1875 [104].

6.112 Mary L. French, b. 30 Jan 1878 in Webb City, Jasper Co., MO, d. 19 Jan 1911 at age 32, no heirs [104].

6.113 Gracie B. French, b. 6 Aug 1881 in Green Forest, Carroll Co., AR, d. 23 Nov 1881 [104].

6.114 Fred Washington French, b. 13 Nov 1883 in Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR, d. 1967 in Baxter Springs, Cherokee Co., KS and is buried at the Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena, Cherokee Co., KS. He m. Pearl who was b. 1887 and d. 1926 and had one son and one dau. Josephine French, b. 1909 [104]. Fred worked as a teamster in Eureka Springs. According to his Registration Card for WWII, he was of medium height and build, blue eyes, brown hair, and “right eye gone”, dated 12 Sep 1918.

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6.115* John C. French, b. 5 Sep 1886 in Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR, m. Bessie E. Basden who was b. 24 Nov 1890 in Eureka Springs, AR, m. Sep 13, 1904 Eureka Springs, AR, and she d. 4 Jul 1973. John d. 8 Jun 1925 and is buried at the Hill Crest Cemetery in Galena, Cherokee Co., KS [104]. He had at least 5 children; 3 boys and 2 girls. One son was Claud C. French, b. 1910.

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Children of John French and Rachel M. Davies, 5.78

6.116 Sarah Jane French, b. Sep 8, 1864 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Jun 30, 1895 Estherville, IA, m. Walter E. Coon, b. Ca. 1864 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Ca. 1947 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA [34].

6.117 Sophia Ellen French, b. Aug 28, 1868 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA, d. Jun 21, 1931 Lorraine, WS, m. Henry Ernest Monroe, b. Mar 7, 1870 Wyoming, IA, d. Dec 13, 1935 Lorraine, WS [34].

6.118* Thomas J. French, b. 8 Aug 1874 in Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA, d. 25 Aug 25, 1931 (the Frankville Cemetery says 1921), m. Emaline Almira Sherman on 6 Jun 1906 in Decorah, Winneshiek Co, IA. She was b. ca. 1887 in IA, d. ca. 1968 in Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA [34].

6.119 Maude French, b. Feb 23, 1877 Frankville Twp, Winneshiek Co, IA, d. 1948, m. Walter E COON, b. Ca. 1864 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, d. Ca. 1947 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA [34].

6.120 Carrie French, b. Aug 20, 1880 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA, d. Jan 16, 1961, m. Irvin Hughes, b. Jul 26, 1881 Saint Charles, MS, m. Jan 11, 1903 Decorah, Winneshiek Co, IA, d. Oct 29, 1957 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA [34].

Children of Peter French and Deborah Davis, 5.79

6.121 Benjamin French, b. Ca. 1865 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Belle Johnson, b. Sep 3, 1881 Eldorado, IA, m. Mar 26, 1898 Decorah, IA  d. Oct 20, 1951 Custer, Custer Co, SD.

6.122* William French, b. Ca. 1869 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA, d. Ca. 1907 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA, m. Sadie Nelson, b. IA, d. Ca. 1912.

6.123* Bert French, b. Aug 3, 1874 Waterloo, Black Hawk Co, IA, d. Jul 22, 1942 Glendale, CA, m. Frances Malli, b. Ca. 1882 IA, m. Sep 25, 1901 Decorah, Winneshiek Co, IA.

Children of Edward James French and Flora Alvina Duggins, 5.84

6.124 Martha E. French, b. Aug 31, 1876 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Oct 10, 1957 Crystal Lake, MS, m. Chauncey A. Hemphill, b. Mar 18, 1868 Center Point, IA, m. Mar 12, 1895 Elk Point, Clay Co, SD, d. Jul 18, 1928 Crystal Lake, MS

6.125* Lytle French, b. Feb 5, 1877 Postville, Allamakee Co., IA, d. Feb 5, 1951 Yankton, Yankton Co., SD, m. Margery Reed, b. 1891 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, m. Jan 4, 1914 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. Oct 30, 1928 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD. Lytle is listed in the 1880 census as living in Frankville, Winneshiek, IA, the son of Edward and Flore E.

6.126* James Harvey French, b. Jul 12, 1878 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Feb 12, 1917 Dante, Charles Mix Co, SD, m. Carrie Mae Placek, b. Nov 1, 1887 Knox, Knox Co, NB, m. Jun 6, 1902 Fairfax, SD, d. Dec 1, 1937 Dante, Charles Mix Co, SD [77]. They had one daughter, Gladness Flora French, b. 1 Jan 1908 in Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. 16 Feb 1969 in Wagner, Charles Mix Co., SD [79]. She m. Raymond L. Novak and had son Ray Novak who was very instrumental in the French Family Association before his death.

6.127 Peter French, b. Feb 5, 1880 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Dec 22, 1886 Burbank, Clay Co, SD [34] [90].

6.128 Silas A. French, b. Sep 25, 1881, d. May 20, 1884 [34].

6.129 Carrie E. French, b. Nov 28, 1884, d. Mar 18, 1885 [34].

6.130 Rachel French, b. Nov 13, 1886 (twin), Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Nov 15, 1886 Burbank, Clay Co., SD [34].

6.131* Charles E. French, b. Nov 13, 1886 (twin), Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Jun 30, 1916 Lake Andes, Charles Mix Co., SD, m. Flossie Schell, b. 1891, m. Mar 12, 1909 Springfield, Bon Homme Co., SD [34].

6.132 Josephus R. French, b. Sep 24, 1888 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Nov 2, 1918 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, m. Ida Jones, b. Dec 28, 1891 Avon, Bon Homme Co., SD, m. May 6, 1909 Wheeler, Charles Mix Co, SD, d. 1970 CA [34].

6.133 Lucy Louisa French, b. Aug 11, 1890 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Jan 22, 1892 Burbank, Clay Co., SD [34].

6.134 Jessie French, b. Feb 28, 1891 (twin) Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Feb 28, 1891 Burbank, Clay Co., SD [34].

6.135 George French, b. Feb 28, 1891 (twin) Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Feb 28, 1891 Burbank, Clay Co., SD [34].

6.136 Mary Eda French, b. Mar 21, 1893 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Feb 7, 1920 Wagner, Charles Mix Co., SD, m. Lyman L. Lee, b. Jul 7, 1885, m. 1909, d. Jan 17, 1955 Omaha, Douglas Co., NB [34].

6.137 Cora Alvina French, b. May 12, 1895 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Jul 24, 1963 Avon, Bon Homme Co., SD, m. Dewey Herbert Clyde Vinson, b. Mar 12, 1898 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, m. Jun 25, 1917 Vermillion, Clay Co., SD, d. Mar 25, 1967 Avon, Bon Homme Co., SD [34].

6.138 Harry Earl French, b. Jan 19, 1897 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Mar 22, 1897 Burbank, Clay Co., SD [34].

6.139 Flora Edna French  aka: Edna Vincent French  b 1: Mar 9, 1899 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, b. 2: Mar 3, 1900 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Jan 31, 1962 Carrington, Foster Co., ND, m1. Russell Jonathon Drafahl, b. Apr 7, 1891 Charter Oak, Crawford Co., IA, m. Oct 4, 1916 Vermillion, Clay Co., SD, d. Oct 29, 1949 Vermillion, Clay Co., SD. Flora m2. Leo Steinman, b. Nov 29, 1899, m. Jan 29, 1959 Ellendale, ND, d. Dec 1982 FL [34].

6.140 Chauncey (Chancy) Allen French, b. Jun 15, 1901 Lake Andes, Charles Mix Co, SD, d. Apr 24, 1914 Lake Andes, Charles Mix Co, SD [34].

Children of James Harvey French and Orpha Formelia Payne, 5.85

6.141 Henrietta French, b. Dec 21, 1880 Postville, Allamakee Co., IA, d. Jul 28, 1959 Postville, Allamakee Co., IA, m1. Samuel Gobin, b. 1867 Crawford Co., WS, m. Nov 14, 1897 Decorah, Winneshiek Co., IA. Henrietta m2. Clark L. Adney, b. 1886, m. Feb 6, 1907 McGregor, IA, d. May 1908 Frankville, Winneshiek Co., IA. Henrietta m3. William G. Dundee, b. Oct 21, 1881 Jefferson Twp, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Dec 12, 1912 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Feb 22, 1959 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34]. Henrietta and Samuel Gobin were living with her parents in the 1900 census of Postville, Allamakee Co., IA.

6.142 Charles Edward French, b. Oct 12, 1882 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Jan 22, 1883 in infancy in Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34].

6.143 Thomas French, b. Dec 8, 1883 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Dec 1, 1918 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34].

6.144 Cora E. French, b. Oct 8, 1886 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Jul 12, 1973 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m1. Elmer J Lennon, b. Nov 25, 1883 Freeport, IA, m. Sep 14, 1904 Waukon, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Nov 9, 1939 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA. Cora m2. William H Foels, b. Apr 8, 1886 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Sep 16, 1948 Harmony, MS, d. Mar 30, 1953 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34].

6.145 James William French, b. Nov 15, 1888 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Aug 28, 1966 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Martha Viola Dundee, b. Nov 22, 1878 Waukon, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Aug 20, 1914 Waukon, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Jan 17, 1951 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34]. James and Martha appear in the 1920 census of Postville, Allamakee Co., IA with no children after being married for 6 years. They are renting and living with Veola C. Wing age 18, Charley W. Wing age 15, and Hanmon Wing age 9. James is the head of household, Martha is his wife, Charley and Hanmon are his step sons, and Veola is his step daughter.

6.146 Eliza Jane French, b. Dec 3, 1890 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. in Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m1. Henry Fritz Meyer, b. Oct 1888 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Jan 26, 1910 Waukon, Allamakee Co, IA. Eliza m2. John Joseph Stader, b. Oct 19, 1892 Saint Louis, Kentucky, m. Feb 2, 1929 Everett, WA, d. Oct 25, 1946 Seattle, King Co, WA [34].

6.147 John (Johnny) E. French, b. May 20, 1893 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Dec 26, 1968 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34].

6.148* Leroy (Roy) French, b. Nov 26, 1894 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. May 16, 1967 Elkader, IA, m1. Goldie A. Pixler, b. 1895 Farmsburg Twp, Clayton Co, IA, m. Jul 14, 1915 Bloomfield Twp, Winneshiek Co, IA. Leroy m2. Florence Baldwin, b. Feb 28, 1904 Oelwein, IA, m. Apr 4, 1927 West Union, IA [34].

6.149* Lydia Mae French, b. 3 Feb 1903 in Postville, Allamakee Co., IA, d. 7 Mar 1972 in Decorah, Winneshiek Co., IA, m1. Frank S. Wertz who was b. 23 Dec 1870 in Kane, Greene Co., IL (30 years older than Lydia), d. 15 Apr 1931 in Elgin IA, they are in the Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925, as married, living in Elgin, Fayette Co., IA, where Frank is 56 years old and Lydia is 23, with someone named Cleraudon Wertz, age 18, living with them. Lydia m2. a French [34] probably after her first husband died in 1931. Therefore, the son whom Lydia had in 1922, Robert W. French, has an undecided father. Lydia m3. Newton Ellsworth Naney on 1 Aug 1934 in Decorah, Winneshiek Co., IA. He was b. 24 Jul 1874 in Jefferson Co., IL and d. 1958 in Fairfield, IL [34]. Lydia m4. Henry Myran, b. 17 Jul 1893 in Decorah, Wineshiek Co., IA, m. 10 Feb 1960 in Ridgeway, IA, and d. 2 Nov 1966 in Decorah, Winneshiek Co., IA [34]. Lydia Mae outlived all 4 husbands. The FFA does not know who her second husband was with the surname French.

6.150 Evelyn Marie French, b. 29 Jul 1908 in Postville, Allamakee Co., IA, m. Francis Joseph Jagerson on 10 Nov 1930 in MN. He was b. 11 Oct 1907 in Decorah, IA [34].

Children of William Henry French and Kathern Duggins/Stark, 5.86

6.151 John David French, b. Dec 22, 1878 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Jun 2, 1932 Elk Point, Union Co, SD  [34].

6.152* Edward French, b. Dec 12, 1880 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, d. Sep 21, 1960 Elk Point, Union Co, SD, m. Agnes Dutton, b. Aug 31, 1891 IA, m. Oct 11, 1910 Elk Point, Union Co, SD, d. Sep 21, 1960 Yankton, Yankton Co, SD.

6.153* Sylvester Wesley (Wes) French, b. 4 Jun 1883 in Waverly, Clay Co., IA [77] or in Waverly, Bremer Co., IA [34], d. 27 Jul 1943 in Port Gamble, Snohomish, WA, m. Alice Rozella “Rose” Fenton on 9 Nov 1907 in Dakota City, NB or in Elk Point, Union Co., South Dakota, daughter of Warren L. Fenton and Margaret O. Arnold.  She was born Oct 13, 1889 in Burbank, Union Co., South Dakota, and died Jan 23, 1966 in Yakima, Yakima Co., Washington or [77] in Snohomish, WA [34]..  They are both buried in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Snohomish, Snohomish Co., Washington [34]. He was only called Wes, never Wesley.

Wes and Rose married and rented a farm in the Civil Bend Twp area near his parent's farm and this is where they raised their family.  They were a fun loving couple and had an active social life.  Wes worked the combine circuit for his older brother Dave but eventually contracted "farmer's lung" from the dust and had to move to a healthier location which was the Black Hills. After about ten years, in the late 1930s the Dust Bowl and Great Depression forced them off the ranch they were renting "when the grasshoppers started eating the fenceposts."  They squeezed their last three kids who were living at home and a few meager possessions into the old truck and drove west to Washington State where they found work picking apples.  Thanks to WWII Wes got work in the Bremerton Shipyards and things were looking up for the family until he was diagnosed with colon cancer.  He was 60 years old when he died.  Rose was a lively woman and went on to marry twice more before her death from heart failure.

6.154* Robert French, b. Oct 26, 1886 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Mar 9, 1947 Everett, Washington, m. Ethel Ardell Harkness, b. Apr 19, 1889 Akron, Plymouth County, IA, m. Oct 14, 1907 Elk Point, Union County, SD, d. Jun 2, 1991 Everett, WA [34].

6.155 Cynthia Leota French, b. Aug 7, 1888 Burbank, Clay Co., SD, d. Sep 14, 1976 Crawford, NB, m1. Merrill J. Keller, b. Dec 30, 1885 Martinsburg, NB, m. Mar 8, 1906 Elk Point, Union Co, SD  d. Oct 10, 1940 Crawford, NB. Cynthia m2. David R Martin, b. 1878 IL, m. Mar 26, 1946 Crawford, NB, d. Jul 1, 1961 Lincoln, Lancaster County, NB [34].

6.156* George Allen French, b. Dec 21, 1890 Elk Point, Union County, SD, d. Nov 19, 1966 Hot Springs, Fall River County, SD, m1. Dorothy Cumming. They had a son, Robert French.  George. George m2. Ferdig. George m3. Ida M. Cates, b. Nov 21, 1895 Elk Point, Union Co., SD, m. Dec 5, 1913 Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA [34]. George m3. Mary Allsteel, on Aug 20, 1921 South Sioux City, NB  [34]. George m5. Randie Victoria Olson, b. Jun 19, 1901 Canton, Lincoln County, SD, m. Nov 30, 1931 Gering, NB, d. Aug 18, 1992 Hot Springs, Fall River County, SD [34].

6.157 Emma French, b. Jun 24, 1895 Richland, Union Co., SD, d. 1924 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m. Henry Derochie, b. May 10, 1895 Elk Point, Union Co., SD, m. Aug 24, 1916 Elk Point, Union Co., SD, d. May 5, 1945 Elk Point, Union Co., SD [34].

6.158 James Howard French, b. 4 Apr 1899 in Richland, Union County, SD, d. 4 Jul 1973 in Tucson, AZ, m1. Grace, m2. Florence E. Spencer, b. 25 Jul 1899 Ransom, IL, m. 10 Feb 1929 South Sioux City, NB [34].

6.159 Lucy Alvina French, b. Oct 11, 1903 Elk Point, Union Co., SD, d. Jan 19, 1982 Elk Point, Union County, SD [34]. Lucy m. Lloyd Trudeau, b. Jan 2, 1903 Elk Point, Union Co., SD  m. Jul 15, 1924 Vermillion, Clay County, SD, d. Dec 6, 1964 Elk Point, Union Co., SD [34].

Children of John B. French and Flora Cooper, 5.93

6.160 Albert French, b. in Bear Branch, Pike Twp, Ohio Co., IN, d. Abt. 1946 Rising Sun, Ohio Co, IN [34].

6.161 Alice May French, b. May 5, 1880 Bear Branch, Ohio Co, IN [34].

6.162 Mary Ann French, b. Aug 25, 1882 Bear Branch, Ohio Co, IN [34].

6.163 Alva C. French, b. Mar 13, 1885 Bear Branch, Ohio Co, IN, d. May 16, 1963 [34]. She is buried at the Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch, Ohio Co., IN [89].

6.164 Edith French, b. Jul 30, 1891 Bear Branch, Ohio Co, IN [34].

Seventh Generation

Children of William Harrison French and Eliza Jane Talley, 6.1

7.1 Infant French, b. 1878, son of W. H. & E. J. Buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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7.2 Ethel G. French [1], b. 22 Sep 1879, d. 22 Aug 1880, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN [34].

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7.3 Flora French [1], b. 25 Sep 1880, d. 14 Aug 1917, m. Arthur Gibson. They had four daughters: Hazel, m. Davis; Theo, m. Everett Eddington; Daisy, m. Thompson; and one other [34]. Buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN.

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7.4* Luther Edwin French Sr. [1], b. 11 Nov 1882, d. 22 Jun 1940, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, m. Viola Houser who was b. 20 Nov 1881, d. 10 Jan 1957, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery [34].

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7.5* Lester Murlee French [1], b. 7 Nov 1884, d. 6 Jun 1945 and buried at Stock Creek Cemetery, lived in the Stock Creek Community, m1. Daisy Cora I. Goddard who d. 1917 and buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN [4]. By her they had 3 children: William Early, Mildred Ruth, and Vernon Grant French. Lester m2. Susie S. McCammon on 4 Apr 1920. She is buried at the Stock Creek Cemetery [67] [34].

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7.6* George Lanty French [1] [3], b. 25 Jul 1887, m. Ellen F. McCammon 2 Jun 1915 in Knox Co., TN, d. 10 Feb 1943, age 55 [34]. Ellen was b. 1884, d. 1964. In the 1940 census is George L. French age 53 (b. 1887), and his wife Ellen French age 55, and their 3 children: Emaline age 19, Clinton age 18, and Isabella age 15.

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7.7 Mable French [1], b. 1891, d. 29 Jan 1964, m. Fred Sands [34]. Fred was b. 1886, d. 1966. She was buried at the Stock creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

7.8* Elmer Thomas French [1], b. 18 Jul 1896, d. 26 Dec 1944, m. Julia Ann McCammon on 19 Nov 1916 in Knox Co., TN [34]. He was buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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7.9 Birdie or Bertie E. French [1], b. 22 Jul 1898, d. 25 Jul 1961, m. James Harmon Goddard [34]. She was buried at the New Salem United Method Church Cemetery in Knoxville.

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7.10 Inez French [1], m. Dr. William West, no children [34].

Children of Michael H. French and Eliza Caroline Merritt, 6.3

7.11 Vola S. French [1], b. 3 Mar 1887, d. 21 Jul 1983, m. Joseph W. Kinnamon on 5 Mar 1908, no children [34]. Buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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7.12 Roy Alexander French [1], b. 23 Oct 1889, Pvt. in WWI, d. 20 Aug 1962, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN, m. Selma Johnson, no children [34]. After Roy died, Selma m. Turner.

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7.13* Claude Edgar French [1], b. 23 Apr 1891, d. 13 Aug 1983, m1. Bessie A. Harris, m2. Amanda Turner [34]. Lived in Michigan City, IN. Bessie Harris was b. 1895, d. 1927. Buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church. In the 1930 census of Knox Co., TN, Claude and Amanda are living with his 3 children by his first wife, and her 3 children by her first husband: Walter Turner, Louise Turner, and Louis Turner. According the Claude’s WWI draft registration card, Claude is medium high, slender, with blue eyes and black hair.

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7.14 Elizabeth (Lizzie) Mae French [1], b. 8 Aug 1894, d. 17 Oct 1970, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN, never married [34]. She had a son named Allen J. French ca. 1939 and he is listed in the 1940 census.

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7.15 Marshall (Marsh) II Cranston French [1], b. 1902, m. Ellen Sevier McSpadden, had child named Marnella or Marna, b. 1936 and is listed in the 1940 census of Knoxville [34]. Lived in Knoxville, TN.

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Children of Thomas H. French and Sarah Shannon, 6.9

7.16 Mary Georgia French, b. 31 Aug 1873 in Charleston, TN, d. 28 May 1977, age 103 and 9 months, buried at Crowell Cemetery, m. William Samuel Jefferson Russell [5] in Foard Co., TX, in Jan 1897. Mary moved to Foard Co., TX, as a bride. Sam was b. 10 Jul 1897 in NC or GA, d. 16 Oct 1948 and is buried at the Crowell Cemetery [3]. The family continues with their 10 children: William Robert, Thomas, Louis Edwin, Margaret Elizabeth, Mattie Irene, Lottie May, Annie Lee, Grace Pauline, and Samuel Rudell [3]. In specific, Mattie Russell (6), m. Cone Braselton Green; Patsy Grace Green (7), m. Tommy Oehrlein [5]. (per Mattie Green) [34].

7.17 Elizabeth Tennessee (Tennie) French [5], b. 31 Jan 1876 in Charston, TN, d. 31 Jul 1969, buried at Crowell, TX, m. William Franklin Reed in Apr 1913 who d. 31 May 1923. They adopted a dau. Mrs. J. R. Pittillo of Crowell, TX [3] [34].

7.18* Joseph Kee (Joe) French [5], b. 1 Dec 1877 in Charleston, TN, d. 22 May 1967 and buried at Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville, CA. Farmed in Watsonville, and was a Methodist [64], m. Mae Minerva Carr who was b. 7 Jun 1885 in Montague, TX, d. 22 Nov 1940 buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co., CA [3] [64]. Watsonville is famous for growing lettuce and artichokes. Other Frenches buried in this cemetery are Ellem M. French, b. 1862, d. 20 Dec 1919; J.M. French, b. 1923, d. 1975; Nancy Stingley French, b. 1937, d. 25 Jun 1907; and Wilburn K. French, b. 10 Feb 1910, d. 3 Oct 1973. These people may not be connected with this particular French family.

7.19 James Henry (Jim) French [5], b. 6 Jul 1879, d. 13 Jul 1917, m. Maggie Beele Jobe who was b. 13 Nov 1887, d. 1967 [3].

7.20 Lottie Mae (Charlotte) French [5], b. 17 Mar 1881, m. Noe Frank Pittillo who was b. 13 Oct 1868, d. 29 Nov 1947 [3].

7.21 Bobbie Irene French, d. young [5], buried at Hickory Stand in Green Cove, NC [3].

7.22 Celia Etta French [5], b. 22 Apr 1885, d. 20 Feb 1957, buried at the Thalia Cemetery in Thalia, TX, m. William L. Johnson who was b. 6 Sep 1886, d. 13 Jan 1979 [3]. Photos below from Ashley Ashworth Carter [82].

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Celia Etta French and William Luther Johnson

7.23 Susie Viola French, d. young [5], buried at Hickory Stand in Green Cove, NC [3].

7.24 Julia Ellen French [5], b. 19 Oct 1888, m. H. L. Swan who was b. 22 Apr 1980, d. 12 Jan 1950 [3].

7.25 Bennie Canady French, d. young [5], buried at Hickory Stand in Green Cove, NC [3].

Children of Stephen A. French and Mary C. Fowler, 6.13

7.26 Bonnie L. French, b. Dec 1883 in MO, listed in the 1900 census of Tyler, Hickory Co., MO.

7.27 Bertie E. French, b. Aug 1885 in MO, listed in the 1900 census of Tyler, Hickory Co., MO.

7.28 Edgar P. French, b. 13 Jan 1887 in Hummersville, MO, listed in the 1900 census of Tyler, Hickory Co., MO. He m. Marie who was b. 18 Jan 1900 and d. 2 Feb 1980 and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO. Edgar d. 18 Jan 1969 and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO, with at least 26 other members of the French family. No known male heirs.

7.29 Guy S. French, b. 29 Oct 1889 near Springfield, MO, listed in the 1900 census of Tyler, Hickory Co., MO. He enlisted in the WWI Draft in Riverside, CA. He was a farming, married, with 2 children. He was short with a medium build, light blue eyes, dark brown hair.

7.30 George G. French, b. Dec 1891 in MO, listed in the 1900 census of Tyler, Hickory Co., MO.

7.31 Robert B. French, b. 18 Feb 1898 in MO, listed in the 1900 census of Tyler, Hickory Co., MO. He d. 4 Feb 1980 and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO.

7.32 Lester French, b. 15 Dec 1899, d. 6 Dec 1889 and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO. Although these dates seem incorrect, the gravestone says “Son of S A and Mary I”. We are leaving him here for further research.

7.33 Lon D. or Lou Dee French, b. 1907 in Tyler, Hickory Co., MO. In the 1920 census, she was living with her parents, age 13, in Tyler.

7.34 Tommy French, b. 6 Jan 1905, d. 20 Jan 1905, and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO. The gravestone says “Son of S A and Mary I”. We are leaving him here for further research.

7.35 Dorothy Frances French, b. 25 Mar 1909 or 12 Oct 1908 (according to the cemetery) in Tyler, Hickory Co., MO. In the 1920 census, she was living with her parents, age 11, in Tyler. In the 1930 census, she was 21 and living with her parents in Tyler. She d. 9 Mar 1953 in Hickory Co., MO, and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery in Polk Co., MO. She m. John Richard Frieze on 12 Oct 1930 in Polk Co., MO who was b. 23 Sep 1907 and d. 20 Feb 1974. He m2. Doretha Elizabeth Smith on 26 Feb 1955 in Polk Co., MO, after Dorothy French, his first wife, had died in 1953.

7.36 Velbert Burnside French, b. 11 Jan 1913 in Tyler, Hickory Co., MO. In the 1920 census, she was living with her parents, age 7, in Tyler. He d. at age 16 on 17 May 1929 in Polk Co., MO, and is buried at the Rondo Cemetery.

Children of John H. French and Martha Mattie Henson, 6.15

7.37 Elizabeth Martha French, b. 6 Oct 1879, d. 1910. She m. Stephen Graham and was living with her father John and her brother Henry in the 1900 census of Collinsville, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. She d. 9 May 1910 at age 30 in Collinsville, Tulsa Co., OK.

7.38 George E. French, b. 1880.

7.39 Henry Chubbuch French, b. 1883 in Tahlequah, Cherokee Co., OK, d. 17 Apr 1951 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK. Lived with his father in the 1900 census of Collinsville, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, age 16, with his father John and his sister Elizabeth Martha French Graham and her husband.

7.40 Salina T. French, b. May 1887 in Tahlequah, Cherokee Co., OK.

7.41* Joel Benjamin Mayes French, b. 13 Oct 1887 in Tahlequah, Cherokee Co., OK, d. 28 Oct 1932 in Pueblo, CO. He m. Suzy Elizabeth Charles on 18 Jul 1908 in Pryor Creek, Mayes, OK. She was b. 1891 and d. 1963. In the 1900 census of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, OK, Joel was living with Calvin French, James and Lucy Wilson, Taylor Eaton, Martha Lucky, Ray Patter, 6 members of the Coal family, James and Lucy Wilson, and Nannie Swimmer. Joel registered for WWI draft at age 29, living at 315 Martin, Longmont, CO, with his wife and 3 children by 1916. He did farm work for a packing company.

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7.42 Samuel H. French, b. 1895.

7.43 Nellie French, b. 1897.

Children of John H. French and Nannie Jane Harlow, 6.15

7.44 Omie (Naomi) French, b. 1904.

7.45 Helen Louise French, b. 1910.

7.46 Glen French, b. 1915.

7.47 Esther V. French, b. 1919.

Children of George H. French and Hattie Mullendore, 6.17

7.48 daughter French, b. 1883, d. 1883 buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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7.49 daughter French, b. 1884, d. 1884 buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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7.50 Roy Leon French, b. 4 May 1885 in TN, appears in the 1900 census of Knox Co., TN.

7.51 Edgar Winfield French, b. 11 Jul 1887, d. 22 Jun 1888, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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7.52 Mary (Mamie) Ethel French, b. Feb 1889 in TN, appears in the 1900 census of Knox Co., TN.

7.53 George Albert French, b. Jul 1892 in TN, appears in the 1900 census of Knox Co., TN.

Children of James S. French and Amanda Sweat, 6.21

7.54 Harry Curtis French, b. 28 Aug 1898, d. 24 Jul 1935, m. Julia Soward [20]. He was buried at the Poplar Springs Cemetery in Roane Co., TN.

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7.55 Bertha Lee French, b. 18 Aug 1900, d. 8 Apr 1983, m. George Williams in 1920 [20].

7.56 Clemmie Elizabeth French, b. 11 Nov 1902, m1. Bart Doyle, m2. Doyle Baker [20].

7.57 Henry Cleveland French, b. 31 Jul 1904, d. 26 Feb 1981, m. Inex Harmon [20].

7.58 Grace French, b. 13 Sep 1906 in Wildwood, TN, m1. Harrison C. Looney on 19 May 1923, m2. John William Nicholson [20]. Harrison was b. 21 Dec 1889. They had son Herman Looney, who had daughter Brenda Looney [20].

7.59 James Winifred French (female), b. 23 Apr 1912, d. 15 Jul 1985, m. Hubert Farmer on 1 Aug 1951 [20].

7.60 Joseph Burl French, b. 23 Feb 1913, m. Nina Melissa Spears [20].

7.61 Roy Howard French, b. 13 Oct 1914, m1. Mildred Luffman, m2. Ann [20].

7.62 Dorothy Jean French, b. 4 Nov 1919, m1. Curtis Eugene Davis, m2. Joseph Meadows [20].

Children of McLee (Mack) French and Myrtle Ott, 6.22

7.63 Carl French,

7.64 Leonard French,

7.65 Ed French, b. 2 Sep 1921, d. 20 Jun 1995, and is buried at Central Point Cemetery in Blount Co., TN.

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7.66 John French,

7.67 Pete French,

7.68 Jim French,

7.69 Clarence French,

7.70 Fred French,

Children of James B. French and Ellen Newmon, 6.37

7.71* William C. French, b. 12 Nov 1879 or 1880 in TN, listed as 7 months old in the 1880 census of Blount Co., TN. By the 1910 census, he was 30 living with his wife Linda (Malinda) L. Keller (Malinda Ellen Keller, 1878-1941), age 30, and 2 children: Morie L., Clarence, and Malinda C French, age 75, widowed grandmother. He enlisted in WWI. He is listed in the 1920 census of Blount Co., TN with his wife Linda E., and children Lala M. and Clarence W. By the 1930 census of Blount Co., TN, he is living with wife Malinda (or Linda) and their son Clarence and their grandson Theodore Hemball, age 7. By the 1940 census of Blount Co., TN, William and Malinda are living with Frank C. and Lelah M. Long (their daughter), and William T. Hembree. Both are buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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Children of James B. French and Margaret M., 6.37

7.72 Maud French, b. Sep 1887 in TN.

7.73 Luther French, b. Aug 1889 in TN.

7.74 Ula M. French, b. 10 Nov 1890, d. 15 Nov 1891 and buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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7.75 Minis French (son), b. Apr 1892 in TN.

7.76 Bessie French, b. 31 Jan 1894 in TN, d. 12 Apr 1976, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co., TN. She m. McClurg.

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7.77 Jake French, b. Nov 1895 in TN.

7.78* James Harvey French, b. 10 Oct 1897 in TN. He m. Dicie Bohanan, b. 21 Oct 1899, d. 23 Sep 1990. Both are buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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7.79 Edna G. French, b. Mar 1900 in TN.

7.80 Helen M. French, b. 18 Apr 1901, d. 18 Jun 1913, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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Children of Urbana Alexander French and Fannie Effie Rule, 6.53

7.81 Jacob Albert Dock French, b. 8 May 1904 (twin) in Knox Co., TN, d. 12 Oct 1963 in Knox Co., TN and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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7.82 M. Abner French, b. 8 May 1904 (twin) in Knox Co., TN, d. 27 Nov 1904 in Knox Co., TN, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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7.83 Horace Brownlow French, b. 18 Dec 1906 in Knox Co., TN, d. 19 Nov 1985 in Knox Co., TN. He m. Merlin or Merlyn Rule Johnson who was b. 1910 and d. 1999. They had daughter Marie French, b. 1928, d. 1999. Horace was buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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Children of Jacob Dexter French and Katie Isabella Owens, 6.55

7.84 James W. French, b. 30 Apr 1910, d. 5 May 1910, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

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7.85 Lillian May French, b. 1912 in TN, living in the 1920 census with his parents on Stock Creek St., Rural, Knox Co., TN.

7.86 Jacob D. French, b. 1913 in TN, living in the 1920 census with his parents on Stock Creek St., Rural, Knox Co., TN.

7.87 Thelma R. French, b. 1918, d. 18 May 2003, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist church Cemetery in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. She was widowed by 1940 from a man named King when Thelma was only 24, living in the 1940 census with his parents on Stock Creek St., Rural, Knox Co., TN. She later married Henry R. Noe.

7.88 Wilber or Wilbur O. French, b. 1925 in TN, living in the 1940 census with his parents on Stock Creek St., Rural, Knox Co., TN.

7.89 Mary L. French, b. 1928 in TN, living in the 1940 census with his parents on Stock Creek St., Rural, Knox Co., TN.

7.90 Ruth K. French, b. 1932 in TN, living in the 1940 census with his parents on Stock Creek St., Rural, Knox Co., TN.

7.91 Emma G. French, b. 1933 in TN, living in the 1940 census with his parents on Stock Creek St., Rural, Knox Co., TN.

Children of Samuel McCannon French and Ella M. DeArmond, 6.61

7.92* Clarence Shade French, b. 27 Jul 1890 in Dandridge, TN, listed in the 1900 census of Roane Co., TN. He m. Lola E. He was a clerk for W. R. Poster in Mascot, Knox Co., TN. He registered for WWI on 5 Jun 1917 and was tall, slender, with black hair and black eyes, married with 2 children. He d. in 1959 at age 70, and is buried in Piedmont, Jefferson Co., TN.

7.93* Oliver DeArmond French, b. 29 Apr 1892 in TN, listed in the 1900 census of Roane Co., TN. In the 1910 census of Harriman, Roane Co., TN, Oliver was 17 and living with his father Samuel and his step-mother Margurett E. In the 1920 census of Harriman, Roane Co., TN, Oliver is 27 and living with his parents. In the 1930 census of Harriman, Oliver is 36, married to Carol E. who is 29, and living with their 3 children: James C. 8, Margaret H. 6, and Oliver B. 3. In the 1940 census of Harriman, Oliver is living with Carol and their 3 children James, Margaret, and Oliver. Oliver d. 18 May 1949 in Harriman.

7.94 Clemmie French, b. Jul 1895 in TN.

7.95 James M. French, b. Sep 1897 in TN. In the 1910 census of Harriman, Roane Co., TN, he was 11 and living with his parents. In the 1920 census of Harriman, he was 22 and living with his father Samuel and step-mother Margaret E.

Children of Samuel McCannon French and Emma Elza Wilson, 6.69

7.96 Arthur M. French, b. 1896 most likely in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS. He is listed in the 1900 census in Weir, Cherokee, KS.

7.97 Donald W. French, b. 1898 most likely in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS. He is listed in the 1900 census in Weir, Cherokee, KS.

Children of Marshall Oliver French and Nellie S. Holliday, 6.75

7.98 Bertha French, b. 1900 according to the 1910 census in Pittsburg Ward 2, Crawford, KS. Nellie may have died due to birth complications with this child. Bertha does not appear in the 1920 census with her father; she may have married.

Children of Marshall Oliver French and Clara, 6.75

7.99 Marshall French, b. 1903 according to the 1920 census in Pittsburg Ward 2, Crawford, KS.

7.100 Walker M. French, b. 1907 according to the 1920 census in Pittsburg Ward 2, Crawford, KS.

7.101 Hellen French, b. 1910 according to the 1920 census in Pittsburg Ward 2, Crawford, KS.

Children of Arthur Franklin H. French and Ada Hisle, 6.78

7.102 Mary Hisle French.

7.103 Arthur Houston French.

Children of Charles A. French and Bertha Anna Lemoine, 6.84

7.104 Anna Bertha French, b. 1909 in Contra Costa Co., VA.

7.105 Floy E. French, b. 21 Aug 1913 in Contra Costa Co., CA.

Children of Charles M. French and Beula McReynolds, 6.87

7.106 Vaughtie French [66], b. 1896 in TN. Listed in the 1910 census as age 14, Knoxville Ward 10, Knox, TN.

7.107 Helen French [66], b. 1900 in TN. Listed in the 1910 census as age 10, Knoxville Ward 10, Knox, TN.

7.108 Charles M. French, Jr. [66], b. 1906 in TN. Listed in the 1910 census as age 4, Knoxville Ward 10, Knox, TN. Had a daughter [66].

7.109 Robert M. French [66], b. 1908 in TN. Listed in the 1910 census as age 2, Knoxville Ward 10, Knox, TN.

Children of James M. French and Cassie Maxey, 6.91

7.110 Rebecca Minerva-Maloney French, b. 28 May 1907 in Blount Co., TN, m. Arthur Jennings Freeborg on 5 May 1951 in Spokane, WA. He was b. 10 Sep 1910 [4]. She d. 21 Jul 1990 in Knoxville, TN, and is buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, the cemetery she worked so hard to put on the map.

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7.111 James Edwin French Jr., b 13 Oct 1910 in Hamblin Co., TN, d. 3 Apr 1973 buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, 4500 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville, TN, m. Ellen Horton and had one dau. Rebecca Ann French, b. 1933 in Chattanooga, TN [4].

7.112 Cassie Lucinda French, b.  5 Jan 1915 in Greene Co., TN, m1. Walstein McCord Harris, m2. Robert L. Davis. She had a son by her first husband, James French Harris  [4].

7.113 Ruth Elizabeth French, b. 10 Dec 1918 in Knox Co., TN, m. Frank King Large and had 2 dau.: Josephene Nelle Large, b. 2 Mar 1937 and Emily Jean Large, b. 30 Sep 1942 [4].

7.114 George Wallace French, b. 10 Nov 1922 in Greene Co., TN, d. 13 Nov 1922, buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Knoxville, TN [4].

7.115 Mary Ellen French, b. 18 May 1924 in Knoxville, TN, m. Thomas Buford Christianson [4].

Children of Theodore French and Susan Vawter, 6.94

7.116 Nora E. French, b. 28 Mar 1874 in Lock Springs, Ripley Co., IN, d. 2 Jul 1969 in Holton Ripley Co., IN, m. Servietus E. Warman on 30 Aug 1893 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [34]..

7.117 Cora Belle French, b. 30 Apr 1876 in Lock Springs, Ripley Co., IN, d. 18 Oct 1965 in Osgood, Ripley Co., IN, m. Ora E. Tucker on 2 Sep 1894 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [34].

7.118 Nancy C. French, b. 2 Jan 1880 in Lock Springs, Ripley Co., IN, d. 7 Jun 1954 in Osgood, Ripley Co., IN, m. Wilmot Henry Williams on 10 Mar 1898 in Versailles, Ripley Co., IN [34].

7.119 Clyde Leroy French, b. 20 Mar 1890 in Lock Springs, Ripley Co., IN, m. Adelyn Jackson [34].

7.120 Estella French, b. 18 Jun 1894 in Lock Springs, Ripley Co., IN, m. William Young [34].

7.121* Edmund Russell French, b. 12 Aug 1897 in Lock Springs, Ripley Co., IN, m. Margaret Willeford on 12 Aug 1922 in Decatur, IN. She was b. 22 Sep 1900 in Rush Co., IN [34].

Children of James M. French and Elizabeth Valdvogel, 6.95

7.122 Irene French, b. 4 Apr 1894 in Omaha, Douglas Co, NE [34]. 

7.123 Howard French, b. 12 Dec 1895 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co, MN [34].

Children of Jeremiah J. French and Esther Cory, 6.96

7.124 Ora Monroe French, b. 20 Aug 1878 in Kingman, KS [34].

Children of Jeremiah J. French and Lucina J. Cory, 6.96

7.125 Grace Loleta French, b. 2 Sep 1888 in Kingman, KS, m. George Hoenscheidt on 9 Feb 1910 in Wichita, KS. Grace d. 24 Aug 1973 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS [34].

7.126 John Franklin French, b. 1 Jan 1893, d. 16 Feb 1916 (age 23) [34].

Children of George W. French and Anna M. Heavenridge, 6.97

7.127 Irene Maude French, b. 23 Nov 1879 in Pretty Prairie, KS, d. 20 May 1940 in Kingman, KS [34]. She m. John Marshall McClure on 30 Nov 1905 in Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

7.128* Lonnie R. French, b. 11  Aug 1881 in Reno Co., KS, d. 31 Mar 1962 in Kingman Co., KS, m. Mary C. Seyb on 22 Apr 1906 in Pretty Prairie, KS. She was b. 5 Feb 1883 in Donalson, IA, d. 2 Nov 1966 in Reno, KS or in Leavenworth Co., KS [34]. They had 3 children [34], Ellis, Homer, and Dorothy.  

7.129 Oscar French, b. 29 Jan 1885 in Kingman Co., KS, d. 18 Dec 1891 (age 7) in Kingman Co., KS  [34].

7.130 Bertha O. French, b. Jun 28, 1893 Pretty Prairie, KS, d. Sep 25, 1967 Pretty Prairie, KS, m. Wilburn Milton Kellogg, b. May 19, 1892 Pretty Prairie, KS, m. Sep 4, 1912 Pretty Prairie, KS, d. Jun 1968 Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

7.131* George M. French, b. Apr 9, 1897 Pretty Prairie, KS, d. Feb 12, 1968 Denver, CO, m. Lillian Steeb, b. Jun 14, 1896 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, m. May 12, 1927 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA [34].

Children of Edward L. French and Laura Etta Rea, 6.99

7.132 Edith French, m. W. R. Zinn [34].

7.133 Leroy Rea French, b. Oct 7, 1886 Dighton, KS, d. Sep 15, 1911 Olympia, WA, m. Carrie Viola McClintic, b. Jun 4, 1888 Evanston, Wyoming, m. Mar 9, 1908 Olympia, WA, WA, d. Oct 21, 1960 Olympia, WA [34]. They had one daughter, Laura Rea French, b. 16 Nov 1911 in Olympia, WA who m. Edward Warren Ashburn on 21 Dec 1932 in Olympia, WA [34].

Children of Franklin R. French and Maude Sunderland, 6.101

7.134 Merle Carolyn French, b. Jun 28, 1897 Omaha, Douglas Co, NB [34].

7.135 Dorothy Pearle French, b. Jul 28, 1909 Vancouver, WA, m1. Russell Gordon Barr, b. Sep 19, 1911 Adams, NB/Adams, Gage Co., NE, m. Aug 27, 1938 Renton, WA, WA, d. Oct 22, 1944 France. Dorothy m2. Reginald Roland Mikesell, b. Jun 29, 1897 Hume, MO, m. Jun 1, 1962 Vancouver, WA, WA [34].

Children of Edward J. French and Mary Anna Wessels, 6.106

7.136 John Harry French, b. Nov 1, 1877 Madisonville, OH, d. Ca. 1918 [34].

7.137 Evelyn French, b. Ca. 1879 Madisonville, Hamilton Co, OH, d. Ca. 1889 Madisonville, Hamilton Co, OH [34].

7.138 Thedora French, b. Ca. 1880 Madisonville, Hamilton Co, OH, d. Ca. 1898 Madisonville, Hamilton Co, OH [34].

7.139 Margaret Mary French, b. Nov 22, 1882 Madisonville, OH, d.  [34].

7.140* Leo John French, b. Jun 24, 1885 Madisonville, Hamilton Co, OH, d. Sep 5, 1944 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN, m. Clara B. Hill, b. Jan 29, 1890 Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, m. Oct 18, 1910 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN, d. Aug 12, 1970 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN [34].

7.141 William M. French, b. Mar 26, 1887 Madisonville, OH [34].

7.142 Edward French, b. Ca. 1889 Madisonville, OH, d. 1890 [34].

Children of John C. French and Bessie E. Basen, 6.115

7.143 Claude C. French, b. 1910.

7.144 son French.

7.145 son French.

7.146 daughter French.

7.147 daughter French.

Children of Thomas J. French and Emaline Almira Sherman, 6.118

7.148 Mildred French, b. Ca. 1909 Decorah, Winneshiek Co, IA [34].

7.149 Oma French, b. Ca. 1913 IA, d. Ca. 1939 Frankville, Winneshiek Co, IA, m. Larkin, b. in IA, m. Bef. Aug 2, 1935, d.  [34].

7.150 George French, b. Ca. 1917, IA [34].

7.151 Ralph French, b. Ca. 1918, IA [34].

Children of William French and Sadie Nelson, 6.122

7.152 Guy French, b. Apr 21, 1902 IA, d. Jul 28, 1953 Clatsop Co, Oregon, m. Dorothy Kendy Hammer, b. Mar 10, 1898 Zanesville, OH, m. Feb 20, 1946 Seaside, Oregon, d. Dec 25 [34].

Children of Bert French and Frances Malli, 6.123

7.153 Herbert Gale French, b. Decorah, Winneshiek Co, IA [34].   

Children of Lytle French and Margery Reed, 6.125

7.154 Florence Frances French, b. Jun 9, 1916 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. May 26, 1992 Canton, Lincoln Co., SD [34].

7.155 James Edward French, b. Nov 11, 1918 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. Sep 24, 1981 [34].

7.156 William Herbert French, b. Aug 15, 1919 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. Jan 22, 1992 Wagner, Charles Mix Co., SD [34].

7.157 Rachel Jennie French, b. Jun 19, 1921 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. Mar 19, 1969 Wagner, Charles Mix Co., SD [34].

Children of James Harvey French and Carrie Mae Placek, 6.126

7.158 Gladness Flora French, b. Jan 1, 1908 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. Feb 16, 1969 Wagner, Charles Mix Co., SD, m. Raymond Louis Novak, b. Aug 19, 1903 Tyndall, Bon Homme Co., SD, m. Sep 20, 1926 Lake Andes, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. Sep 10, 1973 Wagner, Charles Mix Co., SD [77]. Their son way Raymond Ernest Novak, b. 9 Sep 1929 in Dante, Charles Mix, SD, m. 10 Feb 1962 in Sioux Falls to Margaret Marie Guthmiller [77], and died 27 Nov 2002 after battling lymphoma for nearly 13 years. His research has been sent to the Ripley County Historical and Genealogical Library in Versailles, IN, by his wife, Margaret. Her email is renfamilytree@sio.midco.net (good in 2005). Homesteads include York Co., Huntington Co., PA; Ohio Co., Bear Branch, IN; Wagner, SD.

7.159* Ralph James French, b. Sep 1, 1910 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, d. Jan 16, 1986 Avon, Bon Homme Co., SD, m. Ethel Erma JONES, b. Jul 27, 1913 Verdell, NB, m. Feb 11, 1933 Greenwood, Charles Mix Co., SD [34].

7.160 Raymond Leslie French, b. Jul 9, 1915 Dante, Charles Mix Co., SD, m. Opal Marie Williams, b. Jun 14, 1916 KS [34].

Children of Charles E. French and Flossie Schell, 6.131

7.161 Otto French, b. 1910 Lake Andes, Charles Mix Co, SD [34].

Children of Leroy French and Goldie A. Pixler, 6.148

7.162 Leslie Leroy French, b. Jan 5, 1916 Post Twp, Allamakee Co, IA [34].

Children of Leroy French and Florence Baldwin, 6.148

7.163* Ralph Lee French, b. Aug 5, 1927 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Orvelda Mae DAHLING, b. Sep 23, 1933 Littleport, IA, m. Nov 26, 1952 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA [34]. Passed away.

7.164* Kenneth G. French, b. Jul 22, 1929 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Geraldine Shea, b. Mar 23, 1928 Geddes, Charles Mix Co, SD, m. Mar 17, 1954 Elkader, IA [34]. Passed away.

7.165 Arlene French, b. Aug 30, 1931 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Don LAU, b. Sep 18, 1928 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m. Dec 21, 1948 IA [34]. Living in 2012.

7.166* Floyd French, b. Apr 22, 1934 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m1. Alberta Geno, b. IA City, Johnson Co, IA [34]. Floyd m2. Dolly Jackson, b. in Postville, Allamakee Co., IA [34]. Passed away.

7.167* Dale French, b. 12 Apr 1938 (twin) in Elkader, IA, m. Linda L. Livingston who was b. 10 Jun 1920 in Elkader, IA. They m. 27 Nov 1956 in Elkader, IA [34]. He d. in 2012.

7.168* Dean French, b. 12 Apr 1938 (twin) in Elkader, IA, m. Karan Corbin on 23 Apr 1959 in MO. She was b. 28 Nov 1943 in Wadena, IA [34]. Living in 2012.

Child of _______ and Lydia Mae French, 6.149

In this case, the FFA cannot identify the exact relationship of Robert William French’s father. Most likely Robert William French does not have male French blood. Only a DNA test could tell.

7.169* Robert William French, b. Aug 24, 1922 Postville, Allamakee Co, IA, m1. Louisia Wright who was b. 6 Mar 1907 in Seattle, King Co., WA [34]. Robert m2. Verna Nelson on 17 Oct 1944 in Seattle, King Co., WA. She was b. 6 Apr 1925 in Decorah, IA [34]. The 1930 census of Postville, Allamakee Co., IA identifies Robert W. French as the grandson of Opha French, age 67 and head of household, who is also living with her son, John age 37 and daughter Evelin M. age 21. At this time, Robert William French was age 7. Evelyn/Evelin Marie French was the sister of Lydia Mae French. John E. French was Evelyn’s and Lydia’s older brother. Their mother was Orpha Formelia.

Children of Edward French and Agnes Dutton, 6.152

7.170 Bonnie French, m1. Nelson, m2. Oecker, m3. Richard Gatzemeyer [34].

7.171 Merrill French [34].

7.172 Clifford French, d. Oct 1995 Sulphur, Louisiana [34].

7.173 Iris French, m. Brudennick [34].

7.174 Helen A. French, b. Jan 29, 1911 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m. Donald J. Austin, b. Sep 23, 1901 Ponca, NB m. Mar 2, 1931 Canton, Lincoln County, SD d. Nov 26, 1972 Elk Point, Union County, SD [34].

7.175 Lucille French, b. Sep 30, 1912 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m1. John K McDonald, b. Sep 30, 1898 Seattle, King County, WA m. Feb 3, 1948 San Francisco, CA d. Aug 28, 1978 Seattle, King County, WA. Lucille m2. Richard Spencer, b. Sep 27, 1902 Lake City, IA m. Feb 3, 1948 San Francisco, CA d. ca. 1979 [34].

7.176 John William French, b. Nov 17, 1915 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. Oct 9, 1918 Elk Point, Union County, SD [34].

7.177* Walter French, b. Dec 11, 1921 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m. Mary Ellen Heck, b. Nov 20, 1923 Elk Point, Union County, SD m. Oct 27, 1945 Riverside, IA [34].

7.178 Earlene French, b. Jul 1, 1924 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. Sep 24, 1958 North Sioux City, Union County, SD, m. Harry Solomon, b. Jun 4, 1924 Plymouth County, IA m. Jul 15, 1944 Vermillion, Clay County, SD d. Apr 24, 1987 North Sioux City, Union County, SD [34].

Children of Sylvester W. French and Alice Rozella Fenton, 6.153

7.179 Margaret Katharine French, b. Nov 3, 1908 Richland, Union Co, SD, m. Howard Phillip LILLY b. Apr 10, 1906 Jefferson, Union Co, SD m. Mar 9, 1927 Elk Point, Union Co, SD [34].

7.180 Edna Mae French, b. Aug 13, 1910 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. Oct 12, 1995 Moses Lake, Washington, m. Bert Homer, b. Jan 24, 1904 Jefferson, Union County, SD m. Sep 23, 1926 Yankton, Yankton County, SD d. Jan 3, 1980 Moses Lake, WA [34].

7.181* William Howard French, b. Oct 30, 1911 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. Feb 9, 1995 Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA, m. Violet Loretta Elvera Anderson, b. Sep 5, 1912 Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA m. Mar 3, 1933 Elk Point, Union County, SD [34].

7.182 Henry David Jack French, b. Oct 10, 1913 Ponca, NB d. Jan 13, 1995 Longview, Washington, m. Edna Pond. They had dau. Nora French who m. Doman. Henry m2. Stella who was b. in Ponca, NB [77] [34].

7.183 Laura Stella French, b. Sep 29, 1915 Ponca, Dixon Co, NB d. Nov 30, 1916 Ponca, Dixon Co, NB [34].

7.184 Lloyd Sylvester French, b. Jun 26, 1917 Ponca, Dixon Co, NB, m. Jean b. in Ponca, Dixon Co, NB [34].

7.185 Lola Marie French, b. Jun 14, 1919 Ponca, Dixon County, NB d. Dec 1, 1988, m. Ancile WHITE b. in Ponca, Dixon Co, NB [34].

7.186 Flora Mable French, b. Feb 28, 1921 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m. Stanley Tagner Engstrom, b. Nov 24, 1908 Seattle, King County, Washington m. Sep 3, 1940 Everett, WA [34].

7.187 Francis Russell French, b. Mar 10, 1923 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m1. Phyllis May Hadley, b. Oct 8, 1921 Seattle, King County, Washington m. Dec 1, 1943 Seattle, King County, Washington. They had one dau. Frances Penelope French, b. 18 Jun 1945 in Seattle, King Co., WA [34].

7.188 Lois Eilene French, b. Dec 23, 1925 Jefferson, Union County, SD, m1. Leo Snyder and had dau. Lavonne Snyder. Lois m2. Charles Duffy [34].

Children of Robert French and Ethel Ardell Harkness, 6.154

7.189 Julius E. French, b. Sep 16, 1910 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. Nov 22, 1944 Margraaten, Netherlands [34].

7.190 Melvin French, b. Jun 7, 1912 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. 1999 [34].

7.191 Nellie Katherine French, b. Apr 7, 1914 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m. Randall Raphael Harbeck, b. Feb 11, 1906 Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA m. Jan 8, 1933 Monroe, WA [34].

7.192 Geneva A. French, b. Apr 28, 1916 Elk Point, Union County, SD, m. F. Willard White, b. Jun 30, 1915 Snohomish, WA, m. Jul 2, 1938 Everett, WA [34].

7.193 Roberta I. French, b. Feb 28, 1924 Jefferson, Union Co, SD [34].

7.194 Florence A. French, b. Aug 5, 1930 Burlington, WA, m. Whitney [34].

7.195 Audrey Dawn French, b. Jan 9, 1935 Monroe, WA, m. Joel Duane Myers, b. Dec 25, 1934 Everett, WA, m. Jun 20, 1953 Everett, WA [34].

Children of George Allen French and Ida M. Cates, 6.156

7.196 Allen Henry French, b. Sep 18, 1914 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. May 25, 1994 Norwalk, CA, m. La Moine Eva Helson, b. Nov 23, 1914 Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA, m. Mar 19, 1938 Omaha, Douglas County, NB. They had dau. Susan K. French, b. Jan 19, 1944 San Francisco, CA who m. Gordon Bakken, b. Apr 15, 1939 Mayville, ND, m. Jul 11, 1964 Bellflower, CA [34].

7.197 Modonna French, b. Jun 9, 1918 Elk Point, Union County, SD d. Dec 9, 1919 Elk Point, Union County, SD [34].

Children of George Allen French and Randie Victoria Olson, 6.156

7.198* Howard Ralph French, b. Oct 21, 1932 Hot Springs, Fall River Co, SD, m. Angela Marion Passarella, b. Nov 4, 1937 Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois m. Dec 6, 1954 Baudette, MN [34].

7.199 Donna Jean French, b. May 5, 1934 Hot Springs, Fall River County, SD, m. Meister [34].

7.200 Robert Lyle French, b. Sep 8, 1935 Hot Springs, Fall River Co, SD, m. Luanne Marie Englebert, b. Oct 1, 1943 Hot Springs, Fall River Co, SD, m. May 18, 1968 Hot Springs, SD [34].

Eighth Generation

Children of Luther E. French and Viola C. Houser, 7.4

8.1 Luther Edwin French (known as Edwin), b. 5 Feb 1913, d. 16 Mar 1991, buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN. He had at least 2 sons. He appears in the 1930 census of Knox Co., TN, age 17, living with his parents and younger brother Robert G. French. In the 1940 census, Edwin is 27 and living with his parents and younger brother, Robert G. French. Living next to Edwin in 1940 are Roy A. French, age 50 (b. 1890), and his wife Selma, age 34. Living on the other side of Edwin are Eliza C. French (head, age 75, b. 1865), Elizabeth French (daughter, age 45), and Allen J. French (grandson, age 1) in one household. Also on the same page of the 1940 census are Marshall French, age 38, and his wife Ellen S., age 36, and their daughter Marna E. French, age 14. On the next page of the same 1940 census is George L. French age 53 (b. 1887), and his wife Ellen French age 55, and their 3 children: Emaline age 19, Clinton age 18, and Isabella age 15.

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8.2 Janie Lee French, b. 11 Jun 1917, d. 13 Nov 1926, buried at the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN.

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8.3 Robert G. French, b. 18 Jun 1920, d. 5 Oct 1970, buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Knoxville, TN. Robert appears in the 1930 census and the 1940 census of Knox Co., TN, living with his parents and older brother Edwin French.

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Children of Lester M. French and Daisy Cora Goddard, 7.5

8.4* William Earl French, b. 13 May 1911, d. 15 Nov 1996, m. Christine E. Arms. They were both was buried at Stock Creek Cemetery, Knoxville, TN [67].

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8.5 Mildred Ruth French, b. 22 Jun 1914, d. 9 Feb 1984, m. Calvin D. McCammon and had dau. Susan [67]. They were both buried at the Toqua Cemetery in Toqua, Monroe Co., TN.

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8.6* Vernon Grant French, b. 18 Oct 1915 in Knox Co., TN, d. 31 Jan 2000 and is buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, m. Alice Nancy Rogers in 1937. She was b. 21 Nov 1914 [67] and d. 4 Sep 2003. Both are buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. In the 1940 census of Knox Co., TN, they lived on Stock Creek St. with their 2 children, Barbara J. 2, and Lester B. 3.

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Children of Lester M. French and Susie McCammon, 7.5

8.7 Laureta French, b. 16 Oct 1921, d. 17 Feb 2007, m. Charles Burchfield, buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN. They had children: Charles Grayson Birchfield, m. Susan French; and Rebecca Sue Birchfield. Charles and Susan had children Wess and Scottie [67].

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Children of George French and Mary McCammon, 7.6

8.8 Elvira Emaline (Emma) French [3], b. 24 Sep 1920, m. Earl William Fox, Sr. Their son is Earl W. Fox Jr. (8) who m. Delong Bremar. Their children are Abigail DeLong Fox (9) and Charles James Fox (10) [3]. In the 1940 census is George L. French age 53 (b. 1887), and his wife Ellen French age 55, and their 3 children: Emaline age 19, Clinton age 18, and Isabella age 15.

8.9 George Clinton French [3], b. 20 Feb 1922, lives in Knox Co. on Stock Creek. In the 1940 census is George L. French age 53 (b. 1887), and his wife Ellen French age 55, and their 3 children: Emaline age 19, Clinton age 18, and Isabella age 15.

8.10 Beatrice Isabella (Bea) French, b. 27 Nov 1924, m. Waters, have dau. Sue Waters [28 and 29]. Go to Water’s Grill, 1108 Beaumont Ave., Knoxville, TN, 865-577-4802. In the 1940 census is George L. French age 53 (b. 1887), and his wife Ellen French age 55, and their 3 children: Emaline age 19, Clinton age 18, and Isabella age 15.

Children of Elmer T. French and Julia Ann McCammon, 7.8

8.11 Gladys Murlee French, b. 31 Jan 1918, d. 12 Dec 2005, m. Neubert Oran Rule who was b. 1913, d. 1993. Both are buried at the Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN.

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8.12 Elvira Alda French, b. 18 Sep 1919, d. 30 Sep 1919 in infancy. She is Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN.

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8.13 Mary Odella French, b. 9 Mar 1921.

8.14 Jamie Ruth French, b. 17 Sep 1923 in Knoxville, TN, d. 11 Oct 2008 in Orangevale, Sacramento Co., CA. She m. Marsh Kendrick.

8.15 Elmer T. French, Jr.,

8.16 Wanda Sue French, b. 24 Jul 1927, d. 16 Feb 1990.

8.17 Bettye Jane French (twin), b. 13 May 1933, d. 3 Aug 1986, m. Markert, and is Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Knoxville, TN.

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8.18 Lilly French (twin), b. 13 May 1933.

Children of Claude E. French and Bessie A. Harris, 7.13

8.19 Catherine E. French, b. 1918. Listed in the 1920 census of Knox Co., TN.

8.20 Claude E. French Jr., b. 1919. Listed in the 1920 census of Knox Co., TN.

8.21 Eugene French, b. 1921. Listed in the 1930 census of Knox Co., TN.

Children of Joseph K. French and Mae M. Carr, 7.18

9.22 Lora Lee French, b. 16 Feb 1905, m. Hugh Jones in Feb 1927 [64].

8.23 Roy French, b. 1 Jun 1906 in Crowell, TX, d. 5 Jun 1975 buried in CA, m. Julia Smith on 9 Jan 1937 in Dimmitt, TX [64].

8.24 Ruby French, b. 24 May 1908 in Thalia, TX, moved to 504 E. Walnut St., Lodi, CA 95240, m. Jesse C. McLeister 8 Feb 1930 in OK [64].

8.25 Floyd French, b. 1 Apr 1912 in Thalia, TX, d. Jan 1967 in Santa Cruz, CA, buried in Soquel, CA, m. Pauline Rogers on 8 Sep 1936 in Vernon, TX [64].

8.26 Olive Jo French, b. 3 Apr 1914 in Thalia, TX, d. 2 Feb 1963 in Watsonville, buried in Santa Cruz, CA, m. John Westphal on 4 Nov 1944 in Watsonville, CA [64].

8.27 Robert Main French, b. 8 Mar 1916 in Thalia, TX, d. 23 Nov 1916 in infancy, buried in Thalia Cemetery [64].

8.28 Bonita French, b. 14 Aug 1917 in Thalia, TX, d. Sep 1973 buried at Moss Landing, CA, m. Ernest Spencer [64].

8.29 Frances French, b. 16 Oct 1919 in Thalia, TX, m. Howard Dugger on 22 Oct 1938 in Watsonville, CA [64].

8.30 J. M. French (twin), b. 14 Feb 1923 in Thalia, TX, d. 1976 buried at the Pioneer Cemetery, m. Betty Beard [64].

8.31 J. W. French (twin), b. 14 Feb 1923 in Thalia, TX, d. 1924 in infancy, buried in Thalia Cemetery, Foard Co., TX. [64]

Children of Joel Benjamin French and Suzy E. Charles, 7.41

8.32 Lu Lu May French, b. 1910, d. 1996.

8.33 Cullen Joseph French, b. 28 Jan 1911 in Mayes, Tip Co., OK, d. 14 Dec 2006 at age 95 in Auburn, King Co., WA, and is buried at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, King Co., WA, WO3 US Navy WWII, Korea. Joseph m. Annette Marie Jackson. In the 1920 census, Joseph was living in Longmont, Boulder Co., CO. By 1992 he had moved to Auburn, King Co., WA, and lived at 4626 S. 364th St. in 1992. Photo of Annette below taken ca. 1937 in San Francisco, CA. She was b. 3 Mar 1920 in San Francisco, CA, and d. 17 Mar 2007 in Vernal, Utah. She was the daughter of Hebert Anthony Jackson and Marie Teresa Espinosa.

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8.34 Fredrick French, b. 1913 Longmont, Boulder Co., CO, d. 1915 in Longmont, Boulder Co., CO.

8.35 Willard J. French, b. 1916.

Children of William C. French and Malinda C. Keller, 7.68

8.36 Morie Lala or Lelah French, b. 1904 in TN, m. Frank C. Long. They are living with her parents in the 1940 census of Blount Co., TN. In the 1940 census of Blount Co., TN, she was 35, living with her husband Frank C. Long, age 33, on Wildwood Road in the rural part of Blount Co., TN.

8.37 Clarence Wesley French, b. 31 Jan 1909 in TN. He enlisted for WWI in Hickman Co., KY. He d. on 10 Jan 1931, age 22, and is buried at Logan Chapel, Blount Co., TN. He was a farmer, never married, no heirs.

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8.38 Son French, b. 1911, d. 31 Dec 1911, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

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8.39 Mary French, b. 4 Mar 1912, d. 12 Dec 1919, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co., TN. We’re not totally sure if she belongs here.

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Children of Arthur Franklin H. French and Ada Hisle, 6.71

8.40 Mary Hisle French, b. 1906 in KY, lived in the 1910 and 1920 census in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS.

8.41 Arthur Houston French, b. 1908 in KS, lived in the 1910 and 1920 census in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS.

Children of James H. French and Dicie Bohanan, 7.78

8.42* James B. French, b. 20 Aug 1922 in TN, d. 3 Oct 1989, buried at the Locals Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co., TN. He m. Mary Nelle Trotter, b. 17 Mar 1924, d. 7 Apr 2011. Listed in the 1940 census of Loudon, Blount Co., TN.

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Mary Nelle Trotter French age 87 of Maryville passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011. She was a member of Binfield United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by: Husband, James B. French; Son, Jerry L. French; Sisters, Alma Bailey, Lillie Vineyard, Jean Bird, Elizabeth Troutman; Ruth McClure, and Carle Campbell; Brother, Bill Trotter; Parents, Isaac & Idella Trotter. Survivors include: Son & Daughter-in-law, James W. & Linda C. French; Grandchildren, James Robert French & Fiancé Stephanie Sheldon, Dr. Joshua B. & Dottie French; Matthew L. French; Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law, Dallas & Wanda Maxwell, Donald & Bobbie French, and Dorothy Giffin; numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Binfield Methodist Church Family, Dr. Doug Hembree and Jamie Buckner, Dr. James Cox & Lisa Dugger, Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Thomas Gaines, Dr. Paul Hatcher, Dr. Jay Mounger, Dr. Wahid Hanna & Staff at UT Hospital. Family and friends will assemble for graveside service and interment at 2:30 PM, Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Logan's Chapel Church Cemetery with Rev. Tom Robins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Holston Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 PM, Saturday, Smith West Chapel. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000.

8.43 Donald French, b. ca. 1925 in TN, m. Bobbie, both of Maryville, Blount Co., TN. Listed in the 1940 census of Loudon, Blount Co., TN.

8.44 Dorothy C. French, b. ca. 1928 in TN, m. Giffin, both of Maryville, Blount Co., TN. Listed in the 1940 census of Loudon, Blount Co., TN.

8.45 Dr. John Hoyt French, b. 11 Jul 1930, d. 23 Dec 1955, buried at the Logans Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN. Listed in the 1940 census of Loudon, Blount Co., TN.

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8.46 Shirley Ann French, b. 9 May 1939, d. 22 Mar 2011, buried at the Locals Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co., TN, m. Corbett. Listed in the 1940 census of Loudon, Blount Co., TN.

Shirley A. French Corbett, age 71, of Lincoln, Calif., passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, after an extended illness. She graduated from the University Of Tennessee School Of Nursing in 1960. She served in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel, and was a retired registered nurse from Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. She was a member of Greenback First Presbyterian Church in Greenback, and attended New Castle First United Methodist Church of New Castle, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, James H. and Dicie Bohanan French; and brothers, Dr. John H. French and James B. French. She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy Giffin and Wanda and Dallas Maxwell, all of Maryville; brother and sisters-in-law, Donald and Bobbie French and Mary Nelle French, all of Maryville, and Margaret French of Elizabethtown, N.C.; best friend and fiancé, Jim Graham of Newport; and several nieces, nephews, and numerous friends. Graveside service and interment will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Logan's Chapel Methodist Church, Dr. Jerry Russell officiating. A memorial service will be held in California at a later date. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, 865-982-6041, http://www.millerfuneralhome.org.

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8.47 Wanda French, m. Dallas Maxwell, both of Maryville, Blount Co., TN. Dallas was b. ca. 1939 in TN.

8.48 son French, m. Mary Nelle, both of Maryville, Blount Co., TN.

8.49 son French, m. Margaret, of Elizabethtown, NC.

Children of Clarence French and Lola E., 7.92

8.50 Charles T. French, b. 1913 in TN. He appears in the 1930 census of Knox Co., TN, age 17, living with his parents.

8.51 Rosa L. French, b. 1915 in TN. She appears in the 1920 census of Knox Co., TN, age 5, living with her parents.

8.52 Betty Gean French, b. 1928 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN. She appears in the 1940 census of Mascot, Knox Co., TN, age 12, living with her parents.

8.53 Kenneth French, b. 1933 in TN. He appears in the 1940 census of Mascot, Knox Co., TN, age 7, living with his parents.

Children of Oliver DeArmond French and Carol E., 7.93

8.54 James C. French, b. 1922 in Harriman, Roane Co., TN.

8.55 Margaret H. French, b. 1924 in Harriman, Roane Co., TN.

8.56 Oliver B. French, b. 1927 in Harriman, Roane Co., TN, d. 18 May 1949 in Harriman, Roane Co., TN.

Children of Edmund R. French and Margaret Willeford, 7.121

8.57 Ruth French, b. 25 May 1923 (twin) in Greensburg, Decatur Co., IN, m. Howard Benjamin Goddard on 3 Mar 1935 in Greensburg, IN [34].

8.58 Ruby French, b. 25 May 1923 (twin) in Greensburg, Decatur Co, IN, d. May 27, 1923 Greensburg, Decatur Co., IN [34].

8.59* Harold Francis French, b. 4 Oct 1925 in Greensburg, Decatur Co, IN, m. Elinor Pauline Platt on 9 Aug 1947 in Greensburg, IN. She was b. 15 Dec 1929 in Adams, IN/Adams, Decatur Co., IN [34] [91].

8.60 William Howard French, b. 9 May 1928 in Greensburg, Decatur Co., IN, d. ca. 1979 [34].

8.61 Elizabeth French, b. 15 Apr 1930 in Greensburg, Decatur Co, IN, d. 7 Apr 1935 in Greensburg, Decatur Co., IN [34].

Children of Lonnie R. French and Mary Seyb, 7.128

8.62 Ellis French, b. Jun 6, 1909 Pretty Prairie, KS, d. Apr 22, 1931 Kingman Co, KS [34].

8.63* Homer French, b. Feb 6, 1912 Pretty Prairie, KS, d. Jun 15, 1967 Pretty Prairie, KS, m. Faire Voran, b. Aug 25, 1910 Pretty Prairie, KS, m. Aug 7, 1935 Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

8.64 Dorothy French, b. Sep 26, 1913 Pretty Prairie, KS, d. Aug 24, 1914 Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

Children of George M. French and Lillian Steeb, 7.131

8.65 Elizabeth French, b. Sep 18, 1928 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, m. Blair Wayne Stevenson, b. Apr 30, 1927, Butler, PA, m. Dec 25, 1950 Arlington, VA [34].

8.66 Mary C. French, b. Mar 28, 1936 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, m. Karl Krucoff, b. Sep 14, 1935 Baltimore, Maryland, m. Ca. 1957 Arlington, VA [34].

Children of Leo John French and Clara B. Hill, 7.140

8.67 Lawrence Jesse French, b. Apr 25, 1912 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN, d. ca. 1978. He m. Martha and had son Irvin, b. 1937.

8.68 Charles Leo French, b. Nov 6, 1913 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN, d. ca. 1968.

8.69 Mary Agnes French, b. Dec 5, 1914 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN.

8.70 Donald Bernard French, b. Jul 11, 1919 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN, d. ca. 1973 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN.

8.71 Ann Rita French, b. Dec 2, 1922 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN, m. Loren C. Jackson, b. Dec 8, 1923 Duquoil, Perry Co, MO, m. Aug 23, 1947 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN.

8.72 Catherine Rosella French, b. Aug 25, 1924 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN.

8.73 Virginia Mae French, b. Sep 1, 1928 Seymour, Jackson Co, IN.

Children of Ralph James French and Ethel Erma Jones, 7.159

8.74 James Leslie French, b. Oct 18, 1943 Avon, Bon Homme Co., SD, d. Dec 18, 1985 Orange Co., CA.

Children of Ralph Lee French and Orvelda Mae Dahling, 7.163

8.75 Steven Lee French, b. Oct 18, 1953 Oelwein, IA.

8.76 David Lyn French, b. Jul 12, 1956 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, IA.

8.77 Daniel Ray French, b. Dec 31, 1958 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, IA.

8.78 Elizabeth Ann French, b. Sep 9, 1961 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, IA.

Children of Kenneth F. French and Geraldine Shea, 7.164

8.79 Jeanne French, b. Oct 12, 1955 McGregor, Clayton Co., IA

8.80 Cindy Lee French, b. Oct 26, 1956, McGregor, Clayton Co., IA

8.81 Jayme French, b. Sep 23, 1957, McGregor, Clayton Co., IA

8.82 Gary Jay French, b. Sep 25, 1958 West Union, IA

8.83 Merry Gay French, b. Aug 9, 1963 Elkader, IA

Children of Floyd French and Alberta Geno, 7.166

8.84 Mike French, b. Oct 19, 1959 Iowa City, Johnson Co, IA.

8.85 Michelle French, b. Sep 17, 1961 Iowa City, Johnson Co, IA.

8.86 Mark French, b. Nov 15, 1962 Iowa City, Johnson Co, IA.

8.87 Marianne French, b. Apr 19, 1965 Iowa City, Johnson Co, IA.

Children of Dale French and Linda L. Livingston, 7.167

8.88 Jeffrey Roy French, b. Jun 10, 1957 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, IA.

8.89 Lori Anne French, b. Apr 21, 1960 Guttenberg, IA.

8.90 Kari Jo French, b. Jan 19, 1962 Guttenberg, IA.

8.91 Renee Lynn French, b. Dec 19, 1970 Prairie du Chien, WS.

Children of Dean French and Karan Corbin, 7.168

8.92 Tammy Ray French, b. Nov 25, 1960 Guttenberg, IA.

8.93 Tony Dean French, b. Jul 29, 1962 Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, IA. He m. Faye A. and live at 2202 Minnetonka Dr., Cedar Falls, IA 50613-1522, 319-266-2929. We need an email address to notify those Frenches from Cedar Rapids of updates.

8.94 Tracy F. French, b. Oct 31, 1963 Elkader, IA.

8.95 Terry Lee French, b. Aug 29, 1966 Elkader, IA.

8.96 Trixy Elaine French, b. Mar 24, 1968 Elkader, IA.

Children of Robert W. French and Louisia Wright, 7.169

In this case, the FFA cannot identify the exact relationship of Robert William French’s father. Most likely Robert William French does not have male French blood. Only a DNA test could tell. Therefore, these children may not be true Frenches.

8.97 Lorraine French, b. ca. 1942 Seattle, King Co, WA [34].

8.98 Leonard French, b. ca. 1943 Seattle, King Co, WA [34]. Most likely in 2009, Leonard lives in Mountlake Terrace, WA with wife Deborah K., and children Elisha, Louise M., and Robert W., but this has not been verified.

Children of Robert W. French and Verna Nelson, 7.169

In this case, the FFA cannot identify the exact relationship of Robert William French’s father. Most likely Robert William French does not have male French blood. Only a DNA test could tell. Therefore, these children may not be true Frenches.

8.99 Jeanne Marie French, b. ca. 1946 in Seattle, King Co., WA [34].

8.100 John Robert French, b. ca. 1947 in Decorah, IA [34].

Children of Walter French and Mary Ellen Heck, 7.177

8.101* Robert J French, b. Jun 27, 1946 Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA d. Jul 7, 1974, m. Mary Ellen Munhofen, m. Elk Point, SD.

8.102 Betty A. French, b. Jun 15, 1948 Vermillion, Clay County, SD, m. Oliver Milton Williams, b. Jan 8, 1942 Gatesville, Texas m. Sep 28, 1963 Elk Point, Union Co, SD.

8.103 Larry J. French, b. Feb 14, 1953 Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA.

8.104 Bill E. French, b. Sep 24, 1955 Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA.

Children of William Howard French and Violet Loretta Anderson, 7.181

8.105 Verna Ilene French, b. Dec 8, 1948 Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA, m1. David Bournoutian, b. Tehran, Iran m. Jun 1969 Hollywood, CA. Verna m2. Ralph Dwight Follman, b. Mar 10, 1936 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, m. Dec 27, 1974 Panorama City, CA.

Children of Howard Ralph French and Angela Marion Passarella, 7.198

8.106 Deena Ann French, b. Nov 19, 1955 in Baudette, MN.

8.107 Thomas Ralph French, b. Nov 21, 1958 in Igloo, SD.

8.108 Timothy Allen French, b. Aug 26, 1960 in Hot Springs, Fall River Co, SD.

Ninth Generation

Children of William E. French and Christine Arms, 8.4

9.1 Mary Evelyn French [67].

9.2 Kathrine French [67].

9.3 William Earl French, Jr. [67].

Children of Vernon G. French and Alice Rogers, 8.6

9.4 Barbara Jeanette French, b. 16 Feb 1938 in Knox Co., TN, m. Harry Harrison Henderlight Jr. (Bud) who was b. 31 Jun 1933. They last lived at 7137 Martin Hill Peak, Knoxville, TN 37920. They had children: Jay Harrison Henderlight, b. 19 Aug 1956; Jeffery Grant Henderlight, b. 23 Jun 1965; and Deanna Maria Henderlight, b. 14 Jul 1973 [67].

9.5 Lester Billy French, b. 1 Dec 1939 in Knox Co., TN, m. Ruby Boling, and had 2 dau.: Lisa Reneau French, b. 18 Jul 1968; and Lorie French, b. 18 Oct 1972 [67]. He is in the 1940 census of Knox Co., TN, age 3.

Children of James B. French and Mary Nelle Trotter, 8.42

9.6 Jerry L. French, b. 7 Nov 1949, d. 13 Apr 2007 in Knox Co., TN. He m. Leisa Hatmaker and they had sons Joshua Blake French and Matthew Lee French.

9.7 James W. French, m. Linda C. May have had son James Robert French who had finance Stephanie Sheldon. Also son Dr. Joshua B. French who m. Dottie, and son Matthew L. French. Check obituary of mother Mary Nelle Trotter above.

Children of Harold F. French and Elinor P. Platt, 8.59

9.8 John Franklin French, b. 2 Nov 1948 in Greensburg, IN [34] [91]. John m. Sarah L. and they had sons Aaron and Isaac.

9.9 Marcia Earlene French, b. 23 May 1951 in Greensburg, IN, m. Gerald Van Orsdall [34].

9.10 Robert Dale French, b. 12 Aug 1952 Greensburg, IN [34].

9.9 Lee Ann French, b. 9 Feb 1962 Greensburg, IN [34].

Children of Homer French and Faire Voran, 8.63

9.10* Steve Jon French, b. Jan 7, 1938 Pretty Prairie, KS, m. Patricia Prentup, b. Jan 24, 1940 Manhattan, KS, m. Aug 26, 1961 Boulder, CO [34]. Steve d. 20 May 2000. Patti L. French, 106 S. Walnut St., Pretty Prairie, KS 67570-8668, 620-459-6533. Please call her with updates as she does not have a computer.

9.11 William Bruce French, b. Oct 5, 1940 Pretty Prairie, KS, d. Nov 30, 1968 Liberal, Seward Co, KS, m. Mary Kay Chaney, b. Feb 24, 1940 Goodland, KS, m. Aug 11, 1962 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, d. Nov 30, 1968 Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

9.12 Janet Lynne French, b. May 31, 1944 Pretty Prairie, KS, m. Stanley Wilfred Pine, b. Sep 21, 1944 Manhattan, KS, m. Dec 27, 1965 Pretty Prairie, KS, and had 2 children: Stephanie Kay Pine, b. Jan 3, 1971 Fairplay, CO; and Travis Christopher Pine, b. Nov 25, 1972 Fairplay, CO [34].

Children of Robert J. French and Mary Ellen Munhofen, 8.101

9.13 Sally French, b. Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA.

9.14 Susan French, b. Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA.

9.15 Kelly French, b. Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA.

Tenth Generation

Children of Steve J. French and Patricia Prentup, 9.10

10.1 Leslee French, b. Aug 16, 1966 Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

10.2 Kellee Kay French, b. Sep 29, 1969 Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

10.3 Timothy William French, b. Apr 30, 1973 Pretty Prairie, KS [34].

History of Knoxville, TN

Knoxville was founded by General James White, who traveled over the mountains from North Carolina to claim land given to him for his service in the American Revolution. White built his first house on the present site of the city, where the Holston and French Broad Rivers join to form the Tennessee River. Because of the many settlers stopping on their way into the wilderness, White added more buildings around his home for guests. He also added a stockade around the cabins to protect his family and friends from the Cherokee Indians across the river. In 1790, William Blount was appointed Governor of the "Territory South of the River OH." Blount decided to move the Capitol from northeast Tennessee to a more centralized settlement around James white’s fort. The city was officially founded on Oct 3, 1791, and was named in honor of General Henry Knox, secretary of war in President WA’s cabinet. In 1796, when the Southwest Territory became the state of Tennessee, the 16th state in the Union, Knoxville became the first Capitol of Tennessee and remained so until 1812. Peter French moved to Knoxville in 1816.

Unidentified Photo

The following photo was taken at the University of Tennessee of the Knoxville Cadets in 1890. The cadets are identified on the back as Asa Brunson Jr., Jno W. Stevall, Shepherd, Black, Compton, Carl, Mills, Brent, French, McLaughlin, D?, Clay, Fate, Jaenson (?), Derry, and ?, at University of Tennessee students. Asa Brunson went on to become a Captain in WW1 and a military physician with many honors and eventually settling in El Paso, Texas with a private practice specializing in Tuberculosis, Bronchitis and Asthma. If you can identify “French” and he is of this line, please email mailto:marafrench@mindspring.com?subject=Chart129. The Cadets were born ca. 1870.

Incorrect Lines

Joshua French

Rebecca French Freeborg believes that Joshua was Peter’s father, that Joshua m. ______ Jackson, and that Samuel was Joshua’s father. She believes that Samuel had come from England and settled in Vermont. Joshua French was b. 18 Dec 1745 in Stratford, CT, bap. 23 Feb 1746 at Christ Episcopal Church, Stratford, CT, m. _____ Jackson, a widow. Joshua purportedly assaulted an English Count and fled from America to Germany to escape punishment prior to the Revolutionary War in about 1762-64. In Germany, Joshua took the name Frantz and a German wife to reduce the chances of the English authorities discovering his hideout. This altercation with an English Count may have taken place in England or New England. Joshua returned to Boston, MA, in 1765 [3] [10], d. in 1788 [5]. It is believed his wife returned later, probably in 1776 when their son Peter was 14. Can anyone prove or disprove this research? If so, email marafrench@mindspring.com. The Frantz website discusses 3 brothers (Hans, Johann Peter, and Abraham) who emigrated from the Schalbach, Alsace area of Germany to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 20 Oct 1747.

The FFA has left all this information about Joshua out because the FFA believes this is an entirely different line. The Joshua who was b. 18 Dec 1745 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, m. Hannah Hartshorn on 20 Feb 1771 and had children Vaniah, Charity, Hannah, and Walter, all of whom never lived in Pennsylvania or Maryland.

John Frantz

The FFA believes the following information is an entirely different family, not a surname French family. There was a John Frantz b. on 15 Dec 1749 b. in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. His parents were Michael Frantz and Magdalena Zug who were from Germany and Switzerland, respectively. This family had almost the same Christian names as this chart: Jacob, Michael, Abraham, Peter. See http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/o/n/e/Cheryl-M-Oneal-WA/PDFGENEO1.pdf which takes a long time to load.

Members of the Former French Family Association with Dues

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DNA Testing

Administered by Julia French Wood. For any questions regarding DNA, please email Julia at juliaFWood@aol.com.

A good source for research would be for a male with the surname French of this line to take the DNA test. It is a simple test that doesn’t involve blood. A kit is delivered to your house with special brushes for you to take cheek swabs and the tip is injected into the tiny test tubes to be returned to the lab. After the tests that you ordered are completed, in about 4 weeks, you will be notified and can log in to your personal page at the company to view your results and your DNA matches. They may match up with one of the tests shown here: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/french/default.aspx?section=yresults. The FamilyTree DNA website gives a special lower price to those with the surname French. Read about those who approve of it: http://www.familytreedna.com/testimonials.aspx. To get the discounted price for our French DNA Project group, go to http://small-stuff.com/FRENCH/DNA/ and click at the left on "Join the French DNA Project" then place your order. Julia French Wood suggests the 37 marker test (Y-DNA37), but if you want to start with 25, you can upgrade to a higher test at a later date if needed.

Bibliography

[1] FFA member #633, Jackie I. Bullock, 2807 W. Carson, Torrance, CA 90503-6018, 310-328-5213. (Recorder on phone and no call back) (1) Peter French, (2) Frederic French, Rosalina French (3), Franklin Glazebrook (4), Elfia O. Glazebrook (5), Harold E. Smith (6), Jacqualin J. Smith (7).

From FFA member Jackie Bullock:

1790 Census of WA Co., MD (living next to each other)
Jacob Sheetz, with one son under 16 and two daughters under 16.

George Rule, with three males under 16 and one female under 16.
Peter Frentch, with one male under 16.

[2] Dan Stevenson, 127 W. Glaucus St., Apt D., Leucadia or Encinitas, CA 92024-1409. (442) 942-3754 (must have moved prior to 2009). Lineage: John, Peter, Peter Jr., Martha French Tarwater Stevenson Elliott, b. 16 Jun 1838, d. 18 Dec 1903, outlasted three husbands, though I believe she only had children by John Miles Stevenson (1807-1873). Martha was the granddaughter of Peter French, who m. Rosanna Rule. Their son Peter French Jr. (1805-1896) went to TN where he d. Peter Jr. was the father of Martha.

[3] FFA member Elvira Emma Fox, 5125 Mtn. Crest Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. (423) 687-3378. Emma’s son lives in WDC: 1-703-534-3071. Lineage: John, Peter, George, Amos, William, George m. McCannon, had dau. Elvira, m. Fox; Earl Wm Fox Jr. Emma lives in 2009 at 4129 Waits Field Way, Knoxville, TN 37920-3566, 865-577-3819, age 89. Emma’s sister, age 87 in 2011, is Bea Waters who used to own a restaurant in Knox Co. called Water’s Restaurant, and 3 grocery stores. She lives at 7508 Kinnamon Rd., Knoxville, TN 37920-9570, 865-577-4802.  Her email is beawaters@comcast.net.

[4] FFA member Rebecca French Freeborg, 7700 Gleason Rd., #32A, Knoxville, TN 37919 (deceased ca. 1990 at age 83). DAR Member #622494. Peter French m. Rosanna Rule, Chart #129. Query: Peter French, believed to be son of one Joshua French, who purportedly fled from America to Germany prior to the Revolutionary War after an altercation with an English count. Joshua returned to Boston, MA, in 1765. Peter French was b. in 1762. Joshua is believed to be son of Samuel French. The FFA believes this information is incorrect. Rebecca wrote a book “My French Connections” which is in the FFA Library, BF680. Up until Rebecca’s death, she lived at 3636 Taliluna Ave., S.W., Apt. #233, Knoxville, TN 37919, tel: 615-522-9920. At age 79, Rebecca was unable to respond after her stroke and blindness. She gives the FFA permission to reproduce any portion of her book, “My French Connections.” Several Rule families remained close to the French’s throughout the years. In 1912 the Mack Rule family lived on my grandmother French’s farm. She was a widow and her children were married and gone. The Mack Rules were her only companions. Later, in 1932, Jack and Emma Rule lived with my aunt in Grandmother French’s old home. Aunt Florence Amanda French Wright was also a widow and alone. They were with her when she died.

Let us get back to the expression “Black Dutch”. Many people have given me different interpretations, adding to the confusion, until I met a professor in London, England, in 1979. I had gone there to spend ten days doing my own thing and to research the wooden picture with the two fish carved upon it which I had soon learned was our French Coat of Arms with two dolphins. I learned that the dolphins were a religious symbol and were to be used by only the Stuarts and the Frenches. It seems that many of the british who were in the service of the Crown in the colonies were no agreeing with the dictates of King George III. As their discontent became too apparent, their lands were confiscated and they left America and went into other countries. This placed them on the same level as that of a criminal with the British government, or the Crown. When war became inevitable in America, or when it was apparent the situation would change, they returned via Holland and into New York and Pennsylvania – hence the same route of escape employed by criminals or those whose lives were in jeopardy, or who were “in bad” with England. Not true Dutchmen, but “Black Dutch.”

Several Rule families remained close to the French’s throughout the years. In 1912 the Mack Rule family lived on my grandmother French’s farm. She was a widow and her children were m. and gone. The Mack Rules were her only companions. Later, in 1932, Jack and Emma Rule lived with my aunt in Grandmother French’s old home. Aunt Florence Amanda French Wright was also a widow and alone. They were with her when she d.

Let us get back to the expression “Black Dutch”. Many people have given me different interpretations, adding to the confusion, until I met a professor in London, England, in 1979. I had gone there to spend ten days doing my own thing and to research the wooden picture with the two fish carved upon it which I had soon learned was our French Coat of Arms with two dolphins. I learned that the dolphins were a religious symbol and were to be used by only the Stuarts and the Frenches. It seems that many of the British who were in the service of the Crown in the colonies were no agreeing with the dictates of King George III. As their discontent became too apparent, their lands were confiscated and they left America and went into other countries. This placed them on the same level as that of a criminal with the British government, or the Crown. When war became inevitable in America, or when it was apparent the situation would change, they returned via Holland and into New York and Pennsylvania – hence the same route of escape employed by criminals or those whose lives were in jeopardy, or who were “in bad” with England. Not true Dutchmen, but “Black Dutch.”

Amos French is probably misplaced – he’s probably not a son, but an uncle or some other relative, b. 28 Mar 1755, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The Sons of the Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution, records only one Private Amos French in the Revolutionary War. He was b. 28 Mar 1755, d. 14 Jan 1814, m. Miss Judith Swett [4]. Note that Amos French, b. in 1831 of this chart, was named after him.

Rebecca had lived at the Deane Hill Apts, #32A, 7700 Gleason Rd., Knoxville, TN 37919. She was born ca. 1907. She says she obtained deeds and land grants proving Peter’s brothers were Henry and William. Also, she has further info on Joshua’s altercation with the English Count and his escape to Germany. She had no heirs.

[5] FFA member #287, Patsy G. Oehrlein, 600 Avenue W., Brownwood, TX 76801. (325) 646-5808. Email: patsygo@verizon.net. John, Peter, Jacob W., James W., Thomas H., Mary G. Family names: CLARK, RULE, KOUNTZ, JOHNSON, SHANNON, RUSSELL, GREEN. Connection: Peter French, b. ca. 1762 in Germany, d. 9 Mar 1849, m. Rosanna Rule. Peter (1), Jacob French (2), b. 19 Sep 1799, m. Sarah Kountz; James Wesley French (3), b. 19 Aug 1828, m. Elizabeth Johnson; Thomas Hamilton French (4), b. 4 Nov 1845, m. Sarah Shannon; Mary George French (5), b. 31 Aug 1873, m. William Samuel Jefferson Russell; Mattie Russell (6); Patsy Oehrlein (7).

[6] FFA member #610, G. W. (George) and Nancy Stanbery, 207 North Main, Jenera, OH 45841. (419) 326-6254. Number disconnected. Family names: HAMILTON, RULE, HUFFAKER, CAMPBELL, CATE. Connection: Peter (1); Mary (2), m. Henry Huffaker; Marshall Alexander Huffaker (3), m. Mary Jane Campbell; Harriet Josephine Huffaker (4), m. Dr. Wm. Leondias Cate; Annie Lee Cate (5), m. G. W. Stanbery; G. W. Stanbery II (6), m. Nancy Hamilton.

[7] Knox County Marriage Records.

[8] Goodspeed’s History of Knox County and Ramsey speak of a visit by Bishop Asbury to the Huffaker’s.The Frenches and the Huffakers were friends.

[9] Will of Peter French, Sr., Knox Co., TN, Estate Book #10, page 248.

[10] Whitmore’s Arrivals and Immigrants to City of Boston, p. 45-55-57.

[11] N.S. DAR Records.

[12] Peter French’s Bible Records.

[13] Coldham’s English Convicts in America, p. 101.

[14] Andes Bible Record.

[15] Judy Ann Dale Bell, judybell@n-jcenter.com, undeliverable in 2009. Try bellj10@mail.firn.edu (undeliverable in 2011). I am a descendant of Walter Scott French and his wife Ella May Carpenter. I was born and raised in the Chattanooga area (East Ridge, actually). A certain part of the article is incorrect and I sent an update to Mr. Wilson. John Hopkins French (Walter's father) was a land speculator in Warren Co. Tennessee. He also raised thoroughbred race horses. John was born in Goochland Co. VA the son of Robert Mosby French and Molly Hopkins. Walter's mother was Lucy Virginia Smith. She was the southern writer and poet. She and several other southern women were featured in Women of the South, a book compiled in 1860 by Mary Forrest. L. Virginia was born on the Eastern Shore in Accomack Co. VA in 1825. Her parents were Mease Smith and Elizabeth Parker. More info about the French-Hopkins-Pettus line can found in The Hopkin's Family of Virginia. I purchased my copy from Southern Historical Press. Thanks for sending this news article to the list. I still owe Mr. Wilson some more information.

[16] CD ROM of Marriages in Blount Co., TN, 1795 to 1879 from the 1994 Automated Archives, Inc., sent by FFA member Joe Long.

[17] Census Records of 1850 and 1860, Edgar Co., IL, contributed by Jackie Bullock, Ref. [1].

[18] Death Certificates, Cemetery Records, Probate records of Lafayette and Census contributed by Jackie Bullock, Ref. [1].

[19] FFA member #738, Susan M. Blakley, 6712 Cherrywood Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308-2015. (661) 393-3646. Lineage: John, Peter, Jacob W., Michael, Margaret. Email: Garsusblak@aol.com (good in 2011).

[20] FFA member #281, Brenda J. McElroy, 972 S. W. Pine Tree Lane, Palm City, FL 33490, 305-286-1784 (not in service at this time). Lineage: John, Peter, Jacob W., James William, James Samuel, Grace French

[21] Will of Peter French III, Blount Co., Tenn., WB-2, page 128.

[22] Will of Peter French Jr., Knox Co., Tenn., WB-3, page 110.

[23] Will of Amos French, Knox Co., Tenn., WB-2, page 316. French, Amos [4], (note: this son is probably misplaced – he’s probably not a son, but an uncle or some other relative), b. 28 Mar 1755, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The Sons of the Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution, records only one Private Amos French in the Revolutionary War. He was b. 28 Mar 1755, d. 14 Jan 1814, m. Miss Judith Swett [4]. Note that Amos French, b. in 1831 of this chart, was named after him.

[24] Will of George French I, Knox Co., Tenn., WB-1, page 50.

[25] Will of Michael French I, Knox Co., Tenn., EB-15, page 286.

[26] FFA member Harold Elmore, 136 Sanwood Rd., Knoxville, TN 37923-5564, (423) 690-3410. Previous address is no longer valid. Try 6920 Chartwell Rd., Knoxville, TN 37931-2541, no phone number. Much of the data he provided was from two handwritten letters of ca. 1945-47 by Janie C. French, wife of Rev. John Stewart French. As an apparent afterthought, Janie added notes that William French and Elizabeth were m. in Ireland, and that all their children were b. there, as she remembered it, Donegal, Ireland. In reality, Elizabeth was really b. in Virginia, and their children were b. in VA and TN. Harold was b. 26 Jan 1923, d. 2 Dec 2002 in Knoxville, TN.

[27] East Tennessee Historical Center, Knox County Public Library, 314 West Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902-2203. This tremendous library of genealogical works contains the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection and the Knox County Archives. For photos on the French Family, see http://cmdc.knoxlib.org/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=any&CISOBOX1=French&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=all&x=15&y=7

[28] Bea Waters (sister of [3]) and Sue Waters (niece of [3]), Water’s Grill, 1108 Beaumont Ave., Knoxville, TN, 423-522-0501. Info as of 2009: Emma’s sister, age 85, is Bea Waters who used to own a restaurant in Knox Co. called Water’s Restaurant. She lives at 7508 Kinnamon Rd., Knoxville, TN 37920-9570, 865-577-4802 in 2009. Email good in 209: beawaters@comcast.net

[29] Sue Waters, 3030 Tipton Station, Knoxville, TN 37920. In 2009 she lives in Nashville, TN, email: sue.waters@comcast.net and waters.sue@gmail.com

[30] Pamela R. and Jerry Kerschner, 600 Kentmorr Road, Stevensville, MD 21666. (410) 643-2093. Email: kerschner@friendly.net, 4 Oct 1996, undeliverable in 2009.

From Pamela R. and Jerry Kerschner

1790 Census of WA Co., MD

George Rule, 1 male 16 and up which must be George Rule, 4 males under 16, and 2 females, one probably being George’s wife.

Peter Frentch, 1 male 16 and up which must be Peter Frentch, 1 male under 16 which we do not have in our records, and 1 female which is probably Peter’s wife.

No Smice found.

WA Co., MD early land records

1787 George French

1790 George French

1824 George French

1825 Maria C. French

1827 Maria C. French

1842 John Rule

1842 Mary A. Rule

1881 Mary C. Rule

1908 Frederick C. Rule

1833 Peter Smize

1836 John Smise

1840, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1847 Catharine Smice

1847, 1850, 1853 George Smice

[31] CHATTANOOGA FREE PRESS, 30 Mar 1997, PIONEER FAMILIES, 3 French-Family Nephews Fell In The Battle of Chickamauga (by John Wilson).

John Lee McCarty French was “a genial pleasant gentleman” who was one of the commission merchants at the wharf, when Ross's landing was the city's commercial center. His fine home was on the block where the County Courthouse now stands. Three of his nephews fell in the fighting at Chickamauga.

The French family was originally from Donegal, Ireland. William and Elizabeth French, parents of John L. M. French, made their way from Virginia to Rhea County at an early date. William French was on the Rhea County Jury as early as 1809. He was one of the purchasers at the   sale of the estate of Daniel Kennedy in 1810 -- buying $8.50 worth of items, a pot, crocks and a jug.

William French acquires some 500 acres, including land “lying below the main valley road and next to Big Richland Creek.” He had a mill on the creek. A number of slaves helped operate his plantation. The site was where the town of Dayton was later established.

However, French died in 1821, leaving a widow to raise five sons and a daughter. The sons were Joseph Harvey who was born in 1807. Timothy Fletcher who was born in 1810. William Baxter who was born in 1812. Allen Law who born in 1814 and John Lee McCarty who was born in 1817. The daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born in 1819.

In his will, French made provisions for the disposition of his state. It says “My Negro girl, Mina, to my wife during her natural life, my little negro girl, Harriet, to my daughter, Betsy Ann French, my negro man and the boy both named Joe shall remain with and labor for the support of my wife and family until the family are raised.

“It is my desire that my wife and children continue to live on my plantation until they are all of age, because I think it will conduce to the health of my family. It is my desire that they live on that part of my plantation that Charity Dunham now occupies and that they erect there such cabins as will render them comfortable.

“When all of the children become of age, my plantation and Negros to be sold. Proceeds to my wife during her natural life and the residue to be divided among my surviving children.”

He was buried in the French Cemetery on a high hill to the rear of the Rhea County Courthouse.

In 1822, Thomas N. Clark of Roane County bought 100 acres of the French place for $200. It was on the East fork of Richland Creek.

The eldest son, Joseph Harvey French, married Nancy Benton of Rhea County in 1831. Their children were James Madison, William Baxter II, Elizabeth Ann, Byron Brownlow, Timothy Allen, John Lee McCarty II, and Joseph Harrison.

William Baxter French, son of William and Elizabeth French, made his way to Knox County. There he married Isabella White, daughter of Hugh Larson White and granddaughter of Knoxville's founder, General James White.

John L. M. French in 1850 at Washington Co., Tennessee married Catherine Ann King Findlay. She was the daughter of Alexander Findlay of Abington, Va.

French traded from a row of one story brick buildings at the wharf. French who was “very precise in business” prospered and was able to occupy a large brick house in a grove. It was above Walnut street and faced Seventh Street in the direction of Lookout Mountain.

Nancy Benson French had died in 1840 and Joseph Harvey French passed away in the 1850s. Their youngest son, Joseph Harrison, came to live with John L. M. French family which included son, William.

John L. M. French had a religious conversion in a revival in Chattanooga in 1858. He became a Methodist minister, pastoring churched at Cleveland and elsewhere. Of his term of leading the reorganization of the Charleston Methodist Church in 1868, Dr. David Sullins said he was “a superior pastor and a better preacher no people ever had.” At the time of the war, three orphan nephews of John L. M. French joined the Confederate forces, including Joseph Harrison who was in Co., A of the Fourteenth Tennessee Cavalry along with many other Chattanoogans.

At the Battle of Chickamauga he fought along side his older brothers, Byron Brownlow French and Timothy Allen French. Two brothers died on the Chickamauga battlefield and Byron Brownlow French was wounded and later died. The French brothers were buried at the Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga.

Timothy Allen French had been married just prior to the war to Catherine Orr. Due to the war, John L. M. French lost his fine property. However, the house survived and Federal authorities allowed Mrs. Reese Brabson to stay there temporarily while her home nearby remained occupied.

At the time of the 1880 census, John L. M. French was a boarder with Moses Wells at Second and High. French was then working as a clerk on a steamboat. Moses Well in 1860 had taken Catherine E. French as his second wife. She died in 1778.

John L. M. French, II married Mary Ann Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of Rev. George Stewart and Catherine Elliott who was from County Tyron, Ireland. Their son, the Rev. John Stewart French, resided in Bristol, Tenn.

Another French here was Walter Scott French, whose father, John H. French was a well known Southern writer. The mother was L. Virginia Smith French.

The family was living near McMinnville when Walter S. French was born in 1854. He was tutored by his mother and local teachers, when he entered east Tennessee University. He later graduated from a business college at Nashville.

Walter S. French on Dec. 17, 1877 for Chattanooga where without means and among strangers he began life anew.” He proved a valuable employee and represented the firm at the banquet in 1880 where 20000 guests celebrated the opening of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad. French in 1881 married Ella M. Carpenter, whose family had lived in Indiana and then Cleveland, Ohio, before coming to Chattanooga in 1874. Her father, David T. Carpenter, had a home on Missionary Ridge.

Walter S. French in 1883 joined with his wife's father and brother in establishing the Phoenix Foundry Co.

[32] FFA member #872, Pat W. Nickel, 427 Plaza Circle, Bossier City, LA 71111-4811, (318) 742-9636. Good in 2009. Wrote book on Peter French which is in her local genealogical library. Pat W. Nickel: John, Peter, Mary

[33] FFA member #886, J. and Karen Engstrom, P.O. Box 226, Oysterville, WA 98641, email: engsedge@willapabay.org. Lineage: John, George, George, William H., Sylvester, Flora. Karen Engstrom’s website at MyFamily.com:
http://www.myfamily.com/isapi.dll?c=Content&htx=List&siteid=qmKIAE&contentclass=PICT&categoryid=8. As my gr-uncle, Edward French, related, “We are Pennsylvania Dutch, Yankee Bluebellies and Irish.” Website: http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/FRENCH/1999-02/0919819091.

[34] Descendants of John French, by Donald Nelson, dakotadon@hotmail.com, website:
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/n/e/l/Donald-A-Nelson/ODT1-0002.html. 1000 N. Covell Ave., Apt. 2, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-1343. Donald Nelson is a cousin of Karen Engstom. This website may no longer be available; this that case, click HERE.

[35] The Frantz Genealogy website of South Bend and Adjacent Townships, website:
http://www.pa-roots.com/southbend/frantz/frantzgenealogy.html

[36] Understanding German First Names: http://www.hackenberghistory.net/The%20History%20of%20Johann%20Peter%20Hachenberg,%20Sr.htm

[37] Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives, http://www.usgwarchives.net/search/search.cgi/searchpa.htm?q=&form=extended&ul=%2F&t=pa&m=all&ps=10&fmt=long&wm=wrd&sp=1&sy=1&wf=0001&type=&GroupBySite=no&record=

[38] Website: http://www.gencircles.com/users/taby43/1/print/6936

[39] Family Tree Maker file of George French: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/n/e/l/Donald-A-Nelson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0106.html, see Ref [34]. This website may no longer be available. In that case, click HERE.

[40] Descendants of John French, pages 1-41, http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/FRENCH/2004-09/1096128162

[41] Trobaugh Website: http://home.comcast.net/~tstrobaugh/index/ind0075.html

[42] Sherry Combs, email: Ccombs6960@aol.com, undeliverable in 2009.

[43] Susan Bartosh Rule, email: sbrule@hotmail.com

[44] Pat Tarwater, email: twater@aol.com (undeliverable in 2011)

[45] The Rule Family of East Tennessee, by Dr. William Rule, published in 1981 according to www.worldcat.org

[46] Anita Kopets, email: awkopets@bakerd.com, undeliverable in 2009.

[47] Roy Siple, email rsiple@aol.com. Lineage: Michael French 3rd gen., and his dau. Sarah C. French who m. John Andes in Sevierville, TN.

[48] WA Co., TN Marriages, website: http://members.tripod.com/~LadyValois/WA.htm

[49] Deb Skoff, email: skoff@comcast.net, descendant of Henry French of Mercer Co., KY

[50] Robert Rule, email: rulejrii@hotmail.com, http://www.annapolismortgage.com/genealogy/ruleaug00.htm (good in 2003, no longer available)

[51] Distribution of Estate Accounts, WA County, Maryland, 1778-1835, originally published by Traces in four volumes, compiled by Dale Walton Morrow and Deborah Jensen Morrow, from the Salt Lake City Library, 975.2MD, WASHINGT/WILLS. This document only lists the will of John French, administered by William Albright and Barbara, widow of John French, and gives their children as Peter, John, George, Catherine French, and John Smice (s/o John).

[52] East Tennessee Historical Center, Knox County Public Library System, 314 West Clinch Ave. Includes the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection and the Knox County Archives.

[53] Research done by Delpha Triptow, 2985 South 20th East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109, in 1996. Paid research.

From Delpha Triptow in Salt Lake City:
1790 Census of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania
Warwick, Lancaster Co., PA
Christian Rule Sr., with wife only.
Christian Rule Jr. with 2 males, 3 females
George Rule Sr. with 2 males, 2 females
George Rule Jr., 1 male, 3 females

[54] FFA Library, F074 Historical Society, Ripley Co., Versailles, IN, Family Records, French, Item #6. SLC film 1460 147 123. Surnames Whalen, Lochridge, Know, Wohler, Becrast, Thiem.

[55] Robert S. Duggan, Jr. 1112 Mason Woods Dr., Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Phone: 404-636-2110. Email THGH47A@prodigy.com (undeliverable). New email: r.duggan@ieee.org. Robert is actually connected to FFA Chart #31.

[56] Origin of Peter French (Frantz) by Howard Goddard

[57] 1790 Census of WA Co. MD

[58] 1880 Census Moultrie Co Microfilm # 1254238 LDS Library

[59] Will of John French WA Co., MD

[60] 1840 Census Knox Co. TN

[61] 1830 Census Blount Co. TN

[62] Pennsylvania Original Land Records Series, for York Co., PA and the township of Chanceford, website: http://www.paland.us/Chancefords%20Volume%208%20Book.htm

[63] Jeff B. Berry, Jeffbberry@aol.com

[64] Ruby McLeister. Ruby is the genealogist who researched this entire section of the French family. Ruby is deceased, but her descendants moved to 124 Country Grace S., New Braunfels, TX 78130-8997, 830-626-3893. Email of her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Katherine McLeister, KMcLeister@satx.rr.com. This family lived in Quanah, Foard Co., TX.

[65] From the John Pickens Family records by Elizabeth Shue.

[66] Taken from James Marshall French and Mary Maloney French’s family Bible from Rebecca French Freeborg.

[67] Vernon G. French, they last lived on Stock Creek Road, tel: 615-577-4846.

[68] Patricia M. Kracaw, 500 Glenwood Circle #412, Monterey, CA 93940-4720, tel: 831-372-5239, email: pmbgram486@sbcglobal.net, website: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/k/r/a/Patricia-M-Kracaw/index.html

[69] Walter French Sutton

[70] Evelyn Lones Wallin, old court records that were microfilmed.

[71] Ancestors of Anthony “Tony” William Jones, website:
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/o/n/Larry-G-Jones/PDFGENE10.pdf

[72] The website for the Rudasill name on Rootsweb website:
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=rudspons&recno=20990
shows “a” Maria Barbara Rudisiele, b. 12 Apr 1730 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA (their children were b. between 1762 and 1775 and John was b. 1733). It also lists “a” Barbara Rudisill, b. ca. 1740 in York Co., PA, d. ca. 1807 in Lincoln Co., NC (since John did not live in NC, it is assumed this Barbara is not a match). “A” French and “a” Freinsch are listed, but in no way match. Also, several family members with the name Frantz are listed, but they also don’t match considering the names and dates. Email: Vanessa R. Stern, vrstern@earthlink.net.

[73] Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. II, edited by Thomas Lynch Montgomery, 1906, website:
http://www.archive.org/stream/pennsylvaniaarch14penn/pennsylvaniaarch14penn_djvu.txt
This archives shows a John, Samuel, and William French during 1773 to 1798 (during the American Revolution). John French is in WA Co., PA on a work contract with Benjamine Custard 18 Jan 1782. Samuel French is in 2nd Class in WA Co., PA, undated, but probably 1783. John French is in 6th Class, Associators and Militia, undated, but probably 1783. William French is listed as a Private in Captain Cunningham’s Company, undated. Samuel French is listed as a Private in Captain Howell’s Company. Samuel French is listed in Sergeant Leatherman’s party. William French is listed as a Private in Associators and Militia, undated. They camped at Frenchtown on 17 Oct 1778. John French is 8th Class in York County Militia on 26 Apr 1778. This could indicate that John and 2 brothers: Samuel and William. Other names in this group are Jacob Rudisill, John Rudisile, Baltzer Rudisill, Jonas Rudisily, Heinrich Rudisily, Henry Rudisill, Jonas Rudisill, Hannes Rudisily, and Philip Rudisily.

[74] Maxine Chesser, lives in Buford, GA, email: maxinechesser@comcast.net

[75] Beulah Rule, email: beairule@webtv.net, undeliverable in 2009.

[76] Jeri Garner, email: JeriGarner@aol.com, undeliverable in 2009. Try jerigarner@yahoo.com.

[77] FFA Member #105, Ray E. Novak, 2208 Larkin Drive, Sioux Falls, SD 57105, 605-338-6805, deceased 27 Nov 2002. His French research has been sent to the Ripley County Historical and Genealogy Library in Versailles, IN. His wife, Margaret Novak’s email: renfamilytree@sio.midco.net. Family names: PLACEK, MEDRICKY, DUGGINS, SPRAGUE, MCBRIDE. Connection: John French (1) m. Maria Barbara, George French (2), b. 19 Sep 1775 in York Co., PA, m. Sarah McBride; George French (3); Edward French (4), m. Flora A. Duggins; James Harvey French (5), m. Carrie Mae Placek; Gladness Flora French (6), m. Raymond L. Novak; Ray Novak (7). French Family Association, Chart #129 & Chart #51 (John French 1750 by Ray Novak). Ray died 27 Nov 2002 after battling lymphoma for nearly 13 years. His research has been sent to the Ripley County Historical and Genealogical Library in Versailles, IN, by his wife, Margaret. Her email is renfamilytree@sio.midco.net (good in 2005).

[78] Hensley Genealogy, website:
http://www.martygrant.com/gen/hensley/va/hensley-larkin-WA-va-rr.htm

[79] Sprague Genealogy, website:
See: http://www.sprague-database.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I62232&tree=SpragueProject

[80] David Blacier, Tipton Station Rd., Knoxville, TN

[81] McCammon Genealogy, website:
http://freepages.books.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pickensarchive/text/mccammon.txt
The FFA needs to look over this website again and add more data.

[82] Ashley Ashworth Carter, webmaster@journeytotexas.com, http://journeytotexas.com/Johnson_Photo_Album.htm, http://journeytotexas.com/Jonas_Raymond_Carlton.htm

Reunions:

Jul 4, 2008 - Independence Day Party and Cookout - Burleson, Texas

Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2008 - William Luther Johnson Family Reunion -- Vernon, Texas, ALL Johnsons, Frenches, Piggs and their families and descendents invited.

For all of these events please email Ashley Ashworth Carter at webmaster@journeytotexas.com

[83] Thalia Cemetery, Texas: 14 Frenches buried here:
http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Foard/cemetery/thalia.htm. The FFA needs to add more from this file.

[84] History of Lancaster and York County, 1719 to the present time, by I. Daniel Rupp in 1845, website:
http://ia700507.us.archive.org/12/items/historyoflancast00inrupp/
historyoflancast00inrupp.pdf
or using different formats, see http://archive.org/details/historyoflancast00inrupp/.

[85] Research on Johannes Schmeiss/Smice by Layne A. Holley, website: http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/il/ogle/misc/pschmeiss.txt, email: wmcurci@aol.com

[86] Donald G. Weymouth, 119 Winthrop Lane, Holden, MA 01520, tel: 603-687-0268, email: don@weymouthtech.com, website: www.weymouthtech.com/Genealogy

[87] Jenny LaMore, jenlamore@sbcglobal.net

[88] Carol and Mike Ealey, cealey@cebridge.net

[89] John Dorrell, JSDorrell@cs.com, undeliverable in 2009.

Records of French family in Ohio County, IN:
from Mostly About Ohio Co. Folks, Dillon R. Dorrell:

Blanch French Dalrymple, Rising Sun H.S. Class of 1890
Anna Ward French, Rising Sun H.S. Class of 1897

from Ohio County Cemeteries, Dillon R. Dorrell:
New and German Cemetery, Rising Sun
Anna French 3/3/1872 - 10/1/1946
Charles H. French 12/6/1873 - 6/9/1940
Albert W. French 6/22/1873 - 3/16/1947
John French 7/1788 - 4/23/1874
(from New York, veteran of War of 1812, and a Mason)
Mary w/o John I. French 3/4/1793 - 2/3/1860
William M.F. French 7/14/1816 - 4/8/1886

Union Cemetery
E. Caroline w/o ___ French 8/30/1818 - 9/23/1887
Grant French 3/13/1847 - 7/4/1847
French US Navy 9/19/1840 - 3/1/1865

Olive Branch Cemetery
Elva French 1883-1963
John French 1847-1851
Peter French 5/31/1819 - 4/4/1890

French Cemetery, on Irvin Iceberg Farm near Bear Branch
only 1 stone, probably 5 graves
George French B. York Co. Penn 9/1775 -5/24/1857

Cedar Hedge Cemetery
George G. French 1828-1904

[90] Lila, GBL47@aol.com

[91] Sarah and John French, jsfrench83@yahoo.com. Email good in 2009.

[92] Maria Barbara French who married John Schmeiss wedsite: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/h/o/l/Layne-A-Holley/GENE7-0001.html.

[93] Vicki Sprague Justice, email: Vicki@justus.com (good in 2011). Related thru George French Sr. and Jr., and thru the Sprague family through John Sprague, Hannah’s father.

[94] Distribution of Estate Accounts, Washington County, Maryland, 1778-1835, originally published by Traces in four volumes, compiled by Dale Walton Morrow and Deborah Jensen Morrow, from the Salt Lake City Library, 975.2MD, WASHINGT/WILLS. This document only lists the will of John French, administered by William Albright and Barbara, widow of John French, and gives their children as Peter, John, George, Catherine French, and John Smice (s/o John).

[95] Stephanie Files, email: sfiles@roadrunner.com (email good in 2010) or noahsark_221@hotmail.com. I have some confusion regarding the children of John Jr and Ever French.  Working backwards through my mother and her mother I found myself descended from Annie Parsons Smith.  Listed as her parents is Joseph W Parsons and Margaret McClellen.  Continuing backward Joseph W Parsons parents are Elizabeth French and Joseph Parsons.  This is one brother and one sister of the Parson/French marriages.  Brothers Joseph and David Parsons married sisters Catharine and Elizabeth French. On the website it said that Joseph and Elizabeth relocated to New York (which they may have), but according to my research into the 1850 census of Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA they are all living there in 1850.  Joseph and Elizabeth are listed as family number 78 and David and Catharine are family number 79.  I bring this up to actually ask a separate question.  Annie Parsons married Alvin Guy "AG" Smith.  I've tried for 10 years to crack that family line's mystery but I just can't seem to manage it.  AG's father was Aldridge French Smith.  His parents were William Smith and Leah ... .  Aldridge's middle name has caused many to speculate that Leah was also from the French family line somehow, but I can't seem to prove it, nor can I get any further backward on William. The name is just too common I suppose.  Anyway, if you have any knowledge that might help I'd sure appreciate it! Thanks! Stephanie Files Aldridge French Smith 15 Feb 1855 - 10 Dec 1936 m. Annie Parsons 1863 - 14 Jun 1940. William Smith 1819 - 23 Feb 1886 (1850 Census Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA family number 84) m. Leah (unknown) 1821 - 14 Nov 1904.

[96] Donna Wilson, email: wilson4@chartertn.net (email good in 2012). Lives in Seymour, TN. I am trying to find any information Mary Ann French, born 1812 in Boutetort, VA.  She married my 3rd great-grandfather, Philip Houser, of Knoxville TN in Knoxville on 16 Oct 1833. Her father may have been William French.

Mary French and Philip Houser are listed in the 1860 census of Blount Co., TN. Philip is 45 and Mary is 48. Living with them are these Houser children who may not be all their children: Alexander 23, Sarah 21, Henry 20, William 16, Amanda 15, Enoch 3, and Jacob 7, but definitely the ones in bold are their children.

Several of Mary Ann and Philip’s children were Amanda, Henry, Lewis and William who were born after 1833. Philip Houser, b. 1811 in VA, m. Mary Ann French who was b. 1812 in VA. The death certificate of Lewis Houser states that his father was Philip Houser born in Blount Co., TN and his mother was a French born in Knox Co., TN.

Son Lewis was b. 1 Aug 1836 and d. 19 Apr 1915. He m. Elizabeth Jane Kown on 13 Feb 1867. He was buried at Logan’s Chapel Cemetery in Maryville, Blount Co., TN. At least 31 members of the French family were buried in this cemetery. Peter French’s family is the only one who moved to Knoxville, TN, and they moved there in 1816, but we do not find a Mary Ann in his direct family. Lewis was a single maker, and at his death he was divorced. The 1880 census of Lewis Houser states that his father was born in NC and his mother in TN.

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 [97] Website: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/11521713/person/1203415625

Wm (William) French, Botetourt, VA, 1810 census, born before 1765
2 free white males under 10,
3 free white males 16-25, born between 1785-1794
1 free white male 45+, born before 1765, William French
2 free white females under 10,
3 free white females 16-25,
1 free white female 26-44, born between 1766-1784, his wife
1 slave

Dr. Jno (Jonathan) French, Botetourt, VA, 1810 census
1 free white male 26-44, Jonathan French, born between 1766-1784
1 free white female 10-15
1 free white female 16-25,
1 free white female 26-44, wife, born between 1766-1784
1 All Other Free Persons

[98] Carolyn and Bill Montgomery, email: csprings@megabyteinc.com, email good in 2006. Website: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=oldtimer&id=I46952.

[99] Source Name: GIUSEPPI, MONTAGUE SPENCER, editor.   Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies (Pursuant to Statute 13 George II, c.7).  (Publications of the Huguenot Society of London, 1921, vol. 24.) Manchester [England]:  The Huguenot Society of London, 1921. 196p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1964. Repr. 1979.

Source Annotation: Data derived from return-forms connected with the naturalization of foreign Protestants, papers that were sent from the Colonies to the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations. Transcribed from two Entry Books, once the property of the Board of Trade and Plantations, now with the Colonial Office in the Public Record Office, London. Much other information.  Contains returns from the West Indies, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. A more complete record of New York naturalizations can be found in no. 9860, Wolfe, and for Pennsylvania in no. 6680.

[100] List of Tennessee Counties, TNGenWeb Project, website: http://tngenweb.org/counties/list-of-counties/.

[101] Settlers of Maryland, 1679-1783, Consolidated Edition.

FFA Chart #166: Thomas, George and wife Ariana, son George
FFA Chart #195: Jacob
FFA Chart #129: Peter
Note that Edmund owned the earliest lands.

Description: Maryland3

Description: Maryland4

Description: Maryland1

Description: Maryland2

[102] The Old Hanover Presbyterian Church in Lancaster Co., PA (which is no longer standing, which is in current day Grantville, PA), has records of “The English Cemetery” listing a John French, b. ca. 1742, buried 7 Aug 1783, age 41. Also with him is Capt. James French, died at age 47 years, 5 months, and 23 days on 19 Jul 18xx (unreadable) from the Gerberich Collection on ancestry.com. Also see http://ancestors.pitard.net/index.php. This appears to be FFA Chart #131???

[103] Western Maryland’s Historical Library, website: http://www.whilbr.org/.

[104] Tyler Ancestry Tree, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/19807769/person/853953964.

[105] Sanchez Family Tree, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1760013/person/1554677697.

[106] Vicki French Carroll, email: BVCarroll@aol.com. Vicki was one of 9 children.

[107] Kelle Metz, email: jkmetz268@gmail.com. (good in 2011).

[108] Dale Rule, email: daledebbierule@bellsouth.net (good in 2010). I have been reviewing your Ruhl/Rule family information and have a question for you.  I have been researching the Ruhl or (Rule) family for a couple of years and am a direct descendent of the George Rule and Rosanna Shipley that you speak of in your information.  In your Chart #129 you mention your visit to Germany and the information gathered in Wallau.  My question is...I can't seem to find the link between the information from Wallau and my or "our" George Rule.  Who was his father and mother and what was their background.   Can you help me trace the link back into Germany? Thanks for your help. Dale Rule (g grandson of Rev. Caleb Rule of Sevier County TN), Loudon, TN. I have a public Family Tree on Ancestry.com listed as Rule Family from Germany to PA, to VA, & finally to TN. The data of our early George and Rosanna is a little sketchy.  I have no record of Rosanna's birth or immigration to America.  Just family information passed down.  I do have two books that have been written of our family and it's heritage.  The original by my uncle, Rev. Stuart Rule, of Knox county, was written in the early 1940's and an updated one by William Rule III, also of Knox county. There is information that states George and Rosanna came to America in the late 1770-1780's with two children and other information that George and Rosanna were married in Maryland.  George and Frederick were such common German names it's hard to track which one is correct.   I found a ship record from 1771 that states a "Georg Friedrich Ruhle" was on board the Ship Tyger and came to America by way of Rotterdam and later Cowes.  It landed in Philadelphia. Dale’s website: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/367218/family. From the FFA: Dale, the next time I update this chart, I will go thru my Wallau data; sorry I did not get to it this time.

[109] Gloria H. Johnson, email: ghjohns@msn.com, (good in 2010). Hi Mara,

      My name is Gloria Johnson and I do genealogy for my husband’s Johnson line. Several generations are located in Knox County TN and as you know many families intermarried with other families there as it was such a small community. I was looking carefully through your website for parents of our French spouses. I resolved a couple and not others. I would like to share for information and questions with you. Perhaps you can clarify some things for me as French has not be my main research but I became intrigued by the quality of your site.

Here goes what I have from Knox Co., records:

Elizabeth French, dau of William French, m. Albert Milton Johnson (Jan 27, 1882-Mar 16, 1932) no marriage record found yet.

Mary Jane French, dau of Jacob  French, m. 1. Alexander C. Andes Sept 22, 1857 Knox Co. TN (confirmed by Knox Co marriage records).    2. William Johnson Dec 24, 1868 in Knox Co Tn, bond by S.H. Johnson (Stephen Hale Johnson) . confirmed as above.

Jacob French b. Sept 19, 1799 Botetourt VA (from French web page)  m. Sarah Kountz (from French Web page), father of James Wesley French b. Aug 19, 1828. (from your French Web page) m. Elizabeth Johnson Nov 8, 1849 Knox Co.TN (Knox Co. Mar. Rec), Elizabeth was the dau of Thomas Johnson & Martha Rodgers and was born Aug 11, 1828 in Knox Co. Now here is the question. I have the death date as April 5, 1901 BUT your site has April 4, 1879. You also have the same cemetery as Logans Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Maryville, Blount Co. This information is found in the McClung Collection in Knox Co and I would like to correct their family records but since I haven’t been to the cemetery I would like to double check. I actually wondered if the 1901 death date was for his second wife?? Any thoughts on this?

Is the Jacob French father of Mary Jane French (b. 1838)the same Jacob French who is the father of James Wesley French (b. 1728)? It is possible but also could be that one is a junior. Do you know anything about this?

John R .French (no parents or date given) m. Amanda Johnson b. 1835 I Knox Co. She is the dau of Wm David Johnson b.Apr 1810 Knox Co, died Jan 12, 1892 and his second wife Eliza Hinton. Eliza was b. ca 1817 and d. between 1870-1874 when Wm remarried his third wife.  This is my husband’s direct line.

Laura French (Jan 2, 1878-Nov 25, 1932 in Knox Co is buried in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, in Knoxville) M.Stephen Taylor Johnson Aug 20, 1902. This is from her tombstone and I haven’t checked the Knox Co. Records yet. Stephen is the son of Wm Balew Johnson (b. Knox Co. Nov 26, 1836- Jun 19, 1917 I assume in Knox Co since he is buried also at Mt. Olive) m. Martha Minerva Susan Ford Oct 6, 1863 Knox Co. (confirmed Knox Co).

Rosannah French b. Mar 25, 1819 Knox Co Tn d. April 25, 1878 Anderson Co is buried in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Anderson Co Tn along with her husband Elijah Johnson who was b. Oct 28, 1823 in Knox Co and died May 17, 1881 in Anderson Co Tn.They were married Sept 01 1842 In Knox co Tn, confirmed.. Record read Rosan French m. Elyah Johnson Sept 1, 1842 by Wm C. Tipton JP. Bond by WM Harris on Aug 30. Elijah is also a son of Thomas Johnson & Martha Rodgers above.

If you can give me any dates or parents in the French line I would appreciate it. I am fairly certain that the information I intended to type and hopefully did is correct. Hope to hear back from you when you have time!

[110] New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery Records, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, website: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSln=French&GSiman=1&GSsr=1&GScid=2173041&.

[111] Gary Johnson, email: sametheljohnson@gmail.com, email good in 2012.

[112] Land: Family Name Index Vols. 1 - 8, by Township:

Original Land Records Series for York County, PA

Copyright © 1997 by Neal Hively. This copy contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by the author.

For additional information visit Dr. Hively's web site at http://www.innernet.net/hively

PENNSYLVANIA ORIGINAL LAND RECORDS SERIES FOR YORK COUNTY, PA

COMPLETED TOWNSHIPS:

CHANCEFORD
CODORUS
EAST HOPEWELL
HEIDLEBERG
HOPEWELL
LOWER CHANCEFORD
MANHEIM
NORTH CODORUS
NORTH HOPEWELL
PENN
SHREWSBURY
SPRINGETTSBURY
SPRINGFIELD
WEST MANHEIM

THE CHANCEFORDS: CHANCEFORD AND LOWER CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIPS:

COMPLETE COLONIAL FAMILY NAME INDEX.

FAMILY NAME INDEX:

http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/york/land/famnamein1.txt

CHANCEFORD TOWNSHIP
John Doherty
William Doherty
John Dougherty
William Dougherty
Johan Frensch -- Chart 129

CODORUS TOWNSHIP
Rudisell is perhaps from Chart 129 as there was a Maria Barbara Rudisell -- perhaps wife of Johan Frensch
Solomon Rudisell
John Rudisill
Andrew Rudisell
John Rudisill
Baltzer Rudisill
Tobias Rudissilly
Henry Newcomer
Jacob Newcomer
George Ruhl
John Ruhl
William Ruhl
John Rule
William Rule

The list of all these townships is quite long; however, there is NO name amongst all these names that even starts with "FREN" except Johan Frensch listed above. No "SNA". No "FRANS". Only "Martha" is Martha Finley and Martha Long, both British surnames. I've looked for Jacob Frans and Martha Frans in Holland and Germany and cannot find them.

See the complete list of names in alphabetical order.

[113] Johannes Schmeiss was a Hessian soldier who came to America to fight for the British. He and his brother, Jorge, are listed in the books of Hessian soldiers.Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Inc:"Johannes Schmeiss a private in Company 5 of the von Knyphausen Regiment, captured at the Battle of Trenton and held as a prisoner of war from 26 December 1776 to May of 1783. We find no record of his returning to his unit. As a P.O.W., Johan was held at Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was put to work on public buildings. The military record shows him born at Schoenau between 1752 and 1754." Johan Schmeiss Anglicized his name, changing it to "John Smice". It is this "John Smice" that is found in census and tax records.1798: John Smice does Not appear on the 1798 tax list.1799 TAX ASSESSMENT: (Huntingdon County, PA)John Smice is first found on this 1799 Tax Assessment of Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, PA. At this time he was paying taxes on a house and lot for his landlord, plus four cows. This indicates that he did not own the house or lot, but was renting it from the owner and consequently paying the taxes on behalf of the landlord.Shirley Township:1800: John Smice - 4 cows, 1 house and lot for landlord; John Smice (Sr.) and his family were living in Shirleysburg Borough, Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, PA during the 1800 census.1801: John Smice - 2 cows, mechanick, 1 house and lot for landlordNote: John Smice was not working as a farm laborer. The exact job is not specified here but the term "mechanick" indicates a classification of non-farming jobs, a man with a skilled occupation; for example -blacksmith.1802: John Smice does not appear on the 1802 tax list.1802-1804: John Smice - 3 cows1805-1807: John Smice - 150 acres for landlord, 1 horse, 1 cow1808: No list identified for the year 1808.1809: John Smice - 1 horse, 1 cow1810: John Smice does not appear on the 1810 tax list.1802: John Smice is not found on the tax assessment list1800 U.S. CENSUS:Huntingdon County, Shirley Township, Shirleysburg Borough, page 135Males Under 10: two (George, Peter)Males 10-15: one (John, Jr)Males 16-25 one (unknown)Males 45 & up: one (Johan Schmeiss)Females Under 10: two (Mary, unknown)Females 10-15: one (Maria Barbara)Females 26-44: one (Maria Elizabeth French)-----------------------------------------------------------------"SCHMEISS" - prepared by M.A. Schwalm, "Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Inc.,Volume 4, Number 4, 1992, page 49 & 50 -SCHMEISS, Johannes - baptized 20 January 1752 and confirmed in 1765, both in the village of D3579 Schoenau, Germany. His father was Johann Martin Schmeiss, a shepherd. His grandfather was Phillip Schmeiss. Phillip Schmeiss died before 1767. Phillip's widow (and grandmother of Johannes Schmeiss) was Maria Christina (maiden name not given). Maria Christina died and was buried in Schoenau on 21 June 1767 at the age of 92 years, 3 months. Johannes Schmeiss was known to have had a brother and two sisters, allthree which died under age five, and possibly another twin brother and sister:a) Joerge (George) Henrich Schmeiss, buried 11 March 1753 at the age of 4 years and 4 weeks.b) Elisabeth Schmeiss, born 4 July 1775, baptized 6 July 1775. Her sponsor was Elisabeth Schmeiss Klippert, the sister of Johann Martin Schmeiss (an aunt). Elisabeth Schmeiss was buried 11 December 1756 at the age of 1 year and 5 months.c) Anna Elisabeth Schmeiss, born 23 April 1758, baptized 30 April 1758. Her sponsor was Anna Elisabeth (no surname given) from Gemuenden. An "Anna Martha Schmeiss" was buried 12 May 1762, at the age of 4 years and 10 days.d) Johann George Schmeiss, a twin, was baptized in Schoenau on 21 November 1748. He was confirmed there in 1753. Anna Elisabeth Schmeiss, a twin, was baptized in Schoenau on 21November 1748. A"Catharina Elisabeth Schmeiss" was confirmed in 1753.Johannes Schmeiss served in Company 5 (Captain Arnold Schlemmer) Regiment, von Knyphausen (German auxiliaries to the British Crown who fought in the Revolutionary War "Hessians"). The Regiment arrived at Staten Island, New York, in mid August, 1776. The Regiment participated in the battles for Chatterton's Hill in the Bronx, Fort Washington, and Trenton. At the battle of Trenton, Johannes Schmeiss was captured on 26 December, 1776. Johannes Schmeiss was imprisoned at Lancaster, PA beginning in early January 1777.During the second quarter of 1777, Johannes was paid for "working on public buildings in Lancaster."There is no record of Johannes Schmeiss having been exchanged and he is listed as a prisoner of war on theMay 1783 muster. Johannes Schmeiss married Maria Elizabeth French, probably in York County, PA prior to July 1785. A daughter, Maria Barbara Schmeiss, was born 22 June 1785 and baptized 17 July 1785 at St. Luke's Church, Chanceford Township, York County, PA. Parents were listed as Johan Schmeiss and Maria Elizabeth. Maria Barbara Schmeiss was possibly named after her mother and grandmother (Barbara French).A son, John Smice Jr., was born to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss circa 1786. John Smice Jr. was present with John Smice Sr. on the 1790 census in Washington County, MD, and on the 1800 census, Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, PA. John Smice Jr. paid taxes as a "single freeman" in 1807, DublinTownship, Huntingdon County, PA. In 1810, Tell Township was formed out of Dublin Township. JohnSmice Jr. appeared on the 1810 census for Tell Township as head of household and paid taxes on 1 cow forthe years 1810, 1811, and 1812. According to the PA Archives, Vol 9, 6th Series, page 23, John Smice Jr. wasdrafted (age 28) into the 46th Regiment in the War of 1812. On page 645, John Smice Jr. is listed in the 11thDivision at Erie, Pennsylvania in March 1813. Volume 8, page 99 lists John Smice Jr. as being dischargedabout 5 November 1813 from the Company of William Morris of the Pennsylvania Militia. The militaryrecords in the National Archives include a note which reads: "Deserted July 9, '13". This may have been amistake or he may have gone AWOL (UA) and returned, since he was discharged about 5 November 1813.In 1813, John Smice Jr. paid taxes on 3 cows. He continued paying taxes through 1816 on one cow. For theyear 1817, John Smice Jr. paid taxes on one horse and Traxler's land. In the meanwhile, a daughter was born28 August 1815. Then, John Smice Jr. appeared for the last time on the 1820 census, living in Hagerstown,MD. John Smice Jr. died between 1820 and 1830, since the 1830 census of Washington County, MD lists a"Widow Smice".The will of Johannes Schmeiss' father-in-law, John French, was probated on 5 April 1788 in WashingtonCounty, MD. Maria French was cut from the will by her father (John French) and her share was given toJohn Smice Jr., her oldest son.A son, George Smice, was born to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss in Maryland circa 1790. George Smice wasprobably the son, under age 16, as listed in the 1790 census with John Smice, the Hessian (JohannesSchmeiss). George was again listed in the 1810 census as being between age 10 and 16. George Smice nextappears as a "single freeman" tax payer in Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA in 1812, owning onehorse. Then in the PA Archives, Volume 9, 6th Series, page 5, at age 23, George Smice is shown as havingbeen drafted into the 46th Regiment in March 1813 for the War of 1812. George also appears as paying taxeson one horse (single freeman) in 1813. George Smice is again listed as a single freeman, paying taxes in 1815.On the 1816 tax duplicate, George Smice's name is "scratched off". George moved back to Maryland with hisfamily and appeared in Washington County, MD on the 1830 census. George Smice then moved toPickaway County, Ohio; then to Clearfield County, PA; and before 1840, he moved to Columbiana County,Ohio. In the meanwhile, George Smice married Susanna Creek (born circa 1802 in MD, died 17 January 1866in Allamaker County, Iowa). About 1847, George Smice and his family migrated to Grandview, LouisaCounty, Iowa. George Smice appeared in Louisa County, IA on the 1850 census. George Smice died in 1853at the age of 63/64. He was the father of nine children.The 1790 census reported a "John Smice" (Johannes Schmeiss) living in Washington County, MD with hiswife. This 1790 census indicates a daughter (Maria Barbara, born 1785); a son (John, born circa 1786); and asecond son (George, born circa 1790).In 1799, Johannes Schmeiss (John Smice) paid taxes in Shirley Township, Huntingdon County,Pennsylvania. Johannes Schmeiss (John Smice) was credited with owning four cows and paid taxes on ahouse and lot belonging to his landlord. Johann Schmeiss' occupation was listed as a "mechanic". Hecontinued living there for a total of three years under the same stipulation.A son, William, was born in 1799, to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss. William Smice was shown on the 1800census as being under age 10. There was no listing found for John Smice (Johannes Schmeiss), the Hessianon the 1810 census. William Smice appears on the "single freeman" tax list for Tell Township, HuntingdonCounty, PA in 1820. The 1850 census for Quincy Township, Franklin County, PA lists an Elizabeth Smice,aged 45 (born in PA circa 1805) and a Margaret A. Smice, age 24 (born in PA circa 1826). It is presumed thatWilliam Smice died prior to 1850, although no 1820, 1830, or 1840 census records have yet been found onhim.On the 1800 census, Johannes Schmeiss was listed as living with his wife in Shirley Township, HuntingdonCounty, PA. The census listing is reconstructed as follows: 1 male under 10 (William, born 1799), 1 maleunder 10 (Peter?, born circa 1800), 1 male 10-16 (George, born circa 1790), 1 male 16-26 (John, born circa1786?), 2 females under 10 (who may have died as small children, or were not subsequently identified), 1female 10-16 (Maria Barbara, born 1785).In 1802, Johannes Schmeiss (John Smice) appeared in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, PA and wastaxed for owning three cows.A son, Peter Smice, was born circa 1803 to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss. Peter Smice shows up for the firsttime on the 1830 census, married and living in District 7 (Boonesboro), Washington County, Maryland.However, there is a second son "under age 10" on the 1800 census. Between 1841 and 1845, Peter Smicemigrated to Belmont County, Ohio and in 1848 migrated to Grand Detour, Pine Creek Township, OgleCounty, Illinois. On the 1850 census, Peter Smice is shown as being 47. In the 1860 census, Peter is shownas being 55 years old. Peter Smice was married to Elizabeth Parker (born 1801, died 24 May, 1849 in OgleCounty, IL). Peter Smice died 30 January, 1884 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL.In 1805, Johannes Schmeiss (John Smice) was taxed for owning one horse and one cow. Johannes paidtaxes for a landlord on 150 acres of land on which he apparently lived. Johannes Schmeiss continued underthe same stipulation for the next two years.In 1808 and 1809, Johannes Schmeiss (John Smice) was taxed for owning one horse and one cow. In April1810, Tell Township was formed from a part of Dublin Township and the Smice family resided in that partwhich became Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA. In 1810, Johannes paid taxes on one horse, onecow, and taxes on 80 acres of land for his landlord. Beginning in 1812, Johannes paid taxes on one cow andon 100 acres of "Traxler land", apparently his landlord. In 1813, Johannes Schmeiss paid taxes on two cowsand Traxler's land. In 1814 and 1815, "Widow Smice" paid taxes on one horse, one cow, and Traxler's land.In 1816, it appears that this "Widow Smice" paid the taxes on Traxler's land but her name was crossed off thelist and did not appear again.Johannes Schmeiss (John Smice) died between 1813 and 1814. His exact date of death, nor his place of burial, have been located. He died intestate, having owned no real estate. There are no known court records.Notes for MARIA ELIZABETH FRENCH:The will of Johannes Schmeiss' father-in-law, John French, was probated on 5 April 1788 in Washington County, MD. Maria French was cut from the will by her father (John French) and her share was given to John Smice Jr., her oldest son.Children of JOHANNES SCHMEISS and MARIA FRENCH are:i. MARIA BARBARA4 SMICE, b. June 22, 1785, Chanceford Township, York County, PA.More About MARIA BARBARA SMICE:Baptism: July 17, 1785 at St. Luke's Church, Chanceford Township, York County, PA4. ii. JOHN SMICE, b. Abt. 1786, Chanceford Township, York County, PA; d. Abt. 1830, WashingtonCounty, MD.5. iii. GEORGE SMICE, b. Abt. 1790, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland; d. 1853, Grandview, LouisaCounty, Iowa.iv. REBECCA SMICE1, b. Abt. 1793, Washington County, MD1.v. ELIZABETH SMICE2,3, b. Abt. 1795, Washington County, MD4,5.vi. WILLIAM SMICE5, b. Abt. 1799, Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA5.Notes for WILLIAM SMICE:A son, William, was born in 1799, to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss. William Smice was shown on the 1800 census as being under age 10. There was no listing found for John Smice (Johannes Schmeiss), the Hessian on the 1810 census. William Smice appears on the "single freeman" tax list for Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA in 1820. The 1850 census for Quincy Township, Franklin County, PA listsan Elizabeth Smice, aged 45 (born in PA circa 1805) and a Margaret A. Smice, age 24 (born in PA circa 1826). It is presumed that William Smice died prior to 1850, although no 1820, 1830, or 1840 census records have yet been found on him.6. vii. PETER SMICE, b. March 21, 1801, Tell Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania; d. January 30,1884, Grand Detour, Township, Ogle County, IL.Generation No. 44. JOHN4 SMICE (JOHANNES3 SCHMEISS, JOHANN MARTIN2, PHILLIP1)5 was born Abt. 1786 in ChancefordTownship, York County, PA5, and died Abt. 1830 in Washington County, MD5. He married CATHERINE E.PARKS5 Bet. 1800 - 1810 in Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA5. She was born Bet. 1789 - 1790 in TellTownship, Huntingdon County, PA5, and died October 26, 1872 in Ogle County, IL5.Notes for JOHN SMICE:John Smice is the son of Johannes Schmeiss and the brother of Peter Smice.John Smice, Jr was born about 1786 in Pennsylvania. He married Catherine E. Parks in Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA.1810 U.S. CENSUS:Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, PA, written page # 210, printed page # 10J. SmiceMales Under 10 - oneMales 26-44 - one (John Smice, Jr)Females Under 10 - oneFemales 16-25 - one (Catherine E. Parks)A son, John Smice Jr., was born to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss circa 1786. John Smice Jr. was present with John Smice Sr. on the 1790 census in Washington County, MD, and on the 1800 census, Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, PA. John Smice Jr. paid taxes as a "single freeman" in 1807, Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, PA. In 1810, Tell Township was formed out of Dublin Township. JohnSmice Jr. appeared on the 1810 census for Tell Township as head of household and paid taxes on 1 cow for the years 1810, 1811, and 1812.According to the PA Archives, Vol 9, 6th Series, page 23, John Smice Jr. was drafted (age 28) into the 46th Regiment in the War of 1812. On page 645, John Smice Jr. is listed in the 11th Division at Erie, Pennsylvania in March 1813. Volume 8, page 99 lists John Smice Jr. as being discharged about 5 November 1813 from the Company of William Morris of the Pennsylvania Militia. The military records in the National Archives include a note which reads: "Deserted July 9, '13". This may have been a mistake or he may have gone AWOL (UA) and returned, since he was discharged about 5 November 1813.In 1813, John Smice Jr. paid taxes on 3 cows. He continued paying taxes through 1816 on one cow. For the year 1817, John Smice Jr. paid taxes on one horse and Traxler's land. In the meanwhile, a daughter was born 28 August 1815. Then, John Smice Jr. appeared for the last time on the 1820 census, living in Hagerstown, MD. John Smice Jr. died between 1820 and 1830, since the 1830 census of Washington County, MD lists a "Widow Smice".Notes for CATHERINE E. PARKS:Catherine E. Parks Smice is buried in Grand Detour Cemetery, Grand Detour, Ogle County, Illinois.More About CATHERINE E. PARKS:Burial: Grand Detour Cemetery, Grand Detour, Ogle County, ILChildren of JOHN SMICE and CATHERINE PARKS are:i. MARY5 SMICE5, b. Aft. 18005.ii. JOHN SMICE JR.5, b. Abt. 1813, Tell Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania5; d. July 02,18925; m. ELIZABETH ??5; b. Abt. 1809, Ohio5.Individual: Smice, JohnCounty/State: Ogle Co., ILLocation: Grand DetourPage #: 742Year: 1860For the first name in this entry, the person who indexed the record was uncertain about the transcription due to difficulties in deciphering the original records.More About JOHN SMICE JR.:Fact 1: County/State: Ogle Co., IL6,7Fact 2: Location: Grand Detour8,9Fact 3: Page #: 74210,11Fact 4: Year: 186012,13iii. ELIZABETH SMICE, b. August 28, 1815, Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA; d. July 15, 1884, Grand Detour, Ogle County, IL; m. DAVID GULL, October 01, 1839, Clear Springs, Hagerstown, Washington County, MD; b. July 01, 1811, Hagerstown, Washington County, MD.Notes for DAVID GULL:iv. MARGARET "PEGGY" SMICE, b. 1811, Dublin Township, Huntingdon County, PA.v. NANCY SMICE, b. Hagerstown, Washington County, MD.vi. CATHERINE BARBARA SMICE, b. 1817, Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA.5. GEORGE4 SMICE (JOHANNES3 SCHMEISS, JOHANN MARTIN2, PHILLIP1)13 was born Abt. 1790 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland13, and died 1853 in Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa13. He married SUSANNAH A. CREEK13 Abt. 1820. She was born 1802 in Maryland13, and died January 17, 1866 in Iowa13.Notes for GEORGE SMICE:A son, George Smice, was born to Johannes and Maria Schmeiss in Maryland circa 1790. George Smice wasprobably the son, under age 16, as listed in the 1790 census with John Smice, the Hessian (JohannesSchmeiss). George was again listed in the 1810 census as being between age 10 and 16. George Smice nextappears as a "single freeman" tax payer in Tell Township, Huntingdon County, PA in 1812, owning onehorse.Then in the PA Archives, Volume 9, 6th Series, page 5, at age 23, George Smice is shown as having beendrafted into the 46th Regiment in March 1813 for the War of 1812.George also appears as paying taxes on one horse (single freeman) in 1813. George Smice is again listed asa single freeman, paying taxes in 1815. On the 1816 tax duplicate, George Smice's name is "scratched off".George moved back to Maryland with his family and appeared in Washington County, MD on the 1830 census. George Smice then moved to Pickaway County, Ohio; then to Clearfield County, PA; and before 1840, he moved to Columbiana County, Ohio. In the meanwhile, George Smice married Susanna Creek (born circa 1802 in MD, died 17 January 1866 in Allamaker County, Iowa). About 1847, George Smice and hisfamily migrated to Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa. George Smice appeared in Louisa County, IA on the 1850 census. George Smice died in 1853 at the age of 63/64. He was the father of nine children.Children of GEORGE SMICE and SUSANNAH CREEK are:i. ELIZABETH ANN5 SMICE13, b. 1820, Maryland13; d. 1910, Wisconsin13; m. EDWARD FRANKLIN LANKFORD13.ii. JACOB SMICE13, b. 1825, Pennsylvania13; d. 1908, Iowa13.iii. SUSANNA SMICE13, b. 1829, Pennsylvania13; d. 1906, Iowa13; m. JOHN VAUGHN13.iv. JOHN SMICE13, b. February 09, 1832, Janesville, Pennsylvania13; d. November 19, 1920, Toolesboro,Louisa County, IA13; m. (1) ELIZABETH JANE LANKFORD13, January 25, 1858; m. (2) ISABEL JANE TEETS, April 25, 1867, Wapello, Louisa County, IA; b. 1849, WV; d. July 26, 1909, Muscatine, Muscatine County, IA.More About JOHN SMICE:Burial: Toolesboro Cemetery, Toolesboro, Louisa County, IAMore About ISABEL JANE TEETS:Burial: Toolesboro Cemetery, Toolesboro, Louisa County, IAv. GEORGE SMICE, b. Abt. 1832.vi. WILLIAM SMICE, b. 1838, Ohio.vii. HARRISON SMICE, b. 1840, Ohio.viii. WESTLEY SMICE, b. 1844, Ohio.ix. DAVID SMICE, b. 1847, Iowa.6. PETER4 SMICE (JOHANNES3 SCHMEISS, JOHANN MARTIN2, PHILLIP1)13 was born March 21, 1801 in Tell Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania13, and died January 30, 1884 in Grand Detour, Township, Ogle County, IL13. He married ELIZABETH PARKS13 June 27, 1824 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland13. She was born May 24, 180713, and died October 03, 1849 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL13.Notes for PETER SMICE:BIRTH:Peter Smice was born March 2, 1801 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.MIGRATION:Peter Smice moved to Washington County, Maryland.MARRIAGE:Peter Smice married Elizabeth Parks, from Maryland, on June 27, 1824.MIGRATION:In 1844, Peter Smice and his family moved to Ohio, possible Miller Township, Knox County, OH.In 1848, Peter Smice and his family moved to Ogle County, IllinoisLOSS:Peter Smice's wife, Elizabeth Parks, was stricken with "Bilious Cholic", according to cemetery records, anddied October 3, 1849, "sick one day". Elizabeth Parks Smice is buried at the Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkards Cemetery), Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, Illinois. Elizabeth left behind several small children for Peter to raise.LAND PATENT:Certificate # 32000; Land PatentPatentee Name: SMICE, PETERAuthority: April 24, 1820: Cash Entry Sale (3 Stat. 566)Signature Date: January 10, 1851Land Office: Dixon, Lee County, ILLegal Land Description: 1, SWSW, 34/, 23-N, 9-E, N, 4th Principal Meridian-1815 Illinois, 40 acres, OgleCounty, ILTHE UNITED STATES OF AMERICACertificateNo. 32000To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:WHEREAS Peter Smice of Ogle County Illinoishas deposited in the GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the United States, a Certificate of the REGISTER OF THE LAND OFFICE at Dixon whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Peter Smice according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled "Anact making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands," for the South West quarter of the South West quarter of Section Thirty Four in Township twenty three North of Range nine East, in the District of Lands Subject to Sale at Dixon Illinois containing Forty acres.according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by theSURVEYOR GENERAL, which said tract has been purchased by the said Peter Smice.NOW KNOW YE, That the United States of America, in consideration of the Premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Peter Smice and to his heirs, the said tract above described: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities, and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging, unto the said Peter Smice, and to his heirs and assigns forever.In Testimony Whereof, I, Millard FillmorePRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, have caused these Letters to be made PATENT, and the SEAL of the GENERAL LAND OFFICE to hereunto affixed.Given under my hand, at the CITY OF WASHINGTON, the Tenth day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one and of the Independence of the United States the Seventy fifthBY THE PRESIDENT: Millard FillmoreBy Alex. McCormick, asst. Sec'y.E.S. Terry Recorder of the General Land Office1850 U.S. Census, Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, Illinois, 18 September 1850, page 003dwelling # 4/4Peter Smice 47 M Farmer PA cannot read or writeElizabeth 17 F MDJohn 15 M ILGeorge 13 M ILMary 5 F ILNate 2 M ILMilly 9/12 F IL1860 U.S. Census, Grand Detour, Ogle County, Illinois, 18 July 1860, page 382dwelling # 2755/2664Peter Smice 55 M Farmer 1000 300 PA cannot read & writeElizabeth 25 F MDGeorge 20 M MDMilla 18 M (census error, should be female) OhioNase 13 M Ohio1865 State of Illinois, Ogle County Agricultural Census:10-20 20-30 20-30 40-50Peter Smice 1 M 1 M 1 F 1 M1870 U.S. Census, Pine Cree, Ogle County, Illinois, 3 September 1870, page 17dwelling # 120/120Smice, Peter 65 MW Farmer MDTrump, Amelia 28 FW Keeps House MDSmice, Nace 23 MW Farm Hand OhioTrump, Lydia A. 2 FW ILThe WILL of Peter Smice:"In the name of God Amen. I Peter Smice of the town of Grand Detour in the County of Ogle and State of Illinois of the age of 73 years and being of sound mind andmemory do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say. And as to my worldly estate and all the property real and 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.First, my will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall by my executive here-in after namedbe paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall by them be found convenient. Item, I give devise and bequeath unto my daughters Susanna Keith wife of John Keith one dollar to my daughter Margaret Nettz wife of Henry Nettz one dollar to my daughter Elizabeth Welty wife of John Welty one dollar All the rest and residue of my estate real personal and mixed of which I shall die seized andpossessed as to which I shall be entitled at my decease I give and devise and bequeath to be equally divided between and among my sons & daughters John Smice, George Smice, Nace Smice, and Mary Lawver wife of Andrew J. Lawver also Amelia Trump widow of Oli Trump deceased And lastly I do nominate and appoint James Rogers and John Smice my son to be the executor of this my last will and testament, In testimony whereof I the said Peter Smice have to this my last will and testament contained on one sheet of paper, Thereof I have subscribed my name and affixed my seal thiseighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven.Peter Smice his "X" markSigned sealed published and declared by the said Peter Smice as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence andin the presence of each other have subscribed ournames as witnesses TheretoJohn D. Wiley witness Grand Detour IllsHenry Lawver witness Grand Detour IllsWilliam Jones witness Grand Detour Ills1880 U.S. Census, Grand Detour, Ogle County, Illinois, page 34dwelling # 307/314Smice, Peter WM 76 Unemployed MD Baden (Germany) MDMilla WF 36 Daughter Keeping house MD PA MDTrump, Lydia WF 12 Grand Daughter At School IL Ohio MDINVENTORY, State of Illinois, Ogle CountyIn the Matter of the Estate of Peter Smice Deceased.The following is a full and perfect Inventory of all the Real and Personal Estate of the said Deceased,so far as the same has come to the possession or knowledge of the undersigned, executorof the last will and testament of Peter Smice, deceased.REAL ESTATE. VALUE.Dollars Cts.Lot 4 Block 5 Grand DetourIllinois Title fee simple.Estimated value, 180 00More About PETER SMICE:Burial: Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard's Cemetery) Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, ILFact 1: County/State: Ogle Co., IL14,15Fact 2: Location: Grand Detour16,17Fact 3: Page #: 74218,19Fact 4: Year: 186020,21More About ELIZABETH PARKS:Burial: Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard's Cemetery) Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, ILChildren of PETER SMICE and ELIZABETH PARKS are:i. MARGARET5 SMICE21, b. September 01, 182621; d. December 05, 191921; m. HENRY NETTZ21, January22, 184521; b. 182621; d. 191921.ii. SUSANNA SMICE21, b. February 28, 1829, Boonesboro, Washington County, MD21; d. June 27, 1901,Dixon, Lee County, IL21; m. JOHN KEITH21, December 14, 1847, Belmont, Belmont County, Ohio21.More About SUSANNA SMICE:Burial: Dixon, Lee County, IL21Notes for JOHN KEITH:John Keith was a blacksmith at the John Deere Company in Grand Detour, Ogle County, Illinois.When the Company moved to Dixon, Lee County, Illinois to be closer to the railroad, John and Susanmoved with them as did several others who worked there and lived in the area.More About JOHN KEITH:Burial: Dixon, Lee County, IL21iii. ELIZABETH SMICE21, b. December 27, 183321; d. March 05, 191721; m. JOHN WELTY21, October 09,1864, Ogle County, IL21.John Welty moved to Grand Detour, Ogle County, Illinois in 1837/1838.iv. REBECCA SMICE21, b. 183521.v. JOHN SMICE21, b. February 16, 183721; d. November 01, 1904, Ogle County, IL21; m. SARAH A.LAWVER21, December 15, 1859, Oregon, Ogle County, IL21; b. February 04, 1843, Ogle County, IL21;d. December 12, 1924.More About JOHN SMICE:Burial: Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard's Cemetery) Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, ILMore About SARAH A. LAWVER:Burial: Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard's Cemetery) Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, ILvi. GEORGE SMICE21, b. April 184021; d. August 24, 1920, Dixon, Lee County, IL21; m. CLARA NETTS21,January 29, 1866, Oregon, Ogle County, IL21.vii. AMELIA SMICE21, b. 184121; m. OLI TRUMP21.viii. MARY L. SMICE21, b. 184521; m. ANDREW JACKSON LAWVER21, February 03, 1864, Pine CreekTownship, Ogle County, IL21.ix. NATHAN SMICE21, b. December 1846, MD21; d. September 08, 1917, Pine Creek Township, OgleCounty, IL21; m. ELIZABETH MYERS21, August 11, 1871, Ogle County, IL21; b. August 01, 1843,Hagerstown, MD21; d. November 10, 1924, Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL21.Notes for NATHAN SMICE:Nathan Smice was the son of Peter Smice and Elizabeth Parks. Nathan was born in December of1846, probably in the state of Maryland. Peter Smice brought his family from Maryland to Ohio in1844. In 1848, Peter Smice brought his family to Ogle County, Illinois. In 1849, Nathan's mother died,leaving Nathan's father to take care of several small children. Nathan was often referred to as "Nace".Nathan Smice married Elizabeth Myers on August 11, 1871, Ogle County, Illinois. Nathan and LizzieSmice raised six (6) children: Lilly May, Frederick B., Della, Mabel Dora, Frank, and Ollie. Nathan,like his father, was a hard-working farmer. Nathan became a long-time resident of Pine CreekTownship, Ogle County, IL. On September 8, 1917, Nathan Smice died of "Acute Lymplatic Lukoma". Nathan and Elizabeth Smice are buried in the Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard's Cemetery), Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL.More About NATHAN SMICE:Burial: Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard's Cemetery) Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, ILMore About ELIZABETH MYERS:Burial: Pine Creek Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard's Cemetery) Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, ILx. ALONZO KEITH SMICE21, b. Abt. 184921; d. September 07, 1854, Ogle County, IL21.