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Chart #148, Elam French, 1791
East Windsor, Hartford Co., CT
Brandon, Rutland Co., VT
This chart updated by Mara French on 9/27/11. Numbers in brackets [ ] show sources and refer to the bibliography at the end of this chart. An asterisk (*) shows continuation of that line. Send any corrections or additions to this chart to email@example.com. Revisions: 2011.
IÕve 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 havenÕt put their information online.
P.S. Although Elam French is not of my line, I will continue to do research on him as time permits. My line is FFA Chart #6.
Towns of Hartford County, Connecticut
1.1* Elam French, b. 16 Jun 1791 in East Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, d. 10 Oct 1850 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT, buried at the Pine Hill Cemetery, m. Rebecca Allyn ca. 1814 in the Congregational Church, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT; Rebecca Allyn was b. 18 Dec 1793 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT and d. 11 Sep 1882 in Addison Co., VT. Rebecca was one of 9 children born to George Allyn and Sabra Griswold Case Allyn.
Rebecca AdleyÕs sister Louisa French (2), b. 24 Dec 1827 in Somerset, Windham Co., VT, d. 9 Aug 1912 in Chittenango, Madison Co., NY, m. Clement Samuel Cook. ElamÕs parents moved from CT to MA sometime between 1792 and 1798 when ElamÕs brother was born, then they returned to Hartford, CT.
In the 1850 census (just before Elam died), Elam is listed as age 59, b. ca. 1791 in CT, living in 1850 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT with his wife Rebecca (57), and their children Adley (20), Mary and Martha (twins born in 1836 in Brandon) (14), and Ellen (9).
Elam French was a farmer born in CT; all his children were born in VT as per the 1850 census. On 28 Aug 1827 Elam bought a 1770 farm in Wilmington, VT, ÒThe Nutmeg InnÓ which he purchased on 28 Aug 1827. It is now a Bed and Breakfast at 153 Route 9 West. See http://www.nutmeginn.com/.
On October 3, 1958, Mr. Dave French purchased the property and turned it into a ski lodge to house skiers for the newly opened resort called Mount Snow. Dave named the property The Nutmeg Inn after his home State of Connecticut. In 1984 the Lawrence Family bought the Inn.
Elam d. 10 Oct 1850 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT and was buried at the Pine Hill Cemetery in that city. His wife, Rebecca, was b. 18 Dec 1793 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, and d. 11 Sep 1882 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT. .
1.2 John French, b. ca. 1798 in MA, living in 1850 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT with his wife Jane French (50), and their son William French (17, born in CT). John was a teamster. He is listed in the 1850 census, age 52. John m. Abigail Adams.
1.3 Daniel French, b. 18 Dec 1785, d. 29 Mar 1846 in MA, life-long resident of E. Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. He was buried at the Town Street Cemetery in East Windsor.
The 1790 census of Hartford Co., CT shows a Daniel French living in Berlin town. The 1820 census shows a Daw French and a John French both living in East Windsor, Hartford, CT. The 1830 census shows Daniel French living in East Windsor, Hartford Co., CT; likewise the 1840 census. Daniel m1. Chloe Drake and had a daughter, son Daniel, son Elam who resided in Haydenville, CT, son Allen, and John Fitts who was adopted by Chloe. He m2. Nancy Drake. She was his 2nd wife, his 1st was Cynthia Frost who left him an infant daughter, Laura. Issue by Nancy are Nancy. Nancy and Chloe Gideon were sisters.
Daniel French m. Cynthia Frost on 29 Nov 1811. Daniel d. 4 Jul 1811, age 25. Daniel m. Nancy Drake on 29 May 1817, she d. 12 Jan 1823, age 31 in childbirth. Daniel d. 29 March 1846, age 58. John d. 2 Oct 1836 at age 81, his widow d. 20 May 1838, age 79. One of JohnÕs children was born 6 Sep 1753.
Fanny Sophia Allen was b. 25 Sep 1837, m. Elam Allen, son of Daniel and Chloe Drake French, in East Windsor, and had issue, Daniel Seth French, b. 23 Aug 1854; George Elam French, b. 12 Apr 1858; Susan Sophia French, b. 2 Apr 1864.
Chloe Drake 1793, d. 20 Mar 1855 in East Windsor, CT. Adopted child was Allen Fitts. Others were Nancy A. French, b. 1828 who m. George E. Allen; Daniel French b. 1829; Elam French b. 1832; Allen D. French b. 1835.
Children of Elam and Rebecca (Allyn) French, 1.1
2.1 Adley French, b. 1830 in Wilmington, Windham Co., VT, d. 19 Jun 1873 in Santa Fe, Mexico, no known marriage or children. In the 1850 census, she was 20 years old and living with her parents in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT.
2.2 Mary French (twin), b. 1836 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT.
2.3 Martha French (twin), b. 1836 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT.
2.4 Ellen French, b. 1841 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT.
2.5* Elam French, b. 12 Apr 1819 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT, d. 25 Oct 1895 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT, m. Louisa Isabel Potwine in 1845 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT. He was buried at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. Elam was a farmer according to the 1880 census of Brandon, Rutland, VT. ElamÕs mother was living with his family in the 1880 census; she was 86 and widowed. Both her parents were born in CT.
2.6 John C. French, b. 1825 in Brandon, d. in Hamilton, Kansas. He m1. Sara Jane Cook in 1855 in Fyler Settlement, Madison Co., NY, and m2. Ellen Prosser in 1867. Or did he marry Martha Phelps or her system Lydia Phelps? They had son Wesley French, and Stuart French is a current descendant, but he changed his name from French to Madison. Line of Ref.  and .
2.7 Louesa Allen French, b. 24 Dec 1827 in Somerset, Windham Co, VT, d. 9 Aug 1912 in Chittenango, Madison Co., NY. She m. Clement Samuel Cook (1827-1915), and had children Elsie Cook Foster and Ellen Louisa Cook Mitchell. Both Louesa and Clement Cook were buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Chittenango, Madison Co., NY.
Children of Elam and Louisa Isabel (Potwine) French, 2.5
3.1 John Adams French, b. 1848 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT. He was a farm laborer in the 1880 census.
3.2 James French, b. Brandon, Rutland Co., VT.
3.3* Charles F. French, b. 12 Jul 1858 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT. He was a farm laborer in the 1880 census. He d. 29 Aug 1927 in Brandon of Encephalitis Lethargica. Charles m. Minnie L.; she was b. 1863 in VT. They had 5 children.
3.4 Elam French, b. 1861 in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT. He was a farm laborer in the 1880 census.
Children of Charles F. and Minnie L. French, 3.3
4.1 Sherwin C. French,
4.2 Seward X. French,
4.3 Alden Paige French,
4.4 Cecil A. French,
4.5 Marilla S. French,
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 Judith L. Farley, daughter of Eleanor E. Dillon, former FFA member #391, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Melbourne Beach and Tampa, Florida
 Eleanor E. Dillon, mother of Judith L. Farley, former FFA member #584.
John French (1), b. 1716, d. 17 Feb 1810, buried in the town cemetery in So. Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, mentioned in "Ancient Windsor" by Stiles as from England, m. Martha Phelps ca. 1740; John French (2), b. ca. 1754, m. Abigail Adams, moved to Rutland area of VT; Elam French (3), b. 16 Jun 1791, E. Windsor, CT, d. 10 Oct 1850 in Brandon, VT. m. Rebecca Allyn; Louisa French (4), m. Clement Samuel Cook; Ellen Louisa Cook (5), m. Thomas Herbert Mitchell; Clara L. Mitchell (6), m. Edward C. Hyle; Eleanor E. Hyle (7), m1, William J. Farley, m2. John D. Dillon. ElamÕs brothers were Daniel and John French, life-long resident of E. Windsor, CT. John (1), m. Abigail Adams; Elsie (2), m. Daison Haskell; D. E. Haskell (3) of Cazenovia, Madison Co., NY. Query: Would like to know birthdate of Daison Haskell, son of Simeon and Sally Parsons Haskell, b. 1786 probably Granville MA, d. 9 Jun 1869, Cazenovia, NY. He m. (date unk) Elsie, dau. of John and Abigail Adam French, b. E. Windsor, CT, d. 17 Jan 1871, Cazenovia, NY. Need ancestry of ElsieÕs father, John. ElsieÕs children are: Emily Agnes Haskell, D. Eralzman Haskell, Elsie Maronette Haskell, Flavia Abigail Haskell.
 "Ancient Windsor" by Stiles, website: http://ia700300.us.archive.org/2/items/historygenealogi02stil/historygenealogi02stil.pdf. See pages 11, 15, 19, 96, 105, 157, 185, 275, 369, 393, 432, 505, 597, 628, 629, 631, 683, 715, 737, 790, 800.
Daniel French m. Cynthia Frost, 29 Nov 1811.
James Potwine m. Abigail French, Jan. 1840, she was b. 17 Dec 1783, d. 11 Jun 1872, he d. 11 March 1872.
The daughter of George Cone and Elizabeth White, Dorcas Caroline Cone, b. 25 Aug 1825, m. Daniel A. French on 5 Oct 1847.
Leonard Clark m. Agnes French, 14 Jan 1822.
Daison Haskell m. Elsa French on 28 March 1816.
Joseph Anthony Hawkins, bp. 12 May 1804, m. Submit French on 27 Nov 1825.
Ashbel Hills m. Cynthia D. French on 2 Oct 1839.
James H. Shipman, m. Laura H. French on 26 Oct 1837.
Lucy White, b. 16 Jun 1715, m1. Joseph French of Norwich and Coventry, m2. Josiah Wolcott of Coventry and Saybrook.
Elizabeth White, b. 18 May 1717, m. Samuel French of Northbrook.
Josiah Wolcott, m. Lucy French on 23 Apr 1740. Lucy was the dau. of Capt. Daniel and Elizabeth (Bliss) White of Hatfield, MA, and afterwards of Windsor, CT. She was b. 16 Jun 1715. Her first husband was Joseph French of Coventry, who came from Norwich, and he and all his children died within 10 days of one another in Aug 1740. Mrs. Lucy French Wolcott d. of small pox at Saybrook, ca. 1759.
William Woodworth m. Nancy French on 3 Mar 1813.
 The Nutmeg Country Inn, website: http://www.nutmeginn.com/.
 History of Brandon, Rutland Co., Vermont, website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/RutlandBrandon.html
Deacon Jedediah WINSLOW came in 1773 from Barre, Mass. He pitched on the northeast side of the creek, near the road leading from the village to the Blackmer bridge; he died April 9, 1794, aged sixty-nine years. John WHELAN also came in 1773 from Pittsford. He pitched on the place now owned by Elam FRENCH. He died May 5, 1829, aged sixty-six years.
F. L. ROGERS bought the grocery store of Charles FRENCH in February 1883. Mr. FRENCH had been here less than a year previously.
 Vermont in the Civil War, Biographies website: http://www.vermontcivilwar.org/museum/people/bios.php?input=f
 Ancestry.com, website: http://records.ancestry.com/Elam_French_records.ashx?pid=26679014
 Ancestry.com, website: http://records.ancestry.com/Charles_F_French_records.ashx?pid=87919753
 Ancestry.com, website: http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.french/830.842/mb.ashx
 History of the Town of Brandon, website: http://midddigital.middlebury.edu/SharingVTHistory/BooksPamphlets/HRC/chap21HRC.htm
 These records are on hold until more research came be done:
John French Sr., b. 30 Mar 1716 in Enfield, Hartford, CT, m. Martha Or Lydia Phelps ca. 1740. She was b. 6 Oct 1720, dau. of John Phelps and Elizabeth Lewis of East Windsor. John d. 17 Feb 1810, buried in the town cemetery in South Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, mentioned in "Ancient Windsor" by Stiles as from England. The ÒHistory of EnfieldÓ, Vol. III by Francis Olcott Allen, ca. 1900, page 2334, states that he died 15 Apr 1775 in Enfield. JohnÕs parents may have been Richard (1676-1757) and Elizabeth French (1676-1752). He was buried in the Enfield Street Cemetery, aged 59 years and 4 days.
Martha French, b. ca. 1753, d. 20 Sep 1826 in East Windsor, CT, m. Israel Allen in 1778. They had 8 children: Israel, Martha, Lydia, Galus, Josiah, Mary, Michael, and Clarissa.
Elam Allen m. in East Windsor on 30 Jul 1799 to Martha French, dau. of Israel and Martha French. Elam Allen was b. in East Windsor on 18 Nov 1780 and d. there 25 Oct 1852.
John French Jr., b. ca. 1754, m. Abigail Adams, who was b. ca. 1755, dau. of Thomas Adams of Windsor Locks, CT. They moved to Rutland area of VT