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Oldtown, Allegany County, Maryland, in 1755

Chart #166b, William French of Baltimore, Maryland


Chart #166a (and #107)
James, Thomas, and George French, ca. 1730
Baltimore and Montgomery Counties, Maryland
Oldtown, Shipton, and Town Creek, Allegany Co., Maryland

This chart updated by Mara French on 2/18/13. Numbers in brackets [ ] show sources and refer to the bibliography at the end of this chart. An asterisk (*) shows continuation of that line. Send any corrections or additions to this chart to Revisions: 2012, 2013.


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First Generation of William French of Baltimore

Second Generation

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

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Chart #166a, James, Thomas, and George French



I’ve researched this line just about all I can from 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 William French is not of my line, I will continue to do research on them as time permits. My line is FFA Chart #6.

Maryland County History Timeline


Baltimore County was formed in 1659 from Anne Arundel and Kent Counties.
Frederick County was formed in 1748 from Prince George’s County.
Montgomery County was formed from Frederick County in 1776.
Washington County was formed from Frederick County in 1776.
Allegany County was formed from Washington County in 1789.

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0.1 Edmund French, owned land in Baltimore in 1707

0.2 Michael French, owned land in Baltimore in 1730


1.1 James French, b. ca. 1726 in Baltimore, m. Ariana Bankson who was b. 1733, he d. 1761, no issue. We are unable to determine Ariana's death date from the death date of Ariana, 2.2. 


1.2 Thomas French, b. ca. 1727, m. Catherine Ward in 1750, d. 1782.

     2.1 Catherine French, b. ca. 1751.

     2.2 George French, b. ca. 1755, m. Ariana Scott, d. 1811, George d. 1803.

           3.1 Elizabeth French, b. 1775, d. 1839, m. John Weems who d. before 1811

           3.2 Thomas French, b. ca. 1776, d. late in 1810, no issue.

           3.3 Catherine French, b. 1778, d. before 1811.

           3.4 George French, b. 1781, m. Margaret Weems 1807, d. 1828.

                  4.1 Margaret Hall Weems French, b. 1809, m. Robert Bowie, d. 1847. 

           3.5 Charles French, b. ca. 1785, d. between 1805-1811, m. Marianna Craik Clark.

           3.6 Robert C. French, b. 1792, m1. Gautier, m2. Helen Dickson in 1824

                  4.1 Susan B. French, b. 1812, d. 1896, did not marry.

                  4.2 Phoebe French, b. 1814, m. Jonathan Glass

                  4.3 Robert Summerfield French, b. 1829 in NYC, m. Sarah Hobb Evans in 1851, d. 1883?

                        5.1 Harris H. French, b. 1853, m1. unk who d. before 1882, m2. Adelaid R. in 1882, d. 1903. 

                              6.1 Harris F. French, b. 1883, d. 1928

                              6.2 Robert S. French, b. 1885

                                     7.1 Stewart T. French, b. 1908, m. Laura A. Richards in 1927

                              6.3 Stuart G. French, b. 1887, d. 1906

                        5.2 Evan French, d. at 3 years old.

                        5.3 Helen Gautier French, b. 1856, d. before 1870.

                        5.4 Gautier French, d. at 3 years old.

                        5.5 Chauncey Edwin French, b. 1859, d. 1943.

                        5.6 Elsie Gautier French, b. 1865, m. William Lowe Rice, d. 1938.

                  4.4 Thomas Gautier French, b. 1830, d. 1875, m. Annette Tingley Shepard in 1852. 

                        5.1 Helen E. French, b. 1853

                        5.2 Chauncey S. French, b. 1855

                        5.3 Annie G. French, b. 1858. 

                  4.5 Malinda French, b. 1832, m. George Shryock, d. 1910.

                  4.6 George French, b. 1838, d. 2 May 1843.

                  4.7 Elizabeth Gautier French, b. 1834.

                  4.8 Samuel Gautier French, b. 1835.


1.3 George French, b. 1740, m1. Elizabeth Haynes ca. 1762, m2. Jane Crabtree 19 Jan 1713. Jane was ca. 45 years younger than George. Only 2 daughters in his will dated 29 Sep 1828. He was buried on 7 Dec 1834 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, WDC.

     2.1 Laney French, b. 1777.

     2.2 Phoebe French, b. 1814, d. 1894, m. Lewis Shryock.



Unknown Family of Baltimore, MD

1.x William French, m. Annie Gibson

     2.1 Captain William French, m. Lucy Ann Cully

          3.1 Capt. Robert Armistead French, b. 1821, m. Mary Woods, had 11 children.

                4.1 Laura V. French, b. 1848, d. before 1915

                4.2 Mary French, b. 1849, d. before 1915

                4.3 Alice B. French, b. 1853, m. Poole, d. 1914.

                4.4 Mamie French, b. 1854, d. before 1915

                4.5 Isabelle French, b. 1856, m. Troxell, d. after 1930.

                4.6 Robert Ellsworth French, b. 1858, m. Annie. 

                4.7 Charles French, b. 1861, d. before 1915.

                4.8 George J. French, b. 1865, d. after 1915.

                4.9 Chester Lee French, b. 1867, m. Chrissie, d. 1915.

                4.10 Aronstead William French, b. 1871, d. before 1915, moved to CA.

                4.11 Edna P. French, b. 1878, m. Bopst, d. after 1915.

          3.2 John B. French, b. 1822, d. 1858.

First Generation of William French of Baltimore

We are unsure of where this family fits in, but they were also from Baltimore and Allegany Co., MD.


1.x William French, m. Annie Gibson

     2.1 Captain William French, m. Lucy Ann Cully

          3.1 Capt. Robert Armistead French, b. 1821, m. Mary Woods, had 11 children.

                4.1 Laura V. French, b. 1848, d. before 1915

                4.2 Mary French, b. 1849, d. before 1915

                4.3 Alice B. French, b. 1853, m. Poole, d. 1914.

                4.4 Mamie French, b. 1854, d. before 1915

                4.5 Isabelle French, b. 1856, m. Troxell, d. after 1930.

                4.6 Robert Ellsworth French, b. 1858, m. Annie. 

                4.7 Charles French, b. 1861, d. before 1915.

                4.8 George J. French, b. 1865, d. after 1915.

                4.9 Chester Lee French, b. 1867, m. Chrissie, d. 1915.

                4.10 Aronstead William French, b. 1871, d. before 1915, moved to CA.

                4.11 Edna P. French, b. 1878, m. Bopst, d. after 1915.

          3.2 John B. French, b. 1822, d. 1858.

1.1* William French, b. 1760 in Calvert Co., MD, d. ca. 1822 in Baltimore, MD. 

Second Generation

Children of William French and Annie Gibson, 1.1

2.1* Captain William French, m. Lucy Ann Cully. She was the dau. of Armistead Cully and Mary Jane Higgins Cully.

He may have been born ca. 1829 in Maryland, but the 1880 census states that he was married to Elizabeth and that mother his parents were born in Maryland. He had children William George French (b. 1857), Amanda French (b. 1860), and Emma French (b. 1868).

Third Generation

Children of Capt. William French and Lucy Ann Cully, 2.1

3.1* Capt. Robert Armistead French, b. 9 Oct 1821 in Baltimore, MD. His lineage is somewhat confusing because of the application of Sons of the American Revolution in which he states that his father was Captain William French.

He came to Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD, to work with the B&O Railroad. At first he lived on east Baltimore Street near the park. Later, he built the home that his now on the Historic American Buildings Inventory that is on Williams Street facing Park St.  See the survey written on 10 Jan 1970 from notes taken in 1940 from an interview with his daughter, Belle French Troxell. She said that her home was a beautiful home kept well painted and cared for. It had shutters, beautiful shade trees and lawn. It distressed her to see it used as a business building with no trees or lawn. The B&O RR announced in 1970 that this property would be razed. See property below in 1970.

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Capt. French took an active part in the Kingsley Methodist Church at 274 Williams St. in Cumberland. The Men’s Bible Glass there was named for him and was known as “French Bible Class” for years. It disbanded about 1967 when two Sunday School classes joined.

He became a supervisor on the railroad in 1880 when he was 56 years old and lived at a boarding house at the railroad with his family and other railroad workers in Allegany Co., MD. He was a machinist. He m. Mary who was b. 1834 in Maryland.

The "Chesapeake & Ohio Canal" reached Cumberland, MD from Georgetown (Washington, DC) in 1850 by way of Oldtown at Milepost 166.5. The "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad", located just across the Potomac from Oldtown had reached Cumberland eight years earlier. The canal finally closed operations as a carrier in 1924 due to flood damage. The B&O Railroad, now CSX, continues to be a major carrier; and it is used daily by Amtrak's "Capitol Limited" between Washington, DC and Chicago.

The "Western Maryland Railway" expanded west, from Big Pool, MD to Cumberland, MD as a Class-I Railroad in 1906 with the mainline being constructed through Oldtown complete with a train station located at the lower end of town. Passenger service ended on the Western Maryland Railway between Cumberland and Hagerstown, MD on May 30, 1953. Afterwards it was not uncommon for B&O Passenger trains to be rerouted over the WM through Oldtown. The last scheduled mainline trains through Oldtown occurred on May 12, 1975 for freight, and May 21, 1975 for a Chessie System Passenger Special. The line was officially abandoned as part of the "Chessie System" consolidation and all WM trains began running on the nearby B&O. A Chessie System work train pulled up the rails through Oldtown in June 1976. See Inventory of Historic Properties including the C&O Canal and Railroad. See a video on the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad.

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At the Old Town Railroad Station. See!i=1625166667&k=5kTtG67. The Oldtown Station was built at the west end of the passing siding, just to the east of the cut leading into the town of Oldtown. The station later burned after being closed at the end of passenger service. See See also


Robert m. Mary Elizabeth Woods, had at least 11 children. She was b. in 1834 in MD, and states in the 1880 census that both his parents were born in MD. In the 1900 census of Allegany, MD, Mary is listed as widowed, and stating that both her parents were born in Massachusetts. She was 69 years old, and at that time, she had 6 living children.


1860 Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD, Robert is 32, married to Mary E. who is 29, and their 5 children: Laura V., 12; Mary 11; Alice, 7; Robert, 3; Charles, 1.

1870 Allegany Co., MD, age 59?, Robert is living with wife Mary, age 40, and their children.

1880 Allegany Co., MD, age 56, Robert is living with wife Mary, age 46, and their children, plus George Elliott, 78; Richard Sanders, 22; Kate Shaffer, 16; William H. Rollinson, 28; William Robison, 50; and Meg. Robison, 45. Robert states that both his parents were born in Maryland.

1897 Capt. Robert Armistead French died in 1897.

1900 Allegany, MD, Mary is listed as widowed, and stating that both her parents were born in Massachusetts. She was 69 years old, and at that time, she had 6 living children.

3.2 John B. French, b. 26 Sep 1822 in Allegany Co., MD, d. 30 Nov 1858, age 36, and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC. “A” John B. French is listed in Allegany Co., MD, as marrying Juli Ann Hoblitzell on 13 Feb 1819; we’re unsure who he was.

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Fourth Generation

Children of Robert Armistead French and Mary E. Woods, 3.1

4.1 Laura V. French, b. 1848 in MD, listed in the 1860 census of Baltimore, listed in the 1870 census of Allegany Co., MD. Died before 1915 when her brother Chester died.

4.2 Mary French, b. 1849 in MD, listed in the 1860 census of Baltimore, listed in the 1870 census of Allegany Co., MD. Died before 1915 when her brother Chester died.

4.3 Alice B. French, b. 1853 or Jul 1860 in MD, listed in the 1860 census of Baltimore. She is listed in the 1900 census of Allegany Co., MD, as the daughter of Mary E. French who is living with her, aged 69. She m. Poole and died in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1914.

4.4 Mamie French, b. 1854 in MD, listed in the 1880 census of Allegany Co., MD. Died before 1915 when her brother Chester died.

4.5 Bell (Isabelle) French, b. 1856 in MD, listed in the 1870 census of Allegany Co., MD. Listed in the 1880 census of Allegany Co., MD. She m. Troxell of Cumberland, Maryland. In the 1910 census of Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD, she is 51, widowed, and living with her daughter Edna. She is listed in the 1930 census of Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD, widowed, living with her dau. Edna I. Troxell Hetzel.

4.6 Robert Ellsworth French, b. 1858 in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. He m. Annie ca. 1895; she was b. ca. 1868 in NY. He could have had no heirs.

Census Records

1860 census of Baltimore.

1870 census of Allegany Co., MD.

1880 census of Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD, and he was a machinist at age 21.

1888 Voter Registration in Alameda, CA.

1890 Aug 14 Voter Registration in Alameda Co., CA, at age 33, stating his country of nativity was W. Virginia, his occupation was foreman, and he currently lived at 358 E. Seventeenth St.

1892 Voter Registration in Alameda, CA.

1900 census of Kern Co., CA, Robert was married to Annie in 1885, and states that both his parents were born in Maryland. Annie was born in Jul 1867 in NY, and her parents were both born in Germany. Robert moved to Oakland, CA, by 1915 when his brother Chester, died.

1910 census of Los Angeles, Robert was 52 and Annie was 44.

1920 census of Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, Robert was 62 and Annie was 52.

Robert submitted a “Sons of the American Revolution” application that has helped with his ancestry. He states that he was grandson of Captain William French and Sarah Ann French, nee Cully, and that his great-grandfather was Armistead Cully and his wife Mary Jane Cully, nee Higgins. It was Armistead Cully who was a Private and Sergeant in the war. Robert E. French moved to Oakland, CA, where he lived at 1444 9th Avenue. The census records show that his father was Robert and his ancestry was as it listed above and not as he states.

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4.7 Charles French, b. 1861 in Cumberland, Allegany, MD, listed in the 1860 census of Baltimore. Died before 1915 when his brother Chester died.

4.8 George J. French, b. 1865 in MD, listed in the 1870 census of Allegany Co., MD, listed in the 1880 census of Allegany Co., MD. He was living in 1915 when his brother Chester died.

4.9 Chester Lee French, b. 27 Dec 1867 in Kingston Parish, Matthews Co., VA, or Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD, depending on the year and state line division. He was listed in the 1870 census of Allegany Co., MD. Chester is living in the 1900 census with his wife Chrissie A., age 31, and with their dau. Ruth L. French, age 6, b. Jan 1893. Chester is listed in the 1910 census of Allegany Co., MD, married to Charisse, stating that both his parents were born in Maryland, he was age 42, living with their daughter Ruth Lee, age 16. Chester Lee French d. 18 Jul 1915 in Atlantic City, Atlantic Co., NJ, and is buried at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery. His genealogy is a bit confusing, because he states in the Sons of the American Revolution Membership that his father was Robert Armistead French, and his grandfather was Captain William French [the FFA has not found any other record stating his grandfather was William and not Robert]. Furthermore, he states that his great-grandparents were William French and Annie Gibson.

FRENCH 19 Jul 1915 Chester Lee French, aged 48 years, son of Robert French, died Sunday (18 Jul) at Atlantic City where he had gone to benefit his health from a blood disorder. His wife, the former Miss Chrissy Meyers, and his only child, Miss Ruth French survive. Mr French was the superintendent of the B & O RR Cumberland Division. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs E P Bopst of Los Angeles CA; Mrs Belle Troxell of Cumberland; Robert and William French of Oakland CA; and George J French. Another sister, Mrs A A Poole, died at Santa Barbara CA a year ago. The funeral is from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 21 Jul 1915 Funeral notice is 1 column long. 

4.10 Aronstead or Armistead or William French, b. 1871 in MD, listed in the 1880 census of Allegany Co., MD, name spelled Aronstead, age 9. He moved to Oakland, CA, at least by 1915 when his brother Chester died.

4.11 Edna P. French, b. 1878 in MD, Listed in the 1880 census of Allegany Co., MD. She is listed in the 1900 census of Allegany Co., MD, as the daughter of Mary E. French who is living with her, aged 69. She m. Bopst. She was living in 1915 in Los Angeles, CA, when her brother Chester died.

DNA Testing

Administered by Julia French Wood. For any questions regarding DNA, please email Julia at

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: The FamilyTree DNA website gives a special lower price to those with the surname French. Read about those who approve of it: To get the discounted price for our French DNA Project group, go to 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.


[1] Steven K. McLaughlin, FFA member #327. 1308 Red Maple Drive, Carrollton, TX 75007-1030. (972) 395-8109 or (972) 939-4298. He established a Book Store in 2003. The most familiar local Scotch-Irish surnames in early Pennsylvania were Allison, Irwin, Craig, McLaughlin, McLanahan, McDonald, McDowell, McCrae, Alexander, Chambers, and Davison. He is the author of several different books on McLaughlins. Email: (good in 2012). Also see He works (in 2012) for an Oil & Gas Company, married and has 2 children and 4 granddaughters.

[2] A Perrin History, with some French from this line: Email Richard Perrin Day: or See also

[3] Western Maryland History, Allegany County, Land Deeds, website:

 [4] Map showing location of all land deeds in Maryland which can be enlarged:

[5] "Crabtrees of America" by Ruth Cromwell Crabtree. p. 427 says "Per the will of George French, [he] had two daughters; Laney French and Phoebe French."

[6] Allegany County Circuit Court Land Survey for George French, 25,059 ½ acres, dated 16 May 1795, website:

[7] Digital Image Reference System for Land Surveys of Maryland Counties: Allegany, Caroline, Frederick, Montgomery, Talbot, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Garrett, Price George, Washington, Baltimore City, Cecil, Harford, Queen Anne, Wicomico, Baltimore, Charles, Howard, St. Mary, Worcester, Calvert, Dorchester, Kent, and Somerset. Website:

[8] The Irvin Allen/Michael Cresap Museum, 19015 Opessa Street, Southeast, Oldtown, Maryland 21555-9702. Website:

[9] Shope Family Ancestors website: Email:

[10] History of Western Maryland, being a History of Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties from the Earliest Period to the Present Day, including Biographical Sketches of their Representative Men, by J. Thomas Scharf, Vol. II, 1968, website:

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[11] Cresap Museum, 19015 Opressa Street Southeast, Oldtown, Maryland 2155-9702, website:, shows the oldest remaining house in Oldtown, that of Michael Cresap, built in 1764.

[12] Distinguished Citizens of Allegany County, website:

[13] Index of Marriage Licenses, Prince George’s County, Maryland, 1777-1886. Website:

[14] Weems, Bowie, French genealogy:

37. MARGARET HALL7 WEEMS (JAMES WILLIAM LOCH6, WILLIAM LOCH5, JAMES LOCH4, DAVID3 WEMYSS, JAMES2, DAVID1)421 was born 11 December 1788 in Prince George's County MD421, and died 08 July 1809 in Prince George's County MD422. She married GEORGE FRENCH423 26 November 1807 in Prince George's County MD424,425,426, son of GEORGE FRENCH and ARIANA SCOTT.

Burial: Bowie Family Cemetery Cedar Hill, Prince George's County MD    

MARGARET HALL WEEMS8 FRENCH427, b. 03 June 1809, Washington County MD427; d. 20 April 1847, Prince George's County MD; m. ROBERT BOWIE428, 21 February 1826, Prince George's County MD429; b. 04 April 1804, Queen Anne, Prince George's County MD430; d. 01 April 1881, Prince George's County MD430.
Named in 1815 will of Richard Lowe Hall (great uncle) 
Both parents born in Maryland.
Burial: Cedar Hill, Prince George's County MD

[15] Hugh Scott Family,

[16] Bob, email:, email good in 2006.

[17] NOTE: Even though “a” Captain Thomas French was in the Revolutionary War and appears to be the Thomas French of this line, he is not. That Captain Thomas French never went to Jamaica (where the British sent POWs during the Revolutionary War), plus, he was still alive in 1796, had a brother Captain James French who died in Aug 1820, aged 75 years, b. 1745. This Captain Thomas served in the same corps as his brother James (they were both from New Brunswick, New Jersey) and was distinguished for great personal bravery during the Siege of Ninety Six (1796). See

In Sep 1779 Captain Thomas French was ordered to escort sick soldiers in Delancey’s Brigade who were at Sunbury to Savannah, Georgia, by inland Passage. Capt. French served under Lieutenant Colonel Cruger and his troops were garrisoned at Fort George at Sunbury.

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Americans Retake Sunbury:

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       For details on the above, see

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So, in May 1780, here is the battle that took place: 

The Battle of Waxhaws (also known as the Waxhaws or Waxhaw Massacre, and Buford's Massacre) took place during the American Revolutionary War on May 29, 1780, near Lancaster, South Carolina, between a Continental Army force led by Abraham Bufordand a mainly Loyalist force led by Banastre Tarleton. The American commander refused an initial demand to surrender, but when his men were attacked by Tarleton's cavalry, many of them threw down their arms to surrender. In a battle whose accounts differ on significant details, Buford apparently attempted to surrender, but was rejected. Fighting continued, including against men who had disarmed themselves.

Little quarter was given: out of over 400 men, 113 were slain outright, 150 were so badly injured that they could not be moved, and only 53 prisoners were carried off by the British. "Tarleton's quarter" became a common expression for not giving quarter in battle, and some subsequent battles in the Carolinas saw few prisoners taken alive. See

See for this reference below:

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Col. Paston Gould was from Statewide, Pennsylvania, and was one of the soldiers who died in South Carolina, from the Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1785. Thomas is not listed as he was not from Pennsylvania. Paston Gould was an esq. and Lieutenant Colonel of the 30th Regiment, the same as Thomas French. Paston Gould was appointed in May 1764 and died in 1783.

[18] Deb Skoff, or

[19] FFA Library: F412 THOMAS FRENCH. American Genealogy, 1951-52, Vol 27, NYSL 929.A5122. The Thomas French Bible Records, by H. Minot Pitman. Thomas French m. Catherine Ward 12 Dec 1750. Family lived in London, England, and immigrated to Washington, D.C. and NYC. Names include George French; Robert Summerfield French, Thomas Gautier French of East Orange, NJ; Harris Hanna French, of Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, Elise Gautier French who m. William Lowe Rice of Wilmington, DE; and Chauncey French.

Thomas French, 1720-1780, Gen. 1
George French, 1750-1803, Gen. 2
Robert C. French, 1792, Gen. 3 (not listed in Bible)
Robert Summerfield French, 1827-1881, Gen. 4
Thomas Gautier French, 1830-1875, Gen. 4
Harris Hanna French, 1853-1903, Gen. 5
Elise Gautier French, 1871-1938, Gen. 5
Chauncey French, 1855-?, Gen 5

[20] WARREN, Edward F., FFA Membership #342. Family names: WARD, SCOTT. GAUTIER. Connection: Chart #107, Thomas French of London, England and Frenchgrove, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Family then moved to Maryland, principally Georgetown (now WDC). Parts of the family then moved to OH and to NJ, principally East Orange, Newark, and Elizabeth. Thomas m. Catherine Ward 1750 (1), George French m. Arienne Scott 1777 (2), Robert French m. Helen Dickson or Gautier, he d. 13 Aug 1835 (3), Thomas Gautier French, b. 1830, d. 1875, m. Annette Shepard (4), Helen Elizabeth French b. 1853 m. Robert Warren 1883 (5), ____ Warren, b. 21 Nov 1898?, d. 30 Oct 1988? In Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI (6), Edward F. Warren, b. 11 Aug 1917, d. 10 Jul 1992 in Austin, Travis Co., TX (7), son probably born 1950 (8). The generations from (6) onward are assumptions.

[21] Website:

[22] Thomas French and his son George bought many acres of land in MD. The 1790 State of Maryland court decision about "the right of the state to the said lands be relinquished" refers to this George as "the petitioner" and "the father of the petitioner" was Thomas. (

[23] Thomas French must be the same man who was Sheriff of Frederick County, MD in 1775 ( He's also referred to as Thomas French "Esq. of Annapolis".

[24] Thomas' brother George was probably also the sheriff - later (

[25] Judy Tomlinson, email: (email good in 2002, not good in 2012).

[26] J. Michael Frost, email:

[27] Settlers of Maryland, 1679-1783, Consolidated Edition.

FFA Chart #166: Thomas, George, and Ariana (wife of James), son George
FFA Chart #195: Jacob, Peter,
Note that Edmund owned the earliest lands.

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[27] Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759, found on, by Robert W. Barnes, 1989.

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Jacob French above was b. 1726 in Baltimore, m. after 1752 to Ariana Bankson and d. before 24 Feb 1761 in Baltimore, MD. Left no issue. Ariana was b. 1724 in Baltimore, MD and d. ca. 1810-1811. She was the daughter of Joseph Bankson or Bankston or Bengtsson who was b. 2 May 1696 in Moyamensing, Philadelphia Co., PA and d. 1732. Her mother was Hannah Halle, b. 1698, d. 1769. Joseph Bankson was the son of Andrew Anders Bengtsson, b. 1640 in Göteborg, Fäxarn, Sweden, d. 14 Sep 1705 after drowning in the Delaware River or Hollanders Creek in Philadelphia, PA. This is the Ariana French who received land in Baltimore in 1766 as she was then over 21 years old.

[28] Jack French of Clackamas Co., OR. Jake French is a young man from Estacada who is rebounding from a tragic accident that paralyzed him from the neck down.  His courage and determination have repeatedly shown the doctors wrong and is slowly making headway, recently gaining a fair amount of control over one of his arms.

Sheriff Craig Roberts, a member of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, was so moved by this young man, that he has worked to bring Jake's plight to the attention of the citizens of Oregon.  After showing a video production about Jake at the recent Search & Rescue Conference (SARCon), held in Welches, Oregon, attendees donated nearly $1000 in a 'pass the basket' spontaneous moment of giving.

Sheriff Roberts has since worked with local media to bring Jake's situation to the forefront.  KOIN Channel 6 did an indepth story on Jake.

Jake and his family have located an cutting-edge clinic in California that has been working with Jake and aiding in his progress.  Unfortunately, this treatment is very expensive and they need all the help they can get.

The Clackamas County Peace Officer's Benevolent Foundation made an initial donation of $3000.00, which has already gone to helping Jake get to a specilized clinic in California for his first if many visits.  The Foundation has also set up the Jake French Fund at US Bank.  Anyone who would like to make a donation can go to any US Bank and request to make a donation into that account. See

[29] Michael French owned 100 acres of land in Baltimore he called “Elizabeth French’s Lot” in 1730; therefore, he must have been 21 of age or born in 1709 or before. Research in Maryland Archives for Harford County, Maryland in 2006 and 2007 by Gary Petranek and Carol Kostakos Petranek. Robert Cook had bequeathed Ester a piece of land called "Elizabeth French's Lot". Also, Ester and Samuel McKisson (along with Sarah Cook; William Wells, and Robert Bodkin and their wives) sold land entitled Maiden's Mount. In the documentation for Maiden's Mount, Ester is the wife of Samuel McKisson. In the documentation for Elizabeth French's Lot, Samuel McKisson Junior's wife's name is Henrietta. This didn't make sense, because Ester and Henrietta had to be the same person, since her brothers and sisters named in both court cases were the same. In April 2007, I was at the Maryland Archives and spoke about this with Robert Barnes, Jr., a professional researcher in Maryland who wrote numerous books about the early Maryland settlers. He stated that the name Ester could have been heard or read as Etta, which is short for Henrietta -- that clerks write what they hear and transcribers and indexers write what they read. This made sense to me and I am comfortable with this explanation. The two court cases are in our Cook file, entitled "Mortgage Foreclosure of Maiden's Mount and Paradise; and Sale of Elizabeth French's Lot."

[30] Rambo Family Tree, Ron Beatty, email:

[31] State Agency Series Listing at the Maryland State Archives, Chancery Court Papers, 1713-1853, MSA SSF 512, website:

2784: Edward Jenkins vs. Matthew French. BA. Dissolution of Matthew French & Co.
Accession No.: 17,898-2784-1/2 MSA S512-3- 2861 Location: 1/36/2/

2896: Benjamin G. Jones vs. Thomas Onion, John B. Onion, Corbin Onion, William Onion, John March, Harriet March, Joseph J. McComas, Charity McComas, Nicholas D. McComas, Elizabeth McComas, Frederick McComas, Susanna McComas, and Charity Goff. HA. Contract to purchase Elizabeth Frenches Lot. 
Accession No.: 17,898-2896-1/2 MSA S512-3- 2979 Location: 1/36/2/

2899: Benjamin G. Jones vs. Aquila Giles. HA. Title to Elizabeth Frenchs Lot.
Accession No.: 17,898-2899 MSA S512-3- 2982 Location: 1/36/2/

2944: Josias W. King, Letitia King, Henry Whetcroft, Sarah Whetcroft, Thomas Munroe, Frances Munroe, Alexander Kerr, Anne Kerr, William Whetcroft, and Catherine Whetcroft vs. William French and Robert Strange. BA. Contract to purchase Grayhound Forrest. 
Accession No.: 17,898-2944 MSA S512-4- 3028 Location: 1/36/3/

3989: John H. Pratt vs. Pearson Nichols and William French. BA. Contract to purchase combs.
Accession No.: 17,898-3989 MSA S512-5- 4107 Location: 1/36/4/

4615: William French, John Bowman, John Crawford, James Hopkirk, and Spears, French & Co. vs. Rachel Shipley. QA. Estate of George Shipley.
Accession No.: 17,898-4615 MSA S512-6- 4785 Location: 1/37/1/

4720: John Stoner vs. Domonic French. BA. Mortgage foreclosure on lot in BC. Recorded (Chancery Record) 75, p. 415.
Accession No.: 17,898-4720 MSA S512-6- 4889 Location: 1/37/1/

5548: Hezechiah Waters and John Dalrymple vs. William French and Mary Foxall. BA. Estate of Thomas Foxall - lots in BC. Recorded (Chancery Record) 95, p. 472.
Accession No.: 17,898-5548-1/2 MSA S512-7- 5664 Location: 1/37/2/

7463: Ellen Dyckes, John Dyckes, Joseph Dyckes, Jr., Ellen Dyckes, Mary Dyckes, Alice Dyckes, William Dyckes, and Sarah Dyckes vs. Joseph Dyckes, Matthew French, Eliza Comegys, Thomas L. Reese, Isaac Cruse, and Joseph O'Neil. BA. Petition to sell lot in BC. Recorded (Chancery Record) 154, p. 482. 
Accession No.: 17,898-7463-1/3 MSA S512-9- 7485 Location: 1/37/4/

7688: Lydia Egan vs. Charles Mayger, Mary Mayger, Elizabeth McCafferty, Benjamin French, David French, Aquilla Massey, and Elizabeth Massey. BA. Petition to sell lots in BC. Recorded (Chancery Record) 162, p. 484.
Accession No.: 17,898-7688 MSA S512-10- 7691 Location: 1/38/3/

7993: George R. Gaither, Alexander Fisher, William D. Miller, and William E. Mayhew vs. Elizabeth Childs, Mary Childs, Emily Childs, John D. Bowling, Francis Neale, Ignatius Pike, Joseph Janney, Darcy A. French, William H. Sothoron, John Glenn, Mordecai Miller, and Henrietta Dixon. CH. Petition to sell Tanyard. Recorded (Chancery Record) 60, p. 302. 
Accession No.: 17,898-7993-1/4 MSA S512-10- 7985 Location: 1/38/3/

8025: Thomas F. Griffith vs. John Gambrill. CA. Petition to sell Worlds End, Eatons Discovery, Frenches Choice. Recorded (Chancery Record) 159, p. 428.
Accession No.: 17,898-8025 MSA S512-10- 8016 Location: 1/38/3/

11866: Samuel Wilson, John Wilson, Asahel G. Wilson, Jane Briscoe, Rebecca Jane Wilson, William G. Wilson, John Wilson, Jr., Mary Briscoe, Thomas E. Satterfield, Margaret Satterfield, Samuel French, and Elizabeth French vs. Robert Edwards, Hannah Edwards, Rachel Wilson, J. Webster Wilson, Susan Wilson, John Haile, Charles Haile, Samuel Billingsley, Elizabeth Billingsley, Cassandra Haile, Elizabeth Slee, Joseph Clarkson, Caroline Clarkson, James Wilson, Mr. Gilbert, Louisa Gilbert, Laura Chalmers, James W. Chalmers, Isabella Chalmers, and Susan Tipton. BA. Petition to sell land. Recorded (Chancery Record) 157, p. 833. 
Accession No.: 17,898-11866-1/2 MSA S512-15-11690 Location: 1/39/4/

[32] Immigration and Ancestors. There was a man named Thomas French who immigrated to Maryland in 1730-1731 from London; no further information has been found.

As a side-note, Benjamin (Benjn) French is listed in the 1790 census of Montgomery, Maryland, with either 2 or 4 members in the household (hard to read). Bernard French is listed in the 1800 census of Montgomery, Maryland, with 3 males under 10, 1 male 26-44, no females. Living next to Bernard French is John French, 2 males under 10, 1 male 45+, 2 females under 10, 2 females 10-15, 1 female 45+.

[33] George French, b. 8 Dec 1818 in WDC, d. 4 Aug 1878 in Hagerstown, MD, and his marriage to Elizabeth Ridgely Hollingsworth and later to Sarah D. Van Lear. Website:

[34] Ellen Woolford, email:, (good in 2012). Joseph P. French did not live in Maryland very long, and much of his family moved on westward after he died.

 [35] Western Maryland’s Historical Library, WHILBR, website: Includes Allegany County, Garrett County, Washington County, Civil War in Maryland, and Photographs and Prints as well as Genealogy Resources.

[36] 1800 Maryland Census.

Description: 1800Maryland

See Also, see the surnames of this line at

[37] Maryland State Archives, Annapolis MD, Anne Arundel County Wills Box W Folder 63. Transcribed by Anne Scrivener Agee 18 March 2000. She wrote me (Mara) on 25 Jun 2012: It had to do with the probate records for George Scott.  His will in 1771 names a daughter Ariana. And then there was another record with her married name, I think. Estate distribution? I will have to dig around in my files. Anne Email: (email good in 2012). The next day she found the will. DC Probate Records. The will of Margaret Scott of Georgetown 8 July 1799 probated 14 May 1806, Brother Andrew, Sister Ann Boyd and her daughter Elizabeth Boyd, Nephew George French, Sister Ariana French and her six children, Elizabeth Weems and her son George French Weems, Exec George French and Isabella Scott. Margaret, Ariana, Ann and Isabelle are all named in George Scott’s 1771 will as his daughters. Anne

[38] Mike, (good in 2012). “1658-1758 Charles County MD Families “The first 100 years”. Also has French names from Chart #36.

[39] Historical Court Records of Washington, District of Columbia, Marriage Records of WDC, by Homer A. Walker, 203 S. Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.:

[40] In Wright's newspaper extracts:
Maryland Advocate
Nov. 4, 1826, lawsuit over sale of Joseph French’s land. This family belongs to FFA Chart #188.

"Allegany Equity Court - Robert French agnst Samuel French and others.
Object of bill is to obtain decree for sale of lot westward of Fort Cumberland of which Joseph French, of Allegany Co. died, seized or possessed, intestate, leaving children: Robert French, Samuel French, Phebius French, Daniel French, David French, Mary French, Joseph French, and Anna French, and a widow Annah (or Hannah) French. Phebius m. David Ruttan of Allegany Co who died leaving two children her heirs, Peter and Daniel Ruttun under the age of 21 and who now res in Allegany co. Mary French m. Matthew Molar who lives in Fayette Co. Pa. Anna French m. Benjamin 
Johnson, lives in Ohio. Anna French m. Ephram Vansicke, lives in Pa. Samuel French, Daniel French, David French, Joseph French do not res. in State of Md."

Information on the above Frenches: (also see Ref. [39] for French marriage records of WDC).

Samuel French, m. Peggy Longwell, 9 Oct 1817 in WDC
Ariana French, m. Boudinot S. Loney on 6 Feb 1854.
Joseph French,
Phoebe Phebius French, b. 17 Dec 1789 in NJ, d. in Allegany Co., MD before 1826.

[41] Leo Jackson French, b. 8 Jun 1882 in Millersburg, OH. He was married to Ida and lived at 1805 third St., La Grande, Union Co., OR. Leo J. French is listed in the 1900 census of City, Ford Co., KS, the son of Thomas E. French and Ida A. French. Thomas was b. ca. 1851 in Hudson, Summit Co., OH, and was a brakeman, Ida A. was b. ca. 1856 in OH. In 1900 Leo is living with his parents and various others: Dan S. French (23), John Dick (35), Harriet Mcn Dick (20). Leo is listed in the 1920 census of La Grande, Union Co., OR, living with his mother, Ida as probably his father had died. This census record states that he was born in Ohio. Leo registered for WWI and WWII. He was of medium height and medium build. Thomas is listed in the 1880 census of Hudson, Summit Co., OH, just 2 years before Leo was born, living with Jennie French (5), and Daniel C. French (3).

[42] The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912, Volume 3, by Joseph Gaston. Website:

[43] The Sunday Oregonion, Portland, Jun 12, 1904, website: and

[44] Allegany Co., MD, Vital Records: