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Chart #175, John Cravens French, 1780, of Galway, Ireland, Poor Valley (now called Freestone Valley), Tazewell Co., VA, and Smyth Co., VA

This chart updated by Mara French on 10/12/08. 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: 1996, 1999, 2008.

Contents

History and Research

First Generation

Second Generation

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

Reports

Julia Ann French

1850 Tazewell Co. Census

Bristol Herald Courier, July 14, 2001

Tazewell County, French Cemetery

Index

Bibliography


History and Research

John Cravens French emigrated to America ca. 1795 as a stowaway on a ship from his native Galway, Ireland. He lived in Poor Valley (later named Freestone), Tazewell Co., VA, and Smyth Co., VA. John was b. ca. 1775 in Galway (or Gallehan which I cannot find on the internet), Ireland, d. before 1830, m. Elizabeth Goodyhew. She was b. 1770 in either Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA or in Maryland, d. 23 May 1859 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA. John was from Tannersville, Tazewell Co., VA, which was in Washington Co., Virginia, and possibly in Russell Co. at one time [8].

Ref [11] states “there is NO verifiable evidence that Elizabeth Goodyhew was the mother of Matthew French or any other French.” Elizabeth’s parents are listed as Stephen and Eve French from death records [23]. Perhaps she had a previous marriage to a “Goodyhew” because she was b. in 1770 and didn’t marry John Craven French until about 1800 (age 30). The name Goodyhew does not appear in the 1870 Federal Census for Washington Co., VA. This situation needs more research.

There was a Cravens family (Joseph and Robert Cravens) in Tazewell County ca. 1775. The Cravens family must have had a part in this French family’s life in order to give John French the middle name Cravens. Perhaps John Cravens French’s mother’s name was Cravens – no evidence. The name Cravens in Galway was known as O’Cravane [26]. We are uncertain if the surname is Craven or Cravens.

This chart does not connect with FFA Chart #12 and verified by Virginia Wermuth who has written on book on Chart #12. There were two John French men and two Matthew French men in each line with completely different dates. FFA Chart #12 members arrived much earlier, ca. 1737.

There are no surname French, Cravens, Floyd, Call, Buchanan nor Goodyhew listed in the 1820 Tazewell Co., VA census.

First Generation

1.1* John Cravens French, b. ca. 1775 in Gallehan (unknown area), Galway, Ireland, d. before 1830, m. Elizabeth (perhaps Goodyhew). She was b. 1770 in either Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA or in Maryland [23]. She d. 23 May 1859 [23] in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA [1] at age 89 [23]. On 14 Jan 1824, James is listed as owning 150 acres in Tazewell Co. on the Red Oak Ridge on a branch of the Brushy Fork of Bluestone Grants No. 73, p. 37 [22].

Second Generation

Children of John C. and Elizabeth (Goodyhew) French, 1.1

Of these 5 children, John Cravens French Jr. is the only one who carries the French bloodline.

2.1 Matthew French, b. 1800, d. 23 Dec 1859 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA [1] [21] [23]. Matthew was a wagonwright, blacksmith, woodcutter and farmer [12]. He had only one male family member to support, Albert Pendleton French, who was the oldest son of Matthew’s sister Julia [11]. Matthew acquired land through several grants and bought some land. On 30 Aug 1842, he is listed as owning 120 acres on the Poor Valley on the lower fork of Holstein River joining a tract of 220 acres of Thomas Tak or Tate, Grants No. 93, p. 234 [22]. On 1 Nov 1851 he is lised as owning 110 acres in Tazewell County north of his old land and Tates on the south side of the Flat top Mountain and Poor Valley waters, Grants No. 106, p. 429 [22]. Albert developed what Matthew accumulated and expanded it a little more as time went by. There is evidence that there was interaction with the Prestons, Buchanans, Floyds and other families in the area. An interesting circumstance arose with Samuel Larkin (Taylor's) (Julia's daughter's husband) entry into the Army under Gen Floyd. He entered as a common soldier and rose very rapidly promoted to the rank of Colonel [12]. No marriage, no heirs for Matthew. Matthew is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 50 years of age, born in Virginia [14].

2.2* Joseph French, b. ca. 1807 in VA, m. 17 Dec 1846 in Greene Co., IN to Elizabeth Foley. She was b. ca. 1825 in IN. According to the census, he was a farmer [7].

2.3 Elizabeth French, b. 1810 [23], m. Elijah Call. They had children: Martha Call who m. Malachi C., Caudill Call, and Amanda Call [1]. Elizabeth d. ca 1880 [12]. In 1850 at 40 years of age, she is listed as head of household in the Tazewell Co., VA census [23] [14].

2.4* John Cravens French, Jr., b. 1811 in Giles or Smyth Co., VA, m. Mary (Polly) Prater, b. 1806 in VA, d. 13 Oct 1884 in Thessalia, Giles Co., VA [1]. The 1850 Census of Smyth Co., VA, lists John as 39 years old and a farmer, born in VA. This Census also lists his wife Mary as 44 years old, also born in VA [25].

2.5* Julia Ann French, b. 1815 in MD, d. 9 May 1857 (age 42) in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA. Julia had six children with the French surname from a death certificate showing info given by brother Matthew French in 1849, Tannersville, Tazewell Co., VA [3]. Another record says Julia was a niece to Matthew, DAR, at Giles Co., VA [3]. Julia Ann is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 35 years of age, born in Maryland [14].

The family legends are that Julia had children by several different men. One named Call, one named Floyd, possibly a Crabtree (most of this family was buried at the Crabtree Cemetery), and finally by William Allison whom she married [1]. Julia m. William Allison on 2 Jan 1851 in Tazewell Co., VA and they had 3 children. See Report below. She had relatives in Saltville, Smyth Co., VA, a town that supplied a large portion of the U.S. with table salt.

Only thru DNA can the issue of the fathers of Julia’s children be solved. For example, you'd need to research the different men who could have been Albert's father, such as Call, Floyd, or Crabtree, -- then you'd need a male descendant for Albert to test his DNA. Mara did a bit of research on Floyd to check the times when he and Julia lived in the same area so she could rule out various children. You need to check Washington Co., VA around the 1835-1850 timeframe.

Third Generation

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth (Foley) French, 2.2

3.1 William French, b. ca. 1846 [7].

3.2 Margaret French, b. ca. 1847 in IN [7].

3.3 Elizabeth Jane French, b. 1849 in IN and d. 1938 [7]. She m. 3 Apr 1864 in Greene Co., IN to William R. Fulk. (Elizabeth was the great-grandmother of Ref [7]) Their children were: Emma A. Fulk, Rankin Fulk (Ref [7]’s grandfather who m. Cora Asbury in IN), Gertie May Fulk, Emery Fulk, and Burgess A. Fulk.

Children of John C. and Mary (Prater) French, 2.4

Of these 7 children, David J. French is the only one who carries the French bloodline.

3.4* David J. French, b. 1832 in Smyth Co., VA, d. 28 Feb 1873 in Smyth Co., VA, m1. Laetitia (last name unk). Another reference says he married Mary Belton on 5 Apr 1866. He was 34 years and age and she was 16, the dau. of T. J. and Sarah Belton [30]. She was b. ca. 1833 in VA [1]. The 1850 Census lists David as 18 years old, a laborer, born in Smyth Co., VA. Ref [11] states that David m2. Sarah Felton (b. ca. 1835) on 5 Apr 1866 in Tazewell, VA.

3.5 Mary French, b. 1833 in VA. The 1850 Census lists Mary as 17 years old and born in Smyth Co., VA.

3.6 Dorcas (or Darcus) Louise (or Louisa) French, b. 5 or 7 Mar 1835 in Smyth Co., VA, d. 7 Feb 1895 in Thessalia, Giles Co., VA, m1. William E. Golding, b. ca. 1833 in VA, d. 1863 in VA. They had children John (b. 1855), Mary (b. 1856), Nancy, and Sarah (b. 1860). William Golding was killed in the Civil War [11]. She m2. Samuel Raynes and had children Viola (b. 1864), William (b. 1868), Virginia (b. 1870), Lucy (b. 1876), and Maggie (b. 1879) [1] [11]. The 1850 Census lists Darcus as 16 years old, born in Smyth Co., VA. Ref. 12 says they also had child America Frances Raynes on 16 Sep 1865.

3.7 Richard R. French, b. 1837-1839, m. E. M. C. T. Evitt, b. 1840 [1]. The 1850 Census lists Richard as 13 years old, born in Smyth Co., VA in 1837. The 1870 Census of Washington Co., VA lists Richard as 31 years old, born in 1939.

3.8 Rachel French, b. ca. 1839 [1]. The 1850 Census lists Rachel as 11 years old, born in Smyth Co., VA.

3.9 Malinda Adaline French, b. 18 Nov 1840, m. Gregory Bise [1]. The 1850 Census lists Malinda as 9 years old, born in Smyth Co., VA.

3.10 Emaline J. French, b. ca. 1844 (or 12 Sep 1841[10]), m. John McGee [1]. The 1850 Census lists Emaline as 6 years old, born in Smyth Co., VA.

Children of Julia Ann French, 2.5. These children seem to have retained the surname French.

See Report below. The children of this family cannot be considered French ancestors according to DNA because their father did not have the surname French. Therefore, the genealogy stops with this generation.

3.11 Darcus or Dorcus Louisa French (female), b. 5 Mar 1835 in Smyth Co., VA [1], d. 7 Feb 1896. Sue was buried in Thessalia Methodist Cemetery, Giles Co., WV [11]. Darcus is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 11 years of age, born in Virginia [14]. She m. Samuel Raynes and had 6 children: Viola H. Raynes, America Frances Raynes, William C. Raynes, Virginia M. Raynes, Lucy Caroline Raynes, and Maggie Pearl Raynes [11]. For details on this family, click here.

3.12* Albert Pentleton French, (only male), b. 27 Sep 1836 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA, d. 5 Jul 1910 and buried at the Crabtree Cemetery in Tazewell, Co., VA, m1. Susan Close (or Susan Fulton Clear in Smyth Co., VA [12]), b. 1837, m2. Louisa Neal, b. 28 Jan 1846 in VA, d. 28 Oct 1899 [1]. Record of Albert and Louisa appear in the 1880 census of Tazewell Co. [2]. She is buried at the Crabtree Cemetery in Tazewell, Co., VA. He was widowed from Susan Close and a farmer at age 29 and married Louisa Neel on 18 Feb 1866 [30]. She was 20, the dau. of James F. & Deliah Neel [30].

Of his death, and life, is this fragment sent courtesy of Alex Luken [15]: "Tazewell Republican; Thursday, 14 July 1910: News of the sudden death of Mr. A. P. French at his home near Tannersville was received here on Friday last, the immediate cause of his death being heart trouble. Mr. French was of a very venerable age, an excellent citizen and his numerous friends throughout the county will hear with profound sorrow of his death" [11]. Amongst all the confusion about Julia Ann and, for myself, the parentage of Albert Pendleton French... In the 1880 census, an Elizabeth is listed in Albert's household as his mother [13]. Albert is an ancestor of [12]. With Albert’s first wife, he had children John and Julia. With Albert’s second wife, he had children Susan, Tennessee, Fannie, Ella, George, Georgia, and James.

3.13 Letithia or Lettitia Adeline (or Adaline) French, b. 24 Mar 1838 [8] in Tazewell Co., VA, d. 7 Jan 1929 [8], m. Henderson Ratliff, b. 24 Mar 1838, d. 19 Feb 1864 [1] or d. 1907 [8] in Tazewell Co., VA. Letithia is an ancestor of Ref [8]. They remained in Tazewell Co. and are buried in Little Poor Valley near their original log cabin home [23]. Letithia is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 12 years of age, born in Virginia [14]. Their daughter, Julia Belle Ratliff, m. William N. Lambert [8]. Their daughter was Ann Elizabeth Lambert (5), who m. James K. Grisso [8]. Their daughter was Sarah Elizabeth Grisso (6), who m. Thomas H. Ely [8]. For other details on this family, click here.

3.14 Laura Jane French, b. 1842 in Tazewell Co., VA, d. 23 Mar 1921 in WV, m1. James Mitchell Stafford, b. 16 Apr 1824 in Giles Co., VA, d. 30 Jan 1895 in Lynn, WV. They had children John Albert Hoge, William Bascomb, Amanda S., Charles E., George T., and Ralph Monroe. Laura m2. Thomas Samuel Taylor after 1890; he was b. 21 Nov 1838 in VA, d. 22 Jan 1914 in Thessalia, Giles Co., VA [1]. Laura is an ancestor of Ref [1]. Laura Jane is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 8 years of age, born in Virginia [14].

3.15 Amanda C. French, b. Jan 1843 [23], twin sister. Amanda is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 7 years of age, born in Virginia [14].

3.16 Martha French, b. Jan 1843 [23], twin sister. Martha is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 7 years of age, born in Virginia [14].

3.17 Nichatie or Nicatti Cherokee Tennessee French, b. 24 Apr 1845 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA, d. 7 Mar 1901 in Thessalia, Giles Co., VA, m. Thomas Samuel Taylor, b. 21 Nov 1838 in VA, d. 22 Jan 1914 in Thessalia, Giles Co., VA, and had children Walter, Albert, Bertie, Mary Ann, India Florence, Marvin, Mattie, Bayard, and Vera. Nichatie’s husband, Thomas Taylor, then married Nichatie’s sister, Laura, after Nichatie died in 1901 [1]. Nicati is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 5 years of age, born in Virginia [14]. Another Nichatie went by the surname Floyd [11]. She is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA, census as Nicati Floyd, age 71, born in Virginia, valued at $16,000 which was a substantial amount at that time [14]. Nicketti B. Floyd was the sister of Governor John Floyd; she was b. 1819.

 

   Annie Mae French [19]

   James Henry Robertson [19]

3.18 Annie (or Angeline) Mae French, b. 23 May 1848 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA, m. James Henry Robertson on 14 May 1871 in Giles Co., VA [5]. James was b. 1850, d. 14 May 1871. The 1850 Tazewell County, VA, census shows Anna was born in Maryland [5]. She d. 2 Dec 1898 in Giles Co., VA [5]. Angelean is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 3 years of age, born in Virginia [14]. They had children Aubrey Brooks Robertson, James Arthur Robertson, Olive? Robertson, Victor Hoge Robertson, Marvin? Robertson, Rose Viola Robertson, Albert Boston Robertson, Frederick Stuart Robertson, Anna Laura Cherokee Robertson, Tyler Sutton Robertson, Early Lee Robertson, and Fannie Varina Robertson [1] [6]. Rose Robertson (4) m. Robert Cicero Carr Sr. and had Robert Cicero Carr, Jr. (5), and the line continues with Pamela Rose Carr (6) who m. Jerry Kerschner [5].

3.19 Sarah “Sally” Emaline French, b. 27 Jun 1850 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA, d. 13 Feb 1935 in Little Valley, VA, m. Madison Love Osborne, b. 9 Mar 1851, d. 25 Aug 1927 in Little Valley, VA [1]. Sally is listed in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census as 1 years of age, born in Virginia [14].

Children of Julia Ann French and William Allison, 2.5

See Report below. The children of this family cannot be considered French ancestors according to DNA because their father did not have the surname French. Therefore, the genealogy stops with this generation. The surname Allison does not appear in the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census [14].

3.20 David Allison, b. Jun 1852, d. Sep 1853 in infancy in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA [1].

3.21 Mary Allison, b. 14 Jan 1853 [1].

3.22 (dau) Allison, b. 9 May 1857, d. 9 May 1857 at birth [1].

Fourth Generation

Children of David J. and Laetitia French, 3.4

End of this French line that we know of so far.

4.1 Mary E. French, b. 1860 [1].

4.2 Samuel French, b. 1863 [1].

4.3 Francis French, b. 1865 [1].

4.4 Albert French, b. 1868 [1].

Children of Albert P. and Susan (Close) or Susan Fulton (Clear) French, 3.12

The children of this family cannot be considered French ancestors according to DNA because their grandfather did not have the surname French. Therefore, the genealogy stops with this generation.

   Elizabeth Cemetery, Saltville, VA

4.5 John Rutledge French, b. 27 Nov 1860 [1], m. Mary Jane Blackwell who was b. ca. 1867 [6]. They had son Thomas George French, b. 30 Aug 1896, d. 23 Apr 1936 [18]. They also had a son, Foster, all buried at the Elizabeth Cemetery in Saltville [18]. Civil War Battle was fought in the Elizabeth Cemetery and some Union and Confederate soldiers are buried there. Also in Saltville is the Allison Cemetery where perhaps other members of this family are buried.

4.6 Julia Ann French, b. 1862 [1].

Children of Albert P. and Louise (Neal) French, 3.12

The children of this family cannot be considered French ancestors according to DNA because their grandfather did not have the surname French. Therefore, the genealogy stops with this generation.

   Susan Virginia French [28]

4.7 Susan (or Savanna) Virginia French, b. 22 Jan 1868 in VA, m. William W. Moore.

4.8 Tennessee “Tenny” French, b. 1869 [1]. She m. at age 20 on 6 May 1889 to J.W.S. Williams who was widowed at age 20, a farmer born in Smyth Co., VA, son of R. F. and E. E. Williams [31].

4.9 Fannie E. French, b. 9 Feb 1871 [1] [18], m. Henry Joseph Whitehad who was b. 29 Nov 1860, d. 16 Jan 1937 [18].

4.10 Ella Blanche French, b. 1873 [1]. She m. Edward Booth [18] and had sons James Albert Booth and Frazier Booth [18].

4.11 George Augustus French, b. 28 Dec 1875 in Tazewell Co., VA [1], son, who was the twin of Georgie [6] [11]. He d. 9 Mar 1967, buried at the Crabtree Cemetery, Tazewell Co., VA [11]. He m. Marie Adeline Lawrence ca. 1900. She was b. 3 Dec 1881 in Tazewell Co., VA [11], d. 18 Jun 1958, sister of Margie Adaline Lawrence who married George’s brother, James Neal French. Children of George Augustus French and Marie Adeline (Lawrence) French:

Verina Elizabeth French, b. ca. 1903 [11]. She m. Herman Goodwin [18] and had child Dixie Lee Goodwin who is buried at the Crabtree Cemetery.

Kathryn “Kate” French, b. 1 Mar 1912, d. 31 May 1939, m. Edward Morand [18].

Margaret Olivine French, b. 28 Jul 1917, m. Henri Morand [18].

Harvey Lee French, b. 3 Jun 1923, d. 7 Dec 1944 in WWII, VA S1C USNR WWII [18].

4.12 Georgie French, b. 28 Dec 1875, daughter, who was the twin of George, accordinging to the 1880 Tazewell Co., VA Census [6].

4.12 James Neal French, b. 20 Mar 1878 [1] [18], d. 28 Jan 1960 [18]. James m. Nannie Craven Lawrence who was b. 7 Apr 1887, d. 15 Nov 1966 [18]. Nannie was the sister of Margie Adaline (Lawrence) French who married James’ brother George Augustus French. Children of James Neal French and Nannie Craven (Lawrence) French:

Thomas Edward French, b. 30 Aug 1896, d. 23 Apr 1936, m. Mary Kate Call and had son Thomas W. French [18].

Joseph R. French, b. 28 Nov 1908, d. 5 Oct 1981 [18].

Daisy Elizabeth French, b. 6 Jun 1915, d. 19 Feb 1967, m. Baker [18].

Oscar Lee French, b. 16 Jun 1925, d. 26 Sep 1945 in battle at the VA Pvt. 10 AF Airbase [18].

Infant daughter, d. 1 Jun 1930 [18].

Gunner L. French, b. 5 May 1932, d. 15 Jan 1955 in the Korean War, VA Cpl. USAF Korea [18].

Reports

Julia Ann French

The family legend is that Julia Ann French (2.5 above) had children by several different men. Perhaps one named Call, one named Floyd, possibly a Crabtree (James B. Crabtree), and finally by William Allison whom she married [1]. The following information is not verified by any means.

 

    John Buchanan Floyd, Governor of Virginia

John Buchanan Floyd was b. 1 Jun 1806 in Blacksburg, Montgomery Co., VA, at the Preston home, d. 26 Aug 1863 in Abingdon, Washington Co., VA [1]. Julia Ann French (number 2.5 above) had 9 children between 1836-1850 with the French surname from a death certificate showing info given by brother Matthew French in 1849, Tannersville, Tazewell Co., VA [3]. Another record says Julia was a niece to Matthew French, DAR, at Giles Co., VA [3]. There is documentation that in 1830, John B. Floyd m. Sally or Sarah Buchanan. No children are mentioned. Another record shows that John B. Floyd’s father, John Floyd, m. Letitia Preston in 1779 and that their son, John B. Floyd, b. in 1806, m. Sarah Buchanan Preston, daughter of Francis Preston and Sarah Buchanan Campbell, on 1 Jun 1830 in Washington Co., VA. No children are mentioned for this son in this document either.

John B. Floyd was educated in South Carolina, practiced law in Arkansas, and returned to Virginia in 1839, settling in Washington Co. VA. This would indicate that Julia’s first 3 children (Darcus Louise French, b. 1835; Albert Pendleton French, b. 1836; and Letithia French, b. 1838) were not fathered by John B. Floyd because he was not in Washington Co. until 1839. No documented truth has been found that indicate John B. Floyd fathered any of Julia Ann French’s children.

John Buchanan Floyd was the Governor of Virginia. Smithfield Plantation, an 18th century landmark, was the Williamsburg-style home and birthplace of John B. Floyd. The house has been restored and is open to visitors. The plantation is in the New River Valley. Draper’s Meadow was the first permanent English speaking settlement west of the Alleghanies. It was founded on land granted to Colonel James Patton in 1748. In July of 1755, a group of Shawnee Indians raided the settlement and killed all but four of the settlers. In 1772 Colonel William Preston, a frontier surveyor, settled on Draper’s farm and established what is now known as the Smithfield Plantation. On 4 August 1778 William and Jane Black donated 38 acres of land that later eventually became the town of Blacksburg, which since then, has grown to be one of the largest towns in Virginia. James Patton Preston, a Virginia governor, was born on this plantation, as well as Virginia Governor John Buchanan Floyd.

1850 Tazewell Co. Census [15]

38 23 23 FRENCH MATTHEW 50 M FARMER VA

39 23 23 FRENCH ELIZABETH 40 F MARYLAND

40 23 23 FRENCH ELIZABETH 89 F MARYLAND

41 23 23 FRENCH JULIA A 35 F MARYLAND

42 23 23 FRENCH ALBERT 14 M VA

1 23 23 FRENCH LETTILIA 12 F VA

2 23 23 FRENCH DARCUS 11 F VA

3 23 23 FRENCH LAURA JANE 8 F VA

4 23 23 FRENCH AMANDA 7 F VA

5 23 23 FRENCH MARTHA 7 F VA

6 23 23 FRENCH NICATI 5 F VA

7 23 23 FRENCH ANGELEAN 3 F VA

8 23 23 FRENCH SALLY 1 F VA

9 23 23 FRENCH ISAAC JOHNSON 18 M FARMER

1850 Tazewell Co. Census [14]

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cenfiles/va/tazewell/1850/indx-d-h.txt

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PG#  LN#  LAST NAME  FIRST NAME    AGE    BIRTH PLACE  FILE NAME

215B 42   FRENCH     ALBERT*       14     VA           pg0214b.txt

233B 17   FRENCH     ALBERT M      14     VA           pg0226a.txt

216A 4    FRENCH     AMANDA*       7      VA           pg0214b.txt

216A 7    FRENCH     ANGELEAN*     3      VA           pg0214b.txt

233B 15   FRENCH     AUSTIN        36     VA           pg0226a.txt

216A 2    FRENCH     DARCUS*       11     VA           pg0214b.txt

234A 28   FRENCH     ELIZA J       21     VA           pg0226a.txt

215B 39   FRENCH     ELIZABETH*    40     MARYLAND     pg0214b.txt

215B 40   FRENCH     ELIZABETH*    89     MARYLAND     pg0214b.txt

234A 1    FRENCH     HUGH          4      VA           pg0226a.txt

233B 19   FRENCH     ISAAC E       11     VA           pg0226a.txt

216A 9    FRENCH     ISAAC JOHNSON 18     VA           pg0214b.txt

233B 41   FRENCH     JEREMIAH      29     VA           pg0226a.txt

234A 27   FRENCH     JOHN N        24     VA           pg0226a.txt

234A 30   FRENCH     JOSEPH W      9M     VA           pg0226a.txt

234A 2    FRENCH     JOSHUA        3      VA           pg0226a.txt

215B 41   FRENCH     JULIA A*      35     MARYLAND     pg0214b.txt

216A 3    FRENCH     LAURA JANE*   8      VA           pg0214b.txt

216A 1    FRENCH     LETTILIA*     12     VA           pg0214b.txt

242A 27   FRENCH     LOUISA        8      VA           pg0237b.txt

233B 16   FRENCH     LUCINDA       35     VA           pg0226a.txt

233B 42   FRENCH     MAREIRVA A    28     VA           pg0226a.txt

233B 18   FRENCH     MARGARET J    13     VA           pg0226a.txt

216A 5    FRENCH     MARTHA*       7      VA           pg0214b.txt

215B 38   FRENCH     MATTHEW*      50     VA           pg0214b.txt

216A 6    FRENCH     NICATI*       5      VA           pg0214b.txt

234A 3    FRENCH     RACHEL        6M     VA           pg0226a.txt

233B 20   FRENCH     RHONDA J      9      VA           pg0226a.txt

216A 8    FRENCH     SALLY*        1      VA           pg0214b.txt

234A 29   FRENCH     SARAH S       2      VA           pg0226a.txt

233B 21   FRENCH     WILLIAM P     7      VA           pg0226a.txt

264B 16   FRENCH     BETSY         14     VA           pg0260b.txt

264B 14   FRENCH     CATHERINE     38     VA           pg0260b.txt

264B 19   FRENCH     CHARLES       7      VA           pg0260b.txt

264B 20   FRENCH     HARRIET S     3      VA           pg0260b.txt

264B 15   FRENCH     JOHN          16     VA           pg0260b.txt

264B 18   FRENCH     NANCY         10     VA           pg0260b.txt

264B 17   FRENCH     RODA J        12     VA           pg0260b.txt

*Ancestors on Chart #175, those on pg014b.txt

**Ancestors on Chart #12

Bristol Herald Courier, July 14, 2001

http://www.tngenweb.org/sullivan/obits/200107.htm

NICHOLS, JAMES ALBERT "JIM" SALTVILLE -- Mr. James Albert "Jim" Nichols, 68, died Sunday, July 1, 2001, at his daughter's home in Saltville. Mr. Nichols was a former employee of Olin Corp. and a retired employee of Industrial Welding & Machine Shop. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Arlena Nichols; one brother, Floyd Nichols; three sisters, Rudy Thompson, Ruth Burgess and Mary Nichols; and one grandson, Samuel Barker. Survivors: wife, Sadie R. Compton Nichols; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Loretta and Mike Hodgson, Saltville, Doris and Kenny French, Tannersville, Va., Debbie Shuler, Saltville, and Dolly and Randy Barker, Chilhowie; three sisters, Fannie Terry, Saltville, Stella Terry, Chilhowie, and Charlotte Thomas, Sidney, Ohio; six grandsons, Kevin French, Johnson City, Tenn., Scott French and Hunter Gillespie, Saltville, Adam French, Tannersville, Jacob and Nicholas Barker, Chilhowie; three granddaughters, Sarah Beth Gillespie, Amy Shuler and Ashley Carter, all of Saltville; one granddaughter-in-law, Amanda Frye French; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Matthew French, Saltville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at Henderson Funeral Home Chapel in Saltville with the Rev. Wade Kestner officiating. Interment will follow at the Elizabeth Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. The D. R. Henderson Funeral Home is serving the family.

Tazewell County, French Cemetery

Index of Ref [11]

French, Albert Pendleton b: 27 APR 1836 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA d: 5 JUL 1910 in near Tannersville, Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA 

French, Amanda b: JAN 1843 in Tazewell Co., VA 

French, Angeline Mae b: 23 MAY 1848 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA d: 2 DEC 1898 in Giles Co., VA 

French, Betty Elizabeth b: ABT 1860 

French, Darcus Louisa b: 5 MAR 1835 in Smyth Co., VA d: 7 FEB 1896 in Thessalia Methodist Cemetery, Giles Co., WV 

French, David J. b: 1831 

French, Dorcas Louisa b: ABT 1839 in Tazewell Co., VA d: 7 FEB 1895 

French, Dorcus b: ABT 1839 in Tazewell Co., VA d: 7 FEB 1895 

French, Elizabeth b: ABT 1808 d: ABT 1880 

French, Ella Blanche b: 3 MAR 1873 in Smyth Co., VA d: 15 OCT 1944 

French, Emaline J. b: 12 SEP 1841 

French, Emily b: 12 SEP 1841 

French, Emma Irvine b: 17 SEP 1858 in Clark Co., KY d: 28 AUG 1951 in Winchester, Clark Co., KY 

French, Fannie E. b: 9 FEB 1871 

French, George Augustus b: 28 DEC 1875 in Tazewell Co., VA d: 9 MAR 1957 in Tazewell Co., VA 

French, Georgia Arminta b: 28 DEC 1875 

French, James Neal b: 20 MAR 1878 in Tazewell Co., VA d: 28 JAN 1960 in Tazewell Co., VA 

French, John C. b: ABT 1811 

French, John Craven b: ABT 1780 

French, John Rutledge b: 27 NOV 1860 

French, Julia Ann b: 1815 in MD or VA d: 9 MAY 1857 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA 

French, Julia Ann b: ABT 1862 

French, Laura Jane b: 1840 in Tazewell Co., VA d: 23 MAR 1921 in Giles Co., VA 

French, Letitia Adeline b: 24 MAR 1838 in Tazewell Co., VA d: 7 JAN 1929 in Tazewell Co., VA 

French, Louisa b: 5 MAR 1835 in Smyth Co., VA d: 7 FEB 1896 in Thessalia Methodist Cemetery, Giles Co., WV 

French, Malinda Adaline b: 18 NOV 1840 d: 21 JAN 1914 

French, Martha b: JAN 1843 in Tazewell Co., VA 

French, Matthew b: 1800 d: 23 DEC 1859 

French, Nichati Cherokee Tennessee Florida b: 24 APR 1845 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA d: 7 MAR 1901 in Thessalia, Giles Co., VA 

French, Nichati Cherokee Tennessee Floyd b: 24 APR 1845 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA d: 7 MAR 1901 in Thessalia, Giles Co., VA 

French, Sarah Ann b: ABT 1810 

French, Sarah Emaline b: 27 JUN 1850 in Poor Valley, Tazewell Co., VA d: 13 FEB 1935 in Little Valley, VA 

French, Susan Virginia b: 27 JAN 1867 

French, Tennessee b: 30 AUG 1868 

French, Thomas George b: 30 AUG 1896 in Tazewell Co., VA ? d: 23 APR 1936 in Tazewell Co., VA 

French, Verina Elizabeth b: ABT 1903 

Bibliography

Numbers in square brackets [ ] are bibliography notations. FFA stands for French Family Association.

[1] FFA Member Carol Anne Henderson Godwin, 2217 Citation Court, Matthews, NC 28105-4072, cgodwin@achievetampabay.org, good as of 2008.

[2] Arlene Bell, 431 Homeplace Drive, Salem, VA 24153-7158, 540-387-9250 (as of 2008).

[3] FFA member Sondra French Selph, P.O. Box 3184, Fort Pierce, FL 33448.

[4] FFA member Sylvia Tongson, Rt. 6, Box 186, Paris, TX 75462.

[5] Pamela R. Kerschner, 600 Kentmorr Road, Stevensville, MD 21666. (410) 643-2093. email kerschne@friendly.net (Jerry Kerschner) (old email).

[6] Email from Pamela R. Kerschner, mailto:kerschne@friendly.net, 4 Oct 1996 and 16 Oct 1996.

[7] FFA member Billie Bea Rudy, 46606 Jonathan Circle, Utica, MI 48317, billieb@ix.netcom.com, email good as of 2008.

[8] FFA member Sarah E. and Tom Ely, 443 Fox Hills Rd., Box 36, Douglas, GA 31535-5098. mailto:tely@mail.sgc.peachnet.edu (old email)

[9] Jerry French, mailto:efrench@umr.edu (old email), who submitted list of burials at the Crabtree Cemetery [18]. See Ref [12].

[10] Ancestry.com, http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=76095518.

[11] Pat M. Stevens IV, pat@patmstevens.com, website for the Stevens and Allied Families: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=stevensp&id=I08482. Email good as of 2008. Since 1961, Pat has been a member of the SAR and since 2004, he has been a life member of the Jamestowne Society. He dedicates his work to the those who landed at Jamestown, Virginia four centuries ago, and to those already there who deserved a better end.

[12] Jerry French, an acquaintance of [11], 1505 Independence Rd., Rolla, Missouri, 65401, 2002. poor_valley@hotmail.com. Email good as of 2008. In Mar 2008, he wrote the following: “I looked over the information you sent. I am astonished and disappointed that the efforts of some of the "researches" have lead them astray from the truth. Gordon French (the only surviving male bloodline I believe) and I have done considerable research on the John C. French family in past years including interviews and many hours in Virginia courthouses as well as the normal data gathering. A considerable amount of our research is in conflict with the chart information I certainly hope you will extend the courtesy of reviewing our information before this chart goes public.” I replied to Jerry French and Gordon French, hgfrench42@yahoo.com, on 12 Mar 2008. On 16 Mar 2008, Jerry replied saying that he is not ready with his information, but that he has an old tape naming the fathers of Julia’s children that is being cleaned up and transferred to disc which he will forward to me along with the source so that I will understand where most of the controversy originates.

[13] Cathy Farnham, catjas@neo.rr.com, good as of 2008. She would like more real sources. Her information is from the website of a John Stafford. Cathy hasn’t done a lot of research on the French line.

[14] 1850 Tazewell Co., VA, Census, see listing above. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cenfiles/va/tazewell/1850/indx-d-h.txt

[15] Alex (Alexandria) Luken, the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA Census, alex.luken@gmail.com

[16] McDowell and Wyoming Co., WV Families and Individuals.  Larry E. Smith, P. O. Box 297, Glendale Springs, NC 28629, 1-336-982-9441. Email: lsmith7689@aol.com (good email).

[17] Jim Dickens, gobbler11544@yahoo.com

[18] Crabtree Cemetery, Tazewell Co., VA

FRENCH, Albert Pendleton, b. Apr. 27, 1836, d. July 5, 1910, Son of Julia Ann (French) Allison

FRENCH, Louisa (Neal), b. Jan. 28, 1846, d. Oct. 28, 1899, 2nd wife of Albert Pendleton French

FRENCH, Billy Hugh, b. Sept. 30, 1936, d. Sept. 30, 1936

FRENCH, George Augustus, b. Dec. 28, 1875, Mar. 9, 1967, Son of A.P. & L. French

FRENCH, Margie Adaline (Lawrence), b. Dec. 3, 1881, d. June 18, 1958, Wife of G.A. French; Sister of Nannie Craven Lawrence

FRENCH, Gunner L., b. May 5, 1932, d. Jan. 15, 1955, VA Cpl. USAF Korea; Son of J.N. & N.C. French

FRENCH, Harvey Lee, b. June 3, 1923, d. Dec. 7, 1944, VA S1C USNR WWII; Son of G.A. & M.A. French

FRENCH, James Neal, b. Mar. 20, 1878, d. Jan. 28, 1960, Son of A.P. & L. French

FRENCH, Nannie Craven (Lawrence), b. Apr. 7, 1887, d. Nov. 15, 1966, Wife of James Neal French; Sister of Margie Adaline (Lawrence) French

FRENCH, b. unk., d. June 1, 1930, Infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James N. French

FRENCH, Joseph R., b. Nov. 28, 1908, d. Oct. 5, 1981, Son of J.N. & N.C. French

FRENCH, Oscar Lee, b. June 16, 1925, d. Sept. 26, 1945, VA Pvt. 10 AF Airbase; Son of J.N. & N.C. French

FRENCH, Thomas George, b. Aug. 30, 1896, d. Apr. 23, 1936, Son of John Rutledge & Mary Jane (Blackwell) French. Grandson of A.P. French & Susan Fulton Clear, his 1st wife.

FRENCH, Docie B., b. Mar. 16, 1896, d. Jan. 7, 1986

FRENCH, Thomas W., b. unk., d. July 3, 1967, Son of Thomas Edward & Mary Kate (Call) French;  Grandson of J.N. & N.C. French

[19] Geni Search, http://www.geni.com/last-name/Mae, photo submitted by James S. Robertson of Ewing, NJ, email: rpierre87@yahoo.com. If you are on this line, James an invite you to join his family on Geni Search.

[20] The Boothe Family, Wanda Lee Mudd, 1430 Shaw Drive, Huntingtown, MD 20639, southernnuance@chesapeake.net (old email)

[21] Tazewell County Death Records, 1859, http://ftp.rootsweb.ancestry.com/pub/usgenweb/va/tazewell/vitals/1859dth.txt
Elizabeth French, May 23, 1859, Poor Valley, age 89, (parents) Stephen &

Eve French, (pob) Poor Valley, (inf) daughter.

Matthew French, (d) Dec. 23, 1859, Poor Valley, age 69, (parents) John &

Elizabeth French, (pob) not given, (inf) sister.

Matthew French, (d) Dec. 23, 1859, Poor Valley, age 63, (parents) John G. &

Elizabeth French, (pob) Poor Valley, (inf) Sister.

[22] Land Grant Abstracts, “F” Surnames, Tazewell Co., VA, http://files.usgwarchives.org/va/tazewell/deeds/grants-f.txt. See also http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vatazewe/grfrench.html, June White, juja@inetone.net (old email) (most of these land grants are for the French family of FFA Chart #12).

[23] Lula Hunter, hunter@pixi.com (old email), Pearl City, Hawaii.

[24] Terry D. Smith, tdsfamgen100@earthlink.net. Terry’s family starts with Albert Pendleton French, and she would like to know whom his father was. Only thru DNA can this issue be solved. You'd need to research the different men who could have been Albert's father, such as Call, Floyd, or Crabtree, -- then you'd need a male descendant for Albert to test his DNA. Mara did a bit of research on Floyd to check the times when he and Julia lived in the same area so she could rule out various children. I think you'd need to check Washington Co., VA around the 1835-1850 time period.

[25] Washington County, VA, Death Records, by Jack Hockett, Collegeville, PA, http://www.newrivernotes.com/hockett/wcvdeaths.htm

[26] The Families of County Galway, Ireland, by Michael C. O’Laughlin. http://books.google.com/books?id=6g5WXZVxbIoC&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=Cravens+%2BGalway+%2BIreland&source=web&ots=3KduukQnkB&sig=LlujkrwIdoOwB2mMah8w1qZ4HKI&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA92,M1

[27] A History of The Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory, by David E. Johnston, 1906. This book contains mostly family members from FFA Chart #12, not FFA Chart #175. http://www.kinyon.com/westvirginia/midnewriver/chapter2.htm

[28] Johnny and Nellie Cook Riddle

[29] New River Notes, http://www.newrivernotes.com/hockett/scvdeaths.htm

[30] Tazewell Co., VA, Marriage Index, 1850-1874, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vatazewe/TCMI/TCMI-1850-1874.htm

[31] Tazewell Co., VA, Marriage Index, 1875-1899, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vatazewe/TCMI/TCMI-1875-1899.htm

[32] Jason and Breezy Blankenship, jasonandbreezy@msn.com, searching for the Clear surname.