French Family Association

The Official Website of the Surname French

Orange County Courthouse, Built in 1851, Paoli, IN

Chart #194, John French, ca. 1750
Berkeley Co., WV and VA;
Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY
Northwest Township, Orange Co., IN
Southeast Township, Orange Co., IN
Widner, Knox Co., IN

This chart updated by Mara French on 2/19/12. 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 marafrench@mindspring.com. Revisions: 2009, 2011, 2012.


NOTE: Please make any corrections or additions to this chart that you can and send them to Mara. Refer to this chart by chart number so that your information will be understood. Refer to each family member by their number. Additions are greatly appreciated. This chart has been widely distributed and is constantly being updated. Although this is not my line, I make additions to it, and you will be notified when your data or someone else’s data is added.

Contents

FFA Home Page

In Appreciation

Foreword

History and Background

FFA Charts Related To This Chart

1790 Kentucky Map (can be enlarged over 200%)

Bibliography and Notes

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

Philip French Genealogy

First Generation

Second Generation

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

Fifth Generation

Sixth Generation

Seventh Generation

Eighth Generation

Ninth Generation

Tenth Generation

In Appreciation

Many thanks to Jan Lund and Deb Skoff for their research on this line.

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 Background

Through DNA testing, we were able to research John French’s parentage back to Jacob French in West Virginia. See FFA Chart #195 for this chart going back a few more generations.

Early French Family Background in 1800 Kentucky

Using the 1800 Tax List below, we can analyze these predictions:

1.    John French, progenitor of FFA Chart #194, had died ca. 8 Jan 1791 and is not listed.

2.    James French, John’s first son, was at least 18 years old, b. ca. 1782, is listed in Lincoln Co., KY,  8/23/1800 where his father first entered Kentucky.

3.    George French, John’s second son, was only 16 years old and is not listed.

4.    Samuel French, John’s third son, was only 11 years old, but a Samuel is listed in Mercer Co., who could be connected to Henry French on FFA Chart #31. He could also be on FFA Chart #146.

5.    William French and Joseph, Levy, and Moses of Livingston Co., KY, are on FFA Chart #25.

6.    David French of Jefferson Co., KY, appears on 9/3/1800 on FFA Chart #193.

7.    Henry French of Mercer Co., KY, is on FFA Chart #31.

8.    Benjamin and William French of Barren Co., KY, are on FFA Chart #146.

9.    Ignatius, Raphael, Joseph, and probably Paul French of Nelson Co., KY, are on FFA Chart #137.

10.                   James French of Cumberland Co., KY in 1799 could be on FFA Chart #14.

11.                   James and William French of Madison Co., KY, is probably on FFA Chart #14 or #151.

12.                   James and Rodolph French of Washington Co., KY, is probably on FFA Chart #137.

13.                   Simon French of Christian Co., KY, is on FFA Chart #188.

14.                   William French of Warren Co., KY, is on FFA Chart #188.

French family in early Mercer Co., KY, records:
1800 Tax List – Henry French, FFA Chart #31
1800 Tax List – Samuel French,
1810 Census – Henry French, FFA Chart #31
1820 Census – Henry French Sr. and Henry French Jr., FFA Chart #31
1820 Census – John French, 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 | 0 0 1
1820 Census – William French, 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 | 0 0 1
1820 Census -- Esthara French, 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

The Beginning of Orange County Indiana

Before the creation of Orange County, while it was still a part of Washington County, and for a short time after its creation and organization, Paoli Township was known as Orange Township, and was of greater extent than at present. On the 10th of February, 1817, the County Board reorganized the townships of the county, and Paoli became the center.

In the year 1817 nearly all the territory now embraced in Orangeville Township was a part of Northwest Township, which then extended to White River in Lawrence County. The boundary of Orangeville Township was fixed as it now exists by the County Commissioners. It contains twenty-eight sections of land, being four miles east and west, and seven north and south, lying between Orleans and Northwest Townships, and bounded on the north by Lawrence County.

In this township the first entry of land was made by Henry Shirley April 3, 1811. This was 160 acres in Section 6, at the present site of the town of Orangeville. The next was made by Valentine Shirley, south of this in Section 7, 480 acres, July 8, in the same year. No other entries were made until 1813, when John Dougherty came, and in 1814 James Wilson. Prior to the year 1820, the following entries were made: In 1815, Andrew Wilson, Charles Shirley, Jacob Shirley, Joel Halbert, Adam Miller, Henry Shirley, Nicholas Blair, James Shields, George H. French, Samuel Blair and Stephen Jessup; in 1816, Thomas Inman, Isaac Scott, Charles Downs, John Marpin, Josseph Nichols, Moses Mathers, Jacob Shirley, John Blair and William Redmon; in l817. Thomas Evans, Robert McCracken, Edward Bryant, Samuel Wilson and Michael Pipher; in 1818, John Field, Abraham Osborn and Neely Rayborn.

Settlement of Northwest Township

At the re-organization of Orange County in the year 1817 Northwest Township was made to include all of the present township of Orangeville and that part of Orleans lying west of the meridian line, while its northern boundary was the East Fork of White River. After several reductions in size, it was fixed as it yet remains. Its area is thirty square miles, and, as its name implies, is situated in the northwest corner of the county. The five sections on the south boundary were originally reserved as saline land, excepting Section 16, which was reserved for school purposes. In the other ten sections of Township 2 north and Range 2 west that are situated in Northwest Township, there were but three entries of land prior to 1820. These were Adam Shirley in 1813, James Wilson, 1818, and William Batman, 1819. The other entries in this township prior to that year were Samuel Blair, 1816; William M. Blair, 1816; George H. French, 1817; George Held, 1817; Burton Southern, 1818; Thomas Brackenridge, 1819, and Thomas Reynolds, 1820. At an election held in Northwest Township, February 20, 1819, at the house of Samuel Glenn, the following persons voted: Robert Elrod, John Maxwell, Thomas Inman, John Jarvis, John Sanders, Benjamin Pinkley, George Head, George Pinkley, Zelek Fisher, Wright Sanders, Charles Shirley, James Donnell, Thomas Jervis, Joseph Pearson, Henry Shirley, Stephen Elrod, William Hoard, James Blair, William Kirkman, William Blair, John Cook, Samuel French, Burton Southern, David Hudson, Joseph Sanders, John Been, Adam Shirley, Simon Snyder, Charles Downs, Jacob A. Shotts, Lewis Byram, Henry McGee, Abel Robbins*, William Bland, John Byram, James Wilson, William Batman and Joseph Wilson. Total number voting thirty-eight, Burton Southern receiving twenty votes for Justice of the Peace and John Cook eighteen. John Blair was Inspector, Henry McGee and Lewis Byram were Judges, and Charles Downs and Jacob A. Shotts were Clerks. At this date, however, Northwest included Orangeville Township, where a large number of these voters then resided. In March of the following year there was another election, and the list of voters shows the following names in addition to those just given: John Bryant, John Hinson. Jonathan Lindley (a Quaker from Orange, NC, who was a leader in bringing Quakers to Indiana in 1811), David Hudland, George Hinson, Levi S. Stewart, Jacob Shields, Thomas Wadsworth, Richard James, Michael Pipher, John Stewart, Samuel Scarlett, James Shields, Jr., Nathan Bond. Thomas Lindley, Pedigo Watson, Thompson Freeman and George Hoggs. Up to this date there had been land entered by only about forty four persons, and these two returns show a vote of fifty-six, and many more than twelve of these were then strangers to the land entry record. This would pretty clearly indicate the presence of a considerable number of squatters at that date.

The most of the early settlers to Indiana came from Kentucky, the first being Moses Evans, who arrived in 1812, and settled on the prairie now bearing his name. About the same time Thomas and William Pound and Hamilton Reed came in, also James French, who was a bell-maker and did a large business, trading bells to the Indians, who at the time were numerous in the vicinity. Shortly after his arrival he was driven off by them, but returned again when Fort Harrison was erected. His brother George H. French was a wagoner during the War of 1812 between Ft. Knox, Kentucky and Fort Harrison, Indiana. David Goble came among the first, giving his name to the prairie on which he located. Elijah Pound, Ephraim and Joel Kester, the Frakes, William McGlone, R. Beauchamp, David, William and Arthur Boyll, Ephraim, Herman and Smith Sparks, John Carr, John Gunn and John Foxworthy, who was the first school trustee of the township, were among those who arrived at an early day. John Gunn put up the first mill, which was a simple affair run by horse-power, and a little later Bright Thomas, a colored man, an early settler and natural mechanic, erected a water-power mill, to which the pioneers from far and near used to come to have their corn ground.

*Based on Abel Robbins’ age, he might have been a brother to Mary Polly Robbins, but not her father, as he married after she was born.

Settlement of Southeast Township

Up to and including the year 1812 the following entries of land were made in Southeast Township: Township 1 south, Range 1 east - Robert Hollowell, November 30, 1809, 160 acres, Section 1; John Hollowell, November 30, 1809, 320 acres, Section 11; John Hollowell, June 30, 1807, 160 acres, Section 15. Township 1 south. Range 2 east - Henry H. Jones, March 20, 1812, 160 acres in Section 29. All other persons who entered land in this township prior to the year 1820, were: David Colclasure in 1814; Thomas Wilson and Thomas Hollowell in 1815; Jacob Smith and Richard Weathers in 1816; John and Henry Holland and Arthur Whitehead in 1817; John Dougherty, William Harned, William White, Daniel Hadley, James French and Abraham Colclasure in 1818; John Coffee, Thomas Maxedon, Thomas Sulling, Samuel Stalcup, Samuel McGee and Joseph Weathers in 1819.

Today

Northwest Township is one of ten townships in Orange Co., IN. In the 2000 census, Northwest Township had a population of 345. French Lick was named after French traders who first settled in this region about 1800, and after the salty mineral deposits (or licks) that attracted wildlife, not after the surname French.

Early French Family Background in Indiana

From the History of Indiana above, we learn that John Dougherty was the third man to acquire land in the area, and that was in 1813, the only one that year. In 1815 George H. French came, being one of 11 men acquiring land. Another report has George H. French listed in 1817. At an election held in Northwest Township on 20 Feb 1819, Samuel French voted. In 1818, the names John Dougherty and James French both appear in the Southeast Township. One would surmise that George, Samuel, and James French were brothers, and that John Dougherty was the head of household for the Dougherty surname that appears various times in the French family. 

1812 James French bell-maker during War of 1812 in Indiana
1812 George H. French wagoner during War of 1812 in Indiana
1815 George H. French land entry in Northwest Township
1817 George H. French land entry in Northwest Township
1818 James French land entry in Southeast Township
1819 Samuel French registered to vote in Northwest Township

John Dougherty appears in the 1820 census of Paoli, Orange Co., IN, age 45+. This date coincides as him being a contemporary of John and Catherine French. He also appears on the 1790 Tax List of Lincoln Co., KY. He also appears in the 1810 census of Indiana Territory. He appears as born in 1743 in Rockbridge Co., VA, and married Isabella Anna Patton in 1768. He d. 22 Feb 1828 at age 85, and is buried at Stampers Creek Cemetery in Paoli, Orange Co., IN. His gravestone lists all his children, and none of them married a French; however, they were in the same generation as James, George H., and Samuel French. No French is listed in this cemetery on Findagrave.com. John was Captain in Revolutionary 1782. Appointed by Virginia Gov. Ben. J Harrison. Organized 1st Militia in Kentucky. Served under Gen. George Rogers Clark. Built and Defended forts. Fought Indian raids. Came to Indiana in 1810.

So far there is absolutely no documentation that shows either Philip French (b. ca. 1790) or David French (b. ca. 1765) or Samuel S. Enis French are directly from this line.

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 #31, Henry French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #129, Peter French – no test
FFA Chart #136, George French – DNA Test Group 4
FFA Chart #146, Samuel French – unsure if he is connected – try #66 and #151
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

First Generation

1.1* John French, the emigrant, b. 1705 in England, assumed to be the patriarch or immigrant of this line, and assumed to have immigrated from England to Pennsylvania on 27 Feb 1728 at age 23, married in Franklin Co., Pennsylvania (in a very German-populated area) to Mary about 1730. John d. before 3 Oct 1755 in Antrim Twp., PA. John and Mary had the following children: Jacob, Louisa, George, and John, all born between 1730 and 1742 in PA. He may, of course, have had more children. The 3 sons have had 9 DNA tests taken on those lines so far as of April 2011, see FFA Chart #195

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Second Generation

Children of John French, 1.1

2.1 Jacob French – b. ca. 1727, m. Magdalena Snively, d. Sep 1788, FFA Chart #195.
2.2 Louisa French, FFA Chart #30.
2.3 George French, FFA Chart #195.
2.4 John French, FFA Chart #195.

Third Generation

Children of Jacob and Magdalena (Shively) French, 2.1

3.1 Barbara French, FFA Chart #195
3.2 Mary French, FFA Chart #195
3.3 George French, FFA Chart #195
3.4 Jacob French Jr. , FFA Chart #195
3.5* John French, b. 1750, moved to Lincoln Co., KY, m. Catherine, FFA Chart #194, see below.
3.6 Elizabeth French, m. Joseph Lamon on 23 Oct 1805 in Green Co., TN, FFA Chart #195
3.7 Henry French, b. 1755, moved to Mercer Co., KY, FFA Chart #31.
3.8 Samuel French – some researchers believe Samuel French who married Mary belongs here, even though Jacob French, in his will, mentions only 4 sons: George, Jacob, John, and Henry. More research needs to be done. We have not documented this Samuel.

 

3.5* John French, b. ca. 1740-43 perhaps in Pennsylvania or Berkeley Co., WV, m. Catherine Hedges between 1765-1779 as their first child James was born ca. 1780. John French did not remain in Berkeley Co., WV, but moved to KY, died in Lincoln Co., KY before 8 Jan 1791. Most likely all their children were born in Lincoln Co., KY. However, “a” John French, father of Philip, died in Lincoln Co., KY ca. 1824 and his wife Catherine remarried soon after. Could she be Catherine Hedges?

The Hedges Family Association claims that Catherine Hedges, b. ca. 1745, daughter of Jonas Hedges, married John Philip French. This might be a clue as to where Philip French, b. 1790, needs to go, as the DNA tests of his descendants match with John French. For the Hedges Family Association, see http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a15812&id=I2927 [35].

Below is photo of Main St., Stanford, Lincoln Co., KY. Lincoln County was originally part of Virginia and formed in 1780, and Stanford was the county seat. Lincoln County was one of the original three counties in Kentucky (Lincoln, Fayette, Jefferson). Kentucky became a commonwealth in 1792.

Marriage

John French m. Catherine Hedges between 1765-1779. John French d. before 8 Jan 1791 in Lincoln Co., KY, and Catherine Hedges French m. Henry Daugherty as his second wife on 21 May 1792. Henry Daugherty was first married to Jane and had son Henry b. 1784 and moved to Northwest, Orange Co. IN, by 1810, and died there in 1846.

There is no evidence whatsoever that her surname was Hedges, see Hedges Family; however, because John and Catherine gave their son George the middle name Hedges, it is highly possible that her surname was Hedges.

As the story goes, when John French died ca. 8 Jan 1791, Catherine French m. Henry Daugherty on 21 May 1792 in Lincoln Co., KY. Henry Dougherty was b. 1742 near Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Co., VA, moved to Kentucky by 1775. He appears on the 1789 Tax List of Mercer Co., KY, just 3 years before he m. Catherine French.

Catherine Hedges was b. ca. 1743 in Tullises Branch, Frederick Co., VA, the daughter of Jonas Hedges (b. 1716 in New Castle, Delaware) and Agnes or Angelitje (a Dutch name) Powelson (b. 1720). Jonas Hedges died on 27 Feb 1804 in Hedgesville, WV (then called Skinner’s Cap).

Elizabeth Hedges, daughter of Jonas Hedges and sister of Catherine Hedges, m. Jacob Beeson in 1768, and d. in 1825 in Uniontown, Fayette Co., PA. Jacob Beeson died in 1818. Some researchers have mix-matched Elizabeth and Catherine Hedges. Also see Ref. [33].

Census

1800 – No Dougherty or Daugherty appear in the Kentucky 1800 census. 494 men named French appear in this nationwide census; none in Kentucky nor Virginia.

1810 – Henry Daugherty Jr. is listed in Washington Co., KY with 6 in the household. This is the same county where Catherine and John French’s son, James French, lived ca. 1797. James was b. ca. 1780. We cannot find Henry Dougherty Sr. nor Catherine French in 1800 nor 1810.

There are over 52,000 people listed in the 1810 census of Kentucky. Of those, only 26 are French and 35 are Dougherty. No Henry Dougherty appears in Kentucky nor Indiana. Abel Robbins lived in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, the same time that George and Samuel French did. He was born ca. 1780 in NC and lived in Henry, KY, in the 1860 census. In the 1810 census, he is also in Henry, KY. Most likely he was a brother of Mary Polly Robbins.

Hedges Family

Research indicates that John French married Catherine “Hedges” who was born 17 Nov 1743 in Tullies Branch, Frederick Co., VA, the dau. of Jonas Hedges who was b. 1716 in Newcastle Co., DE. Jonas Hedges m. Agnes (Angelitje) Powelson in 1738. Agnes was b. before Sep 1720. Jonas’s home plantation was named Tulusses. Their children were born between 1736 and 1755. Jonas Hedges’ mother was Catherine Stalcop. And, the name Hedges was used throughout the French family. See Ref. [35].

Jonas Hedges, 1716-1804, founded Hedgesville, WV. He received a land grant of 261 acres on 7 Nov 1754 from Lord Fairfax. He and his wife had about 12 children, including daughter Catherine Hedges.

Joseph Hedges from New Castle, Delaware, was christened at Shrivenham, Berkshire, England in 1675-76, the son of William Hedges and Mary, who was granted a lot in New Castle Co., DE on 3 Jan 1677/78 when his son Joseph was a small boy. William Hedges died in 1678 upon his arrival, and Joseph’s mother Mary appeared as a widow in Jan 1679 court records. In 1682 William Penn arrived in New Castle. Joseph Hedges appears on the Tax List in 1701 as an adult. He m1. Mary Fettleplace, m2. Catherine Stalcop by whom he had son Jonas Hedges in 1716/17 and daughter Catherine Hedges in 1724/25, among others. Son Jonas Hedges had daughter Catherine Hedges who married John French. The French and Hedges families could have both come from Shrivenham, Berkshire, England. Read a very interesting recap of the First of the Hedges Family.

See the Hedges Surname of Bourbon Co., KY, for an excellent history of the Hedges family from Don C. Wood, the archivist at Hedgesville, Berkeley Co., WV. The Hedges family was well-known in Hedgesville, Berkeley Co., VA, where the French family lived.

Dougherty Family

Henry Dougherty was b. ca. 1740 near Natural Bridge in Rockbridge Co., VA, and m1. Jane (Hedges?, as there was a Jane Hedges b. 1738) ca. 1765, m2. Catherine French in 1792 at age ca. 52. Henry d. ca. 1821 in Mercer Co., KY. Henry’s father, Michael Dougherty, arrived in America landing at New Castle, Delaware, on 10 Dec 1727. This could be a very similar date as to when John French immigrated. Henry, along with at least two of his brothers (Joseph and Robert) were three of the original signers of the Cumberland Compact on 1 May 1780. Henry was in Kentucky by the year 1778. One of Henry Dougherty’s sons by his first wife Jane, William Dougherty, married Eliza French in Henry Co., KY on 20 Jan 1800.

Henry Dougherty was Robert Dougherty’s brother, and Robert is Julia Ann Dougherty’s father and she married Samuel French, John’s son, so there is definitely a connection and they were together during this migration, evidently. In the French Family Cemetery in Orange County, Indiana is a headstone for a Katherine French.

Shortly after 7 Feb 1775, John Dougherty appears to have left Virginia for the Kentucky country. Henry followed him permanently within three years, returning to Virginia only to settle the estate of his father, Michael II, who died in 1782.  Henry lived in Mercer County, KY and Jane having died, he was married to Katherine French, perhaps the widow of John French.

In Barren County, Kentucky, a Dougherty family and French family were involved in the disposition of James Williams Jr.'s inheritance, (James Williams was Nancy Williams' father, mother of Julia Ann Dougherty, therefore, Nancy Williams married a Dougherty, in this case, Robert Dougherty) one of the witnesses was a Samuel French. This could have been Julia's husband. In another tie-in, Henry Dougherty, Robert Dougherty’s brother, married a Katherine French in Lincoln County, KY. This is a quote from Kentucky Genealogies: “Henry (Dougherty) lived in Mercer County, Kentucky and, Jane, having died, was married to Katherine French, perhaps the widow of John French, May 21, 1792. By 1797, Henry lived in Shelby County and when the Gallatin County line was drawn the following year, it ran two miles north of his farm on the road to Shelbyville to the mouth of the Kentucky River. He is last found in records in Henry Co., KY in 1800." end quote. 

From Ref. [19]: George Scott was a Land Commissioner in Henry Co., KY, "for the division of lands in Henry Co. and the State of KY of the one part and Joseph Sidebottom and Henry Dougherty, assignee of Joel Jackson, assignee of William Roberts, assignee of Benjamin Roberts of the other part...as commissioner of aforesaid by ..of the Act of Assembly in that case made and provided and by the virtue of a receipt from Benjamin Roberts to Richard Hogg for three land warrants, two of 5,000 acres each and one for 5,625 acres No. 14230, 14231, and 14232 which receipt is dated September 13,1782, we have proceeded to divide between the said Hogg and Joseph Sidebottom, Henry Dougherty a certain tract of land by its survey of 15,000 acres surveyed in the name of Richard Hogg lying and being on some of the headwaters of Little Kentucky--Drennon's Creek and Mill Creek and the part which we have alotted to the said Joseph Sidebottom and Henry Dougherty. (Deed book 1, page 60, Henry Co., KY July 1800)

From Barren County, Kentucky Deed Books, Compiled by Sandra K. Gorin, March 1991, p. 288. Robt. Dougherty to James Williams, Jr. of Jessamine County. 1809.  222 lbs. paid in years 1798 and 1799 from his inheritance from estate of James Williams, Sr. dec'd., he is given credit on his land price.  360 acres on Fallen Timber Creek "being the plantation whereon I now live" --- some personal property sold also.  Witnesses:  Tho. J. Overton, Sam'l Scott, Wm Dougherty, Sam'l French. Note that Samuel French was witnessing a deed for his future father-in-law. Note that Benjamin French (b. 1797) and his wife Nancy (b. 1803) are also from Barren Co., KY. Benjamin’s brother was William French (b. 1796), FFA Chart #146.

There was an Elizabeth Daugherty in the 1820 Census (online Broderbund) in Jefferson County, KY. There was a James Daugherty in the 1820 census for Breckenridge Co., KY.

“A” Henry Dougherty m. Martha Bowling in Washington Co., KY on 2 Feb 1803.

On the Cumberland County, KY 1799 Tax List:
French, James, no land
Cumberland
County was where the Williams family lived. Nancy Williams was Julia Ann Dougherty’s mother. Julia married Samuel French [5].  

Nancy Williams was b. 1765 in VA, m. Robert Dougherty, and d. 1848 in Barren Co., KY, age 93. Robert Dougherty was b. 1752 in Wythe Co., VA, and d. 1822 in Barren Co., KY.

Census and Chronology

Kentucky does not have a 1790 census. 1790 census records are available only for Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont. Virginia is also not included, so it is very difficult to find early ancestors.

1779 – John French and John Dougherty are listed as military commissions in Harrodsburg, Lincoln Co., KY.

1790 -- John French is listed on the 1790 Census Tax List of Lincoln Co., KY.

ca. 8 Jan 1791 – John French died in Lincoln Co., KY.

Death

John French died ca. 8 Jan 1791 when his estate was appraised for 65;3;6 Pounds, appraised by John Dougherty, Andrew Doods, and Henry Pope. From Historical Record of Old Crab Orchard, Stanford, Lincoln County, Kentucky, Court Records, Will book I, 1780-1791, compiled by Mrs. Carl W. McGhee, Box 7213, Washington, D.C., website: found on ancestry.com.

John French's death notice tells us several things: he knew John Dougherty (unless he was just appointed the appraiser) and John Dougherty lived in the same area, he died the year before his widow remarried, and the record is from Lincoln Co., KY which tells us that perhaps all his children, including George Hedges French and Samuel and James were born in Lincoln Co., KY. 

Old Crab Orchard in Stanford, Lincoln Co., KY, is where early Kentucky pioneers transacted their business at the Stanford Court House and passed through Old Crab Orchard on their way to the west, usually starting in Virginia. In this way, they could travel together, bring their hunting knives and guns for protection, as the pioneers were afraid to travel alone through Indian territory.

John Dougherty of Lincoln Co., KY, married Mary Magil on 2 Oct 1797. Another John Dougherty was b. 19 Sep 1756 in Monongalia, WV, d. 23 May 1820 in Estill, KY, and m. Susan Parker. No French lived in Lincoln Co., KY, just prior to the Revolutionary War in 1776.

Henry Pope, an appraiser of John French’s estate, was b. 8 Aug 1759 in Lincoln Co., KY, and d. 12 Mar 1802 also in Lincoln. These dates are shown only because they might parallel the dates of John French, only being 10 years later. Henry m. Margaret Goodnight on 24 Jun 1782.

No French is listed in the Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records for Lincoln County, Marriage Index. Perhaps John married in VA or WV. 

Stanford Court House, Lincoln Co., KY

There was a John French who married Levisa Harrington on 18 Jul 1795 in Lincoln Co., KY.
George French m. Elisabeth Sturman on 14 Jun 1804, Mercer Co., KY (FFA Chart #31)
Susannah French m. John Ludwick on 5 Oct 1804, Mercer Co., KY (FFA Chart #31)
James French m. Cassa Calloway on 19 Jun 1783, Lincoln Co., KY (FFA Chart #36)
Elizabeth French m. George Neel on 8 Aug 1820, Mercer Co., KY
Simon French m. Mary Smock on 12 Aug 1828, Mercer Co., KY (FFA Chart #31)
Isaac French m. Nancy Stone on 13 Oct 1805, Mercer Co., KY
Henry Daugherty m. Katherine French on 21 May 1792, Lincoln Co., KY (FFA Chart #194)

Fourth Generation

Children of John and Catherine French, 3.1

IMPORTANT: I've always wondered how Catherine Hedges could be born ca. 1743 in Tullises branch, Frederick Co., VA, and marry John French, born probably ca. 1740, and have James, George H., and Samuel in the 1780s. It just seems like a far stretch. Wouldn't it seem more logical to fit another generation in there, for example, "a" Samuel, b. ca. 1760? It just seems more probable that Catherine would have children when she was 20 and not 40.  

Whether these following children are for the Fourth Generation or the Fifth Generation, the children were born between 1780 and 1791, the year John died. Proof that George Hedges French, Samuel French, and James French were brothers is:

Northwest Township, IN. Samuel French entered 2 tracts of land in this section in 1836. His name appears in a list of voters in 1819. In 1817 George French had entered land in section 31. James French and George Hedges French entered tracts in the same section in 1837 and 1840. There are six graves in the little burial plot in a field, and three of the stones have inscriptions, for George, Samuel, and Julia (wife of Samuel). Robert D. French was George Hedges French’s son.

More Maps

4.1* James French, Sr., b. before 1782 in Lincoln Co., KY, m. ca. 1814, and d. between 1842-1850. When the estate of James’ brother George’s wife Polly was settled in 1867, 3 children of George and Polly had died. The estate also said "George had brothers, Samuel and James”. This statement has been very important as it opens up a whole new line of this family with James. It also indicates that all 3 brothers (George, Samuel, and James) had died before 1867. James died before 1850, George d. 28 Jun 1847, and Samuel d. 21 Sep 1841 – therefore, this statement is correct.

James French is listed in Lincoln Co., Kentucky on 8/23/1800, as an Early Kentucky Settler. Lincoln Co. is where his father John first entered Kentucky, but died ca. 8 Jan 1791 and is not on the list. Because James is on this list, he must have been an adult of 18+ years and born in 1782 or before. He must have died before the 1850 census.

In the 1850 census of Southeast, Orange Co., IN, is 55 year old woman named Mary French, b. 1795 in NC. Mary was the wife of James; she is a widow, James’ family is the only French family who lived in Southeast, Orange Co., IN, while Samuel and George Hedges French lived in Northwest, Orange Co., IN. Mary was living with her daughter, Evaline French (21, b. 1829), in this 1850 census, and with her son-in-law, James Bobbitt (27), and grandson William C. Bobbitt (2).

In the 1860 census of Southeast, Orange Co., IN, Mary French is listed as b. ca. 1795 in NC, living with her daughter, Elizabeth White (44, b. 1816) and her son-in-law Drury White (50), and their 4 children.

Marriage

James French m. Mary. This we know because of the 1850 and 1860 census records in Southeast, Orange Co., IN. James was the only brother who lived in Southeast. George and Samuel lived in Northwest. In the 1850 and 1860 census records, James’ wife Mary was a widow and lived with 2 of her children, Evaline and Elizabeth. Therefore, James had died before 1850.

Note that the children, Evaline and Elizabeth, refer to their mother as Mary and not Polly as George Hedges French’s wife was called. Also, George Hedges French’s wife, Polly, is listed in the 1850 and 1860 census records in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, so these are two different women.

Mary was b. ca. 1795 in NC as stated in the 1850 and 1860 census records of Southeast, Orange Co., IN. A large group of Quakers from Orange Co., NC, lead by the Lindley family, moved to Indiana in the early 1800s and called their new land Orange Co. No evidence has been found if Mary’s surname was Lindley. I did find a James M. French who m. Mary Jane Ratliff in Mercer Co., WV, between 1785-1971.

Census

1800 Tax List – James French is listed in Lincoln Co., Kentucky. This tells us that James was at least 18 in 1800; therefore, born before 1782.

1810 census – Kentucky, six men named French found, none appropriate. James would be ca. 26.

1814 – James probably married by this date to Mary as his children were born shortly thereafter. He may have married in KY, as he did not arrive in IN until 1818.

1820 Census for Orange County, Indiana where Julia Ann and Samuel French lived and raised their family. James was in Greenfield, Southeast Township, Orange Co., Indiana. He owned land in Southeast Township in 1818.

French, George 1820 NORTHWEST TWP 125
French, James 1820 GREENFIELD TWP 129
French, Samuel 1820 NORTHWEST TWP 125

Land Deeds in Orange Co., IN

Samuel French entered 2 tracts of land in Orange Co., IN, in 1836. His name appears in a list of voters in 1819. In 1817 George French had entered land in section 31. James French and George Hedges French entered tracts in the same section in 1837 and 1840. From this data (and other data), we conclude that Samuel, George, and James were brothers and that they all had land in Orange Co., IN, in 1837.

Up to and including the year 1812 the following entries of land were made in Southeast Township: Township 1 south, Range 1 east - Robert Hollowell, November 30, 1809, 160 acres, Section 1; John Hollowell, November 30, 1809, 320 acres, Section 11; John Hollowell, June 30, 1807, 160 acres, Section 15. Township 1 south. Range 2 east - Henry H. Jones, March 20, 1812, 160 acres in Section 29. All other persons who entered land in this township prior to the year 1820, were: David Colclasure in 1814; Thomas Wilson and Thomas Hollowell in 1815; Jacob Smith and Richard Weathers in 1816; John and Henry Holland and Arthur Whitehead in 1817; John Dougherty, William Harned, William White, Daniel Hadley, James French and Abraham Colclasure in 1818; John Coffee, Thomas Maxedon, Thomas Sulling, Samuel Stalcup, Samuel McGee and Joseph Weathers in 1819.

The above land deed was dated 10 Aug 1841. This would indicate that James French should be in the 1840 census of Orange Co., IN. Peter Stallcup lived in Southeast, Orange, IN, in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 census records. In 1850 he was in Posey, Washington Co., IN. He was b. 1797 and m. 11 Feb 1819. In 1870 at age 72, he states he was b. in NC and lives in Stampers Creek, Orange Co., IN. I researched him to perhaps gather information on James French to no avail. Similarly, I researched William Russell and had no success as to why he was on a land deed with James French. The only other thing I gained from these deeds was in deed CV-0077-126 shows that James French was a Senior, telling us he had a son James French by 1822 in IN.

CV-0040-180 Cash Sale, 15 Jul 1818

CV-0077-126 Cash Sale, 80 acres, 2 Dec 1822

IN2430 .397 Cash Sale, 40.74 acres (shown above), 10 Aug 1841; therefore, died afterwards

CV-0050-159 Cash Sale, 160 acres, 31 Jan 1820

Note: Apparently another James French appears in Lincoln Co. KY, in the year 1786 indicating he was born at least by 1768 or before, when he received a land grant of 47 acres, Book 16, Page 82, Date Survey: 6-28-1786, in Lincoln Co., KY, Watercourse: Otter Creek. Other early land grants were owned by the French family in Madison, Bourbon, and Fayette Counties. All these counties changed their boundaries and other county names were added in the 18th century. This would be FFA Chart #14, the James French, 1765-1835, who came from Virginia to Lincoln Co., KY, after serving in the Revolution and was married in Boonesborough 19 Jun 1783 to Keziah Calloway.

4.2* George Hedges French, b. 1 Oct 1784 in KY. George H. French m. Mary “Polly” Robbins on 8 Jun 1809 in Louisville, KY, d. 28 Jun 1847 in Northwest Township, Orange Co., IN, at age 62.

The French Family Cemetery in Bonds, Orange Co., IN, lists George Hedges French as b. 1 Oct 1774 in KY, and dying on 28 Jun 1847 in IN, participated in the War of 1812, was a Veteran under Capt. Zachariah Lindley (a Quaker family from Orange, NC, who lead in bringing Quakers to Indiana in 1811) in the 5th Regiment in the Indiana Militia. It states he was married to Mary “Polly” Robbins on 8 Jun 1809 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY. If the birth year of 1774 is true, then he married at age 35 and died at age 73. Otherwise, if his birth year of 1784 is true, then he married at age 25 and died at age 63. From the 1820, 1830, and 1840 census records, we know for sure he was born in 1784.

Also, if the 3 known siblings were born in 1882, 1884, and 1889, there could be sisters involved who might lead us to finding more accurate dates and names. See Early Kentucky Settler.

George Hedges French is listed in the Year Book of the Society of Indiana Pioneers as moving to Orange Co., IN, by 1813, and he was in the War of 1812 in the Indiana militia. Land records do not appear in Indiana until 1817; therefore, his son Jonathan was born in KY in 1810, and then the move and the war entered the picture, and no child was born until 1817, but we do not know if that child was born in KY or IN.

George was a wagoner (driver of a horse-drawn wagon) for the Army during the War of 1812, carrying supplies between Ft. Knox, Kentucky (just south of Louisville), and Fort Harrison, Indiana. Twice his wagons, loaded with provisions, were captured by the Indians. Later, he moved with his family northeast of Vincennes, Indiana, and then to a place on the prairie near Terra Haute, Indiana. This tells us that George and his family were very mobile between 1812 and 1817 when he bought land in Indiana.

Marriage

George Hedges French m. Mary Polly Robbins on 8 Jun 1809 by John Hite, a preacher of gospel, when George was 25 and Mary was 15, in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY. She was b. ca. 1794 in VA according to the 1820 census, and b. ca. 1794 in NC according to the 1860 census. Mary Polly Robbins d. in 1867 in Orange Co., IN. 

The library sent a copy of the 1855 application for bounty land by widow Mary French (due to George H. French's service in the War of 1812). This includes 6 pages of handwritten testimony. In her testimony Mary says "that she was married to the said George H French in the County of Jefferson State of Kentucky on or about the 8th day of June 1809 by John Hite a preacher of gospel and that her name before her said marriage was Mary Robbins ..."

Mary Robbins may have been from the Robbins family who lived in Breckinridge Co., KY, as also seen in FFA Chart #151.

We have no clue as to why George and Mary named their first child Jonathan. This name must have been on the Robbins side.

Robbins Family

See http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/10880534/person/-563963610. The Robbins family may have been from Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, and may have immigrated prior to 1750 and resided in the Rowan, Randolph Co., NC area. No documents prove or disprove this.

Military

FRENCH, George Hedges; from "U. S. Adj. General, Muster, Pay & Receipt Rolls of Indiana Territory Volunteers or Militia, War of 1812," vol. 2: pp. 437, 438, 439: George French Sgt. entered 21 Jan 1813 to 19 Feb 1813 - payroll 30 days $11.36 Capt. Zachariah Lindley Co., 5th Reg. Ind. Militia - he signed with an x that he received $11. Mary (Polly) French applied for bounty land - claim #22780 & #88235 - as his widow. She applied 4 Dec 1855 & was denied. They said she did not prove his death. She applied again 22 March 1859 & died soon afterward”; he is listed under the French family cemetery; George Hedges French (1 Oct 1784-28 June 1847) was b. in KY. He married 8 June 1809 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY, Mary Robbins (ca 1790-ca 1860), who was b. in VA [3].

Land Deeds in Orange Co., IN

George arrived in IN ca. 1815, which could mean that he lived in Kentucky up until then, and that he was married in KY and his first children were born in KY. Therefore, he must be in the 1810 census of KY and in the 1820 census of IN.

1815: In the settlement of Orangeville Township, Indiana, the first entry of land was made by Henry Shirley April 3, 1811. This was 160 acres in Section 6, at the present site of the town of Orangeville. The next was made by Valentine Shirley, south of this in Section 7, 480 acres, July 8, in the same year. No other entries were made until 1813, when John Dougherty came, and in 1814 James Wilson. Prior to the year 1820, the following entries were made: In 1815, Andrew Wilson, Charles Shirley, Jacob Shirley, Joel Halbert, Adam Miller, Henry Shirley, Nicholas Blair, James Shields, George H. French, Samuel Blair and Stephen Jessup; in 1816, Thomas Inman, Isaac Scott, Charles Downs, John Marpin, Josseph Nichols, Moses Mathers, Jacob Shirley, John Blair and William Redmon; in l817. Thomas Evans, Robert McCracken, Edward Bryant, Samuel Wilson and Michael Pipher; in 1818, John Field, Abraham Osborn and Neely Rayborn.

CV-009-225 Cash Sale, 1 Jun 1818. The Byram family was also from Kentucky, b. before 1775, listed in the 1820 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN, with George H. and Samuel French.

CV-0081-131 Cash Sale, 29 Sep 1823, 160 acres

IN2280 .176 Cash Sale, 1 Aug 1839, 40.74 acres

Census

1800 census – Kentucky, not yet married, perhaps living with his mother and step-father, Henry Dougherty.

1810 census – Kentucky, six 6 men named found, none appropriate. George would be 26. A logical place to look for him might be with the family Robbins, of which there are 11 in the 1810 census in Kentucky. Absalom Robbins was b. 11 Sep 1765 in NC, married on 13 Mar 1787 in Franklin, VA, and d. Jun 1860 in Breckinridge Co., KY, at age almost 100. His father was Jacob Robbins, and his mother was Mary Wells, and his wife was Mary Ogle; therefore, it seems to reason that he would name a daughter Mary. However, after further research, I see he had children named Micajah, Elizabeth, George, Job, Nancy, Absolom, Charity, John, and Mahala, and no Mary. In the 1850 census, Absalom Robbins was living in Sand Creek, Decatur Co., IN, the same town and same 1850 census where the French family was living from FFA Chart #31. Abel Robbins lived in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, the same time that George and Samuel French did. He was born ca. 1780 in NC and lived in Henry, KY, in the 1860 census. In the 1810 census, he is also in Henry, KY. Abel Robbins most likely was Mary Polly Robbins’ brother. He m. Mary Watkins on 29 Feb 1808.

Children:
(dates to the best of my knowledge)
Jonathan 1810-1860

Samuel 1811-1814 d. before 1830
William 1815 to after 1870
Elizabeth, b. 1816 d. before 1867
Hulda 1817-1888
James 1818-1901
Sarah 1823 d. before 1867
Julia Ann 1824-1889
Mary Jane 1827-1921
Cynthia 1830-1904 

1820 census – Northwest, Orange Co., Indiana, 4 children
George was living next door to his brother Samuel.
3 free white males under 10, born 1810-1820, Jonathan, Samuel, William
2 free white males 26-44, born 1776-1794, George Hedges French b. 1784. Unsure who the other one is, but not a child. Could be Philip French?
1 free white female under 10, born 1810-1820, Elizabeth
1 free white female, 16-25, born 1795-1804, Mary Polly Robbins, b. ca. 1795

1830 census – Orange, Indiana, 8 children
1 free white male 5-9, born 1821-1835, James, b. 1818?
1 free white male 10-14, born 1816-1820, William, b. 1815
1 free white male 20-29, born 1801-1810, Jonathan, b. 1810
1 free white male 40-49, born 1781-1790, George Hedges French, b. 1784
2 free white females under 5, born 1826-1830, Cynthia 1830 and Mary Jane 1827
2 free white females 5-9, born 1821-1825, Julia Ann 1824 and Sarah 1823
1 free white females 10-14, born 1816-1820, Hulda 1817
1 free white females, 30-39, born 1791-1800, Mary Polly Robbins, b. ca. 1795
Samuel and Elizabeth perhaps died.

1840 census – North West, Orange, Indiana, 8 children. Dates of these children don’t match up.
1 free white male under 5, born 1836-1840, must be grandchildren
1 free white male 5-9, born 1831-1835, must be grandchildren
1 free white male 15-19, born 1821-1825, must be grandchildren
1 free white male 20-29, born 1811-1820, James, b. 1818? or father of grandchildren?
1 free white male 50-59, born 1781-1790, George Hedges French, b. 1784
2 free white females 10-14, born 1826-1830, Cynthia 1830 and Mary Jane 1827
2 free white females 15-19, born 1821-1825, Julia Ann 1824 and Sara 1823
1 free white female 40-49, born 1791-1800, Mary Polly b. 1794

1847 – George H. French dies 28 Jun 1847 in Northwest township, Orange Co., IN, at age 62.

1850 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN, lists Polly as age 60, b. 1790, living with her daughter Hulda and Hulda’s husband John Pro, and their 6 children: Polly Pro 12, George Pro 10, Eliza A. Pro 8, Sarah J. Pro 6, John Pro 4, and Samuel J. Pro just born. George Hedges French died 3 years earlier. You will note that Polly is listed as Polly and not Mary, as her sister-in-law is listed as Mary in the Southwest, Orange Co., IN, census of 1850.

Death

Mary (Polly) French applied for bounty land - claim #22780 & #88235 – as his widow. She applied 4 Dec 1855 & was denied. They said she did not prove his death. She applied again 22 March 1859 & died soon afterward; he is listed under the French family cemetery; George Hedges French (1 Oct 1784-28 June 1847) was b. in KY.

George Hedges French d. 28 Jun 1847 in Northwest township, Orange Co., IN, at age 62y/9m/27d according to the French Family Graveyard in Northwest Township, Orange Co., IN. There he is listed as a Veteran in the War of 1812 under Capt. Zachariah Lindley, 5th Regiment, Indiana Militia. His gravestone says he died at age 62 years, 9 months, and 27 days, would indicate he was born on 1 Sep 1784.

James French, his brother, was one of the administrators of the estate of George H. French. He died intestate, and his heirs were his children.

FRENCH FAMILY GRAVES
Northwest Township. Section 29, T3N R2W. Abandoned. Orange County, IN.

FRENCH, George H., d. 28 Jun 1847, age 62y/9m/27d. This George Hedges FRENCH is supposedly a brother of Samuel. George married Mary Polly Robbins in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY 8 June 1809. FRENCH George H., GRANTHAM Maria, April 15, 1830

When Polly’s estate was settled in 1867, 3 ch. were dead." It also says "George had brothers, Samuel and James

George’s wife, Mary Polly Robbins, was still living, and she relinquished her portion as her husband died intestate. The children are: Jonathan French and spouse Catherine Batchlor, 4 Oct 1832; Mary Jane Roberts, spouse John Roberts, 11 May 1847; Ann (?) T. (?) French; Neuldate (?) Pro, spouse John Pro, 25 May 1837; Sarah Ann Busey, spouse Samuel Busey, 20 Sep 1846; Cynthia Allen, spouse Joseph Allen, 18 June 1850; Lelia A. (hard to read, should be Julia Ann) Robbins, spouse Jacob Robbins, 18 Dec 1845; James French, spouse Elisa Allen, 5 Aug 1847. 

4.3 Elizabeth (Eliza) French, b. ca. 1780 in KY, but definitely b. after 1775 as per the 1820 census of Mercer co., KY, in the household of William Daugherty, who was born before 1775. No other William Daugherty is listed in the 1820 census in either Kentucky or Indiana. One of Henry Daugherty’s sons by his first wife Jane, William Dougherty, married Eliza French in Henry Co., KY on 20 Jan 1800. William died before 7 Mar 1816 in Madison Co., KY.

They had the following children (6 daughters, 1 son), most living in Jefferson Co., KY:
Patsy Daugherty, b. ca. 1801 in KY, m. William Crow [29].
William Daugherty, b. ca. 1803 in KY, m. Catherine [29].
Elizabeth Daugherty, b. ca. 1805 in KY, m. William Perkins [29].
Zeniah Daugherty, b. ca. 1806 in KY, m. Joseph McClain [29].
Cassandra Daugherty, b. ca. 1810 in KY, m. Morgan Hall [29].
Harriet Daugherty, b. ca. 1812 in KY, m. Shadrack Hosea [29].
Maria Daugherty, b. ca. 1815 in KY, m. William Biddle Vansant [29]. Maria listed her mother’s name as Elizabeth French on the marriage bond between Maria and William.

However, there was a William who was b. 19 Oct 1775 in VA, m. 6 May 1802 in KY to Elizabeth Tanner, not French. In 1810, William lived in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY. William Dougherty d. 22 Nov 1852 in Greene Co., IN, or in Louisville in about 1814. More research is needed on this line.

FILSON CLUB, family files and the Dougherty Family in America
Michael Dougherty who moved from Chester Co PA c 1737 to Augusta Co VA (now Rockbridge) had a son Michael. This Michael was living in Wythe Co VA by 1763 died in 1782. This younger Michael had 7 children: Henry was born in Rockbridge Co VA 1740 deceased by 1821; John b 1743 in Rockbridge Co VA was the first Dougherty into KY as early as 1775 (see Register, April 1955 p134) He died in Indiana; Joseph, born in Rockbridge Co VA in early 1740's living in Shelby Co KY in 1830; William died in VA 1773; George; Robert; Michael.

Henry was first married to a woman named Jane. Henry moved north into Henry Co KY; the state line changed in that area to Trimble Co where Henry died. Only known children I could find were Jane and William Daugherty. Jane married Burton Mulliken in Shelby Co KY 1799.

William Daugherty is listed in the 1810 census of Washington Co., KY, with 8 in the family:

2 males under 10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 45+, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 26-44, which indicates Eliza was born between 1766-1784.

In the 1820 census of Mercer Co., KY, William Daugherty is listed with a family of 11:
1 free white male under 10,
2 free white males 10-15,
2 free white males 16-25,
1 free white male 45+, born before 1775, in this case 19 Oct 1775 in VA, William Daugherty, although the census was taken on 7 Aug 1820.
1 free white female under 10,
2 free white females 10-15,
1 free white female 16-25,
1 free white female 26-44, born after 1775, Eliza French?

4.4* Samuel French, b. 15 Mar or 5 Apr or 5 Jun 1789 in Lincoln Co., KY, per the gravestone. Another researcher states he was b. 15 Mar 1784 in Breckinridge Co., KY. Samuel m. Julia Anne Dougherty on 11 Oct 1811 in Kentucky, he d. 21 Sep 1841 in IN. His gravestone states he died at 52 years, 5 months, 16 days, making his birth date 5 Apr 1789. Other researchers show the birth date as 5 Jun 1782, but this has not been verified. Because Samuel was the first to be buried at the French Family Cemetery in Bonds, Orange Co., IN, in 1841, and his brother was buried there in 1847, and Samuel’s wife Julia was buried there in 1854, one would expect the birth year of 1789 to be quite accurate. Samuel’s wife, Julia, was born in 1796, and would therefore be 7 years younger than her husband Samuel instead of 14 years younger.

Samuel French is listed in Mercer Co., Kentucky in 1800, as an Early Kentucky Settler with his brother James. 

When the estate of Samuel’s brother George’s wife Polly was settled in 1867, 3 children of George and Polly were dead. It also said "George had brothers, Samuel and James”. Because James was mentioned last, we suppose he would be the youngest. This statement also eliminates the possibility of Philip French being a brother; Philip moved to Helt, Vermillion Co., IN, also before 1820.

Marriage

Samuel m. Julia Anne Dougherty on 11 Oct 1811 in Kentucky. Julia was b. 11 Oct 1796 and d. 4 Apr 1854 and is buried next to her brother-in-law George Hedges French and her husband Samuel French at the French Family Cemetery in Bonds, Orange Co., IN. A researcher states that Julia married later in life to William Harris on 26 Mar 1851 – this needs to be researched.

Julia Ann Dougherty was the daughter of Robert Dougherty and Nancy Williams who were married in Nicholasville, Jessamine Co., KY. Samuel and Julia French homesteaded in Northwest Territory in Orange County, IN. See Julia Ann Dougherty pedigree at Ref. [34].

Robert Dougherty’s will is found on page 310 of Barren County, Kentucky Will Book 2, written 20 June 1822; probated Oct 1823. Named wife as Nancy; daughter - Mary Allen; son - Robert. More daughters - Elizabeth Gassaway and Sarah. Daughter Nancy had a daughter Nancy. More sons: Henry, Gandor, Gallatin and Mark (the youngest sons). Dau: Julia French. Sons: Joseph & James W. Uncle Joseph Dougherty in Shelby County, Kentucky and James Williams, an uncle in Jessamine County, Kentucky. Eldest sons were Joseph & James. Executors were his wife Nancy, John Glover, Robinson P. Beauchamp. Witnesses: John Glover and Lewis W. Bell.

1820 census of Barren Co., KY, Robert Dougherty (Julia’s father):
12 free white people and 8 slaves, totally 20 persons. Only 1 male and 1 female over 45 years of age; therefore, probably no French adult lived here.

Land Deeds in Orange Co., IN

IN0020 .098, 9 Aug 1824, Cash Sale, 80 acres

IN2080 .124, 7 Nov 1837, Cash Sale, 80 acres, he d. 21 Sep 1841

Robt. Dougherty to James Williams, Jr. of Jessamine County. 1809.  222 lbs. paid in years 1798 and 1799 from his inheritance from estate of James Williams, Sr. dec'd., he is given credit on his land price.  360 acres on Fallen Timber Creek "being the plantation whereon I now live" --- some personal property sold also.  Witnesses:  Tho. J. Overton, Sam'l Scott, Wm Dougherty, Sam'l French.

The inventory was shown on page 311 done 20 Dec 1823 with commissioners Joseph WILLIS, John HAMILL and Wm. GLOVER.

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Taken from "The Times of Long Ago, Barren County, Kentucky." By Franklin Gorin, John P. Morton & Company Incorporated, 1929. Published originally in the Glasgow Weekly Times, 1870's:

p. 97. "Robert Dougherty, a Virginian by birth, was our first representative. He served in 1800, '01, '02, '04, '07. He was our second Senator, and served from 1808-12. He was an honest man, true and faithful; a man of sense, a business man, who conscientiously transacted the business of his fellow man at home and in the Legislature. He was faithful and was trusted in all things. He left political life in 1812, and like Cincinnatus of old, retired to his plow and the duties of domestic life, with a conscience void of offense."

In Barren County, Kentucky, a Dougherty family and French family were involved in the disposition of James Williams Jr.'s inheritance, (James Williams was Nancy Williams' father, mother of Julia Ann Dougherty, therefore, Nancy Williams married a Dougherty, in this case, Robert Dougherty) one of the witnesses was a Samuel French. This could have been Julia's husband or her Father-in-law. In another tie-in, Henry Dougherty, Robert Dougherty’s brother, married a Katherine French in Lincoln County, KY. This is a quote from Kentucky Genealogies: “Henry (Dougherty) lived in Mercer County, Kentucky and, Jane, having died, was married to Katherine French, perhaps the widow of John French, May 21, 1792. By 1797, Henry lived in Shelby County and when the Gallatin County line was drawn the following year, it ran two miles north of his farm on the road to Shelbyville to the mouth of the Kentucky River. He is last found in records in Henry Co., KY in 1800." end quote.

Census

Children: 9 of these 10 children were living when their father died in 1841. Who was the 10th child?
Eliza French, 1812, died young?
Salina 1816-1904
Robert D. 1817-1853
George W. 1818-1884
Joseph 1821-1850
John C. 1824-1910
Mary Ann 1827-1907
Nancy H. 1837-
Thomas G. 1839-1918

In the 1800 census of Kentucky (their second census), Samuel is listed in Mercer Co., KY, on the Tax List (but this doesn’t seem to be correct, as Samuel was b. 1789). Because Samuel arrived before George Hedges French, and he arrived in Mercer Co., KY, you might think he is related to Henry French of Mercer Co., KY, FFA Chart #31, perhaps his brother, and that he might be the father of George Hedges French, Samuel, and James.

In the 1820 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN,
Samuel lived next door to his brother George
2 free white males under 10, born 1810-1820, Robert, George W.
1 free white male 26-44, Samuel French
1 free white female under 10, born 1810-1820, Salina (perhaps Eliza died?)
1 free white female 16-25, Julia Anne Dougherty

In the 1830 census of Orange, IN, Samuel is listed with
1 free white male 5-9, born 1821-1825, Joseph, John,
1 free white male 10-14, born 1816-1820, Robert, George W.
1 free white male 15-19, born 1811-1815,
1 free white male 40-49, Samuel French (spelled Frerick)*
2 free white females under 5, born 1825-1830, Mary Ann
1 free white female 5-9, born 1821-1825, ???
1 free white female 10-14, born 1816-1820, Salina (perhaps Eliza died?)
1 free white female 30-39, Julia Anne Dougherty
*Note that George French is also listed in this census and on the same page, aged 40-50, living 2 households away from Samuel, most likely his brother.

Eliza French, 1812, died young?
Salina 1816-1904
Robert D. 1817-1853
George W. 1818-1884
Joseph 1821-1850
John C. 1824-1910
Mary Ann 1827-1907
Nancy H. 1837- correct date
Thomas G. 1839-1918 correct date

This is all messed up – these are not all his children listed here

In the 1840 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN. All 10 children listed here: One child must have died in 1841 as 9 children were alive at the death of Samuel in 1841.
1 2 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 | 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 free white male under 5, born 1834-1840, Thomas G.
2 free white males 5-9, born 1831-1835, John C. and Joseph
1 free white male 15-19, born 1821-1825, George W.
3 free white males 20-29, born 1811-1820, Robert D. and 2 males who are not children
1 free white male 50-59, b. 1780-1790, Samuel French, died in 1841
1 free white female under 5, born 1834-1840, Nancy H.
2 free white females 10-14, born 1826-1830, Mary Ann and Salina
1 free white female 40-49, b. 1790-1800, Julia Anne Dougherty

In the 1850 census, (Samuel d. 1841, Julia d. in 1854)
Julia French, age 53, born in Kentucky
Thomas French, age 10, (b. 1840), born in Indiana
Nancy H. French, age 13 (b. 1837), born in Indiana
Thomas must have been the last child born.

Julia Doughtery was b. 1780 in PA as per the 1870 census of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA, when she was 90 years old. She was living with Sarah A. Dougherty, age 46, relationship unknown, and families with the surnames Marks, McDonald, Conaway, Mallerry, Hindman, Aekens, Fritz, McDermot, Whalen, Thompsen, Rowen, and Brown.

Julia Doughtery is listed in the 1860 census, b. 1780 in PA, living in Philadelphia, with Daniel Daugherty, age 48, and with families with the surnames Gillan, Sheppard, McCormick, Kegan, and McConnell. Apparently this is either another Julia Doughtery or she did not change her name to French.

In the 1900 Census, Samuel's daughter, Mary Ann Bruner, stated that her mother and father were born in Kentucky. She was living in Des Moines, Iowa with a daughter at the time [5].

Military

Lloyd De Witt Bockstruck, compiler, Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, (Baltimore: Gen. Pub., Inc., 1988) p. 85. Size Roll of Capt. Mercer's Company, 2 Aug. 1756 Roll gave name, date and place of enlistment, age, height, trade, country, description.  Huh?

Land Deeds

Orange Co., IN. Samuel French entered 2 tracts of land in this section in 1836. His name appears in a list of voters in 1819. In 1817 George French had entered land in section 31. James French and George Hedges French entered tracts in the same section in 1837 and 1840. There are six graves in the little burial plot in a field, and three of the stones have inscriptions. A Paoli newspaper of 1841 contains an obituary of Samuel French, which states he left a wife and nine children.

From this data (and other data), we conclude that:

Samuel, George, and James were brothers and that they all had land in Orange Co., IN, in 1837, also meaning that they were still living in 1837.

Samuel arrived in IN ca. 1819, which could mean that he lived in Kentucky up until then, and that he was married in KY and his first children were born in KY.

Because Samuel had 10 children, one child must have died before 1841 when he died.

Samuel’s wife outlived him.

1817 -- Samuel is on the Tax List for Northwest Township in about 1817. Entered land in 1836. Old homestead was still standing a couple of years ago and I have pictures and pictures of the headstones in cemetery by house. Who wrote this?

9 Aug 1824 – 80 acres in Vincennes, IN, Section 25, Township 3-N, Range 2-W, Meridian 2nd PM, in Orange County.

1836 -- Samuel French entered 2 tracts of land in this section in 1836 (just 5 years before he died). His name appears in a list of voters in George Hedges French entered tracts in the same section in 1837 and 1840. James French entered a tract in the same section in 1837 and 1840.

1836 -- Land records of Orange County, Indiana: United States to Samuel French - - - Certificate of Entry, May 26, 1836, The northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section 30, township 3 north, range 2 west, containing 40 acres. Tract Book 3, Page 53 [5].

7 Nov 1837 – 80 acres in Vincennes, IN, Sections 29 and 30, Townships 3-N, Range 2-W, Meridian 2nd PM, in Orange County.

1841 -- Probate Records . . . Probate Order Book 2, Page 124 "Be it remembered that on the 12th day of October, 1841, administration of all and singular the estate of Samuel French, late of Orange County, deceased, was granted to Julia French and Robert D. French (their son) who gave bond in the penal sum of one thousand dollars conditioned as the law provides with William Lindley and Jonathan Lindley securities and qualified [5].

Death

Samuel French d. 21 Sep 1841 at age 52y/5m/16d and is buried in the French Family Graveyard in Northwest Township, Section 29, T3N R2W, Orange County, IN. From a newspaper article at the time Samuel French died, it stated he was 54 years old. Since he died 2 September 1841, that would make his birth year 1787, which is incorrect.

FRENCH, Samuel; "Paoli Republican 1841--Died at his residence in this county on the morning of 21st inst. (Sept. 1841) Mr. Samuel FRENCH, aged about 54 years. He resided many years in this county, and experienced the privations incident to new settlements. He lived respected and died regretted by his acquaintances. He left to lament their sad bereavement, the companion of his youth, and 9 children."

FRENCH FAMILY GRAVES, Northwest Township. Sec. 29. T3N, R2W. Abandoned. There are six graves in the little burial plot in a field, and three of the stones have inscriptions. The French Family Cemetery is in Bonds, Orange Co., IN.

FRENCH, Samuel, d. 21 Sep 1841, age 52y/5m/16d, therefore born 5 Apr 1789

FRENCH, Julia A., w. of Samuel, 11 Oct 1796-4 Apr 1854.

FRENCH, George H., d. 28 Jun 1847, age 62y/9m/27d, therefore born 1 Sep 1784

Probate Records . . . Probate Order Book 2, Page 124 "Be it remembered that on the 12th day of October, 1841, administration of all and singular the estate of Samuel French, late of Orange County, deceased, was granted to Julia French and Robert D. French (their son) who gave bond in the penal sum of one thousand dollars conditioned as the law provides with William Lindley and Jonathan Lindley securities and qualified [5]. Robert D. French names the following heirs: Salina Anderson, George W. French, Nancy Gammon, Jno French, Mary A. Bruner, Eliza Faucett, Joseph French, and Thomas French.

Fifth Generation

Children of James Sr. and Mary French, 4.1

James French’s family is the only French family who lived in Southeast, Orange Co., IN, while Samuel and George Hedges French lived in Northwest, Orange Co., IN. James, being the first son of John and Catherine French, probably named his first son after his father.

You will note that Mary is listed as Mary and not Polly, as her sister-in-law is listed as Polly in the Northwest, Orange Co., IN, census of 1850.

5.1* John French, b. 1815 in KY, m. Eliza Townsley on 1 Sep 1859 in Fountain Co., IN. She was b. 1831 and d. 1915.

1860 Census – John Bennett French is 45, living with wife Eliza, age 29, and their daughter Francis M. French, b. 1843 in IN. They lived in Wabash, Fountain Co., IN. They are also living with Charles H. F. French, son, b. 1860 and with Asa Dowden, a lodger, age 59, b. 1801.

1880 Census – John Bennett French is 67, b. in KY, living in Stringtown, Fountain Co., IN, married to Eliza, and states that both his father and mother were born in Virginia.

1910 Census -- Southeast, Orange Co., IN, John French is 95 years old, widowed, and living with his son Stephens French who is the head of the household, age 61, b. 1849 in IN. Stephens states that his father was born in KY and his mother in IN. Stephens was married to Susan M, age 57, b. 1853 in IN. Their daughter was Hattie French, age 15, b. 1895 in IN.

5.2 Elizabeth French, b. 1816 in KY, d. after 1860, m. Drury White, but neither of them appears in the 1870 census. Their son Sidney White stayed in Orange County and died in 1875. There is a marriage record for Drury White and Elizabeth "Bird" - did Elizabeth marry someone else first, or was Drury White’s first wife named Elizabeth Bird? Mary French, Elizabeth’s mother, is living in the Drury and Elizabeth White household in the 1860 census in Southeast, Orange County, IN [2]. Mary is 65, Elizabeth is 44, b. 1816; Drury White is 50, b. 1810; and their children William, 18; John, 16; Drury, 12; and Irvin, 7. In the previous 1850 census of Southeast, Orange Co., IN, Elizabeth’s mother Mary French is living with her younger daughter, Evaline French who m. James Bobbitt. Mary was born in NC.

Their children were Sidney White, b. 1835; Charles White, b. 1839; William White, b. 1842; John White, b. 1845; Drewery or Drury Jr. b. 1847; and Irvin White, b. 1853.

5.3 James French Jr., b. before 1822 in IN, as seen in his father’s deed CV-0077-126 showing that James French was a Senior, telling us he had a son James French by 1822 in IN.

5.4 Evaline French, b. 1829 in IN, m. James Bobbitt on 28 Jun 1846 in Orange Co., IN. James was b. in 1823. Evaline and James Bobbitt had a son, William C. Bobbitt, born in 1848. Evaline is listed in the 1850 census of Southeast, Orange Co., IN, living with her widowed mother, Mary. She is not the Mary or Polly who m. George Hedges French, as that Mary is listed in the 1850 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN.

Evaline must have died shortly after 1850. James Bobbitt m2. Lydia Ann Hollody  on 20 Sep 1855 in Orange Co., IN, and appears with him in the 1860 census of Stamper’s Creek (Southeast), Orange Co., IN, and Evaline’s son, William C. Bobbitt, is living with them. Furthermore, Evaline’s mother, Mary, who had lived with them in the 1850 census, is living with Evaline’s sister, Elizabeth in the 1860 census in Southeast.

Children of George Hedges and Mary Polly (Robbins) French, 4.3

10 children of which 3 children died before 1867, the year that their mother died. In Mary Polly (Robbins) French’s will of 1867, she relinquished her portion of her estate as her husband died intestate, and she lists these 7 children: Jonathan, Hulda, James, Sarah Ann, Julia Ann, Cynthia, and Mary Jane. Those who died before 1867 were Samuel, William, and Elizabeth.

Children:

Jonathan 1810-1860, m. Catherine Batchelor on 4 Oct 1832

Samuel 1811-1814 d. before 1867
William 1815, d. before 1867
Elizabeth, b. 1816 d. before 1867
Hulda 1817-1888, m. John Pro on 25 May 1837
James 1818-1901, m. Elisa Allen on 5 Aug 1847 (the same year James’ father died)
Sarah Ann 1823 d. before 1867, m. Samuel Busey on 20 Sep 1846
Julia Ann Talbot? 1824-1889, m.
Cynthia 1826-1904, m. Joseph Allen on 18 Jun 1850 
Mary Jane 1832-1921, m. John Roberts on 11 May 1847 (the same year Mary Jane’s father died)

5.5* Jonathan French, b. 1810 in Martin Co., IN (was he really born in IN or in Lexington, KY – his parents did not own land in IN until 1817), m. Catherine Batchelor on 4 Oct 1832 in Martin Co., IN. He d. in 1860 at age 50. He died before 1867 when the estate of their mother Polly was settled, as the estate mentions 3 children who had died.

Marriage

Jonathan m. Catherine Batchelor on 4 Oct 1832 in Martin Co., IN. She was b. 1813 in Ohio. In the 1880 census, she states that her father was born in Prussia and her mother was born in Wurtemburg, Germany. Apparently Jonathan died before 1870 as Catherine is without him in the 1870 census.

Census

In the 1840 census, Jonathan lived in Martin Co., IN, this being the first census where he was married. He is not listed as head of household; therefore, he probably is living with his father or the Batchelor family, the later of whom do not live in Martin Co. His father d. 28 Jun 1847 in Northwest Township, Orange Co., IN, and would be in that area in 1840. His father George is in the 1840 census of North West, Orange Co., IN, with 10 in the family, one male being age 20-29 who was probably Jonathan. Jonathan’s wife Catherine would have been 27 in 1840, and she is not listed in this census.

In the 1850 census of Columbia, Martin Co., IN, they live with their children: Elizabeth 16, Samuel 14, James 12, Mary 9, Hugh 4, and Sarah 1.

In the 1860 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, Jonathan (50) appears with Catharine (47), and 3 children: Hugh 15, Sarah E. 12, and Juliann 6.

By the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, Jonathan had died and Catharine was living with daughters Sarah 21 and Julia A. 16.

In the 1880 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, Catharine was living with daughter Julia A 26.

Land Deeds

Jonathan was issued 40 acres of land on 10 Aug 1841 near Vincennes, Indiana.

Death

Jonathan d. in 1860 at age 50 in Widner, Knox Co., IN.

DNA

A descendant of this line took the DNA test. Jonathan’s son Charles Henry, and his son Thomas Charles, and his son Thomas Charles II, (DNA Test 57209).

5.6 Samuel French, born between 1811 and 1814 [2] in KY or IN. He died before 1867 and probably before 1830, as his name is not listed in his mother’s will of 1867. 

5.7* William D. (probably Daugherty) French, b. 1815 in IN, d. after 1870 [2]. He m. Nancy Elizabeth Humphreys on 20 May 1834 in Morgan Co., IL. She uses her middle name Elizabeth. She was b. in 1817 in KY. The 1870 census states that she was born in 1824 in KY. William was a carpenter. He probably died before 1867 as his name is not listed in his mother’s will of 1867. Need to re-check the 1870 census.

William is listed in the 1840 census of North West, Orange Co., IN, with 4 people:
2 free white males under 5, born 1835-1840,
1 free white male 20-29, born 1811-1820, William
1 free white female 20-29, born 1811-1820, Elizabeth
His father, George, was living in the same area and is listed in the same census in 1840. His uncle is also listed in North West, Orange Co., IN, in the same 1840 census.

William is in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census, with his wife Nancy and their children George 12, John 10, Susan 8, Thomas 7, William 5, Ellen 3, and newborn James. William lives in the 1860 census in Vigo, Knox Co., IN, with his wife Nancy, and 10 of their children. He lives in Newton Co., MO in the 1870 census with two of their younger children, James and Annie, as well as a 10-year old boy named William Robbins/Robins, b. 1860 [2]. This boy is probably William Robbins, son of Jonathan and Elisabeth Robbins, who is living with his parents in the 1880 census of Haddon, Sullivan Co., IN. Jonathan Robbins was b. 1826 and is probably a relative of Mary Polly Robbins, William D. French’s mother.

5.8 Elizabeth French, b. 1816 in KY? I hope I haven’t confused her with the daughter of James French, b. 1816, but in Southeast, not Northwest, Orange Co., IN. She died before 1867 as her name is not listed in the will of her mother in 1867.

5.9 Hulda French, b. 1 Dec 1817 per Ref. [2] in Martin Co., IN according to the 1860 census (could she have been a twin of James?); m. John Prow on 25 May 1837, d. 8 Aug 1888 in Paoli, Orange Co., IN, age 71. This is the exact same area where the descendants of FFA Chart #186 lived at the same time; therefore, they might be connected especially since both families have the same DNA. John Pro was b. 8 Dec 1808 in NC, the son of Christian Prow and Martha Downs. He d. 6 Apr 1870 in Paoli, IN. They had 8 children: Blance, Samuel J., Gerkin, Polly, George W., Elizabeth Ann, Sarah J., and John Prow. In the 1860 census, they were living in Salem, Washington Co., IN; John Pro was 53 and a carpenter, Huldah Pro was 46, and their 5 children living with them were George W. Pro 20 a blacksmith, Eliza Ana Pro 16, Sarah J. Pro 15, L.M.D. Pro (spelling changed to Prows) 22 an attorney at law, and John Prows 10.

5.10* James E. French, b. 11 Jan 1818 in Northwest Township, Orange Co, IN. He m. Eliza Allen on 5 Aug 1847 in Orange Co., IN, the same year that James’ father had died. She was b. 23 Aug 1823 in KY, d. 5 Dec 1894 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co., MO. James d. 27 Jan 1901 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN, age 83. I hope I haven’t confused him with the son of James French Sr. b. 1818, but in Southeast, not Northwest, Orange Co., IN. 

An article on p. 290 about the James and Eliza French Family of Widner Townhip and several of their Descendants in the Knox County, Indiana, History Book, 1988 edition, states that James was born in 1816 and Eliza was born in 1824; however, their gravestones say 1818 and 1823. 

Census

In the 1860 census of Columbia township, Martin Co., IN, James is listed as age 41, and Eliza is 34.

In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, James was 52, living with his wife Eliza 45, and 9 children.

On the 1880 census he was 62 and living in Widner, Knox Co., IN, and states that both his parents were born in Virginia.

Death

James d. 27 Jan 1901 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co, IN, age 83. He m. Eliza Allen who was b. 23 Aug 1823 in KY, d. 5 Dec 1894 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN. Both are buried at the Bethany Cemetery in Dugger, Sullivan Co., IN; they are the only Frenches in this cemetery. They had 9 children.

5.11 Sarah Ann French, b. ca. 1823, m. Samuel Busey on 20 Sep 1846 in Orange Co., IN. Samuel was b. 1824 in IN. They resided in the 1860 census in Vigo, Knox Co., IN, with their 3 children: John M. 9, Martha E. 5, and Melissa A. 2. In the 1850 census of Knox Co., IN, they had daughter Mary, age 1, who apparently died before the 1860 census. She died after 1867 as she and her husband are listed in her mother’s will of 1867.

Children:

Jonathan 1810-1860, m. Catherine Batchelor on 4 Oct 1832

Samuel 1811-1814 d. before 1867
William 1815, d. before 1867
Elizabeth, b. 1816 d. before 1867
Hulda 1817-1888, m. John Pro on 25 May 1837
James 1818-1901, m. Elisa Allen on 5 Aug 1847 (the same year James’ father died)
Sarah Ann 1823 d. before 1867, m. Samuel Busey on 20 Sep 1846
Julia Ann 1824-1889, Talbot?, called Ann, no husband
Cynthia 1826-1904, m. Joseph Allen on 18 Jun 1850 
Mary Jane 1832-1921, m. John Roberts on 11 May 1847 (the same year Mary Jane’s father died)

5.12 Julia Ann Talbot French, b. 22 Mar 1824, according to her gravestone and the time and date calculator. She d. 29 Oct 1889 and is buried at the Fox Cemetery. Note: Not sure about the “Talbot” in her name. She died after 1867 because she is mentioned in her mother’s will of 1867.

Julia m. Jacob Raymond Robbins, a descendent of her mothers, on 18 Dec 1845. Jacob was b. 30 Sep 1818 and d. 1 Jan 1894 at age 75 in Grundy Co., MO, and is buried at the Fox Cemetery in Grundy along with 23 other members of the Robbins family. In the 1870 census, they were living in Jefferson, Sullivan Co., IN. They had at least 4 children: Rosa Ellen Robbins, Elizabeth Robbins, Charles R. Robbins, and Huldy H. Robbins. In the 1880 census of Sullivan Co., IN, Jacob Robbins is listed as a widower, but perhaps the gravestones are of another couple indicating she died in 1889. For more information, see http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/11081207/person/1320317542.

  

5.13 Mary Jane (called Jane) French, b. 1 Oct 1832 or ca. 1827 per Ref. [2] in IN, m. John D. Roberts on 17 Oct 1864 in Orange Co., IN. John was 4 Mar 1833 in IN, the son of Bennett Pendleton Roberts and Nancy McGathy. Another record says he was b. 1826 and married Mary Jane French on 11 May 1847 and that his parents were James Roberts and Elizabeth Southern, and that they had a son, Jacob W. Roberts, b. 1848.

John D. Roberts d. 21 Apr 1884 and is buried at the Emerson Hill Cemetery, Gibson Co., IN, the husband of Sarah Jane Montgomery Roberts – they must mean she was living in the township of Montgomery. Sarah Jane Roberts d. 9 Oct 1921 and was buried at the Emerson Hill Cemetery in Gibson Co., IN; therefore, she predeceased him.

Jane and John Roberts lived next door to Mary Jane's sister Cynthia in the 1850 census of Orange County, IN. In the 1880 census of Montgomery, Gibson Co., IN, Jane and John were living with their 3 children: William Roberts 20, Louisa Roberts 17, and Martha Roberts 15.

 

5.14 Cynthia Ann French, b. 1830 in IN, m1. Thomas Dickey on 15 Dec 1847 in Orange Co., IN, and had a daughter, Martha Dickey, age 1 in the 1850 census. Cynthia m2. Joseph Allen on 18 Jun 1850 in Orange Co., IN, and had 9 children: John Allen, Katherine Allen, William M. Allen, Nancy A. Allen, Mary Carolien Allen, Amanda E. Allen, James T. Allen, George Clinton Allen, and Grant J. Allen, all in the 1870 census of NW Twp, Orange Co., IN.

In the 1850 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN she was 21 years old living with Joseph Allen who was 22, and their 1-yr old dau. Martha Allen. They were living next door to her sister Mary Jane. Cynthia d. in 1904 as the wife of Joseph Allen, daughter of Grigsby French, and is buried at the Antioch Cemetery in West Baden Springs, Orange Co., IN. Grigsby was a surname at that time, but I have no account for a Grigsby French. Her husband Joseph Allen was b. 17 Mar 1826, d. 17 Apr 1904, and is buried at the same cemetery.

 

Children of Samuel and Julia Ann (Dougherty) French, 4.4

5.15 Salina (or Solemnia) Catherine French, b: 5 Sep 1816, d. 21 Oct 1904 in Metcalfe Co., KY, m. James Robert Anderson on 6 Feb 1836 in Barren Co., KY. Another marriage date exists of 14 Apr 1847. He was b. 10 May 1811 and d. 11 Sep 1888 and is buried at the New Liberty Cemetery in Edmonton, Metcalfe Co., KY. They had 10 children: Joshua, Joseph D., Juliann, Mary, James Robert, Quintibley, Calvin T., Almedia Frances, Isabella, and Alice. She was the only daughter who didn’t move to Indiana. She was married in Barren Co., KY, and lived in Edmunton, Metcalfe Co., KY [5] in the 1860, 1870, 1880 census, moved briefly to Widner, Knox Co., IN, during the 1880 census, and d. 21 Oct 1904 at age 88 in Metcalfe Co., KY, and is buried at the New Liberty Cemetery in Edmonton, Metcalfe Co., KY. At least 32 Andersons are also buried at this cemetery; no one by the name French. Check them at http://www.findagrave.com/.

1850 census of Metcalfe Co., KY
James Anderson 40    m Ky farmer
Solima Anderson 35    f Ind
Joshua Anderson 10   m Ky
Joseph Anderson 9     m Ky
Julia Anderson 7         f Ky
Mary Anderson 6        f Ky
James Anderson 5      m Ky
Quintella Anderson 3  f Ky
Calvin T. Anderson 2  m Ky

5.16 Robert Dougherty French, b. Jul 1817, m1. Nancy Kirk on 17 Jan 1833 in Orange Co., IN, m2. Nancy Gammon on 2 Mar 1841. Robert d. 21 Jun 1853 at age 36. He bought 40 acres of land in Orange Co., IN on 25 May 1841.

5.17* George Welborn French, b. 23 May 1818 in IN, m1. Malinda Ann Douglas on 14 Apr 1842, m2. Nancy Clark on 2 Nov 1854, m3. Nancy Batchelor [5]. He d. 19 Jan 1884 and is buried in the same cemetery as his brother, John Candor French, Westview Cemetery, Prairie City, Jasper Co., Iowa. 

5.18 Nancy H. French, b. ca. 1820 in Orange Co., IN, m. Hardin Gammon perhaps on 4 Jun 1838 in Meade Co., KY showing the names Nancy French and Hardin Gammon.

5.19* John Candor French, b. 6 Aug 1824 in Orange County, IN, d. 3 Jan 1910 in Prairie City, IA, m. Susan R. Peckenpaugh 23 Mar 1859 in Schuyler Co., IL. Susan was b.17 Apr 1836 Littleton, IL,
d.13 Mar 1903 Prairie City, IA. He had 7 children by each wife. John was a farmer.

Marriage

John m1. Susannah K. Bruner on 4 Jun 1845 in Crawford, IN. She was b. 15 Jun 1828 in Crawford Co., IN, the dau. of Adam Bruner Sr. and Nancy Armes, so she was a sister to Adam Bruner, Jr. and David Simpson Bruner who married John’s sister, Mary Ann. Susannah d: 9 Jan 1859. They had 7 children.

John m2. Susan R. Peckenpaugh on 23 Mar 1859 in Schuyler Co., IL. Susan was b.17 Apr 1836 Littleton, IL,
d.13 Mar 1903 Prairie City, IA.. Susan Peckenpaugh was the dau. of Henry and Jane Rebecca (Arms) Peckenapugh. They also had 7 children.

Census

In the 1850 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN, He is listed as age 26, married to Susannah age 22, with son James M. French age 3 (b. in 1847 in IN), and daughter Sara French, age 1 (born in 1849 in IN). They are living next door to Julia French, John’s mother, age 52 (born 1798 in KY), and Thomas French age 10 (born in 1840 in IN), and Nancy H age 13 (born 1837 in IN).

1852 census, settled in Knox Co., IN.

In the 1860 census of (need to add).

In the 1880 census of Mount Prairie, Jasper Co., Iowa, John is 55 and living with Susan and 7 members of the French family: John T. French 21 (from John’s first wife), Emma J. French 20, Nancy French 18, July French 16, Bell French 13, Olive French 10, Susanna French 5. The interesting connection with this census is that it lists Jane Logan, age 86, b. 1794 in VA, as John’s mother-in-law; she is widowed and both her parents were born in Scotland. James Logan was tied into this line in the first generation, see FFA Chart #195. Jane Logan is listed as Jane Rebecca Arms as her maiden name, Peckenapaugh is her married named, so she must have married a second time.

In the 1900 census of Des Moines, Jasper Co., Iowa. John is 75 and living with Susan whom he married in 1845. John states that both his parents were born in KY.

Death

John C. French d. 3 Jan 1910 and is buried at the Westview Cemetery, Prairie City, Jasper Co., Iowa.

 

5.20 Mary Ann French, b. 11 Mar 1827 in Orange Co., IN, d. 19 Apr 1907 in Richland, Warren Co., Iowa, at age 80. She m. David Simpson Bruner on 14 Nov 1844 in Orange Co., IN. He was b. 8 Mar 1822 in Crawford County, Indiana, the son of Adam Bruner and Nancy Ames. He d. 28 Jun 1882 in Dexter, Dallas Co., Iowa. Mary Ann and David Bruner had 7 children: Joseph Ethan, James Monroe, Lettitia or Melissa, Henrietta, Willie, Owen, and Albert. Researcher Jan Lund [5] is an ancestor of Mary Ann French.

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01 Mary Ann French Bruner

Warranty Deed . . . $20.00 David Bruner and Mary Ann Bruner, his wife To Robert D. French All the estate title interest and claim of the said parties of the first part in and to the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section thirty (30) in township three (3) north of range two (2) west to which they are entitled in right of the said Mary Ann Bruner as one of the children and heirs at law of Samuel French, late of said county of Orange (Indiana) deceased. Also other land) Signed and acknowledged by grantors on September 25, 1850 before J. C. Holmes, Justice of the Peace, Orange County, Indiana. Recorded June 21, 1853 in Deed Record 15, Pages 405-407.

In the 1900 Census, Mary Ann Bruner stated that her mother and father were both born in Kentucky. In this census, Mary Ann was living with a daughter, ------- Lawson in Des Moines, Iowa. She stated when asked where her father and mother were born (Samuel FRENCH and Julia Ann DAUGHERTY) that they were born in Kentucky.

Children of Mary French and David Bruner are:

Joseph Ethan Bruner, born 07 May 1850 in Orange County, Indiana; died 12 January 1929. He married Gertrude Katherine (called Kate) McMurtry 13 August 1874 in Kellogg, Jasper Co., Iowa.

James Monroe Bruner, born 10 Nov 1845.

Lettitia Bruner, born 03 Nov 1847.

Henrietta Bruner, born 30 Apr 1853.

Willie Bruner, born 30 April 1856; died 22 Sep 1856.

Owen H. Bruner, born 12 Dec 1858 in Breckinridge Co., KY.

Albert Bruner, born 15 Jul 1861.

5.21 Eliza French, b. 11 Jun 1829 in IN, m. Eli H. Faucett who was b. 15 Oct 1824 in Orange Co., NC, and became a native of Orange County, N. C., on 6 Jun 1846. Eliza was living in 1900 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, age 71, and d. 25 Jul 1900. Eli was the sixth of twelve children of James and Elizabeth (Jeffers) Faucett, the parents both natives of North Carolina, the father of Irish and the mother of Swedish descent. In the Fall of 1832 they came to this county and settled near the present home of Eli H. At that time the country was very wild, but they went diligently at work, and in time made a comfortable home. Their son, Eli H., was kept at work and only received a meager education. He remained with his parents until his marriage, June 11, 1846, to Eliza French. This lady bore her husband thirteen children, only six of whom are now living: Mary E., who married B. P. Gerkin; N. J., the wife of G. W. Pruett; Harriet E., who married John F. Pruett; Ida B., Carrie J. and Nora A., the last three being yet with their parents. Eli H. has made farming his occupation, and now owns 225 acres. He is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. July 19, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Sixty-sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was made Corporal, and served as such until mustered out April 7, 1863, by reason of a wound received at Richmond, KY. Eli H. Faucett d. 8 Aug 1913 in Orange Co., IN, and is buried at the Faucett Cemetery in Orange Co., IN.

5.22 Joseph French, b. ca. 1831, d. 27 Aug 1850 at age 19. Could he possibly be Joseph William French, b. 28 Jun 1826, d. 17 Jan 1850, and is buried at the French Cemetery, Montgomery Co., KY. He died before the final report of his father’s estate was settled on 27 Aug 1850, but his name appears in the settlement. Very little is known of him.

5.23* Thomas G. French, b. 13 May 1839 in Paoli, Orange Co., IN, or another researcher says 1846 in IN and that he was the youngest child. He m1. Jane “Fannie” Brown in 1863 in IL, d. 7 Nov 1918 in Rio, Knox Co., IL [23]. Jane was b. 8 Jul 1848 in IL, d. 23 Jan 1906 in Rio, Knox Co., IL. They had at least 4 children. Thomas m2. Rachel L.

Lots more to add here for the next update.

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/3868600/person/975226029

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/16043829/person/338995871

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Sixth Generation

Children of John and Eliza (Townsley) French, 5.1

6.1 Stephens French, b. 1849 in IN, m. Susan M., b. 1853 in IN. Their daughter was Hattie French, b. 1895 in IN. Stephens and Susan appears in the 1910 census of Southeast, Orange Co., IN.

Children of Jonathan and Catherine (Batchelor) French, 5.5

Check the 1880 census of any of these children to see where their father was born.

6.2 Elizabeth French, b. 1834 in Martin Co., IN. In the 1850 census of Columbia, Martin Co., IN, Elizabeth was 16.

6.3 Samuel French, b. 1836 in Martin Co., IN. In the 1850 census of Columbia, Martin Co., IN, Samuel was 14.

6.4* James W. French, b. 1839 in Martin Co., IN, m. Eliza Ann Cannon (or Elizabeth Ellen Canon, 1843-1900) on 26 Apr 1859. She was b. in 1841 in Martin Co., IN. In the 1850 census of Columbia, Martin Co., IN, James was 12.

6.5 Hugh French, b. 1839 in Martin Co., IN. In the 1850 census of Columbia, Martin Co., IN, Hugh was 4. In the 1860 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, Hugh was 15.

6.6 Mary J. French, b. 3 Dec 1841 in Martin Co., IN, d. 24 Mar 1866, age 24 in Shoals, Martin Co., IN.

6.7 Sarah E. French, b. 1849 in Martin Co., IN. In the 1850 census of Columbia, Martin Co., IN, Sarah was 1. In the 1860 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, Sarah was 12.

6.8 Julia Ann French, b. 5 Apr 1854, d. 26 Sep 1929 at age 75 in Sullivan Co., IN. In the 1860 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, Juliann was 6.

Children of William D. and Nancy Elizabeth (Humphreys) French, 5.7

6.9 George French, b. 1838 in IN, appears in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census. He appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN.

6.10 John French, b. 1840 in IN, appears in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census. He appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN.

6.11 Susan French, b. 1842 in IN, appears in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census. She appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN.

6.12* Thomas French, b. 1843 in IN, appears in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census. He appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN. He m. Margrett S. Simpson on 20 Oct 1866 in Davies Co., IN; they were both living in Vigo, Knox Co., IN, in the 1860 census where they met; she was the daughter of Frederick Simpson. Thomas was a farmer, and together they moved from Indiana to Arkansas in 1875. One wonders what caused them to move “east” instead of “west”?

Thomas and Margaret had at least 7 children. They appear in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR. She was b. in 1845 in IN. In the 1900 census, they were living in Petie Jean, Logan Co., AR, with 5 of their children.

6.13 William French, b. 1845 in IN, appears in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census. He appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN.

6.14 Ellen French, b. in 1847 in IN, appears in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census. She appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN.

6.15 James French, b. 1850 in IN, appears in Mount Tabor, Monroe Co., IN, in the 1850 census. He appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN. James appears in the 1870 census of Lost Creek, Newton Co., MO, age 20, living with his parents. He is not in the 1880 census.

6.16 Ann (Annie) French, b. 1854 in IN, appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN. Annie appears in the 1870 census of Lost Creek, Newton Co., MO, age 15, living with her parents. She is not in the 1880 census.

6.17 Mary J. French, b. 1858 in IN, appears in the 1860 census of Vigo, Knox Co., IN. She does not appear in the 1870 census.

Children of James E. and Eliza (Allen) French, 5.10

6.18* John French, b. 24 May 1848 in IN, d. 12 Dec 1936 in Lafayette, Allen Co., IN [20]. He m. Louisa C. Douthit on 7 Jan 1872 in Greene Co., IN, and had 3 children: George E., Laura A., and Florence A. He is listed in the 1860 census of Columbia township, Martin Co., IN, age 12. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, he was 22 and living with his parents and siblings.

6.19 Joel T. French, b. 1850 in IN. He is listed in the 1860 census of Columbia township, Martin Co., IN, age 10. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, he was 20 and living with his parents and siblings.

6.20 Mary (Molly) E. French, b. 1852 in IN, d. 1880 at age 28 in Widner, Knox Co., IN. She was accounted for in the 1880 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN. She is listed in the 1860 census of Columbia township, Martin Co., IN, age 8. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, she was 18 and living with her parents and siblings.

6.21 Nancy French, b. 1854 in IN, is not listed in Widner, Knox Co., IN, according to the 1880 census. She is listed in the 1860 census of Columbia township, Martin Co., IN, age 7. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, she was 16 and living with her parents and siblings.

6.22* Willis French, b. 9 Sep 1857 in IN, resided at age 22 in Widner, Knox Co., IN, according to the 1880 census, d. 5 Feb 1941, age 83, and is buried at the Vincennes City Cemetery in Vincennes, Knox Co., IN. He was a laborer, and single in 1880. He is listed in the 1860 census of Columbia township, Martin Co., IN, age 3. He m. Sarah Ellen Hines who was b. 8 Jun 1867 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN, and d. 24 Nov 1933 and is buried at the Fairview Cemetery, also called the Vincennes City Cemetery, in Vincennes, Knox Co., IN. They had 6 children. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, he was 12 and living with his parents and siblings.

6.23 Laura French, b. 1859 in IN. She is listed in the 1860 census of Columbia township, Martin Co., IN, age 6/12. She must have died young because she is not listed in the 1870 census.

6.24 Sarah E. French, b. 1860 in IN, was age 20 in Widner, Knox Co., IN, according to the 1880 census. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, she was 10 and living with her parents and siblings.

6.25 Eliza French, b. 1862 in IN, was age 18 in Widner, Knox Co., IN, according to the 1880 census. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, she was 8 and living with her parents and siblings.

6.26 Monroe French, b. 1865 in IN, is not listed in Widner, Knox Co., IN, according to the 1880 census. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, he was 5 and living with his parents and siblings.

6.27 Lucinda (Lula) French, b. 1868 in IN, was age 12 in Widner, Knox Co., IN, according to the 1880 census. In the 1870 census of Widner, Knox Co., IN, she was 2 and living with her parents and siblings.

Children of George W. and Malinda Ann (Douglas) French, 5.17

6.28 Ann French, b.

6.29 Caroline French, b.

6.30 John French, b.

6.31 Mark French, b.

6.32 Robert French, b.

Children of John Candor and Susannah K. (Bruner) French, 5.19

6.33 Infant son French, b. 20 Feb 1846 in Crawford Co., IN, probably died at birth or in infancy [4].

6.34 James M. French, b. 2 Jun 1847 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN [4].

6.35 Sarah French, b. 22 Apr 1849 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN [4]. She m. John S. Payton on 20 Oct 1868 in Iowa. He was b. 7 Feb 1848 in IN and they had at least 2 children: Clara Payton, b. ca. 1870 in IA, and Roy F. Payton, b. ca. 1875 in IA [4].

6.36 Mary M. French, b. 20 Oct 1852 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, d. 1914, and is buried at the Westview Cemetery in Prairie City, Jasper Co., Iowa [4]. She m. Isaac Bruner on 24 Sep 1868. He was b. 13 Aug 1849 in IL. They had 5 children: Clifford Elijah Bruner, Wilford J. Bruner, Zoa Luella Bruner, Blanche Bruner, and Leo Bruner [4].

6.37 James M. French, b. 2 Jun 1853 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN [4].

6.38* Edwin C. French, b. 23 Sep or Oct 1854 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN [4], d. 19 Nov 1936 and is buried at the McCormick Cemetery. He m. Lydia Stevens on 27 Nov 1873. She was b. 23 Nov 1852 in IA and d. 15 Feb 1923 and is buried at the McCormick Cemetery, Highland Center, Wapello Co., IA. Edwin d. 19 Nov 1936 in IA. They had two children. He appears in the 1900 census of Center, Wapello Co., IA, with his wife Lydia and their 2 children, Leo G. and John R. He appears in the 1910 census of Attumwa, Wapello Co., IA with Lydia and 3 children: Leo G, John R, and Cyrena. Edwin was the oldest past master of the local Masonic Order.

6.39 Reuben French, b. 1857 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN [4].

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=familyhart&id=I432647

6.40 John T. French, b. 1858 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, d. 1937 and is buried at the Westview Cemetery in Prairie City, Jasper Co., Iowa [4].

6.41 Robert D. French, b. 20 Mar 1859 in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, d. 14 Jun 1877 and is buried at the Westview Cemetery in Prairie City, Jasper Co., Iowa [4]. His mother died 9 Jan 1858, so how is his birth possible?

Children of John Candor and Susan (Peckenpaugh) French, 5.19

6.42 Emma J. French, b. 12 Jan 1860 in Knox Co., IL, m. John Timmins in 1885 [4] [28].

6.43 Nancy French, b. 25 Aug 1861 in Knox Co., IL, d. 29 Apr 1888, age 26y, 8m, 4d, the d/o J. C. & S. and is buried at the Westview Cemetery in Prairie City, Jasper Co., Iowa [4].

6.44 Julia French, b. 5 Dec 1863 in Knox Co., IL, m. Jason Roberts in 1881 [4] [28].

6.45 Ida Belle French, b. 17 Feb 1867 in Knox Co., IL, m. Casius Sterling in 1889 [4] [28].

6.46 Allen S. French, b. 4 Apr 1869 in Knox Co., IL [4] [28], died before 1880.

6.47 Olive or Olvie French, b. 3 Jan 1871 in Knox Co., IL, m. George Milleson in 1894. One of these sons married Amanda Gilbert who was b. 1865, d. 1946, and is buried at the Westview Cemetery in Prairie City, Jasper Co., Iowa [4]. 

6.48 Susannah French, b. 10 Oct 1874 in Knox Co., IL, m. Fred Brown in 1899 [4] [28]. 

Children of Thomas G. and Jane (Brown) French, 5.23

6.49 Hellen M. French, born 01/30/ 1864 in Illinois, died 02/24/1864 in Illinois

6.50* Otis Allen French, born 03/25/1865 in Illinois, died 02/25/1933 in Neosho, Newton, Missouri, m. Martha Viola Bartholomew [23]. Married Martha Viola Bartholomew, born 08/29/1868 in Illinois, died 11/17/1927 in Neosho, Newton, Missouri

6.51 Orville B. French, born 1872 in Illinois, died in 1949 (buried in South Basco Cemetery, Basco, Illinois) Married Myrta J. _________, born 05/1872 in Illinois, died ?

Seventh Generation

Children of James W. and Eliza Ann (Cannon) French, 6.4

7.1 Jonathan Thomas French, b. 1860, d. 1942.

7.2 Mary E. French, b. 1862.

7.3 George French, b. 1864.

7.4 Julia A. French, b. 1866.

7.5 Isaac French, b. 1868.

7.6 Laura F. French, b. 1971.

7.7 Noah French, b. 1878.

Children of Thomas and Margrett S. (Simpson) French, 6.12

7.8* George F. French, b. 1867 in MO, appears in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR. George m. Annie E. Townsend on 31 Jul 1892, in Boothe, Scott Co., AR, which was her residence. She was born in 1873 in MO. They are listed in the 1910 census of Petit Jean, Logan Co., AR, with children Irene, Lester, Georgia, and Iris. George and Annie appear in the 1920 census of Petit Jean, Logan Co, AR, with their 3 children and with her father, William B. Townsen, age 85; he d. 6 Oct 1927 in Scott Co., AR. George and Annie appear in the 1930 census in Tomlinson, Scott Co., AR. Note: There is a Smith family mixed in with this family which is an ancestry.com error, as the original appears as French.

7.9 Martha E. French, b. 1870 in MO, appears in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR.

7.10 Mary E. French, b. 1872 in MO, appears in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR.

7.11 William French, b. 1874 in MO, appears in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR.

7.12 Alice French, b. 1876 in AR, appears in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR.

7.13 James French, b. 1878 in AR, appears in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR.

7.14 Delia D. French, b. 1880 in AR, appears in the 1880 census of Hickman, Scott Co., AR.

Children of John and Louisa C. (Douthit) French, 6.18

7.15 George E. French,

7.16 Laura A. French,

7.17 Florence A. French,

Children of Willis and Sarah Ellen (Hines) French, 6.22

7.18 James G. French, b. Nov 1884 in Sullivan Co., IN [20].

7.19 Amos A. French, b. Mar 1887 in Sullivan Co., IN [20].

7.20 Gertrude M. French, b. 14 Dec 1889 in Sullivan Co., IN [20].

7.21 Josephine French, b. 2 Mar 1892 [20].

7.22 Bonnie Hazel French, b. Apr 1894 [20].

7.23 Daisy Marie French, b. 11 May 1900 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN, d. 22 Nov 1983 in Taylor, Tyler Co., TX, m. Charles Frederick Miller on 12 Dec 1920 and had 2 children: Donald Eugene “Red” Miller on 26 Aug 1921 who m. Jeanne Ellen Roesner, and Marlin Maurice “Red” Miller on 1 Nov 1925 who m. Betty Pugh and had 2 sons, Charles and Robert Miller [20].

Children of Edwin C. and Lydia (Stevens) French, 6.38

7.24 Edna French, b. 26 Mar 1877 in IA, d. 1 Aug 1894, age 17. Buried at the McCormick Cemetery, Highland Center, Wapello Co., IA.

7.25 Leo G. French (known as Glen L. French), b. 27 Dec 1880 in IA, d. 14 Dec 1944 and is buried at the McCormick Cemetery, m. Louise Bingham on 24 Feb 1915 in Ottumwa Co., IA. He was living with his parents in the 1910 census of Ottumwa, Wapello Co., IA. In the 1900 census of Center, Wapello Co., IA, he was living with his parents. In the 1930 census of Center, Wapello Co., IA, Glen and Louise are living alone. No known children.

7.26 John R. French, b. Dec 1883 in IA. He m. Cyrena Dingle who was b. 20 Apr 1887 in SD and d. 30 Mar 1976. They lived in the 1910 and 1920 census in Ottumwa, Wapello Co, IA. Both her parents were born in England. John states that his father was born in IL and his mother in IA. In the 1930 census of Center, Wapello Co., IA, they are living with his father, Edwin, age 75, and Cyrena’s brother, Harry Dingle, age 45. Apparently no children were born to this couple. They are buried at the McCormick Cemetery in Highland Center, Wapello Co., IA. John d. in 1964 and was married to Cyrena for more than 50 years. He was a retired coal and feed dealer.

Children of Otis Allen and Martha Viola (Bartholomew) French, 6.50

7.27* Lyman Albert French, born abt. 1889 in Quincy, Adams, Illinois, died abt. 1948/49 in Chelsea, Rogers, Oklahoma, Married Marie Elizabeth Sparks, born 06/29/1903 in Oklahoma, died 03/1970 in Chelsea, Rogers, OK.

Eighth Generation

Children of George F. and Annie E. (Townsend) French, 7.8

8.1 Irene French, b. 1899 in AR, appears in the 1920 census of Petit Jean, Logan Co., AR.

8.2* Lester T. French, b. 1903 in AR, appears in the 1920 census of Petit Jean, Logan Co., AR. He m. Mercedes I. Cox on 13 Nov 1921 in Ione, Logan Co., AR. He was age 19 and she was age 22. In the 1930 census of Tomlinson, Scott Co, AR, they appear with their 2 children, L. Glenn and Jacquilene Y. French.

8.3 George T. French, b. 1905 in AR, appears in the 1920 census of Petit Jean, Logan Co., AR.

8.4 Iris Adilee French, b. 27 Jan 1907 in Booneville, AR, appears in the 1920 census of Petit Jean, Logan Co., AR. She m. Omma Mott on 25 Oct 1925 in Logan Co., AR. Iris was living at that time in Mansfield, Scott Co., AR. She was 18 and he was 19. She d. ca. 24 Mar 2000 at age 93 in Fort Smith, AR. Her obituary appears in the SW Times. 

Children of Lyman Albert and Marie Elizabeth (Sparks) French, 7.27

8.5 Burl Henry French, b. 18 Jan 1925 in Clay, Missouri, died 25 Jul 1995, in Childers, Nowata, OK, m. Lorene ______, who was b. 12 Feb 1932.

8.6* Harley Owen French, b. 1 Feb 1927 in Noel, McDonald, MO, d. 25 Jul 1979 in Colorado, m. Lela Rosie Blackbourn, who was b. 10 May 1927.

8.7 Albert French, b. 28 Nov 1929 in MO, d. 18 Sep 2005 in Chelsea, Rogers, OK, m. Barbara Lee Blackbourn, who was b. 14 Jan 1931 in Neosho, Newton, MO, d. 20 Apr 2006 in Westminster, Adams, CO.

Ninth Generation

Children of Lester T. and Mercedes I. (Cox) French, 8.2

9.1 L. Glenn French, b. 1923 in AR, appears in the 1930 census of Tomlinson, Scott Co., AR.

9.2 Jacquilene Y. French, b. 1928 in AR, appears in the 1930 census of Tomlinson, Scott Co., AR.

Children of Harley Owen and Lela Rosie (Blackbourn) French, 8.6

9.3* Robert Allen French, b. 8 Mar 1946 in Chelsea, Rogers Co., OK, d. 11 Jun 1975 age 29, in Englewood, Arapahoe Co., CO, m. Dawn Wallin.

9.4 Linda Carrol French, b. 25 Sep 1947 in Childers, Nowata Co., OK, d. 25 Sep 1947 at birth in Childers, Nowata, Oklahoma

9.5* Jerry Otis French, b. 1 Jan 1951 in Childers, Nowata Co., OK, m. on 23 Feb 1970 to Lane Mickelsen, born 09/29/1951 in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah

9.6 Judy French, m. David Snyder and had children Michael Snyder and KayCee Snyder.

Tenth Generation

Children of Robert Allen and Dawn (Wallin) French, 9.3

10.1 Nicole Christine French, b. 13 Sep 1973.

Children of Jerry Otis and Lane (Mickelsen) French, 9.5

10.2 Kenneth Joel French, b. 11 Jun 1970 in Millington, Shelby Co., TN.

10.3 Kimberly Kristina French, b. 21 Dec 1972 in Guam.

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 and Notes

[1] Judith French, judith333@earthlink.net.

[2] Deb Skoff, skoff@comcast.net, doing research into the possible link to Chart #31. She received the following information about Jonathan French, who is included in the French surname DNA project, Group 4, which also includes David French of KY, John Peter French of SC, and Jacob French of Berkeley Co., WV.

The library sent copies of 2 family group sheets for the George Hedges French - Mary "Polly" Robbins family. There isn't a date or contact name on either of these sheets, but they were located in the library's "French family" folder (Genealogy Collection, Box 41, Folder #2). Each group sheet lists the same 10 children for this couple, but in a different order. And both sheets say that the oldest child was Jonathan French, b. 1810 in Indiana.  It looks like the compiler of one of the family group sheets had found probate papers for George's wife because it says: "When her estate was settled in 1867 3 ch. were dead." It also says "George had brothers, Samuel and James".

Children listed for George Hedges FRENCH and Mary ROBBINS on the 1st group sheet are:
1. Jonathan b. ca 1810; m. Catherine Batchelor
2.
Hulda b. ca 1817; m. John Pru or Pro
3.
James E b. 1818; m. Eliza Allen
4.
Sarah Ann m. Samuel Busick, Busey or Bucie
5. Julia Ann b. ca 1824; m. Jacob Robbins
6.
Cynthia Ann b. 30 Sept 1830; m. 1. Thomas Dickey and 2. Joseph Allen
7. Mary Jane m. John Roberts
8. William D.
9. Eliza
10. Samuel

Children listed for George Hedges FRENCH and Mary ROBBINS on the 2nd group sheet are:
1. Jonathan m. Catherine Batchelor
2. Eliza
3. Samuel
4. Hulda m. John Pro
5. James m. Eliza Allen
6. Mary Jane m. John Roberts
7. Sarah m. Samuel Busie
8. Cynthia Ann
9. William D.
10. Julia m. Jacob Robbins

The second group sheet also says: "John C. French m. Susannah was son of Samuel, George's brother.

The library sent a copy of the 1855 application for bounty land by widow Mary French (due to George H. French's service in the War of 1812). This includes 6 pages of handwritten testimony. In her testimony Mary says "that she was married to the said George H French in the County of Jefferson State of Kentucky on or about the 8th day of June 1809 by John Hite a preacher of gospel and that her name before her said marriage was Mary Robbins ..."

There was also a copy of an article (p. 290) about the James and Eliza French family of Widner Township and several of their descendants in the Knox County (Indiana) History book - 1988 edition. This article says James was born in 1816 and Eliza was born in 1824.

[3] Website: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/in/county/orange/vetother.htm, Veterans of Various Wars: Rev War, War of 1812, Mex-Am War, WWI, WWII, and Korean War, but not the Civil War. Lists George Hedges French in the War of 1812.

FRENCH, George Hedges; from "U. S. Adj. General, Muster, Pay & Receipt Rolls of Indiana Territory Volunteers or Militia, War of 1812," vol. 2: pp. 437, 438, 439: George French Sgt. entered 21 Jan 1813 to 19 Feb 1813 - payroll 30 days $11.36 Capt. Zachariah Lindley Co., 5th Reg. Ind. Militia - he signed with an x that he received $11. Mary (Polly) French applied for bounty land - claim #22780 & #88235 - as his widow. She applied 4 Dec 1855 & was denied. They said she did not prove his death. She applied again 22 March 1859 & died soon afterward; he is listed under the French family cemetery; George Hedges French (1 Oct 1784-28 June 1847) was b. in KY. He married 8 June 1809 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY, Mary Robbins (ca 1790-ca 1860), who was b. in VA.

[4] Ancestry of John Candor French, Website: http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=familyhart&id=I191731

 [5] Janice Chastain Lund, Jan4gen@verizon.net (good in 2011). 9648 Barkerville Ave., Whittier, CA 90605, website: http://www.ingenweb.org/inorange/familyfiles/descfrench.htm.

Descendants of Samuel French from Jan Lund

Generation No. 1 1. Samuel1 French was born 1787 in Kentucky, and died 02 September 1841. He married Julia Ann Daugherty Bef. 1824 in Probably Kentucky, daughter of Samuel Daugherty and Polly Williams. Notes for Samuel French: From an article in the newspaper when Samuel FRENCH died, it stated he was 54 years old. Since he died 2 September 1841, that would make his birth year 1787.He would have been 9 years older than Julia Ann. In the 1900 Census, Samuel's daughter, Mary Ann Bruner, stated that her mother and father were born in Kentucky. She was living in Des Moines, Iowa with a daughter at the time. I have the photocopy of the census record.

* * *FRENCH FAMILY GRAVES Northwest Township. Sec. 29. T3N, R2W.

Abandoned. Samuel French entered 2 tracts of land in this section in 1836. His name appears in a list of voters in George Hedge French entered tracts in the same section in 1837 and 1840. There are six graves in the little burial plot in a field, and three of the stones have inscriptions. A Paoli newspaper of 1841 contains an obituary of Samuel French, which states he left a wife and nine children. FRENCH, Samuel, d. 21 Sep 1841, age 52y/5m/16d.FRENCH, Julia A., w. of Samuel, 11 Oct 1796-4 Apr 1854.FRENCH, George H., d. 28 Jun 1847, age 62y/9m/27d.

Land records of Orange County, Indiana: United States to Samuel French - - -

Certificate of Entry, May 26, 1836, The northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section 30, township 3 north, range 2 west, containing 40 acres. Tract Book 3, Page 53. *

* *Probate Records . . . Probate Order Book 2, Page 124 "Be it remembered that on the 12th day of October, 1841, administration of all and singular the estate of Samuel French, late of Orange County, deceased, was granted to Julia French and Robert D. French who gave bond in the penal sum of one thousand dollars conditioned as the law provides with William Lindley and Johnathan Lindley securities and qualified.

Proof Samuel was in Orange County by 1820 so he and Julia probably were married some place in Kentucky as were their oldest children.****

*** DOUGHERTY, Preston * marr. SUTHERLAND,

Massey 18-Dec-1834, Lawrence Co., IN*****

**Below is taken from the Orange County, Indiana Web Page**

Military

Records: FRENCH, George Hedges; from "U. S. Adj. General, Muster, Pay & Receipt Rolls of Indiana Territory Volunteers or Militia, War of 1812," vol. 2: pp. 437, 438, 439: George French Sgt. entered 21 Jan 1813 to 19 Feb 1813 - payroll 30 days $11.36 Capt. Zachariah Lindley Co., 5th Reg. Ind. Militia - he signed with an x that he received $11. Mary (Polly) French applied for bounty land - claim #22780 & #88235 – as his widow. She applied 4 Dec 1855 & was denied. They said she did not prove his death. She applied again 22 March 1859 & died soon afterward; he is listed under the French family cemetery; George Hedges French (1 Oct 1784-28 June 1847) was b. in KY. He married 8 June 1809 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY, Mary Robbins (ca 1790-ca 1860), who was b. in VA. I received an e-mail from a lady who said George Hedges FRENCH was Samuel FRENCH's brother....he is buried in the same cemetery. Notes for Julia Ann Daugherty: In the 1900 Census in Des Moines, Iowa, Mary Ann Bruner, daughter of Julia and Samuel, stated her parents were born in Kentucky. There was an Elizabeth Daugherty in the 1820 Census (online Broderbund) in Jefferson County, KY. There was a James DAUGHERTY in the 1820 census for Breckenridge Co., KYFrom 1830 Orange County, Indiana Census: DOUGHERTY, Patriot, 4 DOUGHIT, Benjamin, 28 DOUGHIT, George, 27

*******Children of Samuel French and Julia Daugherty are:
2i.Salina2 French. She married ? Anderson.
3ii.George W. French. He married Malinda.
4iii.Nancy French. She married Hardin Gammon(Gamming). Notes for Hardin Gammon(Gamming):On the Broderbund Marriage CD's, there is a marriage for: Nancy FRENCH and Hardin Gamming (Gammon?) for 4 June 1838 in Meade County, KY. Could this be GAMMON?
5iv.Eliza French. She married Eli Faucett. Notes for Eli Faucett: ELI H. FAUCETT, a native of Orange County, N. C., was born October 15, 1824,being the sixth of twelve children of James and Elizabeth Faucett, the parents both natives of North Carolina, the father of Irish and the mother of Swedish descent. In the fall of 1832 they came to this county and settled near the present home of Eli H. At that time the country was very wild, but they went diligently at work, and in time made a comfortable home. Their son, Eli H., was kept at work and only received a meager education. He remained with his parents until his marriage, June 11, 1846, to Eliza French. This lady bore her husband thirteen children, only six of whom are now living: Mary E., who married B. P. Gerkin; N. J., the wife of G. W. Pruett; Harriet E., who married John F. Pruett; Ida B., Carrie J. and Nora A., the last three being yet with their parents. Eli H. has made farming his occupation, and now owns 225 acres. He is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. July19, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Sixty-sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, was made Corporal, and served as such until mustered out April 7, 1863, by reason of a wound received at Richmond, Ky. 6v.Joseph French. 7vi. Thomas French. He married Jane ?. 8vii.Robert D. French. He married Nancy Kirk 17 January 1833 in Orange County, Indiana. +9viii. Mary Ann French, born 11 March 1827 in Orange Co., Indiana; died 19 April 1907 in Richland, Warren County, Iowa. +10ix.John Candor French, born 06 August 1824 in Orange County, Indiana; died 03 January 1910. Generation No. 2  9. Mary Ann2 French (Samuel1) was born 11 March 1827 in Orange Co., Indiana, and died 19 April 1907 in Richland, Warren County, Iowa. She married David Simpson Bruner 14 November 1844 in Orange County, Indiana, son of Adam Bruner and Nancy Armes. Notes for Mary Ann French: Warranty Deed . . . $20.00 David Bruner and Mary Ann Bruner, his wife To Robert D. French All the estate title interest and claim of the said parties of the first part in and to the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section thirty (30) in township three (3) north of range two (2) west to which they are entitled in right of the said Mary Ann Bruner as one of the children and heirs at law of Samuel French, late of said county of Orange (Indiana) deceased. (also other land)Signed and acknowledged by grantors on September 25, 1850 before J. C. Holmes, Justice of the Peace, Orange County, Indiana. Recorded June 21, 1853 in Deed Record 15, Pages 405-407. * * *In the 1900 Census, Mary Ann was living with a daughter, ------- Lawson in Des Moines, Iowa. She stated when asked where her father and mother were born (Samuel FRENCH and Julia Ann DAUGHERTY) that they were born in Kentucky. Notes for David Simpson Bruner:*AFN:GGWX-S7 Children of Mary French and David Bruner are: 11i. Joseph Ethan3 Bruner, born 07 May 1850 in Orange County, Indiana; died 12 January 1929. He married Gertrude Katherine McMurtry 13 August 1874 in Kellogg, Jasper Co., Iowa. Notes for Gertrude Katherine McMurtry:Gertrude Katherine always went by the name of "Kate". 12ii. James Monroe Bruner, born 10 November 1845. 13iii.Lettitia Bruner, born 03 November 1847. 14iv.Henrietta Bruner, born 30 April 1853. 15 v.Willie Bruner, born 30 April 1856; died 22 September 1856. 16 vi.Owen H. Bruner, born 12 December 1858 in Breckinridge Co., KY. 17vii.Albert Bruner, born 15 July 1861. 10. John Candor2 French (Samuel1) was born 06 August 1824 in Orange County, Indiana, and died 03 January 1910. He married (1) Susannah Bruner. He married (2) Susannah K. Bruner 04 June 1845 in Crawford, IN, daughter of Adam Bruner and Nancy Armes. Notes for John Candor French:*Seven children, page 698 HB book1850 Orange County Census, Northwest Township:1087-1091 FRENCH, John C.26Farmer Born Indiana Susanna K.22 Born Indiana James M. 3Born Indiana Sara 1Born Indiana1088-1092 FRENCH, Julia53Born Kentucky  Thomas10Born Indiana Nancy H.13 Born Indiana Children of John French and Susannah Bruner are: 18i. Infant son3 French, born 20 February 1846. 19ii.Sara French, born 22 April 1849. 20iii.Mary A. French, born 20 October 1852. 21iv. James M. French, born 02 June 1853. 22v.Edwin C. French, born 23 October 1854.

Samuel is on the tax lists for Northwest Township in about 1817 – see the bookmark for 1790Census under Research. Entered land in 1836. Old homestead was still standing a couple of years ago and I have pictures and pictures of the headstones in cemetery by house.

Samuel and Julia were born "in Kentucky" per their children's census records but have been unable to find out where or the name of Samuel's parents. Samuel had a brother named George Hedges FRENCH who is buried in the same graveyard in Northwest Twp.

[6] Charles Henry French, b. 1880 in IN, m. Mattie Maude Shaw who was b. in 1885 in Paragould, AR, who had son Thomas Charles French, b. 1905 in Clarkton, MO, m. Patty Ree Murphy who was b. 1908 in Sandyland, AR.

[7] Website:  http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/21621168/person/1113549126

[8] Wes Groleau, website: http://groleau.freeshell.org/ref/lookups.shtml. Excerpts from the earlier work by Otto French (1958) and Sylvia Waack (1986). 137 Ruth Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.

[9] STROM, Shelley Ann, #686. Family names: FAUCETT, GERKIN, HENSON. Connection: Chart #186: Eliza French (1), b. ca. 1830 in Orange Co., IN, m. Eli H. Faucett; Mary Ellen Faucett (2), b. 31 Aug 1848, m. Benjamin P. Gerkin; Edward Grant Gerkin (3), b. 13 Feb 1869, m. Caroline Henson; Rebert Emil Gerkin (4), m. Zenith Vaarwerk; Tressa Ann Gerkin (5), m. Steven Strom; Shelley Ann (6). Query: Looking for parents of Eliza French, who could have been George, from the 1840 census of Orange County, IN. FFA note: Write to Loran Braught, RR 21, Box 519, Terre Haute, IN 47802. (812) 299-9264 who has a Mary Ann French, b. 11 Mar 1827, KY, d. 19 Apr 1907 Warren Co., IA, m. David Simpson Bruner, 14 Nov 1844 probably at Orange Co. IN. Her death records list father Samuel French, b. KY, and Julia Daugherty, b. KY as her mother.

[10] STWALLEY, Shirley J., #823. Family names: HOLLINGSWORTH. Connection: Elizabeth French (1), b. ca. 1812 OH, d. between 1870-1880 KS, m. Silas Hollingsworth 6 May 1830 in Vermillion Co., IN; John Hollingsworth (2), m. Sarah Ellen Hutton; Florence Hollingswirth (3), m. Ray Trogdon; Shirley Trogdon (4), m. Glenn Stwalley. Query: Who were th e parents of Elizabeth French, b. ca. 1812, OH? There were several French families in the county including Samuel, David, and Philip. The most likely family for Elizabeth seems to be that of Samuel, but no proof has been found.

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[13] Brief Historical Timeline of Fayette County Kentucky: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyfayett/fayettime.htm.

[14] SAMUEL FRENCH - 1 Dec. 1754, Fairfax, 27, 5'10", sawyer, Maryland, black complexion, black curled hair p. 92 Pay Roll of Capt. George Mercer's Company September 1756. Samuel French Pay Roll of Capt. George Mercer's Company October 1756. Samuel French p. 280 Bounty Land Warrants for the French and Indian War. In May 1779 the Virginia Legislature placed a time limit of 12 months on receiving land based on service. The acreage was based on the rank. Field officers 5,000 acres, captain 3,000 acres staff officer 2,000 a nomcom. 200 acres and private 50 acres.

[15] Cheryl and Doug, email: dougcher@sbcglobal.net, I have been doing research on mine and my husband's family for over 15 years. We have three children and 10 grandchildren.

I love genealogy, camping in our motorhome, visiting family research locations around the country and lighthouses, reading and playing word games. I am a musician of keyboard and voice and love a variety of music, especially church music.

Searching for my ancestors burial grounds and filming their graves has always been part of my genealogy. I am enjoying adding burials and knowing I am saving these graves from being lost and forgotten. May we always remember where we came from and how they formed who we are.

Jane Brown French, b. 8 Jul 1846, d. 23 Jan 1906, buried at the Rio Baptist Cemetery in Rio, Knox Co., IL, and her husband T. G. French, b. 13 May 1838, d. 7 Nov 1918.

[16] Another researcher notes that the parents of John French were William French and Elizabeth Calderhead, both born ca. 1700. Elizabeth Calderhead was the daughter of John Calderhead and Anna Aitken, both born ca. 1670 most likely in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, Scotland. 

[17] Catherine Morgan, b. 2 Feb 1742, m. Joseph Hedges on 21 Oct 1800 in Berkeley Co., VA, and d. in Montgomery Co., KY between 1810-1812, at that time being over 70 years old. This was one Catherine Hedges, but definitely not of this French line.

[18] Jacob Berg married, December 25, 1889, Margaret Stillwagon, born in Connellsville, December 28, 1867, daughter of Rev. George Stillwagon, a minister of "The Brethren Sect," and granddaughter of Peter Stillwagon, an early settler. Rev. George Stillwagon, born in Connellsville, married Jane French, born at Wharton Furnace, Fayette county. Children of Benjamin L. and Margaret Berg: Margaret, born March 28, 1894; Dorothy Catherine, January 1, 1907.

[19] Scott Family compiled by H. Edgar Hill, email: ed@hill-ky.org, website: http://www.hill-ky.org/Reports/Scott.pdf.

[20] Jan Lund. Here is what I have intertwined with my FRENCH family of Northwest Township, Orange County, Indiana. Any connections? If you have any more on any of these people, would love to hear from you. Thanks, Jan Lund

Descendants of William Allen
1 William Allen
.. +Nancy Stone
........ 2 Mary Allen
............ +?Harrison
........ 2 Eliza Allen 1823 - 1894 b: 23 August 1823 in Kentucky d: 05 December 1894 in Carlisle, Sullivan, IN
............ +James E. French 1818 - 1901 b: 11 January 1818 in NW Township, Orange Co., IN d: 27 January 1901 in Carlisle, Sullivan, IN m: 05 August 1847 in Orange County, Indiana
................... 3 John French 1848 - b: 24 May 1848
....................... +Louisa C. Douthit m: 07 January 1872 in Greene
County, Indiana
.............................. 4 George E. French
.............................. 4 Laura A. French
.............................. 4 Florence A. French
................... 3 Joel T. French 1850 - b: 1850
................... 3 Mary (Molly) French 1852 - b: 1852
................... 3 Nancy French 1854 - b: 1854
................... 3 Willis French 1857 - b: 09 September 1857
....................... +Sarah Ellen Hines 1867 - 1933 b: 08 June 1867 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co., Indiana d: 24 November 1933
.............................. 4 James G. French 1884 - b: November 1884 in Sullivan County, Indiana
.............................. 4 Amos A. French 1887 - b: March 1887 in Sullivan County, Indiana
.............................. 4 Gertrude M. French 1889 - b: 14 December 1889 in Sullivan County, Indiana
.............................. 4 Josephine French 1892 - b: 02 March 1892
.............................. 4 Bonnie Hazel French 1894 - b: April 1894
.............................. 4 Daisy Marie French 1900 - 1983 b: 11 May 1900 in Carlisle, Sullivan Co., Indiana d: 22 November 1983 in Taylor, Tyler Co., Texas
.................................. +Charles Frederick Miller m: 12 December 1920
......................................... 5 Donald Eugene"Red" Miller 1921 - b: 26 August 1921
............................................. +Jeanne Ellen Roesner
......................................... 5 Marlin Maurice "Red" Miller 1925 - b: 01 November 1925
............................................. +Betty Pugh
.................................................... 6 Charles Miller
.................................................... 6 Robert Miller
................... 3 Sarah E. French 1860 - b: 1860
................... 3 Eliza French 1862 - b: 1862
................... 3 Monroe French 1865 - b: 1865
................... 3 Lucinda (Lula) French 1868 - b: 1868

[21] History of Orange County, Chapter 3. Website: http://www.us-data.org/in/orange/history/his1884chapter3.txt.

[22] Nancy Hammes, email: nhammes@softhome.net (good in 2002).

[23] Ken French, email: kenfrench2005@yahoo.com (good in 2011), 1812 U.S. Hwy 181 N., Floresville, TX 78114. Kenneth Joel French, b. 11 Jun 1970 in Millington, Shelby Co., TN.

 [24] Below are 1820 Census listings for name "FRENCH" in Jefferson County, KY. From online census from Broderbund. 
French, John 1820 PORTLAND 032
French, Marshal 1820 LOUISVILLE 020
French, Marshall 1820 LOUISVILLE 028
French, Mary 1820 JEFFERSON 036
Below are Hardin County, KY entries for "FRENCH". See also DAUGHERTY under Samuel Daugherty.
French, Elisha 1820 LITTLE YORK, Hardin Co., KY 024 FFA Chart #137
French, Ignatius 1820 LITTLE YORK, Hardin Co., KY 052 FFA Chart #137
French, Martin 1820 LITTLE YORK, Hardin Co., KY 052 FFA Chart #137
French, Ralph 1820 LITTLE YORK, Hardin Co., KY 052 FFA Chart #137
French, Stephen 1820 LITTLE YORK, Hardin Co., KY 052 FFA Chart #137
French, Susanah 1820 LITTLE YORK, Hardin Co., KY 052 FFA Chart #137
French, Thomas 1820 LITTLE YORK, Hardin Co., KY 052 FFA Chart #137
No FRENCH's in Breckenridge County, KY for 1820 census.
Below are 1820 Census for Orange County, Indiana where Julia Ann and Samuel FRENCH lived and raised their family.
French, George 1820 NORTHWEST TWP 125
French, James 1820 GREENFIELD TWP 129
French, Samuel 1820 NORTHWEST TWP 125
Proof Samuel was in Orange County by 1820 so he and Julia probably were married some place in Kentucky as were their oldest children.

DOUGHERTY, Preston  marr. SUTHERLAND, Massey 18-Dec-1834, Lawrence Co., IN

[25] U. S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management website: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ and http://tinyurl.com/6qogljs.

[26] Data from James and Henry French of Vigo Co., IN, in the early 1800s. Website: http://boards.ancestry.co.uk/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=5981&p=localities.northam.usa.states.indiana.counties.vigo.

The most of the early settlers to Linton Township, Vigo Co., IN, came from Kentucky, the first being Moses Evans, who arrived in 1812, and settled on the prairie now bearing his name. About the same time Thomas and William Pound and Hamilton Reed came in, also James French, who was a bell-maker and did a large business, trading bells to the Indians, who at the time were numerous in the vicinity. Shortly after his arrival he was driven off by them, but returned again when Fort Harrison was erected. If James had moved here, then reread this article: http://www.ingenweb.org/invigo/lintontwp.htm. How could James live in Vigo, Vermilion, Saline, Madison, and Orange Counties? If he lived in Vigo Co., he probably had sons Israel, Thomas, and E. P. French.

From the “History of Madison County, Illinois”, “a” James French shows up in 1813.

In Gallatin Co., KY on 14 Apr 1829, Deed from Mordicai Jackson to Caleb Duncan, both of Gallatin Co., KY, $175, 50 acres on Big Lick Fork of Eagle Creek, part of James French survey of 15915a. More land records very similar to the above are listed in 1830, 1833, and 1834. This might indicate that James had died and the land was being sold off. In no way does this indicate that this James French is the one we are looking for.

In 1827, “a” James French turns up in Vermilion Co., IL, as listed in the History of Vermilion County, Illinois, by Lottie E. Jones (see below).

Most likely the James Elliott mentioned above was b. 1797 in NH and lived in 1860 in Vance, Vermilion Co., IL. Samuel Beaver is listed in the 1830 census of Vermilion Co., IL; he was aged 20-29; therefore, born ca. 1800 – all 3 men were born about the same time.

[27] Kentucky Marriage Records: http://www.genwed.com/state/kygen.htm.

[28] "Prairie Pioneers of Illinois", edited by Beth Rochefort, published 1988 by Illinois State Genealogical Society, Box 10195, Springfield, Illinois 62791. Printer: McDowell Publications, 11129 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Utica, KY

pg. 94. Submitted by Leone E. May
916 11th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50265.


[29] Doris Ross Johnston, email: outahere4@sbcglocal.net (good in 2012). She has done research on the Daugherty family.

[30] Gideon Dougherty, 1815-1885. Birth: Feb., 1816 Orange County Indiana, USA Death: May 6, 1885 New Market Taylor County Iowa, USA Gideon Dougherty was the son of Robert S. & Sarah (Tanner) Dougherty. He was the 3rd oldest son of 10 children. He married Elizabeth Mahan 9 June 1840 in Lawrence Co., Indiana. He served with the Indiana Volunteers during the Mexican war 1846-47. By Sept. 1850 the family was in Page Co., Iowa. Gideon & Elizabeth had 9 children. She outlived her husband by 35 years and died at the age of 102. Family links: Children: William Shelby Dougherty (1842 - 1900)* Spouse: Elizabeth Mahan Dougherty (1818 - 1920)* *Point here for explanation Inscription: GIDEON M. HUSBAND OF E. Dougherty DIED MAY 6, 1885 AGED 69 Yrs. 3.Mos. Farewell, but not forever This life will soon be o'er Soon we shall cross the river And join thee on that shore. Burial: Memory Cemetery New Market Page County Iowa, USA Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?] Created by: Tim Record added: Feb 27, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34268271

[31] Catherine Unknown, (we thought she was a French, but she is not), b. 1790-91 in NC, d. after 1846 because her name was added to her husband’s gravestone after he died. She m. Henry Daugherty Jr. in 1810; Henry was b. 1784 and d. 2 Jun 1846 at age 62 per the gravestone in Northwest, Orange Co., IN.

http://ourtexasfamily.com/Daugherty-Magill-Warren/Daugherty-MajJohn-explorer.html

The Catherine who married Henry Dougherty and lived in Northwest, Orange Co., IN, is NOT our Catherine French, beforehand possibly a daughter of John and Catherine French. I found this memorial online dedicated to the Dougherty Family at the Old Stampers Creek Cemetery in Paoli, Orange Co., IN. Catherine was born in NC. Instead of giving her surname, they identified where she was from, that being NC. If she were the daughter of John and Catherine French, who lived in the same area, I'm sure they would have known that. All the other spouses have surnames listed.

State of Ohio Belmont County: I do certify that on the 9th Instant I joined together in Holy Matrimony Henry Daugherty and Catharine Shay by a license granted for that purpose  Given under my hand and Seal this 20th day of January 1821 Abner Moore  Justice of the peace (from book 8, page 228)  Could be a different Henry Daugherty.  If born in 1784, would be married at age 37.  There is a "Henry Daugharty" in the 1830 census for Kirkwood, Belmont Co., OH [8].

Census

1810 census – they married this year and cannot be found.

1820 census of Northwest, Orange Co., IN, Henry Dougherty:
2 free white males ages 26-44, b. 1776-1794, Henry Dougherty Jr., b. 1784, and a brother?
4 free white females under 10, b. 1811-1820,
1 free white female 10-15, b. 1805-1810,
1 free white female 26-44, Catherine Dougherty, b. 1790-91

1840 – Henry Daugherty is listed in the South West, Orange Co., IN, age 50-60, therefore b. 1780-1790, living in Southwest Township (later French Lick Township), which is where Springer Cemetery is located. He and Catherine m. 1810 as stated in this census record, and had children between 1810-1820.
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 | 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 male 15-20
1 male 50-60, born 1780-1790, Henry Dougherty Jr., b. 1784
1 female under 5,
1 female 10-15,
1 female 40-50, born 1790-1800, Catherine Dougherty, must be at the far end of this figure to coincide with the dates in the previous census; therefore, b. between 1790-1794.

2 Jun 1846 – Henry Daugherty died, at age 62, therefore born in 1784.

1850 – Catherine Daugherty, widow, in French Lick Township, Orange Co., IN. It states she was b. 1801 in PA, and is living with the Miller family.

1850 census – “A” Henry Daugherty appears in the 1850 census of Owen, KY, b. ca. 1782 in MD, age 68, a wheelwright. He is living with Malinda Daugherty, age 20, and Ann E. Daugherty, age 2.

Census Records in Indiana: We could find out the circumstances by researching dates – such as, how old was Henry Dougherty, and did that couple have children. If Catherine was the daughter, Henry would have been born ca. 1770 and not 1750, plus they probably would have had children. Henry Daugherty (spelling at that time) moved to Indiana by 1812.

In the 1850 census, 3 possibly children, all born in Kentucky and moving to Orange Co., IN, would be Robert Dougherty b. 1790, Sarah Dougherty b. 1794, and Gabriel Dougherty b. 1809.

Military

Henry Dougherty is listed in the War of 1812, b. ca. 1783, age 30, on the U.S. Marshal’s Returns of Enemy Aliens and Prisoners of War, 1812-1815. He was in the war for 9 months. At that time, he had a wife and 2 children.

Land Grants and Deeds

Henry Daugherty appears on the 1812 Land List for Orange Co., IN, prior to James, George, and Samuel French appearing there. Henry may have been granted land after participating in the War of 1812. The following Land Sale on 24 Apr 1820 for 38.49 acres in Martin County, IN,  includes a co-owner of Enos Holbert. The name Enos is a familiar name with the Samuel S. French ancestry.

February 23, 1819 -- Probate Records, Orange County, IN: Tuesday morning February 23, 1819 Court met pursuant to adjournment. Present: Thomas Vandeveer and Sam'l Cobb, Asociate Judges. "On motion ordered that Levi Gifford, Executor of the Last Will and Testament of Nathan Wells, deceased be charged with $136.30 the amount of property for said Gifford sold belonging to the aforesaid estate. Also, that he be charged with a note due to said estate on Henry Daugherty and Alexander Clark for the sum of $21.25. From: Orange Peelings Newsletter, Paoli, Orange County Indiana

Death

Henry Daugherty was buried at the Springer Cemetery, Orange Co., IN, b. 1784 and d. 2 Jun 1846 and his wife is listed on the same stone at the bottom as Catherine, see below. Apparently he predeceased her and her name was added later, but her name is impossible to see in this photo. I could only trust the person who posted this at www.findagrave.com. But it does prove that this is not the Henry Daugherty who married Catherine French in 1792, as he would have been only 8 years old. Perhaps the birthdate on this stone is incorrect – it reads that he died at age 62, and the “6” is unclear. It definitely does not say “7”, but could say “8”, therefore, died at age 82, or born in 1762. That would be a more reasonable date. No French is buried at the Springer Cemetery.

The person who took the photo of this stone is Robert Lane, email: rlane4@ma.rr.com. He writes to me on 15 Feb 2012: I could not find any dates on the stone for Catherine.  Given the shape of the stone, there's no absolute guarantee on any of the information on the stone.  However, I checked the censuses.  In 1840, there is a Henry Daugherty, age 50-60, living in Southwest Township (later French Lick Township), which is where Springer Cemetery is located.  In 1850, there is a Catherine Daugherty, apparently a widow, in French Lick Township.  Her age is consistent with the age of the oldest female in the 1840 census. All of this is purely circumstantial, but it appears to be a pretty good match to the head stone we have been discussing.  If so, the age of 62 on the stone matches the 1840 census.  The 1850 census indicates that the name Catherine is probably accurate, as well. Rob

[32] The Family Lineage of Robert Scott and Winifred Green, website includes James French and land he owned before the Scott family bought it: http://www.scottfamily.beamsco.com/.

[33] The following article is from “Pioneers of Old Monocracy” by Dr. Arthur G. Tracey of Hampstead, Maryland, 1987, which can be found on ancestry.com. The Catherine Hedges mentioned here is the generation before the Catherine Hedges who married John French.

[34] Robert DOUGHERTY's will is found on page 310 of Barren County, Kentucky Will Book 2, written 20 June 1822; probated Oct 1823. Named wife as Nancy; daughter - Mary ALLEN; son - Robert. More daughters - Elizabeth GASSAWAY and Sarah. Daughter Nancy had a daughter Nancy. More sons: Henry, Gandor, Gallatin and Mark (the youngest sons). Dau: Julia FRENCH. Sons: Joseph & James W. Uncle Joseph DOUGHERTY in Shelby County, Kentucky and James WILLIAMS, an uncle in Jessamine County, Kentucky. Eldest sons were Joseph & James. Executors were his wife Nancy, John GLOVER, Robinson P. BEAUCHAMP. Witnesses: John GLOVER and Lewis W. BELL [5].

The inventory was shown on page 311 done 20 Dec 1823 with commissioners Joseph WILLIS, John HAMILL and Wm. GLOVER [5].

Taken from "The Times of Long Ago, Barren County, Kentucky." By Franklin Gorin, John P. Morton & Company Incorporated, 1929. Published originally in the Glasgow Weekly Times, 1870's [5]:

p. 97. "ROBERT DOUGHERTY, a Virginian by birth, was our first representative. He served in 1800, '01, '02, '04, '07. He was our second Senator, and served from 1808-12. He was an honest man, true and faithful; a man of sense, a business man, who conscientiously transacted the business of his fellow man at home and in the Legislature. He was faithful and was trusted in all things. He left political life in 1812, and like Cincinnatus of old, retired to his plow and the duties of domestic life, with a conscience void of offense."

       1 Robert Dougherty 1766 - 1822 b: Abt. 1766 in Rockbridge or Montgomery (Wythe) Co., VA  d: 1822 in Barren Co., KY       

       +Nancy Williams, b: Bet. 1765 - 1770 in Virginia d: Bet. 1846 - 1850 m: 1 Jan 1794 in Jessamine Co., KY

2  Joseph Dougherty, m. Mary Jane Carter m: 21 November 1841 in Barren Co., KY

2  Elizabeth Dougherty, m. James H. Gassoway m: 07 November 1821 in Barren Co., KY

2  Nancy Dougherty, m. James Humphrey m: 23 March 1831 in Barren Co., KY

2  Mary Ellen Dougherty, b: 1792, m. David Allen m: 02 May 1810 in Barren Co., KY

2  Henry Dougherty, b: 1794, m. Polly Neville m: 23 February 1830 in Barren Co., KY

2  Julia Ann Dougherty, b: 11 October 1798 in Kentucky, d: 04 April 1854 in Orange Co., Indiana, m. Samuel French, b: 1787 in Kentucky, d: 02 September 1841 in Orange County, Indiana, m: 11 October 1811 in Probably Kentucky

2  James William Dougherty, b: 1801, d: 1863 in Dougherty, Texas, m. Isabella Smith, b. 1807 d: 1863 in Dougherty, Texas  m: 18 February 1825 in Barren Co., KY

2  S. Dougherty, b. Abt. 1804, d: 01 May 1856, d. Ruth A. Anderson m: 01 December 1847 in Barren Co., KY

2  Sarah Dougherty, b: Abt. 1808, b. William Bybee, b: Abt. 1804, m: Bef. 1830

2  Candor Dougherty, b: 10 February 1810 in Barren Co., KY, d: 10 March 1838 in Barren Co., KY, m. Sally Slemmons, b: Abt. 1813, m: 17 December 1833 in Barren Co., KY

2 Gallatin Dougherty, b: 14 April 1812, d: 14 August 1846, m. Mary "Polly" Herr Slemmons, b: 18 May 1817 in Cumberland County, Kentucky, d: 14 March 1892 in Cumberland County, Kentucky, m: 15 February 1838 in Barren Co., KY

2  Mark Dougherty, b: Abt. 1817, m. Sarah S. Clark m: 31 July 1839 in Barren Co., KY

[35] Hedges Family Association, “Jonas Hedges and wife Agnes Powelson”, by Joanne Eustice and Mackey Hedges, Oct 1995, website: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a15812&id=I2927. Email: gaylemont@earthlink.net. To buy her book, see https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Berkeley_County,_West_Virginia.