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Last Updated by Mara French on 12/23/11

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This page was updated by Mara French on 12/23/11. Send any corrections or additions to Revisions: 2009, 2010, 2011.


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Chart #1 – Thomas French of Ipswich, MA – Jim Conant French

Chart #4 – Edward French of Salisbury, MA -- Richard Hamer (old email – cannot locate)

Chart #5 – John French of Braintree, MA – Frank Dyer  (obituary)

Chart #6 – Richard French of Cambridge/Marshfield, MA – Richard S. French or Mara French

Chart #7 – Stephen French of Dorcester/Weymouth, MA – Judy Bajorek

Chart #10 – Henry French of Greene and Washington Counties, TN -- Marvin L. French or Mara French

Chart #11 – Samuel French the Joiner of Stratford, CT – Bill French

Chart #12 – John French of Tazewell and Giles Counties, VA – Virginia Wermuth (no email) and Mara French

Chart #16 – Joseph P. French of Edgefield Co., SC and Pike Co., AL – Roger and Ralph Banks, and/or Mara French

Chart #19 – Noah French of Elizabethtown and Morristown, NJ – Jan McCabe

Chart #20 – Thomas French the Quaker of Morristown, NJ, originally from Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England -- Jeff French

Chart #21 – Aaron French Sr. of New Providence, Union Co., NJ; Aaron Jr. French of Licking Co., OH; Ezekiel French of Miami Co., OH – Dave Dardinger with help from Jeff French

Chart #22 – Moses French of Sussex Co., NJ; Wayne Co., PA; Bradford Co., PA – Ethel French

Chart #36 – Hugh French of Westmoreland Co., VA – Margaret Amundson or Mara French

Chart #129 – Peter Franz French of Knox Co., TN -- Karen Engstrom

Chart #179 – Jeremiah French of NJ, PA, NY – Marion L. Scherer and Mara French

Chart #183 – Robert T French (French’s Mustard) of NJ and NY -- Jan Rieke or Mara French

Chart #184 – Samuel French of Anson Co., NC – Julia French Wood

Chart #186 – Philip French of KY, Vermillion Co., IN, Butler Co., OH -- Marilyn Horton

Chart #188 – John French the Brick Mason of NJ; Joseph French who m. Hannah Horn and their son Lafford / Leffert French – Jeanette S. French with help from Jim Gunderson (obituary) and Judith J. French.

Chart #191, Jeremiah French, 1752, b. 12 Jun 1762 in Amwell, Hunterdon Co., NJ, and d. 22 Jul 1834 in Butler, OH. He m. Hannah Williams before 1788 in Peoria, OH or Bedford Co., PA. They had 8 children: Nathaniel, Jeremiah, William, Moses, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Hannah. Son Jeremiah married Charlotte Sefton and had son Nathaniel Granville French. This chart is being researched by Patti Heimburger.

Chart #Jam01, Lt. Col. Ernest G. Ffrench, b. 23 Jun 1742, and Jane Charlotte Beckford, his long-term free mulatto mistress, and their family, all living in Spanish Town, Jamaica. This chart is being researched by Keith and Nancy (Ffrench) Atkinson.

How To Get Started

The purpose of having one person create a French chart of a particular line is to have “one” complete fully-documented file of a particular French branch. Many files online are incomplete, undocumented, and lead off in other family directions. The main focus of a chart is to document the surname French. Here’s how to get started:

Š     You can use a gedcom genealogical software package, such as Family Tree Maker for the PC or Reunion for the Mac. If not, just use Microsoft Word or another word-processing software package that can be linked to the FFA website. That’s what I do.

Š     Anyone can volunteer to be responsible for a French chart. Kindly put the Chart Number in the Subject Line of all email.

Š     List as many French males of a particular line (collateral lines) as you’re able to research, not just one French male line, but all male siblings.

Š     Document all sources. No guessing.

Š     Use “ca.” for estimates, i.e., born ca. 1790.

Š     Upload file (preferably GEDCOM format) online, preferably to

Š     Contact Mara French with the URL. I will send you all the information/data that I have on your line for you to add.

Obituaries of Former Compilers

Frank E. Dyer, Jr., Contributor of FFA Chart 5

Frank E. Dyer died on April 14, 2009 in Enfield, Hartford, CT. He was born 3 Jun 1936.

Frank E. Dyer Jr. 72 entered into eternal peace on Wednesday April 14th at home. He was born in Norwood MA., the son of the late Frank and Mary (Keese) Dyer. He grew up in Wakefield Ma and also resided in North Quincy. He was a 1954 graduate of North Quincy High School and also East Coast Aero Technical School Bedford MA. Frank was an Enfield resident for forty five years. He was a United States Army Veteran having served in Korea. Frank was formerly employed by Hamilton Standard for thirty two years and retired in 1994.He was a member of New England Genealogy Historical Society, also the Boat Owners Assoc., of the U.S. and R.I. Commercial Rod & Reel Fishermen's Assoc.. Frank enjoyed genealogy of the five Dyer families of New England, spending summers fishing for fluke at his second home –Village at Wordens Pond, Wakefield, RI. He is survived by his beloved wife of forty five years Carol Ann (O'Shea) Dyer. He also leaves his beloved sons Frank E. Dyer III (Chip) and his wife Donna. Of West Suffield , and his son John K. Dyer and his wife Marnie of Enfield . Frank leaves three grandchildren Brittany Anne, Amanda Jae, and Brandon James. Frank is also survived by a sister and brother in-law Shirley and John Mosson of Tewksbury MA., and a brother and sister in-law Richard and Terry Dyer of Enfield. Frank leaves his dear friends Rod and Leann Wood of Southwick MA., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Frank's family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr.s Timothy Fignar, Lawrence Glaubiger, Dennis Morgan, and Dale Toce and staff for their excelent care and concern. Funeral services in celebration of Frank's life will be Saturday at 9:00AM from Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels 43 Shaker Rd. Enfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in St. Adalbert's Church; burial will be with military honors in Hazardville Cemetery. The Dyer family will receive relatives and friends at Browne Chapels on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00PM. Memorials may be made to Phoenix Community Cancer Center 142 Hazard Ave. Enfield CT 06082.

Published by the Browne Memorial Funeral Chapel

James Oddvin Gunderson, Contributor of FFA Chart 188

James ("Jim") Oddvin GUNDERSON Died on 12/14/2010 in hospice in Seattle, Wa, after battling cancer for two months. Survived by wife, Judith ("Judy") Kay Gunderson; son, Gary James Gunderson, son, Eric Archie Gunderson; five grandchildren: Kyle, Ryan, Sam, Gabriella, and Coltrane. Born June 2, 1937 in Enumclaw, Wa. Began his career in computers with IBM in 1960 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Retired from Esterline Corporation, as Director of Management Information Systems, in 1997, in Bellevue, Wa. Served in the U.S. Coast Guard 1960-1961, attended John F. Kennedy's Presidential Inauguration in full dress uniform, carrying the Alaska state flag. Graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1955, Salutatorian. Attended Pacific Lutheran University. Graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida (Bachelors degree), Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Graduated from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Masters and Ph.D.). Board member of Faith Lutheran Church, Seattle, Wa. Board member of Port Ludlow Computer Genealogy Society. Memorial service to be held at Hope Lutheran Church, Enumclaw, Wa, on December 18, 2010, please contact Weeks' Funeral Home for details: 360-825-3548. Contributions may be made to Bailey-Boushay House "In Memory of James O. Gunderson", please contact Virginia Mason Foundation in Seattle, Wa (206-583-6083).

Published in The Seattle Times on December 16, 2010