Person:William French (1)

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Lt. William French
b.Abt 1604
  • HLt. William FrenchAbt 1604 - 1681
  • WElizabeth1603 - 1668
m. Bef 1625
  1. Francis Frenchest 1625 - 1690/91
  2. Elizabeth French1629 - 1697
  3. Mary FrenchAbt 1633 - 1672
  4. Corporal John French1635 - 1712
  5. Sarah French1638 - 1715
  6. Jacob French1639 -
  7. Hannah French1641 - 1642
  8. Hannah FrenchAbt 1643 - 1674
  9. Samuel French1645 - 1646
  • HLt. William FrenchAbt 1604 - 1681
  • WMary Lathrop1640 - 1679/80
m. 6 May 1669
  1. Mary French1670 -
  2. Sarah French1671 -
  3. Abigail French1673 - 1674
  4. Hannah French1676 -
Facts and Events
Name Lt. William French
Gender Male
Birth[1][4] Abt 1604
Marriage Bef 1625 to Elizabeth
Marriage 6 May 1669 Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusettsto Mary Lathrop
Will[1] 5 Jun 1679
Death[1] 20 Nov 1681 Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Estate Inventory[1] 6 Dec 1681 £231-12-10 (against which were debts of about £25); £104 in real estate.
Probate[1] 20 Dec 1681
Estate Settlement? 6 Dec 1687

"In 1911 Elizabeth French published information from English records which demonstrated that the William French baptized at Halstead, Essex, on 15 March 1603 could not have been the immigrant to New England."[1]



Defence (1635)
Sailed: Late July 1635 from London, England under Master Edward Bostocke
Arrived: 8 Oct 1635 at Massachusetts Bay Colony

Passengers:
~100 (Full List)
Thomas Boylston - Richard Champney family - George and Joseph Cocke - Robert and Edward Colburne - Penelope Darno - Elizabeth Fenwick - James Fitch and family - French family - Jasper and Ann Goun - Eglin Hanford and family - Roger and Mabel Harlakenden - William Holman and family - William Hubbard and family - Jo Jenkynn- John Jones and family - Robert Keayne and family - Robert Longe and family - Adam Mott and family - Francis Nutbrowne - Rich Peck - William Read and family - Symon Roger - William Sawkyn - Samuel Shepherd - John (Thomas?) Sheppard and family - Sarah Simes - Henry Stevens - William and Marie Williamson - Ann Wood

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Other information: Passenger list

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "William French", in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), II:588ff.

    Origin: Unknown
    Migration: 1635 on the Defence""
    First Residence: Cambridge
    Removes: Billerica 1652
    Occupation: Tailor
    Church Membership: Admission to Cambridge church prior to 3 March 1635/6 implied by freemanship.
    Freeman: 3 March 1635/6 (seventh in a sequence of eleven Cambridge men).

  2.   French, John M., M.D. Lieut. William French and his Descendants. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Oct 1890).
  3.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 2:208.
  4. Bartlett, Joseph Gardner; Elizabeth French; G. Andrews Moriarty; and others. Genealogical Research in England. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1907-1953), 65 [1909] : 284ff.