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William FRENCH

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  • Name William FRENCH 
    Born Bef 15 Mar 1603  Halstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 8GXW-RS 
    Will 14 May 1621  St Dunstan in the West, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 27 Nov 1637  Commissary Court of London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died St. Dunstan in the West, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St Dunstan in the West, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Mara French .

      (2) French, Elizabeth, "Genealogical Research in England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 65 (July 1911), pp. 284-286:

      For many years the descendants of William French of Cambridge, Mass. who came to New England in 1635 in the Defence, have supposed that he was the William French who was baptized in Halstead, Essex, 15 March 1603, son of Thomas French of Stanstead Hall, Essex. We know that the emigrant had a brother John of Cambridge, Mass., whose estate he administered in 1645-6. Thomas French of Stanstead Hall also had a son John. William French is said to have been seventy-seven years of age when he died in 1681. The names of some of his children agree with the names of some of Thomas French's children, namely Francis, John, Elizabeth, and Mary. All these things made the connection seem most probable, especially as the Harlakendens and Rev. Thomas Shepherd, the leaders of the party that came in the Defence, came from Earl's Colne, but two miles from Halstead.

      Now, however, it appears that this supposed ancestry of William French is wrong, as the investigations of H. Hutchins French, Esq., of London, have disclosed. Mr. French has made an extended research into the French families of Suffolk and Essex, and has kindly showed all his papers and has allowed extracts to be made from them. It was he who first called attention to the fact that William, the son of Thomas French of Stanstead Hall, died in England. The evidence is as follows:

      1. THOMAS FRENCH of Arkesden, Essex, held the manor of Pitley in Bardfield, Essex. Will proved 1551. Wife ELIZABETH, whose will was proved in 1556. They had daughters Elizabeth, Joane, and Agnes, and one son

      2. THOMAS FRENCH of Wethersfield, Essex, who married first ELIZABETH and secondly BRIDGET. He inherited the manor of Pitley from his father. Will proved 1530. He had daughters Mary and Elizabeth, and one son

      3. THOMAS FRENCH, who married ANNE or AGNES, daughter and co-heiress with her two sisters of JOHN OLMSTEAD, gentleman, of Stanstead Hall, Halstead, which place she either inherited or had as her marriage portion. Thomas French was buried in Halstead 20 Nov. 1613, his will being proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 27 Jan. 1613-14. He mentions wife Ann, son Thomas, and his mother[-in-law] Palladia. To sons John, Edward, William, Robert, and Francis ??400 each, and to each daughter ??300. His wife Ann was buried in Halstead 11 Feb. 1624-5, and her estate was administered by her son Edward and daughter Margaret.

      Children:

      4. i. THOMAS.

      ii. MARY, b. 1592; m. bef. 1621, _____ BACON.

      iii. ANN, b. 1592.

      iv. JOHN, mentioned in 1599 in his grandfather's will; buried in Halstead 11 Mar. 1638.

      v. ELIANOR, b. 1597; m. abt. 1630, GEORGE GUNTER.

      vi. EDWARD, b. 1598; of Thorpe Morieux, 1624; living 1642.

      vii. ELIZABETH, b. 1600.

      viii. MARGARET, b. 1601; m. at Bury St. Mary, 16 July 1627, SAMUEL DIKE, clerk.

      5. ix. WILLIAM, bapt. 16 March 1603.

      x. ROBERT, m. (1) EDITH; m. (2) ELIZABETH MAN; and d. 1660.

      xi. FRANCIS, b. 1606.

      xii. JEMIMA, (entered In church register erroneously as Jeremia), b. 1607.

      xiii. JUDITH, b. 1609; m. EDWARD WYGOTT.

      xiv. DOROTHY, b. 1611; m. THOMAS LEWYN.

      4. THOMAS FRENCH "of Frating," who married at Canterbury PALLADIA WOOD, died intestate, and administration was granted to his widow Palladia 2 Mar. 1620-1. In November previous he sold Stanstead Hall to Sir Oliver Luke for ??3500. He had no male issue, and 17 Feb. 1635-6 a commission was issued to John French, brother of Thomas, to administer the goods left unadministered by Palladia, who had died. On 15 July 1639 a commission was issued to Edward French to administer the goods of Thomas left unadministered by Joh French, who had died. In 1642 this commission was revoked and the power given to Thomas Lewyn and his wife Dorothy Lewyn alias French.

      5. WILLIAM FRENCH, bapt. at Halstead, 15 Mar. 1603, of St. Dunstans in the West, London, made his will 14 May 1621. To be buried in the churchyard of St. Dunstans. Various sums to William Drury, Mr. Harmond Johnson, Mrs. Whiteblood, Morgan Symonds. All the rest of his goods to be equally divided between his brothers and sisters unmarried, namely John, Edward, Robert, Francis, Ann, Elianor, Elizabeth, Margaret, Jemima, and Dorothy French. He mentions the sum of ??400 given him by his father. Proved in the Commissary Court of London 27 Nov. 1637 and 1639 [both dates given] by Elianor Gunter. On 12 Feb. 1637-8 a commission to administer the goods was issued to John French of Halsted, County Essex, gentleman, brother of William French late, while he lived, of the parish of St. Dunstans in the West, London, bachelor, deceased. [After the death of John French the sister Elianor probably took out letters of administration.] This disposes of the William and John French, sons of Thomas of Stanstead Hall, and proves that they could not have emigrated to New England. There was, however, another family of French in Halstead, to which belonged a William, born in 1606. The information regarding them in the church registers is slight.
    Person ID I23936  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 

    Family ID F205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Thomas FRENCH, III,   b. 1565, Wethersfield, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Nov 1613, Halstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 48 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Anne OLMSTEAD,   d. Bef 11 Feb 1625, Halstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 26 Jul 1587  Farnham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart