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Thomas FRENCH, Jr.

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  • Name Thomas FRENCH 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 29 Oct 1639  Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 3 Nov 1639  Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN GK6J-1M 
    Will 3 Jun 1698  Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1699  Rancocas, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: French, Howard Barclay, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas French, Philadelphia, PA: privately printed, 1909, v. 1, pp. 41, 64.

      (2) Source: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File ®, Copyright © 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.

      (3) Source: Robert Brian Stewart <http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cousin/html/index.htm>.

      (4) French, Howard Barclay, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas French, Philadelphia, PA: privately printed, 1909, v. 1, pp. 43, 48, 76-77:

      THOMAS FRENCH, PROGENITOR

      As will be observed, Thomas ffrench, the progenitor, was the son of Thomas and Sara ffrench. His baptism, in childhood, in 1639, in the Protestant Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Nether Heyford, England, is recorded, but when the religious Society of Friends arose he with other members of the family became actively identified therewith, suffering for his faith at different times. Upon one occasion he was sentenced to imprisonment for forty-two months for refusal to pay tithes to the amount of eleven shillings, he being at the time a resident of Upper Norton, Oxfordshire. . . .

      THE COMING OF THOMAS FRENCH

      Thomas ffrench was among the first to take a practical interest in the colonization of Friends in America. With William Penn, Gauen Laurie, Thomas Ollive, Daniel Wills, Edward Byllynge and about one hundred and fifty others, he signed the famous "Concessions and Agreements," at London, in 1676, which provided for the settlement of New Jersey. It is evident from records that he made a preliminary prospecting visit to this country, to locate his land and select a home site. He has left an account of the coming of himself and family, three years after the arrival of the pioneer colonists. He sailed from London, in the ship Kent, Gregory Marlowe, master--the same vessel which brought the first company of settlers in 1677 to Burlington--about the 1st of August, 1680, with his wife and nine children, four sons and five daughters, the oldest child being sixteen, while the youngest was not yet four years of age. He settled upon a tract of 600 acres of desirable land, located along the banks of the Rancocas, about four miles from Burlington. Throughout the remainder of his life he held an influential place in the colony and prospered in business. He was commissioner of highways 1684-1685. At his death, in 1699, he was possessed of some 1,200 acres of improved land and also his proprietary share of unsurveyed lands, approximately, 2,000 acres. During nearly twenty years residence as a leading citizen of Burlington County, Thomas ffrench trained all his children in ways of sobriety, industry, and religition, they in turn founding families in whom traits of strong character were noted. Each performed his and her share in the prosperous and happy development of colonial life. . . .

      WILL OF THOMAS FFRENCH, 1698

      I Being intended if the Lord will to goe for Old England not knowing whether I shall ever returne againe to my Family doe make & ordaine this my last will & Testamt Revokeing all other Wills and premises whatsoever In manner & forme following. I give unto my wife Elizabeth after my decease if shee be the longer liver the House & Plantation where now I live with four Hundred Acres of Land belonging to it with Twenty Acres of Meadow as it is surveyed and Recorded In the place next below the Land of John Test Together with the use of all my Stock & Household goods with the Corne growing upon the ground To have & to hold the same dureing her naturall life without Impeachment of Wast. I give unto my Sonne Charles ffrench Two hundred Acres of land lyeing next John Hudsons with the ffour or ffive Acres of Clear land at Creek with ye Little Meadow lyeing by it to him and his Heirs forever allowing my wife Elizabeth Egresse & Regresse to Transport any goods or Hay: I give unto my Sonne Charles ffrench after the Decease of me & my wife to him & his Heires forever Provided that hee pay that which I shall appoint him to pay all the Plantation where I now live together with the dwelling house Barnes & other Outhouses Gardens Orchards Arrable Land & Clear land Together with four Hundred Acres of Land belonging to the Plantation aforesaid also Twenty Acres of Meadow Together with two hundred Acres of land belonging to the Meadow Also Six Hundred Acres of Land more which shall or may fall to me In my Third takeing up my Will is that my sonne Charles ffrench shall pay out of the Lands and Plantation aforesaid unto the rest of his Brothers & Sisters as followeth, I give unto my Daughter Rachell Allen to her & her Heires Twenty pounds. I give unto my Daughter Hannah Busby to her & her Heires Twenty pounds. I give unto my Daughter Jane Hall to her & her Heires Twenty pounds. I give unto my Daughter Lydia French Twenty pounds. I give unto my sonne Thomas ffrench Six Shillings. I give unto my sonne John French Six Shillings. I give unto my Sonne Richard French Six Shillings. I give unto my sonne Richard French all the Reversion of my Eighth part of a Propriety and that Lott at Burlington upon which Richard Bassnett hath built Houses upon to him & his Heires forever. I give unto my Sonne Charles ffrench all my Yard Land in the ppish of nether Heyford to him & his Heires forever In old England. My Will is that my Sonne Charles ffrench shall pay all my Debts and Thirty pounds to my youngest Daughter Rebecca ffrench out of the Yard Land aforesaid if Rebecca shall live to the Age of Eighteen yeares and if Rebecca shall happen to die before shee come to the Age of Eighteen yeares then the Thirty pounds shall be paid unto & amongst my Five younger Daughters to Hannah Busby & Sarah Wood Mary Busby Jane Hall & Lydia ffrench my Will is that after the decease of me & my Wife that my Goods shall be dived amongst all my Daughters mentioned in my Will. And also my Will is that if I & my Wife Elizabeth shall happen to die before my youngest Daughter Rebecca is brought up that then my Sonne Charles ffrench shall bring her up or else allo her Five pounds a year untill shee come to the Age of Ten yeares for & towards the bringing of her up. In Witness hereof I have hereunto sett my hand & Seale the Third day of the fourth month called June [1698]

      /s/ Thomas ffrench
      Seal

      Sealed & delivered in ye prsence of John Paine Tho: Even John Hollinshead junr

      (5) Some of the records relating to Thomas FRENCH and his descendants use "Quaker dates." See the following discussion of these dates in Berry, Ellen Thomas and Berry, David Allen, Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 67:

      Quakers . . . did not use names for days of the week or months of the year since most of these names were derived from the names of pagan gods. A date such as August 19, 1748 will never be found. Rather it would be written "19th da 6th mo 1748." Sometimes this will be written as 6mo 19da 1748. Why 6th month since August is the 8th month? The Quakers, along with everyone else in the American Colonies and England, did not begin using the Gregorian calendar until 1752. Under the Julian calendar the year began on March 25th; March was the first month and February the twelfth month. This is something of a problem when an event occurred in the months of January, February or up to March 25th, for then the date is given as 1748/1749.

      (6) According to the French Surname DNA Project <http://dnafrench.tripod.com/dna/id10.html>, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test results confirm that Thomas FRENCH was related to the following individuals:

      Moses FRENCH?? - <1797?NJ
      David FRENCH?1746-1838?NJ
      Samuel FRENCH?~1748-~1765?NC
      Aaron FRENCH?1767-1850?NJ
      Richard FRENCH?~1775-1838?NJ
    Person ID I8442  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 

    Father Thomas FRENCH, Sr.,   b. Abt 1611, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 May 1673, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sara (FRENCH),   b. Abt 1620, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 9 Feb 1653, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Bef 1637 
    Family ID F4063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jane ATKINS,   b. Abt 1643, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1692, Rancocas, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1660  St. Andrew's Church, Whilton, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary FRENCH,   b. Bef 8 Aug 1675, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 5 Dec 1728, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 53 years)  [natural]
     2. Sarah FRENCH,   b. Bef 23 Feb 1674, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. John FRENCH, Sr.,   b. Bef 2 Jan 1673, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 9 May 1729, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 56 years)  [natural]
     4. --- FRENCH,   b. Abt 5 Oct 1692, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1692, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Lydia FRENCH,   b. 1682, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1708  (Age > 27 years)  [natural]
     6. Jane FRENCH,   b. Bef 19 Nov 1676, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 3 Jun 1698  (Age > 22 years)  [natural]
     7. Charles FRENCH, Sr.,   b. 20 Mar 1671, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1741  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
     8. Rachel FRENCH,   b. 24 Mar 1664, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 5 Oct 1741, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 77 years)  [natural]
     9. Jane FRENCH,   b. Abt 11 Jul 1662, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 30 Apr 1671, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 8 years)  [natural]
     10. Sara FRENCH,   b. Bef 17 Mar 1661, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Apr 1661, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 0 years)  [natural]
     11. Hannah FRENCH,   b. Bef 5 Sep 1669, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 3 Jun 1698  (Age > 29 years)  [natural]
     12. Thomas FRENCH, III,   b. 1667, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1 Nov 1745, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 78 years)  [natural]
     13. Richard FRENCH, Sr.,   b. 1 Dec 1665, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 9 Nov 1745, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 79 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 10:37:02 
    Family ID F4065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth STANTON,   b. Abt 1676,   d. Aft 3 Jun 1698  (Age ~ 22 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1696  Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rebecca FRENCH,   b. 8 Aug 1697, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1762  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 10:37:02 
    Family ID F4066  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart