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Richard FRENCH

Male Abt 1690 - Bef 1747  (~ 57 years)


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  • Name Richard FRENCH 
    Born Abt 1690 
    Gender Male 
    Will 17 Apr 1747  Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 25 Jul 1747  Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate Abt 25 Jul 1747 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Jim Gunderson .

      (2) Honeyman, A. Van Doren, History of Union County, New Jersey--1664-1923, New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1923, vol. 3, p. 178:

      The town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was settled in the year 1664. One Richard French, together with his brother, came to America from Lockington, Leicestershire, England in or about the year 1692. The brother went to Connecticut to settle, and Richard French came to New Jersey, crossing the Rahway river, and settling two miles south of Springfield, on a knoll where the Indians had cleared the ground, near a spring about a quarter of a mile distant in a southeasterly direction from the road running from Union to Plainfield. It is said that this Richard French was the first white man to cross the Rahway river, the Indians, with whom he traded, being his only neighbors. Settling upon this beautiful knoll, Richard French built his homestead, there married, and had a son, Robert. The father, Richard French, died in 1756, at the age of eighty-six years, and was buried in the family cemetery on the homestead. The following extract from the Elizabeth "Daily Journal" of May 23, 1920, published at Elizabeth, New Jersey, is interesting in referring to the family burial ground above:

      G. Dwight Stone, Superintendent of Sodiers' [sic] graves for Union County, tells of the interesting discovery of a grave of a Revoutionary [sic] war patriot. He had been notified that the grave of William Richards, a Civil War veteran, existed on a farm at the southern extremity of Springfield township, not far from Kenilworth. He proceeded shortly thereafter to the locality to verify the information and found not only the grave of the veteran of the war of 1861, but also the crumbling tombstone of the grandfather, Robert (2) French, grandson of Richard French, who had fought for our independence. Mr. Stone described the grave forming a part of an old family graveyard in which members of the French and Richards families of that section are buried. The site is a beautiful one, on top of a knoll, and lies a quarter of a mile from the main road. The farm on which the obscure old graveyard is located remains still in possession of the French family.

      The wife of Richard French, it is thought, died at the age of over eighty years, but no record is found of her death.

      (3) Note by compiler: The information in Honeyman's book, supra, cannot be accepted as being true without verifying it, because Honeyman did not cite the sources of the information, and at least some of the information appears to be erroneous.

      The identity of the Richard FRENCH who, according to Honeyman, came to America with his brother from Lockington, Leicestershire, England in or about 1692, is not clear to me. However, it appears from the context that Honeyman is talking about Richard FRENCH, the son of John FRENCH, the mason.

      According to Honeyman, Richard FRENCH was born in about 1670. However, if John?s son, Richard, was born in England in 1670, and stayed in England until he came to America in 1692, John would probably have had to impregnate his [John?s] wife in England before he [John] came to Woodbridge, and left Richard in England for 22 years. This scenario seems improbable.

      According to Honeyman, Richard FRENCH died in 1756. This information is erroneous. Richard's will is dated April 17, 1747, and the inventory of his estate was filed on July 25, 1747.
    Person ID I8813  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 

    Father John FRENCH, Sr.,   b. Abt 1648,   d. Bef 20 Mar 1713, Woodbridge, Middlesex County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Susannah (FRENCH),   d. Aft 31 Jan 1712 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth (FRENCH) 
    Children 
     1. Joanna FRENCH,   b. 1728, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Robert C. FRENCH, Sr.,   b. 1725, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1813  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     3. Annette FRENCH,   b. 1735, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Phebe FRENCH,   b. 1729, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Sarah or Anna FRENCH,   b. Abt 1713, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. John FRENCH,   b. Abt 1711, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1770, Morris County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)  [natural]
     7. Elizabeth FRENCH,   b. Abt 1719, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     8. Richard FRENCH,   b. 1717, Springfield, Essex [now Union] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F4258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart