Jacob FRENCH and Susan's son 1 Immigrant Thomas FRENCH (Abt 1588 Eng-1639 MA) his wife Immigrant Susan RIDDLESDALE (1588 Eng-1658 NewEng) their daughter Immigrant Dorcas FRENCH PEAKE (1614 Eng-1697 MA). Thomas FRENCH and Susan RIDDLESDALE also had a son named Thomas.
Ancestry Chain: 1 13th gr grandfather Thomas FRENCH Immigrant b.1588, Dorcas FRENCH 1633 Immigrant b.1614, Jonathan PEAKE Sr. b.1637, Jonathan PEAKE Jr. b.1663, Dorcas PEAKE b.1696, Nathaniel SANGER b.1724, Mary SANGER b.1746, Lucretia JEFFORDS b.1766, Amariah RAWSON b.1787, Adaline RAWSON b.1811, Mary DUNN b.1833, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Camilla SMITH b.1926, Lark WOOD, JR.
Thomas and Susan (Riddlesdale) French
Thomas FRENCH - bap. Oct. 11, 1584, Bures St. Mary, Essex, England; d. before Nov. 5, 1639, when administration of his estate was granted to his widow at Ipswich, MA. Son of Jacob FRENCH and Susan WARREN. The will of John GURDON, Esq., of Assington, made Dec. 6, 1621, left to his grandson "the messuage or farm house wherein one Thomas FRENCH doth now inhabit, called Garland's." Emigrated to Ipswich, MA before Jul. 25, 1638 when a lot of his is mentioned as a boundary to land at the Reedy marsh. Four of his children had preceeded him to America. Thomas was married Sep. 5, 1608 at Assington, Suffolk, England.
Susan RIDDLESDALE - bap. Apr. 20, 1584, Boxford, Suffolk, England; d. Aug. 1658, Ipswich, MA. On Mar. 10, 1658/9, inventory of her estate was made, totaling £12.11.6. Daughter of John RIDDLESDALE and Dorcas. Susan was probably the aunt of Dorcas RIDDLESDELL, a witness in a case in Ipswich, MA court in Mar. 1647.
Children of Thomas FRENCH and Susan RIDDLESDALE
- Thomas - bap. Nov. 27, 1608, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England; d. Aug. 8, 1680, Ipswich, MA. Emigrated to America by 1631 when he was a member of the Boston, MA church; freeman, Nov. 6, 1632; dismissed to Ipswich church, Jan. 27, 1638/9. He was a soldier in the Pequot expedition and was called Sgt. to 1664, and Ensign thereafter. Will dated Aug. 3, 1680. Thomas married about 1631, probably in Boston MA, Mary (d. May 6, 1681, Ipswich, MA), whose may have been Mary MORTON, an original member of the First Church of Boston, MA. Children: Mary died in infancy; Mary married Robert SMITH (they became ancestors of Joseph SMITH, founder of the LDS Church); Thomas married Mary ADAMS; John married Phoebe KEYES (founders of the family branch at Topsfield, MA); probably Sarah; Samuel; and Ephraim married.
- Alice - bap. Apr. 9, 1610, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England; d. Jun. 26, 1666, Topsfield, MA. Probably emigrated to America with brother Thomas. Alice was dismissed from the Boston church to Ipswich Jun. 16, 1644. Married Thomas HOWLETT (b. 1606 and d. Dec. 22, 1677), who married second Rebecca, widow of Thomas SMITH. Children of Alice and Thomas: Samuel; Sarah married John CUMMINGS, Sr.; Mary married John PERLEY; John married Susannah HUDSON; Thomas married Lydia PEABODY; and William [and possibly Dorothy married Thomas ABBOTT].
- Dorcas FRENCH - bap. Jul. 13, 1614, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England; d. Dec. 30, 1697, Roxbury, MA. Emigrated to America with sister Susan by Aug. 10, 1634 when she was admitted to the First Church at Boston, MA. Served as maid servant to elder John Winthrop. A letter from Thomas Gostlin to John Winthrop, Jr., written from Groton on Jun. 11, 1633, indicates "she is one of the goodman French's daughters of Assington. I have sent two of them, one for your father and the other for you. Your father must take his choice. The eldest must serve for 3 years, and the youngest 4...pray let them be delt as well with all as any of the same quality." Dorcas was admitted to the church at Roxbury on Jan. 3, 1636/7. She married second Lt. Griffin CRAFT (d. Oct. 4, 1689), as his third wife. Married Christopher PEAKE. Eight Children of Christopher PEAKE and Dorcas FRENCH are 1-Jonathan PEAKE Sr.- b. Dec. 17, 1637, Roxbury, MA; d. Jun. 2, 1700, Roxbury, MA. Lt William FRENCH made a bequest in his will dated Jun. 5, 1679 to the "eldest daughter of Jonathan Peake," among those he identified as "my grandchildren." Married Aug. 15, 1660, Roxbury, MA Sarah FRENCH b. Mar 1638, Cambridge, MA; d. Oct 14 1694 Daughter of Lt. William FRENCH and Elizabeth GODFREY or SYMMES. 2-Dorcas - b. Mar. 1, 1639/40, Roxbury, MA. Married between 1675 and 1682 John CURTIS, son of William and Sarah (ELIOT) CURTIS. 3-Hannah - bap. Jan. 12, 1642/3, Roxbury, MA; d. Oct. 5, 1660, Roxbury, MA. 4-Joseph - b. Feb. 12 or 15, 1644/5, Roxbury, MA; bap. Mar. 23, 1645, Roxbury, CT; d. about 1688, Woodstock, CT. 5-A child - b. Mar. 30, 1647, Roxbury, MA; d. there Apr. 13, 1647. 6-A child - b. Roxbury, MA; bur. there May 10, 1649. 7-Ephraim - b. Mar. 16, 1652, Roxbury, MA.; bap. Apr. 11, 1652, Roxbury, MA. 8-Sarah - b. Jan. 9, 1655/6, Roxbury, MA; bap. Mar. 9, 1656, Roxbury, MA. Married Dec. 27, 1671 Abraham DAINES. Six children.
- Susan - bap. Apr. 25, 1616, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England. Probably emigrated to America with sister Dorcas. Served in the family of John WINTHROP, Jr. in Ipswich, MA. A letter written by Thomas GOSTLIN to John WINTHROP, Jr., from Groton on Jun. 11, 1633 refers to both Dorcas and Susan: "she is one of the goodman French's daughters of Assington. I have sent two of them, one for your father and the other for you. Your father must take his choice. The eldest must serve for 3 years, and the youngest 4...pray let them be delt as well with all as any of the same quality."
- Anne - bap. Mar. 15, 1617, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England.
- Margaret - bap. Mar. 12, 1619/20, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England; bur. Nov. 25, 1635, Assington, England.
- John - bap. May 26, 1622, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England; d. Feb. 1, 1697, Northampton, MA. A tailor by trade, he married about 1654 Freedom KINGSLEY (d. Jul. 26, 1689, Northampton, MA), daughter of John and Elizabeth KINGSLEY. Children: Thomas married first Mary CATLIN and second Hannah (EDWARDS) STEBBINS; a son died in infancy; Mary married Samuel STEBBINS; Samuel died young; a daughter died in infancy; Hannah married Francis KEET; Jonathan married Sarah WARNER; John married first Hannah PALMER, and second Mary PALMER; and Elizabeth married Samuel POMEROY.
- Mary - bap. Jan. 6, 1624, St. Edmund's, Assington, Suffolk, England. Married about 1644 in Ipswich, MA George SMITH (d. Dec. 15, 1674, Ipswich, MA). Children: Sarah; Samuel; Thomas; Rebecca; Elizabeth; and Joan.
2 Thomas FRENCH and Elizabeth's son 3 Thomas FRENCH (abt 1562 Eng-1613 Eng) his wife Anne or Agnes OLMSTEAD (abt 1566 Eng-1624) their son Immigrant Lt. William FRENCH. 3 Thomas FRENCH and Anne or Agnes OLMSTEAD had a son names Thomas.
Ancestry Chain: 3 13th gr grandfather Thomas FRENCH b.1562, Lt. William FRENCH Immigrant b.1603, Sarah FRENCH b.1638, Jonathan PEAKE Jr. b.1663, Dorcas PEAKE b.1696, Nathaniel SANGER b.1724, Mary SANGER b.1746, Lucretia JEFFORDS b.1766, Amariah RAWSON b.1787, Adaline RAWSON b.1811, Mary DUNN b.1833, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Camilla SMITH b.1926, Lark WOOD, JR.
Lt. William and Elizabeth (Godfrey or Symmes) French
William FRENCH - b. about 1605, England; d. Nov. 20, 1681, Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA. His will was made Jun. 5, 1679, and proved Dec. 20, 1681. William came to New England in 1635 aboard the 'Defence', landing at Boston Oct. 3, 1635 and settling at Cambridge. Master of the 'Defence' on the voyage departing England on Aug. 10, 1635 was Edward BOSTOCK, and William FRENCH was enrolled at London as one of the servants to Roger HARLAKENDEN. William's home in Cambridge was on the westerly side of Dunster Street, between Harvard Square and Mt. Auburn Street, purchased in 1639 and sold Jun. 19, 1659. Removed to Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA in 1652. Freeman Mar. 3, 1635/6; Sergeant 1642, nominated Lt. 1645 and confirmed 1647; and representative of Billerica 1660, 1663 and 1664. There seems to be no support in the colonial records for a title of Captain, and his estate inventory and settlement papers consistently name his as Lt. William FRENCH. A tailor by trade, he had two 'families', with 8 children born by 1646, and 4 more born 1670-1676 when he was age 67-73. Married first by 1628 in England; and second on May 6, 1669 at Billerica, MA to Mary LOTHROP (b. Oct. 4, 1640), widow of John STEARNS of Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA, and daughter of Thomas LOTHROP and Mary (LEARNED) EWER. Mary had 6 children by her first marriage (John, Isaac, Samuel, Isaac, Nathaniel, and Thomas), and married third 1684 Isaac MIXER, Jr.
Elizabeth GODFREY- b. about 1605, England; d. Mar. 31, 1668, Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA. Another source gives her surname as SYMMES. Arrived aboard the 'Defence' with husband and four children, who were not specifically identified as children of William and Elizabeth. The passenger list gives ages as follows: William, 30; Elizabeth, 30; Francis, 10 [not a son of William and Elizabeth]; Elizabeth, 6; Mary (or Marie), 2 1/2; and John, 5 months. [children born in Massachusetts Sarah (m. Jonathan PEAKE Sr.), Jacob, Hannah, Samuel.]
(FRENCH-RIDDLESDALE, From the files of Stephen M. Lawson, http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/french.htm#WFrench)
John FRENCH and Rebecca's son 4 Immigrant Thomas FRENCH (abt 1615 Eng-aft 1660 CT) his wife 1 Immigrant Mary BUTTON (1633-abt 1665 CT) their daughter Mary FRENCH EVARTS. 4 Thomas FRENCH and Mary BUTTON also had a son names Thomas.
Ancestry Chain: 4 10th gr grandfather Thomas FRENCH Immigrant b.1615, Mary FRENCH b.1640, Sarah EVARTS b.1673, Sarah MOODY b.1702, Datus (Datis) ENSIGN b.1729, Isaac ENSIGN Rev.WarVet. b.1756, Horace Datus ENSIGN b.1797, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Camilla SMITH b.1926, Lark WOOD, JR.
Note: The Parentage for the two wives of 4 Immigrant Thomas FRENCH 1-Mary BUTTON FRENCH and 2-Deborah BUTTON JOY FRENCH has been given as Matthias and first wife Lettice for Mary, Matthias and fourth wife Elizabeth for Deborah - And Or - John BUTTON and Grace for both Mary and Deborah.
Some reports say Deborah was not a BUTTON but Deborah WATHEN JOY FRENCH, widow of Walter JOY.
From the Guilford Founders Family Tree 1639-1989: Thomas
4 Thomas French came to Guilford either in 1643 or in 1648 (depending on the source), having gone (immigrated) first to Charlestown, MA about 1638. He is named on the 1650 list as a planter, but not a freeman. His home lot of three and one-half acres was next north of Henry Goldham's on Whitfield Street. In addition, he leased some lands and houses from John Caffinch for a period of time.
Mr. French had two wives. The first was Mary Button, and the second is known only by her first name of Deborah. He had a total of [thirteen] children: [Children of Mary BUTTON are] 1-Mary [m. John EVARTS Jr.], [2-Hannah,] 3-Mercy, 4-Elizabeth, 5-Deliverance, 6-Sarah, 7-John, 8-Martha, 9-Thomas, 10-Ebenezer, 11-Rebecca. [Children of Deborah are] 12-Samuel and 13-Abigail. It is thought that he was one of the poorer planters. His name appears in the records of the Guilford Court in two lawsuits against John Evarts for damage to French's crops from Evarts' hogs. His property, listed above, is directly adjacent the Town Green, probably the existing site of St. George's Church or close to it.