HELLO! I'm Dick French.
I'm trying to find and record my ancestors.
Currently my "brickwall" is Richard French, b. about 1774/5, probably in
or about the tri-state area constituting the Dutch colony of Minisink. By DNA testing he is known to be a relative
of Moses French. He was a close relative of Aaron living in the same area.
Like wise, My DNA matches a descendant of John French the brickmason, known to be in NJ in the early 1700's.
While Phillip French was one of the 1704 owners of the Minisink 1000 ac. patent, I do not think he ever lived there.
The first French I tend to place in Sussex is John C. French b. 1711 to Richard and Elizabeth. He is believed to
have lived in Sussex NJ., according to an on line, not substantiated by me source. Samuel French married Helena Rosenkrans
in Sussex in the early 1750's; they had a son Jacobus in 1753. What happens to him we do not know, history does record
a Samuel Finch killed in an Indian uprising in the same area. Helena remarries by 1755 - to a Mr. Moore.
Jeremiah French is of close age to Richard, and is also a DNA relative.
Nehemiah & Moses are listed on the 1773 tax records (Frensh) of Sussex County, NJ.. There is also a Henery
"Frensh" on 1774 tax records. (Frensh may be a Dutch influenced spelling.) On the 1780 Tax record the name was
Are they sons of John C.?
( In 1782, a Richard and Selletje French christen William at Oldwick/Germantown, Hunterdon County.;
in '83 they added Ann.
I note this especially because my Richard named his first daughter Sellitie.)
All that leadup to get to my BRICKWALL!.
At 18, GGGGrandfather Richard lived at Walpack , Sussex, NJ. he is on the militia eligible list.
The 1774 "taxable" French's are North and South of Walpack.
Moses French named a son John C.; ergo there is a likelihood Moses's father was John C. His other sons are
Johnathan and Aaron.
Was my Richard a Revolutionary War orphan? Did his mom re-marry to someone in Walpack?
(All posibilities are open including possibly being a son of an unwed mother.)
Also in Sussex at one time were:
Noah French, b. 1752 @ Turkey, Union County NJ. He is a Revolutionary War "Hero" , Private to Captain. Dispatch
rider. Noah seems to be from Union County, and moved to NY after the Revolution.
Walpack is on the Delaware river, less than 100 miles upstream from where General George Washington crossed
the Delaware to take the fight to the Brit's at Trenton. It's S. of Port Jervis, NY.
There you will find a link to the current French DNA site.
That's the web site for the French family DNA project started in Jan. 2003. We need male French's
to participate in the test. We're testing "Y" DNA to see if we can connect branches of the French's through technology where
the paper trail is lost.
( PS this is NOT valid as a paternity test.)
My "Y" chromosone history is: (underline's are links)
Father? Unknown French ?? related to Moses and Aaron French at Sandyston, NJ.
Richard French b. +- 1775; d.1838 Tuscarawas OH.
Richard French . (Me!)
Several DNA cousins
have been found. We match closely with a family in the Deep South!
Their family tree knowledge goes to Samuel French, B. abt 1733; an early resident-
1750's in Anson, N. Carolina.
While we have a 50/50 chance the common ancestor lived within the past 290 years, there's
a 90% chance the common ancestor lived within the last 960 years... I tend to think that our common predecessor
was born about 1620-90. BUT Where? .
Hopefully as more FRENCH's test, more lines of investigation will open.
Then there are Philemon and Aaron...with Identical DNA!,
The purpose of this project is to identify the different lines of the French surname worldwide.
For geneaology research
purposes, we have found that the 37 Marker Test is the best one to start.
Any Information concerning
Richard (d. about 1796) and Selletje French (remarried 1797 to wm. Lewis)
at Oldwick NJ. is important to
This "My Richard named his first daughter
Richard b. 1775 named hia first daughter
Selitie. I think so named to honor Selletje, who is a second (or third wife) of Richard French found @ Zion
Church, Hunterdon, NJ. 1783. I think this Richard probably is the father of "my" Richard and possibly of
Moses and Henery French in Sussex; Richard and Seletje are parents of William and Anna b. 1782/3.
Christening children in the same church at Oldwick, a Joseph French and Elenora christened a daughter Eleanora
in the 1770's.
Please contact me if you have any data on these American pioneers.
in 1754, between 600 and 3,000 European settlers lived in the Upper Delaware River Valley.
The local Lanape Indians proclaimed their independence from the Iroquois, who were allied with the British, and in 1755
attacked the Moravian settlement at Gnaden-hütten (Lehighton) and the Brodhead residence at Dansbury (Stroudsburg). Pennsylvania
as well as rampaging the Delaware valley. New Jersey colonial governments then developed fortifications to
protect European settlers in the valley.
The American Revolution provided the British and Indians further chance
to attack the area; see this link for an account of a 1779 militia attack upon the raiders: