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Richard French's family


Liberty Bell



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MANIFEST DESTINY: A Brief Family History Edit

How we  got here...
 The story has to start with the earliest French we have found that is known to be directly connected by blood-
Richard French b. ~1775. He is in Walpack,  Sussex County, NJ. in the  1790's.
 It is probable that he is either the cousin, brother or the nephew of  Moses & Henery Frensh, they are on the 1774 Sussex County Tax lists records for Sussex County. Yet, @ 18, Richard is in Walpack in 1793, Moses resides in Sandyston , now Union Co.; and Henry is at Newton Twp.., to the east.
We know an Aaron French was the son of Moses French per the recording of his marriage
to Mary Myers: " "Aaron French, son of Mof[s]es late of Sandeston, dec with
Mary Myers, daughter of Bastian Myers of Montague, May 28, 1797
The above couple have been married by me the date as above." Guisbert L.
Sutfin, Justice.
 Aaron and Mary named a daughter Easter.
The Brit's trashed this part of our Country when they resisted our independence - so a lot of records including the 1790 NJ. census were destroyed.
Richard and Easter (S)crosman (DRC records) christen Selitie, Susana and Caty in 1803 at the DRC at Walpack, Sussex Co. NJ. 
Selitie was b. 1799,  all 3 are born by 1803. Mary was b. 10 Jan 1804. (m. Wm. Crom; d. 1891 see below).
 I have found an Easter Beadle who married Jacob Crosman in 1797 in Sussex Co. could Richard's wife be "the widow Crosman"?
 Easter could also be a daughter of John Crissman and Maria Johanetha Schoonhover.
 They married in Dec. of 1773 and lived at Stillwater, just N. of the Warren Co. line, & S. of Newton.
 Heres a confusion factor_ A Catherine French married John Fogarty on 24 August, 1809. Our Katy is only 6 yrs. old.
 Another confuser- Sussex County Marriages, as posted by Sue Headley at in the Van Auken Family message board relates that Richard French married ELIZABETH VANAUKEN  27 Oct. 1804 at Sussex NJ.
Richard French and Elizabeth Van Vlerden/ Vlera (Walpack DRC records) christen Marie in 1805, Sarah in 1807 and Moses in 1809.
The family moved to Washington Co., PA. in time to be on the census there for 1810. That census count does not match the known children. Did the older children stay with their Aunt/ grandparents?
 There had been French's in Washington Co., PA for some time, I am not sure if they are related. Aaron French (potentially a brother or cousin) is still there in 1810 as he has a daughter  Ruth born in Nov. that year; however he moves to Ohio and is not on the 1810 census.
 Interestingly, PA early marriages relates that: (#)150; July 13, 1815, Hugh Logan to Martha Latimore of Buffalo. By Rev. Mr. French. That one marriage is the only mention of the Rev. Mr. French in that file.
   Another son, Richard is b. in 1817. Our family moves to Tuscarawas, OH. in time for the 1820 census;  Several of the children marry there. 
  Richard died in 1838.
 Moses m. Jane Edie, they have sons Alexander, William, Robert and Richard.
Daughters also!
  By 1852 there is a record of Richard (b. 1817) buying government land at Pickneyville, Perry County, IL.. In 1854, Moses purchases acreage nearby.
  Another French purchases govmt. land near Duquoin.
 On the 1860 Perry Co. IL. census, Jane and Moses' sons Richard and Robert are living with Alexander.
 William lives next door with his wife Margaret Willson and daughter Lucinda. Samuel is b. 1862, My grandfather Richard Vale French is born in 1864.  William is deceased by 1867 when
 Margaret Willson French, widow with 3 children remarries Daniel Waggoner Hughey, a Civil War union Calvary Vet. born in Va..
 Richard V. is still with the family on the 1880 census.  Hugheys are still on Pickneyville's  1890 census.
Granddad told me he mined coal before going to medical school.
 There is an IL. marriage record for a Richard V. and Chitty Gussey in 1898. She remarries in  1900 and Richard age 36 starts medical school in Louisville KY.; graduating in 1905.  According to the Rice family,  he married "Mattie" Martha Rice in 1904.
        He interns in Little Rock, AR. 
 They moved to Dallas TX. Thelma was born in 1906, Richard Jr. in 1909.
 Mattie dies in August of 1913. Thelma goes to Louisville, lives with the Rice's.  Richard goes to a Germanic orphanage.
 Doc marries Mrs. Lou Boss, they move to Casa Ar.  He Doctors, she fills Rx's in their Drug Store.  Dad told me of catching the horse barefooted and without a rope to hitch it to the buggy so Doc could make his rounds. In 1926 fire destroys downtown Casa, including their store. They move to Ky. I think Lexington. He is a Railroad Dr.
 1926 Richard Jr. joins the Navy.
Doc moves to Louisville, practice includes surgical privileges at Louisville Hospital.. Doc dies 1955.
  Assigned to the battleship USS California, Richard is a Gunners mate. Medically discharged from the USN during the depression, Richard locates in Washington DC., attends radio school, starts a service business. Marries his office manager-   Children: Richard  D. II  b. 1937.
Elizabeth b. '38 or '39 dies.   Judith A. b. 1940, Mary 1944.  While business is in DC., have home in  Arlington,  then  Fairfax Park, Va.. We move to Durango, Co., in 1950.  James R. b. 1951, William D. b. 1954.  Becoming too Ill to work, Dad returned to Casa, AR..  about 1965/6, d. 1970. Mom moved back to Durango, then St. George, UT. then Yerington, NV.; d. 1999.
Richard D. II joined Navy in 1955. m. Agnes Marie(Ame) of Chicago IL.. Served as USN Air Traffic Controller. Children Ame  b. Key west, Fl.; Grace E. b. Argentia, Nfld. .; Richard and  Carol b. South Ruislip, England ;
 Denise and Steve b. Chicago
  Aboard USS Forrestal for Gulf of Tonkin fire in '67. Divorced 1974. Married Anna  @ Lake Tahoe, Ca.  Became USN(Ret.) in 1980.  Airport Manager:  Danville IL. and then So. Lake Tahoe Ca.,
Retired, Anna and I Toured USA in our RV.
 Moved to Sierra Vista, AZ in 1996.


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RE: Early French's in Sussex Co. Nj
Marion Scherer contributed this info:Notes for JEREMIAH FRENCH.
Jeremiah's exact birthdate is not known at this time.  Although a birthdate
of 1765 was submitted to the French Family Association (2), the Census for
Revolutionary and Military Services as Returned Under the Act for taking the
Sixth Census, Owego, Tioga County, New York, 1840, lists Jeremiah's age as
81.  From that source it would appear that Jeremiah was borth ca. 1759. (1)

Jeremiah served as a Private from Sandyston, Sussex County, New Jersey in the
Revolutionary War, enlisting in 1778; Pensioner's application number S43570.

In the Official Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the
Revolutionary War, prepared by the State of New Jersey, Adjutant General's
Office in 1870, page 599, Jeremiah French is recorded as having served in
Captain Westbrook's company, Third Battalion, Sussex, also Continental Army.

After being mustered out of the army, Jeremiah removed to Shamokin,
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  In 1778, Jeremiah resided in Sandyston,
Sussex County, New Jersey.  From 1880 to 1846, Jeremiah lived in Tioga,
Chemung and Steuben Counties, New York. (2)

On the 1790 Census, Jeremiah is recorded as having one son over sixteen, two
sons under sixteen, and two daughters under sixteen. (1)

Jeremiah's parents are unknown at this time.  Jeremiah may have had a sister
named Mary.  A Mary E. French, b. Abt. 1761, d. August 6, 1880 at the age of
119 years, 7 months and 6 days old is buried in the French Hill Cemetery in
Middlebury, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  (1)

Children of JEREMIAH FRENCH and Margarete VanGorder are:

    i.  Flora French, m. Earnest Monk
    ii.  Moses French, Sr., b. Abt. 1783, d. Unknown
    iii.  Sarah French, b. Abt. 1786, Pennsylvania
    iv.  William French, b. June 03, 1790, Northumberland County,
Pennsylvania; d.    May 11, 1881, Middlebury, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (1)

    Child of JEREMIAH FRENCH and Hannah Gildersleeve:

    v.  Jeremiah French, Jr., b. 1792, Owego, Tioga County, New York, d.,  
November 16, 1847. (2)

(Part of Tioga County, New York became Chemung County, New York in the late

Other Frenchs in Sussex C., NJ, Mary French, m. David Hoys, Sussex Co., NJ,
both of Westfield Twp. 2 October 1796.
Hezekiah French of Sandyston, Sussex Co., NJ 1781, with 02-01-02-00-00 in NH
in 1790.
Aron French of Sandyston, Sussex Co., NJ 1793.  (2)

The 1774 Sandyston Township tax List for Sussex County, New Jersey records a
Moses Frensh and a Henry Frensh.

Recorded in the 1780 Tax List for Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey is
James French and Nehemiah French.

A single entry for French appears on the 1781 Tax List for Walpack, Sandyston
Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. (1) 

(1)  Marion Scherer
Address omitted    
    St. Petersburg, FL 33703
William Crom


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Mary French

William Crom 1

  • Died: Unknown 1

William married Mary French. (Mary French was born on 10 Jan 1804 1 and died on 10 Nov 1891 1.)


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List of Surnames:
Van Vlera

Here I might list all of the family names and variations I've found while researching my family tree.

Civil War Roster:
FRENCH, Richard Veteran Perry co Jan 1, 1864 MO July 10, 1865 as Serg't
FRENCH, Richard Private Du Quoin Aug 1, 1861 Re-enlisted as Veteran