Just struggling with what I have stumbled into... IS it mere coincidence? Do I have too much
junk and not enough facts-- or do I have clues??/
For a map picture it's on mapquest.com, centered
on Middletown NY.
From the will of Fredrick Phillipse, filed 1707 NYC:I give to my daughter
Anatje, wife of Phillip French, the
house and ground in New York
where they at present live. Also the old ware
house and ground thereto belonging lying in the New street. And all my estate
of land in the County of Berghen in East New Jersey, to wit, a house lot in
the village of Bergen, a large garden,
a Plantation of 15 acres, with 8
morgen or 16 acres of meadow with the right in the undivided wood land of two
and the Plantation. And all my lands in the County of Ulster, to wit, a
piece of land at Mombachus, containing 290 acres.
A piece of land at Roundout
creek, mortgaged to me by John Ward, counting 700 acres. I also leave to her,
wife's decease, that lot of ground and appurtenances in New York
extending from ye Broadway to ye New street, lying between
the ground lot of
Robert White and the ground of William the Clockluyer. Also one quarter of
all ships, goods, etc.,
to her during her life and then to her second son,
and for lack of such to her son Philip French.
Mombacchus is about 25 miles north of Goshen.
Philip is reported by Familysearch.com to have been born:
||Kilshall, , Suffolk, England|
The first French I tend to place in Sussex/Minisink is John C. French, believed by some to be 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.
The first French I found evidence of in the Sussex NJ area was Samuel, m. Helena Rosenkrans
(More) in 1753; had Jacobus b. in '54 I think.
I think there is a good chance this is the Samuel "Finch" reported killed and scalped by the
Never found any more about them. Only Jacob French I found between then and 1790-1800
was in Glouchester NJ..
I have long been troubled that My GGGgrandfather RICHARD SHOWED UP IN WALPACK, nj IN
1793... PRESTO - NO DISCERNABLE LINK TO MOSES NEARBY, OR ANYONE ELSE. Deposited by flying horse in the dead of night, no doubt.
Moses (and Henry) had been there since at least 1773 apparently. From?? Figure they are about
20 or older then, so they are born about 1753 or earlier.... Henry disappears, Moses dies 1797.
Noah French the Revoloutionary Dispatch rider/scout seems likely to have come from the area,
he's b. 1752...
One of Moses' son's is named John C., another Johnathan , 3rd is Aaron.
An Aaron French from NJ is in Washington Co. PA. by 1800; Richard moves to Washington Co. Pa. in
Our Dna study says we are closely related.. Hmm...
Richard's first WIFE WAS EASTER "SCROSSMAN" BY DUTCH CHURCH RECORDS. Ancestry says
she was b. 24 Dec. 1771. They had children by 1799.
I "assume" she is about Richard's age, give or take a couple years.
I have used >1775 as a working date of his b. so maybe I need to use >1770?
Ester Scrossman may be the girl noted here. Thank you HERB!.
"My 3x greatgrandfather Richard French and Ester SCrossman"
Some five years ago, I was corresponding with
folks concerning an "Abner" Crossman.
With one of them, the correspondence continued over many
you can see below, there there is was an Ester at the right time, in the right place to qualify as a candidate as your Ester.
stuff below comprises two different mails. I'm not
exactly sure where one ends and the next one begins.
I'm not even
sure whether I contributed some of the research
myself. So I'm simply going to put " " around the entire
certainly does NOT give you a ggg grandmother, but it
MIGHT give you a good lead.
"There was a Michael Crossman
in Sussex Co, NJ.
In THE MINUTE BOOK OF SUSSEX CO, NJ Court Records 1764-1766 by Brad and Carol Stark:
May Term, 1764
- Jacob Ford vs. Michael Crossman
August Term, 1765 - Joseph Green vs. Michael Crossman (at Newtown Aug 27,
Crossman is juror #9 in case of George Beaty vs. Joseph Dawson (Aug 28,
Michael Crossman vs. Joseph Guering.
" In debt. On motion of Reed for the
defendant, it?s ordered that the plaintiff give security for the costs in this action
any further proceedings be ad, he not being a resident of this county." (Aug
Michael Crossman is juror
#7 in case of James Anderson vs. Derrick Hoff. (Aug 29, 1765)
So Michael Crossman was in court at Newton in Sussex
but was not a resident. He is the only Crosman in that book. Do you know anything about him?
This comes to you third hand. That is,the person who sent
it to me got it from someone else. I have
not seen these
records and don't know if there were sponsors, which would be helpful.
Thank you for
your quick reply on the Crossman family. The
only tie another researcher has found is in the Hanover
Church Records 1746-1796 NJ.
#256 Crossman, Michael Joined 2 Jun, 1771
Crossman, Abner son of Michael
Bapt. 12 May 1771
Crossman, Robert " " " 2 Jun 1771
Crossman, Samuel " " " " "
Crossman, Elizabeth, Dau. " " " "
Ester " " " " "
Crossman, Julia " " " " "
Obviously, the bapt. dates don't have much to do with birth
but they were probably children still, but no wife
That is made more interesting because Richard French is a witness to Mr. Dennis's will about 1803, Mr. Ludom and
a Mr. GREEN are fellow witnesses.
By civil tax RECORDS, MOSES AND HENRY FRENCH were tallied as "FRENSH" IN 1774 ..
Guess the Dutch HAD TROUBLE WITH THE ENGLISH "C" SOUND.
Helena's husband Samuel French b. 1717-27 was supposed to be from Goshen.
Looking for other relatively nearby.. aka nearest..Frenchs, I went to Cyndi's list; found 1790
census NY etc.
Checking the census, I came up with 30 Frenchs in the index for the category that had Orange County,
and 4 Crossman's.
Of the 30, only one French, Joseph, lived in the same geographic census (67) area as
a Crossman, Ebenezer . Checking him, he appears to be son of another Ebeneezer, ( grandfather was from Ma.). No trail on his
(One of the nearby census takers was a Van Auken. NJ.
records say Richards second wife was an Elizabeth Van Auken.)
Joseph French lived in Scotchtown, in 1790 had one male under 16 living with him.
Ebenezeer Crossman in 1790 lived in Middletown.
Samuel French (Finch?) b. 1717-27 is supposed to be from Goshen.
Goshen, Middletown and Scotchtown are within a radius of 5 miles. They are also just in
what I think is considered Minisink.
Adajacent to the southeast is.... can I stand it? Phillipsburg..
Have not found anything on Joseph. assuming he's 35 or more in 1790, he's b. 1755 or so.
Or about the same age as Jacobus..et al.
From: Middletown: A Photographic History - CHAPTER ONE
© Copyright 1988, Peter A. Laskaris