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Aaron French Genealogy

The genealogy of descendants of Aaron French, with few exceptions, has been compiled from unpublished records, public and private, from epitaphs and traditions. During the Revolutionary war, Aaron lived in a part of New Jersey which suffered much at the hands of the British. Many church, town and other records were then lost which, if preserved, would have been useful in the preparation of this work. THE French family originated in France during the tenth century. The name is not taken from the French people but, as originally written (Frene, or De la Frene), signifies “ash tree.” Sir Maximilian de French was a direct descendent of Harlovan, son of Rollo, Duke of Normandy, and his wife, Gisella, daughter of Charles the Simple, King of France; he had a son, Sir Theophilus French (Freyne), who accompanied William, the Conqueror, to England, and was present at battle of Hastings, October 14, 1066. Shortly after the Norman conquest, others of this family appeared in England where, among the public records of the succeeding five hundred years, we find the name with many variations in spelling, including the following, to-wit: ffraunceys, Fraunceys, le Frense, Frense, Fraynshe, le ffrensshe, le Freynch, le Frensch, le French, Ffrenssh, Freynche, Frenshe, Frensch, ffrench and French. THIS small volume contains a portion of the genealogical data which the writer has collected, at odd times, during several years past. The greater portion of that which refers to the French families of New England, and a few others, has been gleaned from books ; it is published herein because the compiler believes that some will be interested in such sketches...

Genealogy of Susannah French and John Shideler

9 SUSANNAH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. 1785, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. Nov. 9, 1863, near Troy, Ohio; m. John Shideler (d. Sep. 15, 1844, age 61 yrs., 7 mos., 28 ds.), s. of Peter Shideler of Washington Co., Pennsylvania. John and Susannah (French) Shideler settled in Miami Co., Ohio, soon after marriage. Children: 91 AARON SHIDELER, d.; m. Hannah 92 SUSANNAH SHIDELER, d.; m. Lewis Winters. 93 JOHN SHIDELER, d.; m. Isabelle Long. Ch.: (Hon.) WILLIAM LONG SHIDELER (Dayton, Tenn.), m. JOHN LEWIS SHIDELER, m. MARY, d. SUSANNAH BELLE, d. m.. MARTHA, d. m. GEORGE HUGHES SHIDELER, m. 94 PETER SHIDELER, d. unmarried. 95 MARY SHIDELER, d.; m. John Long. 96 PRISCILLA SHIDELER, d.; m. (Rev.) John Sutton (Baptist). 97 JESSE SHIDELER, d.; m. Mary Bartholomew. 98 LAVINA SHIDELER, b. Mar. 14, 1823; d. Feb. 17, 1857; m. Feb. 13, 1845, William Shilling. 99 LOUISA SHIDELER, d.; m. Thomas Winters. 100 SIMEON SHIDELER, d.; m.; was killed at battle of Chickamauga. 101 ISAACC SHIDELER, d.;...

Genealogy of Asa French

8 ASA FRENCH (Aaron1), b. July 8, 1780, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Aug. 9, 1845, Miami Co., O.; m. (1st), 1301, Sarah Jackson (b. Apr. 24, 1780; d. Mar. 26,1820); m. (2nd). Miami Co., O., Hannah Davis (b. Feb. 19, 1800, near Lexington, Ky.; d. Mar. 5, 1883, near Troy, O.). Asa French moved from Greene Co., Pa., to Miami Co., O., 1811. Children of first marriage: 68 EZEKIEL FRENCH, b. Aug. 20, 1802, near Amity, Pa.; d. Feb. 2, 1889, S. Bend, Ind.; m. Elizabeth Hilliard. Ch.: CHARLES HILLIARD, d. (m. Mary Eliza Stillman). SARAH d. (m. Francis Clark, s. of Dr. Francis, Ft. Madison, Ind). FRANCES ROSETTA. ELLA MAY (Loring), d. m. 69 SIMEON FRENCH, b. Jan. 7, 1804, near Amity, Pa.; d. July 5, 1889, Springfield, O.; m. (1st) Mar. 25, 1830, Martha McKaig Telford (Andrew). Ch.: ANDREW TELFORD, d. SARAH JANE, d. m. (Cap’t) MILTON, d. SAMUEL, d. m. THOMAS BRAINARD, d. JULIA ANN, d. QUINCY ADAMS, d. m.; no ch. ASA, m. MARTHA MCKAIG, d. m. Simeon French6 s m. (2nd) Oct. 14, 1847, Piqua, O., Permilla Culver. Ch.: SALOMA, m. MARIETTA, m. HOWARD, m. LEANDER LINCOLN, m. 70 AARON FRENCH, b. Sep. 29, 1805, near Amity, Pa.; d. Feb. 12, 1880, Leesburg, Ind.; m. (1st) 1826, Susannah Dye. Ch.: JOHN (d. Elco, Nev.) ; m. MARGARET, d. m. CAROLINE, d. (m. Ezekiel Sayers). BENNET, m. EZEKIEL (d. in Cal.). DAVID (b. Aug. 17, 1839; lives at Pierceton, Ind; m. Sarah Elizabeth O’Brien; ch.: William Aaron, d. in infancy). RACHEL, d. m. MARTHA, d. m. Aaron French 70 m. (2nd) Mariah McCullen (d....

Genealogy of Elizabeth French and Jacob Bartholomew

4 ELIZABETH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. about 1771, Essex Co., N. J.; d. when aged, near Big Tree, Pa.; m. about 1787, Jacob Bartholomew (John). Children: 31 JOHN BARTHOLOMEW, b. Dec. 18, 1788; d. Nov. 8, 1875, Elk Co., Kan.; m. in Greene Co., Pa., Catharine had s. JOHN (who m. near Wooster, O., Esther Ann Oram), and other ch. 32 AARON BARTHOLOMEW, b. 1789; d. Sep., 1845; m three times and had large family ; lived in Greene Co., Pa., and Miami Co.. O. 33 ELIZABETH BARTHOLOMEW, d.; m. Aaron Blakesley; no ch. 34 CHARLOTTE BARTHOLOMEW, d.; m. Brewer; no...

Genealogy of Deborah French and Isaac Clark

3 DEBORAH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. Nov. 24, 1769, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Dec. 30, 1846, near Amity, Pa.; m. Apr. 12, 1786, Isaac Clark (b. July 28,1766; d. Nov. 30, 1842). Children: 17 PHEBE CLARK, b. June 30,1787; d. West Union, Pa.; m., Feb. 12, 1808, Reason Lams. 18 JOHN CLARK, b. May 19, 1789; d. in O.; m. 19 AARON CLARK, b. May 22, 1790; apprenticed to a tanner, ran away and never returned. 20 SILAS CLARK, b. Feb. 27, 1793; d. Feb. 16, 1853, Amity, Pa.; m. Oct. 29, 1818, Phebe McFarland (James); she d. Dec. 30, 1846, in 78th yr. 21 ISAAC CLARK, b. Feb. 29,1796; d.; m. Jan. 29,1918; m. (1st) Martha Crockart; m. (2nd) ; no ch. 2nd m. 22 ABNER CLARK, b. Feb. 12, 1798; d.; m. Jan. 11, 1826, Patty Evans (Joseph). 23 EZEKIEL CLARK, b. Feb. 24, 1800; d. at Dayton, O.; m., Sep. 12, 1825, Joanna McFarland (James). 24 MARY CLARK, b. Jan. 2,1802; d. West Union, Pa.; m. Oct. 27, 1825, John Fulton (John). 25 LEBBEUS CLARK, b. Nov. 19, 1803; d. Salem, Ia.; m. Dec. 2, 1828, Mary Evans (Joseph) ; ten ch., one of whom, LEBBEUS, lives at Malvern, Ia. 26 CHARLOTTE CLARK, b. July 19, 1805; d. in Vermilion_ Co., Ill. ; m. Harvy Carter. 27 DEBORAH CLARK, b. Apr. 19, 1807; d ; m. Adna Lacock (John). ISAAC CLARK LACOCK, s. of Deborah Clark, 27 lives at Tenmile, Pa. 28 LEVI CLARK, b. Jan. 22, 1809; d. Salem, Ia.; m. Oct. 27, 1831, Margaret Fulton (John). 29 LAURANIA CLARK, b. Mar. 10, 1811; d....

Genealogy of Aaron French, Jr.

2 AARON FRENCH, Jr. (Aaron1), b. Apr. 19, 1767, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Jan. 31, 1850, Johnstown, O.; m. (1st), Mar. 8, 1792, Washington Co., Pa., Ruth Coe (b. Aug. 19, 1770, Morristown, N. J.; d. Mar. 19, 1835, Johnstown, O.), dau. of Elder Joseph Coe (Joseph, Joseph, Benjamin, Robert), and Abigail Moon, his w. Aaron French 2 m. (2nd) Oct. 8, 1835, Catharine Combs (d. Aug. 9, 1856), wid. of – Starkey. Robert Coe, ancestor of Ruth (Coe) French, came to Mass., 1634, from Suffolkshire, England, where he was b., 1596. Children of first marriage (none of second): 10 JOSEPH FRENCH, b. May 8, 1793; d. July 10, 1804. 11 JOHN FRENCH, b. Jan. 11, 1795, Amity, Pa.; d. Mar. 3, 1874, Onslow, Ia.; m. Oct. 1, 1818, Sarah Clark (b. Feb. 22, 1801; d. Jan. 7, 1891), dau. of Bethuel Clark, Amity, Pa. Ch.: AARON (b. July 4, 1819, Amity, Pa.; d. Apr. 28, 1909, Peterson, Ia.; m. Lydia Duke). BETHUEL (twin of Aaron; b. July 4, 1819; d. Mar. 24, 1904; m. Sarah Sinkey) MALINDA, d. JOSEPH (b. Mar. 19, 1823; d. July 3, 1900, Wyoming, Ia.; m. (1st) Catharine Sinkey, Johnstown, O.; m. (2nd) Grade Beaver). ELIJAH, d.  MANCY, d. JESSE CLARA (b. Nov. 17, 1832; d. Mar. 8, 1905, Manchester, Ia.; m. Laura Eveline Mudge). ELIZA ANN (b. June 1, 1836; m. Wilson Jenkins). JOANNA (b. May 22, 1838; m. Eliakim Wilson). ISAAC NEWTON (b. Aug. 6, 1840; m. Jane Orr). 12 IRA FRENCH, b. July 30,1797-8, Amity, Pa.; d. Dec. 24, 1878, Sumner, Ill.; m. May 4, 1820, Green Co., Pa., Joanna...

Genealogy of Aaron French

1 AARON FRENCH, b. Sep. 8,1739, probably in Monmouth Co., N. J.; d. Aug. 31, 1805, near Amity, Pa.; m. (1st) Mary Clark; m. (2nd) Elizabeth (d. Feb. 18, 1819, Troy, O., age 74 yrs.), widow of James Fordyce. Aaron French1 lived at New Providence, N. J., as early as 1764; moved to Washington Co., Pa., about 1787-8, where he acquired a large tract of land lying four miles southwest of Amity and partly within the present county of Greene. Children of first marriage (none of second): 2 AARON FRENCH, Jr., b. Apr. 19,1767; d. Jan. 31, 1850; m. (2). 3 DEBORAH FRENCH, b. Nov. 24, 1769; d. Dec. 30, 1846; m. 4 ELIZABETH FRENCH, b. about 1771; d. when aged; m. 5 MARY FRENCH, b. 1772; d. Jan. 12, 1859, age 86 yrs., 6 mos.; m. 6 EZEKIEL FRENCH, b. June 17, 1775; d. Jan. 1, 1861; m. (3). 7 LYDIA FRENCH, b. about 1777; d. about 1856-7; m. 8 ASA FRENCH, b. July 8, 1780; d. Aug. 9, 1845; m. (2). 9 SUSANNAH FRENCH, b. 1785; d. Nov. 9, 1863, age 78...

Genealogy of Lydia French and James Fordyce

7 LYDIA FRENCH (Aaron1), b. about 1777, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. about 1856-7, Miami Co., Ohio; m. June 28, 1802, Amity, Pennsylvania, James Fordyce, Jr. (b. Sep. 17, 1 2; d. Aug., 1852) ; moved from Pennsylvania to Miami Co., Ohio, 1811. Children: 58 ELIZABETH FORDYCE, b. Apr. 8, 1803; d. Apr., 1806. 59 URI FORDYCE, b. Feb. 18, 1805; d. Mar. 4, 1876; m. Mar. 17, 1829, Margaret Ann Long; 10 ch., including RUHAMA ANN (b. Nov. 21,1831; d. May 13, 1809, N. Y. City; m. Thomas Bowdle); MARGARET ELLEN (b. May 15, 1838; lives at West Milton, O.; m. William Wallace Wilson) ; and JOHN JOSEPHUS (b. Mar. 30, 1844; m.). 60 JOHN FORDYCE, b. Nov. 29, 1806; d. Aug. 23, 1829. 61 ZADOK FORDYCE, b. Jan. 29, 1809; d. Aug., 1837. 62 JAMES FORDYCE, b. Jan. 11, 1811; d.; m. Margaret Bull. 63 EZEKIEL FORDYCE, b. Jan. 19,1813; d. Nov. 11, 1887; m. (1st) Mar. 6, 1835, Eliza Denman and had ch.; m. (2nd) Nov. 5, 1850, Barbary Stull (b. July 4, 1824) ; six ch. of 2nd m., of whom JAMES LEONARD, MATTIE (Kime), ANNA (Casey), and SARAH ARMINDA (Wagoner) live in Ind. 64 WILLIAM FORDYCE, b. Nov. 4, 1815; d.; m. Emily Roberts. 65 MARY FORDYCE, b. Apr. 5, 1818; d.; m. Philip Lawhead; no ch. 66 ASA FORDYCE, b. Feb. 8, 1821; d.; m. Charlotte Deweese. 67 JOSEPHUS FORDYCE, b. May 3, 1823; d. May 6, 1897; m. Elizabeth...

Genealogy of Ezekiel French

6 EZEKIEL FRENCH (Aaron1), b. June 17, 1775, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. Jan. 1, 1861, Miami Co., Ohio; m. (1st) Mar. 4, 1795, Phebe Bates (b. Jan. 18, 1775; d. Sep. 4, 1843), dau. of Ephraim Bates; m. (2nd) Jan. 16, 1845, Martha Jones (b. Mar. 21, 1773; d.) ; m. (3rd) Elizabeth (b. May, 1777, in N. J.; d. Feb., 1860, Miami Co., O.), widow of Enoch Sutton. Ezekiel French a moved from Pennsylvania to West Virginia, 1798, and to Miami Co., Ohio, 1811. Children of first marriage (none of second or third): 47 ISAAC FRENCH, b. Feb. 28, 1796, Amity, Pa.; d. Aug. 1850, Miami Co., O.; m. 1817, Wheeling (W.) Va., Elizabeth Ryan (b. 1800, in Pa.; d. 1852, Piqua, O.). Ten ch. were b. to them, most of whom d. young; their dau. MARY ANN FRENCH (b. July 20, 1821, now living, Sidney, O., in 90th yr.), m. Jan. 28, 1840, Alexander Clark (b. Feb. 20, 1818, near Cincinnati, O.), s. of James Clark, and had ch.: James Ezekiel (d. m.), Thomas Creighton (d.), Isaac Alexander (m.), and Laura Bell (m. Daniel Zelith Clark). 48 EPHRAIM FRENCH, b. Aug. 30, 1798; d. same year. 49 ELIZABETH FRENCH, b. Feb. 23, 1800; d. young. 50 MARY FRENCH, b. Feb. 23, 1801; d. 1838, unmarried. 51 ASA FRENCH, b. Mar. 29, 1803; d. Feb. 26, 1844, Mt. Pulaski, Ill.; m. Mar. 10, 1825, Piqua, O., Hannah Clark (b. Nov. 25, 1805, in Ky.; d. Oct. 23, 1866), dau. of John Clark and Nancy Isgrig, his w. Ch.: NANCY, d. m. PHEBE JANE, d. m. DANIEL ISGRIG,...

Genealogy of Mary French and John Clark

5 MARY FRENCH (Aaron3), b. 1772, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. Jan. 12, 1859, Johnstown, Ohio, age 86 yrs. 6 mos.; m. near Amity, Pennsylvania, John Clark (d. Jan. 28, 1840, age 69 yrs.), a Baptist preacher, brother of Isaac Clark, h. of Deborah French;3 he moved to Licking Co., Ohio, about 1810. Children: 35 MARY CLARK, d. m. (2). 36 DEBORAH CLARK, d. m. 37 LYDIA CLARK, d. 38 EUNICE CLARK, d.; m. Elder John Evans (Washington). 39 LUTHER CLARK, d. age 6 or 7 yrs. 40 MATTHEW CLARK, d. Mar. 10, 1875, age 76 yrs.; m. Mary Evans (Washington) and had ch., of whom are now living Lucy (Hanover), EUNICE (Gorsuch) and GEORGE WASHINGTON CLARK of Ohio, and AMELIA (Ulrey) of _Cal. 41 JESSE CLARK, d. 1828, age 28 yrs.; m. 42 JOHN CLARK, d.; m. Jane Creighton. 43 AARON CLARK (twin of Aaron42), d. 1865, age 63 yrs.; m. Amelia Evans (Washington). 44 MOSES CLARK (twin of Aaron43), d. 1854, age 52 yrs., unmarried. 45 REUBEN CLARK, d. Mar. 30, 1838, age 34 yrs. 46 ASA CLARK, d. 1842, age 31 yrs.; m. and had dau. MARY who m. Cary Milburn, Lawrence Co., Ill., where she d. leaving...

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