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Biographical Sketch of William N. French
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French, William N., New Haven, was born in the town of New Haven, Addison county, Vt., on June 20, 1835. He is a successful farmer, owning a farm of 125 acres; is also a breeder of the Spanish Merino sheep, and has a registered flock of 125 sheep. He was married in 1868 to Mary J. Dorson, a daughter of Ziba and Eliza (Crampton) Dorson, of Franklin, Vt. His parents were Nathaniel and Samantha (Kipp) French. His paternal grandfather was Nathaniel H. French, who was a native of Trumbull, Connecticut, and settled in Ferrisburgh, Vt., in 1789. He served in the War of 1812, after which he returned to his home and died in 1851, in the eighty-sixth year of his age. His children were Rebecca, Betsey, Sarah, Wheeler, Nathaniel, Lucy, Samuel, and Mary (all deceased). The maternal grandfather of William N. was John Kipp, of Middlebury. Nathaniel has had seven children born to him — Charles, Albert, Carlinda (now Mrs. L. P. Champlin), Caroline (deceased), William N., Samuel (deceased), Belle (now Mrs. Bradley Blake).
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