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Capt. William French

Male about 1603 - 1681  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name William French 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born about 1603  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 15 March 1603  Halstead Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 November 1681  Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • WILLIAM, Cambridge, br. of John of the same, came, with Harlakenden, in the Defence, 1635, aged 30, w. Elizabeth 30, or 32 (both stated in the rec. of London custom-ho.), and Francis, 10, wh. may have been s. br. or neph. Elizabeth 6; Mary, 2 1/2; and John, 5 mos. this last was bapt. at Cambridge, after arr. by Hooker, a fellow passenger, whose name is not found in the list, as the order of the Privy Council would have stopped him. He is ent. no doubt for purpose of deception, as serv. to Harlakenden, and prob. was of Co. Essex. At Cambridge he had Sarah, b. Mar. 1638; Jacob, 16 Jan. 1640, bef. ment.; Hannah, 2 Feb. 1642, d. 20 June foll. but ano. Hannah foll. and Samuel, 3 Dec. 1645, d. July foll.; but ano. Samuel came after; was freem. 3 Mar. 1636; one of the first sett. of Billerica, where he had sec w. 6 May 1669, Mary, wid. of John Stearns, d. of Thomas Lothrop of Barnstable, had Mary, b. 30 Apr. 1670; Sarah, 29 Oct. 1671; Abigail, 14 Apr. 1673, d. next yr.; and Hannah, 1676. His d. Elizabeth m. says Mitchell's Reg. an Eliot of Dedham; the first Sarah m. 11 Dec. 1657, John Trull; and Hannah the sec. m. John Brackett; the sec. Mary m. Nathaniel Dunkler; the sec. Sarah m. Joseph Crosby; and the third Hannah m. 5 Oct. 1693, John Child. Evid. of his engagem. in the cause of and. instruct. is found in a tract, "Strength out of Weakness," pub. at London 1652, reprint. in 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. IV. 193. He was a lieut. rep. being the first from that town of B. 1660, and 3, d. a capt. 20 Nov. 1681, aged 78 by the rec. of Billerica, where posterity is still num. [2]
    Person ID I38637  Schirado
    Last Modified 8 June 2004 

    Family/Spouse 1 Elizabeth Godfrey,   b. about 1605, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 March 1668, Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married about 1623 
    Children 
    +1. Francis French,   b. about 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 February 1690/1, Derby, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    +2. Mary French,   b. about 1633, Halstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1672, Newton, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years)
    +3. Capt. John French,   b. about 1635, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. October 1712, Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     4. Sarah French,   b. March 1638, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1694  (Age ~ 55 years)
    +5. Hannah French,   b. 16 February 1643/4, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1674, Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
    Family ID F26825  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Mary Lothrop,   b. 4 October 1640, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1735  (Age > 96 years) 
    Married 6 May 1669  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary French,   b. 30 April 1670, Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 September 1729, Lexington, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +2. Sarah French,   b. 29 October 1671, Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. July 1727, Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +3. Hannah French,   b. 25 January 1676, Billerica, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 January 1766  (Age 89 years)
    Family ID F26831  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S44] Henry Bond.

    2. [S9] Joseph Savage, (Little Brown, Boston, 1860).


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