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Ens. Thomas French

Male about 1608 - 1680  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name Thomas French 
    Prefix Ens. 
    Born about November 1608  Assington, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 27 November 1608  St. Edmund’s, Assington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Will On the web at http://www.rootsweb.com/~maessex/Wills/frencht.htm

    Estate of Thomas French, Sr. of Ipswich
    Essex Probate Docket # 10190

    In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas French Senior of Ipswich being weak of body yet of perfect understanding and memory doe in case of death make this my last Will and Testament. In the first place I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who hath redeemed it by the precious blood of his Son; and I commit my body to the Earth, whence it was taken, to be buried in a Christian decent manner by my friends in hope of a blessed resurrection to eternal life. And as for my outward Estate which God hath graciously given me in this world I doe thus dispose of it:
    Imprimis, I give and bequeath to Mary my beloved wife the Bed whereon I use to ly, with all the appurtenances and furniture belonging thereto. Moreover, I give to my son Thomas French my cloak and close-coat. Also I give to my son John French one Cow, which is to make up the full summe of thirty pounds which I formerly promised him for his Portion. Also I give to my daughter Mary Smith, one Cow. And to my son Samuel French, I give and bequeath he bed where he usually lieth, together with the Bedding and Bedstead belonging to the same. Further, as concerning my lands at the Pequod lots, and my division lot of marsh at Plum Island, my will is that my sons Thomas and Samuel French for and in consideration of twenty pounds by them engaged according to to order unto my son Ephraim French as the remaining part of this portion (which summe of twenty pounds is almost all paid, and the remainder due upon demand), I say my Will is that those my two sonns Thomas and Samuel shall possess and enjoy the said Pequod lands, and division-lot of marsh to themselves and to their heirs forever, to be equally divided betwixt them.
    Furthermore, I give and bequeath to my sonn Thomas French my dwelling house and homested with all the appurtenances and priviledges thereof and belonging thereto, and also by Lot lying in Labour-in-vain fields containing twelve acres more or less; with all the rest of my cattell, stocke of all sorts and moveable goods (not disposed of by this my will and testament) and to my son Samuel I give and bequeath two acres of upland joyning to Joseph Quilter's and two acres of meadow-ground at Reedy marsh; to be possessed by them respectively after my decease, provided always and my will is that my son Thomas French doe give full and free libertie to Mary my wife his mother to abide ad dwell in the said house and to make use of any room or rooms thereof for her convenient accommodation therein; as likewise to make use of all or any such moveable as I doe now leave in the hands of my son Thomas (not disposed of) as my be necessary ad convenient for her use and occasions from time to time; and all these during the term of her natural life, and after her decease my son Thomas shall deliver to my three children John, Samuell and Mary three of the biggest pewter dishes which shall then be left and remain that is to say, to each of them, one. Provided also, and my will is that my two son Thomas and Samuel doe carefully provide for their mothers comfortable maintenance and livelyhood and what is requisit thereto during her natural life; each of them allowing thereto proportionally to that part of my Estate which shall be by them received by vertue of this my testament. And if through any neglect of failure, this way of maintenance should not be to their mother's satisfaction and content, my Will is, that those my two sons Thomas and Samuel shall allow to their mother ten pounds yeerly; nine pounds thereof to be paid by Thomas and twenty shillings by Samuel, in such pay as shall be suitable and necessary for her comfortable maintenance and livelyhood. And further, if it shall pleas God to exercise her with much prevailing weakness or continuing sickness that the aforesaid then pounds should not suffice to defray the charges of her expenses, my Will is that (over and above the ten pounds, and according to the like rate of proportion) those my two sons Thomas and Samuel shall supply her with necessaries suitable as her condition may require, that she be not exposed to suffering for want of what ought and might be procured for her. Also my Will is that my Lot in Labour-in-vain fields, and the two acres of meadow at Reedy Marsh shall stand bound respectively to my said wife during her natural like as securitie for the true performance of this my Will as respecting her maintenance by my two Sonns; and after he decease, the said lands (except what shall bee alienated (if any so be) by means of the securitie aforesaid) to remain to each of those my Sonns and to their heirs forever as is before mentioned and declared. And lastly, I doe name, appoint and constitute my son Thomas French to be the sole Executor of this my last will & testament.
    August 3 1680
    Witness: (no signatures)
    Proved in Ipswich Court 28 Sep 1680, by Mary French and Samuel French

    Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts;
    1635 - 1681," In three volumes,The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916

    Submitted by: Linda Herrick Smith 
    Died 8 August 1680  Ipswich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I51175  Schirado
    Last Modified 23 December 2005 

    Father Thomas French,   b. about October 1584, Bures St. Mary, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. late 1639, Ipswich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Mother Susan Riddlesdale,   b. about 1584, Boxford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. August 1658, Ipswich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 5 September 1608  Assington, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F34926  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary,   d. 6 May 1681, Ipswich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married about 1630 
    Children 
     1. Sarah French,   b. ca 1630/1,   d. before 1680  (Age ~ 48 years)
     2. Mary French,   b. about 1632, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Mary French,   b. ca 1633/4, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 March 1684, Topsfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
    +4. John French,   b. about 1635, Ipswich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Thomas French,   b. about 1636
     6. Samuel French,   b. about 1641,   d. 1688, Ipswich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     7. Ephraim French,   b. about 1643,   d. September 1716, Enfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Family ID F34925  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).

    2. [S489] John Wyatt of Ipswich, Massachusetts and his wife Mary (__) Riddlesdale, John Brooks Threlfall.


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