Florence Olive French1

F, b. 1911

Florence French - taken c 1916, Ipswich. Photo courtesy of Helen J.

Citations

  1. Letter, Agnes French nee Evans to Lucy Werner, c 1920.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth21592/1911      FRENCH      FLORENCE O      ;JOHN A ;     AGNES E ;     TENTERFIELD.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1933/C1397 Bertram     James Murdoch;     French     ;Florence Olive.
  4. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Gary Kurz Family Tree.

Frederick Henry French1

M, b. June 1862
  • Frederick Henry French's birth was registered in the an unknown place , Somerset Registration District in the June 1862 Quarter.2,3
  • He was the son of Frederick John French and Mary Elizabeth Collins.1
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Frederick Henry French was living in the household of Sampson Collins and Mary Unknown in Coronation Buildings, Yeovil. Samson Collins is shown as head of the house, a 67 year old born Yeovil, formerly a shepherd. He is living with his wife Mary, 65, born Lopen and their daughter Mary E French 40, born Mudfore, a laundress and their grandson Frederick H French, a groom born in Yeovil. William Ridd, a 22 year old engineman born in Barnstaple, Devon and William Medland a 26 year old railway driver born in Taunton were lodging with the family.2

Citations

  1. Census 1881 British, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
  2. Census 1881 British, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp, Family History Library Film 1341576 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 2393 / 27 Page Number 48.
  3. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Births Jun 1862 FRENCH Frederick Henry Yeovil 5c 551.

Frederick John French1

M, b. 4 February 1840, d. September 1896
  • Frederick John French was born on 4 February 1840 in Haselbury Plunkett, Somerset.1,2
  • He was the son of Abraham French and Maria Winsor.1
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Frederick John French was living in the household of Abraham French and Maria Winsor in Haslebury Plucknett, Somerset. Abraham was noted as the 24 year old head of the family, an agricultural labourer living with his wife Maria French aged 25; Ann Frances French aged 4; John French aged 1; Emily Winsor aged 1; and Susan Winsor aged 20 a glover (possibly Maria's sister and her daughter.)3
  • Frederick John French was baptized on 7 April 1844 in Merriott, Somerset.4
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Frederick John French was living in the household of Abraham French and Maria Winsor in Goar Knap Gate, Yeovil, Somerset. Abraham is shown as a 30 year old labourer born Merriott. He is living with his wife Maria 30 born Sutton; and a Elizabeth Frances (Ann Frances?) age 14, nurse child; born Sutton and Frederick John 11 an errand boy born Haselbury; and Sarah Ann aged 7 born Merriott. Abraham's brother John an agricultural labourer & carter aged 20 born Middle Chinnock was also living with the family as was their brother William, aged 19, an agricultural labourer, born Hazelbury.1,5
  • His marriage, at 21 years, to Mary Elizabeth Collins, daughter of Sampson Collins and Mary Unknown, was registered in the March 1861 Quarter Registration District.6
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Frederick John French was living in the household of John French and Maria Winsor in 18 Hgr Kingston, Yeovil. John is shown as head of the household. He is a 54 year old gardener born Merriott living with his "wife" Maria a 65 year old born Sutton, Somerset and Maria's (& Abraham French's son) Fred a 40 year old carter born Merriott. Maria was not John's wife but the wife of his brother Abraham. The couple continued to live together after Abraham left (or died). Her son Fred was married, but his wife and son were living with her parents in another part of Yeovil.7
  • His death was recorded with the an unknown place , an unknown place Registration District in the September 1896 Quarter.8

Child of Frederick John French and Mary Elizabeth Collins

Citations

  1. Transcribed Census Returns, Somerset Census 1851.
  2. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, French Baptisms.
  3. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1841 Census Transcript.
  4. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, French Baptisms-parents shown as Abraham (a labourer) and Martha.
  5. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1851 Census Transcript.
  6. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Marriages Mar 1861 Collins Mary Elizabeth Yeovil 5c 783 French Frederick John Yeovil 5c 783.
  7. Census 1881 British, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp, Family History Library Film 1341576 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 2392 / 39 Page Number 17.
  8. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Deaths Sep 1896
    French Frederick John 56 Yeovil 5c 260.
  9. Census 1881 British, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp

George French1

M, b. 7 May 1867, d. 10 July 1935

Family of George French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley. From Back LtoR - Herbert James, Percy, George Albert - Middle - Ruby, Elizabeth Jane, George, Violet, Jack (Leslie Chapman) - Front Alice, Ada. Taken 1913 at "Northcotte" on the Millmerran-Koorongarra Road. Photo courtesy of Joan Rogers.
  • George French was born on 7 May 1867 in "Wallhalla Station", Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia. George's parents were working at "Wallhalla" Station (15 miles from Werris Creek) for W B Christian at the time of his birth. His birth was not registered.2,3
  • He was the son of William French and Elizabeth Baker.
  • At the age of 23 years, 2 months and 15 days, George French married Elizabeth Jane Bentley, daughter of William Bentley and Phoebe Chapman, on 22 July 1890 in the residence of William Holly, Warwick Rd, Tenterfield, New South Wales. George was a 22 year old bachelor, farm labourer of Mingoola (a property west of Tenterfield on the Bruxner Highway) - father William French, a farm labourer and mother Elizabeth Baker. Elizabeth was a spinster aged 22, a domestic servant living at Mingoola, parents William Bentley, a driver and Phoebe Chapman. George's sister Ellen and her husband William Holley were witnesses to George and Elizabeth's marriage held in the Holley residence, Warwick Road, Tenterfield according to the rites of the Wesleyan Church. The minister was John Hulme.4
  • George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley moved to in Toowoomba, Queensland, circa 1907 with their family, most likely some time after the birth of their eight child Alice Ruby. George's sister Elizabeth Werner and her husband and family also moved to the area a year or so earlier. George and Elizabeth's last two children, twins, Ada and Ellen were born at the home of George's sister Elizabeth Werner in Toowomba.5
  • In 1910 George and Elizabeth moved to the Pilton area in Queensland, and then on to a small 40 acre farm called "Northcott" at Kooroongarra before 1913.
  • In 1935 he retired to Millmerran.1
  • George French died on 10 July 1935 in Campbell Street, Millmerran, Queensland, at age 68. He died of heart failure.1
  • He was buried on 11 July 1935 in Millmerran Cemetery, Millmerran.1
  • George and Elizabeth's names are amongst those on a memorial in Rotary Park, Tenterfield.6
    George & Elizabeth French - Tenterfield Pioneers honoured in Rotary Park, Tenterfield
    Pioneer Plaque in Rotary Park, Tenterfield

Children of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley

Citations

  1. George French, Death Certificate George French.
  2. Letter, Joan Rogers to Audrey Chambers.
  3. Barbara Geary, "ChildrenGeorge French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley", Has year of birth as 1868.
  4. Certificate, George French & Elizabeth Bentley marriage of 1890.
  5. Interview, Joan Rogers, 14/2/2000.
  6. Unknown subject Photograph.

George Albert French

M, b. 26 October 1892, d. 6 July 1931

George Albert French 1892-1931 Photo thanks to Helen.
  • George Albert French was born on 26 October 1892 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.1
  • He was the son of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • George Albert French's parents moved to in Toowoomba, Queensland, circa 1907 with their family, most likely some time after the birth of their eight child Alice Ruby. George's sister Elizabeth Werner and her husband and family also moved to the area a year or so earlier. George and Elizabeth's last two children, twins, Ada and Ellen were born at the home of George's sister Elizabeth Werner in Toowomba.2
  • At the age of 28 years, 3 months and 24 days, George Albert French married Elizabeth Morris (Morry) Hiddleston on 19 February 1921 in Wilston, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • George Albert French died on 6 July 1931 in the General Hospital, Toowoomba, Queensland, at age 38. George was taking part in a Light Horse display at the Millmerran Show Grounds when he fell from his horse sustaining head injuries. He was transported to the Toowoomba General Hospital but did not regain consciousness.2,3
  • He was buried on 7 July 1931 in Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery.2,4

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 35109/1892       FRENCH GEORGE A; GEORGE; ELIZABETH J;       TENTERFIELD.
  2. Interview, Joan Rogers, 14/2/2000.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1931/C3091 George Albert French; George Albert; Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  4. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php

George Daniel (Dan) French1

M, b. 1904, d. 1968

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Births 1904/C5584     George Daniel     French;     William Henry;     Mary Jane Hood.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1968/B1369     George Daniel     French;     William Henry ;French      Mary Jane Hood.

George Edward French1

M, b. 1881, d. 1967
  • George Edward French was born in 1881 in Queensland.1
  • He was the son of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear.1
  • George Edward French appeared on the Electoral Roll with Mary Ann Sear and Walter French between 1903 and 1908 in Ravensbourne. Walter was a farmer. Their son George was a labourer at the Settlement.2
  • At the age of 28 years, George Edward French married Annie Ellen Stewart in 1909 in Queensland.3
  • George Edward French and Annie Ellen Stewart appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1909 living at Ravensbourne. George was a labourer, Annie carried out home duties.4
  • In 1960,his wife, Annie Ellen Stewart died in Brisbane, Queensland.5
  • George Edward French died in 1967 in Queensland.6

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1881     C5998     George Edward     French     ;Walter     ;Mary Ann Sear.
  2. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Moreton Sub Div Ravensbourne.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1909     C2843     Annie Ellen     Stewar;t     George Edward     French.
  4. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Helidon North 1909.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1960     B41976     Annie Ellen     French;     George Stewart;      Susan Shea.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1967     C4097     George Edward     French;     Walter French ;     Mary Ann Sear.

George Henry French1

M, b. 1889, d. 1956

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1889/C9935     George Henry     French     ;William George;     Harriet Gowlett.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1956/B13714     George Henry     French;     William George ;     Harriet Gowlett.

Gordon Albert French1

M, b. 19 October 1921, d. 11 August 1943

Flight Sergeant Gordon Albert French. Killed in Action 11 August 1943. Son of Albert French and Lucy Donaldson. Photo Courtesy National Archives of Australia. (1921-1943).
  • Gordon Albert French was born on 19 October 1921 in Toowoomba, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Albert French and Lucy Fanny May Donaldson.
  • Gordon Albert French enlisted in the RAAF on 31 January 1942 in Toowoomba. Service number 425147. He was a 20 year old grocer's assistant currently unemployed, father Albert French of Crow's Nest. He was 5' 11', 134 lbs with medium complexion, light brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted hoping to become a wireless operator trainee. However he failed the exam and opted to be a canteen steward. He then trained as a gunner. Gordon embarked for England on 15 January 1943 where he took part in operations from the UK. He became a Flight Sergeant Air Gunner and was reported missing in action on 11 August 1943, presumed dead.2
  • Gordon Albert French died on 11 August 1943 at age 21. Killed in Action World War II - EUROPE.
  • He was buried in Durnback War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany.3

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx, Service Record Gordon Albert French.
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission, online http://www.cwgc.org/

Gwenyth Neta French1

F, b. 3 December 1917, d. 4 December 1997

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.

Hannah French1

F, b. 16 January 1825
  • Hannah French was baptized on 16 January 1825 in Merriott, Somerset.1
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.1
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Hannah French was living in the household of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne in Riddle Town, Haselbury Plunkett. Jacob is shown as a 40 year old agricultural labourer, living with Hannah aged 40, and their children Mary 19, Hannah 15, John 14, Prudence 12, William 8, Susan 5, Eliza 3, Elizabeth 18 months and Mary Osborne aged 80, a pauper.2

Citations

  1. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm
  2. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript.

Harriet May French1

F, b. 1897

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1897     C10390     Harriet May     French     ;Walter;     Mary Ann Sear.

Henry French1

M, b. circa 1900

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1927/C3599     French     Henry;     Horrocks     Alice.

Herbert James Bentley French

M, b. March 1897, d. 11 January 1971
  • Herbert James Bentley French was also known as James.
  • He was born in March 1897 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.1,2
  • He was the son of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Herbert James Bentley French 's parents moved to Toowoomba, Queensland circa 1907 with their family, most likely some time after the birth of their eight child Alice Ruby. George's sister Elizabeth Werner and her husband and family also moved to the area a year or so earlier. George and Elizabeth's last two children, twins, Ada and Ellen were born at the home of George's sister Elizabeth Werner in Toowomba.3
  • At the age of 26 years, Herbert James Bentley French married Ivy Baillie in 1924.4,5
  • James and Ivy had 7 children including Lyla.4
  • Herbert James Bentley French died on 11 January 1971 in Millmerran, Queensland, at age 73.6,2
  • He was buried in Milmerran Cemetery.6

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 16934/1897       FRENCH HERBERT J B; GEORGE ; ELIZABETH J ;      TENTERFIELD.
  2. Barbara Geary, "ChildrenGeorge French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley."
  3. Interview, Joan Rogers, 14/2/2000.
  4. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriages 1924/2637 French     Herbert James Bentley;     Baillie     Ivy.
  6. Cemeteries Millmerran, online http://www.ozcemeteries.com/qld_cemeteries/millmerran.htm, Headstone inscription Herbert and Ivy French.

Isabel French1

F, b. 1879

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1879     C5446     Isabel     French;     Walter;     Mary Ann Sear.

Ivy Pearl French1

F, b. 1898, d. 1955

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth Ref 18998/35091.
  3. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marr Ref 1918/6023.
  4. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Deaths 19237/1955 BUCKINGHAM IVY PEARL; JOHN ;       ELIZABETH ;      MANLY.

Jacob French

M, b. 1796, d. 23 October 1855
  • Jacob French was born in 1796 in Merriott, Somerset.1
  • He was the son of Mary French.1
  • Jacob French was baptized on 13 May 1804 in Merriott, Somerset. Jacob is shown on the baptism record as a base child of 8 years.1
  • At the age of 22 years, Jacob French married Hannah Osborne, daughter of Abraham Osborne and Prudence Lawrence, on 28 March 1818 in Merriott, Somerset, England.2
  • Jacob French and Hannah Osborne appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 in Riddle Town, Haselbury Plunkett. Jacob is shown as a 40 year old agricultural labourer, living with Hannah aged 40, and their children Mary 19, Hannah 15, John 14, Prudence 12, William 8, Susan 5, Eliza 3, Elizabeth 18 months and Mary Osborne aged 80, a pauper.3
  • Jacob French and Hannah Osborne appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 in Crewkerne, Somerset. Jacob is shown as a 45 year old agricultural labourer, born Merriott, living with Hannah aged 44,both born Merriott, P(rudance) a 21year old spinner born Haselbury, S(usan) 18 a spinner, Elizabeth 12, a glover and Ellen 8 all born Merriott.4
  • Jacob French died on 23 October 1855 in Lower Street, Merriott.5,6
  • He was buried on 27 October 1855 in Merriott, Somerset.5

Children of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne

Citations

  1. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, Mary French 13 May 1804 Jacob, BC Aged 8 Years.
  2. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, 29 March 1818 Jacob French m Hannah Osborne.
  3. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript.
  4. Transcribed Census Returns, Somerset Census 1851.
  5. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, 27 October 1855 Jacob French 60.
  6. FreeReg, online http://freereg.rootsweb.com/cgi/SearchResults.pl, Register No 1096.
  7. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm
  8. International Genealogy Index, online http://www.familysearch.org/
  9. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript, Eliza shown as 3 years old.
  10. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, 1861 Census.

James Edward French1,2

M, b. 1906

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Births 26465/1906       FRENCH JAMES F ; WILLIAM H ; MARY J ; MURWILLUMBAH.
  2. Helen Jones, "Desc of Louis Werner & Elizabeth French."
  3. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marriages 3496/1929 FRENCH JAMES E ; TRAPPETT LILLIAN M;       MURWILLUMBAH.      

James William French1

M, b. 27 January 1858, d. 1926
  • James William French was born on 27 January 1858 in Castlereagh, New South Wales.2,3
  • He was the son of William French and Elizabeth Baker.
  • James William French was the informant of the death of William French on 10 July 1878 in Six Mile, Tenterfield, New South Wales. James French gave the following information about his father at the time of his death. At the time James, like his father was a farmer of Six Mile. William's cause of death was a heart disease from which he had suffered for three months, he was 47 years old, had lived in Australia for 23 years, parents NOT KNOWN, spouse Elizabeth Baker, children 4 males and 3 females. The medical attendant was A W Bateman who last saw William on the day he died. His youngest child, William George was only three years old.4
  • James William French witnessed the burial of William French on 12 July 1878 in Tenterfield Cemetery; The minister of religion was J D Hennessy, Wesleyan and undertaker A Butler. Witnesses to the burial were his sons James William French and John French.4
  • In 1883 he was Shearer.
  • At the age of 25 years, 10 months and 4 days, James William French married Mary Jane O'Brien, daughter of Edward O'Brien and Jane E(lizabeth) Weldon, on 1 December 1883 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. Mary Jane O'Brien was a widow and was aged 34 years at the time of her marriage to James. He was a 26 year old shearer. According to a letter from one of her descendants her maiden name was O'Brien. It appears that her mother had also remarried to someone named Weldon. Mary's second marriage took place at her mother's residence in Tenterfield. Witnesses to the marriage were Elizabeth Ann Weldon (her mother?) and Louis Werner. The service was officiated by William Denning according to the rites of the Weslyan Church. Mary Jane had four young children under nine at the time of the marriage.5
  • James William French died in 1926 in Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.

Children of James William French and Mary Jane O'Brien

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. Letter, Joan Rogers to Audrey Chambers.
  3. James William French, Birth Registraion 58/1095 (1858).
  4. William French, Death Registration (1878).
  5. Certificate, O'Brien) James William French & Mary James Grant (Weldon marriage of 1883.

Jill (Effie) French1

F, b. 5 February 1918, d. 7 June 1996
  • Jill (Effie) French was also known as Jill.2
  • She was born on 5 February 1918 in Seacombe Private Hospital, Wosleey Street, Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales.1,2
    Effie McGeorge and Charles French with their daughter Effie French born 5 Feb 1918 Sydney. Photo thanks to Carol Kurz and ansund1 (Ancestry)
  • She was the daughter of Charles Edward French and Effie McGeorge.1
  • In 1919.3
    Four generations - Samuel McGeroge, Effie French (nee McGeorge), Jill (Effie) French and grandfather James Samuel McGeorge. Taken in Scotland in 1919. Photo thanks to Carol Kurz and ansund1 (Ancestry)
  • Jill (Effie) French and Charles Edward French appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Cowper, New South Wales.4
  • At the age of 18 years and 19 days, Jill (Effie) French married Archibald James Gordon on 24 February 1936 in Brisbane, Queensland.5
  • On 16 August 1992,her husband, Archibald James Gordon died in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 78.6
  • Jill (Effie) French died on 7 June 1996 in Sydney, New South Wales, at age 78.2

Citations

  1. Narelle French, "E-mail Narelle French," e-mail to Audrey, 22 March 2010.
  2. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Gary Kurz Family Tree.
  3. Unknown subject Photograph.
  4. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1936     B24040     Archibald James     Gordon;     Effie     French.
  6. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Carol_Kunz.

John French1

M, b. 11 January 1856, d. 14 June 1931
  • John French was born on 11 January 1856. at sea on board the "Maitland" bound for Sydney, Australia. It arrived in Sydney on the 22 April 1856. He was born at Lat 33"22'N, Long 11"42W'. He is unnamed on his birth certificate. His father was William French, an agricultural labourer aged 24 years, married in England and mother Elizabeth French (Baker) aged 23 years. At the time of his birth his brother Thomas was alive. The birth was registered on the "Maitland" on 23 April 1856 by the Captain Joshua Larmond.2,3
  • He was the son of William French and Elizabeth Baker.
  • John French witnessed the marriage of Isaiah James Bezanson and Eliza Jane French on 18 March 1878 in Tenterfield Wesleyan Parsonage, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia; The Ceremony was performed by Rev Ebenezer Fox.4
  • John French witnessed the burial of William French on 12 July 1878 in Tenterfield Cemetery; The minister of religion was J D Hennessy, Wesleyan and undertaker A Butler. Witnesses to the burial were his sons James William French and John French.5
  • At the age of 23 years, 1 month and 21 days, John French married Elizabeth Ann Bailey, daughter of William Bailey and Elizabeth Cubis, on 4 March 1879 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. She lived with her parents at the time of her marriage. Witnesses to the marriage were William Bailey (either Elizabeth's brother or father), a labourer and Elizabeth French.6
  • In 1916 he was hairdresser in Tenterfield, according to his son Charle's marriage record.7
  • On 12 June 1928,his wife, Elizabeth Ann Bailey died in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia, at age 71.8,9
  • John French died on 14 June 1931 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia, at age 75.10
  • He was buried in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. Presbyterian Section B13.8

Children of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey

Citations

  1. Birth Certificate, John French.
  2. Letter, Joan Rogers to Audrey Chambers.
  3. John French, Birth Registration 64/1283056/3 (1856 on the "Maitland").
  4. Alan Taber, "E-mail Alan Taber," e-mail to Audrey, 2003.
  5. William French, Death Registration (1878).
  6. G'dtr of Kenneth Bailey, "Children Will Bailey & Elizabeth Cubis."
  7. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx, Service Record Charles Edward French WWI - Digital copy online.
  8. Tenterfield Shire Council, Cemetery Records.
  9. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Death Reg 1928/20214.
  10. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Death Reg 7719/1931.

John French1

M, b. circa 1827, d. March 1912
  • John French was born circa 1827 in West Chinnock, Somerset. Note: The 1851 census shows he was born in West Chinnock but the1881 census shows John as being born in Merriott.1
  • He was the son of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.1
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census John French was living in the household of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne in Riddle Town, Haselbury Plunkett. Jacob is shown as a 40 year old agricultural labourer, living with Hannah aged 40, and their children Mary 19, Hannah 15, John 14, Prudence 12, William 8, Susan 5, Eliza 3, Elizabeth 18 months and Mary Osborne aged 80, a pauper.2
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census John French was living in the household of Abraham French and Maria Winsor in Goar Knap Gate, Yeovil, Somerset. Abraham is shown as a 30 year old labourer born Merriott. He is living with his wife Maria 30 born Sutton; and a Elizabeth Frances (Ann Frances?) age 14, nurse child; born Sutton and Frederick John 11 an errand boy born Haselbury; and Sarah Ann aged 7 born Merriott. Abraham's brother John an agricultural labourer & carter aged 20 born Middle Chinnock was also living with the family as was their brother William, aged 19, an agricultural labourer, born Hazelbury.1,3
  • John French and Maria Winsor appeared on the census of 7 April 1861 in Yeovil, Somerset. John French, born Merriott, is shown as the 30 year old carter and brother in law of Maria French. She is shown as a the 45 year old head of the family born Sutton, a glove welter. Living with them is Sarah Ann French born Merriott aged 18, Maria and Abraham French's daughter.4
  • John French and Maria Winsor appeared on the census of 2 April 1871 in Yeovil, Somerset. John is shown as the 40 year old head of the family born Middle Chinnock. He is living with his "wife" Maria French, born 1817 in Sutton Bingham.5
  • John French and Maria Winsor appeared on the census of 3 April 1881 in 18 Hgr Kingston, Yeovil. John is shown as head of the household. He is a 54 year old gardener born Merriott living with his "wife" Maria a 65 year old born Sutton, Somerset and Maria's (& Abraham French's son) Fred a 40 year old carter born Merriott. Maria was not John's wife but the wife of his brother Abraham. The couple continued to live together after Abraham left (or died). Her son Fred was married, but his wife and son were living with her parents in another part of Yeovil.6
  • John French appeared on the census of 5 April 1891. John is shown as a 62 year old widowed general labourer, living with his lodger Mary A Trask born about 1823 a retired glover.7
  • He appeared on the census of 31 March 1901. John is shown as a 71 year old widowed carter livng with his househeeper Mary A Ferrett born 1846.8
  • His death was recorded with the Yeovil, Somerset Registration District in the March 1912 Quarter. Shown as 86 years old at the time of his death.9

Citations

  1. Transcribed Census Returns, Somerset Census 1851.
  2. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript.
  3. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1851 Census Transcript.
  4. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1861 Census Transcript.
  5. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1871 Census Transcript.
  6. Census 1881 British, online http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp, Family History Library Film 1341576 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 2392 / 39 Page Number 17.
  7. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1891 Census Transcript.
  8. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1901 Census Transcript.
  9. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Deaths Mar 1912 FRENCH John 86 Yeovil 5c 564.

John French1

M, b. circa 1820
  • John French was born circa 1820.1
  • John French married Jane McIntyre circa 1840 in Ireland.1

Child of John French and Jane McIntyre

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Deaths 1906/1874     Martha     Cossart;     John French;     Jane McIntyre.

John Alexander French1

M, b. 15 July 1914, d. 4 September 1942

QX 1071 Corporal John Alexander FRENCH - 2/9th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF. Winner of Victoria Cross. Son of Albert French and Lucy Donaldson. Photo courtesy of Australian War Memorial (1914-1942).
  • John Alexander French was born on 15 July 1914 in Crow's Nest, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Albert French and Lucy Fanny May Donaldson.
  • The following is from the Toowoomba Regional Council website - "John Alexander French was born on July 15, 1914 in Crow’s Nest, north of Toowoomba. His father, Albert French, was a barber originally from Tenterfield and his mother, Lucy, settled in Crow’s Nest with her family after moving from Charleville.
    John attended the Crow’s Nest State Primary School from 1920 to 1928. In May of 1928, he sat for and successfully passed a demanding State scholarship examination. As a boy, John excelled at sports, and in rugby league he was known as “The Flying Winger”.
    John was renowned for his sense of fair play and protected those who were weaker. One childhood friend, Alf Blinco, remembers a time when he was accused of stealing and unjustly punished, John found the real culprits and brought them to justice thus exonerating his friend.
    John enrolled as a State scholarship holder at the Toowoomba State High School and Technical College for his secondary schooling. He was popular and well regarded by his peers and the teachers. After completing his studies in 1929, John returned to Crow’s Nest and commenced an apprenticeship with his father.
    When World War II became a certainty, John was the first in Crow’s Nest to enlist. He was posted to the 2/9th battalion and left home on October 23, 1939. This was the first battalion raised in Queensland in World War II.
    On May 5 1940, after a period of intense training, the battalion embarked on the ‘Mauritania’ which carried them to the UK for further training. On January 1 1941 the battalion sailed to Alexandria and successfully captured the Italian fort of Giarabub. The battalion went on to battle at Tobruk before engaging in further training in Syria.
    The battalion was eventually permitted to return to Australia for seven days leave followed by a new round of re-training using new methods. The men realised that a new enemy was to be faced to protect their families and their way of life, they must engage the Japanese.
    At 4pm on September 4 1942, ‘B’ Company of the 2/9th battalion of which Corporal French was a member, encountered heavy Japanese fire at Milne Bay. After ordering his section to take cover, John bravely wiped out two Japanese gun posts.
    As he advanced on the third however, he was hit with a barrage of bullets and fatally wounded but not before killing all of the three Japanese gun crews and successfully concluding the attack. John French was awarded the British Commonwealth’s highest award for gallantry, the Victoria Cross.
    His was the first awarded in Australia and the only one on the Downs.2 "
  • John would often catch a lift with the MacDiarmid's when they drove to Haden for their weekly pig and calf inspection.3
  • John Alexander French died on 4 September 1942 in Milne Bay, New Guinea, at age 28. "At Milne Bay on the afternoon of the 4th September, 1942, a company of an Australian infantry battalion attacked the Japanese position East of the K.B. Mission where it encountered terrific rifle and machine gun fire. The advance of the section of which Corporal French was in command was held up by fire from three enemy machine gun posts, whereupon, Corporal French, ordering his section to take cover, advanced and silenced one of the posts with grenades. He returned to his section for more grenades and again advanced and silenced the second post. Armed with a Thompson sub-machine gun, he then attacked the third post, firing from the hip as he went forward. He was seen to be badly hit by the fire from this post, but he continued to advance. The enemy gun then ceased to fire and his section pushed on to find that all members of the three enemy gun crews had been killed and that Corporal French had died in front of the third gun pit. By his cool courage and disregard of his own personal safety, this non-commissioned officer saved the members of his section from heavy casualties and was responsible for the successful conclusion of the attack." - Australian War Memorial.4
  • He was buried in Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, New Guinea.4

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php, Article on John Alexander French.
  3. Crows Nest & District Tourist and Progress Association Inc, " From Tall Timbers", Page 50.
  4. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx, Service Record John Alexander French.

John Arthur French1

M, b. 1912, d. 1980

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1980/3873     John Arthur     French;     William Henry ;     Mary Jane Hood.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth 31934/1912      FRENCH      JOHN A;      WILLIAM H;      MARY J ;     MURWILLUMBAH.
  3. J Gerrard, "French Family."

Keith Harold French1

M, b. 1914, d. 1937
  • Keith Harold French was born in 1914 in Kyogle, New South Wales, Australia.
  • He was the son of Sydney French and Lucy (Maude) Weary.
  • Keith Harold French died in 1937 in Newcastle, New South Wales.2

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, DEATHS 3195/1937 FRENCH KEITH HAROLD; SIDNEY; LUCY MAUDE;       NEWCASTLE.

Leslie Chapman French1

M, b. 27 February 1904, d. 1972
  • Leslie Chapman French was born on 27 February 1904 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.2,3
  • He was the son of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Leslie Chapman French 's parents moved to Toowoomba, Queensland circa 1907 with their family, most likely some time after the birth of their eight child Alice Ruby. George's sister Elizabeth Werner and her husband and family also moved to the area a year or so earlier. George and Elizabeth's last two children, twins, Ada and Ellen were born at the home of George's sister Elizabeth Werner in Toowomba.4
  • He enlisted in the Military between 1939 and 1948 in Millmerran, Queensland. He may have joined the Home Guard. His service number was Q225834 and he listed his mother Elizabeth as his next of kin.2
  • Leslie Chapman French died in 1972 in Brisbane, Queensland.5

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx, Service Record Leslie Chapman French.
  3. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births7604/1904       FRENCH LESLIE C ;GEORGE ; ELIZABETH J ;      TENTERFIELD.
  4. Interview, Joan Rogers, 14/2/2000.
  5. Barbara Geary, "ChildrenGeorge French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley."

Leslie George French1

M, b. 29 January 1902, d. 1947
  • Leslie George French was also known as Mick.2
  • He was born on 29 January 1902 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.3
  • He was the son of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • Leslie George French enlisted in the Military between 1942 and 1945 in Paddington, New South Wales. He most likely joined the home guard. He listed his place of birth as Tenterfield, and next of kin as Murial French. His service number was NX12036.4
  • Leslie George French died in 1947 in Islington, New South Wales.5

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm
  2. Letter, Bina Daly to Joan Rogers.
  3. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth Ref 1902/7527.
  4. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx, Service Record Leslie George French.
  5. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, 28551/1947       FRENCH       LESLIE GEORGE       JOHN       ELIZABETH       ISLINGTON.

Male French

M, b. 1891, d. 1891

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 34562/1891       FRENCH UNNAMED; GEORGE ; ELIZABETH J ;       TENTERFIELD.

Martha French1

F, b. 1844, d. 25 September 1906

This photo is thought to be of John and Martha Cossart and their children William, Thomas, Isabella and Agnes. Taken c 1897.
  • Martha French was born in 1844 in Northern Ireland.
  • She was the daughter of John French and Jane McIntyre.2
  • Martha French immigrated to Queensland on 5 June 1865. She was sponsered by her futhure husband John Cossart.3
  • At the age of 22 years, Martha French married John Cossart, son of Henry Cossart and Mary Walker, on 2 April 1866 in St Lukes School House, Toowoomba, Queensland. John's occupation was given as a butcher of Main Range and Martha's residence as Toowoomba. After their marriage they lived on the Highfields property with Henry and Mary and John's siblings. John and Martha had 11 children, however it seems that none of their births were officially registered. The dates given in the book " History of the Cossart and Alied Families" have not been verified.4,1,5
  • Martha French and John Cossart appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Cabarlah. John was a farmer.6
  • Martha French died on 25 September 1906 in Toowoomba, Queensland. After Martha's death John lived in Toowoomba.2
  • She was buried on 26 September 1906 in Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery.7

Children of Martha French and John Cossart

Citations

  1. CE Cossart, "History of the Cossart and Allied Families."
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Deaths 1906/1874     Martha     Cossart;     John French;     Jane McIntyre.
  3. Queensland Archives, online http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/downloads/Indexes, Index to the Register of Immigrants 1848-1864.
  4. QLD, BDM Index, online https://www.bdm.qld.gov.au/IndexSearch/BirIndexQry.m, 1866/000120.
  5. Davis McDowall Family, online http://gdavis.id.au
  6. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Cabarlah 1903.
  7. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php, Cossart Martha 62 F 25/09/1906 26/09/1906 PRES 1 12 49 Pres Unknown E947.