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.

Mary French1

F, b. 9 June 1822
  • Mary French was baptized on 9 June 1822 in Merriott, Somerset.1
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.1
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Mary 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.

Mary French1

F, b. circa 1768
  • Mary French was born circa 1768.
  • She's son Jacob was born 1796 in Merriott, Somerset. He was baptised in Merriott on 13 May 1804. He was shown as a base chid of Mary French aged 8 years.2
  • Mary French married Abraham Osborne on 25 December 1815 in Merriott.3
  • Before 30 April 1830,her husband, Abraham Osborne died.2
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Mary 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.4
  • Mary French was buried on 30 July 1846 in Merriott. The burial record shows she was 78 years old.5

Child of Mary French

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
  3. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, Marriages 25 December 1815 Abraham Osborne m Mary French.
  4. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript.
  5. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, Burials 30 July 1846 Mary Osborne 78.

Mary Ann French1

F, b. circa 1843
  • Mary Ann French was born circa 1843 in Merriott, Somerset.1
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.1
  • At the time of the 7 April 1861 census Mary Ann French was living in the household of Hannah Osborne in 156 Lower Street, Merriott, Somerset. The census details showed Hannah as a widowed glover aged 63, born in Merriott, living with her two daughters Elizabeth 24, a glover and Mary Ann aged 18 years both born in Merriott. This is the first record of Mary Ann French, daughter of Hannah - perhaps the person was Mary French born 1822.2,3

Citations

  1. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, 1861 Census.
  2. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm
  3. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1861 Census Transcript.

Mary Elizabeth (Girlie) French1

F, b. 1911, d. 1927
  • Mary Elizabeth (Girlie) French was born in 1911 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales.2,3
  • She was the daughter of William George (Bill) French and Mary Jane (Bid) Hood.1,4
  • Mary Elizabeth (Girlie) French died in 1927 in Brisbane, Queensland.1
  • She was buried on 12 January 1927 in Toowong Cemetery. She is buried in the same grave as William Stephen French, son of Charles Albert French and May Hartwig who died in 1940 aged 6 months and her brother William David French who died in 1953 aged 50 years. Mary was 15 years old.3

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Deaths 1927/B119     Mary Elizabeth     French     ;William French;     Mary Jane Hood.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth 6713/1911      FRENCH      MARY E ;     WILLIAM H;      MAY J ;     MURWILLUMBAH.
  3. Brisbane City Council Grave Finder, online http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE::pc=PC_899, Toowong Cemetery.
  4. Various Werner & French Photos, Various.

Mary Jane French1

F, b. 1850, d. 28 December 1932
  • Mary Jane French was born in 1850. She was the daughter of John French.2,3
  • Mary Jane French married James May circa 1870.2
  • Mary Jane French and James May immigrated on 20 December 1885. James 38, a labourer and Mary J 35, travelled on the Roma departing Glasgow on 25 Oct 1885. They travelled with their children Mary A, aged 14 - a domestic servant born Durham; James 11, Jane 5, Thomas 3 and infant Martha who died on the voyage. The place of birth for all bar 14 year old Mary A was listed as Midd.4
  • In 1901 James' name appeared on the Crow's Nest Post Office register. He lived at Taylor's Siding(between Hampton and Geham). He was a farmer.5
  • Mary Jane French and James May appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Douglas. James was a farmer. Their son James was also farming at Douglas. Their daughter Jane also lived at Douglas, most likely with her parents.6
  • Mary Jane French died on 28 December 1932 in Queensland.7,3
  • She was buried on 29 December 1932 in Cabarlah Cemetery. UNIT-00A-0019.7

Children of Mary Jane French and James May

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1904/C1057     Case     William     ;May     Jane.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1933     C882     Mary Jane     May;     John French     - -.
  4. Queensland Archives, online http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/downloads/Indexes, Assisted immigration Index 1829-1912.
  5. Crows Nest & District Tourist and Progress Association Inc, " From Tall Timbers."
  6. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Crow's Nest 1903.
  7. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php
  8. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1934     C3405     James     May;     James May     ;Mary Jane French.
  9. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php, Headstone Inscription on parents grave.
  10. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1885     M2687     Martha     May;     James May ;     Mary Jane French.
  11. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1888     C4698     Robert George     May;     James     ;Mary Jane French.
  12. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1890     C6164     Sarah     May;     James;     Mary Jane French.
  13. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1892     C6006     William     May     ;James     ;Mary Jane French.

May French1

F, b. 1887, d. 1971
  • May French was born in 1887 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.2
  • She was the daughter of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • At the age of 22 years, May French married Timothy Vincent O'Leary, son of Daniel O'Leary and Rebecca Boston, on 13 May 1909 in St Mary's Church, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. The wedding was reported in the Catholic Press - " O'LEARY-- FRENCH. A pretty wedding took place at St. Mary's Church, Tenterfield, on Wednesday, 5th inst., when Mr, T. O'Leary, second son of Mr. D, O'Leary, and Miss May French, eldest daughter of Mr. J. French, were mar ried by the Rev. Father Clancy. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a handsome bridal gown of ivory Japanese silk, made semi-Empire. The bodice opened over a vest of rick silk embossed insertion and folds richly trimmed with silk emboss ed lace to match; the tight-fitting sleeves were ruckled from shoulder to wrist, finish ed with rows of French knots. The plain trained skirt had deep padded hem, being outlined with a single row of Fronch knots. A silk embroidered tulle veil and coronet of orange blossoms completed a very dainty costume. The bride also carried a lovely bridal bouquet of white roses, chrysanthe mums and asparagus fern. She was attend ed by three bridesmaids — Miss Violet French (chief), Miss Nelly O'Leary and Miss Gladys Baker. Each wore pretty gold brooches, gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. J. O 'Leary (brother of the bridegroom) acted as best man. After the ceremony the guests adjourned to the residence of the bride's parents, where a breakfast had been prepared. Mr. and Mrs. O 'Leary left by the evening train, en route to Sydney,on their honeymoon."3
  • In 1962,her husband, Timothy Vincent O'Leary died in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales.4
  • May French died in 1971 in Albury, New South Wales.5

Children of May French and Timothy Vincent O'Leary

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 1887/35383.
  3. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 - 1942) Thursday 13 May 1909 p 16 Article.
  4. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Deaths21752/1962 O'LEARY TIMOTHY; DANIEL; REBECCA ;       MARRICKVILLE.
  5. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, 45489/1971       O'LEARY       MAY       JOHN       ELIZABETH       ALBURY.
  6. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth Ref 1909/42340.
  7. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth Ref 1911/34077.
  8. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth Ref 1912/50213.
  9. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth Ref 1915/49950.

Mildred Maud French1

F, b. 1891

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1891/C11245     Mildred Maud     French;     William George;     Harriet Gowlett.

Norman Bailey French1

M, b. March 1894, d. 8 July 1894
  • Norman Bailey French was born in March 1894 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.2,3
  • He was the son of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • Norman Bailey French died on 8 July 1894 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.4
  • He was buried in Tenterfield Cemetery.5

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 1894/33392.
  3. Tenterfield Shire Council, Cemetery Records.
  4. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Death Ref 1894/13221.
  5. Norman Bailey French Cemetery Gravestone, unknown repository, unknown repository address.

Norman Sydney French1

M, b. 19 November 1908
  • Norman Sydney French was born on 19 November 1908 in Kyogle, New South Wales, Australia.2,3
  • He was the son of Sydney French and Lucy (Maude) Weary.
  • At the age of 24 years, Norman Sydney French married Phyllis M Kay in 1933 in Hamilton, Sydney, New South Wales.4
  • Norman Sydney French enlisted in the Military between 1939 and 1948 in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales. His service number was 67327 and he gave his next of kin as Phyllis French.3

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 4831/1909       FRENCH NORMAN S ; SIDNEY; LUCY M ;       KYOGLE.
  3. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx, Record of Norman Sydney French.
  4. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marriages 18236/1933 FRENCH NORMAN S ;      KAY PHYLLIS M ;       HAMILTON.

Olive French1

F, b. 1883

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1883     C7253     Olive     French     ;Walter;     Mary Ann Sear.

Percival Randolf French

M, b. 15 January 1895, d. 27 June 1949
  • Percival Randolf French was also known as Percy.
  • He was born on 15 January 1895 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.1,2
  • He was the son of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Percival Randolf French 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 39 years, 10 months and 25 days, Percival Randolf French married Eva Linda Stanton, daughter of John Thomas Stanton and Theresa Fogg, on 10 December 1934 in Neurum, Woodford, Queensland.2,4
  • Percival Randolf French died on 27 June 1949 in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 54.5,2
  • He was buried on 29 June 1949 in Balmoral Cemetery, Brisbane.6

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 8114/1895       FRENCH PERCY R; GEORGE ; ELIZABETH J ;       TENTERFIELD.
  2. Barbara Geary, "ChildrenGeorge French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley."
  3. Interview, Joan Rogers, 14/2/2000.
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 10/12/1934     C3627     Percival Randolph     French     Eva Linda     Stanton.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Deaths 1949/B22489 Percival Randolph     French; no parents given.
  6. Brisbane City Council Grave Finder, online http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE::pc=PC_899

Prudance French1

F, b. 22 March 1829, d. 1911
  • Prudance French was born on 22 March 1829 in Haselbury Pluckett, Somerset.2,3
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.1
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Prudance 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.4
  • At the time of the 30 March 1851 census Prudance French was living in the household of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne 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.3
  • Her marriage, at 30 years and 11 months, to William Chick, son of William Chick, was registered in the March 1860 Quarter, Somerset Registration District.5,6
  • Prudance French and William Chick immigrated to Sydney on 13 July 1860. They came on the vessel Chance. There was also an Elizabeth French aged 22 on the vessel. Perhaps this was Prudence's sister. It appeares that William and Prudance made their way to the Morpeth district where their first two children were born. Prudance's brother William French would have been living in the Paterson District at that time, and the families both lived in the Paterson District after about 1864.5,7,8
  • Prudance French died in 1911 in Paterson District, New South Wales. Both William & Prudence died in 1911.9

Children of Prudance French and William Chick

Citations

  1. International Genealogy Index, online http://www.familysearch.org/
  2. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm
  3. Transcribed Census Returns, Somerset Census 1851.
  4. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript.
  5. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, Prudence FRENCH, daughter of Jacob & Hannah (nee Osborne) French, emigrated to Australia in 1860 after marrying William CHICK at Axminster. They emigrated to New South Wales on the vessel "Chance".
  6. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Marriages Mar 1860 Chick William Chard 5c 760 French Prudence Chard 5c 760.
  7. Assisted Immigrants to NSW, online http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/…, CHICK Prudence 29 and husband Chance 1860 2139
    CHICK William 24 and wife Chance 1860 2139.
  8. Genes Reunited, online http://www.genesreunited.com.au, Tree - Rebecca Bossom.
  9. NSW Births Marriages Deaths, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/IndexSearch, 7121/1911 CHICK PRUDENCE 8O YRS PATERSON PATERSON.
  10. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, 9160/1860 CHICKS MARY A WILLIAM PRUDENCE       MORPETH.
  11. NSW Births Marriages Deaths, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/IndexSearch

Rena Maude French1,2

F, b. April 1906, d. 1972
  • Rena Maude French was born in April 1906 in Casino, New South Wales, Australia.3
  • She was the daughter of Sydney French and Lucy (Maude) Weary.
  • Rena Maude French was aboard when the family was involved in a coach mishap on the Tenterfield-Casino road. The Warwick Examiner reported on 5th January :- "The Tenterfield-to-Casino mail-coach overturned on Tuesday night, the horses being frightened by a cow that was lying in the roadway. The pas sengers were the Rev.D. D. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. French and their infant daughter. Mr. Carruthurs had his finger crushed, and was otherwise knocked about. Mr. French sustained injuries to the head, and was badly bruised. Mrs. French had her shoulder dislocated, and was badly shaken. The little girl had a marvellous escape."
    An alternate version was given by the Goulburn Herald:- "The Tenterfield Casino mail coach met with a serious accident on the Casino side of the Sandilands Range. A white cow lying under a tree on the road frightened the two front horses, with the result that the coach was overturned down an embankment. The Rev. D. D. Carruthers of Kyogle was badly shaken. Mr. and Mrs. S. French were severely hurt. The former had an elbow dislocated, and Mrs. French had a lacerated wound on the head. Their infant child was under the coach but was found to be unhurt Mr. M'Ward brought the passengers to Casino; abd Dr. Stevens attended the sufferers. The driver showed presence of mind in securing both horses."
    on 1 January 1907.4,5
  • At the age of 26 years, Rena Maude French married Cyril Frederick M(asters) Skidmore, son of Frederick William Skidmore and Alice Louisa Masters, in 1933 in Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales.6
  • In 1939,her husband, Cyril Frederick M(asters) Skidmore died in Newcastle, New South Wales.7
  • Rena Maude French died in 1972 in 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, Deaths15207/1974 SKIDMORE RENA MAUDE;       SIDNEY ; LUCY MAUDE.
  3. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 65311/1973 12228/1906 FRENCH RENA M; SIDNEY; LUCY M; CASINO.
  4. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919) Saturday 5 January 1907 p 8 Article.
  5. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1908) Friday 4 January 1907 p 4 Article.
  6. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marriages 6602/1933 SKIDMORE CYRIL F M;       FRENCH RENA M; BURWOOD.
  7. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Deaths 10601/1939 SKIDMORE CYRIL FREDERICK M; FREDERICK WILLIAM ; ALICE LOUISA; NEWCASTLE.

Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth French1

F, b. 1902, d. 1982

Ruby French and James Worthy Wiseman on their wedding day 12 December 1925. Photo courtesy of Helen Jones.

  • Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth French was born in 1902 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.2
  • She was the daughter of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth 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
  • Ruby worked at the Post Office for some time, but left to take up a career in nursing.
  • At the age of 23 years, Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth French married James Worthy Wiseman, son of James Wiseman and Caroline Celia Free, on 12 December 1925 in Queensland.4
  • In 1949,her husband, James Worthy Wiseman died in Queensland.5
  • Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth French died in 1982 in Brisbane, Queensland.6

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 17103/1902       FRENCH RUBY P E ; GEORGE; ELIZABETH J ;       TENTERFIELD.
  3. Interview, Joan Rogers, 14/2/2000.
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriages 1925/38614 French Ruby Phebe Elizabeth;Wiseman James Worthy.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Deaths 1949/20462James Worthy Wiseman;     James     ;Caroline Celia Free.
  6. Barbara Geary, "ChildrenGeorge French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley."

Sarah Ann French1

F, b. 20 March 1843
  • Sarah Ann French was born on 20 March 1843 in Merriott, Somerset.2,3,4
  • She was the daughter of Abraham French and Maria Winsor.2
  • Sarah Ann French was baptized on 7 April 1844 in Merriott, Somerset.5
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Sarah Ann 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.2,6
  • At the time of the 7 April 1861 census Sarah Ann French was living in the household of John French and Maria Winsor 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.7

Citations

  1. Transcribed Census Returns, Somerset Census 1851, FRENCH Abraham 30 Ag. Lab. Merriot
    Maria 30 Sutton
    FRANCES Elizabeth 14 Nurse Child Sutton
    Frederick John 11 Errand Boy Haselbury
    Sarah Ann 7 Merriott
    FRENCH John Brother Ag. Lab. Carter Middle Chinnock ??
    William 19 Ag. Lab. Hazelbury.
  2. Transcribed Census Returns, Somerset Census 1851.
  3. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Births Jun 1843 French Sarah Ann Chard 10 364.
  4. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, French Baptisms.
  5. Merriott Family Genealogy - Sue Osborne, online http://www.merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net/index.htm, French Baptisms-parents shown as Abraham (a labourer) and Martha.
  6. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1851 Census Transcript.
  7. Julia Maine, "E-mail Julia Maine," e-mail to Audrey, 8 April 2009, 1861 Census Transcript.

Susan French1

F, b. 18 August 1833
  • Susan French was baptized on 18 August 1833 in Haselbury-Plucknett, Somerset.1,2
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.1
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Susan 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.3
  • At the time of the 30 March 1851 census Susan French was living in the household of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne 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.1

Citations

  1. Transcribed Census Returns, Somerset Census 1851.
  2. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript, Susan shown as 5 years old.
  3. 1841 Census, unknown repository address, Transcript.

Sydney French1

M, b. 1880, d. 1950
  • Sydney French was born in 1880 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • He was the son of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • At the age of 25 years, Sydney French married Lucy (Maude) Weary, daughter of William Weary and Annie Verena Scharer, on 3 March 1905 in Casino, New South Wales, Australia.2
  • On 1 January 1907 the family was involved in a coach mishap on the Tenterfield-Casino road. The Warwick Examiner reported on 5th January :- "The Tenterfield-to-Casino mail-coach overturned on Tuesday night, the horses being frightened by a cow that was lying in the roadway. The pas sengers were the Rev.D. D. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. French and their infant daughter. Mr. Carruthurs had his finger crushed, and was otherwise knocked about. Mr. French sustained injuries to the head, and was badly bruised. Mrs. French had her shoulder dislocated, and was badly shaken. The little girl had a marvellous escape."
    An alternate version was given by the Goulburn Herald:- "The Tenterfield Casino mail coach met with a serious accident on the Casino side of the Sandilands Range. A white cow lying under a tree on the road frightened the two front horses, with the result that the coach was overturned down an embankment. The Rev. D. D. Carruthers of Kyogle was badly shaken. Mr. and Mrs. S. French were severely hurt. The former had an elbow dislocated, and Mrs. French had a lacerated wound on the head. Their infant child was under the coach but was found to be unhurt Mr. M'Ward brought the passengers to Casino; abd Dr. Stevens attended the sufferers. The driver showed presence of mind in securing both horses."3,4
  • Sydney French died in 1950 in Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales.5

Children of Sydney French and Lucy (Maude) Weary

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. Various Werner & French Photos, Various.
  3. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919) Saturday 5 January 1907 p 8 Article.
  4. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1908) Friday 4 January 1907 p 4 Article.
  5. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Deaths 27457/1950 FRENCH SYDNEY ; JOHN ;      CHATSWOOD.

Thomas French1

M, b. June 1854, d. February 1856
  • Thomas French's birth was registered in the an unknown place , Somerset Registration District in the June 1854 Quarter.1,2
  • He was the son of William French and Elizabeth Baker.
  • Thomas Frenchdied in February 1856 an unknown place at age 1 year and 8 months. He was listed as an "infant living" at the time of his brother John's birth but died six weeks later.1,3
  • He was born in 1856 at sea.4

Citations

  1. Letter, Joan Rogers to Audrey Chambers.
  2. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Births Jun 1854
    FRENCH Thomas Chard 5c 520.
  3. John French, Birth Registration 64/1283056/3, Thomas listed as "infant living" (1856 on the "Maitland").
  4. John French, Birth Registration 64/1283056/3 (1856 on the "Maitland").

Thomas French1

M, b. 1890

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1890     C11414     Thomas     French;     Walter;     Mary Ann Sear.

Violet French

F, b. 1891, d. 1986
  • Violet French was born in 1891 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.1
  • She was the daughter of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • Violet was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Timothy Vincent O'Leary and May French, daughter of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey, on 13 May 1909 in St Mary's Church, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia; The wedding was reported in the Catholic Press - " O'LEARY-- FRENCH. A pretty wedding took place at St. Mary's Church, Tenterfield, on Wednesday, 5th inst., when Mr, T. O'Leary, second son of Mr. D, O'Leary, and Miss May French, eldest daughter of Mr. J. French, were mar ried by the Rev. Father Clancy. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a handsome bridal gown of ivory Japanese silk, made semi-Empire. The bodice opened over a vest of rick silk embossed insertion and folds richly trimmed with silk emboss ed lace to match; the tight-fitting sleeves were ruckled from shoulder to wrist, finish ed with rows of French knots. The plain trained skirt had deep padded hem, being outlined with a single row of Fronch knots. A silk embroidered tulle veil and coronet of orange blossoms completed a very dainty costume. The bride also carried a lovely bridal bouquet of white roses, chrysanthe mums and asparagus fern. She was attend ed by three bridesmaids — Miss Violet French (chief), Miss Nelly O'Leary and Miss Gladys Baker. Each wore pretty gold brooches, gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. J. O 'Leary (brother of the bridegroom) acted as best man. After the ceremony the guests adjourned to the residence of the bride's parents, where a breakfast had been prepared. Mr. and Mrs. O 'Leary left by the evening train, en route to Sydney,on their honeymoon."2
  • At the age of 26 years, Violet French married Walter Daly, son of John Daly and Mary Unknown, in 1917 in Tenterfield, New South Wales.3
  • In 1959,her husband, Walter Daly died in Tenterfield, New South Wales.4
  • On 10 November 1985 Violet was a patient in the Tenterfield hospital. According to her daughter she was 94 years old and very hard of hearing.5
  • Violet French died in 1986.

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Birth Ref 1891/34537.
  2. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Catholic Press (NSW : 1895 - 1942) Thursday 13 May 1909 p 16 Article.
  3. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marr Ref 1917/688 688/1917 DALY       WALTER ; FRENCH VIOLET; TENTERFIELD.
  4. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Deaths 19562/1959 DALY       WALTER ; JOHN ;       MARY ;       TENTERFIELD.
  5. Letter, Bina Daly to Joan Rogers.

Violet French1

F, b. 1877, d. 1971
  • Violet French was born in 1877 in Queensland.1
  • She was the daughter of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear.1
  • Violet French died in 1971 in Queensland.2

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1877     C4939     Violet     French     ;Walter     ;Mary Ann Tear.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1971     C5374     Violet     Kettle;     Walter French      ;Mary Ann Sear.