Louise Freitag

F, b. circa 1810

Children of Louise Freitag and Carl Friedrich Schulz

Abraham French

M, b. 23 May 1819
  • Abraham French was baptized on 23 May 1819 in Merriott, Somerset.
  • He was the son of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • At the age of 19 years, 5 months and 22 days, Abraham French married Maria Winsor on 14 November 1838 in All Saints, Sutton Bingham, Somerset.
  • Abraham French and Maria Winsor appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 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.)
  • On 9 August 1841 the Ilchester gaol records showed that an Abraham FRENCH aged 24, born Merriott, last abode Haselbury, was admitted to the gaol. He was 5'8", married with two children, had a cut on his lip and an assurity was given for his appearance at the next session.
  • Abraham French and Maria Winsor appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 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.
  • Compilers Note:- Just what happened to Abraham is a bit of a mystery. He was not on the 1861 census. By 1871 his wife Maria and brother John were living as husband and wife. Perhaps he has another run in with the law and was in prison. There is a death of an Abraham French registered in the Clifton District of Gloucestershire for December 1851.

Children of Abraham French and Maria Winsor

Ada French

F, b. 9 December 1908, d. 10 May 1998

Ruby Wiseman, Elizabeth Werner, Ada Cullen (all nee French). Taken c 1940. Photo thanks to Helen
  • Ada French was born on 9 December 1908 in 8 Archibald Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Archibald Street was the home of Elizabeth and Louis Werner. Elizabeth was George French's sister. Her parents were living at Upper Pilton at the time of her birth. Ada was the second born of twins having a sister Ellen who died a few weeks later.
  • She was the daughter of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Ada French attended school at the Koorongarra School, Koorongarra, Millmerran.
  • At the age of 21 years, 7 months and 20 days, Ada French married Joseph Roy Cullen, son of Thomas James Cullen and Ellen May Cullen, on 29 July 1930 in Toowoomba, Queensland.
  • During World War II Ada and her husband rented the house in Ropely Road, Lindum, Brisbane which belonged to Elizabeth Werner (her aunt) and the late Louis Werner.

  • In 1940 Joseph and Ada lived at 11 Reid St Wooloongabba about that time. Joseph worked on the construction of the Story Bridge! Joseph then worked on the construction of the Somerset Dam wall.
  • Ada French died on 10 May 1998 in Moreton Bay Nursing Care Unit, Wynnum West, Brisbane, Queensland, at age 89.
  • She was buried in Hemmant Cemetery, Brisbane.

Albert French

M, b. 1884, d. 17 March 1956
  • Albert French was born in 1884 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • He was the son of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • Albert French moved to Crow's Nest, Queensland between 1905 and 1908.Albert moved to the Crow's Nest - Toowoomba district. A number of his siblings had also made the move from Tenterfied about the same time. His aunt Elizabeth and her husband Louis Werner moved to Crow's Nest about that time too.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Crow's Nest. He was a hairdresser.
  • At the age of 25 years, Albert French married Lucy Fanny May Donaldson, daughter of Alexander Donaldson and Sarah Ann Moore, on 28 April 1909 in Crow's Nest, Queensland.
  • On 5 August 1911 The Crows Nest advertiser reported "Mr French opened up a new hairdressing saloon today (August 5th, 1911.)"
  • Albert French and Lucy Fanny May Donaldson appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1913 and 1930 living at Crow's Nest. Albert was a hairdresser.
  • In 1942 Albert and Lucy's second son John Alexander was killed in action in Milne Bay, New Guinea. He was post humously awarded the Victoria Cross. The following year their third son Gordon aged 21 was killed in action in France.
  • Albert French was listed as the next of kin of Gordon Albert French when he 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.
  • Albert French and Lucy Fanny May Donaldson appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1943 and 1954 living at Esk Street, Crow's Nest. Albert was a hairdresser as was his son Eric (Mick). Lucy carried out home duties.
  • Albert French died on 17 March 1956 in Crow's Nest, Queensland.
  • He was buried in Crow's Nest Cemetery, Queensland.

Children of Albert French and Lucy Fanny May Donaldson

Alice Maud French

F, b. 1889, d. 1974
  • Alice Maud French was born in 1889.
  • She was the daughter of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear.
  • Alice Maud French died in 1974 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Alice Ruby French

F, b. 1906, d. 26 September 1992
  • Alice Ruby French was born in 1906 in Tenterfield, New South Wales.
  • She was the daughter of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Alice Ruby 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.
  • She attended school at the Koorongarra School, Koorongarra, Millmerran.
  • Alice found work in a boarding house in Toowoomba.
  • At the age of 20 years, Alice Ruby French married Harry Leslie Dorman in 1926 in Queensland.
  • On 8 April 1977,her husband, Harry Leslie Dorman died at age 77.
  • Alice Ruby French died on 26 September 1992 in Toowoomba, Queensland.
  • She was buried on 29 September 1992 in Drayton Cemetery, Toowoomba.

Alma Blanche French

F, b. 1895

Arthur Ernest French

M, b. 1891, d. May 1944
  • Arthur Ernest French was born in 1891.
  • He was the son of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear.
  • Arthur Ernest French died in May 1944 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • He was buried on 2 June 1944 in Lutwyche Cemetery.

Arthur John (Jack) French

M, b. 1882, d. 1959

Arthur John French (1882-1959). Son of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey. Taken in Ipswich. His wife Agnes wrote on the back - "This picture on the other side is supposed to be Jack. He was trying to put a smile on and spoilt it." Photo courtesy of Helen J

Children of Arthur John (Jack) French and Agnes Evans Jones

Bertha Lilas French

F, b. 1875

Cecil Tenterfield French

M, b. 1895, d. 1956
  • Cecil Tenterfield French was born in 1895 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • He was the son of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • Cecil Tenterfield French died in 1956 in Manly, New South Wales.

Charles Albert (Charlie) French

M, b. 1909, d. 1982

Possibly Charles Albert French - the inscription on back reads - Charlie French (written by Lucy Harriman nee Werner). Photo thanks to Helen J.
  • Charles Albert (Charlie) French was born in 1909 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales.
  • He was the son of William George (Bill) French and Mary Jane (Bid) Hood.
  • Charles Albert (Charlie) French died in 1982 in Tallebudgera, Gold Coast, Queensland. He died of a heart attack.

Charles Edward French

M, b. 20 July 1886, d. 1976
  • Charles Edward French was born on 20 July 1886 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • He was the son of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey.
  • On 26 July 1890 Charles was involved in an accident as reported by the Maitland Mercury -" (Tenterfield Star, July 26). An accident which might have resulted fatally took place in Rouse-street on Wednesday afternoon about half-past 5 o'clock. A little boy named Charles Edward French, and only 4 years old, was running about in front of his father's shop, Mr. French's, hairdresser, when the lad carrying the mail for Tenterfield station came down the street at a sharp trot, and rode right over the poor little fellow, knocking him down. He was at once picked up and carried into his father's house, where it was found that although he had serious bruises about the thigh and was badly shaken no bones were broken. The parents applied hot water ban- dages and other domestic remedies, and the fol- lowing day the child seemed fairly recovered, although the injured limb was stiff and sore. The boy who rode over him is usually very careful, and we hope will for the future continue so.
  • Charles Edward French enlisted in the Military on 26 August 1914 in Randwick, Sydney. He joined H Company 2nd Battalion. He was a baker, 28 years old and listed his father J French of Boase Street, Tenterfield as his next of kin. He was 5'8", 11 stone 10 lbs with dark complection and hair and grey eyes. His religion was Presbyterian. He fought in the Middle East including serving at Gallipoli in 1915, and was discharged on 23 March 1916 on medical grounds. He then joined the Special AIF on 17 June 1916.
  • At the age of 30 years and 23 days, Charles Edward French married Effie McGeorge, daughter of James Samuel McGeorge and Joan Dage, on 12 August 1916 in Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Details from the marriage certificate appear on his War Record. They were married by William Henry Young on 12 August 1916 at Manly. Effie was the 26 year old daughter of James McGeorge a postal inspector. She worked as a domestic, living in Manly. Charles was 30 living in Newcastle son of John French, a hairdresser.
  • Sometime after their marriage Effie went back to Scotland (28 Windsor Street Edinburgh) to nurse her mother. Charles' address remained as Logan Street, Tenterfield. His hair colour was now noted as grey, not dark. He was sent to London. Just before his discharge in 1919 his wife Effie wrote to Charles' captain in London asking that Charles be discharged in England so she could stay with her mother in Scotland who was suffering from a heart condition. He was finally discharged on 4 December 1919 in London having satisfied the Australian military that he would be given work in Scotland by his father in law, James McGeorge.
  • In March 1918 Charles and Effie had a family photo with their child Effie.
  • On 2 November 1919 Effie wrote a letter from her mother's home at 28 Hudson Street, Edinburgh to Captain Dowden, of London. It stated:-
    "Dear Sir
    Owing to the very serious condition of my mother's health I have had to leave Australia where I have been residing for the last nine years. I arrived in Scotland four weeks ago.
    My mother is quite incapacitated from work, therefore my services are required here in her home for many years.
    This is my reason for not returning to Austalia, and if you see your way to give my husband his discharge here, it will save us a good deal of unnecessary expense, and worry, as he would have to return to Britain on the first available steamer, if he has to return to Australia."
    Yours sincerely - Effie French.
  • On 6 November 1919 James McGeorge (Effie's father) wrote a letter to the Army regarding employing his son-in-law Charles French.
    It was written from Edinburgh Postal District to The Commonwealth Authorities, London and stated:-
    "Sirs
    I have much pleasure in assuring you that I will undertake to guarantee Mr Chas E French suitable employment provided that he obtains his discharge from the AIF. Yours Faithfully - Jas McGeorge, Asst Inspector of Postmen?"
  • Charles Edward French's and Effie McGeorge's second child, Charles Cecil French was born 15 August 1920 in Tenterfield, New South Wales.
  • In 1922 Charles and Effie had a family photo with their children Effie and Charles.
  • Between 1924 and 1928 Charles was working as a travelling baker and spent time in Esk and Stanthorpe.
  • Circa 1930 Charles Edward French's obituary appeared in Charles French and his father John posed for a photo with Charles' twin daughters
    . It read:- (an unknown value.)
  • He and Jill (Effie) French appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Cowper, New South Wales.
  • On 9 January 1933,his wife, Effie McGeorge died in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 42.
  • Charles Edward French appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1936 and 1937 living at the Divisions of Herbert, Brisbane and Maranoa and Darling Downs, Queensland.
  • He enlisted in the Australian Army on 1 June 1940 in Paddington, Sydney. His service number was N72772 and he listed his next of kin as Effie Gordon , his daughter whose address was c/- Simpson's Limited, Brisbane. He gave his place of birth as Tenterfield and date of birth as 20 July 1886. His address was c/- Buckinghams, Tenterfield. During this time he may have been working as a cook at Cowra as family hearsay has it that he was there when the Japanese prisioners broke out. He was discharged with the rank of Private in the AASCTD on 11 February 1942 as medically unfit.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Parks, New South Wales.
  • At the age of 57 years, Charles Edward French married Agnes Constance Smith in 1944 in Petersham, Sydney.
  • Charles Edward French appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1954 living at Bardon, Sydney.
  • Charles Edward French died in 1976 in New South Wales.

Child of Charles Edward French and Effie McGeorge

Daphne Florence French

F, b. 2 August 1899, d. 27 July 1968

Edith Hope French

F, b. 1894, d. 1917
  • Edith Hope French was born in 1894 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear.
  • Edith Hope French died in 1917 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Edna Murial French

F, b. 24 March 1911, d. 30 March 1911
  • Edna Murial French was born on 24 March 1911 in Tenterfield, New South Wales.
  • She was the daughter of Arthur John (Jack) French and Agnes Evans Jones.
  • Edna Murial French died on 30 March 1911 in Tenterfield, New South Wales.

Eliza French

F, b. 30 August 1835
  • Eliza French was baptized on 30 August 1835 in Haselbury-Plucknett.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Eliza 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.

Eliza Jane French

F, b. 14 May 1860, d. 13 August 1897

Eliza Jane Bezanson (nee French) 1860-1897
  • Eliza Jane French was born on 14 May 1860 in Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia.
  • She was the daughter of William French and Elizabeth Baker.
  • At the age of 17 years, 10 months and 4 days, Eliza Jane French married Isaiah James Bezanson, son of Stephen Bezanson and Fanny Fenton, on 18 March 1878 in Tenterfield Wesleyan Parsonage, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. The Ceremony was performed by Rev Ebenezer Fox.
  • Eliza Jane French witnessed the marriage of Richard Hoskin and Elizabeth Baker on 11 November 1878 in Tenterfield, New South Wales; Both Elizabeth and Richard Hoskin lived on Clifton Station at the time of their marriage. Richard senior, was a 60 year old widowed farmer and Elizabeth a 47 year old widow when they married. James Christie, the Station Owner, and Elizabeth Jane Bezanson (who was Elizabeth's eldest daughter and who had married a few months before) were witnesses to their marriage.
  • Both Elizabeth Baker and her daughter Eliza Jane French were members of the Salvation Army.
  • Eliza Jane French died on 13 August 1897 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, at age 37. She died after the birth of her daughter Eva.
  • She was buried in Tenterfield Cemetery.

Children of Eliza Jane French and Isaiah James Bezanson

Elizabeth French

F, b. 25 February 1866, d. 30 January 1952

Elizabeth Werner (nee French) daughter of Elizabeth Baker and William French.

  • Elizabeth French was born on 25 February 1866 in Paterson River, New South Wales, Australia. Her birth registration (informant her mother) shows her father as William French, a labourer aged 35 born Somerset, England, married 1853 in Ilminster, Somerset. Her mother was Elizabeth Baker aged 34, born India. She had 6 siblings, 2 boys, 3 girls and 1 boy deceased. A Mrs Hartup was present at the birth.
  • She was the daughter of William French and Elizabeth Baker.
  • At the age of 17 years, 11 months and 5 days, Elizabeth French married Louis Francis Albig Werner, son of Louis H R Werner and Magdalena (Rosina) Albig, on 30 January 1884 in Tenterfield, New South Wales. The marriage record shows Louis was a 23 year old bachelor of Tenterfield, a labourer, father Louis Werner, mother Rosina Heiss. Elizabeth (signed with her mark) was an 18 year old spinster, a domestic servant, born Paterson River and residing in Tenterfield. Her parents were William French and Elizabeth Baker. The marriage took place at the residence of Mr Louis Werner, Tenterfield in a Wesleyan service. Witnesses to the marriage were John Heiss and Rose Louisa Werner. Consent of Elizabeth Hoskins (formerly French) mother of the bride was given to the marriage as Elizabeth French was under the age of 21 years. Louis signed his name and Elizabeth gave her mark.
  • Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner had nine children .Sid, Fanny, Rose,Ted, Hannah, Lillian, Bert, Roy and Eva were all born in Tenterfield.
  • Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner moved to Pinelands, Crow's Nest, Queensland between December 1904 and 1905.Many of the French and Werner families moved to the Toowoomba/Crow's Nest area about this time. Louis and Elizabeth's baby daughter Eva, died in a fall in February 1905 in Toowoomba. Louis found work as a teamster, hauling pine logs at Pinelands. Lilian, Hannah and Albert attended Pinelands State school from April 1905 to June 1906.
  • On 23 February 1905,their daughter, Eva Florence Werner died in Toowoomba, Queensland. Eva, excited to see the passing Salvation Army parade, climbed up on the verandah railing and fell back hitting her head.
  • On 10 April 1905 Louis and Elizabeth enrolled 11 year old Hannah, 8 year old Lily and Albert aged 5, at Pinelands State School. James, aged 5 was enrolled the following year.
  • Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner moved to Thallon Street, Crow's Nest in 1906.Their youngest daughter Lucy was born at Pinelands, but the family moved to Crow's Nest later that year.
  • In 1908 Frances (nee Bezanson) and Walter Tickle visited Frances' aunt, Elizabeth Werner in Toowoomba. They brought Frances' young sister Eva with them. While they were there a family photo was taken.
  • In 1908 Fanny and Rose conducted a dressmaking businees from their parent's home in Archibald Street. These photos show Frances and Rose on the verandah of two houses with their mother Elizabeth and sister Lucy. The plaque on the fence and wall behind them advertises the dressmaking business.
  • Between 1908 and 1910 Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner lived in Archibald Street, Cocks Estate, Toowoomba, Queensland. Elizabeth's sister-in-law, wife of George French gave birth to twins at the Werner home in 1908.
  • Elizabeth French was the informant of the death of Elizabeth Baker on 22 February 1910 in Archibald Street, Cocks Estate, Toowoomba, Queensland. She was living with her daughter Elizabeth Werner at the time of her death. The cause of death was listed as Bright's Disease. She also suffered from aortic heart disease. Her daughter Elizabeth Werner was the informant. Elizabeth Werner signed with her mark.
  • Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Murrumba. Louis was a teamster and Elizabeth carried out home duties. Their daughter Frances also lived with them and carried out home duties.
  • Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1919 living at Murrumba, Queensland. Louis was a teamster and Elizabeth carried out home duties. Their son Edward lived at Mt Brisbane and was a team driver, Lillian also lived at Mt Brisbane and carried out home duties. A Charles Werner lived at the Club Hotel Toogoolawah and was a groom (not sure of relationship to the family.)
  • In 1920 Sisters Elizabeth Werner and Ellen French stayed in contact with each other. In the 1920's Ellen and Elizabeth had their photo taken.
  • In October 1922 Louis and Elizabeth travelled to Norfolk Island to visit their son Sidney and his family. Sid was stationed there as a Police Constable for the NSW police service. According to a Newspaper article in "The Brisbane Courier" on Monday 23 October, 1922 the family also went to help another son on his farm.
    "Mr. Louis Werner, of Murrumba, will leave this week for Norfolk Island, when he will join one of his sons in farming and fruit culture at that place". Both Albert and James had applied for land grants on Norfolk Island in 1920.
    Elizabeth and Lucy may have returned to the island in 1925 to help Sid and his family with the move back to Sydney. A shipping notice in The Sydney Morning Herald stated " THE MAKAMHO'S PASSENGERS.
    NORFOLK ISLAND, Thursday.
    The Burns, Philp island mail steamer Makambo arrived here at daylight yesterday from the New Hebrides, and sailed at 6 p.m. for Sydney, via Lord Howe Island. The following is a list of passengers:- Mesdames Werner (2) and three children; Misses Martin, Nobbs, and Werner, Messers. Robertson, Nobbs, Bernie, Werner, Baggs, Mackenzie, Cornish, Miller, Trotter and Finlayson (2), Mesdames Cross (2). " The Werner's mentioned may have been Elizabeth and her daughter in law Sarah; Sarah and Sidney's three children; perhaps Lucy; and Sidney.
  • In 1930 Elizabeth French lived in Ropely Road, Lindum, Brisbane. Louis and Elizabeth ran a chicken farm in Ropely Road, Lindum. During the war, Elizabeth's niece Ada French rented the house. Elizabeth had most likely gone to live with one of her children after the death of Louis.
  • In 1932 Elizabeth was photographed with her grandson Maurice at her home in Ropely Road.
  • She and Louis Francis Albig Werner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1936 living at Lindum, Queensland. Louis was a labourer and Elizabeth carried out home duties.
  • Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1937 living at "Penalby", Ganges Street, West End, Brisbane. No occupation was given for Louis. Elizabeth carried out home duties. They appeared to be living with their grandson Frank Werner, an electrician and his wife.
  • On 6 May 1938,her husband, Louis Francis Albig Werner died in Ropely Road, Lindum, Brisbane, Queensland, at age 78. Louis had been suffering from chronic myocardis and senility. Hannah his daughter registered his death, giving his parents as Louis Werner, a saddler, and mother as Rose Ann Ice (Heiss.)
  • Elizabeth Werner(nee French) kept in touch with her niece Elizabeth Jane McFarlane (nee French.)
  • Elizabeth French died on 30 January 1952 in District Hospital, Miles, Queensland, at age 85. At the time of her death Elizabeth was a pensioner. She had been living with her daughter Lucy and son-in-law Alferd Harriman at Drillham on their dairy farm. Alfred was the informant for her death certificate. She died from hypertension and atherosclerosis.
  • She was buried on 31 January 1952 in Miles Cemetery. Witnesses to the burial were J W Bidgood and P Castens. Minister - M A Paxton-Hall, Church of England.

Children of Elizabeth French and Louis Francis Albig Werner

Elizabeth French

F, b. 22 September 1839
  • Elizabeth French was baptized on 22 September 1839 in Haslebury Pluckett, Somerset.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Elizabeth 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.
  • At the time of the 30 March 1851 census Elizabeth 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.
  • At the time of the 7 April 1861 census Elizabeth 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.

Elizabeth Frances French

F, b. 23 March 1837
  • Elizabeth Frances French was born on 23 March 1837 in Sutton, Somerset.
  • She was the daughter of Abraham French and Maria Winsor.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Elizabeth Frances 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.)
  • Elizabeth Frances French was baptized on 7 April 1844 in Merriott, Somerset. She was baptised at the same time as her siblings.
  • At the time of the 30 March 1851 census Elizabeth Frances 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.

Elizabeth Jane (Liz) French

F, b. 1884, d. 1945

John (Jack) McFarlane and Elizabeth Jane French, daughter of James William French and Mary Jane O'Brien, and one of their grandchildren. Photo thanks to Helen J.

  • Elizabeth Jane (Liz) French was born in 1884 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • She was the daughter of James William French and Mary Jane O'Brien.
  • At the age of 23 years, Elizabeth Jane (Liz) French married John (Jack) McFarlane in 1907 in Queensland.
  • Elizabeth Werner(nee French) kept in touch with her niece Elizabeth Jane McFarlane (nee French.)
  • Elizabeth Jane (Liz) French died in 1945 in Auburn, Sydney.

Children of Elizabeth Jane (Liz) French and John (Jack) McFarlane

Ellen French

F, b. 9 December 1908, d. 19 December 1908
  • Ellen French was born on 9 December 1908 in Archibald Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Archibald Street was the home of Elizabeth and Louis Werner. Her parents were living at Upper Pilton. Ellen was the first born of twins having a sister Ada.
  • She was the daughter of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Ellen French died on 19 December 1908 in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Ellen French

F, b. 28 August 1842, d. 25 February 1922

Ellen (nee French) and John Clough. Ellen was the sister of William French who came to Australia on the "Maitland" in 1855. Photo courtesy of Julia Maine.
  • Ellen French was baptized on 28 August 1842 in Haselbury-Plucknett, Somerset.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • At the time of the 30 March 1851 census Ellen 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.
  • Ellen French appeared on the census of 7 April 1861 in Newchurch, Lancashire, England. Ellen is shown as a 21 year servant old born Haselbury Somerset living with John Howe born 1823 a baptist minister and his family.
  • At the age of 21 years and 11 months, Ellen French married John Clough on 28 July 1864 in Sion Chapel, Coughfold, Hasleton, Lancashire. John and Ellen were married by John Howe, Ellen's former employee. His family remained friends with John and Ellen throughout their lives.
  • Ellen French appeared on the census of 2 April 1871 in Lancashire. She was shown as Ellen, and born c 1842.
  • She and John Clough appeared on the census of 3 April 1881 in 66 Wyatt Street, Kirkdale, Lancashire. John was shown as a 36 year old rail engine driver born in Tunstead Lancashire. Ellen his wife aged 37, born in Somerset and his daughter Sarah aged 15, born Tunstead, a servant also lived with them. A George Stoker a 23 year old butcher, born in Middlesex and his wife Sarah, 20 born in Scotland also lived on the premises.
  • Ellen French and John Clough appeared on the census of 5 April 1891 in Lancashire. She is shown as Ellen, born 1841.
  • In October 1912,her husband, John Clough died at age 67.
  • Ellen French died on 25 February 1922 in Lancashire, England, at age 79.
  • She was buried in Hale Cemetery, Hale, Lancashire.

Children of Ellen French and John Clough

Ellen (Nell) French

F, b. 11 January 1864, d. 1933

Ellen Holley (nee French) 1864-1933

  • Ellen (Nell) French was also known as Nell.
  • She was born on 11 January 1864 in Gostwyck, New South Wales. William, her father, was the informant of Ellen's birth, and stated he was a farmer of Gostwyck, born Haselbury, Somerset. He signed with his mark.
  • She was the daughter of William French and Elizabeth Baker.
  • At the age of 19 years, Ellen (Nell) French married William Arthur Holley, son of William Holley and Catherine A Arthur, in 1884 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Ellen (Nell) French witnessed the marriage of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley 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.
  • On 7 August 1915 Ellen (Nell) French and William Arthur Holley lived in Logan Street, Tenterfield, New South Wales. This was the address given for them by their son Charles when he enlisted in the Army.
  • In 1920 Sisters Elizabeth Werner and Ellen French stayed in contact with each other. In the 1920's Ellen and Elizabeth had their photo taken.
  • Ellen (Nell) French died in 1933 in Tenterfield, New South Wales. William and Ellen died in the same year.

Children of Ellen (Nell) French and William Arthur Holley

Eric Donaldson French

M, b. 11 February 1912, d. 5 April 1992

Eric Donaldson French - son of Albert French & Lucy Donladson. Photo courtesy of National Archives of Australia. (1912-1992)
  • Eric Donaldson French was also known as Mick.
  • He was born on 11 February 1912 in Crow's Nest, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Albert French and Lucy Fanny May Donaldson.
  • Eric Donaldson French began military service on 12 January 1942. when he enlisted in the RAA. He was a 30 year old hairdresser, son of Albert French. His service number was QX41220. He spent until 24 September 1942 in the CMF and then from 28 September 1942 til 12 September 1945 in the AIF. He saw no overseas duty but was posted to Thursday Island and Townsville.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll with Albert French and Lucy Fanny May Donaldson between 1943 and 1954 in Esk Street, Crow's Nest. Albert was a hairdresser as was his son Eric (Mick). Lucy carried out home duties.
  • Eric Donaldson French died on 5 April 1992 in Toowoomba, Queensland, at age 80.
  • He was buried on 7 April 1992 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.

Ethel French

F, b. 1885, d. 1979
  • Ethel French was born in 1885 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear.
  • Ethel French died in 1979 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Eva Jane French

F, b. 1887, d. 1978

Eva Mary Elizabeth French

F, b. 14 September 1916, d. 15 September 2004
  • Eva Mary Elizabeth French was born on 14 September 1916 in Ipswich, Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Arthur John (Jack) French and Agnes Evans Jones.
  • Eva Mary Elizabeth French died on 15 September 2004 in Brisbane at age 88.

Florence Olive French

F, b. 24 March 1911

Florence French - taken c 1916, Ipswich. Photo courtesy of Helen J.
  • Florence Olive French was born on 24 March 1911 in Tenterfield, New South Wales. She was a twin to Edna Muriel.
  • She was the daughter of Arthur John (Jack) French and Agnes Evans Jones.
  • At the age of 22 years and 22 days, Florence Olive French married James Murdock Bertram on 15 April 1933 in Queensland.
  • Florence Olive French and James Murdock Bertram appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1936 and 1980 living at Ipswich.