Leslie George French

M, b. 29 January 1902, d. 1947
  • Leslie George French was also known as Mick.
  • He was born on 29 January 1902 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 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.
  • Leslie George French died in 1947 in Islington, New South Wales.

Male French

M, b. 1891, d. 1891

Martha French

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.
  • Martha French immigrated to Queensland on 5 June 1865. She was sponsered by her futhure husband John Cossart.
  • 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.
  • Martha French and John Cossart appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Cabarlah. John was a farmer.
  • Martha French died on 25 September 1906 in Toowoomba, Queensland. After Martha's death John lived in Toowoomba.
  • She was buried on 26 September 1906 in Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery.

Children of Martha French and John Cossart

Mary French

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

Mary French

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.
  • Mary French married Abraham Osborne on 25 December 1815 in Merriott.
  • Before 30 April 1830,her husband, Abraham Osborne died.
  • 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.
  • Mary French was buried on 30 July 1846 in Merriott. The burial record shows she was 78 years old.

Child of Mary French

Mary Ann French

F, b. circa 1843
  • Mary Ann French was born circa 1843 in Merriott, Somerset.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • 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.

Mary Elizabeth (Girlie) French

F, b. 1911, d. 1927
  • Mary Elizabeth (Girlie) French was born in 1911 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales.
  • She was the daughter of William George (Bill) French and Mary Jane (Bid) Hood.
  • Mary Elizabeth (Girlie) French died in 1927 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 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.

Mary Jane French

F, b. 1850, d. 28 December 1932
  • Mary Jane French was born in 1850. She was the daughter of John French.
  • Mary Jane French married James May circa 1870.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mary Jane French died on 28 December 1932 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 29 December 1932 in Cabarlah Cemetery. UNIT-00A-0019.

Children of Mary Jane French and James May

May French

F, b. 1887, d. 1971
  • May French was born in 1887 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 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."
  • In 1962,her husband, Timothy Vincent O'Leary died in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • May French died in 1971 in Albury, New South Wales.

Children of May French and Timothy Vincent O'Leary

Mildred Maud French

F, b. 1891

Norman Bailey French

M, b. March 1894, d. 8 July 1894
  • Norman Bailey French was born in March 1894 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 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.
  • He was buried in Tenterfield Cemetery.

Norman Sydney French

M, b. 19 November 1908
  • Norman Sydney French was born on 19 November 1908 in Kyogle, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Olive French

F, b. 1883

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Percival Randolf French died on 27 June 1949 in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 54.
  • He was buried on 29 June 1949 in Balmoral Cemetery, Brisbane.

Prudance French

F, b. 22 March 1829, d. 1911
  • Prudance French was born on 22 March 1829 in Haselbury Pluckett, Somerset.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prudance French died in 1911 in Paterson District, New South Wales. Both William & Prudence died in 1911.

Children of Prudance French and William Chick

Rena Maude French

F, b. April 1906, d. 1972
  • Rena Maude French was born in April 1906 in Casino, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 1939,her husband, Cyril Frederick M(asters) Skidmore died in Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • Rena Maude French died in 1972 in New South Wales.

Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth French

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 1949,her husband, James Worthy Wiseman died in Queensland.
  • Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth French died in 1982 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Sarah Ann French

F, b. 20 March 1843
  • Sarah Ann French was born on 20 March 1843 in Merriott, Somerset.
  • She was the daughter of Abraham French and Maria Winsor.
  • Sarah Ann French was baptized on 7 April 1844 in Merriott, Somerset.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Susan French

F, b. 18 August 1833
  • Susan French was baptized on 18 August 1833 in Haselbury-Plucknett, Somerset.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sydney French

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.
  • 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."
  • Sydney French died in 1950 in Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales.

Children of Sydney French and Lucy (Maude) Weary

Thomas French

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.
  • 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.
  • He was born in 1856 at sea.

Thomas French

M, b. 1890

Violet French

F, b. 1891, d. 1986
  • Violet French was born in 1891 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • In 1959,her husband, Walter Daly died in Tenterfield, New South Wales.
  • 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.
  • Violet French died in 1986.

Violet French

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

Violet May French

F, b. 12 May 1899, d. 30 October 1973

Violet Gleeson (daughter of George French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley 1899- ) and her daughters Eileen May Gleeson and ? . Photo courtesy of Helen J.
  • Violet May French was born on 12 May 1899 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • She was the daughter of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Violet May 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.
  • At the age of 20 years, Violet May French married August William Henry John Gleeson in 1920 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Violet moved to Stanthorpe and became a house maid until she married and settled in the area.
  • On 16 August 1963,her husband, August William Henry John Gleeson died in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 68.
  • Violet May French died on 30 October 1973 in Stanthorpe, Queensland, at age 74.

Child of Violet May French and August William Henry John Gleeson

Walter French

M, b. circa 1845, d. September 1914
  • Walter French was born circa 1845. He was the son of John French and Jane Poole.
  • Walter French married Mary Ann Sear in 1873 in Queensland.
  • Walter French and Mary Ann Sear appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1908 living at Ravensbourne. Walter was a farmer. Their son George was a labourer at the Settlement.
  • Walter French died in September 1914 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • He was buried on 6 September 1914 in Toowong Cemetery.

Children of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear

Walter Herbert French

M, b. 1873, d. April 1941
  • Walter Herbert French was born in 1873 in Stanthorpe.
  • He was the son of Walter French and Mary Ann Sear.
  • Walter Herbert French enlisted in the AIF on 19 October 1915 in Brisbane. He was a 42 year old engine driver and gave his wife Edith Eleanor of Kettet St Toowong as his next of kin. He was part of the Tropical Force and was discharged on 29 June 1917.
  • Walter Herbert French died in April 1941 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • He was buried on 15 April 1941 in Toowong Cemetery.

William French

M, b. 31 July 1831, d. 10 July 1878
  • William French was baptized on 31 July 1831 in Haselbury-Plucknett, Somerset, England.
  • He was the son of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census William 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 7 June 1841 census William 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.
  • At the age of 22 years, 1 month and 12 days, William French married Elizabeth Baker, daughter of Thomas Baker and Eliza McGowan, on 13 September 1853 in Ilminster, Somerset, England. Elizabeth and William were married by banns, their witnesses being John Clarke and Francis Taylor. - William is listed as a weaver of Ilminister as is Elizabeth - his father Jacob French - Labourer; her Father Thomas Baker - cooper. Both William and Elizabeth signed with their mark, although Elizabeth could write. Both were Church of England.
  • William French's and Elizabeth Baker's son Thomas was born in 1854 in Somerset.
  • William French and Elizabeth Baker immigrated to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 16 December 1855. The "Maitland" departed Southhampton and arrived in Sydney on the 22 April 1856. With William and Elizabeth was their young son, Thomas aged 18 months. Sadly he died on the voyage to Australia. Their second son John was born on the voyage. According to immigration records, William, aged 24, could neither read or write at the time he migrated to Australia. William's occupation at the time of his marriage to Elizabeth was a weaver, but at the time he immigrated he was listed as a farm labourer, perhaps to improve his chances of being accepted as a person useful to the colony of Australia. William stated he had been born at Hazelbury, Somerset and that his father Jacob French was deceased but his mother Hannah was living at Wiesit, Somerset.
    Elizabeth, aged 24, could both read and write. Her parents Thomas and Eliza Baker were both deceased. Both William and Elizabeth were Church of England.
  • William French's and Elizabeth Baker's third and fourth children James William and Eliza Jane was born between 1858 and 1860 in Castlereagh, New South Wales. . During this time William was working as a labourer at Caslereagh (west of Sydney.)
  • In 1860 William's sister Prudence and her husband, William Chick came to Australia. It appeares that William and Prudance made their way to the Morpeth district where their first child was born in 1862. 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.
  • The family moved several times over the next few years. Daughter Ellen was born at Gostwyck (south of Armidale) on 11 January 1864. They moved back to the Paterson River district where Elizabeth was born on 25 February 1866. The family once again moved north. George was born at "Walhalla" Station near Werris Creek (south of Tamworth) in 1867 where William worked for the Christian family before moving with them to Clifton Station near Tenterfield around 1870.
  • On 26 January 1875 he was a farmer at Six Mile Creek, near Tenterfield at the time of William George's birth.
  • William French died on 10 July 1878 in Six Mile, Tenterfield, New South Wales, at age 46. 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.
  • He was buried 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.
  • William and Elizabeth's names are amongst those on a memorial in Rotary Park, Tenterfield.

Children of William French and Elizabeth Baker

William French

M, b. 1886, d. 1922
  • William French was born in 1886 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia.
  • He was the son of James William French and Mary Jane O'Brien.
  • William French died in 1922 in St Peters, Sydney, New South Wales.

William French

M, b. circa 1860
  • William French was born circa 1860.
  • In 1901 William was listed as a farmer of Ravensbourne in the Crow's Nest Post Office Directory.