Elizabeth French

F, b. 22 September 1839
  • Elizabeth French was baptized on 22 September 1839 in Haslebury Pluckett.
  • 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 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. 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 Merriott. 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.
  • 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. 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. 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 Yeovil. 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 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 Werner (nee French) and her niece Elizabeth Jane McFarlane (nee French, daughter of James William French and Mary Jane O'brien). Photo courtesy of Helen J.
  • Elizabeth Jane (Liz) French died in 1945 in Auburn.

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 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 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. 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 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 Coughfold, Hasleton. 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 Kirkdale. 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.

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 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 New South Wales, Australia.
  • Ellen (Nell) French witnessed the marriage of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley on 22 July 1890 in Warwick Rd, 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 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 Holley, standing (nee French) 1864-1933 and her sister Elizabeth Werner (nee French) 1866-1952. Taken in the 1920's Phot courtesy of Helen J.
  • Ellen (Nell) French died in 1933 in 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 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.
  • At the age of 33 years, 2 months and 15 days, Eric Donaldson French married Lucille Vera Kreis, daughter of Louis Henry John Kreis and Alice Louise Perfect, on 26 April 1945 in Queensland.
  • Eric Donaldson French and Lucille Vera Kreis appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1949 living at Crow's Nest. Eric was a hairdresser as was his father Albert. Lucille carried out home duties.
  • Eric Donaldson French and Lucille Vera Kreis appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1954 living at Crow's Nest. Eric was a hairdresser as was his father Albert.
  • In July 1962,his wife, Lucille Vera Kreis died in Queensland.
  • 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 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 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.

Frederick Henry French

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

Frederick John French

M, b. 4 February 1840, d. September 1896
  • Frederick John French was born on 4 February 1840 in Haselbury Plunkett.
  • He was the son of Abraham French and Maria Winsor.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Frederick John French was living in the household of Abraham French and Maria Winsor in Haslebury Plucknett. 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.)
  • Frederick John French was baptized on 7 April 1844 in Merriott. He was baptised at the same time as her siblings.
  • At the time of the 30 March 1851 census Frederick John French was living in the household of Abraham French and Maria Winsor in Yeovil. 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.
  • His marriage, at 21 years, to Mary Elizabeth Collins, daughter of Sampson Collins and Mary Unknown, was registered in the March 1861 Quarter Registration District.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Frederick John French was living in the household of John French and Maria Winsor in 18 Hgr Kingston, Yeovil. John is shown as head of the household. He is a 54 year old gardener born Merriott living with his "wife" Maria a 65 year old born Sutton, Somerset and Maria's (& Abraham French's son) Fred a 40 year old carter born Merriott. Maria was not John's wife but the wife of his brother Abraham. The couple continued to live together after Abraham left (or died). Her son Fred was married, but his wife and son were living with her parents in another part of Yeovil.
  • His death was recorded with the an unknown place , an unknown place Registration District in the September 1896 Quarter.

Child of Frederick John French and Mary Elizabeth Collins

George French

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

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

Children of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley

George Albert French

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

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

George Daniel (Dan) French

M, b. 1904, d. 1968

George Edward French

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

George Henry French

M, b. 1889, d. 1956

Gordon Albert French

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

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

Gwenyth Neta French

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

Hannah French

F, b. 16 January 1825
  • Hannah French was baptized on 16 January 1825 in Merriott.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Hannah French was living in the household of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne in 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 age of 24 years, 9 months and 19 days, Hannah French married Samuel Stowser Howsby on 4 November 1849 in Crewkerne, Somerset. They were both of full age and lived in Crewkerne Parish. Hannah's father Jacob was a labourer and Samuels father John a blacksmith. Samuel was a labourer. Hannah's sister Prudence was a witness to the marriage. Hannah signed with her mark.

Harriet May French

F, b. 1897

Henry French

M, b. circa 1900

Herbert James Bentley French

M, b. March 1897, d. 11 January 1971
  • Herbert James Bentley French was also known as James.
  • He was born in March 1897 in New South Wales, Australia.
  • He was the son of George French and Elizabeth Jane Bentley.
  • Herbert James Bentley French 's parents moved to Toowoomba, Queensland, circa 1907 with their family, most likely some time after the birth of their eight child Alice Ruby. George's sister Elizabeth Werner and her husband and family also moved to the area a year or so earlier. George and Elizabeth's last two children, twins, Ada and Ellen were born at the home of George's sister Elizabeth Werner in Toowomba.
  • At the age of 26 years, Herbert James Bentley French married Ivy Baillie in 1924.
  • James and Ivy had 7 children including Lyla.
  • Herbert James Bentley French died on 11 January 1971 in Queensland at age 73.
  • He was buried in Milmerran Cemetery.

Child of Herbert James Bentley French and Ivy Baillie

Isabel French

F, b. 1879

Ivy Pearl French

F, b. 1898, d. 1955

Children of Ivy Pearl French and Charles George Buckingham

Ivy Pearl French

F, b. 1914

Jacob French

M, b. 1796, d. 23 October 1855
  • Jacob French was born in 1796 in Merriott.
  • He was the son of Mary French.
  • Jacob French was baptized on 13 May 1804 in Merriott. Jacob is shown on the baptism record as a base child of 8 years.
  • At the age of 22 years, Jacob French married Hannah Osborne, daughter of Abraham Osborne and Prudence Lawrence, on 28 March 1818 in Merriott, England.
  • Jacob French and Hannah Osborne appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 in 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.
  • Jacob French and Hannah Osborne appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 in Crewkerne. 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.
  • Jacob French died on 23 October 1855 in Merriott.
  • He was buried on 27 October 1855 in Merriott.

Children of Jacob French and Hannah Osborne

James Edward French

M, b. 1906, d. 20 October 1984

James William French

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

Children of James William French and Mary Jane O'Brien