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crat and Free Soiler ; in religion a Methodist.
He married, October, 1825, Sophia Taylor.
Children : Luther, Triphena, Martha, mar-
ried Jonathan Eugene Sanderson (see Sander-
son ) . Frank, Cynthia, Charles, Cordelia, Scott
and Ellen.

John Bartlett, immigrant
BARTLETT ancestor, was at Weymouth,
Massachusetts, before 1666.
In 1671 he was living at Mendon, and re-
moved in 1682 to Rehoboth, where he bought
land June 6, that year. He died there August
17, 1684, and his wife Sarah died in January,
16S4-85. Children: 1. John, born February

11, 1666, at Weymouth ; married Alice .

2. Samuel, married, December 19, 1695, Sarah
Inman. 3. Jacob, mentioned below. 4. Moses,
married Deborah, widow of Abraham Hard-
ing. 5. Sarah, married, December 19, 1694,
Captain Valentine Whitman Jr. 6. Mary,
born January 1, 1679, in Mendon. 7. Noah,
born January 29, 1680, in Mendon. 8. Daniel,
born in Rehoboth, January 24, 1684.

(II) Jacob, son of John Barflett, was born

in New England, and married Sarah .

He and his sons were Quakers. He was a
farmer, and also a manufacturer of hardware
and edged tools. He bought, in 1696, com-
monage from James Albee, of Mendon. Be-
fore this time Jacob Bartlett had been living
in Providence, but probably removed to his
new purchase, which was afterwards (1713)
the first land laid out in the new town of Bell-
ingham. He had other grants of land, one of
them near Iron Rock Brook, and bought land
in various places. In 1737-38 he conveyed by
deed of gift his homestead in Bellingham and




two other tracts of land to his sons Jacob Jr.
and Joseph. The house which he probably
built in 1696 was at last accounts still stand-
ing, and was in 1879 owned by George Water-
man. The old hinges and wooden latch from
one of the doors is in the Society of Antiquity
at Worcester. The old burying ground of the
Bartlett family is situated on his homestead,
where he was probably buried. Children: 1.
Damaris, married, January 5, 1717-18, Oba-
diah Ballon. 2. Moses, lived in Gloucester.
3. Abner, married, April 30, 1734, Abigail
Arnold. 4. Jacob, mentioned below. 5. Jo-
seph, married, November 7, 1744, Abigail Aid-

(III) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (1) Bart-
lett, resided first in Providence, Rhode Island,
where he had land of his uncle, Moses Bart-
lett. On September 22, 1737, he sold the land
back to his uncle and removed to Bellingham,
where he bought in 1737 a part of his father's
homestead, and carried on the business of
making scythes and blacksmith's supplies. He
was associated with Peter Darling at the Mud-
dy Brook water privilege, a "short distance
south from the highway that leads to Wain-
socket." At the incorporation of the town of
Cumberland in 1746 he was chosen a member
of the town council, and filled other positions
of trust. He was fence viewer in 1747. He

married (first) Sarah , and (second)

October 20, 1742, Lydia Muzzy, who died No-
vember 10, 1786, daughter of James Muzzy,
of Mendon. They were married according to
Quaker rites, and he took an active part in
church affairs. A complaint was made against
him in 1762 for sitting with his hat on during
prayers, and a committee was appointed "to
labor with him." He died April 17, 1768, and
was probably buried in the family burying
ground. His will was dated November 19,
1760, and bequeaths to his daughter Amey
Cass his pewter, etc. ; to his son David his
wearing apparel, except the cloak which was
his uncle Moses' ; to his daughter Sarah, beds,
bedding, etc. ; and to his wife Lydia, the exec-
utrix, the remainder of the estate. Children :

1. Amey, married Cass. 2. David,

mentioned below. 3. Sarah, married, 1790,
Anthony Razee.

(IV) David, son of Jacob (2) Bartlett, was
the settler at Belchertown. Philip Bartlett
was a soldier from Belchertown in the revo-
lution in 1775, in Captain Jonathan Bartlett's
company, and again in 1779. Benjamin Bart-
lett, aged seventeen, five feet six inches in
height, in 1780 was in the revolution from

Belchertown. In 1790 Benjamin is reported
by the federal census as having two sons under
sixteen and one female in his family. In the
same census David had two males over six-
teen, two under sixteen and two females in his
family. The sons of David: Benjamin, Philip,
Solomon, Gideon, mentioned below.

(V) Gideon, son of David Bartlett, was
born at Belchertown, and settled in the section
set off as Enfield, Massachusetts. He was a
farmer. He married Lydia Brown. Children :
Lucas, Avery, Marshall Jones, Erastus, Amy,
Almira, Prentiss.

(VI) Marshall Jones, son of Gideon Bart-
lett, was born at Enfield, Massachusetts, 1809,
died October, 1876. He was educated in the
public schools, and was a carriage trimmer by
trade. He lived in Ware, and was a highly
respected citizen. He married Abigail J. War-
ren, born at Ft. Warren, Boston Harbor, 1813,
died September, 1876, daughter of Isaiah
Warren. Children, born at Ware: 1. Estus,
killed at the mine explosion at Petersburg,
Virginia, in the civil war, 1864. 2. Calista.
3. Livingston, served in the civil war. 4.
Myron E., served in the civil war. 5. Caro-
line. 6. Eugene P. 7. Melora. 8. Leander.
9. Henrietta. 10. Joseph Freeland, mention-
ed below.

(VIII) Joseph Freeland, son of Marshall
Jones Bartlett, was born at Ware, July 25,
1843. He was educated in the public schools
of his native town. At the age of seventeen
years he enlisted, April 22, 1861, in Company
H, Tenth Massachusetts Regiment, and was
made sergeant of his company. He was trans-
ferred to Company I. Thirty-seventh Massa-
chusetts Regiment, as first sergeant, and later
commissioned second lieutenant. He was com-
missioned first lieutenant of Company K,
Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment, June 12,
1865, and mustered out July 28, 1865. He
took part in thirty-three battles and engage-
ments, and was wounded on three occasions.
He was at the front from the time he enlisted
to the end of the war, except for three months
when he was incapacitated by his wounds.
His company made the last stand at the battle
of Fair Oaks, and was on the skirmish line in
the battle of the Wilderness. He put the last
line of soldiers across Sailors Creek in the last
battle of the war. In 1870 Mr. Bartlett came
to Turner's Falls and engaged in the paper,
paint and window glass business, in which he
has been very successful. He has been active
and prominent in public life; for eight years
he was on the board of selectmen and chair-



man two years ; has been road commissioner,
assessor, overseer of the poor, water commis-
sioner, and member of the school committee.
In 1879-80 he represented his district in the
general court; in 1893-94 he was state senator
from his district, and was chairman of the
committee on banks and banking. He is a di-
rector of the Crocker National Bank; vice-
president of the Crocker Institute of Savings ;
and president of the Franklin Electric Light
Company. He is a Congregationalist in re-
ligion, and a Republican in politics. He be-
longs to Mechanics Lodge of Free Masons ; to
Titus Strong Council, Royal and Select Mas-
ters ; Franklin Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ;
and Connecticut Valley Commandery, Knights
Templar ; to the Pesomesky Club of Turner's
Falls, and the Business Men's Association.
He married, June 8, 1868, Orinda Aldrich,
born in Pelham, October 1, 1843, daughter of
Nathaniel Aldrich. They have one child, Ada
M., born March 17, 1869, married Milton E.
Holdsworth, and has five children: Marion,
Hester, George, Marcia and Joseph Bartlett.

This name, as is plainly indi-
FREXCH cated, had its origin in France,
the early Norman records
showing it in a variety of forms. The
Frenches of Frenchgrove, county Mayo, are
said to have sprung from Robert Fitz-Stephen
de France, who accompanied Strongbow into
Ireland during the reign of Henry the Sec-
ond, and he was supposed to be a descendant
of Theophilus de France, a follower of Wil-
liam the Conqueror. There were many emi-
grants of this name who came to America and
made their homes in Braintree, Ipswich, Salis-
bury, Weymouth, Cambridge, Dorchester, Ex-
eter, Rehoboth, and in other important New
England settlements.

(I) John French, immigrant, came first to
Ipswich, Massachusetts, and died in North-
ampton, February 1, 1697. He was a Denni-
son subscriber as early as 1648; went to
Northampton in 1676 and took the oath, Feb-
ruary 8, 1678. He was a planter and promin-
ent in the settlement, and also held lands at
Deerfield. With the exception of his son John
his family settled in Northampton. He mar-
ried Freedom, who died July 26, 1689, daugh-
ter of John and Mary Kingsley, formerly of
Dorchester, later of Rehoboth. Children :
John, see forward ; Thomas ; Samuel, died un-
married, September 8. 1683 ; Jonathan ; Mary,
died before 1697, married, March 4, 1678,

Samuel Stebbins ; Hannah, married Francis
Keet ; Elizabeth, married Samuel Pomeroy.

(II) John (2), eldest child of John (1)
and Freedom (Kingsley) French, was born
in 1755, died at Rehoboth, February 25, 1724-
25. He removed with his father and the
other members of the family from Rehoboth
to Northampton about 1676, living at the
home of John Kingsley, his grandfather, and
was made a freeman, together with his
brothers Thomas and Samuel, in Northamp-
ton, February 8, 1679. Shortly after he re-
turned to Rehoboth as we find him an inhabi-
tant and proprietor of that town, February 7,

1689, having right and titles to the measures,
tenements and lands by quit-claim of William
Bradford to the town of Rehoboth. He mar-
ried, November 26, 1678, Hannah, born No-
vember 8, 1657, daughter of Jonah and Eliza-
beth Palmer, of Rehoboth. Children: 1.
Hannah, born October 19, 1679. 2. John,
April 13, 1681, married (first) Martha Wil-
liams, who died August 17, 1717, at the age of
forty-three years; (second) May 23, 1728,
Abigail White. 3. Mary, March '15, 1683-84.
4. Klizabeth, January 19, 1684-85. 5. Mar-
tha, March 28, 1688. 6. Samuel, March 30,

1690, died June 10. 1709. 7. Jonathan, No-
vember 17, 1693. 8. Thomas, see forward,
9. Ephraim, January 22, 1698-99.

(III) Thomas, fourth son and eighth child
of John (2), and Hannah (Palmer) French,
was born in Rehoboth, September 6, 1696-97,
died at Oak Hill, Attleboro, January 3, 1746.
With his brother John he came to Attleboro
in 1 7 10, the former settling near what is
known as Bear Swamp, in the southeastern
part of the town, and his descendants are still
living there. Thomas made his home near
Park Hill, where he erected a two-story dwell-
ing with a chimney at one end. Later his son
Joseph erected a house adjoining this in such
a manner that this chimney was midway be-
tween the two. Thomas married, January 5,
1720-21, Mary Brown. Children: 1. Thomas
Jr., born April 16, 1722, married, January 2,
1746, Keziah Perry. 2. Christopher, married
Amy Weswold. 3. Mary, December 25, 1726,
died January 1, 1815; married, June 9, 1744,
William Carpenter, of Cumberland. 4. Jo-
seph, see forward. 5. Elizabeth, married
William George, of Attleboro. 6. Bridget,
married Noah Blanding. 7. Sarah, died in
1815 ; married, November 5, 1759, Oliver Car-
penter. 8. Hannah, born in 1817, died Octo-
ber 20, 1820; married, April 17, 1757, Caleb



(IV) Joseph, third son and fourth child of
Thomas and Mary (Brown) French, was born
near Oak Hill, Attleboro, in 1728, died in At-
tleboro, October 20, 1794. He inherited the
homestead and was a farmer and blacksmith.
During the revolution he was a private in Cap-
tain Moses Wilmarth's company. Colonel John
Daggett's (Fourth Boston) regiment, which
marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, and
he was entitled to draw wages and bounty for
the services of his son Joseph, who also
served. He married, April 4, 1755, Sibbel
Carpenter, born October 20, 1733, daughter of
Obadiah and Bethia (Carpenter) Lyon. Chil-
dren : 1. Joseph, born September 29, 1756,
died in the hospital at Cambridge. September
2 °- I775- 2. Thomas, June 7, 1758. 3. Mary,

November 10, 1760, married Major —

Tyler. 4. Ezra, see forward. 5. Obadiah,
July 2j, 1766, settled in Poultney, Vermont,

married Warner. 6. Sibbel, October

8. 1768. 7. Huldah. June 16, 1771. 8. Cynthia,
October 7. 1773.

( Y ) Ezra, third son and fourth child of Jo-
seph and Sibbel Carpenter (Lyon) French,
was born on the Oak Hill homestead. May 7,
1763, died there in 1806. At an early age he
commenced to work on the farm, and during
his minority learned the cooper's trade, which
he followed all his life. His shop was located
on his farm, and he cut the timber he needed
for supplies from his own woods, making all
the parts needed in the manufacture of the
barrels, and making a speciality of hard wood
casks. One of these, dated 1803, is still pre-
served by his descendants. He raised general
crops, bred sheep and cattle, and was consider-
ed wealthy for those times. The farm was of
large area, and upon the death of his widow
was divided among the five children. He en-
listed July 27, 1780, as private in Captain
Alexander Foster's company. Colonel Thomas
Carpenter's regiment, and marched to Tiver-
ton. Rhode Island; re-enlisted. July 2^, 1781,
in Captain Jabez Barney's company, Colonel
Luke Dairy's regiment, and joined the regi-
ment at West Point. He and his wife were
members of the Orthodox church, and he be-
longed to the Whig party. He married, Au-
gust 22, 1784, Jane, born May 7. 1763, died
March, 1832, daughter of Robert and Eliza-
beth (Foster) Titus. Children: 1. Fanny,
born July 29, 1787, married George Ide. 2.
Ezra, see forward. 3. Polly. July 5, 1790,
married Nathan Cole. 4. Joseph. February
10, 1797, died July 3, 1850; married. July 13,
1829, Caroline Brintnell. 5. Joab, January 29,

1800, died June 18, 1875 ; married October,
1819, Louisa Fuller, and lived in the old home-
stead ; children : i. Laura F., born December
7, 1820, married, January 1, 1844, Samuel Al-
lyn ; children : Frank Starkey, deceased, leav-
ing children in Chicago ; Laura, deceased, no
children; ii. Milton Joab, born September 13,
1825, died July 4, 1881 ; married Huldah
Winsor Colwell ; children : Louise Howard
French, married Albert L. Greene, November,
1874; children: Mabel Louise Greene and
Fred Eugene Greene ; resides on Black-
stone avenue, Pawtucket ; Mahala Winsor
French, unmarried, resides at No. 97 Cottage
street ; Isabel Colwell French, unmarried ; her
home is in Pawtucket, although for the greater
part of the year she is teaching in Wakefield.
Rhode Island ; iii. Orren, born May 26, 1832,
died December 2^, 1903 ; she never married ;
lived on the old home place.

(VI) Ezra (2), eldest son and second child
of Ezra (1) and Jane (Titus) French, was
born on the French homestead, July 5, 1790,
died in Pawtucket. Rhode Island. He ac-
quired a common school education and was
sixteen years of age when his father died. He
was somewhat incapacitated for all kinds of
labor, by reason of a broken leg which had
been improperly set, and which caused a per-
manent lameness. During his minority he
took any sort of work which came to his hand,
and later sold to his brother Joseph that part
of the homestead which he had inherited and
removed to Hebronville. There he worked as
a butcher and also drove a wagon for Ira K.
Miller. He also lived in Dodgeville, and
throughout his life was more or less engaged
in farming. During his later years he divided
his time between his children, living the great-
er part of the time with his daughter Nancy
B., at whose home in Pawtucket he died. He
was captain of an Attleboro company of mili-
tia, attended the Baptist church, and voted
with the Democratic party. He married (first)
Nancy Billiard, and had: 1. Seba Carpenter,
married (first) Martha Whittimore, (second)
Emeline Morse ; child. Herbert Newton. He
married (second) Susan, daughter of Ebene-
zer Fuller, and had : 2. Nancy Billiard, mar-
ried Francis G. Horton ; children ; Willard.
Ida and Flora. 3. Ezra, married (first) Alice
Peck ; children : i. Waller ; ii. Lyman Clin-
ton, married Emily Odell ; children : Warren,
Augusta, Williss, Edwin, Odell, Charles; iii.
Alice, married Albert Almy ; iv. Susan Fran-
cis Ellery, died 1874. Ezra married (second)
. 4. Ebenezer, see forward, t;.



Edmund Henry, married Ellen Arnold ; three
children : Henry Arnold ; Nellie, married
Collinson ; Flora.

(VII) Deacon Ebenezer, second son and
fourth child of Ezra (2) and Susan (Fuller)
French, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts,
September 5, 1825, died in North Attleboro,
September 6, 1896. He attended the district
school and at an early age commenced to earn
his own living. As a boy he worked in the
cotton mills of Hebronville, a part of Attle-
boro, later learning the carpenter's trade,
which he followed for many years. He was
in the employ of William George, who had a
straw shop in Wrentham, was foreman for
Jonas Munroe, a builder in North Attleboro,
and later was in the employ of the Whiting
Manufacturing Company. In 1850 he built
the house in which he resided until his death,
where his son's widow resides. He formed
a partnership in the building contracting busi-
ness in 1875. with William Bennett, under the
firm name of Bennett & French, and this was
continued until 1891, during which time they
erected many of the residences of prominence
and shops in North Attleboro and Plainville.
Deacon French was a Republican in politic^
and a member of the school committee. He
was a deacon in the Baptist church, earnest in
his endeavors for the welfare of this institu-
tion, and gave liberally of his time and means.
He married ( first ) at Hebronville, Ann Maria
Norton, and had : Edwin Davis, see forward.
He married (second), Mrs. Harriet Anna
(Bates) Albro, born in 1835, died October 7.
1897, daughter of Deacon Joseph G. Albro.

(VIII) Edwin Davis, only child of Deacon
Ebenezer and Ann Maria (Norton) French,
was born in North Attleboro, January 19,
185 1, and died in New York City, December
8, 1906. He attended the public schools of his
native town, and after a year's preparatory
course in Suffield. Connecticut, he entered
Brown University. There after two years' of
close application to his studies, his health be-
came impaired and he was advised to abandon
a university education. He yielded to the so-
licitations of his friend, William Dean Whit-
ing, of the firm of that name, and became an
engraver on silver. His extraordinary gifts as
a designer and in the execution of his work
were speedily recognized and he became chief
of the engraving department, serving as such
with the exception of two years when he was
designer for Frank M. Whiting. He left the
Whiting Company in 1894 to take up engrav-
ing as one of the fine arts. He went to New

York City in 1876, and resided there with the
exception of two years until 1897. During
the earlier years of his residence in New York
Mr. French connected himself with the Art
Students League, where he studied under
George de Forest Brush and William Sartain.
The last mentioned connection was a particu-
lar advantage to him. In 1886 Mr. French
became a member of the board of control of
the League; in 1887, its treaurer: in 1889 and
1892, its president. Systematic and eager for
details, he was an effective factor in the great
advance made by the League during his offi-
cial terms. When he became a member the
records showed a roll of four hundred and
twenty-five members, it had more than twice
that number when he retired from the presi-
dency and became a trustee of the American
Fine Arts Society. For more than two years
after Mr. French had withdrawn from the
Whiting Company he devoted his time and at-
tention entirely to copper engraving. Book
plates had been called to his attention by the
collection made by his sister-in-law. Helen El-
vira Brainerd. at that time a librarian in Co-
lumbia University. His first copper-plate was
roughly engraved and printed, and slipped into
this collection as a jest, but it has since become
famous. From this time he decided to make
copper engraving his life work. In the sum-
mer of 1897 he removed to Saranac Lake and
established his home in the heart of the Adi-
rondack mountains. He frequently spent the
winters in the south but invariably carried
with him his engraver's outfit. He always had
several designs in hand at the same time and
commissions came in more rapidly than he
could fill them. In 1905 he made a trip to Eu-
rope and feasted his eyes upon the works of
his brothers in art. June of 1906 found him
back in his mountain home and again at his
beloved work. During the last year of his life,
while his wealth was being surely undermined,
there was no waning in his enthusiasm, the
firmness of his lines, or the fertilitv of his in-
vention. Toward the close of the year he re-
turned to New York, where his death oc-
curred. As a copper engraver Mr. French
ranked among the first in this line. He took
no active part in the political struggles of the
times unless fundamental principles were at
stake, and did not enter very actively into so-
cial life, preferring the retirement of a quiet
home. He married. November 18. 1873,
Mary Olivia, born April 26, 1848, daughter of
Deacon Harvey Pierce and Mary Lavinia
(Brainerd) Brainerd, the former a farmer of
Enfield, Connecticut.



This ancient and respectable
FRENCH family established itself in
America about the end of the
first decade of colonization in Massachusetts,
and has furnished many valued citizens. The
name comes either from a French ancestor
who settled in Britain and was called "the
French," in reference to his nationality, or
from his having lived in France.

(I) John French, progenitor of the family,
was born in county Dorset. England, about
1612. After coming to this country he re-
sided a short time in Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, and was admitted freeman in 1639. He
was probably the first settler in the present
limits of the town of P>raintree, Massachu-
setts. Among the grants of land given by the
town of Boston we find February 14, 1640.
John French, of Manoticot, as receiving twen-
ty acres for five heads in his family. This
land was situated on Commercial street at the
corner of Elm street as is plainly shown by
deed given by himself and sons. In 1645 he
was one of the petitioners to begin a planta-
tion at Warwick, Rhode Island, but never
went there. It is probable that he was one of
the sympathizers of the Rev. Samuel Gorton,
but for some reasons unknown did not carry
out his intentions. He is recorded by Samuel
Thompson, who was town clerk about 1690,
as having been since his remembrance clerk
of the training band. He married (first)
Grace , about whom little is known ex-
cept as mother of his children, and the record
of her death February 28, 1681. She was
buried in the old country at Quincy, where a
stone marks the spot and gives her age as fifty-
nine years. Their children: 1. John, born
February 28,. 1641, in Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, married Experience, daughter of
Thomas Thayer. 2. Thomas, July 10, 1643,
in Dorchester, died in Braintree, August 28,
1656. 3. Dependence, January 7, 1648, in
Braintree, married Mary Marsh and Rebecca
Frenno. 4. Temperance, in Braintree, Tanu-
ary 30, 165 1, married John Bowditch. 5.
William, in Braintree, January 31, 1653, mar-
ried Elizabeth Belcher. 6. Elizabeth, July 29,

1655, married Thayer and

Wheelock, of Mendon. 7. Thomas, in Brain-
tree, January 10, 1657, married Elizabeth
Belcher. 8. Samuel, in Braintree, December
22, 1659, see forward. John French married
(second) 1683, Elinor, widow of William
Veazie; she died April 23, 1711, aged eighty-
five years ; he died August 6, 1692, aged

eighty years. No will of his was found or
administration on his estate.

(II) Samuel, sixth son of John and Grace
French, was born in Braintree, Massachu-
setts, December 22, 1659. He married (first)
Anna, daughter of Lieutenant Alexander and
Bathsheba ( Lathrop) Marsh ; she died Febru-
ary 17, 1712. Married (second) November

12, 1713, Elizabeth Clapp, of Milton. Chil-
dren of the first marriage: 1. Samuel, born
November 17, 1680, died young. 2. Samuel,
August 13. 1688, died January fi, 1770, un-
married. 3. Hannah, January 15. 1690. 4.
Mary, September 20, 1691. 5. Alexander,
December 13, 1695, see forward. 6. Josiah,
March 20, 1700, married Mary, daughter of
John French. 7. Nathaniel, April 1, 1702. 8.

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