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Nancy French-b. 9-18-1801-Otsego Co. NY
Posted by: Nancy H. Koch Date: August 11, 2000 at 18:27:28
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I am looking for help in researching my possible 5great-grandfather Zephaniah French. I have several bits of information that I have gathered. Some do not agree exactly and I am trying to find other information to verify or disclaim what I have. I am especially looking for a definate link between Zephaniah French and my 4great-grandmother, Nancy French.

This is what I know: A researcher from South Dakota sent me a quote from a book she ran across which said Nancy French's parents were Zephanial French & Elizabeth. I can find absolutely no references on a Zephanial French, but have found three separate references that refer to a Zephaniah French who married an "Elizabeth", "Betsy Ames" and an "Elizabeth "Betsey" White". They all have similar birth dates. One reference says Zephaniah French was born 10-19-1769 in Windham Twp. Windham, CT. and died 5-27-1852 at Davis, Iowa. I also found a reference to an obituary published in "The Christian Record" Aug 1852:64(page?). If any one can get hold of a copy of this it might answer my questions. The other information I have says that Elizabeth "Betsey" White was born 9-5-1775 in Windham County, CT, "Betsy" was born 1796 , and Elizabeth was born about 1773. Two references say that Zephaniah & Elizabeth were married in 1805. One says 6-24-1805 in Berkshire COunty MA and one says about 1805, place unknown. The third says Zephaniah married Betsy and was removed to Albany, NY.

Nancy French was born 9-18-1801 (my family records) and the quote from the book says in Otsego Co, NY (2 counties away from Albany). this was before her parents were supposedly married. One source also lists a Franklin Robinson French born to Zephaniah & Elizabeth 7-1-1809 in st. Lawrance, NY. He died 4-11-1880 in Davis, Iowa.

Any help in figuring out this puzzle would be greatly appreciated.


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