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Thomas French III (abt. 1551 - 1613)

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Thomas French III
Born about in Wethersfield, Essex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half]
Husband of — married in Farnhammap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Halstead, Essex, Englandmap
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Disputed Mother

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Thomas French III, Son of Thomas French (1532-1599) and Bridget Higham. A marriage date of 1560 was on this couple's marriage (source gedcom).

BORN in 1562 (source Hannah French.ged) or between 1552-1581 (source Brøderbund WFT - a collection of gedcoms)

MARRIED 1587 (to Olmstead, source Hannah French.ged) or between 1593-1610 (to Anne Unknown, source Brøderbund WFT - a collection of gedcoms)

DIED 27 Jan 1613 in Essex, England (source Hannah French.ged) or 05 NOV 1639 in Massachusetts (source Brøderbund WFT - a collection of gedcoms)

Thomas had 12 children shown, with birth years between 1590 and 1605.

The French Family Association shows:

3.3 Thomas French, Jr., chr. ca. 1551, m. Anne or Agnes Olmstead in 1587 in Farnham, Thomas d. 1613 in Halstead. Agnes Olmstead b. 1566 in Halstead, d. 11 Feb 1623/24

This is an earlier birth year, and the same marriage and death years as some gedcoms.

For the parents of Thomas, the French Family Association shows:

2.6 Thomas French Sr., chr. ca. 1530 Arkesden or Wethersfield, m1. Elizabeth, m2. Bridget, Thomas d. 1599. Q/SR 4/7 on 6 March 1561 was accused of breaking into the close of William Waldegrave, esquire, as Great Wenden and cutting down and carrying away 2 cart-loads of wood.
Thomas m1. ca. 1557 Elizabeth and had at least 3 children (Mary, Elizabeth, Thomas).
Thomas m2. Bridget Burrough, born Hingham or Heigham, on 2 Dec 1597 [2] [3] when he was about 67 years old. She was the widow of Thomas Burrough of Wickhambrook, Suffolk, as his second wife ca. 1564 in Wickhambrook [13]; his first wife being Elizabeth Burrell. Bridget was b. ca. 1542 in Higham, Suffolk, England [46], the dau. of Thomas Higham and Phyllis Waldergrave [45]. At their marriage, she was about 55 years old; therefore, no children were born to this couple. Their marriage ended 6 months latter when Bridget died. Therefore, in the year 1597, Bridget’s first husband died, she remarried, and then she died herself, all in the same year. Two years later Thomas French died. Thomas Higham d. ca. 14 Dec 1559 in Gazeley, Suffolk, England. Bridget d. 19 Jun 1597.

According to Douglas Richardson's Royal Ancestry, Vol 2, on pages 44 and 45, Bridget Higham was married (1st) to Thomas Burrough, Gent. Thomas Burrough died 19 Jun 1597, buried in Suffolk. Bridget married (2nd), in Suffolk, on 2 Dec 1597, Thomas French, Gent., who left a will proved 31 Oct 1599. Richardson also does not show any issue for Bridget Higham and Thomas French. Richardson also does not mention that this was a subsequent marriage for Thomas French. Richardson cites (1) Muskett, Suffolk Manorial Fams. 1 (1900), p 310-314 (2) NEHGR 108 (1954), p 172-178. Harvey Visitation of Suffolk 1561 2 (H.S.P. n.s. (3) (1984): 391-399.

Disputed Mother Conclusion

With the marriage of Bridget Higham to Thomas French in 1597, that would have been 35 or 46 years before this Thomas' birth based on 1562 or 1551.

Based on these sources and the timing of the birth/Christening of this Thomas and the birth years of his children, Thomas' mother should be Elizabeth (Unknown), not Bridget Higham


Christened circa 1551[1]
Birth estimate: Bet 1552 AND 1581 [2]
Birth about 1562, Wethersfield, Essex, England[3]
Birth ABT 1570, Assington, Suffolk, England


Died 1613 in Halstead[4]
Death: 27 JAN 1613, HALSTEAD, Essex, Eng[5]
Death: 27 JAN 1613 [6]
Death: 05 NOV 1639, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts[7]


Married Anne or Agnes Olmstead in 1587 in Farnham[8]

Husband: Thomas French
Wife: Anna Olmstead
Date: 1587[9]
Place: Farnham, Essex, England
Husband: Thomas French
Wife: Anne UNKNOWN
Date: BET 1593 AND 1610[10]
Husband: Thomas French
Wife: Susan Riddlesdale
Date: 05 SEP 1608[11]
Place: Assington, Suffolk, England


  1. French Family Association
  2. Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1318, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997, collection of gedcoms
  3. Hannah French.ged
  4. French Family Association
  5. Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1318, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997, collection of gedcoms
  6. Hannah French.ged
  7. Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1318, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997, collection of gedcoms
  8. French Family Association
  9. Hannah French.ged
  10. Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1318, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997, collection of gedcoms
  11. Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1318, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997, collection of gedcoms
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On 18 Dec 2014 at 16:56 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

French-3562 and French-266 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same wife, same death date, estimated birth dates differ by 10 years

On 24 Aug 2014 at 14:48 GMT Sheri Havens wrote:

French-802 and French-266 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife. Need to figure out birthdate.

On 3 Oct 2013 at 19:50 GMT Betty Tindle wrote:

Hi Robert, I would like to merge your profile of Thomas French with the profile I have, French-1096. I look forward to hearing from you. I am sending another email today. Hope you get it. :)

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