Susanna (Riddlesdale) French
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Susanna (Riddlesdale) French (1584 - abt. 1658)

Susanna "Susan" French formerly Riddlesdale
Born in Assington, Boxford, Suffolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 5 Sep 1608 (to before 5 Nov 1639) in Assington, Suffolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Susanna (Riddlesdale) French migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Susan Riddlesdale, daughter of John and & Dorcas, his wife, was christened 20 April 1584, at Boxford, Assington, Suffolk, England.[1][2]


Thomas French ( - 1630) & Susan RIDDLESDALE ( - 1658) married 5 Sep 1608, in Assington, England.[3][4] Thomas was the son of Jacob and Susan (Warren) French (bapt. 11 Oct 1584 Bures St. Mary).[2][3]


Susan and her husband Thomas left England for America, where they settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts.[2] This occurred after 1635, when their daughter Margaret was buried in November in Assington, about 1637.[3] Son, Thomas French, and daughter, Alice French, arrived in New England by 1632, their younger sisters Dorcas and Susan arrived in 1633.[5]


Susan French, widow died Aug. ––, 1658.[6][2]


Administration of the estate of Susan French, deceased, was granted to her son John French, at the Ipswich Court, Sept 1658.[7][8] Inventory was taken Mar. 10, 1659 by Robert Lord and Phillip (his (l) mark) ffowler: Received in Ipswich court Mar. 29, 1659. [9]

"An Inventory of the goods of Susan ffrench widdow of Ipswch deceased taken the 10th of march 1658[10]

Imprimus a fether bed old and small 2 fether pillows
one old coverlet & blanket 2 – 10 – 0
It. her weareing apparell 4 – 0 – 0
It. one old chest & box without a lid an old Hogshead 0 – 8 – 0
It. a linen wheele & 2 chaires 0 – 5 – 0
It. an old brase pot & a little ould skillet & little Iron pot 0 – 10 – 0
It. 2 pewter dishes porringer & skim[m]er 0 – 08 – 6
It. 2 paire of old shirs [sheers] ould brase & other small things 0 – 06 – 6
It a spit tongs gridiron & other small things 0 – 12 – 0
It. an old warmeing pan & frying 0 – 06 – 0
It 2 small trayes earthen ware & other lumbar 0 – 05 – 6
It. a cowe old 3 – 0 – 0
Aprissed… by us 12 – 11 – 6
Robert Lord
Phillip ffowler his X marke


  1. Thomas French (Ensign) immigrant to Boston and then Ipswich, Massachusetts, was baptized 27 November 1608,[5] at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England;[11] died at Ipswich 8 August 1680; m. Mary.[5]
  2. Alice French was baptized 9 April 1610, at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England;[11]
  3. Dorcas French was baptized 31 July 1614 at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England;[11]
  4. Susan French was baptized 22 April 1616 at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England;[11]
  5. Anne French was baptized 15 March 1617 [1617/18] at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England;[11]
  6. Margaret French was baptized 12 March 1619 [1619/20] at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England;[11] she was buried in the same parish on 25 Nov 1635[11]
  7. John French was baptized 26 May 1622 at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England.[11] He was granted administration of his mother's estate in 1658.[8]
  8. Mary French was baptized 6 Jan 1624 [1624/5] at St. Edmund's Parish in Assington, Suffolk, England;[11]


  1. Threlfall, J.B., Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England and their origins, Madison, WI, 1990; New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 143, p. 216
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Threlfell, John Brooks. "John Wyatt of Ipswich, Massachusetts and his wife Mary (_____) Riddlesdale." New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 143:213. Boston: NEHGS, 1989.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Threllfall, John B. "Thomas French of Assington, Suffolk, England and Ipswich, Massachusetts." New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 142:250 Boston: NEHGS, 1988
  4. Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Com, Baltimore, Md. 1985 Can be seen at
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). p 704, immigration p.705.
  6. Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1910 Deaths citing Court Records (p. 561)
  7. Ipswich Quarterly Court Records vol 1, page 71
  8. 8.0 8.1 Records and files of the Quarterly courts of Essex county, Massachusetts Volume II 1656-1662. Salem, Mass. : Essex institute, 1912. Vol. II p. 118
  9. The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: Vol. I, 1635-1664, Essex Institute, Salem, MA,1916, pg. 272 Probate Records of Essex Co.
  10. Essex County Registry of Probate- Docket No. 10189
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Linzee, John William, The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and Their Ancestors and Descendants. Priv. Pring, Fort Hill Press, Samuel Usher, Boston, MA, 1918. pp. 412-416, 416-417, 425. The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and Their Ancestors and Descendants Extracts from the Parish Rigisters are on pages 412, 413
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EDward was attached from the other side just 4 days ago. sigh. He doesn't belong and I've left a message on the other profile.

In the case of Thomas, perhaps the early 1600s equivalent of white shotguns was employed.

posted by Anne B
Oldest son listed here (Edward) was born in 1595 in Warwickshire, when Susanna was 11 years old. Pretty sure he doesn't belong with this family.

Second son Thomas was christened 27 Nov 1608, about two months after Thomas French and Susanna Riddlesdale were married, according to bio.

posted by Leslie Torkelson
skim[m]er at least makes sense.
posted by Anne B
The inventory text that was already on here, (with monetary units form as 2£, 10s instead of 2-10-0 ) definitely said chaires, the other one was listed as 'skimer'
a linen wheele & 2 chaires, 5s.
2 pewter dishes poringer & skimer, 8 s. 6d.

See the original list on changes page:

posted by Chris Hoyt
Looks basically good. I think it's Chairs not Chains. One of the missing words is shirs (sheers I believe) The other missing word might be skirer - Maybe skewer
posted by Anne B

I uploaded the inventory of Susan's estate... would appreciate it if folks would check my transcription... it was a challenge to read!


posted by Jeffrey Martin
I have wondered about the packrat passenger list re: Winthrop lists - on the French family as I wasn't able to find it anywhere on the actual Winthrop Society website. Someone added the packrat source/link. I'm not sure it's accurate. I think that it was copied from Other sites indicate ship unknown for the French's.
posted by Chris Hoyt
?? If [[French-103|Thomas] French and Susan Riddlesdale went to America in the Winthrop Fleet 1630, did they leave their 10 year old daughter Margaret (b1620) in England where she was buried 1635? Doesn't it make more sense that the parents came later, between Margaret's death in 1635 and Thomas' death in 1639? Asking this question in the G2G.
posted by Anne B
Merge of Susanna French (Riddlesdale-1) and Susannah Riddlesdale (Riddlesdale-71) Duplicate mother's need merging first.
posted by Chris Hoyt
Sarah French was buried at the Parish of Assington 11 Nov 1615. There is no indication as to her age or parentage.

other burials 1 Aug 1613 Susan Ffrench d/o Sarah French, 11 Nov 1615 Sarah Ffrench 22 Jan 1620 Sarah Ffrench the daughter of John Ffrench

So this Sarah French is just as likely to be the mother of Susan (maybe wife of John), as a dtr of Thomas. Other children of Thomas & Susan were registered so I believe Sarah is not a child at all

Disconnect OK? Objections?

posted by Anne B

Rejected matches › Susanna (Unknown) Knighton (-1658)