Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Hugh French

Male Abt 1718 - 1740  (~ 22 years)


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  • Name Hugh French 
    Birth Abt 1718  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 15 May 1740  Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I50139  Tree1
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2023 

    Father Hugh French,   b. 1686, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 13 Sep 1737, Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Browne,   b. 1682, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 Oct 1735, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage 1706  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3925  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Brittingham,   b. Abt 1722, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1757, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1738  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mason French,   b. Abt 1738, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1755, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 18 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Rachel French,   b. Abt 1739, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F28858  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2023 

  • Notes 
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      1729-1748 Stafford County, Virginia Will Book M; [Antient Press]; Page 288In Name of God Amen this 21st day of October in 1739 I HUGH FRENCH of Stafford County in Colony of Virginia being sick yet of perfect Sense do make this my last will and Testament. Imprs. I recommend my Immortal Soul into hands of God as for my mortal body to the dust I commit to be decently buried.
      Item I give unto my son MASON FRENCH the Land and premises which my Father HUGH FRENCH bought of LEWIS ELSEY containing 600 acres more or less as also two Negroes called Frank and Dinah to him and his heirs.
      Item I give unto the child my wife is now big with the land and premises I bought of WILLIAM DAVISON lying in Bulskin Marsh in Sharandoe or the Slaves Nan, Pegg and Jenny in failure of the said Land not being made over to my said child as also my water mill lying on the South side of Potomack Creek adjoyning to the plantation I now live on to my said child its heirs and assigns forever.
      Item I give unto my beloved Wife BETTY FRENCH my three Negroes Jack, George and Anthony. Item I give all the rest of my personal Estate to be equally divided between my beloved wife Betty French my son Mayson French and the child my wife is now big with to them and heirs. Item it is my will and I do hereby give all my whole Estate reall and personal with all my Lands negroes and moveables aforementioned in case my son Mason French and the child my wife is now big with should die before they come to age according to Law to my beloved Wife Betty French and her heirs. Item I appoint my beloved Freind JAMES WAUGH my whole and sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament and hereby appoint him to alienate and make over the Land and premises I
      sold unto the honablo THOS. LEE according to my bond to the said Coll. Lee and in testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hands and seal ..
      Presence Levin Powell, Hugh French
      Micajah Brittingham,
      JNO BENSON
      At Court held for Stafford County May 15th 1740 Last Will .. Presented by JAMES WAUGH .. made oath thereto being proved by oaths of LEVIN POWEL and MICAJAH BRITTENHAM witnesses thereto who declared they saw JOHN BENSON the other witness sign the same .. Certificate granted for obtaining Probate ..
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      1729-1748 Stafford County, Virginia Will Book M; [Antient Press]; Page 293-295 26th of May 1740 In Obedience to an order of Stafford County Court to us directed to appraise Estate of HUGH FRENCH JUNR. deced being first sworne before Mr. MOTT DONIPHAN one of his Majesties Justices of peace for the County we proceeded as followeth .. items listed and valued .. includes 1 old Sloop and Riggin .. Total £243.9.0.
      Peter Daniel
      At Court held for Stafford County Rawl. Travers Wm. Cave
      June 10th 1740 Inventory admitted to record.
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      1729-1748 Stafford County, Virginia Will Book M; [Antient Press]; Page 247 I HUGH FRENCH of Stafford County and Colony of Virginia do make this my last will and testament ..

      first I will that all my debts be duly paid.

      Secondly I intrust my friends Colo. HENRY FITZHUTGH, Capt. ANTHONY THORNTON, Capt. PETER HEDGMAN and MR. HENRY TYLER to make over and confirm unto my Son HUGH FRENCH and heirs my dwelling plantation and mill and land that I bought of LEWIS ELZEY on the north side of Potomack Creek and the following negroes (named) and twelve head of cattle, and half the Stock and hoggs on the said plantation and working horses thereon if they shall think him worthy and deserving of it otherwise my will and desire is that they shall dispose of the said lands and negroes and other things as equaly as they can to my other sons DANIEL & MASON and their heirs.

      Thirdly I give to my son DANIEL FRENCH and heirs the 1/2 of the land I bought of Mr. Brent that half his plantation is on and the following Negroes (4) and all those things that he hath in his possession on the said plantation,

      Fourthly I give to my son MASON FRENCH the other half of the land that I bought of Mr. Brent also 200 acres of land lying in King George County, five cows and calves, a feather bed and furniture, 5 killable hogs and 5 large shoats and the following negroes (5) which land and negroes I give to my son Mason and his heirs and a white Servt. man JOE WHITE,

      Fifthy I give to my daughter ELIZABETH FRENCH the following Negroes (4) a feather bed and furniture 3 cows and calves to her and heirs & horse call'd donohan.

      Sixthly I give to my daughter MARGT. the following negroes (3) a feather bed and furniture and 3 cows and calves to her and heirs.

      Seventhly I give to my Daughter ANN the following Negroes (4) a feather bed and furniture and 3 cows and calf to her and heirs.

      Eightly my will is that the crops of my negroes be sold for money to discharge my debts after my family are first cloathed and if mony should then be wanting to discharge my debts my will is that the following Negroes (4) be sold by my Executors for money to discharge and pay of my debts and if the said Negroes be not sold then my will is that they be divided among my 5 youngest children all the rest of my Estate I leave to my friends and trustees before. mentioned to be dispos'd of as before directed by this my will.
      -My will is that Mrs. WASHINGTON the wife of Capt. AUGST. WASHINGTON have the care & tuition of my Dau Margt. Till she is of age or married & that imediately after my decease she take into her possession my said Daughter's Estate.
      -My will that Capn, HEDGMAN'S Wife have the care and tuition of my daughter Ann till she is of age or married & that immediately after my decease she takes into her possession my said daughter's Estate,
      -My will is that the mill on the land I bought of Brent be between my Sons Daniel and Mason.
      Lastly I appoint my Sons Daniel and Mason Executors of this any will and it is my desire that immediately after my decease my son Mason take his Estate in his possession only I desire he may make no bargains without his brother Daniel's advice and consent. In witness whereof .. set my hand ,. 5th day October MDCCXXXVI.
      Presence William Henry Terrett, Hugh French H. Tyler, Thomas Dent
      It is my desire if either of my sons Danl or Mason die without issue Lawfully begotten of their bodies then my will is the longest liver take all the land given them by my will.
      Item Whereas WM. CAVE & ANN his wife have acknowledged to me in the Genrl. Court a deed for 101 acres of land out of which I am to receive 27 acres as by the words of the deed whereon my dwelling house now stands and the mill and half an acre of land on each side thereof the residue I give unto the said Wm. Cave and his heirs. In witness this 6th October MDCCXXXVI.
      Presence Thomas Dent, H. Tyler, Hugh French James Waugh
      At Court held for Stafford County September the 13th 1737 The Last will
      presented into Court by Dan'l French and Mason French Exrs. therin named who made oath .. Hugh French the heir at Law appearing and consenting to the Probation thereof will was further proved .. also codicil. proved .. admitted to record .. Certificate granted for obtaining Probate ..

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      Stafford County. Virginia Deed book P; page 80
      pp16-Know all men ANDREW EDWARDS, JOHN WITHERS, JOHN MURDOCK, CAIN WITHERS, DANIEL CHAMBERS are bound unto JOHN MERCER gent. first Justice in the Commission of the Peace for County of Sufford In and to Sole behalf of the Justices in Sum of 1000 pounds to be made 11th Marcb 1755.
      The conditioin of this obligation is such that if ANDREW EDWARDS truly pay unto MASON FRENCH orphan of HUGH FRENCH deced all such Estate hereafter to be due as soon as he shall attain to lawful age or when thereto required by the Justices as also keep harmless the above name... rest of Justices all damae that may arrive said estate....to be void or rmain...

      the court
      Andrew Edwards
      John Fitzhuch
      John Murdock
      Cain Withers
      Danl Chambers

      At Court held for Stafford County 12 March 1744 (all signers) in open court acknowledged this their bond admitted to record.