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

Hugh French

Male 1686 - 1737  (51 years)


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  • Name Hugh French 
    Born 1686  Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Sep 1737  Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5042  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father Hugh French,   b. Abt 1648,   d. 3 Dec 1701, St. Mary's Parish, Richmond County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret MNU Prosser,   b. Abt 1654,   d. 1717, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 May 1685  Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Browne,   b. 1682, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1735, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 1706  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Daniel French,   b. Abt 1706, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1749, Fairfax County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years)  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth French,   b. Aft 1711, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1750, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 39 years)  [natural]
     3. Mason French,   b. Bef 1717, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Hugh French,   b. Abt 1718, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1740, Stafford County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)  [natural]
     5. Anne French,   b. Aft 1722, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Margaret French,   b. Abt 1728, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1752, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F3925  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • died at sea on Ship traveling from London with Captain Augustine Washington
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      STAFFORD COUNTY VA WILL BOOK M; 1729-1748; THE ANTIENT PRESS pp 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 hash 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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      1729-1748 Stafford County, Virginia Will Book M; [Antient Press]; Page 299-300
      The Estate of HUGH FRENCH Dr. To Dan'I. French Exr. 1737 - Cr Cash paid John Grant for rum, Anthony Murrey, paid Kate Kelly, Hr. Henry Tyler, Mr. Rawleigh Travers, Majr. Hedgman, Capt. Fowke, Seldons rent to John Grant, paid Francis Martin, James Jones, James Masters for keeping the mill, paid the revd. Mr. Green, Mr. Battaley, Mr. William Dent, to cash lent my father, paid Hr. Buntin, Hr. Clifton p account, Mr. Nath. Claiborne, paid Charles Brent, Jennet Pettycoard, John Raymond, Mr. Chapman, By Anthony Murrey,
      Contra. By Paul Scott, James Housley, Capt. Wm. Triplet, to Simon Miller, John Miller, Paul Scott, Benja. Berryman, William Mathews, John Clark, Charles Carter Esqr., Majr. Champe, Hugh HcCullock, Capt. Alexander, Henry Washington, To Tobacco paid James Corbet, To James Waugh pr Anne Hall, To Peter Mauzey, Thomas Monteith, William Hunter, Anne McPhearson, Parish and county Levys,
      Joseph Waugh's acct., John Windright, To William Rowley, John Waugh .. By the crop, Mrs. Cooke, William Mathews Senr., Charles Brent, Meredith Edwards ..
      In Obedience to an order of Court dated 14th October 1740 We have settled what accot. were produced to us with sufficient Vouchers and stated them according to the Acct. produced by DANIEL FRENCH in his own part and also On his Brother MASON'S pnrt as above and on the other side Novr. 11 1740.
      John Grant
      Peter Daniel
      At Court held for Stafford County November 17, 1740 Account of Settlement of Hugh French Deced his Estate admitted to record.
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      1704-1705 Richmond County, Virginia Order Book 4; Part 1 [Antient Press]; Page 69)
      Richmond County Court 5th of September 1705
      - Upon the Petition of HUGH FRENCH, one of the Sons of HUGH FRENCH, late of this County, deceased, by WILLIAM TRIPLETT his prochein amy, setting forth that his Father, HUGH FRENCH, deced., did by his Last Will and Testament inter alia give and devise to each of his Sons a feather bed furniture sheets a horse and five thousand pounds of tobbo.. to be paid to each of them when they should attaine to ye age of sixteene & to each of them a pott and frying pann and made his then Wife, MARGT., Exrx. of his said Will & yt. ye said MARGRETT hath since the death of the aforesd. Testator proved the sd. Will and accepted the Executrixship and is since intermarryed wth: one JNO. SOMMERVILL & that the said MARGT. while sole or the aforesd. JOHN and MARGARETT since theire being marryed, the aforesd. feather bed furniture sheets horse five thousand pounds of tobbo. pott and flying palm or any part or parcell thereof to him the aforesd. HUGH (he being long since arrived to the age of sixteene yeares) to deliver and pay altho often required have and still doe refuse and deny, but the same & every part & parcell thereof doe unjustly keep and detaine. It is therefore ordered that the said JOHN & MARGT. Exrx. as aforesd., be called to appeare att the next Court to shew cause if any they can why they render and pay not unto the aforesd. HUGH FRENCH his Legacy aforesaid so due as aforesaid & for wch: by his prochein amy aforesd. he humbly prays Order for wth: costs

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      folio 457 o Indenture, 22 Jun 1715
      From: John Brook of Calvert County, Gent1.
      To: Henry French of Prince George's County
      For 20£a parcel of land being part of a larger tract called Rencher's Adventure in Prince George's County; bounded by land called Hogg Pen; containing 150 acres
      Signed: Ja°. Brooke (seal)
      Witnessed: Henry Cox, John Smith
      Memo: John Brooke and Sarah Brooke his wife acknowledged deed
      County Seal: Deed acknowledged before Calvert County Justices, E. Boteler, Clerk
      Alienation: Mary French paid 6s
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      Stafford Co VA Will Book 1729-1748 pg 21-22, [pp74-77]
      In Name of God Amen I JOHN TOWARD of Overwharton Parish in County of Stafford in Colony of Virga: being sick but of sound mind .. do make this my Last Will & Testament .. first of all .. give my Soul into hands of God .. and as for my body / recommend it to the earth to be Buried .. &as worldly Estate .. my Lawful]. debts being first fully satisfied I give in manner following.
      Imprimis I give to my wellbeloved Wife DARKIS TOWARD all my household goods & chattels Bedding Brass pewter Cattle horses hogs Sheep and all other my goods and chattels moveable & immoveable within doors and without during her widowhood or the time that my children shall to the age of 1 and 20 years and thee to be divided as hereaftr directed. Item I will that as soon as my Lawfull Debts be paid that all my Deeds and pattens in the Proprietors office are cleared and that my two pattens on Broad run one in my own name and the other in WARNER TOWARDS be clear'd first.
      Item I give to my God Daughter MARY WILLIAMS 200 acres of Land to be laid of at the direction of my three Sons out of my 700 acres of land on Broad run to be laid of so ye 100 (sic) acres thereof lying together may be good tendable Land to her my said God daughter and her heirs .. for default of such heirs to return to my said sons.
      Item I will than if my welbeloved wife Darkis Toward should happen To die before my God Daughter Mary Williams is of age she may be left to the Care of MARY Wife of Mr. HUGH FRENCH.
      Item I give unto my two Eldest sons JAMES & FRANCIS TOWARD all the reste and residue of my Lands with all the rents profits and other appurtenances thereon belonging to them and heirs for ever provided that the patten taken up in my youngest Sons Vizt; Warner Towards name be cleared as before mentioned but if the said Warner's patten be not cleared then he to have his Equal part of all my other land with his other two Brothers James and ffrancis Toward & if it shall so happen that each of the said 3 Brothers die without heirs Lawful then his part shall be equally divided between my other two Sons or their lawful heirs. Item I also will that if all my pattens now lying in the proprietors office being four (Vit.:) two on broad run one on the pignut ridge one on the rappahanock mountain be cleared that then any youngest son Warner Toward shall have the patten Survey'd in his name wholly to himself & his equall part of all my other lands any thing to the contrary hereof herein before expressed to the contrary thereof in any wise not withstanding but if the said Warner's patten be cleared and any of the other left unclear'd then Warner to have only his own patten and the other to be equally Divided between the other two Vitt: James and ffrancis as aforesaid.
      Item I also will that DANIEL NEWMAN so long as he continues to pay 100 pounds of Tobacco p year towards the discharging of the debt he owes to me that he be no ways trouble by my Exr; & THOMAS KNOWLS paying 300 pounds of Tobacco p year not be troubled by my Exrs.
      Item I also will that whereas Thomas Knowls hath made over his whole Estate to me and my heirs for the payment of the said debt I desire the care of the said Knowls and his wife with what they have so long as they or either of them shall live to the care of my welbeloved friend, Mr, HUGH FRENCH SENR.
      Item I give to ROBERT TREWICK all accounts due debts and demands I have agst him for his Extraordinary care of me in my sickness and making my coffing.
      Item I give unto EMANUAL HERON his ordanary account for his Extraordinary care of me in my Sickness.
      Item I give Towards the Building of a School house at POTOMACK CHURCH 300 pounds of Tobacco.
      Lastly I make my welbeloved wife Darkis Toward with my Welbeloved ffriends Hugh ffrench, RALPH FALKNER & JOHN GRANT Exrs. of this my Last Will & Testament utterly revoking all other Wills .. this 13th March 1732/3. Presence Jos Treen, Hugh Stranghan, Charles Thornton John Toward
      JOSEPH TREEN aged 30 years or thereabouts being first Sworn on the holy Evangelists and executed in the presence of DORCAS TOWARD one of the Executors of the last will & testament of John Toward late of this County dated declares that he drew the last will and testament of the said John Toward according to his directions except that it is not included in the said will that John Toward directed that in case Dorcas Toward should marry before his children come of age she should have no more of his Estate than her thirds which the said John Toward frequently repeated both before and after drawing the said Will and the said Toward further added that as his children come of age, they should have their part of his Estate according to Law leaving his Wife her thirds. Jos. Treen
      Stafford County Sworn to before me this 16th day of March 1732
      Henry Washington
      At Court held for Stafford County 6th March 1732 The within Will of John Toward deced was presented into Court by Hugh ffrench who made oath .. was proved by the oath of HUGH STRAUGHAN & CHARLES THORNTON, two of the witnesses thereto who likewise made oath that they saw Joseph Treen the within witness thereto subscribe the same and that the matter contaiuld in the deposition of the said Joseph Treen, hereunto annexed is true they having heard John Toward say the same words and Dorcas Toward another of the Executors herein named came into open Court and acknowledged the same to be true and consented that the Deposition of Joseph Treen should be recorded with the Will whereupon it
      was ordered that they should be recorded Certificate granted him for obtaining Probate.
      At Court held for Stafford County 11th April 1732 The within Will was further proved by Dorcas Toward another of the Exers therein named Certificate granted her for obtaining a Probate ..
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      James Hughes 2005-12-20 18:46:49
      Fredericksburg Court Record Search

      Deed of Lease & Release Lewis Elzey to Hugh French - Stafford Co. - 1726
      Marriage Lewis Elzey -mr- Anne W. Travers, widow of Giles Travers
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      WILL OF JAMES SCOTT
      In the Name of God Amen I James Scott of the County of King George being very sick and weak of Body but of perfect memory blessed be God for it do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament Revokeing and Disalowing of all other Wills and Testaments hereto-fore made. First and principally I recommend my Soul to God who gave it hopeing through the Merritts of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to receive full pardon for all my sins and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executor here-after named and as touching my Worldly Estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with, I do Give and Dispose as followeth, viz.
      Item: I Give and Bequeath to my Loveing Aunt Margaret Amon fifteen pounds Sterling to her own disposing. I allso Give to my Brother Paul Scott and my Sister Margarett Scott each of them a Gold Ring of twenty shillings price. I allso Give to my two Aunts Izabel Triplett and Margr. Taliaferro a Gold Ring of twenty shillings price.
      Item: I give all the rest of my Estate real and personal to my Loveing Uncle Hugh French to him and his heirs forever whome I do appoint Constitute and Ordain sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
      In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and seal this 8th day of December 1722.
      ******
      James Scott *Seal* ******
      PAGES 7 AND 8 are missing. On these pages was recorded the probate of the will of James Scott and the last Will and Testament of William Lampton, deceased, and also the probate of the said Lampton's will.

      Court Order Book #1, page 78
      Court held January 4, 1722/3

      The last will and Testament of James Scott, deceased, was presented in Court by Hugh French his Executor who made oath thereto and the same being proved by the oaths of Richard Bellow and John Rafile evidences thereto subscribed is ordered recorded.
      John Pratt is security for Hugh French's due administration on the estate of James Scot[t], deceased.
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      1722-1728 Stafford County, Virginia Deed Book J; [Antient Press];
      pp. 364 This Indenture made 7th and 8th March 1726 between LEWIS ELZEY of Overwharton Parish in County Stafford and ELIZABETH his wife and HUGH FRENCH of Parish Washington in Westmoreland County ., by deeds of lease and release .. for One pound and Six shillings current money of Virginia and Seven thousand pounds of Tobacco to them paid hath sold 400 acres in Parish Overworton and bounding East & North on land late SAMPSON DARRELS and now in possession of WILLIAM CAVE South on Land of JOSEPH WAUGH and South & West on lands late JOHN SIMMONS &. now in possession of TOWNSHEND DADE and CLARK which said 400 acres was bequeathed unto the said Elizabeth by the Last Will & Testament of GILES TRAVIS her Father and is mentioned in the said Will to Presence Thomas Barnes, Lewis Elzey
      John Cook Elizabeth x Elzey
      At Court held for Stafford County 8th March 1726 Lewis Elzey and Elizabeth acknowledged their Deed of lease & release .. the said Elizabeth having been first privately examined .. acknowledged Receipt consideration admitted to record.
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      1732-1735 Prince William County, Virginia Deed Book B [June Whitehurst Johnson]: Pages 134-135. Sept. 19, 1733. Robert Brent and William Brent, Gent. of Co. of Charles in Maryland to Hugh French, Gent, of Stafford in Virginia....for sum of 71 lbs, 17 shillings, and 6 pence and 1500 lbs. of Tob....770 a. and 84 perches being part of a patent granted to George Brent Jan. 9, 1694/5....land in Parish of Truro in Pr. William.....corner of John Ball's in John Mathews line... deed of lease and release.
      Rob. Brent
      Willm. Brent
      Wit: Swan Jones ?, William Clifton, Ro. Brooke.
      Rec'd. of Hugh French sum of 71 lbs, 17 shillings, and 6 pence, and 1500 lbs. of Tob. Sept. 19, 1733.
      At court Sept. 17, 1733 Robert Brent and William Brent, Gent. acknowledged this release with the receipt endorsed to Hugh French.
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      1721-1735 King George County Deed Book 1-A, (Antient Press); pp. 260-262
      Indenture 31st May/1st June 1733 between HUGH ffRENCH of Parish of Overwharton in County of Stafford Gentleman of one part & JOHN CHAMPE and JOHN AMBRIS (sic Ambrose) Church Wardens of the Parish of Brunswick in King George County of other part .. for One hundred Pounds Sterling money of Great Brittain sold 200 acres in Parish of Brunswick bounded .. main branch of Muddy Creek; along a line that divides this land and another 200 acres of the sd ffrench's; edge of JOHN SIMPSON'S Tobo. ground now OWEN SULLAVANTS
      Presence William Walker, Hugh French
      Peter Daniel, Jas. Jones
      1st June 1733 .. Deeds of Lease and Release together with receipt of consideration money recorded.
      Know all men .. I HUGH FRENCH .. am bound unto JOHN CHAMPE & JOHN AMBRIS .. in sum Five hundred pounds lawfull money of Virginia .. 1st June 1733. Condition .. if keep all covenants .. obligation to be void .. else in full force .. Presence William Walker, Hugh French
      Peter Daniel, Jas. Jones
      Know all men .. I MARY FRENCH wife of HUGH ffRENCH appoint THOMAS TURNER my lawfull Attorney .. sale of 200 acres conveyed by my husband to JOHN CHAMPE & JOHN AMBRIS Church Wardens for a Glebe for the said Parish of Brunswick .. to relinquish my right of Dower .. 4th May 1733. Presence Joseph Fisher,
      Richd. Fletcher, J. Mercer Mary French
      1st June 1733. Power of Attorney recorded.
      p. May 12th 1733. I do hereby acknowledge to have received of THOMAS
      262 TURNER one young Negro man & three young Negro women of the value of 81 pounds Sterling to my likeing the said 4 Negroes being settled on me & the heirs of my body by Act of Assembly begun & held at the :x:x:
      Capitol the Eighteenth day of May in the year 1732 .. Witness my hand ..
      Simon Miller
      1st June 1733. Receipt presented into court by THOMAS TURNER.

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