and Elizabeth (c1620-1694)
were my 8x Great Grandparents.
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They may have married in
about 1641. No possible marriage has
been found in the Sussex marriage indexes or the IGI. Although Richard
was born in Cuckfield, Sussex and raised his family there, his marriage to
Elizabeth (or anyone else) was not recorded in the Cuckfield marriage
French was baptised on 30
January 1619/20 in Cuckfield. He was the illegitmate son of widow
French, by "one Bryant as supposed". Might his mother have been
Joan Mudrell who married Francis French in Fletching, Sussex on
11 August 1600? Francis, a husbandman, was buried on 12 June 1611 in
Cuckfield. Or might she have previously been the wife of
William Frenche who in 1613 had a daughter Ann baptised in
Cuckfield. William was then described as a "filler at the furnis".
William's burial has not been found in the Cuckfield burial register, nor
have I found a likely marriage for William before 1613.
A Richard French was buried on 3 July 1702 in Cuckfield.
On 11 June 1620, Joane Frenche of Cuckfield, daughter of
widow Joane, was apprenticed to Richard Parkes, yeoman of
Cuckfield, until the age of 21. Four days later on 15 June
Richard Parkes took on another apprentice, namely Henry
Mitten, in husbandry until the age of 24. Then on 20 August
1626, Francis French of Cuckfield was apprenticed to
Richard Hammond, thatcher until he was 24 years old.
On 21 January 1634, 13 year old Richard French was
apprenticed to John Garton, yeoman, until he was 24 years
date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me. She was buried on
26 December 1694 in Cuckfield. The burial register noted that she was
the wife of Richard French.
Richard French and
Elizabeth had 10 known children:
Anne French was baptised on 27 March 1642 in Cuckfield and buried
there on 5 August 1642.
John French was baptised on 21 December 1645 in Cuckfield.
Richard French was baptised on 22 August 1648 in Cuckfield.
William French was baptised on 20 April 1651 in Cuckfield.
Thomas French was baptised on 1 October 1653 in Cuckfield.
An infant of Richard and Elizabeth was born on 5 July 1657 in Cuckfield
and buried there on 9 July 1657.
Joane French was born on 4 July 1658 and her birth was register the
Cuckfield parish registers. She was buried there on 6 December 1659.
Henry French was baptised on 14 October 1660 in Cuckfield.
married twice. Firstly Jone King by banns on 6 May 1694 in
Cuckfield. He then married Jane
Vaughan on 6 April 1697 in Slaugham, Sussex. At the time they
were both of Cuckfield.
Jone was buried in Cuckfield on 20 February 1697/8 and it
was recorded in the burial register that she was Joan wife of
Henry French of Holmstead.
Jane was buried on 21 March 1707 in Cuckfield and it was noted in the
burial register that she was the wife of Henry French.
Charles French was baptised on 17 May 1663 in Cuckfield. He
was buried there on 14 September 1729.
Charles married Susan
Vidlers by banns on 2 June 1692 in Cuckfield. They were both
Susannah was buried on 22 October 1723 in Cuckfield and it was noted in
the burial register that she was the wife of Charles French.
Charles and Susan had the following child:
John French was baptised on 22 July 1694 in Cuckfield and buried
there on 19 August 1694.
Charles French may have been part of this family. He
married Elizabeth Willing on 21 September 1748 in the Fleet
Prison, London. Charles was then a bachelor and chimney sweep and
Elizabeth a spinster. They were both of Cuckfield.
French, my 7x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 28 May 1667 in
Cuckfield. He married Mary in about 1691. (They have
their own page.)
Francis French and
Joan Mudrell had 4 known children:
was baptised on 28 June 1601 in Cuckfield.
was baptised on 7 April 1604 in Cuckfield. Her father was then of
was baptised on 5 April 1607 in Cuckfield.
(son) was baptised on 12 August 1610.
This page was updated on 20 May 2012