James W. French

Last updated 2 Jan 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: Jul 1816 in , , Virginia, United States

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1850-ps-in-gibson-columbia-130a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Columbia Township, page 130A (stamped) or 259 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2015) > "Indiana > Gibson > Columbia" image 9; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 147 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 55

Comment: Source includes name (James W. French).

census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, page 37 (form) or 1035 (corner); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Feb 2009) > "Indiana > Gibson > Princeton" image 5; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803260]

Additional detail for reference: Line 21, dwelling 249

Comment: Source includes name (Jas [James] W. French).

census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton, enumeration district 107, page 13 (form/penned) or 217A (stamped); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > 107" image 13; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 279 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 102

Comment: Source includes name (James W. French).

census-us-1900-ps-in-gibson-2-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton Township, enumeration district 2, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 19A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > District 0002" image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240372]

Additional detail for reference: Line 24, dwelling 158

Comment: Source includes name (James W. French).

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birth

census-us-1850-ps-in-gibson-columbia-130a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Columbia Township, page 130A (stamped) or 259 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2015) > "Indiana > Gibson > Columbia" image 9; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 147 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 55

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (Va [Virginia]). See research notes for conflict details.

census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, page 37 (form) or 1035 (corner); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Feb 2009) > "Indiana > Gibson > Princeton" image 5; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803260]

Additional detail for reference: Line 21, dwelling 249

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details.

census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton, enumeration district 107, page 13 (form/penned) or 217A (stamped); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > 107" image 13; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 279 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 102

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (Virginia). See research notes for conflict details.

census-us-1900-ps-in-gibson-2-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton Township, enumeration district 2, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 19A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > District 0002" image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240372]

Additional detail for reference: Line 24, dwelling 158

Comment: Source includes date (July/1816), age (83), and location (Virginia). Using his age and the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1816 to 1 June 1817, which encompasses the given date.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Barbara ____ (1812 – ?)

Married: ?

Child: Levinia J. "Viney" French (1842 – ?)

Child: John H. French (1843 – ?)

Child: Louisa French (1846 – ?)

Child: Mary E. French (1848 – ?)

Child: George G. French (1849 – ?)

Child: W. W. French (1854 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jun 1850

Residence: 1 Jun 1850 at Columbia Township, Gibson County, Indiana, United States

Occupation: (carder and fuller) 1 Jun 1860

Residence: 1 Jun 1860 at Princeton Township, Gibson County, Indiana, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1880 at Barton Township, Gibson County, Indiana, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Barton Township, Gibson County, Indiana, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1850-ps-in-gibson-columbia-130a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Columbia Township, page 130A (stamped) or 259 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2015) > "Indiana > Gibson > Columbia" image 9; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 147 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 55

Comment: Source includes official census date (1 June 1850) and occupation (farmer).

census-us-1850-ps-in-gibson-columbia-130a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Columbia Township, page 130A (stamped) or 259 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2015) > "Indiana > Gibson > Columbia" image 9; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 147 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 55

Comment: Source includes official census date (1 June 1850) and location (Columbia Township in the County of Gibson, State of Indiana).

census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, page 37 (form) or 1035 (corner); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Feb 2009) > "Indiana > Gibson > Princeton" image 5; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803260]

Additional detail for reference: Line 21, dwelling 249

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and occupation (carder & fuller).

census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, page 37 (form) or 1035 (corner); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Feb 2009) > "Indiana > Gibson > Princeton" image 5; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803260]

Additional detail for reference: Line 21, dwelling 249

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and location (Princeton, Indiana).

census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton, enumeration district 107, page 13 (form/penned) or 217A (stamped); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > 107" image 13; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 279 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 102

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1880) and location (Barton Township, in the County of Gibson, State of Indiana).

census-us-1900-ps-in-gibson-2-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton Township, enumeration district 2, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 19A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > District 0002" image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240372]

Additional detail for reference: Line 24, dwelling 158

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and location (Barton Township, County: Gison, State: Indiana).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

James was a "carder and fuller." Carding is the process of disentangling and aligning wool fibers in preparation for subsequent processing. Fulling in an obsolete processing step that cleans and thickens the fibers in the making of wool cloth. [census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37]

James was living with son John in 1880 and 1900. [census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13, census-us-1900-ps-in-gibson-2-8a]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-1900-ps-in-gibson-2-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton Township, enumeration district 2, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 19A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > District 0002" image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240372]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 22,24, dwelling 158

census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, page 37 (form) or 1035 (corner); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Feb 2009) > "Indiana > Gibson > Princeton" image 5; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803260]

Additional detail for reference: Line 21, dwelling 249

census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton, enumeration district 107, page 13 (form/penned) or 217A (stamped); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > 107" image 13; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 279 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 102

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses Jul 1816. Using his age (35) on the official 1850 census date of 1 June 1850 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1814 to 1 June 1815. [census-us-1850-ps-in-gibson-columbia-130a]

Birth Date: This database uses Jul 1816. Using his age (42) on the official 1860 census date of 1 June 1860 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1817 to 1 June 1818. [census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37]

Birth Date: This database uses Jul 1816. Using his age (64) on the official 1880 census date of 1 June 1880 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1815 to 1 June 1816. [census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13]

Birth Location: This database uses Virginia. The 1860 census indicates he was born in Ohio. [census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37]

FOLLOWUP

Evidence for James' birth date is found only (so far) in four census records, each of which gives a different range of dates with no overlap between them, spanning 2 Jun 1814 to 1 Jun 1818. Because the 1900 U.S. Census lies more-or-less in the center of this span, it is used for the date. [census-us-1850-ps-in-gibson-columbia-130a], census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37, census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13], census-us-1900-ps-in-gibson-2-8a]

James may have died 25 Jan 1901 in Columbia Township, Whitley(?) County, IN.

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1850-ps-in-gibson-columbia-130a: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Columbia Township, page 130A (stamped) or 259 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 2015) > "Indiana > Gibson > Columbia" image 9; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 147 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 55

census-us-1860-ps-in-gibson-princeton-37: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Princeton, page 37 (form) or 1035 (corner); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Feb 2009) > "Indiana > Gibson > Princeton" image 5; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803260]

Additional detail for reference: Line 21, dwelling 249

census-us-1880-ps-in-gibson-107-13: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton, enumeration district 107, page 13 (form/penned) or 217A (stamped); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > 107" image 13; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 279 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 102

census-us-1900-ps-in-gibson-2-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Indiana, Gibson County, Barton Township, enumeration district 2, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 19A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Indiana > Gibson > Barton > District 0002" image 15; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240372]

Additional detail for reference: Line 24, dwelling 158

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