Nancy French-b.9-18-1801- Otsego Co. NY
I am looking for help in researching my possible 5great-grandfather Zephaniah French.I have several bits of information that I have gathered. Some do not agree exactly and I am trying to find other information to verify or disclaim what I have.I am especially looking for a definate link between Zephaniah French and my 4great-grandmother, Nancy French.
This is what I know: A researcher from South Dakota sent me a quote from a book she ran across which said Nancy French's parents were Zephanial French & Elizabeth.I can find absolutely no references on a Zephanial French, but have found three separate references that refer to a Zephaniah French who married an "Elizabeth", "Betsy Ames" and an "Elizabeth "Betsey" White".They all have similar birth dates.One reference says Zephaniah French was born 10-19-1769 in Windham Twp. Windham, CT. and died 5-27-1852 at Davis, Iowa.I also found a reference to an obituary published in "The Christian Record" Aug 1852:64(page?).If any one can get hold of a copy of this it might answer my questions.The other information I have says that Elizabeth "Betsey" White was born 9-5-1775 in Windham County, CT, "Betsy" was born 1796 , and Elizabeth was born about 1773.Two references say that Zephaniah & Elizabeth were married in 1805.One says 6-24-1805 in Berkshire COunty MA and one says about 1805, place unknown.The third says Zephaniah married Betsy and was removed to Albany, NY.
Nancy French was born 9-18-1801 (my family records) and the quote from the book says in Otsego Co, NY (2 counties away from Albany).this was before her parents were supposedly married.One source also lists a Franklin Robinson French born to Zephaniah & Elizabeth 7-1-1809 in st. Lawrance, NY.He died 4-11-1880 in Davis, Iowa.
Any help in figuring out this puzzle would be greatly appreciated.