Name: John Fredrick FRENCH
Birth: 31 MAR 1843 in London, England
Death: 22 JUL 1920 in Brandsville, Howell co, MO
Burial: 23 JUL 1920 Jolliff Cemetery, Oregon Co, MO
Change Date: 10 JUN 2014
from Oregon County (MO) History:
?John left home at the age of 12 and stowed away on a ship from Liverpool. Once discovered at sea, he was allowed to work on the ship. ... He remained a seaman for a number of years.
During the Civil War he enlisted in the Navy for the Union. At the battle of Mobile Bay, John was on the flagship USS Hartford under the command of Admiral David Farragut. John often told of the famous command given by Farragut who, after being told the bay was full of torpedoes, replied, ?Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.? ?
Naturalized citizen, 1857.
Married Synthia Elizabeth Pace about 1868.
Was a farmer in Oregon County, MO.
James is listed on all census records except 1870 as born in IL in Feb 1870. By July 1870 the family was in Howell Co, Mo.
1870 MO census - Howell co, PO West Plains, p 7 (July 30)
French, John - 40, b Eng
. . . . Elizabeth - 21, b MO
. . . . James - 1, b MO
Pase, Sarah - 16 (servant) - b MO
Depriest, Harriett - 5, b MO
The earliest burials at Jolliff Cemetery, near Rover, Oregon County, Missouri, were 2 children of John F. & Cynthia French: William Edward in Sept 1874 & Amanda E. in Aug 1878. The family must have gone to Arkansas for a short stay after William?s death because their son Charles was supposedly born in Oct. 1874 in Arkansas.
1880 MO Census - Oregon Co., Highland, p324, #20
Finch, John - 38 Eng, Farmer (par b Eng)
. . . . . Elizabeth (wife) - 25 TN (par b TN)
. . . . . James (son) - 11 IL
. . . . . Charles (son) - 9 AR
. . . . . Mary (daug) - 2 MO
. . . . . Rossetta (daug) - 4/12 MO
1900 MO census 0 Oregon Co, Highland twp, p 8 (June):
French, John F. (head) - 58, b May 1842 Eng, m 32 yrs, par b Eng.
. . . . Syntha E. (wife) - 50, b July 1849, 9 ch/6 liv, b TN, par b TN
. . . . Lenard S. (son) - 15, b July 1884 MO
[His sons James and Charles & daug Bell Baty were living near him. I don't know where son John Jr. was.]
1910 MO census - Oregon Co, Highland twp, p 68 (April):
French, John F. (head) - 68, m1st 43 yrs, b Eng, par b Eng
. . . . Cintha (wife) - 62, m 43 yrs, 9 ch/6 live, b TN, par b TN
[next door is son James]
Obit in the Oregon County Times, Koshkonong, Mo (don't have date in 1920):
"On last Thursday night Uncle John French, as he was called by most everyone, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Howard Bales at Brandsville. Mr. French was born in England and when a boy came to this country as a sailor and for a number of years remained a seaman.
During the Civil War he enlisted in the Navy on the side of the Union and in the memorable battle of Mobile Bay was on the Flagship Hartford and often told of the famous command of the commander at that time, when he was told that the bay was full of torpedoes, and replied, "Dam the torpedoes; full steam ahead." The old Hartford is at present a training ship in the navy.
Mr. French was buried Friday in the Jolliff cemetery near Rover."
Find A Grave Memorial# 15486101
Synthia Elizabeth PACE b: 11 JUL 1849 in Tennessee
in prob IL
- William Edward FRENCH b: 17 OCT 1869 in Oregon Co, Mo
- James FRENCH b: 7 FEB 1870 in Illinois
- Amanda E. FRENCH b: 28 JAN 1871 in Oregon Co, Mo
- Charles H. "Charlie" FRENCH b: OCT 1874 in Arkansas
- Mary M. FRENCH b: JAN 1879
- Rosetta ?Rosy? FRENCH b: 18 MAY 1879 in Oregon Co, MO
- Lydia Bell FRENCH b: 28 NOV 1881 in Chaffee, MO
- Leonard S. FRENCH b: JUL 1884 in Missouri
- John F. FRENCH b: 20 NOV 1884