Biography of Benjamin French
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French, Benjamin, of Eddytown, this county, is a farmer, residing on the farm of his great grandfather, David, who was born in New Jersey, February 6, 1747. His wife, Sarah Wilcox, of New Jersey, was born October 8, 1755. David French settled on this farm about 4794. Benjamin, son of David, was born November 7, 1776, and received title of his farm June 8, 1803. He married Mary Conklin. He died on his farm November 7,1808, and his wife February 9, 1811. They had two sons, David, who died in infancy, and Levi, born January 17, 1805. The latter married, in this county, December 17, 1826, Elizabeth Schenck. He died November 26, 1868, and his wife March 5, 1879. Levi French was the first to set grapes in Yates County, on his farm on the west bank of Seneca Lake. He was noted for his interest in fruit growing. Benjamin French, son of Levi, was born January 22, 1830, and married at Framingham, Mass., August 6, 186o, Catherine H. Gallagher. They have three children, Eliza H., Hattie B., wife of M. Wixson, of Washington, D. C., and Grace. Mr. French has been trustee of Starkey Seminary for the past twenty years. The family are members of the Presbyterian Church of Dundee.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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