Biography of James French
Hancock County, OH Biographies

JAMES FRENCH, fanner and stock raiser, P. 0. Leipsic, Putnam County, was born in Rockbridge County, Va., December 20, 1816, and is the eldest child of Robert and Phebe (Grisby) French, natives of Virginia, and of French and English descent respectively, the former a plasterer and brick mason by trade. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, acquired a common school education, in Licking County, Ohio, and, in 1836, started out for himself, working by the month, and also leaning the carpenter's trade. He resided in Putnam County most of the time since, and has lived in Hancock County for the last eleven years. In 1846 he married Catherine (a lady of English descent), daughter of Elisha Stout, an early settler of Putnam County. Our subject and wife are parents of six children: Elisha, Sarah E., Margaret, William, Mary (wife of Asa R. Higbotham, of Ottawa, Ohio) and James. Mr. and Mrs. French are members of the Disciples Church, in which church he is a deacon. Our subject is the owner of two farms comprising seventy eight and eighty acres respect ively. In politics he is a Democrat; has served as trustee of Blanchard Township, Putnam County.

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