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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician


    William French

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    • 7th Great-grandfather of John Forbes Nash, Jr. — 10th Generation
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • 622 
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    • Birth Date:
    • ABT 1604 
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    • Death Date:
    • 20 Nov 1681 
    • Death Location:
    • Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts 
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    • Marriage Date:
    • 6 May 1669 
    • Marriage Location:
    • Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts 
    • Notes: 
    • This William is not the William French baptized at Halstead, Essex, England. (See NEHGR 65:284-86)

      There is some speculation that the father of William French was also named William French, son of Jacob and Susan (Warren) French. Evidence is needed to confirm or reject this claim. It is interesting that William named one of his sons Jacob.

  • Additional marriages for William French


    • Spouse:
    • Elizabeth - - - - - -
    • Marriage Date:
    • BEF 1625

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  • Sources for William French

    • 6 Bond, Henry, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts . . ., 2nd ed., Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic-Genealogical Society (1860), 367.
    • 7 Coburn, Frederick William, History of Lowell and Its People, Volume 2, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co. (1920), Part 2, Page 103.
    • 8 Crosby, Eleanor Davis, Simon Crosby the Emigrant: His English Ancestry, and Some of His American Descendants, Boston: Press of Geo. H. Ellis Co. (1914), 66, 92.
    • 9 Hanna, Doreen Potter and Louise Potter, comp., A Potter-Richardson Memorial: The Ancestral Lines of William W. Potter of Michigan, and his wife . . ., (1957), 250-251.
    • 10 Orcutt, Samuel and Ambrose Beardsley, The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880 with Biographies and Genealogies, Springfield, Massachusetts: Press of Springfield Printing Company (1880), 720.

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