Jacob French was born circa 1555 in Assington, Suffolk, England to Thomas French (1525-1599) and Margaret Alice Nicholas (1534-1567) and died 11 November 1615 Assington, Suffolk, England of unspecified causes. He married Susan Warren (1555-1613) 27 September 1579 JL in Burys St. Mary, Essex, England.

Research Notes

Jacob French b. ca. 1553 but not in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, as those records have been checked. Jacob m. Susann Warren [1] 27 Sep 1578 at Bures St. Mary in Suffolk Co., which is right on the border along the Stour River which runs between Suffolk and Essex Counties. Assington is adjacent to Bures in the north. Jacob moved to Assington ca. 1585/86 or transferred church affiliation there [4]. At this time, Bury St. Mary was part of Assington, owned mostly by the Gurdon family [12]. Thomas Sr. occupied a farm located in Assington called Garlands. See Ref. [31]. It was owned by John Gurdon.

Jacob d. 11 Nov 1615 in Assington [26]. No probate records for Jacob have been found in the indexes for the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Archdeaconry Courts of Sudbury, of Essex, or the Consistory Court of Norwich. Only 20 years after Jacob’s death, almost all of his family immigrated to New England.

It is thought that the French family records of birth, marriage & death records are part of the history of The St Edmund King and Martyr Church of Assington, Suffolk, England.


Offspring of Jacob French and Susan Warren (1555-1613)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Anne French (1579-1630)
William French (1580-1625)
Mary Elizabeth French (1580-1648)
Thomas French (1584-1639) 11 October 1584 Essex, England 1639 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Susanna Riddlesdale (1584-1658)



See Also

  • Jacob French -
  • Jacob French
  • French in Suffolk, England

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