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George William French

Male 1820 - 1911  (90 years)


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  • Name George William French 
    Born 31 Dec 1820  Greenville County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 May 1911  Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1415  Nichols
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2014 

    Father George French,   b. Abt 1790, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860, (?)Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Nancy Elizabeth Corr,   b. Abt 1798,   d. Between 1860 and 1870, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Abt 1818  Anderson County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F724  Group Sheet

    Family Anna Amanda Avery,   b. 1822, Greenville County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1896, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 11 Dec 1846  Chambers County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Lucinda M French,   b. May 1860, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 May 1958  (Age ~ 97 years)
     2. Pinkey G French,   b. 17 Mar 1855, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1912, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Louisia J French,   b. Abt 1869, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1870 and 1880, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     4. John R French,   b. Abt 1863, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. George W French,   b. 10 Dec 1853, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1920, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     6. Amanda Jane French,   b. 01 Mar 1850, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1927, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     7. Nancy E French,   b. 04 Dec 1847, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1911, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     8. Lavonia W French,   b. Abt 1852, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1850
     9. Mary F French,   b. 22 Nov 1857, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1938, Randolph County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F465  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • "Little Grandpa" was the name aquired by George William French because of his small stature. He was less than 40 years old when he arrived in Randolph Co., Alabama. It is said tha G.W. migrated to Alabama by way of Georgia where he worked on the first railroad that came to Atlanta. He brought his wife, Anna Amanda Avery and 7 children with him to Alabama along with his younger brother Pinkey G French who was a member of the household in 1860. The years between 1860 and 1870 was a busy time in the French household. The tale has been told that "Little Grandpa" hid out in a cave or hollow log during the Civil War, and wore a woman's dress in the fields when he worked. Two more children were born during these years, John R and Louisia J. Wedding bells were also ringing. By 1870 the 3 oldest children were not living at home according to the census records. On March 1, 1875 G.W French is on a list of owners of property that was to be sold at public auction to the highest bidder at the courthouse in Wedowee. In 1892 he was elected to the County Commisioner Board and was re-elected in 1894. During this time it wasa said: "George W French lives 2 miles north of Wedowee; a Medodist, Populist and farmer. George has a long head; generally digs deep and builds a good foundation, but sometimes the roof leaks and the inmates complain. Robinson, the contractor for the Iron Bridge on the Little Tallapoosa River, said to the writer: 'Commisioner French got closer after me than anyone I have ever contracted with'; and he said 'I have a varied experiance in the bussiness.' A great grand son remembers G.W died on May 17, 1911 and his wife Anna died on December 18, 1919. Both are buried in Union Cemetery in Randolph County.

  • Sources 
    1. [S338] Chambers County, Alabama Marriage Book, Book #3; Pg 368.


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