Joseph Porter French

17 May 1833–9 June 1909 (Age 76)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of Joseph Porter

When Joseph Porter French was born on 17 May 1833, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Simon French, was 29 and his mother, Hulda Lyles, was 20. He married Emily Staley on 24 January 1861, in Moultrie, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in East Nelson Township, Moultrie, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Grant Township, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States in 1900. He died on 9 June 1909, in Culbertson, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Culbertson, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States.

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Joseph Porter French
Emily Staley
Marriage: 24 January 1861
George Simon French
Edith Olive French
Joseph A. French
Phebe D. French
Stanley Ahart French
Enoch Alvah French

Spouse and Children

24 January 1861
Moultrie, Illinois, United States


    George Simon French


    Edith Olive French


    Joseph A. French



    Enoch Alvah French


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World Events (8)

1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 2

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 3

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 23

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish:1. ethnic name for someone from France, Middle English frensche, or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who adopted French airs. 2. variant of Anglo-Norman French Frain .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph French, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Joseph French, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joseph French, "United States Census, 1880"

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