Wilmerth Leslie French

29 November 1858–15 July 1939 (Age 80)
Plainfield Township, Kent, Michigan, United States

The Life of Wilmerth Leslie

When Wilmerth Leslie French was born on 29 November 1858, in Plainfield Township, Kent, Michigan, United States, his father, Willliam French, was 31 and his mother, Francis P. Leach, was 21. He married Musa Maxted on 27 November 1892, in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States. He died on 15 July 1939, in Leoni, Jackson, Michigan, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States.

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Wilmerth Leslie French
Musa Maxted
Marriage: 27 November 1892

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27 November 1892
Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 21

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 23

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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)

  • Wilmoth L French in household of William French, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Wilmerth Leslie French in Find a Grave
  • Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 for Wilmerth Leslie French

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