34. Ann "Nancy" PERKINS was born on 25 February 1782 in Goochland County, Virginia.1,27 She was baptized on 21 July 1782 in St. James Northam Parish, Goochland County, Virginia.27 She died on 2 July 1853 at the age of 71 in Fulton County, Kentucky.
Kentucky Death Index. Fulton Co, KY, 1853
Ann French, age 72, female, single, lived on the Miss. River. Place of birth - Goodwin Co KY (not)
No parents given. Died on the Miss. River, 2 Jul 1853.
A Brief History of the French Family
Mason French was born in Goochland County, Virginia in October of 1781. His wife, Ann Perkins, was born in the same county on 25 January1782. The couple married there on 3 September 1804. Their children were Hugh, John, Daniel, David, Lucy and Sally.
Mason was dead by 1827, when his Will was probated in Goochland County. Shortly after his death, between the time of the 1830 Goochland County census and 1832, when his son purchased land in the Mississippi River flood plain just south of the city of Hickman, Kentucky, his widow Ann French and her children, Hugh, Daniel, David and Lucy, migrated from Virginia. While it is unknown by what mode the family migrated, many early east coast families floated westward on flatboats, down the Ohio River, and inasmuch as the French family settled directly on the bank of the Mississippi River, it is considered likely that this is how they arrived in the Hickman area. Still today, one will find the names “French’s Landing and “French Point” on modern maps of the riverfront area below Hickman.
By 1850 Hugh had become prosperous; he had been elected Justice of the Peace in the newly formed Fulton County; he owned a woodyard that supplied fuel to passing steamboats, and owned 6800 acres of surrounding farmland in the floodplain, south of Hickman. He had purchased various sections and quarter sections, some from Thomas Helm, “the Binford Place” from Caldwell & Hanna, and the area known as the “Merriweather Place”.
The siblings Hugh, Daniel and Lucy French all died in the early months of 1850, and the one last remaining sibling of the Hickman group, David, died the following year. Their mother, Ann French, died shortly thereafter, on 2 July 1853, at age 72, in her residence on the Mississippi River. In addition, at least another five died in the same general area, about the same time. It seems highly probable that most all, except Ann, died from the yellow fever that raged up and down the Mississippi River for almost one hundred years.
The French family, and probably others, were almost surely buried in the now abandoned and desecrated cemetery, that was located on a small wooded ridge, adjacent to the Mississippi River, on the old Hugh French property Clues that might leads to discovery of the location of the stones is as follows. The cemetery is said to be located on the Darnell Place, that was purchased by the Mabry family in the 1930’s. Supposedly, the graveyard is mentioned in one of the deeds to the land on which it is located.
Ann "Nancy" PERKINS and Mason FRENCH were married on 3 September 1804 in Goochland County, Virginia.1 Mason FRENCH died by 1827 in Goochland County, Virginia.