Born: 1796 Connecticut
Flourished: Peoria County, Illinois
French and his family settled in Peoria County, Illinois, in 1825, becoming one of the first settlers in Princeville Township. He was a farmer and he also served as Postmaster, County Supervisor, Justice of the Peace, and Election Judge over the years.
U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Peoria County, IL, 3; History of Peoria County Illinois (Chicago: Johnson, 1880), 307-09, 312, 606, 610-11.