and Henry France, who were sons of David Frantz (1774-1811) and his
wife Maria Nichols (also: Nicholas), were early landowners and residents
of Oswego County, New York. Their paternal grandfather, Sebastian Frantz,
immigrated to New York State from Württemberg, Germany in 1753. During
the American Revolution, Sebastian served on the Committee of Safety of
the 3rd Regiment of the Albany County Militia. He eventually settled
in Schoharie County.
Garret France was born about November 16, 1796 in Sharon, Schoharie County,
New York. On April 10, 1827, Garret and his wife, Alice (born about 1795),
who were then living in Williamstown, Oswego County, deeded 100 acres of
Scriba Patent Lot No.98 to Garret Nicholas for $100. On November 16, 1829,
they were living in Annsville, Oneida County, when they deeded 50 acres
of the above land to Peter McCollum of Williamstown for $190. The following
year they conveyed two more parcels in Oswego County. On April 5, 1847,
Alice deeded land for $300 in Constantia, Oswego County, to Edwin France.
Garret was presumably deceased by 1860, the year Alice was listed on the
federal census for Oswego Township.
Henry David France was born about 1795 in Sharon, Schoharie County.
By 1843, he moved with his wife and children to Scriba, where he died between
1850 and 1860. His wife Catherine, nee Meyer ( born in Sharon about 1795),
who survived him, also died there. After their marriage on April 20, 1818,
they had lived in Cherry Valley in Otsego County, and Frankfort in Herkimer
In addition to at least one daughter (Mary), Henry David France had at
least six sons who were initially employed as coopers.
1. Nelson France, who
died about 1895, was born December 8, 1818 in Sharon. On October 13, 1862,
while living in Scriba, he and his wife, Alvira, deeded land in Volney
to his mother. He had at least five children, one of whom, Wilson Francis
France, who worked as a cooper on a canal lock tender, served in the 184th
New York Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. Nelson died in 1910 in Oswego
where he had been a meat dealer on East 10th Street. He is buried with
his wife, Julie Ettie Himes (1843-1915) in Peck Cemetery.
2. Garret France was born in
September 1821 in Sharon. In 1850 he was living next door to his brother
Nelson in Scriba. Garret and his wife, Mary Jane had a daughter, Mary Jane,
who married Jacob Angress. By 1900, he was living in Sullivan in Madison
County, New York. He died on May 3, 1902 in the Village of Solway, Onondaga
County, New York where he was living with his daughter and her husband.
Garret was laid to rest in Chittenango, Madison County, New York.
3. Lawrence France was
born about 1823 in Cherry Valley and died about 1906. By 1860 he moved
from Scriba to Volney. He later lived with his wife, Sulema (Zulema?),
in Hannibal, Oswego County, before moving back to Scriba. Lawrence had
at least ten children, one of whom, Lewellyn, was a canal boatman.
4. Martin France was
born about 1824 in Cherry Valley and died on May 23, 1893 in Scriba. His
first wife, Margaret Dona (born about 1830 in Decatur, Otsego County, New
York), died in 1895 in Scriba. His second wife, Jane (born about 1845 in
Ireland), died in Scriba on February 27, 1895. He was laid to rest at Worden
Cemetery. He also served in the 184th New York Infantry Regiment in the
5. Henry France
was born either in Frankfort or Cherry Valley, New York in 1830. He died
on May 3, 1895 in Oswego where he lived at 117 East Mohawk. He is buried
in Whitmore Cemetery. His first wife, Lois Lovina Folts, with whom he lived
in Scriba, was a great-great-granddaughter of Melchior Voltz who immigrated
in 1710 to New York State from Isenburg in the Palatinate. She probably
died giving birth to their daughter, Ida May, in 1864. Henry had two, possibly
three wives, and five children. After working as a cooper, he became a
traveling medicine man, and later achieved prominence as a psychic whose
seances attracted people from far and wide who, as his obituary states,
were "curiously inclined." His children by Lois Lovina Folts were Harvey
and Ida May France. Ida May married Charles Fawdrey, alias Charles Ward,
with whom she had five sons, three of whom were born in Canada and two
of whom were born in Cleveland, Ohio. Harvey moved to California where
he died. He had two sons and a daughter.
6. Wellington France,
who also lived in Scriba, was born about 1833 either in Frankfort or Cherry
Valley. He also served in the 184th New York Infantry Regiment in the Civil
War. He married Susan Emeline Borden who was born about 1838 in Oswego
County. Wellington had at least five sons and one daughter.