Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Samuel Johnson French

The Rev. Samuel J. French was born in Licking County, Ohio, on 7 April 1847, the son of William Clark and Mary Cornelia (Johnson) French. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1867 and later Racine College. He was ordained a deacon by Bishop McIlvaine of Ohio in 1868 and a priest in 1871 by Bishop Randall. He married Ednah Augusta Hall on 28 October 1872 in Providence, Rhode Island. He began his ministry as an assistant at St. James Church, Chicago, and then went to Trinity, Michigan City, Indiana, where he served as rector from 1875 to 1879. By 1880, he had settled in Portage, Michigan. He served other parishes, including in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Lexington, Kentucky, and the Chapel of St. Gabriel in Peekskill, New York. He moved to Easton, Georgia, in 1903, and in 1911 became vicar of St. Jude's Church in Brunswick, Georgia. He died in Milledgeville, Goegia, on 31 August 1938 and was buried in Christ Church Cemetery, St. Simon's Island, Georgia.


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