|Born:||Died:||Married: Sarah Randell||Mother: Jane Ashby||Father: John Francis||Descendant: John Francis|
William was born in 1814.
He was baptised on the 25th December 1814, his parents were given as John Francis (blacksmith) and Jane Francis (nee Ashby). His parents baptised him four days after burying his sister Harriet on the 21st December 1814.
According to the 1851 census William's mother was called Jane (71) and was also born in Nuffield.
William Francis married Sarah Randall on the 3rd July 1836 in Reading, Berkshire.
William Francis had the following children with Sarah Randell
|Name||Date of Birth||Baptised||Died||Notes|
|Henry||19th Dec 1837||28th January 1838||7th March 1914||m. Maria Coleman (b.16/11/1851, d.16/11/1907)|
|John||12 Apr 1839||18th May 1839|
|William||20th Dec 1840||24th January 1841|
|James||24th Dec 1842||22nd January 1843||7th Sep 1919||m. Martha (b.1838, d.21/7/1921)|
|Emma||3rd May 1845||15 June 1845|
|George Frederick||23rd Jan 1847||7th March 1847|
|Sarah||29th Oct 1848||25th December 1848||Buried 5th Jan 1851 at age 2 years 2 months||Buried in Nuffield|
|Thomas||26th Dec 1850||9th February 1851|
|Charles||2nd Dec 1852||23rd January 1853|
|Charlotte||9th Mar 1855||27th May 1855||4th April 1915|
|Edwin||15th Feb 1857||26th Apr 1857||26th Apr 1943||m.Louisa (b.1871 d.20/4/1895)|
|Joseph||26th Jul 1859||11th Sep 1859|
|Stephen||22nd Nov 1862||25th Jan 1863||Buried 27 Jan 1864 at 13 months||Buried in Nuffield|
On the night of the 6th June 1841 William Francis is living with his wife Sarah at Gangsdown Hill, Nuffield, Oxfordshire, along with their sons Henry (3), John (2) and William (5 months). Two doors away lives an older John Francis (54), also a blacksmith, and his wife Jane (56) (presumably his parents).
On the night of 7 April 1861 he was living with his wife Sarah and 10 children at Nuffield Common. The properties either side of this one in the census were Huntercombe Farm, and Gangsdown Hill.
By 1881 William was a widower, living at Gangsdown Hill & Grocery Shop, Nuffield. He was 66 and a blacksmith & iron founder, employing 7 men.
William Francis died on the 1st October 1888 at the age of 73, and was buried in Nuffield on the 4th October 1888.
His probate was proved on the 30th November 1888:
FRANCIS William Personal Estate £319 16s. 9d. The Will of William Francis late of Nuffield in the County of OXFORD Blacksmith and Iron-founder who died 1 October 1888 at Nuffield was proved at OXFORD by Henry Francis of Nuffield Ironfounder and John Francis of Stoke Row in the said county Blacksmith the Sons two of the Executors.