William Francis

From Francis Family Website
Jump to: navigation, search
Born: Died: Married: Sarah Randell Mother: Jane Ashby Father: John Francis Descendant: John Francis
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

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 30 March 1851 William is still living with his family at Gangsdown Hill, Nuffield, including his wife Sarah 7 children, and her mother-in-law Jane who is now a 71 and a widow.

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.

On the night of 2 April 1871 William was still living with his wife Sarah at Nuffield Common, next to the Crown Inn.

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:

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.