Francis Census

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Here are all the census entries we have found relating to the Francis family. These are transcribed as is (no extra information added) apart from dittos ("Do Do") being expanded to the name above (although sometimes they erroneously ditto!)

The dates of the census were:

  • 1841 was the night of 6 June 1841.
  • 1851 was the night of 30 March 1851.
  • 1861 was the night of 7 April 1861.
  • 1871 was the night of 2 April 1871.
  • 1881 was the night of 3 April 1881 .
  • 1891 was the night of 5 April 1891.
  • 1901 was the night of 31 March 1901.
  • 1911 was the night of 2 April 1911.



1841 - Gangsdown, Nuffield - William Francis & Sarah

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.

1841 - Gangsdown, Nuffield, Oxfordshire.
Name Age Profession Birth Place
William Francis 26 Smith J. Oxfordshire
Sarah Francis 26 Oxfordshire
Henry Francis 3 Oxfordshire
John Francis 2 Oxfordshire
William Francis 5 months Oxfordshire

And next door but one:

1841 - Gangsdown, Nuffield, Oxfordshire.
Name Age Profession Birth Place
John Francis 54 Smith Oxfordshire
Jane Francis 56 Oxfordshire
Martha Francis 88 Outside Oxfordshire

Also nearby (on the same page) are some members of the Willis family: Ralph Willis (70), William (25), Charlotte(20) and Jane (1).



1851 - Gangsdown Hill, Nuffield, Oxfordshire

Here we find John Francis still living with his parents William Francis and Sarah at Nuffield Common, and along with his grandmother Jane.

Next door but one in the census entries is Ambro's Farm.

Between them was John Lewis, and his wife Lucy Lewis, who was originally Lucy Randal, remarried after George Randall had died. So potentially Sarah's mother.


1851 - Gangsdown Hill, Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
William Francis Head M 36 Smith employing 1 man? Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Sarah Francis Wife M 35 Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Henry Francis Son 13 Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
John Francis Son 11 Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
William Francis Son 9 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
James Francis Son 8 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Emma Francis Daughter 5 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
George Francis Son 3 Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Thomas Francis Son 3 months Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Jane Francis Mother Widow 71 Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England


1861 - Nuffield, Oxfordshire

Here we find John Francis living with his parents William Francis and Sarah at Nuffield Common.

The properties either side of this one in the census were Huntercombe Farm, and Gangsdown Hill.


1861 - Nuffield Common, Oxfordshire, England
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
William Francis Head M 46 Master Blacksmith employing 4 men and 1 boy Nuffield, Oxford, England
Sarah Francis Wife M 45 Blacksmith's Wife Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
John Francis Son Unmarried 21 Blacksmith Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
William Francis Son Unmarried 20 Tinman and Braizier? Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
James Francis Son Unmarried 18 Blacksmith Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Emma Francis Daughter Unmarried 15 Servant Domestic Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
George F. Francis Son 14 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Thomas Francis Son 10 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Charles Francis Son 8 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Charlotte Francis Daughter 6 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Edwin Francis Son 4 Son Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Joseph Francis Son 1 Son Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England



1871 - Nuffield, Oxfordshire

Here we find William Francis and Sarah Francis still at Nuffield Common.

The properties either side of this one in the census were the Crown Inn and Hunterscombe Farm.


1871 - Nuffield Common, Oxfordshire, England
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
William Francis Head M 56 Master Blacksmith (employing 5 men and 1 boy) Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Sarah Francis Wife M 55 Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Thomas Francis Son Unmarried 20 Tinman & Brazier Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Charles Francis Son Unmarried 18 Iron Moulder Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Charlotte Francis Daughter Unmarried 16 General Domestic Servant Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Edwin Francis Son Unmarried 14 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Joseph Francis Son Unmarried 11 Scholar Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England


1871 - Stoke Row, Oxfordshire

On the night of 2 April 1871 John and Hannah Francis are living at Stoke Row.

1871 - Stoke Row, Oxfordshire, England
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
John Francis Head M 30 Blacksmith employing 2 hands Nuffield, Oxford, England
Hannah Francis Wife M 32 - Newbury, Hertfordshire, England
Katherine A. Willis Wife's Daughter - 10 Scholar Nettlebed, Oxford, England
William Francis Son - 5 Scholar Stoke Row, Oxford, England
Sarah Francis Daughter - 3 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England

This house is likely to be today the one known as Cherry Tree Cottage in Newlands Lane, which was originally the local Forge.


1871 - Stoke Row, Oxfordshire

1871 - Village School House, Stoke Road, Oxfordshire, England
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
Frederick Francis Head M 24 Blacksmith Nuffield, Oxford, England
Kate Francis Wife M 25 School Mistress Parish School Newbury, Hertfordshire, England
Frederick Francis Son - 11 months - Stoke Row, Oxford, England
Ann Stannard Mother in Law W 63 Assistant Tostock, Suffolk, England


1881 - Ipsden - John Francis

1881 - 1 Newland Lane, Ipsden, Oxford, England (PRO Ref RG11, Piece 1490, Folio 60, Page 5)
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
John Francis Head M 41 Blacksmith employing 2 men Nuffield, Oxford, England
Hannah Francis Wife M 42 - Newbury, Berkshire, England
William Francis Son - 15 Scholar Ipsden, Oxford, England
Sarah Francis Daughter - 13 Scholar Ipsden, Oxford, England
John Francis Son - 9 Scholar Ipsden, Oxford, England
Edwin Francis Son - 2 - Ipsden, Oxford, England


1881 - Nuffield - William Francis

1881 - Gangsdown Hill & Grocery Shop, Nuffield, Oxford, England  (PRO Ref RG11, Piece 1490, Folio 73, Page 7)
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
William Francis Head W 66 Blacksmith & Iron Founder employing 7 men Nuffield, Oxford, England
Charlotte Francis Daughter U 26 - Nuffield, Oxford, England
Edwin Francis Son U 24 Moulder Nuffield, Oxford, England
Joseph Francis Son U 21 Blacksmith & Moulder Nuffield, Oxford, England
Charlotte Elizabeth Meade Granddaughter - 6 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England

The above entry appears next to The Crown Public House

1881 - Foundery Cottage, Nuffield

1881 - Foundery Cottage No 2, Nuffield, Oxford, England  (PRO Ref RG11, Piece 1490, Folio 73, Page 8)
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
James Francis Head M 38 Blacksmith Nuffield, Oxford, England
Martha Francis Wife M 42 - Hambledon, Buckingham, England
Eliza Francis Daughter - 13 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England
Edith Francis Daughter - 12 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England
Thomas Lionel Francis Son - 10 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England
James Francis Son - 8 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England
Walter Wallace Francis Son - 6 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England
Charlotte Francis Daughter - 4 - Nuffield, Oxford, England
Earnest Joseph Francis Son - 2 - Nuffield, Oxford, England

1881 - Gangsdown, Nuffield

1881 - Gangsdown Hill & Grocery Shop, Nuffield, Oxford, England  (PRO Ref RG11, Piece 1490, Folio 70, Page 2)
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
Henry Francis Head M 43 Moulder Nuffield, Oxford, England
Maria Coleman Francis Wife M 29 Certified School Mistress Leicester, England
William Henry Francis Son U 9 Scholar Nuffield, Oxford, England

1891 - Stoke Row - John Francis

Ipsden is about 7 miles north-west of Reading. Nuffield is about 2 miles north-east of Ipsden. Stoke Row is about 2 miles east-south-east of Ipsden.

1891 - Common, Ipsden, Stoke Row, Oxford, England
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
John Francis Head M 51 Blacksmith Nuffield, Oxford, England
Hannah Francis Wife M 53 - Newbury, Berkshire, England
Edwin Francis Son 12 Scholar Ipsden, Oxfordshire, England

1901 - Ipsden - John Francis

Ipsden is about 7 miles north-west of Reading. Nuffield is about 2 miles north-east of Ipsden. Stoke Row is about 2 miles east-south-east of Ipsden.

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1901 - The Grove, Ipsden, Stoke Row, Oxford, England
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
John Francis Head M 61 Blacksmith (employer, at home) Nuffield, Oxford, England
Hannah Francis Wife M 62 - Thatcham, Berkshire, England
Edwin Francis Son Single 22 Butcher (own account) Stoke Row, Oxfordshire, England


Where is the rest of John's children? Well they've all become butchers in Reading, and look, they're living next to Edwin's future wife... Bizarrely the siblings don't appear to have a head of household listed, presumably their father owned the house, but lived in Ipsden.

1901 - Reading - William, Sarah, John Francis jnr.

1901 - 65 Watlington Street, Reading, England (PRO Ref RG13 Pc-1150 Fo-6 Pg-4)
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
William Francis Son S 35 Butcher Oxfordshire, England
Sarah Francis Daughter S 33 Butcher Oxfordshire, England
John Francis Son S 29 Butcher Oxfordshire, England


1901 - 63 Watlington Street, Reading, England (PRO Ref RG13 Pc-1150 Fo-6 Pg-4)
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
William Butcher Head M 55 Greengrocer Ashford, Kent, England
Elizabeth M. Butcher Wife M 56 - Brixton, Surrey, England
Emily M. Butcher Daughter S 23 Dressmaker Ashford, Kent, England
Priscilla J? Butcher Daughter S 19 Dressmaker Sothingbourne?, Kent, England


1911 - Watlington Street - Edwin Francis

On the night of the 2nd April 1911 Edwin Francis is living at 65 Watlington Street, Reading (the shop).


1911 - 65 Watlington Street, Reading
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
Edwin Francis Head M 32 Butcher (Own Account) Stoke Row, Oxfordshire, England
Emily Francis Wife M 33 - Ashford, Kent, England
Edwin Francis Son - 2 months - Reading, Berkshire, England

The census says that Emily has been married 4 years and has one child.


1911 - 63 Watlington Street - John Francis

In 1911 John Francis is living next door to Edwin at 63 Watlington Street, Reading (the shop). In the previous 1901 census his son William Francis is occupying 65 Watlington Street (next door), and here 63 Watlington Street was occupied by the Butcher family (his now daughter-in-law).


1911 - 63 Watlington Street, Reading
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
William Francis Son S 45 Butcher (Employer) Stoke Row, Oxfordshire, England
John Francis Head W 71 Assisting in business (butcher) Nuffield, Oxfordshire, England
Sarah Francis Daughter S 43 Housekeeper Stoke Row, Oxfordshire, England