John Francis Senior

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Born: Sep 1784 Died: Nov 1841 Married: 15th June 1811 Mother: Martha Diggins Father: William Francis Descendant: William Francis
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

John Francis was the father of William Francis.

He was born in 1784, and baptised in Nuffield on the 19th September 1784. His parents being William Francis and Martha Francis (nee Diggins).

He was listed in the census and baptism records of his children as a blacksmith.


John married Jane Ashby in the parish of Nuffield, Oxfordshire, on the 15th June 1811. The witnesses were James Ashby and Elizebeth Turner.

The banns for John Francis and Jane Ashby were read in Nuffield (both of this parish) on the 25th of November and 2nd and 9th of December 1810.

John Francis of this Parish and Jane Ashby of this Parish 
were Married in this Church by Banns 
this Fifteenth Day of June in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eleven 
by me John Pearse rector. 
This Marriage was solemnized between Us 
John Francis & Jane Ashby
In the presence of The Mark X of James Ashby & Elizebeth Turner.


  • Harriet Francis (born circa 1811, buried 21st December 1814, Nuffield)
  • William Francis (baptised 25th December 1814, Nuffield)
  • Henry Francis (baptised 13th September 1818, buried 12 Feb 1823)

On the night of the 6th June 1841 John Francis (54), a blacksmith, is living with his wife Jane (56) at Gangsdown Hill, Nuffield, Oxfordshire. Two doors away lives a William Francis (possibly their son) with his wife Sarah, along with their sons Henry (3), John (2) and William (5 months).


John Francis was buried in Nuffield on the 15th November 1841 at the age of 57.

His wife Jane is listed as a widow in the 1851 census.

Other Records

Burial: Harriet Francis, daughter of John and Jane Francis in Nuffield on the 21st December 1814 at age 3. Burial: Henry Francis son of John and Jane Francis in Nuffield on the 12th February 1823 at age 4 years and six months.