|John Francis was born on the 12th April in 1839 in Nuffield,
Oxfordshire. His parents were William Francis and
Hannah Hyde (a widow, formerly Willis) on the 21st January 1865.
On the 4th February 1879 they had a son called Edwin Francis in Ipsden.
In 1881, he was 41
and living at 1 Newland Lane, Ipsden,
Oxford, with his wife and children John, Sarah, William, and
Like his father, John was a blacksmith, and employed 2 men.
His widowed father William lived in nearby Nuffield at the Gangsdown
Hill and Grocery Shop. His father was also a blacksmith and iron founder,
but employed a larger total of 7 men. Living with William was three of John's
John died on 15th December 1916, aged 77 years. He is buried with his wife
Hannah in St. John's churchyard at Stoke Row.