A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive methodist Magazine, written by Henry Knowles is attached. The following extract sums up the character of Francis.
“It may further be stated of our much esteemed brother Douglass, that his talents as a preacher were respectable; his mode of preaching, together with the Divine influence that attended his ministrations, rendered him generally acceptable; his manner of address, coupled with his pleasant disposition, gained for him the evidence that he was a welcome guest at those houses at which he was accustomed to make his home, and among the people of his charge. He manifested great anxiety for the salvation of the souls of those to whom he ministered the word of life. As a colleague, he was agreeable, conscientious, upright, and punctual in all his dealings ; as a husband, he was tender and affectionate; as a father, he was indulgent, though like other men, and Christian men too, he had his weaknesses, which tend to show, that the best of men are but men.“
Francis was born 31 January 1821 at Market Weighton, to parents Francis, who worked the land, and Mary.
At the time of the 1841 census, Francis was working as a basket maker.
He married Rachel Vasey (1820-1871) in the summer of 1851 at Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one child.
- George Vasey (abt1853-1870)
Francis died on 23 April 1858 at Pocklington, Yorkshire.
After Francis died, Rachel married Rev. Smith Birch in 1863
- 1844 Driffield
- 1846 Bridlington
- 1847 Driffield
- 1848 Tadcaster
- 1850 Hull West
- 1852 Brigg
- 1854 Scarborough
- 1856 Pocklington
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1858/449
PM Minutes 1858/5
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers