Francis was born in the spring of 1838 at Hexham, Northumberland, to parents Francis, a millwright, and Hannah.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Francis.
- 1861 engine builder
- 1871 PM minister
- 1881 bookseller and stationer employing one boy
- 1891 stationer and letter receiver for school board
- 1901 clerk to Benwell School Board
- 1911 retired and pensioned school board clerk
He married Winifred Hanson (1836-1900) in the summer of 1866 in the Wigton Registration District, Cumberland.
He married Barbara Elizabeth Watson (1858-1922) – in late 1902 at Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Francis died in the spring of 1920 at Tynemouth, Northumberland.
- 1862 N Shields
- 1863 Shotley Bridge
- 1864 Alston
- 1865 Maryport
- 1867 Hetton
- 1869 Barnard Castle
- 1872 St Helens Auckland
- 1873 Berwick
- 1876 Stokesley
- 1878 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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