The known patriarch of the Francis line (one of my mother’s father’s lines) was a man by the name of Capt. Henry Francis, my 7th great-grandfather.
Capt. Henry Francis served and died in the American Revolution. On October 14, 1780, the four militia companies of Montgomery County, Virginia, together with the North Carolina militia, met and defeated the Tories at the Battle of Shallow Ford, Yadkin County, North Carolina. Three Francis kin fought in this skirmish: Captain Henry Francis and his sons, Henry and John. During the battle, Captain Henry Francis was shot in the head and died. (He was the only Patriot who perished in this battle.) Henry Jr. was only a few feet from his father when he fell. Captain Francis was buried at the site of the battle.
Sixty years later, my 6th great-grandfather, Major Henry Francis, Jr., passed away. He is one of only four Revolutionary War veterans buried in Johnson County, Arkansas.
His son, Pearl, was my 5th great-grandfather. Pearl was a farmer in Cole County, Missouri who, along with four of his sons, caught the “gold fever” that swept the country circa 1849. Two of Pearl’s sons, William Jackson and Granville, headed to California soon after the first strike. In 1850, Pearl (along with his two eldest sons Henry and Lumsford– my 4th great-grandfather) traveled west to join his two younger sons at their claim. On June 21, 1850, en route to California, Pearl and Henry succumbed to cholera and were buried together at Ft. Laramie, Wyoming.
Capt. Henry Francis (1734 – 1780)
Maj. Henry Francis (1755 – 1840), son of Henry
Pearl Francis (1799 – 1850), son of Henry
Lumsford Francis (1820 – 1867), son of Pearl
Harriet Francis (1842 – 1931), daughter of Lumsford
Elizabeth “Bettie” Jane Campbell (1867 – 1954), daughter of Harriet
Osa Irene Stark (1900 – 1975), daughter of Elizabeth “Bettie” Jane
Cletis Leroy Watts (1924 – 1963), son of Osa Irene and my grandfather