The known patriarch of the Francis line (from my mother’s paternal line) 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 14 October 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. Son Henry was only a few feet from his father when he fell. Captain Francis was buried at the site of the battle.
Sixty years later, his son Maj. Henry Francis (my 6th great-grandfather) passed away. Maj. Henry Francis was one of only four Revolutionary War veterans buried in Johnson County, Arkansas.
This Henry’s son, Pearl Francis, was my 5th great-grandfather. Pearl Francis 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 Lunsford Francis (my 4th great-grandfather) traveled west to join his two younger sons at their claim. On 21 June 1850, en route to California, Pearl and Henry succumbed to cholera and were buried together at Ft. Laramie, Wyoming.