2. John FRANCIS was
born on 26 Feb 1829 in Ireland, U.K.. The 1870 Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County
census listed John as 41 years old which would put his birth year as 1829.
The 1880 Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County census listed his Mother-in-law living
with the family as Harriet Davis at 71 years old and both her and her parents
as being born in Massachusetts.
The 1900 Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County census lists his birth date as Jan
1830, with him and his father born in Ireland and his Mother born in Scotland.
He died on 26 Apr 1909 in Fairgrove, Tuscola County, Michigan.
(1) The 1900 Tuscola County, Fairgrove Township census listed John
as immigrating to this country in 1852 from Ireland. The 1860 and 1870 Tuscola
County, Fairgrove census lists a John Francis. His son Charles was married in
1878 in Akron, Michigan just four miles from Fairgrove.
The Demorest Cemetery has a headstone inscribed with a Harriet A. Fonda wife
of John Francis, died 31 March 1855 at 21 years old. Did John bring a first
wife from Ireland that died before his children were born or did he meet and
marry her in New York. There is no Surname, Fonda, listed in the British Isles
in the IGI.
According to the Tuscola County death records John was a broom maker and a widower
at the time of his death. His third wife, Mary Kettalian, died in 1896, but
his second wife, Harriett Davis, didn't die until 1913!.
He was married to
Harriet DAVIS (daughter of * David DAVIS and
* Harriet WILDER) on 9 Aug 1856 in Fairgrove, Tuscola County, Michigan.
(2) John and Harriett must have divorced as
she didn't die until 1913 and John married Mary in 1888.
Harriet DAVIS(3) was born on 5
Aug 1843 in New York. She died on 16 Jan 1913 in Akron, Michigan. She was buried
in Perkins Cemetery, Akron, Michigan. She is buried next to her daughter but
not her husband. John was buried North of Akron in Demorest Cemetery next to
his first and third wives. John FRANCIS and Harriet DAVIS had the following
Charles E. FRANCIS.
Mary FRANCIS was born in 1860 in Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County, Michigan/USA.
William M. FRANCIS.
Anna FRANCIS was born in 1864 in Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County, Michigan/USA.
Nane FRANCIS was born in 1869 in Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County, Michigan/USA.
He was married to Harriet
A. FONDA before 1852. Harriet A. FONDA was born in
1834. She died on 31 Mar 1855 in Akron, Michigan.
(4) The IGI database shows a Harriet Fonda born in 1835 in Saratoga
Springs, Sara County, New York with father Horace Fonda born 1810 at Wilton,
New York and mother Esther M. born 1824 at RenssLaer County, New York. Both
parents died in New York.
He was married to Mary KETTALIAN (daughter of
R.W. MCFARLANE) on 1 Nov 1888 in Akron. The Tuscola County marriage record
lists John as having been married twice before. Mary
KETTALIAN was born on 28 Jun 1824 in Ohio. She died on 28 Mar 1896. She
was buried in Demorest Cemetery, Akron, Michigan.