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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 children:

child+3 i. Charles E. FRANCIS.
child4 ii. Mary FRANCIS was born in 1860 in Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County, Michigan/USA.
child+5 iii. William M. FRANCIS.
child6 iv. Anna FRANCIS was born in 1864 in Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County, Michigan/USA.
child7 v. Nane FRANCIS was born in 1869 in Fairgrove Township, Tuscola County, Michigan/USA.
child+8 vi. Jennie FRANCIS.
child+9 vii. Rachel FRANCIS.

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.