Nathaniel Bassett Francis
Nathaniel Bassett Francis was born on May 18, 1756 in New
Kent County, Virginia to Henry Francis and Ann Bassett. It is believed that
Nathaniel served in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War, although
the author can find no records to that fact. On November 11, 1786, Nathaniel
married Eleanah (Leanne) Adcock of Virginia.1 She was the daughter
of Joseph Adcock.
Around the year 1800, the Francis family moved to Hancock
County, Georgia, but ended up in Franklin County, Tennessee by 1818. In 1820, Nathaniel is listed on the
census as having ten members in his household. There is no hard evidence to
tell us what line of work he was involved in, although the 1820 census says
that two members of his household were involved in agriculture.2 His
father, Henry, lived nearby; three members of his household were involved in
agriculture. The research completed by other descendants of Nathaniel Bassett
Francis suggests that there is evidence that Nathaniel was a lawyer and a
member of the Winchester Bar, and that he was the County
Trustee in Franklin for the years 1882-86. These researchers also claim that
they have found evidence that Nathaniel may have ran a newspaper for a short
time, although the author has not found evidence of these claims.
Nathaniel passed away in 1829 in Cowan, Franklin County,
Tennessee. His wife, Eleanah, died the following year.
children of Nathaniel Francis and Eleanah Adcock are:
Bassett Francis, b. 1788 in Lunenberg, Buckingham County, Virginia; d. 1863 in
Piney, Clark County, Arkansas; m. (1) Judith Ragland abt. 1815 in Buckingham
County, Virginia; b. 1790 in Virginia; d. abt. 1831 in Winchester, Franklin
County, Tennessee; m. (2)
Nancy Hawkins March 08, 1846 in Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas; born 1788
Francis, b. 1790 in Lunenberg, Buckingham County, Virginia; d. unknown.
A. Francis, b. April 11, 1792 in Lunenberg, Buckingham County, Virginia; d.
September 03, 1878 in Fulton, Itawamba County, Mississippi; m. Sarah Ragland
May 13, 1815 in Buckingham County, Virginia; b. July 25, 1798 in Buckingham
County, Virginia; d. April 26, 1884 in Fulton, Itawamba County, Mississippi.
Francis, b. 1794 in Lunenberg, Buckingham County, Virginia; d. unknown
Francis, b. 1795 in Lunenberg, Buckingham County, Virginia; d. unknown
Marriages performed by Rev. Rene Chastain in Buckingham County, Virginia in
1786. Records kept by The Virginia State Library. Accessed by Andy Mills.
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William Alvah Francis, b. December 18, 1797 in
Lunenberg, Buckingham County, Virginia; d. April 11, 1848 in Goshen, Franklin
County, Tennessee; m. Mary Magdaline Garrett Abt. 1818 in Buckingham County,
Virginia; b. June 17, 1798 in Virginia; d. May 14, 1878 in Itawamba County,
Byrd Dale Francis, born 1801 in Hancock County,
Georgia; d. between 1861 - 1864 in Bollinger County, Missouri; m. Martha
Nunnally 1821 in Franklin County, Tennessee.
a. Clementine, b. 1822; m.
Mr. Meyers; d. 1852
b. Byrd L., b. 1830, d.
c. Eletha Jane, b. 1837, m.
Mr. Mouser, d. 1874
d. Susan C. b. 1844, m. Mr.
Eaker, d. 1881
e. Synthia P., b. 1845,
m.(1) Mr. Adams, m.(2) Mr. Eakers, d. 1913
died during the Civil War at the hands of Bushwhackers while taking mules to
Cape Girardeau, MO for the Army. He was killed and his body was dumped into the
creek. He was found sometime later, and was identified by a collar he was
wearing and by his teeth. The creek was later named Byrd's Creek. His son, also
named Byrd, is listed on the Veterans Schedule as a Private who acted as a
scout guide. He enlisted in July of 1861 and served throughout the duration of
Miles Sanford Francis, born Aug 25, 1811 in
Virginia; d. April 30, 189; m.(1) Barbara Miller; m.(2) in 1835 to Leanne
Miller, b. 1819, d. 1879
Lawson Francis, b. unknown; d. 1856 in Bollinger County, Missouri.
Miles Sanford Francis
Miles Sanford Francis was born to Nathaniel Bassett Francis
and Eleanah Adcock on Aug 25, 1811 in Montgomery County, Virginia. Not much is
known about his early days. The earliest record of him is found in 1840 in
Franklin County, Tennessee.1 It is believed that he first married
Barbara Miller of Franklin County Tennessee, with whom he had four children.2
It is also believed that Barbara passed away and Miles then married her sister,
Leanna. Whether or not Miles was married to Barbara or had children with her
has not been proven. However, he was certainly married to Leanna. In 1850,
Miles and Leanna lived in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Miles was farming, but did
not own any of his own land at that time.
On January 3, 1856, Miles purchased 158.88 acres from the
government under the Land Act of 1820. Then, in October of 1856, Miles
purchased another 40 acres; in September of 1859, he bought 77 more acres.
Miles is listed as a farmer on the 1860 census. He had
eleven children who are known to be living in that year. He owned $500 worth of personal property
and the same amount in real estate.
early as 1852, the railroad was trying to make its way into Bollinger County,
but inefficient management of the railroads, and the Civil War had greatly
stalled all efforts. Finally, on August 14, 1869, the completion
Old Bollinger Mill
of the Glen Allen Tunnel marked the opening
Southeast Missouri’s first through rail line by way of the St. Louis
& Iron Mountain Railway.4 The completion of the rails brought
new prosperity to the county and opened up stretches of land to commerce and
By 1870, Miles was 58 years old and
still farming. The value of his land had increased to $800 and his personal
property had increased to $1100. According to the 1870 census, Miles could read
and write, but his wife and children could not.
Picture: The Old Bollinger Mill is located in what is
now Cape Girardeau. It was first built in 1820, but has been rebuilt numerous
times since its original construction. During the Civil War, it was burned down
by Union forces to ensure that Confederate soldiers could not use it to supply
their troops with flour and meal. Information
from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
United Sates Census, enumerated in Franklin County, Tennessee
this information seems to be widely accepted by other descendants of Miles S.
Francis, the author has found no evidence of the marriage.
Information from the U.S. General Land Office Records. Under the Land Act of
1820, citizens could buy a minimum of 80 acres of land from the government at
the rate of $1.25 per acre. The total of Miles’ acreage was 275.88 in
1860, which would have cost him a total of $344.85 under the guidelines set
forth by the Land Act. By 1860, the land was worth $500, probably due to
improvements, such as a house and outbuildings.
4. The Banner Press, August 21, 1869
By 1880, Miles was widowed. His wife had passed away on June
15, 1876.5 Two of his youngest children were still living with him
in Lorance Township, Bollinger County. Miles passed away on April 30, 1891; he
was seventy-nine years old. He is interred in the Shell Family Cemetery in
The children of Miles Sanford Francis and Leanna Miller are:
Eleana Francis, b. April 11, 1835 in Tennessee; m.(1)Thomas Craig in Tennessee.
m.(2) William Eaker on June 1, 1873 in Bollinger, Missouri, d. March 26, 1885.
Oliver and William W. Eaker (twins)
Jacob Francis, b. February 1834 in Tennessee, m. Savannah Crader in 1857 in
Missouri, d. 1901.
Adeline, b. 1858, d. Jan 11, 1874
Marshall, b. Dec 13, 1861, m.(1) Julia Eaker in 1887, m.(2) Evaline King in
Dec, 8, 1891 in Missouri, d. Dec 26, 1928
b. 1889, d. 1889
Franklin, b. 1895
E., b. 1899
b. 1904, d. 1949
Emeline Francis, b. Jan 13, 1865, d. March 7, 1940; never married
b. June 5, 1867, m. Sophie -------, d. Feb 21, 1958
Francis, b. March 24, 1869, m. Minnie -------, d. June 17, 1936
E, b. 1865
Francis, b. June 16, 1877, d. 1893
Francis, b. 1881, d. Feb 12, 1948; never married
Sanford Francis, Jr., b. 1838 in Tennessee, d. 1875
Francis, b. 1840 in Tennessee, d.1905
V. Baxter Francis, b. 1842 in Tennessee,
William L. Francis, b. 1844 in Tennessee, d. 1904
Francis, b. 1847 in Tennessee, d. 1912
Francis is interred in the Shell Cemetery next to her husband.
Daniel Anthony Francis, b. 1852, m. Hannah Hahn on Nov 30, 1873, d. Aug 27,
“Ike” David, b. 1876, m.(1) Margaret May “Maggie” Baker,
m.(2) Della Biffle
Daniel Anthony’s only child is listed in
detail in another article.
Washington Francis, b. June 23, 1854; m. Cordelia A. Lutes, daughter of John
Lutes and Hannah Hahn; d. July 13, 1929
R., b. 1883
D. b. 1886
iv. Ollie, b. 1902
Polet Francis*, b. Aug 7, 1857, m. Malinda Hahn on Feb 5, 1878, d. Jan 29, 1913
L., b. 1880
E., b. 1883
P. b. 1886
Rebecca Francis, b. Sept 19, 1859, m. Samuel Hahn, d. May 6, 1937
b. 1884, d. 1937
Newton Nathaniel Francis, b. 1864, d. 1864
records say that Trustin’s middle name was “Polk”. His death
certificate reads “Polet” His death cert also says that his parents
were born in the “Old Country”.
Anthony Francis was born in Missouri on June 21, 1852. His parents, Miles S.
Francis and Leanna Miller, had migrated to Cape Girardeau, Missouri around 1850
from Tennessee. Daniel began working on his father’s farm at a very early
age. By the age of 8 he was no longer attending school, and at age 17 he could
not read or write.1
November 30, 1873, Daniel married Mrs. Hannah Lutes.2 Hannah was the
widow of John Lutes, son of Jacob Lutes and Sophia Lorance.3
Hannah’s maiden name was Hahn; she was the daughter of Daniel Houck Hahn.
Hannah had seven children with John Lutes before he passed away in May of 1873.
Daniel was twenty-one years old and Hannah was thirty-nine at the time of their
Daniel was living in Lorance Township in Bollinger County. He was a farmer, but
no tax or land records have been found for him. It is possible that he was
still working on his father’s farm. According to the census, Daniel had
learned to read but had not learned to write.
passed away on August 27, 1890. He was thirty-eight years old.4
Daniel and Hannah had one child together, Isaac David Francis. Daniel was
step-father to Hannah’s six other children.
St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad depot in what was Lutesville (now Marble
Hill). The rail line that went through this area was known as the Belmont line.
The line was opened in August of 1869.
United States Census
Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Lutes and Lorance families were among the first to settle in Bollinger County.
Lutesville was named for Eli Lutes, and the Lorance family were among the first
settled what was known as Lorance Township. Lutesville is now part of Marble
Hill in Bollinger County.
Family Bible Records, owned by Miles Francis. Transcribed by ???
David Francis was the only known child born to Daniel Anthony Francis and
Hannah Hahn. He was the father of eighteen children and held diverse
occupations, such as a dray wagon driver and mortician’s helper. Isaac
was born on July 13, 1876, in Bollinger County, Missouri. His father was a
farmer in Lorance Township in that county.
25, 1895, Isaac was married to Margaret May Baker.1 She was known as
“Maggie”, and was the daughter of William Baker and Margaret M.
Crites of Marble Hill. In 1900, Isaac and Maggie rented a home in Lutesville.
Ike worked as a laborer in a factory, while Maggie stayed at home with their
children. At the time of the census, Maggie had given birth to three children.2
Isaac and Maggie owned their own home. Although he was still working as a
laborer, he was doing odd jobs instead of working in a factory. According to
the 1910 census, Isaac had been out of work for four months during the previous
year. 3 Ike and Maggie had six children together by then, but one of
them had died.4 Sadly, on New Year’s Day of 1915, Maggie also
passed away. She died after what could only have been a painful and terrifying
ordeal. She had suffered a placental hemorrhage which resulted in the death of
her unborn child. Soon after the miscarriage, infection set in and Maggie
perished from septic fever.5
David driving a dray wagon with his daughter Hattie on his lap. His son Everett
is standing next to the wagon. The advertisement on the umbrella is for
Drum’s Store. The picture was most likely taken around 1911.
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United States Census; The child who died was Mildred Francis (1900-1902). Her
grave is in the Slaybaugh Cemetery in Marble Hill.
Death Certificate for Maggie M. Francis
22, 1917, Isaac married again. His bride was Mrs. Della Iretha Pullium, the
widow of John Pullium.6 Della was 19 years younger than Isaac. Her
parents were Valentine Green Biffle and Matilda E. Berry of Lutesville. She and
John Pullium had two sons during their marriage, one of whom died in the same year
Maggie passed away.
12, 1918, Isaac registered for the World War I draft. At the time, he was
working for Sampson Plasterboard Company. Isaac never served in the military;
he was most likely exempted from service because of his many dependants.7
Isaac and Della with some of the Francis
In 1920, Isaac worked as a salaried dray wagon driver. He no
longer owned his home, but was renting.8 By 1930, Isaac was working
as a laborer once again doing odd jobs. He paid $8.00 a month in rent.9
Sometime near the end of his life, Isaac worked as a mortician’s helper.10
Isaac passed away in the Porter Nursing Home in Lutesville
on August 26, 1958. He had been a resident of the nursing home for 3 months.
His cause of death was listed as hypostatic pneumonia; the contributory reason
for death was listed as cerebral thrombosis and arteriosclerosis.11
Isaac David Francis is interred in the Slaybaugh Cemetery in Marble Hill. His
wife, Maggie, is interred to the left of his grave, Della’s grave is to
Picture: In the front row (left to right) is
John Glen, Isaac D., Della holding David, Isaac, Jr., also known as
“Sonny”. The young man standing in the back is Robert William. The
girls in the picture are unknown. Although they are surely Isaac’s
daughters, it is unclear who is who in the picture.
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Missouri Death Certificate
Missouri Death Certificate
The children of Isaac David Francis are:
Margaret M. Francis
b. July 7, 1896, m.(1) Maxine Kilgore, m.(2) Neva --------, d. Feb 8, 1948
a. Charles Francis, b. 1924
Malinda, b. Sept 11, 1898 in Lorance Township, Missouri, m. Riley L. Hughes on
Dec 1, 1915, d. June 14, 1973.
Hughes, b. 1917
L. Hughes, Sr., b. July 25, 1922, m.(1) Mildred Tuhill, m.(2) Irma Jean Massey,
d. May 25, 2001.
L. Hughes, Jr., b. Feb 11, 1942, m.(1) Mary Elizabeth ---------, m.(2) Patricia
Ann Horn, d. Oct 9, 2006.
L. Hughes, b. May 12, 1953, m.(1) Janet Ann Straube in 1974, m.(2) Debra Lynn
Daniels in 1981
lives in Webster Groves, Missouri with his long-time partner, Mary Sheila
Mildred Francis, b. 1900, d. 1902
Helen, b. Sept 7, 1903, m. John Stevens
Elenora Louvina, b. Aug 2, 1906, m. Mr. Parres, d. Feb 1986.
D., b. Nov 29, 1909, m. Glen Small, d. Nov 25, 1996 in Foley, Alabama.
W. Small, Jr., b. 1929
Louise Estabrook Francis, b. 1913
Unnamed Baby Francis, b. 1915, d. 1915
Della Iretha Biffle Pullium Francis
William, b. July 14, 1918, m. Flora Edith Meyers, d. April 2, 2007.
Kathleen Waneita, b. 1923, d. 1998
Magdalene, b. July 27, 1926, m.(1) Mr. James, m.(2) Mr. Laster, d. Sept 27,
Iretha, b. June 16, 1927, m. (1) Brockmeier, m.(2) James, d. Aug 11, 2008
Isaac David, Jr., b. Aug 8, 1929, m. Elizabeth Fulkerson, d. Jan 12, 1994.
Glen, b. Jan 4, 1931, d. Jan 29, 1988.
son Francis, b. 1933, d. 1933
Leon, b. May 15, 1936, m. Theresa Rauh, d. Dec 2, 1997.
Leonhardt, b. 1957, d. 2005
Ann, b. 1959, d. 2009
Edward, b. 1960, d. 2009
Mechelle, b. 1961, d. 1992
served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a Sergeant in the United States Army.