John Francy


JOHN FRANCY, one of the prominent names in the history of the fire brick and sewer pipe industry is that of John Francy, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere. Coming to America at the age of twenty years in the spring of 1850, he was engaged in various employments in this vicinity, and finally took charge of Myers' brick works, the first in Jefferson county. Ten years later, in 1869, he became the owner of the most extensive brick manufactory in the county, in partnership with Alexander Stewart. He was married March 26, 1850, and reared a family of seven children.

One of the most prominent names connected with the fire brick industry of eastern Ohio is that of John Francy, a native of county Antrim, Ireland, who came to this country with little capital, and beginning as a workman, rose by the exercise of remarkable business talent, to an affluent and honorable position. He was born Aprill 11, 1830. Emigrating, he reached New York May 12, 1850 and thence came direct to West Virginia, finding employment in the brickyard of Stewart & Muney for a few months. He was then engaged with G. S. Porter at Freeman's landing until 1858, when he removed to New Cumberland, and thence a year later, crossed the river and took charge of Myers' yard on Cross Croxton's run, which he operated two years, thus managing the first brickyard in the county; returning to New Cumberland, he subsequently leased the Stewart works which he operated five years. Then coming to Ohio again, he purchased a half interest in a saw mill of J. R. M. Stewart, and in partnership with Alexander Stewart established the Enterprise fire brick works, which had a capacity of 1,000,000 bricks per annum. Francy & Stewart operated this plant four years, and then sold out to Porter, Minor & Co. Mr. Francy then operated the works at Elliottsville a short time, after which he established the Forest City yards at Toronto, which he managed until 1886, when he removed to Washington city. He was married March 26, 1850, in Ireland, to Jane Wilson, and there were born to them five sons and two daughters.

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