Biography of Adelbert W. Francis
Madison County, NY Biographies





Francis, Adelbert W., p. o. De Ruyter, one of the most active and successful business men of Madison county, now a resident of De Ruyter, is a son of James and Amanda (Schofield) Francis. His father was a successful miller in Georgetown for many years prior to his death in 1872. His grandfather, Job Francis, was an officer in the Revolutionary war. Adelbert W. was born in Vernon, Oneida county, N. Y., September 12, 1840. His boyhood was spent in school and in August, 1862, filled with the patriotic desire of serving his country, he resolved to consecrate his young life to the cause of liberty and to the preservation of the Union, and enlisted in Co. A, 117th N. Y.Vols., serving his country faithfully until June 8, 1865, when he was discharged. He then returned to Georgetown, where his father then lived, and entered the milling business with him, where he remained until 1871, then, in company with Elisha Green, bought the stone mills at Lebanon, which firm was known as Francis & Green until 1875. Mr. Francis then disposed of his interest there and removed to Truxton, where he carried on the milling business for three years. In 1881 he removed to Preble and after two years there located in De Rustier, where he has since resided. On January 1, 1867, Mr. Francis married Sarah M. daughter of William and Charlotte (Way) Peirce of Otselic. A well informed man, one who reads the papers, is interested in public affairs and keeps abreast of the times, affable in manners and a general favorite in social circles, Mr. Francis is possessed of a happy faculty for making and retaining friends and is one of the most popular of De Ruyter citizens. He has been a member of the Republican County Central Committee for the past five years; is president of the board of water works and has served as assessor of the town of Lebanon. In social and fraternal matters he is a member of De Ruyter Lodge No. 392, F. & A. M., A. O. U. W. No. 222, and W. E. Hunt Post No. 352, G. A. R. As a public man, of high standing in the county, Mr. Francis has been faithful to every trust confided to his care and the citizens recognize in him one to whom they may safely confide the highest public interests.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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