Biography of Richard Francis
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Francis, Richard, was born in Connecticut, and before the beginning of the present century left his native State with his father's family, and settled in Genoa. In 1800, soon after his marriage, he and his wife came to Groton, where they settled on a Seventy five acre tract of land, the tract now forming part of the farm of A. M. Francis. It was on a much traveled thoroughfare, and Richard opened and for many years maintained a public house, which during the war of 1812 was a general rendezvous for the militia, as it was also for the citizens of the community. Richard was ensign of the company organized in the region, all of the members of which were above the average size and height. Mr. Francis was a leading man in the town, and also a successful farmer. He took an active part in public affairs, but devoted his best time to the welfare of his family. He died about 1850, his children being as follows: Roswell, residing in Virgil, is ninety one years of age; Clarissa, who is famous for a remarkably retentive memory, married George Fish; Patterson, born in Groton in 1807; Richard, who died in Cortland county; James, who died young; Phebe, who married David Whipple; Edwin, who died in Clinton county; Hadley, deceased; Gilbert, living in Groton; and Charles, deceased. Patterson is remembered as having been an extensive farmer and saw mill operator in this part of the town. He died in 1882, and his wife in 1865. The latter was Julia, daughter of Amos Hart. Their children were Adelia, wife of T. B. Smith, and now deceased; A. Morace, of Groton, and Mary, wife of Nathan Darby. A. Morace was born August 20, 1834, and like his. father, has led the busy life of a farmer and lumberman. He married in 1862, Adelia, daughter of Joseph Fisher, of Dryden, and they have had seven children, five of whom survive. In politics Mr. Francis is a staunch Republican, and one of the leaders of his party in the town. He has ever refused office, yet in the party councils his. influence is felt. For four years he was county committeeman from Groton.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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