Biography of Morgan B. Francis
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Morgan B. Francis, an enterprising and successful business man of East Palestine, was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, Aug. 29, 1871, the son of Benjamin and Margaret (Morgan) Francis.

Benjamin Francis, retired, was born near Cardiff, Wales. Hls family came to the United States about 1867 and settled at Youngstown, Ohio, where he was extensively engaged in coal mining for a number of years. In 1883 the Francis family removed to Wadsworth, Ohio, and in 1888 to Lisbon, where they have since resided. Margaret (Morgan) Francis died Nov. 11, 1923. Mr. and Mrs. Francis were the parents of five children: Thomas, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; Edmund, lives at Niles, Ohio; Charlotte, married Edward Edwards, lives at Niles, Ohio; Mary, married Joseph Morgan, lives at Canton, Ohio; and Morgan B., the subject of this sketch.

Morgan B. Francis spent his boyhood at Youngstown, Wadsworth and Lisbon, and attended the public schools. For 18 years he was connected with the Card & Prosser Coal Company of Lisbon and since 1908 has operated a coal mine in partnership with his brother Thomas. They are among the leading coal operators of this section and their mines have a daily output of 200 tons. They are also owners of a clay mine at Darlington, Pa.

In 1892 Mr. Francis was married to Miss Sarah Braley, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Braley, the former a native of England and the latter of Wales. Mr. and Mrs. Francis have a daughter, Mary, who lives at home.

Mr. Francis attends the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He is one of the substantial citizens of Columbiana County and is well known.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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