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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Henhurst Francis (1845-1895)

Click to enlargeMerchant, MLA (1886-1888).

Born in England in 1845, he came to Manitoba and worked as a storekeeper at Headingley. He was married to Sarah Margaret Black, daughter of John Black. They had nine children: John L. Francis (b 1876), William S. Francis (b 1877), Emily H. F. Francis (b 1880), F. R. Francis (b 1882), James Hunter Black Francis (b 1883), Henry Grey Francis (b 1885), Laurenda Bannatyne Francis (b 1888), Charles Francois Xavier Francis (b 1888), and Herbert Winfield Ross Francis (1891-1951).

He was elected for the constituency of St. Francois Xavier at a by-election on 12 January 1888. He was involved in the establishment of a Deaf & Dumb School in Manitoba.

He died at Headingley in 1895.

Sources:

Members of the Legislative Assembly (Deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Herbert Francis dies here at 60”, Winnipeg Tribune, 6 October 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

We thank L. Daniells, a descendant of F. H. Francis, for additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2010

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