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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Henhurst Francis (1845-1895)

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Frederick Henhurst Francis
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Merchant, MLA (1888).

Born in England in 1845, he came to Manitoba and worked as a storekeeper at Headingley. He was elected for the constituency of St. Francois Xavier at a by-election in January 1888 and served until the 1888 general election where he was not a candidate. He was involved in the establishment of a Deaf and Dumb School in Manitoba, served as a school trustee in Headingley, and was a Justice of the Peace for St. Paul in Lisgar.

On 20 June 1874, he married Sarah Margaret Black (1856-1937, daughter of John Black) and they subsequently had nine children: John Lester Francis (1876-1944), William S. Francis (1877-1958), Emily H. F. Francis (1880-?), F. R. Francis (1882-?), James Hunter Black Francis (1883-1963), Henry Grey Francis (1885-?), Laurenda Bannatyne Francis (1888-?), Charles Francois Xavier Francis (1888-?), and Herbert Winfield Ross Francis (1891-1951). He was a member of the British Templars (St. Paul's Lodge No. 2).

He died at Headingley on 24 December 1895 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Looking backward,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1934, page 3.

“Daughter of Red River pioneer minister dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 February 1937.

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

Obituary [James Hunter Black Francis], Winnipeg Tribune, 26 February 1963, page 19.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank L. Daniells and Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 June 2021

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