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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ James Henry Francis ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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James Henry Francis
BORN: 25 Aug 1818 DIED: 23 Jun 1895 BURIED: 25 Jun 1895
BIRTH PLACE:  Lurgan, Ireland
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
IOOF - James Francis, age 76 y's 9 m's 21 d's, born in Ireland, died in S. Salem of Bright's disease.
2nd MARRIAGE - "James Francis, over 21 & J. Ellen Jones, over 18, m 28 Jul 1879 at the Courthouse; H. A. Johnson, J. P. Wit: J. A. Baker & C. A. Johns #2329 pg 611"
1880 OR CENSUS - J. A. Francis, age 61, a laborer, [note: birthplace is reported as Kentucky, which is different than in obituary], is enumerated with wife Ellen. 

BIOGRAPHICAL: From the book by Larry Francis, THE FAMILY OF JAMES FRANCIS, pg 33.
James Henry Francis was born in 1818 in Lurgan, Ireland. He died in 1895 in Salem, Marion County, Oregon. And is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery at Salem, Oregon. In 1935 Alex's daughter Nita wrote the following account of the family of James H. and Esther: "Dad's family came from Canada in '61 by train and by boat to Nebr City, Nebr. Granpa was in Denver and came to Nebr City to meet the family about six weeks after Grandma died. The family had been there just two months when she died. They got word to Grandfather as soon as they could but he had to cross the plains in a wagon driven by a team of mules. He took the family back to Denver and they lived there a year, then he sent the children back to Nebr City and he and Uncle Will went to the mines in Montana. Stuart freighted for Brigham Young. Peter drove an ox team across the plains for the Overton bros (they freighted from Nebr. City to Denver). Rachel went to live O. P. Mason, a lawyer of Nebr City. Mary had been in Canada and lost her first child there but came to Nebr with the family and her husband John Lewis and settled there. Dade went to live with a man by the name of Thompson. Jimmie lived with Mary and family until he was scalded to death at the age of five. Dad was eight years old when they left Canada, four years older than Jimmy. Aunt Lou (Uncle Peter's wife) is the only one living besides Dad of the immediate family."
At his home in South Salem, Sunday, June 23, 1895, at 5:20 p.m., James Francis, aged 76 years, 9 months and 21 days. Burial will take place at 4:30 p.m. today at Rural cemetery, where services will be conducted by Rev. J. M. Shulse. The deceased left four children namely: Wm. H. of Gilliam county; Peter, four miles south of Salem; Alexander, in Dunbar, Nebraska; and Rachel, wife of George Whiteaker. He was born in Ireland August 25, 1818, and has been a resident of Salem and Marion county many years. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 4 o'clock.
Weekly Oregon Statesman 28 June 1895 8:3
James 1818 - 1895
(shares marker with J. Ellen)
IOOF Register of Burials 
Marriage Records of Marion County Oregon 1874-1879, Vol. III, pg 51
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., S. Salem Pct., Fam #64)
WOS 28 Jun 1895 8:3 
Larry E. Francis, THE FAMILY OF JAMES FRANCIS, 1784-1875.
Larry E. Francis, 1315 Joplin St., Salem, OR 97302
LOT: 404 SPACE: 2 NW LONGITUDE: N 44° 55.158' LATITUDE: W 123° 02.827'

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