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     Based on the 1860 Census of Marshall County, W.Va., Joseph T. Francis was the son of Emanuel and Sabia Francis. Emanuel Francis also served in Company "B."

FRANCIS (1553)
Smith...23-wm...farm laborer...VA
John K...20-wm...farm laborer...VA
Joseph T...17-wm...farm laborer...VA
Eliza J...15-wf...VA
Mary E...14-wf...VA
Martha M...11-wf...VA

     On December 22, 1864, Joseph T. Francis married Sarah M. Richie in Marshall County, W.Va. Following Sarah's death in 1917, J. T. Francis, age 80, married Mollie Anderson, a 48 year old widow, on 25 Jan 1923 in Marshall County.

     J. T. Francis (1842 - 1932) and Sarah M. Francis (1846 - 1917) are buried in Mt. Rose Cemetery, Moundsville, W.Va.


Submitted by Eric Anderson.


Moundsville Daily Echo, Monday, January 18, 1932


     J. T. Francis, prominent Civil war veteran and Marshall county's oldest merchant who died Saturday morning, will be laid at rest with military honors Tuesday afternoon.

     Funeral services will be held in the late home, 200 Ash avenue, at two o'clock Tuesday, conducted by Rev. J. C. Hoffman, pastor of the First M. E. church.

     After the services at the home, members of J. C. Caldwell post No. 21, Grand Army of the Republic, in automobiles, and Earl Francis post No. 3, the American Legion, will escort the body to Mount Rose cemetery. There the committal service of Grand Army of the Republic will be carried out at the graveside, with the Legion assisting the Grand Army. A legion firing squad will fire the salute to the honored dead and Legion Buglers will sound taps.

     Pallbearers, announced today, include three grandsons, a son-in-law and two grand sons-in-law of Mr. Francis. They are Morris Francis and Lee Francis, of New Martinsville; J. T. Francis, Jr., of Mount Sterling, Ohio, and Ray Moore, Robert Jones and J. E. Bloyd, Jr., of Moundsville.

     In addition to his second wife and the sons and daughters who are left to mourn his passing, Mr. Francis leaves two sisters, both living in Moundsville. Mrs. Ellen Rosenberger, of Virginia street, and Mrs. Mattie Jefferson, of Third street.

     Notwithstanding the fact that he had been blind for the past fourteen years, Mr. Francis continued an active interest in the mercantile business up to within the last three years. He opened his first store at Pleasant Valley in this county, immediately after the close of the Civil war. The last mercantile business he conducted was at Pleasant Valley in 1928. During the more than half a century that he was engaged in the mercantile business, he conducted 33 stores in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kansas.