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Joseph Francis

Full Name: Joseph Francis
Birth date: September 1835
Death date: January 10, 1922

Terms of Service

  • House, 22nd (1) (2) Legislature
    1/13/1891 - 1/10/1893
    Democrat
(1) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives .
(2) PRAIRIE LEA, TX. "Prairie Lea, a community in southwestern Caldwell County near the San Marcos River ten miles southwest of Lockhart, was built on the 1820 land grant of Joe Martin of Gonzales." Handbook of Texas Online .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 22nd Legislature (1891) - Joseph Francis, postoffice Prairie Lea, nativity Alabama, age 55 (born circa 1836), farmer. House Journal .

Other Resources

  • Confederate States Army, Corporal, Company A, 4th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, enlisted 8/27/1861. Joseph Francis, postoffice in Prairie Lea, Caldwell County, death date 1/9/1922. Pension File No. 37883, Alabama, Texas and Virginia, U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958. Ancestry.com .
  • Census of 1850 - Joseph Francis, Caldwell County, age 15, born circa 1835 in Alabama, son of George and Margaret A. Francis.
    Census of 1860 - Joseph Francis, postoffice Prairie Lea, Guadalupe County, age 24, born circa 1836 in Alabama, farmer.
    Census of 1870 - Joseph Francis, postoffice Seguin, Guadalupe County, age 35, born circa 1835 in Alabama, farmer.
    Joseph Francis, marriage to Bettie Smith 3/4/1874 in Guadalupe County.
    Census of 1880 - Joseph Francis, Guadalupe County, age 44, born circa 1836 in Alabama, farming, wife Elizabeth, sons Cidney, Edward, and Wm. A., daughter Carrie Lee.
    Census of 1900 - Joseph Francis, Guadalupe County, age 64, born September 1835 in Alabama, farmer, wife Elizabeth, son William.
    Census of 1910 - Joseph Francis, Guadalupe County, age 74, born circa 1836 in Alabama, widowed, living in household of son William A. Francis.
    Census of 1920 - Joseph Francis, Sr., Staples, Guadalupe County, age 84, born circa 1836 in Alabama, widowed, living in household of son William A. Francis. FamilySearch . 1910 1900
  • 1920 1880 1860 1870 1850 Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965
  • Joseph Francis, death date 1/10/1922 in Luling, Caldwell County, age 87. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 .
  • Joseph Francis (1835-1922), burial in Happle Cemetery, Staples, Guadalupe County. Find a Grave .
  • Biographical sketch, Joseph Francis, pp. 8-9. "For some years he served in the Texas Legislature." (Footnote 58: "District #91 for the 22nd Legislature of 1891.") Son of George Francis and Margaret Ann Rector Francis. Joseph Francis fought with Sibley's Brigade in 1862 in New Mexico. Texas Historical Commission. [Historic Marker Application: George Francis Home and Dublin Plantation], text, 8/23/1968, crediting Texas Historical Commission. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Joseph Francis, death date 1/9/1922. Obituary, "Pioneer Citizen Dead: Prairie Lea Mourns Passing of Joseph Francis," 1/16/1922, Staples, Tex. Francis died 1/9/1922 "aged 86 years and 4 months . . . a pioneer Texan and historical figure in the development of the Southwest." San Antonio Express .
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