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Richard Francis (abt. 1605 - abt. 1686)

Richard Francis
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Husband of — married about 1644 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Died about at about age 81 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
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The first resident of Massachusetts by the name of Francis that can be found on the records of that state is Richard, who was born in 1606, in England; and who located at first in Medford, afterwards in Dorchester, and, in 1636, settled in Cambridge, where he was made freeman in 1640. He married Alice Wilcox, 1644. They had five children.

There seem to have been several other parties by the name of Francis in the Massachusetts Colony. Savage in his history states that Francis Francis, of Reading, had a son John, born Feb. 4, 1657. Savage also refers to a John Francis, living at Braintree in 1650, with his wife Rose, who died 1659. He had two daughters: Elizabeth, b. 1657; and Susanna, b. 1659. Reference is also made to a Richard Francis, living at Northampton in 1675, "who came from the East" and was "clerk" of Turner's Company in King Philip's war, and "wrote a very good hand." So far, nothing further has been brought to light concerning these parties, nor has their relationship to Richard of Cambridge been established, yet probably a relationship did exist.

Note.— I have a somewhat elaborate and very interesting record of the descendants of Richard Francis of Cambridge, which I will gladly present to any reliable party who will bring the work nearer completion and publish it. C. E. F.[1]

Richard Francis was born about 1606. He died on 24 Mar 1687, age 80, in Cambridge. He married Alice [Ref], who was possibly Alice Wilcox.

In his will of 28 Nov 1653, William Wilcockes of Cambridge mentions his sick wife; his cousin John Woodes; his sister the Widow Hall; his "honest bro: Richard Frances"; his brother John Taylor; his sister Christian Boyden's children in Old England. [Ref] William Wilcox died on 28 Nov 1653.

He was a freeman in 1636. He was a freeman on 13 May 1640.

Savage says that Richard was in Dorchester before moving to Cambridge. Dall [Ref] appears to find this curious. She points out that there was a Richard Francis who signed a petition for the continuance of religious liberties in 1661 in Dorchester and that in 1669 a Richard Francis heads the list of young men who could not prove that they had an "orderly living" in Dorchester.

Richard and Alice had the following children:

  • Stephen Francis was born on 7 Feb 1645 in Cambridge.[2] He married first Hannah Hall on 27 Dec 1670 in Cambridge. Hannah was the daughter of the widow Mary Hall. She died on 2 Apr 1683. Stephen married second Hannah Dickson on 16 Sep 1683 [Ref] in Cambridge. Stephen is on a 24 Aug 1676 list of soldiers in King Philip's War. He is on a 31 Aug 1688 tax list in Medford. He was a freeman in 1690.
  • Sarah Francis was born on 4 Dec 1646 in Cambridge.[3] She was living in 1713. She married John Squire.
  • John Francis was born on 4 Jan 1650 in Cambridge. He married Lydia Cooper in 1687/8 in Cambridge. He was on an Aug 1688 list of people taxed in Cambridge.
  • Rebecca Francis was born in Cambridge.
  • Anne Francis was born in Cambridge.[4]

On 22 Mar 1687 Samuel Sewell wrote in his diary, "Now about, Goodman Francis, an ancient and goodman indeed, of Cambridge dies."

Richard Francis died 24 mar 1686/7 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[5]


  1. Descendants of Robert Francis of Wethersfield, Conn.
  2. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 Name Steven Francis Event Type Birth Birth Date 7 Dec 1644 (O.S.) Birth Place Boston, USA Father's Name Richard Francis Mother's Name Allice Francis
  3. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 Name Sarah Francis Event Type BirthBirth Date4 Oct 1646 O.S. Birth Place Boston, USA Father's Name Richard Francis Mother's Name Alice Francis
  4. cites primary source records.
  5. Name Richard Francis Event Type Death Event Date 24 Mar 1686 Event Place Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Gender Male Citing this Record"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 November 2017), Richard Francis, 24 Mar 1686; citing Death, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.


  • Francis-157 created on 30 December 2010 through the import of Shortened files.ged.

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Frances-188 and Francis-157 appear to represent the same person because: Frances-188 has no sources and was probably duplicated because of the erroneous spelling of the last name Francis. I've proposed a merge of the daughter Sarah of each. Also, the two wives should be merged.
posted by Leslie Torkelson
I added Alice Wilcox as wife. If you object, I'm OK with deleting again. IMO, William's attribution is believable, but, yes, it is not proof.
posted by Robin Anderson

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