- Born: 1632, Kenworth, England
- Marriage: Mary Tracy in 1652
- Died: Oct 1671, Norwich, New London Co, CT at age 39
FRANCIS 3 (s. of Edward 2, Sir Matthew 1) was born in England in 1632; came to New England, 1639, with his father, from Warwickshire, England; later moved from Windsor to Saybrook and from there to Norwich.
Francis 2 (Edward 1) According to the records of Salisbury, depositions by two sons of George (No. 43) states that the oldest son of their grandfather Edward was always reputed to be Francis. Further evidence is given in the deed of gift by Edward when he names his grandchild by Francis, then his other sons in order of their birth. Since Francis was married about 1652, he would have been born in 1629. The history of New London by Caulkins identifies him erroneously as Francis of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
No record has been found to identify his wife. The claim that she was a daughter of Thomas Tracy is disproved in GFA II: 20 (1935 ed.). She may possibly have been the daughter of Stephen and Tryphora (Lee) Tracy of Plymouth, b. circa 1631 (Boston Transcript 7219).
Francis was a man of capacity and enterprise. He first settled in Windsor and Poquonoc, then in Saybrook, and finally in Norwich. He is listed as one of the first proprietors of Norwich although few records exist before 1660. One of these is a notice of a town meeting Jan. 7, 1655/6 at which Francis was present. He served as deputy 1660-1671; was appointed on the Court Commission in 1661; and was Lieutenant of the trainband. He is listed as Lieutenant just before King Philip's War.
He died in October 1671 and was buried with his wife in the old Post-Gager Cemetery over which there was a controversy between the town authorities and the friends of history who desired this cemetery to be left undisturbed.
An interesting letter written by Benjamin Brewster of Norwich, grandson of Elder William Brewster of Plymouth to his brother-in-law, Daniel Wetherill, concerning Francis shows that people in early times were as keen on business as those of a later date. This letter is quoted in full in GFA II: 21.
Children: first four recorded in Saybrook, the latter in Norwich.
13. Sarah b. Mar. 28, 1653
14 Joseph b. June 4, 1655; d. July 1655
15 Mary b. Aug 26, 1656
16 Hannah, b. Dec. 11, 1658
17. Deborah, b. May 6, 1661
18. Lydia, b. June 1663; d. Apr. 1664
19. Samuel, b. Sept. 16, 1665
20. Margaret, B. Oct. 1668
21 Lydia b. Oct. 1671
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Lieutenant of the trainband just before King Phillip War.
Francis married Mary Tracy, daughter of Stephen Tracy and Tryphora Lee, in 1652. (Mary Tracy was born about 1631.)