John Walter Francis

Birth Name John Walter Francis
Gender male
Age at Death 80 years, 10 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth September 6, 1911     1
Residence April 1, 1934 Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 48 Cobden Street, Roxbury 2
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City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over
Apr 1, 1934
48 Cobden St., Roxbury, Ward 11, precinct 7
Francis John W clerk 22
Gray Martha E housewife 74
Gray William M painter 75
their residence Apr 1, 1933: 9 Tupelo

Occupation April 1, 1934   clerk 2
General

His listing in the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1934 said he was a clerk.

Residence January 1, 1935 Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 48 Cobden Street, Roxbury 2
General

City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over

Jan 1, 1935
48 Cobden St., Roxbury, Ward 11, precinct 7
Francis Florence housewife 25
Francis John laborer 24
Gray Martha housewife 76
Gray William retired 75
Page Jerome O laborer 21
their residence Apr 1, 1934: here

Occupation January 1, 1935   laborer  
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1935 said he was a laborer. That could include almost anything.

Residence from January 1, 1936 to January 1, 1942 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 95-97 Rossmore Road, Jamaica Plain 2
General

City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over
Jan 1, 1936
95 Rossmore Road, JP, Ward 11, precinct 14
Francis John laundryman 24
Gray Martha housewife 76
Gray William M retired 75
Page Jerome laundryman 24
their residence Jan 1, 1935: 48 Cobden

Jan 1, 1937
95-97 Rossmore Road, JP, Ward 11, precinct 14
Gray Martha housewife 77
Gray William M retired 76
Page Jerome laundryman 23
their residence Jan 1, 1936: here

Jan 1, 1938
95-97 Rossmore Road, JP, Ward 11, precinct 14
Francis Florence housewife 28
Francis John laundryman 27
Gray Martha housewife 78
Gray William M retired 77
Page Jerome laundryman 24
their residence Jan 1, 1937: here

Jan 1, 1939
95-97 Rossmore Road, JP, Ward 11, precinct 14
Francis Florence M housewife 30
Francis John W laundryman 27
Gray Martha E housewife 79
Gray William M retired 78
Page Jerome O salesman 25
their residence Jan 1, 1938: here

Jan 1, 1940
95-97 Rossmore Road, JP, Ward 11, precinct 14
Francis Florence M housewife 30
Francis John W foreman 28
Gray Martha E at home 80
Gray William M retired 79
Page Jerome O chauffeur 27
their residence Jan 1, 1939: here

Jan 1, 1941
95-97 Rossmore Road, JP, Ward 11, precinct 14
Francis Florence M housewife 31
Francis John W foreman 29
Gray Martha E at home 81
Gray William M retired 81
Page Jerome O salesman 28
their residence Jan 1, 1940: here

Jan 1, 1942
95-97 Rossmore Road, JP, Ward 11, precinct 14
Francis Florence M housewife 32
Francis John W foreman 30
Gray Martha M housewife 82
Gray William M retired 81
Page Jerome O salesman 28
their residence Jan 1, 1941: here

Occupation January 1, 1936   laundryman  
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1936 said he was a laundryman.

Occupation January 1, 1938   laundryman 2
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1938 said he was a laundryman.

Occupation January 1, 1939   laundryman 2
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1939 said he was a laundryman.

Residence January 1, 1940   foreman 2
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1940 said he was a foreman.

Census April 16, 1940 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 95 Rossmore Road, John Francis household  
General

1940 Census, Ward 11, Boston, Massachusetts
renting at 95 Rossmore Road
Apr 16, 1940

John Frances, head, 28, 4 yrs HS, born in Massachusetts, foreman, laundry
Florence, wife, 30, 8 yrs school, born in Maine
John W, son, 2, born in Massachusetts
Donald R, son, 2/12, 3/12, 7/12?, born in Massachusetts
Paige, Jerome, brother in law, 24, 1 yr HS, born in Maine, truck driver, laundry
Gray, William, lodger, 82, 8 yrs school, born in Maine
Martha, lodger's wife, 82, 8 yrs school, born in Maine

all lived in Boston in 1935, but not in the same house

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4JB-W9R : accessed 27 Mar 2014), John Frances, Ward 11, Boston, Boston City, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 15-419C, sheet 2B, family 35, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1669.

Residence April 16, 1940 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 95 Rossmore Road, Jamaica Plain  
General

living at 95 Rossmore Road when the 1940 census was taken

Occupation April 16, 1940   foreman, laundry  
General

working as a foreman for a laundry when the 1940 census was taken

Occupation January 1, 1941   foreman  
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1941 said he was a foreman.

Occupation January 1, 1942   foreman 2
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1942 said he was a foreman.

Residence January 1, 1943 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 289 Chestnut Ave, Jamaica Plain 2
General

Jan 1, 1943
289 Chestnut Ave, JP
Francis Florence M housewife 32
Francis John W foreman 31
Paige Cecelia M waitress 30
Paige Jerome O salesman 29
Cecelia in 1942 was living in Lynnfield
Others in 1942 were living at 95 Rossmore Rd

Occupation January 1, 1943   foreman 2
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1943 said he was a forman.

Residence January 1, 1944 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 289 Chestnut Ave, Jamaica Plain 2
General

City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over
Jan 1, 1944
289 Chestnut Ave, JP
Francis Florence M housewife 34
Francis John W foreman 32
Paige Jerome O salesman 30

Occupation January 1, 1944   foreman 2
General

His information on the City of Boston, List of Residents 20 years of age and over for 1944 said he was a foreman.

Residence 1945 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 289 Chestnut Ave Jamaica Plain  
General

1945 Boston City Directory
Francis John W (Florence M) foreman house 289 Chestnut Av JP
Paige Cecelia M hostess r 289 Chestnut Av JP
The City Directory might reflect where they were sometime in 1944.

Residence from November 1944 to 1955 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 3514 Washington Street, rear, Jamaica Plain  
General

1948, 1951, and 1955 Boston City Directories
Francis John W (Florence M) foreman h rear 3514 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain
Note: the 1949 and 1950 information was not at ancestry.com. I haven't done 1952 to 1954.

Florence's brother Jerome lived with them at 289 Chestnut Ave. When Jerome married on November 5, 1944, he said he was living at 3514 Washington St. Jerome's wife said that he was living with his sister Francis when they were married. So John and Florence Francis were living there by then also, but I didn't find them in the 1946 City Directory.

I don't know how long they stayed there, I haven't looked through all the directories.

General

living at 3514 Washington Street when married

Occupation 1948   foreman  
General

Listed as a foreman in the 1948 Boston City Directory

Census (Head) April 10, 1950 Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 3514 Washington St, back 3a
Event Note

1950 Census Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, ED 15-655, sheet 5
April 10, 1950
at 3514 Washington St, back

John Francis, 38, born in Massachusetts, foreman, laundry company, worked 40 hours last week
Florence M Francis, 40, born in Maine
John Francis, 12, born in Massachusetts
Donald Francis, 10, born in Massachusetts
William Francis, 7, born in Massachusetts
Mary Louise Francis, 4, born in Massachusetts

supplementary information for William. was living in this house a year ago. parents born in US. in 2nd grade, has not finished

Residence 1964 Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 262 Minot, Dorchester  
General

1964 Boston City Directory
Francis John W (Florence M) dry cleaner Monk's Laundry h 262 Minot, Dorchester

Occupation 1964 Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States dry cleaner Monk's Laundry  
General

listed as a dry cleaner for Monk's Laundry in the 1964 City Directory

Residence September 1991 Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States 91 Clay Street 4a
Event Note

John's usual residence when he died was 91 Clay Street, Quincy

Death September 16, 1991 Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia, United States   1 5 4a
Event Note

Certificate of Death, Virginia
September 16, 1991
John Francis, Sr
Caucasian, male, age 80, US citizen, was in Armed Forces
born September 6, 1911, in Massachusetts
married, spouse: Ethel Jackson Francis
at: Williamsburg Community Hospital, outpatient/emergency room
Williamsburg, [Virginia]
usual residence of deceased: 91 Clay Street, Quincy, Massachusetts 02170
father: John W Francis
mother: Sophie Alberti
12 years education, usual occupation: laborer, dry cleaning
informant: John W Francis, Jr./son
cause: acute myocardial infarction, sudden
no autopsy
buried: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston

Burial September 20, 1991 Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States   5
General

John Walter Francis, Jr.
September 15, 1991

John W. Francis stricken while on Williamsburg tour.

Quincy -- John W. Francis, 80, of Quincy, a dry cleaner for 40 years, died Sunday at the Community Hospital in Williamsburg, Va., where he had been on a bus tour. He took many guided bus tours and had helped organize tours when he was President of the Senior Citizens Guild in Brockton. He had visited California, where he had relatives, and several cities along the East Coast and Canada. Mr. Francis worked for Monks Dry Cleaners in Dorchester. After he retired in 1975 he worked part time for the Purity Supreme Market in Dorchester. He was born in Boston. Mr. Francis was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Dorchester Lower Mills. He is survived by his wife, Ethel (Jackson) Francis: three sons, John W. Francis and William J. Francis, both of Quincy, And Donald R Francis of Norton; a daughter, Mary L. Conkey of Weymouth; a brother, Robert Francis of California; a sister, Marjorie Flot of Revere, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Friday at St. Ann's Church. Burial will be at the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

Visiting is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Thursday at Keohane Funeral Home, 785
Hancock St. Wollaston.

SSDI:
FRANCIS, JOHN W 06 Sep 1911 15 Sep 1991 80 02170 (Quincy, Norfolk, MA) (none specified) Massachusetts 010-07-8899

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father John W FrancisSeptember 15, 1887April 24, 1976
Mother Sophie L Albertiabout 1888January 23, 1971
         John Walter Francis September 6, 1911 September 16, 1991
    Sister     Eleanor M Francis
    Brother     Robert E Francis
    Sister     Marjorie Francis

Families

Family of John Walter Francis and Florence Muriel Paige

Married Wife Florence Muriel Paige ( b. May 26, 1909 d. August 21, 1971 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage February 4, 1934 Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States   6a 7a
General

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Certificate of Marriage #526
February 4, 1934, Boston
John W Francis, Jr, 22, single, living at 9 Tupelo Street, a clerk, born in Boston. parents: John W Francis and Sophie Alberti
Florence M Paige, 24, single, living at 9 Tupelo Street, a clerk, born in Brewer, Maine. parents: William J Paige and Margaret L Jenkins.
by Joseph W Healy, priest, living at 26 Lawrence Avenue, Boston.

Florence's baptism record says she was married at St Joseph's Church, Roxbury.

Event Note

Lady of the Assumption, East Boston, Baptisms
Florence Muriel Page, May 26, 1909.
note in margin, in Latin: married [...] John W Francis, 4 February 1934 [...] Str Joa [...] Roxbury, priest Rev Joseph W Kelly

 

  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
John Walter FrancisJuly 7, 1937March 1, 1998
Donald R FrancisJanuary 19, 1940April 16, 2020
William J. FrancisNovember 2, 1942September 28, 2014

Family of John Walter Francis and Ethel M Minkle

Married Wife Ethel M Minkle ( b. November 21, 1910 d. June 10, 1997 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage        

Source References

  1. original: U.S. Social Security Administration: Social Security Death Index
  2. Boston List of Residents, from BPL
  3. 1950 United States Census
      • Page: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, ED 15-655, sheet 5
      • Citation:

        https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/157791378:62308?_phsrc=tFw354&_phstart=successSource&gsfn=florence&gsln=francis&ml_rpos=1&queryId=1c83c414f6a14cfb4005107ef46955c4

  4. Commonwealth of Virginia, Death Records
      • Page: John Francis, Sept 16, 1991, Williamsburg
  5. death notice
  6. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920
      • Page: Our Lady of the Assumption, East Boston, Baptisms
  7. Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records
      • Page: Marriages, Francis-Paige, Feb 4, 1934, Certificate of Marriage #526