Robert F. Francis

History of Fulton County, Illinois; together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons and Biographies of Representative Citizens. Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 657, Farmers' Township
  Robert F. Francis, a native of England, was born May 22, 1843; came to this country when but 4 years old, and remained in New York 5 years, when he came to Schuyler Co., Ill., where he received a common-school education. He was reared on a farm; served 4 years in the late war, and was a prisoner 10 months and 2 weeks in that most fearful of all dens, Andersonville. He weighed 150 pounds when he entered the prison and was reduced to 72 pounds when weighed in St. Louis, and had been out of the prison a month. He will always be known as one of the heroes of Andersonville. His father, John Francis, was a coach-painter, and died in Chicago in May, 1874. Our subject was married Nov. 22, 1868, to Mary Walker, by whom he has 4 children. She being a widow, had 3 children before he married her.

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