Date of Birth: 
28 Apr 1858
Date of Death: 
17 Aug 1941

William was born at Slough, Bucks, England.

He married Anna Johnson (born at Upper Hutt in 1870) at Wellington in 1889.

They had eight sons & five daughters over a 22 year period. One son at infancy. Nine were born in Levin & two in Shannon.

Two sons, William Jnr & Lawrence served in WW1 & one, Allan, in WW2. William Jnr was killed at Messines & Allan was killed in the Western Desert.

Two son-in-laws, Frederick Broadbent & John Corkill served in WW1, Frederick for the Australians. His son was killed in WW2,.serving with the RAAF. Two son-in-laws, Leslie Barber & Noel Smith, served in WW2.

Williams started as a bushman at Halcome, around 1880. He was then in Upper Hutt around 1890 as a millhand.

He moved to Levin around 1892 until about 1911, as a labourer. He then moved to Te Aroha then Hamilton as a farmer & sharemilker.

Relatives mentioned in profile: 
William Francis, John Simeon Francis, Elizabeth Charlotte Chamberlain, Anna (Hannah) Johnson, William Arthur Francis, Grace Violet Francis, Frederick Charles Broadbent, Lawrence Ernest Francis, Irene Rita Scadden, Agnes Jane (Nessie) Francis, John Edward Corkill, Doris Anna Elizabeth Francis, Leslie Frederick Hugh Barber, Jame Johnson (Jim) Francis, Ada Hannah Milne, John Francis, Allan Edward Francis, Ethel May Francis, William Hascel Isitt (Kescel) Grigsby, Leslie Herbert Simeon Chamberlain Francis, Gladys Dulcie Mattock, Robert Henry Francis, Mary Awatea Millar, Jack Wilfred Francis, Elizabeth Dean Mattock, Vina Joyce Francis, Noel Balmer.