Saturday, July 30, 2011

Aaron Brice Francis, CSA

I was out this morning to Little Creek Primitive Baptist church looking for a gravestone when I came across this grave of Aaron B. Francis, CSA. Doing an internet search I came up with this bit of information;

Aaron Brice Francis, Color Corporal/Color Sergeant Born in New Baltimore, Fauquier Co., 5/14/42, son of Robert H. and Susannah E. Francis; removed to farm 3 1/2 miles north of Warrenton; enlisted 4/22/61, at Warrenton; Pvt., Co. K. Captured at Frazier's Farm, 6/30/62; sent to Ft. Columbus, N. Y. Harbor; and Ft. Warren, Mass.; exchanged. Detailed to Division Provost Guard. Appointed Color Corporal, 1863. Promoted to Color Sergeant, 1864. Wounded 3/31/65, at Dinwiddie C. H. Made his way to the Southside Railroad the next day and went by rail to Lynchburg, where he was hospitalized. Paroled at Lynchburg, 4/15/65. Removed to a farm in eastern Loudoun Co., in 1881, near Willard in Fairfax Co. Preached for nearly 31 yrs., serving as a pastor and evangelist in Va., Md., Del., N. J., and Pa. Member Clinton-Hatcher Camp C. V., Loudoun Co.

So the man came along ways to died in Sussex County. His father was Robert H. Francis, his mother was Susannah Bise. His first wife (Laura Pagf, born 1850,died 1897) is buried back in Loudoun County, Virginia. His second wife Mary F. was 21 years younger then him. He lived in Delmar. He is first picked up in the 1900 census as being a minister (don't know which church) with a number of daughters; Susanna, Anna, and Margaret (from the first wife). His sons were Roger and Lewis. The grave is tended so his relatives must still be in the area.

1 comment:

Surf City Writer said...

Regarding your information about Aaron Bise Francies, you are missing one of his sons: Rozier Leavitt Francis (son with first wife, Laura Page Middleton). Rozier Leavitt Francis (my great grandfather) was married to Katherine May Hastings (my great grandmother) of Delmar, Delaware, and their children were Dr. Mary Francis and Col. William Francis (my grandfather). My family contributed to the care of the gravestones and I believe there are family members on the Francis side that are visiting regularly. It is very touching to see this article. I am on the other side of the country and do not get to visit Delmar as often as I'd like. Best, Mary