November 19, 1834, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England.

December 28, 1925, Groombridge Nursing Home, Worthing, Sussex, England.

Son of a London merchant and artist, Francis published a number of hymns in religious newspapers and periodicals. He belonged to the Plymouth Brethren congregation in London, and served as an open air preacher. His hymns and poems appeared in The Life of Faith and other papers and periodicals. His works include:

  1. Blessed, Blessed Jesus
  2. Gracious Savior, Grant Thy Word
  3. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
  4. Home, Home of Light and Glory
  5. I Am Waiting for the Dawning
  6. Jesus, We Remember Thee
  7. O Child of Sorrow, Weary, Distressed
  8. O Jesus, How Great Is Thy Mercy
  9. O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
  10. Pearly Gates Are Open, The
  11. Safe to Land, No Shadows Darken
  12. We Are Pilgrims Far from Our Fatherland

Francis’ burial place