Born: 1734, Pencelli, Brecon, Wales.
Died: December 14, 1799, Horsley, Gloucestershire, England.
Buried: Shortwood Baptist Burial Ground, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England.
Benjamin was the son of Enoch and Mary Francis. His mother died when he was five years old, and his father six months later.
He was baptized at age 15, and began preaching at Chipping Sodbury at age 19. It was there in 1758 that he was visited by deacons from Shortwood, who were missing a preacher at the time. They walked with him back to Nailsworth and were so impressed with his preaching that they persuaded him to stay.
In 1737, he moved to Horsley (later known as Shortwood), Gloucestershire. He conducted a successful ministry there until his death in 1799.
He also traveled widely and completed a mission in Cornwall in 1775, as well as in Ireland in 1791, where he preached 30 times in Dublin.
Francis contributed several hymns to Rippon’s Selections, and wrote a number of others in Welsh. He published: