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RICHARD FRANCIS (abt 1606 - 1687) of Cambridge
Richard Francis was born about 1606. He died on 24 Mar 1687, age 80, in Cambridge. [Ref] He married Alice [Ref], who was possibly Alice Wilcox. [Ref]
In his will of 28 Nov 1653, William Wilcockes of Cambridge mentions his sick wife; his cousin John Woodes; his sister the Widow Hall; his "honest bro: Richard Frances"; his brother John Taylor; his sister Christian Boyden's children in Old England. [Ref] William Wilcox died on 28 Nov 1653. [Ref] He was a freeman in 1636. [Ref]
He was a freeman on 13 May 1640. [Ref]
Savage [Ref] says that Richard
was in Dorchester before moving to Cambridge. Dall [Ref]
appears to find this curious. She points out that there was a Richard Francis
who signed a petition for the continuance of religious liberties in 1661 in
Dorchester and that in 1669 a Richard Francis heads the list of young men who
could not prove that they had an "orderly living" in Dorchester.
On 22 Mar 1687 Samuel Sewell wrote in his diary, "Now about, Goodman Francis, an ancient and goodman indeed, of Cambridge dies." [Ref]
Richard and Alice had the following children:
SARAH FRANCIS (b. 1646 - living 1713)
Parents: Richard Francis and Alice Wilcox
Sarah Francis was born on 4 Dec 1646 in Cambridge. [Ref][Ref][Ref] She was living in 1713. [Ref] She married John Squire by 1667. [Ref]
Bodge, George, "Soldiers in King Philip's War," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, many volumes.
Dall, Caroline, "Genealogical Notes and Errata," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 27, 1863, 135-139.
Editors, "Samuel Sewall's Diary," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 6, 1852.
Editors, "Town Rate of Medford," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 32 1787, 316-7.
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, New England Historical and Genealogical Society.
Paige, Lucius R., History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register, Boston, H.O. Houghton, c. 1877.
Pulsifer, David, trans., "Records of Boston," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, various issues.
Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, Vol. I-IV, Boston, 1860-1862.Torreys New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. NewEnglandAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)
Trask, William B., comp., "Abstracts of the Earliest Wills from the Records and Files at East Cambridge, Mass., in the County of Middlesex," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 16, 1862, 76.