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Francis H. Williams


Francis H. Williams (1844-1922)

Francis Howard Williams was born on 2 September 1844 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Joseph J. Williams and Martha Shoemaker.

Francis married Mary Bartholemew Houston on 31 May 1865 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. They had four children: Francis Churchill Williams, Mary deSolms Williams, Joseph John Gurney Williams and Aubrey Howard Williams.

His 1901 U.S. Passport application, describes Frances as five feet ten inches tall, with a high forehead, blue eyes, with a moustache, grey/brown hair, a light complexion and a straight nose.

Francis was very involved in his community, according to his obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 19 June 1922 (p.5):

A life member of the Historical Society, Mr. Williams was president of the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania and vice president of the Browning Society. He also was a member of the Society of colonial Wars, the Sons of the Revolution, Franklin Inn and University Clubs of this city, and the Authors and Pegasus Clubs.

Francis was an author and playwright. A copy of his first play, The Princess Elizabeth, is part of the UPEI Provenance collection; attached to the copy is a letter addressed to Mr. Edmd C. Stedman, dated 28 June 1880:

Dear Sir, I take the liberty of posting to your address today a copy of the dramatic poem which I have just published which I should be glad if you could find time read. Very truly yours, Francis H. Williams

Francis died on 18 June 1922 in his home, known as “Inglenook” (5349 Greene Street) in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


1900 United States Federal Census Year: 1900; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1464; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0492; FHL microfilm: 1241464

“Obituary of Francis Williams". Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 June 1922, p.5.

Passport Applications, 1795-1905. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Roll #: 577; Volume #: Roll 577 - 17 May 1901-23 May 1901

Pennsylvania State Death Certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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