The beautiful Richmond Cemetery in Madison County, Kentucky, is the final resting place of Thomas and Mary Broaddus Francis. Members of true pioneering families, both were born in Virginia just after the Revolutionary War had ended, when our country was still in its infancy. They moved with their families to the new land of Kentucky while at a young age and were married in Madison County June 11, 1815, where they began to raise their family. Thomas was a farmer, like most of the others in the community at that time period.
In the 1850 census for Madison County, Thomas is listed as 61 years of age, a farmer, with with Mary, 54, and children William, 22, farmer; Daniel, 20; Margaret, 16; Elly (or Evy), 15; and Julia, 13. It is very possible that there were older children already married and in homes of their own at this time. In fact, a Thomas Francis, 26, is listed just before the elder Thomas in the census, with wife, Elizabeth, 27, and children James, 7; Mary L., 6, and Permelia, 4. Very likely the son of Thomas and Mary.
In 1860 Thomas and Mary are living in a hotel run by P. P. Ballard. Thomas is 71, listed as a retired farmer, and Polly (nickname for Mary) is 63. Son William lives there also and is deputy sheriff for the county. Just below William’s name, A. M. Robbins, minister of the Christian Church, age 38, is listed, with wife, Julia, 24, and daughter, Mary, 1. Evidently this is the youngest daughter listed in the 1850 census, now married, with a daughter named for her mother.
Mary Broaddus, wife of Thomas Francis, born October 28, 1796, died June 3, 1862
Mary Broaddhus Francis died June 3, 1862, at the age of 65. Thomas lived another few years and passed away March 21, 1865.
Thomas Francis, born May 15, 1789, died March 21, 1865