Born: 1815-04-12 Wethersfield, Connecticut
Flourished: 1834-1861 Springfield, Illinois
In 1829, Allen moved west from Connecticut with his seven siblings. He initially settled in St. Louis, but in 1834 he joined his brothers Josiah and Simeon Francis in Springfield, Illinois, where he worked at and later became a partner in the Whig Illinois State Journal. In 1838, Francis married Cecilia B. Duncan, with whom he had six children. In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Francis to the consulate in Vancouver, where he resided for the remainder of his life.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 313-16; Abraham Lincoln to William H. Seward; Frederick W. Seward to Abraham Lincoln.