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Francis, J. Newton

Born: 1817-06-06 Connecticut

Died: 1843-11-10 Monticello, Illinois

Flourished: 1831-1843 Springfield, Illinois

Francis moved to Springfield, Illinois, in 1831 with his brother, Simeon Francis. In April 1838, J. Newton and another brother, Allen, became partners with their brother Simeon, publishing the Whig-leaning Sangamo Journal. Francis married Julia A. Constant in 1842, and they had one child together before Francis died in a hunting accident while on a business trip.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 316; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 214-16; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 1 July 1842, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.