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Joseph William Francom

Male 1869 - 1947  (77 years)


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  • Name Joseph William Francom 
    Born 7 Oct 1869  Payson, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Apr 1947  St. George, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Buried 16 Apr 1947  Riverview Cemetery, Tremonton, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Notes 
    • CENSUS

      1880
      Joseph W. Francom; Age, 10; Est. birth year, 1879; Birthplace, Utah Territory; Relation, Son; Home in 1880, Levan, Juab, Utah; Marital status, Single; Race, White; Gender, Male; Head of household, Joseph Francom; Father's birthplace, Eng; Mother's birthplace, Eng; Census Place, Levan, Juab, Utah; Roll, T9_1336; FH Film, 1255336; Page, 405D; Enumeration District, 25; Image, 459

      1920
      Joseph W. Francom; Age, 50; Est. birth year, 1869; Birthplace, Utah; Race, White; Home in 1920, Elwood, Box Elder, Utah; Sex, Male; Marital Status, Married; Able to read and write, Yes; Roll, T625_1861; Age, 19B; ED ll; Image, 0441; State, Utah; County, Box Elder; Township, Elwood

      1890, 1900, 1930
      Nothing recorded as of 30 Nov 2004

      Nothing recorded as of 20 Nov 2004

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    • FROM DONNA VEE CORNIA, GRANDDAUGHTER:

      I remember Grandma and Grandpa Francom stopping at our home in South Weber, Davis, Utah, on their way to St. George for the winter and again on their way back to Elwood. Grandfather never paid much attention to his grandchildren, but was always talking about religion. I remember him talking about the white and black horses mentioned in the Bible, and he said they represented Russia and the United States.

      The only help he gave my mother after my father died and left my mother and six children, was a bag of whole wheat flour occasionally. He believed strongly in eating whole wheat bread and healthy foods.

      My mother, Myrle Dean Francom his oldest child, did not have happly memories of her father as she was growing up. He expected her to work in the fields all day and then to help Grandmother in the house in the evening. She finally rebelled just before she left home to get married and was afraid he would retaliate in some way, but he didn't. She needed a coat when she got married and asked him to buy her one, but he refused, so my father, John Kendell, bought her one before they were married.

      The only gift he ever gave us was during World War II. He would give us each a stamp to put in a small book we all had to eventually buy a savings bond when we had accumulated $l8.75 in stamps.

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    • FROM VIRGIL FRANCOM, SON:

      Father loved animals, even chickens and sheep. He was always kidding and joking with Mother. He had a sense of humor. We had a goat, so family had goat milk. Remember the Model T Ford he had. Parents pulled a little trailer with a little, old truck to Mesa, Arizona, every winter to do temple work for 9 or l0 years. Then they bought a lot that had two houses on it. They sold one and repaired the other one to live in.

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    • BIOGRAPHY:

      Born in Payson, Utah, Utah 7 Oct 1869, the second child of Martha Heaton and Joseph Francom. When he was 6 weeks old they moved to Levan, Juab, Utah. There were 11 children in the family - 6 boys and 5 girls. Baptized in Levan, Utah when 10 years old by Eric Peterson and confirmed by Ely Curtis. Ordained a deacon when 14 years old by Bishop Asgard. Ordained an Elder by B.H. Roberts when he was twenty years old. Attended school in Levan, Utah, Utah. Helped to support the family when he was fourteen because of his father's health. Father died when Joseph was twenty-one years old.

      Married Mary Ann Cole 6 Feb 1895 in Manti Temple, Manti, Sanpete, Utah. Lived in Levan when first married. First child, Myrle Dean Francom, born 9 August 1896. Ten weeks later, on 26 Oct 1896, he was set apart for a mission to the Northern States by apostle Heber J. Grant. Released from mission 21 Dec 1898. In 1899 ordained a high priest and set apart as a high councilman in Juab Stake by Francis M. Lyman. Bought a farm from neighbor, George Larson, in 1899. Second child, Joseph Edgar, born 10 Oct 1899 in Levan, Utah, Utah. Third child, Martha Gladys Francom, born 21 Nov 1901 born in Levan, Utah, Utah. In March, 1902, moved from Levan to Midway, Wasatch, Utah. In spring of 1903, set apart as Bishop of Midway 1st ward by apostle Mathias Cowley. Fourth child, Vivian Eugene Francom, born in Midway, Wasatch, Utah.

      In May, 1906, released as Bishop of Midway Ward and moved to Elwood, Box Elder, Utah, because of Mary Ann's health. The doctor thought the high altitude wasn't good for her and suggested that they move to a lower altitude. What exactly brought Joseph to Elwood is not known, but here in the fall of 1905 he purchased 35 acres on the corner of what now is 9600 North and 4400 West. He built a shed for the horses and a small two-room lean-to for his family, and sent for Mary Ann and the children. They arrived in Deweyville and Joseph picked them up in his wagon. It was so muddy the mud reached up to the hubs on the wagon. Two months later, on 26 June 1904, their 5th child, Delma, was born.

      Joseph was a very righteous man. He was a good husband and father. He enjoyed playing horseshoes. In 1908 Bear River Stake was organized, and Joseph was called as a High Councilor and served in that calling for 22 years. On 26 May 1909 Glen Cole was born. When President Grant called for voluntary six-month missionaries, Joseph volunteered and was called to labor in the Southern States in November, 1909. He was released the following April. Wayne LaVar arrived 24 Feb 1911. Wilber Dee was born 3 Apr 1913. Mark Virgil was born 20 May 1915. The baby, Farrell Jay, was born 3 Jul 1919 when Mary Ann was 48 years old. In 1926, Joseph and Mary bought a farm in Hansel Valley where they had a small herd of sheep.

      He farmed all his life, and although he was never wealthy, he provided a good life for his family. In 1928, Joseph volunteered for another six-month mission to California. He presided over the San Luis Obispo Branch for 5 months. Moved to Snowville in September, 1929. He volunteered and was called on two stake missions while living in Snowville. Moved back to Bear River Stake in 1939. Moved to St. George, Washington, Utah, in 1943. Worked in church publicly from time he was sixteen until he died at age 77. For two years during the winter, Joseph and Mary Ann lived in a trailer house and worked in the Arizona temple. Later they built a home there. Joseph William Francom died of a cerebral hemmorrhage at age 77.

      Also sealed to parents on 29 Oct 1992 Provo (Joseph Francom/Martha Heaton) and on 9 Mar 1995 Provo (Joseph Francom/Marth Heaton). Also sealed to spouse on 13 Mar 2002 Bount (Mary Ann Cole). Moved from Levan l Jun 1902; FHL Film 025634 (Elwood Ward Records).

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    • FAMILY RECORDS OF FRANCIS M. LYMAN:

      15 Jul 1900, set apart as a High Councilman, Juab Stake; 8 Feb 1903, ordained Bishop of Midway East Ward by Mathias F. Cowley; 17 Nov 1925, set apart as missionary to southern states; 29 Mar 1926, released; 10 Dec 1929, set apart as missionary to California mission; May 1930, released; 10 Oct 1936, called to fill stake mission in Curlew Stake; 20 Nov 1938, released as stake missionary; 26 Nov 1900, elected County Commissioner of Juab
    • 8 February 1903, Sunday—“At a quarterly conference held in Heber City, Wasatch Co., Utah…Midway was divided into two Wards with Joseph W. Francom as Bishop of the First Ward.

      Jenson, Andrew. Church Chronology; A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deseret News, 1914: 15.

      He was Bishop until 1906.

      Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deseret News, 1941: 501.

      FRANCOM, Joseph William, Bishop of the Midway 1st Ward, Wasatch Stake, Wasatch Co., Utah, from 1903 to 1906, was born Oct. 7, 1869, at Payson, Utah Co., Utah, a son of Joseph Francom and Martha Heaton. He was baptized June 8, 1880, ordained a High Priest July 15, 1900, by Francis M. Lyman, and a Bishop Feb. 8, 1903, by Mathias F. Cowley.

      Jenson, Andrew. Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 4. Deseret News, 1941: 660.

    Person ID I4847  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2006 

    Father Joseph Francom,   b. 21 Apr 1844, Saint Luke, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1892, Levan, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Martha Heaton,   b. 29 Mar 1845, Wilsden, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1934, Levan, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1866  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F80  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Ann Cole,   b. 17 Feb 1871, Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1968, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1895  Manti, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Children 
    +1. Myrle Dean Francom,   b. 9 Aug 1896, Levan, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1993, McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     2. Joseph Edgar Francom,   b. 10 Oct 1899, Levan, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1935, Victorville, San Bernardino, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
    +3. Martha Gladys Francom,   b. 21 Nov 1901, Levan, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1994, Clearfield, Davis, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     4. Vivian Eugene Francom,   b. 15 Sep 1903, Midway, Wasatch, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1921, Tremonton, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     5. Delma Francom,   b. 25 Jun 1906, Elwood, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1999, At home, Midvale, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +6. Glen Cole Francom,   b. 26 May 1909, Elwood, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1963, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +7. Wayne Lavar Francom,   b. 24 Feb 1911, Elwood, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1991, Tremonton, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +8. Wilbur Dee Francom,   b. 3 Apr 1913, Elwood, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1967, Conrad, Pondera, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +9. M.V. Francom
    +10. Farrel Jay Francom,   b. 3 Jul 1919, Elwood, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1996, St. George, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F38  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    FRANCOM, Joseph William
    FRANCOM, Joseph William
    FRANCOM, Joseph William
    FRANCOM, Joseph William
    FRANCOM, Joseph William & Mary Ann: 50th wedding anniversary
    FRANCOM, Joseph William & Mary Ann: 50th wedding anniversary

    Documents
    FRANCOM, Joseph William: death certificate
    FRANCOM, Joseph William: death certificate

    Headstones
    FRANCOM, JOSEPH WILLIAM (1869-1947) & MARY ANN (1971-1968)
    FRANCOM, JOSEPH WILLIAM (1869-1947) & MARY ANN (1971-1968)
    FRANCOM, JOSEPH WILLIAM (1869-1947) & MARY ANN (1871-1968)
    FRANCOM, JOSEPH WILLIAM (1869-1947) & MARY ANN (1871-1968)

    Histories
    FRANCOM, Joseph William & Mary Ann: History
    FRANCOM, Joseph William & Mary Ann: History
    History of Joseph William Francom & Mary Ann Cole, as told to Donna Vee Cornia by Mary Ann Cole, Aug 1953. Retyped 22 Nov 2005 from the original by J.F.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Ward Record (L.D.S.), FHL Film 025634 (Elwood Ward Records).
      Baptism date not recorded in Levan Ward Records. Baptized in June 1880 by George Gardiner. Film viewed by Donna Cornia.

    2. [S10] Death Certificate, # 23, 14 Apr 1947.
      Copy of death certificate obtained by Donna Cornia 9 Mar 1999 by Donna Cornia.

    3. [S22] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    4. [S15] Cemetery Record, Utah Cemetery Inventory, Ancestry.com.

    5. [S141] Death Index, Utah, 1905-1951.

    6. [S10] Death Certificate, # 23, 14 Apr 1947.
      Copy of death certificate obtained by Donna Cornia 9 Mar 1999 by Donna Cornia. Pickett Mortuary, St. George, Utah.

    7. [S18] Special Collections Film, FHL Film #083395, pg 66l..

    8. [S6] Ward Record (L.D.S.), FHL Film Utah N 2 (Nephi Ward Records).

    9. [S14] Temple Record (L.D.S.), FH L Film 0170490 ( Manti Temple), pg 132, item 2369.
      Married by John D.S. McAllister. Witnesses: Ole Jensen and Samuel Ware.

    10. [S28] Marriage License, Utah, Juab County Marriage Licence.