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Graham Francis

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Graham Inglesby Francis, the founder of Lea-Francis

c1862 Born at Islington the son of George B. Francis, a Wholesale Druggist, and his wife Sarah

Started work with Ludwig Loewe and Co in Berlin

1890 Birth of son Gordon Inglesby Francis in Hartford, Conn., USA

1891 General Manager of the Auto Machinery Co

1891 Living at Hertford Terrace, Coventry. Graham I. Francis (age 29 born Islington), Manager at Screw Works. With his wife Elizabeth (age 28 born Canterbury) and their son Gordon I. (age 1 born America, British subject) and their daughter Helena (age 4 months born Coventry). Also mother-in-law Mary Mares (age 53 born Horsham). One servant. [1]

1895 With Richard Henry Lea started a business in Day's lane, Coventry which was known as Lea and Francis.

1901 Living at Higher Dean, Berkswell. Graham Inglesby Francis (age 39 born Islington), a Cycle Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Elizabeth (age 38 born Canterbury) and their son Gordon Francis (age 11 born Hartford, Conn., USA), Helena Francis (age 10 born Coventry) and Bernard J. (age 7 born Stoke). [2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1891 Census
  2. 1901 census
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. Published 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9