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1841 John Francis, Brass Founders, 43 Alum Street Street, Manchester 
1842 Listed under 'Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors': John Francis, brass founder and gas fitter, in Lancaster Castle 
Lancaster, 13th December 1842: John Francis, formerly of Canal Street, Manchester, Provision Shopkeeper, and of Allum Street, Brass Founder and Gas Fitter, then of 121, Great Ancoats Street, Commission Agent, Brass Founder, and Gas Fitter, in Allum Street, and late of 121 Great Ancoats Street, out of business