Zalewski Family Genealogy

Adrien FRANCOIS[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Male 1832 - 1900  (67 years)


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  • Name Adrien FRANCOIS 
    Born 18 Mar 1832  Mont-Saint-Guibert, Brabant, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Gender Male 
    Birth 18 Mar 1832  Hévillers, Brabant, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Immigration 1856  New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Name Adriene Francoit 
    Name Henry Adrien Francois 
    Occupation 1860–1870  [11, 12
    Farmer 
    _FSFTID KCWG-J47 
    _UID 463C1DC3FFC3B642AB999B2216E82C9EE5FD 
    Died 5 Jan 1900  Plover, Portage, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Buried Stevens Point, Portage, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Address:
    Saint Stephen Cemetery 
    Person ID I1643  Zalewski Family
    Last Modified 7 May 2015 

    Father Guillaume FRANCOIS,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Marie Josephe DENIS,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F247  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Fulvie Adelaide PIETTE,   b. Abt 1842, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1863  [2, 8
    Children 
     1. Eliza Louise FRANCOIS,   b. Abt 1864, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth FRANCOIS,   b. 26 Apr 1866, Brussels, Door, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1936, Brussels, Door, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Mary FRANCOIS,   b. Abt 1867, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Josephine FRANCOIS,   b. 1 Oct 1871, Door, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1950, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Artell FRANCOIS,   b. Abt 1873, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Adele FRANCOIS,   b. 23 Apr 1874, Brussels, Door, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Louisa FRANCOIS,   b. Abt 1876, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Lucy FRANCOIS,   b. Abt 1878, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Adrien Constant FRANCOIS,   b. 22 Sep 1882,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Ida FRANCOIS
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F568  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Flora SEETNOGLE,   b. Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852 
    Married 1851 
    Children 
     1. Celestiane FRANCOIS
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F673  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Military Service U.S. Civil War; Member Co F 34th Wis Inf; enlisted 6 December 1862; transferred to Co H 27 December 1862; deserted 31 January 1863



      Land Claim 2 MAY 1859 40 Acres Located at SWNW of Section 28, Brussels Township, Door County, Wisconsin -- "Land Patent Records, State of Wisconsin"



      Lost house and contents, barn, crops, farming tools, and cattle in the Great Fire of Northeastern Wisconsin, October 1871 -- Hjalmar R. Holand, "History of Door County Wisconsin", 1917, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois.



      Arrived on the "Trumbull" on 22 Apr 1856 to New York

    Immigration:
    • Aboard the ship "Trumbull"", from Antwerp to New York, 4 March 1856 to 22 April 1856

    Died:
    • Adrien Francois was born 17 March 1834 in the village of Hevillers, Brabant Wallon Province, Belgium. In 1856 he immigrated to the U.S. along with his wife, Marie Francoise Sufriangville (ca. 1834-1862) , and their three children, Adam, Marie Florentine, and Celestine; others in the party were Adrien's brother Pierre, Pierre's family, and a neighbor from Hevillers, Jean Joseph Tonnon. The party proceeded to the then frontier Town of Brussels in Door County, Wisconsin, where in May 1857 they made land claims and established the foundations of the village of Misiere.

      Adrien's wife, Marie Francoise, died in 1862. The following year Adrien married Fulvie Adelaide Piette (1846-1905), a fellow immigrant from Belgium who had arrived in the Misiere area with her parents in 1857. Adrien and Fulvie had six children, all born at Misiere.

      Adrien continued to reside at Misiere until the mid-1880s. He was involved there in many enterprises, including farming and the operation of a saloon and dance hall. He also held a number of civil posts, including postmaster at Misiere, member of the Door County Board, and Clerk of the Board of the Town of Brussels. He was also among the founders of the St. Michaels Catholic Church, which was built upon land donated by Adrien.

      Adriens twice lost he home to fire, first in the Great Fire of 8 October 1871 which laid waste to a large portion of northeastern Wisconsin, and again in a fire that destroyed his home and saloon in 1885.

      After his time in Door County Adrien first moved to Green Bay, where he engaged in a brick-making business with his brother. He subsequently moved to Springville (later named Plover) in Portage County, Wisconsin. He died there 5 January 1900 and is buried in Saint Stephen Cemetery.

      His name at birth was spelled Adrien. During his years in Door County the spelling most commonly used was Adrian. In his last years he was mostly known by the name Andrew, perhaps as an attempt to anglicize his name when he was no longer a member of the dominantly French-speaking community at Misiere. Also, in some late records, including his obituary, his surname was recorded in the anglicized form as Frances or Francis.

      Obituary-----
      Died at Springville:
      Andrew Frances of Springville, who died Friday evening of apoplexy, aged 66 years was buried from St. Stephen's Catholic church Monday morning at 9 o'clock Rev. W. J. Rice officiating.
      Mr. Frances was born in Belgium on March 17, 1832, and came to this country when a small boy. After residing 35 years in Door county and 14 years at Green Bay, he came to Springville in 1894, and bought a small farm on which he had lived ever since. He leaves a large family of children all grown and married including Mrs. Mary Simon, Mrs. Josephine Gesion [Gyrion] and Mrs. Lucy Simon of Springville.
      He died at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon as the result of a third stroke of paralysis received the previous Wednesday. (Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Saturday 13 January 1900 p.5

  • Sources 
    1. [S200] 1880 US Census, District 36, Brussels, Door Co., Wisconsin.

    2. [S71] History of Door County, 60.

    3. [S245] Wallonia, Belgium Births, 1559-1934, 6 August 2011; 18 Mar 1832.

    4. [S372] Belgium, Births and Baptisms, 1560-1890, 22 February 2015; Adrien Francois, 18 Mar 1832; citing Hévillers, Brabant, Belgium.

    5. [S252] Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926, 22 February 2015; Adelle Francios, 23 Apr 1874; citing Brussells, Door, Wisconsin.

    6. [S252] Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926, 22 February 2015; Mary Francios, 02 Mar 1868; citing Brussells, Door, Wisconsin.

    7. [S245] Wallonia, Belgium Births, 1559-1934, 12 February 2011; Adrien Francois - 18 mars 1832.

    8. [S110] RootsWeb WorldConnect, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=penbelgen&id=I06489.

    9. [S105] Passenger List of the "Trumbull", March-April 1856.

    10. [S284] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.

    11. [S192] 1860 US Census.

    12. [S183] 1870 US Census.

    13. [S343] Find-A-Grave Entry, 7 May 2015; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77322733.