Francis was born about 1710 in Ireland, the son of unknown parents.
He died about 1761 in Augusta County, VA.
His wife was Margaret Patterson, who he married in ABT 1710 in Ireland. Their eight known children were Isabella (c1732-?), Markham (c1734-?), George (c1740-?), Margaret Ann (c1742-?), James (c1744-?), Malcolm (c1745-?), Francis Jr (?-?) and Katrine (?-?).