Francis M. McElfresh

b. 1872, d. Sep 16, 1947
FatherJohn McElfresh b. Mar 25, 1839, d. Sep 11, 1921
MotherMartha Glendening b. Jun 6, 1847, d. May 4, 1924
     Francis was born in MO in 1872.1,2,3,4
     Francis M. McElfresh was listed as a resident in John McElfresh's household in the census report in Banner Township, Smith Co, KS, in Apr, 1895.1
     He married Harriett Isabelle "Belle" Hays on Jan 24, 1906.5,6,7,8,3,4
     They resided in Smith Co, KS, in Feb, 1906, in farm 5 mi southwest Smith Center.8
     A census listed Francis as head of household in Banner Township, Smith Co, KS, on Sep 10, 1910. Francis was a farmer, with a mortgaged farm, and the children were in school. Francis and Harriett's marriage was a second for both; Harriett had had four children, three still living..9
     Francis M. McElfresh and Harriett Isabelle "Belle" McElfresh appeared on the census of Jan 16, 1920 in Banner Township, Smith Co, KS; Francis owned a farm, with a mortgage, and he and the boys were working it.2
     Francis was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census in Banner Township, Smith Co, KS. Francis, Harold and George were working the family farm. They had a radio.3
     Francis died on Sep 16, 1947.8,4 He was buried circa Sep, 1947 at Fairview Cemetery, in Smith Center, Smith Co, in KS.4
Francis McElfresh, Belle Hays Weltmer McElfresh, George Weltmer
Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, KS
Photo by Julia Langel, July 2011


Harriett Isabelle "Belle" Hays b. October 3, 1875, d. September 9, 1963
  • Jessie Florence McElfresh10,9 b. circa 1896, d. Dec 29, 1976


  1. [S163] 1895 Census -- KS, Banner Township , Page 1, Dwelling 1, Familyl 1, John McElfresh household.
  2. [S571] 1920 U.S. Population Census, E.D. 208, shee 4, line 41, dwelling 82, family 82, Kansas, Smith County.
  3. [S1112] 1930 U. S. Census, Kansas, Smith County, Banner Township, ED 1, sheet 3A, line 22, family 55, Kansas, Smith County.
  4. [S1998] Francis M. McElfresh, Belle McElfresh and George Weltmer Cemetery Marker, Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, Smith Co, KS.
  5. [S57] Book, History of Smith Centre , page 4.
  6. [S153] Chapman Advertiser, October 25, 1945, page 1, column 5 and 6.
  7. [S200] Smith County Journal, March 6, 1913.
  8. [S457] Smith County Pioneer, v92, n7, September 12, 1963, page 3, page 3, column 4.
  9. [S598] 1910 U. S. population census, ED 196, sheet 8B, line93, dwelling 176, family 178, Kansas, Smith County.
  10. [S457] Smith County Pioneer, v92, n7, September 12, 1963, page 3.
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