Francis Annie Stuart Tubbs was born November 7, 1853 in Dedford, England to James Matthew Stuart and Nancy Winters Stuart. Francis's parents were converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and baptized in 1848. The family was well off as James had high social status and income. He died, however, in June of 1854, leaving Francis's mother with four small children. Ten years later, she remarried, and the family stayed in England until June of 1868, when they sailed for America. After reaching New York, they took the train to where the saints were located in Missouri. They crossed the plains with the Horton Haight Company and reached Salt Lake City in late August of 1868. The family stayed in Bountiful for two months before moving north and settling in Farmington. While there, Francis met Daniel Tubbs, whom she married in 1870. The family moved to Egin Bannock, Idaho in 1885 until four years later, they returned to Farmington. They later moved to Riverside, Bear River Valley, where they lived in a farm house. Daniel died May 22, 1922, and Francis died twenty years later on January 1, 1942.
This is a one-page typescript biography from the Margaret Steed Hess collection, written by Francis's daughter, Francis Tubbs Hess. Francis describes the trek west as being rather calm, for the Indians did not bother them as they had previous groups. Francis describes her mother as being 'always full of sunshine and smiles, never complaining of her trials.' She served as a teacher in the Relief Society for several years and was an active member of the Church throughout her life.