Most of my family history revolves around Somerset, and mostly within ten miles of my home town. I have one direct ancestor from Herefordshire and one from the New Forest, neither of which I have had any success in tracing back beyond their parents. So when Newfoundland popped up as a birthplace in a census I began to wonder if I had any very distant cousins here in Canada.
By 1881,  Henrietta is his only child still living at home, but they have now been joined by his nephew, Aquila Francis, aged 20 and born in Hermatra Cove (I am now sure that this is a transcription error), Newfoundland. This is where it gets interesting. If there were any taboos in those days about dating one's first cousin, their hormones got the better of them, because by 1891  Aquila is now given as Alfred's son-in-law, and Aquila and Henrietta have two sons, Jonas and Ernest. The youngest, Jonas, aged 7, was born in Hermitage Bay, Newfoundland, so I can only guess that they had travelled back to visit Aquila's parents. Aquil'a place of birth is now also given as Hermitage Bay.
Now, it seems that Aquila snr had two, possibly three wives (comments suggest that the handwriting is hard to discern), and many children, one of whom was John Thomas b 18 Dec 1864.  Could this be the 80 year old J. Thomas living with his son Aquilla W. Francis, married to Dessie?  There is also a son, Oliver Francis, who must certainly be this gentleman who passed away not too long ago in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, son of Aquilla Wellington and Dessima Mabel (Rose) Francis. 
If this is all correct, then I probably have a lot of distant cousins right here in Nova Scotia.
It looks like Aquila (snr), his wife Martha, and Aquilla W's graves can still be found in Hermitage. 
To round off a good day, I just found Aquila's (snr) baptism at St Mary Magdalene, Ditcheat, 01 Jan 1815.  It would still be nice to find something on the Newfoundland side to tie him back more positively to this. His death record just gives England as his place of birth,  though I think the circumstantial evidence is pretty strong. I do get nervous though when I find a baptismal record for another Aquila Francis, just three years later in the same church, but to different parents.
- UK CENSUS 1861 (7th April 1861)
- UK CENSUS 1871 (2nd April 1871)
- UK CENSUS 1881 (Sunday 3rd April 1881)
- UK CENSUS 1891 (5 April 1891)
- 1945 Census - Hermitage
- Newfoundland Obit Announcements From Nova Scotia Newspapers Halifax Herald June 2007
- Stonepics Database Surnames "Foran to Garf"
- St Mary Magdalene (FreeREG) Aquila to Jonas and Mary bp.01 Jan 1815
- Register of Deaths Fortune Bay District 1902 - 1906
- St Mary Magdalene (FreeREG) Aquila to Hanah and James Francis bp.14 Aug 1818