Francis Marion Avans was born in Monroe County, Tennessee, the son of John H Avans and Catherine Davis. He married Elizabeth Byod on 22 Jul 1958 in Monroe County, and was the father of 7 Children: Martha, Thomas Jefferson, John H, Sarah Elizabeth, Francis M, theodosia, James willis, and mary j Avans.
He was a Civil War vet. He enlisted as a First Sergeant in company K of the 62nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry. He was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and paroled out after signing an Oath of Allegance. He went right back to fighting for the south after he paroled.
After the war, he relocated his family to Dade county, Georgia. He became a Minister. After the death of his wife Elizabeth, he married Mrs. Amanda Buffington on 13 Dec 1891 in Dade County, Georgia.