According to Lady Tremaine, she and Francis had married for love, and she even viewed him as the light of her life. He was the Master of the Mercer's Guild, and knew Cinderella's father briefly. It was through this acquaintance that Cinderella's father learned of his death later on, and in turn led him to ask for the widowed Lady Tremaine's hand in marriage. Francis' death was one of the most prominent factors as to why Lady Tremaine was so bitter, mercenary, and easily jealous.
- The mention of his name contradicts information given previously in the Disney Villains: Top Secret Files, which had stated that Cinderella's father's last name was "Tremaine".