Franklin Family Genealogy Forum
My grandmother's journal has changed things, possibly. Here is the entry. It totally confuses the known facts. This was dictated to my grandmother Dora, married to Robert Earl Franklin, son of James Campbell Franklin (brother to John Allen Franklin) who were son's of George Washington Franklin who was the son of Edward Franklin. Although I apologize for doing this, this journal, while mucking up the genealogical waters for us, does bring important information, which matches up to excerpts from the History of Fentress County. Here is the copy of the excerpt which I typed up. The original can be found on my tree McCoy2 on ancestry.com under user name fractalmom . Now, all THAT being said, it does say in the journal that the original ancestor came from Scotland with a brother but it does NOT actually say that it was Edward...a careful reading will show that it is possible, at the least, that perhaps Edward's father was the immigrant? thoughts? I would love to finish this branch out correctly. Dawn
The first of the Franklin family to settle in America were two brothers, so came from their native Scotland and settled in the Blue grass state in the early days of the States history. They took on the ways of the Kentuckians and became noted horsemen, owning a string of celebrated running horses, thoroughbreds and following the race courses, in which sports the "bloods' of Kentucky led the country. Edward Franklin, the Grandfather of J.A. (John Allen Franklin 'notation added' and James C. and his son George, the father of J.A and J. C were successful horsemen. the grandfather owned many quarter and mile running horses, and a large plantation near Franklin Ky, where where he maintained a race course. The grandfather and father of our subject met their deaths during the Civil War. This loss to Mrs, Franklin caused her untold hardships, and deprivations, as she was left a widow with 6 small children. She was in maidenhood, Dicy Smith who was born in Tennessee, near the Kentucky line. As a result of the loss of her husband, it became necessary fothe son to strike out at an early age to give assistance to his mother and family. This he did at the age of 10 when he worked at $6 per month on a farm near their home, giving his earnings to his Mother. They suffered everything short of starvation. The mother died when her son was only 13 years of age. John Allen was born Feb 22, 1858, 12 miles from the town of Franklin, near the Kentucky border. At the age of 15, a child in years, but a man from bitter experiences, he went to work as a carpenter, first as a barn builder and later as a house builder. He spent some time in Texas. And then came west arriving in Los Angles Oct 12, 1883. He found things dull and came to Sacramento Valley. In addition to Real Estate operations, Mr. Franklin had been successful rancher and breeder of thoroughbred horses, as were his Sires before him, he specialized in full blooded Percheron horses, and was owner of imported stallion of that breed; Jaseus, another animal, one of the finest ever brought to Butte County California which he used for breeding purposes, He also owned full blooded Percheron mares which he kept for breeding purposes. With all the business interests he has found time to serve his County as a constable, in which capacity he is serving his eighth year, and also as deputy sheriff. He was first appointed a deputy under Sheriff John Webber, and later reappointed by the present sheriff W. H. Riddle. It was Mr Franklin who apprehended and brought to justice 6 hog thieves during the spring and summer of 1917. 5 of this gang stood trial and are now serving time, , this gang was a remnant of a criminal band that had operated in Butte County for many years and had committed crimes ranging from petty larceny to murder. Mr. Franklin's marriage which occurred in 1892 united him with Miss Ella M. Burdick. He operated her farm of 180 acres, Mr. & Mrs. Franklin are numbered among the progressive citizens of Butte County. They are the parents of two children, Fred C (who later married Ellen Henderson) James Ray who married Cora Burke of Chico, California.
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