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Re: Pitchlynn/Franklin/Spring - La. / Miss.
Posted by: Neale Brown Date: January 09, 2000 at 12:20:31
In Reply to: Re: Pitchlynn/Franklin/Spring - La. / Miss. by Bob Curry of 252

Wiliam Spring (5/24/1795 - 2/2/1876)was born in Jefferson Co, Ga.. He was the son of John (aka Johan)Spring, born 1763 in Orangeburg, S.C. died 4/20/1838 St. Helena Parish, La. and poss. Anne Greene?.

John Spring was a Rev. War Vet, serving in the 3rd S.C. Regiment under Gen. Henderson, Col. Thomason, Captain Rumph and Lt. William Zachary

John's parents were Johann Springen and Margerethe ?, who were Swiss immigrants to S.C.

Mary Franklin and William Spring were married Jul 18 1825 - St. Helena Parish, La.

Several sources indicate that this Mary Franklin is the daughter of Henry Franklin and Sarah (Sallie) McGuire. However, The Mary Franklin who married William Spring was born, per her tombstone, in 1796.

The census of 1820 indicates that none of Henry Franklin's daughters could have born prior to 1805, and probably not prior to 1809 or 1810. (It lists 5 daughters, 1 between 10 and 15 years old and 4 less than 10). While birthdates were less important in those days I find it unlikely that one would be off by ten or more years.

Also, Mary's tombstone indicated she was the "dau. of Jim and Sophia Pitchlin"

Did the Franklins adopt her?

The John S. Spring mentioned was the son of William and Mary, and older brother to my GG Grandfather.

The full blood Choctaw man who took John Pitchlynn's name was originally called "Chafataya" and had several children, including 4 sons named,
confusingly, Peter Pitchlynn, Thomas Pitchlynn, Alex Pitchlynn and Davis Pitchlynn. I've no records of daughters...

Maj. John Pitchlynn was born, I believe, aboard ship near the Island of St. Thomas, not in S.C. (Chronicals of Oklahoma, Vol. 6) and Oklahoma Hist. Soc.)

There is/was no St. Thomas Parish in S.C., and the counties of S.C. were known as "Districts" prior to 1868, and counties now. (never parishes).

So, I remain confused....

-Neale




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