man Abraham Franklin‏‎    , son of Abraham? Franklin and N.N.‏.
Born ‎± 1771, died ‎± 1820‎, approximately 49 years

Married ‎ at Richlands, Tazewell, Virginia, United States to:

woman Sarah Spears‏‎    , daughter of William Spears and Mary Beck‏.
Nickname: Sally, born ‎± 1780 at North Carolina, United States In the 1850 Census of Russell County, Virginia, Sally SPEERS, aged 70, was residing in the household of Shadrick Franklin. Her place of birth was recorded as North Carolina., died ‎after 1850 at Wise, Wise, Virginia, United States In an 1885 listing of the membership of the Big Glades Church on Indian Creek, Wise County, VA, one Sally Franklin is listed on the rolls among the deceased. There is no indication of the year of her death. However, the church was constituted and licensed in 1865, so it would seem that she may have lived beyond that date.

One can infer from circumstances that this is the same Sarah (Sally) Spears who was mother of Byrd Franklin, since he is listed on the church rolls. His wife Agnes was listed on the rolls as "dismissed".

Children:

1.
man Abel Franklin‏
Nickname: Able, born ‎± 1797 at North Carolina, United States, died ‎1878 at Van Lear, Johnson, Kentucky, United States‎, approximately 81 years


Abel Franklin and his wife Elizabeth appear as the grantors of three indentures recorded in Scott County, Virginia, on 13 February 1833. At D.B. 4, p. 269 there is an indenture to Thomas Jeffries (or Jeffers). Also at D.B. 4, p. 269 there is an indenture to James Jeffers. On the following page (p. 270) is another entered to James Jeffries.

Abel Franklin's name appears several times, as well, in the settlement of accounts for the estate of Walter Stallard, father-in-law of Bird Franklin. In Will Book 2, at p. 164 there is a Report of Sale of Personal Estate items to "Abel Franklin to an account...0.33 1/3..." In the Settlement of Accounts (W.B. 2, p. 192) there is a contra entry "By an account on Abel Franklin charged as lost above and not collected... 2.33 1/3..."


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Abel Franklin and his wife Elizabeth appear as the grantors of three indentures recorded in Scott County, Virginia, on 13 February 1833. At D.B. 4, p. 269 there is an indenture to Thomas Jeffries (or Jeffers). Also at D.B. 4, p. 269 there is an indenture to James Jeffers. On the following page (p. 270) is another entered to James Jeffries.

Abel Franklin's name appears several times, as well, in the settlement of accounts for the estate of Walter Stallard, father-in-law of Bird Franklin. In Will Book 2, at p. 164 there is a Report of Sale of Personal Estate items to "Abel Franklin to an account...0.33 1/3..." In the Settlement of Accounts (W.B. 2, p. 192) there is a contra entry "By an account on Abel Franklin charged as lost above and not collected... 2.33 1/3..."
2.
man Bird S. V. Franklin‏, Nickname: Byrd Franklin    
Born ‎29 Dec 1806 at North Carolina, United States It is worth noting that in the 1870 census, Bird Franklin reported that his state of birth was Maryland, not North Carolina., died ‎27 Jun 1890 at Letcher, Kentucky, United States‎, 83 years, buried ‎ at Crafts Colly (Ermine), Letcher, Kentucky, United States Bird is believed buried in an unmarked or fieldstone-marked grave in the Franklin Cemetery.

The earliest public record for Bird Franklin appears in the marriage records of Scott County, Virginia. The marriage of Bird Franklin to Agnes Stallard was recorded on 15 January, 1827.

In 1834, Bird Franklin entered a claim to 100 acres of land on the head of Stallards Creek, a south branch of the Clinch River, Scott County, Virginia. The claim was entered under Treasury Warrant 11172 dated March 4, 1834.

On 2 July 1835 in Deed Book 5, p. 173 of Scott County, Virginia, an indenture was recorded between Lucy Stallard and Bird Franklin, whereby:
"...the said Lucy Stallard for and in consideration of the sum of thirty five dollars good and lawful money of the Commonwealth to her in hand paid at and before the delivery of these presents by the said Bird Franklin... have bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and saell unto the said Bird Frankling (sic) all the right title and interest that the said Lucy hath to her father Walter Stallard's estate being one thirteenth part of the said estate..."

On 9 September 1836, in Deed Book 4, p.379 of Scott County, Virginia, an indenture between William Powers and Bird Franklin was recorded whereby:
"...in consideration of the sum of thirty dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is acknowledged, has this day bargained granted and sold, and by these presents doth grant bargain sell and convey unto the said Bird Franklin all the Powers interest in the lands of Walter Stallard dec'd and the said William Powers is one of the heirs of the said Stallard..."

In Deed Book 6, p. 146 of Scott County, Virginia, a conveyance of date 26 October 1837 by Bird and Agnes Franklin et al was made to James Stallard, representing a partial distribution of their interest in the Walter Stallard properties. Another conveyance entered into on 17 September 1837 and recorded at Deed Book 6, p. 148, was made by Bird and Aggie Franklin et al to Noah Greer.

Bird Franklin also figured in the disposition of the personal estate of Walter Stallard. The Report of Sale of Personal Estate recorded in Scott County Will Book 2, p. 164, entered 20 June 1834, records Bird as the purchaser of the following: "...to 1 sorrel horse $26.00; to 1 roan horse 36.00; to 1 cow and calf 11.00; to 1 barrel, tub & churn 00.50..." A further Report of Sale of Personal Estate was entered in W.B. 2, p. 183 on 7 March 1835, listing "Bird Franklin to 2nd lot of corn $8.12 1/2..."



As to the Settlement of Accounts for Walter Stallard (W.B. 2, p.192): "To property advanced by decedent to Bird Franklin as per appraisement exhibited by Adminrs. but still retained by them...$36.25..."

From "History of the Pound (Virginia)", published by the Historical Society of the Pound, there are two references to Bird Franklin as a resident of the head of Indian Creek at least as late as 1858. At page 45, this book says: "Byrd Franklin was an early settler on the Sepulcher Branch of Rocky Fork whose land extended across to Indian Creek according to Deed Book 1, Page 65, dated Nov. 28, 1858." Further reference indicates that his property is "what is now known as the John Salyer place". Also, at page 41, reference is made to "Randolph (Hubbard)...lived on the head of Indian Creek on Byrd Franklin's land in 1858."

On January 6, 1873, a deed was recorded in Letcher County, KY, to Bird Franklin, as grantee, for a tract of land on Colly Creek. The grantors were Shade and Elizah Franklin. The deed was dated November 7, 1872.

On July 27, 1881, a deed was recorded from Bird and Nancy Franklin, grantors, to John Middleton, grantee, for 75 acres on Lickrock Branch of Crafts Colly, Letcher County, KY. The deed was dated January 21, 1881.
3.
woman Mahala Franklin‏‎
Born ‎1811 at Virginia, United States
4.
man Shadrach Franklin‏, Nickname: Shadrick Franklin
Nickname: Shade, born ‎between 1810 and 1812 at North Carolina, United States, died ‎between 1880 and 1900 at Letcher, Kentucky, United States‎
An early record of Shadrach "Shade" Franklin in Letcher County, KY, appears in Deed Book C-D, p. 305. He transferred title to 140 acres, located on Colly Creek, to John A. Hall by deed dated 2 Jan 1866.

In a deed dated 7 Nov 1872 and recorded in Letcher County on 6 Jan 1873, Shade and Elizah (sic) Franklin deeded to Bird Franklin a tract of land on Colly Creek.

By deed of 11 June 1888, recorded in Deed Book "O", p. 591, Shaderick (sic) Franklin deeded to Eliza Jane Franklin, his wife, 50 acres which he had bought from Greenway Hall on 2 Feb 1885. The purpose of the transfer was so that she may "raise and take care of Mary Bell, Martha, and Crissie Franklin, minor children of mine and my wife Eliza Jane Franklin."

To submit corrections or additions: Dan Mohn