John D. Franklin

Brief Life History of John D.

When John D. Franklin was born on 11 July 1848, in Michigan, United States, his father, Henry Franklin, was 55 and his mother, Mary Hart, was 41. He married Viola A. Colby on 5 January 1871, in Livonia Township, Wayne, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Northville, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1910 and Novi, Oakland, Michigan, United States in 1920. He died on 2 May 1929, in Nankin Township, Wayne, Michigan, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Redford, Wayne, Michigan, United States.

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John D. Franklin
Viola A. Colby
Marriage: 5 January 1871
Harriet Anna Franklin
Alice Franklin
Merrill Colby Franklin
Alma A. Franklin
Henry William Franklin
Grace Mae Franklin
Lavern Franklin
Ival Franklin
Roy Earl Franklin
Laverne Franklin

Sources (65)

  • John B Franklin, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John Franklin, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John D. Franklin, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

World Events (8)

1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

English: status name from Middle English frankeleyn ‘freeman, freeholder, land-owner of free but not noble birth’ (Anglo-Norman French fraunclein). In general, he was a gentleman ranked above the main body of minor freeholders but below a knight or a member of the nobility.

Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames, such as Frankel .

History: The American statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) was the son of Josiah Franklin, a chandler (dealer in soap and candles), who had emigrated c. 1682 from Ecton, Northamptonshire, to Boston, MA, where his son was born.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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