Franklin Edgar Whittecar

Brief Life History of Franklin Edgar

When Franklin Edgar Whittecar was born on 13 July 1853, in Indiana, United States, his father, Diamond Whittecar, was 33 and his mother, Malissa Donaldson, was 30. He lived in Milford, Van Buren Township, Kosciusko, Indiana, United States in 1860 and Iowa, United States in 1870. He died on 14 March 1871, in Long Creek Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States, at the age of 17, and was buried in Decatur, Iowa, United States.

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Diamond Whittecar
Malissa Donaldson
Frances Ellen Whittecar
Wesley Allen Whittecar
Jasper Newton Whittecar
Bowen Whittecar
William Faulkner Whittecar
Franklin Edgar Whittecar
Mary Alice Whittecar
Charles Ephraim Whittecar
Henry Willard Whittecar
Clinton Whittecar
James Andrew Whittecar

Sources (5)

  • Francis E Whittecar in household of Dimond Whittecar, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Franklin Edgar Whittecar - Individual or family possessions: birth:
  • Franklin Edgar Whittecar, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.


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

Name Meaning

Transferred use of the surname, derived from Middle English frankeleyn ‘freeman’, denoting a member of a class of men who were not of noble birth but who were nevertheless freeholders. The vocabulary word is derived from Old French franc, meaning both ‘free’ and ‘Frankish’. The connection between freemen and Franks is reflected in the Late Latin term francalia, originally denoting lands held by Franks, which came to mean lands not subject to taxes. The given name is now quite common, especially in the United States, where it is often bestowed in honour of the statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin ( 1706–90 ). A more recent influence was President Franklin D. Roosevelt ( 1882–1945 ).

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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