Nancy Whitlow Franklin

–15 April 1757
Albemarle, Virginia, British Colonial America

The Life of Nancy Whitlow

Nancy Whitlow Franklin was born in Albemarle, Virginia, British Colonial America as the daughter of James Franklin II and Ann Smith. She married John “David” Clarkson in 1725, in Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 15 April 1757, in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, Virginia, British Colonial America.

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John “David” Clarkson
Nancy Whitlow Franklin
Marriage: 1725
David Clarkson
Peter Clarkson
Mary Ann Clarkson
Manoah Clarkson

Spouse and Children

Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings

    James Franklin II


    Ann Smith




Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English frankelin ‘franklin’, a technical term of the feudal system, from Anglo-Norman French franc ‘free’ ( see Frank 2) + the Germanic suffix -ling. The status of the franklin varied somewhat according to time and place in medieval England; in general, he was a free man and a holder of fairly extensive areas of land, a gentleman ranked above the main body of minor freeholders but below a knight or a member of the nobility.2 The surname is also borne by Jews, in which case it represents an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.3 In modern times, this has been used to Americanize François, the French form of Francis .

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

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