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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Family Time Line

John “David” Clarkson
1700–1802
Nancy Whitlow Franklin
–1757
Marriage: 1725
David Clarkson
1726–1802
Peter Clarkson
1732–1813
Mary Ann Clarkson
1735–1825
Manoah Clarkson
1741–1829

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
1725
Virginia, United States
children

(4)

Parents and Siblings

    James Franklin II

    Male1670–1747Male

    Ann Smith

    Female1677–Female

siblings

(2)

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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