Ernest Franklin

12 April 1897–21 September 1963 (Age 66)
Daviess, Indiana, United States

The Life of Ernest

When Ernest Franklin was born on 12 April 1897, in Daviess, Indiana, United States, his father, Louis Jackson Franklin, was 28 and his mother, Orpha Annie Burkett, was 26. He married Mary Jane Shafer about 1920, in Indiana, United States. He lived in Odon, Madison Township, Daviess, Indiana, United States in 1932 and Van Buren Township, Daviess, Indiana, United States in 1940. He died on 21 September 1963, in Daviess, Indiana, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Odon, Madison Township, Daviess, Indiana, United States.

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Ernest Franklin
Mary Jane Shafer
Marriage: about 1920

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about 1920
Indiana, United States

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 9

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 19

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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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Sources (3)

  • Ernest Franklin, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Earnest Franklin in household of Louis J Franklin, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Earnest Franklin in household of L Jackson Franklin, "United States Census, 1920"

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