Gay Nell Franklin

about 1908–29 October 1996 (Age 88)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of Gay Nell

When Gay Nell Franklin was born about 1908, in Kentucky, United States, her father, William Jesse "Willie" Franklin, was 37 and her mother, Mary "Mollie" Franklin, was 34. She married Robert E. Douglas on 9 May 1973, in Green, Kentucky, United States. She lived in Magisterial District 1, Lawrence, Kentucky, United States in 1930 and Magisterial District 1 Greensburg, Green, Kentucky, United States in 1940. She died on 29 October 1996, in Tennessee, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Campbellsville Memorial Gardens, Campbellsville, Taylor, Kentucky, United States.

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Robert E. Douglas
Gay Nell Franklin
Marriage: 9 May 1973

Spouse and Children

9 May 1973
Green, Kentucky, United States

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World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 0

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1912 · McCreary County Created

Age 4

Named after James B. McCreary a Confederate war hero and two time Governor of Kentucky McCreary County was created in 1912.

Age 23

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

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)

  • Gay Franklin in household of Willie Franklin, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Gay Franklin in household of William Franklin, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Gay Walker in household of George Walker, "United States Census, 1930"

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