Moses Franklin's son, Joseph, married his first cousin, Mahala Griffin.They built a brick house 5 mi west of Winchester, TN.The bricks for the house was made from dirt excavated from the basement.This house still stands and is occupied.
One clue that may help you in your search is that I and my associate researchers believe that Jemima Franklin's first marriage was to Hugh McCoy, not Daniel McCoy.Daniel was their first born.This is based on information found at the County Library at Winchester, TN.
Inserted below is a paper about my findings on this line of Franklin.Hopefully, there will be clues in it for your search.Keep in mind, this is a work on progress and subject to change.
Copyright28 Sep 2007 - James Mading
Our ancestors truly were pioneers who forged into unknown lands and faced hardships, which they chose to do in order to build this country and to acquire a “living” for themselves and their offspring.Of course, one of the driving forces was getting land for their family.Ownership of land represented independence, freedom, self-reliance and an important part of their estate.This was a new start for many of Irish and Scotch descent.These people came from a long line of families who could not ‘own’ land in their native countries since there were none to be had, and if there was, they would not have had the cash to buy it; A system had developed to keep the serfs poor and un-landed.They worked for the land owner who controlled their resources and produce, and who may have lived as far away as England.Another driver was to escape religious persecution and to gain freedom to practice their faith.
History and records generally tracks male members and his surnames.However, on the hunt to discover my family history, one lady stands out as a heroine: She is Jemima FRANKLIN.She lived through a time that formed much of the material that appears in our grammar school early American history books.She outlived 3 husbands.Her first marriage was to Hugh McCOY, a Scottish conscript in Lord Howe’s Army during the War for Independence by the New United States.Hugh McCOY was not a military man.He was wounded and was brought to the FRANKLIN home in New Jersey to recuperate.After his enlistment term was up, he refused to re-enlist in the British Army, sought the hand of Jemima FRANKLIN, the daughter of his benefactor, and won her favor.The FRANKLIN family and Hugh McCOY removed to Burke Co, NC and the surrounding area.After Jemima and Hugh had about 4 to 6 children, Hugh embarked on a trip back to Scotland to settle some family business as he thought that he might have owned some property.He was never heard of again.One source supposed that he was lost at sea.Time passes and we do not know what Jemima did to survive her ordeal.
Moses FRANKLIN, two sisters and maybe some others came through the Cumberland Gap by wagon train into Kentucky and later into Tennessee.The widow, Jemima (FRANKLIN) McCOY, was a sister to Moses and it is presumed that she was with that wagon train performing domestic duties for the family.Moses FRANKLIN is buried in an old cemetery on a bluff over the Elk River on Vanzand Bend of the Elk River in Tennessee.
At the age of 39, Jemima meets and marries William GRIFFIN in Kentucky.They have 2 to 4 more children and it is believed they arrived at Elk River, Tennessee ca 1807.William GRIFFIN died in 1816 at the age of 75 (on tombstone).After 9 years, Jemima marries again to Thomas WAKEFIELD on 19 Sep 1825, in Franklin Co., TN.Again, we are left wondering how did Jemima manage to survive and care for her children during this 9-year period.There were no more children after the marriage to WAKEFIELD.
Thomas WAKEFIELD was issued a Revolutionary War pension 28 Jun 1834 of $26.66 per year.Mr. WAKEFIELD died 7 Sep 1849 in Franklin Co, TN, and once again Jemima was widowed, but this time she was elderly.Three years later Jemima applied for, and was issued a continuance of her husband’s pension. (Tenn. #2670$26.66 per yearIssued 27 Oct 1853.)Jemima died the following year, 7 Jun 1854 in Franklin Co., TN at age 87 yr 8 mo.
Jemima had outlasted 3 husbands, had been associated with family members who were in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, resided in New Jersey where she found her first love, removed to North Carolina, migrated through the Cumberland Gap to Kentucky and finally settling in Tennessee, only to see members of this extended clan scatter as far west as Texas and to Indiana and Illinois.One of her daughters, Phoebe McCOY, married John BROWN and started a family in Tennessee.In 1828, John and Phoebe (McCOY) BROWN with their children removed to Parkersburg in what is now Richland Co. IL.Two years later (1830), John and Phoebe settled in Decker Township, Richland Co., IL.During the 1830s, John BROWN patented 320 acres, and these patents show as being in Clay Co because Richland Co. did not exist at the time.John BROWN’s holdings became part of Richland Co. when it was organized in 1841.John BROWN disappeared while on trip to Missouri to scout for land.The last word from John BROWN was a letter he posted from St. Louis.A county history states two different dates of this event, one in the 1840s and the other in the 1850s depending on which relative was interviewed for the collection of historical data.However, census records show Phoebe and her son, Absolem BROWN, as members of her household in 1840, and no John BROWN.
In Jemima’s lifetime, historical events that could have had an impact on her life were:The war of 1812, the Black Hawk War 1831-1832, the forced removal of the Cherokees (Trail of Tears, 1838-1839), and the Mexican War (1846-1848).She outlived three husbands and the fate of her first love was unknown.Grandmother Jemima, my heroine.
Note:A typed record about 4 pages long by Thomas J. BROWN was found in a personal album belonging to Eva RULE who lived in Richland Co.He stated that Phoebe McCoy had first married a HUFF and had 2 children before marrying John BROWN.He claimed these first two children died in Illinois in the 1830s and were buried on their farm in Decker Township, Richland Co., IL.He described the approximate location of these graves.I have looked for these graves without success.The only clue that I found was a single red cedar tree, a slow growing tree that is rare in that part of the country.Often, these exist where someone planted it.I also looked for a depression or a fieldstone with initials scratched on it.Nothing came to light, but could have been easily missed since the ground was covered with vegetation.T. J. BROWN, in his letter, said that there was no record of this information and it would have been lost except by his mention of it.
I cannot find any supporting data for this event.This remains to be found.
David Franklin + Elizabeth Ayers (parents of John Franklin)
b. 2 Jun 1729, Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass
m. ca 1759, Phoebe (Parker ?)
d. ca 1819, Connelly Springs, Burke Co., NC
bur.1819, , Burke Co., NC
Places of residences:Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina
Washington’s First Army
French & Indian War
American Revolutionary War
John Franklin + Phoeba (Parker?)
(Their children below may not be listed in birth order.Also, according to one source, 12 children were mentioned in a will, but only 11 are shown below.)
1. John Franklin
b. ca 1760 Stump Fort, VA
m. 20 Aug 1797, Nancy Wallace; Blount, TN,
d. 30 Sep 1837, Connelly Springs, Burke Co, NC
d. after 1830 probably in DeKalb Co, GA
m. ca 1790, Elizabeth __?__; Burke Co. NC
d. after 1820, at Franklin Co, TN
b.Oct 1767, Burke Co., NC [Birth in NJ ?]
m1. Hugh McCoy, in NJ (Ca 1795, Hugh was lost on trip back to Scotland)
m2. 8 Feb 1805, William Griffin, recorded in Pulaski Co., KY
About 10 yrs after Hugh was lost.
William Griffin died 25 Aug 1816 in Franklin Co., TN.
m3. 19 Sep 1825, Thomas Wakefield in Franklin Co., TN
9 yrs after Wm. Griffin died.
4th marriage for Wakefield.
Thomas Wakefield died 7 Sep 1849 in Franklin Co, TN
Three years after Wakefield died, Jemima applied to continue his Revolutionary War pension.This was issued 27 Oct 1853, and then Jemima died the next year.
d. 7 Jun 1854 in Franklin Co., TN
bur.Jemima and her second husband, William Griffin, are buried together in a private cemetery in Van Zandt Bend
It is uncertain which of the middle children below are by McCoy and which by Griffin.One account says that Hugh McCoy left wife and 6 children to return to Scotland, and another account says that William Griffin married the widow Jemima McCoy who had 4 children.
b. ca 1787, NC
Came to Franklin Co. TN when a young man and settled on a farm near Harmony.
m. (6 Oct 1811 ?) John Brown, Richland Co., KY
[John and Phoebe (McCoy) Brown came to Edwards Co., IL in 1828, and 2 yrs later settled in Decker Township of what is now Richland Co., IL.Richland Co. did not exist in 1830, but was formed ca 1841.]
viii. Martha Griffin
5. Jonathan Franklin
b. ca 1774, NC
m1. ca 1892, to Rachel __?__; Burke Co., NC
m2., Jennie Hood
d. after 1870, probably in Spencer Co. Owen, IN
6. Anna Franklin
7. Samuel Fanklin
b. ca 1780, Burke Co, NC
m. ca 1800, Dorcus Parker, in NC
d. 12 Jul 1857, Linville Falls, Avery, NC
vi. John S.
8.Phoeba Franklin(Sister of Jemima, Aunt to our Phoebe)
m. (Thomas ?) Brown
b. 4 Feb 1790