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Lawrence Franklin

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia
Death: after 1764
Anson, North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of John Franklin and Elizabeth Franklin
Husband of Martha Franklin and Mary Franklin
Father of Reuben Franklin; Henry Franklin, Sr.; Owen Franklin, Sr; George Franklin; Barnard Franklin and 4 others
Brother of Edward Franklin

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About Lawrence Franklin

Lawrence Franklin (before 1696-1764)

Lawrence Franklin, born about 1696, and his brother, Edward Franklin, lived on adjacent plantations in Spotsylvania County by 1722. Their land was on Glady Creek, a tributary of the River Po, the middle branch of the Mattapony River. Best evidence at present indicates that Lawrence Franklin’s parents were John and Elizabeth (Erwin) Franklin of Richmond County, Virginia. Before John Franklin’s death, the family moved across the Rappahannock River to Essex County.

Lawrence Franklin first appeared in the Essex County records in 1717. He is still a young man, and perhaps has recently come into possession of his inheritance at the age of eighteen or twenty-one. In 1728 when Caroline County was formed, Lawrence and Edward Franklin were already living on their own land in Spotsylvania County, whereas Elizabeth Franklin, presumably their widowed mother, was tithed for several slaves in Caroline County (formerly Essex).

In 1734, Lawrence Franklin and Edward Franklin, along with neighbors and relatives - the Clevelands, Madisons, Paynes, and Taylors in addition to others - moved to St. Thomas Parish in Orange County. They settled along Blue Run near Piney Mountain. Lawrence Franklin’s second wife, ancestor of the Surry Franklins, was Mary Payne, daughter of Bernard Payne and granddaughter of John Payne of Spotsylvania County. In 1764 Lawrence Franklin sold his Orange County, Virginia land and moved to Anson County, North Carolina with his son, also Lawrence. He was living in Anson County at the time of his death.



  1. BIRTH: IGI says he was born in Blue Run, Orange, Virginia
  2. Franklin Family Researchers United Newsletter. Charter Issue, October 1991.. Page 24. "Seek immigrant ancestors of Lawrence Franklin (b ca 1680, probably Essex County, Virginia)... " married 1) Miss Mathis / Matthews 2) Mary Paine, daughter of Bernard & Elizabeth Paine.
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Lawrence Franklin's Timeline

Richmond, Virginia
Age 18
Essex, Virginia
Age 19
Essex, VA, USA
Age 24
Essex, Virginia
Age 24
May 26, 1731
Age 35
Blue Run, Orange , Virginia
Age 37
Age 39
Audrain, MO, USA