The first real bit of leg work to help our cause must firmly document that James Franklin is a Patriot from the Revolutionary War. This documentation is necessary so the DAR will help. Not knowing if distant cousins want to be blogged about here, I will reveal that I have had help. Information that has come to light in recent weeks that will prove our cause. Thank you cousins. The first clue started with DAR entry records under Jane Franklin Wood.
Jane Franklin, daughter to James Franklin and Mary Lauderdale, sister to John and James, Jr, was born in the Holston Settlements in 1782. It is possible she was born in the Cumberland or somewhere in between. She later marries John Wood. Tennessee Probate data lists Jane as James Franklin's daughter and son-in-law John Wood as executor. At some point the Wood family leaves Sumner County and moves to Missouri, It is there in 1848 that Jane Franklin Wood dies.
Sumner Co., TN Probate Data: by Spero (p 47)
"JAMES FRANKLIN , SR. WILL Son John. Son Isaac. Land Station Camp Creek.
Line of James Franklin, Jr. Son James. Son William. Daughter Ann Wood
Betsy Franklin. Grandaughter Polly Purvis. Daus. Jane Wood, Ann Wood. Sally Gardner, Betsy Franklin. Son Albert C. Franklin. Grandson Isaac Purvis. Appoints son James Franklin &; son-in-law John Wood Exec. Dec 10. 1828.
Approved 1830 (p 91/2)"
The DAR listings show the Wood family has entered the DAR on Jane Franklin's line for years. http://services.dar.org/
They also have double legacies recorded under the John Lauderdale line.
I feel this link to so many DAR legacies is the path to establish that James Franklin's grave is one of a Patriot. And under the officer listings outlined in the DAR Record I will attempt to reconstruct James Franklin's Continental Army service by following the path of Captains Pleasant and Anderson as well as Col. Parker. Look for that blog post to come!