James Franklin of Sumner County, TN was one of these Station Camp settlers. Arriving with a party overland through the Cumberland Gap, lead by Kasper Mansker in 1778 he, along with other men in Mansker’s party he helped create and defend the Cumberland Settlements. While Franklin family stories have said that James Franklin was a long hunter, comparing to his time in military service ending in 1778 would put him in this group of “first-in” settlers lead by longhunters and working along side longhunters in their hunt and defense structure would help maintain the settlement and claim land on Station Camp Creek. My hypotheses claims James Franklin was not a longhunter in the way of Daniel Boone or Kasper Mansker. He was a settler with common family and military bonds to the longhunter families and followed them West eventually becoming one of the founders of Sumner County, TN.
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