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Franklin family collection

Call Number: RH MS 1127


The Franklin family collection contains family correspondence and photographs of William E. and Phoebe A. Franklin, who emigrated from Illinois to the South Haven Township of Sumner County, Kansas in 1884 and in 1902 moved to Verden, Oklahoma. The collection contains their 1902 to 1947 correspondence from Oklahoma with family members of Illinois and South Haven. Included is a Civil War letter from William Franklin describing his participation in the capture of Fort Blakely, Alabama on April 9, 1865 as a member of the 8th Illinois Infantry Regiment.


  • Creation: 1865 - 1947


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Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Franklin Family

William E. Franklin was born April 14, 1842 at Roslyn, Long Island, New York. He later moved with his parents to the Ashmore Township of Coles County, Illinois. During the Civil War, he served for 3 1/2 years with the 8th Illinois Infantry Regiment, which fought in Union Army campaigns in Mississippi and Alabama, participating in the capture of Fort Blakely, Alabama in April 1865. In September 1865, Franklin married Phoebe Ann Mitchell of Coles County, with whom he had four children: John Ed, Archie, Ida, and Myrtle.

In 1884, the Franklins moved to Sumner County, Kansas, where they farmed in the South Haven Township. They moved to Verden, Oklahoma (Caddo County) in 1902. They were joined by their two sons and their daughter Myrtle, whose husband Charles Arthur Reece died at South Haven in 1903. Their daughter Ida Musgrove remained a resident of South Haven. Phoebe Franklin died on July 12, 1909 while visiting her daughter Ida and was buried at South Haven's Rosehill Cemetery. William Franklin died on March 30, 1930 at Verden, Oklahoma and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery at South Haven.


.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1127

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1127

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Postcard Show, Wichita, Kansas, 1990

Guide to the Franklin Family Collection
Franklin family collection
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2008; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; revised by skt, 2011; Finding aid encoded by mh, 2008; revised by skt, 2010; revised by skt, 2011
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Franklin family collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1127, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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