Note: Shirley Maul of Poughkeepsie, NY provided much of he info on the Elias Franklin family. Marriage Bond, The Commonwealth of Kentucky. Be it known that we Elias Frankling as principal, and W. C. Pickett as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of One Hundred Dollars. The condition of this bond is as follows: That, whereas Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound Elias Frankling he hearing over 21 years of age and Miss Susan M. Kemp her Guardian being W. Pickett having given his consent in writing. Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said Marriage, this Bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect. Dated at Columbia, Adair County, this 9th day of August, 1870. Attest: Elias (his mark) Frankling and W. C. (his mark) Pickett.. J. W. Butler, Clerk Adair County Court. 1880 Adair Co., KY. Census: Elias Frankling age 31 TN., Margaret S. age25 KY., Rosetta age 10, William age 8, Mary M. age 5, Emma age 1.(Elias's father born in VA., mother born in TN.). They are listed in the town of Gradyville, Adair Co, KY. Precinct 5 Sheet 4A line 35. Elias reportedly killed himself over a perceived romance between his second wife and a friend. He murdered the friend and then himself. This happened in about 1889.
1880 Elias Franklin 31 TN/VA/TN 1848-1849 Margaret S. Franklin 25 KY 1854-1855 Rosetta Franklin 10 KY/TN/KY 1869-1870 William Franklin 8 KY/TN/KY 1871-1872 Mary M. Franklin 5 KY/TN/KY 1874-1875 Emma Franklin 1 KY/TN/KY 1878-1879
Columbia Spectator, Columbia, Adair Co, KY, 17 Jul 1888 -- On Monday of last week, Elias Franklin shot and killed James B. Brent, near Munfordsville. The circumstances are about as follows: Since the beginning of the year both parties have been working on the same farm and living in the same house, and everything seemed to run smoothly until a few weeks ago when it was whispered that Franklin's wife was too fond of Brent, who wa a young unmarried man. On Saturday before the killing Franklin's wife left home and went to Metcalf County and on the day named, Franklin, with a Winchester rifle, went to the field where Brent was at work and called him to the fence where they were heard talking and laughing together for several minutes, bot apparently friendly and in the best of humor. The gun was fired, the shot taking affect in the neighborhood of the heart and Brent fell at full length on his back and died without unttering a word. Franklin immediately left in the direction of Hardyville, although he did not seem to be in a hurry. His dead body was found Tuesday morning in a barn near Sulphur Well, Metcalf County where he committed suicide. Franklin went to Hart from this county several years ago. All parties were generally respected.
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