Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Francis Boucher Franklin

Male 1743 - 1799  (56 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Francis Boucher Franklin 
    Born 1743  Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Dec 1799  Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24110  Tree1
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2022 

    Father Robert Franklin,   b. Bef 1716, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1761, Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 45 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Priscilla Boucher,   b. Abt 1720, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1796, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Bef 1736  Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15918  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Chloe Cornish,   b. 1738, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1785 and 1798, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 1769  Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Loyd Franklin,   b. 11 Nov 1772, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1850, Reedsville, Preston County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     2. Francis Franklin,   b. Bef 1779, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1808, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 31 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F15917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ===
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AF-11, 1791-1801, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 547.
      Francis Boucher Franklin, Will and Codicil, September 23, 1796; December 23, 1799
      I, Francis Boucher Franklin of CC being in health of body of sound disposing mind memory and understanding
      To daughter Ann Loyd Franklin, the sum of five pounds current money
      To daughter Priscilla Franklin, one half of my personal estate after debts and expenses and the above legacy to her sister are paid.
      To son Francis Franklin, the remaining moiety or other half of my said personal estate.
      To daughter Priscilla Franklin, two tracts of lands, to wit; the land I bought of John Russell first called Fish Pond and after it was resurveyed called Russell's Trouble containing 119 acres, also land bought from the late Major Robert Sennett called the Three Sisters containing 130 acres
      To son Francis Franklin, all my other lands or real estate.
      Executor: son Francis Franklin
      Signed: September 23, 1796 Frans B. Franklin
      Wit: November 30, 1799 Robert Ferguson, John Ferguson, John Cottrell
      Codicil: whereas I have purchased a tract of land from the trustees for the late General Smallwoods estate, a tract called Small Profit, containing 403 acres, I devise it to my son Francis Boucher upon him paying the trustees the balance
      Signed: November 30, 1799 Frans B. Franklin
      Wit: Robert Ferguson, John Franklin Gray, William May
      ===
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AF-11, 1791-1801, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 318.
      Priscilla Franklin, October 29, 1790; January 26, 1796
      I, Priscilla Franklin of CC being of sound and perfect mind and memory
      To grandson, James Franklin son of Zephaniah Franklin, tract of land I purchased of William Hodgson called Moulds Venture.
      To son Zephaniah Franklin, negro man Oston provided he pay unto my daughter Ann Haislip the sum of eight hundred pounds of crop tobacco.
      To daughter Ann Haislip the sum of ten pounds current money to be paid to her at such time as the Zephaniah Franklin shall think she is in want of it.
      To my son Hezekiah Franklin, negro Pomphry, and twenty pounds current money.
      To son Zephaniah Franklin, negro man John and all the blacksmiths tools that be in the shop at the time of my death.
      To granddaughter Catharine Miller, negro boy Benjamin, and my bed and furniture and a chest which is at John Haislip.
      To sister Francis Boucher, negro boy Robert, a bed and furniture, my horse which I ride., one cow and calf, one pewter dish, half a dozen plaits, one iron pott, and hooks, a frying pann, one pewter bason, one sow and pigs, and five pounds current money.
      To granddaughter Francis Burgess, negro girl Sarah, a bed and furniture, a cow and calf, a small chest, a dish, one bason, ½ dozen plates, eight pounds current money.
      To granddaughter Priscilla Lomax, five pounds current money.
      To grandson Thomas Burgess, twelve pounds current money.
      To my four children, Hezekiah Franklin, Zephaniah Franklin, Francis Boucher Franklin and Benedicta Gray, remainer of my estate not mentioned in my will.
      Executor: sons Zephaniah Franklin and, Francis Boucher Franklin
      Signed: October 29, 1790 Priscilla Franklin
      Wit: Richard Barnes Senr., John Downing Franklin, William Johnson
      ===
      Charles County, Maryland, Inventories,1791-1797; Page 367. Mrs. Priscilla Franklin - Inventory. Late of CC, decd. Feb 2, 1796.
      Negro women: Betty (aged 59 years), Eleanor (36, and child), Dianer (33). Negro girls: Milley (16), Sarah (13), Rachel (10) , Charity (5), Jean ( 5) . Negro men: Pompey (37), Austin (29), John (26), Ben ( 23) . Negro lad Bob (18) . Negro boys: Stephen (8), Leonard (3), John (3).
      Total amount: 994.16.5-1/2.
      Signed - Hez: Garner, Thos. Price, appraisers.
      CC, Mar 21, 1795. Then came Zephaniah Franklin & Francis Boucher Franklin, executors, & made oath.
      Certified by John Muschett, Registrar of Wills.
      ===
      Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 481. Nov 11, 1760 from Hezekiah Franklin of CC, planter, to Francis Butcher Franklin (Frankling) & Robert Franklin (Frankling), for and in consideration of fulfilling the desire & intent of his father, Robert Franklin, which he was prevented from by not having time to make his will and also for and in consideration of 10 £sterling to him in hand paid by his mother, Priscilla Franklin on behalf of the abovesd Francis Butcher Franklin & Robert Franklin, the grant to sd Francis Butcher Franklin, during his natural life & to his lawful issue forever, all his right to part of a tract of land called Randalls Addition, lying in CC, bounded by Winters Possession, containing & laid out for about 100 acres; also, to sd Robert Franklin, the other part of the afd tract called Randalls Addition, bounded by Francis Butcher Franklin's land, containing and laidoout for about 100 acres. Signed - Hezekiah Franklin. Wit - Thos Stone, Walter Hanson. Elizabeth, the wife of the sd Hezekiah Frankling, relinquished her right of dower to the lands within mentioned. Recorded Nov 11, 1760.
      ===
      ===
      http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=nlndgrn&id=I7323

      Charles County Deed Book S#3; Page 260.
      Bond and Award. We, Henry Davis, Francis Boucher Franklin, and William Smallwood of CC, are hereby bound to each other in the just sum of 100 £, for which payment truly to be made, we bind ourselves this Feb 20, 1770. There is now a dispute between Henry Davis, Francis Boucher Franklin, and William Smallwood, concerning the second boundary of a tract of land called Macemore, in order to establish and perpetuate which, the parties afd have agreed to leave the matter in dispute, to the arbitrament of Messrs John Dent and Richard Barnes, and if Dent and Barnes differ in their opinion, then Dent and Barnes are to choose an umpire, whose decision Davis, Franklin, and Smallwood agree to abide by, and to divide the land during the natural life of Davis and during the time that sd Franklin shall have possession of one moiety of the land called Macemore, by virtue of being natural guardian to the heir of William Douglass during the minority of sd heir, and during the natural life of sd William Smallwood, and if Davis, Franklin, & Smallwood abide by the determination of Dent and Barnes or their umpire, then the above obligation to be of no effect. Signed - H Davis, Franc. B. Franklin, W. Smallwood. Wit - Jon Dent, Rich Barnes.
      We, having examined the evidence and witnesses, and being minded to settle unity and friendship between the parties afd, do award the afd boundary to be on the Point, and as near as may be, viz, within 3 feet or such a matter of How's bound tree, and also that sd Franklin is jointly entitled to one moiety or half part of the afd tract of land. Signed Feb 20, 1770 - Richd Barnes, Jon Dent. Recorded May 7, 1772.

      Charles County Deed Book 0#3; Page 570.
      Jun 9, 1769 from Francis Butcher Franklin of CC, to Hezekiah Franklin of CC, for 75 £, all that part of a tract of land called Randalls Addition, lying in CC, bounded by Winters Possession, containing about 100 acres. Signed -Fras B. Franklin. Wit - Walter Hanson*, Daniel Jenifer*. Chloe, wife of the sd Francis Butcher Franklin, relinquished her right of dower. Recorded Jun 13, 1769.

      MARYLAND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY BULLETIN FALL 1992 VOLUME 33 NUMBER 4
      CHARLES COUNTY DEPOSITIONS by Robert W. Barnes
      FRANKLIN, Francis Boucher, age 37; 16 Nov. 1779; CHLR Y#3 67:545.

      John Hall: June 18, 1785 from John Hall of CC, planter, to Francis Boucher Franklin, planter, for 35 lbs. and for divers other good causes, herein conveyed is all of John Hall's right ot one moiety of a certain parcel of land in CC, being part of a tract of land called Hazzard originally purchased by John Cornish from Francis Sample, for and during her life, containing about 90 acres, all of which parcel the reversion whereof, after the death of the above said Frances, is vested in the heirs of John Cornish and descended, after the death of the above said John Cornish, to his daughters, Wilhelmina and Chloe, coheiresses, to be equally divided between them, in virtue whereof, the said John Hall, by a marriage with the said Wilhelmina, became entitled during her life to one moiety of the aforesaid parcel of land, or until the heir or heirs of John Cornish aforesaid should make appear the death of the aforesaid Francis Sample and recover the same which said moiety was laid off to the said John Hall at the north end of the aforesaid parcel of land upon a partition of the premises between the coheiresses aforesaid, and agreeable to the partition, John Hall hereby makes over one parcel of the land so laid off at the north end as aforesaid, unto said Francis Boucher Franklin, supposed to contain about 45 acres, during the natural life of the said John Hall. If the heirs of Franics Sample or anyone else lawfully recovers the land before the death of John Hall, then John Hall willl pay said Francis Boucher Franklin, his heirs and assigns, the full amount of the purchase money, with interest from the date of such recovery. Recorded July 2, 1785.

      Aug 29, 1786 from John Hall and Williminer (sic) Lloyd Hall, his wife, of CC, to Francis Boucher Franklin for 31 lbs. 10 shillings & 4,000 lbs of crop tobacco, part of a tract of land called Bonners Retirement, laid out for about 49 acres.

      Aug 8, 1785 from John Hall to Francis Boucher Franklin for 21 lbs and other goods, during the natural life of said John Hall, all said John Hall's right to a parcel of land, being part of a tract called Bonners Retirement, which parcel said John Hall holds by the courtesy of England by virtue of his intermarriage with and offspring from Wilhelmina, his wife, one of the daughters and descendants of John Cornish and Ann, his wife, bounded by the dividing line between Francis Boucher Franklin and John Hall upon a division between the parties of Bonners Retirement and other lands which descended to their wives, Wilhelmina and Chloe, daughters and coheirsses of said John Cornish and Ann, his wife, then to the beginning of 21 acres of the aforesaid parcel of land hereby meant to be conveyed as a part of Bonners Retirement, containing and now laid out for 21 acres. Recorded Aug 9, 1785.
      ===
      Charles Co Land Records, Book D#4, 1786-1790 Page 554. Letter of Notice, recorded at the request of General William Smallwood.
      No. 1. The deposition of Francis Boucher Franklin, aged about 45 years, deposes that about 4 years ago, he was called upon by General Smallwood to ride with him to James Simms', the General said as Simms was old and Rookwood had set up a claim to his land, that Simms would know of the Rookwood family, that he rode with him to James Simms, who said he was 84 years old. The General asked him if he knew old Edward Rookwood (decd) he said he did not think he did, but that he had often heard the old people speak of him. He asked him then if he knew his son Thomas, or whether he had more children by his first wife than Thomas, he said that by general information, he never heard that he had any more, that he knew Thomas Rookwood very well, and that he was possessed of all his father's lands after his father's death, and died possessed with sd lands. He then asked him if he knew whether Edward Rookwood was married a second time, he said that he had been often told that he married or cohabited with a hireling or servant woman several years after the death of his first wife, he asked him then if he knew what became of that woman, he said that she went off with a man by the name of Goslin, to Virginia, as he had been informed, and that it was the general report that she had several children by this Goslin. He then asked him, respecting Thomas Rookwood, whether he married and who he married, he told him yes, that Thomas Rookwood married a Henrietta Barnes, and told him how long he lived after his marriage, and that he left a wife and 2 daughters, one of which daughters died young, the other, Anne Rookwood, married Henry Moore, he said he had a great right to know the girls, for he was guardian to them several years and had lived on their land, Allansons Folly. He asked him if he knew how the land became escheatable. He told him it was from the death of an only child which Henry Moore had by Anne Rookwood (whose age and name he also told) and for want of heirs in Thomas Rookwood. He asked him if William Rookwood did not descend from this woman who went off with Goslin to Virginia, he said that he had often heard from many people that he was descended from the woman who went off with Goslin, and said that old Edward Rookwood always disowned him as his son, and was generally reputed to be got by this Goslin, and said that he had often heard that she never returned to Rookwood again during his life. He also said that he had married a sister to Henrietta Barnes, wife of sd Thomas Rookwood. The same evening, at Mr. James Murdock's, he asked James Murdock and wife if they knew old Edward Rookwood, that he had died before she could remember, he then asked her if she knew whether he had any children, she said she had heard people say that Thomas Rookwood was his only son, that she had never heard of any other child. He then asked her if she knew Thomas Rookwood. She said she did, but that she was very young, though remembered his living on the land at Chickamuxon. He then asked her if she remembered whether he was ever married, or whom he did marry, she said she did not know whom he married. He likewise asked her if she knew how many children Thomas Rookwood had. She told him, yes, he had 2 daughters, Anne and Mary, and he died leaving a wife and those 2 daughters, one of which, Mary, died young, and the other, Ann, married Henry Moore. He then asked her if she knew how many children Henry Moore had by his wife Ann, she said she never knew or understood that he had but one daughter who died young, and that the land, at her death, became escheatable for want of heirs in Thomas Rookwood, and that Henry Moore escheated the land. Signed Jun 2, 1789 - Frans B. Franklin. Wit - Richd Barnes*
      ===
      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 320
      William Brawner and Francis Boucher Frankling, by their petitions to the court, say that they became bound with Wilhelmina Loyd Brawner, administratrix of Henry Brawner, on the administration bond for the deceased's estate, that they are apprehensive sd estate, now in the hands of John Hall, who married the widow and administratrix afd, is wasting, by which petitioners are likely to suffer, and prayed that the Court would order summons to issue against ad John Hall and wife to appear here the next Court to give Counter Security. Ordered that summons issue as prayed.
      ===
      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 363.
      Court Proceedings. Jun 8, 1779
      On the petition of Francis Boucher Frankling and William Brawner, Securities on the administration of the decd Henry Brawner, summons issued against John Hall and Wilhelmina, his wife, the admx, returnable this day. John Hall made his appearance. Ordered that the admors afd enter into bond with the Register on the 12th of this instant with good counter- security for sd Estate, or on failure to do so, that the Register issue an order to the petitioners to take the estate into their hands. Bond taken Jun 12, in the sum of 400 £; Alexander McDonald and Robert Clark Hall, Securities
      ===
      Charles County MD Will Book 1777-1780; Page 371.
      Henry Brawner's Counter Bond for Security of his Estate, Jun 12, 1779. [See above, Court Proceedings, Jun 8, 1779, 2nd case, for background], John Hall gave bond of 400 £to the State of Maryland on Jun 12, 1779 to warrant that he will pay and deliver to the heirs, executors, and administrators of sd decd Henry Brawner, when required, all money, tobacco, Negroes, stock, and other articles as are due them as shares of sd deed's estate, and will indemnify Wm Brawner and Francis Bowcher Frankling from the effect of the administration bond afd. Securities: Alexander McDonald, Robert Clark Hall of CC.

      ===
      Charles County Land Record Book O#3, 1765-1770; Page 371. Bill of Sale. I, William Rhody Lucket, for 39 £10 shillings, have sold to Francis Butcher Franklin, a Negro boy named Watt. Signed Jan 13, 1768 - Wm Rhody Luckett. Wit - Zeph. Turner, Robt. Hanson. Recorded Mar 23, 1768.
      ===
      Charles County Land Record Book O#3, 1765-1770; Page 570. Jun 9, 1769 from Francis Butcher Franklin of CC, to Hezekiah Franklin of CC, for 75 £, all that part of a tract of land called Randalls Addition, lying in CC, bounded by Winters Possession, containing about 100 acres. Signed - Fras B. Franklin. Wit - Walter Hanson*, Daniel Jenifer*. Chloe, wife of the sd Francis Butcher Franklin, relinquished her right of dower. Recorded Jun 13, 1769.
      ===
      Charles County Land Record Book S#3, 1770-1775; Page 260, Bond and Award, We Henry Davis, Francis Boucher Franklin, and William Smallwood of CC, are hereby bound to each other in the just sum of 100 £, for which payment truly to be made, we bind ourselves this Feb 20, 1770. There is now a dispute between Henry Davis, Francis Boucher Franklin, and William Smallwood, concerning the second boundary of a tract of land called Maismore, in order to establish and perpetuate which, the parties afd have agreed to leave the matter in dispute, to the arbitrament of Messrs John Dent and Richard Barnes, and if Dent and Barnes differ in their opinion, then Dent and Barnes are to choose an umpire, whose decision Davis, Franklin, and Smallwood agree to abide by, and to divide the land during the natural life of Davis and during the time that sd Franklin shall have possession of one moiety of the land called Macemore, by virtue of being natural guardian to the heir of William Douglass during the minority of sd heir, and during the natural life of sd William Smallwood, and if Davis, Franklin, & Smallwood abide by the determination of Dent and Barnes or their umpire, then the above obligation to be of no effect. Signed - H Davi, Francs B. Franklin, W. Smallwood. Wit - Jon Dent, Rich" Barnes.
      We, having examined the evidence and witnesses, and being minded to settle unity and friendship between the parties afd, do award the afd boundary to be on the Point, and as near as may be, viz, within 3 feet or such a matter of How's bound tree, and also that sd Franklin is jointly entitled to one moiety or half part of the afd tract of land. Signed Feb 20, 1770 - Rich Barnes, Jon Dent. Recorded May 7, 1772.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Mar. 1780 - The land commission for Benjamin Benson's tracts "Oakington" and "Lye Bye" is reported at Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Y No. 3, pp. 543-6. The following depositions were given:
      --John Maddox, age 45 (3 depositions given)
      --Francis Boucher Franklin, age 37 (2 depositions given)
      --Walter Winter, age 34 (2 depositions given)
      These depositions mention Benjamin Benson's land about 6 or 7 years ago. The 2nd deposition of Walter Winter also mentions "The Gift," John Clinkscales and Benjamin Benson's land 9-10 years ago, and William Benson.

      ===
      Assessment of 1783 Charles County- Maryland State Archives Maryland State
      Archives
      MARYLAND INDEXES
      (Assessment of 1783, Index)
      1783
      Charles County
      MSA S 1437

      Francis B. Franklin. 100 acres. CH 5th District, General Page 3. MSA S 1161-5-1 1/4/5/48
      Francis B. Franklin. Mace Moore, pt, 100 acres. CH 5th District, Land Page 5. MSA S 1161-5-2 1/4/5/48

      F. Boucher Franklin. 181 acres. CH 7th District, General Page 5. MSA S 1161-5-4 1/4/5/48
      F. Boucher Franklin. Powells Addition, 31 acres. CH 7th District, Land Page 8. MSA S 1161-5-5 1/4/5/48
      Francis B. Franklin. Speakes Inclosure, pt, 150 acres. CH 7th District, Land Page 10. MSA S 1161-5-5 1/4/5/48

  • Sources 
    1. [S53] Early Families of Southern Maryland, Volume: 9.

Research Links  Find Francis Boucher Franklin at the following sites -

Ancestry records for Francis Boucher Franklin