Biography of John Franks
Hancock County, OH Biographies

JOHN FRANKS, farmer, P. 0. North Baltimore. was born April 20, 1786, in Fayette County, Penn., son of John and Rachel (Huffman) Franks, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio in a very early day, being among the pioneers of Wayne County, Ohio. Our subject is the only survivor of his father's family, and was himself a soldier in the war of 1812; he was in Hull's army at the time of that General's surrender, and made his escape from the British in company with some others of that command. He now owns a piece of land on which Hull's army encamped. Our subject helped raise Gen. Bell's house at Wooster, and also assisted in building Fort Ball. He was a poor man when he married his first wife, Sarah Musgrove. They came to this county in 1832 and had to cut their way from Tiffin to the farm on which they settled. Mr. Franks did mast of the hauling from Sandusky to this county in an early day with an ox team, wading through swampy lands to reach the mill. The children by his first wife are Elizabeth, Peter, Jasper, Nancy, Catherine, Rachel, Sarah and Henry; all married and living near their father. His second wife, nee Elizabeth Fast, had five children: George, Isabella, Andrew J., John F. and Mary P. Mr. Franks came to this county an uneducated and a poor man, but wonderful perseverance and endurance have given him success in life, and he now owns about 2,600 acres of land on which he has located his children.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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