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Title: J. Wilbur Franklin
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Clearly defined purpose and consecutive effort in the affairs of life will inevitably result in the attaining of a due measure of success, but in following out the career of one who has attained success by his own efforts there comes into view the individuality which made such accomplishment possible, and thus there is enkindled a feeling of respect and admiration. The qualities which have made Mr. Franklin one of the prominent and successful men of Medina township, Warren county, Indiana, have also brought him the esteem of his fellow townsmen, for his career has been one of well-directed energy, strong determination and honorable methods.

J. Wilbur Franklin is a native of the locality in which he now lives, having been born at Green Hill, Warren county, Indiana, on November 18, 1881. His parents are Joseph and Emma A. (Stephenson) Franklin, the father also being a native of Medina township, Warren county. The subject's paternal grandfather, Joseph Franklin, Sr., came from Cincinnati, Ohio, and it is supposed that at one time he owned the land on which the city of Cincinnati now stands. He came to Warren county sometime prior to 1830 and settled down to the pursuit of farming in Medina township, his death occurring here in 1839. The subject's father was educated in the common schools and then applied himself to farming and stock raising, in both of which lines he was successful. He was also at the same time engaged in the mercantile business at Green Hill, commanding a good patronage. He was a Republican in politics from the organization of that party in 1856 and his religious affiliation was with the United Brethren church. The subject's maternal grandmother, Sarah Stephenson, came from England when but twelve years old, leaving there on the day Queen Victoria was crowned in 1838. Mrs. Stephenson witnessed the coronation procession, including the Queen and her escort, on the way to Westminster Abbey, where the ceremony was performed. She spent thriteen weeks on a slow-going sailing vessel crossing the Atlantic, landing at New York city in 1838. She then went west by way of the Great Lakes to Chicago, thence overland by wagon to Beloit, Wisconsin. Eventually, they came to Indiana by wagon and settled in Medina township, Warren county, where she still lives, at the ripe old age of eighty-four years, making her home with a daughter. To Joseph and Emma Franklin were born the following children: Clara, who died at the age of nine years; Oliver died at the age of nineteen years; Belle became the wife of H. A. Johnson, of Medina township; Daisy is the wife of Virgil Cantrall, also of Medina township; J. Wilbur, the immediate subject of this sketch, and Eva, who is the wife of Bert Thompson, of Medina township.

J. Wilbur Franklin received his education in the public schools. In addition to his private business affairs, Mr. Franklin takes an active part in advancing the welfare of the locality in which he lives. He is a member of the advisory board, being associated with John L. Hilderbrand and Thomas W. Bowyer. Fraternally, Mr. Franklin belongs to Lodge No. 455, Free and Accepted Masons, and Lodge No. 832, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, both at Green Hill. His religious membership is with the United Brethren church, in which he takes an active part, havingserved during the past five years as secretary of the board of trustees.

On April 3, 1904, Mr. Franklin married Ella Mable Wilson, the daughter of E. H. and Mary E. (Lake) Wilson, of Medina township, Warren county, the father having been born near Montmorenci, Tippecanoe county, Indiana. The Wilson family is originally from England. E. H. and Mary Wilson were the parents of the following children: Homer, of Medina township; Mary, the wife of Guy McKinnis, of Medina township; Ella, wife of the subject; Thomas, of Green Hill.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001116
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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