William J. Franklin1

M, b. circa 1855
     William J. Franklin was born circa 1855 at Iowa.1 He was the son of Elijah Franklin and Nancy Strawn.1

Citations

  1. [S2824] 1860 Federal Census, Winnebago County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 240; FHL #803240.

(?) Franks

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     (?) Franks was born at Michigan. He married Mary Virginia Miller, daughter of James Elhanan Miller and Frances Dodson, after 1921.

Barbara Ann Franks

F, b. 23 May 1926, d. 15 February 2006
     Barbara Ann Franks was born on 23 May 1926 at San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. She was the daughter of Roy Lee Franks and Ann Edna Runstadler. Barbara Ann Franks married Richard Charles Shaw-MacMillan, son of Clarence Zeke Shaw and Lorrena Bagley Smith, on 1 October 1949 at San Francisco Co., CA. Barbara Ann Franks died on 15 February 2006 at Manassas, VA, at age 79.

Henry Franks

M, b. circa 1765
     Henry Franks was born circa 1765. He married Christina Mason, daughter of John Maurer and Appolonia Becker, circa 1787.

Mary Maude Franks

F, b. 13 June 1880, d. 17 January 1967
     Mary Maude Franks was born on 13 June 1880 at Kansas. She married Robert Burns Wendell, son of John Henry Wendell and Georgia Anna Meyers, on 24 October 1900. Mary Maude Franks died on 17 January 1967 at York, York Co., NE, at age 86. She was buried on 20 January 1967 at Council Cemetery, York, York Co., NE.

Children of Mary Maude Franks and Robert Burns Wendell

Roy Lee Franks

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     Roy Lee Franks married Ann Edna Runstadler.

Child of Roy Lee Franks and Ann Edna Runstadler

Carol DeVault Franson

F, b. 13 December 1921
     Carol DeVault Franson was born on 13 December 1921 at Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY. She was the daughter of Col. Paul O. Franson and Ruby Frances DeVault. Carol DeVault Franson married Ernest Samusson, son of Ernest Samusson and Mary Frew, on 4 June 1942.

Paul O. Franson

M, b. 1 June 1916, d. 18 March 1995
     Paul O. Franson was born on 1 June 1916 at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., AL. He was the son of Col. Paul O. Franson and Ruby Frances DeVault. Paul O. Franson married Kathleen Collins on 27 April 1937. Paul O. Franson died on 18 March 1995 at Bradenton, Manatee Co., FL, at age 78. He was buried in 1995 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Co., VA.

Col. Paul O. Franson

M, b. 5 October 1888, d. June 1965
     Col. Paul O. Franson was born on 5 October 1888 at Aurora, Kane Co., IL. He married Ruby Frances DeVault, daughter of Dr. William Bruce DeVault and Mary Frances Powell, on 17 January 1914 at Montgomery, Montgomery Co., AL. Col. Paul O. Franson died in June 1965 at Montgomery Co. (probably), AL, at age 76

Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama Journal article: Paul Franson Ends 43-Year Army Career
Top Guard Instructor Veteran Of Two Wars And Mexican Campaign
Up Through Ranks
Former Chief Of Staff For 5th Division Says Gen. Patton Was Tops
Col. Paul O. Franson, senior Army instructor for the Alabama National Guard, will retire from
active duty today. He is a veteran of 43 years of Army service, having risen from buck private to chief of staff of the 5th Division of Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.'s Third Army in Europe during World War II. Col. Franson, a native of Montgomery, hit the Normandy beaches with his division shortly after DDay, in early July, 1944, and saw the battle against the Nazis from a front line position, through France and across Germany. During the months of combat Franson often saw Patton daily, and became familiar with many topranking figures of the war in Europe - Generals Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and Britain's Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery among them.

Russian Award
Among many decorations won by Col. Franson is one given him by Soviet Russia after the 5th
Division met the Russian armies at a point on the Austria-Czechoslovakian frontier. Joining the Army as a private of the 2nd Infantry (Montgomery True Blues) May 5, 1905, he served with the Alabama Brigade on the Mexican Border and with the 31st (Dixie) Division during World War I. Named Chief of Staff of the 5th Division April 30, 1942, Col. Franson was quickly shipped, with that division overseas, to Iceland, Northern Ireland and England.

Under Fire
As part of Patton's Third Army the 5th Division came under fire almost immediately they landed in France for the invasion. They took part in the fierce fighting around St. Lo before driving across the Cherbourg Peninsular (sic) to cut off the German garrison at that French port from their communications with the German army. "At that time Montgomery (Field Marshal Montgomery) and his British troops were magnificently withstanding several German heavy panzer divisions in the nearby Caen area," Franson said. He next described heavy battles in the Caumont area followed by a rapid thrust south of Rennes, and eastward through Angers, across the Seine and past Reims only to run out of gas and come to a full stop before Verdun.

Lost Chance
"This stop robbed us of the chance of taking the fortress of Metz, which had almost been evacuated by the retreating Germans," Franson said. Col. Franson, as one of Patton's chiefs of staff, shares Patton's criticism about the way the Supreme Command failed to send the Third Army the gas they urgently needed, at Verdun. "The Germans, seeing us gasless, re-fortified Metz and it took us months and cost us thousands of lives later to capture it," Franson states. "With gas we could have taken Metz. We were ready to go ahead and needed it more than other Armies which were stalled." Soon after Metz had been taken, the 5th Division was detached from Patton's command and sent to help the hard-pressed First Army then facing the famous German 1944 attack in the snow shrouded hills of the Ardennes Forest. This was the "Battle of the Bulge" in the Bastogne area near Luxembourg. Rejoining the Third Army the 5th "secretly" crossed the Rhine March 23, 1945 at Oppenheim, between Mainz and Mannheim and stormed Frankfort. This crossing of the river was done without artillery preparation. The 5th's drive across Europe came to its final stop on its prearranged "deadline" in the area of a small Austrian town called Grafenau, near the Czechoslovak frontier.

Prefer U. S. Lines
"The oncoming Russians were pushing thousands of Germans towards us" Franson says, "and as a matter of fact most of these Germans were trying to get to us and behind our lines to escape the Russians." Franson said "our orders were, however to stop these Germans because they were considered Russian prisoners, so we closed our lines tight to stop them coming through." Franson said the thousands of defeated Germans were, therefore, squeezed in a narrow corridor between the American and Russian front lines. Col. Franson received his Soviet decoration, the Order of the Red Star, a few days after this incident "in one of the most amazing investitures I have ever seen," he said. The Russians sent for a copy of the American national anthem by 'plane and a band of their professional musicians played it that same night at the ceremony "about as well as I have ever heard it played," he said Several other officers received Soviet awards, flying into the Russian area, across the German "prison-camp corridor" for it. "They've put on more dog' for an investiture than any other Army I know," Franson said. "with the firing of guns, rockets, flares, machine guns, and everything else that had around."

Vodka and Food
Franson then described a typical Russian dinner which ended the ceremonies, with vodka and
plenty to eat. Franson said the "Russians soldiers all seemed very young - about 23 or 24 - and very smart and alert." These are some of Franson's observations on famous generals: Eisenhower - "A good diplomatic general." Bradley - "A fine fighting general. He is the studious type. He does not say very much, but is the brain power behind strategic planning. When he speaks, what he says is d--- good." Montgomery - "A first-rate soldier. He spoke to a large group of us senior officers a few weeks
before the invasion. He lectured us one whole day on all he had learned from his successful fight against the Germans in Africa. He knew his stuff and is full of personality and driving power."
Patton His Idol But Patton is the Colonel's idol. In his room he has picture of the General and also a picture of Patton's grave. "He was a great leader - and a driver," Franson says. "He was a 'soldier's general' visiting the front line almost daily on many occasions, and seeing for himself. Quite often he did not use profanity. Often he used it only as part of an 'act'. He was a great showman. His clothes and leather were always immaculate. He was always pushing onward." Col. Franson said that Patton was "highly-strung" which was probably the reason for the GI faceslapping incident earlier in Italy. "He and just come from battle; his outfit's nose was bloody" Franson said, and he had seen his men with their stomachs out, their legs off, bleeding on the battle fields, and then saw others who were psycho - many of them, wards full of them, unscratched, but mentally sick - afraid and unnerved. Something probably snapped for a few minutes inside that highly-strung, power-driven, complex man which was Patton and he committed the mistake he later so bitterly regretted," Franson said. Franson agreed that it was "the diplomatic general" Eisenhower, who "saved" Patton and kept him after this incident for his later victorious drive across Europe.

Until a permanent successor to Col. Franson is appointed, Col. L. E. Toole, now stationed in
Birmingham, will assume the temporary duties of Chief Instructor to the Guard," the Military
Department announced. Col. Franson states that he intends to continue living in Montgomery during his retirement.

Children of Col. Paul O. Franson and Ruby Frances DeVault

Albert Frantz1

M, b. circa 1847
     Albert Frantz was born circa 1847 at Franklin Co., PA.1 He was the son of Christian Frantz and Leah Stouffer.1

Citations

  1. [S708] 1860 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Rolls 1111 & 1112; FHL #805111 - 2.

Alfred Jacob Frantz

M, b. 7 November 1861
     Alfred Jacob Frantz was born on 7 November 1861. He was the son of Samuel Frantz and Barbara Stouffer.

Anna Frantz

F, b. 1774, d. 1861
     Anna Frantz was born in 1774. She was the daughter of John A. Frantz and Elizabeth M. Hostetter. Anna Frantz married Isaac Hershey, son of Christian Hershey and Anna Hernly. Anna Frantz died in 1861.

Child of Anna Frantz and Isaac Hershey

Anna Frantz

F, b. 30 April 1785, d. 5 March 1840
     Anna Frantz was born on 30 April 1785 at Virginia. She was the daughter of Daniel Frantz and Anna Garst. Anna Frantz married Peter Heck on 5 June 1815 at Botetourt Co., VA. Anna Frantz died on 5 March 1840 at Clark Co., OH, at age 54.

Child of Anna Frantz and Peter Heck

Benjamin Frantz1

M, b. circa 1850
     Benjamin Frantz was born circa 1850 at Franklin Co., PA.1 He was the son of Christian Frantz and Leah Stouffer.1

Citations

  1. [S708] 1860 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Rolls 1111 & 1112; FHL #805111 - 2.

Charles Francis Frantz

M, b. 7 December 1866
     Charles Francis Frantz was born on 7 December 1866. He was the son of Samuel Frantz and Barbara Stouffer.

Christian Frantz

M, b. 4 May 1819, d. 10 March 1885
     Christian Frantz was born on 4 May 1819 at Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of Christian Hostetter Frantz and Anna Frick. Christian Frantz married Leah Stouffer, daughter of Jacob Stouffer and Elizabeth Oberholtzer, circa 1843 at Franklin Co. (probably), PA.1 Christian Frantz was buried in 1885 at Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, Franklin Co., PA. He died on 10 March 1885 at age 65.

Children of Christian Frantz and Leah Stouffer

Citations

  1. [S708] 1860 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Rolls 1111 & 1112; FHL #805111 - 2.
  2. [S185] 1870 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1345; FHL #552844.

Christian Frantz1

M, b. circa 1853
     Christian Frantz was born circa 1853 at Franklin Co., PA.1 He was the son of Christian Frantz and Leah Stouffer.1 Christian Frantz lived in 1905 at Niagara Falls, NY.

Citations

  1. [S708] 1860 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Rolls 1111 & 1112; FHL #805111 - 2.

Christian Hostetter Frantz

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     Christian Hostetter Frantz married Anna Frick.

Children of Christian Hostetter Frantz and Anna Frick

Daniel Frantz

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     Daniel Frantz married Anna Garst.

Child of Daniel Frantz and Anna Garst

Daniel Frantz1

M, b. circa 1851
     Daniel Frantz was born circa 1851 at Franklin Co., PA.1 He was the son of Christian Frantz and Leah Stouffer.1

Citations

  1. [S708] 1860 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Rolls 1111 & 1112; FHL #805111 - 2.

Edward Frantz

M, b. 8 July 1851
     Edward Frantz was born on 8 July 1851. He was the son of Samuel Frantz and Barbara Stouffer.

Elizabeth Frantz

F, b. 1780, d. 1839
     Elizabeth Frantz was born in 1780. She was the daughter of John A. Frantz and Elizabeth M. Hostetter. Elizabeth Frantz married John Hershey, son of Christian Hershey and Anna Hernly, circa 1802. Elizabeth Frantz died in 1839.

Children of Elizabeth Frantz and John Hershey

Elizabeth Frantz

F, d. 1863
     Elizabeth Frantz was the daughter of John Frantz and Elizabeth Hershey. Elizabeth Frantz married Benjamin Root. Elizabeth Frantz died in 1863.

Elizabeth Frantz1

F, b. circa 1844
     Elizabeth Frantz was born circa 1844 at Franklin Co., PA.1 She was the daughter of Christian Frantz and Leah Stouffer.1 Elizabeth Frantz married Simon P. Hawbecker.

Citations

  1. [S708] 1860 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Rolls 1111 & 1112; FHL #805111 - 2.

Emma S. Frantz

F, b. 18 March 1849
     Emma S. Frantz was born on 18 March 1849. She was the daughter of Samuel Frantz and Barbara Stouffer.

Fanny Frantz

F, d. 1854
     Fanny Frantz married J. George Ernst. Fanny Frantz was born. She was the daughter of John Frantz and Elizabeth Hershey. Fanny Frantz died in 1854.

Florence A. Frantz

F, b. 26 May 1902, d. 2 February 1968
     Florence A. Frantz was born on 26 May 1902. She was the daughter of George Frantz and Lizzie (?) Florence A. Frantz married Cicero Theodore Windle, son of John Hamilton Windle and Amanda Windle, circa 1922. Florence A. Frantz died on 2 February 1968 at age 65. She was buried in February 1968 at Franklin Co., OH.

Children of Florence A. Frantz and Cicero Theodore Windle

George Frantz

M, b. circa 1869
     George Frantz married Lizzie (?). George Frantz was born circa 1869 at Ohio.

Child of George Frantz and Lizzie (?)

Henry Frantz

M, b. 21 October 1855
     Henry Frantz was born on 21 October 1855. He was the son of Samuel Frantz and Barbara Stouffer.

Hettie Frantz1

F, b. circa 1864
     Hettie Frantz was born circa 1864 at Montgomery Twp., Franklin Co., PA.1 She was the daughter of Christian Frantz and Leah Stouffer.1

Citations

  1. [S185] 1870 Federal Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1345; FHL #552844.