(15 Oct. 1815 - 22 Mar. 1895)


         Frances (referred to as Fanny in several census reports) is believed to be the oldest child of Jeremiah Franks and Mourning Fisher (Franks).  From the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses, we know that she was born in Tennessee. Jeremiah's  land records lead us to believe that she was likely born in White or Warren County.  One internet source states that her birth date was 22 October 1815 and census information supports this general timeframe.  The Franks stayed in this area until the late 1820's and then moved to Marion County, Alabama, which would have made Fanny about 12 or 13 when they made the trip.  I am sure she was expected to help out a lot during the move as there were 5 younger siblings which meant lots of cooking and laundry to be done.  The 1830 Census of Marion County, AL lists two 10-14 year old females living with Jeremiah, one of these is believed to be Frances.

        Frances married Isaac Williams in the mid 1830's.  It is possible that the marriage took place in Marion County, AL, however, it could have been in  Mississippi (probably in Itawamba County), since all of their children's birthplaces are listed as Mississippi.  In the 1840 Federal Census for Itawamba County, Isaac is listed as living beside Jeremiah Franks, his father-in-law.  He has one male under 4 (probably son, John) and two females under 4 (probably daughters, Nelly and Martha), 2 males aged 20-29 (himself and an unknown male), and one female the same age, (assumed to be Frances).  They remained in Mississippi for 20 years and then moved in the late 1850's to Caldwell County, Texas  (Caldwell is the county directly south of the present day city of Austin).  It appears from Caldwell County censuses that several of Isaac's relatives also moved here as there are many Williams listed.  The 1850 census shows two Franks families in Caldwell County - Benjamin F. and John.  I'm not sure if they were related to Frances, however, they were born in Alabama so it is possible.  Another Franks, William David, son of Oliver, (nephew to Frances) is found living a few houses away from Isaac and Frances in the 1880 census.  It appears that several of Fanny's children might never have married, as 5 grown children are still living with them in 1880 (Jeremiah, James, Oliver, Mary, and Isaac) and three of them (Jeremiah, James, and Mary) are listed as single in the 1900 census.  Frances and Isaac remained in this area until their death.  Frances died at the age of 79 on the 22nd of March, 1895.  Isaac's date of death is not known at this time.  Both are buried in Hall Cemetery in the county.


    Known Children of Frances Franks and Isaac Williams:

John Harrison c1837, Mississippi Dolly Dorienda White                 07 May 1868, Caldwell Co. TX  
Nelly A. c1838, Mississippi    
Martha J. c1840, Mississippi    
Jeremiah March 1844, Mississippi not married by 1900  
Levi D. c1844, Mississippi    
James L. May 1846, Mississippi not married by 1900  
Oliver T. c1848, Mississippi    
Jesse K. Feb. 1850, Mississippi Mary Smith                                09 Nov 1875, Caldwell Co, TX 16 April 1917
Mary Frances March 1851, Mississippi not married by 1900  
Isaac Jasper c1855, Mississippi Mary Anna Moore, c 1900 Feb 1924


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