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Rev. Benjamin FRANKLIN - It becomes our painful duty to record in today's Democrat the very sudden, although not unexpected, death of Rev. Benjamin Franklin at his home near this city on Tuesday evening last, of heart disease. Although Mr. Franklin has been troubled with the disease that finally ended his useful life, for many years yet for a few weeks past he had been almost free from its effects and he and his friends were hopeful that he might yet recover entirely from it, but this improvement, in his health proved but temporary, or like the calm that preceeds the storm, and on Tuesday afternoon last at three o'clock he first complained of the return of the smothering sensation that always accompanies that disease, and in less than two hours he had breathed his last, and a life full of valuable service to humanity and valiant work in the cause of God, was thus abruptly terminated.
He was born in Belmont county, Ohio, February 1, 1812, making him 66 years, 8 months and 10 days old at the time of his death. In early life his religious training was in accordance with the Methodist doctrine, although he never united with that church. In 1836, at the age of 24, he united with the Disciples and was immersed near Middletown, Henry county, this State, by the great pioneer preacher, Samuel Rogers. Soon after this Mr. Franklin began the work of preaching the gospel to his fellow men. He served society in the various attitudes of farming, teaching, editing several different papers, publishing books, tracts, debates, &tc.(sic) and preaching the Gospel. By means of the periodicals and other publications issued from his hand he became well known to many thousands, as a writer and publisher, with whom he had no personal acquaintance. He was actively engaged in the ministry of the Word for more than thirty years without the intermission of a single week, except in a few instances when compelled by sickness to lay by for a short time, and more than eight thousand people have been converted under his own personal appeals. He was entirely an extemporaneous speaker, never in his life having memorized a single discourse, either of his own composition or that of anybody else, and never more than three times in his life attempting to read a discourse. For years, he has been editor of the American Christian Review, for which paper he wrote an article on the day of his death. On Sunday, the 20th inst., he preached in the Christian church of this place, and seemed unusually strong and well.
On Monday, the 21st inst., he spent the day with his daughter, Mrs. S. WRIGHT. On Tuesday, the day of his death; he was in his usual health almost up to the very hour of his death. He ate his dinner as usual on that day, and about half past 2 o'clock in the afternoon, he lay down saying he felt sleepy. He slept about half an hour, and when he awoke he complained of scarceness of breath. He died in his arm chair, as any attempt to lie down seemed to increase his suffering which was intense. He was unable to converse with any of his family, though perfectly conscious of his coming death. He lived about two hours after his sufferings first commenced. The funeral took place from his residence west of town at 3 o'clock P.M. Thursday. Eight of his children were present, Joseph, the oldest son, living in Anderson, Mrs. Elizabeth CLIFFORD, Glenwood, Mrs. Martha SMITH, oldest daughter, Xenia, Mrs. Wm. WRIGHT, Anderson, Mrs. Belle F. RICE, Miamiville, Ohio, Mrs Martha PLUMMER, who lives on the farm where her father died, Benjamin and Alex. C. Franklin, of Indianapolis. He had been troubled with disease of the heart for many years, which terminated fatally on the 22d inst.
A work entitled "The Living Pulpit of the Christian Church" contains the following: "It may be safely affirmed, that no preacher among the Disciples is more generally known than the subject of this sketch. He has been so long connected with the Press and has traveled so extensively, that wherever among Christians, the Bible alone is the rule of faith and practice, there the name of Benjamin Franklin is as familiar as household words. As a writer, he lays no claim to elegance, his articles too frequently bearing unmistakable marks of haste in their preparation. But he is generally forcible, and, as a writer for the masses, has been quite successful. He has written a number of tracts, all of which have been very popular; and the one entitled "Sincerity Seeking the Way to Heaven," has had the largest sale of any tract ever published by the Disciples."
The Anderson Democrat -- October 25, 1878
Marriage 1 Mary Personett b: 14 JUN 1809 in OH
• Married: 15 DEC 1833 in Henry Co, IN
1. Joseph Franklin b: 13 SEP 1834 in Henry Co, IN
2. James Franklin b: 9 NOV 1835 in IN
3. Matilda E Franklin b: 2 AUG 1837 in IN
4. Sarah Ellen Franklin b: 22 FEB 1839 in IN
5. Elizabeth Franklin b: 28 OCT 1840 in IN
6. Sophia Franklin b: 28 OCT 1840
7. Isabel F Franklin b: 24 AUG 1842
8. Martha A Franklin b: 31 DEC 1845 in IN
9. Benjamin Franklin b: 31 AUG 1850
10. Alexander Campbell Franklin b: 11 MAY 1852
11. Walter Scott Franklin b: 24 JAN 1854
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