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Franklin Germenis Etter (1752 - 1828)

Franklin Germenis (Francis) Etter
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died at about age 76 in Chester, Nova Scotia Colonymap
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Francis Etter was a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Proven
Date: Undated

Franklin "Germantus" Etter was baptized[1] March 28, 1766, at Christ Church, Braintree, Mass., the son of Peter and Margaret Etter.

A justice of the peace and a glassmaker. Also served as town clerk of Chester, NS.

He was a Loyalist who emigrated to Canada on 17 Mar 1776. Sailed to Halifax, NS, from Boston on Evacuation Day 1776.

He made stockings for the British Army during the American Revolution.

Military service began 26 Oct 1777. Served in 7th British Fusiliers. He was promoted to Lt. in the Royal Nova Scotia Volunteers, Dec. 25, 1780.

Military service ended in 1783. [2]

From poll tax rolls 1791-93, online at NSARM:

  • Occupation: Army Lt. Tax 050 pounds, sheet 50. NS Poll tax rolls 1791-93, online at NSARM.
  • Occupation: Army Lt., resident of Chester, tax 054 pounds, livestock noted. sheet 062.NS

Served as a Vestryman at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Buried at Chester Presbyterian Cemetery, Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada.


  1. Mayflower Descendant, V36:45
  2. From the Nova Scotia Genealogist, VolumeV/2, page 110, "Abstract of Provisions: 8 Oct/17 Dec 1783, Halifax, NS, compiled by Freda Withrow. This list is noted as an Abstract of Provisions, Necessaries, Etc. issued from His Majesty's Storehouses in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by order of the Honorable Bridadier General Fox, Commanding His Majesty's Troops in this province to disbanded Corps, Loyalists and others from the 8th October to the 17th December 1783. What Corps Issued to: Royal Nova Scotia Volunteers Where settled: Nova Scotia Under Whose Direction: F.G. Etter # of Men, Women, Children: 23, 4, 13
  • Vital Statistics From Nova Scotia Newspapers (source for death information). Acadian Register, 11 Oct 1828, #3073
  • The NS Genealogist. Vol. II, p. 110: "Abstract of Provisions, 8 Oct/17 Dec. 178 3, by Freda Withrow.
  • The Loyalists of Massachusetts, Their Memorials, Petitions and Claims (source for military and burial information). Author: E. Alfred Jones. London St. Catherine Press, Stanford St., NE, 1930. Page: p. 134
  • Mayflower Descendant: A Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899- . (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010). Vol 36, p 45. Christ Church, Braintree, Mass. Baptisms. Year: 1766. "Franklin Germartus Etter son of Peter & Margaret bapt. Mch. 28"

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