Some researchers include Benjamin Franklin, born about 1778, Willis Franklin, born 1780, Jane Franklin, born 1782, as children of Bernard and Mary Franklin. This is probably incorrect; they are probably grandchildren of Bernard, and children of Jeremiah Franklin.
"The Big Payne Book", page 85 states: "Many lists of the children of Bernard and Mary Cleveland Franklin include Benjamin, born about 1778, Willis, born about 1780, and Jane, born about 1782, as their children; but this is incorrect. They were the children of Bernard and Mary Franklin's son, Jeremiah Franklin, This is further confirmed by Bernard Franklin's will which made the following bequests: son Jeremiah one Negro boy and $200 in cash; son Jesse one Negro boy and $100 in cash (has already received $125 in cash); son Abner $100 in cash (has already received Negro boy); son Shadrick $225 in cash (I have already given Negro boy); daughter Mary Nail $225 in cash (I have already given Negro girl); son Meshach Negro girl (have already given $225 cash); son Abcdncgo, have given $200 cash; grandchildren, sons and daughters of my son Abednego I leave Negro girl and $25 share equally, they represent their father as if living; friend Mary Harvey l leave one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs and Negro boy and at her decease my exectors sell Negro boy and divide among children and grandchildren. Remaining Negroes not willed to be placed in 8 equal lots and drawn from by my children or sold and proceeds divided. All property real and personal sold and equally divided among surviving children and grandchildren. Upon the death ofany ofmy children, theirchildren are to receive parent's share. Sons Jesse, Shadrack, and Mcshack, executors. Witnesses: Bernard Franklin, Jr., Tolifaro (Talliferro) Franklin, Wiley Franklin. The will, from the section talking about dividing the estate into eight equal lots, clearly indicates that Bernard Franklin had eight surviving children." 
Second, he married, Susannah Fletcher on 21 Feb 1807 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
Bernard lived in Orange county until 1779. He appeared on a number of records there.
Orange County & Albemarle County Records
April 1750 (Orange), Bernard Franklin is paid from the estate of John Willis, "Payments made to Ransom, orphan, Philip Singleton, William Norwell, John Moore (overseer), Mrs. Anne Willis, Israel Christian, Robert Sheddin, Daniel Singleton, Richard Winslow, Mr. James Coleman, Bernard Franklin, Humphrey Willis, Benjamin Cave, (sheriff), James Bowie (merchant, per order of Mrs. Gibson), Henry Downs, Manford Stevens, Osgood Guy, Dr. John Dixon, Robert Eastham, Samuel Hildrop, Fielding Lewis (merchant), Mr. Benjamin Brymes, John Thornton, James Herndon..." 
1 March 1753 (Orange), Barnett Franklin and others request exemption from Road Order, “On the petition of John Haskew, John Foster, Lawrence Franklin, George Head, Moses Behoe, John Snell, Reuben Franklin, Barnet Franklin, and William Hamm setting forth the hardship they labour under in being obliged by the order of this court to work on there different roads. It is therefore considered and ordered that they be exempted from working no the Corss road that leads to John Douglass’s. 
15 February 1758 (Orange), Land Indenture between Thomas Ballard and William Ballard. Witnessed by Barnett Franklin, "Indenture...between Thomas Ballard of Orange County and William Ballard of same... for £20...deeds of lease and release...200 acres near the head of the Blue Run...bounded land formerly belonging to John Bryson... [sign]Thomas (x) Ballard, Witnesses: Frs. Jones, Barnett Franklin, Jas. Griffith", 
2 June 1760(Orange), Bernard had obtained an Attachment for a debt, "Attachment of Bernard Franklin against John Conner is dismist" 
2 June 1760 (Orange), Bernard Franklin witnesses an indenture between Jane Curtis and John Askew, "...between Jane Curtis of Spotsylvania county and John Askew of Orange County...for 17£...sells 278-1/2 acres...bounded by Wolf Branch...Joseph Philip's corner... William Lucas... Walter Fitzgeralds...[Signed] Jennie Curtis, [Witnesses by,] in the presence of: Thomas Price, Barnard Franklin, Joseph Patterson"
9 September 1762 (Albemarle), Bernard purchased 60 acres of land in Albemarle County from Peter Field Trent, "...between Peter Field Trent of Albemarle county on one part and Bernard Franklin of Orange county of the other part...in consideration of twenty-four pounds, three shillings, and four pence current money of Virginia to him paid doth sell Bernard Franklin or his assigns all that tract of land which Edward Coffee now lives on lying on the branches of the Hardware River containing 60 acres by estimation... to Jacob Cleveland's line..joining on Nathan Bernett's line..., [signed] Petr. Field Trent" 
6 February 1764 (Orange), Lawrence Franklin & his wife Mary sell remaining 200 acres of land from his 1734 patent to their son Bernard Franklin, “Indenture 6 February 1764, Lawrence Franklin Senr. and Mary his wife, of Orange County, and Bernard Franklin, Leather breeches maker of county of ALbemarle… for £25… sell tract in Orange county patented by Lawrence Franklin and contained 400 acres , 100 thereof sold to Alexander Cleveland Senr. and 100 to Benj. Franklin, and the other 200 now to Bernard Franklin…”, Signed Lawrence (x) Franklin, Mary (x) Franklin, Witnesses: Elizabeth Cleveland, Betty Cleveland, Anne Franklin, George Franklin, John Cleveland, W. Coursey”, Background: One of the witnesses, either Betty or Elizabeth Cleveland is probably Lawrence’s daughter who was married to Reuben Cleveland. The other was probably the wife of John Cleveland. Elizabeth and John Cleveland were the parents of Bernard’s wife Mary and Reuben Cleveland. Anne Franklin is probably George Franklin's wife. Bernard and George Franklin are Lawrence and Mary Payne Franklin’s sons. 
30 February 1764 (Albemarle), William Coursey Jr. transfers 245 acres of land to Bernard Franklin in payment of his debt, "...I William Coursey Jr. of Albemarle County and Parish of St. Anne for the sum of 45 pounds of current money Virginia which I owe unto Bernard Frankln of aforesaid county & parish so sell said Bernard Franklyn, his heirs, one certain parcel of land lying in the county and parish aforesaid in the South Garden on the branches of the Hardway [Hardware River] that I purchased of Cleveland Coffee containing 245 acres taken up & surveyed by Cleveland Coffee and also one negro girl named Sarah...[signed W. Coursey, [Witnessed by,] Presence: Mary Cleveland, Betty Cleveland Jr., Thomas Wilson"  Note that the witnesses Mary and Betty Cleveland were probably his sisters-in-law.
26 November 1778 (Orange), Will of John Cleveland, daughter Mary Franklin (wife of Bernard Franklin), is given 1 shilling, "Will of John Cleceland... of Orange County...I give my daughter Mary Franklin one shilling Sterling...to my son Benjamin Cleveland one shilling Sterling... to my daughter Betty Claspey one shilling Sterling...to my own Robert Cleveland one shilling Sterling...to my son Reuben Cleveland, dec'd. one shilling Sterling... to my daughter Patty Smith, the land whereon I now live during her natural life or as long as she continue to live on the said land...equally divided Betty Smith and Austin, my two grandchildren...I give William Goodall the colt referred to above and unto Bartlett Bennett, whom I make my sole executor...[Signed] John Cleveland, Witnesses: Bartlett bennett, Sarah (her mark) Smith, Mary (her mark) Smith." 
26 November 1778 (Orange), Bernard Franklin and Bartlett Benett are made guardians of William Cleveland, Jonathan Cleveland, and Sithe Cleveland, orphans of John Cleveland. John Cleveland was the father of Bernard Franklin’s wife Mary Cleveland, "Bartlett Bennett & Bernard Franklin, guardians of Wm. & Jno. Cleveland & Sithe Cleveland, orphans of Jno. Cleveland, decd.", 
24 Jan 1779 (Orange), Bernard Franklin sells 100 acres that his father Lawrence Franklin had patented, "Indenture...between James Taylor of Orange County and Bernard Franklin... for £50... sells 100 acres... bring part of a patent granted to Lawrence Franklin by William Gooch in 1735 he then being Governor of Virginia...bounded William Bartlett's ...[signed] James (x) Taylor)" 
24 Jan 1779 (Orange), Bernard Franklin, his mother Mary Payne Franklin, and his wife Mary Cleveland Franklin sell their relative Richard Payne 300 acres of land, part of which was patented Lawrence Franklin in 1735, "Indenture...between Bernard Franklin and Mary Franklin, his mother, and Mary, his wife, of one part and Richard Payne of the other part... for £800... sell 3000 acres...part of a patent of 400 acres granted unto Lawrence Franklin in 1735 by William Gooch then being Governor of Virginia, land being bounded Wm. Bartlett's line, corner to Enoch Hillman possessing land formerly belonging to Michael Pearson..." 
25 Oct 1779 (Orange), Bernard Franklin witnesses an indenture between Abram Crosthwait and Charles Douglas, "Indenture... between Abram Crosthwait and Mary, his wife, of Orange County and Charles Douglas, of Albemarle County... for £825... sell 200 acres on waters of Pritty's Creek... [signed] Abraham Crosthwait, Witnesses: Bernard Franklin, Thomas Eve" 
Family lore states that prior to the Revolutionary War, a number of Orange County families began to be attracted to the land in the piedmont of North Carolina. Among them was Benjamin Cleveland, brother or Bernard's wife Mary. In the summer of 1778, Bernard sent his son Jesse , who was then home from the army, to select land suitable for a family settlement and to erect a temporary building for the family to use after their move. Jesse select an area near the headwaters of the Mitchell River. 
Bernard and his family, along with several other families of Orange county, Virginia, moved to Wilkes (now Surry) county, North Carolina in about October 1779.  The two older brothers, Bernard and Jeremiah, remained in Virginia. After their move, Bernard began acquiring land and appearing on records of Wilkes and Surry, North Carolina. It appears that initially, he lived i Wilkes county, but by the late 1790s, Bernard had moved into Surry county.
Wilkes and Surry County Records
5 Sept. 1778 (Wilkes), Entry 312 Land Grant?, this is probably the parcel found by Jesse Franklin mentioned above, "100 acres Mitchells River, including his improvement...", Edmond Ward surveyed/marked out, Barnard Franklin written in...
Information on the next three records have some missing information due to the part of the page being torn out. The records are from 26 Oct. 1779 in Wilkes county. Bernard Franklin is mentioned in Entries 1257, 1258 & 1259.
26 Oct. 1779 (Wilkes), Entry 1257 Land Grant?, "James Smith e...(torn)... 100 acres north side Mitchels River, joining John ... (torn)... Scott & Bernard Franklin... (torn..." 
26 Oct. 1779 (Wilkes), Entry 1258 Land Grant?, "...(torn)... Barnard Franklin 100 acres ...both sides of Butlers Creek... , joining his own entry ... " 
26 Oct. 1779 (Wilkes), Entry 1259 Land Grant?, "...(torn)... Thomas Payne, Sr. 50 acres on Mitchels River, joining Barnard Franklin's line..." 
8 Nov. 1779 (Wilkes), Entry 1275 Land Grant?, "Barnard Franklin 50 acres head Ready fork of Mitchells River..." 
9 Nov. 1779 (Wilkes), Entry 1276 Land Grant?, "Barnard Franklin 100 ac Mitchels River, upper end bottom..." 
9 June 1780 (Wilkes), Entry 1862 Land Grant?, "Barnard Franklin, 400 acres on little Reedy fork Mitchels River on the Jesse Franklins line..." 
9 June 1780 (Wilkes), Land Grant entered to Bernard Franklin (but not recorded). File No. 0522, Barnard Franklin 200 acres North side of Mitchels River.
9 November 1784 (Wilkes), Land Grant issued to Bernard Franklin. File No. 608, Barnet Franklin 370 acres On the Mitchells River. 
9 November 1784 (Wilkes), Land Grant issued to Bernard Franklin. File No. 524, Barnet Frankilin 100 acres On Mitchells River. (in Butlers Cr.). 
1 January 1798 (Wilkes), Land Grant issued to Bernard Franklin. File No. 1395, Benard Franklin 50 acres Beg. at three chestnuts N. side of a br. on top of Blue Ridge at head of Mitchells River. 
30 November 1801 (Surry), Land Grant issued to Bernard Franklin. File No. 2197, Barnard Franklin 200 acres On Flat Branch waters 
30 August 1802 (Surry), Land Grant issued to Bernard Franklin. File No. 2250, William James [assignee of Bernard Franklin] 27 acres Beg. at a Chesnut [sic] oak 
July 3, 1819 (Surry), Land Grant issued to Bernard Franklin. File No. 2804, Bernard Franklin 100 acres On Butlers Creek 
Sept. 3, 1819 (Surry), Land Grant issued to Bernard Franklin. File No. 2806, Benard Franklin 200 acres On Red Hill Creek 
Bernard appeared on the following US Censuses:
1790 United States Federal Census
Name — Bernard Franklin
Home in 1790 (City, County, State) — Wilkes, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16 — 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over —
Free White Persons - Females — 5
Number of All Other Free Persons — 12
Number of Household Members — 20
1800 United States Federal Census
Name — Barnard Franklin
Home in 1800 (City, County, State) — Salisbury, Surry, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25 — 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over — 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44 — 3
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over — 2
Number of Slaves — 12
Number of Household Members Over 25 — 6
Number of Household Members — 19
1810 United States Federal Census
Name — Bernard Franklin
Home in 1810 (City, County, State) — Surry, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over — 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over — 3
Numbers of Slaves — 17
Number of Household Members Over 25 — 4
Number of Household Members — 21
1820 United States Federal Census
Name — Bernard Franklin
Home in 1820 (City, County, State) — Capt Patters District, Surry, North Carolina
Enumeration Date — August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 — 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over — 1
Free Colored Persons - Males - Under 14 — 1
Slaves - Males - 26 thru 44 — 6
Slaves - Females - Under 14 — 1
Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25 — 3
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44 — 5
Slaves - Females - 45 and over — 2
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture — 8
Free White Persons - Over 25 — 2
Total Free White Persons — 2
Total Slaves — 17
Total Free Colored Persons — 1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other — 20
In the name of god amen. I Barnard Franklin of the County of Surry and state of North Carolina calling to mind that it is appointed for all men to die, and being at this time of sound mind and memory do make constitute and ordain This my last will and Testament revoking all others heretofore made. first it is my will and desire that at my Decease my Executors herein after named cause my body to be Decently Buried in a plain manner, and that they cause all my Just Debts, there being but few, to be punctually paid---Then touching the estate with which it has pleased god to bless me. I will and dispose of in the following manner, first--observing that at the arival of each of my children at Lawful age, I have given-them-and each of them a small portion of property, not materially different in value .. of which I take no further notice than to pray god to bless them in its uses since that time.
I have given to my son Jeremiah Franklin one negro boy called Westly, and two hundred dollars in cash. To my son Barnard Franklin I have also given one negro boy called Joseph and the like sum of two hundred dollars in cash. Also I have given to my son Jesse Franklin one hundred and twenty five dollars in cash. Also I have given to my son Abner Franklin one negro boy called Absalem and also to my son Shadrack Franklin I have given one negro boy called Henry and one Hundred and seventy five dollars in cash. Also to my daughter Mary Nall I have given one negro girl called Caty and one Hundred dollars in cash. Also to my son Mashak I have given two Hundred and twenty five dollars in cash. Also to my son Abednego Franklin I have given two Hundred dollars in cash. To make an Equality in the distribution of my estate among my children it is my will and I hereby leave
To my son Jesse Franklin one negro boy called Bryson and the sum of one hundred dollars
To my son Abner Franklin I leave the sum of one Hundred two Hundred and twenty five dollars
To my son Mashack Franklin I leave one negro girl called Fereby* To my grandchildren sons and daughters of my son Abednego I leave one negro girl called Mourning and the sum of twenty five dollars to them share and share alike, they jointly representing their father in the same manner as if living ----
To my daughter Mary Nall I leave the sum of one Hundred and twenty five dollars--
Then to my friend Mary Harvey I leave one feather Bed and furniture to her, and heirs forever. I furthermore leave to my said friend Mary Harvey one negro boy called Ambrose-During her natural life, and at her decease it is my will and desire that my Executors dispose of the said negro boy upon the best terms in their descretion and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided among all my surviving children, and my grandchildren of such as may have died. Such grandchildren representing their parent in the same manner as if such parent was living- then the remainder of my estate- it is my will and desire that-it shall be equally divided among all my surviving children, and my grandchildren of such as may have died. Such grandchildren representing their father or mother as the case may be in the same manner as if living---
To effect such equal division it is my wish and, desire that my executors cause my negroes not already disposed of by this my testament be placed into eight lots of as equal value as can be done and to be drawn for by the legatees or some indeferent person for them but if it should so happen that the above mode cannot be conveniently executed-then in that case it is my will that they be disposed of to the highest bidder upon a credit of twelve months, and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided as aforesaid-its further my will and desire that my lands and stock of every kind-household furnature waggon, still & plantation -utensals-shall be sold to the highest Bidder upon a credit of twelve months and the proceeds thereof with all outstanding debts and such money as I may leave on hand to be equally divided among all my surviving children-and my grandchildren if such as may have died previous to the execution of this my last will-my grandchildren representing their-respective parent - father or mother as the case may be in the some manner as if such parent my son or my daughter would have done if living. I leave my sons Jesse Franklin Shadrack Franklin and Mashack Franklin my Executors in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of April 1820(signed) Barnard Franklin (seal)
Entered before signed at the2 eight line (with the words I leave)negroes to my son Shadrack fifty dollars
↑ 2.02.1 Will of Bernard Franklin, 1828, Surry County, North Carolina, Estate Records 1771-1943; Author: North Carolina. Superior Court (Surry County); recorded 1820, Book 4, page 10. Probate Place: Surry, North Carolina, Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. IMAGES for the Will of Bernard Franklin:Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4
↑ "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFS7-FJF : 22 December 2016), Bernard Franklin and Susanner Fletcher, 21 Feb 1807; citing Wilkes, North Carolina, United States, p. , Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds; FHL microfilm 1,730,604.
↑ "North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8BV-F3G : 29 December 2014), Bernard Franklin and Susanner Fletcher, 21 Feb 1807; citing Wilkes,North Carolina, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,330,297.
↑ Moved to Wilkes County, now Surry County per testimony of his son Shadrach Franklin on September 9, 1853. (http://revwarapps.org/w5012.pdf) Dr. John Taliaferro and his family moved also (in-laws of Shadrach)
↑ Wilkes County Land Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry 312
↑ Wilkes County Land Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry 1257
↑ Wilkes County Land Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry 1258
↑ Wilkes County Land Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry 1259
↑ Wilkes County Land Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry 1275
↑ Wilkes County Land Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry 1276
↑ Wilkes County Land Entry Book 1778-1781, Entry 1862
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Barnard by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: