John A. Franklin served as a private in Company I, 6th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Confederate States Army from 09 Apr 1863 to March 1865. The unit's flag can be viewed here: http://www.archives.state.al.us/referenc/flags/078.html. His brothers Green T., William H., and James Wilson Franklin also served in this unit, as did his brothers-in-law, Martin Findley and Isaac Green W. Kraker. Additional information on the unit itself can be found here: http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/santarosa/military/6alcoi.txt. John is found on the Auditor's Roll for CSA pension recipients 05 Nov 1901, 03 Nov 1902, 19 Oct 1903, 17 Oct 1905, 20 Jan 1908, 04 Apr 1908, and 06 Jul 1908 all from Covington county, AL. In 2007 he was accepted as a patriot by the historical society, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
John appears on a list of persons transacting business with Robinson's Tanyard & Manufacturing Company in Covington County, AL in 1865.
He is listed as having registered to vote on 24 Jun 1867 in Covington County, AL.
He married Celia Findley, daughter of Magilbry and Dolly Findley.
On 16 Feb 1883, John & Celia signed a deed selling the E ½ of SE1/4 Sec 7, T4 R15, and the W1/2 of SW ¼ S8 T4 R15 containing 160 acres to their son Jackson Magilbry Franklin.
On 11 Jul 1883 he was appointed constable of the Fairfield district, Covington county, Alabama and again on 12 Jan 1887 for precinct 6, Covington county, and 13 Dec 1893 for Andalusia.
In Feb 1887 John was involved in a court case that went to the Alabama Supreme Court. The Court affirmed the case, upholding an earlier ruling.
The Supreme Court met yesterday morning. Cases from the eigth division will be taken up during this week. The following decisions were rendered yesterday:
J. Somerville--F. B. Jones vs. John A. Franklin, from Covington circuit court. Affirmed. This case stemmed from an earlier case in the Circuit Court of Covington County, Alabama on 07 Mar 1883: John A. Franklin vs. John L. Jones and Sandford Jones--the ruling being in favor of Franklin for $75 from John L. Jones. In July of 1885 Frank B. Jones filed a suit against John A. Franklin, stating that the bay horse John was awarded in lieu of the $75 for the 1883 suit belonged to him and not to John L. Jones. On 04 Mar 1886 the court ruled in favor of John A. Franklin and as a result Frank B. Jones took his case to the Supreme Court, which upheld the ruling.
In April of 1890 Robert Bradley filed homestead land claim #16,884 which Preston J. Gantt and Abraham Carter of Andalusia, Alabama and Daniel Henderson and John A. Franklin of Loango, Alabama signed as witnesses to his continuous residence on said land as part of his land claim.
On 31 Aug 1891, John bought from his son Jack, for $100, the SE 1/4 of the SW1/4 Section 3 T4 R14, containing 40 acres.
In the summer of 1892 George W. Patterson filed a land claim which Alexander G. Atkisson, Bluford Findley, John A. Franklin, and Joseph A. Ard of Loango, Alabama signed as witnesses to his continuous residence on said land as part of his land claim.
In October of 1893 John along with Nick Harvill and others were out hog hunting and came across a "monster rattlesnake, which showed fight and finally his snakeship made at Uncle Nick who at once took to his heels, and the boys say he split the wind like a blue whistler, putting up the finest job of running known here in years".
In the fall of 1893 Celia A. Patterson filed Homestead land claim # 28,353 which Noah D. Caton, Preston J. Gantt, James McCormack and John A. Franklin, of River Falls, Alabama signed as witnesses to the continuous residence on said land as part of the land claim.
In November of 1893 Henderson Cobb filed a homestead land claim which William T. Ervin, Daniel Robinson, John M. Diamond of Fairfield, Alabama and John A. Franklin of Loango, Alabama signed as witnesses to his continuous residence on said land as part of his land claim.
In June of 1894 William B. McLelland filed a homestead land claim (#21,347) which John Bass, John A. Franklin, Henry Cassady, and Tire B. Mock, all of Loango, Alabama signed as witnesses to his continuous residence on said land as part of his land claim.
In September of 1894 Lorenzo J. Feaster filed Homestead land claim #28,414 for the NW1/4 of Section 17 in Township 4N Range 15E, which William J. Franklin, Jackson M. Franklin, James McCormack and John A. Franklin all of River Falls, Alabama signed as witnesses to his continuous residence on said land as part of his land claim.
In July of 1896 John was appointed to act as an inspector for Beat 6, at the election to be held in Covington County, Alabama on 03 Aug 1896.
On 14 Jul 1907 John rode in the buggy of Will Chesser to the River Falls Depot not far from his home, and while he was inside the depot, Chesser, who was inebriated at the time, fell from the buggy entangling his head and neck between the front axle shafts, resulting in his death by strangulation.
In the 1990s John's granddaughter Sarah told me a story about how John won a Stetson type hat in a contest for picking the winning name for the town of Andalusia when he was a young man.
The last week in October of 1909 John had an accident and fell into the fire, burning himself badly.
The accident resulted in his death less than a week later on 02 Nov 1909.
He was buried in Fairmount Baptist Church Cemetery, Red Level, Covington County, Alabama. He is, in fact, buried in 'the road' that runs through the cemetery, having been interred next to the tall masonic marker beside 'the road'. However, as the road is utilized for cemetery maintenance, I was told in the 90s when my father and I placed a marker at his burial location, that although the church realized there were people buried there, they did not want the maintenance road to be unuseable. So they pointed out another location we could place a marker, near the back of the cemetery, in memory of my ancestor John A. Franklin. If you are standing at that marker for John, at GPS coordinates N 31° 23.982 W 086° 36.668, looking toward the back of the church you will note 'the road' off to your left and you will see looking up the road the tallest masonic marker. This will be a landmark to where John is actually buried in the cemetery. His granddaughter Sarah (Franklin) Mock attended his funeral and was able to tell me exactly where he was buried. 
Family information for both ancestry and descendants of John has appeared over the last several years in the genealogy columns by Curtis Thomasson, published weekly in The Andalusia Star News in Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama.
↑ List of Persons transacting business with Robinson's Tanyard & Manufacturing Company in Covington County, AL in 1865.
↑AGS Magazine. Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc. Birmingham, Alabama. Volume 36 Fall/Winter 2004. Bibles, Wills and Court Records - The McGilbie Finley Family. p15-16.
↑The Covington Times. Andalusia, Alabama. 13 Aug 1892. (Land Notice article #12,618 also appears in issues on 16 Jul 1892, 23 Jul 1892 and 30 Jul 1892 and as Land Notice #12,384 in 27 Feb, 12 Mar, 05 Mar and 19 Mar 1892 issues of same paper).
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHKM-KPT : 17 October 2014), J A Franklin, Alabama, United States; citing p. 1, family 2, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,510.
US Federal Census- 22 Jun 1880, Covington county, AL
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John 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: