John Franklin was born to John Madison Smith and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Derrick, who were married 1867 December 19th in Kanawha County .
His siblings are
Nancy J, and
John Franklin was married 1898 March 23rd by L D Taylor of Red House at the bride's home in Putnam to Emma May Higginbotham .
Their children are
1870, Winfield PO, Hutton District, Putnam County, West Virginia .
1880, Elk District, Kanawha County, West Virginia .
1900, Union District, Putnam County, West Virginia .
1910, Union District, Putnam County, West Virginia .
1920, Union District, Putnam County, West Virginia .
1930, Union District, Kanawha County, West Virginia .
1940, Nitro, Union District, Kanawha County, West Virginia 
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John: