Franklin was born in 1848. He passed away in 1898.
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 July 2019), memorial page for Franklin Stearns, Sr (30 Jul 1848–3 Oct 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28814730, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by SheWalksTheseHills (contributor 46847797) .
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCPY-ZJP : 16 July 2017), Franklin Stearns, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 37, sheet 403A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 1361; FHL microfilm 1,255,361.
"Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X5XG-X24 : 11 March 2018), Franklin Q. Stearnes in entry for Irena Louisa Stearnes, 08 Oct 1872; citing Jefferson, Culpeper, Virginia, reference 2; FHL microfilm 2,046,929.