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Franklin Addison Yates (1827 - 1904)

Franklin Addison Yates
Born in Culpeper, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 23 Dec 1853 in Loudoun, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Died in Charles Town, Jefferson, West Virginia, United Statesmap
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Franklin was born in Culpeper County on August 24, 1827. He was the son of Francis Benjamin Gaines Yates and Elizabeth Polly Jury.

In 1850, Franklin was working as a laborer and living with a family in Loudoun County, Virginia.[1]

At the age of 26, Franklin married Emily Jane Griffith on December 23, 1853, in Loudoun County, Virginia, when she was 20 years old. (Franklin's older sister Malinda married his wife Emily's older brother John).[2][3] They had eleven children - Mary (Mollie), Lorenza Catherine, Benjamin, Sarah Elizabeth, Turner Jackson, Cora Frances, James Edward, Roberta Amanda, Charles William, Laura Virginia, and Emily Estelle.

In 1860, Emily and Franklin lived with their children and Emily's sister Margaret in Culpeper County, Virginia.[4]

Franklin served as a private in the Confederate Army, 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company E, between April 17, 1861 and November 8, 1861.[5] According to records, he became ill on August 15, 1861 and was absent until discharged in November 1861.[6]

By 1870, they had moved to Grant, Jefferson, West Virginia, and in 1880 and 1900, resided with children in Charles Town, Jefferson, West Virginia. Throughout this period, they were farmers.[7][8][9]

Franklin reached 76 years of age and died in Charles Town, Jefferson, West Virginia on March 23, 1904. According to his obituary, his death occurred from complications from a cold he developed following his 50th wedding anniversary a few months before.[10] All eleven of his children survived him. He was buried at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town.[11]

His estate was probated in Jefferson County, West Virginia, with his two youngest daughters, Laura and Estelle, names as executrices.[12]


  1. 1850 United States Federal Census. Year: 1850; Census Place: Loudoun, Virginia; Roll: 957; Page: 189B. Image
  2. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Ancestry Record 7836 #498499
  3. Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 [database on-line]. Ancestry Record 60214 #2946361
  4. 1860 United States Federal Census. Year: 1860; Census Place: Culpeper, Virginia; Page: 833; Family History Library Film: 805341. Image
  5. National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Ancestry Record 1138 #5338904
  6. Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Ancestry Record 1555 #1245153
  7. 1870 United States Federal Census. Year: 1870; Census Place: Grant, Jefferson, West Virginia; Roll: M593_1689; Page: 516A; Family History Library Film: 553188. Image
  8. 1880 United States Federal Census. Year: 1880; Census Place: Charlestown, Jefferson, West Virginia; Roll: 1405; Page: 72D; Enumeration District: 004. Image
  9. 1900 United States Federal Census. Year: 1900; Census Place: Charles Town, Jefferson, West Virginia; Page: 6; Enumeration District: 0039; FHL microfilm: 1241761. Image
  10. Franklin A. Yates - Obituary - Shepherdstown Register - Mar 31 1904 - Page 3. Link
  11. Find A Grave: Memorial #57141662
  12. West Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1985 [database on-line]. Original data: West Virginia County, District and Probate Courts. Link

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