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William Charles and Mary Grace (Franklin) Franz

William and Mary Franz

Photo taken early 1900’s (before 1914)

William Charles Franz was born 08 April 1840 in St. Louis, Missouri. William was the first of two children born to William Franz and Catherine (HAAS) Franz. William died in Grafton (Jersey County), Illinois on 25 January 1912, and was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Rosedale (Jersey County), Illinois.

Mary Grace (FRANKLIN) Franz was born 10 June 1851 in Missouri. Mary Grace was one of four children born to George Franklin and Caroline (WOLFF) Franklin. Mary Grace died in 1926 in Jersey County, Illinois and was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Rosedale, (Jersey County), Illinois.

Charles Philip and Martha Louise (Thurm) Franz

Charles and Martha Franz

Photo taken about 1930 – Photo hand-tinted by Zada Velma (Franz) Bailey

Charles Philip Franz was born 01 December 1872, in St. Louis, Missouri. Charles was the second of twelve children born to William Charles and Mary Grace (Franklin) Franz. Charles died in Alton (Madison County), Illinois on 15 April 1942, and was buried in Hartford Cemetery, Grafton (Jersey County), Illinois.

Martha Louise (Thurm) Franz was born 18 May 1877, in Saxony, Germany. Martha was the first of five children born to Charles Victor and Louisa Agnes (Helling) Thurm. Martha died 18 September 1934, and was buried in Hartford Cemetery.

Charles and Martha married 20 January 1898 in Jersey County, Illinois. They settled in Grafton, Illinois, known as “Williams Hollow,” and farmed the land known as the “home place.” Twelve children were born of their marriage.

Photos from Dolores Coleman and Darlene Berg. Contributed by Dolores Andrews.

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