Biography - Franklin Witt

HON. FRANKLIN WITT - The late Hon. Franklin Witt was a native of West Tennessee, and was born on the 23d of November, 1804; and it was in that delightful and genial clime that the years of his early youth were spent. ... Franklin was the eldest child of John and Eleanor Witt. John Witt was a native of East Tennessee; his wife was born in West Tennessee, and it was in that portion of the state that they were married. His time was spent in farming. Franklin Witt came to the territory of Illinois in the year 1814, with his parents. They settled in Pope county. At the age of nineteen Mr. Franklin Witt was married to Malinda Perry. Said marriage occurred on the 15th of January, 1824. In the fall of that year he moved, with his bride, to Sangamon county, Ill., and in the spring of 1825 removed to the locality where Beardstown is situated, and in January, 1826, became a permanent resident of Greene county, settling on a piece of land south of Macoupin creek, which he improved and continued to carry on until his death. Mr. Witt and wife were blessed with a family of ten children, three sons and seven daughters; there are only four now living; two sons and four daughters are deceased. The father of Franklin Witt (John Witt) came to Greene county in 1836, and moved to Texas in 1843, where he spent the residue of his life. ... At the time of his death he was a senator from Greene county. His death occurred on the 17th of August, 1851. HIs widow is yet living on the old homestead in the enjoyment of good health.

Extracted 05 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 35.

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