|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1860|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1928|
s/o August William Franke and Wilhelmina "Minnie/Mena" Geoffert-Franke
William Franke (1860-1928) who 1st married Auguste Lehmann (which is my connection to this Franke family) on Aug 16, 1882 in Indianola, Calhoun Co., Texas and they had at least one daughter Katie Auguste Franke-Lee (married Jesse Chester Lee, Sr, but was divorced from him before she died in 1936). We just found his first wife's burial (today, Sept. 24, 2012) which was inventoried by a FAG member in January 2012 in the old Indianola Cemetery. She died only 2 days after giving birth to Will and Auguste's only child (Katie). By the 1900 Census Will (widower) had remarried to Josephine MARIE who died in 1906 and then by 1910 it appears he he was married again after Josephine died to an Arcelie "Osilee" Cahn/Cahan (1872-1917 - daughter of Louis Cahn). We have only found proof of one child being born to William Franke and that is from his 1st marriage, being his daughter: Katie Auguste Franke-Lee (1883-1936 - buried in Hillside Cemetery) and she was found living with William's sisters Theresa Franke and Minnie Franke (both single and listed as seamstresses) family in 1910 before Katie Auguste Franke married Jesse Chester Lee, Sr.
The William Franke and Carl Ludwig Gustav Lehmann families (Gustav was father of Auguste Lehmann and she was William Franke's 1st wife) relocated to Cuero after the 1886 Indianola hurricane (they were still in Indianola in 1882 when Auguste Lehmann and William Franke married, so they survived the 1876 hurricane and apparently stayed in Indianola - Auguste Lehmann and her parents are found in the 1880 Indianola, Calhoun Co, Texas census which is before Auguste married William Franke in Indianola).
Summary: William Franke
1st married: Auguste Lehmann (daughter of Carl Ludwig Gustav Lehmann & Wilhemine (Scheregila?? misspelled phoenetically ?? on Indianola marriage license). Auguste was 1/2 sister to my great grandfather Johann Maximilian Lehmann (one of two sons of Carl Ludwig Gustav Lehmann and Gustav's 1st wife Adelphine Louise Fredericka Sperling).
2nd married abt. 1900: Josephine Marie (daughter of Pierre Marie and Angelina Thebedaux-Marie). Josephine Marie-Franke died in 1906 and is buried next to her parents and other Marie family members. Her headstone bears the inscription "wife of William Franke".
3rd married before 1910: Arcelie Cahn/Cahan (daughter of Louis Cahn/Cahan & Caroline Katherine Marie) who died in 1917.
So, William Franke was preceded in death by his 3 wifes.
William died a widower and the only child we have yet found born to him was from his 1st marriage to Auguste Lehmann (my family line through Auguste's father: Carl Ludwig Gustav Lehmann who is my 2nd great grandfather).
One of William's brothers, August Franke (1854-1915) was an undertaker in Cuero when he died (August is also buried in Hillside Cemetery, as were a number of other Franke, Lehmann, Freund, etc. family members).
Wilhelmina Geoffert Franke (1830 - 1923)
Auguste Lehmann Franke (1861 - 1883)
Josephine Marie Franke (1860 - 1906)
Katherine Auguste Franke Lee (1883 - 1936)*
Plot: I-B 109
Maintained by: Lynda Lehmann-French
Originally Created by: B & N Thacker
Record added: Jan 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46524980