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Mary Eliza Franklin Lillard
Birth: 1831
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1894
Bosqueville
McLennan County
Texas, USA

Mary Eliza Franklin was the daughter of David Franklin & Rebecca Shell. She married Thomas Kelly Lillard in Tennessee about 1850. The Lillards migrated to the Texas Frontier in 1859.


The following are recollections of Mary Lillard's granddaughter, Reta Taylor Blystone, written in a letter dated 1991

"Soon as Texas seceded, he joined the Confederate Army, leaving Mary Eliza with 4 little girls, and another on the way. She was a very brave woman. After so many Indian raids the first year, they had moved from Coryell county to McLennan. During the war she fought off deserters several times, armed with a pistol, and one black man. She sold the farm for Confederate money, which became worthless later, and moved into town, where she and her children were safer. When the war was over, they bought a farm 4 miles from Waco, on the Bosqueville Road. One morning, her dress caught fire at the fireplace, while she was in the house alone. Grandpa was out milking when he heard her screams. By the time he got to her, she was so badly burned she died that night, November 12, 1894."
 
 
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 Parents:
  David Franklin (1801 - 1844)
  Rebecca Schell Franklin Collins (1802 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Thomas Kelly Lillard (1831 - 1920)
 
 Children:
  Sarah Adeline Lillard Morrow (1851 - 1910)*
  Miranda Texas Lillard Patrick (1853 - 1928)*
  Amanda Rebecca Lillard DeHay (1859 - 1953)*
  Dora J. Lillard Wallis (1866 - 1922)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jonathon Freeland Franklin (1823 - 1909)*
  Isaac Marion Franklin (1826 - 1888)*
  Catherine Elvira Franklin Collins (1829 - 1917)*
  Mary Eliza Franklin Lillard (1831 - 1894)
  David DeLafayette Franklin (1833 - 1901)*
  Hannah Franklin Collins (1835 - 1926)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bosqueville Cemetery
Bosqueville
McLennan County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Robert Fickies
Record added: Dec 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32367878
Mary Eliza <i>Franklin</i> Lillard
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Mary Eliza <i>Franklin</i> Lillard
Added by: Dee Winter
 
Mary Eliza <i>Franklin</i> Lillard
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- stephany olson
 Added: Jun. 22, 2017
May you rest in peace.
- Clarence J. DILLION
 Added: Apr. 13, 2017

- Sharon
 Added: Feb. 10, 2017
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