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 Resa “Recie” <I>James</I> Franklin

Resa “Recie” James Franklin

Birth
Mississippi, USA
Death 1905 (aged 68–69)
Oklahoma, USA
Burial Elmore City, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 184665175 · View Source
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Resa James was born to Nelly and Caesar James circa 1836 (the censuses have her born anywhere between 1833 and 1839) in Mississippi. She had many siblings due to the fact that her father sired children by at least 7 women. Her siblings include half-sisters Mimey, George Ann, Louisa (triplets), Silla (or Priscilla), and Angeline James; and half-brother Gabriel James.

She had been a slave owned by Amanda McLaughlin. Resa was forced to join the journey on the Trail of Tears circa 1848 as part of the Indian Removal Act instituted by President Andrew Jackson.

After settling in Oklahoma Indian Territory, she married Russell Franklin (son of Buck and Polly Franklin), and to this union were born 12 children between 1851 and 1878: Rachel, Sanders, Jennie, Caesar, Susan, Alice, Rhoda, Robert, Serena, James, Perry, and Mark Franklin.

In addition to her household duties, Resa worked as a midwife, often delivering her own grandchildren, who were multitudinous. Daughters Rachel and Jennie alone had 25 children between them, 13 and 12 respectively.

Resa and Russell were enrolled as Chickasaw Freedmen by the Dawes Commission on December 12, 1902. Resa is Number 1014 on Card 255. In the enrollment application taken on September 13, 1898, she stated that she was about 62 years old; hence the 1836 birth year.

As a result of their Freedmen status, Resa and Russell were allotted land, which was applied for in January of 1904, and that is the last documentation available for Resa. Husband Russell is listed on the 1910 Census as living with son Mark, but Resa is not listed, which gives rise to the assumption that she died before then.

Resa gave much life and touched many lives, and she leaves a long legacy of hard work and survival. She is also memorialized in her nephew Buck's book, My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin. She was known to him and many others as Aunt Recie, and she is remembered lovingly.


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  • Created by: Pamela Jackson
  • Added: 27 Oct 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 184665175
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Resa “Recie” James Franklin (1836–1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184665175, citing Little Flock Cemetery, Elmore City, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Pamela Jackson (contributor 49152086) .