John Stevens Frans

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John Stevens Frans

  • Birth 9 May 1844 Saint Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 25 Dec 1916 Davenport, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Fort Spokane, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Row 2-16
  • Memorial ID 44199957

s/o James Madison Frans / Frances Farmer

At an early age accompanied his parents to Grayson county, Texas, subsequently lived in different parts of the Lone Star State, and finally settled in Throckmorton county. He was brought up on a farm, and in the fall of 1861 joined the Texas Rangers, with which company he spent the period during the Civil War on the frontier fighting Indians. During this time he was in many hand to hand battles and innumerable skirmishes, and at one time while at home on a brief furlough withstood single-handed a band of thirteen of the warlike savages which had attacked his home with the intent to massacre the family. John being the eldest of 6 children, the other members are: Mrs. Elizabeth Thorp Throckmorton Co., TX, Mrs. Susan V. Anderson, William both of OK, Mrs. Nancy Barber of TX and James B. a soldier in the Philippine War.

In 1874 he went to the country tributary to the river Brazos, where he hunted buffalo, bear, deer and other wild animals. Five years later he started with his family to drive to Walla Walla, and finally arrived after much difficulty, principally caused by the Indians. The journey consumed six months, and it was in the early autumn when the family arrived at its destination. They spent the winter of 1879 near Waitsburg, and came to their present home the following summer. Came to his present homestead, four and a half miles northwest of Egypt, in the year 1880, being among the first settlers in this vicinity, while his family was the first one to permanently locate here. They have one hundred and sixty acres, all of which is suitable for cultivation, well improved and abundantly stocked with all necessary domestic animals with which to successfully carry on the business of farming. Both Mr. and Mrs. Frans were devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and the family is one of the most highly respected in the community. He died at his home in Davenport on Christmas Day.

m 11 Feb 1866 Fort Davis, Stephens Co.,* TX
Mary Louise Sutherlin

They had 9 children - William Madison, Stephen Alexander, Cardelia "Delia" J., James David, Webster, Frances Arminitie, Carol Howden, Cora Lelia, Oscar

ref: WA Death Records 72y7m15d; Frans Cemetery Records wife of John S. Frans - nee Sutherlin Shared stone w/ Oscar Frans; An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country WA 1904; Bio by BluMoKitty
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*Note - The Photograph of John Stephen Frans, s/o J. M. 'Matt' Frans and Frances Farmer. It was sent to Billie Self by his GGGrandson Rod Lindquist who died before 2003, Photo courtesy of Billie Self



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  • Maintained by: BluMoKitty
  • Originally Created by: Scotty
  • Added: 11 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44199957
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Stevens Frans (9 May 1844–25 Dec 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44199957, citing Frans Cemetery, Fort Spokane, Lincoln County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by BluMoKitty (contributor 46830270) .