H. D. FRANKLIN, county court clerk of Chester County, Tenn., was born in North Carolina, January 12, 1848, and is one of a family of live children, two of whom are now living. His parents, David J. and Sarah B. (Browder) FRANKLIN, are both natives of Halifax County, Va.; the former born about 1826 and the latter about 1818. The father came to this State about 1848 and located near Henderson. He is a Baptist minister by profession and is also engaged in the mercantile business at McNairy Station. He is an active business man, a zealous Christian worker, and one of the prominent citizens of the county. The mother died in October, 1883.
Our subject was reared at home and received his education in the district schools. In 1869 he married A. B. SHERWOOD, a native of Clark County, Ala., born in 1851, and the daughter of Alonzo and Harriet SHERWOOD. By this union they have four children: Evie, Etna, Rubie and David. In 1867 Mr. FRANKLIN was appointed postmaster and held that office for about thirteen years; at the same time he was engaged as salesman for a dry goods house, and express agent. He continued the mercantile business until 1882 when he was elected to his present office. He was re-elected and still fills the position. He is a Democrat in politics, a member of the Masonic fraternity, also a member of the A. O. U. W., and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church, of which he is a deacon.
Transcribed by David Donahue