According to family history it is thought that Joseph Franklin is somehow related to Benjamin Franklin. According to Roberta Hawk, Joseph Franklin is the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin This Benjamin Franklin is the older brother of Josiah Franklin who is the father of the famous kite flier, statesman and philospher, Benjamin Franklin. However at this time (2006) there still is no proof of this connection. Joseph
was born at Pennsylvania
on 17 August 1768. He was the son of (?) Franklin
. He married Elizabeth Smyth
before 1787. Joseph Franklin began military service in 1812. He was land contract in 1825 at Tippecanoe Co., Indiana
; Joseph Franklin purchased land in what was Wabash Co., Indiana in 1825. In 1826 the part of Wabash Co. that Joseph's land was on became Tippecanoe Co., Indiana. He was census 1830 in 1830 at Tippecanoe Co., Indiana
; 1830 US Census, Population, Tippecanoe Co., IN, p. 136 lists Joseph next to sons Preston and James. Joseph has: 1 male aged 15-20 (Perhaps this is Jacob and he was born betw 1810-1815, not 1806)
1 male aged 60-70 (self)
1 female aged 60-70 (Wife)
Jacob is the only known son not listed in his own household here now.
John Franklin is also listed nearby. He is grandson.
Joseph died in 1833 at Indiana