And after all that, I forgot to tell you guys how my trip to Sumner County went. It was excellent. I have a few pictures.
Did I tell you I made a map? I made a map. I hope that link works.
The locations aren’t exact, exact, but they’ll give you a good idea of where things are. I relied heavily on the 1878 map of Sumner County at the LOC and a lot on where various books approximated things.
This is the Franklin Chapel, which, on the 1878 map, is called Buck’s Chapel. It’s an African American Baptist church right in the part of Odom’s Bend where some of Franklin’s slaves went/remained after Emancipation.
Here’s their cute sign and their rocky ground.
The graveyard was older than the stones would indicate. All the way back in the trees were older and older graves.
Thisis the Baber house, where at least three generations of Franklins lived.
This is Oakley, another Franklin family home. You can’t see it, but there’s an old log cabin behind it. Oakley, I’m betting, though, is from the 1870s, just judging from how it appears to be in danger of becoming Victorian.
This group of cabins is known as Pilot Knob. It sits in the shadow of the knob known as Pilot Knob. There was also, at some point, a Pilot Knob Station. I would be very curious to know if these cabins ever stood inside that station. My suspicion is that there used to be a wooden wall around this.
The third cabin at Pilot Knob.
James Franklin’s House.
A cemetery full of Douglasses who I don’t know! With Allens mixed in!