Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan





Franklin Warner Thomas was born on 13 May 1842 in Illinois. His parents were Lorenzo Dow and Rebecca Dickerson Thomas. Franklin married Emma M. Mudge on the 19 March 1898 in Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan. Emma was born in 1858 in New York; her parents were Peter and Agnes B. Morgan Acklery.


Franklin was elected as Constable to Lakefield Township on 1 April 1895. He owned and operated 80 acres in Section 26 on Grabowski Road between Merrill and Chapin Roads. His neighbors were George Stadler; Herman Hinterman; and L. Mayer.


By 1910: Franklin and Emma are living in Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan with their nephews, Oral and Willis Webster and niece,  Beulah Webster.


Franklin died on 19 June 1915 and is buried in the Ithaca Cemetery, Ithaca County, Michigan.





SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Franklin and Emma Thomas' marriage record; 1900 and 1910 Federal Census'; Franklin W. Thomas' death record; Find-A-Grave.




Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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