Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY–Triplet daughters of Elijah & Rebecca Frampton

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Photo used with permission of Nancy Ann Mull Buchanan

What is more tragic than the death of a child?  In this case it was the death of triplet daughters born to Rev. Elijah FRAMPTON, Sr. and his wife Rebecca CLARK.
Rev. Elijah Frampton and his wife Rebecca are my 4th great grand uncle and aunt.  They married on 28 Oct 1822 in Burlington, Lawrence County, Ohio.

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Marriage record of Elijah Frampton & Rebecca Clark

Rev. Elijah & his wife Rebecca had a son, William Walker Frampton born in 1824.  There was possibly another son born either before or after William, but I cannot locate a date.  All I’ve located is a reference to his name, Isaac Clark Frampton and that he was the child of Elijah and Rebecca.

The triplets, all girls, were referenced on a Rootsweb page.  From that lead I located a headstone for the girls on FindAGrave.com.
Their memorials are # 47412086, 47412091 and 47412096

These infants died on 30 Apr 1827.  It appears that yet another tragedy occurred in this small family when their mother Rebecca died on 5 Jun 1827, just a little over a month after the deaths of the infants.  I cannot locate a cause of death for either the triplets or their young (29 yr. old) mother.  However, I do wonder if the mother died of complications from the birth of the triplets.

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Rev. Elijah Frampton - This photo can be found in the book The Frampton Family by J. S. Wrightnour, D.D. page 101

The Rev. Elijah remarried the following year on 8 May 1828 to Lucinda  Trowbridge, and they had four children together.  Elijah lived to be 90 years old.

I wonder how many triplet births survived back in those early days?
I have further research to do on this family and hope to learn more about them.

Here are some reference materials with information about this family.
  • Early Days in Greenbush with Biographical Sketches…by William L. Sapp.  Page 143
  • Circuit Rider Days Along the Ohio….by The Methodist Book Concern. Page 218
  • Sons of the American Revolution Applications – Application for John Ross Frampton, filed in 1917 in Iowa – image
  • available on Ancestry.com 
PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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