German Origins of the Franks Family ?

 

 

 

"Research suggests that the original home of the Franks (Franck, Franq) family was the Rhine Valley, probably the Palatinate.  Some say our Franks were from Alsace (or Alsace-Lorraine), while others say they were from the village of Eilson (now Bad Eilson), which is a German village in Schauberg, Lippe, two miles east-southeast of Buckeburg on the Aue.  Others point to Franconia, the name given by Michael Franks to his property in German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, as an indication that he was from that part of Bavaria which was the medieval Duchy of Franconia."  

The Family of Daniel Miller and Allied Families, Helen Miller Robertson, 1986, page 104

 

Family tradition has Michael born in the Rhineland (Alsace or the Palatinate) and immigrating to Maryland about 1750.  Records exist for several possible "Michael Franks" - Michael Franck, ship Priscilla 11 September 1749; Johan Michael Franck, ship Beulah 10 September 1753; Michael Franck, ship Peggy 16 October 1754; and others - but none for a Maryland port.  There has been historical debate as to whether any Palatine immigrants even disembarked in Maryland during this time period.  

The Michael Franks Family History and Genealogy (Six Generations), Alice Rowley Franks and Donald J. Sublette, (Uniontown: Franks Clan Association, 1979)

 

 

"Due to the incompleteness of the Ships' Lists, the further fact that there is no record of the names of the Palatines who may possibly have landed in Annapolis and other ports and that for a variety of reasons, names were given to the authorities which were aliases (in some instances later abandoned) and the known unreliability of family tradition there is really nothing we can say positively and assuredly about the early history of Michael Franks I.  We do not know his full name, his date and place of birth, his parents, his wife's name or even the baptismal names and dates of his children.  In the days of large families it seems strange that our Michael is definitely credited with only three children.  This lack of information is not a unique situation.  Many immigrants, not only in this period but up to the present day, have been very reticent about their past history including their right names.  This absence of data is a challenge to family genealogists for continuing research.  Barring some combination of lucky accidents the full and complete facts will probably never be known about "our" Franks." 

The Michael Franks Family History and Genealogy (Six Generations), Alice Rowley Franks and Donald J. Sublette, (Uniontown: Franks Clan Association, 1979); page 37

 

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