Franklin Detraz Biography

from History of Union County, Kentucky – Perrin, 1886

Franklin Detraz

This estimable gentleman is a farmer of Shiloah Precinct, is the son of Abram and Naomi (Dunn) Detraz; Abram was born in the Canton of Vo, Switzerland, in 1803.  In an early day he came to this country and married in Switzerland County, Indiana.  He had several brothers in the war with Napoleon Bonaparte.  this remarkable old gentleman finally moved to Trimble County, Kentucky, where he died in 1881, leaving a handsome estate to his wife and children.  Subject’s mother was born in Carroll County, Kentucky, in 1816; she now lives on the old homeplace in Trimble county, Kentucky; subject’s paternal grandparents were John Louis and Jane Detraz, both born in Switzerland; his maternal grandfather, John Dunn, was born in Pennsylvania, and his father was commissary under Napoleon; subject’s maternal grandmother, Rachel (Porter) Dunn, was born in Virginia.  Franklin Detraz was born in Switzerland County, Indiana, December 5, 1839, and there received some three years’ training in the common schools of the county.  In 1871, three brothers, Albert, David and subject, came to Union County and bought land in Shiloh Precinct.  David afterward went back to Trimble and is managing the farm there for his mother.

Franklin, May 9, 1875, was married to Miss Virginia Ann Hart, daughter of Benjamin F. and Sarah (White) Hart, who was born in Union County March 2, 1856; the issue of this marriage is as follows:  Wade Hampton (deceased), Sallie B., David Blyde and Naomi May.

Mr. Detraz, when the South called for aid, enlisted in the Confederate army and went out in Company E, Fourth Kentucky Cavalry, and was in many hard fought battles; among them Bull’s Gap, Marion, Withville and Cumberland Gap; he was paroled at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, in 1865.  Subject is a Democrat in politics and one of the best farmers in the county.  He owns eighty-five acres of fine land on which is a nice frame residence; has been a member of the Christian Church for twenty-five years and is a Mason in good standing.

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