Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wake-Franklin County Line

Give Me Franklin, or I'll give you Death!

Franklin County, North Carolina was once a part of Bute County, but in 1779 the General Assembly eliminated the name of Bute and divided part of the area between Franklin and Wake Counties. Surveyors hired to run the southern boundary line of Franklin got along very nicely till they reached Osborne Jeffrey's plantation of several thousand acres. He saw the surveyors at work and asked what they were doing.

When they told him they were running the Wake-Franklin County line, he asked, "Where will it put me?"

"In Wake County," they told him.

"I'll be damned if it will," he said. He went in the house, and returned with his shotgun. "Now, you run that line so that I'll continue to live in Franklin or I'll blow your brains out."

This story was taken from The State Magazine, November 8, 1941. It was published in The Connector, newsletter of the Tar River Connections Genealogical Society in the Fall 1997 issue

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