Franklin Aldridge family, 1889

Aldridge Family Letters

Franklin A. Aldridge, known as Frank, was the sixth child of Elijah Aldridge and Jane White. In 1853 he left Boone County, Iowa, and went by wagon train to California where he eventually settled in the Watsonville area. He had three wives and seventeen children. He later went back to Iowa and brought his elderly parents out to California where they lived with Frank and his family until their deaths.

The family by this time was scattered all over the county, as were Elijah’s brothers and sisters. The family appeared to stay in touch, at least some of them did. In the book “Aldridge Records,” by Franklin Rudolph Aldridge, there are copies of three letters, two written by Franklin and one, after his death, by his wife Anna. Information on many of the family members and their whereabouts are included in these letters. The letters were transcribed, with a few dashes to indicate illegible words, and a few misspellings, but they are full of family information, the death and funeral of Elijah Aldridge and burial places of some of the siblings.

  • Letter written by Franklin A. Aldridge to his sister, Caroline Aldridge Whitted in 1878, with enclosed newspaper notice about the death of their father, Elijah Aldridge

  • Letter written by Franklin A. Aldridge to his niece, Eliza Ann Whitted Bass, daughter of his sister Caroline who had just died. Franklin died not long after his sister, in November 1900.

  • Letter written by Anna Aldridge, Franklin’s third wife, to Eliza Ann Whitted Bass, daughter of Carolina Aldridge Whitted

  • Related links:
    Aldridge Family, Brief history
    Aldridge family, main page
    Elijah Aldridge, 1792-1878, son of Francis, and Jane White, 1795-1884

    Photograph of Franklin Aldridge and 3d wife Anna and children, 1889. Standing, L-R: Ernest, Cleon. Front, L-R: Lafayette "Lafe," Anna Katherine, Franklin, Anna, and Cecil. Copy of photo courtesy of Jane Johansen, a descendant of Franklin Aldridge.

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