Franklin Elmore Saxon


Personal and Family Information

Franklin was born on 28 Sep 1840 in Autauga County, Alabama, the son of Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon and Mary Collingsworth Terry.

He died on 25 Feb 1922 in Brooksville, Hernando Cty, Florida.

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Marena H May, who he married on 25 DEC 1866. The place has not been found. They had no known children.

His second wife was Tulula victoria Hope, who he married on 10 FEB 1876 in Florida. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Franklin Elmore Saxon


Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon


James Saxon


Benjamin Saxon


Ann Nancy Elmore


Archelas Elmore


Susannnah Morris


Mary Collingsworth Terry


Elijah Terry


James Terry


Anne Robards


Mary Ann Prickett


James Prickett


Sarah Kimbrough



Birth28 SEP 1840
Place: Autauga County, Alabama
Death25 FEB 1922
Place: Brooksville, Hernando Cty, Florida
Census13 SEP 1850
Place: Wetumpka, Coosa, Alabama
Age: 10
Address: Wetumpka, Coosa, Alabama with parents and siblings
Agency: 1850 census
Census 1850 Alabama

Other EventFROM JUL 1861 TO APR 1865
Place: Kentucky
Type: Military Service
Address: Florida 3rd Infantry, Co C wounded Perryville KY, 8 Oct 1862
Agency: Muster Roll
Military Rec-Saxon&Simmons Florida 3rd, Co C

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Note 1

Hernando County Florida, 1865, List of voters

Researcher Linda Hill, a descendant of E. M. Harville, scanned these records at the Florida State Archives in Tallahassee. They are from: Series 21, Roll 4, Division of Elections, Election Returns by County, Hernando Co., 1843-1865. They indicate many of the men who survived the Civil War. Many also voted three years later in the 1868 Statehood Election. Several died thereafter, including F. R. Nicks and Henry Hope. The scanned document was transcribed by Charles Blankenship.

Pollbook or List of Voters at Brooksville Precinct, Hernando County, Florida

1. F. E. Saxon

63. Benj Saxon

Capt. WALTER TERRY SAXON (1836-1924) was born on Apr. 23, 1836, in Autauga, Ala. He married Susan Burns Simmons, daughter of Holman Freeman Simmons and Sarah Eliza H. Burns. She was born 1840 in Alabama and died 1918 in Hamilton, Texas. Children:

• Holmes S. Saxon, b. 1868

• Troupe E. Saxon, b. May 1874, m. Pearl Montgomery on Jan. 15, 1897

• Elizabeth Saxon, b. April 1878, m. Charles H. Camp, 1900

Saxon enlisted at Brooksville on July 19, 1861. According to his obituary in Confederate Veteran:

A native of Alabama, born at Autoga, Falls County, just across the Alabama River from Montgomery, April 23, 1836, young Saxon completed his education at the Alabama Military Institute, and entered upon his life work as a surveyor. As a young man of twenty-five, he was located in Brooksville County, Fla., in 1860-61, and his most important work in that State was in surveying the Everglades. For that he received $20,000, which money he used in advancing the cause of the Confederacy. He organized the Hernando Guards, in July, 1861, which he commanded as Company C, of the 3rd Florida Regiment, serving with the Army of Tennessee under Generals Bragg, Johnston, and Hood. He was wounded at Perryville, but led his company at Murfreesboro, and was in many other memorable engagements of the war. On July 12, 1863, his company captured four hundred Federal troops. After the war Captain Saxon returned to Florida, and was his county’s representative in the State legislature for two terms, 1866 and 1867. In 1868 he organized a den of the original Ku-Klux-Klan in Southern Florida.

Recent research by Dr. Joe Knetsch indicates that Saxon did not do any surveying in Florida. Saxon later moved to Texas where he was a surveyor, taught school, and edited a newspaper. He died on Dec. 23, 1924, in Hamilton, Texas. [Information provided by Charles Blankenship]

FRANKLIN ELMORE SAXON (1840-1922) was born in Alabama. He first married Marena H. May on Dec. 25, 1866. She died on Feb. 10, 1869. He married second Tulula Victoria Hope on Feb. 10, 1876. Franklin Saxon died on Feb. 25, 1922, in Brooksville.

Children - Saxon, by Marena H. May

• Franklin Schmidt Saxon, b. 1867, d. in infancy

• Jessie May Saxon, b. 1869, d. in infancy

Children - Saxon, by Tulula V. Hope

• James Rhodes Saxon

• Jessie M. Saxon

• Franklin Elmore Saxon

• Walter Terry Saxon

• William Wadsworth Saxon

• Benjamin Randolph Saxon

• Eston Lewis Saxon

[Information from Charles Blankenship]

Stringer House Is a Home to History

This article appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on Jan. 24, 1993.


ohn L. May was a contractor who built several houses in Brooksville. He lived in a house on the corner of the street that now bears his name - May Avenue - with his wife, Marena, and their two daughters: Matildas, who married John Barnes, and Annie, who married C. P. Rogers. It is believed he moved to the Stringer House sometime between 1855 and 1858, when he died. His wife and children remained in the house.

Eight years later, on Dec. 25, 1866, Marena married Frank Elmore Saxon, whose picture is now hanging next to the fireplace in the living room.

Saxon was a Civil War hero who was a member of the Hernando Wild Cats, a unit of the Florida 3rd Regiment of the Confederate Army. He was the first to be wounded in a battle called Honeymoon, which took place near Jacksonville. After the Civil War, he became a delegate to the Florida Legislature, representing Hernando County, and in his later years became clerk of the Hernando County Circuit Court.

Two children were born to Frank and Marena Saxon - a son, Frankland Schmidt Saxon in 1867, and a daughter, Jessie May Saxon, in 1869. Their son lived only one month; their daughter died in 1872. Unfortunately, these were not the only tragedies to strike. Marena also died, on Feb. 19, 1869, while giving birth to Jessie May.

After Marena's death, Frank Saxon married Tululu Hope, daughter of William Hope (one of the earliest settlers of Hernando County). Saxon had another house built, south of May Avenue, for Tululu and himself. This house was constructed of cypress and is now known as the Scarborough House.

The May home was sold several times after Frank Saxon left. The records of those transactions, however, were lost in the courthouse fire. The first records after the fire are dated 1883, when J. H. Reddic sold the May-Saxon house to Jennie Johnson for $600.

Hernando Countians in the Civil War

Contributed by: Charles Blankenship

Soldiers of Florida, first published in 1903 and again in 1983 by Richard J. Ferry, compiles the Muster Rolls of three distinct companies of Hernando County, Florida Confederate Soldiers.

SOF, pages 40-41, lists the Old Guards [many who were Seminole Indian War Veterans] who mustered in on March 29, 1862 and mustered out on May 17, 1862. The list includes early Hernando settlers: Hill, Hope, Law, Townsend and Wall.

SOF, pages 105-107, lists the entire roll of Captain W. Terry Saxon's C Company (Hernando Guards & later known as the Hernando Wildcats) of the 3rd Florida Infantry Regiment. The Regiment was formed in 1861 and after combining with the 1st and 4th Regiments remained until April 1865. Action included Perryville, KY and Murfreesborough, TN.

SOF, pages 211-212, lists Captain Samuel E. Hope's C Company, 9th Florida Infantry from June 21, 1862 to April 1865. The Company originally mustered in at Bayport. They saw action at Olustee and later in major battles in Northern Virginia.

Many CSA Veterans are buried throughout Citrus, Pasco and Hernando County and elsewhere. Additional sources of sketches, cemetery locations and pension files are:

1. Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate and Union Soldiers 1861-1865 by Hartman & Coles.

2. Florida Confederate Pension Application Files, on line at

3. Veterans' Graves Registration Project, Work Projects Administration (1940-1941). [Bound Editions in most Florida Libraries]

Transcribed Letter from Senator Samuel Pasco
for Florida Confederate Pension:
Franklin Elmore Saxon, Hernando County, Florida

United States Senate
Monticello, Fla.
Washington, D. C.
April 30 9

     I hereby certify that during the year 1862 I was a member of Co. H. 3d. Regiment of Florida Volunteers M H Strain being the Captain of the Company and W S Dilworth the Colonel of the Regiment; that on the 8th day of October in that year I was present as a member of said Company on the battle field at Perryville, Ky. With Geníl J. C. Brown who was then our Brigade Commander. I being at the time detailed as Clerk at his Head Quarters; that I well knew Frank E. Saxon, who was then a member of Company C. of the same Regiment, his brother W. T. Saxon, being the Captain of said Company; that Company C. was next in line to Company H and the two Companies were afterwards consolidated; that the said Frank E. Saxon was wounded in action in the line of duty in the said battle; that I knew this of my own knowledge at the time and as Clerk and while actually discharging the duties of Adjutant General of the Brigade I made up the list of those who were killed and wounded in said battle from the official lists which were received from the several Regiments in the Brigade and the said list so made up contained the name of the said Frank E. Saxon and was the official consolidated list of the said Brigade losses in the Perryville battle.

S. Pasco

Franklin Elmore Saxon (1841-1922), also known as Frank E. Saxon was born in Autauga Co., Alabama as was his brother, Captain Walter Terry Saxon. He is listed in Soldiers of Florida, page 166 and Hartmanís Biographical Rosters, page 292, Third Florida Infantry, Company C. Frank was married to Talula V. Hope, daughter of William Hope, Jr. of Brooksville. Both drew his Confederate Soldierís Pension (A02380) from the State of Florida.

Transcribed September 22, 2006 by Charles Blankenship, distant cousin of Tulula Hope.

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