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Franklin county had 9 townships in 1871
Clinton, West Fork, Morgan, Washington, Ingham, Geneva, Reeve, Oakland and Oscola


Franklin county had 14 townships in 1875
Richland, Clinton, West Fork, Morgan, Marion, Washington, Ingham, Hamilton, Reeve, Geneva, Oakland, Lee, Grant and Oscola

Franklin co. twps - 1875 Andreas Atlas of the State of Iowa
Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa, A.T. Andreas, 1875


There are now sixteen townships

Wisner, Richland, Ross, West Fork, Scott, Marion, Mott, Ingham, Morgan, Hamilton, Reeve, Geneva, Oakland, Lee, Grant and Osceola

Townships in Franklin county, Iowa - curren

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Franklin county maps

Franklin county lies in the third tier south of Minnesota and in the fifth west of the Mississippi River. It contains sixteen townships making an area of five hundred seventy-six square
miles. The county was established January 15, 1851 and organized in 1855. Hampton is the county seat.


Franklin co. Township Map - W.W. Hixon Plat Book, 1930
Franklin co. Township Map - W.W. Hixon Plat Book, 1930
Map is from Geographic Information System (GIS) - Franklin county Iowa
Map is from Geographic Information System (GIS)



Current Communities in Franklin county

Town Township
Ackley
*website *Google map
Osceola (partly in Hardin Co.)
Alexander
*Google map
Scott
Bradford
*Google map
Grant
Burdette
*Google map
Lee
Chapin
*Google map
Ross
Coulter
*Google map
Scott, Marion, Morgan, Hamilton
Dows - originally named Otisville
*Google map
Morgan (partly in Wright County)
Faulkner
*Google map
Osceola
Geneva
*Google map 
Geneva
Hampton - originally named Benjamin
- Franklin Co. Seat -
*website *Google map
Washington, Mott
Hansell
*Google map
Ingham
Latimer
*website *Google map
Marion
Oakland
*Google map
Oakland
Popejoy
*Google map
Oakland
Sheffield
*website *Google map
Ross



Historical, Abandoned & Defunct Communities in Franklin county

Chapin

A village platted in 1858 in section 36, Richland township and section 31, Clinton township. Itwas abandoned in the early 1870's on the building of the railroad two miles to the east and the laying out of the present village of Chapin.

Coldwater

A post office from 1867 to 1875 in the northeastern part of Westfork township. In the latter year it was removed over the line into Butler County.

Congress

In the northeastern corner of section 36, Hamilton township. Post office, 1873-75.

Cream Hill

In section 24, Ingham township. Post office, 1878.

Elide

Listed in the 1873 U.S. Official Register as a post office in Franklin County, but not
found on the maps of that period. May have been in Reeve township.

Ingham

In the northwestern part of section 16, West Fork township. Post office, 1867-75.

Maysville

In section 27, Reeve township. It was the first town platted in the county,being laid out in 1856. It was prosperous and came near getting the county seat. Post office, 1857-89. More information at the Maysville website (link opens a new window)

Menzie

In section 16, Ingham Township. Post office, 1871-76.

Oakland Valley

A village in the northeastern part of section 28, Oakland township, near the south bank of the Iowa River. It was platted in 1857 and was prosperous for a time. Post office, 1862-97.

Otisville

A hamlet in sections 30 and 31, Morgan township, Franklin co., and sections 25 and 36, Blaine township, Wright co., near where the town of Dows now stands. When the railroad came the name was changed to Dows. The post office was Otisville from 1857 to 1880.

Reeve

In section 30, Reeve township. Post office, 1893-1900.

Shobe's Grove

In the northeastern part of Richland township. Post office, 1863-73.

Union Ridge

In the northeastern part of Ingham township. Post office, 1859-75.

Washburn

In the southeastern part of Ross township. Post office, 1871.

~Source of information: Annals of Iowa, Vol XVII, January 1931, Abandoned Towns, Villages & Post Offices of Iowa; pg 10-11



Neighboring Counties


Families may have lived in shopped, worshiped or visited communities in bordering and nearby counties, so it's important to search for members of your Franklin County families in neighboring counties:

Cerro Gordo to the north

Floyd to the northeast

Butler to the east

Grundy to the southeast

Hardin to the south

Hamilton to the southwest

Wright to the west and

Hancock to the northwest

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