(b. circa 1809 – d. circa mid to late 1800s)
Nancy Franklin was born about 1809 in Maryland, the daughter of George Franklin, a free man of color living near Sandy Spring, and an unknown woman. Nancy Franklin married Charles Powell on December 19, 1834 in Montgomery County, MD. Nancy and Charles lived in the Davis Corner neighborhood and were the parents of Henry, Eliza, Susan, Samuel, James, and Mary. In July 1840 George Franklin sold to his daughter Nancy and her husband Charles, one black stallion, one mare colt, a wagon, and the gear for two horses. Nancy could not read or write, but her husband Charles and their children could. Charles worked as a farmer in Montgomery County. When Nancy’s husband died in the 1850s she became head of the household.