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Portrait of Victoria, Adelicia, and Emma Franklin
Statue of the sleeping children

Franklin and Acklen Childen Lost in Childhood


The Franklin Children

Victoria Franklin 1840 - 1846

Adelicia Franklin 1842 - 1846

Victoria and Adelicia died within days of each just a few days after the family returned from Louisiana where they had gone to retrieve their father's body for burial. Adelicia (age 4) died on June 8th of bronchitis and Victoria (age 6) died on June 11th of croup. 

Julius Ceasar Franklin 1844 - 1844

The only son of Isaac and Adelicia Franklein, Julius Caesar, died 13 hrs. after his birth due to complications

Emma Franklin  1844 - 1855

Emma Franklin was the oldest surviving child of Isaac and Adelicia and the only Franklin child to live at Belmont Mansion. After her death from Diptheria the family commissioned a painting from the artist Gschwindt. In an article published in The Daily Picayune the painting was described thus. “The child is reclining on a sofa and seems to be just awaking from a pleasant dream, of which the last scene is just fading away.  From the clouds, in the background, we see the vanishing form of an angel emerge, clasping the hand of the unconscious child, and pointing to the future.  We need only to add that the child soon after died." This was the second painting done for the Acklen family by Gschwindt.  The painting, which did not survive, hung in the library at Belmont Mansion.

The Acklen Children

Laura and Corinne Acklen 1852 - 1855

The twin sisters Laura and Corinne were born a half hour apart. Both died of scarlet fever at the age of 3. During Adelicia's trip to Europe after the Civil War she bought the statue pictured here and had inscribed upon it "Laura and Corinne". The girls had been named for Adelicia's sisters. 

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