The prodigal son ?

The closest thing to a scandal in my family (to my knowledge) was the conviction of Albert H Frantz for the murder of Bessie Little. My oh my, it was a story that monopolized the newspapers. I’ve read the salacious reporting.  ~~ Albert H. Frantz is my second cousin three-times removed–and you can find him in my Ancestry database.

Here is the brief documentation in the family history I published in 1996. This is from Frantz Families–Kith & Kin, Vol. 2, p. 21. My information is correct (I have “sources” to back it up); details in the article listed above are incorrect. (Yes, the Studebaker family.)

18. Jacob Frantz (Benjamin, 4). Born, 30 Nov 1823, in New Carlisle, Clark Co., OH. Died, 1914, in Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH. Census: 1850, in Pike Twp., Clark Co., OH. Burial in Miami Co., OH. Occupation: Farmer. Old German Baptist Brethren. He married Phoebe Studebaker, daughter of Abraham Studebaker and Elizabeth Steele, 24 Feb 1848, in Miami Co., OH. Born, 12 Feb 1831, in Tipp City, Bethel Twp., Miami Co., OH. Died, 30 Dec 1888, in West Charleston, Miami Co., OH. Burial in Miami Co., OH. Census: 1850, in Pike Twp., Clark Co., OH. Old German Baptist Brethren. Children:
i. Isaac Frantz.
ii. Cornelius C. “Kiehl” Frantz.
iii. Mary Frantz. Born, 19 Feb 1854, in Miami Co., OH. Died, 28 Feb 1854.
iv. Martha “Mattie” Frantz. Born, 15 Sep 1856, in Miami Co., OH. Died, 1921.
Burial in Miami Co., OH. She married Mr. Stutsman?
v. Phoebe Lorena Frantz. Born, 12 May 1861, in Miami Co., OH. She married
Anthony Wayne Pfogtz, 14 Oct 1883, in West Charleston, Miami Co., OH.
vi. Albert J. Frantz. Born, 24 Nov 1875, in Miami Co., OH. Died, 19 Nov 1897. Burial in Miami Co., OH. “Albert was accused of murdering a Miss Bessie Littleton [sic] in Dayton, Ohio, in 1896. He was the first man to be electrocuted in the state of Ohio. He protested his innocence to the end.” Quoting from Hazel Frantz Turner who indicates that her sources were: The Montgomery County Historical Society Bulletin, Aug/Sep 1968 and The Studebaker Family in America 1736-1976, p. 189. “Little” is the accurate surname, per Lela Landes Shoup.

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