Grand Cane is the Proud Home of Franklin Farms, LLC – 6 Generations of a Local Family Farm

Grand Cane is the Proud Home of Franklin Farms, LLC – 6 Generations of a Local Family Farm

Round hay bales can be seen dotting the lush green pastures surrounding the Village of Grand Cane. Beef cattle are being rounded up by the cowboys to be sent to auction. One of these busy farms is the Franklin Family Farm owned by John and Cole Franklin and located in the picturesque rolling hills just beyond the Village limits.

In 1824 the Irish potato famine was more than 20 years away. The 22-year-old Thomas Abington, a native of Galway County, could not see a bright future in Ireland. Land was owned by a few English land barons and the main crop was potatoes. However, westward expansion had been taking place in America under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase had added a significant amount of land. Leaving his family behind Thomas set sail from Galway County and reached an American port in 1824. By 1832 he had settled on the West Bank of Grand Cane Creek and married a local girl. He soon became a widower with small children. His next marriage was to Maria Louisa Flores of Bayou Pierre, widow of Henry Rueg of Switzerland.

 

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