Franklin had a population of 2,000 in 1860, while Williamson County’s was 23,467, with 11,315 white and 12,152 slaves. Williamson County was also one of the few counties in Tennessee that had a majority of slaves. There were a couple more in West Tennessee.
Franklin was smaller than Columbia or Murfreesboro in 1860. The population ofin 1860 was 27,918. There were 14, 934 whites, 12, 984 slaves, and 190 freed blacks.
Sources: Rick Warwick, Williamson County Historical Society; Fisher Library at the