The 1800s were full of a number of events, perhaps most notably, the Civil War. The men of Franklin were also participants in the war.
The great grandfather of Sue Waldroop, William Morrison came to Macon County in 1832 with several black families from Burke County. Once in Macon County, he gave them land and set them free. These families included the Wests, Gibsons, and many others. Reconstruction and the building of schools for African Americans also took place in Franklin, NC.
After the deaths of their parents, Ruffin Stewart and Mary Stewart, a family of black children were bound out to different families in Franklin during the late 1860s. One child in particular, Martha Smith, was bound out to Canaro D. Smith as an indentured servant from the age of 15 to the age of 23.