Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. R. C. McDanel
Joseph Franklin Deans was born May 20th, 1839, on a farm, "Spring Hill", one mile north of Churchland in Norfolk County, Virginia. He was a son of William Deans, the grandson of Joseph Deans, a revolutionary soldier and Sarah Graham. His mother was Elizabeth Mary Wise, the daughter of Tully Robinson Wise, the senior son of "Craney Island George."
Whitley, Claud Minton, "The life of Joseph Franklin Deans, D. D., pioneer in secondary education in Virginia" (1935). Honors Theses. 714.