Can You Help Josiah E. Franklin, the U.S. Cemeteries Project and Collaborative Profile of the Week?

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The United States Cemeteries Project and the Collaborative Profile of the Week Present

Josiah E Franklin (1657-1744)

I don't want to tell you why Josiah E Franklin was important. I want you to open his profile and read the epitaph on his gravestone.

  1. Why is Josiah E Franklin important to American history?
  2. Do we have any Boston members who could go and take our own photograph of his monument, epitaph, old stone, etc.?
  3. He has siblings, wives, and children attached. They probably need basic bios written. Would someone check this and maybe make a list of who needs a bio. Then others can post a comment as they write some of the others.
  4. What was the "constant labor and industry" that allowed Josiah to raise 13 children?
  5. Was he a religious man?

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United States Cemeteries Project

Take a walk through a cemetery. They are incredibly peaceful. There are no phones ringing, no crowds jostling, and no commotion of life. You can be surprised at what you find: history, murder, mysteries, ordinary life. Once I found a baby deer curled up behind a stone.

The U.S. Cemeteries Project was created as an outgrowth of Australian Cemeteries Project, and along with our Canadian and European counterparts, now serves as a key component of the larger Global Cemeteries Project (GCP).

The mission of the U.S. Cemeteries Project is the same as that of the GCP: to make WikiTree the preferred site for genealogists and family researchers to find and share information regarding the final resting places of our ancestors.

Thank you


WikiTree profile: Josiah Franklin
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
edited by Anne B
Thanks, Anne! I'm going to fix a few basic things and then feature this on the home page.
I'll also upload a general image of the burying ground from Wikipedia.
Thanks Chris
A few of these children are an absolute nightmare!!!  Seems like many merges occurred?? and lots of bad connections - ie spouses/children/marriages etc.

Does anyone know of a source with Suffolk County MA wills?  I have found the index with Berrey, Hubbard, Franklin etc names/year - but no source that actually has the contents of the wills. I tried the; MA Rrchives online databases; google etc. , but no luck there either.

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Searching for sources on the children as well.  Also adding birth sources for Josiah's children on his page, as I find them.  (Have the Boston Registers Book).
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (891k points)
selected by Anne B
Thanks Chris
I found 2 of them on Family Search but that was it!
I have the Boston Registers Books 1630-1699 and 1700-1800.  here at home, so I am finding most of the births and some of the marriages of their children.  Finished with the first book.  Now looking through the later years.
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I'll do GEDCOM clean ups on his children, and search for some sources!
by Summer Orman G2G6 Mach 9 (96.2k points)
Excellent Summer, Thank you.

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