Josiah was first married to Anne Child in 1677, who bore seven children. Elizabeth, Samuel, and Hannah were born in England; Josiah Jr., Ann, Joseph I, and Joseph II, born in Boston. Anne died from childbirth complications in 1689 after giving birth to Joseph II. 
Josiah arrived in Boston from Banbury, Oxfordshire in about 1682, hoping to be able to be able "to exercise their religion with freedom. Josiah learned the trade of dyer in England, but when he arrived in New England, there was so little need for dyers that he gave it up and subsequently he made his living as a candle and soap maker, supporting his family on a very modest income.
Josiah married, second, Abiah Folger (daughter of Peter Folger)  in November of 1689. Josiah and Abiah were the parents of ten children; four daughters and six sons, one of whom was Benjamin Franklin.  Because he made a very modest income, Josiah could not afford to send his sons to school for more than two years. So, he commanded his sons to learn a skill or trade. This insistence is what prompted young Benjamin Franklin to become an apprentice printer to his older brother, and quite possibly helped foster his love for knowledge and learning.
"He had an excellent constitution, was of a middle stature, well set, and very strong." He drew, played the violin and sang with an agreeable voice. He had some mechanical knowledge, and could work with the tools of other trades. He had "sound understanding" and "solid judgement." He was frequently visited by leading men of public affairs and of the church, and by private individuals, all "who showed a great respect for his judgment and advice."
His monument placard reads simply Born: 1655 Died:1744 Aged: 89
More bio see History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, Now Called ..., Volume 1 By Oliver Ayer Roberts https://books.google.ca/books?id=CWUUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA426&dq=James+Davenport+AND+the+sign+of+the+kings+head+boston&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj8hLXW5bTVAhVojVQKHZy0Ax8Q6AEIKzAB#v=onepage&q=James%20Davenport%20AND%20the%20sign%20of%20the%20kings%20head%20boston&f=false
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DartmouthVR list Abel as son of James Franklin. Dartmouth Births FRANKLIN, Abel, s. James, May 18, 1690. (p. 89)<ref>Vital Records of Dartmouth Massachusetts to the Year 1850, NEGHS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1929</ref>
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