Debby (Read) Franklin

Deborah (Read) Franklin (1708 - 1774)

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Deborah (Debby) Franklin formerly Read aka Rogers
Born in Birmingham, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Jul 2008
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Debby (Read) Franklin migrated from England to Colonial America.
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Deborah's first husband, John Rogers, deserted her in 1725. In 1727, she heard of Rogers' death and began dating her former sweetheart, Ben Franklin. Franklin had proposed to her when she was just 15, but her mother would not allow it.

She married Ben Franklin in 1730 (1 SEP 1728/9? [citation needed]).

They had two children together, Francis Folger Franklin, and Sarah Franklin Bache. They also raised William Franklin together, Franklin's illegitimate son.

She operated a general store out of the front of Ben's print shop.

Her fear of ocean voyages prevented her from traveling with Ben, so she spent many years alone in Philadelphia while Ben was in Europe. In 1774, while Ben was on an extended trip to England, she died unexpectedly of a stroke.


Find A Grave: Memorial #9405519


WikiTree profile Read-725 created through the import of HERMANSON_RICHARDSON.ged on Sep 13, 2011 by John Hermanson. See the [

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