Deborah  (Read) Franklin

Deborah (Read) Franklin (1708 - 1774)

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Deborah Franklin formerly Read aka Rogers
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Daughter of and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Read-1 created 3 Jul 2008 | Last modified | Last edit: 26 Jul 2017
23:22: Marty (Lenover) Acks edited the Marriage Data for Deborah (Read) Franklin. [Thank Marty for this]
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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.



WikiTree profile Read-725 created through the import of HERMANSON_RICHARDSON.ged on Sep 13, 2011 by John Hermanson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by John and others.

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Deborah Read Rogers Franklin
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On 29 Dec 2015 at 12:41 GMT Lisa Franklin RN, BSN wrote:

Read-2522 and Read-1 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, please merge. Thank you.

On 27 Dec 2013 at 20:02 GMT Jeanne (Lunn) Aloia wrote:

Please consider the merge in the lower left of this page.

Thank You! Jeanne

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