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Deborah Franklin (Read)

Also Known As: "Rogers"
Birthplace: Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Cause of death: stroke
Place of Burial: Philadephia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Reed and Sarah Read
Wife of John Rogers and Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of Francis Folger Franklin and Sarah "Sally" Bache (Franklin)
Sister of John Read, Jr.
Half sister of Elizabeth Kettler

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About Deborah Franklin

Marriage to Benjamin Franklin

When Franklin returned, he and Deborah began a common-law marriage in 1730. They had two children together: Francis Folger Franklin[1] (October 20, 1732 - November 21, 1736), who died of smallpox at age four, and Sarah Franklin Bache, called Sally. Together they also raised William Franklin, Franklin's illegitimate son and future Colonial Governor of New Jersey.


Birth: 1708 Marlborough Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA Death: Dec. 19, 1774 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA

Wife of Statesman, Benjamin Franklin, Mother of Sarah(Sally)Bache,Francis Folger(died at age 4-smallpox). Ben and Debbie where married on Sept.1,1730. While Ben was abroad, Deborah kept the business going, collected on loans, and other issues. Ben was on government business in London when Deborah died of a stroke. Cause of death:Stroke

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 Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

 William Franklin (1731 - 1813)*
 Francis Folger Franklin (1732 - 1736)*
 Sarah Franklin Bache (1743 - 1808)*
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Burial: Christ Church Burial Ground Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section A, With husband Benjamin

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Created by: Frank W Nichols Record added: Sep 03, 2004 Find A Grave Memorial# 9405519 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? ). 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.

-------------------- Deborah's Mother objected to her marrying Ben Franklin who was only 17 years old and penniless. When Ben went away to england, Deborah was wooed by a Mr. Rogers who received Deb's parents permission to marry her. Then it was learned that Rogers had a wife in England. He escaped to the West Indies and died in 1728, two years before Deb married Ben Franklin.

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Deborah Franklin's Timeline

February 14, 1708
Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Age 11
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 1, 1730
Age 22
Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 20, 1732
Age 24
September 11, 1743
Age 35
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 19, 1774
Age 66
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
December 19, 1774
Age 66
Philadephia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 66
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

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