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Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: soapmaker and tallow chandler; appointed deputy postmaster of Boston
Managed by: Richard Aaron Wilson
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About John Franklin


From Franklin Family Researchers United Last Updated: 23 Sep 2012

Will of John Franklin of Suffolk County, Massachusetts

By Ben Franklin, Editor. This John Franklin is the brother of the famous Statesman. Note that many, many persons who claim to be related to the statesman make the claim through this John Franklin. Unfortunately for such claims, John Franklin leaves his estate to his nephews, nieces, stepsons, sisters, etc., with no mention of children or grandchildren, and thus it seems that there were none, or at least none who were alive when his will was written.

Note also that just two days after the original will was written, he added a codicil.

One of the most common false connections through John Franklin is the Surry County, North Carolina line, described and thoroughly debunked in FFRU Volume 6.

John Franklin was born 7 Dec 1690 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. He was a soapmaker and tallow chandler by trade (as was Josiah Franklin, his father), and was appointed deputy postmaster of Boston by his famous brother. He died 30 Jan 1756 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The New England Historic and Genealogical Register, Vol. 11, Jan 1857, pages 18-19 states:

“8. John Franklin, born 7 Dec 1690; died Jan 1756; Married ______ Gooch; had but one son John, lost at sea, a young man grown”

There are numerous words found in this will whose meanings have changed radically in the intervening centuries. A prime example is the term “son-in-law” which was used in a more literal and generic way than it is now, thus it meant any “son” whose relationship was legal rather than by dependency, thus what we now call a step-son would be a “son-in-law”. This relationship designation was common for those times. The “son-in-law” Thomas Hubbart mentioned in this will, was actually a step-son, the son of John’s wife, Elizabeth (Gooch) (Hubbart) Franklin. The daughters-in-law were the wives of his step-sons.

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December 7, 1690
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 21
Age 24
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 25
Boston, MA, USA
June 2, 1727
Age 36
Boston, MA, USA
Age 46
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
January 30, 1756
Age 65
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 65