William "Kent" Frampton (c.1650 - 1686) MP

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Birthplace: of, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Innkeeper
Managed by: Katherine Kraus
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About William "Kent" Frampton

William Frampton was very active in the Quaker Church and there are many records of meetings he attended and what took place at these meetings.

He was a friend of William Penn, and purchased a lot of land, some of it from William Penn. He and William Penn were among the signers of an Indian Treaty called the "Indian Kings" which secured the land of Philadelphia County. He was apparently a very active person and served on the Council. His last reported attendance was on Sept. 3, 1686, where he became ill.


William Kent Frampton was born in England, came to New York before 1650, married and was invited by William Penn to come to help settle the land along the Delaware River to be known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was one of the first purchasers of lots on Front Street and one of the first owners of wharves on the Delaware.  He built a brewery and a bakery next to James Claypoole and was most likely a member of the Free Society of Traders.  He died between September and November of 1686 at the age of 36.  He attended the meeting of Quakers on the 3rd day of the 7th month (which would have been September) of 1686 and his death is mentioned at the meeting of the 9th day of the 9th month (November) of 1686.  He left his wife and three children. 


  1. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Name: William Kent Frampton Gender: Male Birth Place: En Birth Year: 1650 Spouse Name: Elizabet Potter Spouse Birth Place: RI Spouse Birth Year: 1652 Marriage Year: 1681 Marriage State: RI Number Pages: 1 Source Citation: Source number: 60.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MSS.


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William Frampton's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
Age 15
Philadelphia, PA, USA
July 27, 1680
Age 30
Newport, RI, USA
Age 31
New York, NY, USA
Age 33
Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 3, 1686
Age 36
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania