Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" - Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" is my 17th cousin five times removed.

Started by Erica Howton on Saturday, April 18, 2015
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4/18/2015 at 1:58 AM

Benjamin died on April 17, 1790 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His funeral was attended by an estimated 20,000 people and was the largest funeral the city had ever seen.


Thank you Peggy Ann Franklin, Smith for your hard work sourcing & expanding this tree

4/18/2015 at 2:05 AM

BUT Ben's brother in law James Davenport

Is my second cousin 8 times removed.

Ben's wife's nephew Dr. John K. Read is your 10th cousin 8 times removed's 2nd husband.

Dr. John K. Read

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4/18/2015 at 2:18 AM

Peggy Ann Rich, Smith is my 23rd cousin twice removed.
James Davenport is my 18th cousin 8 times removed.
had to go down some generation to find any connection to J.K read,
Dr. John K. Read is John Adams Smith's grandfather.
John Adams Smith is my 22nd cousin once removed.
Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" is my 24th cousin twice removed.

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4/18/2015 at 2:21 AM
4/18/2015 at 4:41 AM

We are all just one big family :-)

4/18/2015 at 10:32 AM

My thanks also to Eugene Thomas, Vince Mathis, and the very many contributors to Geni and this tree. For me it started years ago when devastated to find
"It appears that every Franklin family has a tradition/fable/tall tale that they are somehow related to Ben Franklin. You're not."

BUT ... I am. Just not a direct descendant. :) :)

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4/18/2015 at 10:06 PM

I am also a distant cousin of B. Franklin thru my paternal line. My husband`s name is Benjamin Franklin Davis. That is about as close as i can get to the original :D

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4/18/2015 at 10:47 PM

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" is your 13th cousin 10 times removed.

Close enough for me, lol.

4/18/2015 at 11:04 PM

However it's only 10 "steps" from your Niekirk ancestor to Dr. Ben:

Through his grandfather "indian interpreter" & miller Peter Foulger, who went to jail for standing up for what he believed in.

(some people like his descendant's coffee also ...)

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4/18/2015 at 11:13 PM

Pretty neat Erica. And I do like me some Folger's too. Although they say Maxwell is good to the last drop ;)

4/19/2015 at 10:19 AM

Great job .

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