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Benjamin Wolf Franklin (Wolf)

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Wrocław, Wrocław County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
Death: January 15, 1785 (45)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Menachem Mendel Fränkel or Franckel and Sara Sussel Franklin
Husband of Sarah Franklin
Father of Chaim Abraham Franklin and Lewis Franklin

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About Benjamin Wolf Franklin

Records of the Franklin family and collaterals


Benjamin Wolf Franckel went to London about 1763, probably at the same time as the daughter of Rabbi Jonah Joseph Franckel, who married Saul, son of the then London Chief Rabbi, Hirschel, or Lyon Hart (1756- 1 763). On settling there Benjamin anglicised his name to Franklin. Perhaps this was suggested by the fact that, in accordance with local custom, his mother, when a widow, had been called in official documents " Die Fraenckelin." He was appointed Rabbi of the Talmud-Torah Hevra, a school for religious instruction, founded in 1770, and later merged into the Jews' Free School. He also taught in many private families, among others in those of the Goldsmids, Gompertz, De Symons, Waleys, etc. At the time of his death he resided in Cock Court, Jewry Street, E.C. In 1823 this house, with others in the same street, was purchased and presented to the Portuguese Jewish community by Sir Moses Montefiore and still belongs to them.

On 1 8th Ellul, 28th August, 1765, Benjamin married an English Jewess named Sarah Joseph, daughter of Lazarus Joseph and Hannah, his wife. Lazarus Joseph's name was originally Lazarus Israel. His Hebrew name was Eleazar, and in a Haliza document he is cited as Eleazar Leiza, the Hamburger.

The father of this Lazarus Israel, named Esriel, the son of Eliezar, died in Altona in 1710, and was buried in the Konigstrasse Cemetery, grave No. 1336.

Benjamin had the following children : —

A daughter who died in 1785, and was buried near her parents.

Esther, mentioned above, born in 1773.

Zese (probably a variant of Sussel), born in 1775.

Mendler, who died as a young man in the house of his uncle, David Marks.

Lazarus, called afterwards Lewis.

Abraham, of whom more hereafter. Born 19th May, 1784.

Benjamin and his wife both died during an epidemic in 1785. A daughter — the eldest — died at the same time, all within three weeks. They are buried in the old Globe Road Cemetery. In accordance with a prevailing custom Benjamin was " blessed " in Synagogue, and a new name given him — Jacob. Therefore, on his tombstone, the name stands " Jacob Benjamin Wolf." Curiously enough Abraham, who was one year old when his father and mother died, was under the impression in later life that they died in 1786, and he had the dates of their deaths reversed in his family records.

On the death of their parents, the five children were distributed among the family. The two daughters were sent for by David Franckel of Breslau, and he formally adopted them as mentioned above, and Mendler and Abraham were adopted by their aunt, Zipporah Marks.

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Benjamin Wolf Franklin's Timeline

Wrocław, Wrocław County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
May 19, 1784
Age 44
London, England
January 15, 1785
Age 45
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom