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John Franklin

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: January 30, 1756 (65)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Franklin
Husband of Mary Franklin and Elizabeth Hubbert Franklin
Father of John Franklin, died at sea and Robert Lewis Franklin
Brother of Peter Franklin; James Franklin, I; Sarah Davenport; Ebenezer Franklin; Thomas Franklin and 4 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Douse; Samuel Franklin; Hannah Cole; Josiah Franklin, Jr.; Ann Harris and 2 others

Occupation: soapmaker and tallow chandler; appointed deputy postmaster of Boston
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About John Franklin, Postmaster of Boston


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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John Franklin, b. 1690, Ben Franklin's older brother, was married twice. Once to a Mary Gooch in about 1715, and then after she died, he married the widow Elizabeth Gooch Hubbard in 1753. Neither of these women were known as "Mary Elizabeth Gooch" in any historical documents. Mary and Elizabeth Gooch were two different women.

John Franklin, b. 1690, had only one child, a son, John, born in June of 1716, and lost at sea as a young man without issue.

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John Franklin, Postmaster of Boston's Timeline

December 7, 1690
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
June 17, 1716
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 25
January 30, 1756
Age 65
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States