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Sarah Davenport (Franklin)

Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: May 23, 1731 (31)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Franklin
Wife of James Davenport
Mother of Dorcas Stickney; Elizabeth Ingersoll; Josiah Davenport; Mary Davenport and Abiah Griffith
Sister of John Franklin, Postmaster of Boston; Peter Franklin; James Franklin, I; Ebenezer Franklin; Thomas Franklin and 4 others
Half sister of Elizabeth Douse; Samuel Franklin; Hannah Cole; Josiah Franklin, Jr.; Ann Harris and 2 others

Occupation: Sister of Benjamin Franklin
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About Sarah Davenport

  • Marriage to James Davenport: (3 May 1722 — Age: 22) Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts


From the "History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, Now Called the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. 1637-1888, Volume 1"

[James Davenport] .... married, (2) May 3, 1722, Sarah, born July 9, 1699, daughter of Josiah and Abigal Folger (sister of Benjamin Franklin). She died May 23, 1731, aged thirty-two years.

From Davenport Family Inns

In 1722, Dec. 31, he and his father-in-law, Josiah Franklin, became sureties in the sum of one hundred pounds for Brie Blare, tailor, from Martha's Vineyard, who desired to settle in Boston. In 1748, Michael Lowell advertised that his place of business was "at the corner-shop leading to Mr. James Davenports [1727] hardtack bake-house, near the sign of the Cornfields." Not long after this, Mr. Davenport (1727) changed or enlarged his business, for he appears as an innholder.

From Benjamin Franklin to Sarah Davenport, [June 1730?],” Founders Online, National Archives ( [last update: 2015-03-20]). Source: The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, vol. 1, January 6, 1706 through December 31, 1734, ed. Leonard W. Labaree. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959, p. 171.

[June? 1730]6Dear Sister,

Your kind and affectionate Letter of May the 15th, was extreamly agreeable to me; and the more so, because I had not for two Years before, receiv’d a Line from any Relation, my Father and Mother only excepted. I am glad to hear your Family are got well thro’ the Small Pox, and that you have your Health continu’d to you. I sold your Husbands Watches for about £3 10s. this Money, and I now send him 3 Barrels of Flower (tho’ it be long first) which come to about the Money. I reckon my self very much oblig’d to him for not being more urgent with me. The Flower Brother John7 will deliver to him. Please to give my Respects to him, and excuse my not sending sooner. I am sorry to hear of Sister Macom’s Loss, and should be mighty glad of a Line from her; and from Sister Homes,8 who need be under no Apprehensions of not writing polite enough to such an unpolite Reader as I am; I think if Politeness is necessary to make Letters between Brothers and Sisters agreeable, there must be very little Love among ’em. I am not about to be married as you have heard. At present I am much hurryed in Business but hope to make a short Trip to Boston in the Spring. Please to let me know how Sister Douse9 is, and remember my kind Love to her, as also to Brother Peter,1 and Sister Lydia2 &c. Dear Sister, I love you tenderly, adieu.

B. Franklin

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Sarah Davenport's Timeline

July 9, 1699
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
March 8, 1722
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
August 26, 1724
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
March 7, 1725
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
December 18, 1727
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 2, 1729
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
May 23, 1731
Age 31
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts