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Sarah “Sally” Bache (Franklin)

Also Known As: "Sally"
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America
Death: October 05, 1808 (65)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"; Benjamin Josiah Franklin; Deborah Franklin and Deborah Read
Wife of Richard Bache, Sr., 2nd US Postmaster General
Mother of Benjamin Franklin Bache, journalist; Doctor William Franklin Bache; Sarah (1) Franklin Bache; Colonel Louis Franklin Bache; Deborah Duane (Bache) and 4 others
Sister of Francis Franklin and Francis Folger Franklin
Half sister of William Franklin, Colonial Governor of New Jersey

Occupation: m: in 1767, American Revolutionary War Relief Worker
Managed by: Eilat Gordin Levitan
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About Sarah “Sally” Bache

From Temple Franklin's diary .

Scene Four

the most unforgettable of the day ... sallybache Metropolitan Museum Aunt Sally (Sally Franklin Bache). Painted in 1791 by John Hoppner in England. Aunt Sally's hug.

A momentous experience, surpassing any hug I've ever known. A hug well worth those six long weeks on the ocean. Crunched from head to toe inside her plump arms, against her ample bosom, I know bliss. She suddenly releases me and pushes me back, the better to examine my face. "Look at that jutting chin," she squeals ... "You are a Franklin, a real Franklin, my dear boy! Let me kiss you!" And we embrace again.

Benny Bache meanwhile, the former Kingbird, is doing his valiant best to climb up my leg while Willy, the two-year-old, has a firm grip on my ankle. That I should be called Billy while he is Willy is an unending source of babble to him: Billy, Willy, Willy, Billy.

Oh, family joys! Why was I so flustered? It is wonderful to belong, even more wonderful than the hot bath we were allowed once a month in boarding school.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA. DAR Ancestor #: A004312

Sarah Franklin Bache (September 11, 1743 – October 5, 1808) was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Read.

Known as "Sally" throughout her life, she was an ardent American patriot during the Revolutionary War through relief work (with Esther Reed ) and as her father's political hostess. She raised money for the Continental Army and is known for her involvement in the Ladies Association of Philadelphia. She took leadership of the group in 1780 after the deaath of Reed and supervised the making of 2,200 shirts for the soldiers in the Continental Army the army's winter at Valley Forge, and often meeting at The Cliffs, a country estate owned by Samuel R Fisher on the Schuylkill River, two miles north of Philadelphia.

Sally married Richard Bache on October 29, 1767, even though her family was worried about his financial position. The couple had eight children:[1]

Benjamin Franklin Bache (b. 1769, d. 1798 during the Philadelphia Yellow Fever outbreak) married Margaret Markoe, leading journalist who died while imprisoned under the Sedition Act by the Federalists.

William Franklin Bache (31 May 1773 - 1814) married Catherine Wistar

Sarah Franklin Bache (1 December 1775-17 August 1776)("died very young")[2]

Eliza Franklin Bache (10 September 1777-1820) married John Harwood

Louis Franklin Bache (7 October 1779-4 October 1818) married Margaret Riley (1781–1806). Lt. Col. Louis Bache was the commander of a detachment of 351 men in the Pennsylvania State Militia Volunteers. Assigned by Pennsylvania Gov. Snyder to defend the City of Philadelphia against the British in the War of 1812. In October 1814, Lt. Col. Bache refused to submit to federal military takeover of his Pennsylvania State Militia Detachment because his soldiers originally joined the state militia pursuant to a later-disputed agreement with U.S. Brig. Gen. Bloomfield that Bache's soldiers would always serve under their state (and not federal) militia officers. Standing firm on principle, Bache and his five subordinate officers were arrested. Bache was court-martialed and was dismissed from U.S. Military service. The military court decided not to punish Bache further because the court believed Bache's closing arguments...that he acted in good-faith based upon Governor Snyder's orders, his motives were pure, and that trust was placed in him by his soldiers and the soldiers' parents who allowed their sons to volunteer only under the command of trusted state militia officers. The Bache court-martial case and the related U.S. Supreme Court case of United States v. Peters has been the subject of historical discussion regarding federal-state relations and balance of power.[3]

Deborah Franklin Bache (1 October 1781 - ?) married William J. Duane, a lawyer and the 11th United States Secretary of the Treasury.

Richard Franklin Bache (March 11, 1784 - March 17, 1848) married Sophia Durrell Dallas, the eldest daughter of Arabella Maria Smith and Alexander J. Dallas (statesman) who was an American statesman who served as the 6th U.S. Treasury Secretary under President James Madison.

Sarah Franklin Bache (12 September 1788 - ?) married Thomas Sergeant.

Bache loved music and reading and was considered a skilled harpischordist. When her father died, he left most of his estate to her. Among the items bequeathed to her was a small portrait of Louis XVI surrounded by diamonds, which she sold to finance a trip to London. In 1794, she and her family moved to a farm outside of Philadelphia on the Delaware River.

Sarah Franklin Bache died in 1808 and is buried in Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sarah Franklin

Born: 22 Sep 1743

Philadelphia, [county], Pennsylvania, USA

Died: 5 Oct 1808

Philadelphia, [county], Pennsylvania, USA


Richard Bache

Born: 12 Sep 1737 in Settle, [parish], Yorkshire, England

Died: 29 Jul 1811 in Settle, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA Edit

Marriage: 29 Oct 1767 in Philadelphia, [county], Pennsylvania, USA Edit

Sarah Franklin Bache (September 11, 1743 – October 5, 1808) was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Read.


   * [ '''Sarah Franklin "Sally" ''Franklin'' Bache'''] Find A Grave Memorial# 9282003

* "The Sarah Franklin Bache Papers, 1768-1807", American Philosophical Society
* "Bache and Wistar Family Correspondence 1777-1895", Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library
* The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin
* Article in The Evening Bulletin, November 22, 1971, on the plans to convert the Cliffs to an historic farm.
* Article in The Evening Bulletin, January 27, 1975, on the plans to restore 16 historic houses including the Cliffs.
* Article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 23, 1986, on the burning of the Cliffs.

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Sarah “Sally” Bache's Timeline

September 11, 1743
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America
August 12, 1769
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 31, 1773
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America
December 1, 1775
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 10, 1777
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 7, 1779
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 1, 1781
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 11, 1784
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 12, 1788
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States