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William Temple Franklin

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Paris, France
Place of Burial: Cimetière du Père Lachaise Paris City of Paris Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of William Franklin, Colonial Governor of New Jersey and mother of William Temple Franklin
Husband of Abigail Louise Franklin and Hannah de la Rivière
Father of Sarah Ann Cooper; Ellen Hanbury and Théodore Joseph Franklin

Occupation: Diplomat, land speculator
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About William Temple Franklin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Temple_Franklin

William Temple Franklin (London, England, 1760 – Paris, France, May 25, 1823) was the illegitimate, only son of William Franklin (last colonial governor of New Jersey, mother unknown) and grandson of and secretary to Benjamin Franklin. His name derives from the fact that he was conceived while his father was studying at the Middle Temple; indeed, he may have been conceived on Temple grounds.[1]

Temple, as he was familiarly known, accompanied his grandfather to France in late 1776 and worked as secretary to the American diplomatic mission during the American Revolution. Along with his cousin Benjamin Franklin Bache, William received an education in France and Switzerland. A bon vivant, Temple received his highest public appointment as Secretary to the American delegation at the Treaty of Paris in 1782-1783, largely through the influence of his grandfather, but never again attained a significant post. After the elder Franklin died, Temple lived for a while with his father in England, and had an illegitimate child, Ellen (May 15, 1798 London – 1875 Nice, France) with a relative of his father's second wife. He then moved to France, where he won and lost a fortune in real-estate speculation. By a mistress, Blanchette Caillot, he had a son who died young.

As the elder Franklin's literary heir, he edited and published editions of Benjamin Franklin's writings, including his famous Autobiography (London and Philadelphia, 1816-1819).

He married his long-time mistress Hannah Collyer a few months before his 1823 death, in poverty, in Paris, where he is buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery.

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From Re: Benjamin Franklin's relatives ? 1999

William Temple Franklin had a son, Theophile (b. 1785/1790), with Blanche Caillot, and a daughter, Ellen (b. 1798), with Ellen Johnson D'Evelin, sister of his father's second wife, Mary D'Evelin. Ellen Franklin was raised by her grandfather, William Franklin. According to Willard Randall, author of A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin & His Son, (Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1984, p. 494), "Temple abandoned his mistress, William's sister-in-law, and his illegitimate daughter Ellen and went off to Paris. There he sired another daughter by the wife of the British ambassador." This child apparently died in infancy, as did Theophile. Ellen Franklin, however, reached adulthood and married Capel Hanbury. They had a daughter Maria Hanbury, said to be living in Nice, France in the 1870s, who died unmarried, thus ending the line for William Franklin. If anyone has information about Maria or Capel Hanbury, please let me know. Thank you--Elly Fitzig, Manager, Descendants Project, The Friends of Franklin, Inc.

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As of Feb 2016, Find A Grave Memorial# 40047536 shows him with a Fictional family.


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40047536

Illegitimate, only son of William Franklin (last colonial governor of New Jersey, mother unknown) and grandson of and secretary to Benjamin Franklin. Temple, as he was familiarly known, accompanied his famous grandfather to France in late 1776 and worked as secretary to the American diplomatic mission during the American Revolution and as secretary to the American delegation at the Treaty of Paris in 1782-1783. As the elder Franklin's literary heir, he edited and published editions of Benjamin Franklin's writings, including his well-known Autobiography. He married his long-time mistress Hannah Collyer a few months before his 1823 death, in poverty, in Paris.


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William Temple Franklin's Timeline

1762
February 22, 1762
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1785
February 22, 1785
Age 23
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
1788
1788
Age 25
1798
April 7, 1798
Age 36
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1823
May 25, 1823
Age 61
Paris, France
May 25, 1823
Age 61
Cimetière du Père Lachaise Paris City of Paris Île-de-France, France