Deborah Read Franklin - Philadelphia, PA
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N 39° 57.148 W 075° 08.896
18S E 487334 N 4422491
Quick Description: The grave of Benjamin Franklin's wife Deborah. They are located next to each other in Christ Church Cemetery in downtown Philadelphia.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 1/3/2017 5:42:26 PM
Waymark Code: WMTRNF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 3

Long Description:
Taken from Wikipedia, "Deborah Read Franklin (about 1708 – December 19, 1774) was the spouse of Benjamin Franklin, who himself was a prominent inventor, printer, thinker, revolutionary and Founding Father of the United States.

Benjamin Franklin proposed to Deborah Read in 1724 when he was eighteen years old, but her mother would not consent to the marriage, citing Franklin's pending trip to England and financial instability. While Franklin was away in England, having been stranded there by Sir William Keith's failure to follow through on promises of support,[1] Read married John Rogers, who fled soon after. Because of this, Benjamin and Deborah were not free to marry formally. John Rogers disappeared into history, after spending Deborah's dowry, incurring much debt, and using the marriage to further his own schemes. Franklin states that Rogers died in the West Indies.

When Ben returned, he and Deborah began a common-law marriage in 1730. They had two children together: Francis Folger Franklin (October 20, 1732 - November 21, 1736), who died of smallpox at age four, and Sarah Franklin Bache (September 11, 1743 – October 5, 1808), called Sally. Together they also raised William Franklin (~1730 - November 17, 1814), Franklin's illegitimate son and later Colonial Governor of New Jersey.

Benjamin Franklin did not leave London to visit Deborah even after she wrote to him in November 1769 saying her illness was due to “dissatisfied distress” because of his prolonged absence.[4] She did not accompany him on his frequent trips to Europe due to a fear of travel over the sea. In the late 1760s and early 1770s, Deborah suffered a series of strokes that slurred her speech and memory.

Deborah Read Franklin suffered a stroke on December 14, 1774, and died on December 19, 1774, while Benjamin was on an extended trip to England. She was buried at Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia, and Benjamin Franklin was buried next to her after he died in 1790."
Location Type: Grave

Reference Web Site: [Web Link]

Property Type: Private

Fee required: yes

Location Notes:
Fee required to go inside the cemetery. However, a viewing window free of charge is available next to their grave.

Established Date: Not listed

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