Benjamin Franklin

First Wife
Deborah Read at 22 years old. ©HistoryMaps
1730 Sep 1

First Wife

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Franklin established a common-law marriage with Deborah Read on September 1, 1730. They took in his recently acknowledged illegitimate young son and raised him in their household. They had two children together. Their son, Francis Folger Franklin, was born in October 1732 and died of smallpox in 1736. Their daughter, Sarah "Sally" Franklin, was born in 1743 and eventually married Richard Bache.


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