Deborah Read - Marriage To Benjamin Franklin

Marriage To Benjamin Franklin

When Franklin 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, Franklin's illegitimate son and future Colonial Governor of New Jersey.

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