He emigrated to the American colonies in 1682. He married twice and had 17 children, ten boys and seven girls. In 1677 Josiah Franklin had married his first wife, Anne Child, in Ecton, England. Over the next few years, the couple had three children: Elizabeth, Samuel, and Hannah. Upon moving to Boston, he took up the trade of tallow chandler and soap boiler because the trade he was born to was not in demand in New England. After the family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, the couple had four more children, including Josiah Jr., Ann, Joseph (I), and Joseph (II). The first Joseph died soon after birth, and the next child was named for him. In 1689 Anne Child Franklin died of complications while giving birth to her seventh child in Boston.
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