Josiah Franklin
British businessman
Josiah Franklin
Josiah Franklin was an English-born businessman best known as the father of Benjamin Franklin. Josiah was born in the tiny town of Ecton, Northamptonshire, England on December 23, 1657. Josiah was the ninth and the last child of his parents, Thomas Franklin, blacksmith and farmer, and his wife Jane White Franklin. Thomas Franklin remarried and had other children. Josiah Franklin was an industrious young man who worked as a fabric dyer in Ecton.
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  • 1745
    Age 87
    Died on January 16, 1745.
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  • 1706
    Age 48
    Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706, and died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84.
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  • 1689
    Age 31
    In November 1689, Josiah Franklin married his second wife, Abiah Folger, in the Old South Church.
    More Details Hide Details Abiah of Nantucket, Massachusetts, was the daughter of Peter and Mary Morril Folger. Peter Folger was a schoolmaster and a miller. Abiah went on to bear Josiah ten more children: John (1690), Peter (1692), Mary (1694), James (1697), Sarah (1699), Ebenezer (1701), Thomas (1703), Benjamin (1706), Lydia (1708), and Jane (1712). Josiah insisted that each of his sons must learn a trade. He had great dreams of Benjamin becoming a minister, but Josiah could only afford to send his son to school for two years. As young Benjamin loved to read, he apprenticed him to his brother James, who was a printer. Later, Benjamin Franklin borrowed books from his friends and taught himself arithmetic, grammar, and philosophy. Benjamin had a very strong relationship with his father, who had a great influence on Benjamin.
    In 1689 Anne Child Franklin died of complications while giving birth to her seventh child in Boston.
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  • 1677
    Age 19
    In 1677 Josiah Franklin had married his first wife, Anne Child, in Ecton, England.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1657
    Born on December 23, 1657.
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