Ben was born to Josiah Franklin and his second wife Abiah Folger, one of ten children that included an older brother James and younger sister Jane. After working during his early childhood for his father, he started an apprenticeship at the age of 12 to his brother James, a printer. After learning the trade, Ben moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was 17 in search of a new start in a new city. He took several jobs in various printing shops, and while renting a room in the Read home met and proposed to 15 year old Deborah Read, resulting in a common law marriage on Sept. 1, 1730. They had two children together, and having recently discovered a young bastard son named William, Ben and Deborah took him in and raised him as well (Fr...
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