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James Franklin
Birth: Feb. 4, 1697
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1735
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA

Printer. Older brother of Benjamin Franklin. Ben served as his apprentice from ages 12 to 17. James founded the New England Courant, for which Ben secretly wrote letters under the pen name Silence Dogood. When James learned Dogood's true identity, he was displeased with Ben, who then ran away to Philadelphia. James married Ann Smith on his 26th birthday in 1723. When the Courant was shut down 4 years later, the couple moved to Rhode Island and started a new publication, the Rhode Island Almanack. On his 38th birthday and 12th wedding anniversary, James died after a long illness. (bio by: Collins Crapo) 
Family links: 
  Josiah Franklin (1655 - 1744)
  Abiah Lee Folger Franklin (1667 - 1752)
  Ann Smith Franklin (1696 - 1763)
  Elizabeth Franklin Compton (____ - 1778)*
  Abiah Franklin Buckmaster (1726 - 1754)*
  Ann Franklin (1728 - 1730)*
  Josiah Franklin**
  Joseph Franklin (1689 - 1689)**
  Peter Franklin (1692 - 1766)*
  James Franklin (1697 - 1735)
  Ebenezer Franklin (1700 - 1700)*
  Ebenezer Francklin (1701 - 1703)*
  Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)*
  Lydia Franklin Scott (1708 - 1738)*
  Jane Franklin Mecom (1712 - 1794)*
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Common Burying Ground
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
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Record added: Oct 10, 2010
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