Lydia <I>Franklin</I> Scott

Lydia Franklin Scott

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1738 (aged 29–30)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
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Wife of Robert Scott, "a sea captain," said to have married in Boston circa 1731. They removed to Newport, Rhode Island, where some say she died leaving one daughter, Mary Scott, born in 1734. Mary Scott married at Newport 6 June 1754 to John Arnold Hammond.

Some give Lydia's death date as 1738, others 1758.

Lydia was the closest sibling in age to her brother Benjamin Franklin. One source says he wrote that he was fonder of her than all the others. However, the title of another book indicates his sister Jane was his favorite, or at least the one with whom he corresponded most.

Lydia Franklin is called Mrs. Robert Scott in The Writings of Benjamin Franklin vol. 10, p.574; ii, 182; x, 92, 497. Also called "Sister Scott."

Lydia Franklyn (Franklin) married 8 September 1730 at Newbury, Massachusetts to “James Scott, chandler, both of Boston” (ref., Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988; Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the End of the Year 1849, vol. 2 (1911) p.183). A chandler was “a dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats.” Other researchers call him “Capt. Robert Scott” and "James Robert Scott."
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore, says (Endnotes) Lydia married Robert Scott in 1731. “Their sister Lydia Franklin, born in 1708, had married a ship’s captain named Robert Scott, borne a daughter, and died in 1758*. ‘Do you know anything of our sister Scott’s daughter,” Franklin asked Jane, and ‘whether she is still living, and where?’ He was sure Jane would be able to find out.[31]"

In his will, Benjamin Franklin left bequests to the "children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren" of his sister Lydia Scott, but did not name them individually.

Some claim that Lydia Franklin married two other men also and left additional children, though Franklin writings and archives refer to Lydia as Lydia Scott and "Sister Scott," and refer to just the one daughter Mary Scott Hammond.

THE WRITINGS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1908), ed. by Albert Henry Smyth, vol. IV, p.109, references the Ben Franklin papers containing letters from Elnathan Hammond regarding his widowed daughter-in-law (and Franklin's niece) Mary Scott Hammond, Mrs. John Arnold Hammond. Elnathan Hammond's correspondence detailed his son's death at the hands of the British leaving his daughter-in-law impoverished and discussed financial assistance from her uncle Ben Franklin.

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 30 (1876), p. 26, refers to Mary Scott Hammond, Mrs. John Arnold Hammond, as the niece of Benjamin Franklin, the earliest published reference to a child of Ben Franklin's sister Lydia Franklin Scott.

Various claims have been put forth in recent years that Lydia Franklin Scott married first Capt. Robert Scott, then second (circa 1730) Erastus Rowley (c1708-c1731?), and third (24 SEP 1747 in Boston) George Brewer, and had children by all three husbands, dying in Boston as Lydia Brewer in 1758. This would be possible if she married first Rowley, second Scott, and lastly George Brewer, and if she lived all her life in and died in Boston rather than going to Providence, R.I., as the Hammond descendants indicated. The Ben Franklin papers make no mention of Rowley or Brewer heirs of Lydia, although the omission does not prove she could not have married other men also.

Interestingly, Lydia’s daughter Mary Scott Hammond was the grandmother of Abigail Hammond Warren, first wife of Levi Warren whose second wife Rhoda Turner was a granddaughter of John Rowley (1727-1793) and Rebecca Hurt, and possibly a great-granddaughter or great-grand-niece of the Erastus Rowley (c1708-c1731?) who married one Lydia Franklin (possibly a niece of Lydia Franklin Scott).

One Lydia “Frankland” married in Boston 24 Sept 1747 George Brewer (ref., Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988). Lydia Franklin Scott, if she were living, would have been 39 years old and her married name would have been Scott or Rowley at the time she married Brewer. So this Mrs. Brewer was likely a younger lady than Lydia Franklin and a later generation.

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