Benjamin Franklin had a total of 16 siblings, seven of which were half siblings from his father's first marriage. His father, Josiah Franklin, had 17 children in total.Know More
Josiah Franklin married Anne Child in 1677. The couple had three children, Elizabeth, Samuel and Hannah, in England. After moving to Boston, they had four more children, Josiah Jr., Ann, Joseph (I) and Joseph (II). The first Joseph died soon after birth, and the next child was named for him.
Anne Child died in 1689, and Josiah soon married Abiah Folger. The couple then had 10 children: John (1690), Peter (1692), Mary (1694), James (1697), Sarah (1699), Ebenezer (1701), Thomas (1703), Benjamin (1706), Lydia (1708) and Jane (1712), the eighth of which was Benjamin Franklin.Learn more about US History
Ben Franklin had many hobbies, including swimming, reading and conducting scientific experiments. His fascination with electricity led to his invention of the lightning rod, which proved to be a great safety device that protected homes from catching fire in lightning storms.Full Answer >
George Washington had five full siblings and three half-siblings. His father remarried after the death of his first wife, and George was the oldest child of that union. The family was fairly well-off and lived in Virginia.Full Answer >
Abraham Lincoln's parents had two other children. Sarah was Abraham's older sister and Thomas was his younger brother, but he died in infancy. Abraham's parents were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.Full Answer >
Benjamin Franklin had two sons and one daughter. His sons were William Franklin and Francis Folger Franklin, and his daughter was Sarah Franklin Bache. Francis and Sarah were born in his marriage to Deborah Read, while William was born out of wedlock.Full Answer >