Read Rogers (1708 - 1774)
Her first husband, John Rogers, deserted her in 1725.
In 1727, she heard of Rogers' death and began dating
her former sweetheart, Ben Franklin.
Married Benjamin Franklin in 1730
Operated a general store out of the front of Ben's print
Raised Ben's son William as well as their own two children,
Francis and Sarah
Her fear of ocean voyages prevented her from traveling with
Ben, so she spent many years alone in Philadelphia while Ben
was in Europe.
In 1774, while Ben was in England, she died unexpectedly of
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