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Deborah Read Franklin was an amazing woman who played an extraordinary role in American History as the wife of Benjamin Franklin, however, the matter of her place of birth is one which history does not provide a clear answer. Her birth is estimated to have been in 1707. At the time her father, John Read, a carpenter, and her mother, Sarah White Read had one child, making Deborah the second of what was to be seven children. It is unclear as to whether the couple was living in Birmingham, England or whether they had already immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the time of Deborah’s birth. For more information, please see the linked Biography that can be found here on enotes.
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