Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Benjamin Franklin Hiding in the Family Tree

Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790, was a Founding Father of our country. He was also a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. Long after Benjamin’s death some branches of my family named their sons after Benjamin.

Recently I posted about the George Washingtons in my family tree a friend saw the post on FaceBook and he made a comment about Benjamin Franklin. Well, Russ, here are a few Benjamins for you.

Benjamin Franklin Barton      1904-1992    son of Yearby Franklin Barton & Ophelia Kemp

Benjamin Franklin Ellzey       1827-1904    son of John Ellzey & Elizabeth Coney

Benjamin Franklin Ritter        1835-1884    son of Michael Ritter & Eloisa Miller

Benjamin Franklin Wolf         b 1833           son of Andrew Wolf & Catherine Dick

Do you have any "famous people" in your tree?


  1. I love your image with this post, Colleen. I wish it were as easy as adding one or two ingredients to pre-mixes. Ha! Your Benjamin Franklins are almost as prevalent as your George Washingtons. I don't think I have a single one of either among my ancestors.

    1. Nancy, the image is free from ImageChef. You add your own photo & label. They have lots of fun options. I have used many for my posts. In a future post, I will write about the other presidential names in the family. there is a long list.


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