Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808

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Sarah Franklin Bache was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin.

From the description of Correspondence, 1768-1807. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122347508

Benjamin Franklin Bache, the grandson of Benjamin Franklin, worked as a printer and journalist.

From the guide to the Benjamin Franklin Bache papers, 1779-1793, 1779-1793, (American Philosophical Society)

Sarah Franklin Bache was born in Philadelphia on 11 September 1743 to Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Read. Sarah, known as Sally throughout her life, had a typical education for a girl of her status in eighteenth-century Philadelphia. She had a great love of reading and music and was considered a skilled harpsichordist.

On 29 October 1767 Sally married Richard Bache in spite of her family's misgivings about his financial situation. It was Franklin's wish that Sally not marry Bache until his financial situation stabilized out of fear that Bache was only marrying for money. Nevertheless, Sally was devastated and Deborah Franklin allowed the wedding to take place against Franklin's wishes. It was not until Sally gave birth to her first child and Franklin met Bache that he truly accepted the marriage. Bache never became a successful businessman even though Franklin gave the couple several loans and helped them set up several stores in Philadelphia. Franklin was forced to support Sally and her family that included eight children for the rest of his life.

Throughout her life, Sally was interested in political matters and thought of herself as a committed Whig. She closely followed the events leading up to the Revolution and through her relief work supported the war by helping to raise money for the Continental Army. She is best known for her involvement in the Ladies Association of Philadelphia. She took over leadership of the association in 1780 and supervised the sewing of 2,200 shirts or the American soldiers.

In 1785 Benjamin Franklin returned to Philadelphia and spent his remaining years in the care of Sally and her family. When Franklin died he left most of his estate to Sally and her husband, including a miniature portrait of Louis XVI surrounded by diamonds, which she sold, against his wishes, to finance a trip to London. In 1794 the family moved to a farm outside of Philadelphia on the Delaware River, but Sally missed the city and returned in 1807 for medical treatment. She died the following year.

From the guide to the Sarah Franklin Bache Papers, 1768-1807, (American Philosophical Society)

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referencedIn Benjamin Franklin Papers, 1730-1791 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Franklin-Bache Papers, 1707-1799 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Franklin, William, 1731-1813. Papers, 1760-1813. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Bache, Benjamin Franklin, 1769-1798. Papers, 1779-1793. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Bache family papers, 1770-1890 (bulk), 1770-1923 (inclusive), Bulk, 1770-1890, 1770-1923 (Bulk 1770-1890) American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Duane Family Collection, 1764-1933 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796. Letter, 1786 November 22, [n.p.], to Mrs. Bache, [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn William Temple Franklin Papers, 1775-1819 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808. Correspondence, 1768-1807. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn William Franklin Papers, 1757-1813 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Duane, William J. (William John), 1780-1865. Papers, [ca. 1760s]-[ca. 1860s]. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Franklin, William, 1731-1813. Correspondence, 1759-1812. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808. Autograph letters signed (2) : Philadelphia and Preston (England), to M. le Veillard, 1791 Oct. 6 and 1792 Aug. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Miscellaneous Benjamin Franklin Collections, 1710-1822 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808. Autograph letters signed (2) : to M. le Veillard, 1791-1792. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Benjamin Franklin Bache papers, 1779-1793, 1779-1793 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn William Franklin Papers, 1757-1813 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Bache family. Papers, 1770-1890 (bulk), 1770-1923 (inclusive). American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Sarah Franklin Bache Papers, 1768-1807 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Castle-Bache Collection, 1683-1922 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Bache Papers-Castle Collection, 1766-1946. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn William Franklin correspondence, 1759-1812, 1759-1812 American Philosophical Society
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associatedWith Gillespie, E. D. (Elizabeth Duane), b. 1821 person
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associatedWith Hewson, Mary Stevenson, ca. 1739-1795. person
associatedWith Hewson, M. S., (Mary Stevenson) person
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associatedWith Hoffner, Phoebe person
associatedWith Hosack, Mary Eddy Wistar person
associatedWith Hosack, Mrs. Mary Eddy person
associatedWith Housbrooke, Theophilus person
associatedWith Irwin, Sophia A. person
associatedWith James, Thomas C., (Thomas Chalkley), 1766-1835 person
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associatedWith Marcy, William L. (William Learned) 1786-1857 person
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associatedWith Randolph, Thomas M., (Thomas Mann), 1768-1828 person
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Birth 1743-09-11

Death 1808-10-05

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