On September 1, 1730 Benjamin Franklin married Deborah Read Benjamin in a common-law marriage. In addition to raising William, an illegitimate child of Franklin's, they had two children of their own:
- Francis Folger Franklin, born in October 1732, but he died of smallpox in 1736.
- Sarah, nicknamed Sally, was born on September 11, 1743. She eventually married Richard Bache, who became the U.S. Postmaster General in 1776.