She is the grandmother of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Founding Father and signator of the Declaration of Independence.
She is also the 5th great grandmother of James A. Folger(1835-1889), the founder of Folgers Coffee in San Francisco California.
She is the third great grandmother of Capt Mayhew Folger (1774-1828) who was the captain the ship Topaz when he rediscovered the Pitcairn Islands in 1808.
She is mentioned by name in Chapter 24 of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick":
"No good blood in their veins? They have something better than royal blood there. The grandmother of Benjamin Franklin was Mary Morrel; afterwards, by marriage, Mary Folger, one of the old settlers of Nantucket, and the ancestress to a long line of Folgers and harpooneers-all kith and kin to noble Benjamin-this day darting the barbed iron from one side of the world to the other."
The DAR chapter on Nantucket Island is named after her daughter Abiah Folger who was the mother Benjamin Franklin.
Joanna Folger (1645-1719)
Eleazer Folger (1648 - 1716)
John Folger (1659 - 1732)
Abiah Folger Franklin (1667 - 1752)
Bethiah Folger d. 06 Jun 1669
Peter Folger (1617 - 1690)
Joanna Folger Coleman (1645 - 1719)*
Eleazer Folger (1648 - 1716)*
Bethsua Folger Pope (1652 - 1726)*
John Folger (1659 - 1732)*
Experience Folger Swain (1663 - 1739)*
Abiah Folger Franklin (1667 - 1752)*
Note: My ninth great grandmother MRL
Founders Burial Ground
Plot: Possibly Buried here?
Maintained by: Michael Ratliff Lutz
Originally Created by: P Fazzini
Record added: Jan 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63676434
L. S. STEPHENS
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