William Temple Franklin, son of William Franklin, grandson of Benjamin Franklin

Grave of William Temple Franklin at Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France

Description of the grave location:

Much thanks are due to Daniel and Alice Jouve of Paris for securing the information provided in this letter.

Map of Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France with two routes to the grave in Section 43:
This map is made from a photograph of the map posted inside the Porte Principale entrance.
The numbers on the map show the locations of the graves of famous persons.

Entering at the main gate (Porte Principale) at the bottom of the map requires walking up a hill.
Entering at the Porte Gambetta gate at the top of the map is an easier walk.

To get to Porte Principale gate take the Metro (subway) #1 line (toward Chateau de Vincennes) to the Nation station,
then take Metro #2 line (toward Porte Dauphine) to the Philipe Auguste station.
Walk across the street to the right and around the corner to the gate or ask someone how to get to the Porte Principale gate.

To get to Porte Gambetta gate take the Metro #1 and Metro #2 as described above one stop beyond Philippe Auguste station to Pere Lachaise station,
then take the Metro #3 (toward Guallieni) to the next station Gambetta. I did not try this way, so ask someone how to get to the Porte Gambetta gate.

Paris Metro (subway) maps: Map 1, Map 2

I tried following the instructions for the grave site, but the rows and columns of graves are not really rows and columns.
I counted several different ways, which yielded a circle of about twenty feet in diameter.
I was told that no markings are visible on the grave, so I decided to take a picture of all grave stones within the circle.
When I pulled out my camera and looked up I saw the words on a stone: William Temple Franklin!

Directions from the Porte Principale gate: Up Avenue Principale to Avenue du Puits.
A short jog to the right to Avenue Laterale du Sud. Up Avenue Laterale du Sud, including steps, to the dead end at Avenue Transversale #1.
Right on Avenue Transversale #1: Observe the obelisk shown below on the right.
Observe the large tomb (looks like a chapel) of Greffulne on the left; the red arrow on the Greffulne picture shows the grave.

Obelisk on the right when heading east on Avenue Transversale #1:

Greffulne tomb on the left when heading east on Avenue Transversale #1. I have inserted a red arrow pointing to the William Temple Franklin grave:

William Temple Franklin grave stone:

William Temple Franklin side of grave stone:

Inscription:

CI-GÎT
William Temple
Franklin
NE LE 22 FÉVRIER 1762
MORT LE 25 MAI 1823
PETIT FILS DE BENJAMIN
FRANKLIN
IL FUT DUJOURS DIGNE D'UN NOM
QUI S ETEINT AVEC LUI
SA VEUVE INCONSOLABLE
LUI A FAIT ELEVER CE MONUMENT
COMME UN SIGNE
DUNE DOULEUR QUI NE FINERA
OU'AVEC SA VIE
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REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Hannah Johnson Franklin Delariviere side of grave stone:

Inscription:

CI-GÎT
LA VEUVE DE
William Temple
Franklin
DECEDÉE
FEMME DELARIVIERE
A ETAMPES
LE 12 DWECEMBRE
1846
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REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Loose plaques in front of the tomb:

Birth document for Theodore Joseph Franklin (Caillot) (b 22 Feb 1785 Paris, France d c1787 Paris, France),
illegitimate son of William Temple Franklin:

Translation by Elisabeth Selman: "February 1785: On Thursday 24 of February of this same year was baptised Theodore Joseph born on the 22 of the same month, son of Joseph Caillot (who receives an allowance from the King) and Marie Augustine Saÿde his wife, in this parish on the square of the château. The godfather is Charles Théodore Godefroy de Villetaneuse, squire of the parish St Eustache in Paris and the godmother is Catherine Magdeleine Clouin widow of Louis Philippe Demay goldsmith of the parish St André des Arts in Paris. They all signed in the presence of the father."

Comment by Elisabeth Selman: As you will notice fatherhood was acknowledged by Joseph Caillot, Blanchette's husband. The certificate was in the Saint Germain en Laye's archives, this is where they lived at the time. Unfortunately I cannot lay my hand on his death certificate, at the time of his death Theodore was living with a wetnurse and she most certainly did not live in the same town, I searched all the archives (which seem quite uptodate) from Blanchette's letter I beleive he must have died just before the 6 April 1786, this is the first time she mentions his death in her letters to Temple Franklin, the childsuffered from smallpox and was apparently teething at the time.

William Franklin, father of William Temple Franklin
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