Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century

Will Extract
Reference NA119
Family Name FRANKS
Forenames David
Probate Date 1790 (22 July)
Address Formerly Philadelphia then London
Children Jacob and Moses Franks, Abigail Hamilton, Rebecca Johnson
Other Relatives
Executors, Administrators Jacob and Moses Franks and T…? Cox of Philadelphia
Notes David becoming the principal commissary to the British forces and the latter’s daughter Rebecca, a noted beauty, being the toast of the famous Ball known as the Meschianza given at Philadelphia in 1778) .Andrew Hamilton of ‘Woodlands,’ married to Rebeccas older sister, Abigail. In 1780, David Franks was expelled from Pennsylvania despite a series of trials in which he was consistently found innocent of treason. He and Rebecca were ordered to go beyond the battle lines and not return to the state until after the war was over. They moved to New York City. Two years later, Rebecca married Colonel Henry Johnson of the British Army, who had been captured and kept from battle during the final stages of the war. Soon after their wedding, with the war ended, Johnson was sent back to England and the couple settled in Bath. Not long after, he was promoted to major general and assigned as governor of Ross Castle in New Ross (near Wexford), Ireland. ‘Dear Mrs. Cad: A Revolutionary War Letter of Rebecca Franks’ Mark A. Stern, American Jewish Archives Journal
NA Cat Ref Prob 11/1247


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