New Jersey Obituaries - November 9, 1898 - Rev. Benjamin F. Franklin

Rev. Benjamin F. Franklin, rector of Christ Episcopal church at Shrewsbury, died suddenly last Thursday night. The cause of his death was acute paralysis of the heart, with which he had been a sufferer for several years. Mr. Franklin was in his usual health on the day of his death. At ten o'clock that night he was seized with the attack and in less than two hours he died.

Mr. Franklin was born at Providence R. I., in November, 1819. He was educated at Brown university at Providence and was a member of the Delta Phi fraternity of the college and of the Phi Beta Kappa, an honorary society of the same college. He was also a graduate of the General Theological seminary of New York.

Mr. Franklin's first parish was at Havre de Grace, Maryland, where he went in 1847. From there he went to St. Paul's church at Trenton, where he remained six years. He was afterward rector of St. John's church at Philadelphia for seven years, going from there to New Castle, Delaware. In 1863 his health became very poor and for five years he did not preach, but spent a greater part of the time traveling in Europe. In 1868 he was called to Christ church at Indianapolis, where he remained until June, 1872. For the next three years he had no parish. In 1875 he came to Christ church, Shrewsbury.

Mr. Franklin was married twice. His first wife died May 25th, 1884, and two years later he married Miss Lucy Shiff, daughter of Gustave Shiff of New York. Besides his widow, four children by his first wife survive him. They are Mrs. F. C. VanVliet and Miss Helen Franklin of Shrewsbury, Miss Annie Franklin of New York and Mrs. Alexander Allen of Springfield, Massachusetts.

The funeral was held at Christ church on Monday afternoon at half-past one o'clock and the services were conducted by Bishop Scarborough. Many clergymen from neighboring parishes were present at the services. Theodore Sickles, William R. Stevens, George D. Tallman, Edward C. Fiedler, John Davis, Harry Campbell, George Barlow and Benjamin J. Parker were the honorary pall bearers, the casket being carried by professional pall bearers. The body was buried in the churchyard.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, November 9, 1898

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