Peter Foulger

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Peter Foulger (died 1690) was an interpreter of the American Indian language for the first settlers of Nantucket. He was the grandfather of Benjamin Franklin.[1]

His surname is often spelled "Folger," which was the form used by his descendants. He lived in Martha's Vineyard until 1663. He married Mary Morrill (d. 1704) in 1644. Their ninth child, Abiah, married Josiah Franklin. He was a Baptist in faith, and as such was told not to visit with the Puritans on the mainland. When Nantucket was settled, he was a surveyor for the residents, and given a half-share of Nantucket land.

A likely descendatttnt, J. A. Folger (b 1835) of Nantucket, founded Folgers Coffee.


  1. ^ Franklin, Benjamin; Jared Sparks, William Temple, Franklin, G. F. Storm, Joseph Andrews (1856). The Life of Benjamin Franklin. Boston: Whitman, Niles, and Hall. p. 543.