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.
- 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.