Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Descendants of Francis de Bourdon


1821. Charles Wodell

Fall River used to be called Troy.

Living in New Bedford when his will was probated.

CONFLICT: The death date of 9 Aug 1846 in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts came from [New England Historic Genealogical Society, Massachusetts, Westport, Vital records of, to the year 1850, Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1918, p. 295, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, USA, FHL 974.485/W1 V28v.] It is being disputed by Pat Cordeiro who wrote T.Mason on 1Mar2002 that "You can find this Charles and his family on the 1850 census Fall River, Bristol County. The Charles that died on the above date I believe was married to Ruth Sherman and is buried in William H. Gifford private lot, Blossom Road, North Westport. I have not been able to locate the place or the date of death for Charles and Lovisa."

Pardon Francis

Drowned in the Watuppa

3059. Charles Henry Wodell

Drowned in the Watuppa with P. Francis, his brother-in-law

1825. Holder Wodell

NAME: Holden according to Elijah's will. He was guardian of the Indians in Fall River, Mass 1839-1840

1845. James F Borden

RESEARCHER: Information from Michael Whipple to T.Mason on 12 Dec 2005.

To Franklin B. Whipple, James F. Borden, Mary Borden and Sarah Ann Smith. You will take notice that on the 15th day of March A.D. 1848 at the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas in Napoleon Henry County Ohio ... we will take depositions ...to perpetuate the remembrance of certain proceedings of a suit once pending ... wherein John T. Brazee was complainant and the above named with John Smith were defendants the object of which said suit was to foreclose a certain mortgage executed by one Isaac P. Whipple.

1840 census Flatrock Twp. Henry, Ohio
James Borden 1-male 20-30, 1-female 20-30

1850 census Flatrock Twp. Henry, Ohio
34 115 118 Borden James 32 M Farmer N.Y.
35 115 118 Borden Mary 33 F N.Y.
36 115 118 Borden Aldaliah H. 7 F Ohio
37 115 118 Borden Edmond S. 5 M Ohio

Mary S. Whipple

TOMBSTONE: Mary S. wife of J.F. Borden died 20 May 1852 37y 2m

3073. Edmond S. Borden

[HYPERLINK: http://www.interment.net/data/us/ky/marion/lebanat/lebanon%5Fabr.htm ] Borden, Edmund , d. 03/05/1862, PVT D 64 OHIO INF, Plot: 113, *

Catherine Winters

CONFLICT: Notes from Michael Whipple [whip33@msn.com] to T.Mason on 12 Dec 2005 indicate James married Catherine Fox while the LDS Ancestral File database entry of 1992 by Carolyn Dowden Grimm of Sprint, Texas indicates her name was Catherine Winters.

1846. David F. Borden

Belle Howe (1936) says he is buried on the home farm - SW corner of Lot 5-Blk 20.

Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
14 Jul 1905 Roll: MNSC_114
Borden, Albert Lee M 17 W Minnesota Indiana Tennessee Resident of State 17y 3mo Resident of Dist 11yr 9mo Farm Laborer
Borden, Freddy L M 11 W Minnesota Indiana Tennessee Resident of State 11y 7mo Resident of Dist 11yr 7mo Farm Laborer
Borden, Madge M F 7 W Minnesota Indiana Tennessee Resident of State 7y 2mo Resident of Dist 7yr 7mo
Borden, Wanneta B F 1 W Minnesota Indiana Tennessee Resident of State 1y 3mo Resident of Dist 1yr 3mo
Borden, David F M 85 W New York England England Resident 1 year

3081. Benjamin Borden

Died as a result of drowning following a boating accident.

1857. Lucy Borden

Following is a posting on GenForum by Denise Perkins Ready (Transcriber):
======================================= Source: HISTORY OF WYOMING CO., NY BY: F. W. BEERS, 1880 ======================================= Lucy Borden was born in Sheldon, N.Y., in 1839, and married Gail Borden, of Wales, N.Y., in 1854. Mr. Borden was born in Wales, N.Y., in 1836. His father from Worcester Co., MA, was a comparatively early settler there, and was in the military service during the brief but exciting "Patriot War". Mrs. Borden's father was born in Massachusetts in 1803; accompanied his sister to Wales, N.Y., at the age of seven, and came to Bennington, Wyoming Co., NY in 1821. He was a militia Captain, and served as assessor and highway commissioner. He died in 1865.

3089. Ada Cornelia Borden


Albert Henry Nye


1858. Gail Borden III

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.mason on 10 Feb 2006. Entries from the "Early Texas Death and Legal Records from Joseph Franklin's Diary and John Griffin's Sexton Records":
29 Mar 1852, Borden, Gail, Jr. and Azalea F. his wife (to) John H. Brewer, Power of Attorney; Book J, Pg 577 24 March 1859, Borden, Gail, Jr., to Thomas H. Borden, Power of Attorney, Book P, Pg. 12

RESEARCHER-RESIDENCES: Information sent to T.Mason by Scott James on 31 Jan 2002.
Bet. 1801 - 1816, Norwich, Chenango County, New York
1816, Covington, Kentucky
Bet. 1817 - 1821, New London, Indiana
Bef. 1821, Surveyor in Indiana
Bet. 1821 - 1828, Amite County, Mississippi
Bet. 1821 - 1828, Surveyor in the summer, School Teacher in the winter
1822 - 1835, Personally knew Stephen F. Austin (the father of Texas)
1829, Claimed a league (4,428 acres) of land on the Brazos River in Texas
Bet. 1829 - 1835, San Felipe, Texas (capital of the colony at the time)
1829, Surveyor in Texas for Stephen F. Austin
Aft. 1829, Sergeant of the Militia in San Felipe, Texas
1835, Newspaper - "Telegraph and Texas Register"
1836, Columbia, Texas (the capital of Texas at that time)
1836, Personally knew David G. Burnet (first President of Texas as a Republic)
1837, Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
June 24, 1837, Collector of Customs for the Republic of Texas
Occupation 6: 1840, Galveston City Company - a group that developed the city.
Abt. 1850, Invented condensed milk and was the founder of the Borden Milk Company; Gail, Borden County, Texas, U.S.A. is named after him.
Aft. 1865, Texas

HYPERLINK: [ http://www.lsjunction.com/people/borden.htm ]

Article first appeared in the Fall 1991 library newsletter:
Born in New York in 1801, Gail Borden found his way to the province of Texas as a young man where he farmed and published a newspaper. His newspaper supported the Texas independence movement and he became associated with such historic figures as Stephen Austin and Sam Houston.

After struggling with various other enterprises in Texas and New York, Gail Borden had suffered the death of his wife and was near financial ruin. Finally, at the age of 55, after years of experimentation, Borden was a awarded a patent for condensed milk.

Although the patent was awarded in 1856, it was not until 1861 that financing was secured and the first plant was operational. Condensed milk, initially sold from handcarts in New York City, became an immediate success in urban areas where fresh milk was difficult to distribute and store.

As the company began to prosper, Borden's life took another turn; he met and married Eunice Church, a widow with two sons. The Church family had once lived in Elgin, Illinois, prior to the death of Hiram Church, an early settler in this area.

When his new wife described the Fox Valley area to Borden, it seemed the ideal location for expansion of his company to the West, and in 1865 the Elgin Milk Condensing Company was established. Borden visited often but never lived in Elgin. He bought a home on Division Street in 1873, but failing health led him back to Texas, where he died in 1874.

By 1892, the citizens of Elgin were desperately seeking a building for the library which had barely survived for years in rented rooms in the downtown area. Samuel and Alfred Church, residents of Elgin and stepsons of Gail Borden, offered to purchase and donate the Scofield mansion at 50 N. Spring Street for this purpose. All they asked was that the library "be forever and always known and called the Gail Borden Public Library."

Today we still bear, with great pride, this name which has become synonymous with our local library. This is how we acquired our name, and this is why so many people use phrases that would be incomprehensible outside the Elgin area, such as: "I'm taking the kids to Gail Borden today."

ElginHistory.com - Elgin: An American History by E. C. Alft ElginHistory.com Home Page [http://www.ElginHistory.com/eaah/] CHAPTER III - WATCHES, MILK AND BUTTER
3. Canned Milk
Production started at Gail Borden's Elgin Milk Condensing Company in May 1865. This venture was at first separately organized from his plants in the East. The condenser quickly became a major consumer of the local milk supply. In 1866, the plant used 303,560 gallons, leaving only 150,976 for shipment to other purchasers. The factory's thirty cheese presses also turned out 240,079 pounds of cheese , and the firm was experimenting with condensed coffee, the preservation of fruits and the extract of beef. Besides these products, the plant manufactured its own cans, packing cases and cheese boxes.
The cheese venture and the experiments proved unprofitable, and in 1868 the firm was reorganized as the Illinois Condensed Milk Company and linked to the Borden operations in New York and Connecticut. Alfred B. Church, Mrs. Borden's son by a previous marriage, was named superintendent. New machines replaced the original equipment, and the plant was expanded in piecemeal fashion until brick buildings two and three stories high occupied the entire frontage along North Street between Brook and River Streets.
Pure milk contains eighty-five percent water. Boiling in huge copper cauldrons removed seventy-five percent of the water, and granulated sugar was added as a preservative. The residue was a product with twice the strength and richness of cream. A can of "Eagle Brand," Borden's best-known trademark, and two cans of water made a rich milk. Borden was strict about the cleanliness of the supplying farms and the health of their herds. Farmers had to feed their cows particular food, not brewery or distillery mash that would impart a disagreeable flavor to the milk or reduce its richness. Milk rooms were required to maintain a certain temperature. In return, the supplying farmers were paid on a contract basis and received a reliable source of income. Company inspectors demanded sterilized milk cans and strainers and spotless barns. The same standards applied to the manufacturing process.
Condensed milk arrived at an opportune time in the nation's history. As postwar industrialization began to crowd families into cities, few tenement dwellers had access to fresh, pure milk or the means of keeping it safe to use. Borden's condensed milk was especially valuable for feeding children, and the firm's ads tried to influence mothers to abandon nursing their babies.
The business grew steadily, and for a time the condenser was Elgin's second-largest industrial employer. In 1878 some seventy workers were processing about 78,000 quarts weekly. Costs were lowered by mechanization. A press for printing labels fed them automatically to a machine that applied them to the cans. A double-acting pump filled at every stroke two cans brought forward on a revolving table. In the summer of 1882, the firm's 113 employees were packing about 21,000 one-pound cans daily, and about 245 barrels of sugar were used each week. By 1889, the work force had increased to nearly two hundred, and the milk consumption of 10,000 gallons daily was supplied by some 6,000 cows on 107 nearby dairy farms. Further expansion was limited by the difficulty of transporting and keeping cool the milk from the farms, and other condensers-including a large plant in Carpentersville, north of Elgin-were established in northern Illinois.
The milk canning enterprise supplied Elgin with a fountain for its Square and a titillating scandal for its gossips. Water for the condenser originally came from a large spring near the corner of North and Spring streets. In 1873, Illinois Condensed Milk Company erected a large wooden building to cover the reservoir. A pipe carried the flow from Borden's Springs 1,500 feet down a grade slope of some ten feet to the Square, where the city installed a fountain, and to a watering, tank for horses on Douglas Avenue. "The water in these fountains is of the best quality ... and a good, strong stream supplies the want of man and beast," was a contemporary description.11 Others complained of the sea of mud here when heavy winds sprayed the unpaved streets.
Gail Borden never resided in Elgin, but he had purchased a home on Division Street with that intention prior to his death early in 1874.

3096. John Gail Borden

MILITARY: Union soldier in Civil War

Marriage Notes for John Gail Borden and Ellen Lovisa Graves

Other possible marriage place: Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York

1859. Thomas Henry Borden

RESEARCHER-RESIDENCES: Information sent to T.Mason by Scott James on 31Jan2002.
MILITARY: 1836, Fought in the Texas Independence war with Mexico
Occupation 1: Bef. 1829, Surveyor
Occupation 2: 1835, Newspaper printer with his brother Gail
RESIDENCE: Bef. 1821, Indiana
1821, Amite County, Mississippi
1822, Texas - Stephen F. Austin's 2nd colony
Aft. 1822, Texas

Louisa R. Graves

BURIAL: "... came from "Record of Interment of the City of Galveston".