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Descendants of Francis de Bourdon


Ellen Frances Plumer

1880 census gives age 39 which would mean birth date was about 1840 yet it list husband at one year older which does not fit with other records which give his age.

2724. Edward Payson Borden

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.Mason on 14 Aug 2006 by Richard Denton Borden.

"ACCORDING TO THE 1880 CENSUS IN PHILADELPHIA, PA Edward, then 44 years of age and a dry goods merchant, lived with his son Edward Shirley Borden, age 13 and attending school, his 31 year old niece Martha (Mattie) Johns from Missouri, who kept house, and two domestics; Sarah A. Glasgow, 38 and Mary Mc Golrig 27, both from Ireland. Edward Payson Borden had been married to Jane Amanda Durfee's sister, Margaret, who died rather young. Shirley Borden was their son. John Jay Johns daughter, Mattie(Martha), went to Philadelphia to care for Shirley, after his mother died.

REFERENCE; 1890 Mrs. Anne Glenday Durfee Died, at the residence of her son-in-law, John Jay Johns, in St. Charles, Missouri, on the morning of the Sabbath, April 20, 1890, Mrs. Anne Glenday Durfee, in the 81st year of her age. Thus has passed away one of the few that remain of the early settlers of St. Charles. She was born in New Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland, in 1809. She came with her father's family to this place in 1815.
After remaining here several years (6), her father returned to Scotland with his elder daughter Helen, the mother having died. But Anne remained here with her uncle, Thomas Lindsay, who was the father and founder of the Presbyterian Church in St. Charles. Rev. Charles Robinson, of blessed memory, (who was a brother-in-law of Mr. Lindsay's wife), was, next to Rev. Timothy Flint, the first at preacher from the East who lived, labored, preached and taught school, until his death in 1828. Mr. Lindsay’s house was then the headquarters of the preachers who came from the East to labor as missionaries in this new and destitute field. About that time came the Rev. Thomas Russell Durfee, (He was a descendant of Governor William Bradford and of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.) from Fall River, Mass., a graduate of Amherst College and Andover Seminary. In 1828 he married Anne Glenday.
After spending a few years in missionary labors in this State, with such faithful and apostolic men as John F. Cowan, Cochran and McAfee, he died in August 1833 at Mr. Lindsay's home near Elm Point, leaving his widow with two little daughters, Jane Amanda and Margaret Lindsay. Mrs. Durfee, with her children, remained with her uncle, Mr. Lindsay, until his death In 1843. Mrs. Durfee was a woman of great energy and firmness of character, and the great desire of her heart was that her daughters might have the best education that young women could get at that day. This she accomplished under great pecuniary difficulty and self-denial on her part. Her elder daughter, Jane, was educated at Lindenwood and at Monticello Seminary, the then pioneer female schools of the Southwest, and the younger, Margaret, at Bradford (Mass.) Seminary, spending much time with her father's kindred.
In 1847 her daughter Jane was married to John Jay Johns and ever after Mrs. Durfee made her home with them. Her second daughter, Margaret Lindsay Durfee, was married in 1862 to Mr. Edward Payson Borden of Fall River, Mass. for many years past a prominent merchant of Philadelphia. Mrs. Durfee was an enthusiast on Christian education, and as soon as her grandchildren were old enough, she used all her means, even stinting herself, to secure to them a high Christian education. She succeeded in a great measure in accomplishing that object, and her grandchildren now rise up and call her blessed.

REFERENCE: DURFEE -- Rev. Thomas Durfee came to St. Charles from Fall River, Mass., in 1827. He was a graduate of Brown University, Rhode Island, and of the Theological Seminary at Andover, Mass. In 1828 he was married to Miss Ann Glenday, who was a niece of Thomas Lindsay, and then living with him. Mr. Durfee lived several years after his marriage in Callaway County, as pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Auxvassee. He afterward returned to St. Charles, and was agent of the American Bible Society, and in 1833 -- the great cholera year -- he died at the house of Thomas Lindsay.
Mr. Durfee was a man of great worth and a fine preacher. He left two daughters, Jane S., who afterwards was married to John Jay Johns, and Margaret Lindsay, who is now the wife of E. P. Borden, of Philadelphia.
Mrs. Durfee, after the death of her husband, continued to live with her uncle, Thomas Lindsay, till his death in 1843. At her uncle's death she was, by his will, possessed of his old homestead, where she continued to reside till 1850, when she went to live with her son-in-law, John Jay Johns, with whom she still resides. She is a great enthusiast on the subject of education, and is using her means freely in educating her grand children. Her eldest daughter, Mrs. Johns, was educated at Monticello, Illinois and Mrs. Borden at Bradford Seminary, in Massachusetts. [p. 202]"

Frances Ingraham Bosworth

In the 1870 census with her father in-law's family. Her husband.is listed too.

2726. Matthew Chaloner Durfee Borden

The following Biography of Matthew Chaloner Borden was posted as a Public Member story on Ancestry.com by Susan Bradley.

Matthew was a merchant and manufacturer, and a native of Fall River, Mass., he was born July 18, 1842. His father, the late Colonel Richard Borden, was a conspicuous leader in all which contributed to the success and large prosperity of Fall River, from the date of the organization of its first and greatest manufacturing enterprises, beginning with the Fall River Iron Works Co. in 1821, down to the close of his eventful and memorable life, in 1874.

Matthew was fitted for a higher range of education at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass, and graduated from Yale College in the class of 1864. Almost immediately thereafter, he entered the employment of a leading dry goods jobbing house in New York, as stock boy in one of the departments. Three years later, he became a partner in a leading commission house of New York, where he represented The American Print Works as selling agent, continuing in this capacity until the end of 1879. The American Print Works having failed, his connection with the house referred to ceased. Mr. Borden inherited a large Share of the enterprise and capacity for management of his worthy father, and mainly through the joint efforts of his eldest brother and himself, the company was reorganized and resumed operations under the name of The American Printing Co., in January, 1880. At the same time, Mr. Borden made an alliance with the commission house of J. S. & E. Wright & Co., now Bliss, Fabyan & Co., with whom he has remained in the conduct of the business controlled by him ever since. In 1887, Mr. Borden bought his brother's interest in The American Printing Co., and from that time has been the capable sole owner of the works, which, in the number of yards printed annually, is probably the largest establishment of the kind in the world. The capacity of the Printing Company required from 60,000 to 70,000 pieces of cloth weekly, and it finally appeared desirable to become independent of the open market, as to a portion of the weekly consumption. In 1889, therefore, Mr. Borden proceeded to build cloth mills in Fall River for this purpose, and, at the end of three years, had erected and equipped in the most perfect manner possible three large mills for spinning yarns and weaving the same into cloth for printing. The plant so established, under the title of The Fall River Iron Works Co., a previous corporate name having been retained for the sake of keeping the old charter, which is valuable, now consists of the mills named, containing about 200,000 spindles and more than 5,000 looms, producing 35,000 pieces of print cloth weekly, or about one-half the whole amount required by The American Printing Co. The two companies are of enormous value to Fall River. They employ an army of well paid operatives, whose earnings, being diffused through the community, quicken every branch of local trade. Since establishing his home in New York, Mr. Borden has identified himself with the progress and social life of the city, and has gained the esteem, which is only accorded to sound character, public spirit, and good business qualifications.

He is a director in The Manhattan Company Bank; The Lincoln National Bank, The Astor Place Bank, The Lincoln Safe Deposit Co., and The New York Security & Trust Co; trustee and treasurer of The Clinton Hall Association; and governor in the Woman's Hospital in the State of New York. In politics, he has been an earnest and uncompromising Republican for more than thirty years. Mr. Borden has never sought office and never held office, except during one term as Commissioner of Parks, when he gave a large portion of his time for six years to this public duty. Experience in the employment of a large body of working people convinces him of the value to American labor of the protective system, and he advocates the policy which enables him to pay excellent wages to his people. His public spirit is also illustrated by his contributions to the support of the great museums of this city.

In 1865, Mr. Borden was married to Harriet M. Durfee of Fall River. Seven children have been born to them, of whom the following named four survive: Bertram Harold, Matthew Sterling, Howard Seymour and Owen Ives Borden. Mr. Borden is a member of the following clubs: Union League, Metropolitan, Republican, Merchants', Down Town, Players', Riding, New York Athletic, New York Yacht, Seawanhaka Yacht, Yale Alumni, South Side Sportmen's, Jekyl Island and Whist. He also belongs to The New England Society.

2738. Andrew Jackson Borden

Posting on Borden-L archive on Rootsweb.com is as follows:

From: Karin Goudy Subject: [BORDEN] Lizzie Borden Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 17:37:14 -0700
ANCESTRY OF LIZZIE BORDEN Lizzie Borden, who was accused of killing her father and stepmother with an axe in 189_ in Fall River, Mass., was acquitted but has been presumed to be guilty by many crime writers. It is a famous case. JOHN, born September 1640 Richard, born 25 October 1671 Thomas, born 3 December 1697, married 14 August 1721 Mary Gifford, died April 1740.Richard, born 1722, married 12 March 1747 Hope Cook, died 4 July 1795. Richard of Fall RiverAbraham of Fall River, born 8 July 1798, married (1) Phoebe Davenport, married (2) 23 November 1854 Phoebe Wilmarth. Andrew J. of Fall River, born 13 September 1822, married (1) 26 December 1845 Sarah J. Morse, married (2) 16 June 1865 Abby D. Gray, murdered by ax 189_. Children Emma Leonora, born 1 March 1851, Alice Esther, born 3 May 1853 (died prior to murder) and Lizzie Drew, born 19 July 1861.

4773. Alice Esther Borden

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.Mason, Feb 2002 by Chuck Borden.
See reference to this child on Borden-L list at rootsweb.com entry by Karin Goudy - goudy@ctaz.com."

4774. Lizzie or Lizbeth Andrew Borden

FOLKLORE: [HYPERLINK http://www.darkrose-bds.com/lizy-1.htm ] Copyright DarkRose Cellar 1998-99.

"Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother 40 whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
She gave her father 41."

... or so went the popular rhyme. The facts, however, are not represented in this little ditty.

On August 4th, 1892, one of the greatest crimes in the history of the United States, if not the world, was perpetrated in the town of Fall River, Massachusetts. The murder of a wealthy, elderly business man by the name of Andrew Borden, and his wife, Abbey, shook the town, and has gone down in history as perhaps the most perfect of crimes.

As opposed to 40 whacks, as the song suggests, Abbey Borden, (who was Lizzie's step-mother, not mother), was struck by 19 blows of an axe or hatchet to the back of her head and neck. She met her fate while cleaning the guest room of the family home, at 9:30 am... It is entirely possible that Abbey never knew she was in danger, nor felt the first deadly blow. This is, however, purely conjecture upon my part, and we will never know the truth.

Andrew Borden, who had returned home around 10:30 am, after his daily business had been attended to, was either napping or reading the newspaper on a couch in the parlor (depending upon who's account you read), when he was attacked. 11 blows were rained upon Mr. Borden's head and face, to the point that one eye hung from it's socket upon his cheek, and his close friend and physician, Dr. Bowen, deemed him to be all but unrecognizable.

By most accounts, there were only two people in or about the house at the time of the killings - Lizzie Andrew Borden and Bridget Sullivan, the Borden's maid. There is some speculation as to others who may have been responsible for these heinous acts. Among the other alleged killers are John Morse, the sister of Andrew's first wife, Sara, (who was Lizzie's mother), a secret lover Lizzie was said to have, though never named, Emma Borden, Lizzie's elder sister, and William Borden, who, while legally Andrew's second cousin, was rumored to really be his illegitimate son. There are many, many other potential suspects, too many for me to list here.

Soon after the murders, Lizzie emerged as the prime suspect (after John Morse was determined not to be the killer). She was subsequently arrested, tried on three counts (the murder of Abbey, of Andrew, and of them both) and, if found guilty, faced death by hanging. It is difficult for us in the 20th century to imagine the position the jury was put in during the trial. This was the Victorian era, when women were considered delicate flowers, certainly not capable of killing anyone, least of all their parents. Add to this that it was not a common or working class woman they were to judge guilty or innocent - it was a wealthy society lady. Surely this all weighed heavily upon the minds of the 12 men who sat in the jury box.

Even taking all of this into consideration, the public seemed divided as to Lizzie's innocence. While she had many supporters, most of them women, there were many more who were convinced she was the only one with motive and opportunity to commit the crimes.

After only an hour of deliberating, the jury declared Lizzie to be not guilty. It is said it only took them 15 minutes to decide, but out of respect for the prosecution, they waited another 45 minutes before they informed the court of their decision. Lizzie was free, but in the court of public opinion, she was still guilty...

After the acquittal, Lizzie legally changed her name to Lizbeth, moved out of the family home on Second Street, which her sister Emma still inhabited, and purchased a lovely home on The Hill, the most fashionable area of Fall River. She named the house Maplecroft, and promptly won the scorn of Fall River society. Those on the Hill simply did NOT name their houses. Exactly how Lizzie felt about her neighbor's reactions is unknown.

What is known, however, is that Miss Lizbeth Borden remained as the hottest topic of gossip and conversation in Fall River well into this century.

WILL: Lizzie made her Last Will & Testament in the year 1926 just before the Great Depression. When she passed away in 1927 she was worth over a quarter million dollars. Which in those years one could live very comfortably. She had a chauffeur, live in maids, two fancy cars, a nice home on the corner of French and Belmont Streets, lots of fancy jewelry, many investments in utilities, and owned several office buildings in Fall River. Lizzie shared her wealth with those family and friends who stood by her in the years after the trial. One interesting note is Lizzie's contribution to the Fall River Animal Rescue League for $30,000. She remarks of her fondness of animals and their need to be cared for.

The text below are transcribed from the official records found in Second District Court in Fall River.

I, ...Lizzie A. Borden, otherwise known as Lizbeth A. Borden, of Fall River in the County of Bristol and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me.

After the payment of my just debts and funeral charges I give, devise and bequeath as follows;

1. To the City of Fall River the sum of five hundred dollars, the income derived therefrom to be used for the perpetual care of my father's lot in the Oak Grove Cemetery in said Fall River.
2. To my housekeeper and to each one of the servants who shall have been with me for five years and shall be in my employ at the time of my death the sum of three thousand dollars.
3. To Charles C. Cook, of said Fall River and Tiverton, for his long and faithful services to me the sum of ten thousand dollars, and my so-called Baker Lot on French St, across from where I live.
4. To the Animal Rescue League of said Fall River the sum of thirty thousand dollars, also my shares of stock in the Stevens Manufacturing Company. I have been fond of animals and their need is great and there are so few who care for them.
5. To Miss Helen Leighton I give my three diamond rings and diamond and sapphire brooch, my inlaid mahogany desk and chairs in my library, also my library desk with the reading lamp, and I also direct that she shall have the first choice and may take any and all of my rugs, books, china, pictures and furniture that she may choose. I also give and devise to her one-half of my share in the A. J. Borden Building, in said Fall River, if she shall survive me, if not I give and devise my interest therein to Grace H. Howe, to her and to her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.
6. To my cousin, Mrs. Grace H. Howe, my diamond and amethyst ring and I direct that she shall have second choice of my rugs, books, china, pictures and furniture, and I also give to her the privilege, so far as I have the same, to use the Oak Grove Cemetery lot for burial purposes. I also give and devise to her one-half of my share in the A. J. Borden Building in said Fall River, to her, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.
7. To Mrs. Margaret L. Streeter, of Washington, District of Columbia, the sum of five thousand dollars with my diamond and sapphire ring with five stones which she always liked.
8. To Mrs. Minnie E. A. Lacombe, of Washington, D.C. the sum of five thousand dollars.
9. To S. Howard Lacombe, the son of Minnie E. A. Lacombe the sum of two thousand dollars.
10.To Catherine M. McFarland, of said Fall River, the sum of five thousand dollars.
11.To Gertrude M. Baker, of said Fall River, the sum of one thousand dollars.
12. To Mrs. Mary L. Orters of Sharon, Massachusetts, the sum of five thousand dollars; if she shall not be living at my decease I give the same to her husband, Henry L. Orters.
13. To Winnifred F. French, of said Fall River, the sum of five thousand dollars; if she shall not be living at the time of my decease I give the same to her sister, Sara H. French.
14. To Alice I. Soderman, of said Fall River, the sum of two thousand dollars, also my jeweled watch and chain.
15. To Elsie F. Carlisle, formerly of Fall River, now in California, the sum of one thousand dollars.
16. To Dr. Annie C. Macrae, of said Fall River the sum of one thousand dollars.
17. To my old school mate, Adelaide B. Whipp, of said Fall River, the sum of one thousand dollars.
18. To my old school mate, Lucy S. Macomber, of said Fall River, the sum of one thousand dollars.
19. To my housekeeper, Ellen B. Miller always called Nellie, all the contents of her room if she wants them.
20. To Mrs. Ethel H. Engel, of Los Angeles, California, the sum of one thousand dollars.
21. To my cousin George E. Robinson, of Swansea, Massachusetts, the sum of one thousand dollars.
22. To my cousin Edson M. Robinson, of said Swansea, the sum of one thousand dollars.
23. To my cousin, Percy V. Robinson, of said Swansea, the sum of two thousand dollars.
24. To Grace L Terry, daughter of my chauffeur, the sum of two thousand dollars.
25. To Ellen B. Terry, wife of my chauffeur, the sum of two thousand dollars.
26. To Ernest Alden Terry, Jr. the sum of two thousand dollars, with the so-called Belmont lot which is west of my home lot.
27. To Animal Rescue League, of Washington, D. C., the sum of two thousand dollars.
28. I have not given my sister, Emma L. Borden, anything as she had her share of her father's estate and is suppose to have enough to make her comfortable.
29. The rest and residue of my property of every description or wherever situated I give, devise, and bequeath in equal shares to Helen Leighton and my cousin Grace H. Howe, to her, her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns forever.

I nominate Charles C. Cook to be executor of this my last will and testament and request that he may be exempt from giving sureties on his official bond to any Probate Court. If said Charles C. Cook shall not be living at my decease I nominate Frederick E. Bemis, cashier of the Fall River National Bank, to be executor of this my last will and testament and request that he may be exempt from giving sureties on his official bond to any Probate Court.

In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and in the presence of three witnesses declare this to be my last will and testament this thirtieth day of January in the year nineteen hundred and twenty-six.

On this thirtieth day of January A. D. 1926, Lizzie A. Borden otherwise known as Lizbeth A. Borden, of Fall River, Massachusetts, signed the foregoing instrument in our presence, declaring it to be her last will and testament and as witnesses thereof we three do now, at her request, in her presence and the presence of each other hereto subscribe our names.