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Thomas Borden

The Borden family who resided in Nova Scotia were sent there as part of "The Planters" to survey the land and help to prepare for settlers to come from Rhode Island and Massachusetts to take posession of the land that had been seized after the expulsion of the Acadians.

Entry in FS Family Tree on October 18, 2015 by ThomasHiggins:
According to Marjorie Burden Sharpe (1)  the error, which has been repeated far and wide, seems to have first arisen in a genealogy written by Hattie Borden Weld (2). The book contains this entry:

"276. THOMAS, born 1751; died 1845, in Nova Scotia. He married there (1) Susanna Cox, born 1761, died June 27, 1826. (2) Louis Lanford [Sanford or Sandford], born July 2, 1805, died 1876. Thomas Borden, alone of all his family, sympathized wath the mother country and joined the British army before their raid on Fall River in 1777. He continued in the service of the King as corporal in the British army and assisted in gaining possession of Canada for the English. The very property that Thomas Borden drew from the government for his services is at Grand Pre, and still in possession of his descendants. The family name seems to have been spelled Bardain in Nova Scotia, but in our mind there can be no mistake in taking this Thomas Bardain to be the Thomas Borden who, as history tells us, joined the British army and was not again heard from by his American relatives."

One may detect a hint of doubt in this entry, and, in fact, it is full of errors.

According to Hattie Borden Wells, Thomas Borden was born in the area of Fall River, Massachusetts, the son of William Borden, and fought for the British in the Revolutionary War. From her narrative we understand that he was expelled from the United States, or voluntarily left, at the conclusion of the war and spent the rest of his life in Kings County Nova Scotia. He is said to have married two local women there, and to have lived on a grant of land at Grand Pre. This is not at all what really happened.

The Cornwallis Township Book (3) show that the Thomas Borden who married Susannah Cox was born in Nova Scotia, and not in New England. The marriage record reads, "Thomas Bardun son of John Bardun and Elizabeth his wife was married to Susannah Coks daughter of John Coks and Sarah his wife ye 25th Day of March A. D. 1788." His parents are named as John and Elizabeth Bardun. The birth record reads, "Thomas Bardan son of John Bardan and Elizabeth his wife was born at Horton August ye 20th Day : AD : 1761." His parents are named as John and Elizabeth Bardan. From these two records it is clear that his father was not William Borden of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Marjorie Burden Sharpe theorizes that Hattie Borden Weld failed to understand that the Thomas Borden (or Burden, as the usage came to be) of Fall River, Massachusetts removed to New Brunswick, not Nova Scotia. This may have been, she says, "because in 1783, when the Loyalists first began to arrive, there was no New Brunswick; all of the land in the two provinces was called Nova Scotia. It was divided a year later into provinces, the new one being called [New Brunswick]."

By way of proof of the assertion that this Thomas Burden did indeed go to New Brunswick, we have, thanks to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, this obituary from the St. Andrews Standard (4):

"Mrs. Susana BROWN, born in State of Rhode Island in 1772 died at Campobello (Charlotte Co.), 26th Nov. 1861, age 88 years 9 mos. She came to this Country with the Loyalists in 1783 with her father Thomas BURDEN, an officer in the English Army and settled on the River St. John in York Co. - married BROWN father of the present Col. BROWN of Campobello and has left 6 children, 43 grandchildren and 67 great-grandchildren."

This proves the point adequately, I believe.