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Notes


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.


Gen. Isaiah Borden

DESCENDANTS-RESEARCHER: Eight generations of descendant information provided to T.Mason on 25 Mar 2001 by Dale Silva

REFERENCES:
#1) "Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants as far as Known of Richard and Joan Borden Who Settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May 1638," by Hattie Borden Weld (Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY, 1899) p.145,192.
#2) Freetown, MA Town Records, Vol. 2, 1750-1794, p.247,252. FHL #904,379.
#3) "Freetown, MA Vital Records," p.47,55,144. FHL #945,020.
#4) "Vital Records of the Town of Freetown, MA 1686-1890," by Helen Gurney Thomas. FHL #974.4851F2 V28t.

BIRTH: (1,3,4) 1 Jun 1760. (1) s/o George Borden/Rebecca Church of Fall River, MA. (3,4) 1st s/o George BORDEN/Rebecca, Freetown, MA.

MARRIAGE: to Abigail SNELL (1,2,4). (2,4) Freetown, MA. (4) By A.L.
Marriage to Mercy WINSLOW: (1) Mercy READ. (1,2,4) 15 Mar 1789. (2) Marcy READ. (2,4) Freetown, MA. (3) Intention to Mary READ, widow, published 21 Feb 1789, Freetown, MA. (4) Widow Mary READ. By J. Bu.

(1) Of Fall River, MA.
(2) 1782, Dec: Of Freetown, MA.
(3) 1789, Feb: Of Westport, MA.
(2) 1789, Mar: Of Westport, MA.


Abigail Snell

REFERENCES:
#1) "Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants as far as Known of Richard and Joan Borden Who Settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May 1638," by Hattie Borden Weld (Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY, 1899) p.192.
#2) Freetown, MA Town Records, Vol. 2, 1750-1794, p.247,326. FHL #904,379.
#3) "Vital Records of the Town of Freetown, MA 1686-1890," by Helen Gurney Thomas. Freetown Births, Marriages. FHL #974.4851F2 V28t.

BIRTH: (2,3) 25 Nov 1764, Freetown, MA, d/o Amos SNELL.

MARRIAGE: (1,2,3) 25 Dec 1782. (2,3) Freetown, MA. (3) By A.L.

(2) 1782, Dec: Of Freetown, MA.


Thomas Borden

REFERENCES:
#1) "Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants as far as Known of Richard and Joan Borden Who Settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May 1638," by Hattie Borden Weld (Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY, 1899) p.192.
#2) Fall River, Bristol Co., MA Death Records 1850-1864, Vol. 5, p.179. FHL #577,257.

Birth: (1) 3 Aug 1782, s/o Isaiah Borden/Abigail Snell of Fall River, MA.
(2) Age 81 yrs., 2 mos., 10 days at death on 13 Oct 1864 (b. 3 Aug 1783), Westport, MA, s/o Iaiah BORDEN/Abigail SNELL.

Never Married: (1,2)
Death: (1,2) 13 Oct 1864. (2) Fall River, MA. Of old age.
Burial: (2) Borden Ground, Westport, MA.

2) Farmer.


Hannah Borden

REFERENCES:
#1) "Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants as far as Known of Richard and Joan Borden Who Settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May 1638," by Hattie Borden Weld (Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY, 1899) p.192.
#2) "Vital Records of the Town of Freetown, MA 1686-1890," by Helen Gurney Thomas. FHL #974.4851F2 V28t.

Birth: (1) 12 Jan 1788, d/o Isaiah Borden/Abigail Snell of Fall River, MA.

Marriage: to Joseph BORDEN (2) Hannah BORDEN m. Joseph BORDEN 20 Nov 1800, Freetown, MA, by J.B.


Gen. Isaiah Borden

DESCENDANTS-RESEARCHER: Eight generations of descendant information provided to T.Mason on 25 Mar 2001 by Dale Silva

REFERENCES:
#1) "Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants as far as Known of Richard and Joan Borden Who Settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May 1638," by Hattie Borden Weld (Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY, 1899) p.145,192.
#2) Freetown, MA Town Records, Vol. 2, 1750-1794, p.247,252. FHL #904,379.
#3) "Freetown, MA Vital Records," p.47,55,144. FHL #945,020.
#4) "Vital Records of the Town of Freetown, MA 1686-1890," by Helen Gurney Thomas. FHL #974.4851F2 V28t.

BIRTH: (1,3,4) 1 Jun 1760. (1) s/o George Borden/Rebecca Church of Fall River, MA. (3,4) 1st s/o George BORDEN/Rebecca, Freetown, MA.

MARRIAGE: to Abigail SNELL (1,2,4). (2,4) Freetown, MA. (4) By A.L.
Marriage to Mercy WINSLOW: (1) Mercy READ. (1,2,4) 15 Mar 1789. (2) Marcy READ. (2,4) Freetown, MA. (3) Intention to Mary READ, widow, published 21 Feb 1789, Freetown, MA. (4) Widow Mary READ. By J. Bu.

(1) Of Fall River, MA.
(2) 1782, Dec: Of Freetown, MA.
(3) 1789, Feb: Of Westport, MA.
(2) 1789, Mar: Of Westport, MA.


Mercy Winslow

BIRTH: Freetown, MA Vital records; 1686-1793, Vol. 1; p.70; FHL film #945020

See Encl. 864, Search 950

MARRIAGE: Freetown, MA Town Records; Vol. 2, 1750-1794; p.252; FHL film #904379

REFERENCES:
#1) "Freetown, MA Vital Records 1686-1793," copied from City Clerk's Office records, Fall River, MA, p.70,144. FHL #945,020.
#2) "Vital Records of the Town of Freetown, Massachusetts 1686 - 1890," by Helen GurnLey Thomas (Heritage Books). FHL #974.485/F2 V28t.
#3) "Winslow Memorial," by David P. Holton & Frances K. Holton (New York, 1888) 1:213. FHL #929.273/W732a & #844,832.
#4) Freetown, MA Town Records, Vol. 2, 1750-1794, p.247,252. FHL #904,379.

Birth: (1,2,3) 13 Feb 1750. (1,2) Freetown, MA, d/o William Winslow/Elizabeth. (3) d/o William WINSLOW/Elizabeth MERRICK.

Marriage: to Gideon READ: (2) Intention published 8 Dec 1770, Freetown, MA. Marriage to Isaiah BORDEN: (3) (2,4) 15 Mar 1789, Freetown, MA. (1) Intention published 21 Feb 1789, Freetown, MA.

- (1) 1789, Feb: Of Freetown, MA.
- (4) 1789, Mar: Of Freetown, MA.


Abraham Borden

BIRTH: Fall River was incorporated from part of Freetown in 1803. The name was changed to Troy in 1804, then changed back to Fall River in 1834.

BIRTH: Hattie Borden Weld; Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants as far as Known of Richard and Joan Borden Who Settled in Portsmouth, RI, May, 1638 with Historical and Biographical Sketches of Some of Their Descendants, p.192; FHL film #512


Mercy Winslow

BIRTH: Freetown, MA Vital records; 1686-1793, Vol. 1; p.70; FHL film #945020

See Encl. 864, Search 950

MARRIAGE: Freetown, MA Town Records; Vol. 2, 1750-1794; p.252; FHL film #904379

REFERENCES:
#1) "Freetown, MA Vital Records 1686-1793," copied from City Clerk's Office records, Fall River, MA, p.70,144. FHL #945,020.
#2) "Vital Records of the Town of Freetown, Massachusetts 1686 - 1890," by Helen GurnLey Thomas (Heritage Books). FHL #974.485/F2 V28t.
#3) "Winslow Memorial," by David P. Holton & Frances K. Holton (New York, 1888) 1:213. FHL #929.273/W732a & #844,832.
#4) Freetown, MA Town Records, Vol. 2, 1750-1794, p.247,252. FHL #904,379.

Birth: (1,2,3) 13 Feb 1750. (1,2) Freetown, MA, d/o William Winslow/Elizabeth. (3) d/o William WINSLOW/Elizabeth MERRICK.

Marriage: to Gideon READ: (2) Intention published 8 Dec 1770, Freetown, MA. Marriage to Isaiah BORDEN: (3) (2,4) 15 Mar 1789, Freetown, MA. (1) Intention published 21 Feb 1789, Freetown, MA.

- (1) 1789, Feb: Of Freetown, MA.
- (4) 1789, Mar: Of Freetown, MA.