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Descendants of Francis de Bourdon

Notes


130. Amey Borden

DEATH: Genealogy of Borden Family of Shrewsbury, NJ; 1370-1868; typescript of "Borden Scrapbook" & family papers in poss of Charles F. Borden, Shrewsbury, NJ, 1952; p 33; LDS Family History Library Film 0858787, item 6; NOTE: identified as deceased in father's will.


Benjamin Chase

CHILDREN: Carile Santos, Richard Borden of Portsmouth RI,"Your Ancestors, a national magazine of Genealogy and family history"; 1635-1838; Buffalo NY by Harry Ferris Johnston 1947-1959; Part 14; LDS Family History Library Film 1597740.


131. Joseph Borden

CHILDREN: Carile Santos, Richard Borden of Portsmouth RI, "Your Ancestors, a national magazine of Genealogy and family history"; 1635-1838; Buffalo NY by Harry Ferris Johnston 1947-1959; Part 14; LDS Family History Library Film 1597740 Item 14; REFERENCE: Hist of Fall River - Rev Orin Fowler, p 22.

DEATH: Genealogy of Borden Family of Shrewsbury, NJ; 1370-1868; typescript of "Borden Scrapbook" & family papers in poss of Charles F. Borden, Shrewsbury, NJ, 1952; p 33; LDS Family History Library Film 0858787, item 6; NOTE: identified as deceased in father's will.


132. Thomas Borden

REFERENCE: William Richard Cutter, New England Families, New York, 1915. "Thomas resided on the paternal homestead. The Bristol ferry leased by his father was operated by him. He inherited the homestead and was a substantial and prosperous citizen. He and Catherine Hull had no children.

In "Slaves in Little Compton" by Mr. Wilbour on page 51 it says, "A slave named Cuff belonging to Thomas Borden of Portsmouth, R.I. was convicted of trespass against Comfort Taylor widow, of Little Compton. At a court of equity held at Providence in October 1743, the plaintiff was awarded judgement of 200 pds and costs against Cuff. But Comfort Taylor, realizing that the slave could not discharge the judgement and in the event of Cuff's imprisonment she would lose the damages awarded by the court, petitioned the general assembly to empower the sheriff to sell the negro. She contended that the negro was private property, so he was sold as personal estate." COMMENT: It is unknown by me, T.Mason, if this was this particular Thomas Borden is the Thomas referred to in this article.


324. Job Borden

died young


134. Mary Borden

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; NOTES: Burial: Southampton Bapt Ch Cem, Pennsylvania. Johnston's "Rich Borden & Desc," p 25. RESEARCHER: Anna Burr, Bordentown, NJ & Betty Koleda, Prineville, OR.


Thomas Potts Jr

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; NOTES: 1678 came to America. RESEARCHER: Betty Koleda, Prineville, OR.

HYPERLINK http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rbarry4145/pttg04.htm#830 ] He was baptized on 29 Apr 1707 in Lower Duplin Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He was employed as a tanner in 1710 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He was named (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1819, Vol D pg 110) as a trustee by Mary Powell on 13 Sep 1718 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He signed a will (Calendar of New Jersey Wills) on 30 Jan 1734 in Mansfield, Burlington County, New Jersey. He was named as a witness (New Jersey Calendar of Wills, on-line database, Vol II,) to the will of Peter Imlay on 29 May 1749 in Mansfield, Burlington County, New Jersey. He had a will probated on 21 Feb 1754 in Mansfield, Burlington County, New Jersey.

REFERENCE: John E. Stillwell, MD, Historical and Genealogical Miscellany (6 volumes) (New York, 1914), Vol II pg 44, Morris Library - University of Delaware, University of Delaware, Newark DE.

REFERENCE: Gloria Potts Stracke, Thomas Potts (Sheild) and Related Families (Privately printed. 1980. San Francisco, CA), Library of Congress - Local History & Genealogy Room, Washington DC.

DEATH: Clerk of the Church, Southampton Baptist Church Records. Bucks Co. PA., Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA, FHC 0388568 Item 3.


330. Rev. Joshua Potts

REF: George Braden Roberts, GENEALOGY OF JOSEPH PECK & SOME RELATED FAMILIES; ; State College, PA. 1955; ; Family History Library Book 929.273 P334r, Fiche 6049146; NOTES: Was pastor of the Babtist Church at South Hampton, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; RESEARCHER: Anna Burr, Bordentown, NJ.


Anna Borden

DEATH: Died either in Bordentown, New Jersey or in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


137. William Borden III

BIOGRAPHY: George Braden Roberts, GENEALOGY OF JOSEPH PECK & SOME RELATED FAMILIES; ; State College, PA. 1955; ; Family History Library Book 929.273 P334r, Fiche 6049146; NOTES: Went to Carteret Co, N. Carolina in 1732 and started a shipbuilding enterprise.

MARRIAGE-PARENTS-RESIDENCES: Jella Armstong, NOTABLE SOUTHERN FAMILIES; ; ; Vol. 2; Los Angeles Library; Notes of Catharine Borden Mason in poss of T Mason states: settled in 1733 in Bearfort, N. Carolina. (Posterity of 51 more names listed.)

CHILDREN: Carile Santos, Richard Borden of Portsmouth RI,"Your Ancestors, a national magazine of Genealogy and family history"; 1635-1838; Buffalo NY by Harry Ferris Johnston 1947-1959; Part 14; LDS Family History Library Film 1597740 Item 14; WILL: 2-10-1749 Probated Aug 1749. Identifies relatives. William was a Quaker.

Catharine Mason copied the following from book (not referenced) in Los Angeles. "Early we took steps to organize a civil form of Government. Before the Declaration of Independence the provincial Congress of N. Carolina assembled at Halifax (13 Apl 1776) appointing a committee of the ablest men to prepare a civil constitution. It was not easy to create a new government, was harder than contending against tyrany.... So delegates were sent to Halifax, on 12th of Nov. following, which was not only to make laws, but to form a constitution which was to be the cornerstone of all law and as it was well or ill ordered, would tend to the happiness or misery of the state. This body met and among the delegates was Wm Borden, Carteret Co."

(1) Paula Evans, Rt. 2, Box 152, Hale Center, TX. Cites : (a) "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island."
(2) "Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island " (J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1908 ) p.1894.
(3) "Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850," by James N . Arnold, 1st series (Providence, R I, 1895) p.5,46. RI Friends Records.
(4) FHL Ancestral File, 1997.
(5) "Genealogies of Rhode Island Families from New Englan d Historic and Genealogic Register " (Genealogical Pub. Co. , Baltimore, 1989) 2:537. "Early Marriages in Newport, RI from Friend's Records," by P.G. Seabury.

Birth: (1,3) 15 Aug 1689. (1,2) s/o John Borden/Mary Earle. (3) Portsmouth, RI, s/o John B ORDEN/Mary. (5) s/o John BORDEN of Portsmouth.
Marriage to Alice HULL: (3,4,5) 7 Jul 1715. (5) Newport , RI.
Death: (4) 1748, Carteret Co., NC.
(3) 1715, 7 Jul: Of Newport, RI.

Entry into FamilySearch Family Tree on 15 August 2015 by Dianne Perrins:
Note
Attracted by the excellence, quantity and low cost of lumber in the South, Henry Stanton, his wife Mary (Hull), William Borden and his wife Alice (Hull) sailed on a schooner (or schooners) from Tiverton, Rhode Island to North Carolina about 1733 with a group of other Quakers. William born 8/15/1689 death reported 3/2/1749 Core Sound married 1st Alice Hull 7/7/1715 who was born daughter of John and Alice (Teddeman) Hull. His brother Thomas married her sister Katherine. His second wife was Susannah Overman marr 6/4/1748, relict of James (not sure what that means). Prior to moving to Carteret Co, N.C. in 1732, William Borden was one of the formost ship builders of the North and was widely known both north and south as "William Borden, the ship builder." In addition to ship building, he represented Carteret county in the General Assembly which met in New Bern 1746-4?. It was in William Borden's home the first Quaker meeting in Carteret County was organized when in 1733 "Several families of friends being settled on Newport River, North Carolina, well concerned for truth, thought it their duty to meet together, which was concluded on by us and to meet together on the first day of the week and the first day of the eighth month at the house of William Borden."  Meetings were held in the homes of William Borden and his brother-in-law, Henry Stanton, until 1737. William's son, William Borden II, a plantation owner near Beaufort, continued the ship building industry, adding to his father's reputation as a ship builder. He also served as Carteret county's delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1776, and also the"Ratification Convention" in 17??. Abstract of Wills 1690-1760 - Grimes William Borden - Carteret Co. Feb 10 1748/9 - August 1, 1749. Son William (my manner plantation and also 800 acres of land on Harlor's Creek and Core Creek); Daughters: Alice Stanton, Katherine Borden, Hannah Borden, Sarah Pratt; Nephew William Borden; Brothers; Thomas Borden, Benjamin Borden; Sister, Amy Chase. Executors: Benjamin Borden (brother), Henry Stanton (son-in-law), Susannah Borden (wife). Witnesses: Samuel Newby, Joseph Newby, Joseph Robinson. Will proven before Gab. Johnston, Governor at Edenhouse. William Borden by petition to the General Assembly Rhode Island requested help in carring on of the duck trade "carring on of the duck trade is very chargeable, and will be unable to carry on the same unless I have some help from this Colony, and grant some assistance so that trade will not be lost". The General Assembly gave the sum of 3,000 pounds in bills of credit, signed by trustees of the Colony "to let the same out to the sd. William Borden: he giving good and sufficient security, such as the trustees shall accept without interest, and to pay the same at the end often years. "It is further ordered, the sd. William Borden make or cause to be made, the quantity of One hundred and fifty bolts of good merchantable duck yearly, and every year, during the foresaid term of ten years."  William Borden with his family settled 1732 on Core Sound, Carteret Precinct. The river from then on was called Newport in honor of the town from whence he had come. Prior to coming to Carteret, he was one of the foremost ship builders of the North. It is a matter of history that his ship building operations in Rhode Island were so extensive that the State Legislature, in order to stop the importation of duck cloth for sailing ships from Holland, gave him exclusive privilege for ten years "the making of duck."  William with his family continued in Carteret County in the ship building industry. Here he found virgin forests yielding the finest quality of timber of oak, cedar and pine. In order to continue as a ship builder he brought large numbers of skilled workers from Rhode Island to North Carolina. Until they became acclimated to the heat they were compelled to return north for the summer.  William Borden represented Carteret County in the Genereal Assembly 1745-47 in New Bern, N.C. He was active in all public affairs. He was requested to bring to Core Sound Meeting bounty (money) to help establish meeting in Carteret County. William Borden, Sr. and Henry Stanton were brothers-in-law. Mary Hull, wife of Henry Stanton, Sr. and Alice Hull, wife of William Borden were sisters. Their sons and daughters married their cousins creating double first cousins. William Borden, Sr. left thousands of acres of land to his children in Carteret County, some being the Banks - then know as Borden Banks.  It is to be regretted that this Quaker, who was conscientious and laboring for what he considered the rights of the people's best interest, was refused a seat in the Assembly when he refused to swear an oath, but would make an affirmation. He was not allowed to take his seat. He died 1748, doubtless dejected that the short sightedness in the North Carolina Colony caused all of his efforts to go for naught. The Borden Milk Company was established by direct descendants of William and Mary Hull Borden. They are buried without markers at the Core Sound Meeting House Burial Grounds, back of Tuttle Grove's Methodist Church. Sources: N.C. History, Vol 1, Vol 4. Colonial Records of N.C. Borden Genealogy, Austin's General Dictionary of Rhode Island, N.C. History, Vol 18, General Records.  Williams' Marriage Quaker Records, also William Borden Freeman Colonial Records of R.I., Vol IV. Colonial Records (1728), Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island. Librarian, Newport R.I. Historical Society American Genealogy. Vol IV., Rhode Island Monthly Records from 12 Month. 1707-1708 to 4th Month, 1739. Lists of complete marriage: Hinshaw, Quaker Records, Carteret County Library, Beaufort, N.C.


Henry Stanton Jr.

DEATH: Also shown as Died Deceased


335. Sarah Borden

Her father William Borden's will- Daughter Sarah so undutiful as to marry William Pratt against my own and all her friends consent, and also to make an example of said Pratt I give my said daughter Sarah Pratt one shilling Sterling. . . "


138. Benjamin Borden

CHILDREN: Carile Santos, Richard Borden of Portsmouth RI,"Your Ancestors, a national magazine of Genealogy and family history"; 1635-1838; Buffalo NY by Harry Ferris Johnston 1947-1959; Part 14; LDS Family History Library Film 1597740.


340. Hope Borden

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; NOTES: Johnston's "Rich Borden & Desc," p 51.


Henry Stanton Jr.

DEATH: Also shown as Died Deceased


144. Sarah Holmes

DESCENDANTS: Information sent to T.Mason on 30 Sep 2007 by Charlou Dolan.


151. Jonathan Holmes

DESCENDANTS-REFERENCE: From Mary Lyle Collection at Monmouth County Historical Society.


159. Richard Borden

WILL-CHILDREN-BIOGRAPHY: Ralph & Mildred Branson Wandling, ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS & REBECCA BORDEN BRANSON; 1380-1950; 53 pages quoting research by John A Kelly of Haverford College, Penn, pub 190-, filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976; ; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11; NOTES: Will dated 5 Apr 1751, proved in Burlington Co on 4 May 1751. In Freehold 1728. In Chester Twp, Burlington Co. N.J. 1739 & Evesham in 1750. Children named in will. From New Jersey Archives, VII, 542, 547: XI, 580,: XIV, 505.

CHILDREN-CONFLICT: Carile Santos, Richard Borden of Portsmouth RI,"Your Ancestors, a national magazine of Genealogy and family history"; 1635-1838; Buffalo NY by Harry Ferris Johnston 1947-1959; Part 14; LDS Family History Library Film 1597740 Item 14; NOTE: children Francis & Thomas are incorrectly listed in this source.

BIOGRAPHY: (25 Mar 1701) N.J. Arch.; Vol.2, p.362. Court of Sessions of Monmouth, New Jersey; EXTRACTION: "One Moses Butterworth who was accused of piracy (sailed) with Captain Kidd, who was bound to appear... During examination Willet said Governor & Justices had no authority & he would break up trial. Signaled to armed men to rescue prisoner. Benjamin Borden & Richard (his brother) took hold of the prisoner at bar and tried to take him by force, and were wounded in the scuffle. The other men in the company rescued the two Bordens and tore to bits the examination papers of the prisoner. The prisoner escaped and 100 men held the Governor & the Justices, the King's Attorney General and the sheriff and clerk of the court for 5 days. Later this group (Borden, Capt. Safety Grover, James Grover and William Winter), all relatives, petitioned the King of England to appoint a suitable person as Governor."

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; NOTES: Austin's Gen Dict of Rhode Island," p 24. Johnston's "Rich Borden & Desc," p 3. RESEARCHER: Una Bowman, Oneida, IL.

RESEARCHER-BIOGRAPHY: Information provided to T.Mason on 1Dec2001 by Una A. Bowman. As the oldest son Richard was heir to Benjamin (b.1649) Borden's property. Within a few days, on 11 June 1728, a quit claims deed from Richard Borden (b.1672) was given to Jonathan (b. 1690). "I Richard of Freehold in the County of Monmouth and eastern division of New Jersey... for in consideration of the sum of five shillings, as well as the affection that I bear unto Jonathan Borden of the same place my brother have given and released ... unto my brother Jonathan his heirs and assigns forever all that right or purchase of land that my father Benjamin Borden made of John Phenix for land in the County of Salem in the Province of New Jersey (NOTE: I've found no record of that purchase. UAB) and also all the upland and meadows that my father had at his death at a place called the south Meadow in said township of Freehold (NOTE: 7 October 1696 Deed. John Hamton of Freehold to Benjamin Borden for "that tract on Burlington Path and that Meadow called the south Meadow"... (NJ Archives XXI. Page 297) and also, the Tract of land Meadow lying at Barnegat in the County of Monmouth." (NOTE: Benjamin Burden from the Proprietors of East New Jersey, on 1 May 1695, this for 200 acres at Crosswick and 30 acres at Barnegat, New Jersey. (NJD E:377)

In 1739 Benjamin Allen, William Sharp, Jonathan Borden and Richard Borden served as witnesses on an inquest in Chester Township. (New Jersey Colonial Documents Newspaper Extracts 1739 Pages 579-580.)

This quit claim was sealed and delivered in the presence of Elizabeth Lawrence and Robert Lawrence on the 24th of February 1732. Richard Borden then acknowledged he signed, sealed, and delivered the deed. (WJD AC:305-306) Forty three years later in 1771 the deed was recorded.

Richard Borden's will entrusted, his son, James (b. 1702) with the care of Richard's brother Samuel (b. 1696).

New Jersey Colonial documents Calendar of Wills 1751/1760


360. Joseph Borden

RESEARCHER-BIOGRAPHY: Information provided to T.Mason on 29Dec2001 by Una A. Bowman. "I have been unable to prove that they were the same individuals residing in New Jersey. That is why my written account of this Joseph Borden appears thus "a Joseph Borden married Mary Halften."

Joseph (Richard) Borden sale of land 1752. Transcription by Una Bowman. Posted to FamilyTree on Ancestry.com 10 Dec 2011.
"Joseph Borden to Joseph Hollinshead. 25th. April 1752. Evesham, Burlington County of the Western Division. Whereas John Lambert deceased by one indenture.....sale recorded in The Secretary Office in Burlington Liber GH folio 122. For the consideration thereon mentionded ......Sell unto Benjamin Borden Deceased a Certain Tract or parcel of Land Situated in the Said Township of Evesham Containing 800 and 85 Acres and he the said Benjamin Borden died intestate seized pf the same AND WHEREAS Richard late Deceased Eldest Son and right Heir at Law to the Said Benjamin Borden became ...and legally vested om the same Who in and by his last Will... ....then bequeathed.........unto his son Joseph Borden ...........!94 acres where he lives to be laid off and surveyded from the Back end of my Tract of Land . It was signed by Mary his wife."


362. Benjamin Borden

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; RESEARCHERS: Anna Burr, Bordentown, NJ & Una Bowman, Oneida, IL.


Edward Fenner

Reference: "Sketch of Arthur Fenner of Providence " and " Genealogy of the Fenner Family " was read before the Rhode Island Historical Society on March 23 and April 6, 1886 by Rev. J P Root. States that Edward was married to a Amy Borden, daughter of Richard and that Edward along with Col. James Waterman was appointed executor of Richard Borden's estate. Library of Congress # CS7.F226 1887


365. Mary Borden

RESEARCHER-BIOGRAPHY: Information provided to T.Mason on 29Dec2001 by Una A. Bowman. "The will of her father Richard has her married name as TOY. Buried 8th row - James Toy's wife."


James Toy

Inventory of his estate was made by Hezekiah Toy. (New Jersey Archives, Calendar of Wills, v.7, p.232)


366. Hannah Borden

RESEARCHER-BIOGRAPHY: Information provided to T.Mason on 29Dec2001 by Una A. Bowman. "She was living in 1766--The name of Hannah Cox(e) is listed on the inventory taken of Benj. Borden estate of Willin(g)borough, Burlington County, New Jersey dated 15 May 1766."


160. Benjamin Borden

NICKNAME: Fairfax Ben
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SOURCE ERRORS:

Hopewell Friends history, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia : records of Hopewell Monthly Meetings and Meetings reporting to Hopewell, two hundred years of history and genealogy. By Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends, John Walter Wayland, Hopewell Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends) Family History Library US/CAN Film 833338 Item 2
[ http://books.google.com/books/about/Hopewell_Friends_history_1734_1934_Frede.html?id=9zUkpoA7Xl0C ]

In this document is an incorrect citation where on page 26, it says "Benjamin Borden was born in 1692, a son of Benjamin Borden and ---- Grover, near Freehold, N.J., and died in Frederick County, Va., in 1743. He married Zeruiah Winter of Wes New Jersey, and came to Virginia sometime in 1732. ..."

CORRECTION: Benjamin Borden was NOT born in 1692. He was born to Benjamin Borden and Abigail Grover in 1675. The Benjamin Borden who was born in 1692 was born to John Borden and Mary Walker Earle.
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ERROR: Hattie L. Borden Weld in "Historical and Genealogical Records of the descendants as far as known of Richard and Joan Borden, who settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May 1638 with historical and biographical sketches of some of their descendants"; 1638-1899; Joel Munsell, Albany, NY, 1899; pg74; Family History Library Film 0000512 states  "that this man was born in 1692 in Portsmouth and was a son of Thomas." On page 83 she indicates this Benjamin died in 1728 and he married Suzanne ____ and had no children."
CORRECTION: Weld's records were incorrect in this point.
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ERROR: In William Nelson, New Jersey biographical and genealogical notes from the volumes of the New Jersey archives, with additions and supplements; Originally published: Newark, [New Jersey] : New Jersey Historical Society, 1916. FHL US/CAN Film 16508. "Page 44: "Benjamin, b. April 6, 1675." The section on page 44 seems accurate. But when turning to page 45 it says "Administration on the estate of Benjamin Borden, of Evesham township, Burlington county, yeoman, was granted June 6, 1728, to Susannah Borden, his widow... ."
CORRECTION: Susannah (Page) Borden was married to the father of Benjamin Borden. Documentation of the spouse and widow of Benjamin Borden may be found in the notes which follow and in the court records for Zeuriah (Winter) Borden. (paper copy with matls from Doris Lockhart filed - Benjamin Borden)
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ERROR: Zella Armstrong, Notable Southern Families (Genealogical Publishing Co. Baltimore, 1974.), pgs 23-31, G929.2. Printed from Family Archive Viewer CD191, Broderbund Software, Sep. 17, 2000.
"On page 23 Zella Armstrong indicates that the Benjamin born of John and Mary (Earle) Borden was married to Jerusah and settled Borden's Manor in Virginia.
CORRECTION: Armstrong confused him with this first cousin. Benjamin was born in 1675 and his cousin Benjamin who was born in 1692 had the parents of John and Mary (Earle) Borden"
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LIFE SKETCH: Genealogist J.A. Kelly wrote the following in the William And Mary Quarterly in October 1931 on page 325, "Benjamin Borden, Shenandoah Valley Pioneer". "... That he was honest, intelligent, ambitious and enterprising is evident; no less so that the natural limitation imposed upon him by his primitive environment thwarted his plans for his own career and for the future of his family. ... His first recorded appearance in Virginia was apparently on January 21, 1734, when he was appointed one of the justices of the newly formed county of Orange. From that time till his death in 1743 his name appears frequently in land transactions in various parts of the Shenandoah Valley. His most important enterprise was the settlement of "The Patent for Borden's Great Tract" which was granted to him from King George II on 6 November 1739 by William Gooch Esquire, the Lieutenant Governor at Williamsburg, Virginia for 92,100 acres in what later became Rockbridge County." Parcels of this land became the campuses for Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.
  [Many unproven legends and inaccurate information about his birth date, parents and how he obtained this land abound.]
  Benjamin Borden's father, Benjamin, was born at Portsmouth, Rhode Island May 16, 1649. In 1665 Benjamin settled on some of his father's lands in Monmouth County, New Jersey where he held elective positions. His father married Abigail Grover September 1, 1670, who died January 8, 1720. His father then married Susannah Page who administered his estate in 1728. Benjamin's brother, Joseph (1687-1765) was the first English child born in Portsmouth and was the founder of Bordentown and a leading citizen of New Jersey. The father of Benjamin's mother was James Grover, who was active in the settlement of East Jersey. He was one of the grantees of the Monmouth County patents in 1663.
  Benjamin was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey April 6, 1675 where he resided before moving to Freehold, Virginia. He died in 1743 near Winchester, Virginia about the time of his appointment as one of the original justices of Frederick county. His wife, Zeruiah Winter was his cousin, being a daughter of of William Winter who married Hannah Grover, the daughter of the James and Rebecca Grover. He and Zeruiah had (three sons and seven daughters), all except the youngest born in Middletown, New Jersey.
  The Fifth Lord Fairfax married the daughter of Lord Culpepper and by this alliance obtained possession of Culpepper grants in Virginia that had been issued by James II of England to Culpepper, for lands known as the "Northern Neck" which included ten counties in lower Shenandoah Valley. Borden was Lord Fairfax's agent in America and was therefore known as "Fairfax Ben". Benjamin's home plantation known as "Borden's Great Spring Tract" of 3143 acres, granted him 3 Oct 1734, which shared a boundary Greenway Court, the home of Lord Fairfax, on the S-E. Borden's house stood at or near the present residence in what is now Clark County. In September 1737 Fairfax Ben Borden became anxious to establish the boundary lines of his land grant. He had agreed to deed to each resident settler 100 acres of land and promised the privilege of buying land at the rate of 50 shillings for 100 acres. Each cabin meant 1000 acres granted to Borden. James McDowell, was educated & grew to manhood in Ireland. He had located in Borden's Grant in the spring, and raised a crop of corn on the South Fork of the Shenandoah near Woods's gap. One night, Benjamin Borden, came up and asked leave to spend the night there. Borden exhibited documents which satisfied the McDowells he held the grant for the large body of land, and he offered to give one thousand acres to anyone who could help. Assisted by James Wood, Orange Co. surveyor, when Borden left the grant in 1739, having secured his grant, he committed his interests largely to John McDowell, who attended to them in his absence.
  John McDowell and his wife, Magdalene, then were responsible for bringing into the grant most of the 92 original families in 1738-1739, and the deed for the grant was recorded in 1739 for a total of 92,100 acres. John McDowell with eight of his men, on December 25, 1742 fell into an ambush and was killed by indians. Just about a year later his widow married Benjamin Borden III.
   It seems Benjamin followed the pattern of land speculation of his father. There is documentation of purchases from 1700 through 1743 by him and his wife, Zeuriah. At the time of his death he possessed approximately 130,000 acres of land in Virginia and New Jersey. In his will he leaves his lands in New Jersey as well as land in Bullshire, Smith's Creek, North Shenandoah and James River, except 5000 acres which is devised to his daughters, Abigail Worthington, Rebecca Bronson, Deborah Borden, Lydia Borden and Elizabeth Borden; other legacies and devises to sons: Benjamin, John and Joseph; and his wife, Zeuriah and daughter Marcy Fearnley, the Wife of William Fearnley. In 1746 Zeuriah, on account of bodily infirmities, resigned and Benjamin took the estate. In April 1753 Benjamin Borden III died.
   Lawsuits and counter suits between the daughter Lydia, who married Jacob Peck, and her descendants vs. descendants of her brothers and sisters, regarding the settling of the estate, continued for about one hundred and fifty years. Records concerning this legal battle are said to fill a filing cabinet in the Clerk's office at Staunton (Augusta County, formerly Orange County), Virginia. Benjamin Borden, because of his close and profitable relationship with Lord Fairfax, is referred to as "Fairfax Ben" in these legal records. Affidavits and other records in this file are of much value in tracing descendants of Benjamin and proving the relationship between the White County Burdens and the earlier generations of the Borden family.

CHILDREN: N.J. Arch.; ; Vol.2, p 362; NOTE: All children except youngest born in Middletown, Monmouth; N.J.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: (25 Mar 1701)
N.J. Archives.; Vol.2, p.362. Court of Sessions of Monmouth, New Jersey; EXTRACTION: "One Moses Butterworth who was accused of piracy (sailed) with Captain Kidd, who was bound to appear... During examination Willet said Governor & Justices had no authority & he would break up trial. Signaled to armed men to rescue prisoner. Benjamin Borden & Richard (his brother) took hold of the prisoner at bar and tried to take him by force, and were wounded in the scuffle. The other men in the company rescued the two Bordens and tore to bits the examination papers of the prisoner. The prisoner escaped and 100 men held the Governor & the Justices, the King's Attorney General and the sheriff and clerk of the court for 5 days. Later this group (Borden, Capt. Safety Grover, James Grover and William Winter), all relatives, petitioned the King of England to appoint a suitable person as Governor."

FOLKLORE: There is a story below which researcher Pixy Lynn Overstreet-Morgan states she is presently searching for the SOURCE of. It is title "the Buffalo Calf story." She has searched over 60 references so far (as of Aug, 2000) and hasn't found the origin yet. The answer may be found in the court documents and depositions taken in Virginia from individuals who were involved in the Borden estate settlement during the 1700s and 1800s.

The Buffalo Calf story is also discussed in "A history of Rockbridge County, Virginia" by author Oren Frederic Morton who states "A silly story has been repeated time after time to the effect that Borden and Lewis visited the capital with a buffalo calf and presented it to Governor Gooch, causing that dignitary to be so tickled as to sign away the title to 100,000 acres of public domain. ... Gooch, who was one of the best of the colonial executives, was too sensible a man to be carried off his feet by the present of a shaggy, ungainly, and ungrown beast. As for Borden, he was not the man to lead the calf all the way to Williamsburg, without feeling some assurance that the chldish proceeding would be worth his while. A colonial land-grant, like the one made in favor of Borden, was on stipulated conditions and with the concurrence of the Colonial Council.
  It is now in place to tell how and for what announced purpose such a large grant came to be made to a private person who was without aristocratic birth or connections." The long story told by Morton starts on page 26 of his historical record and continues through page 32.

[ See: http://www.tmason1.com/other/a_history_of_rockbridge_county_virginia.pdf ]

COMMENT: Research done by Pixy Lynn Overstreet-Morgan given to T.Mason, Sep,2000: Professor John Alexander Kelly is a Borden descendant and author who wrote articles for the Clarke County Historical Association and the Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol 1, A-Cl, p. 399 and a series by William and Mary Quarterly in 1950. Mr. Kelly also supplied information for the book, The Sevier Family History Book, by Cora Bales Sevier and Nancy Sevier Madden in 1960. Another outlet for his research was the book written by Ralph and Mildred Branson Wandling, The Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas and Rebecca Borden Branson, 1960. Mr. Wandling's daughter has reprinted the book, the title which is called "A Family of Adventurers 1066-1996, Colonists- Loyalists- Rioters- Rebels- Pioneers, Branson-Borden, Edition II, c1997. Page 64 of the reprint, after giving information about Professor Kelly's ancestry, has this to say about him.."Prof. John A. Kelly was the genealogist of the Borden and Branson families. In his searching he made statements concerning the "Urban Legends" that have grown up around Benjamin Borden and his tenure in the Virginia colony. One stated that he could not find the "origin" of the Buffalo Calf story that has been around Benjamin Borden land dealings. The earliest copyrighted reference for the Buffalo Calf story was an 1874 book, "Good Old Times in McLean County, Illinois", by E. Duis. It was the version where Benjamin didn't present the calf to Governor Gooch, but sent the poor animal all the way to England to be presented to the Queen of England, Elizabeth. As Mr. Kelly put it, the author of that calf story had their English monarch are wrong by about a century.

It is unfortunate for the descendants of Benjamin Borden to be told a story that no reputable author has ever researched out and several have stated they don't believe it ever happened. MORTEN's book, History of Rockbridge County, c1920 has a version of the story. WADDELL's book, Annals of Augusta Co. has the same version and PEYTON's book, History of Augusta Co. has the same story. It appears ALL these authors copied from one another, and none bothered to check out the validity of that story.

MORE-FOLKLORE: The following is another story which is not documented by fact.
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BIOGRAPHY: (1734-44) THE WOODS-McAFEE MEMORIAL; ; Los Angeles, CA. public library; EXTRACTION: Borden was an Englishman, who emigrated to New Jersey and engaged in Mercantile business. The Fifth Lord Fairfax married the daughter of Lord Culpepper and by this alliance obtained possession of Culpepper grants in Virginia that had been issued by James II of England to Culpepper, for lands known as the "Northern Neck" which included ten counties in lower Shenandoah Valley. Borden was Lord Fairfax's agent in America and was therefore known as "Fairfax Ben". Borden became intimate friend of Wm. Gooch, Gov. of Virginia. In is said that in 1734 while on a visit to Williamsburg, he made friends with John Lewis, founder of Staunton, Va. who was so pleased with Borden's business sagacity, enterprise and social qualities that he invited him to an extended visit at the Lewis home in Augusta county.

So, according to Waddell's Annuals of Augusta County, Virginia, and Withers' History of Western Virginia, Benjamin Borden, came up from Williamsburg by invitation, in the spring of 1736, on a visit to John Lewis. It is said that he took with him, on his return, a buffalo calf, which he presented to Governor Gooch, and was so successful in ingratiating himself with the Governor as to receive the Royal Patent for a large body of land in the valley, south of the Beverly Manor. This tract of land which was granted to Benjamin Borden consisted of 92,100 acres in what is presently Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Benjamin went to Europe in 1736 (NOTE: There is no evidence that he went to Europe between 1730 through 1743) and brought back or induced to follow him, at least one hundred families. He agreed to deed to each resident settler 100 acres of land and promised the privilege of buying land at the rate of 50 shillings for 100 acres. Each cabin meant 1000 acres granted to Borden. He picked the right sort of people to become American pioneers and patriots. Margaret Lewis (daughter of Lord of Loch Lynn and wife of John Lewis wrote, "There be some among them who are of the established church, but most of our neighbors are Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. Our people in the Valley are of most staid habits and priciples, and they are very diligent in business. They commence their Sabbath on Saturday, when the sun goes down, while I think it is a shame to not have a hot turkey for my Sunday dinner." The first settlers on Borden's Manor were Ephraim Patton, Andrew Moore, Hugh Telford, John Matthers, the Prestons, the Paxtons, Lyles, Grigsbys, Stewarts, Wallaces, Wilsons, Caruthers, Campbells, McClungs, McRaes and others who became the founder of some of Virginia's distinguished families.

In September 1737 Fairfax Ben Borden became anxious to establish the boundary lines of his land grant. James McDowell brother to Captain John, was educated & grew to manhood in Ireland. He had located in Borden's Grant in the spring, and raised a crop of corn on the South Fork of the Shenandoah near Woods's gap. One night, Benjamin Borden came up and asked leave to spend the night there. Borden exhibited documents which satisfied the McDowells he held the grant for the large body of land, and he offered to give one thousand acres to anyone who could help. Assisted by James Wood, Orange Co. surveyor, when Borden left the grant in 1739, having secured his grant, he committed his interests largely to John McDowell, who attended to them in his absence.
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LAND: (1700) Hist. of Burlington and Mercer Counties; p. 454; EXTRACTION: 8Jan1700 bought 1000 acres from Anthony Woodward in Grest Docwra Patent, south of Arbeytown.

LAND: From research records of Pixy Lynn Overstreet-Morgan given to T.Mason, Sep,2000:
(1705 & 1706) William Nelson indicates Monmouth Co. N.J. records list Benjamin as the agent for the receipt of the Monmouth Co. taxes.

(16 Apr 1711) Crosswicks, Monmouth, N.J. Bk D. p 202 indicates a road was to be built next to a field owned by Benjamin. His father was a Freehold overseer of roads, a commissioner, at the time. Crosswicks was also the name of a creek.

(1 May 1713) Freehold Twp, N.J. Bk K-2, p 154; Benjamin Jr. of Freehold Twp. Yeoman with wife, Zeruiah, consent of Hannah Winter, late wife to Richard Gardiner dec. of Middletown.

(28 May 1715) Philadelphia Deed book F-5; p. 297; EXTRACT: Benjamin Borden of Township of Freehold in County of Monmouth bought 1200 acres of land near Montatawny, on the east side of the Schoolkil River; this transaction was recorded 10 Aug 1731.

(28 May 1717) Eversham, Burlington, N.J.; Benjamin Jr. is one of the subscribing witnesses to Deed of Sale of 400 acres from his father, Benjamin, Yeoman, of the township of Eversham, Burlington Co. to his son, Joseph.

(19 Aug 1721) Philadelphia Deed book I; p. 552; 19Aug1721 sold 500 acres of land near Schuilkill River in Montatawny, Philadelphia County for 100 pounds to Thomas Rutter which is what they had paid for the original 1200 acres.

(1734) Benjamin Borden, Shenandoah Valley Pioneer: His Ancestry and Descendants by J.A. Kelly; (1931); 2nd Series, Vol. VI, p 259-264; from GENEALOGIES OF VIRGINIA FAMILIES from the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine (1982) Genealogical Pub Co., Baltimore; ; EXTRACT: Benjamin is said to have been a justice of Spotsylvania Co, but the published records of that county make no mention of his name. His first recorded appearance in Virginia is apparently on 21 Jan 1734 when he was appointed one of the justices of the newly formed county of Orange. (Virginia Magazine of History, Vol. XIII (1904-06), p 351.) On 18 Feb 1734 Orange County Order Book 1, p 8 indicates Benjamin Borden took his Oath of a Justice of the Peace along with others.

LAND: (1734) Ralph & Mildred Branson Wandling, ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS & REBECCA BORDEN BRANSON; 1380-1950; 53 pages quoting research by John A Kelly of Haverford College, Penn, pub 190-, filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976; ; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11; EXTRACT: Benjamin's home plantation known as "Borden's Great Spring Tract" of 3143 acres, granted him 3 Oct 1734, which shared a boundary Greenway Court, the home of Lord Fairfax, on the S-E. Borden's house stood at or near the present residence in what is now Clark County.

LAND: From research records of Pixy Lynn Overstreet-Morgan given to T.Mason, Sep,2000:
(3 Oct 1734) Benjamin Borden bought 1122 acres Land Patent (Patent Bk, p 328) with Andrew Hampton and David Griffith. Bullskin Run on Sherando river adjacent to Edward Meloy on S side of Bullskin Run. Another source states that this tract was on the Bullskin Marsh near Summit Point, now W.Va.

(12 Nov 1735) Land Patent Bk 16, p 369. 850 acres near Round Hill adjacent Thomas Babb land in the Opeckon area. Another source indicates this land lies on the western slope of Apple Pie Ridge in Frederick Co. Abstracts of Frederick County Deeds, Bk 1, 1742-1748, p 193 indicates 710 acres of this patent was sold 7 Feb 1744 to Arthur Barrett.

LAND: (3 Nov 1737) Virginia Magazine, Vol XIV, 1906, p 15; This Board was petitioned bye Benjamin Borden setting forth the unforseen accidents and difficulties which have prevented their seating one hundred thousand acres of land granted them on the West Side of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the branches of James River by a former order of this Board & praying further time for settling the said tract. It is ordered further time be granted for one year from the date hereof.

His Excellency issued the grant dated October 6, 1739 of 3143 acres which became known as Borden's Manor and was later known as "Borden's Great Spring Tract" (this area now in the city of Lexington, Va. is Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute); the original grant to Benjamin Borden for this great tract can be found in the Washington and Lee Library.
REFERENCE:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_and_Lee_University

Benjamin Borden also had 1132 acres (now Summit Point West Virginia) and on 8 Nov 1739 a patent (Patent Book 18, p 360) for 92,100 acres was granted to Benjamin Borden Jr. late of the province of East Jersey, who then resided in Orange Co., Virginia. It was on the N and NE branches at the head of James River at Rockbridge Co. it being a corner to Beverley Manor Tract, on W side of the Blue Ridge, on the E. side of the Road to John McDowell's, on the S side of the bark Cabin branch; down the E side of Wood's Spring Branch, near another Spring branch; crossing the W side of Hay's Cr. corssing a branch of Moffet's cr. near a sping of James R. crossing a branch of Sherrando. The famous Natural Bridge is located on the tract. In consideration that Borden caused to be imported and settled on the land herein mentioned one family for every 1000 acres.

LAND: From research done by Pixy Lynn Overstreet-Morgan given to T.Mason, Sep,2000:
(1739) In Rockbridge Co. Va, in addition to the Borden Great Tract, Benjamin also acquired 400 acres on forks of Buffalo and North Branch, 400 acres near Spreading Springs Branch, 400 acres under the foot of Blue Ridge, on a branch of the James River called Mary, 8100 acres south side of James River north east boundary on Catawba creek which later became border of Botetourt Co. Va.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: (6 Nov 1739) Benjamin Borden, Shenandoah Valley Pioneer: His Ancestry and Descendants by J.A. Kelly; (1931); 2nd Series, Vol. VI, p 259-264; from GENEALOGIES OF VIRGINIA FAMILIES from the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine (1982) Genealogical Pub Co., Baltimore; ; EXTRACT: His most important enterprise was the settlement of "Borden's Great Tract," a grant to him from George II dated 6 Nov 1739, of 92,100 acres in what later became Rockbridge County (Morton's "History of Rockbridge County" (1920) pp 21-32, 343-350, 549-551).

LAND: Research done by Pixy Lynn Overstreet-Morgan given to T.Mason, Sep,2000:
(Mar 1740) 3553 acres on Catawba Creek, VA patent book 19, p 478 (later occupied by his granddaughter, Martha Borden Hawkins. (p 475) 2880 acres on lower tract in Augusta, on the W side of the Blue Ridge of Mountains & on a branch of James River called Catawba Cr. in consideration that Benjamin hath lately caused to be imported and settled on the land herein mentioned one family for 1000 acres. Reference was Bk 18, p 876.

VA Patent bk 18, p 914. 400 acres on forks of Buffalo and North Branch W side of the Blue Ridge of mountains in the fork made by the North Branch of James river and Buffalo creek, N side of a draft.

Va Patent bk 18, p 910. 400 acres near Spreading Springs Branch W side of the Blue Ridge of Mountains and on a branch of James river near the Broad Springs Branch. 400 acres under the foot of Blue Ridge of Mountains on a branch of the James river called the Mary.

(17 June 1742 through 22 Oct 1743) 9 different sales of Borden Manor deeds noted in Deed books 7 & 8.

Benjamin, Jr. also had a tract of 1132 acres on Bullskin Marsh near Summit Point, now W. Va., and a large tract on Smith's Creek, near new Market, Shenandoah County, Va. (Ibid.)

LAND: Bob Baker Goff, The Burden Family of White County, Tennessee and their Bourdoon-Borden Ancestry; 1380-1980; ; Knoxville, Tennessee; pp 10-13; EXTRACT: Benjamin's home plantation joined the boundary of Greenway Court, the home of Lord Fairfax,and stood at or near the present residence of Thompson Sowers, Esq., in what is now Clark County, Va. (Hopewell Friends History, Frederick County, Virginia, p. 25).

LAND: (1744) Ralph & Mildred Branson Wandling, ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS & REBECCA BORDEN BRANSON; 1380-1950; 53 pages quoting research by John A Kelly of Haverford College, Penn, pub 190-, filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976; ; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11; EXTRACT: Hopewell Friends History; ; p 25; Frederick, Va. Benjamin, Jr. also attained 850 acres upon the western slope of Apple Pie Ridge in Frederick.County, and 750 acres of that tract were sold by Benjamin Borden, Jr., his son, and Zeruiah Borden, his widow, on February 7, 1744 to Arthur Barrett. In this deed the grantee is referred to as "Benjamin Borden, Gentleman, late of Orange County, Colony of Va., deceased". Neither Benjamin, Jr. nor his family ever resided on this tract, which appears to have been one of Benjamin Senior's many speculations in land.

Information from Pixy Morgan to T.Mason on 5 Feb 2009. Benjamin Borden's sons, Benjamin, John, and Joseph also knew Lord Fairfax because they were in the county militia together. "After Benjamin died, and after Zeruiah passed, the three boys divided up the home estate three ways. John sold his land to Lord Fairfax, who had taken up residence at his Greenway Court estate which shared a border with the Borden home plantation. Joseph also sold his portion to Lord Fairfax. After Joseph's brother, Benjamin perished from the smallpox, Joseph went and lived with his Rogers relatives."

APPOINTMENT: Abstract of Frederick Co. Orders, Bk 1, 1742-1745, p 1. Was appointed as one of the original justices of Frederick Co. Commissions as justices for the county issued by Lt. Governor William Gooch on 22 Oct 1743. Borden did not attend nor take the oath of office on 11 Nov 1743.

WILL: Will Book I, p 4 & 5, Frederick County Circuit Court, Winchester, Virginia; 1632-1800; Dated 3 Apr 1742, proved 9 Dec 1743, Virginia Wills and Adm, compiled by Clayton Torrence; Gen. Publishing Co., Baltimore 1978. Pg 43 - Frederick Co. VA.; copy in possession of T.Mason (filed - B. Borden); At the time of his death, he possessed approximately 130,000 acres of land in Virginia and New Jersey. ABSTRACT: Leaves his lands in New Jersey as well as land in Bullshire, Smith's Creek, North Shenandore and James River, except 5000 acres which is devised to his daughters, Abigail Worthington, Rebecca Bronson, Deborah Borden, Lydia Borden and Elizabeth Borden; other legacies and devises to sons: Benjamin, John and Joseph; and his wife, Zeuriah and Daughter Marcy Fearnley, the Wife of William Fearnley. Fearnley refused to be executor, was accepted by Benjamin and Zeuriah. In 1746 Zeuriah, on account of bodily infirmities, resigned and Benjamin took the estate. In April 1753 Benjamin Borden Jr. died. John and Joseph, in 1753 conveyed their interest to Mr. William Russell. Benjamin Borden Jr. had a daughter Martha who was an infant in 1753.

EXTRACTION:
"IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN the third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty-two I Benjamin Borden of Orange County in Virginia, yeoman, being in Good state of health and of Sound mind & Memory thanks be to God for it therefore calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body I do make this my last Will and Testament that is to say, Principally & first of all I give and recommend my Sole unto God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christianlike Manner at the Discretion of my Ex'rs. nothing doubting but the General Reserrection I shall receive the same agin by the Mighty Power of God and touching such Worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and Dispose of the same in a Manner & form following IMPRIMIS I will all the funeral charges & my just Debts should be paid and satisfyed

ITEM I give and bequeath to Zeruiah Borden my wife all the Improvements & what Lands she has or shall have ocation to clear as long as Shee Remains my Widow & if she should get Married then shee shall have but half of the Improvement and what Land shee and her husband should have ocation to Clear of this Plantation I now live on in Orange County in Virginia in Spought Run During her Natural Life.

ITEM I give & bequeath to my son Benjamin Borden & my son John Borden & my son Joseph Borden to them and their heirs & assigns for Ever this Plantation And the Lot on the said Spought Run that my Mill Stands of the One Hundred & fifty acres that I have agreed to Rent to my said three Sons to be Equally divided between my Son Benjamin & my Son John & my Son Joseph Borden in quality to be devided by way of Lots drawing between my Sons Benjamin & John & Joseph Borden Guardians, that is all this Plantation I now Live on Excepting Eight Hundred Acres I give to Edward Rogers and his Wife Hannah Rogers and the heirs of her Body for Ever, and Five Hundred Acres I give William Fearnley & my Daughter Mercey his Wife to them & their Heirs for Ever.

ITEM I give to my Daughter Hannah Rogers but five shillings she having her posion before.

My will is all my Lands and Estate that I have in New Jersey should be sold & all of my Land at Bullskin & my Land on Smith Creek & North Sherrando & all my Enterrys every where and all my Lands on the Waters of the James River should be Sold excepting Five Thousand Acres of Land that is all good I give to five of my Daughters that is - Abigal Worthington and Rebecca Branson and to Debourah Borden & Liddy Borden & to Elizabeth Borden that is one Thousand Acres of good Land appease to every one of the five Daughters above mentioned to them & their heirs & assigns for Ever.

All the rest of my Land to be sold aforesaid Excepting this I now live on to be all sold and Equally devided between my Wife & my Son Benjamin & my Son John & my Son Joseph & my Daughter Abigal Worthington & Daughter Rebecca Branson & my Daughter Mercey Fearnley & my Daughter Deburah Borden & my Daughter Elizabeth Borden & my Daughter Liddy Borden & my Movable to be devided between my said Wife and Sons Benjamin & John & Joseph Borden & my aforesaid Six Daughters Abigal, Rebeckah, Mercey, Deburah, Liddy & Elizabeth Borden.

First before my Movable Estate be Devided there must be taken out my Grate Brown Riding Horse & my Bay Mare that come of my Grate hip shot Mare and the best Bed with furniture be it good that I have in the House that I give to my Wife first & all the rest to be Equally between my Wife & my aforesaid three Sons & my six Daughters as aforesaid devided.

I Constitute and Apoint my Wife Executrix & my Son Benjamin Borden & my Son-in-law William Fearnley Executors to this my Last Will & Testament & to Execute deeds for the Land I have Sold & ordered to be Sold this Will I poublish to be my last Will & Testament & all other Wills made by me void.
Signed, Benja. Borden

The will was proved in Frederick County, Va. Court on Friday, October 9, 1743. Law suits and counter suits between the daughter Lydia, who married Jacob Peck, and her descendents vs. descendents of her brothers and sisters, regarding the settling of-the estate, continued for about one hundred and fifty years. Records concerning this legal battle are said to fill a filing cabinet in the Clerk's office at Staunton (Augusta County, formerly Orange County), Virginia. Benjamin Borden, Jr., because of his close and profitable relationship with Lord Fairfax, is referred to as "Fairfax Ben" in these legal records. Affidavits and other records in this file are of much value in tracing descendents of Benjamin and proving the relationship between the White County Burdens and the earlier generations of the Borden family.

HISTORY: John Lewis Peyton, HISTORY OF AUGUSTA CO, VA; 1824-1896; Samuel M. Yost, Staunton, VA. 1882; ; Filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, Family History Library Film 0030313

HISTORY: Joseph A. Waddell, Judge, ANNALS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA; 1726-1871; C.R. Caldwell, Staunton, VA. 1901; pg 16,398-400; Family History Library Fiche 6015418-6015424;

HISTORY: Col Thomas Marshall Green, HISTORICAL FAMILIES OF KENTUCKY; ; 1889, Cincinnati, ISBN 0-8063-7958-8; pg 14-15,78; Family History Library Book 976.9 D2g 1982;

REF: Virgil Lewis, "History of West Virginia"
REF: Diary of Margaret Lynn Lewis.
REF: 1841 Knox Co, TN Court Minutes, Vol 17, p 68.
REF: Borden Autin, "Benj Borden & Borden Grant"
REF: The Old Monmouth of Ours by Moreau Brothers.
REF: Deposition of Mrs. Mary Greenlee in 1806 in Borden case.
REF: George Braden Roberts, GENEALOGY OF JOSEPH PECK & SOME RELATED FAMILIES; ; State College, PA. 1955; ; Family History Library Book 929.273 P334r, Fiche 6049146


Zeruiah Winter

She was Benjamin Borden's first cousin. Zeruiah's mother was Hannah, who was a sister of Abigail Grover. Abigail was the wife of Benjamin Borden Sr. and the mother of Fairfax Ben.

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; NOTES: Indicates she remarried 1746/8 to Joseph Wright. (1748 Prince Wm Co, VA Deed Book L, p 92-94). (Shenandoah Valley Pioneers...," p 411). Info from Una Bowman, Oneida, IL.


161. James Borden

BIOGRAPHY: Town Book of Old Middletown, N.J.; ; Sanford, N.C., Microfilming Corp of America, 1983, originally pub 18--; Pg 32-33; Family History Library Fiche 6046401; NOTES: In 1718 Benjamin Borden, then of Auchweas, Burlington, N.J. conveyed land in Monmouth Co.

REF: George Braden Roberts, GENEALOGY OF JOSEPH PECK & SOME RELATED FAMILIES; ; State College, PA. 1955; ; Family History Library Book 929.273 P334r, Fiche 6049146; NOTES: In the will mention is made of children: Richard, Innocent, Joseph, Phoebe, Rebecca, Mary, Hellen, Ann.

BIOGRAPHY: Ralph & Mildred Branson Wandling, ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS & REBECCA BORDEN BRANSON; 1380-1950; 53 pages quoting research by John A Kelly of Haverford College, Penn, pub 190-, filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976; ; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11; NOTES: lived in Freehold Twp, Burlington Co, NJ.

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; INFO from: Patricia Dratz, Des Moines, IA, Lester Merklin, Olympia, WA, Anna Burr, Bordentown, NJ.

REFERENCE: William Nelson, New Jersey biographical and genealogical notes from the volumes of the New Jersey archives, with additions and supplements; Originally published: Newark, [new Jersey] : New Jersey Historical Society, 1916. FHL US/CAN Film 16508. "3. Benjamin Borden married Abigail Grover (dau. of James Grover, senior, Of Middletown), Sept. 22, 1870; ..."

Page 44: "iii. James, b. Sept. 6, 1677; m. Mary ----. The will of James Borden, of Freehold township, Monmouth county, is dated Dec. 23, 1727, and was proved Feb. 22, 1730/31. His personal estate was inventoried at £115, 16, 10."

Page 45. "7. James b. Sept 6, 1677; m. Mary ----. In his will he names chldren: Richard, Innocent, Joseph, Phebe, Rebeckah, Abigaill, Mary, Hellen, Ann.


Mary Lawton

Was a quakeress.


380. Joseph Borden

Named in his father's will as his son.


381. Phoebe Borden

BIOGRAPHY: Family History Records; ; compiled by Michael S. Cole, [HYPERLINK http://www.thecolefamily.com/hobby/ahnentafel.htm#ahnentafel ] ; ; copy dated 26 Jan 1994 sent to T Mason; RESEARCHER: Betty Koleda, Prineville, OR.