Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Selected Families and Individuals


William Almy

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: "Colonial Families of the USA," Vol 6, p 355. Wives were 1st cousins.

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 25. "Colonial Families of the USA," Vol 6, p 355.

John Borden

MARRIAGE-CHILDREN-BIOGRAPHY-LAND: 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 32; LDS Family History Library Film 0858787, item 6; NOTES: 1675, 1680, 1700, 1704, 1705, 1708 Deputy for Portsmouth in General Court of Rhode Island, 7 Mar 1679 Fined for not attending jury was remitted, one of his children being very sick, 1687 overseer of the Poor, 2 Aug 1698 permitted to keep ferry from Rhode Island to Bristol on equal privilege with Thomas Durfee for seven years, 18 Jun 1705 ferry license renewed for seven years. 24 Feb 1716 - Will. Approved July 5, executrix - wife Mary. New Jersey Archives, Vol XXI, p 99, "owned land in Monmouth, NJ as early as 1682.

REFERENCES: "New England Hist Gen Reg," Apr 1930, p 229. Austin's "Gen Dict of Rhode Island," p 23. Johnston's "Rich Borden & Desc," p 12.

REF: Notable Southern Families, Vol.2 , Jella Armstrong (Los Angeles Lib.) Ref: This Old Monmouth of Ours - Pub by Moreau Brothers, Freehold, N.J. 1932 His will is dated 24 Feb. 1715/16 and was proved 9 July 1716.

REFERENCE: New England Families, Connecticut Edition, prepared by American Historical Society, Inc., c1931, p. 46. EXTRACT: "this is the John Borden of Quaker Hill. He owned land in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. He was a friend to King Philip."

WILL-CONFLICT: Hattie L. Borden Weld, "Historical and genealogical record 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; ; Family History Library Film 0000512. NOTE: Will quoted in Hattie Borden Weld's book. ERROR: Weld lists 8 children only, and mistakes John's son Benjamin who was born in 1692 with either his cousin who was born in 16 May 1649 as the father of his cousin Fairfax Ben or with Fairfax Ben who was born in 1675.

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; CONFLICT: This author likewise quotes Hattie Borden Weld and mistakes another Benjamin as married to Zerviah Winter. REFERENCE: N.E. Hist & Gen Reg - Vol 18, p 241.

WILL: 1716. February 24, will probated. Exx. Wife Mary. Overseers, son Richard and friend William Anthony. To eldest son, Richard, land in Tiverton. To son John, farm at Touisset Neck, Swanzey, half at my decease and half at death or marriage of wife, he paying my daughters Hope and Mary Borden 50 each, and to children of daughter Amey Chase deceased (late wife to Benjamin Chase of Tiverton) 15. To grandson Stephen Borden, eldest son of Joseph, my son, deceased, land in Freetown, where son Joseph built a sawmill; said Stephen paying his three brothers, William, George, and Joseph, 100 each as the come of age. To grandson Joseph Borden, a half share at head of Freetown in Tiverton. To son Thomas Borden all housings and land in Portsmouth, he keeping for his mother a horse and two cows, giving her two fat swine yearly, allowing her sufficient houseroom while widow, and the keep of half a doz. Fowls. To son Thomas also, rights at Hog Island. To son William, one-half of 1000 acres of land in Pennsylvania. To son Benjamin, the other half. To daughters Hope and Mary Borden all lands in Shrewsbury, N. J., and certain lands in Pennsylvania. To wife, Mary, all movables and wearing apparel, spectacles, feather bed, 2 Bibles and several other books, silver, pewter, five spinning wheels, three and a quarter years service of Indian girl, 130, cider 1, four cows, 2 two-years, 2 yearling, calf, 40 sheep, 20 lambs, 3 swine, some pigs, etc.

RESEARCHER: More than 200 names were copied by Catharine Borden Mason into her brown research notes of this man's children and posterities. They had nine children. A great grandson named Gail Borden 3rd. in 1856 patented his celebrated condensed milk in Texas. Hence there is a county in Texas named for him and a town of Gail. Gail's son headed up Borden Condensed milk in Chicago. Gail was a good friend of Stephen F. Austin in Texas.

Mary Earle

BIRTH: 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: Aug 1721 Mary called herself aged 66 having been married at 16 as was stated.

Marriage Notes for John Borden and Mary Earle-1174

Recorded in Society of Friends, Rhode Island Monthly meeting.

William Ellsworth Bryce

RESEARCHER-BIRTH-DEATH: Information given to T.Mason on 2 Jul 2003.

Clara Lee McGrorty

Ref: Early Days in Danville by Fackler 1941, says, "We owe thanks to Mrs. W.E. Bryce of Wooster, Ohio, daughter of the McGortys for information."

RESEARCHER-OBITUARY: Information sent to T.Mason on 4Jul2003 by Nancy Mishler.

Wooster Daily Record after Clara Lee's death on July 30, 1955 in Wooster, Ohio.

Funeral service for Mrs. William E. Bryce
One of Wooster's grand ladies, Mrs. William E. Bryce, died at her home this morning at about 9 o'clock.
Mrs. Bryce was born in Danville, Ky., August 3, 1864 and would have been 91 years old on Wednesday of this week. She was the the daughter of Captain A. S. McGrorty and Rose Yeiser McGrorty. She was a graduate of Bell Seminary in Danville, which later developed into the Women's Division of Centre College.
  As the oldest living graduate she last year received a special invitation for theCommencement exercises.
Her southern training and education gave Mrs. Bryce an air of distinction and genuine aristocracy which constituted one of her charms for those who knew her.

On May 30, 1889 she was married to William E. Bryce, a graduate of Centre College, who had just completed his theological training at Princeton Seminary. Their Golden wedding anniversary was celebrated in 1939 and their many friends were delighted to honor this fine couple whose home they had always found so hospitable and so charming.
  Her husband served churches in Burlington, NJ; Louisville and Shelbyville, KY; Denison, Iowa; and Ashland, Ohio. At Shelbyville, Mrs. Bryce was active in the founding of the King's Daughter's Hospital and when on it's fiftieth anniversary, the new Shelbyville Hospital was dedicated, she received a special invitation to be present.

  The Ashland pastorate was Dr. Bryce's last and extended from 1907-1917, when ill health forced him to give up the pastorate. Not long after that the family moved to Wooster and became a vital part of Westminster Church and the college community.
  After her husband's death in 1947 Mrs. Bryce has lived with her daughter, Miss Rose Bryce, who has devotedly cared for her mother during the many years she was an invalid.
As a pastor's wife Mrs. Bryce always took a vital interest in the church and was active in women's organizations. One of the guilds she helped to found was the Anne Hart Society of Westminster Church. At one time she was President of the Wooster Presbyterial.
  Mrs. Bryce enjoyed reading and literary study and was for years an active member of the Travelers Club of Wooster.
Even more she enjoyed conversing with her friends. Though she was a constant sufferer from arthritis, her brilliant conversation and her keen interest in people and events made a visit with her an enriching experience. Visitors who came to cheer an invalid came away feeling they themselves had been cheered. Her keen mind and her staunch Christian character made an unforgettable impression.
  In addition to her daughter Rose, Mrs. Bryce is survived by a son, Ellsworth, of New York City, and a daughter Mrs. Carlos Mishler of Altadena, California; also by five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
  The funeral service will be held at the residence on Tuesday at 2:30. Arrangements are in charge of the McConnell Funeral Home. There will be no calling hours at the Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Wooster Cemetery.

Dr. Joseph Brown

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: Ann Burr, Bordentown, NJ.

Rebecca Borden

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: Her husband had inn at which Ben Franklin stopped in 1732 while on his journey from Boston to Philadelphia.

CONFLICT: 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: Shows child as daughter to Susanna (Ann) and does not list marriage to Rebecca.
1787 Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey, Proprietary Records Book D.

William Beck Jr.

WILL: Genealogical Abstracts; Duplin County Wills 1730-1860, Wm Murphy, Duplin Co. Hist. Soc.; 18. Beck, William (CR.035.801.1/A-41) 7 Feb 1814 - Apr. Term 1814; wife SARAH MARAH... children ANNY JANE & WILLIAM JOHN, extr: wife SARAH M. & brother JOHN BECK, wit: LEVI BORDEN, Alfred Beck ...

William James Beck

WILL: Genealogical Abstracts; Duplin County Wills 1730-1860, Wm Murphy , Duplin Co. Hist. Soc.; 17. Beck, William Senior (CR.035.801.1/A-37) 26 Dec 1813 proved Jan term 1814; wife SARAH... son ALFRED... dau. ELIZABETH WRIGHT... dau. CHARLOTTE BORDEN... dau. RACHEL SHAW... son JOHN & son-in-law COLIN SHAW ... trust for my dau. SARAH HILL, grson WILLIAM, extrsson ALFRED, son-in-law THOMAS WRIGHT. Mentions "My home plantation in Sampson Co."

DEATH: Report prepared by Christine Rose, San Jose, CA, 1995; copy in poss of T.Mason; EXTRACT: In Duplin County Estates William Beck Jr. 1814 folder: To settle with John Beck Esqr grdn, grdn served as executor of sd estate, agnt estate of William Beck Senr decd, etc. Inv.: Mar. 4, 1814.

BIOGRAPHY: Report prepared by Christine Rose, San Jose, CA, 1995; copy in poss of T.Mason; from: Duplin Co. Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1784-87, Part 1, by Leora H. McEachern, 1978. EXTRACTS: p68, Jan 1787: William Beck qualified as J.P. and took seat upon bench. Apr 1787 Ordered William Beck contd as Overseer of the 16th or upper Distr in Goshen. July 1787 Apptd William Beck Esq to take list of Taxable in Capt. Kenans Co. (Other orders continuing through 1791.)

Sarah Everett

WILL: Report prepared by Christine Rose, San Jose, CA, 1995; copy in poss of T.Mason (filed - W. Beck ; EXTRACT: It would appear that Sarah is likely connected to the Martin and Tyrell County, North Carolina Everett family. A link seems to be established when Charlotte (Beck) Borden's husband Levi Borden witnessed the will of John Everett in Martin County in 1794. A tie to the Tyrrell County family seems possible because of the will of Nathan Everett of 1781 when he named daughters Sarah and Charlotte, since Sarah named a daughter Charlotte. The matter remained somewhat puzzling as to which county was the most likely. (See full report - 100 pages, for more detail.)

PARENT-WILL: Letter to T. Mason from E.H. Boldrick; 16May1995; ; EXTRACT: Abstract of North Carolina Wills by J. Bryan Grimes. P 354. James Speir will Bertie County December 12, 1731. February Court, 1731. Wife: ANN. Daughters: MORNING SPEIR, SARAH EVERITT. Daughters-in-law: SARAH & PATIENCE STALLINGS. Ponders - could this be the mother of Sarah Everett who married Wm. Beck and was the mother of Charlotte Beck Borden? The counties of Bertie (Speir) and Tyrel (Everett) are not very far apart in the east central part of NC. They didn't travel much in the 1700's.

John Lawrence

His will was probated on 15 April 1767 in Chesterfield, Burlington Co., New Jersey.

Marriage Notes for John Lawrence and Hannah Borden-1757

MARRIAGE: Noted in New Jersey Colonial Documents - Marriage Licenses, page 51.

Elizabeth Borden

Farnsworth Landing was later called Bordentown.