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Selected Families and Individuals

Notes


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.


Marriage Notes for Joseph Wright and Zeruiah Winter-1023

1748 Prince Wm Co, VA Deed Book L, p 92-94. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers..., p 411. Zeruiah remarried 1746/1748 to Joseph Wright.


William Winter

BIRTH-RESEARCH: Need to verify date of 1647/1653 in Middletown or England.

LAND-WILL: 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; p 34; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11; NOTE: Book of 1708, p 185, Office of Court Clerk, Freehold, NJ, William Winter of Middletown, Cordwainer (shoemaker), and Hannah his wife to James Grover of same place, wheelwright. Will dated 1722 and proved 13 Jun 1733 mentions wife Hannah, and her two children, Richard and Joseph Gardiner; eldest son John, who was married and had a second son, Benjamin; 2nd son, Andrew, Youngest son, James who was single. Daughters - Zeruiah Borden and Rebecca Applegate.

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: (Stillwell's "Hist & Gen. Misc.," Vol III, p256). "Wm & Mary Quarterly," Oct 1931, p 326. (Monnette's "First Settlers of NJ," p875). Info from Edwin Wallace, Keene, NH.


Hannah Grover

WILL-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: Will, "NJ Archives," 1st Ser, Vol XXIII, p179. (Stillwell's "Hist & Gen. Misc.," Vol III, p266). "The Geneal. Magazine of NJ," Vol XXXVI, No 1, Jan 1961)


Capt. Edward Rogers

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; p 39; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11; NOTES: Constable of Frederick, VA (Order Bk 2, p48), captain in French & Indian War. Probable second marriage (details quoted).


Hannah 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: Remained in Frederick County, VA. as did others of Benjamin's family, unless otherwise stated.

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: "Wm & Mary Quarterly," Oct 1931, p 326. JA Kelly, "Benjamin Borden"

BIOGRAPHY: 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: They remained in Frederick Co. as did others in the list, unless otherwise stated. The list of their children is the only record here presented that calls for further investigation.


Edward Rogers Jr.

Left descendants in Giles County.


Abigail 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: After her second marriage she settled in Orange Co. N.C.

ANF lists birth place as Frederick,VA.


James Pritchard

BIOGRAPHY: 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: was living in 1792 and at that time wrote his name "Pritchit."


Abigail 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: After her second marriage she settled in Orange Co. N.C.

ANF lists birth place as Frederick,VA.


Thomas L. Branson 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; REF: Buckey's "Hist. of Calverts," p 91.


Rebecca W Borden

REFERENCE: 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 about 1752, she and her husband settled in Chatham Co. N.C., near the Randolph Co. line.


Mercy 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.

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; p 64; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11.


Mercy 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.

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; p 64; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11.


Robert Browne McKay

RESEARCHER: Freida Wells. Robert McKay Jr, Land Patent 3 October 1734. Location: Orange County. Description: 828 acres on the western side of Sherrando River on both sides of Crooked Run. Source: Land Office Patents No. 15, 1732-1735 (v.1 & 2 p.1-522), p. 316 Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land issued by the Secretary of the Colony serving as the colonial Land Office.


Mercy 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.

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; p 64; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11.


Benjamin Borden Jr.

A HISTORY OF THE BORDEN FAMILY; 1883 by Joel Borden & Campbell Borden.
  "The history of Ben is known to us only from the records of the Chancery Court of Staunton, Virginia. From them we learn that at his father's death (John being in Tennessee, and Joseph in North Carolina), he became the executor of the will, became very intemperate, and died after having squandered a large portion of the estate.
  Joseph of North Carolina, learning of the facts, went and secured his portion of that which was left. John, having died in the meantime, his descendants through sueing for their interests, up to this time (1883) have realized nothing."

BIOGRAPHY: Payton's History of Augusta County, pages 67-74 & 302; ; ; EXTRACTION: Mrs Mary McDowell Greenlee at age 95 gave great insight into the life & social conditions of these families.

BIOGRAPHY-LAND-PROBATE: The Woods-McAfee Memorial; ; ; Los Angeles California library; EXTRACTION: Continued from NOTES of Benjamin Borden Jr: In 1737-8 Benjamin Borden, III came into the grant, and boarded for a time at John McDowell's house. He came as his father's representative to complete titles and make deeds. He returned to his father in New Jersey. On Christmas day in 1742, with eight of his men, John McDowell fell into an ambush and was killed by indians. In 1743 after Fairfax Ben's death, Ben III heir-at-law returned to the grant fully empowered by the will of his father, being then, more than ever before, deeply interested in the lands his father has owned. From old Mrs. Greenlee's account it would appear that the younger Borden had not made a favorable impression on the McDowells, especially on Magdalen. Mrs. Greenlee said he was not at all prepossessing, and that she considered him quite illiterate.

This estimate of the man completely changed. He became popular and such was his reputation for intgrity that the saying "as good as Ben Borden's bill" passed into proverb. Several years later, after his marriage to Magdalen they resided at Fairfield, at the place near between North and South Rivers, where they enter the James at Balcony Falls. It is located north of Lexington, Va. He was justice and Captain of Augusta Co. militia. He died of smallpox. His mother died just a few days earlier of the same disease. His daughter(s) also died in same year, presumably from the same disease. His WILL was probated in in Augusta Co. Nov 21, 1753.

Joseph, the brother of Benjamin III had lived with Benjamin and gone to school in Augusta Co. Not being made welcome after his brother's death, Joseph went away (at that time he was 18). Borden's widow married John Bowyer. Bowyer took a hand in Borden estate and claimed all that had been Fairfax Ben's estate too. Joseph finally instituted a lawsuit "Borden vs. Bowyer, "Borden vs. Alex Creton et al" and "Peck vs Borden". These were carried in the courts of Augusta Co for more than a 100 years. See additional notes under brothers - Joseph & John.

PROBATE: Jacob Peck's Adm'r vs. Jno. Borden's heirs and Jno. Borden's heirs vs. Jos. Borden's heirs; 1841/1897; drawer #1 Circuit Clerk's office; ; Augusta County, Virginia.

BIOGRAPHY-DEATH: 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; p 39; LDS Family History Library Film 0928077, item 11; NOTES: Captain of August Co, VA militia, appointed Justice of Augusta Co 11 Jun 1751, contracted smallpox and died at "Red Hill" Augusta, (later Rockbridge Co.) VA.

HISTORY-CHILDREN-WIFE: 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; Notes: Has the names of his children and information about the later marriages of his wife and children.

CHILDREN-WIFE: F.B. Kegley, KEGLEY'S VIRGINIA FRONTIER, The Beginning of the Southwest, The Roanoke of Colonial Days; 1740-1783; Southwest Virginia Historical Society, c1938; Notes: Has the names of his children and information about the later marriages of his wife and children.

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;

BIOGRAPHY: 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: resided after his marriage at Fairfield, north of Lexington, Virginia. He was a justice, and captain of Augusta Co militia. (children listed)


Magdalena Woods

DESCENDANT: Information about hundreds of descendants of Magdelena and her first husband were sent to T.Mason on 30 May 2004 by Norma Coon.

This was the widow of John McDowell who was killed in battle in 1742 with the Indians. Benjamin therefore became a step-father to the father of Dr. Ephriam McDowell (a prominent figure in history). Magdalena was the age 42. She had 3 children by McDowell: Samuel (14), James and Sarah (8). There is a controversy. She and Benjamin said had two daughters, Martha and Hannah (who is said to have died in childhood).

REF: Rev. Neander Woods History

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; REF: Johnston's "Richd Borden & Desc.," p 55.

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; NOTE: Magdalena McDowell and Benjamin Burden Jr. had one daughter, Martha, who married Benjamin Hawkins, a noted name in Va, NC, Ky. Thomas Mitchell, the old cashier at Danville, not only descended on his father's side from James Mitchell and Margaretta McDowell - daughter of old Ephraim, but on his mother's side was descended from Benjamin Hawkins and Martha Burden (Ben's & Madeline's daughter). After the death of her second husband, Magdalena Wood-McDowell-Borden, married a third time, Colonel Bowyer, a gentleman twenty years younger than herself. The 104 years to which she lived, gave her ample time for a full repentance of this marital settlement. He outlived her and thousands of acres of the sightly lands which McDowell owned thus passed into the hands of Bowyers.

REFERENCES:
1. Greenlee, Ralph Stebbins and Greenlee, Robert Lemuel, Genealogy of the Greenlee Families in America, Scotland, Ireland and England, Privately printed 1908, pp. 619-620.
2. Crook, John A., Mc Dowell and Related Families - A genealogy, McKee Printing Co., Greensboro, North Carolina, 1975., pp. 7-10."

Captain John McDowell came to America in 1729 with his father and other family members aboard the ship "George and Anne". He was a widower at the time of his arrival and married Magdalena Woods after his arrival. She had lived in the Pating District of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Lady Margaret Campbell Woods was the daughter of Archibald Campbell, Earl of Argyll.

John's wife, Magdalena Woods was the wealthiest woman on the frontier. She was a woman known for her decided force of character. She was described as tall and straight, handsome with dazzling white skin, big blue eyes, long yellow hair, a witty tongue, and great charm. An old letter tells of her riding a famous black stallion in a hunter's green riding coat with gold buttons and a bonnet of many plumes. She was married three times: 1) to Captain John McDowell, 2) to Benjamin Borden, Jr. and 3) to Captain John Bowyer. She was 20 years older than Capt. John Bowyer when she married him, and drew up a marriage contract to protect her children's inheritance. John Bowyer grasped the document out of her hand and threw it into the fireplace. Land issues between the descendants of Capt. John Mc Dowell continued for several years afterward. Magdalena lived to the old age of 98 years.

In 1753, the Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church made a call for a pastor, and she signed the roll Magdalen Borden (widow). Magdalena was one of the three women who placed their names on the call for the pastoral services of the Rev. John Brown to the Timber Ridge and New Providence Churches. The other two women were the widow McClung and Agnes Martin. When the Rev. John Blair, "set in church order" the people of the Timber Grove Meeting House in 1746, Magdalena Borden placed her name on the roster; Benjamin Borden, Jr., being a Quaker as was his father before him, never became a member. Her signature to the call for the Rev. Mr. Brown indicates that she was recognized as one of the mainstays of the congregation. She was a communicant of Timber Ridge Church from its organization in 1746 to her death in 1810.


Hannah Borden

One reference indicates she died in childhood, the other that she never married.

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: indicates Hannah and a sister Elizabeth both died in 1753.