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Descendants of Joseph Borden of Fall River MA

BORDEN (Fall River family – line of Joseph, fourth generation). The Borden family is an ancient one both here in New England and over the water in old England, as well as one of historic interest and distinction. The New England branch has directly or indirectly traced the lineage of the American ancestor, Richard Borden, many generations back in English history. His first English forbear went over to England from Bourdonnay, Normandy, as a soldier under William the Conquerer, and after the battle of Hastings  – in A. D. 1066 – was assigned lands in the County of Kent, where the family afterward became useful, wealthy and influential, the village where they resided being named Borden. One John Borden, of a later generation, moved to Wales early in the seventeenth century, where his sons Richard and John were married. These sons returned to Borden, in England, and in May, 1635, embarked for America. (I) Richard Borden is found a settler in Portsmouth, R. I., in 1638, in which year he was admitted an inhabitant of the island of Aquidneck, and in that same year was allotted five acres of land. He figured in the surveying and platting of the lands thereabout in 1639, and in the year following was one of those appointed to lay out the lands in Porstmouth, R. I. He was assistant in 1653 and 1654; general treasurer in 1654-55; commissioner in 1654-55-56-57; and deputy in 1667 and 1670. He bought land in Providence in 1661, and not far from 1667 became one of the original purchasers of land in New Jersey from the Indians. He...

News from New England – King Phillip’s War

Being a true and last account of the present Bloody Wars carried on betwixt the infidels, natives, and the English Christians, and converted Indians of New England, declaring the many dreadful battles fought betwixt them: As also the many towns and villages burnt by the merciless heathens. And also the true number of all the Christians slain since the beginning of that War, As it was sent over by a factor of New England to a merchant in London. Licensed Aug. 1. Roger L’Estrange. London. Printed for J. Corners, at the sign of the Black Raven in Duck-Lane, 1676.1 Those Coals of Discention which had a long time lain hid under the ashes of a secret envy; contracted by the Heathen Indians of New England, against the English; and Christian Natives of that Country brake out in June 1675, both Armies being at a distance without doing anything remarkable till the 13 of December following; at which time the Mathusets and Plymouth Company marching from Seconk, sent out a considerable number of Scouts, who killed & took 55 of the Enemy, returning with no other loss but two of our Men disabled; about three days after came a perfidious Indian to our Army pretending he was sent by the Sachems to treat of Peace, who was indeed no other but a Spy and was no sooner conducted out of our Camp but we had news brought us that 22 of our Straggling Soldiers were Slain and divers barns and out houses, with Mr. Jer. Bulls dwelling house burnt by him and his Treacherous confederates which waited for him. The...

Herbert Genealogical Notes

Many years ago my dear Mother1) planned a history and genealogy of the Herbert family in America. After expending a great deal of effort and a considerable amount of time and money, she accumulated a certain amount of data, a lot of it just scattered information with no apparent relationship. She had circulars printed and forms that could be filled out with the least possible effort giving names, and dates if possible, of father, grandfather, and son as far back as one could go. As comparatively few answers came in, she gave up the ambitious idea of so comprehensive work and decided to concentrate on a history of the New Jersey Herberts. However, illness and death put an end to all this. That the result of so much energy should not be wasted, I offer it with some additional information that I have gathered from time to time in spasmodic attempts to continue her work. Every effort has been made to present facts as accurately as possible. Assumptions and traditions will be so indicated. To begin at the beginning, the first authentic ancestor of what is now known as the Herbert family emerges from the mists of south Wales as one Thomas ap Guilym ap Jenkins, which of course, means that his father was William and his grandfather was Jenkins, but that is all the we know about him. His chief claim to distinction seams to be as the father of his fifth son. Sir William Thomas of Raglan Sir William Thomas of Raglan. Some carry the line bask to Henry I, and another, just bursting with enthusiasm and...

Biography of Harry R. Whittelsey

Harry R. Whittelsey, president and manager of The Whittelsey Mercantile Company, which operates a chain of grocery stores in Topeka, and is one of the largest retail grocery firms in the state. A native of Redbank, New Jersey, Harry R. Whittelsey has been a resident of Topeka since. November 1, 1881, at which time he was a boy of thirteen. He was born December 5, 1868, a son of William Channcey and Grace M. (Hindes) Whittelsey. Of the six children there were four sons, Louis, Burt, Harry and William, Jr. The Whittelsey family were very prominent in the East. Grandfather W. C. Whittelsey was the first senior surgeon general of the United States navy, and held that office for a number of years. Harry Whittelsey’s maternal graudfather Hindes was a prominent lawyer of Littletown, New Hampshire, was the first librarian of the city library there, and during the War of 1812 he gave the United States Government $60,000 in cash. In return he received a warrant for a tract of land in Virginia. His heirs lost this property, since the records were burned with the court house, and being lost the heirs were not able to prove conclusively either the right to the land or its location. W. C. Whittelsey, father of Harry R., was educated in district schools and in a college in the South. During the Civil was he was a member of the Sanitary Commission of New Jersey, and he also acted as a messenger between Washington City and the Army of the Potomac. After the war he located in New York City, and for fourteen...

Genealogy of Aaron French

1 AARON FRENCH, b. Sep. 8,1739, probably in Monmouth Co., N. J.; d. Aug. 31, 1805, near Amity, Pa.; m. (1st) Mary Clark; m. (2nd) Elizabeth (d. Feb. 18, 1819, Troy, O., age 74 yrs.), widow of James Fordyce. Aaron French1 lived at New Providence, N. J., as early as 1764; moved to Washington Co., Pa., about 1787-8, where he acquired a large tract of land lying four miles southwest of Amity and partly within the present county of Greene. Children of first marriage (none of second): 2 AARON FRENCH, Jr., b. Apr. 19,1767; d. Jan. 31, 1850; m. (2). 3 DEBORAH FRENCH, b. Nov. 24, 1769; d. Dec. 30, 1846; m. 4 ELIZABETH FRENCH, b. about 1771; d. when aged; m. 5 MARY FRENCH, b. 1772; d. Jan. 12, 1859, age 86 yrs., 6 mos.; m. 6 EZEKIEL FRENCH, b. June 17, 1775; d. Jan. 1, 1861; m. (3). 7 LYDIA FRENCH, b. about 1777; d. about 1856-7; m. 8 ASA FRENCH, b. July 8, 1780; d. Aug. 9, 1845; m. (2). 9 SUSANNAH FRENCH, b. 1785; d. Nov. 9, 1863, age 78...

Biography of William M. Higgins, Dr.

Dr. William M. Higgins, pharmacist on Central avenue, Anaheim, was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey, June 18, 1826. He was educated at Princeton College, at which he was graduated in 1845, with the degree of A. B. He read medicine for a period of two years, and February 22, 1849, started for California on the bark St. Mary. He remained in Rio Janeiro ten months, then went aboard the ship William Brandt, bound for San Francisco, at which place he arrived in July, 1850, having been ship’s doctor during the voyage. After his arrival in San Francisco he was appointed apothecary and book-keeper in the City Hospital, after which he engaged in mining for a few years. Then in 1869 he moved to Anaheim and established the drug store on the corner of Center and Lemon streets, and has ever since given his attention to the drug business. In December, 1870, he was appointed Postmaster, which office he filled with great acceptability for a continuous term of thirteen years. He has been connected with the educational interests of the city for a number of years, having been clerk of the district for six years, and is now chairman of the school board. He is a charter member of the Masonic lodge, which was organized in 1869. He is also a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity, Anaheim Lodge, No. 199. He was a charter member of the Abou Ben Adhem Lodge in San Francisco, which lodge he had the honor of naming in 1863. In 1858 he was married in San Francisco to Miss Alice Boyle,...

Biographical Sketch of Dennis Cain

Dennis Cain, a farmer of Section 22, Blaine Township, Ida County, was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey, December 26, 1844, a son of William and Mary (Noon) Cain, natives of Roscommon County, Ireland. The parents were married in Ireland, but in an early day came to America, locating in New Jersey. In 1856, they opened a farm near Libertyville, Lake County, Illinois. They were the parents of 9 children: Thomas (a furniture dealer of Racine, Wisconsin), Ann (married John Linberry of Libertyville, Illinois), Ella of New Jersey, John (resided near Libertyville), Kate (married James Mark of Chicago), William of Wisc., 2 are deceased, and Dennis. Dennis was the youngest in the family and when 12 years old moved with his parents from New Jersey to a farm near Libertyville, Illinois. In 1861, he began farming, and in 1864 enlisted in Company A, Twelfth Illinois Cavalry, served in the Western Army, took part in the Red River Campaign, in the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi, and 7 other engagements. He was discharged with honors at Houston on June 18, 1866 as Corporal. He had been engaged in guarding the frontier at Brownsville & Houston, Tx. On June 27, 1871, Dennis married Miss Anna Scott of Whiteside County, Illinois. In 1876, he came to Ida County purchasing 120 acres in Blaine Township, then adding to his land until he owned 266 acres of well-cultivated land. He brought his house from Waukegan, Illinois by rail, a one and a half story building, 16 x 24 feet, with two wings. He had dismantled his house and moved it to the new site 1/2...

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