When we moved (the second time) from Houston, Texas to Denver (Aurora), Colorado, I began ‘dabbling’ in genealogy research. The Denver Public Library has an excellent genealogy and historical records section and the Federal Center was only a drive across town. The resources were limitless. I didn’t have many primary sources, i.e., no family Bibles, old journals/diaries, scrapbooks, few photographs, or letters. What I did have was an insatiable curiosity about my heritage and some oral stories.
Basically starting from Square One, I began the research and discovered that I absolutely loved the digging and the puzzle-solving. Questioning older relatives and searching through census records, writing to county seats for copies of deeds, wills, court records, marriage, birth and death certificates – I was off and running.
Some of the discoveries were surprising. All were interesting.
We all have interesting family histories and a story to tell.
Uncovering the various (and there are many!) nationalities that course through my veins has been an interesting journey and of course there is no end to it.
My earliest known ancestor is in my paternal line:
Supposedly – Osbert de Borden of whom I know only his name and not the name of his wife. His son Henry Borden died in 1370 in Headcorn, Kent, England. I descend from Henry and his wife Robergia’s son Thomas (1401-1450).
Borden researcher Cathy Sloan visited the Church in Headcorn, County Kent , England. In the church there was a beautiful stained glass window dedicated to the Bordens/Burdens which had been donated by a Borden descendant in 1905. The text on the window read: “To the Glory of God in Memory of Henry Borden. Headcorn circa 1380 and his descendants Thomas Burden d. 1450, John Borden, d. 1369, William Borden d. 1557, Edmund Borden 1539, Matthew Borden 1620 and Thomas Borden 1592. Matthew was Church Warden of Headcorn and Richard Borden, his son, born at Headcorn in 1495 who died at Portsmouth, RI, USA 1671, being the first of that name in the new world.
The Bordens or Bourdens originally (supposedly) came to England from Normandy.
Henry Bordon was the first Borden to live at Headcorn, county Kent, southeast England.
He was probably a descendant of the Bordens of Borden, a village that was about twelve miles from Headcorn.
Perhaps Henry Borden is son of Richard DeBourdon (rather than Osbert) who was born about 1201 and named after King Richard, the Lion Hearted, who reigned over England from 1189 to 1199.
The first Bordens who came to the colonies were of the Quaker persuasion.
Note: there are quite a few ‘perhaps’ and suppositions in genealogy research. The research is a bit like a meandering river – always changing course.
Now, I know this posting is not interesting to anyone who is not researching this Borden family.
However, some of the Borden descendants may be known to others: Sir Winston Churchill (through his mother Jennie Jerome), songwriter Willie Nelson, the infamous Lizzie Andrew Borden (reputed to have given all of the whacks), Gail Borden (primarily known for his condensed milk patent), novelist Erskine Caldwell, movie star Julia Jean “Lana” Turner, actress Marilyn Monroe, actress Elizabeth Montgomery, and Senator Adlai Ewing Stevenson III.