was born on 16 May 1649 at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island. He was the son of Richard Borden
and Joan Fowle
. Benjamin Borden married Abigail Grover
, daughter of James Grover
and Rebecca Cheesman
, on 22 September 1670. Benjamin Borden married Susannah (Unknown)
. Benjamin Borden died in June 1728 at Burlington County, New Jersey, at age 79. (1) Paula Evans, Rt. 2, Box 152, Hale Center, TX. Cites: (a) 'Genealogical Dictionary of R hode Island.' (2) Zylphia K. Lassell, Schenectady, NY. Cites: (a) 'Historic and Genealogical Record of th e Borden Family,' by H.B. Weld (1899). (b) 'The Pedigree of Richard Borden,' by Thomas Alle n Glenn (1901). (3) 'Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850,' by James N. Arnold, 1st series (Providence, R I, 1895) p.46. RI Friends Records. (4) FHL Ancestral File, 1996. (5) Terry Mason, Bountiful, UT. firstname.lastname@example.org (1999). Cites: (a) 'Genealogy of Borde n Family of Shrewsbury, NJ, 1370-1868,' typescript of 'Borden Scrapbook' & family papers in p ossession of Charles F. Borden, Shrewsbury, NJ, 1952. FHL film 858,787, item 6. Cites record s of Newport Friends Monthly Meeting. (b) Ralph & Mildren Branson Wandling, 'Ancestors and De scendants of Thomas & Rebecca Borden Branson, 1380-1950,' p.33. FHL film 928,077, item 11. Ci tes research by John A. Kelly of Haverford College, PA. (c) NJ Deeds, Secretary of State's Of fice, Trenton, NJ. (d) Deeds from Clerk of Court, Freehold, Monmouth Co., NJ. (e) NJ Archives , XXI, Fenwick Surveys. (f) Carile Santos, 'Richard Borden of Portsmouth, RI, 1635-1838' 'You r Ancestors, a National Magazine of Genealogy and Family History' (Buffalo, NY, Harry Ferri s Johnston 1947-1959) Part 14. FHL film 1,597,740. (g) George Braden Roberts, 'Genealogy of J oseph Peck and some Related Families' (State College, PA, 1955). FHL book 929.273 P33r, fich e 6049146. (h) William Horner, 'This Old Monmouth of Ours,' p.542. (i) J.A. Kelly, 'Benjami n Borden, Shenandoah Valley Pioneer: His Ancestry and Descendants,' 'Genealogies of Virgini a Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine' (Baltimore, MD, G enealogical Pub. Co., 1982). (j) Hattie Borden Weld, 'The Borden Family in America, 1638-1899 ' (Albany, NY, Josel Munsell). FHL film 512. (k) Town book of Old Middletown, NJ, p.32-33. FH L fiche 6,046,401. (l) 'Old Times in Old Monmouth, NJ' (NJ Archives) Vol. 21, p.170-171,207,2 80,249. (m) Michael S. Cole, MD, Fort Smith, AR 72903-4232, 1994, citing 'William and Mary Qu arterly,' Oct 1931, p.326; 'NEHGS Register,' Apr 1930, p.229; Austin's 'Genealogical Dictiona ry of RI,' p.24; Johnston's 'Richard Borden & Descendants, p.52.
Birth: (1,2,3) May 1649. (1,3) s/o Richard BORDEN/Joan. (2,3) Portsmouth, RI. (2,5a,f) s/ o Richard BORDEN/Joan FOWLE. (4,5f) 16 May 1649. Marriage to Abigail GROVER: (1,2,4,5f) 22 Sep 1670. (4) Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI. (5f) M iddletown, Monmouth Co., NJ. Marriage to Susannah __: (4) Death: (1) After 1718. (4) 1728. (4,5b,f) Burlington Co., NJ. (5b,f) Jun 1728.
(5k) 1665: Purchased land in Shrewsbury, NJ. (5k) Moved from Portsmouth, RI to Middletown, NJ. (5k) 1667, 30 Dec: Was allotted Lot 29, Middletown, NJ. (5a) 1670: Paid for land in Shrewsbury, NJ. (5h) 1676, 23 Oct: Deed indicates he was a weaver. (5l) 1677, 8 Feb: Patented 300 acres and another 290 acres on the Chohanzic River, Monmout h Co., NJ. (5l) 1677, 30 Jun: Granted a patent for 351 acres, Monmouth Co., NJ. (5k) 1685: Was Justice of the Peace of Shrewsbury, NJ. (5a) 1685, 1 Dec: Benjamin and Abigail BORDEN mentioned in will of James GROVER, wherein h e bequeaths a mansion house and mill equally to son James & sons-in-law Benjamin and Richar d GARDNER. (5l) 1687, 22 Jan: Granted 150 acres, Monmouth Co., NJ. (5l) 1687, 19 Jul: Benjamin BORDEN of the town of Monmouth, East Jersey, assigned land to W illiam HUDSON. (5l) 1688, 28 Mar: John THROCKMORTON deeded to him 1/20 of 1/48 share of 616 acres with imp rovement, Monmouth Co., NJ. (5k) 1692: Elected to the NJ assembly from Middletown. (5k) 1693-1711: Was Road Commissioner for Monmouth Co., East Jersey. (5k) 1694: Elected to the NJ assembly from Middletown. (5k) 1695: Was one of the 6 members (of the Assembly?) from Monmouth Co. (5l) 1697, 15 Jun: Deeded to James HUDSON, son and heir of William HUDSON, deceased, 300 ac res on Chohansey River, Monmouth Co., NJ. (5k) 1698: Was one of the 6 members (of the Assembly?) from Monmouth Co. (5l) 1699: John THROCKMORTON deeded him 474 acres at Crosswicks, and 10 acres of meadow lan d, Monmouth Co., NJ. (5k) 1713: Moved to Evesham, Burlington Co., NJ. (5a,l) 1716: Deeded to son Joseph at Freehold land at Eversham, Burlington Co., NJ. (5a,l) 1718: Of Auchweas, Burlington Co., NJ. Deeded to son James land in Monmouth Co., NJ. Benjamin left Portsmouth, R.I., and went to New Jersey with hisfather, Richard, about 1665 when his father became interested in NewJersey lands. A share of this land was assigned to Benjamin under theNicolls Patent and he settled permanently in New Jersey. He settled inMiddleton, Monmouth Co., N.J. and in Rancocas Creek, Burlington Co.,N.J. (probably in what is now Laurel Township). He became a justiceand a commissioner in Monmouth County in 1670; assemblyman from thiscounty in 1692, 1694, 1695, and 1698; road commissioner, 1693-1711;agent for the receipt of Monmouth County taxes, 1705-1706. He married# 1 Abigail Grover, daughter of James and Rebecca Grover; #2 Susannah..... , who survived him, and was qualified as administrix of hisestate on June 6, 1728. Susannah was probably the daughter of JohnPage whose estate was settled, June 19, 1730. Payments were made toSusannah Borden (the first name on the list) and others.
Benjamin Borden I b. May 1649; m. Sept. 22, 1670, Abigail Grover,daughter of James Grover of Middletown, NJ. He probably removed fromPortsmouth, RI soon after making the purchase of lands in Shrewsbury,in 1665, and settled in the latter place, being allotted Lot No. 29 of"the Lotts of Middletown" Dec. 30, 1667, and the next day Lott No. 23in "the Lotts that are in the Poplar Field and the Mauntany Field".Ref: Town book of Old Middletown, 1 ". He was allowed April 9, 1670,to take up 9 acres elsewhere in lieu of Lott No. 23, "considering thebadness of its being throwne up to make good some other Lotts".
He was admitted, July 8, 1670, as one of the Associate Patentee. Hecontributed 9 pounds toward the purchase and was allotted one share.
The court was held in his house in Shrewsbury in 1676. He was Justiceof the Peace in 1685. In 1692 and 1694 he was elected to the Assemblyto be one of the Road Commissioners for Monmouth county, a position hestill held in 1711. He was one of the three men "legally chosen (Jan.1, 1695/6) to meet the men of other town of the County to assess .....the tax rate that is to be raised for support of the government", towhich office (corresponding with the chosen Freeholders of today) hewas reelected in 1697-8. Ref: Town Book 32-33.
The record of conveyances show that he was a large landholder; some ofhis purchases are as follow, taken from NJ Arch., Vol. 21. p. 27, June30, 1677. Benjamin Borden of Middletown was granted a patent for 351acres in 7 parcels. p. 113. Jan. 22, 1687. Patent to Benjamin bordenof Middletown, for 150 acres in Monmouth County, New Hope Road S. S-Eand W of Col. Lewis Morris. p. 116. March 28, 1688. Deed from JohnThrockmorton to Benjamin Borden for 1/20 of 1/48 share in 616 acreswith improvements. p. 161. Writ of election for General Assembly withreturn of Benjamin Borden and others of Monmouth county. p. 235.Confirmation to Benjamin Borden of Middletown in right of 1/48 shareof the Province, of 248 acres at Crosswicks, Monmouth County; also 30acres at Barnegatt. p. 297. March 30, 1699. Deed by John Throckmortonof Shrewsbury to Benjamin Borden of Middletown for 474 acres atCrosswicks; also 10 acres of meadow land. p. 542. Oct. 23, 1676.Return of surveys to Benjamin Borden of Middletown, N J, weaver, of290 acres in the allotments of Chohanzic along the S-E side of MountsPlantation and along the N-W bank of the Chohanzic River. p. 566. Feb.8, 1677. Patent to Benjamin Borden of Middletown, weaver, for 300acres in the Allotment of Chohanzic. 290 acres thereof on theChohanzic River adjoining Mounts Plantatiion, the other 10 acres to bea lot in Chohanzic. p. 583. July 19, 1687. Assignment by BenjaminBorden of the town of Monmouth, East Jersey, to William Hudson, lateof Matinincock, NY, all of his right title and interest, etc., in andto "ye deed". p. 618. June 15, 1697. Deed of Benjamin Borden ofMiddletown, Monmouth County, N J, yeoman, to James Hudson ofChohansey, Salem County, West Jersey, son and heir to William Hudson,deceased, for 300 acres on Chohansey River, S-E of Mounts Plantation.
In 1716 he appears to have been in Eversham, Burlington County, whenhe conveyed land to his son Joseph, of Freehold. In 1718, being thenin Auchweas, Burlington County, he conveyed land to his son James.Ref: Old Times in Old Monmouth, pp. 170-171-207-208 and 249; also N.J. Arch., Vol. 21, pp. 158-161.