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Benjamin BORDEN, Jr.

Male 1675 - 1743  (68 years)

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  • Name Benjamin BORDEN 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 6 Apr 1675  Monmouth County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 3DG9-49 
    History Member of the "70 Families" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 3 Apr 1742  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Nov 1743  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 9 Dec 1743  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) This Benjamin BORDEN is sometimes confused with his first cousin, Benjamin BORDEN, son of John BORDEN and Mary EARLE, who was born in 1692.

      (2) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 341-344:


      Benjamin Borden (b. 1650 c.) purchased land in Monmouth county, East New Jersey from the Indians on 3 May 1677. Benjamin was deceased by 1730 when his son Richard Borden sold the land which he had inherited from his father. Benjamin had also given land to sons Benjamin (b. 1680 c.) and Safety Borden.

      On 3 October 1734, Benjamin (b. 1680 c.), Andrew Hampton and David Griffith received a patent from the Colony of Virginia for 1,122 acres located on Bullskin Run east of present-day Summit Point, Jefferson County, West Virginia. . . .

      On 12 November 1735, Borden purchased 850 acres located about four miles north of present-day Winchester, Virginia on Apple Pie Ridge and County Highway 739 from the Colony. . . . He was assigned 3,300 acres on Smith Creek in present-day Shenandoah and Rockingham counties by McKay, Hite, Green and Duff. The 3,300-acre tract was surveyed for Borden by James Wood on 9 March 1734/35; it was part of the 100,000-acre patent granted to Hite, McKay, Green and Duff. . . .

      Borden had 800 acres located on North Fork of the Shenandoah River ?where the river runs through the mountains? surveyed by James Wood on 7 March 1734/35. After his death, a patent for the 800-acre tract was issued by the Colony of Virginia on I June 1750. This tract is located in present-day Rockingham County, west of Broadway, Virginia on County Highway 259.

      Benjamin lived on the 3,143-acre tract which he had purchased from Jost Hite and received a patent from the Colony of Virginia for it on 3 October 1734. . . . This tract is located on both sides of Borden Marsh Run with Willow Brook at the southwest corner in Clarke and Warren counties. County Highway 644 south from U.S. Highway 340 provides access to the north section and County Highway 658 south from White Post, Virginia crosses the tract from Stone Bridge to the south property line.

      Borden was appointed a Justice of the Spotsylvania County Court on 23 April 1734; his jurisdiction extended over the area west of the Shenandoah River. He was appointed Justice of the orange County Court on 1 January 1734/35 and took the oath of office on 18 February 1734/35 at Orange, Virginia as ?a Gentleman Justice.? Benjamin attended a Court session at the town of Orange on 15 June 1736 which necessitated a hard day?s ride since 60 miles lay between his plantation and the Court. The January 1734/35 and June 1736 sessions were the only Courts attended by him in an 18-month period and this hardship precipitated the following letter:

      ?November ye 15 Day 1735


      ?I did desire to com and see you last Cort but all my hous kind was poor a coming to this country and this Cort I did think to com and I have got cold and a pain in my bones and next Cort I purpose to com if I am well, if I due not go back to Jersey where I cam from to sell several places which I left honsole (unsold) and if I should not com next Cort I desire the favour of the Cort to excuse me tel I have got better settleed and then I hope I shall perform my duty better. So genttle men I hope you are wise men and would consider the grate vantage of moving so far with a grate famaly and settleing all a new. So in hopes I rest your obed. and humbl ser.?Benja. Borden To the Judge of the Cort of Orrange County in Vergine.?

      He was appointed a Justice of the Frederick County Court on 22 October 1743.

      Benjamin Borden (b. 1680 c.) was deceased by 9 December 1743 when his will (dated 3 April 1742) was proved in Frederick County Court by Thomas Hankins, Thomas Sharp and Lancelot Wescott. He bequeathed 1,824 acres of the 3,143-acre tract to his three sons: Benjamin Borden, Jr., John Borden and Joseph Borden. He willed 800 acres to his son-in-law Edward Rogers. Benjamin instructed that all other lands in New Jersey, Bullskin Run, Smith Creek and on the James River (with the exception of 5,000 acres) be given to daughters Abigail Worthington, Rebecca Branson, Deborah, Lydia and Elizabeth Borden. He appointed his wife Zeruiah Borden and son Benjamin Borden Jr. to serve as executors.

      Abigail Worthington Pritchard and her husband James Pritchard of Orange County, North Carolina sold her inherited 1,000-acre section of Borden?s 92,100-acre tract located on the North Branch of the James River in Rockbridge County to her brother Joseph Borden for 90 pounds on I June 1761. Elizabeth and her husband John Nichols sold 500 acres of her inherited tract to Robert, Alexander and David Tedford for 30 pounds on 6 April 1757.

      Benjamin Borden Jr., John Borden and Joseph Borden divided their inherited 1,824-acre section of the 3,143-acre patent land on 4 December 1752; each received 608 acres.

      Benjamin Jr. (b. 1710 c.) sold 300 acres of his inherited 608 acres to his brother-in-law George Henry and his wife Deborah (Benjamin?s sister) for 100 pounds on 3 December 1752. Benjamin died in April 1753 and his will (dated 30 March 1753) was proved on 21 November 1753. He listed his wife Magdalen, his daughters Martha and Hannah, his stepsons Samuel and James McDowell and his stepdaughter Sarah McDowell.

      John Borden (b. 1712 c.) and his wife Ann sold his inherited 600-acre tract to Thomas Lord Fairfax for 150 pounds on 1 March 1756. Joseph Borden sold his 600-acre legacy to William Denny of Chester County, Pennsylvania for 562 pounds, 10 shillings on 3 December 1761.

      Abigail Worthington Pritchard, Rebecca Branson, Deborah Henry, Lydia Peck, Elizabeth Nichols, John Borden, Joseph Borden and Benjamin Borden Jr. (sons and daughters and devisees of Benjamin Borden Sr.) were all deceased by April 1799.

      (3) Frederick County, Virginia, Hopewell Friends History [database online], Orem, UT:, 1997:

      In the State Land Office at Richmond are to be found recorded in Book 16, pages 315-415, inclusive, the patents issued to the settlers who came to the Shenandoah Valley under authority of the Orders in Council made to Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan. All bear date of November 12, 1735, and recite that the grantee is one of the seventy families brought in by them, and excepting location and acreage, are alike in wording and conditions, and are signed by William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony at that time. . . .

      These patents were issued under the seal of the colony and were grants from the Crown, free of any obligation of feudal services to the Fairfax family, who claimed the land as lords proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The sixth Lord Fairfax, who later established his home at Greenway Court near Winchester, instituted many suits against early settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, but it does not appear that any Friend who claimed under Ross and Bryan was ever ejected from his land.

      Although it is specifically stated that seventy families have been "by them brought in to our said Colony and settled upon the Lands in the said Order mentioned," only thirty-six patents issued to thirty-four grantees have been found. The names of these grantees are here given, together with sundry information gathered from the minutes of various Friends' meetings, from the records of the counties of Orange and Frederick in Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania. . . .

      Benjamin Borden, 850 acres. This land lies upon the western slope of Apple Pie Ridge in Frederick County, and 750 acres of the tract were sold by his executors, Benjamin Borden Jr., his son, and Zeruiah Borden, his widow, on February 7, 1744. In this deed the grantee is referred to as "Benjamin Borden, Gent., late of Orange County, Colony of Virginia, Deceased." Neither Benjamin Borden nor his family ever resided on this tract, which appears to have been one of his many speculations in land. His home plantation, known as "Borden's Great Spring Tract," of 3143 acres, granted him October 3, 1734, joined Greenway Court, the home of Lord Fairfax, on the southeast. Borden's house stood at, or near, the present residence of Thompson Sowers Esq., in Clarke County. He also had a tract of 1122 acres on the Bullskin Marsh near Summit Point, now W. Va., and a large tract on Smith's Creek, near New Market, Shenandoah County, Va. On November 6, 1739, he secured a patent for 92,100 acres on the headwaters of the James River, which became known as Borden's Manor, and lay mostly within the bounds of present Rockbridge County, Va. He appears to have been on intimate terms with Lord Fairfax, and by persistent tradition is generally believed to have acted in some way as Fairfax's agent. That Lord Fairfax purchased from his son John Borden, in 1756, 608 acres of the "Great Spring" tract at the very time he was waging a violent controversy with some settlers who claimed under Crown patents, certainly indicates some friendly arrangement with the Borden family.

      Benjamin Borden was born in 1692, a son of Benjamin Borden and ---- Grover, near Freehold, N. J., and died in Frederick County, Va., in 1743. He married Zeruiah Winter of West New Jersey, and came to Virginia sometime in 1732. He was prominent in the affairs of the county and was appointed to the first bench of justices on the organization of Orange County in 1734, and of Frederick County, when it was set off from Orange in 1743. He with others was the subject of religious persecution by the Orange court in October and November, 1737. His will, dated April 3, 1742, and probated October 9, 1743, in Frederick County, mentions his wife Zeruiah, his sons Benjamin Jr., John, and Joseph, and his daughters Abigail, wife of Jacob Worthington, Hannah, wife of Capt. Edward Rogers, Mercy, wife of William Fearnley, Rebeckah, wife of Thomas Branson, Elizabeth, wife of ---- Branson, and Deborah and Lidy, still single. Witnesses: Thomas Sharp, Lancelot Westcott, Edward O. Borden, Thomas Hankins, and Thomas Rogers.

      The religious persecution of his family continued after his death, and the Frederick County records show that on May 7, 1746, the grand jury for that county presented Zeruiah Borden, Deborah Borden, and Mercy Fearnley "for speaking several prophane, scandalous and contemptable words against the Holy Order of Baptism."
    Person ID I9737  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 

    Father Benjamin BORDEN, Sr.,   b. 16 May 1649, Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1728, Monmouth County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Abigail GROVER,   b. Between 1653 and 1654, Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1720, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4718  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Zeruiah WINTER,   b. Abt 1680, Monmouth County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1751, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Bef 1700  Monmouth County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Benjamin BORDEN, Jr. and Zeruiah WINTER were first cousins of each other.
     1. Rebecca BORDEN,   b. Abt 1710, Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Orange County, NC? Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 19:38:14 
    Family ID F4717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart