Matthew Borden b 1638 Portsmouth first
It j so • A DAILY LESSON IN HISTORY. RICHARD BORDEN, FOUNDER OF THE IRON MANUFACTURE OF FALL RIVER. she it eldest the un- Born In Fall River April 12. 1795. Feb 25, 1874. Died There be because his to letters. he it if pretend It the dividing differences, the attended than was she The plan understood had too The old When Fall River became a tow*n in 1808, It contained 18 families, and half of these were Bordens. The forbear of the Bordens in America ■w*as Richard, who was born in England England in tho first year of the 17th cen- tUThis Richard Cftme to America in 1685 with his wife. Joan, and two young sons. His third son, Matthew, was born in 1638 in Portsmouth, near the north end of the Island of Rhode Lsland, and this was the first child born of English parents after the arrival of the first company of settlers upon tne island. . . , . John Borden, the fourth son of Richard, Richard, was the ancestor of the Fall River Bordens, He settled his two eons near the Falk River stream, and the family acquired a large portion of the land and the water power of Fall River. John himself was a very extensive land- diehard Borden, the founder of the iron manufacture, who was m 1795, was brought up on his fathers farm. Beginning with 1812 he had a grist mill for eight years near the mouth of the river, and he combined the occupation of mariner and shlpbuildsi with that of miller. He enlisted as a private in the war of 1812 and rose to be colonel. After tho war he went into the business business of constructing coast vessels wtiri Maj Bradford Durfee into whose family he afterward married. Through the day the young men worked on the wooden 4! 1 I Î V**\3 w-— — — ----part ----part of their ships^and _at^,iiU|ht_tbey labored in a neighboring blacksmith s shop on the iron work for the vessels. From their shipyard about one vessel a year of from 25 to 75 tons burden was launched, and In the blacksmith shop thev developed a good business in the manufacture of spikes, bars, rods and other articles. This was the beginning of the Iron works and the source of the capital for the development of many of the most important industries in Fall River. Borden and Durfee formed a company and began the manufacture of hoop iron. They next essayed the production of bar iron of various sizes, and at a time when the heading of the best aualitv of nails was being done by hand they set up two nail-making machines. Bv 1845 the capital of the company was increased to nearly $1.000.000. Col Borden was the treasurer of the company company from the time of its organization until his death, a period covering over 50 years. . . , It was through him that the Old Colony Colony railroad, running originally from Boston to Plymouth, was extended in the direction of Fall River and southeastern southeastern Massachusetts. He and his brother Jefferson established the Fall River steamboat line nearly 60 years ago. He touched the life of his community at almost every point. He was a directing directing influence in the greatest commercial commercial and financial enterprises, served as assessor and sur%'eyor of highwajs and as representative and senator in the state legislature, and was besides deeply interested in patriotic, philanthropic and educational projects. NO NEED OF ELOPEMENT.