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Subject: [GM-L] Richard Borden, 1601 - 1671
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 11:13:52 EDT
> Hi Jan;
> I am requesting:
> Richard Borden, b.1601, Kent County, England
> d. 1671, Portsmouth, Rhode Island USA
> and wife Joan
> Both came to America between 1625 and 1640.
> Thank you very much.
> Ron Bartlett
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I'm sorry to report that I can't find your Richard Borden listed in
Pope's book. I've tried looking in every other possible spelling that I can
think of, such as Boardman, Bodman, Badman, Bourdon, etc., but with no luck.
Sometimes this little trick does work because our ancestors were frequently quite
casual about the spellings of their names and the variations were often due
to what the clerk, or whoever, thought he heard, when he recorded them. Local
accents & dialects were a big factor, with this.
Are you sure that Richard Borden came through Massachusetts on his way
to settling in Rhode Island? He may well have but, if he didn't do anything
that would cause his name to be recorded in the church, colony, town, or
court records, Pope wouldn't have found him. Or, he might be just one to be added
to the list of men whose records Pope missed, for one reason or another.
I'm posting this message to the list in the hopes that someone else
may recognize the name and help clarify this mystery for us.