Richard Borden

Dates of Birth and Death

1595/6 - 1671

The Borden (or Burden) name first appears in the fourteenth century Chancery Proceedings of County Kent, England. Richard Borden was baptized at Headcorn, Kent, England on 22 February 1595/6 and married Joane Fowie at Headcorn on 28 September 1625. Joane was the daughter of Richard Fowie of Frittenden and Headcorn. In 1637/8 Richard Borden and family emigrated to New England and eventually settled in Portsmouth, R.I.

Richard Borden became a freeman on 16 March 1640/1 and held many public offices in Portsmouth including: treasurer 1654, 1655; commissioner 1654, 1656, 1657; member of a committee to treat with the Dutch, 18 May 1653; and deputy from Portsmouth to the Rhode Island General Assembly 1667, 1670. The Bordens had twelve children; the first five were born in England while the remaining seven were born in Portsmouth, R.I.

In 1665 residents of Gravesend, Long Island along with a group of residents from Rhode Island provided funds to purchase lands in Monmouth County, New Jersey from the Indians. Richard Borden was one of these "first purchasers". He died in Portsmouth, R.I. on 25 May 1671 and was buried in the Quaker burial ground of the Society of Friends in Portsmouth.

He never lived in New Jersey, but in his will he left his land in New Jersey to his son Francis Borden, who moved to Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, in 1677 and died there in 1703. Another son, Benjamin Borden had also moved to New Jersey by 1670, when he married Abigail Grover at Shrewsbury. They raised a large family and Benjamin left a large estate at his death about 1728.

Biography Author

Myron Crenshaw Smith #302


The Bordens of Headcorn, Co. Kent by G. Andrews Moriarty, NEHG Register (1930)

A History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties by Edwin Salter, Bayonne, N.J., 1890, pgs.12-23 & 361

Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by John Osborne Austin, Albany, N.Y., 1887, pgs. 23-24