The Family History of Stephen Borden

Stephen Borden and Sarah Potter (Brayton) Borden

Stephen Borden

Stephen Borden, my great great grandfather, was born March 26, 1826 in Fall River and died there on July 20, 1897. He was the son of Stephen and Prudence (Brightman) Borden. His siblings included; Sylvia, Isaiah, Ruth and John L. Borden.

Stephen married Sarah Potter Brayton March 30, 1846.

Sarah was born May 15, 1828 and died March 12, 1908 in Fall River. She was the daughter of Francis and Agnes (Lake) Brayton. Her siblings included; Elizabeth, Israel, Ruth, Rachel, Letitia, Mercy, Stephen, George and William.

Stephen and Sarah's children included;

  • Stephen Andrew
  • Sylvia (Whitehead)
  • Louisa (Springer)
  • Sarah (Waterman)
  • Ida May (Sisson)
  • Charles E.

They are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery next to the Sissons and across the road from the Springers and Stephen Andrew Borden's family.

Stephen was a carriage maker and painter and his shop was at one time located on West Bank Street and later on Central Street across from where the Armory is today. He also served as a volunteer firefighter.  At the time of his death he was living on Fourth Street. That location today is directly in the path of I-195 and just east of the City Hall. At the time of his death, his wife Sarah was living with their daughter Ida May Sisson on Valentine Street due to illness.

Stephen died of "apoplexy" and Sarah died from  a stroke.

Sarah's family was well-known in the area. Several of the Brayton's of her father's ancestry and the Lakes of her mother's ancestry were soldiers of the Revolution. See the Brayton page. Since Sarah's day, the Braytons continued to be prominent in Fall River and Somerset in various professions. The Brayton Homestead still exists in Somerset (on Brayton Ave).

Stephen Borden
Sarah Brayton Borden
Sarah Potter (Brayton) Borden
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Stephen and Sarah Oak Grove Cem.
Stephen's Carriage Shop.