William Borden Room - Named for 18th-century Land Owner

The second-floor "William Borden Room" includes an elegant, calming taupe and sage color scheme, queen bed, antiques and tub/shower combination.

William Borden Jr. was the first documented owner of the land on which this house was built. 
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William Borden Jr. (1731–1799), son of William Borden (1689-1749) and Alice Hull (1693-1730), was born February 6, 1731 in Tiverton, Rhode Island. He came to Carteret County with his family and settled on Harlowe Creek, where his father built a shipyard and sawmill. The first Quaker meeting was organized on August 1, 1733, at the home of William Borden.

Spritsail Skiff - date unknown  
Trees are blocking view of Fuller-Thomas.  
Note the cistern behind the skiff.  
Courtesy ncmaritimehistory.org
On July 3, 1754, William Borden Jr. married widow Comfort (Lovett) Small (1731-1809) of Carteret County. William Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and became prominent in town, county and colonial affairs. In 1765 records show that “a good Quaker” near Beaufort distilled turpentine and made other naval stores. He also continued the family shipbuilding business—becoming a leader of that industry in Carteret County.


William Borden Jr.'s Front Street home, the William Borden House circa 1768, originally only one-room deep, could have been built years earlier. According to research by historian Jean Kell, William Borden Jr. purchased lot #24 at the corner of Front and Orange Streets in 1768; this property was “next to lot #23 where my house now stands.”

Following the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Fifth Provincial Congress met in Halifax, North Carolina on November 12, 1776. William Borden, Jr. was selected as a delegate from Carteret County. Other delegates from Carteret County were Solomon Shepard, Brice Williams, John Easton and Thomas Chadwick. During that season the Bill of Rights was adopted—December 15, 1776. 
 


From April 4–17, 1782, Loyalists, with a fleet lurking around Shackelford and Borden’s Banks, “skirmished” in and around the Beaufort area and at one time threatened to destroy the town. During the Loyalist advance, William Borden’s plantation and mill were burned and his slaves taken prisoner. When driven away by the Patriots, Loyalists released whalers and other prisoners but retained Mr. Borden’s slaves.

1798 Survey Showing Borden's Banks 
Delegates from Carteret County to the NC state convention to ratify the United States Constitution in Hillsborough July 21–August 4, 1788 were: William Borden, Thomas Borden Jr., William Sheppard, Willis Styron and David Wallace.
William Borden died November 2, 1799, less than two months before the death of General George Washington. He was buried in a cemetery at Core Sound, Carteret County, NC. He left his wife Comfort Lovett (1731[?]-1809) and six children: four sons, John, who died at age 18 years; William (1762-1843) born on the Harlowe's Creek plantation (north of Newport River), married Ann DeLaney; Benjamin (1764-1825) married first Nancy Wallace, and second, Rebecca Staunton; and Joseph (1769-1825) who married Mrs Esther Wallace Easton; and two daughters, Alice (abt.1771-1843) married Colonel David Ward; and Hope (1774-1850) who married Asa Hatch of Jones County, NC. 


Borden Family Tree

Last Will and Testament - William Borden Jr.

WILLIAM BORDEN May 2, 1790 Proved November Court 1799
        In the name of God, I William Borden, Senior of Carteret County, having in mind to settle my outward affairs while I am in health and perfect memory...I give to my beloved wife Comfort Borden four negroes, during her natural life or widowhood and two feather beds and furniture, twelve setting chairs, two tables, two iron pots and hooks, two trammels, one copper tea kettle, one dutch oven, one dozen knives and forks, one dozen pewter plates, two platters or dishes, four pewter cassons, her wriding mare and colt, saddle and bridle with one good horse two carts, one yoke of oxen, chains and two plows, four steers, six yewes and lambs. the use of land, and her grain to be ground toll free. after the death of my wife, the use of the above mentioned articles are to go to my two daughters, Alcey Ward and Hopey Hatch equally. The rest of his property, which was imposing, including shipping vessels, debts owned on cash books, and quite a bit of land to go to the two sons William and Benjamin. his sister Hannah Mace to have twenty dollars a year during her life time. his son Joseph to share with the other two sons. sons William and Joseph Borden to be executors.
Witnessed: Joseph Hill, Isaac Hill and Eaton Padwick
William Borden (seal)

(Carteret County Wills 1700-1880 by Rebecca Willis Sanders, 1996 revised edition)


William Borden Sr. 1689-1749

William Borden was born in Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, August 15, 1689. He was the son of Mary Walker Earle and John Borden (1640–1716) and grandson of Richard Borden (1595–1691), the emigrant.

At the Friends Meeting House in Newport, RI, July 7, 1715, William Borden married Alice Tiddeman Hull (1693–1730), daughter of William Hull Esq. of Jamestown, Rhode Island.

William Borden, Sr. actually settled his family on the west side of Harlowe Creek which flows into the north side of Newport River—known as the Mill Creek area—where they built a shipyard and sawmill. Sixteen years later, the list of taxables for the whole county numbered only 320.

The first Quaker meeting in Carteret County was organized on August 1, 1733, at the home of William Borden. The meeting was to be held the first “third day,” or Tuesday, of each month for “time to come” and the Sunday prior to the meeting was set aside as the representative meeting to be held at the home of Henry Stanton. In 1736, Nicolas Briant gave the Quakers some land a few miles north of Beaufort on which they build the Core Sound Meeting House and Friends from Rhode Island sent “60 pounds Rhoadisland money” toward its construction. The Pasquotank Monthly Meeting designated Core Sound as a Monthly Meeting the same year. Henry Stanton donated two adjacent acres for pasture in 1737.
 

William Borden was a prominent citizen in Carteret County, eventually becoming the largest land owner. He became very active in public affairs and bought a great deal of property including land on Bogue Banks. On North Carolina’s first survey map in 1798, this barrier island was noted as “Borden’s Banks.”  


WM. BORDEN TO THE COUNCIL & GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]
October 2d, 1777


Respected friends, to Governor and Council, after kind and hearty respects to you all, be pleased to order your Commissioners of the salt works at Core's Sound, to deliver me a little salt for the use of the Company there, as they are obliged to live mostly upon fresh provisions, they cannot do without salt. It has taken considerable to serve them already, and I expect it will take a great deal more, in so doing you will greatly oblige your assured friend.
WILLIAM BORDEN
Please set a price on the salt.