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29, 1705 ; Ebenezer, April 6, 1707.

(IV) Ephraim Lane, son of John and
Sarah Lane, born June 24, 1694, in Reho-
both, was admitted to full communion
with the church in Norton in 1715, and
was tithingman in 1719. He married,
January 10, 1717, Ruth Shepperson, who
united with the church in Norton in 1718;
she was a daughter of John and Elizabeth
Shepperson, of Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Children : Ephraim, mentioned below ;
Elkanah, born April 1, 1719; Ruth, April
13, 1721, died young; Ruth, January n,
1723; Jonathan, February 25, 1724; Abi-
gail, September 11, 1727; Samuel, Sep-
tember 30, 1730.

(V) Ephraim (2) Lane, eldest child of
Ephraim (1) and Ruth (Shepperson)
Lane, was born September 30, 1717, and
died in 1800, aged eighty-two years. He
was admitted to the church in 1734, was



made tithingman in 1745, and kept a pub-
lic house from 1754 to 1767. He married,
September 21, 1738, Mehitable Stone, who
joined the church in 1742. Children:
Ephraim, mentioned below ; Nathaniel,
born June 15, 1743; Isaac, May 9, 1745;
Mehitable, June 3, 1747, died young;
Anne, July 21, 1752; Mehitable, January
5. 1755 ; Chloe, February 4, 1757; Polly,
May 27, 1762.

(VI) Lieutenant-Colonel Ephraim (3)
Lane, eldest child of Ephraim (2) and
Mehitable (Stone) Lane, was born July
9, 1740, and died in April, 1826. He kept
a public house from 1768 to 1773. He
was lieutenant-colonel in Colonel Dag-
gett's regiment, called out by the Lex-
ington Alarm, April 19, 1775; was ap-
pointed first captain of Norton artillery
company, October 31, 1776; was lieu-
tenant-colonel of Thomas Carpenter's
regiment, Rhode Island service, July 21
to September 9, 1778; was town treasurer
from 1787 to 1788; selectman from 1789
to 1794. He married, February 19, 1764,
Elizabeth Copeland, of Norton, daughter
of Benjamin and Sarah (Allen) Cope-
land; she died January 12, 1818. Chil-
dren: William., born April 7, 1765 ; Elijah,
April 16, 1767; Isaac, May 28, 1769; Dan-
iel, April 22, 1771 ; Betsey, mentioned be-
low; David, August 15, 1777; Allen, Feb-
ruary 16, 1780; Calvin, March 11, 1782;
George, July 26, 1786; Sarah, October 29,
1789.

(VII) Betsey Lane, eldest daughter of
Lieutenant-Colonel Ephraim (3) and
Elizabeth (Copeland) Lane, was born
June 6, 1775, and married Learned Wil-
marth, of Attleboro (see Wilmarth V).



BORDEN, Charles Frederick,

Business Man, Active in Religions Affairs.

The origin and history of this name and
the early generations of the family are
given at length elsewhere in this work.



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Richard Borden, the founder of the family
in America, was the father of John Bor-
den, whose son, Richard (2) Borden, was
the father of Thomas Borden. Richard
(3) Borden, son of Thomas Borden, lived
in what is now Fall River, where his son,
Thomas (2) Borden, was born and re-
sided.

(VII) Joseph Borden, eldest child of
Thomas (2) (q. v.) and Mary (Hathaway)
Borden, was born November 16, 1777, in
Fall River, where he spent his life, and
died March 16, 1842. He married, in Fall
River, November 20, 1800, Hannah Bor-
den, whose parentage has not been dis-
covered. Their children were: Seth, born
January 26, 1802; Bailey H., August 12,
1804; Isaac, October 5, 1806; Ardelia,
August 17, 1808; Mary R., June 17, 1810;
Joseph, mentioned below.

(VIII) Joseph (2) Borden, youngest
child of Joseph (1) and Hannah (Bor-
den) Borden, was born September 26,
1812, in Fall River, and was a prominent
and useful citizen of that city. For sev-
eral years he managed the city farm;
served as a member of the City Council,
and to the affairs of the Second Baptist
Society no member was more attentive ;
he was a deacon of that congregation.
He died July 12, 1895. He married Amy
Hathaway, born April 30, 1814, died April
4, 1893. Children : Mary M. D., born Au-
gust 31, 1835; Stephen B., September 3,
1838; Angenetta, June 2, 1841 ; Joseph
F., August 4, 1843; Hannah G., February
18, 1846; Emma C, February 18, 1849;
James W. M., January 16, 1851 ; Charles
Frederick, mentioned below ; Seth A.,
November 15, 1857, living in Fall River.

(IX) Charles Frederick Borden, fourth
son of Joseph (2) and Amy (Hathaway)
Borden, was born September 24, 1854, in
Fall River, and died January 12, 1905, at
his residence on Lincoln avenue in that
city. He was reared among refining in-
fluences, and was established in life on



solid foundation. His attendance at the
public school was confined to the gram-
mar grades and the high school. He
early set out as a wage earner, becoming
a bookkeeper for Davis Brothers. His
evidenced capacity, his excellent manners
and industry soon attracted the attention
of Robert K. Remington, who offered the
boy a situation, which was gratefully ac-
cepted. Young Borden sought to make
himself useful to his employer, and gave
close and faithful attention to the details
of his office work. This brought steady
promotion, and in a comparatively short
time he became the confidential assistant
of his employer. Because of his familiar-
ity with every detail of the business, he
was often left in charge during the
absence of the proprietor, who gave much
attention to philanthropical work. Follow-
ing the death of Mr. Remington, in 1886,
Mr. Borden became a partner of his son,
Edward B. Remington, the firm being
known as Borden & Remington, continu-
ing the busines established by its founder.
They conducted a very large trade in mill
supplies, and every year found the busi-
ness increased. The death of Mr. Borden,
early in his fifty-first year, cut short a
most promising business career. Like his
predecessor and benefactor, he was deeply
interested in religious and moral work,
and was among the most active members
of the Central Congregational Society.
In 1900 he was selected for president of
the Fall River district of the. Massachu-
setts Sunday School Association, and
gave active service in this capacity for
four years, until failing health compelled
his resignation. He was the first of the
district executives to bring about the em-
ployment of a salaried secretary to look
after the details of district work, and this
placed his district in the front rank of the
State movement. Mr. Borden was a
member of the executive committee of
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Young Men's Christian Association. To
him belongs the credit of the employment
of the secretary of boys' work, a depart-
ment of the greatest usefulness to the
organization in the cooperating states.
Through his earnest effort a suitable home
for the association at Fall River was pro-
vided, a large portion of the building fund
being secured through his influence and
personal effort. Mr. Borden served the
association most acceptably as a director,
and his ideas pervaded the preparation
and application of plans and decorative
ideas in the construction of the building.
He was interested in various industries,
was president of the City Coal Company
of New Bedford, a director of the Fall
River National Bank, and of the Colum-
bia Life Insurance Company. In every
relation of life he was faithful, competent,
efficient and upright, and these qualities
brought to him the affection and esteem
of a large number of friends.

Mr. Borden married (first) January 8,
1880, Annie Lincoln Remington, daugh-
ter of Robert K. and Elizabeth Allen
(Thatcher) Remington. She died July 2,
1895. Mr. Borden married (second) Feb-
ruary 20, 1901, Bertha Frances Vella,
daughter of Joseph Franklin and Emma
Frances (Soule) Vella, of Lynn, Massa-
chusetts (see Soule VIII, and Vella be-
low). There were four children of the
first marriage: I. Ida Eastman, who mar-
ried Charles F. Webb, of Worcester, Mas-
sachusetts ; she died January 4, 1915, the
mother of children : Annie Elizabeth,
George Daland, Charlotte Gail, Charles
Frederick, who died young, and Borden
Gail Webb. 2. Robert Remington, treas-
urer of the Borden & Remington Com-
pany, who married, April 12, 1909, Helen
Shove, daughter of Charles M. Shove, and
has three children: Margery, born De-
cember 26, 1909; Robert R., Jr., July 7,
1912; Richard Shove, in December, 1914.
3. Edward, a cloth broker in Fall River.



4. Charles Frederick, who married, April
26, 1914, Ethel Cabot, of Milton, Massa-
chusetts, and they have one son, Charles
F., Jr. Mrs. Bertha Frances (Vella) Bor-
den survives her husband, and resides at
the family home in Fall River. She is a
granddaughter of Nicholas Vella, born
May 25, 1812, in Malta, Italy. He came to
America and settled in East Bridgewater,
Massachusetts, where he married, Octo-
ber 20, 1833, Bethiah Churchill, born May
11, 1816, in Hingham, died June 18, 1854,
daughter of Levi and Cynthia (Packard)
Churchill, of Hingham (see Churchill
VII). They had children: Joseph Frank-
lin, mentioned below ; William Wallace,
born March 19, 1837; Volanca, Novem-
bers, 1840; Henry Washington, May 10,
1842; Levi Churchill, July 10, 1845;
Samuel, November 17, 1847.

Joseph Franklin Vella, eldest child of
Nicholas and Bethiah (Churchill) Vella,
was born at East Bridgewater, Massachu-
setts, July 30, 1835. He was educated in
the public school of his native place and
after leaving school learned the business
of manufacturing boots and shoes. In
1853 he went into business for himself in
Lynn and continued prosperously in this
line until 1871. From his practical ex-
perience during these years he became
convinced of the need and advisability
of a light symmetrical wooden heel
which should be especially adapted for
ladies' boots. As a result of this convic-
tion and some experiments, in 1871 he
began the manufacture of wooden heels.
These heels met requirements and the
business venture became an instant suc-
cess. The Star Heel Manufacturing Com-
pany grew from this beginning and was
organized with the latest improvements
and appliances necessary for business.
The heels are made in all the latest styles,
covered with kid, ooze, canvas, satin, silk
or velvet.

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among his friends as a quiet unostenta-
tious man deeply interested and thor-
oughly skilled in his business, his reputa-
tion being of the highest. From young
manhood he was an earnest, faithful
member of the First Methodist Episcopal
Church, deeply interested in its projects
and progress, and sincerely conscientious
in his Christian living. For several years
he was reelected on the board of trustees
and being devoted to the interests of
young men, he taught a large class of
them in the Sunday school during the
years they were developing and becoming
established in life. He married, Novem-
ber 19, 1856, in Lynn, Emma Frances
Soule, of that town, born June 4, 1838,
daughter of Enoch and Lydia (Munroe)
Soule, of Lynn (see Soule VII). Chil-
dren : Bertha Frances, mentioned below ;
Emma Lillian, born September 30, 1863,
died August 5, 1864; Joseph F., Decem-
ber 25, 1866, died January 25, 1867;
Nellie Mabel, October 14, 1868; Emma
J., October 7, 1874, married, July 2, 1901,
Leland H. Shaw, and they reside in
Poughkeepsie, New York, the parents of
three children : Harvey Vella, born Au-
gust 13, 1904, died August 21, 1909;
Emily Porter, born September 19, 1908;
and Leland Howard, born November 4,
1910. Mr. Vella was a devoted, exem-
plary husband and father. He found his
chief pleasure in promoting the happiness
of his family. After a five years' period
of semi-invalidism from paralysis he died
July 12, 1899, and was buried in the
family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn.
Bertha Frances Vella, eldest child of
Joseph Franklin and Emma Frances
(Soule) Vella, was born October 30. 1861,
in Lynn, and became the wife of Charles
F. Borden, as above noted. Mrs. Borden
has been long very active in Sunday
school work in Massachusetts. The fol-
lowing article by Rev. N. T. Whittaker,
D. D., in "Representative Women of New



England," published by the New England
Historical Publishing Company, in 1904,
gives a fair review of her noble and effici-
ent work :

After graduating with honor from the excellent
public schools of Lynn, she enjoyed a thorough
training for the work of a teacher in the State
Normal School of Salem, where she displayed such
aptness for teaching that, although the youngest
member of her class, she was chosen by her in-
structors to teach a class of children at the gradu-
ation exercises. Two years of successful teach-
ing followed in historic, classic Concord, Massa-
chusetts, and then, to the great regret of the Con-
cord School Board, she yielded to a call to return
to her native city, and later became the honored
principal of one of its primary schools, where
she developed remarkable tact in controlling, in-
teresting, and enthusing the children under her
care. In 1892, yielding to the unquestionable call
of God, she resigned her position as principal,
and under the direction of Mr. William N. Harts-
horn, of Boston, one of the best American Sun-
day school workers, entered the ever-broadening
field of Christian service as primary secretary of
the Massachusetts Interdenominational Sunday
School Association, the first woman of the Union
elected as a State primary secretary. In this
office Miss Vella developed great abilities as a
public speaker, beauty, clearness and helpfulness
as a writer, and genius as an organizer. In her
public addresses she always aroused and held her
audiences and stirred them to profound gratitude
toward God for His love, and to sincere deter-
mination to utilize to the best of their abilities
their opportunities to teach His truths to their
children. Her influence over children seemed
irresistable. The irrepressible were checked, the
listless aroused, all became absorbed in her teach-
ing. She made the Bible a perfect delight to the
little ones, the love of Christ a living reality, and
the desire to serve Him controlling.

Miss Vella has been a potent factor in organiz-
ing the evangelical Sunday schools of Massachu-
setts into district associations that hold annual
conventions and other gatherings, unifying, har-
monizing and intensifying all the vital interests
of the Sunday schools of Massachusetts. She
also organized and supervised the work of thirty-
five Primary Teachers' Unions, conducted regu-
larly the Boston Primary Teachers' Union and
another in Lynn every Saturday, and on Sunday
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historic Lynn Common M. E. For twelve years
she was unanimously reelected Primary Superin-
tendent each year and has seen her department
develop into Beginners' Primary and Junior De-
partments with a membership of two hundred and
forty-five.

In addition to her work in Massachusetts Miss
Vella has given great impetus to the Sunday
school cause by her addresses at annual State
conventions in all the New England States, in
several Central States, and at annual Sunday
School conventions in the provinces of Quebec,
Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick; at
the International Conventions held at St. Louis in
1893, at Boston in 1896, at Atlanta in 1899, and at
the World's Convention, London, England, in
1898. At St. Louis in 1893 Miss Vella was elected
Secretary of the International Primary Teachers'
Union. She held this office three years, then re-
signed on account of the growth of Massachu-
setts work and was elected Vice-President of the
International Union for three years, when she re-
signed, in 1899.

Miss Vella is also the author of several Sunday
school concert services and of two children's song
books, "Song and Study for God's Little Ones"
and "Bible Study Songs," which are justly having
a wide circulation.

At the close of 1900 Miss Vella resigned her
position as State Primary Secretary of Massachu-
setts, and soon after she was married to Mr.
Charles F. Borden, a merchant of Fall River.
Mr. Borden is a member of the State Committee
of the Young Men's Christian Association and
President of the Fall River District Sunday
School Association.

Since her marriage Mrs. Borden has
lost none of her interest in the forward
movements of the Sunday school cause.
She superintends the junior department
and serves as chairman of the instruc-
tion committee of Central Congregational
Bible School, Fall River. She is a mem-
ber of the district executive committee
and president of the Elementary Sunday
School Teachers' Union of the district.
"While we recognize the value of all God-
appointed agencies for the redemption of
our race, we sincerely believe that in the
Sabbath school lie the grandest possibili-
ties, which will be realized only when all
our children shall be taught of the Lord."



The following extracts from resolu-
tions adopted unanimously by the execu-
tive committee of the Massachusetts Sun-
day School Association show the high ap-
preciation felt for Mrs. Borden and her
work:

She has organized the primary teachers into
associations for mutual and helpful intercourse
and for the interchange of plans and purposes in
deparment effort, and has, by her lesson studies,
her literary work, her song books— that have
effectively touched many young lives — and her
spirit of devotion and unselfishness, and her ex-
alted Christian character, lifted the Primary De-
partment to a higher plane of active and useful
living; and she has awakened a new and abiding
interest in the general work as represented by the
State Association. Her influence in the work for
the children has not been confined to our own
State, but has extended far beyond our borders,
reaching all parts of our country. The wealth of
her resources, her ripe experience, and her sym-
pathy have been freely and generously distributed
where the most good could be accomplished. We
extend to her our best wishes for the future, and
pray that God's choicest blessings may ever attend
her and her work.

Mrs. Borden is a member of the Fall
River Woman's Club, the Women's Chris-
tian Temperance Union, and is active in
promoting the interests of the Young
Men's and Young Women's Christian
Associations and all charitable and be-
nevolent works.

(The Soule Line).

(I) George Soule was born in England,
and came in the "Mayflower" to this
country. He was the thirty-fifth signer
of the famous compact, and was entered
on the passenger list as an apprentice of
Governor Edward Winslow. As early as
1623 he was granted in his own right land
at Plymouth, and in 1633 was admitted a
freeman and was a taxpayer. He was a
volunteer for the Pequot War in 1637,
and had various grants of land at Powder
Point. In 1638 he sold his Plymouth
property and moved to Duxbury in Myles



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Standish's company, being a founder
there, was one of the earliest selectmen,
and often served in that and other offices.
He represented the town in the Gen-
eral Court in 1642-45-46-50-51-54. When
Bridgewater was set off from Duxbury
he was one of the original proprietors, but
soon afterward sold his rights and sub-
sequently became one of the earliest pur-
chasers of Dartmouth and Middlebor-
ough. He was a commissioner of court
in 1640, and was on the important com-
mittee for the revision of the colony
laws with Governors Prince. Winslow and
Constant Southworth, showing that he
must have been a man of superior intelli-
gence and education. Winslow mentions
him among the ablest men of the colony.
He married, in England, Mary Beckett,
who came in the "Ann" in 1621, in com-
pany with Barbara Standish, Patience and
Fear Brewster. Governor Bradford tells
us that he had eight children. His wife,
Mary, died in 1677. He died in 1680, one
of the last of the Pilgrims to die. His
will was dated August 11, 1677, proved
March 5, 1680. Children: Zachariah,
Mary, George, Susanna, John, Nathaniel,
Elizabeth, Benjamin.

(II) John Soule, son of George and
Mary (Beckett) Soule, was born about
1632, and was the eldest son, according
to his father's will ; he died in 1707, aged
seventy-five years. He served as sur-
veyor of highways, 1672, 1694; grand
juryman, 1675-76-77-78-83-84; arbitrator
between Marshfield and Duxbury, and
Plymouth and Duxbury, 1698, involving
land disputes; witness to the Indian deed
of Bridgewater, December 23, 1686. In
1653 ne was involved in a quarrel with
Kenelm Winslow "for speakeing falsly of
and scandalicing his daughter in carying
divers fake reports betwixt Josias Stan-
dish and her." He was fined ten pounds
and costs of two hundred pounds, June 8,
1654. He married Hester, probably



daughter of Philip and Hester (Dews-
bury) De la Noye, the French Protestant,
who joined the Pilgrims in Holland. No
other person of her name was born in
Duxbury who could have been his wife.
She was born in 1638, died September 12,
1733. Children : John, Sarah, Joseph,
Joshua, Josiah, Moses, Rachel, Benjamin,
Rebecca.

(III) Moses Soule, son of John Soule,
lived in Duxbury, near Island Creek, in
the eastern part of the town. Little is
known of him. He died in 1751, being
well-to-do for the times and owner of
much land. His personal property was
appraised at £736, 16s. and 5d. There is
no record of his wife. Children : Isaac,
Cornelius, Barnabas, Ruth, Ichabod,
Elsie, Gideon, Deborah, Jedediah.

(IV) Barnabas Soule, son of Moses
Soule, was born in 1705, in Duxbury, and
settled about 1742 in North Yarmouth,
Maine, where his elder brother, Cornelius,
and his younger brother, Jedediah, also
settled. In 1745 he purchased the home-
stead of the former. With his wife he
was received in the First Church of North
Yarmouth, August 30, 1742, by public
profession. He died April 8, 1780, and
was buried in the old graveyard, over-
looking the town of North Yarmouth and
Casco Bay. He married, in 1737, Jane,
daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Stock-
man) Bradbury, of Salisbury, Massachu-
setts, baptized August 4, 1718, a great-
granddaughter of Rev. John Wheelwright.
Children: Moses, mentioned below; John,
born March 12, 1740; Cornelius, June 28,
1743; Sarah, September 4, 1745; Eliza-
beth, October 28, 1747; Mercy, Novem-
ber 27, 1749; Samuel, June 16, 1752; Jane,
September 27, 1755 ; Barnabas, March 25,
1758.

(V) Moses (2) Soule, eldest child of
Barnabas and Jane (Bradbury) Soule,
was born August 9, 1738, and resided in
Freeport, Maine, where he was for many



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years a deacon of the church. He mar-
ried, July 24, 1760, Nancy Hewes, born
about 1736, died September 27, 1812.
Children: Mary, married David Wilson;
William, mentioned below; John; Moses,
born December 28, 1769; Jane, July 6,
1772; Charles.

(VI) William Soule, eldest son of
Moses (2) and Nancy (Hewes) Soule,
was born July 17, 1764, in Freeport,
where he made his home, and died Octo-
ber 6, 1826. He married, in 1787, Sarah,
daughter of Ambrose and Elizabeth
(Newhall) Talbot, of Lynn, Massachu-
setts, born December 10, 1769, and died
April 11, 1856. Children: Bethiah, born
June 20, 1789, died 1809 ; Sarah, January
1, 1791 ; William, November 25, 1794;
Elizabeth, November 1, 1797; Enoch,
mentioned below; Micajah, August 20,
1802 ; Joanna, December 28, 1805 ; Samuel,
November 30, 1807; Bethiah, June 2, 1809.

(VII) Enoch Soule, second son of Wil-
liam and Sarah (Talbot) Soule, was born
May 10, 1800, in Freeport, Maine, and re-
sided in Lynn, Massachusetts, where he
died. He married in Lynn, November 20,
1822, Lydia Munroe, of Lynn, born No-
vember 12, 1806, died there February 27,
1851, daughter of George and Martha
(Richardson) Munroe. Children: Julia
Ann, born April 24, 1824, married George
Churchill, both now deceased ; Adoniram
Judson, December 20, 1825, now deceased ;
Lydia Lincoln, December 22, 1828, died
February 19, 1843; Adeline Augusta, June
30, 1831, now deceased; Eliza Ellen,
March 2, 1834, died April 15, 1843; Emma
Frances, mentioned below; Lydia Ellen,
August 3, 1844, unmarried, now living in
Lynn, Massachusetts.

(VIII) Emma Frances Soule, fifth
daughter of Enoch and Lydia (Munroe)
Soule, was born June 4, 1838, in Lynn,
and became the wife of Joseph Franklin
Vella, of that town (see Borden IX).



(The Churchill Line).

Like a majority of English families of
renown the Churchills trace their lineage
to a follower of the Norman Conqueror,
and in France their ancestral line goes
to a much remote period. During the
eleventh century Wandril de Leon, a
scion of a noble family and a son of Giles
de Leon, became Lord of Coureil (now
Courcelles) in the province of Lorraine.
He adopted Corcil as his family name;



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