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Lizzie Andrew Borden

Lizzie Andrew Borden

Female 1860 - 1927  (66 years)

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  • Name Lizzie Andrew Borden 
    Born 19 Jul 1860  Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Gender Female 
    _AMTID 190111200304:1030:113173531
     
    Died 2 Jun 1927  Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Notes 
    • My half-sixth cousin five times removed!!

      From the 'Ancestors of Lizzie Borden' website, http://members.aol.com/a
      licebeard/borden.html
      "Lizzie Borden took an ax
      And gave her mother 40 whacks.
      And when she saw what she had done,
      She gave her father 41."

      Remember singing that rhyme on the school playground, jumping rope and s
      eeing if you could get to 41 whacks? Research on Lizze's genealogy foun
      d an interesting twist: While Lizzie was found not guilty of patricide d
      espite strong evidence, she had a five-greats grandfather who was found g
      uilty of matricide on no more than the testimony of what a man had drea
      med. Lizzie descended from Thomas CORNELL, born 1627 in England and exe
      cuted 1673 in Portsmouth, RI. Cornell was convicted of matricide on the t
      estimony of a man who said that the late Mrs. Cornell had come to him i
      a dream and accused her son of having killed her. Thomas Cornell almo
      st certainly was not guilty. Thomas had another descendant (a 4th great
      -grandson) named Ezra Cornell; Ezra Cornell donated the original endowm
      ent for Cornell University.

      Lizzie descended from Thomas Cornell's daughter Innocent Cornell, who w
      as born posthumously. Whether the widow Cornell [Sarah Earle] named her b
      aby "Innocent" as a way of saying, "No matter what the sins of her fath
      er, this baby is innocent," or whether she named the baby "Innocent" as a w
      ay of stating her own judgment on her late husband is unknown.

      Regarding the strange case of Thomas Cornell's conviction for matricide
      , The GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF RHODE ISLAND has the following, which i
      s from The Friends' records of 8-Feb-1673:

      "Rebecca Cornell, widow, was killed strangely, at Portsmouth, in her ow
      dwelling house, was twice viewed by the Coroner's Inquest, digged up a
      d buried again by her husband's grave in their own land.' Her son Thom
      as was charged with her murder, but although the jury's verdict in rega
      d to this affair was, that 'he did murder his mother Rebecca, or was a
      iding or abetting thereto;' yet the evidence in the case would seem to h
      ave been in no way conclusive. There was much evidence taken. The son s
      aid in his own defence that having discoursed with his mother about an h
      our and a half he went into the next room and staid three-quarters of a
      hour. His wife then sent his son Edward to his grandmother to know wh
      ether she would have some milk boiled for her supper. The child saw som
      e fire on the floor and came back and fetched the candle. Then Henry St
      aight, myself and the rest followed in a huddle. Henry Straight saw wh
      at he supposed was an Indian, drunk and burnt on the floor, but when Th
      omas Cornell perceived by the light of the candle who it was, he cried, '
      Oh Lord it is my mother.' Her clothes and body were much burned, and th
      e jury found a wound on uppermost part of stomach.

      "John Briggs [Rebecca's brother] testified as to an apparation of a wom
      an that appeared at his bedside in a dream, and he cried out 'in the na
      me of God what art thou,' and the apparition answered, 'I am your siste
      Cornell' and thrice said 'see how I was burnt with fire.'

      "John Russell, of Dartmouth, testified that George Soule told him (sinc
      e the decease of Rebecca Cornell), that once coming to the house of Reb
      ecca, in Portsmouth, she told him that the spring she intended to go an
      d dwell with her son Samuel, but she feared she would be made away with b
      efore that. Thomas, Stephen, Edward and John Cornell (sons of Thomas), g
      ave testimony as to their grandmother's death, saying their father was l
      ast with her.

      "Mary Cornell, wife to John, aged twenty-eight years, testified that th
      ee or four years past being at her mother-in-law, Rebecca Cornell's, a
      d meeting her on returning from the orchard to the house, she said to d
      eponent that she had been running after pigs and being weak and no help a
      d she being disregarded, she thought to have stabbed a penknife into h
      er heart, that she had in her hand, and then she should be rid of her t
      ouble, but it came to her mind 'resist the Devil and he will flee from y
      ou' and then she said she was well satisfied."

    Person ID I18631  Megan's Big Tree
    Last Modified 31 Dec 1969 

    Father Andrew Jackson Borden,   b. 13 Sep 1822, Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1892, Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Sarah Anthony Morse,   b. 19 Sep 1823, Somerset, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1863, Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1845  Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

    Family ID F7395  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Jul 1860 - Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jun 1927 - Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S277] I Dream of Genealogy Web Site .