John Pettit Borden1

b. 30 December 1812, d. 12 November 1891
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Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
     John Pettit Borden was born on 30 December 1812 in Norwich, Chenango County, New York.1 He was the son of Gail Borden Sr. and Philadelphia Wheeler.1 He married first Elizabeth circa 1837.1 He married second Mary Susan Hatch in 1843 in Brazoria County, Republic of Texas.1,2 He died on 12 November 1891 in Texas at age 78.1
     John Pettit Borden came to Texas with other family members in 1829. He participated in the taking of Goliad in 1835, took part in the Siege of Bexar, and served as first lieutenant in Moseley Baker's company at the battle of San Jacinto. He and his brothers Gail and Thomas surveyed and laid out the city of Houston in 1836. In 1837, he was appointed the first land commissioner of Texas. He was a member of the Somervell expedition in 1842, but did not go on to Mier. He studied law in Galveston and practiced at Richmond.1 He and Mary Susan Hatch had nine children.1


  1. [S45] "Borden, John Pettit," The Handbook of Texas Online, online…
  2. [S104] Hattie Borden Weld, compiler, Historical and genealogical record of the descendants as far as known of Richard and Joan Borden, who settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May, 1638 : with historical and biographical sketches of some of their descendants (Los Angeles?:, 1899), 191.