Thomas Henry Borden

b. 28 January 1804, d. 16 March 1877
Thomas Henry Borden|b. 28 Jan 1804\nd. 16 Mar 1877|p84.htm|Gail Borden Sr.|b. 23 Aug 1777\nd. 1863|p81.htm|Philadelphia Wheeler|b. 1780\nd. 1828|p213.htm|||||||||||||
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
     Thomas Henry Borden was born on 28 January 1804 in Norwich, Chenango County, New York.1,2 He was the son of Gail Borden Sr. and Philadelphia Wheeler. He married first Demis Woodword on 4 June 1829.2 He married second Lovisa R. Graves in 1838.2 He died on 16 March 1877 in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, at age 73.2
     Thomas H. Borden arrived in Coahuila and Texas in 1824 and was one of Austin's Old Three Hundred. In 1830, he was Austin's official surveyor. With his brother Gail, in 1835 he founded the first newspaper in the colony. He was in the "Grass Fight," and also took part in the storming of San Antonio. He helped lay out the city of Houston in 1836, and in 1837, entered the real estate business in Columbia. He was the builder of the first mill for grinding grain in Galveston, and he invented a steam guage that was the first to measure the amount of steam in a boiler by mechanical device.2,3 He and Demis Woodword had two children.


  1. [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), 190.
  2. [S45] "Borden, Thomas Henry," The Handbook of Texas Online, online…
  3. [S104] Hattie Borden Weld, Historical and Genealogical Record of the Borden Family, 190-191.