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Dr Thomas Wood Borland

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Dr Thomas Wood Borland

  • Birth 9 Dec 1779 Scotland
  • Death 1831 Murfreesboro, Hertford County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 46503045

h/o Harriott Godwin

Birth: in Hamilton, Scotland.

Reported by Fay Hempstead to have immigrated about 1796.

Thomas Wood Borland, M D and Harriott Godwin are reported in Fillmore Norfleet's book, "Suffolk in Virginia", as living on property of Mathias Jones, just south of the Castle Inn (modern day address around 400 N. Main Street), across street from George and Fanny (Green) Godwin who lived in a home Dr. Robert H Fisher (1785-1815) built with wife Charlotte Holland (ca1784-aft1860) on a lot, in Suffolk, Virginia, well before the city's 1837 fire and after its 1797 fire. He son of Thomas Fisher and Mary Tembte, (see Sharples portraits).

The 1820 Virginia census has two white males, ages 10-15, with Dr. Borland, undoubtedly Roscius Cicero & Euclid. Oddly, it lists only a male 26-44. Where might wife/mother, 33 y/o Harriott be? There is a Harriat Godwin listed separately? George Godwin's household has listed one white boy 0-9 y/o, most likely Solon, male 26-44, female 26-44 and 31 slaves. There's a 1821 receipt for Solon's school paid by Geroge Godwin who with wife Fanny Green were seemingly raising son Solon in 1820 Nansemond county census, they one of fifteen Godwin families listed therein, also see (WM) 1821, paid schooling receipt.

Its reported Dr Borland moved family to Murfreesboro, North Carolina in 1823 and the 1830 census lists Dr. Borland in North Carolina with three males, most likely Roscius, Euclid & Solon, plus 5 male & 9 female, slaves, wife Harriott believed died, ca 1825.

January 6, 1825, Dr Thomas Wood Borland wrote his good friend Joseph Prentis,II about his wife's, Harriott Godwin, illness, prior to her demise.

It was but a very few days earlier, in February 1825, when word was received that the Marqius de La'Fayette would visit Murfreesboro, Dr Borland was appointed chairman of the committee to welcome him. Washington and Mary (future parents of Borland's granddaughter's hubby) were the Inn Keepers, Saturday, 26th February 1825, when Marquise de La'Fayette, the last of the American Revolution's Generals at his demise in 1834. page=gr&GRid=1075">George Washington's tomb, to Williamsburg, York town, then visiting several days with old friend Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, next to dine with James and Dolly Madison's at their Montpelier, then finally to Norfolk by steamboat, leaving there by stage coach for Suffolk to spend Friday night at Castle Inn then on to Somerton, Virginia and Murfreesboro, North Carolina.

(WM) Letter of 19 April 1828 to uncle George Godwin from Euclid BORLAND (age 18) after father Dr Thomas W BORLAND brought him to second oldest (1693) after Harvard (1636), The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Delayed by high-water at James Town ferry. Euclid and his father dined at Judge BROWN’s. The evening his father left he and all students were invited to Professor CAMPBELL’s, their mathematics professor, for tea. Euclid wrote he had the best furnished room on campus and was really impressed with all, professors, students and the school, however he was looking forward to seeing aunt Fanny and all at “Castle Hill”, later known as “Buntings” come 4th of July.

Death: in Hertford county, North Carolina, date and burial site unknown.

Burial was undoubtedly in one of the many unrecorded and unknown private family cemeteries within Nansemond county, such as are early families of Borland, Godwin, Jones, Prentis to name but four of hundreds.

Father: Robert Borland b:
Mother: Margaret Jack b: in Hamilton, Scotland

Marriage: Harriott Godwin b: 17 SEP 1787 Nasemond county, Virginia
Married: before 1807

Known Children

Roscius Cicero Borland b: 1807 in Nansemond county, Virginia

Euclid Borland b: 27 OCT 1809 in Suffolk, Nansemond county, Virginia

Solon Borland b: 8 AUG 1811 in Suffolk, Nansemond county, Virginia

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