Re: Joan Fowle b. 1603/04 Kent, England
In the book Dictionary of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Frank Holmes 1964
It mentions where the name came from.
Mentions Simon de Borden residing at Borden Court or Hall in 1199.
The american branch is traced to Henry Borden of the parish Hedcorn, Kent, England, 1379-80.
John b; 1607 came from Kent, Eng., to N.E. 1635; may have been at Stonington, Conn 1650 removed to Lyme Conn 1660
Richard, Quaker, surveyor, son of Matthew, 9th generation from Henry, was bapt at Headcorn 1596, came to Boston Mass 1635, ecame one of the founders of Portsmouth, R. I. in 1637, whence he was admitted freeman 1641.
The Borden name comes from Normandy, appears in Battle Abbey as Bordoun.There is an ancient village in Normandy named Bourdenay and Borden is a town, county of Kent., England.
The family was represented in Eng., at the time of the Conquest, and were assigned estates in the county of Kent.
Does any one know what a freeman is?