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My Grandmother was a Bordwell. Try this address, Kate has a lot of useful
Ancestors of William M. Bordwell
Generation No. 1
1. William M. Bordwell, born January 02, 1847 in Canton, Iowa; died July
31, 1919 in Marshall, Iowa. He was the son of 2. Lyman Dixon Bordwell and
3. Sarah Ann Kensinger. He married (1) Mary M. Yerkes April 22, 1866. She
was born July 07, 1844 in Dearborn, Indiana, and died July 17, 1917 in La
Porte City, Iowa.
Notes for William M. Bordwell:
Died in Old Soldiers home In Marshall, Iowa. Was a Civil War Soldier
More About William M. Bordwell:
Burial: Vinton Iowa
More About Mary M. Yerkes:
Burial: Vinton, Iowa
More About William Bordwell and Mary Yerkes:
Marriage: April 22, 1866
Generation No. 2
2. Lyman Dixon Bordwell, born January 28, 1808 in Ontario Co. New York;
died June 10, 1893 in Vinton Iowa. He was the son of 4. Waitstill
Bordwell and 5. Eunice Gillette. He married 3. Sarah Ann Kensinger July
13, 1842 in Linn co. Iowa.
3. Sarah Ann Kensinger, born October 26, 1819 in Huntington Co. Penn.;
died May 14, 1883 in Taylor Township, Benton county, Iowa.
Notes for Lyman Dixon Bordwell:
Lyman Bordwell was born 28 January 1808 in Ontario County, NY. Lyman is
our most colorful ancestor. He was married four times. First, he married
Maria Turner on 01 January 1835. They had a son Joseph born January 1836,
and Maria died 04 February 1836 leaving Lyman with a one month old baby.
Joseph died March 1873 in a Soldier's home in Dayton, Ohio. Second, Lyman
married Elizabeth Clark on 30 June 1836 about four months after his first
wife died. Lyman and Elizabeth had two children. Charles Edwin, born 22
May 1837 in York County, NY, died 6 May 1864 in the Battle of the
Wilderness. Lyman collected his pension of $8 per month throughout his
lifetime. When Elizabeth was pregnant with their second child, Lyman left
on the journey to Iowa to claim land. They had a daughter, Sarah Jane
born 19 September 1839 in York County, NY during his absence, and
Elizabeth died during the birth. Lyman was in Michigan by the time he
heard of her death, and that his brother had taken the children to raise,
so he went on to Iowa. The daughter was reared by his Brother as his own,
and told that Lyman was her Uncle. He never saw her until 12 October
1884, when he made a trip to Kansas to see her, by which time she was
Mother of 12, Grandmother of 6. Lyman settled in Benton County, IA in
1842. 16 August 1843 he married Sarah Ann Kensinger in Linn County, IA.
She was the daughter of Christian Kensinger (See Kensinger link.). Sarah
was born 26 October 1819 in Bedford County, PA. She died 14 May 1883 in
Benton County, IA and is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery next to her
Father. After her death, Lyman married Sarah Woodward on 21 April 1884.
Lyman died 10 June 1893 in Benton County, IA, and is also buried in Mt.
Pleasant Cemetery. Lyman and Sarah had eight children, all born in Benton
Here is his obituary from the Vinton Eagle:
DEATH OF AN AGED PIONEER
Lyman D. Bordwell, who settled in this County in 1842, died Saturday,
June 10-Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery East of Vinton.
The subject of this sketch was born in Livingston County, New York, Jan.
28, 1808. At this place he grew to manhood. That place at that time being
limited as to school facilities he was given but little opportunity to
acquire an education. His earlier years were employed as stage-driver.
On the 1st of January, 1835, he was united in marriage to Maria Turner, a
native of Alleghany County, New York. His wife died 13 months after
leaving him one child. In a few months afterward he was again married
this time to Elizabeth Clark.
In the year of 1839 he emigrated to Michgan territory, remaining there
until 1842, when he emigrated to Benton County, IA. This county was then
practically a wilderness, still inhabited by Indians. He entered a
homestead in what is now Canton Township. Here he has lived ever since,
accumulating but little if any property. This span of life, however-from
1843 to 1893 has witnessed the development of this county to a marvelous
degree. Though others coming afterward accumulated a goodly portion of
worldly store by this development, Mr. Bordwell seemed to entertain no
envy, but was always contented with what he had.
Between the time of leaving for Michigan and coming to Iowa, his wife
died leaving two more children. One of these children he never saw until
1884. July 13, 1842 (note, this is the date license issued, but not date
actually married), he married Sarah Ann Kinsing. To them eight children
were born. With this wife he lived 40 years when she died, the date being
May 14, 1883 (note, her obituary is in the 1882 newspaper). April 21,
1884, he married Sarah Woodard, who survives him. Mr. Bordwell was, we
understand, a member of no religious organization. He died Saturday, June
10th, after a short illness. The funeral services were held Sunday, June
11th, being conducted by Rev. Edmonson. The remains were interred in Mt.
Pleasant cemetery East of Town.
Notes for Sarah Ann Kensinger:
May 19, 1882; Vinton Eagle
Sarah Ann Bordwell (nee Kensinger)
Mrs. Bordwell-In Taylor Township Benton Co.,IA. Sunday, May 14,
1882-Sarah Ann, wife of L.D. Bordwell, aged 62 years, 6 months, and 18
She was born 26 October in PA. Mrs. Bordwell came to Benton County as
Miss Sarah Ann Kensinger in 1842 and was married to him, who is now left
to complete the journey of life alone, 13 July 1843. Benton County was
their home for 49 years, except one year they lived elsewhere. 40 years
of wonderous change-the then wilderness; now, blooming like a rose. Nine
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bordwell, eight of whom were at the
funeral, together with 12 grandchildren. Rev. E. English preached the
Submitted November 2, 1997, by
Kate Connerth, Kate2(a)cinci.rr.com
More About Lyman Bordwell and Sarah Kensinger:
Marriage: July 13, 1842, Linn co. Iowa
Children of Lyman Bordwell and Sarah Kensinger are:
1 i. William M. Bordwell, born January 02, 1847 in Canton, Iowa; died
July 31, 1919 in Marshall, Iowa; married Mary M. Yerkes April 22, 1866.
ii. Sarah Bordwell
iii. Mary Ann Bordwell
iv. Lucinda Bordwell
v. Phebe/Eliza Bordwell
vi. Caroline Bordwell, born May 05, 1854 in Benton County Iowa; married
John Allen Hager December 30, 1874 in Benton County Iowa.
More About John Hager and Caroline Bordwell:
Marriage: December 30, 1874, Benton County Iowa
vii. Janes Bordwell
viii. Amanda Bordwell
ix. Emma Bordwell
Generation No. 3
4. Waitstill Bordwell, born August 28, 1775 in Whatery, Franklin, Mass.;
died 1843 in Birdsell, Allegany Co. New York. He was the son of 8. Lt
Perez Bordwell and 9. Tabetha Hastings. He married 5. Eunice Gillette
5. Eunice Gillette
Notes for Waitstill Bordwell:
161 WAITSTILL BARDWELL 5 A farmer. Served the Artillery service in the
War of 1812 at
the Battle of Black Rock. By request of his superior officer
he trained his cannon upon a house occupied by officers of the British
Army and sent a
solid shot through the house, scattering its occupants in double-quick
time. - JMC
Pencil names in JMC ms. at Waitstill Bardwell 5 are: Adeline 1830,
Harriet 1832, Sarah 1834, Cornelia 1836, Allen 1838, Albert 1839. These
could be the
right dates for the Bostwick children, but we do not know whose children
His son LYMAN D BORDWELL 6 #o453 was born in that portion of Ontario now
known as Liv-
ingston Co. At the time of his birth and for many
years after, the Indians were all around him, Indian boys during his
boyhood and youth
being constant playmates. During this time, however, an almost
was one who subsequently became famous - Gen Samuel J Wadsworth. They
grew up together
until at 19 Wadsworth entered Yale college and Lyman, some two years
after, became a
stage driver, an occupation he followed for seven years. His education
was meager. At
about 12 years of age he had a few weeks schooling, and after he was 19
he had a tutor
for a short time. - VMOB 453f44s
The son WAITSTILL BARDWELL 6 #455 lived about 1870-5 in Bell Hollow in
the town of
Grove. There he had a small clearing in the narrow
valley, enough to raise fodder for one cow and one horse. He had a few
apple trees and
a garden that supplied him with food for himself and his wife. For
clothes and such
luxuries as sugar, tea and such he depended on cash received for working
for his more
ambitious neighbors, those with more land and resources. Uncle Waite had
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philosophy of life. Enough, was to him, as good as a feast. And he always
had what he
called "enough." Handicapped by his stiff leg, this required courage to
bear the con-
stant torture, and unusual muscular strength to do work that would be
easy for others.
He was an inveterate joker...One day he hitched his horse to the buggy
and drove to
Dansville, a distance of about twelve miles. Tying his horse at the
tavern he entered
and told the assembled guests a pitiful tale of a runaway accident in
which the driver
was thrown from the wagon so heavily that his leg was broken and the bone
the frozen ground, pinning him fast so that it took three men to pull him
free. The in-
jured man was very poor and without means...Uncle Waite asked the
privilege of passing
the hat to help the poor man along...When all had contributed Uncle Waite
money together, thrust it into his pocket and left, saying: I am the Man!
was literally true, though it happened some years before. I believe much
of his mischief
was devised in an effort to raise excitement enough to let him forget for
a moment the
constant agony of his ailing limb. His handicap also explains why, to
him, enough was
enough. One day when the roads were at their muddy worst he drove to
miles, and called the Doctor to come quickly to his house to see and
treat a sick man.
As soon as he had the Doctor's promise to hurry, Uncle turned his horse
drove as fast as he could. He put the horse in the barn and when the
Doctor arrived he
was on the floor writhing in agony with the colic... - JSB 472f23 via LBL
More About Waitstill Bordwell and Eunice Gillette:
Child of Waitstill Bordwell and Eunice Gillette is:
2 i. Lyman Dixon Bordwell, born January 28, 1808 in Ontario Co. New York;
died June 10, 1893 in Vinton Iowa; married Sarah Ann Kensinger July 13,
1842 in Linn co. Iowa.
Generation No. 4
8. Lt Perez Bordwell, born 1737; died 1815 in Phelps, Wayne Co. New York.
He was the son of 16. Ebenezer Bordwell and 17. Elizabeth Gillette. He
married 9. Tabetha Hastings.
9. Tabetha Hastings, born October 01, 1749 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co,
Mass; died 1795 in Conway Town, Hampshire Co. Mass.
Notes for Lt Perez Bordwell:
Revoutionary War Soldier From Mass. French & Indian WarPerez was a large
framed powerfully built man. He was engaged in the French and Indian
War 1756-1762. In the Revolution he served with distinction as Lieutenant
in the Regt
of Col Fellows. After fighting bravely to establish our independence,
when the Shays
Rebellion broke out he was one of his active partisans, and was put into
Jail, with two others: Capt Abel Dinsmoore of Conway and Lt Paul King and
hostages, for the body of one Elder Ely. They were liberated on the
demand of Capt.
Dickinson of Hat. and Capt Henry Stiles of Wh and another. With a threat
would bombard the jail unless these brave men were liberated. They
pretended that they
had a strong force at hand to execute their threats. When the Jailor
D. ordered one of the others to station a company or a section of
artillery and make
ready to knock the jail down. As the officer started apprently to execute
the jailor gave in and released the men. After collapse of the rebellion,
to Phelps, NY. He owned a house in Wh in 1771 and was taxed for 2 horses,
1 cow, etc
Child of Perez Bordwell and Tabetha Hastings is:
4 i. Waitstill Bordwell, born August 28, 1775 in Whatery, Franklin,
Mass.; died 1843 in Birdsell, Allegany Co. New York; married Eunice
Generation No. 5
16. Ebenezer Bordwell, born September 18, 1707 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co,
Mass; died November 14, 1789 in Whately, Franklin, Mass.. He was the son
of 32. Ebenezer Bordwell and 33. Mary Field. He married 17. Elizabeth
17. Elizabeth Gillette, born December 19, 1705 in Hadley, Hampshire Co.
Mass; died in Hatfield, Hampshire Co, Mass.
Notes for Ebenezer Bordwell:
Revelutonary Minute Menn of Mass
Child of Ebenezer Bordwell and Elizabeth Gillette is:
8 i. Lt Perez Bordwell, born 1737; died 1815 in Phelps, Wayne Co. New
York; married Tabetha Hastings.
Generation No. 6
32. Ebenezer Bordwell, born October 10, 1679 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co,
Mass; died July 13, 1732 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co, Mass. He was the son
of 64. Robert Bordwell and 65. Mary Gull. He married 33. Mary Field April
33. Mary Field, born July 18, 1684 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co, Mass; died
in Hatfield, Hampshire Co, Mass.
More About Ebenezer Bordwell and Mary Field:
Marriage: April 25, 1706
Child of Ebenezer Bordwell and Mary Field is:
16 i. Ebenezer Bordwell, born September 18, 1707 in Hatfield, Hampshire
Co, Mass; died November 14, 1789 in Whately, Franklin, Mass; married
Generation No. 7
64. Robert Bordwell, born 1647 in London, England; died January 09,
1725/26. He married 65. Mary Gull November 29, 1676.
65. Mary Gull
More About Robert Bordwell and Mary Gull:
Marriage: November 29, 1676
Child of Robert Bordwell and Mary Gull is:
32 i. Ebenezer Bordwell, born October 10, 1679 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co,
Mass; died July 13, 1732 in Hatfield, Hampshire Co, Mass; married Mary
Field April 25, 1706.
On Sun, 23 Jun 2002 20:21:05 +0000 "gary clark" <gvclt(a)hotmail.com>
> I am looking for any information on William M Bordwell and his wife
> Margaret Yerkes. They were my great grandparents. I have found
> plenty of
> information on both the Bordwell and Yerkes lines down to William
> and Mary.
> I know that William served in the Civil War in the 26th Missouri
> Co 'C', evidently under the name of Bordeville, and that He was a
> when he enlisted. But why did he go to Missouri to enlist and was he
> musician thru out his life? These are the type of questions I would
> like to
> be able to find out.
> My grandmother Beulah was their last child born Apr 6, 1895 and died
> Jan 6,
> 1961 in Pacific Beach, California ( San Diego ).
> I would appreciate any information, or how to obtain information on
> and Mary Margaret's life, and any information on Beulah who left
> probably in her early teens. All I know of Beulah's early years is
> that she
> had her first daugther in Feb of 1912 in Indiana, which would put
> her age at
> about 17.
> When my grandmother was alive she never talked about her early
> years, and
> now anyone in the family that might have any information has past
> Thanks for any help you could give me.
> Gary Clark
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I am looking for any information on William M Bordwell and his wife Mary
Margaret Yerkes. They were my great grandparents. I have found plenty of
information on both the Bordwell and Yerkes lines down to William and Mary.
I know that William served in the Civil War in the 26th Missouri Infantry,
Co 'C', evidently under the name of Bordeville, and that He was a musician
when he enlisted. But why did he go to Missouri to enlist and was he a
musician thru out his life? These are the type of questions I would like to
be able to find out.
My grandmother Beulah was their last child born Apr 6, 1895 and died Jan 6,
1961 in Pacific Beach, California ( San Diego ).
I would appreciate any information, or how to obtain information on William
and Mary Margaret's life, and any information on Beulah who left Vinton
probably in her early teens. All I know of Beulah's early years is that she
had her first daugther in Feb of 1912 in Indiana, which would put her age at
When my grandmother was alive she never talked about her early years, and
now anyone in the family that might have any information has past away.
Thanks for any help you could give me.
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Hi Gary: In my 1885 Biographical Sketches of Benton Co. residents, I find
William H. Yerkes born Feb, 18, 1865 - the son of John H.Yerkes and Lucinda
Bordwell. As the article is about John and Lucinda, nothing else is written
The parents were members of the United Bretheren Church. William had a
brother, Elbert Yerkes, born Sept. 2, 1875.
My husband's father, David C. Sebern was married (first marriage) to
a Cora Yerkes of Vinton, Iowa. David's second marriage was to Anna M. Smock
Cora and David had 2 children - Ralph V. Sebern and Marie E. Sebern.
I will keep looking at my Benton Co. material to see if I find
anything more on William H. Yerkes. Best of luck in your search.
Sorry it's taken so long to reply. Family matters took more time than I'd
expected, so I only had one day of research time at the library. Then, spur
of the moment, I decided I'm done with Chicago and am moving back to Benton
county area permanent, so I've been packing and such.
Anywho. I was only able to find info for G. Swoik on the Pavey family. (I'm
keeping the other requests for further reference when I get settled, so
don't give up hope.)
> I'm researching the family of Thomas A. Pavey/Pavy (b. Jan 24, 1811 OH -
> June 28, 1863 in Garrison) md to Sarah Johnson (b. Aug 8, 1811 OH - d.
> 7, 1900 in Garrison). Sarah is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, but haven't
> clue where Thomas might be buried. Thomas and Sarah migrated from OH in
Pavey headstones in Evergreen cemetery: Thomas 1811-1863, Curry 1844-1872,
Sarah 1811-1900, Thomas Jr. 1845-1923 (I have photos if they come out when I
get around to having them developed -- I really gotta go digital.)
1925 Iowa Census, Benton county, Bk 52, lines 40-41
Ln 40: EM Pavey, age 71
Ln 41: VP Pavey, age 62, born in Virginia or Penn (that what my notes say --
I'm sure I knew why at one time), father John Ridenour of Virginia, mother
Elizabeth Frish (Fresh?) of Maryland, church affliation Brethren. (parents
married in PA)
1925 Iowa Census, Benton county, Bk 72 (didn't note the line nos. Sorry)
James Pavey age 34, born in KS, father Eli Pavey of OH aged 71, mother Pat
Redinour of OH aged 64
Alva Pavey age 33, born in IA, father James Christy of PA aged 82, mother
Rachel Arnold of PA aged 84 (James Christy & Rachel Arnold married in OH)
Vinona Female age 13
Thomas Male age 11
Laurel Female age 7
Rhuella Female age 2
(children all born in Garrison)
This was just a quick scan-through -- some of those pages are near
impossible to read.