Biography of Dexter Bordwell of Darien, NY

Dexter Bordwell, son of John and Mary (Edson) Bordwell, of Orange County, Vt., was born March 24, 1801. With his father he came to Darien in 1810, residing with him until 22 years of age. The labors of clearing the farm were so great that all were obliged to assist. The first schoolhouse, of logs, Mr. Bordwell assisted in erecting. At this school he was. educated, and proved himself a master of the spelling book. He purchased, in 1825, the farm where his only son, Aaron Bordwell, now lives, and borrowed $1 to pay for making out the contract. He married Tirzah, daughter of Sullivan and Lucy Russ, in 1829; and by close economy, industry, and perseverance succeeded in paying for his place. He was. an "old line Whig" and a staunch supporter of the Republican party.. He died in 1885, and his wife in 1873. Their only daughter, an amiable lady of culture, came to her death by being thrown from a carriage, January 7, 1850. Aaron, the only son, was born October 26, 1836, received an academic education, and September 28, 1872, married Libbie Bordwell, of Alden, Ill., and settled on the old homestead. Their only son, Clarence H., was born March 11, 1880. Mr. Bordwell is engaged in breeding fine stock, having a large flock of Oxforddown sheep, reported to be the best in the State, and upon which he has obtained many first premiums at State and international shows. He is also a breeder of fine high grade Holstein cattle. Mr Bordwell is a genial, courteous gentleman, a lover of home and its surroundings.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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