Bordwell, Joseph, was born at Three Rivers, Canada, February 23, 1820, and was the fifth in a family of eight
children of Amab and Ursula (Martelle) Bordwell. His mother was a direct descendant of John (or Jean) Martelle,
the liberator of France. At the age of twelve Joseph was left an orphan and compelled to make his own way in life.
When only seventeen he came to Monroe county, reaching Brockport with b.it two shillings in his pocket. He could
not speak English, and had much difficulty in finding employment, but finally obtained work in a brick yard. in
1843 Mr. Bordweil came to Albion and went to work in the blacksmith shop of Mitchell Gardner, having previously
learned the trade in Clarkson. He worked for Mr. Gardner for some time, and in 1846 bought the shop. In 1849 he
went to California, sailing from New York city on the steamer Sarah Sands. He reached San Francisco in June, 1850,
having stopped at the large ports of South America. He worked in the mines and followed his trade of a blacksmith.
In 1851 he returned to New York by way of the Isthmus of Panama. From 1852 until 1865 Mr. Bordwell was a blacksmith
in Albion, and by hard work and good management he accumulated a valuable property. In the year last mentinned
he disposed of his business to his nephews and devoted his personal attention to the care of his invested interests.
In 1861 he built the family residence on South Main street. In 1862-3 he erected the present well known Bordwell
block on East Bank street. April 29, 1852, Mr. Bordwell married Althea, daughter of John and Lucy (Barlow) Blodgett,
of Clarkson. The children of this marriage were: J. Norman, born June 3, 1854. died March 21, 1893; Mary Althea,
born August 16, 1856, died November 17, 1857; Addie M., born August 14, 1859, died October 2, 1859; John Blodgett,
born September 16, 1863, in Albion. Mr. Bordwell died in Albion, June 17, 1877, and in 1882 his widow married George
W. Moore, of Medina, Mich.
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Orleans County, NY
Names A to B
Names C to F
Names G to H
Names H to M
Names N to R
Names T to Z
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