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Ann Borodell/Denison info
Posted by: Mark Wolfe Date: November 04, 2001 at 11:21:10
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I've noticed several messages in this forum related to Ann Borodell and Captain George Denison. Here's what little I've managed to find on the Borodell family.

A book entitled "Denison Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of Captain Georgi Denison" by E. Glenn Denison, Gateway Press, Baltimore 1978 says "The tradition that George served in Cromwell's army is thus verified. The story is also told that he was wounded and was nursed at the home of John Borodell, a cordwainner (leather merchant) of Cork, by his dau. Ann whom he married for his second wife." p. 1.

pp. 571-2 there is further information. First, from a "record in the Herald's College": Martha Wright married "John Borodals of County Essex. This John b. 1580-1600, was a knight of Cromwell's military activities". Also states that Martha's father was Robert Wright of Dennington in County Suffolk, England, of legal age before 1590, married Jane, daughter of John Butler of Thoby in Essex. Robert's father was John Wright of Wright Bridge in Essex, married the daughter of Robert Rooke of Havering, Essex. And that John's father was John Wright of Kelvedon Hatch in Essex.

p. 572 includes the following account of the family of Borrodales in Cumberland County:
"1. Nicholas Borrodale b.1468 of Borradale, in said Co.
2. Robert Borrodale b. 1530
3. John Borrodale b. 1585; m (perhaps an Allen).
4. Ann b. 1615; m. George Denison
Ref: Boradale family of Cumberland"

Note that there are no references to Ireland in that account.

p. 572 also refers to the Will of John Borodel (Ann's brother), from New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Boston 1906. Without typing the whole thing, it basically says "John Borrowdale of London, gentleman, 2 September 1667, proved 18 November 1667". He leaves a lease on some mines in Glamorgan to his "two sons John and Benjamin" and refers to his wife Anne as executrix. If something happens to these two sons, the same lease goes to "my two sons Broughton and Francis". And if they die, then "to my two daughters Anne and Rebecca and to the child now in the womb of my wife, at the age of one and twenty etc., which my son John will attain 5 January 1675, Benjamin 3 June 1680, Broughton 28 May 1684, Francis 29 April 1686, daughter Anne 17 March 1681, Rebecca 4 Jly 1683." He then refers to his loving sisters Anne Denison, Alice Hincks and Margaret Mitchell. The document is dated 31 March 1643, John Borrodale, son of John Borrodale, of Cumberland. And don't let the reference to a "child now in the womb" fool you. There was and still is a legal rule called the "rule against perpetuities" that has to do with the ability of someone to make a contract that will be effective for long after they are dead. This reference to some possible existing life was meant to keep the will from being called invalid by someone (presumably one of the children) on the basis of this difficult to understand rule. In other words, his wife probably wasn't pregnant.

And on p. 572 quote from correspondence "from C.A. Hoppin, 75 Chandery Lane, London, April 11, 1934", "As to the house in Cork, Ireland, which Ann Borodale inherited, it may have been acquired by her father, as was a large amount of Irish real estate which was confiscated by Cromwell and handed over to his soldiers and also acquired by Englishmen in England to whom a vast number of parcels of real estate were sold at nominal prices by Cromwell's government."

Page ix in a section written by Williams Haynes says of Captain George Denison: "In England he enlisted in Cromwell's Ironsides to fight the Royalist forces and was commissioned a captain of the cavalry. During the battle of Naesby he was taken a prisoner, but he escaped, and at Marston Moor he was severely wounded. For his recovery he went to Cork, doubtless to be near his cousin John, and there stayed in the home of a well-to-do leather merchant, John Borodell. Like many another widower, he fell in love with his beautiful nurse Ann Borodell, his host's daughter. They were married and just short of three years after his precipitous flight they returned to Roxbury."

Another source to check out is on the internet in its entirety: A Record of the Descendants of Samuel Denison, 1884 by George Burlingame Denison. You can find this document on the webpage of the Denison Society (sorry, I don't have the address handy, but it's easy to find). According to this document, Denison was wounded at Naseby, not Marston Moor. With respect to Ann it also states that "she had a brother John Borodell, who came to this country [USA] and settled; also a sister Margaret, who married a Shepherd, and for whom her daughter Margaret was probably named. This sister had descendants, one of whom married a Wheeler; and Joseph Noyes, who married Zurviah Wheeler, has a descendant of Margaret Borodell Shepherd for his wife".

Hope this helps someone. It doesn't clarify whether or not John Borodell was from Ireland or England. One source makes it clear that he was from Cumberland County, England and fought with Cromwell. Another says he was a leather merchant in Cork. I suppose both could be true, if he was given the house in Cork by Cromwell and went over after the war.


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