Joseph Borden is a son of Samuel and Sarah (Workman) Borden, of Coshocton County.  His father was born in Rhode Island, and settled in Coshocton County in 1809. He was married there, and in 1839 moved to Holmes County, Ohio, whre he entered about 200 acres of land in Richland Township, and here lived until his death, which occurred September 24, 1873. He was one of the representative farmers of the township, a supporter of the Republican party, and a member of the Baptist Church. He was married four times, his first wife being Sarah Church of Coshocton County, who bore him one child, Bradford, now of Coshocton County. His second wife was Sarah Workman, and of their children two are living: Joseph (our subject) and Mary Maria, wife of Daniel Stuber, of Richland Township. His third wife was Miss Ruey Workman, by whom he had six children, all of whom are deceased. His fourth wife was Mrs. Almira Parcell, who now resides in Richland County, Ohio; their children are James F., in Richland County; Sanford O., in Pike County, Ohio; Benjamin and Samuel C. in Richland County.

Our subject was born in Coshocton County, January 26, 1838, and was brought to Holmes County when about two years of age. After receiving his education, he learned the trade of a saddler and harness maker, which he followed for many years in Napoleon, being also engaged in farming for eight years, and in 1882 he purchased his present drug store. October 11, 1863, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth A., daughter of John Mackey, a native of Pennsylvania, but at that time a resident of Richland Township. They have not been blesssed with any children, but have one by adoption, named Lovie Mackey. Mr. Borden is a stanch supporter of the Democratic party, and has served his township as justice of the peace for three years; has also filled the office of township assessor, constable, supervisor, school director, etc. He is a member of Spartan Lodge, No. 126, F. and A.M. of Millersburg. Mrs. Borden is a consistent member of the Disciples Church.


Biographical Record of Holmes County, 1889