Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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BORDEN, PASCHAL PAVOLO -- Son of Gail Borden, Sr. and brother of Gail, Jr., Thomas H., and John P. Borden. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 8, 1838 for three-fourths of a league and one labor of land by the Ft. Bend County Board it is certified that he arrived in Texas in May, 1830.

Gail Borden, Sr., was born in Indiana in 1777 and emigrated to Texas in 1829, arriving on December 29th. Gail Jr., and Thomas H. founded the Telegraph and Texas Register at San Felipe De Austin, the first issue being printed October 10, 1835. It was the only newspaper in Texas at that time. Gail and Thomas H. surveyed and laid out the town of Houston for A. C. and John K. Allen in 1836. Gail became world famous for patenting a process for making condensed milk. John P. was the first Commissioner of the General Land Office of the Republic.

In Service Record No. 6585 it is certified that Mr. Paschal Borden enlisted in the army at La Bahia and served in Captain John Bird's company from October 24 to December 13, 1835. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 4042 for 320 acres of land for his services from March 1 to June 1, 1836. At San Augustine he was a member of Captain Baker's company and Donation Certificate No. 750 was issued to him January 5, 1839 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

Mr. Borden's home after the revolution was in Fort Bend County. There on February 3, 1838 he was married to Frances Mary Heard, sister of Captain William J. E. Heard, who commanded a company in the battle of San Jacinto. Mrs. Borden lived but a few years after her marriage. On July 19, 1842 Mr. Borden was married to Martha Ann Stafford at Stafford's Point by Judge C. C. Dyer. . Borden died in 1864, his brother Thomas H. being appointed administrator of his estate May 30, 1864. His widow died in June, 1864. The two are probably buried in the Adams cemetery near Stafford in Fort Bend County.

Children of Paschal B. and Martha (Stafford) Borden were: (1) Milam (2) Guy and (3) Joseph William Borden.

(1)Milam Borden was born August 24, 1844 and died July 23, 1875 He was married to Ella Underwood.

(2)Guy Borden was born November 6, 1846 and died in 1910. He was married to Fannie Quarles. Children of this union were Nellie H., Guy, Jr., and Paschal P. Borden.

(3)Joseph William Borden was born January 1, 1849, and died in New York in 1898. He was married to Emma Graves.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Moseley Baker
  • Battle Account: yes - see Kemp sketch

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1806 Dec
  • Birthplace: New York, Norwich
  • Came to Texas: 1830 May
  • Date of Death: 1864 Apr 28
  • Comments: Plum Creek; Mexican War; Civil War, Confederate Army
  • Bounty Certificate: 4042
  • Donation Certificate: 750
  • Profession: farmer, storekeeper
  • Wife: 1. Frances Mary Heard; 2. Martha Ann Stafford
  • Children: Milam Borden; Guy Borden; Joseph William Borden
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother John P. Borden at San Jacinto; future wife sister of William J. E. Heard