A.J.H. Borders

Submitted by Eric Stack
Source: "Memorial Record of Alabama", Vol. I, p. 585
Author: Brant & Fuller (1893)
A. J. H. BORDERS, one of the wealthiest pioneers and farmers of Calhoun county, was born in Jackson county, Ala., April 10, 1824, a son of John and Cynthia (Knox) Borders. The father was born in Virginia in 1779. He was a son of Samuel Borders, who was a soldier in the Revolution. Mrs. Cynthia Borders was born in Georgia in 1790. The father, John Borders, came to Alabama in 1835 and bought a large tract of land, but, as the Indians were too numerous, he did not more his family until 1837, when he settled in the woods and cleared up a large plantation. A. J. H. Borders was reared on the farm and received a fair education. In 1844 he married Sarah Griffin, daughter of Vincent and Elizabeth Griffin. Of the eleven children born to this marriage, the following eight are still surviving: John V., James G., A. H., S. W., William S., Charles C., and Addie G. The mother was born in Abbeville district, S. C. She was a member of the Baptist church and died in 1874. In 1878 Mr. Borders married Mary E. Goodlett, daughter of Zion and Harriet (Hughes) Goodlett. This union has been blessed with two children, Abie G. and May C. The mother was born in Greenville district, S. C., in 1836, and with her husband is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Borders is also a member of the Masonic order. Mr. Borders was not in the late war on account of sickness, but was well represented by two boys. He is one of the old, substantial citizens of the county, is well respected by all who know him, and owns 940 acres of good land. He was always a great hunter and still enjoys the chase.
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