Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860-June 1, 1927) – Lives Our Ancestors Left Behind

A Brief Overview of Lizzie

Lizzie Andrew Borden was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. She was the youngest daughter of Andrew Jackson Borden and Sarah Borden and lived her entire life in Fall River. Lizzie attended church and taught Sunday School, and was a member Lizzie Borden 1of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Lizzie had an elder sister Emma and another elder sister who had died in infancy. After Sarah’s death, when Lizzie was less than three years of age, Andrew remarried to Abby Durfree Gray in 1865. In 1884, Andrew gave his new wife’s half-sister a house, this action would be objected and fought over by …

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Mum Bett and Abolition in Massachusetts

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“anytime while I was a slave, if one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told I must die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it—just to stand one minute on God’s earth a free woman— I would.”

Mum Bett stood on the fringes of the small crowd in the town square of Sheffield, Massachusetts; wrapped in a shawl against the autumn chill. She had come to hear the reading of the new law. A courier had arrived from Boston with printed copies for all those who could read – Mum Bett couldn’t, so she came to listen.

A tall young man climbed up onto a wagon so he could be seen and heard.

“This here is the new Constitution of the Free Commonwealth of Massachusetts! Draw near and listen!”

“Article One!”

“All men are born free and equal, and have certain…

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