Facts and Events
source: NJ Colonial Documents, Newspaper Extracts, p22. From "The American Weekly Mercury," April 17-24, 1740. "This is to give Notice. That on the first Day of May next, will be ready and well fixed, a Stage Wagon to carry Passengers or Goods, between Perth-Amboy and Bordens-Town, which will attend at Amboy Ferry on every Tuesday, and at Bordens-Town every Thursday, on which Days all Persons intending to transport themselves or Goods, may be carried from either of said Places to the other for Four Shillings a Passenger, and all Goods at reasonable Rates. Security is given by the Wagoner for the safe Conveying all Goods delivered into his Charge. All Persons having Goods to transport as aforesaid, may send them to Joseph Borden at Bordens-Town, or Pontins Stelle at Amboy, who will take proper Care they shall be sent according to Order. New Jersey, April 17th 1740." source: notes to NJ Colonial Documents, 1740, Newspaper Extracts, p22, quote E.M. Woodward, in "Hist. Burlington and Mercer Counties" 454, 458, 459. "Joseph Borden, the founder of Bordentown, was the seventh child of Benj and Abigail (dau of Jas Grover) Borden, who were m 22 Sep 1670. Jos was b 12 May 1687. He first visited Farnsworth's Landing in a coasting vessel, probably his own, from Shrewsbury, NJ, and on 3 Mar 1724 bought of Sam'l Farnsworth 105 acres of land, and subsequently, by purchase, became the owner of nearly the whole of the site of the present Bordentown. He seems to have been enterprising, progressive and liberal. In 1740 he gave the site for the Friends' meetinghouse, and in 1751 conveyed to the Baptists for a trifling consideration the site for their church and burying ground. He was interested in the iron forge, laid out streets and building lots, erected a splendid mansion for himself, and did much to bring about a realization of his belief that Bordentown would be a great emporium for trade between NY and Philadelphia. It was with this idea in view that he reserved the waterfront on the Delaware, established a line of "stage-waggons" between NY and Bordentown, and "stage-boats" from Bordentown to Philadelphia, in order to head off his growing rival, Trenton. It will be seen in subsequent pages that he and his son Joseph kept up these means of transportation for many years. He d 22 Sep 1765. Some time prior to 1716 he m Mary Ann ---. They had one son, Joseph, and six daughters."