Glenn, Thomas Allen, 1901. Pedigree of Richard Borden : who removed from the county of Kent, old England, 1637-1638 and settled at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Philadelphia: Printed for private distribution. 15pp.
Ancestry.com NB: Ancestry's bibliographic citation of this work indicates a publication date of 1988. This may be a reprinting date, or perhaps a "scan" date, but the title page clearly shows the original date of publication as 1901.
Also available on microfilm via LDS Family History library Film 0990349.
This short work provides the ancestry of Richard Borden "who removed from the County of Kent, Old England, 1637-38, and settled at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Glenn traces the lineage to one Henry Borden, of the parishes of Hedcorn and Borden, in Kent England, b. 1270-1380, and wife Robergia. Primary sources for much of the information given are cited, though usually as end notes that do not necessarily tell us what specific information came from what sources. Wills for various persons are commonly quoted. A common source is listed as "Arch. Cant.", citing specific volume's and folio. This is probably "Archives Canterbury". Whether the citations are sufficient to pinpoint the locaiton of a specific record, is not obvious.
A casual read of the work suggests that the author made considerable effort to locate primary source materials. Whether the information he presents from those source materials is sufficient to validate his conclusions conerning the line of descent, is not clear. However, it seems likely that this is one of the sources, perhaps the primary source, for Richard Borden's lineage, as it commonly appears on the web, and in later published works.
This work provides some information about Richards children, and documents the basis for identifying Richards wife as Joan Fowle, incuding the will of her "kinsman", Francis Fowle, that specifically identifies Richard Borden as Joan's husband. Accepting this information seems to eliminate the contention of some that Joan's surname was "Fowler", and that she was of Welch descent, since her kinsman is described as living in Cranbrooke, Kent Co, at the time of his death. The exact relationship of Francis Fowle to Joan Fowle is not clear, but she does not appear to be his daughter.