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Vinton Review; April 18, 1899

Edgar Bordwell

Edgar, the thirteen year son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bordwell, died last Friday morning at about seven o'clock, after a short illness with brain fever. The funeral services were held at the house Sunday morning at nine o'clock and were conducted by Rev. F.L. Loveland. The remains were interred in Prairie Creek Church Cemetery.

{Submitter comment: No Prairie Creek Church Cemetery in Benton County, it should be Prairie U.B. cemetery}

Submitted on 03-Jul-2010 by
Martha Long,

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May 19, 1882; Vinton Eagle

Sarah Ann Bordwell (nee Kensinger)

Mrs. Bordwell-In Taylor Township Benton Co., IA. Sunday, May 14, 1882-Sarah Ann, wife of L.D. Bordwell, aged 62 years, 6 months, and 18 days.

She was born 26 October in PA. Mrs. Bordwell came to Benton County as Miss Sarah Ann Kensinger in 1842 and was married to him, who is now left to complete the journey of life alone, 13 July 1843. Benton County was their home for 40 years, except one year they lived elsewhere. 40 years of wonderous change-the then wilderness; now, blooming like a rose. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bordwell, eight of whom were at the funeral, together with 12 grandchildren. Rev. E. English preached the funeral.

Submitted November 2, 1997, by
Kate Connerth,

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13 June 1893; Vinton Eagle

Death of an Aged Pioneer

Lyman D. Bordwell, who settled in this County in 1842, died Saturday, June 10-Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetary East of Vinton.

The subject of this sketch was born in Livingston county, New York, Jan. 28, 1808. At this place he grew to manhood. That place at that time being limited as to school facilities he was given but little opportunity to acquire an education. His earlier years were employed as stage-driver.

On the 1st of January, 1835, he was united in marriage to Maria Turner, a native of Alleghany county, New York. his wife died 13 months after leaving him one child. In a few months afterward he was again married this time to Elizabeth Turner.

In the year of 1839 he emigrated to Michigan territory, remaining there until 1842, when he emigrated to Benton county, Iowa.

This county was then practically a wilderness, still inhabited by Indians. He entered a homestead in what is now Canton township. Here he has lived ever since, accumulating but little if any property.

This span of life, however-from 1842 to 1893 has witnessed the development of this county to a marvelous degree. Though others coming afterward accumulated a goodly portion of worldly store by this development Mr. Bordwell seemed to entertain no envy, but was always contented with what he had.

Between the time of leaving for Michigan and coming to Iowa, his wife died leaving two more chilren. One of these children he never say until 1884. July 13, 1842, he married Sarah Ann Kinsing. To them eight children were born. With this wife he lived 40 years when she died, the date being May 14, 1883. April 21, 1884, he married Sarah Woodward, who survives him.

Mr. Bordwell was, we understand, a member of no religious organization.

He died Saturday, June 10th, after a short illness.

The funeral services were held Sunday, June 11th, being conducted by Rev. Edmonson.

The remains were interred in Mt. Pleasant cemetery East of town.

Submitted October 3, 1997, by
Kate Connerth,

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