Emma Borden
Emma Borden
Emma Lenora Borden was the elder sister of Lizzie Borden, who was the central figure in the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts in the United States.
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  • 1927
    Age 75
    On June 10, 1927, at age 76, Emma died from chronic nephritis in the home she shared with Annie C. Connor in Newmarket, New Hampshire.
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  • 1923
    Age 71
    Emma moved to this location in 1923 at the suggestion of her cousin Preston, both for health reasons, and to get away from the public eye, which had renewed interest in the sisters at the publication of another book about the murders.
    More Details Hide Details Emma died only nine days after her sister Lizzie's death. Though reportedly estranged late in life, both were interred side by side in the family plot in Fall River, Massachusetts. Andrew Jackson Borden married Sarah Anthony Morse on December 25, 1845. They had three children: Emma Lenora in 1851; Alice Esther in 1856; and Lizzie Andrew in 1860. Alice Esther died in 1858. Sarah Anthony Borden died in 1863.
  • 1906
    Age 54
    She returned on the same ship from Liverpool on October 6, 1906, arriving in Boston via Queenstown on October 14, 1906.
    More Details Hide Details The purpose of the trip was to visit ancestral lands in Scotland. Unlike her sister Lizzie, who owned two automobiles (1923 Lincoln, 1924 Buick), and was often chauffeured with her three dogs to the family farm in Swansea, Emma depended on others for transportation.
    On June 2, 1906, Emma sailed as a first-class round-trip passenger on the White Star liner RMS Cymric.
    More Details Hide Details It sailed from Boston to Liverpool via Queenstown.
  • 1905
    Age 53
    Emma moved out of Maplecroft in 1905 around the time that Lizzie became heavily involved with theater friends, apparently leading to a dispute between the two sisters.
    More Details Hide Details Emma being nine years older, and 54 at the time, had little interest in that sort of life. When Emma left Maplecroft, she moved in with her friend Alice Lydia Buck. The home left to Alice and her sisters by her father Reverend Buck, who died in 1903, is just four blocks away (114 Prospect St). The conditions here would have been crowded for Emma, as the smaller home had every room full. Her wealth, if she used it, would have allowed much more luxurious living. Emma and Lizzie inherited their father's wealth, and with interest and investments, maintained their wealth throughout their lives. Upon their deaths, their estates were completely liquidated. Books from their library in Maplecroft were all stamped and signed by them as they were added, and are highly valuable and collectable even to this day. Emma entrusted her cousin Preston H. Gardner to handle her wealth, and he set up a trust fund for her which was outlined in her will. Mr. Gardner was the Vice President of the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company (and other financial companies). Its assets in 1914 (first year after the Federal Reserve Act) were $49 Million USD, with $5.5 Million USD in cash, with the rest in loans and investments. The Trust is still active, and appears to be a rock for investors. While sister Lizzie's will took almost seven years to probate, with significant legal expenses deducted, Emma's will was dispatched within months of her death.
  • 1892
    Age 40
    Andrew and Abby Borden died in 1892, and Emma and Lizzie died in 1927.
    More Details Hide Details They are all buried in the Borden Family Plot in Oak Grove Cemetery.
  • 1865
    Age 13
    Andrew married a second wife, Abby Durfee Gray, on June 6, 1865.
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  • 1851
    Born on March 1, 1851.
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