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Photo: Marguerite Borden at age 15. Photo, taken in
Hopkinton, New Hampshire, is from the
collection of Kenneth Schulte.

THE FAMILY OF
MARGUERITE (BORDEN) HEAD
AND ROBERT HEAD

By Kenneth Schulte
(Marguerite's Grandson)

Notes from Compiler:

After Marguerite’s divorce from Robert in 1919 she became poor.  Not having a lot of money but many books, she would present gifts of books to her children and grandchildren.  I have fond memories of her reading fairytales to me and my playmates in the early 1950s in La Mesa.  She would encourage me to repeat tongue-twisters like, “The ragged rascal ran around the rugged rocks,” and “A big black bug bit a big black bear.”

My interest in family history has been ongoing for 20 years.  Probably nearly everyone who has been at it this long has experienced a strange coincidence or startling finding.  I had such an experience one night in 1998 at the Mormon Family History Library in Barstow when I was viewing a microfilmed book on a Rogers family from New Hampshire.  At the end of the text I found this hand-written query: “Who were the parents of Margaret Rogers who married Capt. Samuel Borden of Fall River, who sailed the schooner “Nye” to the West Indies?”  I was astonished because the query was the very question I was trying to answer, and because it was written by my grandmother, Marguerite (Borden) Head!  Although the query wasn’t signed, I know it was hers because the hand writing was a match (Uncle Vic agreed) and she was the only grandchild of Samuel Borden, so no one else would be interested.  I wonder what the odds are that a book my grandmother (a librarian in New Hampshire) had written in would be the one chosen for microfilming?  Years later I found the answer to that query but only after meeting a distant cousin on the internet who knew what happened to the parents of Margaret Rogers and her sister, Catherine.  Oh, the conversations I could have with my grandparents if they were still living!

By necessity there is some overlap between this manuscript and the articles submitted by my Uncle Vic Head. However, I have tried to keep duplication to a minimum.

Kenneth Claude Schulte – January 2010

The Family of Marguerite Borden Head and Robert Head

Photographs from the Collection of Ken Schulte

Poetry by Marguerite Borden Head - Pen Name Zuella Sterling

Vic Head

Zuella Sterling

 

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