Life Summary of Johann Friedrich Theodor Borget, Written by Mary Borget Williams
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It gives me great pleasure to write of the good qualities of John Borget. Was born in Germany, and grew up to work in the gardens of the royalty. In that capacity, he met and fell in live with the owners daughter. Maria Fritzenbourge. She was from the royal house of Germany and was forbidden to even talk to the low born gardener. But she fell in love with him, eloped, and was dis-inhereted by her family. At the same time her lover was fired, and they both embarked for the land of America. They settled in time in the town of New Buffalo, Michigan. The winters there were cold, and Maria was not strong. She had one son named John Frederick Borget. In a year and a half, another baby was born dead and Maria was dead too of childbirth. (Note: The baby (Lina) was born September 29, 1870 and died October 21, 1870, a little less than a month after childbirth. Maria died October 7, 1870. A little over a week after Linas birth.) John Borget then came to Provo, Utah with his your son and met and married a widow, named Thompson, who had three children, two boys and a girl. The children were raised as brothers and sister as two the two boys Fritz and Chris was only nine when the marriage was performed. Grandma called Johns boy “Fritz” after his dead mother “Fritzenbourge.” Grandpa was German, Grandma was Danish, neither could speak the others language when they first met. But Grandpa learned the Danish Language, he could both speak and write it much better than he could the English. His second wife said she could not learn the German nor the English Language but taught him at night to speak and read Danish. The one son of Grandma Borget’s was still in Denmark so Grandpa sent money for his passage and his wife and eleven children. They settled in Salt Lake City. With so many children to feed and care for the son allowed his daughter Mary to come to Provo to live with her Grandmother. So my name was from this time on known as Mary Borget. I was only seven when I came to live with Grandpa and he was so close to me, as a little girl. I loved to go with him to the grocery store. I could always coax a nickel from him which bought my favorite sweet, two bananas. At one time I was sick, on valentines he surprised me with a big fancy one made of celluloid with fancy lace and flowers. My education began at Franklin School, the first grade was very hard for me but in the second grade a wonderful teacher named Ada John helped me to start my education. I had no trouble with school after that.
Grandpa was ambitious. He worked on the railroad as a regular section hand. Working eight hours, rain or shine, except Sundays. I remember how tired he was at the close of the day and how he enjoyed his evening meal which was always ready.
He loved my grandmother almost as much as his son Fritz, who was a young man living with us.
As the years went on Grandpa became too old for the railroad. He then worked for the farmers pruning orchards. The prunings were brought home and cut up for fire wood. Sometimes a railroad tie was brought home, this was usually cut and split up for kindling. We had a cow and chickens which he cared for except for the milking, which was Grandma’s chore. Our animals were pets.
Grandpa spaded a lot on which we raised our potatoes, carrots, peas and dry beans. The apples that fell were picked up for the pig.
Grandpa was a ‘Free Mason’ he joined the Masons when a young man in German. He was faithful to this lodge all his life, and was buried under the masonic ritual.
Can you get a good picture of him in your mind by this description? Beautiful deep blue eyes, hair silvery at the time of death, but black when young. Medium build.
Written by “Mary Borget Williams” (Marie Christina Thompson (Williams)), Mary Borget Williams was Anders Christensen Thompsons daughter and granddaughter of Christiane Christine Andersdatter.