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This was the dressing room of Abby and the home office of Andrew. Mr. Borden's desk and safe have long since been removed and replaced by a comfortable queen size bed.
Abby Durfee Gray Borden was born in Fall River on January 21st 1828 to Oliver and Sarah Gray. She became stepmother to Lizzie & Emma when she married the widower Andrew J. Borden on June 6th 1865 after they met at the Central Congregational Church.
Before marrying Andrew, Abby lived with her father, his second wife Jane and their daughter Sarah on Fourth Street. Sarah was 36 years younger than Abby and their relationship was more that of mother & daughter than of sisters.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Borden weighed between 200 & 220 lbs. Some discribe her a short, humorless soul who displayed little or no affection. Yet to others, she was described as a kindly and generous woman who was easy to please and eager to please others. As generous as she was with her own family, she found it impossible to satisfy Lizzie & Emma.
Abby Borden was murdered in the (John Morse) guest room between 9 & 9:30 am. Her body was discovered by Bridget Sullivan and the Borden's neighbor Adelaide Churchill. The autopsy report showed that Abby was killed at least 90 minutes before her husband.
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