But if Fall River itself was fraught with tension, it was nothing compared to what was going on behind doors in the Borden household. Born in 1822, Andrew came from a wealthy local family. However, his own upbringing had been modest, and he did not become successful until later in life – perhaps explaining the thrifty attitude for which he became known.
Eventually, however, Andrew became a wealthy man. And after enjoying some success making and selling furniture, he boosted his fortune with a lucrative career as a housing magnate. On top of that, he also continued the family business, taking on the role of director at a number of local textile mills.
In 1845, Andrew married his first wife, Sarah, and the pair had two daughters. The eldest, Emma, was born in 1851, while Lizzie followed some nine years later. But their family life was cut tragically short in 1863, when Sarah died at just 39 years old. Now, the two young girls were left without a mother figure.