Thomas Boulding Family Line
This is a narrative of my findings, both factual and speculative, that leads me to believe that the William Boulding, who married Tomasin Nash, is the son of William Boulding of Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, VA, and the grandson of Thomas Boulding of Elizabeth City, VA
In brief, Thomas Boulding arrived in Virginia on the Swan in 1610, and in 1624, a muster (head count) is taken of all settlers. Thomas is listed at age 40, with a young child William. Later records (land patents) show Thomas in the Elizabeth City, VA area as late as 1644.
The presumed son William, went to Gloucester County, VA in the mid 1600’s and there met and married Rachel Lewis, presumed daughter of Morgan Lewis. William shows up acquires land patents as early as 1666 in Gloucester. His neighbors included Augustine Warner, Lawrence Smith and others, in an area near the Poropotank Swamp in Abingdon Parish.
Prior to July 22, 1662, a Mary Thwaite arrives in Gloucester County, a head right of Lawrence Smith. My speculation is that William Boulding met Mary and/or she worked for him as a servant, and then sometime around 1664, she had two children by him, William and Thomas Thwaite.
In 1664, William Boulding leased some land in Baltimore County, now Cecil County, MD on the north side of Bohemia Back Creek, called “Towne Point”. About 1668, William, along with Mary Thwaite and her two sons move to Baltimore County, MD and settle on the leased land on the Back Creek.
In 1670, William deeds over some 300 acres in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, VA to Rachel, his then wife and Morgan Lewis. My thoughts are that this was William’s way to provide for the wife he left behind in Virginia.
William Boulding makes his will in 1671 and gives his remaining land and belongings to Mary, and the two children, when they become of age. Following William Boulding’s death in 1672, the family remains on his land near Back Creek, and later William Thwaite, changes his surname to that of his father, and sometime around 1686 he marries a Tomasin Nash.
Three other areas to consider are:
a. The William Boulding that married Tomasin Nash owned property on the Back Creek, as did the William Boulding who made his will in 1671, as did later Boulding family members, and George Ford.
b. The Bouldin/ Boulding name spelling is consistent with each generation. In Gloucester County, VA William Boulding’s name was spelled Bowlin, Boulding, and Bowling in various documents from 1666 to 1703, but they are never spelled Boulton or Bolton. This is important in that a number of those individuals studying genealogy trace the name to the Ile of Kent (Kent Island), MD where a Thomas Boulton died in Sep 1655. But the name spelling is not correct for these Boulding’s. Additionally, there was a Richard Boulton in Elizabeth City, VA at the same time as Thomas Boulding and he might have been the father of the Thomas Boulton of Ile of Kent.
c. William Boulding and Tomasin (Nash) Boulding had a number of children, the first was Mary, possibly named after Mary Thwaite, then Richard after Tomasin’s father, Elisabeth possibly after a sister of the William Boulding of Gloucester County, VA, Alexander after Tomasin’s Uncle, William and Thomas, after their grandfather and great-grandfather.
1. Thomas Boulding has a son William, see the muster of Elizabeth City, Virginia, 1624
2. A number of land patents identifying Thomas Boulding being in Elizabeth City, one in particular, that of a Toby Smith in 1644, which mentions Thomas Boulding in the description of the land deed/patent.
3. A land patent assigned to William Bowlin (887 acres) in Gloucester County, VA in 1668.
4. A land patent for a Lawrence Smith in 1662 in Gloucester County, VA that names a Mary Thwaite as one of the head rights.
5. A land patent for a William Boalding in Baltimore County, MD, that was surveyed for an Edward Baker on 8/11/1664 which “lies on the Elk River in a creek of the said river called Bohemia Creek on the north side thereof, called “Uppermost”.
6. William Boulding Sr. makes a will in 1671 leaving his land and all his belongings to Mary Thwaite and her two sons, who are not of age (under 16 years of age), who were born in William Boulding’s home in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, VA.
7. There is a William Bouldin in 1686 that is 22 years of age in Maryland. “Cecil Co.: In what was then Kent Co., but now Cecil Co., Edward JONES, "father-in-law," (in colonial times father-in-law meant step-father also) showed William BOULDIN, then aged ca. 22 in ca. 1686, his (JONES') land called Salem, which was near Woodberrys Creek and a neighbor was a John VEAZEY”
8. William Boulding marries a Tomasin Nash ca 1686, there first child is born in 1688 and the birth is registered in St. Stephens Church along with a number of other children of William and Tomasin Boulding.
9. William Boulding has 100acres surveyed in 1721 on the north side of the Bohemia Back Creek and on the east side of a small branch to the southward of the said Boulding plantation.
10. Nash, Richard, 28th Apr., 1679; 25th Oct., 1680. To brother Alexander Nash and John Linsys, personalty. To Hugh Foucke, Jr., 150 A., part of tract on Elk R. To Grace Chessell, 100 A. of same tract. Wife (unnamed), execx. and residuary legatee of estate, real and personal, during life. To son Richard and dau. Thomison, sd estate at death of wife afsd. Test: Jno. Linssly, Robt. Kemble. 2. 111. Hugh Foucke was a witness to William Boulding’s inventory Nov 12 1672 along with William Price.
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