JOHN COOPER BOULDEN
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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT
The Boulden family were early planters on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Their story goes back to Jamestown 1610 when Thomas Boulden came to Virginia. He moved up the Chesapeake Bay to Kent Island and was buried there in 1665. The family continued expanding north into Cecil County and eventually across the state line into Delaware.
John Cooper Boulden was born in Oct. 20,
1854 to Ezekiel Boulden
and Mary Helen McCaulley,
his wife. His
birth and death date are noted on his tombstone in
Riverview Cemetery Wilmington DE. He
was the second of nine known children of Ezekiel and Mary
Helen. It is very likely that they lived on his farm
on Pond's Neck where he died in 1869. It is about
half way between the Sassafras and Bohemia rivers on the
Eastern Shore of Maryland. This information comes
from The Boulden Family by Estelle Smith Kepler.
This is where Ezekiel died in 1869.
A year later Mary Helen
Boulden was listed on the Cecil County 1870 Census, District 4, Roll: M593_583,
p141 living as a farmers tenant within the Fair Hill
The family is:
Mary H Boulden, age 39, Farmers Tenant - all born in Maryland
John C. age 15
Mary E age 12
Margaret age 10
Susan H age 9
Julia age 6
Geo K age 3
Ezekiel age 1
Sarah Hammond age 25, born Ireland, domestic
The oldest brother, Henry
is found on the Chesapeake City Cecil County Census
working on a farm owned by John Moore.
John Cooper is
now man of the house. I don't know why they left
Pond's Neck. Fair Hill is in the north of the
county, a good 20 miles away. There is a Bill of
Sale in the Cecil
County Recorder of Deeds, box 5, #590, 1861- 1871 from
John C. Boulden to
Mary H Boulden.
I have not seen it yet, so don't know what it is
about. It may resolve some of these
The 1880 Delaware
Census, roll T9-120, page 271 A, ED 27 has the
family living on a farm in Pencader, New Castle County, Delaware:
Mary H. Boulden, age 50 all born in Maryland
John C. Boulden, age 25
Maggie, age 21
Susan H. age 17
Julia age 16
George age 12
Ezekiel age 10
The eldest sister, Mary E. is gone, probably
married. The older brother, Henry is married
and living on a famr in Cecil County. Pencader is
very close to the Maryland border and there were other Boulden farms
there. So this a not a surprising move.
Their next known move was to the city of Wilmington
Delaware. Probably to provide John C. with work
They returned by 1894 and in 1895 lived at 714 Madison Av. In 1900 they had moved to 844 Madison Av. and by 1904 they were living at 1101 W. 7th St . where they stayed for at least 20 years.
The family in 1900 was listed on Del Census, Ward
#5, Ed 18, page 7B, on roll T623_154: living at 844 Madison AV.
John C. Boulden head born Oct 1854, age 46, born MD as were both parents, he was a foreman in a car shop.
Catherine A. " wife, born March 1864, age 36, born DE, Father born England, mother born DE
Etta C. " dau, born Jan 1886, age 14, born DE
Grace M. " dau Jan 1893, age 7, born PA
Mary N. " dau born Feb. 1894, age 6, born DE
The 1910 Wilmington
Census, Roll T624_146, page 16B, ED 32 states
that the family runs a boarding house. The household
holds 3 boarders and Grace
M. Boulden is the only daughter at home.
Delaware did not issue death certificates previous to
wed in 1910 so is not included in this household.
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