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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.
Ezekiel Boulden was born in Cecil County
Maryland on June 4, 1823 to John
Boulden and Margaret
Faries, his wife. His birth year and death
date were in the Cecil Democrat Obits April 1869.
The exact birthdate was given on line by Grant
Pinnix. But I don't know his source. He
was one of the younger of 10 children by John Boulden.
John had three wives. His 3rd wife Margaret had 5
This Boulden family lived at Bristol, a
plantation. The farm still exists. It is on
Elk Forest Rd, between the Elk River and Back Creek (now
the Chespeake Delaware Canal). According to
passed down family story The Boulden Family written by Estell Smith
Kepler, John's first two wives were buried in the
front yard. Then both John and Margaret died in 1826
within a month of each. They were also buried in the
front yard. The estate was sold and divided between
the surviving 9 children. The oldest still at home
was a 17 year old sister by wife #2.
It is not known where
Ezekiel or his orphaned siblings went to live.
However, I think it possible that his half-brother Thomas
Boulden set up a home by 1830 with his new
wife, Priscilla and took all the children
However, I have found that in 1850 Ezekiel Boulden
had returned to Cecil county. He was on the Cecil
County Census, roll M432_290, page 183 living
with family of Farmer Boulden Biddle along with 6
other young men, all "farmers'. the details fit our
Ezekiel, ie born MD, age 26.
On Feb. 26, 1852 Ezekiel
Boulden married Mary Helen McCauley.
From The Cecil Democrat
"Marriage on Thursday, the 26th inst by Rev. Horatio S. Howell,
Mr. Ezekiel Boulden to Miss Mary Helen mcCauley, both of
this county." Rev. Howell was Presbyterian, Ezekiel
and Mary helen were buried in the Elkton Presbyterian
Cemetery. It was nearly 20 years old in 1852, so it
is very possible that they were married in the church
which still stands in downtown Elkton Maryland.
According to Estell
Smith Kepler, Ezekiel
and Mary Helen
had the following children:
1. Henry Boulden born 1852 death date unknown
2. John Cooper Boulden born 1854 wed Catherine ann Taylor and died 1920
3. Mary Helen Boulden born 1857 wed David mcMullen and died 1946
4. Margaret Ferris Boulden born 1859 died 1921
5. Susan Benjamin Boulden born 1861, died 1921
6. Ezekiel Boulden born c 1863, died at 7 months
7. Julia McCaulley Boulden born 1864, died 1927
8. George Boulden born 1866 died 1936
9. Ezekiel Boulden Born 1868 wed Mary Brown death date unknown
The 1860 Cecil County
Census, Roll: M653_472; Page: 147 taken Jule 23rd,
lists 3 laborers and the family as:
Ezekiel Boulden age 37, born Maryland, Farmer, value of personal estate $2500. He did not own real estate.
Mary Boulden, age 28, born Delaware
Henry Boulden, age 7, born Maryland
John Boulden, age 5, born Maryland
Mary Boulden, age 3, born Maryland
Margaret Boulden, age 1, born Maryland
It is very likely that the family lived on a farm on Pond's Neck where Exekiel died in 1869. It is about half way between the Sassafras and Bohemia rivers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
In April 1869, the Cecil
Democrat reported "April 5, 1869 Ezekiel C. Boulden 45
year old died at home in Pond's Neck." This is
the first time the "C." was included in his name.
Perhaps it was Cooper,
the middle name of his 2nd son. I do not know how Cooper fits into the
Bond was paid by the executors of Ezekiel Boulden's estate on April 19, 1869. John McCauley, Mary H. Boulden are listed as administrators. William Campbell and William Cannir(sp??) also gave bond. Recorded in Libra C.B.C Nor 4, vol 16, folio 134. An inventory was taken and listed his assets at $3292.25, plus $10 cash in the house. When bills were paid, items sold, taxes, etc paid $2787 was left. Accounting filed in Orphans Court for Eziekiel Boulden on March 9, 1870.
Later that year 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, although the 1860 Census stated she was born in Delaware.
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
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
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