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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.
Estelle Smith Kepler wrote The Boulden Family
.which gave us a first look at the extensiveness of this
family. I am sure the Cecil County Historical
Society has a copy.
Augustina Boulden was born Oct. 28, 1741 to James Boulden and Elizabeth Phillips.
from St. Stephen's Parish records as noted on page
38 of Early anglican church Records of Cecil County by
Henry C. Peden, Jr.
Augustine Boulden married Thomas Boulden Jr.
They were first cousins. Her father James
was brother to Thomas' father Richard Boulden.
They had one known child, but her father, James
Boulden's will, dated January 4, 1783, Cecil
county Will book M1, page 7-11, stated "I give and
bequeath unto the children of my daughter Augustine,
the sum of five pounds to be equally divided among them
their mother having had her sufficient part from me before
her death." He would have know the difference
between child and children, so there must have been at
least one more and possibly more The one we know is:
John Boulden born 1767
John was raised at "Bristol", part of a
large track in Back Creek Neck on Back Creek. . The farm
still exists. It is on Elk Forest Rd, between the
Elk River and Back Creek (now the Chespeake Delaware
Thomas Boulden died after July 26, 1780, the date
he had been commissioned JP for Cecil County.
James Boulden, possibly Augustina's father,
but more likely her brother James Boulden, was
appointed guardian of the 14 year old son.
So it is apparent that Augustina Boulden died before her husband, as there wouldn't have been need for an appointed guardian for her son John.
On March 13, 1783 there was a Valuation of Lands of
John Boulden, minor, son of Thomas Boulden,
deceased, lists Bristol, 110 acres, Warwick and Triangle
11 Acres, Richard's Choice/ maybe Chance 135 acres and
Boulden's Choice 9 acres. Cecil County Land Record
Book, Vol 15, folio 218. The sites were
probably contiguous. For the Appraiser stated 180
acres was cleared, and no more ought to be cleared.
It also went on to state there was a new square log 1 1/2
story house, a seperate kitchen, a granary, smoke house,
stable, corn house, a rentable house, and "one Proud Log
Quarter house". John Boulden
would be considered very well off.
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