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Matthew Boswell was born about 1730 in Charles
County Maryland possibly on land called Boswell's
Desert. His family had been in Maryland since
at least 1672 and perhaps earlier. His father was Matthew Boswell. We'll call him
Matthew Sr. His mother was Ann,
Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756, on
page 273:. Matthew Boswell Sr. of Charles
County, planter gave to William Boswell and Matthew
Boswell, planter, for the natural love he has for
his sons, 3000 lbs of tobacco and a tract of land called Boswells
Desert. bounded by a small branch that falls into
Portobacco Main Branch, containing about 100 acres-
divided equally. Ann, wife of Matthew
relinquished her right of dower. dated Jan 14, 1755, and
recorded Feb.3 1755. Neat! I love early Maryland
In 1756 there was a deed where by William Boswell
sold his brother, Matthew Boswell half a tract of
land called "Mary's Delight, adjoining a tract called
"Boswell Desert". The land was in Charles County
near the head of Portobacco Branch, starting on the
north side of Portobacco adjacent to Boswells Desert:
74 acres with buildings, garden and orchards, Recorded
Charles County deed April 3, 1756. That should
put it just to the north of the village of White
Plains, Maryland. It is probable that their
father had died after Feb. 3, 1755 and before April 3,
1756 and the elder son, William had inherited the
property still owned by their father, Matthew Sr.
He then sold half the property so that both brothers had
equal shares of the two tracks owned by their
father. There is no evidence so far of a will
for Matthew Sr., and no records after 1755 that
Then the icing is ten years later, Charles county
Land Record Book O#3, 176,-1770, page 202.
Matthew Bosell and William Bosell , his
brother of Prince Georges county sold to John Hannon
and Alexander Hannon Mary's Delight and
Bosell Desert. Recorded June 9, 1767. and
signed by William Bosell, son of Matthew
Bosell,& Matthew Bosell Jr. Both
wives relinquished their right of dower, Eleanor
and Catherine."wives of the said Mathew Bosell
and William Bosell". The "w" was left out
through-out this document, but they should all be
translated as Boswell. The puzzling item, and it may have
been in the transcription is that the signatures were in
the order William then Matthew.
The wives Eleanor and then Catherine, the
wives of Matthew and William.
switching the men's names caused some confusion.
Matthew Boswell the younger, married Catherine
about 1764. They lived in Charles county.
Fortunately we know that Catherine was Matthew's
wife because of the St. Johns Parish Records of Prince
George County Maryland. On page 98 it clearly
says "John, son of Matthew and Catharine
Boswell was born Dec, baptized Jan 24th,
1768". There is a wikipedia entry for this parish
with lovely photos: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John%27s_Church_%28Fort_Washington,_Maryland%29
It is in Fort Washington and at least 15 miles and two
river crossings away. It must have been an event to
have their children christened. Possibly the cleric
made village calls.
It is know they had 10 children from his will noted
1. Chloe Boswell born after 1764, married a Robey
2. Elkanah Boswell born after 1764 wed Anne Moreland
3. Elizabeth Boswell, born Nov. 17, 1765 in Christening record St. John's Parish, Prince George's county , married a Robey
4. John Boswell, born Dec 1767 in King George Parish, Prince George's County
5. Henry Boswell, born before 1771
6. Priscilla Boswell, born c 1772 in Charles county she married William Moreland
7. Eleanor Boswell, born 1772 in Christening record St. John' parish, Prince George's county, married Charles Tippert.
8. Matthew Boswell, born maybe 1773 in Charles county- maybe twins. Matthew wed Ann Wood Mankin. Charles County Inventories 1902-1808, page 407
9. Ignatius Boswell, born 1773 Charles county wed Elizabeth Kerrick
10. Sarah Boswell, born, after 1773, known as Sally in the will, married a Nalley.
Catherine Boswell, Matthew's wife died after
1773. By the time he wrote his will he was married
to Jane, last name unknown.
The 1790 Head of Families- Maryland has both Ignatius
Boswell and John Boswell, son of Matthew.
Then many others who were probably cousins. Our Matthew
was not on the list, but John had 2 males over 16,
so perhaps his father and step mother were living with him
at the time.
Matthew Bowell wrote his will, Sept 30,
1799. It was proved Jan 27, 1800, Charles County
MD Wills 11556. He names his wife Jane
children: Chloe Robey, Elkanah, John Boswell, Henry, Priscilla Moreland, Eleanor Tippert, Matthey, Ignatius, and Sarah Nalley.
daughter Elizabeth was deceased, named her daughter Elizabeth Robey
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