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Boat(w)right Family Genealogy in America
4-1. JOHN BOATWRIGHT (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born ca. 1702 in New Kent County, Virginia, and died ca. 1710 in Hanover County, Virginia.
Notes for JOHN BOATWRIGHT:
There is no evidence that John survived beyond early childhood. It is my guess that John's parents would have named their first born "John" for John III's father, as was very typically during this time period. Because of the lack of records, the assumption is that John died as a child or young adult, before marriage. Source: George Boatright
4-2. THOMAS BOATWRIGHT (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born ca. 1705 in New Kent County, Virginia, and died 16 Aug 1776 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He married MARGARET DYER 1725 in Virginia. She was born 1707 in Virginia, and died Aft. 1776 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.Notes for Thomas Boatwright:
In 1714 William Byrd,II argued before the Colonial Board that the cost of the government in Virginia, which had become a burden on the King, could be defrayed by selling the land outright at 5 shillings for 50 acres. This produced a profound effect on the colony and by 1755 almost all of present Virginia had been claimed, mostly by descendants of the early colonists. Persons arriving in years after that were obligated to purchase land from the conglomerate landholders and speculators at the market rate.
Boatright Research Notes by Norman Hurd Ricker, Jr. - Virginia Boatwrights:
Thomas Boatwright - 1733, Son of John - Henrico County, Virginia - purchased 322 acres on 6-22-1733. descendants settled Henrico Hanover, Cumberland & Prince Edward Counties.
Thomas Boatwright - 1733, Son of John - Henrico County, Virginia - Thomas patented 322 acres on 6-20-1733.Thomas Boatwright - 1735, Son of John - Henrico County, Virginia - Henrico Shire created of what now is Henrico, Chesterfield & Powhatan Counties; Thomas' land mentioned in boundry description. Name spelled "Bootright".
Sale of Land, Henrico County, Virginia, dated May 4, 1736, witnesses Thomas Boatwright and his brother Benoni Boatwright.
Thomas Boatwright - 1736, Son of John - Henrico County, Virginia - Sold land to William Laffoon of Brunswick County 5-3-1736. (Others spell Saffoon)
Note: There are no futher records of Thomas in Henrico County. The next record of Thomas is in 1757 in Craven County, South Carolina.Thomas Boatwright located to Craven County, which became Cheraws District in 1769, Chesterfield County in 1785 and then Chesterfield District in 1798.
Boatright Research Notes by Norman Hurd Ricker, Jr. - South Carolina Boatwrights:
Thomas Boatwright – 1757, Witness to Will of Abraham Paul of Cravens Co in 1757. (first record of Thomas Sr. in South Carolina)
Thomas Boatwright - 1757, Witnessed Will of Abraham Paul, wife Amey, 1-13-1757.
Thomas Boatwright – 1759, Witnessed Deed Martin Johnson to John Bone.
Thomas Boatwright - 1762 Grant on Thompson Creek to him 12-20-1762 by the Province.
Thomas Boatwright - 1768 He voted in election of Members of Assembly for St David’s Parish,10-5-1768.
Thomas Boatwright - 1768 Voted for vestrymen in St Davids Parish (Old Cheraws, SC)
Thomas Boatwright - 1770 Deed Thomas Botewright Sr to Thomas Botewright Jr. 100 Acres on Thomsons Creek, 9-20-1770 recorded 10-21-1771.
Thomas Boatwright - 1770 Deed Thomas Botewright Sr to William Botewright 200 Acres, balance of Grant to Thomas Sr. not deeded to Thomas Jr. dated 9-20-1770 recorded 10-21-1771.
Thomas Boatwright - 1771 Thomas Underwood to Thomas Boatwright, sale. Archives 0007 001 03X0 00350 00 Public Register of Conveyances 1719-26. (William Moss m Dosier Underwood born 1803 Georgia; Lemuel Underwood born 1771 Virginia was enumerated with William Moss in 1850 census Newton County, Georgia Census.
Thomas Boatwright - 1772 Deed Thomas Underwood, Yeoman of St. David's Parish SC to Thomas Boatwright, Planter, same place, 100 acres on north side of Thompson's Creek, being half of 200 acres granted 7-4-1749 by Govenor James Glen to Abraham Paul. Recorded 7-3-1771.
Thomas Boatwright - 1772 Deed Thomas Underwood to Thomas Boatwright 2-1-1772, Thomas Underwood in Parish of St David Prov of SC Yeoman, Thomas Boatwright of the same, Planter, 200 Acres on Thompsons Creek in Parish of St David's. Land conveyed by Almleam Paul by heirship unto John Paul unto Thomas Underwood for 10 pounds for 100 Acres on north side of Thompson Creek, part of 200 Acres. Witness: Jacob Johnson, Robert Williams Peter Walker, M.P. Mark. Sworn to 2-21-1772, Recorded 7-3-1772.
Thomas Boatwright - 1775 Thomas Singleton Plat for 700 Acres 5-8-1775. Archives 0009 003 0019 00489 01 Secretary State, Surveyor General Colonel Plats.
Thomas Boatwright - 1775 John Belton Plat for 100 Acres 5-9-1775. Archives 0009 003 0013 00193 01 Secretary State, Surveyor General Colonel Plats.
Thomas Boatwright - 1776 Misc Estate Records 1774 to 1779, Page 441/442 dated 8-15-1776. Wife Margaret. son, William. William born Virginia ca 1744. Daniel Lundy - Witness. Rachel Hendrick – Witness. Recorded 8-16-1776 Cheraw District.
Notes: relationship of Thomas and James Boatwright:
There is no firm information to show that Thomas was the brother of James; however, his was the "first Boatwright name in America" found in early records. (See Boddie, "Historical Southern Families", Vol. VIII, p 180.). Thomas's descendants are known to have settled in Henrico, Cumberland, Hanover and Prince Edward Counties of Virginia. This is consistent with James.
Thomas's relationship with Daniel is similarly indefinite.
There is a persistent family legend that Boatwrights in America descend from early immigrants who changed their name to escape from an English bondage. The following is found in "Index and Outline: The Boat(w)right and Allied Families in the SE USA" edited by Norman H. Ricker, LDS microfilm #1597678: "James, Jesse and John Allen escaped from King of England's Court to America ca. 1703; another account says they came from Ireland to avoid military service. In America, they worked as boat builders, and to avoid discovery assumed the name of BOATWRIGHT. There is no factual evidence to support these stories. Boat(w)right is an authentic English name."
Author: Boddie, John Bennett
Title: "Historical Southern Families"
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Company
Note: Sixteen Volume Set
Material for chapter titled "The Boatwright family of Virginia", was provided by R. G.
Boatright and Lorene Miller Wallace.
Page: Volume II, p. 53; Volume XI, p. 183-4.
Author: Ricker, Norman H.
Title: "Index & Outline: The Boat(w)right and Allied Families"
Publication: LDS Library, Salt lake City, Utah, 1989
Material Compiled by Lt. Col. Wm. E. Boatright, Cabool, Missouri
Page: p. 111
Notes: St. David's Parish, South Carolina:
Thomas Boatwright was a founding member of St. David's Parish Anglican Church, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
In 1768 by an act of the General Assembly of the Province of South Carolina, St. David's Parish was established to serve both the religious and civic needs of a growing population. The parish included the lands that later became Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Darlington Counties and portions of Florence and Lee.
During the colonial period, the Anglican Church was the established church in South Carolina, and the Vestry was as much a political body as a religious one. The wardens and commissioners were responsible for the roads, the poor, orphans, voting and collecting taxes in addition to their church duties.
This last parish to be established under King George III was named for David, patron saint of Wales. The first major Settlement in the Old Cheraws was the Welsh one near present day Society Hill, and the "Welsh Neck" made up a large portion of the new parish.
On February 22, 1770 the Commissioners contracted the building of a church with Thomas Bingham, carpenter. The building was to be located on the southwest side of the Pee Dee River on land granted for that purpose by Ely Kershaw, who owned most of what is now the downtown area of Cheraw. The church was in use by 1772, but was not actually completed until 1774.
During the Revolution, St. Davids was used by the South Carolina militia as quarters on several occasions, and in the summer of 1780, the 71st Highlanders (British) also used the church for quarters and a hospital. The Highlanders were a regiment of Lord Cornwallis' Army under the command of Colonel Campbell. A number of them became ill, probably with small pox, died and are buried in an unmarked mass grave at the front of the church. The officers were buried individually in graves covered by brick mounds.
The first "settlement" clergyman was the Rev. Andrew Fowler who came in 1819. He also founded a mission in Wadesboro NC. Later rectors founded the Episcopal churches in Society Hill (1834) and Bennettsville (1863). Two Episcopal Bishops were rectors of Old St. David's. The Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg was the rector from 1846-1859. He also authored A History of the Old Cheraws. The Rev. Gregg was called to be the first Episcopal bishop of Texas where he named a number of parishes "St. David's" after his former church. During the War Between the States, Old St. David's was used as a hospital by both armies. There are two drawings showing the church with rows of tents among the graves. The church was slightly damaged in the munitions explosion that destroyed most of the business area at that time.
In the surrounding cemetery lie soldiers from all of America's wars. The first Confederate Monument (1867) ever built is there, as well as the graves of famous steamboat commander Moses Rogers, and Alexander Gregg. While the old portion of the cemetery belongs to the Episcopal Church, people of all faiths are buried here, and there is even a Catholic section. Please note that because the Vestry of St. David's also served the community as a political body (voting, collecting taxes, etc.), early records will contain the names of members of all religious denominations.
Minutes of St. David's Vestry
The following gentlemen were named Commissioners for the Parish of St. David's:
Claudius Pegues Charles Bedingfield Philip Pledger James James Alexander Mackintosh Robert Weaver George Hicks James Thomson Thomas Ellerbee Thomas Crawford Robert Alison Thomas Porte Thomas Lide Benjamin Rogers
August 1st 1768:
The Commissioners met at the House of Mr. Charles Bedingfield. Absent were Thomas Ellerbee, Robert Weaver, James Thomson, Thomas Crawford and Thomas Porte.
Declining to act as Commissioners were Alexander Mackintosh, James James and Robert Alison.
Elections were held.
Elected as Vestry Men:
Elected as Church Wardens: Alexander Gordon and Benjamin Rogers.
Durham Hitts was appointed Clerk of the Vestry.
1776 Will of Thomas Boatwright:
BOATRIGHT Pgs 441 & 442 Misc. Estate Records 177401779, obtained from SC Archives. Indenture used as a Will by Thomas Boatright Sr., dated 8-15-1776, Recorded on 8-16-1776, Cheraw District, Craven County SC.
This indenture made the 15th day of August in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Six between Thomas Boatwright (Sen.) of the County of Craven in the Province of South Carolina, Planter, of the one part and William Boatwright, son of the said Thomas Boatwright, of the County and Province afd of the other part - WITNESSETH that the said Thomas Boatwright, as well, for, and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he beareth unto his sd son Wm Boatwright, as also of the sum of five pounds current money, of the aforesaid Province, to him in hand paid by the sd Wm Boatwright, he the sd Thomas Boatwright, hath given, granted and confirmed, & by these presents doth give grant & confirm unto the sd Wm Boatwright_______ all that stock of horses & mares having br the name of _______ Boatwright now running at large in the af _____________ branded, with a figure of six as also all my meat cattle marked with a swallow fork & a nick in the left ear, the right ear, whole. One feather bed & furniture, as well also all & singular my household furniture in what place or places so ever the same, shall be found, as well in his own possession and custody, as in the custody or possession of any other person or persons what so ever, as they now are, or which at any time here after during the life of the sd Thomas Boatwright may be ___________reased. To have & to hold all and singular, the said horses meat cattle & all other, the premises afsd unto the said Wm Boatwright his Executors, Administrators & Assigns for ever, provided always, and upon condition that the said Wm Boatwright, his Executors, Adm. & Assigns, do & shall permit & suffer him the sd Thomas Boatwright to have hold, use, occupy, possess, and enjoy the sd horses meat cattle and all & singular the premises within granted for and during so long time as the sd Thomas Boatwright and Margaret his wife, shall happen to live and the sd Thomas Boatwright for himself, his Executors and Administrators, doth covenant and agree to & with sd William Boatwright his Executors and Administrators, by & under the conditions afsd not otherwise, shall & may peaceably & quietly, have, hold, and enjoy all & singular the horses meat cattle & premises afsd in manner afsd without any molestation hindrance or interruption, by any person or persons what so ever, claiming under him or by his act means or procurement, IN WITNESS whereof I the sd Thomas Boatwright, have here unto put my hand and seal the day & year first within written.
Signed Sealed & Delivered In presence of - Daniel Lundy, Rachel Hendrick
Thomas Boatwright (Seal)
Children of THOMAS BOATWRIGHT and MARGARET DYER are:
5-1. i. WILLIAM BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1725, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
5-2. ii. THOMAS BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1735, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. 30 Jul 1802, Chesterfield County,
5-3. iii. LEWIS BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1741, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. Marion County, South Carolina
4-3. BENONI BOATWRIGHT (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born ca. 1710 in New Kent County, Virginia, and died ca. 1784 in Cumberland County, Virginia. He married ELIZABETH Abt. 1833 in Virginia.
Notes for BENONI BOATWRIGHT:
From Ron Boatright, Orange Park, Florida who has undertaken an intensive search for ancestors of JAMES BOATRIGHT and his siblings. Ron feels that the "ALLEN brothers" story is apocryphal and family DNA testing has confirmed the ALLEN brothers story to be false. Although Ron has no firm documentation, he has compiled considerable circumstantial evidence with the help of professional researchers indicating that BENONI BOATWRIGHT, (b. ca. 1710), in Virginia was the father of JAMES (b. ca. 1745) and probably two other sons...DANIEL (b. ca. 1739) and JESSE (b. ca. 1741).
Two of Benoni's sons, JAMES and JESSE, named their sons "BENONI", although they both went by "BENJAMIN".
Sale of Land, Henrico County, Virginia, dated May 4, 1736, witnesses Benoni Boatwright and his brother Thomas Boatwright.
Benoni Boatwright is listed on the tithe list for Goochland County in 1746. Benoney Boatrite is listed on the tithe list for Goochland County for 1747. Beanoney Boberite was on the tithe list for Goochland County in 1749. (Cumberland County was formed from the southeast portion (south of the James River) of Goochland county in 1749.) Source: Sue Boatright Burk.
Benoni sold land in Goochland County (north side of James River) on 4 Oct 1749. This deed from Goochland county Deed Book 6 also mentions a wife by the name of Elizabeth. Source: Sue Boatright Burk.
Benoni Boatright leased 200 acres of land in Cumberland County in 1758 - Lease by Henry Trent to Benoni 7-24-1758, Book 2, Page 378, 200 Acres.
Benja Boatright was listed on the tithe list of Cumberland County in 1759. Source: Sue Boatright Burk.
Will of James Daniel, dated October 30, 1760, witnesses Benoni Boatwright and his brother William Boatwright. James Daniel's sons lived near Benoni's sons, Daniel and James in Cumberland County, Virginia. James Boatwright named several of sons with the same names as the sons of James Daniel; "Chesley" and "Leonard".
Benoni Boatright was exempted from levies on 22 May 1775 in Cumberland County. (Cumberland County, Virginia order books 1767-1787). Source: Sue Boatright Burk.
Benoni has owed ll.2.2 1/2 pds for six months and has been unable to pay since before 1783. Source: Norman Hurd Ricker, Jr.
Children of BENONI BOATWRIGHT and ELIZABETH are:
5-4. i. JOHN BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1737, Goochland County, Virginia;
d. ca. 1801, Hanover County, Virginia
5-5. ii. DANIEL BOATWRIGHT, b. 1739, Goochland County, Virginia;
d. 26 Mar 1797, Cumberland County, Virginia.
5-6. iii. BENJAMIN BOATWRIGHT, b. 1742, Goochland County, Virginia;
d. South Carolina
5-7. iv. JAMES BOATWRIGHT, b. 1745, Goochland County, Virginia;
d. 10 Jan 1815, Cumberland County, Virginia.
5-8. v. JESSE BOATWRIGHT, b. 1751, Cumberland County, Virginia;
d. Abt. 1821, Cumberland County, Virginia.
4-4. WILLIAM BOATWRIGHT (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born ca. 1712 in New Kent County, Virginia, and died Bef. 1782 in Hanover County, Virginia. He married ANNE.
Notes for WILLIAM BOATWRIGHT:
Will of James Daniel, dated October 30, 1760, witnesses William Boatwright and his brother Benoni Boatwright. James Daniel's sons lived near Benoni's sons, Daniel and James in Cumberland County, Virginia. James Boatwright named several of sons with the same names as the sons of James Daniel; "Chesley" and "Leonard".
Notes for ANNE:
Hanover County, Virginia - Property Tax List – 1789 Date: March 28, 1789 Persons Name Chargeable with the Tax: Ann Boatwright Number of Tithes: 1 Blacks above 16: 0 Blacks between 12 and 16: 1 Horses: 2 Hanover County, Virginia - Land Tax List – 1789 Date: 1789 Persons Name Owning Land in St. Paul’s Parish: Ann Boatwright Quantity of Land: 30 acres Hanover County, Virginia - Property Tax List – 1799 Date: April 21, 1799 Persons Name Chargeable with the Tax: Anne Boatwright Number of Tithes: 1 Black males above 16: 0 Blacks between 12 and 16: 2 Blacks above 16: 2 Horses: 0 Tax: $1.72 Hanover County, Virginia - Land Tax List – 1800 Date: 1800 Persons Name Owning Land in St. Paul’s Parish: Anne Bootwright Quantity of Land: 30 acres
Children of WILLIAM BOATWRIGHT and ANNE are:
5-9. i. WILLIAM BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1744, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. Abt. 1807, Franklin County, Georgia.
5-10. ii. DANIEL BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1746, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. Abt. 1805, Stokes County, North Carolina.
4-5. JAMES BOATWRIGHT (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born ca. 1714 in New Kent County, Virginia, and died in Hanover County, Virginia.
Notes for JAMES BOATWRIGHT:
James Boatright of St Paul to his son John Boatright 90 acres bounding on Trueheart, Macon Melton, 3-15-1784. (Page 147, Wm & Mary Quarterly Series 1, Volume 21 #3)
James Bootright of St Paul to his son John Bootright, land I bought of Thomas Melton, 3-15-1785. (Page 148, Wm & Mary Quarterly Series 1, Vol 21, #3)
Hanover County, Virginia - Property Tax List – 1789 Date: April 21, 1789 Persons Name Chargeable with the Tax: James Boatwright Number of Tithes: 2 Blacks above 16: 2 Blacks between 12 and 16: 0 Horses: 3 Hanover County, Virginia - Land Tax List – 1789 Date: 1789 Persons Name Owning Land in St. Paul’s Parish: James Boatwright Quantity of Land: 120 acres
Children of JAMES BOATWRIGHT and UNKNOWN are:
5-11. i. MICAJAH BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1760, Hanover County, Virginia.
5-12. ii. BENJAMIN BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1761, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. Bef 1830, Hanover County, Virginia
5-13. iii. DANIEL BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1762, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. 1818, Emanual County, Georgia
5-14. iv. SAMUEL BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1764, Hanover County, Virginia;
d. 04 May 1834, Mecklenburg County, North
5-15. v. JAMES BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1765, Hanover County, Virginia.
5-16. vi. HARTWELL BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1766, Hanover County, Virginia.
5-17. vii. JOHN BOATWRIGHT, b. ca. 1768, Hanover County, Virginia; d. Bef. 1820, Hanover County, Virginia.
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