Richard Boulding (deceased)

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Nicknames: "Bouldin", "Bowling"
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Managed by: David Prins
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Some people have claimed that Thomas Bouldin I had other children. According to The Powell Families of Virginia and the South by Rev. Fr. Silas Emmett Lucas Jr , a Richard Bouling or Boulin of Lower Norfolk made a will on 14 July 1668, naming William Ellis as his “brother.” Lucas believed that the name might be Boulding and that Richard might be a younger son of Thomas Bouldin I. He also added that Elizabeth, wife of William Ellis, was a sister of Richard and thus a possible daughter of Thomas Bouldin I.

While it is clear that Richard Bouling’s wife Elizabeth named in his will was not his first wife, she or his prior wife could have been a sister of William Ellis. Richard Bouling signed his name clearly as Boulin in his will, which showed that he was literate. The largely intact 17th-century Norfolk County records do not show any familial relationship between Elizabeth and Richard Boulin under any spelling to Thomas Bouldin I or his son William Bouldin (I?), who could only sign with an initial “W.” Nor do these two Bouldins appear in the Norfolk County records under any spelling. Moreover, Lower Norfolk County was located further south of the Corporation of Elizabeth City while Elizabeth City and Gloucester County was located further north.

No documented proof for possible siblings or half-siblings in either Kecoughtan, Elizabeth City, Newport News, or Warwick, Gloucester and Norfolk counties has come to light. To date, there is no conclusive proof of any connection between Thomas Bouldin I, his son William (I?) and these Boulin(g)s of Lower Norfolk County.

Source: Maryland Genealogy Society Bulletin, Fall 2007, Volume 48, Number 4. Published by the Maryland Genealogical Society, Inc., Baltimore, MD.

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