Esau Boston, I
|Birthplace:||Somerset, Maryland, United States|
|Death:||Died in Somerset, Maryland, United States|
Son of Henry Boston and Ann Boston
|Managed by:||Jeffrey Tyler Carpenter|
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About Esau Boston, I
Esau Boston, third son of Henry Boston by his first wife, Anne, was born in Somerset County, Maryland, probably at Annemessex, about 1665; he died in Somerset County, probably at Morumsco, before 12 March 1719/20. He married, about 1692, Elizabeth Dukes, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Dixon) Dukes; she was born in Somerset County 7 February 1674/5; she may have died before 1719, and Esau may have married a second time, for there was a Sarah Boston in the administration accounts, who may be Esau's widow.
On 12 January 1677 at a Somerset County court Esau Boston, "orphan of Henry Boston Sen late of this County gentleman... humbly desired that William Walston..., cooper, might be his guardian." On 8 May William Walston, with William Planner, Isaac Boston's guardian, put up bond under the same conditions (Annapolis Hall of Records: Judicial Records, pp. 98, 112-13 in back of Somerset Deeds Liber 07).
On 12 June 1688 Esau with his brother Isaac bought from Cornelius Morris and his wife Anne 400 acres on Morumsco Creek, land which they agreed to divide on 23 July 1694 (Som. Deeds S.C.:314 and 7:218).
With Isaac Boston, Esau craved a court order for remuneration for attendance at court as witness against Charles Johnson on 12 February 1690. At a Somerset County court in November 1695 a petition of Esau was heard: "Since the decease of Mary Dixon relict of Ambrose Dixon of Annimessex deceased - a part of deceased's estate was reserved to and for the children of Robert Dukes deceased which said part Thomas Dixon did then make choice of and keep the same for his children... Now so it may please your Worship that your petitioner having marryd Elizabeth daughter of the said Dukes, most humbly prays that her part may be forthwith restored. And your petitioner shall give the said Dixon sufficient security." The petition was granted at June Court 1696 (Som. Jud. Records 1696/98, p. 7).
Esau was a witness of the wills of George Hey (10 August 1708), John Long (6 November 1712) and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Marshall (12 March 1716/17).
In May Court, 1713, Esau Boston, with David and Daniel Long, was a defendant in an action of trespass brought by Jonathan Cooper, but the details are unclear (Annapolis Hall of Records, Provincial Court Judgements V.D. 1).
Esau Boston died probably in early March 1719/20, for on 12 March Esau Boston was administrator for Esau Boston, deceased, and an inventory was taken 17 March. It included: sheep valued at £12.2, 4 cows and calved (£3.12), a yearling calf and heifer (each 6 shillings), 7 two-year old hogs (£1.10), a sow and 16 pigs, 300 pounds of tobacco (£1.5), and old mill and frame and stones (£1), 7 old casks, a grindstone, an axe, 2 harrow teeth, an old box of iron, 34 pounds of iron, 2 old buckets, 2 old pots, a wooling wheel and "ross leg table," an old table, a leaf of a table, an old chest, an old Indian tray, 3 bowls, 5 spoons, an old Bible, a feather bed, a feather bed with rug (£1.5) and a feather bed with an old rug and sheet (£2). The inventory was taken by Thomas Tull, Daniel and John Long, and Isaack Boston (Annapolis: Som. Inv. 3:248).
An account was submitted 5 May 1721 by Esau Boston. which included the name of Sarah Boston (Ann. Accts. 3:389).
Children (born Somerset Co., Md., probably at Morumsco):
- Bette, b. 13 Apr. 1693; d. before 9 Oct. 1750; mar. Mr. Taylor.
- Esau, b. c1695; d. before 30 Aug. 1768; mar. Ellis (Dennis?).
Wise, Matthew M. The Boston Family of Maryland,. 1st ed., 1967. pp.16-17.