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Isaac Boston, I

Birthplace: Northampton, Virginia
Death: before April 09, 1701
Morumsco, Somerset, Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Boston and Ann Boston
Husband of Elizabeth Boston
Father of Isaac Boston, Jr.; Anne Boston and Elizabeth Boston
Brother of Rebecca Mullinix (Boston); Henry Boston, Jr.; Esau Boston, I and Anne Lankford
Half brother of Richard Boston

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About Isaac Boston, I

Isaac Boston, second son of Henry Boston by his first wife, Anne, was born in Northampton County, Virginia, about 1660; he died in Somerset County, Maryland, probably at Morumsco, before 9 April 1701. He married (before 26 November 1695) Elizabeth Long, daughter of Samuel and Jane (Minshull) Long; she was born in Somerset County 19 Feb. 1671/72, "between 11 and 12 o' clock at night"; she died in Somerset Co., probably at Morumsoco, before 21 Mar. 1716/17. She married as her second husband, probably in 1701, Adrian Marshal, son of George and Adria (Potter) Marshall, born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, about 1665; he died in Somerset County between 1713 and 1716; they were the parents of George, Samuel, Adria, Thomas, and Adrian Marshall.

At a Somerset County court held 12 Jan. 1677/78 Isaac Boston, "orphan of Henry Boston Senior late of this County, gentleman deceased, humbly desired that William Planner... planter might be his guardian which was granted and ordered that the administrator of Henry Boston deliver ye estate of ye said orphan forthwith unto ye said William Planner, [the latter] providing sufficient security against ye next County Court to bee holden ye second Tuesday in August now next coming to pay ye same when ye said orphan shall attaine to full age." On 8 May 1677 Planner, with William Walston, put up bond to William Stevens, Chief Justice of Somerset County Court, in the amount of 20,000 pounds "of good sound merchantable tobacco" obligating Planner "to pay and deliver... unto Isaac Boston... his filial portion or childs part of ye estate of his said late father deceased when ye said Isaac shall come to ye full age of twenty one years: And also honestly according to his degree educate and bring up ye said Isaac during ye time of his nonage meat, wearing apparell, lodging and Learning, and if it happen that ye said Isaac should dye before hee cometh to full age then if ye said William Planner doe content and pay ye portion to whom the law shall appoint ye same to bee paid or who by proving of blood ought to have itt" (Judicial Records, pp. 98, 112-13 in back of Somerset Co. Deeds, Liber 07).

In 1681 cattle marks were recorded for Isaac (written "Isaiah"): "Cropt of the right ear and three slitts in the Said ear; the left ear underhalved & one hole in it," also "Cropt of both ears & foure slitts of the right ear: Two slits of the left ear and one hole in it," both "recorded the Second of June 1681" (Md. Archives LIV: 778).

On 12 June 1688 Isaac and his brother Esau bought from Cornelius Morris and his wife Anne a tract of 400 acres on the easternmost side of Morumsco Creek, land called "Bostons Purchase" (formerly "Saywards Purchase"), adjacent to a parcel of land formerly surveyed for John Mackett (Som. Deeds S.C.:314). On 23 July 1694 the brothers recorded an agreement to divide the land into two halves to avoid future contests, Isaac apparently taking the eastern half, Esau the western; Isaac was to give free egress for animals to a certain piece of marsh land lying on the northwest side of a small cut that separates said Boston's land from those of Edward Jones. The brothers posted a bond of 40,000 pounds of tobacco and both signed their names (Som. Deeds 7:218).

For attendance at court as a witness against Charles Johnson on 12 Feb. 1690, Isaac craved the court's order for remuneration for his coming and going for six days (Som. Jud. Rec. AW:53). On 8 August 1693 Isaac Boston brought his servant boy John Ewin to have the court's judgment whether Ewin was a taxable person; if so, he is to be put in the list of tithables (Som. Jud. Rec. 1693-4, p. 3).

On 10 November 1695 Isaac enlarged his acreage by a ent from Lord Baltimore, a grant of 25 acres, "Boston's Green," on the east side of Morumsco Creek, beginning at a tree on the tract now possessed by Isaac Boston called "Seward's Purchase" (Md. Land Office, Liber C#3, p. 211).

On 26 November 1695 Samuel Long signed his will, naming Isaac Boston as husband of his daughter. Elizabeth.

On 3 December 1701, "Isaack Boston of Pocomoke in Somerset County" made his will, decribing himself as "being very Sick and weake yett of perfect Sense and Memory."

I give my sold to the Everlasting God Reposing in the Resurrection of the Dead through the Meritts of Jesus Christ and my body... to be buried as my Executor shall thinke fitt. Item I give and bequeath to my Son Isaack Boston one feather bedd and Boulster and Rogg and Two blankitts and young maire, a Copper Kittle, one three yeare old Heiffer, two Sheep, the Heiffer and the Sheep to be Delivered to my Son Isaack Boston personally after my Decease and [Isaac] to be sett att age att sixteen years of age. Item after my Decease I give... unto my Daughter Anne Boston one stock bedd and Boulster, Two Blankitts and one Reigg, one Cow, one yew and her Increase, and a habitation upon the Land I live on During her Life. Ittem I give... to my Daughter Elizabeth Boston One Stock bed and Boulster, Two Blankitts and one Rugg, one Iron Pott of four Gallons, one Cow Called young Rowain... and her Calfe and theire Increase, one yew and her Increase. Item I give... to my Child my wife goes with all Desiring if a Male that he should be called Henry Boston, one Cow called Mottley and a white faced three yeare old hiffer and their Increase; if a Sonn I give all the Broken Island belonging to [me] and [he] to be att age att Sixteen years old. I did allow that I give first call of the young maire given my Sonn Isaack Boston... to my Daughter Anne Boston and the [second] Call of the said Maire to be given to my Daughter Eliz: Boston. Item I give... unto my Loving wife Eliza Boston one Stock bedd and Boulster, Two Blankitts and one Rugg, Three Cows vizt Night Flying, Damsell and Cherry, one new Iron pott, and 5 yews. Ittem I leave my one serve[ing] Boy for the good of all my family and whatsoever is over and above what God hath given me I desire it may be Equally Divided in four parts which Shall be at the marridge of my wife or... at... coming att age [of the child she is going with]. Making my wife sold Executrix.

Isaac signed with his mark. Thomas Wood and George Willson were witnesses. The will was admitted to probate 9 April 1701 (Annapolis Hall of Records, Wills 11:49).

Isaac's daughter, Anne, was evidently a mental invalid. At a court held at Dividing Creek, Somerset County, 6 June 1711 (Som. Jud. Rec. 1711/12, pp. 101-102) it was ordered that the estate of Anne Boston be put into the care and custody of Adrian Marshall, she being "utterly incappabell of assisting herselfe she being demented, that ye said Aryan Marshall her father in law and Elizabeth Marshall her owne Mother do during their Naturall lives take care" of her. Captain Isaac Horsey with Mr. Thomas Beauchamp was ordered to survey the chattels of Anne Boston; they found them to be "Two Cows and Calves and two five year Old Steers and one two year old and one yearling Steere and one stock Bead and Bolster and one Rugg and a pare of Blanketts and one Iron Kettle about 3 or foure Gallands which is all we Could hear of" (28 July 1711).

Children (born Somerset Co., Md., probably at Morumsco):

  1. Isaac, b. about Aug. 1694; d. before 20 Sept. 1751; mar. Rachel Tomlinson.
  2. Anne, b. about 1696; d. probably before 1717.
  3. Elizabeth, b. about 1698.

Wise, Matthew M. The Boston Family of Maryland,. 1st ed., 1967. pp.15-16.

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Isaac Boston, I's Timeline

Northampton, Virginia
August 1694
Age 34
Somerset, Maryland, United States
Age 36
Somerset, MD, United States
Age 38
Somerset, MD, United States
April 9, 1701
Age 41
Somerset, Maryland