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Isaac Boston

Birthplace: Coventry Parish, Somerset, Maryland, United States
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Mathew Boston and Martha Boston
Husband of Elizabeth Boston
Father of Margaret Troth; Mary Pitt Morris and Elizabeth S. Dean
Brother of Elijah Boston
Half brother of Martha Boston and James Boston

Occupation: Shipwright
Managed by: Jeffrey Tyler Carpenter
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Immediate Family

About Isaac Boston

Isaac Boston, son of Mathew and Martha (Benston) Boston, was born in Somerset Co., Md., 5 June 1758 (baptized Coventry); he died in Dorchester Co., Md., before 5 Feb. 1808; he married (Dorchester Co. 7 July 1783) Elizabeth S. Bonwill, daughter of George; she was born about 1765 and died after 1 Feb. 1814.

Isaac was drafted for military service in the Md. state militia during the American Revolution, 1 May 1781 (Md. Archives XVIII XVIII:372). On 27 Jan. 1786 Isaac witnessed the second will of his uncle, Jacob Boston. On 12 Aug. 1787, with James Selby, Isaac stood security for Nancy Cain, executor for the estate of John Cain; on 11 Jan. 1788 he stood security with John Mills for Sarah and Anderson Patterson, executors of James Patterson; and on 5 Dec. 1788 with James Henderson he stood security for his cousin Esau, executor of Jacob Boston, all in Worcester Co., Md.

Isaac has meanwhile been buying and selling land in Worcester Co. on 4 Dec. 1780 he bought from Thomas Layfield for £5600 a 60 acre tract, "Merrill Hall" (adjoining Dickerson's Dam) which he promptly sold (9 Dec.) to Solomon Johnson for £100. On 22 Dec. 1785 he bought from Purnell and Keziah Brittingham, for £300, two tracts, with Thomas Layfield, he sold on 5 Aug. 1785 to Thomas Marshal. On 5 Aug 1796 Isaac bought from James Smith for £36 a tract of 180 acres, "Sully," of which he sold 41 acres to John Buchanan for £60 on 27 June 1789 (Worc. Deeds K;337, 336; L: 320, 406; J: 67, 521, 153; N:17).

On 21 Apr. 1784 Isaac, "shipwright," had bought 112 acres of "Turkey Swamp" in Dorchester Co., Md., from Betty Bonwill and Michael Hall Bonwill, executers of George Bonwill (his father-in-law), land which he sold 11 June 1787, when Isaac was described as a ship carpenter, of Worcester CO. (Dorch. Deeds HD 2:312, 9:313).

In the June Court of 1785 the Sheriff of Somerset Co. was issued a warrant to take Elijah Matthews, to appear to answer to Isaac Boston for money due the latter in the amount of £200 and £30.6.8 on a note of 27 Sept. 1768; the case was heard in Oct. Court. 1786, when Matthews was required to pay £33.6.8 (Som. Jud. Rec. 1786-88, p. 85). The debt was probably a result of Matthews' administration of the estate of Isaac's grandfather.

Between 1792 and 1796 Isaac appears to have lived in Accomack Co., Va. On 7 June 1792 for £80 he bought 70 acres from Thomas and Elizabeth Custis. But Isaac apparently owned land straddling the state line, in both Md. and Va., for in a deed dated 16 Aug. 1792 Isaac Boston, "of Worcester Co.," bought from Sisney Gootee a 24 acres tract in Accomack Co. for £36, and by another deed of the same date, Isaac, "of Accomack County & Parish" for £42.10 bought 35 acres "lying in Pocomoke near the Pocomoke Church," adjacent lands of John Morrison, lying between the plantations of Gootee and "the plantation of the said Boston" (Acco. Deeds 7: 659, 689: 8:201). On 27 Oct. 1794 Isaac stood security for Mary Wilkerson, administrator of the estate of Jesse Wilkerson of Accomack Co.

On 12 Jan. 1796 Isaac took an oath that he brought Negroes and his family from Virginia. A "true list" of the Negroes was appended, "that I Isaac Boston... moved into the State of Maryland, Worcester County, from Accomack County in the State of Virginia." The slaves were Comfort, born in Virginia, and Adam, Daniel, and Shadrack, born in Maryland (Worc. Deeds R:72). On 30 Sept. 1797 Isaac and his wife Elizabeth, still in Worcester Co., sold to Walter Bayne for £325 the land near Pocomoke Church bought in 1792 (Acco. Deeds 9:125).

Soon thereafter Isaac moved to Dorcheter Co., Md., for on 23 July 1798 Isaac, of Dorchester Co., bought for £52 a 52 acre tract, "Johns Industry"; on 20 June 1799, for $500, several slaves; on 8 June 1801, for £709.17.6, 236 acres: "Jesse Lott," "Wetworth," and parts of "Browns Meadows," "Trumpabout," "Bonwell's Regulation," and "Johns Industry" (Dorch. Deeds 14:202; 15:45; 17:209; 19:25; 21:553).

Since the early wills of Dorchester Co. were destroyed by fire, the earliest evidence of Isaac's death is a deed of 6 Feb. 1808, whereby Betsey Boston (his widow) purchased 66 acres from John M. Clark, lands left to Clark's wife by her father, Isaac Boston; Betsey Boston sold the land 10 Dec. 1813. In a deed of 1 Feb. 1814 the name of Clark's wife is given as Peggy (Dorch. Deeds HE 25:75: ER 2:571, 510).

On 10 Jan. 1824 Isaac Morris of Somerset Co., Md., sold to Thomas Tall all his right in tracts in Dorchester Co. belonging to his wife, Mary Pitt Morris, left to her by the last will of her father, Isaac Boston. And on 22 Feb. 1837 Polly P. Morris of Worcester Co. sold to Joel Cornwell "Possum's Ridge" and part of "Scott's Purchase," 36 acres on the north side of the road leading from Vienna to Cambridge, more of her father's land (Dorch. Deeds ER 9:298, ER :6:69). Polly was still living in 1845 when she sold more of the land.

Isaac may have had another daughter, for whom there is no marriage record, for on 12 Mar. 1808 John Langfitt sold to Eliza S. Boston part of "John's Industry" adjacent "Daniel's Helicon" (Dorch. Deeds HD 25:76).

Wise, Matthew M. The Boston Family of Maryland,. 1st ed., 1967. 34-35.

It was evidently this Isaac Boston, an orphan, who in the Nov. Court of 1767 was bound apprentice to William Cottingham, his first cousin, until the age of 21 to learn the trade of ditcher (Som. Jud. Rec. 1767/8, p.13).

All of Isaac's family were buried in the Dean-Boston graveyard, on a farm known as "The Orchard," on the left side of the road leading from Big Mill to Vienna, Md. The inscriptions were recorded by Rev. J.W. Dean of Jersey Shore, Pa., who stated in a letter of May 1870, "When I first saw this graveyard many years ago there were almost 30 gravemarkers in it. All but three... were flat on the ground... I copied as much as I could... Most of the dates... were illegible... When I last say it in 1957 there was only one stone still in evidence, that of JOhn Boston Dean, the last person to be buried there" (Maryland-Delaware Genealogist, XCII, No. 3, July 1976). Among the stones were those inscribed "Isaac Boston" and "Elizabeth S. Bonwill, widow of Isaac Boston" (no dates). The following information, except for marriage dates, is derived from other gravemarkers in the cemetery.


  1. Margaret (Boston) Troth-Dean, wife of William Dean and daughter of Isaac Boston and his wife Elizabeth Bonwill; she mar. 1st (Dorch. Co. 1 Dec. 1806) John M. Clark, d. 1808, "first husband of Margaret Boston"; 2nd (Dorch. Co. 7 May 1816) John Troth, "second husband of Margaret Boston"; 3rd William Dean, son of Charles Dean, "third husband of Margaret Boston."
  2. Mary Pitt Boston Norris, widow of Isaac Norris; husband Isaac Norris buried in cemetery with her.
  3. Elizabeth S., b. c1790; mar. (lic. Som. Co., Md. 3 May 1813) Joseph Dean; both buried in the graveyard.
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Isaac Boston's Timeline

June 5, 1758
Somerset, Maryland, United States
Age 25
Worcester, MD, USA
Age 27
Worcester, MD, USA
Age 31
February 6, 1808
Age 49
Somerset, Maryland, United States