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Levin Boston

Birthplace: Morumsco, Somerset, Maryland, United States
Death: before January 29, 1820
Rehobeth, Somerset, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Boston and Comfort Boston
Husband of Gatty (Benston) Boston; Esther Boston and Boston
Father of Elijah Boston; Thomas W. Boston; Jesse Boston; Gertrude Boston; Eleanor Boston and 3 others
Brother of Richard Boston; William Boston, Jr.; Anne Roe; Martha C. Boston and Leah Taws

Managed by: Tim Stamps
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About Levin Boston

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MARYLAND. (Soldier) DAR Ancestor #: A012365

Levin Boston, son of William and Comfort Boston, was born in Somerset Co., Md., probably at Morumsco, 22 June 1747, and was baptised at Coventry Church; he died in Somerset Co., probably near Rehobeth, before 29 Jan. 1820. He married first, at Coventry Church, 21 Jan. 1781, Gertrude ("Gatty") Benston, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Dryden) Benston (see DRYDEN family); she was born about 1761 and died between 22 Nov. 1790 and 19 Dec. 1791. Levin married second, about 1792, Esther Wilson Adams, daughter of William and Mary (Kellam) Wilson (see WILSON family) and widow of Jacob Adams (1757-1792); she was born in Somerset Co. 7 Sept. 1765 (baptised Coventry); she died apparently before 14 Nov. 1804. Levin married third, a Miss Maddox, according to family tradition.

In the Aug. Court of 1775, Levin brought action against Levin Ballard for a debt of 3 June 1774, £12 for four barrels of pork (Som. Jud. Rec. 1775/84, p. 49). On 8 Aug. 1775 Levin was granted a patent for a tract of land by the Rt. Hon. Henry Harford: "Support," 36 acres on the main road on the west of Pocomoke River, beginning on the road that leads from Rehobeth Town to Morumsco (Md. Land Office, Liber BC & GS, No. 49, p. 386). On 16 Dec. 1777 Levin sold 3 acres of "Support" to William White for £3 and 26 acres of "Support" to Jesse Hall for £17.10 (Som. Deeds 28: 101, 107).

During the American Revolution Levin served in Great Annemessex Company in the Somerset County Militia under Capt. Isaac Handy, 1st Lt. Ballard Bozman, and 2nd Lt. Lazarus Maddux (Md. Rev. War Militia Lists, p. 188). On the basis of his service several of his descendants have become members of the D.A.R. and most recently (14 June 1960) his great-great-grandson, Joseph T. Boston, joined the Sons of American Revolution (Natl. membership 85721; Alabama State Society #571).

On 17 Dec. 1781 Levin bought from his brother Richard, for £5, all his interest in "Ledbourn" and "Beauchamps Venture," 23 acres, purchased from Handy Beauchamp by their brother, William, who had died intestate, the land passing to Richard as the elder brother (Som. Deeds 28:338). In the 1783 Somerset Co. tax list Levin appears as holding tracts "Long Ridge," "Beauchamp," and "Ledbourn" ("houses sorry. A few apple trees. Other things midling. Soul-white clay"), also "Ware Point Enlarged," "Condockway," and "Addition" ("framed dwelling house very sorry"), a total of 141 acres.

On 4 May 1784 Levin secured a grant from the State of Maryland of 102 acres, "Boston's Chance," on the south side of Annemessex Branch "back in the woods," land which he exchanged 12 Feb. 1785 with Thomas King for equal tracts, "Conclusion" and "Long Lott" on Morumsco Branch (Md. Land Office, Liber IC No. A, p. 311; Som. Deeds 28:521, 522).

ON 19 Jan. 1787 Levin sold back to Thomas King, for £15.2, 8 acres of "Conclusion," and also conveyed to John Milbourn 7 acres of "Boston's Lott" inherited from his father, in consideration of £13.2.16 and for Milbourn's conveying 7 acfres (unspecified) to Levin's son, Elijah (Som. Deeds 29:212,221). IN both deeds Levin's wife was "Gathawood," apparently a corruption of Gertrude. ON 19 Dec.1791 he again made an exchange, like the others evidently 10 acres of "Conclusion" for 10 of "Long Lott," on the east side of Morumsco Branch, both tracts now to be called "Exchange" (Som. Deeds 30:295). Since no wife of Levin was named, she had presumably died within the year.

On 8 Feb. 1791 Levin as executor for Elijah Moore's posted bond, with Joseph Beauchamp and Stephen Marshall as securities (Som. Bonds EB 20:70). On 25 Apr. 1791 Levin Boston was elected a vestryman at Coventry Church when Esau Boston failed to qualify.

According to the inventory of the estate of Jacob Adams, 22 May 1792, Levin Boston and his wife, Esther, were executors of Adams (Som. Accts. EB 16:600); Jacob and Esther Adams had had two sons, Benjamin and Henry. In 1839 the distribution of the estate of Henry Adams, by William Adams, executor, alloted shares to Henry's "sisters," Mary, Gatty, Sally, Hetty, and Eleanor Boston (Worc. Accts. JP 5:153).

In 1798 Levin owed a note, dated 13 Aug. 1795, to the estate of Thomas Lister. According to the 1798 Somerset Co. tax list Levin occupied land of Jacob Adams' heirs in Dividing Creek Hundred, part of a tract "Support" adjacent to Levi Addams' land, and he held tracts amounting to 165 acres in Great Annemessex Hundred: "Long Ridge," "Boston's Lott," "Milburns Purchase," and "Beauchamp's Venture," the latter with a dwelling house.

Between 1804 and 1808 Levin disposed of much of his land. On 14 Nov. 1804 he sold to Littleton Dennis Teackle for $5 "Last Chance," 50 acres near the head of Trading Branch which Levin had just bought from Elie Furniss (Som. Deeds 33:341, 36: 376). Since no wife was named, presumably Esther had died by 1804. On 2 Aug. 1806, for $470, Levin sold to William Williams lands near the head of Great Annemessex bought from King: 102 acres, "Conclusion" and "Longs Lott" and 10 acres, "Long Lott" nwo "The Exchange"; on 17 Feb. 1808 to Williams again he conveyed 40 acres, "Long Ridge" and part of "Beauchamps Venture" within two or three miles of the head of the Great Annemessex River; and on 20 Feb. 1808 he conveyed to Michael Cluff "Bostons Lott" willed him by his father, on the west side of Morumsco Branch (Som. Deeds 38:123, 39:214, 40:458).

It may be this Levin (who signed Levi) who witnessed the will of Sarah (Porter) Mills, widow of Stephen, on 19 Jan. 1811. Levin had died before 29 Jan. 1820, when his son, Elijah, sold the lands which had descended to him from his father, Levin.

Wise, Matthew M. The Boston Family of Maryland,. 1st ed., 1967. pp. 26-27.

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Levin Boston's Timeline

June 22, 1747
Somerset, Maryland, United States
March 9, 1782
Age 34
Somerset, Maryland, United States
April 27, 1786
Age 38
Somerset, Maryland, United States
November 22, 1790
Age 43
Somerset, Maryland, United States
Age 44
Somerset, Maryland, United States
Age 46
Somerset, Maryland, United States
Age 48
Somerset, Maryland, United States
Age 50