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William Boarman, Sr.

Also Known As: "Boreman"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Bristol, Wiltshire, England
Death: May 16, 1709 (78)
St. Mary's, Bryantown, Charles County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Boarman; Mary Boarman and Mary Boarman Saunders
Father of Benjamin Boarman; William Boarman; Sarah Boarman; George Boarman; Mary Ann Greene and 8 others

Occupation: Major/Colonel, To Maryland in 1645
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About Major William Boarman

William Boarman

  • Birth: May 22 1630 - Bristol, Wiltshire, England
  • Death: Jan 7 1708 - Bryantown, Charles, Maryland
  • Wives: Sarah Linle, Mary Matthews, Mary Jarboe

NB: This William Boarman is almost certainly NOT the son of the Rev. Andrew Boreman, who was a minister of the Church of England. This William Boarman came to Maryland with Jesuits, and in a deposition described himself as "Born and bred a Catholic".

From Major William Boarman, Charles County, Maryland (1630-1709) : his descendants, Boarman/Bowman and allied families by Mary Louise Donnelly

William Boarman (1630-1709), the progenitor of this family, was born in England. When he came to Maryland is not known but the first record of him living there shows him living with the Jesuit priest at the age of fifteen. He was married (1) to Sarah Linle (d. ca. 1669); (2) prior to 1673 to Mary Mathews; and (3) by 1686 to Mary Jarboe, the daughter of Colonel John Jarboe. The will of William Boarman was probated in Charles Co., Maryland on June 17, 1709. He fathered twelve children. Descendants live in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and elsewhere.


William Boarman was born in England in 1630. The first record of him in Maryland was of him being sent to the colony to live with Jesuit priests when he was 15 years old.  From that time on the activities of the Boarman family are well documented. William Boarman was very active among the people who were running the government at the time. He acquired 300 acres of land in 1651 and in 1658 he received 300 acres East of "Nangemy Creek" near Port Tobacco. Finally, the Historic Marker, dedicated in 1969 by the National Society Descendants of Lords of the Maryland Manors, for Boarman's Manor reads: "Boarman's Manor, 3,333 acres. Granted 1674 to William Boarman, Esq. with royal courts, perquisites, profits of courts and other privileges and immunities belonging to manors in England. By proprietary patent Lord Baltimore granted the prerogatives of Court Baron and all things belonging thereunto."


"The earliest appearances of William Boarman in the printed Archives of Md. is on June 13, 1649, when he witnesses the will of Thomas Hebden; however, he was in the Colony prior to that time. In a deposition made the 28th of May, 1650, he is said to be about 20 years of age. That deposition states "that about 1645 in the war raised by Richard Ingle again the Government of the Province, he, and others, were taken prisoners by an adherent of Ingle, at the taking and plundering of Mr. Copley's House at Portoback and brought down to St. Maries". In a deposition made by him Feb. 4, 1651-2, he seems to have been not long before that, on Kent Island.

Between 1650 and 1699 Lord Baltimore had granted 30 tracts of land totaling 17,000 acres to Major William Boarman who had come to Maryland in 1645 and served as an officer in the Provincial Militia, High Sheriff, and as delegate to the Lower House of the Assembly. The land "east of Zachiah Swamp" consisting of 3,333 acres called Boarman's Manor and Boarman's Rest lay in the area now known as Bryantown.

On Oct. 5, 1655, in the Provincial Court, William Boreman "confesseth that he is a Roman Catholic, and that he was born and bred so". The court convicted him of compliance with Capt. William Stone in the last Rebellion, but on his submitting himself to the mercy of the Court, remitted the public offence and he had only to pay 1,000 pounds of tobacco towards the damage sustained by the rebellion.

A Commission as Captain was ordered by the Council to be issued to William Boreman on Oct. 12, 1661, but on the 24th of April Captain William Boreman had been ordered to press four men of his Company for service in Indian troubles at the head of the Bay.

He is called Captain until 1676 when he is styled Major. On Aug. 17, 1676, Major Boarman was ordered to divide his company into two equal parts; he is to retain one part and Captain Doyne to have the other.

On March 22, 1663-4, the County Court of St. Mary's Co. requested the appointment of Capt. William Boareman and 5 others to be additional Justices of the Peace for St. Mary's Co. Reappointed Sept. 5, 1664, sitting in County Court, March 1664-5, again appointed July 27, 1666, and one of the quorum March 2, 1675. Delegate for St. Mary's Co. to the Lower House of Assembly, March 27, 1671, May, 1674, and Feb., 1674-5. Appt. by Gov. and Council, Sheriff of St. Mary's Co., on March 10, 1678-9. He appears acting as high sheriff of St. Mary's Co. in June, July, Aug. and Oct., 1681, and March, 1681-2. On May 2, 1682, his successor is appointed.

In 1704 when it was proposed in the Lower House of the Assembly to use his services in ascertaining and laying out the bounds of the lands of the Piscataway Indians, it was objected that he was a "deafe old man" whose recollection could not be trusted.

It is thought that he married Mary Jarboe, the daughter of Lieut. Col. John Jarboe.

His will dated May 16, 1708, with a codicil Jan. 17, 1708-9, came up from Charles Co. to Annapolis and is recorded in the Land Office in Liber No. 2, f. 108. He devises lands "Boarman's Rest" to wife Mary, also to son Benedict; "Lanterman" to son John Baptist; "St. George's Rest" to son Francis Ignatius; to daus--Mary and Clara 400 acres of "Manor Quarter"; to dau--Ann Brooks 500 acres. Will probated June 17, 1709.

Mary, widow of Major William Boarman, m--John Sanders. Her will made March 12, 1739, was probated Dec. 17, 1739. It names sons Benedict, John Baptist and Francis Boarman executors; and mentions daus--Mary Sly, Elizabeth Hamozly and Clare Shirbin.

William Boarman was born about 1625 in England, the son of William Bourman of Brooke and his wife Barbara Worsley. He was brought into the Province of Maryland at the time of the civil war in England by Captain Giles Brent. He resided with the Jesuit priests at Port Tobacco where he received a catholic education. During the 1645 Revolution he was among those captured by adherents of Richard Ingle and taken prisoner to St. Mary's City. By 1651 he was employed by Giles Brent on Kent Island.

William's home plantation in St. Mary's County was known as Kitt Martins Point, which he sold in 1663 to James Jolly, an inn keeper of St. Mary's for 15,000 pounds of tobacco. Of this sum, half was to paid in St. Mary's County and the other half in Charles County.

In the 1660's William's land speculation included several large tracts in Charles County. By 1676 these holdings were consolidated into Boarman's Manor. The Manor extended several miles on both sides of Zachiah Swamp with the northern most part at present day Bryantown and included almost 4,000 acres.

In 1678 William gave to his daughter Sarah Mudd, 450 acres of Hall's Place, which adjoined her brother-in-law Robert Greene's, on the north side of Green's Run into Zachiah Swamp. In 1679 William gave to his daughter Mary Green, Green's Rest which may be the same as George's Rest. Robert Green's land is listed as a reference in William Boarman's will of 1709 as being a part of George's Rest. In 1755 Thomas Jameson requested boundaries on Hall's Rest and George's Rest be proved. Joseph Jameson referred to a dividing tree between the land of Mrs. Mudd and Mrs. Green, the two sisters and daughters of Major William Boarman.

During his lifetime, Major William Boarman was a mariner, a captain and a major of the militia, planter, land speculator, Indian trader and interpreter, sheriff and gentleman justice and delegate to the General Assembly. He participated with the Proprietary forces at the Battle of the Severn and the Nanticoke Indian War of 1678. He was the ancestor of Francis Scott Key, the author of 'The Star Spangled Banner', our national anthem.

His life is well documented in the early colonial records and the Provincial Court records of Maryland. There were several men in early Maryland with the name of William Boarman, including his son and grandsons. But the early records must be attributed to Major William Boarman of Boarman's Manor.

The only reference to William's death occurs in a petition of resurvey of Boarman's Reserve. In 1755, Henry Mudd requested a resurvey of his land called Boarman's Reserve, originally granted to Major William Boarman, late of Charles County, being deceased October 10, 1686.



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Major William Boarman's Timeline

May 22, 1630
Bristol, Wiltshire, England
Age 22
Age 23
St. Mary's City, St. Mary's County, Maryland
Age 25
Charles, Maryland
Age 27
Boarmans Manor, Charles, Maryland, United States
Age 29
St. Mary's County, Province of Maryland
Age 44
Charles County, Maryland
Age 44
Boarmans Manor, Charles, Maryland, United States