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Richard Boston

Death: circa September 20, 1706 (28-44)
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Boston and Judith Davis
Husband of unknown Boston
Father of William Boston
Half brother of Rebecca Mullinix (Boston); Henry Boston, Jr.; Isaac Boston, I; Esau Boston, I and Anne Lankford

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Immediate Family

About Richard Boston

Richard Boston, illegitimate son of Henry Boston by Judith Best, was born in Somerset County, Maryland, probably at Annemessex, about 8 March 1670; he died in Somerset County before 20 September 1706. He married a daughter of Joseph Benton, of Annemessex, for Benton, by his will, signed 19 March 1707/8 (prob. 6 May 1710), made a bequest to his grandson, William Boston, and also mentioned land between the testator and Richard Boston, during the minority of William (Som. Wills 13:206).

On 19 August 1677 Robert Catlin, Jr., petitioned the court to "grant him... Richard Boston, bastard child of Henry Boston begot on ye body of Judith Best, now wife of Thomas Davis (tailor) of this county, until he attains full age... Said Jude Davis, mother of said Richard Boston, gives consent and said Richard shows his willingness to serve said Catlin until he is of age." Richard was thereupon bound apprentice to Catlin to become a shoemaker, Catlin engaging to give him a cow and calf and teach him to read (Som. Jdicial Records 1675/77, p. 133 in back of Som. Deeds, Part 2, 1691/1706).

On 22 January 1677/78 a cattle mark was registered for Richard: "Richard Boston his Marke vizt. Cropt of the left ear slitt in the right ear & two holes in the same ear recorded by the order of Robert Catlin, Junior" (Md. Archives LIV:768).

An inventory of Richard Boston's estate, submitted 20 September 1706 by Samuel Handy and James Curtis (Annapolis: Som. Inv. & Accts. 26:260) valued his goods at £34.12. The costliest items were his apparel (£3.14), two cows and calves and a two-year-old heifer (£8), and a horse and a mare (£6.10). Household items were 7 yards of drugget and 18 yards of "Narrow sheff"; 2 bed ticks, a pair of new sheets, 3 blankets (£1.02), a bolster and 2 pillows; an old rug, a great chest, a small chest, a gilded trunk; a dozen pewter plates, a candle stick; an iron pot; a square table, a parcel of bowls, a bucket, and a parcel of glass bottles. The tools listed were 2 chisels, an auger, 1 old grubbing hoe and 1 old broadaxe; a parcel of shoemaker's tools and a parcel of leather. At the end of the list were 6500 pounds of tobacco at 5 pence per hundred, and a gun and a sword.

Child (born Somerset Co., Md., probably at Annemessex):

  1. William, b. 3 July 1701/18 Apr. 1702; d. by 30 Sept. 1777; mar. Comfort, and others.

Wise, Matthew M. The Boston Family of Maryland,. 1st ed., 1967. p.17.

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Richard Boston's Timeline

March 8, 1670
July 3, 1701
Age 31
Somerset, Maryland, United States
September 20, 1706
Age 36