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Thomas Williamson Boston

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Somerset, Maryland, United States
Death: September 9, 1867 (81)
Cave City, Barren, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Levin Boston and Gatty (Benston) Boston
Husband of Amelia Adams Boston
Father of Amelia Ann Boston Vance; Jesse H. Boston; Samuel C. Boston; John Wesley Boston and Wilbur Fisk Boston
Brother of Elijah Boston and Jesse Boston
Half brother of Gertrude Boston; Eleanor Boston; Mary Boston; Sally Boston and Esther Anne Wilson Trogler

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Tim Stamps
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About Thomas W. Boston

 Thomas Williamson Boston, son of Gertrude Benston and Levin Boston, 
 was born in Somerset Co., Md., probably near Rebobeth, 27 Apr 1786 
 (baptised Coventry); he died near Cave City, Kentucky, probably in 
 the summer of 1867, before 9 Sept. He married (lic. Somerset Co., MD, 
 3 December 1816) Amelia Adams, daughter of Thomas Adams. She 
 was born in Somerset Co. in 1793; she died near Cave City, 
 Kentucky, about 1882. 
    In the will of his uncle, Richard Boston (signed 15 Feb. 1800) 
 Thomas was named (as "William") residual legatee after his 
 brother Elijah. The records of Coventry Parish show that 
 "Thomas W. Boston" was enrolled as a member 1 June 1816. 
 On 10 Dec. 1816 Hester Curtis, a free negro, was bound to 
 Thomas "to work as a female to enable her to get a living" 
 (Som. Bonds GH 1:104). 
    With his wife Thomas moved to Barren Co., Kentucky, 
 probably soon after their marriage in 1817. He is mentioned 
 as one of the early settlers by Franklin Gorin in The Times 
 of Long Ago - Barren Co., Ky., John P. Morton & Co., 1929, 
 p. 22. Thomas's signature is affixed to a note (dated 25 Oct. 1836) 
 in the Barren Co. Courthouse authorizing the clerk to issue a 
 marriage license for Tho. W. Vance to marry his daughter, 
 Amelia Ann Boston. 
    According to the Federal Census of 1850 Thomas Boston 
 and his family were living in the first division of Barren Co. 
 (p. 646, #236). Thomas was listed as a farmer. On 22 June 1842 
 he had patented nearly 700 acres of land on the south side of 
 Green River, in "Green River Knobs," near "the road leading 
 from Cave City to the Mammoth Cave" (Barren Co. Deeds 
 2:118, 15:537). By deed dated 21 Apr. 1848 (Somerset Co., 
 Md., Deeds 65:28) Thomas W. Boston and Amelia, his wife, 
 of Barren Co., Ky., sold for $260 land in Somerset Co. 
 bequeathed to them by Amelia's father in 1831. 
    On 15 Apr. 1859 Thomas and Amelia, for the nominal sum 
 of $1, deed to their eldest son, Jesse, 90 acres of land (Barren 
 Co. Deeds Z:600). After her husband's death, Jesse's widow, 
 on 28 Apr. 1866, deeded back to Thomas her share of 
 Jesse's land (Deeds 6:110). Thomas was involved in other 
 sales, with James Doyle (1953), Frank Overstreet (1858), 
 Edward G. Ballen (1860), and Henry M. Dolby and John 
 Jangston (1860) (Barren Co. Deeds V: 258, 1:526, 2:118, 7:502). 
    His name appears in the records for the last time on 
 28 Apr. 1866. On 9 Sept. 1867 his son and daughter-in-law, 
 John W. and P. F. Boston, sold to Samuel C. Boston part 
 of their right in the land of their deceased father. Other 
 deeds involving settlement of Thomas's estate cover the 
 years 1869-1882 (Barren Co. Deeds 5:624, 7:157, 13:543, 
 15:537, 16:513, 17:9). 
    On 21 Mar. 1882 (Barren Co. Deeds 17:9) Amelia, 
 Thomas's widow, was still living, for she was among 
 the heirs, who were, in addition, their sons John W., 
 Samuel, W. F., and grandsons Columbus and John 
 (of son Jesse) and James H. Vance (son of Amelia). 
    Children (born Barren Co., Ky., near Cave City): 
      i. Amelia Ann, b. c1820; d. c1838, mar. Thomas W. Vance 
     ii. Jesse H., b. 1823; d. by 28 Apr. 1866; mar. Sarah C.? 
    iii. Samuel C., b. 1825; d. before 19 Apr. 1905; 
        mar. (Barren Co., Ky, 23 Oct., 1860) Judith E. Evans; 
        no children; by his will (signed 8 June 1803, prob. 
        19 Apr. 1905) he left all to his wife, J. E. Boston. and 
        after her death to Ida M. Evans (Barren Co. Wills 6:72). 
    iv. John Wesley, b. 15 Oct. 1827; d. 14 Sept. 1903; 
        mar. Permelia F. DeWitt. 
     v. Wilbur Fisk, b. 5 Mar. 1838; d. 5 Sept. 1918; 
         mar. Mary E. Martin. 


 "The Boston Family of Maryland", Matthew M. Wise (1967) 
 Library call no. CS 71 B7455 
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Thomas W. Boston's Timeline

April 27, 1786
Somerset, Maryland, United States
Age 33
September 9, 1867
Age 81
Cave City, Barren, Kentucky, United States