Thomas Bouldinge's Homesite

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Bolling Family Significance: First male Bolling ancestor (Family DNA Group 2) known to arrive in America.

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The exact location of Thomas Bouldinge's home is not known and this location is only approximate.   Below is a summary of information that is available on the location of this site.   Located near these coordinates is the excavation of Kecoughtan, later known as Elizabeth City, and Hampton.

Mary Bouldinge received a patent of land described as near Thomas' patent: This was along Deep Creek by Southampton River within the corporation of Elizabeth City, in an area known as Strawberry Banke.

Thomas Bouldin I obtained his own patent on 20 January 1624 as a yeoman and ancient planter within the Corporation of Elizabeth City. Besides the 100 acres from Richard Birchett, he received 100 acres next to his wife's acreage. A Thomas Sully, planter, owned 94 acres towards the head of Southampton River and was near Thomas Bolden according to his patent dated 30 November 1628.

Adam Thoroughgood patented land on 12 March 1634, near Thomas Bolding, John Robinson, and William Capps, and again on 21 March 1634, near John Robinson, Thomas Bolden and William Capps. On 20 September 1637, he was an owner of land that once belonged to John Gundrye, not far from the Hampton River. Thomas Bouldin I was his neighbor. Neighbor Thomas Sewell or Seawell of nearby Warwick County lived near Thomas Bouldin on 20 April 1635. Thomas Bouldin I's other neighbor was John Moore of adjacent Warwick County, who lived on the east side of his lands, 3 July 1635. Thomas Bouldin I and this John Moore were again named in another patent as neighbors of Thomas Viscount, 13 July 1635. The name of John Moore is significant, since this name would reappear in later records.

On 27 September 1638, as Thomas Boulding, he was once the owner of 200 acres in Elizabeth City County, which butted on Ben Syms Creeke, John Moore and Thomas Sewell now in the possession of Henry Batt. On the last day of October 1639, again as Thomas Boulding, he gained 400 acres for transporting seven persons and an assignment from William Baulk. In Capt. Christopher Wormely's fragmentary patent dated 7 April 1638, Thomas Bolden was mentioned along with other nearby inhabitants. A few years later, a Toby Smith renewed patents on 10 January 1643, and 10 and 16 September 1644, where Thomas Bouldin I was mentioned as a neighbor. Considering frontier hardships, which included famine and dangers, the 1622 uprising, and a recent similar attack that very spring in 1644, Thomas Bouldin I managed to survive to respectable middle age and gain economic status through land.

The 100 acre land patent given to Thomas is described in The Ancient Planter description as the patent grant of 100+100 [Richard Birchett's portion] acres at 1.5 miles up the Hampton River, with the River forming the East boundary, the "main land" at the West boundary and Mary's portion [also approximately 1.5 miles  at the South boundary.  It must be noted that 300 acres is .7 mile by .7 miles, or 3600 ft. by 3600 ft., a sizeable piece of real estate.  This would put this area on a modern map where the "Downtown Hampton" area is currently located to include the City Hall.  It would extend from Lincoln Street north to Mercury Blvd. with the Hampton River being the east border and the Main Land being on the western edge.

In summary, there are a number of key descriptions which include Elizabeth City, Deep Creek, Southampton River, Strawberry Banke, and Ben Syms Creeke. In searching I [Larry Bowling] found a Deep Creek Road in present day Hampton and a Deep Creek Road not far away.

Sources of Information: Larry Bowling

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Excavation of Kecoughtan 23663 Hampton , VA
United States
37° 0' 45.99" N, 76° 19' 21.576" W
Virginia US