Family Group 5

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Primary Ancestor: 

James Bowling, (Born: ?, Died: 1729)

Brought to New Kent Co., Virginia in 1700 by George Alves
Died 1729 in Goochland Co., Virginia
Married Mary ?

Group 5 Bollings - Revolutionary War Period and Earlier:

Goochland/Cumberland County, VA

Our earliest known ancestor seems to be James Bowling who in 1700 was delivered to New Kent County, VA by George Alves; he died in Goochland in 1729 and his estate was inventoried in 1730-1 by Stephen Hughes. James Bowling's wife was Mary whose maiden name is unknown. Records of his inventory are still extant [VA Library, Richmond]. It would appear James Bowling had two sons who purchased land in Goochland shortly after he died: 1) James Bolling bought land in 1737 on Cooms Quarter Branch in Goochland, later Cumberland County, and 2) Christopher Bolling bought land in 1739 below Willis River, Goochland later Cumberland County. In the early 1750's both Christopher and James moved to that part of Brunswick which became Lunenburg where James Bolling died in 1771-2 leaving a will naming his wife and his children. Christopher Bolling and wife Lydia, moved to Leatherwood on the Irwin/Smith River which later became Henry County where he probably died about 1780. [John Bolling of Sullivan Co., TN and James Bolling bca 1756 of Clay Co., KY are from Christopher's line of Bollings.] Records indicate a William Bolling/Bolding remained on Willis River ... quite likely near the original homestead ...now called Cumberland County VA [wife named Ann], died leaving an "eldest" son named Thomas [wife named Agnes]. William's widow, Ann, married secondly to Francis Amoss of Goochland. Connected to Thomas in some way [we believe] was Jesse Bowling, who married Sarah Robinson on 26 September 1785 in Cumberland Co., VA; this family moved to Mercer Co., WV. [Jesse' son, William Bowling married Elizabeth Perdue in Giles Co., VA on 30 May 1818.]

Brunswick/Lunenburg/Halifax County, VA

William Bowling appears in Brunswick County in 1739 witnessing a will of Bartholomew Robards; John Bolding of Lunenburg worked for Adlar David in 1749 and they are connected in some way to William Bolling who is found living in Halifax County VA in 1769 with Micajah Sneed, near Difficult Creek. Joseph Bowling who married Valentine Haley, daughter of David Haley, is most likely the son of this John Bolding; David Haley died in Anderson Co., TN.
Three other early Bollings not yet connected are:

  1. Joseph Bowling/Bolling, Revolutionary War veteran, died Jan. 30, 1836 in Orange Co., IN;
  2. William Bowling of the Cape Fear region in Cumberland Co., NC [later Harnett], with sons William and James Bolin both leaving a will. James died 1843 Harnett Co. N.C. [James' son Daniel Bolin born Aug. 4, 1798 died Oct. 19, 1864 GA].
  3. John Graves and Margery Harvey lived on Bumper’s Fork of Little River in NC. (Randolph Co. Deed Bk. 14, p. 214) adjoining Leonard, Samuel, and William Bolling. We believe the Bollings of Randolph County belong to these Bollings whose earlier ancestor is not yet identified.

Any help is welcomed

Group Leader: 

Hazael Taylor, Ernie Perry, and Doris Oaks