_____________________ | _James F. BLACK ___________|_____________________ | (1770 - 1843) m 1793 _George Washington BLACK _| | (1804 - 1880) | | | _John BROWN _________ | | | | |_Rebecca BROWN ____________|_Mary GILMORE _______ | (1768 - 1858) m 1793 (1774 - ....) _George Washington (Jr.) BLACK _| | (1836 - 1916) m 1856 | | | _David (Sr.) DUNBAR _+ | | | (1734 - 1824) m 1756 | | _David (Jr.) DUNBAR _______|_Margaret BENNETT ___ | | | (1757 - 1841) m 1793 (1734 - 1809) | |_Joan DUNBAR _____________| | | | | _Elisha HORNE _______ | | | m 1757 | |_Elizabeth ("Betsy") HORN _|_Tamesin RANDAL _____ | (1770 - 1855) m 1793 (1738 - ....) | |--Dolley E. BLACK | | _____________________ | | | ___________________________|_____________________ | | | __________________________| | | | | | | _____________________ | | | | | | |___________________________|_____________________ | | |_Sarah W. SCHACKFORD ___________| (1832 - 1875) m 1856 | | _____________________ | | | ___________________________|_____________________ | | |__________________________| | | _____________________ | | |___________________________|_____________________
 Dolley was age 12 in the 1870 census.
_Thomas BOYLSTON ____ | m 1656 _Thomas BOYDSTON ____|_Elizabeth VAULX ____ | _William BOILSTON ___| | (1680 - ....) m 1705| | | _____________________ | | | | |_Mahulda BOX ________|_____________________ | _David BOYDSTON _____| | (1710 - ....) m 1737| | | _____________________ | | | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | | | |_Sabra POLK _________| | (1685 - ....) m 1705| | | _____________________ | | | | |_____________________|_____________________ | | |--James BOYLSTON | (1738 - 1814) | _Jabez SNOW _________+ | | (1642 - 1690) | _Jabez SNOW _________|_Elizabeth SMITH ____ | | (1670 - 1750) | _Jabez SNOW _________| | | (1696 - 1760) m 1720| | | | _____________________ | | | | | | |_Elizabeth TREAT ____|_____________________ | | (1676 - 1755) |_Mahala SNOW ________| (1718 - ....) m 1737| | _Thomas PAINE _______ | | (.... - 1706) | _John PAINE _________|_Mary SNOW __________ | | (1669 - 1731) (1630 - 1704) |_Elizabeth PAINE ____| (1702 - 1772) m 1720| | _Edmund FREEMAN _____+ | | (.... - 1682) m 1617 |_Bennett FREEMAN ____|_Benet HODSOLL ______ (1671 - 1716) (1597 - 1630)
James m. 15 June 1757 in Frederick Co., MD Mary Prewitt (or Pruitt), b. 21 Jan 1741 in Frederick Co., MD, d. 22 May 1809 in Frederick Co., MD, daughter of Samuel Pruitt (b. ca. 1684 in Northumberland Co., VA, d. 1760 in Montgomery Co., MD, m. 1720 in Frederick Co., MD) and Elizabeth Hawker (b. 14 Dec 1701, d. in Frederick Co., MD after 1795). James and Mary had William (b. 1764 in Frederick Co., MD). Information from Presley Smith in GenServe database SMIC7KA (7/2001). See also http://bradboydston.com/html/the_boydston_clan.html.
Sondra K. Tucker posted this list of their children on the Internet (12/2001 - see URL under Mary Pruitt):
i. Mahulda Boydstun, b. 1758 in Frederick Co., MD; m. Thomas Hill 1780.
ii. James Boydstun, b. 1760 in Near Hagerstown, Fredrick, MD; d. by 1830 in Hornsby, Hardeman Co., TN; m. (1) Sarah Carroll; m. (2) Sarah Alvis 1781 in Washington Co., TN. - Sondra Tucker gives their children.
iii. Jesse Boylston, b. 1760 in Fredrick, MD; d. 1780.
iv. Samuel Boydstun, b. 1762 in Fredrick, MD; d. 2 Oct 1847 in Neshoba Co., MS; m. Sarah Reed 26 Jul 1787.
v. William Boylston, b. 1764 in Fredrick, MD; m. (1) Mary Newport; m. (2) Betsy.
vi. John Boydstun, b. 1766 in Fredrick, MD; d. 1820 in Warren Co., KY; m. Nancy Ann Gardner 5 Sep 1795 in Warren Co., KY.
vii. Sarah Boylston, b. 29 Nov 1768 in NC; d. 1828 in Randolph Grove, IL; m. John Stringfield 3 Dec 1789 in Buncombe Co., NC.
viii. Thomas Boydstun, b. 1770 near Raleigh, Wake, NC; d. 1835 in TN; m. Elizabeth Newport 1792.
ix. Tabitha Boydstun, b. 1772 in Montgomery Co., VA; m. Harmon Reed.
x. Mahala Nancy Boydstun, b. 1774 in SW Va; d. in IL; m. (1) Thomas Arnold; m. (2) Seth Arnold.
xi. Benjamin Boydstun, b. 18 Sep 1776 in SW Va; d. 1 Apr 1851 in IL; m. Mary Gardner 5 Jun 1795.
Penny (Cecil) Bloodhart (Pence234@aol.com) writes in August 1999 that in Montgomery County, Virginia, Capt. Joseph Cloyd's Company, sworn September 1777, includes the names of James Boydston, Jno. Pruit, Wiliam Boydstone, Benj. Sol. Cicil, John Cecil, Benjamin Pruitt and James Boydstone, Junr.
Cf. http://www.angelfire.com/ms/burroweshome/snow.html and http://www.hctgs.org/Biographies/bio_boydston_cavanaugh.htm.
Kentucky Land Grants, Volume 1 Part 1. Chapter IV - Grants South of Green River (1797-1866), p. 276: Grantee: Boydston, James - Acres: 400; Book: 8, p. 98, date of survey, 6-4-1804; County: Logan; Watercourse: Big Whipporwill. (this is probably James Boydstun Sr., who died in Logan Co. KY)
From http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/t/Margaret-R-Bates/GENE8-0006.html#CHILD11 in 2003: "Revolutionary Service - James Boydstun Jr. Place of residence during the Revolution was Rutherford County, North Carolina. Revolutionary Army Records Accounts for North Carolina: Vol. 1, p. 17, folios 2 & 3; Army Book, Vol. 1, p. 14, folio 2. Washington & Sullivan Counties, Tennessee: Army Accounts of Tennessee soldiers in Revolution in North Carolina gives William, James Boilstone, James Boyldson, William Boylstone, this list made by Bledsoe, Carter and Williams, indicating they were living in Washington and Sullivan Counties during service payments 1782 - 1783. Roster of Texas Daughters of the American Revolution Ancestors, 1982: Boydstun, James, born September 23, 1747, in Greene or Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Died February 6, 1814 in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky. Married Mary Prewett in 1761. She was born January 21, 1745 in Fredericksburg, Maryland, and died in Logan County, Kentucky on May 22, 1809. Service: Soldier, Rutherford County, North Carolina." Cf. "The Boydstun Family," Gustine Courson Weaver (Cincinnati, OH: Powell & White, 1927), p. 51."
Penny (Cecil) Bloodhart's email in 1999 suggests another child, Priscilla. Penny writes: "My Ancestress, Priscilla Boydstone/Bilestone/Boylestone, etc., was probably born about 1762, and married Benjamin Sollers Cecil about 1783.
The records of Mccorkle's Store in Pulaski County Virginia from 1774 onward show the names of James Boydstone, Samuel Cecil and William Cecil. (Samuel was Benjamin Sollers Cecil's father and William his brother.)
In Montgomery County, Virginia, Capt. Joseph Cloyd's Company sworn September 1777, includes the names of James Boydston, Jno. Pruit, William Boydstone, Benj. Sol. Cicil, John Cecil, Benjamin Pruitt and James Boydstone, Junr.
My ancestors Benjamin and Priscilla (Boydston) Cecil sold their 380 acres of land in Virginia and moved west. They lived in both Kentucky and Tennessee. Their son, Joseph, migrated to Arkansas with his brothers and several Boydstons, including John Pruitt Boydston.
I have always suspected that Priscilla was a child of James and Mary Prewitt Boydston simply by the fact that her two oldest sons were named Samuel (for her husband's father) and James for James Boydston??
I am also intrigued by the tracings of the family to Frederick County, MD. My Cecil line came from there to Western Virginia about 1767 or 1768. These groups tended to travel together. Again, this proves nothing."
"JAMES BOYDSTON (d.1814): A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF HIS ALLEGED 'MAYFLOWER' CONNECTION," by Charles M. Ward, Jr. (9CMW12635@aol.com) on http://genforum.genealogy.com:
A great deal of confusion exists regarding the ancestry of James Boydston (d.1814), of Frederick Co., MD, Montgomery Co., VA, and Logan Co., KY (with time spent in the part of NC that is now TN). Among many claims regarding his background is one in which his mother is said to be a member of the Snow family of Massachusetts which is descended from Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the quality of surviving records which document James Boydston's ancestry and to gauge the validity of a "Mayflower" descent.
The Boydstons have had the misfortune of having at least one false lineage attributed to their family. Mrs. Gustine (Courson) Weaver's THE BOYDSTUN FAMILY, for instance, has little basis in truth and has been discredited for its numerous inaccuracies. It is more akin to fiction than genealogy. Mrs. Gladys Domonoske has more recently attempted a more scholarly approach in studying the ancestry of the Boydstons. However, Mrs. Domonoske largely fails in this attempt and makes tenuous connections which have been perpetuated as fact by other researchers. This has occurred even in instances where Mrs. Domonoske clearly indicates only possible and theoretical connections. Indeed, it would seem that many accept at face value secondary sources which provide little if any documentation. For the sake of accuracy and good genealogical scholarship, it is important that we examine the available family and public records regarding the Boydstons and understand what is provable, what is probable, what is possible, what is unlikely, and what is not true.
Let us begin by looking at the earliest records which name the parents of James Boydston (d.1814). The father of James Boydston is said to be identified as David Boydston in a letter written by Benjamin Franklin Boydstun (1811-1882), of Rockwall, Texas, dated 10 Jan 1868 (Benjamin F. Boydstun was a grandson of James Boydston). I wish to state for the record that I have only seen a partial transcript of this letter. A family record maintained by a son of James Boydston, Samuel Boydston (1762-1847), of Perry Co., AL, is said to identify the mother of James Boydston as being "Mahala Snow." I have not seen this record nor have I seen a transcript of it. I only know that its contents have been reported. If anyone has photocopies of the Benjamin F. Boydston letter of 1868 and/or photocopies of the Samuel Boydston family record, please contact the author of this article by e-mail. Until copies of these records can be located, any claims regarding the parentage of James Boydston remain theoretical. As both of the abovementioned records would have been recorded well after the fact, they cannot be considered primary sources, but they would be considered fairly good secondary sources.
References to "D.A.R. records" which are often made regarding the Boydstons are misleading as the contents of these records are never specified and must be discounted unless the specific contents of these records can be discussed and evaluated. Standards of documentation necessary for admission into hereditary societies in the early part of the twentieth century were very lax and therefore the quality of "D.A.R. records" cannot be deemed reliable without specific citations of the contents of a particular application/file.
Mrs. Gustine (Courson) Weaver's previously mentioned account of the Boydston and Snow families is largely a work of fiction. The lineages outlined by Mrs. Weaver for David Boydston and Mahala Snow, rechristened as "David Boylston" and "Mehitable Snow," are without any factual basis. How Mrs. Weaver could have been so wrong in her outline of the Boydston and Snow families is unknown. She may have been a victim of one of the scoundrels who victimized people and produced fraudulent pedigrees for their clients in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such as the notorious Gustave Anjou. In addition to her own published account of the Boydston family, a sketch of Mrs. Weaver appeared in THE AMERICAN COMPENDIUM OF GENEALOGY, volume 3, page 610 (ed. by Frederick A. Virkus, 1928) in which the largely fictional account of her ancestry is outlined. The "Compendium" is often cited as a source, but is recognized today as being totally unreliable. Anyone willing to pay a fee could have their lineage included in this work and no background checks for accuracy were made for lineages submitted.
Mrs. Gladys Domonoske has suggested in her published account of the Boydstons that Mahala Snow was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hudson) Snow. However, this was only a suggestion and no proof was offered by Mrs. Domonoske or any corroborating evidence. In fact, nothing was offered as evidence that would link Mahala Snow with this couple. However, other researchers have taken her suggestion and reflected it as fact in their records and it has subsequently been perpetuated as factual by many descendants.
The Mayflower lineage attributed to Mahala Snow is still perpetuated to this day. As proof, some have cited "family tradition" as the only basis for their claim. Yet, any alleged claim of Mayflower ancestry or "family tradition" likely stems from the dissemination of the Weaver pedigree which outlined a descent for the Boydstons from the Snow family, including a descent from Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins. So, rather than the Mayflower connection being an actual "family tradition," it very likely originates with the Weaver pedigree which is entirely without merit.
Oral family tradition is not acceptable as a valid factor in proving a lineage for membership in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants or any other reputable hereditary society for that matter. As exemplified by the Boydstons, the origins of such "family traditions" often are shown to be questionable.
It is difficult to judge whether the "tradition" of Mahala Snow's New England origin had any basis in truth. The claim has been tainted by the fictional pedigree assigned to the family. Nevertheless, let us examine the possibility of a New England connection for Mahala Snow.
As no public records are known to identify her by name, the only record we have to confirm Mahala (Snow) Boydston's existence is the previously mentioned Bible record of Samuel Boydston. It is the earliest family record which would mention Mahala Snow as the wife of David Boydston and the mother of James Boydston.
First, we should establish the fact that her name is said to be recorded as "Mahala Snow," not Mehitable Snow. In an effort to try and connect her with the New England family, it would appear that Mahala was transformed into "Mehitable." This transformation of her name was without any factual basis or justification.
Attempts have been made to place Mahala, often rechristened as "Mehitable," as a member of an established Snow family in Massachusetts and place her birth there. One online source even states that she died in MA! This ignores the fact that her husband and all her children spent their entire lives in VA and other parts of the South, with the exception of two sons who are said to have settled in PA.
As a state historian of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, I have had a unique opportunity to examine the Boydston claim of Mayflower descent for Mahala Snow.
The Weaver pedigree outlines a lineage for Mahala Snow, rechristened Mehitable Snow. It describes Mehitable Snow as being born 22 Apr 1731 in Harwick (sic), MA the daughter of Jabez and Elizabeth (Paine) Snow. This claim is triply flawed.
Firstly, Jabez and Elizabeth (Paine) Snow did NOT have a daughter named Mehitable or Mahala. Jabez Snow died in Eastham, MA on 6 Jul 1772 and left a will naming his children. Neither his will nor the vital records reflect a daughter, Mehitable or Mahala.
Secondly, a Mehitable Snow was born in Harwich, MA on 22 Apr 1731, the daughter of Jabez and Elizabeth (Lewis) Snow. However, this Mehitable Snow married her cousin, Samuel Hopkins, in Harwich, MA on 23 Aug 1753. Following Samuel Hopkins' death, she was to marry Reuben Rider and still later, following Rider's death, was to marry Paul Crowell, whose will (dated 26 Feb 1801; proven 13 Dec 1808) mentioned his wife, Mehitable.
Finally, claiming that Mahala/Mehitable Snow was born in 1731 ignores the fact that this would place her as a near contemporary of her own children, her son James being born about 1737 based on what we know about his life!
I have undertaken an examination of all Snow descendants of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins and any and all claims regarding Mahala Snow's alleged link to this family are groundless. However, there is one possible exception. I emphasize *possible.*.
The author of the fraudulent Boydston pedigree attempted to place the Boydston family in MA in order to more easily connect the Boydstons to the Snow family of New England. It can easily be shown that Mahala Snow is not the Mehitable Snow born in Harwich, MA in 1731. However, a branch of the New England Snow family, which descends from Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins, settled in present-day Smyrna, Kent Co., Delaware. One descendant, Isaac Snow (b.1683), and his wife, Alice, had several children, the names of some of their children being lost to posterity. Isaac Snow's estate administration refers to children who are not specifically named. I would suggest the possibility that Mahala Snow *might* have been a daugther of this couple. James Boydston was a resident of Frederick Co., MD in the 1750s and may have been born in Maryland about 1737. Smyrna, Delaware is close to the border with Maryland and it is possible that David Boydston could have married a daughter of Isaac Snow. However, a preliminary search of the abstracted deed records for Kent Co., DE shows an absence of any member of the Boydston family or any other variant of that surname. Also, no records have been found that would place David Boydston in the part of Maryland near Smyrna, Delaware. A record connecting the Isaac Snow family with the Boydstons would bolster any claim that Mahala was a daughter of Isaac Snow. As it stands, it can only be viewed as a possibility. Additional records would be necessary to assert a claim with any degree of authority and at present it would be inaccurate to assign Mahala as being the daughter of anyone as no records have been found which would convincingly suggest the identity of her parents.
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____________________________ | _William DE BERTRAM __|____________________________ | (.... - 1205) _Roger DE BERTRAM ___| | (.... - 1241) | | | _Odinel (II) DE UMFREVILLE _+ | | | | |_Alice DE UMFREVILLE _|_Alice DE LUCY _____________ | _Roger DE BERTRAM ___| | (1224 - ....) | | | ____________________________ | | | | | ______________________|____________________________ | | | | |_____________________| | | | | ____________________________ | | | | |______________________|____________________________ | | |--Ada DE BERTRAM | | ____________________________ | | | ______________________|____________________________ | | | _____________________| | | | | | | ____________________________ | | | | | | |______________________|____________________________ | | |_____________________| | | ____________________________ | | | ______________________|____________________________ | | |_____________________| | | ____________________________ | | |______________________|____________________________
 "Medieval English Ancestors of Certain Americans," Carl Boyer III (Santa Clarita, CA, 2001), p. 14, states Matilda is "daughter of John de Biden by Alice Maudit and sister of Sarah and Annabel, both of whom married sons of Hugh de Beauchamp)."
__ | __|__ | __| | | | | __ | | | | |__|__ | _Robert ELIOT _______| | (1643 - 1724) m 1683| | | __ | | | | | __|__ | | | | |__| | | | | __ | | | | |__|__ | | |--Sarah ELIOT | (1687 - 1770) | __ | | | __|__ | | | __| | | | | | | __ | | | | | | |__|__ | | |_Margery BATSON _____| (1620 - 1674) m 1683| | __ | | | __|__ | | |__| | | __ | | |__|__
 Sarah m. (1) Richard Young.
_Joseph N. GRAY ________________+ | (1803 - 1875) _Coleman L. GRAY ______|_Elvira SOPER __________________ | (1840 - 1911) m 1877 (1806 - 1860) _Alvertie Eugene GRAY ___| | (1885 - 1957) m 1907 | | | ________________________________ | | | | |_Caroline L. DODGE ____|________________________________ | (1852 - ....) m 1877 _Norman William GRAY _| | (1909 - 1993) m 1939 | | | ________________________________ | | | | | _______________________|________________________________ | | | | |_Carrie F. GRAY _________| | (1888 - 1929) m 1907 | | | ________________________________ | | | | |_______________________|________________________________ | | |--Elizabeth ("Betty") Louise GRAY | (1940 - 2004) | _Reuben DUNBAR _________________+ | | (1798 - 1881) | _Samuel DUNBAR ________|_Elizabeth ("Betsy") F. PARKER _ | | (1826 - 1908) (1803 - 1878) | _William Fernald DUNBAR _| | | (1883 - 1953) m 1914 | | | | _Ebenezer ("Eben") WARDWELL ____+ | | | | (.... - 1882) m 1832 | | |_Clara P. WARDWELL ____|_Lovinia HUTCHINGS _____________ | | (1843 - 1927) (1810 - ....) |_Annie Louise DUNBAR _| (1915 - 1965) m 1939 | | _Joseph L. CONNER ______________+ | | (1832 - 1896) m 1855 | _Irvin Lincoln CONNER _|_Lucinda H. CONNER _____________ | | (1865 - 1939) m 1888 (1835 - 1919) |_Luena Ardell CONNER ____| (1895 - 1970) m 1914 | | _Lewis Flood CARTER ____________+ | | (1846 - 1901) |_Emma Augusta CARTER __|_Cora Etta SIMMONS _____________ (1872 - 1962) m 1888 (1859 - 1930)
 Elizabeth's obituary 18 Feb 2004 in The Bangor Daily News: "BUCKSPORT - Elizabeth "Betty" (Gray) Shirland, 63, died peacefully Feb. 17, 2004, surrounded by her loving family, at her daughter's home. She was born April 20, 1940, in Castine, the daughter of Norman W. and Annie Louise (Dunbar) Gray. Betty attended Orland schools and graduated from Bucksport High School. She was a spiritual amazing woman who overcame many obstacles including a serious motorcycle accident in 1976. She sustained courage throughout her life and served as an inspiration to many. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the American Orchid Society, she loved animals and raised birds, enjoyed the outdoors and photography. Betty is survived by a daughter, Loretta (Brawn) Ouellette and husband, Gerald, of Bucksport; two sons, William Drake and wife, Tricia, of Orrington, and Jeremy Shirland and fiance, Theresa Triano, of Sidney; two special grandchildren, Jacob and Jenna; her twin brother, Robert W. Gray and wife, Sharon, of Verona; her siblings, Charles N. Gray of Bangor, Samuel D. Gray of Bangor, and Emma L. Gray of Blue Hill; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; many special friends. Betty was predeceased by a son, Eric M. Brawn, in 1982. Betty's family would like to extend their appreciation to CancerCare of Maine, and Hancock County Homecare Hospice for their assistance during Betty's illness."
_Joseph KINSMAN _____+ | (1673 - 1741) _Benjamin KINSMAN ___|_Susanna DUTCH ______ | (1719 - 1794) m 1740 (1675 - 1734) _Robert KINSMAN _____| | (1747 - 1820) m 1782| | | _Robert PERKINS _____+ | | | (1695 - ....) m 1718 | |_Elizabeth PERKINS __|_Elizabeth DOUTON ___ | (.... - 1806) m 1740 (.... - 1763) _Theodorus KINSMAN __| | (1792 - 1870) m 1818| | | _____________________ | | | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | | | |_Mehitable RAND _____| | (1763 - 1844) m 1782| | | _____________________ | | | | |_____________________|_____________________ | | |--Rebecca KINSMAN | (1821 - ....) | _____________________ | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | | _____________________| | | | | | | _____________________ | | | | | | |_____________________|_____________________ | | |_Hannah KINSMAN _____| (1789 - 1828) m 1818| | _____________________ | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | |_____________________| | | _____________________ | | |_____________________|_____________________
 Rebecca m. in 1842 Albert Chase.
_____________________ | _____________________|_____________________ | _Charles Russell SNYDER _| | (1912 - ....) m 1941 | | | _____________________ | | | | |_____________________|_____________________ | _Donald Russell SNYDER _| | | | | _John L. AUSTEN _____+ | | | (1838 - 1898) m 1862 | | _Ebright AUSTIN _____|_Sarah Jane HEICHEL _ | | | (1879 - 1957) m 1904 (1844 - 1911) | |_Gail AUSTIN ____________| | (1914 - ....) m 1941 | | | _____________________ | | | | |_Iva Tacy FABER _____|_____________________ | (1881 - 1949) m 1904 | |--Elizabeth Ann SNYDER | | _____________________ | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | | _________________________| | | | | | | _____________________ | | | | | | |_____________________|_____________________ | | |_Glenda M. DAUGHERTY ___| | | _____________________ | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | |_________________________| | | _____________________ | | |_____________________|_____________________
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