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William "Billie" Boles
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1808
Death: Jan. 3, 1892
Johnson County
Indiana, USA

The following is a portion of a letter written on March 6, 1957 by Herman G. Boles, grandson of William and Elizabeth Boles, to William Russell Boles, Rayville, La.

"It is general knowledge that my great-grandfather and grandfather came to Johnson County, Indiana from North Carolina. From the knowledge I have they came from Surry County, on the Peedee River or Holstein River.

My grandfather William Boles came to Indiana first, as a young man. He worked for a while for one of the early families, living just west of Franklin near what is known today as Hopewell. About 1825 he entered from the government 160 acres of land at $1.00 per acre. The west line of the land is now what is known as State Road 135. The old plank road (made by laying logs together to form a road bed) ran through the land east toward and to Franklin. This road today is known as State Road 44. After William Boles entered the land, his father and family (Joseph Bowles) came to Indiana and settled. William built a log cabin on the north side of S.R. 44 upon the knoll near where the Boles Cemetery is located. (This land that William set aside for burial purposes is where the old members of the families are buried.) Joseph Boles build a log cabin on the south side of the road on the gentle raise of land. Later a frame house was built by William on the north side of the road and across from his father's cabin. In 1849 Joseph died and William sold his holdings to a man named Barger and this is why Bargersville is located on part of the original entry of William. William bought land farther south and west in Union Township in the area known at that time as Lake George. This land later became known as not only the farm where William lived, but also the Joseph Boles farm (my father), the Rueben Delph farm (Mahala Delph was my father's sister), and the Albert Hollandbeck farm, now owned by Susan and Stanley Shuck (Albert Hollandbeck was a grandson of William, his mother Sarah Jane Boles Hollandbeck having died while Albert was less than a year old.)"

Boles Cemetery: William's and Elizabeth's monument is the only marker remaining. Toppled over and resting in pieces for years amidst the overgrown brush in this unkempt cemetery, the marker was reassembled by Brad Manzenberger on July 13, 2011, and the cemetery site was cleared of debris and flora.

The Franklin Democrat, Friday, January 8, 1892, Volume XXXII, Number 29, page 3, column 3

William Boles, aged eighty-three, died at his home in Union Township, Monday morning after a brief illness. He was a prominent democrat and one of the early settlers in Union Township. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon and the remains were interred at Bargersville cemetery. by his death our county loses another most estimable citizen.

The Franklin Democrat, Friday, January 8, 1892, Volume XXXII, Number 29, page 6, column 1

BARGERSVILLE - Uncle William Boles was buried in the family graveyard near here last Tuesday.

The Franklin Democrat, Friday, January 8, 1892, Volume XXXII, Number 29, page 6, column 1

PROVIDENCE - This community was saddened by the death of Uncle Billie Boles last week. The family have the sympathy of many friends.

[Submitted by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry]

Family links: 
  Joseph Boles (1779 - 1849)
  Elizabeth Cook Boles (1783 - 1847)
  Anna Alder Boles (____ - 1835)
  Elizabeth J. Allen Boles (1813 - 1901)
  John Boles (1835 - 1910)*
  Mahala Ann Boles Delph (1840 - 1926)*
  Sarah Jane Boles Hollandbeck (1842 - 1865)*
  Joseph Boles (1844 - 1929)*
  Abraham Bowles (1804 - 1856)*
  John Boles (1805 - 1888)*
  William Boles (1808 - 1892)
  Alexander Bowles (1813 - 1895)*
  Mahala Boles Doty (1823 - 1883)*
  Matilda Boles Foglesong (1826 - 1900)*
  Abigail Isabella Boles Doty (1830 - 1859)*
*Calculated relationship
Dearest Father thou hast left us
And thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal.

Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled
When in Heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.
Boles Cemetery
Johnson County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Dietra R.
Originally Created by: Brad Manzenberger
Record added: Apr 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19042230
William Billie Boles
Added by: Dietra R.
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Thank you for providing such an elaborate description on this fascinating person's life.
- Wakuemmerol
 Added: Aug. 11, 2015

- In loving memory. The Boles Families.
 Added: Jun. 18, 2011

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