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 Thomas Boatwright, Sr

Thomas Boatwright, Sr

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 1830 (aged 69–70)
Pope County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 151391820 · View Source
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Thomas Boatwright, Sr. was born in Virginia about 1760. He married Amy Rushing before 1803 possibly in Illinois or Virginia. Thomas and Amy had at least 10 children.

By 1819 Thomas and his family were living in Old Miller County, Arkansas. In the early fall of 1821 he and his wife, Amy, and their ten children traveled with the Gilleland, Kuykendall, Williams, and Gates families down Trammel's Trace to Nacogdoches. In early December they left for Austin's Spanish land grant and arrived at the La Bahía Crossing on the Brazos River on 31 Dec 1821. They immediately crossed over into Austin's land grant, traveled ten miles beyond the crossing, and on the last day of 1821 camped beside a flowing stream, now known as New Year Creek, in Washington County, Texas. Here, the Boatwright and Abner Kuykendall families settled until they received their land grants in 1824.

On 27 Jul 1824, Boatwright was granted a league of land now in Austin County, Texas, fronting upon the Brazos River. His son-in-law, Daniel Gilleland, received a grant of a labor in the southeast corner of Boatwright's grant. Neither the Boatwright nor the Gilleland families ever lived on these grants. About 1825 Boatwright and his family returned to Miller County, Arkansas, with numerous other families who had settled in Austin's colony, to protest the United States agreement with the Choctaw Indians that gave to the Indians all of the property owned by these settlers in Miller County, Arkansas. They were unsuccessful in their protests, and the Boatwrights moved to Pope County, Arkansas, where Thomas died; he was still listed in the 1830 census, but by 1833 his wife was a widow. In 1833 Amy Boatwright and three of her sons, Thomas, Friend, and Richard, were back in Texas making applications for land grants.

(Much of this information written by John G. Gilleland and Thomas R. Underwood, Jr. in the Handbook of Texas in the entry for "Boatwright, Thomas.")

Notes and references:
- Census:
1800: Brunswick County, North Carolina, Page 16 A
1830: Pope County, Arkansas, Page 173 B


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 151391820
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