Hester <I>Seals</I> Boling


Hester Seals Boling

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Death 20 Jan 1859 (aged 85–86)
Rushville, Rush County, Indiana, USA
Burial Richland, Rush County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 18147677 View Source
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Esther/Hester Voiles Boling is not the woman who married James Bolin who died in Perry County Indiana.
James Thomas Boling married Esther Seals Voiles Boling in Washington County Indiana. Esther was a widow and
James Boling was a Widower. Esther is on the tax list living on her father in laws Thomas Voiles land in Washington County Kentucky. Her first husband is Benjamin Voiles with records in North Carolina. Where they both were born. She is 16 years older than James Bolin, no one knows who James Bolin wife is
who has a son Sebron Bolin who went to Perry County Indiana. His father also went to Perry County and married a second wife.
Esther is living with her son Elijah Boling in 1850 census
Esther is the first wife of Benjamin Voiles, she married 2nd James Thomas Boling on 22 Aug 1814 Washington County, Kentucky. Ester is listed in the records as Ester and Hester. Esther's mother's name is Sion Signe Olsen Seals b Heddal, Telemark, Norway, Father is Francis Seals. When Francis Seals died in North Carolina, his under aged children were farmed out to different families. Benjamin Voiles and and Esther Seals Voiles took in her sister Elizabeth Seals.
From what I understand Sion died in Washington County Indiana.

James left a will in Rush County Indiana and names his step granddaughter Nancy Points. Esther is on the 1814 Washington Co., Kentucky tax list, living next to her father-in-law Thomas Voiles/Voyles These two entries are under Voils

Children of Benjamin Voiles and Esther/Hester Seals Voiles

1. Mary Charity Voiles b: 1794 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina
2. Joseph Voyles b: 5 MAY 1795 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina
3. Jonathan Voiles b: 1796 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, went to Texas with his uncle Nicholas Voiles/Voyles, he married Rachel Voyles in Illinois and I suspect that Rachel is the daughter of Nicholas Voyles.
4. Benjamin Reece Voiles , Sr. b: Dec. 1802 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina
5. Sarah Belinda Voiles b: 1805 Cabarrus County, North Carolina married Charles Points
6. Male Voiles b: BEF. 1810 Cabarrus County, North Carolina
James Boling left a will, naming his step granddaughter Nancy Points.

The Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, 1882

Early Settlers

The first persons to settle in Hickory township were Jonathan Viles, Nicholson Viles, his uncle, William Stevenson, a son-in-law of Nicholson Viles, and Amos Richardson. In the spring of 1826 this party of pioneers crossed the Illinois river at Beard's ferry, and taking up an old Indian trail, followed it along the bluffs until reaching a point where Butlersville now stands, where they halted, and for a time camped together. They all settled along the bluffs and raised a few crops, and all but Amos Richardson, moved out of the township. He remained here, and about 1830 was shot and killed by Burrell Basset, who was then a resident or squatter. This affair is said to have occurred from trading wives. The next settler was Abraham Carlock, who arrived in 1827. He was a migratory individual, and moved about from place to place in the township for several years. It is related that he was a very old man when he came, and had a large family of grown children. He was minus his left hand, it having been burned off. He died here nearly forty years ago, and but little of him is known. Jacob Guinn was another early settler. He first located in section 8, cleared and improved a small farm and sold out. It seemed to be his mission to grub and clear the land, for he made several good farms in this way, but so soon as they were improved, he would sell them and begin another. He was a good hunter and trapper, and in those days game of all kinds was so numerous as to be a nuisance. He died in the township, and left quite a large family, none of whom are now living in the county. William Moss, noted as a great bee culturist, was a settler in Hickory as early as 1830, and located on section 10. He died here many years ago. Burrell Basset, above mentioned arrived about the same time. His crime was compromised by his enlisting in the Black Hawk war in 1831, after which we lose sight of him. Stephen Y. Jolly, who settled the land on which Butlersville now stands, came in 1830, and died here over thirty years ago. William K. Jones, a native of Kentucky, came here as a single man in the fall of 1834 and settled on section 7, where he has ever since continued to reside. He was twice married and has reared a family of eight children, all of whom are living but one. In the fall of 1836, William H. Gregory came with his family and settled on the bluffs of Butlersville. He is still loving in his eighty-ninth year, hale and hearty. He had a large family, five of whom are now living, two in Schuyler county--Thomas and John H. Gregory both residing in Hickory. William Sackman, with his family, was another prominent arrival in 1836. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and came from that state to Indiana, at an early day, and to Illinois in 1828, settling in Morgan county in 1836. From there he came to this county and located on section 4, where he continued to reside until 1866, when he moved to the state of Missouri, and died there. He reared a family of twelve children, being equally divided in sexes--six sons and six daughters--and of the number, three are prominent farmers in this township, John W., Leonard O., and Geo. W. Sackman. When Mr. Sackman came here, there were then living in the township Thomas Wilson, Philip Ruby, Mosier Alley, Lyman Tracey, Enoch Steward, Abraham Carlock, and his son Jacob Carlock, Levi Mondon, William Moss, William Brown, Martin Crafton, S. Y. Jolly, William Powell, James Steward, William K. Jones, David Venters, Margaret Thompson, William Gregory, Levi Sparks, Jacob Guinn, Reason Prater, and Durias Prater. Their families constituted bout all the inhabitants in Hickory at that date, but from thenceforward the settlements began to fill up quite rapidly, with immigrants from all parts of the country.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Schuyler County, 1908

Hickory Township History

Hickory Township lies in the extreme northeast part of Schuyler County, and is bounded on the north by Fulton County and on the south by the Illinois River. It contains but fourteen full sections, and by reason of its location along the Illinois River, the land surface is about equally divided between uplands and bottom lands. The narrow strip of sloping bottom land, extending the entire length of the township, is wonderfully rich and productive and is valued as highly as any land in Schuyler County. The lower bottom lands are also rich and fertile, but a crop there is uncertain on account of the danger from floods. In the northern part of the township there are several large lakes lying inland a few rods from the river, and all this country is now owned by hunting clubs on account of the splendid feeding ground it affords for wild game.
In the spring of 1826 a party of pioneers composed of Amos Richardson, Jonathan Viles, Nicholas Viles and his son-in-law, William Stevenson, crossed the Illinois River at Beard's Ferry and followed an Indian trail along the bluffs until they reached the point where Butlersville is now located. Here they built their cabins and cleared the ground for the cultivation of crops. Richardson was the only one of the party who remained there, and he was killed in 1830 by Burrell Basset.

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It says that Nicholas is Jonathan's uncle
This is also saying that William Stevenson is Nicholas's son in law...Nicholas is also in the Histories of Montgomery/Bond Co., Illinois. In this History he is called Voyles.

in 1840 Nicholas and Jonathan are in Crawford Co., Arkansas before going to Texas.

Children of James Thomas Boling and Esther Seals Voiles Boling
1. Elijah Boling b: 20 Dec 1815 in Washington County,Kentucky
2. Letisha Boling b: 21 Nov 1816 in Washington County, Kentucky
3. Hester Boling b: 8 Jul 1817 in Washington County,Kentucky
4. Melissa Boling b: 11 Sep 1821 in Washington County,Kentucky
5. C. B. Boling 1823 Rush County, Indiana d 1823 Rush County, Indiana (daughter)

1850 census Rush County Indiana
Elijah Boling is her son.

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Ester Boling Female 74 North Carolina
Elijah Boling Male 34 Kentucky
Elizabeth Boling Female 32 Indiana
James H Boling Male 9 Indiana
Jno W Boling Male 6 Indiana
Harriet A Boling Female 3 Indiana
Wm W Boling Male 1 Indiana

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hester Seals Boling (1773–20 Jan 1859), Find a Grave Memorial ID 18147677, citing Hopewell Cemetery, Richland, Rush County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Juanita Arnold (contributor 46491126) .