Texas Family Group Sheet for the Thomas BOATWRIGHT Family

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Husband: Thomas BOATWRIGHT (1)
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   Birthdate: Abt 1760 - , , Virginia, USA (2,3)
  Death date: Abt 1833 - , Pope, Arkansas, USA (4)
      Buried:
    Marriage:                                Place:
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   Wife: Amy RUSHING (5,6)
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   Birthdate: Abt 1775 - , Anson, North Carolina, USA (3,7)
  Death date: Bef 22 Apr 1839 - , Pope, Arkansas, USA
      Buried:
      Father: Richard RUSHING (1749-1841) (8,9)
      Mother: RUSHING (Abt 1750-          ) (10)
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Children
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1  M  Lewis BOATWRIGHT (11)
   Birthdate: Abt 1795 - , , Virginia, USA (12)
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
      Spouse: Sarah SPARKS (Abt 1799-          ) (13)
  Marr. Date: 19 Nov 1813 - , Gallatin, Illinois, USA (14)
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2  M  Richard BOATWRIGHT (15)
   Birthdate: Abt 1797
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
      Spouse:
  Marr. Date:
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3  F  Jane BOATWRIGHT
   Birthdate: Abt 1800
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
      Spouse:
  Marr. Date:
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4  F  Precilla BOATWRIGHT (16)
   Birthdate: 20 Jun 1803 - , , Illinois, USA
     Address: Illinois Territory, Illinois
  Death date: 9 May 1873 - , Milam, Texas, USA (17)
      Buried: 10 May 1873 - , Milam, Texas, USA
     Address: Gilliland Family Cemetery, Milam County, Texas
      Spouse: Daniel GILLILAND (1795-1873) (18)
  Marr. Date: 3 Mar 1819 - , , Arkansas, USA (18)
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5  M  Friend BOATWRIGHT (19)
   Birthdate: Abt 1805 (20)
  Death date: 1848 - Oakland, Colorado, Texas, USA
      Buried:
      Spouse: Lydia SPARKS (Abt 1808-Abt 1868)
  Marr. Date: Abt 1824
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6  M  Thomas BOATWRIGHT Jr. (15)
   Birthdate: Abt 1807 (20)
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
      Spouse:
  Marr. Date:
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7  F  Mary BOATWRIGHT (21,22,23,24)
   Birthdate: 1810 - , Gallatin, Illinois, USA (25,26)
  Death date: Aft 1861 - , , Texas, USA
      Buried:  - , Parker, Texas, USA
     Address: Hill Cemetery, Parker County, Texas
      Spouse: HARRELL (Abt 1800-          ) (27)
  Marr. Date: Abt 1824
      Spouse: Willoughby SPARKS (1802-1858/1862) (28,29,30,31)
  Marr. Date: Abt 1825 - , , Arkansas, USA
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8  F  Elizabeth J BOATWRIGHT
   Birthdate: 1813 - , , Texas, USA (32)
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
      Spouse: William T CHARLES (1816-          ) (33,34)
  Marr. Date: 14 Jul 1838 - , Washington, Texas, USA (35)
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General Notes: Husband - Thomas BOATWRIGHT
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County: Austin
Abstract Number: 17
District/Class: Title
File Number:
Original Grantee: Thomas Boatwright
Patentee:
Title Date:
Patent Date: 27 Jul 1824
Patent No: 254
Patent Vol: 1
Certificate:
Part Section:
Survey/Blk/Tsp:
Adj County:
Acres: 4,428.40
Adj Acres:
Remarks:

From the "Handbook of Texas"
BOATWRIGHT, THOMAS (1760-ca. 1830). Thomas Boatwright, early Texas settler, was born in
Virginia, moved to Illinois, and by 1819 was 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 Traceqv to
Nacogdoches. In early December they left for Austin's Spanish land grant and arrived at
the La Bahíaqv Crossing on the Brazos River on December 31, 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 families of Thomas Boatwright and Abner Kuykendallqv
settled until they received their land grants in 1824.

On July 27, 1824, Boatwright was granted a league of land now in Austin County, Texas,
fronting upon the Brazos River. His son-in-law, Daniel Gilleland,qv 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 Boatwright 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. Mrs. Boatwright was
seventy-two. On October 24, 1835, she received a grant of a league then in Montgomery
County and now part of Madison County. She died by 1839.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed.,
Austin: Pemberton, 1970).

John G. Gilleland and Thomas R. Underwood, Jr.

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General Notes: Wife - Amy RUSHING
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One of the few women ever to receive a land grant in Austin's colony.
     "Know all men by these presents. That whereas under and by virtue of a power of
attorney duly made and executed on the twenty-second day of April 1839 (and duly
recorded) by one Thomas Boatwright of Texas, the authorized and legally appointed Agent
of Certain Heirs of the Estate of Richard Rushing late of the State of Tennessee,
deceased, I, David Rushing of the County of Pope and State of Arkansas, was appointed the
proper attorney and agent of sd. Boatwright in the premises to ask for, collect, demand,
sue for, receive, and give receipts and full discharges for the same of the amounts of
monies respectively coming or due to the late Amy Boatwright, mother of said Thomas
Boatwright and also to the others, the children of said Amy, being a portion of the heirs
of Richard Rushing, dec'd. upon and under the terms and conditions therein expressed, and
whereas sd. David Rushing, being old and unable to travel to carry out the intentions of
said power, is desirous and willing and able to appoint some other person to act therein;
thereupon be it known to all whom it may concern that I, David Rushing of the County of
Pope and the State aforesaid do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint Willis Rushing
of the County of Benton in the State of Tennessee, my true and lawful Attorney, for me in
my name or in the name of Thomas Boatwright the Legally authorized agent of the said
heirs of the Estate, of said Richard Rushing late of Tennessee aforesaid. To ask for,
receive, collect, sue for and receive, all sums or sums of money or effects of any kind
or description of right belonging and appertaining to the said heirs of the said Estate,
of said Richard Rushing dec'd. of and from all persons and parties owing or amenable for
the dec'd. and I further authorize under and by virtue of the like power herein I am
empowered to do and execute all acts to carry into effects the intentions therein
expressed, the said Willis Rushing to give all necessary acquittances and receipts in the
law for the same, either in my name as attorney and agent for the said Thomas Boatwright
or in the name of said Boatwright as the legally authorized Agent of said heirs of the
Estate as he the said Willis may be advised or required, and generally to act in the
premise as agent or attorney of said Boatwright or myself under the above recited power,
so that the monies due the heirs of the Estate of sd. Richard Rushing dec'd. may be
collected and applied to the purposes expressed in the original power from sd. Thomas
Boatwright. In witness thereof I have set my hand and seal this 27th day of December
1842. Signed, sealed,and delivered.
David Rushing (seal)
In presence of:
Jno. R. A. Scott
A. M. Metcalf
     This day personally appeared before me an Acting Justice of the Peace within and for
the co. and State af. sd. the within named David Rushing who duly acknowledged the name
David Rushing at the end of the annexed power of Attorney to be his signature and that he
executed the same for the reasons therein set forth. Dated this 27th day of december
1842.
A. R. Cheyne, J.P."
[Taproots, A Virginia & Carolina Legacy]
     "Note: There was a Thomas Boatwright in Henderson County in 1850. If this Thomas is
the same Thomas as the son of Amy, then the Boatwrights who lived in Henderson and
Decatur Counties probably are descendants of Richard Rushing. There are White and Hill
descendants of a W. H. Boatwright in the Concord Community of Decatur County."
David Donahue's Home Page
ddonahue@netease.net

County: Madison
Abstract Number: 7
District/Class: Title
File Number:
Original Grantee: Amy Boatwright
Patentee:
Title Date:
Patent Date: 24 Oct 1835
Patent No: 313
Patent Vol: 10
Certificate:
Part Section:
Survey/Blk/Tsp:
Adj County:
Acres: 4,428.40
Adj Acres:
Remarks:

Last Modified: 10 Jan 2016

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Sources
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    1. Vernone, Tracy Ross, Thomas Boatright.
    2. Handbook of Texas, Thomas Boatwright. a joint project of The General Libraries at
         the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Historical Association.
         https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/
    3. 1830 Federal Census, Arkansas, Pope, pg 174.  60-70.
    4. Handbook of Texas, Thomas Boatwright.
    5. Kennedy, Annaliese Lillard, The Lillard/Kennedy Family Home Page, Amy Rushing.
         http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/k/e/n/Anneliese-L-Kennedy/index.html
    6. Vernone, Tracy Ross, Amy Rushing.
    7. Kennedy, Annaliese Lillard, The Lillard/Kennedy Family Home Page, Amy Rushing.
    8. Donahue, David, Richard Rushing.
    9. Kennedy, Annaliese Lillard, The Lillard/Kennedy Family Home Page, Richard Rushing.
    10. Donahue, David, Richard Rushing.  Rushing.
    11. 1830 Federal Census, Arkansas, Pope, Lewis Boatright.
    12. 1830 Federal Census, Arkansas, Pope, pg 173.  30-40.
    13. Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934 (FamilySearch.org), Boatwright, Lewis.  to
         Salley Sparks.
    14. Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934 (FamilySearch.org), Boatwright, Lewis.  to
         Salley Sparks, 19 Nov 1813, Gallatin County.
    15. Handbook of Texas, Thomas Boatwright.  "In 1833 Amy Boatwright and three of her
         sons, Thomas, Friend, and Richard, were back in Texas making applications for
         land grants."
    16. Handbook of Texas, Daniel Gilleland.  Precilla Boatwright.
    17. Handbook of Texas, Daniel Gilleland.  "Precilla Gilleland died there less than
         four months later and was laid beside her husband."
    18. Handbook of Texas, Daniel Gilliland.
    19. Handbook of Texas, Thomas Boateright.  "In 1833 Amy Boatwright and three of her
         sons, Thomas, Friend, and Richard, were back in Texas making applications for
         land grants."
    20. 1830 Federal Census, Arkansas, Pope, pg 174.  20-30.
    21. Sparks Family Assn, Sparks Family Association Quarterly, Willoughby Sparks.  Mary
         Harrell. This quarterly was published for almost 50 years.
    22. Vernone, Tracy Ross, Mary Boatright.  Mary Boatright.
    23. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Limestone, pg 179B, hh #369.  Mary Sparks.
    24. Death Certificate, Smithers, Mrs Rachel #11234.  Boatwright.
    25. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Limestone, pg 179B, hh #369.  age 40, Illinois.
    26. 1840 Federal Census, Arkansas, Hot Spring, pg 156.  1 female, age 20-30.
    27. Sparks Family Assn, Sparks Family Association Quarterly, Willoughby Sparks.  Mary
         Harrell.
    28. Sparks Family Assn, Sparks Family Association Quarterly, Willoughby Sparks.
    29. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Limestone, pg 179B, hh #369.  Willibo Sparks.
    30. Death Certificate, Smithers, Mrs Rachel #11234.  William Sparks.
    31. 1840 Federal Census, Arkansas, Hot Spring, pg 156.  Willoby Sparks.
    32. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Burleson, pg 449  hh# 216.  age 37, Texas.
    33. Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 (FamilySearch.org), Charles, W T.  to Elizabeth
         Boatwright.
    34. 1850 Federal Census, Texas, Burleson, pg 449  hh# 216.  William T Charles.
    35. Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 (FamilySearch.org), Charles, W T.  to Elizabeth
         Boatwright, 14 Jul 1838, Washington County.

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