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Sifting through my father’s papers

Well, it’s taken me a little more than one year, but I’ve completed an initial sorting and organization of my father’s genealogy files.  He had quite diligently collected several bankers boxes of important information about our ancestors, narrative history, reference information about the places they called home and correspondence galore.

My initial objective for the organization was to sort through all the information he had about William Louis Boulden.  Our direct Boulden line seems to begin with his birth in 1792.  Who were his parents.  We know the Bouldens settled in Virginia in the 1600’s.  We can trace the first four generations thanks to the scholarship of Katherine Harbury.

The gap between those first four generations and William Louis Boulden can’t be more than one or two generations.  Where should one begin?

I was also quite surprised by the wealth of information about other Boulden descendants, including Joseph Louis Boulden, Annetta Cunha and many others.  I’ll begin posting that information for others to see while I attempt to solve the mystery of William Louis Boulden’s parents.

Do you have any information that could help?  Are you looking for information about your Boulden ancestors?  Please reach out; I would love to hear from you.

Moving Forward

Sitting here on a bright Labor Day morning in Simsbury, Connecticut, I find myself thinking about that past year and the impact of my father’s passing on this website and blog.  Larry L. Boulden was the driving force behind the research that populates this site.  It was but one of his many passions.   But, he wasn’t alone.  His children and grandchildren will benefit from the hard work that he and my mother have put into researching and documenting our family history.  We’re talking about some serious elbow grease here.

Since the inception of I have worked primarily behind the scenes writing the code for the site, publishing their research if you will.  Dad would not have wanted the site to fade or the research to stop.  Toward that end,  I feel compelled to continue.

As a history major and amateur historian this does not exactly run counter to my interests.  Over the next few weeks I’ll review his e-mails, review our source documents, and determine the most sensible place to start.

One thread that seems interesting, and perhaps a little daunting, is to establish who William Louis Boulden’s parents were.  We know he was baptized in 1792 in Cecil, Maryland.  We know he fought in the war of 1812 and ultimately married Nancy Patterson before moving his family to Ohio (read more.)  While it is highly likely that our family can trace its lineage directly back to the Thomas Bouldinge who arrived in Jamestown on the Swan, the direct connection eludes us.

Working backwards from William Louis Boulden seems the most logical way to tackle this problem.  More on that in a future blog post.

My Other Brothers

Garth, Don, and Kirk Boulden… almost more than cousins, they were my Other Brothers, born before my blood brothers Roger and Greg, and always there during my childhood years.  They were my “brothers by another Mother,”  children of Bill and Helen Boulden a very special aunt and uncle whom I loved dearly.  We spent scads of time together as little kids, then when I moved back to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah, we group-dated for several years until we were all married.  At this date,  we four guys have been married a total of  almost 190 years.

Their sisters are great too, but enough younger than me that I didn’t have the feeling of growing up with them.  This notwithstanding, I remember Linda and Rita as wonderful cousins too.

And now, after all these years, Don is coming up on a Beeeeg Birthday.  Soon he’ll be 75.  Good guy, great dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  And a fine Bishop in one of the Murray Wards of the LDS Church.  May the Good Lord bless and keep you, Don.  Happy Birthday!

(And, yes, I had three girl cousins who were like sisters to me.  More about them in a future post.)

Larry Boulden, August  2014



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