William Boarman I

William Boarman I (abt. 1630 - aft. 1709)

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Maj. William Boarman I
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1651 in Province of Marylandmap
Husband of — married 1676 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1686 in Bryantown, Charles Co, Province of Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Bryantown, Charles Co, Province of Marylandmap
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William Boarman I migrated from England to Colonial America.
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William Boarman, Maryland colonist, was almost certainly not the son of the Rev. Andrew Boreman and Ann Halswell. William Boarman of Maryland described himself in a deposition as "Roman Catholic, and born and bred so". The Rev. Andrew Boreman was a minister of the Church of England.


About William Boarman, Sr.

•Birth: May 22 1630 - Bristol, Wiltshire, England

•Death: May 16 1709 - Bryantown, Charles, Maryland

•Wives: Sarah Linle, Mary Matthews, Mary Jarboe [1]

William Boarman (1630-1709), the progenitor of this family in America, was born 1630 [2] in England. When he came to Maryland is not known but the first record of him living there shows him living with the Jesuit priest at the age of fifteen. He was married bef 1651 to Sarah Lindle (d. ca. 1669); (2) prior to 1673 or 1676 to Mary Mathews; and (3) by 1686 to Mary Jarboe, the daughter of Colonel John Jarboe. He had daughters named Mary with wives #1 and #3.

The Will of William Boarman was written in Charles Co., Maryland May 16, 1708, with a codicil Jan. 17, 1708=09, with probate June 17, 1709 and is recorded in the Annapolis Land Office in Liber No. 2, f. 108. He devises lands "Boarman's Rest" to wife Mary, also to son Benedict; "Lanterman" to son John Baptist; "St. George's Rest" to son Francis Ignatious; to daus--Mary and Clare 400 acres of "Manor Quarter"; to dau Ann Brooks 500 acres. [3] He fathered twelve children, naming only 6 in his will. Descendants live in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and elsewhere. Mary, widow of Major William Boarman, married John Sanders. Her will made March 12, 1739, was probated Dec. 17, 1739. It names sons Benedict, John Baptist and Francis Boarman executors; and mentions daus--Mary Sly, Elizabeth Hamozly and Clare Shirbin.

The first record of William Boarman in Maryland was of him being sent to the colony to live with Jesuit priests when he was 15 years old. From that time on the activities of the Boarman family are well documented. William Boarman was very active among the people who were running the government at the time. He acquired 300 acres of land in 1651 and in 1658 he received 300 acres East of "Nangemy Creek" near Port Tobacco. Finally, the Historic Marker, dedicated in 1969 by the National Society Descendants of Lords of the Maryland Manors, for Boarman's Manor reads: "Boarman's Manor, 3,333 acres. Granted 1674 to William Boarman, Esq. with royal courts, perquisites, profits of courts and other privileges and immunities belonging to manors in England. By proprietary patent Lord Baltimore granted the prerogatives of Court Baron and all things belonging thereunto."

"The earliest appearances of William Boarman in the printed Archives of Md. is on June 13, 1649, when he witnesses the will of Thomas Hebden; however, he was in the Colony prior to that time. In a deposition made the 28th of May, 1650, he is said to be about 20 years of age. That deposition states "that about 1645 in the war raised by Richard Ingle again the Government of the Province, he, and others, were taken prisoners by an adherent of Ingle, at the taking and plundering of Mr. Copley's House at Portoback (sic) and brought down to St. Maries". In a deposition made by him Feb. 4, 1651-2, he seems to have been, not long before that, on Kent Island.

Between 1650 and 1699 Lord Baltimore had granted 30 tracts of land totaling 17,000 acres to Major William Boarman who had come to Maryland in 1645 and served as an officer in the Provincial Militia, High Sheriff, and as delegate to the Lower House of the Assembly. The land "east of Zachiah Swamp" consisting of 3,333 acres called Boarman's Manor and Boarman's Rest lay in the area now known as Bryantown.

On Oct. 5, 1655, in the Provincial Court, William Boreman "confesseth that he is a Roman Catholic, and that he was born and bred so". The court convicted him of compliance with Capt. William Stone in the last Rebellion, but on his submitting himself to the mercy of the Court, remitted the public offence and he had only to pay 1,000 pounds of tobacco towards the damage sustained by the rebellion.

A Commission as Captain was ordered by the Council to be issued to William Boreman on Oct. 12, 1661, but on the 24th of April Captain William Boreman had been ordered to press four men of his Company for service in Indian troubles at the head of the Bay.

He is called Captain until 1676 when he is styled Major. On Aug. 17, 1676, Major Boarman was ordered to divide his company into two equal parts; he is to retain one part and Captain Doyne to have the other.

On March 22, 1663-4, the County Court of St. Mary's Co. requested the appointment of Capt. William Boareman and 5 others to be additional Justices of the Peace for St. Mary's Co. Reappointed Sept. 5, 1664, sitting in County Court, March 1664-5, again appointed July 27, 1666, and one of the quorum March 2, 1675. Delegate for St. Mary's Co. to the Lower House of Assembly, March 27, 1671, May, 1674, and Feb., 1674-5. Appt. by Gov. and Council, Sheriff of St. Mary's Co., on March 10, 1678-9. He appears acting as high sheriff of St. Mary's Co. in June, July, Aug. and Oct., 1681, and March, 1681-2. On May 2, 1682, his successor is appointed.

Between 1663-1666, 1670 and 1675-77, he was one of the Gentleman Justices of St. Mary's County, Maryland; in 1678, he was presiding justice; from 1671-1675, he was a delegate to the general assembly; from 1678-1681, he was High Sheriff of Charles County, Maryland.
He participated with the Proprietary Forces in the Battle of Severn; participated in the Nanticocke Indian War of 1678. He defended the colonies against Indians. It is also noted that his home was the only one designated for trade with the Indians in St Mary's County by those who were not designated to trade with the Indians. -- Tony Bourdon
In 1704 when it was proposed in the Lower House of the Assembly to use his services in ascertaining and laying out the bounds of the lands of the Piscataway Indians, it was objected that he was a "deafe old man" whose recollection could not be trusted.

[4]has this: "WILLIAM BOARMAN, No. 1, departed this life in 1709, and, by will, left 1,000 pounds of tobacco to the Church and a similar amount to the poor. He made provision that his son Benedict and his heirs should keep in repair the chapel that " is now standing on my dwelling plantation," and, in case of any neglect on the part of this son or his heirs, then the plantation called " Boarman's Best"(sic) shall fall to the next surviving heir. To his son Francis Ignatius he gave " Lanternani," (sic) and to his son John Baptist part of " George's Best."(sic) The chapel just mentioned is supposed to have stood on or near the site of the present church of Bryantown, Charles County, MD. "

Bryantown [MD] stands on land known as Boarman's Manor, a 4,000 acre manor granted to Major William Boarman in 1674. [5]


A posting at Ancestry.com expresses doubt that he was a son of Andrew Boarman:

Re: Major Boarman, by sifmoore, posted: 22 May 2002: I seriously doubt that the parents of Maj. Wm. Boarman were the ones given in the Buckles (Buckles and Allied Families, Vol. II by Ann D. Kelly) book. The number one reason was that Maj. Boarman, in court, testified that he was a born and bred Catholic. Don't think that the Rev. Andrew Boarman was.


  1. Major William Boarman, Charles County, Maryland (1630-1709) : his descendants, Boarman/Bowman and allied families by Mary Louise Donnelly
  2. Peden, Henry C. Maryland Deponents. Vol. 3 1634-1776. P23. Major Boarman, Charles County, deposed 16 September 1707 gives his age as 80.
  3. Maryland Calendar of Wills, v3, p140 [pt2 12.108]
  4. Cornelius Francis Thomas, Genealogy of the Boarman Family, John Murphy & Co., 1897, p15, at http://www.archive.org/stream/genealogyofboarm00thom/genealogyofboarm00thom_djvu.txt,
  5. Wikipedia, (Old Maryland Landmarks by Robert F. T. Pogue, 1972).

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On 19 Aug 2014 at 01:44 GMT C Handy wrote:

It is extremely unlikely that William Boarman, immigrant to Maryland, is the son of Andrew Boreman of England. Andrew Boreman was an Anglican clergyman and would almost certainly not have had a son who described himself as "born and bred" a Catholic (as William Boarman, the Maryland immigrant, is known to have done), and who arrived in the colonies with Jesuit priests (as William Boarman did). See here: books.google.co.uk/books?idIg5ye9fKdSwC&pgPA187

William is 14 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 24 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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