James Boggs Sr
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James Augustus Boggs Sr (1667 - 1736)

James Augustus Boggs Sr
Born in Templemore Parish, Londonderry, Ulster, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1698 in Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in White Clay Creek, New Castle County, Delawaremap
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James was the son of Johne Livingston Boggs of Scotland and Mary Haverghty. He was Christened Nov 1666 in St. Colins Presberytarin[sic] Londonderry, Ireland. Also known as John Augustus and The Immigrant.

James married Rebecca Moray (b~1670) in Ireland and Rebecca died there before 1723. [1]

James had seven sons and two daughters, all but one of whom either came with him or followed soon thereafter.


  1. John, b. 1700 D. 1751; m. Margaret Oglebay
  2. Francis, b. 1702 D. 1763; m. Agnes Colins 1720
  3. James. b. 1704 D. 1779; m. Elizabeth Bryan 1726 immigrated with father
  4. Ezekiel, b. 1707 D. 1756; m. Elizabeth Baird immigrated with father
  5. Mary, b. 1710 D. 1763 in Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, about age 92.; m. Francis Morris (b.1708)
  6. Robert, b. 1712 D. 02 Apr 1804; m. Margaret Robinson 03/03/1741
  7. Rebecca. b. 1714 D. 1763;
  8. William William Boggs, b.1716 D. 1790; m. Jane Stein 1733. Immigrated with father
  9. Alexander, b. 1718; m. Margaret Lloyd 1759 in Swedes Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Margaret was born about 1720.

James Boggs, AKA "White Clay Creek James" or "James the Immigrant" emigrated from Ireland with his three sons, James, William and Ezekiel via Philadelphia to New Castle Delaware in about 1720. They came on The Colossus a common carrier of passengers and eventually landed February 28 1724 in Wilmington, Delaware. They came from the Londonderry, Ireland area. He was accompanied by his children (and probably grandchildren), some of whom may have arrived in the area prior to his settlement. On the deed for 100 acres of land purchased on 17 November 1726, it lists the seller as John Chambers, yeoman, to James Boggs, shoemaker. [2] The location of the farm was on Paper Mill Road in the Northwest part of Millcreek H. where the Dupont Louviers building stands.

This property was part of Chambers' Hopyard Tract, a 644 acre expanse he had acquired in 1720. The Hopyard Tract (with that name, but a little smaller) dates back to John Ogle in at least 1683. Thanks to the skill and work of Walt C., we have a pretty good idea of exactly where Boggs' 100 acres was located.

Upon James' death in 1736, the home farm was bequeathed to his 23 year old son Robert Boggs (1712-1804). While his father lived in Mill Creek H for little more than a decade, Robert would reside here for about 80 years. [3][4]

Some of his sons migrated to Chester County, Pennsylvania. and then to Augusta County, Virginia, and their descendants went on to other states. An excellent book, The Boggs Family © October 1997; written by Al & Martha Ann (Boggs) Rhods, covers most of these families.

1790 (Greenbrier) The first Census in Virginia lists only the following members of a 'Boggs' household, all in the Greenbrier County. Note again; 1790 Virginia Census shows this James' sons Ezekiel, Francis, James and their sons (Jrs) along with a Samuel and William.

  • Ezekiel Boggs,
  • Francis Boggs, Jr.,
  • Francis Boggs, Sr.,
  • James Boggs, Jr.,
  • James Boggs, Sr.
  • Samuel Boggs,
  • William Boggs

James passed away in New Castle County Delaware in 1737 at the age of 70. He was possibly interred in the Old White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, New Castle County, Delaware, USA[5](photo request pending.)

James' will was dated February 9, 1736.[6]at White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware. His will has been missing for years, even though there is a record of the Liber number and page number where it should be, but isn't, in the Dover, Delaware Hall of Records. He left a will that was probated in Wilmington, Delaware, Pennsylvania. The will has been missing since the courthouse was emptied during the War of 1812. The people thought that the British were going to raid the town and probably burn the records, so they moved the records in barrels so place for safe keeping and many were never seen again. There are references to that will in land titles, for instance, his Robert gives title to land to his son stating that his title comes from that will and quotes the Book and Page numbers. It's recorded but the will itself is not there.

The Will proved much later? Or another James?

Name James Boggs
Title Yeoman
Description Decedent
Residence Whiteland
Date 22 Jan 1742
Prove date 15 Mar 1742 [7]
Book Page B:130
Remarks James Boggs of Whiteland, yeoman. January 22, 1742/3. March 15, 1742/3. B. 103.
To youngest son Alexander all estate moveable and immovables except as hereafter devised.
To son William one cow. To John's son one heifer.
To son Joseph one cow.
To Margaret Johnson 3 sheep.
To Josephs daughter Margaret 2 sheep.
To Williams eldest son 2 sheep.
To son John 1 shilling.
Executor: son Alexander.
Witnesses: Wm. Johnston, Joseph Boggs, Alex Walker.

Research Notes

Added 01.10.21

  • James Boggs

b. 1667 Ireland near Londonderry, d. abt 1740 New Castle Co DE Believed to be a son of John Livingston, who with his brother Hugh Livingston were Scots-Presbyterians exiled to Ireland after 1660. They had to live in bogs near Londonderry so adopted the surname Boggs. James and children came to America and New Castle Co DE in 1724, he bought 100 acres on Nov 17 1726. Will dated Feb 9 1736 m. _ _ Ireland, d. bef 1724 * Francis Boggs Sr b. 1702 Ireland, d. 1763 Chester Co PA Came to DE in 1724 with his father. 1737 moved to Chester Co PA m. Agnes _ abt 1722 Ireland * William Boggs b. 1721 Ireland * Robert Boggs b. 1722 Ireland * James Charles Boggs b. 1725 New Castle DE, d. 1803-05 Greenbrier Co VA Moved his family to Augusta Co VA in 1762, 1771 to Greenbriar Co m. Margaret Jane Sharp Jan 25 1751 Wilmington DE b. 1729 d. Apr 20 1816 Spring Lick Creek, Greenbrier Co VA [d/o William Sharp Jr and Mary Austin. William s/o William Sharp Sr] * Charles Francis Boggs b. 1754 Chester Co PA, d. 1836/37 Braxton Co VA 1774 served nine months in the VA Militia in the area of Point Pleasant VA, he and four brothers were in the Battle there. Mar 1 1776 volunteered as scout and Indian spy for twelve months with Capt. Matthew Arbuckle, at Point Pleasant where he was discharged. May 1 1777 volunteered for another twelve-month tour with Capt. Zera Coombs. Oct 3 1833 granted a pension. He and Mary first lived in Greenbrier Co, then in the part of Kanawha Co that became Braxton Co WV m. Mary Clendenin b. 1761 Greenbrier Co VA, d. 1853 Roane Co VA [d/o James Clendenin b. 1736 d. 1811, and Margaret Anderson d/o William Anderson and Hannah Christian. James s/o Charles Clendenin b. 1714 d. abt 1790, and Mary Ann Patterson. Charles s/o William Clendenin b. 1680 d. 1764, and Roseann Kirkpatrick. William s/o William Glendining b. 1614, s/o Alexander Glendining and Nicola Herries] * James Clendenin Boggs b. Feb 20 1778 Greenbrier Co VA d. 1846 Boggs Place near Gassaway WV m. Mary "Polly" Lemasters Jun 11 1799, Bucks Garden Creek, Nicholas Co WV b. Sep 21 1782 Bucks Farm, Nicholas Co d. Aug 27 1851 Boggs Place [d/o Benjamin Lemasters and Rebecca Ann Martin] * Rebecca Martin Boggs b. Mar 19 1808 near Frametown WV, d. 1882 Braxton Co WV m. James P Carr Jul 18 1825 Nicholas Co VA b. 1794 Braxton Co VA, d. 1882 Descendants of Rebecca Boggs and James Carr * John Boggs b. Feb 16 1780 d. Jul 17 1842 * Rebecca Boggs b. 1781 d. 1820 m. James Frame Sr 1801 b. 1776 Augusta Co VA, d. 1840 Nicholas Co VA Descendants of Rebecca Boggs and James Frame Sr * Mary Boggs * Charles C Boggs * Jane Boggs * William Boggs * Andrew Boggs b. 1795 d. 1859 * Elizabeth Boggs b. 1797 d. 1873 * Margaret Boggs b. 1799 d. 1831 * Miriam Boggs b. 1809 d. aft 1880 * Francis Boggs Jr b. 1727 m. Martha Elliot * Ezekiel Boggs b. 1734 m. Jane Johnson * Agnes Boggs m. David Filson * Samuel Boggs Contributor: Paul Schoaff Email: xword@aol.com WDC GenWeb Project Home Page ~ Descendant Charts and People Indexes

DESCENDANTS OF JAMES BOGGS Family Tree By: Don Norman [8]

For those of you who still have a tree that shows James L Boggs (lineage and yob is uncertain here) as a descendant of James Boggs of White Clay Delaware aka The Immigrant, here a YDNA TiP from FTDNA. In comparing Y-DNA111 markers, which show mismatches, the probability that 418242 (Descendant of James L Boggs and 447832 (Descendant of James Boggs b~1667 of White Clay, DE) shared a common ancestor within the last... ...4 generations is 0.00%. ...8 generations is 0.00%. ...12 generations is 0.00%. ...16 generations is 0.00%. ...20 generations is 0.00%. ...24 generations is 0.07%.

Assuming 418242 - and 447832 - do not share a common ancestor in the last 1 generation.

The FTDNATiP™ results are based on the mutation rate study presented during the 1st International Conference on Genetic Genealogy, on Oct. 30, 2004. The above probabilities take into consideration the mutation rates for each individual marker being compared. Since each marker has a different mutation rate, identical Genetic Distances will not necessarily yield the same probabilities. In other words, even though XXXX has a Genetic Distance of XXXX from XXXX, someone else with the same Genetic Distance may have different probabilities, because the distance of 1 was prompted by mutations in different markers, with different mutation rates.

22 Aug 2020: From Frank Boggs: Only Robert is a proven son. The other sons were assumed based on proximity. YDNA testing has eliminated most of the assumed sons using descendants of Robert for comparison.

  1. John, b. 1700 d. 1751; m. Margaret Oglebay cannot be a son based on testing of terminal SNP via a BigY test.
  2. Francis, b. 1702 d. 1763; m. Agnes cannot be a son based on STR and SNP testing that puts Francis, Jr at least four generations removed (Note: does not mean this Francis did not exist)
  3. James J. b. 1704 d. 1779; m. Elizabeth Bryan 1726 (no known descendants)
  4. Mary, b. 1710 d. 1763 in Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, about age 92.; m. Francis Morris (b.1708)
  5. Robert, b. 1712 d. 02 Apr 1804; m. Margaret Robinson 03/03/1741
  6. Rebecca. b. 1714 d. 1763;
  7. William Boggs, b.1716 d. 1790; m. Jane Stein 1733
  8. Alexander, b. 1718; m. Margaret Lloyd 1759 in Swedes Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Margaret was born about 1720. No one from this line is tested.
  9. Ezekiel, b. 1719 d. 1756; m. Elizabeth Baird cannot be a son because he is at least three generations removed. (Does not mean this Ezekial did not exist)

U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1500-1900 James Boggs Arrival year 1597-1867 Arrival place Halifax, N.S. Primary Immigrant Boggs, James [9]

Based on the following there are 2 Joseph Boggs who were cousins (fathers were brothers) The Joseph who was William's son is mentioned in an Article about the Boggs family of Missouri, headed by Joseph Boggs, Sr. (1749-1843, the son of William Boggs, born in Ireland in 1704), a "Revolutionary War veteran from Pennsylvania by way of Kentucky," and "listed in the first United States Census in 1790." Description of Joseph's ferry business with his son David Boggs, together owning "the first license in Clay County to operate a ferry across the Missouri" River, issued in 1825. https://kchistory.org/islandora/object/kchistory%3A74316?solr_nav%5Bid%5D=e1a43b772981526c0ca5&solr_nav%5Bpage%5D=0&solr_nav%5Boffset%5D=5

Scott Palmer August 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM Looks like it's a different Joseph Boggs. The one in your articles was the son of William, while the one here was Robert's son. Robert and William were brothers, so the Josephs were cousins. Tough family to keep track of because almost every family has some or all of Robert, Joseph, James, and John. Does seem though that the Mill Creek H line were not the only actively patriotic Boggses.


  1. http://wvancestry.com/ReferenceMaterial/Files/The_Boggs_Family.pdf The Boggs Family By Alvin Lee & Martha Ann (Boggs) Rhods
  2. Record H, Vol.1, Page 93, New Castle County Delaware Land Records by Carol Bryant, Family Line Publications.
  3. http://mchhistory.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-boggs-family-and-boggs-jacobs-house.html Mill Creek History (MCH) Blog, Jan 29 2013
  4. Delaware Public Archives; Delaware Land Records; Roll Number: 2 Delaware, Land Records, 1677-1947
  5. Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 06 June 2019), memorial page for James Boggs (1667–9 Feb 1737), Find A Grave: Memorial #113528887, citing Old White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Carolyn Boggs-Burt (contributor 47707322)
  6. https://sites.google.com/site/boggsfamilyhistory/family-origin Boggs Family History
  7. Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825
  9. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1500-1900 Source Bibliography: SMITH, LEONARD H., JR., and NORMA H. SMITH. Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. 546p. Place: Halifax, N.S.; Year: 1598-1867; Page Number: 295 Publication Code 8750.40

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