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Edward Bolling (1746 - 1770)

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Edward Bolling
Born in Petersburg, Fauquier, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Virginiamap
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Categories: Virginia Slave Owners | Battle of Guilford Court House | Descendants of Pocahontas | American Revolution.

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Edward Bolling participated in the American Revolution



Birth name was Edmund, but he later changed it to Edward.

He did not have heirs. He left his estate in his Will to his siblings.

Military Service

"While residing in Amherst County, Virginia, he volunteered and served three tours of six months each as a sergeant in Captain Richard Ballinger’s Virginia Company, was at the Battle of Guilford and was discharged at the siege of Yorktown. No dates are given for any of the above named tours.


Falling River. Buffalo Lick.


Edward died in August of 1770 and the will was written July 13, 1769 and probated October 1, 1770[1][2]

Will Transcription

""In the name of god amen.I Edward Bolling of the county of Chesterfield being in perfect health of body and mind, but knowing it is appointed for all men born to die, am willing, and do dispose of my estate in the manner and form following; to wit: I give and bequeath to my brother Thomas Bolling and my brother John Bolling my plantation called and known by the name of Falling river, to be equally divided between them, the line to be run by my brother John Bolling and my brother Thomas to have his choice, for them, the said John and Thomas their heirs, ex[ecuto]rs, adm[inistrato]rs, and assigns for ever.I give and bequeath to my brother Robert Bolling my plantation called and known by the name of the Buffalo lick on the North side of James's river for him and his heir for ever, as also my negroes Will, Joe, Bristol, Ball, Sarah, and Cis, with the children belonging to Sarah and Cis, for the said Robert Bolling and his heirs for ever.I give and bequeath to my brother Archibald Bolling my plantation called and known by the name of Old town, as also my warehouses at the place called Pocahuntas, and my lots at Bermuda hundred, for him and his heirs for ever.I give and bequeath to my sister Mary Bland my negro woman Jane and all her children, except Louisa, for her and her heirs for ever [.]I give and bequeath to my sister Sarah Tazewell one hundred pounds for her and her heirs for ever.I give and bequeath to my sister Anne Bolling my negro girl Louisa and her increase for her and her heirs forever.I give and bequesth to my friend Richard Kid[der] Meade my trusty servant Jack for him and his heirs for ever. it is my will and desire that my Book be given up to my brother Robert and that he recieve all the debts due to me, and pay all that I owe.I give and bequeath to my cousin Bolling Eldridge my negro fellow Bob that is now at work with him for him and his heirs for ever.the rest of my estate, negroes, houses, clothes and other parts of my estate, not already given, I give and bequeath to my brother Archibald Bolling, for him and his heirs for ever [.]this is my last will and testament wrote this thirteenth day of July in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine in my writing and as proof whereof I have set my sig[nature] and affixed my seal.

Edward Bolling.l.S.before these

witnesses Archilaeus Mitchell. Hannah Mitchell.

"[Note: "l.S" stands for "locus sigilli," the place of the seal, indicating where the seal was affixed in the original document.]"

The siblings named in Edward's will were, therefore, Thomas, John, Robert, Archibald, Mary, Sarah and Anne.
The children (in addition to Edward) listed in the 1749 will and 1757 codicil of John Bolling were the same: Thomas, John, Robert, Archibald, Mary, Sarah and Anne.

"The will of John Bolling was offered into evidence by George Wythe, Jefferson's legal mentor and the attorney for Archibald Bolling.A detailed examination of the will, which is 100 percent consistent with the 1975 T.G. Hobbs transcription of the will as found in the Chesterfield Co., VA Will Book No. 1, p. 262-268, can be read in Bolling v. Bolling beginning on p. 339.Indeed, the properties being disposed of by Edward's will included those he inherited by virtue of his father's will.


Date: 18 AUG 1770
Place: Virginia
  • Source: S83 Abbreviation: Virginia Gazette - 13 Sep 1770 Title: Virginia Gazette - 13 Sep 1770 Publication: Virginia Gazette CONT 13 Sep 1770 Page: Page 2 Col 3


  1. Davis, Bailey Fulton. The Wills of Amherst County, Virginia, 1761-1865. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1985.
  2. The Will of Edward Bolling, 1746-1770 by Fred Hof (October 06, 2001) at The Will of Edward Bolling

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On 29 Aug 2018 at 04:33 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

I don't think he had anything to do with the American Revolution.

On 28 Aug 2018 at 17:48 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Before I remove this "wife and child" from Edward Bolling, please be aware that Edward Boling died without issue and in his Will, left his property to his brother, Robert Bolling. It was actually a famous court case with Thomas Jefferson ( who became President ) as the lawyer for the Will of Edward Bolling. He died with an Unknown wife who died before him and no children.

On 12 Jun 2018 at 14:19 GMT Loretta Black wrote:

Shawnee Heritage III

By Don Greene;, Nov 7, 2014-History-548 Pages: ‪The latest in the collection 'Shawnee Heritage' that includes Pre-1700 Shawnee families. Shawnee Heritage III has a complete, updated information from families with surnames A - L.‬ page 94. This information show’s Edward’s Marrage to an unknown woman and the Marrage license of Susannah Ann (Bolling) Arrington (abt. 1767 - abt. 1822)show’s Edward as her father. This should be evidence enough that they were related. There is evidence to show that she was the daughter of Edward. Not being named in a will does not mean you are not related. I was not mentioned in my father’s will but that doesn’t mean that I was not his daughter. Also I do not think the “will” that you mentioned is complete and is only your version of the will. It should be transcribed word for word. To ignore evidence is saying nothing at all except your keeping the norm. The goal is to prove the point via evidence as I have done. Lastly I give evidence of my DNA showing Native American Indian and many matches to the Bolling Family members on AncestryDNA and 23 you and me. Surly they both can’t be wrong. But detaching the “child” from the “parent” will not remove their relation of father and daughter. Check out this photo I found on the Ancestry mobile app

On 11 Dec 2017 at 23:35 GMT David Hughey Ph.D. wrote:

Bolling-265 and Bolling-212 are not ready to be merged because: Edward Bolling can't be the son of both his father and his grandfather.

On 10 Dec 2017 at 23:12 GMT Loretta Black wrote:

On 7 Dec 2017 at 21:06 GMT Eddie Painter wrote:

Bolling-265 and Bolling-212 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate.

On 25 Jul 2017 at 01:13 GMT Wesley Doughman wrote:

Bowling-1191 and Bolling-212 appear to represent the same person because: Both were born 9 Sep 1746. Both died 10 Aug 1770. Both had same parents. Bolling is the correct name at birth.

On 8 Jul 2017 at 15:40 GMT April Suggs wrote:

??? I have he nvr married, he was 23 when he died.. you have him marrying 2 yrs after his birth..

On 17 Jun 2017 at 04:00 GMT Misty (Rish) Musco wrote:

Looking through my notes I don't have this Edward listed as a child. There is another Edward listed under children that is the same Edward I have in my notes. Do you have any sources to verify this Edward's Parantage?

Edward is 15 degrees from Claude Monet, 14 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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