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Bolin from United States of America

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This Free-Space Page is a part of the Bolin Name Study and is focused on the Bolin surname and all surnames represented by American Soundex Code B450 (or a subset of B460) that have at one time or another been present in the United States. [1] [2]

American Soundex Code B450 includes, but is not limited to, the following related surnames:

Bolin, Bolen, Bolan, Bollin, Bollen, Bowlin, Bowlen, Bohlen, Boleyn, Boylen, Bullen, Bullin

American Soundex Code B460 includes, but is not limited to, the following related surnames:


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Bolin from United States

Each Bolin line listed below is categorized using the documented birth place or earliest place of residence of the line's earliest known ancestor. The location category for any particular line may change over time as new data is discovered.

Bolin from North Carolina

Jesse Bolin Line

This line's earliest known ancestor is Jesse Bolin (abt. 1795 - abt. 1873).

Bolin from Ohio

Eli Bowlin Line

This line's earliest known ancestor is Eli Bowlin (abt. 1795), who was born about 1795 and lived in Columbiana Co., Ohio from at least 1820. [3]

Matthew Bolin Line

This line's earliest known ancestor is Matthew Bolin (abt. 1765 - aft. 1840). Matthew and his family were living in Shelby Co., Ohio in 1840. [4] His place of birth is unknown.

Bolin from Pennsylvania

Patrick Bowlin Line

This line's earliest known ancestor is Patrick Bowlin (abt. 1760).

Bolin from Virginia

Eli Bolin Line

Eli Bolin (abt. 1785 - aft. 1860) is the earliest known ancestor of this particular line of Bolin families. Eli was born in Virginia sometime around 1782 to 1785 and lived the majority of his life in Ross and Fayette counties in south-central Ohio. [5]

Some researchers have speculated that Eli was of mixed race, as he and most of the members of his household were noted as 'free people of color' in the 1830 census in Fayette Co., Ohio. He and some of his household members were noted as such again in Fayette Co. in 1840, however the number of 'non-white' members decreased and the number of 'white' members increased. No racial distinction was noted in the 1820 Ross Co., 1850 Fayette Co., or 1860 Ross Co. censuses, so it is assumed each enumerator intended to categorize him as 'white' during those years.

John Bolin Line

The earliest known ancestor of this particular Bolin line is John Bolin (d. 1812 - 1815). John is noted as having died in Virginia during the War of 1812 and is believed to have been born in Ireland. [6]

Similar to the Eli Bolin Line, John Bolin's descendants moved from Virginia to south-central Ohio in the early 1800s. If fact, his descendants settled in Pickaway County, Ohio, which is adjacent to both Ross and Fayette counties where Eli settled, married, and raised a family.

Nathaniel Bolen Line

The earliest known male in this line is Nathanial Bolen (1779 - 1870), who was born in Virginia and is noted as being a blacksmith on the 1850 census.

Robert Bolin Line

This Bolin line can be traced back to Robert Bolin (abt. 1788 - 1850), who was born in Virginia and by 1820 was living and farming in Muskingum Co., Ohio.

Bolin Brothers Line

This Bolin line consists of brothers Benjamin Bolin (1784 - 1864), WIlliam Bolen (1788 - 1849), and Samuel H. Bolin (abt. 1786 - 1860) and their descendants who settled in Athens County, Ohio, which is in the southeastern part of that state, and most likely originated from Virginia.


  1. Wikipedia contributors. "Soundex." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed 18 Mar 2019.
  2. Stephen P. Morse. "Generating Soundex Codes and Phonetic Tokens in One Step." One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. Accessed 18 Mar 2019.
  3. "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YB3-YNL?cc=1803955&wc=3L7F-FSD%3A1586985003%2C1586986347%2C1586985805 : 16 July 2015), Ohio > Columbiana > St Clair > image 13 of 17; citing NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YY8-Y9Q?cc=1786457&wc=31SV-S5K%3A1588669308%2C1588666816%2C1588665902 : 24 August 2015), Ohio > Shelby > Not Stated > image 69 of 132; citing NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67XT-L8?cc=1401638&wc=95RF-RM8%3A1031310001%2C1031555501%2C1031747102 : 9 April 2016), Ohio > Fayette > Concord > image 16 of 20; citing NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. Van Cleaf, Aaron R., History of Pickaway County, Ohio and representative citizens: Vol. 2. Chicago : Biographical Pub. Co., 1906.

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