HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 213

DAVID B. BOSTON was born in Floyd county, Indiana, on the 25th of March, 1825. The Boston family were among the first settlers of the northern part of Macoupin county. Beverly B. Boston, father of David B., was a native of Orange county, Virginia. The great-grandfather was a Welshman. Beverly B. Boston married Elizabeth Boston. She was born in Kentucky, near Lexington. He left Virginia and removed to Indiana about the year 1812, where he remained until 1832, when he removed to Macoupin county, and settled on section eleven, town eleven, range six. He entered eighty acres of land, on which the house of the subject of this sketch now stands. Here he remained until his death, which occurred September 14th, 1853. His wife, the mother of David B., died September 7th, 1851. Beverly B. was a school teacher, and followed that profession the greater part of his life. There were ten children born to them, four of whom have survived the parents. There were five boys and five girls.

The subject of our sketch is the fourth son, and the eighth in the family. His boyhood days were spent at work upon the farm, and in attending the schools in the winter season. The schools were few in those days, and the methods of instruction crude, as compared with the present. On the 22d of December, 1850, he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Mitchell. She was born in Polk county, Tennessee. Jefferson Mtichell, her father, came to Illnois in 1850. He removed to Adams county, in this state, where he remained until his death. Six children have been born to David B. and Catherine Boston. Their names are Beverly B., Martha Matilda, William Jefferson, Sara Ann, Charles Chapman and Melissa Alice. Both Mr. Bostn and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Boston takes an active part in that organization. To his liberality is due the erection of the church building that stands on the south-east corner of section two, and known as the "Boston Chapel." In politics he is a democrat, and voted for Lewis Cass for President in 1848.

As before intimated, the Boston family are to some extenet the pioneers of their section of the county. When Mr. Boston was a boy, that protion of the county was almost uninhabited. He recalls very well his first visit to Carlinville, made with his father in 1833. The occasion of the visit was to attend the annual election. At that time the entire county voted at Carlinville. In order to get there, they got their bearings, and then struck a bee line across the country for the place. The produce of the farm was hauled to St. Louis and Alton, a distance of fifty miles, and such goods as were needed were received in exchange for the produce and hauled back. This continued until Carlinville became large enough to supply the goods. In his younger days, Mr. Boston was a good rifle shot, and with his trusty gun and dog he roamed over the country, and kept the table well supplied with game, which was plenty in those days. It was rare sport, and highly enjoyed.


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