Submitted by Kellie Scott
Source: Ky Pioneer and Court Records by Mrs. Harry Kennett
The following statements are based on family traditions, US
Censuses and deed records of Bourbon and Nicholas counties, KY. The dates of
births and deaths are taken from the family Bible of Benjamin Boardman, who was
the third generation to live in America, The given name of the emigrant from
England is unknown to writer. but traditional statements are agreed that he
came from England and lived first in NJ and later MD. This pioneer had a son
whose name was Joseph Boardman, born 1746;died 1818, but the place of his birth
is stated to have been in MD as shown by letter from Mr. H Boardman of Indiana
to Abner Boardman, Jr. dated April 3, 1892. This letter also states that
Joseph Boardman moved to NJ when he married Elizabeth Parker born 1844. It is
also stated that Joseph Boardman lived for a short time in Delaware and this
statement is corroborated by his grandson, Abner Boardman and Harry H. Boardman
of Odon in Graves Co, Indiana, that Joseph Boardman passed through town in
which his father lived in MD on his journey to KY
The old deed records of Bourbon County Book? page 155 show that on Feb 23,
1796 Henry Wilson and Francis Wilson sold to Joseph Boardman for the
consideration of 45 pounds 60 acres of land on the waters of Hinkston Creek in
Bo. Co. KY This 60 acres of land is now occupied by Finley Burris, a
The same letter from Harry H. Boardman states that Joseph Boardman had 5
brothers, who left many children.
So far as known to me, Joseph Boardman had only one son Benjamin Boardman
probably born in NJ 1774; died Sept 8, 1840. He married Keziah ( Katie) Rice
born 1775; died Nov 21, 1847.
In a history of the Rice family, Benjamin Boardman had four sons: Wm Boardman
born Nov 22, 1797 and died MAy 16, 1887; James born Dec 6, 1796; Eli born, died
at Grapevine TX; Abner born April 16, 1801 and died Aug 29, 1875 and married
Mary or Polly Crose born Jan 3, 1806 died Jan 31, 1876.
This brings us to the passing of 4 generation of the Boardman family to
America, three of which died in KY-but where?
On the 10th Day of Dec 1811 a Mr. David A Graves gave to Benjamin Boardman a
bond for tht title to 100 acres of land on the north bank of Somerset Creek in
Nicholas County KY; six miles south of Carlise to which Benjamin moved, taking
family. To this home, Benjamin later brought his aged mother and father,
Joseph and Elizabeth and here in this same house lived and died all of the
three generations mentioned above, and all are buried in the same graveyard
near the original farm house, which is still standing.