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Daniel Boatright Jr.: Who Is His Father?

Daniel BOATRIGHT Jr. was named as a child of Daniel Boatright, the progenitor of the Emanuel County, Georgia, Boatrights, in the Reubin Boatright Bible,[1] as well as in the DAR applications of Iris Faircloth Blitch[2] and Miriam Thomas Winsryg.[3] According to the Bible record, Daniel Jr. was born in 1788. The DAR applications did not provide a birth date. It is possible that Daniel Boatright of Emanuel County did have a son named Daniel. When his land was sold on 5 June 1821, Daniel was referred to as ?Daniel Baughtright Sen.?[4] In today?s usage of the suffix ?Junior,? a father/son relationship is assumed. However, in the 1820s, ?Junior? might have referred to a younger, but not paternally related, Daniel. Nonetheless, it remains a possibility that there was a son named Daniel, but none that can be connected to Daniel Sr. at this time There was a Daniel Boatewright who paid taxes in Lincoln County in 1810.[5] A Daniel Boatright purchased land in Elbert County, Georgia, on 13 December 1805[6] and on 30 December 1805.[7] He and his wife Elizabeth then sold the property on the headwaters of Vans Creek on 21 December 1820.[8] If this man was 21 years old in 1805, he probably was born by 1784. A Daniel Boatwright also married Elizabeth Carpenter on 15 December 1813 in Elbert County.[9] Given the marriage date, he probably was born before 1792. Then, in 1814, a Daniel Boatwrite paid taxes in Elbert County.[10] A Daniel Boatright also was head of household in the 1820 Elbert County census.[11] The household included two males under 10 years; one male of 26 to 45 years; one female under 10 years; and one female of 26 years or over. One person was engaged in agriculture. This indicates a possible birth of the head of the household between 1775 and 1794. The 1830 Elbert County census listed a Daniel Boatwright household as follows: 1 male 5-10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 50-60, 1 female under 5, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40.[12] This record indicates a possible birth between 1770 and 1780. If the Bible birth date is correct, Daniel Jr. would have been 42 when the 1830 census was recorded and was not this individual. A Daniel Boatright also was enumerated in the 1840 census in the 874 GMD of Murray County, Georgia, as follows: 2 males 5 years and under 10, 1 male 10 and under 15, 2 males 20 and under 30, 1 male 60 and under 70, 1 female 10 and under 15, 2 females 15 and under 20, and 1 female 40 and under 50.[13] With a birth between 1770 and 1780, this possibly is the same Daniel Boatright who was listed in the 1830 Elbert County census. A Daniel Boatright was listed in the 1850 Murray County, Georgia census as follows: Daniel Boatright, age 73, farmer, value of real estate $2000, born in Virginia, can read and write; Elizabeth, age 60, born in Virginia, cannot read or write; Daniel J., age 20, born in Georgia, farmer, can read and write; William, age 18, farmer, born in Georgia, can read and write; Nathaniel, age 16, farmer, born in Georgia, can read and write; Martha Cox, age 13, born in Georgia, can read and write; Lewis B. Orear[?], age 21, value of real estate $100, born in Georgia, can read and write; Mary A. Orear[?], age 22, born in Georgia, can read and write; James Boatright, age 30, farmer, born in Georgia, can read and write; Narcissa Boatright, age 23, born in Alabama, cannot read or write; Marze, age 2, male, born in Georgia; Elizabeth, age 4 months, born in Georgia.[14] With a birth year of about 1777, he probably is too old to be a son of the Daniel Boatright who is the progenitor of the Emanuel County Boatrights. Norman Ricker and William E. Boatright indicate that the Elbert County Daniel was the son of James Boatright. They state that Daniel, the son of James, was born on 13 April 1777 in Cumberland County, Virginia and died in 1856 in Murray County, Georgia.[15] He married Elizabeth Carpenter, a daughter of Leah Smith and Joshua Carpenter, on 15 December 1813 in Elbert County, Georgia. She was born in 1800 in Virginia and died in 1864 in Murray County. Another Daniel Boatright was listed in the 1850 Campbell County, Georgia census as follows: Daniel Boatright, age 63, farmer, born in South Carolina; and Bitha, age 62, born in South Carolina.[16] While this Daniel?s age is more in line with a son of Daniel Sr., his birthplace in South Carolina makes the relationship less likely ? but still possible. Daniel Sr. was a resident of Georgia by 1786 and this Daniel was born about 1787. While Margaret could have given birth to this Daniel in South Carolina and the birthdate of 1787 might be within an acceptable range given the vagaries of the census, no records have been located as of this date to further document a relationship. Another Danl. Boatright received 700 acres by grant in Franklin County in 1836.[16] He probably was born before 1815, but no other date parameter would indicate more definitive birth time frame. While it is possible that the above records relate to a son of Daniel Boatright, it is unlikely that they do. NOTES [1]Family data, Reubin Boatright Family Bible, The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Together with the Apocrypha: Translated Out of the Original Tongues, (Buffalo: Phinney & Co., 1850); photocopy submitted to the NSDAR, Washington, DC by Robin Boatright Merrill as a proof in her DAR application. Provenance of original unknown. [2]Lineage application of Iris Faircloth Blitch, national no. 617373, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, supplemental (Daniel Boatright), approved 28 September 1978. [3]Lineage application of Miriam Thomas Winsryg, national no. 612123, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, (Daniel Boatright), approved 4 May 1978. [4]Sale of Daniel Baughtright Sen.?s land, 5 June1821, Deeds & Mortgages, Book B, 1830-1846 & 1853: 146-7, Court of Ordinary, Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia. [5]R. J. Taylor Foundation. An Index to Georgia Tax Digests, 1809-1811. Vol. IV (The Reprint Co., Publishers: Spartanburg, SC, 1986). [6]Ann C. Holloman. Elbert County, Georgia Marriages, 1805-1913. Published by the author, 1989: 7. The original record is found in Elbert County Marriage Book K12, p. 178. [7]Michal Martin Farmer, Elbert County, Georgia Deed Books A-J[,] 1791-1806. Published by the author, 356-357. [8]Michal Martin Farmer. Elbert County, Georgia Deed Books S-W[,] 1820-1835. Published by the author, 45. [9]R. J. Taylor Foundation. An Index to Georgia Tax Digests, 1814-1817. Vol. V (The Reprint Co., Publishers: Spartanburg, SC, 1986). [10]Daniel Boatright household, 1820 census, Christian Township, Elbert County, Georgia, population schedule, line 19, page 168; National Archives micropublication M33, roll 8. [11]Daniel Boatwright household, 1830 census, Elbert County, Georgia, population schedule, line 5, page 130 (259 handwritten); National Archives micropublication M19, roll 17. [12]Daniel Boatright household, 1840 census, District 874, Murray County, Georgia, population schedule, line 26, page 271 (18 handwritten); National Archives micropublication M704, roll 47. [13]Daniel Boatright household, 1850 census, Murray County, Georgia, population schedule, line 34-42 and 1-3, pages 227-228 (18 handwritten); National Archives micropublication M432, roll 78. [14]Norman H. Ricker and Lt. Col. Wm. E. Boatright, compiler, Index & Outline: The Boat(w)right and Allied Families, microfilm no. 1597678, Item no. 7, Family History Library [FHL], Salt lake City, Utah, 1989. [15]Daniel Boatright household, 1850 census, 10th GMD, Campbell County, Georgia, population schedule, lines 2-3, page 404A (803 handwritten); National Archives micropublication M432, roll 62. [16]Danl. Boatright received 700 acres by grant in Franklin County in 1836 as cited in Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas Jr., Index to the Headrights and Bounty Grants of Georgia, 1756-1909 (1982, revised edition, Southern Historical Press: Greenville, SC, 1992): 51.
Sarah Boatright: Who Are Her Parents?

Sarah BOATRIGHT was named as a child of Daniel Boatright, the progenitor of the Emanuel County, Georgia, Boatrights, in the Reuben Boatright family Bible.[1] According to this source, she was born in 1791 and married Wylley Hayles on 7 April 1811. The publication Georgia Marriages to 1850 appears to confirm the Bible record because it, too, lists these same individuals being married on the same date in Jefferson County, Georgia.[2] Many genealogies published on various web sites, state that Wiley Hales and his wife, Sarah Boatright, daughter of Daniel Boatright, moved to Monroe County, Alabama. Indeed, there is a Wiley Hayles is enumerated in the 1830 Monroe County, Alabama census. The information in the census includes: 1 male between the ages of 5-10; 1 male between the ages of 10-15; 1 male between the ages of 15-20; 1 male between the ages of 30-40; 1 female between the ages of 10-15; 1 female between the ages of 15-29; and 1 female between the ages of 30-40.[3] However, no place of birth is given for Wiley and Sarah is not named in the census. While it might be true, that the census record is for the couple married in Jefferson County, Georgia, it remains a fact that there is no documentation that Sarah is the daughter of Daniel Boatright. The above comments apply also of the 1840 Monroe County, Alabama census which lists a Wiley Hales as follows: 1 male between the ages of 15-20; 1 male between the ages of 20-30; 1 male between the ages of 50-60; 1 female under the age of 5; 1 female between the ages of 5-10; 1 female between the ages of 20-30; and 1 female between the ages of 40-50.[4] My frequently stated concerns about the reliability of the Boatright Bible extend to making the assumption that the Sarah Boatright who married in Jefferson County is a daughter of Daniel Boatright of Emanuel County. Red flags are raised, first, by the spelling of the name Wylley. The spelling in the Boatright Bible is identical to that in readily available published sources. Wylley is a most unusual spelling and one that probably would not be used unless there is a personal knowledge of the correctness of that spelling or the spelling was done by phonology. Secondly, the preciseness of the marriage date listed in the Bible is bothersome when the marriage dates of other closer relatives, particularly parents and grandparents, are not given. The date of the marriage in the Bible was definitely entered many years after the event occurred because the Bible was not published until 1850. Then, there is the question of who entered the date in the Bible. Since the penman?s identity is unknown, there is no way to determine if this individual would have known the marriage date first-hand. These concerns lead me to question if someone assumed that Sarah Boatright was Daniel?s daughter based on her surname and then misguidedly entered published data in the Bible as fact. I am not prepared to state that Sarah, the wife of Wiley Hales, was a child of Daniel?s because there is no supporting documentation, apart from the questionable Bible entry, that she is. Notes for Sarah Boatright [1]Family data, Reubin Boatright Family Bible, The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Together with the Apocrypha: Translated Out of the Original Tongues, (Buffalo: Phinney & Co., 1850); photocopy submitted to the NSDAR, Washington, DC by Robin Boatright Merrill as a proof in her DAR application. Provenance of original unknown. [2]Jordan Dodd. Georgia Marriages to 1850 (Ancestry.com: Provo, UT, 1997), database online. [3]Wiley Hayles household, 1830 census, Monroe County, Alabama, population schedule, line 1, page 51; National Archives micropublication M19, roll 2. [4]Wiley Hayles household, 1840 census, Monroe County, Alabama, population schedule, line 25, page 32; National Archives micropublication M704, roll 11.

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