Friday, October 5, 2018

John Hodge Boylan findagrave

John Hodge Boylan
BIRTH 5 Jan 1803
DEATH 1 Dec 1870 (aged 67)
City Cemetery
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
PLOT Section: E-1. Lot: 43
MEMORIAL ID 28032168 · View Source

John Hodge Boylan was born 1803 in Raleigh, Wake County, NC the eldest of 11 known surviving children (7 boys/4 girls) born to wealthy planter and publisher, William Montford Boylan Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" Stokes McCulloch. His father came to NC ca. 1793 where he entered into the newspaper publishing business with his uncle, Abraham Hodge, who was General Washington's press agent during the American Revolution,and was elected State Printer by the General Assembly in 1785.

He was the paternal grandson of Capt. John Boylan & Elizabeth Hodge of Pluckemin, Somerset Co, NJ; and gr-grandson of this family's patriarch, Aaron Boylan (c. 1710-1751) who immigrated to Somerset County, NJ from Colerain, Ireland ca. 1732 with his wife, Catherine Parkinson. The Boylan family in New Jersey is quite prominent. On his mother's side, he was the maternal grandson of Sen. Benjamin Samuel "Sandy" McCulloch and Sarah Montford Stokes of Halifax County, NC.

William inherited plantations in both North Carolina and Mississippi from his father, residing most of his life on his plantation in Cape Fear Township in Chatham, County. He also spent time at his plantation in Yazoo Co, MS.

By all accounts found by this researcher, John Hodge Boylan never married. However, there is an Adelaide Boylan (1832-1909) buried here in City Cemetery whose gravestone reads "Daughter of John H. Boylan". This Adelaide was found on census data in 1870 residing in John Hodge Boylan's home in Chatham County, but no relationship was shown. If she was the daughter of John Hodge Boylan, her mother's name remains unknown.

John Hodge Boylan died in 1870 at age 67. He was buried near other Boylan family members in City Cemetery.

From a slave narrative of one Elias Thomas, who was born on John Boylan's Chatham County plantation, comes this rememberance of Boylan:

"John Boylan never married. He was a mighty hard man to get along with and Marster Baxter Thomas (who bought the Boylan plantation) was about the only one who could do anything with him when he had one of his mad spells. They were no blood relation but Marster got possession of his property when he died. It was fixed that way."

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