Benjamin Bolling and Martha Patsy Mary Phelps

Benjamin Bolling and
Martha Patsy Phelps

Benjamin Bolling b 30 Jun 1734 Wilkes Co NC d 30 Jan 1832 Flat Gap, Wise Co VA; s/o John Kennon Bolling and Mary Elizabeth Blair. Benjamin Bolling m. 20 Jun 1753 Albemarle Co VA to Martha Patsy Phelps (aka Mary Phelps) b 20 Jun 1737 Albemarle Co VA d 8 Mar 1767 Rowan Co NC. Children of Benjamin Bolling and Martha Patsy Phelps;

1. Justus Bolling (aka Justice) b abt 1751 Wilkes Co NC d 1841 Shelby Gap, Pike Co KY; m. 8 Jan 1782 Wilkes Co NC to Margaret Patricia Pattie Baker (aka Martha Pattie) b 1764 Wilkes Co NC; s/o John Renta Baker and Elizabeth Terrill. (Source)

2. Benjamin Bolling b 25 Apr 1754 Rowan Co NC; m. 1780 to Sarah Hancock b 13 Jun 1756 PA d 1805 Seagrove NC

3. John Bolling b 1756 Albemarle Co VA

4. James Bolling b 9 Jan 1756 Chesterfield Co VA d Flat Gap, Wise Co VA m. Sarah Blevins b about 1756.

5. William Bolling b 9 Jan 1757 Russell Co VA

6. Jesse Bolling b 22 May 1758 Hillsboro Co NC d 10 Mar 1841 Quicksand, Breathitt Co KY. He was a Primitive Baptist Preacher. He married 6 Jan 1785 in Wilkes Co NC to Mary Elizabeth Pennington b 8 Nov 1765 Grayson Co VA d 21 Mar 1842 Quicksand, Breathitt Co KY, d/o Micajah Pennington and Nancy Rachel Jones. (Source).

7. Hancock Bolling b abt 1759

8. Robert Bolling b abt 1763

9. Delaney Bolling b abt 1764 Albemarle VA

10. Hannah Bolling b 1766 Salisbury, Rowan Co NC d 1852 Pike Co KY, m. 20 Jun 1786 Solomon Indian Creek Solomon Osborne b Dec 1765 NC d 9 Oct 1852 Indian Creek, Pike Co KY, buried Frank Tackett Cemetery, Long Fork, Shelby Creek, Pike Co KY, s/o Enoch Osborne and Jane Hash. (Source).

11. Elizabeth Bolling b 8 Mar 1767 Buncombe Co NC d about 1805 TN m. before 1767 to Brittain Williams. Elizabeth Bolling m. 2nd to William Grancer Short b 15 May 1768 Surrey Co NC d 4 Jul 1851 Pound, Wise Co VA buried Flat Gap, Wise Co VA. William Grancer Short m. about 1809 to 2nd Mary Polly Birchfield. (Source).


Benjamin Bolling and
Charity Larimore

Benjamin Bolling b 30 Jun 1734 Wilkes Co NC d 30 Jan 1832 Flat Gap, Wise Co VA; s/o John Bolling and Elizabeth Blair. Benjamin Bolling m. (2) to Charity Larimore d 1845 Flat Gap, Wise Co VA. Children of Benjamin Bolling and Charity Larimore;

1. Charity Bolling b 1772 Randolph NC

2. Baxter Bolling b 1776 NC

3. Jeremiah Bolling b 11 Feb 1780 SC d 18 Feb 1870 Flat Gap Wise Co VA buried Flat Gap, Wise Co VA; m. 1806 to Sarah Sally Ward b 1786 SC d 1845 Flat Gap, Wise Co VA; buried Flat Gap, Wise Co VA. (Source).

4. Barnett Bolling b abt 1784 Wilkes Co NC

5. Isaac Bolling b abt 1788 Wilkes Co NC

6. Isaac Bolling b abt 1788 Wilkes Co NC

7. Levi Bolling b abt 1790 Wilkes Co NC


The following is from Kathy Lindhout: niteowl1@hotmail.com: (I do not know if Melungeons truly exist, if they are fiction, or if this is just an assumption on her part). Benjamin Bowling was a Melungeon and a close friend of Christopher Gist, a famous backwoods frontiersman. Benjamin's wife, Patsy Phelps was also a Virginia Melungeon and her mother was believed to have been a "Gibson". Benjamin settled on the Pound in now Wise County, Virginia about 1789. He and Patsy had 7 children there. When Benjamin, 1734, left North Carolina to return to Virginia he moved to Flat Gap in what is now Wise Co., VA. near the Kentucky and Tennessee borders. He died there in 1832 at age 98 and is buried in the Bolling family cemetery there. His second wife, Charity Larrimore whom he married after Patsy Phelps (Jesse's Mother) died in childbirth on 8 Mar 1767, is buried beside him. Benjamin and Charity had Jeremiah and possibly other children. This Jeremiah was the great-great grandfather of Pennington cousin Rev. C. Glenn Bowling, and is also the ancestor of E. Watson Bolling, author ot "The Bolling Descendants of John Rolfe and Pochahontas.

Benjamin and Patsy lived in Wilkes Co., N. C., then back to VA.. They had 9 children and then Benjamin and Charity had 10 children. (From Microfilm # 1502551 item 33 at the FH Library S.L.City Utah) It is believed that the Bollings moved to NC between the years 1730-1789 from eastern Virginia. It was recorded in the first Federal Census that Benjamin Bolling, son of John and Elizabeth lived in Wilkes Co., NC in 1770. When Benjammin settled in what is now Wise County, Virginia, there were no roads, only Indian trails and animal paths. He settled in an area now known as Esserville, Virginia. An old chimney stood for many years which was believed to have belonged to Benjamin. It was located where the Rocky Forks empties into Guest River. Upon his arrival it is said that he declared, "all the land I can see is mine," and thereby became a land owner or squatter. It has been said that Benjamin believed that to live in the mountains, walled in, would make him free from religious and political examination.

Benjamin, as all white settlers, feared the Indians, although he was never attacked. In this particular area, he felt that he was fairly safe, however, incidences regarding a family by the name of Roberts was said to have influenced Benjamin's return to North Carolina. These incidences were in regard to Indian raids involving this family and others. The Roberts family and some of his in-laws had unknowingly moved and settled within five miles of chief Benge and his tribe. This was a nearby area now know as Robert's Branch. It was said that Robert's small son had seen some Indians nearby. He told his father about it and said that if they should come that he was going to hide under the trunk of an old tree, under the branch, where the water had washed the dirt from around it. Roberts gathered his sons-on-law for a battle with the Indians. The Indians attacked at night. It was said that Roberts yelled, "why don't you wait until daylight and fight like white men." They said the young Roberts boy did just as he said and hid under the trunk of the tree near the branch. The Roberts dog attacked an Indian and pulled him over the tree trunk where the boy was hiding. Apparently the Indian did not see him. the Roberts man was killed during the attack. The family buried him under a large chestnut tree. They cut the tree and scattered chestnut burrs so the Indians would think they had cut it for the chestnuts.

It is said that the first raid Chief Benge's Tribe made was either in Russell or Scott county. Two girls were captured and taken back to the tribe. The girls, they said, kept a keen eye on the way and later escaped. they told that they hid behind a fallen tree and that the Indians came so close looking for them that they could hear them talking. They arrived safely home. The last known raid that Chief Benge, the infamous eighteenth-century Cherokee warrior (also known as Captain Bob Bench) and his warriors made was in Southwest Virginia in 1794. They raided and burned the Peter and Henry Livingston homes on Holston River, capturing two of the Livingston women. They traveled northward through an area called Wildcat, East Stone Gap, Powell Valley, across Stone Mountain turning right at Hoot-owl Hollow.

Jess Brock (1751-1843) organized a posse and went after the Indians. They took a shortcut across the High Knob Mountain and waited for Chief Benge. On the way to High Knob, an area now called Ice Plant Hallow, near a large rock, Jess and his possee killed Chief Benge. The rock is now called Benge Rock. The Livingston women were rescued. It was believed at that time that Benge's Tribe was located at the head of the Cumberland River in Kentucky. The tribe was thought to have migrated back to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. They had heard that Benge had a half brother, who was said to be the chief of a tribe there. Dorathea and Benjamin were said to have been twins. Benjamin was a Baptist Minister.


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