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Jesse Bolling and Mary Elizabeth Pennington

Jesse Bolling and
Elizabeth Pennington

Jesse Bolling b 22 May 1758 Hillsboro Co NC d 10 Mar 1841 Quicksand, Breathitt Co KY s/o Benjamin Bolling and Mary Phelps. 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).  Children of Jesse Bolling and Mary Elizabeth Pennington;

 Hannah Bolling b 28 Apr 1785 NC d 1837 Perry Co KY m. Leonard Huff b 1788 d 1824.

 Mary Bolling b 1 Mar 1788 VA m. about 1819 VA Abram Barger (aka Amburgey) b about 1775.

 Justice Tucker Bolling b 1790 Wilkes Co NC d 1880 Perry Co KY m. Hannah Reed b 1790 d 1872.

 Rachel Bolling b about 1792 m. 7 June 1810 Clay Co KY to Joseph Reason b about 1788 KY.

 Elizabeth Bolling b Apr 1794 Hawkins, Co TN d 11 Feb 1866 Jackson Co KY m. 11 Apr 1815 Clay Co KY to Abel Pennington b 8 Jul 1797 Spartanburg Co SC d 16 Jan 1881 Annville, Jackson Co KY, s/o Abel Pennington and Martha Lewis.

 Jesse B Bolling b 1795 NC d 1848 Breathitt Co KY m. 1812 Clay Co KY to Winifred Lewis.

 Elijah Bolling b 22 Jan 1801 Powell Valley, Lee Co VA d 20 Oct 1883 Laurel Co KY.

 Margaret Bolling b 1804 Lee Co VA m. Joseph Spencer b 1802.

 William Bolling (aka Primpy Bill) b 1806 Lee Co VA m. 22 Apr 1837 to Deborah Duff, d/o Daniel Duff and Nancy Ann Ellison.

 John P Bolling b 31 Jan 1796 Hawkins Co TN d 26 Jul 1838 Clay Co KY buried 1838 Eversole Cemetery, Krypton, Perry Co KY, m. 25 Apr 1816 to Mary Lewis b about 1800 NC d 1861, d/o James Theophilis Lewis and Sarah "Sallie" Couch.

 Nancy Bolling b 1807 Lee Co VA d 1863 m. about 1825 KY to Edward Begley b 1804 TN d 1863 Perry Co KY.

 George Bolling b 1810 KY d 1848 m. 1831 to Phoebe Lewis b about 1800.

Bowlingtown 1800 -1960: (Source).

Long before Buckhorn Lake was created and the state park established in 1964, a small community flourished for many generations here, along the middle fork of the Kentucky River.

Early records refer to this area as the Bowling District, founded by Reverend Jesse Boling, his wife Mary Pennington, Reverend Duff and 50 other families. They were led to this remote area under the guidance of Daniel Boone. By the late 1800's Bowlingtown was a thriving community of hundreds.

There was a post office, school, churches, grocery, sawmill, black smith and the Frontier Nursing Service. Local officials included a sheriff, magistrate, justice of the peace, and tax commissioner. The citizens were primarily farmers and coal miners. They were known to be patriotic, honest, kind, and well-educated people.

In 1960, when the construction of Buckhorn Lake began, Bowlingtown had to be abandoned and families relocated. Family graves (873) were re-interred to Buckhorn Cemetery. All were sad to leave their homeland of seven generations.

This exhibit is dedicated in their memory.


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