Rulers of Jerusalem- Boulogne Family (Bolling Family).

I cannot recall the original source of this information, but I have attached all that I had in hopes that interested parties can research further on this subject matter. The Bolling/ Bowling and various spellings have thought to have had their surname changed many times. The original spelling is thought to have been Boulogne, De Bolling, Bolling, Bowling, and various other family spellings. this is interesting reading.


Boulogne family

• Godfrey         1099 – 1100

• Baldwin I       1100 – 1118

Rethel family

* Baldwin II     1118 – 1131

Anjou family

* Foulques       1131 – 1143

* Baldwin III   1143 – 1162

* Amairic I      1162 – 1174

* Baldwin IV   1174 – 1185

Montferrat family

Baldwin V de Montferrat         1185 – 1186

Anjou family

* Sibylle          1186 – 1190

Lusignan family

* Guy  1186 – 1192/94

Montferrat family

Konrad I de Montferrat            1192

Champagne family

* Henry           1194 – 1197

Lusignan family

* Ainalric II     1197 – 1205

Isabella I          1205

Montferrat family

Maria   1205 – 1212

Brienne family

* Jean  1210 – 1212, regent 1212-25

* Isabella II      1225 – 1228

Hohenstaufen family

Note: Jerusalem was lost in 1244, the Kingdom being based at Acre thereafter

* Friedrich       1225 – 1228

* Konrad         1228 – 1254

* Konradin      1254 – 1268

Lusignan (Châtillon) family

* Hugh III        1268 – 1284

* Jean  1284 – 1285

* Henri IV       1285 – 1291

To Egypt          1291 – 1516

To the Ottoman Empire           1516 – 1918

To Great Britain           1918 – 1948

State of Israel   1948 –


Getting Started in Genealogy Research

Getting starting in genealogy research is a very exciting “journey” that you will take in getting to know your family from years past! When I research, I am “getting to know my family members” that I did not have the opportunity to know in years past. To me, it is way more than just looking up names and dates, but an opportunity to learn the characteristics of that person. What kind of person was this person? Was she kind? Did he/she love her family? What were her passions, and interests? It is through research that you learn so much about your family members. My favorite source of information is the federal census. When I look a family up in the census, not only do I see who was living with the family at the time of the census date, but who their neighbors were in the geographical location that they lived in.  Some of the information on the Federal Census will tell you what they did for a living, if they owned their home , how much money they had in personal and real property, how long they were married, how many children had been born and survived, etc. So much information is listed on that one family line. Could they read and write?  How many years of school did they have?

One thing that I learned early on in my research was that back in “olden days” the illiteracy rate was very high. Last names were often spelled the way the Census worker “heard it pronounced”. That is one reason why you will see surnames change spelling from generation to generation. My surname Bowling started as De Boulogne , to De Bolling, to Bolling, to Bowling, Bowlin, Boulen, Bohlen, and on and on…. This is critical in researching your family name, be open and aware of misspelling of names, it will happen!

 Sourcing your information is important! You will often need to reference back to where you originally found the information. Make sure that you write where you found the information and most importantly if you “borrow” someone else’s research material, make sure you reference  the author and where you found the material.

 Organization is crucial in research, it is imperative to be able to keep all your information in one area. There are many great genealogy software out on the market. I found out very early, gone were the days of handwriting your information, it became  way too confusing when generations  of people intermixed!


How Well Do You Know A Person?


I have been thinking about this today. We are all here for a short time, and have many interactions with other people on a daily basis, but how well do you really know a person that you proclaim to be close too? I know that there are some people that I think I know better than others, but  do I really know them as well as I think I do? I know that people share with me what they want me to know about them, and I do the same but to know someone’s most inner thoughts and likes and dislikes is what true relationships are all about.  I think that is why I write, because I can write what I am feeling at the time and share my inner most thoughts without fear of judgement or negative feedback that often slows the art of communicating with others.  I often forget what I write though and then wonder what my readers will think when they read it.

I guess that is being a part of being transparent and honest. If I want others to share with me then it is only fair I am transparent with them.

I hope that something you read along the way in my blog touches a part of you that you can relate too! Let me know your thoughts!

Excellant Websites for Your Research

Here are a few of my favorite websites that I have used during my research.
Clay County Genealogical Society
Kentucky Old Cooking Facebook Group
Technology for Genealogy
The Mayflower Societies
Francis Cooke Society (PilCumgrim)
Pilgrim Hall Museum
Orleans Indiana Facebook Group- If you Grew Up In Orleans
Cumberland Gap Genetic  Genealogy Facebook Group
Melungeons Facebook Group
Bolling, Bowling Facebook Group
TriState Genealogy Group Ohio-Indiana-KY- Facebook
Pennsylvania Genealogy- Facebook
Genealogy and Newspapers- Facebook
Southeastern Ky History, Genealogy and Cemeteries- Facebook
The Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society- facebook
Wilkes Genealogical Society (official) facebook (North Carolina)
Breathitt Memories- Facebook Kentucky group
Jackson County Ky Facebook group
Melungeons Unite Facebook group
Kentucky Genealogy Network Facebook
Tall Tales and Folklore’s of Kentucky’s History
Families from Breathitt County Ky Facebook
Clay County  History and Genealogy
Breathitt County History
Owsley County Ky Genealogy Facebook
Descendants of the LongHunters Facebook
Melungeon and Proud of It Facebook Group
Cortland Cemetary Ky Facebook
Pike County Ky History Facebook
East Ky facts, Legends Facebook
Lineage Society of America  Facebook
Ohio History and Genealogy Facebook
Southeast Kentucky Genealogy
North Carolina Genealogy
The Mayflower Society facebook
Newspapers- The Ancestor Hunt website
Jackson County Ky Rootsweb Website
Rootsweb Resource Page
Chronicling  America Newspapers Website
Cincinnati Ohio Museum Center
Library of Congress
The Great Migration- Pilgrims
American Ancestors
Newspaper Abstracts
The Olden Times Newspapers
Kindred Trails
Access Genealogy- Free Site
Genealogy Today- Google for Ancestry
National Archives
Us Genweb
World Genweb
Family History Daily
Find A Grave
 Cyndi’s List- Resource
Family Tree Maker Magazine
Fold 3- Newspapers
Bureau of Land Management
Digital Public Library of America
Steven Morse- many sites ( Ellis Island)
State Websites-Individual states
Census Tools
Williamsburg Library Genealogy
Library of Virginia
Family Search- death certificate
Moutain Laurel
Old Cade Coves-Kentucky pictures
Appalachian Mixed Blood-Melungeon Blog
Melungeon s Blog-Hancock Tenn
Bowling, Bolling Website at Blogger-Original
Colonial Records of North Carolina
United States Marriage Records-Definitions
The Cumberland Gap Blog
The History Channel
Kentucky Library
Kentucky~ Kindred Trails
Kentucky Dept of Library e Archives

Sixteenth Generation Stiths

(Article copied as it was written, may contain some grammatical errors.)        

COL. JOHN STITH, of Charles City Co., the first of the name in Virginia, was granted 500 acres of land in 1663. He revolted with Bacon in 1676, and was High Sheriff of his county in 1691. He had issue:

I, WILLIAM STITH, of Charles City Co., who, in 1688, married Mary, daughter of William Randolph, of  “Turkey Island.” (see above page 115) Children: I. REV. WILLIAM STITH, b. 1689, d. 17, President of William and Mary College, and Historian of Virginia, who m. Judith Randolph, daughter of Thomas Randolph, of “Tuckahoe,” and had, i. Elizabeth, ii. Judith. iii. Polly Stith, of Williamsburg, who d. s. P.  CAPT. JOHN STITH, of Charles City Co., who married Mary, daughter of Tarlton Fleming,of ” Rock Castle,” and his wife, Mary Page, of” Rosewell,” and had issue, i. Judith Stith m. John Maynard, of Halifax Co., (see previous excursus, and Goode Genealogy. No. 735). 3. Mary  STITH, who married Rev. William Dawson, of William and Mary College, Commissary to the Bishop of London, &c., and had issue, i. A son, who m. Miss Johnson, of North Carolina, and had son Hon. William Johnson Dawson, M.C , ii. William, member of the first House of Representatives in Virginia.

2 DRURY STITH, who married Susannah, daughter of Launcelot Bathurst, who came to Virginia about 1670, and granddaughter of Sir Edward Bathurst of Lechdale, England, issue: i. DRURY STITH, of Brunswick Co. who m. Eliz. Buckner; children I. GRIFFIN STITH of Northumberland Co., m. Mary Blakey 1743, and had a, Catherine, b, Eliz. Buckner, c, John Buckner, d, Mary Blaky, e, Griffin, f. Drury, g, William, h, Susannah, m. Christopher Johnson, i, Lucy, m. Mark M. Pringle, k, Janet. 2. BUCKNER STITH, of “Rocksbury,” and others.

3, ANNE STITH,Who married, 1681, ROBERT BOLLING, of”Kippax,” or “Farmingdale,” whose first wife was Jane Rolfe, granddaughter of Pocahontas. The descendants of the Bolling-Stith marriage are numerous. The first generation was as follows: i, ROBERT BOLLING, of Bollingbrook, b. 1682, d. 1749, in. 1706, Anne Cocke, and had nine children: one of his grandsons, Jack Bolling, m. JINNY GOODE, (see Goode Genealogy, No. 65); 2, STITH BOLLING, b 1686, 3 EDWARD Bolling, b 1687, 4, ANNE BOLLING, b 1690, m. Mr. Wynne; 5, DRURY BOLLING, of “Kippax,” b. 1695, his only child, Frances, b. 1724, d, 1774, m. Theodrick Bland, and was granddaughter to John Randolph of “Roanoke,” and the Tuckers, (see Goode Genealogy, pp.55 and 114); 6, THOMAS, b. 1697; 7, AGNES, 1700, M. COL. Richard Kennon, (for descendants, see Bristol Parish, p 182).

A record of the descendants of Robert Bolling, of Bollingbrook (3-1) is given.  Written by R.A Brock, unknown source.

Robert Bolling and Jane Rothe

Robert Bolling and Jane Rolfe
( Please note, story is written with some grammatical errors to keep the authenticity of the article.)

Robert Bolling (b. 1646) of All Hollows, Barkin Parish, London, arrived in Virginia in 1660 or 1661 at the age of 14.27 Although details are sketchy, Bolling apparently prospered through trade and land speculation. In 1675, he married Jane Rolfe, the only child of Thomas and Jane Rolfe of Surry County. The couple made their home at Kippax Plantation in what was then Charles City County. The property was likely purchased by Bolling in the last quarter of the 17th century.

After a year of marriage, Jane Rolfe Bolling gave birth to her only child John in 1676. Although few facts are available on the death of Jane in 1676, it is likely that she died of complications from childbirth. Jane Rolfe Bolling is reputed to be buried on the Kippax Plantation property along with her father Thomas.

Robert Bolling was a successful merchant and had an active public life. He was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1688, and as a vestryman of Bristol Parish. By the beginning of the 18th century, his property holdings had increased almost fivefold; at the time of his death in 1709, his property totaled nearly 4,000 acres. Bolling’s lands were well situated to take advantage of Native-American trade patterns. These properties were relatively close to the well-established trading paths that extended in a southwesterly direction from the falls of the Appomattox River. His 500-acre tract in Henrico County was, in the 17th century, still part of the frontier. His extensive landholdings across the river in Prince George County were even better located. The family seat of Kippax bordered on Francis Eppes’s Great Patent and lay between his estate, Bermuda Hundred, and Fort Henry on the Appomattox. Colonel Francis Eppes (1628-1678) ran a store at Bermuda Hundred and imported trade goods from London merchants. He sold them to colonists and independent “selfe-ended traders” who in turn sold the goods to the Native Americans.”

Robert Bolling’s involvement in trade with Native Americans is confirmed by an entry in the diary of William Byrd II. On February 26, 1709, Byrd noted that “a man from North Carolina came to him [Bolling] to buy Indian goods but because he had no pay he [Bolling] let him have none.”

Walter Chiles, a merchant who in 1641 secured permission to venture southwest of the Appomattox River and engage in trade with Native Americans, also owned land in the general vicinity of Bolling’s Kippax Plantation.” For some family members, trading served as their primary source of income. For instance, Robert Bolling’s son John, who lived at nearby Cobbs Plantation, received all the profits of an immense trade with his countrymen and one even still greater with the Indians.


Linebaugh, Donald W. Kippax  Plantation: Traders, Merchants, and Planters. An Exhibit Celebrating the Families of Pocahontas.Center for Archaeological Research, the College of William and Mary, Historic Hopewell Foundation, Inc. The City of Hopewell (1995).


What Will Your Family Know About You?

Genealogy is one of my favorite hobbies. I absolutely love researching, and scrolling through old records, pieces together information that will create a story, a story of my family’s life. When I research a name, I am not just researching vital records but I am researching that person as well. What kind of person was she? How did he take care of his family Who were their friends? What was the socio-economic situation in the area that they lived? Where there any health epidemics that they faced? All the bits of data that I pull together to form the environment of that person that I am researching.

One of the most important pieces of information I try to gather is Did they know God? Did they love God? Time after time, I found that their were different denomination in my family tree: Anabaptists, Amish, Huguenots, Baptist, Methodist, Quakers… so many different denominations but most importantly I know that they loved God. There were many ministers in the lineage, and interestingly enough, many that suffered religious persecution because of their faith. Jesus said that would happen in his Word, but to actually see the history of time in front of you was amazing. One of my family lines is the Hochstetler’s who came from Switzerland as Anabaptists, and then when they came over to America were Amish. Jacob and his wife Anna Hochstetler, and some of their children were attacked by Indians, and because of their Amish faith, Jacob forbid his sons to fire upon the Indians, resulting in Anna and two of her children being murdered and the remaining sons taken and kept by the Indians for years. (

Thinking about my generation, what will my descendants know about me? Will they be able to see that I loved Jesus? Will they know that I lived my life for Him? Realizing that my future generation of family will not be able to talk to me, to get to know me personally, but will rely on bits of information that they research or are told from stories passed down from one generation to another.

Think about your situation, what will your family see? What will they find out about you? Will they know that you lived your life as an example for Christ? Remember they will not be able to talk to you personally, so they will form preconceived notions in their head about you, I am hoping that they are what you would like your family to know about you, food for thought!

Pollard News!

Busy, busy, busy, what can I say? Ali has gymnastics camp, two back to back and Elijah has swimming lessons, his final one, and baseball camp coming up. We have been to two Vacation Bible Schools as well. The family went to Myrtle Beach for a week the first week of July! Myrtle Beach was so much fun, one hundred yards from the beach, it was nice to get up every morning and take the Ipad down there and veg out!

Anthony is working hard of course, to pay for all these activities! We are all doing well.

Talk soon.

Getting To Know Your Family

Call me a genealogy nerd, but research to me is so much more complex than just a simple vital search on an ancestor. Far beyond the birth, marriage, and death dates remains a person, a family member, that once lived a few years back. This person held the key to so much of your families being; genes, characteristics, personality, traits, and so much more that just your DNA. With them, a host of answer’s to the questions that you have today, both good and bad. Why do I look the way I do? What family gene’s do I have that could cause life debilitating diseases? Where did my temperament come from? What doors has this person opened for my family? All these simple questions, and so much more!

When I first started my research on my paternal side, I was looking for names and dates of great grandparents, and their surrounding family. I was literally shocked to realize how far I was able to trace back my lineage, and even more surprised as to the locations in which my family had arrived from. I never thought in a million years, that I would discover and find so many answers to the questions about my paternal side. From the smallest question as to Where did I get these ears from?  There were much more significant answers that I received, such as, Why did my paternal side of the male family drink so much? I even received an answer to a surprising question, as to why am I slowly losing some of my hearing now? Well, come to find out, my paternal side had known Hearing defects in our generations past. A few family members even opened up world renowned Schools for the Hearing Impaired.

Researching my family members has created a sense of loyalty, and established in some sense a relationship or connection with them. There have been surprises, interesting facts, and disappointments along the way. I have discovered that sometimes you create a person in the image that you expect them to be, and often times, with further research back, you discover facts about them that can be somewhat disappointing. For example, while doing research I discovered that my great, great, great grandparents were married a very long time, and had many children together. I discovered that although they were together, the ggg grandfather also had a whole separate family in the same town! The perception that I had created in my mind, was not based on the genealogical facts that I discovered.

To take my research to another level, I like to analyze the socio-economics of the area that they lived in. What was the time frame in regards to world historical events? Was there something sufficient going on that would effect their standards of living? The  Depression era, disease epidemics, local and federal politics? All surrounding facts that could help create the culture of that particular time.

One last thing, take the time to study and analyze the vital records of your ancestor. You will be able to determine a lot about the person they were by studying birth, marriage, and especially death certificates. Census records hold so many unknown facts about the family as a whole: location of where they lived, their profession, education, social status, people they associated with and so much more!

I encourage you to get to know your family members better, research with open eyes, an open heart, and you will be surprised at all the interesting facts that you discover.