I'll go ahead and start by asking for forgiveness if anything I am asking here is buried somewhere in all the massive wealth of both good and bad information you can find about our families on the internet.
That said, I am recently new to looking into my ancestry and have delved off into multiple sources on the internet to try and trace my ancestors. It all started with a school project for two of my boys in elementary school about their heritage. My obvious first choice of information was to ask my Dad. He proceeded to tell me the things he knew off the top of his head and he later emailed me a ancestry.com family tree that showed a connection to Pocahontas and the less commercialized, but certainly in some ways, a true savior of America - John Rolfe.
Wow! This fascinated me as it probably would anyone. So I had to find out more and after weeks of my initial investigation I am stuck...Stuck for 1)What I got from my Dad showed the connection to Rolfe and Matoaka marriage through the mythical William Bolling and Amelia Randolph - which has led me to here (among what seems a hundred other places with as many stories about them) and 2) I can only pretty accurately go back as far as my 5th Great Grand Father with a few different names: Benjamin Elliot Boling; Eliot Boling; Ellet Boling - All being the same person born in Henrico, VA abt 1755 and d. 1844 in Greenville, SC.
As I stated, I am new to tracking down ancestry - I have been on ancestry website (which seems to be so congested with people wanting to make that connection to Pocahontas - it is hard to know what is good or bad information), found the BFA website with the DNA project (of which I think I probably fall into group 6 but really have a hard time following), this site and may other places trying to go back even further.
Here is a transcript of his will I found here on Genealogy that provides his sons names (of which I am a descendant of Thomas - 4th Great Grandfather) and I presume his brothers (or possibly older sons that already had their cut of the family assets) James and William M Boling :
Greenville County, SC Probate Office: Roll 7, Apt. 9, File 670, 1844 WILL OF ELIOTT BOLING STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, GREENVILLE DISTRICT In the name of God, Amen, I, Eliott Boling of the State and District aforesaid being very imperfect in body but of perfect mind & memory. Thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally & first of all I give & commend my soul to the hand of Almighty God that gave it & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, & as touching such worldly state wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise, & dispose of the same in the following manner & form. First, I give and bequeath to Thomas Boling, Martin Boling, Benjamin Boling and Jeremiah Boling the track of land whereon I now live after the death of my wife to be equally divided among them. If I should depart before my wife I desire that she should keep all the remainder of my property during her life time, and after paying all my debts the remainder of my property to be equally divided between all my children. I appoint James Boling & William M. Boling Executors to my last will. and testament where of I have hereunto set my hand in presence of us, this 31st day of August eighteen hundred & thirty nine.
Wit.: L. Newby James B. Bridges Elliott (X) Boling Mathew (X) Carter Probated the 7th day of October 1844 Recorded in Will Book C, pages 151-152 Apt. 9, File No. 670
The following people were listed as buyers at the estate sale on October 8, 1845. W. H. Bates Thomas B. Springfield Wm. Shelton Sarah Burns Stephen Powell Hamilton Batson James Johnson James Boling Jeremiah Bolding Thomas Springfield, Jr. Thomas Chiles Levi Langston Martin Rainey Thos. Duncan Jos. Duncan Benjamin Bolin Thos. Rae Elisha Burn Zion Green Ezekiel Burn O. P. Philips Benjamin Bridges
I think we are both looking for the same info on Elliot?