Re: Benjamin 1734-1832 and Jeremiah Bolling
Jim, there are now two of us with hurting brains.On the subject of DNA I have nothing of substance to add, having completely exhausted my limited store of knowledge.I recall there was an interesting posting sometime back from Larry Bowling, who I believe oversees the BFA-sponsored tests.My guess is it's fair to regard these tests -- shortcomings and all -- as useful tools and indicators.As you indicate, the Benjamin in group 6 may be a key person for whom you've been searching.
Concerning the Powhatan Bolling said to have been born in 1754, I have searched and searched for over five years for some indication that he even existed.In so doing I've re-learned the lesson that it's impossible to prove a negative.I've queried people who confidently list him as "Colonel Powhatan Bolling" and even they come up empty, acknowledging that they copied the information from sources which themselves offer no information about the actual existence of the person.
Was "he" an illegitimate son shipped off to North Carolina or some other remote location?Did the "Colonel" actually die in childhood?Using the principle that "anything's possible," I suppose either might be true.My best judgment -- having looked for this guy in many different places -- is that he never existed.My best guess is that the person cited by Zelma Price as her ultimate source -- I believe the name is Wesley Washington Bolling -- knew something about the actual Powhatan Bolling (1767-1803) and added him to the list by mistake.That said, if anyone reading this posting has some information about a Powhatan Bolling born in 1754, I would love to see it.
Finally Jim, I really don't discount Zelma Price's entire body of work; not on the basis of the Powhatan Bolling matter or anything else.I posted a long analysis of Price's Bolling volume some time back and tried to be specific about those things I found objectionable.Zelma Price herself was very careful to put the full onus of "her" list on a couple of cousins, something that's often overlooked.I suspect that there's much she did as a genealogist that's good and that's stood the test of time.Yet she failed to substantiate the 12 blue Bolling names on the list handed to her and she made a misleading, "lawyer's argument" about the will of John Bolling.On the plus side, however, she's given Bolling family history an interesting dimension for sure, to say the least.