|About 1970, my mother, J blondell Boulwarerequested that I help her research her family ancestry. She wrote down every thing that she knew at the time to be true or thought to be true. She and my grandmother agreed that the maiden name of my grandmother, Stella Jackson Boulware, was White-Cotton. I spent many hours trying to find some information on that family in Crawford Co AR. My research revealed that the name was Watkins. My grandmother was only about 4 years old when her mother died and about 10 when her maternal grandmother died, and being the youngest in her family I am not sure she had much contact with her Watkins relatives after the family moved from the Crawford Co AR area. |
My mother also believed the Boulware name was rare and I shouldnt have a hard time finding information on them. I have found half the people in the US are related to us!!! The Boulwares were from colonial Virginia and South Carolina, were quite well to do, and some of them "owned" a great number of slaves. Although I have not seen the proof for myself, I read somewhere that one of the slave masters acknowledged his bi-racial children, and to this day there are many of those descendants living in SC and beyond. When I see Peter Boulware of the Baltimore Ravens running down the field, I say proudly, "There goes one of my cousins," and that is probably quite true although many times removed.
Then I got started on the Thomas-Lamm families, my paternal lines. My Granny Thomas was still living at the time as well as all my aunts and uncles so I got a good start there. As the "family historian," I have inherited quite a few of the o;d family pictures and I hope to add those to this site. Sadly after the death of my grandmother, they were removed from the albums and many have them have been lost.
It is now the year 2005. It has been a long and interesting journey from 1970 till now, and I still don't know near enough about what I set out to learn. But I do know lots more than I did know. And if you find in reading thru this history compiled from many sources, you find a connection, I say "Welcome, Cousin. Come on in and set a spell. We'll sit on the front porch and see what we can find out about each other. And hopefully when we part we will have found someone new to also call "Friend."
|The THOMAS and BOULWARE Families From The Sooner State|
Updated August 22, 2005