Boling, Texas: ZIPcode 77420

Too many historic and genealogical instances made it inconceivable for me not to have associated my Ford, Morris, Wharton, and Boling Family lineage with Wharton County’s Boling, Texas! And then, among the Google Books I found the following that placed the Texas Wharton’s and Boling’s back among  my paternal great grandfather’s and great grandmother’s of Virginia.. 

Virginia Cousins

By G. Brown Goode
Genealogical Publishing Com, Jun 1, 2009 – History – 604 pages

This collection of verbatim wills from 1656 to 1692 pertains not to present-day Rappahannock County but to “Old Rappahannock” County. “Old Rappahannock” was formed from Lancaster County in 1656; in 1692 its land south of the Rappahannock River was re-named Essex County, while that to the north became Richmond County. Owing to his interest in the ancestry of Francis Graves, son of Captain Thomas Graves, a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1619, Mr. Sweeney painstakingly transcribed the wills of this extinct county from scattered deed and order books at the courthouse in Tappahannock, Virginia. Although he never found the coveted will of his ancestor, the compiler amassed, in the form of these wills, a priceless collection of information about “the extent and boundaries of early patents, the comfortable household equipment of a few of the inhabitants…the provision for widows and children, the maintenance of servants and slaves, the education of the children, the importance of livestock…the care of the sick, family quarrels” and much more about this newly settled community. Genealogists will be able to search among the very same wills for the names, relationships, and whereabouts of 2,500 of the earliest settlers of what would become Essex and Richmond counties.

From Pages 126 and 127:

Dr. AUSTIN WHARTON, of Cartersville, Cumberland Co., Va., was born in Albemarle Co., 1775: educated at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.: practiced medicine in Cartersville from 1804 to 1834, when he removed to Goochland Co., where he died.  Married (I) Lucy GOODE, DAUGHTER OF John Goode, No. 109, born 1787, died 1818.  Married (2) a sister of Hon. Edward Bates, of Missouri, Attorney General of the United States.  Children. (All by first wife):–

847-1/2, CHARLOTTE WHARTON, d. unm.  848, Thomas GOODE, d. yg. 849, ROBERT HENRY, b 1811, d 1857.  850, Rev. Charles D., Presbyterian clergyman, b 1818, d. 1845. 851, RICHARD GOODE, B. 1815.

Dr. Austin Wharton was son of John Wharton, originally of Culpeper Co., Va., who died near Nashville, 1813; another son was Judge Jesse Wharton, of Nashville, another was William H. (Harris) Wharton, a leader in the early political history of Texas, Senator of the Republic, and minister to the U.S.; still another John A. (Austin) Wharton, was Adjutant General of the Texas Republic.  (See also H.A. Wise’s Seven Decades of the Union, p. 147.)

As one link led easily to another from references in the above book, my family tree quickly expanded.  Long ago I had recorded to my tree that Edward (Bud) Vincent Boling (my paternal great grandfather) married Mary Florence Wharton on May 9, 1898, in Spotsylvania, Virginia, where so many Bolings/Bollings/Bowlings and Whartons were born. And just today, I discovered that Dr. Austin Wharton was indeed my missing paternal 4th great grandfather; John Wharton was my 5th great grandfather; and, Judge Jesse Wharton and his siblings were my 4th great grand uncles. 


Wharton County, (named after brothers and former TX Congressmen, William Harris Wharton and John Austin Wharton) Texas Gulf Coast Farm to Market (FM) Rd 1301 and Farm to Market(FM) Rd 442 11 miles SE of Wharton.
Population: 1271

 Boling TX Pecan Orchard

 History in a Pecan Shell (As published by the Texas State Historical Association–10 Jun 2013)

Once known as Floyd’s Lane, Boling was renamed after the New York, Texas and Mexican Railway built through around 1900. The new name came from the middle name of Mary Bolling Vineyard, daughter of the man who platted the town. The name was misspelled when the post office was granted.

Although new settlers arrived after the railroad was built – the region was mostly made up of large tracts of land which had been former plantations. In 1907 Boling may have had a railroad connection, but the population was less than fifty with only the most basic businesses. That changed in the mid 1920s with the discovery of the huge oil, gas and sulfur deposits of the Boling Dome. The boom wasn’t as big as the oil boomtowns of legend, but the population increased tenfold to nearly 500 by 1930 and reaching 800 during WWII.

In 1941 the Boling Independent School District was formed of Boling and the neighboring communities of Iago and Newgulf. The high school was in Boling, the junior high in Iago, and the elementary school was inNewgulf.

The population had dropped to a little over 500 in the early 1970s but by the early 90s it had grown to nearly 1,300. The Newgulf sulfur plant closed in late 1993 and the population for Boling-Iago was still 1,271 while Newgulf joined the list of Texas ghost towns.

Boling Texas Today:

Boling TX Data and Demographics

Boling United Methodist Church, Boling Texas

Boling United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008

Boling United Methodist Church historical marker, Boling Texas

Boling United Methodist Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008

Boling High School,  Boling Texas

Boling High School
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008

Boling Texas mural depicting oil boom

Boling Texas mural depicting oil boom

Boling Texas Fire Station with mural

Boling Texas Fire Station with mural

Boling Texas fire hydrant painted like a dog

Most of Boling Texas fireplugs are painted like dogs.
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008

Pump jack in Boling Texas

The town pump jack has Christmas lights on it.
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008

Merle R. Hudgins, “BOLING, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online(, accessed June 10, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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