My paternal great-grandmother, Mary Florence “Flossie” Wharton (1878-1928) married my paternal great-grandfather, Edward “Bud” Vincent Bowling (1872-1946), on May 9, 1898, in their home town of Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. In my family tree, this is the first union of the Boling and Wharton families.
However, 50 years prior to the union of our Boling and Wharton families and nearly 1,500 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, VA, on the gulf coast of Texas, on April 3, 1846, the county of Wharton was founded by brothers William Harris (1802-1839), and John Austin Wharton (1806-1838) who happen to be my first cousins, five times removed. Their uncle, Jesse Wharton, of Nashville, raised them and their three other siblings following the deaths of their parents William H., age 50, (1768-1819 [the second of the seven sons]) who died on February 3, 1816, and his wife, Judith Harris, age 47, who died just one week later on February 10, 1816 in Davidson, TN. The Wharton ancestors history can be found in Macaulay’s History of England, or on my blog post dated July 22, 2017: Wharton’s – My Ancient Ancestors.
With this somewhat lengthy background into our Boling and Wharton family connections, I can now introduce you to yet another Boling–in fact, another Matthew Boling, as I, too, have a nephew, Matthew Boling, (age 27), in my immediate branch of the Boling family tree.
And here’s more about the relationships between Wharton and Boling places and family names: Matthew Boling, (age 21) attended high school at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas, just 50 miles outside of Boling, a township within Wharton County, Texas. Matthew graduated Strake in the Spring of 2019 and is now listed among Strake’s notable alumni for his record-breaking American and International track and field awards. Jesuit Father Jeff Johnson, president of Strake Jesuit, said Boling’s humility, determination and love for his teammates make him a great leader and example for other students who participate in their athletic and extracurricular programs.
In late 2019, Matthew joined the University of Georgia’s track and field team. His desire has always been to become a member of the United States Olympic Team. He had his eye on the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, but like so many other events, the Coronavirus caused it to be postponed. Matt is not deterred, he says he will use this extra time to try to increase his skills and speeds even more. And yes, Tokyo has rescheduled its Olympic games for July 23 – August 8, 2021. Let’s show our support for Matthew and pray for his safekeeping until he will be able to apply his longtime skills and efforts to his dream of competing in the Olympics. (By the way, fam, take a look at the dominant Boling forehead, eyes, cheekbones, nose, and mouth. If some of you didn’t feel connected before just because of the name, please take a quick look in the mirror, this might just do it for you.)
Below, is a narrated video of Matthew Boling competing in this January’s Fayetteville Arkansas 2021 Razorback Invitational competition. In fact, after clocking a very fast 45.51 seconds to win the men’s 400m at the Carolina Challenge in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, January 23, he stepped down in distance this week to post a very swift 20.53 seconds to set a personal best again en route to securing the men’s 200m title in Fayetteville, Friday.