27 October 2009

Bolen Green Ping - SNGF Most Unusual Name

. . . .And speaking of Mr. Saturday Night - time for fun and games of a genealogical nature over at Genea-Musings.    To play along, here are the rules this week:

1) What is the most unique, strangest or funniest combination of given name and last name in your ancestry? Not in your database - in your ancestry.
2) Tell us about this person in a blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook.
3) Okay, if you don't have a really good one - how about a sibling of your direct ancestors?

BOLEN GREEN PING - The name just kind of rolls right off your tongue.  Bolen is my 4th great grandfather.  He was born 24 November 1800 in Virginia to William Ping and Mary Bullock.  He married Sophia Barnes on 25 January 1819 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. 

I hadn't really done a whole lot of research on this ancestor in quite a long time and when I pulled his file it was pretty skimpy.  So I spent a few hours this evening learning more about him and found oodles of information.  Here are just a couple of places I found him.

On February 8, 1840, the following persons met at the house of Christian Clymer, or the purpose of ascertaining the number of disciples of Jesus Christ who wished to constitute a church, viz., Williamson Trent, Nancy Trent, John R. Lines, Dicy Lines, McCormac Zion, Sally Dunham, Bolen Ping, Sophia Ping, James L. Gilmore, Sally Gilmore, Christian Clymer, Elizabeth Clymer, Aaron Lines, Jane Lines, Maryann Clymer, and Polly Berry. They agreed to bring their letters the next day and enter into a constitution upon their articles of faith, and be known by the name of the Regular Baptist Church called West Liberty.

West Liberty Church united with the Des Moines River Association of Regular
Baptists in the year 1841.

I found the above information at:
The Primitive Baptist Library of Carthage, Illinois
The Church and Family History Research Assistance for Primitive Baptist Churches in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri page can be found here

Then I found him mentioned in the "History of Des Moines County, Iowa"  which is online at Internet Archive.

"Bolin Ping came from Pulaski County, Ky. in the fall of 1839 and settled on 320 acres purchased of Levi Larkin, now a resident of Burlington.  Mr. Ping's cabin was a mile and a half  southeast of present Dodgeville."
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