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."


  1. After completing for the second time a book on George Washington...I assumed the name Bolen, or Bolin Green was an area in front of homes, because George mention's that in Randalls biography of George Washington. I believe there's also a town named with B.G. Bolen Green Ping is the 3rd generation of Pings that started in and around Virginia starting in the early 1700's.
    John sr.

    William Henry

    Bolen Green



    Darrel Ping, who was my grandfather. Since then we have four more generations of Sons. Duane
    Gabriel. I'm Rod

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog when I was researching Bolen Green Ping, Jr. I was wondering if you had any information on his wife, Mary. He is buried alone here in Iowa and all of the census information has her from many different places. I have seen a few sites list Mary as a Sappenfield. Thanks in advance.

  3. Dear Anonymous #2,

    Bolen Green Ping, Jr. was born 16 March 1826 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, the 5th of 10 children. Bolen married twice - first to Mary Jane Inabnit (I do not have any vitals for her) on 18 February 1850 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. They had 1 child - William Robert Ping who was born 24 February 1853 in Pulaski County. He married 2nd to Mary Ann Seppenfield ( born August 1833. I do not have a date of marriage nor a date of death for her). They had 3 children - Henry Austin Ping (1863-1921), Martha Ping (1867), and Elijah Ping (1869).

    Henry Austin Ping married Jane Estella Keller on 25 December 1887 in Des Moines County, Iowa. Jane was born 26 March 1868 in Des Moines County, Iowa. They had 5 children - Bolen Green Ping (November 1889), Opal S. Ping (July 1893), Leona Mae Ping (July 1895), Ivan Henry Ping (May 1898) and Stella Merle Ping (29 August 1901.)