An American Family History


The Boren/Boring Families of Washington County, Tennessee

  Also spelled Boran, Boreing, Boring Borring  
The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

James Boren

James and his wife Sarah's children included:
William Boren,
John Boren,
Dosser Boren,
Abraham Boren (married Elizabeth Ruble),
Chancy Boren (married Lucinda Lyle),
James Boren
Rachel Boren, (married Mordecia Price),
Abinolda Boren,
Temperance Boren,
Martha Boren (married Ball and Frances).

James died on October 14, 1795.

Dossy Boring was in Captain William McLin’s Company during the War of 1812 from October 12, 1813 to February 8, 1814.

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Johnson City, Tennessee is in Washington, Carter and Sullivan Counties. It was known as Brush Creek for the Creek than runs through it.

Absolom Boren was born about 1750. His father was John Boren (1705).

Absolom migrated to Washington County, Tennessee in the late 1700s. The family settled on Brush Creek.

He married Nancy Miller.

Absolom's and Nancy's children probably included:

Dorcas Boren (1773, married Jacob Laudermilk),
Joshua Boren (1773),
Violet Boren (1776)
Mary Boren 1778
Abia Boren 1778,
Jacob Boren (1780, married Alice Green)
Greenberry Boren (1782, married Mary Ruble)
Henry Boren (1785),
Amos Boren (1791, married Anna Hiles),
George Boren (1793)

Nancy died in 1793 and Absolom married Hannah Little.

John Boren 1794,
Ruth Boren 1794

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.
  The Borings from Baltimore County, Maryland  

The State of Franklin was an unrecognized, independent state in what is now eastern Tennessee. It was created in 1784 with the intent of becoming the fourteenth state. Its first capital was Jonesborough. It existed for about four and a half years and then North Carolina re-assumed control.

Willliam Boring was born about 1737. His parents were probably James Boring and Martha Wheeler. According to some sources, James traded with the Native American in the East Tennessee area.

Williams children may have included:
John Dorsey Boring (1765),
Peggy (Margaret?) Boring (1766, married Caleb ODell),
Mary Ruth Boring (1768, married William Cox, not the Ruth Boring married to James Cox),
Absolom Boring (1771, married Hannah Little),
Joshua Boring (1773, married Mary Heartsell ),
Elijah Boring (1774, married Sarah Reno/Reneau),
William Boring (1776),
James Boring (1777),
Jacob Boring (1779),
Nathaniel Boring (1781),
Frances Boring (1783, married Abraham Hoss), and
Nicholas Boring (1785, married Hannah Cook and Rhoda Russell).

On July 11, 1780 Willaim Barren recorded 3 tracts of land (400 acres) in Washington and Sullivan Counties

In 1783 he appeared on the tax list of Baltimore County, Maryland, but the Borings did not move to Washington County, Tenessee until 1787/8.

On August 6, 1788, William Borring signed as bondsman for Peggy (Margaret) Borring to Caleb ODell.

In 1792 William Boren appeared on the Washington County tax list with 100 acres and one white poll. He was in Captain Tullis' old company.

In 1793 and 1794, William Boren appeared on the Washington County tax list with 74 acres and no poll. He was in Captain Morrison's Company. He remained in Morrison's Company through 1801.

In January, 1795, Caleb Odell sold William 76-3/4 acres on Brush Creek, for 55 pounds. The land bordered Charles Reno/Reneau. The deed was witnessed by Thomas Gourley and John Tipton.

In 1795 he had 76 acres on Brush Creek.
In 1796 he had 73 acres on Brush Creek.

In 1796 he inherited 100 acres from his father on Brush Creek.

In 1798, 1799 and 1801, he had 176-3/4 acres.

In 1814 he was in Captain Hoss' Company.

He sold Elijah Boring the land he inherited from his father for $333. The land was next to Robert Young;. The witnesses were Chaney Boring and Kinsey Rose.

lWilliam died in 1816 and his estate was probated on September 6, 1816 in Washington County. Abraham Hoss administered the estate. He sold the 76-3/4 acre tract to Joshua Boring for $250. The witnesses were Horatio Ford, William Wheeler and Joseph Melvin.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.


John Dorsey Boring (1765), (There were two John Dorsey Borings in Washington County and it is difficult to distinguish them. One was son of James and the other was son of William)

On May 11, 1790. “John Dorsey Boring was ordered by the Washington County, Tennessee court to pay child support for a base born child of Mary Cooper.”

In 1799 John Boren was in Captain Morrison’s Company in the Washington County tax list.

In 1811 John Boring and others bought 4 acres for a Methodist Church and a schoolhouse in Brush Creek area.

February 19, 1812, 150 acres on Brush creek were granted to Nathaniel Taylor who assigned 70 to John Boring and Joshua Boring, assignee of John Boring. The land was bordered by Andrew Wolf’s, William Boring and William Wheeler.


Absolom Boring (1771) was William Boring's son. There were three Absolom Borings in the 1801 tax lists of Washington County.

At the February Term, 1790 of the Washington Court, Absolom Boring was ordered pay for the maintenance Jean Odell's child. Mordecai Price was the security.

On October 3, 1793, Absolom married Hannah Little.

Absolom bought 91 1/4 acres on Brush Creek from Charles Reno/Reneau for 150£. The land bordered Joseph Denton and William Barron. The witnesses were Thomas and Elizabeth Ford.

Absolom was Captain Morrison’s Company in 1798, 1799, and 1801.
1801, Absolom Boring, 91 acres

Absolom died in 1815.

The First Barbary War (1801–1805) was between the United States and the Barbary States of Tripoli and Algiers.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.

Joshua Boring (1773) married Mary Heartsell. Mary was born on September 4, 1779 in Burke County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Jacob Hartsell and Hannah Anthony.

There were two Joshua Borings in Washington County at this time. It is difficult to distinguish one from the other in records.

In the 1798 Washington County tax list, one was in Captain Joseph Young’s Company (in 1801 was in Henry Taylor’s Company). The other was in Captain Morrison’s Company.

In 1809, Joshua bought 399 acres on a branch of Brush Creek from William Cox near Jacob Bowman’s and Robert Young. The witnesses Green Boring and Amon Boring.

In 1810, he sold 100 acres on Brush Creek next to William Cox and William Nelson to William Dugan of Washington County for $500. The witnesses were George Sanford, William Cox, and Green Coneray.

The same year he sold 200 acres near Jacob Hoss Joshua Boring and William Dugan to William Cox for $500. The witnesses were George Sanford, William Dugan, and Greenberry Boring.

And he sold 100 acres along the great road to Kathren Keehn for $100. The witnesses were Andrew Taylor, Abraham Hendry, and Jeremiah D. Gibson.

19 Feb 1812, Joshua Boring, assignee of John (Dorsey) Boring, land grant of 150 acres on Brush Creek, Andrew Wolf’s corner, William Boring’s line, Wheeler’s line & corner, surveyed 22 Jun 1813, granted 4 Oct 1815.

In 1812 Joshua bought 74 ¾ acres on Sinking Creek in Washington County from Nathaniel Taylor next to Caleb Odle. Witness James P. Tayler, John Naler, Green Boring

On November 6, 1812, Joshua sold 111 ¾ acres to Andrew Wolf for $670.50. Witness John Saylor, William Wheeler, and Joseph Wolf

In 1816 he bought his father's 76-acre tract for $250, witnessed by Horatio Ford, William Wheeler, and Joseph Melvin.

In 1818 he bought land from John and Dorcas Gaines, John Boring and his wife, John and Violet Swanger, Jacob Boring, Greenberry Boring ,and Polly Miller. They were heirs of Absolem Boring. The 100 acres were next to Joseph Denton and William Boring Witness, Daussey Boring, Wezley Garret, and Ephraim Gain.

In 1818, he also bought 100 acres from Horatio Ford for $700. They were on a fork of Brush Creek near Joseph and Isaac Denton.

In 1819 he sold 15 ¾ acres on waters of Brush Creek to John Landers

18 Oct 1819, Joshua Boring sold 78 acres in Carter County, Tennessee on Sinking Creek to John McAfee, Andrew Wolf corner, up Sinking Creek, John Saylor’s line, Eller’s line.

In 1820, Amon Boring quit claim to Joshua Boring his claim as an heir of Absolom Boring

North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.


Elijah Boring (1774) On November 1, 1794 he married Sarah Reno/Reneau. Sarah was born on March 24, 1774. She was the daughter of Charles Reno/Reneau and Elizabeth Tipton.

Ruth Boring Smith (1796; married John Smith),
Orrie Boring Hart (1797, married William Hart),
Isaac Boring (1799, married Catherine Cobb Conner),
John Tipton Boring (1800, married Margaret Howard, Ruth Howard, and Elizabeth Threewet),
William Boring (1802, married Phoebe Proffitt),
Charles Bartley Boring (1805, married Rhoda H. Williams),
Rebecca Boring, (1808 , married John Keys),
Abraham Heiter Boring (1810, married Bertha Martin and Sarah Robinson),
Albert Marshall Boring (1812), and
Betsa Louisa Boring (1813).

In the 1798 tax list, he was in Captain Morrison’s Company.

In 1806 he bought 100 acres from William Boring for $333. Witness, Chaney Boring and Kinsey Rose.

The same year he bought 50 acres on Brush Creek from John Sherfey for $166.67. Witness Ephraim Anderson, William Nelson, and John Crouch.

In 1814, Elijah had 190 acres and was in Captain Heartsell’s Company.

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.


William Boring (1776)

In 1798 he was in Captain Morrison’s Company.

In 1814 he was drafted to serve under Colonel Samuel Bayless.

In 1818 the court ordered that Martin Rorex be appointed guardian to William's children, Ezekiel, John, Fanny, and Patsy Boring.

  In 1824 William Hart married Orra Boren. She married Edward Hicks after he died.  

Greenberry Boring, son of Absolom, was a soldier in the War of 1812.

He married Mary Ruble, daughter of Peter Ruble and Catherine Wirt on Oct 11, 1807.

Greenberry and Mary's children included:
Montgomery Boring (1808),
Peter R. Boring (1809),
Lorenzo Boring ( 1812),
Margaret Boring (1814),
Wesley Boring ( 1816),
Isaac Boring (1818),
George Washington Boring (1820),
Elizabeth Boring (1823),
Emeline Boring (1825, married Wesley David Dyer),
John, Boring (1828),
James M. Boring (1831), and
Solomon V. Boring (1833).



Will Abstract
A-318 Chana Boren:
8 Apr 1834;
wife Jane;
youngest dau Lauretta P. Boren;
land purchased from Jonathan Young mi11 tract joining Ruble, Slagel & the Fain tract;
negroes Cobb, Liddy, Peter, Milly, Harriet, Adam;

dau Serena C. Wilds wife of John A. Wilds - lands on Brush Creek joining Elijah Boren... Cassiday's line ... Douglas tract;

dau Cassandra M. Lyle wife of Sam1. A. Lyle land on Sinking Creek, the mill;

dau Sobrina A. Young wife of Thomas T. Young land on Sinking Creek joining John Howard & Samuel Wright ...1and on which Benjamin Drain lives on Brush Creek ...land from Douglas tract;

dau Lucinda P. Lyle wife of John Lyle ... lands of Mordecai Price & James Cassady;

John Dorsey Boren, grson of Nicholas Boren.

Ex: John A. Wilds, Abraham Hoss, Chana Boren
Wit: Henry Hoss, Abraham Hoss, Benjamin Drane.





Pages 16 – 17 James Boring/Boren 14 Oct 1795
Territory of the United States South of the Ohio River.

In the Name of God Amen I James Boring of the County of Washington and Territory of the United States South of the River As to my Memory Blessed be God do this tenth day of October in the Year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred Ninety five: Make & publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form as followeth that is to Say

First of all I Recommend my Spirit to All Mighty God Who Gave it and my Body to be Buried in a plain and Desent Manner as Soon as convenently Will permit-, my funeral Expences and All my just debts to be paid;

First I give and Bequeath unto my Son William Boring one hundred Acres of land being the part of the Land by me purchased and now live on and possess to him his heirs and assigns for Ever as it is Laid off and was marked by James Stuart Esquire;

Item I give and Bequeath Unto my Son John Doupon Boring one shilling to him his heirs and assignes for Ever;

Item I give and bequeath to my Son Channey Boring one hundred and fifty acres of Land including the hole Improvement by me made to him his heirs and assigns for Ever as is Marked and Surveyed by the Said James Stuart as above;

Item I give an bequeath to my Son James Boring one hundred acres of Land to him his heirs and assigns for Ever as above marked;

Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Rachel Price Wife of Mordecia Price his heirs and assigns (struck through) adjoining the Land of Said Mordecia Price as above;

Item I give and bequeath Unto my Daughter Aborilla More (Moore) fifty acre of Land to her, her heirs and assigns for Ever marked as above;

Item I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Temperance Boring fifty acres of land to her and her heirs and assigns for Ever marked as above;

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Martha Ball fifty acres of Land to her her heirs and assigns for Ever Marked as above;

Item I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Frances Downing fifty acres of Land to her her heirs and assigns for Ever as marked as above;

Item it is my Will and pleasure that Sarah my Wife Shall have full and free Privelge of the Mansion house Wherein I now Live or any other that may (be) Built before my Decease During her Natural Life and all the household furniture With Sufficient Maintenance of the Place here to fore Dismissed unto my Son Chaney Boring and at the Decease of Sarah my Wife All the Said house hold furniture unto my Son Chaney Boring his heirs and assigns for Ever and Last of all I allow that all my funerall Charges and Lawfull Debts due to me and all other matters Either by contract or Bargan I do give and bequeath to my Son Cheney Boring his heirs and assigns for Ever.

And I do hereby apoint my Son Chaney Boring Wholy and Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby Revoking all other Wills and Testaments by me Made before- this Date in Witness Where of I have hear unto Set my hand and Seal this forteenth day of October one thousand Seven hundred and Ninty five.

Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of us Horatio Ford (X) Edward Smith (X)

Signed: James (X) Boren.


October 3, 1990
The Boring Family of Washington County
by Jonesborough Genealogical Society

. . .John III, 1705- ?, who was father of Absolom, c1750-1816. Absolom migrated to Washington County, Tennessee in the late 1700s when his son Greenberry (Greenbury) was 10 years old. The family settled on Brush Creek where Absolom, who has a master builder, constructed a home. When he died he was probably buried near King Springs Road. Absolom and his wife had five sons and five daughters: John, Joshua, Greenberry, who married Mary Ruble, Jacob, who married Alice Green, Amos, who married Anna Hiles, Dorcas, who married Jacob Laudermilk, Abia, Polly, who married Abraham Tipton and one daughter, name not given.

Greenberry Boring, son of Absolom, was a soldier in the War of 1812. He married Mary Ruble, daughter of Peter II and Catherine Wirt Ruble, Oct 11, 1907, and settled in the Boones’ Creek area.

Their children were: Montgomery, b. July 15, 1808, Peter R., b. Nov. 17, 1809, Lorenzo, b. Feb. 14, 1812, Margaret, b. July 24, 1814, Wesley, b. Dec. 2, 1816, Isaac, b. Sept. 27, 1818; George Washington, b. Aug. 27, 1820, Elizabeth, b. Feb. 3, 1823, Emeline, b. April 7, 1825, John, b. Aug. 7, 1828, James M. b. May 27, 1831, and Solomon V., b. Feb. 4, 1833.

Four of the sons, Peter, Lorenzo, George Washington and John, were Methodist ministers and Isaac was a physician. Greenberry Boring died in 1874 at the age of 92. His wife Mary went to Dayton, Ohio to live with her daughter, Emeline, who married David Dyer, and Mary’s two sons Wesley and Solomon. Mary died in Dayton in 1881 with Emeline, Wesley and Solomon at her bedside.

Dr. Isaac Boring, son of Greenberry, and Mary Ruble Boring, b. Sept. 27, 1821 [?], married Nancy Yoakley May 24, 1844 in Washington County. Their children were
Peter Harris, who married Mary Kitzmiller,
Greenbury who settled in Steubenville, Ohio,
John, who married Elizabeth White,
Isaac Newton, who died in Washington County,
Orry, who married Henry Crouch,
Effie, who died young and unmarried and
William Decatur, father of Grace Boring Smith. . .

. . .information on James Boren, an early settler in Washington County, who died Oct. 14, 1795. It is probably that James was a brother of Absolom, James and his wife Sarah had five sons and five daughters; William, John, Dosser, Abraham, who married Elizabeth Ruble, Chancy, who married Lucinda Lyle, James Rachel, who married Mordecia Price, Abinolda, Temperance, Martha, who married a Ball, and Frances.


Washington Co., Tennessee Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions,
February Term
1790, p. 433.

Absolom Boring to pay Jean Oddle for 10 pounds for support of baseborn child from birth;
security: Mordecai Price,
Caleb Odle (Jurat [one who has taken an oath])


From Washington County, Tennessee Wills, 1777-1872 by Goldine Burgne

Chana (Cheney?) Boren April 8, 1834
Wife Jane.
youngest daughter Loretta P. Boren to be educated.
To wife, one secretary, 6 Windsor chairs, large falling leaf table.
Daughter Cyrena C. Wilds, wife of John A. Wilds – 1/2 tract of land in Washington County on Brush Creek adjoining Elijah Boren.
Daughter Casandra Lyle, wife of Samuel A. Lyle – land on Sinking Creek with Mill and water.
Daughter Sabrina A. Young, wife of Thomas T. Young – land on Sinking Creek and another tract where Benjamin Drain lives on Brush Creek.
Daughter Lucinda P. Lyle, wife of John Lyle.
Daughter Lauretta P. Boren. $600 to John Dorsey Boren, grandson of Nicholas Boren.
Executors: John A. Wilds, Abraham Hoss.
Wit.: Nicholas Prescutt, Henry Hoss, Abraham Hoss, Benjamin Drane.
Signed: Chance (?) Boren.


Washington County Divorces, p. 59

Loudermilk, Jacob 22 September 1831 Washington County

Jacob was married in September 1825 to Darias Borim. She returned to her father, Joshua Borin. Petition is accompanied by the signatures of 40 person, including Adam Loudermilk. #63-1831


Washington County, Marriages

BOREN, Abraham married ROBISON, Sarah on 02-MAY-1833
BOREN, Absolem married LITLE, Hannah on 05-OCT-1793
BOREN, Carline married WILLS, John on 30-MAR-1823
BOREN, Chana married PEARCEFIELD, Mary on 21-SEP-1796
BOREN, Dorcas married LAUDERMILK, Jacob on 13-SEP-1825
BOREN, Greenbury married RUBLE, Mary on 11-OCT-1807
BOREN, Nancy married JENKINS, David on 29 January 1825
BOREN, Orry married HART, William on 18-NOV-1824
BOREN, Ruth married Little, John on 11-DEC-1824
BOREN, Ruth married SMITH, John on 16-DEC-1826
BOREN, Sarah married COOPER, Joel on 24-FEB-1830
BORIN, Lucinda married LYLE, John on 09-FEB-1832
BORIN, Rebecca married KEYS, John on 18-FEB-1834
BORING, Absolom married RUBLE, Betsy on 26-APR-1823
BORING, Casandra married LYLE, Samuel on 23 January 1823
BORING, Cheney married COTTON, Elizabeth White on 13-SEP-1790
BORING, Hezekiah married MELVIN, Polly on 25-JUL-1812
BORING, Jacob married GREEN, Alice on 11-FEB-1819
BORING, John Tipton married THREEWIT, Elizabeth on 11-MAR-1823
BORING, Polly married TIPTON, Abraham on 07-FEB-1814
BORING, Tipton married HOWARD, Ruth on 21-MAR-1824
BORING, Vincent married Little, Loisa on 13-MAR-1826
BORRING, Peggy married ODDLE, Caleb on 06 August 1788