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Finding Bosman and Bozman in 1600s Maryland and Virginia history one may suspect those in 1700 North Carolina to be connected. Only a few counties of North Carolina were formed along the eastern coastline, as the rest of the state still belonged to the Native Americans. One William Bozman of Maryland in the 1600s claimed to be a Native American, yet many others arriving into America were also intermarried with the indians.

Nothing is known about Mordecai's ( b 1735 NC) grandmother nor his wife, who would have been the mother of Peter, John and James. John married a full blood Cherokee and moved to Mississippi.

Then we have Ralph Bozeman who left Virginia:
Name: Ralf Boazman
State: NC
County: Perquimans County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1720
Database: NC Early Census Index

Bozman, George,Somerset Co.,15th Aug., 1733;
27th Sept., 1739.
To wife (unnamed), 1/3 estate, balance to be divided equally between children. Testator desires that his sons Levin, Daniel, and Philloman should be taught to read, write and cipher as far as the rule of 3. He also desires in case of wife remarrying that sons
Daniel and Philloman be bound to some good trade at age of 16. Ex.: ––. Test: William Jones, Sarah Jones and William Bozman.

Peter Bosman was in Northampton County by 1676.

Brothers Ambrose, Henry, and Ralph were early settlers in Isle of Wight County; Ambrose by 18 Feb. 1664, Henry by 18 Feb 1685, and Ralph by 21 Sept. 1674. (Note: I do not yet have proof that Ralph is the brother of Ambrose and Henry)

Symon Bosman surveyed land on the north side of the York River in Virginia by 12 June, 1648. (Note: I wonder if this means he was a surveyor or if this is a term for staking out a claim. By the way, does anyone know if Symon was killed in the indian massacre which took place in 164? on the north side of the York River. Over 300 settlers were killed and the governor ordered that no one could settle north of the river.)

Harman Boseman was in Charles City County by Sep 14 1677. He inherited land from his father.

Thomas mentioned in Will of 1734 Prince William County Virginia

So many in the early history of America!
Land Office Grants - Full View of Record Patent Title Crenshaw, Thomas. Publication 20 August 1745.
Other Format Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41. Note Location: Isle of Wight County.
Description: 245 acres on the south side of Nottaway River. Beg.g at a pine on the north side of Arthurs Swamp a corner of Joseph West’s land,
also adjoining the land of Samuel Bozman
&c. Source: Land Office Patents No. 22, 1743-1745 (v.1 & 2 p.1-631), p. 439 (Reel 20). Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land issued by the Secretary of the Colony serving as the colonial Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia. Subject - Personal Crenshaw, Thomas. grantee. West, Joseph. Bozman, Samuel.
Subject - Topical Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Virginia -- Isle of Wight County Subject -Geographic Isle of Wight County (Va.) -- History -- 18th century Genre/Form Land grants -- Virginia -- Isle of Wight County. Added Entry Virginia. Colonial Land Office. Patents, 1623-1774. Library of Virginia. Archives. System Number 000742107
Many of us have census records that show the same person born in NC in one record and SC in another. A one page article in Georgia Genealogical Magazine Vol 33, 128-9 pg 217 by Albert Bruce Pruitt helps explain how this may come about. 1) the final NC/SC boundary was not established until 1815. 2) Before that deeds were often "willy nilly" recorded in either NC or SC. 3) In particular Rutherford County, NC deeds may have been recorded in Spartanburg District, SC after it was formed in 1785.

1753--James BOSMAN sells 100 ac on N. side of Tar R. to Wm. Ruglis.

Then several served in the War for Independence.
Death: (POST) 6 May 1819 MONROE CO ALABAMA
Service Description: 1) MILITIA 96TH DIST,
Comments (Overview ) 1) SC A.A #627; STUB INDENTS, BK W#359, P.247
Residence 1) 96 DIST - SOUTH CAROLINA SpouseNumber Name 1)SUSANNAH
MemberIDAppsAdd Vol. Child/Spouse Number/Spouse728201 LEWIS / [1] DEMPSY 594580 706 DAVID / [1] ELIZABETH POOL 787433 LEWIS / [1] DEMPSEY 803042 LEWIS / [1] DEMPSEY
Most of Philemon's family were found as early settlers of Alabama and could have possibly been relatd to Mordecai and his son Peter.

Ralph served in the War and migrated to Florida
1790 United States Federal Census
Name: Ralph Bosman Township: St James Goose Creek
County: Charleston State: South Carolina
Cherokee Land Lottery in Georgia then to Florida

Birth: 14 APR 1756 in Bladen County North Carolina
Death: 21 SEP 1821 in River Falls, Covington, Alabama
Note: Revolutionary War Soldier - Seige of Augusta, Georgia DAR Patriot Index, national Society of the Daughters of theAmerican RevolutionDiamond Jubilee Admin. Washington: 1966 Page 72"as a private he served in the Militia during teh Rev. War.
Samuel Bozeman took part in the Seige of Augusta, Ga. on the side of the colonies. He was accompanied by two of his sons,Joseph and Jacob. Additional supporting proof previously furnished to DAR by Nat. No. 525327

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Name: Joseph Bozman Birth Date: 1750 Birthplace: North Carolina
Volume: 17 Page Number: 163 Reference: Heads of fams. at the first U.S. census. NC. By U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington, 1908. (292p.):33

There is a chance that Samuel may have been the brother of Mordecai - perhaps Mordecai had several brothers.

Peter, son of Mordecai, was a wealthy planter, giving hundreds of acres of land to his children and grandchildren in Darlington SC. In 1826 his land was surveyed and he began the journey to Alabama. His brother John had already migrated south in 1823 while Philemon's son John Lewis Bozeman had bought land in Alabama in 1824. While Peter's land record of Montgomery has not been found, his estate sale has been discovered and his son Jesse bought land in 1827.

The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
SCMAR, Volume VII Number 2, Spring, 1979 Darlington County Memorialized Records
SCMAR, Vol. VII, Spring 1979, No. 2, p.74
3rd. An Administration on the Estate of JOHN CARTER
granted to Joseph Anderson May intermediate Court 1794. Securitys to Bond William Standard and
Peter Boazman, penalty One hundred pounds Sterling.

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
Name: Peter Boseman
Birth Date: 175?
Birthplace: South Carolina Volume: 16 Page Number: 159
Reference: Heads of Fams. at the first U.S. census. SC. By U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington, 1908. (150p.):49


Documentation continues to surface as researchers dig deeper ! .

Verification of the lineage into Virginia and Maryland in the 1600s is only possible as researchers continue to locate tax records, church tithings, wills, and land documents. Step by step we get a little closer to the facts.

Cousin Jimmy Ray and his daughter took everything we have found regarding Peter of Darlington and had him recognized by the DAR and then the SAR, so soon cousin Hazel joined and others are applying. The DNA tests connect Peter to Mordecai as well as the book written, Sketches of Bozeman printed in 1885, and is copied within my pages.


Thanks to all my cousins for their contributions and research of the Bozeman Clan, Elizabeth and the Gibson Family, Pamela, Hazel, Bobbie, Wayne, Richard, William, Jimmy, Sharon, and of course Steve at was my first internet contact when I began this journey. Wayne and Jimmy found many records in the Archives which are copied within this research.

Reverend James Bozeman of Deatsville is now working the Covington County lineage of John Lewis Bozeman to