An American Family History

Peter Bolin

Bolin is a Swedish ornamental name composed of the elements bo ‘farm’ + -lin, suffix of Swedish family names. Other spellings include Bolen, Boling.

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

Fayette County is in southwestern Pennsylvania, adjacent to Maryland and West Virginia. It was created on September 26, 1783, from part of Westmoreland County.

Peter Bolin was born between 1760 and 1770.

Anna Bolin Taylor was born in May, 1783 in Pennsylvania.

In 1790 there was a Peter Bolin in Beford, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of two men over 16 and 4 females.

In 1800 there were at least six "Bolin" familes in Pennsylvania: Christian Bolen in Montgomery, George Bolen in Straban, John Bolen in Washington, Philip Bolin in Adams, Jan Bowlen in Fayette, and Peter Bowlin in Somerset.

The family became early pioneers in Ohio.

Mary Bolen Taylor was born about 1805 in Ohio

He (Peter Bolan) lived in Butler, Montgomery, Ohio in 1830. He lived near the Staley family.

1830 census for Peter Bolin

A man between 50 and 60 - Peter
A woman between 50 and 60
A man between 30 and 40
A woman between 20 and 30
A girl between 15 and 20
Two girls between 5 and 10
Two girls under 5

Peter Boling came to Dinsmore Township in 1834 from Montgomery Count, Ohio.

On October 9, 1835 cash entry land sale for Section 24, Township 7-S, Range 6-E was entered.
The Public Land Survey System is used to survey and spatially identify land parcels in the United States.
  • Range is the distance east or west from a referenced principal meridian in units of six miles.
  • A Section is approximately a one-square-mile block of land. There are 36 sections in a township.
  • A Township is a parcel of land of 36 square miles or a measure of the distance north or south from a referenced baseline in units of six miles.
  • Bedford County, Pennsylvania was created on March 9, 1771 from part of Cumberland County.
    American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.


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