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. . .