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On December 16, 1773, a group of Boston citizens protested the British tax on tea imported to the colonies. Although most provisions of the Townshend Acts, taxing imports to the colonies, were repealed by Parliament, the duty on tea was retained to demonstrate the power of Parliament to tax the colonies. The citizens of Boston would not permit the unloading of three British ships that arrived in Boston in November 1773 with 342 chests of tea. The royal governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson, however, would not let the three ships return to England until the duty had been paid. On the evening of December 16, a group of Bostonians, instigated by the American patriot Samuel Adams and many of them disguised as Native Americans, boarded the vessels and emptied the tea into Boston Harbor. When the government of Boston refused to pay for the tea, the British closed the port.

("Boston Tea Party," Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia)

One hundred and sixty-five years ago last December 1938, this story begins. On the anniversary of the dumping of the cargo of tea in Boston Harbor that started war between America and England. The names of the three vessels that carried the tea were Eleanor, Beaver, and Dartmouth. The tea was thrown overboard. A few days before Christmas 1773, on one of these three vessels came two young men as passengers from England to make their homes in the New World. One was John Boultinghouse and his brother whose given name I do not know. The two brothers enlisted in the American Army and helped win the independence of what is today our United States of America. After the war was over, John Boultinghouse went into one of the Carolinas and married and had quite a large family.

(Information contained in a letter written by John Sherman Boultinghouse, great-great-grandson of John Boultinghouse) *Please note that there are questions as to the accuracy of this information
Boultinghouse Mountain - Smithwick, Texas

About 1852, Daniel Boultinghouse (1795 - 1867), settled near Boultinghouse Mountain, so named because he killed so many bear in the area. Daniel married Sarah Brown in White County, Illinois in 1817. Sarah died about 1846 in Scott County, Arkansas.

Smithwick Cemetery - Smithwick; Burnet; Texas

Smithwick Cemetery is located 11 miles east of Marble Falls, Texas on FM 1431. There are at least 38 Boultinghouse graves in this cemetery.

Boultinghouse Cemetery - near Waldron; Scott; Arkansas

Going North on Highway 71B (Main Street of Waldron) just after you enter onto Highway 71, the cemetery is on the left side of the highway in a pasture and under a large tree.

Boultinghouse Family Genealogy Forum

A History of the Boultinghouse Family & A Collection of Civil War Era Letters

John Boultinghouse arrived in Boston in 1773. Follow him and his heirs from the Boston Tea Party through the Carolinas, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, and Texas. Find out how Boultinghouse Prairie got it's name. Read Nancy Boultinghouse Carroll's poignant letter (a copy of the original in her own handwriting) detailing her husband's murder in Scott County, Arkansas. Also included are the lineages of Johan Braun and Daniel Carroll. Census records, the estate papers of Daniel Boultinghouse, Sr., photographs, cemetery records, and the history of Boultinghouse Mountain are a few of the treasures in this book.

Whether you are a Boultinghouse researcher or a Civil War enthusiast, these letters offer a wonderful insider view of the every day lives of Daniel Brown Boultinghouse and his wife, Mary Jane (Russell) Boultinghouse, as they are separated by war.

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