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Bio Johann Heinrich Bohland Family

    John Boland came to America as a mercenary Hessian soldier from Hesse-Cassel, Germany, during the early part of the American Revolutionary War.  This was during the time when Great Britain hired mercenary Hessian soldiers to fight her cause against the American Colonials. He was in the 3rd Company of the von Ditfurth Regiment according to his troop roster and that unit  was part of the First Hessian Division.

    Part of the Battalion Block arrived in America on 25 July 1776 and the majority of the units arrived in the middle of August 1776. South Carolina Archives shows John Boland and others guarded prisoners for seven days at the Newberry Goal (Jail). Since this document is dated 22 February 1779, it is thought that John Boland probably came to South Carolina 1778.  He was enticed to joined the South Carolina Frontier Militia as a forager, deserting the British. For his military service on the South Carolina Frontier from 1779 to 1783 he purchased, or was awarded for his service a sizable tract of land.

    Johann Heinrich Bohland, born about 1752, died 1832, married 1) Widow (Kuntz) Counts, died about 1785, married 2) Anna Catherine Feltman, born 1758/68 daughter of George Feltman (Felpman) and wife, Elizabeth.  All three are believed to be buried in Boland Family Cemetery #3, Little Mountain, SC.

    Based on the information gathered by Velma Urquhart Klayder and published in her book "Urquharts, Coffey, Boland, and Allied  Families of The South": it is believed that Anna Catherine Feltman, daughter of George Feltman was likely the second wife of John Boland. They were the only Felpman (Feltman) family shown in the South Carolina census in 1790.

    Child of Johann Heinrich Bohland and his first wife,  the "Widow" Counts:

I. Abraham Boland, born 20 May 1784 Little Mountain, Ninety-Six District, SC, died 12 January 1837 Little Mountain, Newberry County, SC; married Eve Christina Sease, born 13 July 1787, died 11 November 1851 Little Mountain, SC, daughter of John Mark Sease and Nancy Shirer.  Both buried Boland family cemetery #3, Little Mountain, SC.  All children born in Little Mountain, Newberry County, SC.

Children of Johann Heinrich Bohland and Anna Catherine Feltman:

II. Barbara Boland, born before 1790, died about 1814 Little Mountain, Newberry County, SC; married about 1813, Jesse McCartha, born about 1780, died 1866, buried Cemetery #150, Coogler Graveyard (Under Lake Murray).

III. Henry Boland, born about 1791, died 17 September 1866 Lexington County, SC; married 1) Rebecca George born between 1793-1803; married 2) Mary A. E. Roof, born about 1814, died 16 February 1859.  Henry and Mary are buried at Boland Family Cemetery.

Child of Henry Boland and Rebecca George:

IV. John Boland, Jr, born 1791, died after 1872; married Regina Catharina _____.

V. Adam Boland, born about 1795

VI. David Boland, born 1798, died after 1860 Bremond, Roberton County, TX; married before 1824, Mary Cedelle Jones, born 1806 Orange County, NC, died after 1880 Bremond, Roberton County, TX.

VI. William Boland, born about 1799.

VIII.  Mary Boland, born about 1800.

IX. Jacob Boland, born 1804 died May 1874 Columbus, Muscogee County, GA; married in Houston, Bibb County, GA, Mary Esther Tinsley.

X. George Boland, born about 1806.

Contact: Don Whitaker

Bio posted 25 May 2004

Additions by: David L. Smith, 24 May 2012