BOLING, George W.

George W. BOLING, one of the prominent planters of Marshall County, Miss., was born in Madison County, Ala., near Hazel Green, March 21, 1818.  He is a son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Worthy) BOLING.  The father was born in Virginia in 1790 and died in Lawrence County, Ala., January 1, 1843.  The mother was born in 1790,  in Chester County, S.C. and died in Lawrence County, Ala., in 1880.  They moved to Alabama in 1816.  The father and mother were both members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he was a most successful farmer.  Our subject was the sixth child of eleven children. After finishing his education he commenced farming.  In 1849 he moved to Marshall County, Miss., bought land there and has since made it his home, and before the war was one of the most extensive cotton planters in the county, owning a great many slaves; his losses by the war was enormous, his slaves being freed, and the Federal soldiers burned a large quantity of cotton for him, but since then he has acquired a large estate by his energy and perseverance and owns in Fayette County and in Marshall County, Miss., over 1,600 acres of land.

Mr. BOWLING has been married three times, first to Miss Elizabeth WALTON, and by this marriage had five children; the mother died in 1856; he then married Mrs. Felicia O. KEY whose maiden name was Bowers; they had three children, and she died November 3, 1869, and our subject married Miss Laura BROOKS who died July 6, 1880, and two children were born to this marriage.  Of the ten children to the three marriages five are living. Mr. BOWLING is a Democrat.  He is not a church member but is in sympathy with the Missionary Baptist Church and a man of fine moral character.  He is a resident of Marshall County, Miss.

Source:  Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, 1887.