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;:-..; v^ - •. TH£ BOGUE FAMILY

As far back as we have any account the Bogue family
were Huguenots in France. On account of the persecu-
tions in France the family went to Holland and afterwards
came to America, They landed at Jamestown and settled
there. They lived in Virginia at the time the governors
were persecuting the '^uakers. Some of them had Joined
the shakers and on account of the persecutions left Vir-
ginia and went down into North Carolina, when it was noth-
ing but a dense wilderness. Our grandfather, John Bogue
was one of this little band of sufferers.

Angelina Pearson.

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John Bogue was the son of Marmaduke and Sarah Bogue.
Sarah's maiden name was Robinson. This is where our re-
lation to the Robinson family comes in.

Marmaduke and his wife came from across the ocean. No date
is given of John's birth,

John Bogue and Lydia V/hite were married on the 19th day
of the 10th month 1797.

Lydia, whose maiden name was i-/hite, was the daughter of John
and Lydia Winslow White, the mother's maiden name being

There were born to John and Lydia White Bogue, two sons and
five daughters, as follows:
John Bogue, oldest, born ^'lay 7, 1799.
Mary Bogue, born l^larch 26, 1801.

Osamond Bogue, born December 28, 1802 - Died in infancy,
date not known. ... ,
Martha Bogue, born August 3, 1805.
Elizabeth Bogue, born April 3, 1808,
Anna W. Bogue, born I-lay 18, 1810.

Lydia Bogue, born August 12, 1813 - died September 18, 1813
age one month and 6 days.

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Lydia, the wife of John Bogue and the mother of
these children died on September 10, 1813, just 8 days
before the death of her infant child, hihe was in her
39th year and died at 1 i^.H. «: r , v;ic> . j >:<i •. ■ nn-
15th John here makes this record: "My four daughters
went to live with their relation on the 13th day of the
11th month, 1813." This was the breaking up of the family.
Just who they went to live \, we do not know, as John
Bogue Jr. was then 14 years old, I judge he stayed with
his Father, llary lived with David White until she was
grown and went up into Randolph County.

From the best information we now have, 1-iartha lived
with her Grandfather //hite, who was a large fleshy woman.
She was a great care, but did not live to be very old.
l^o Elizabeth and .jina lived with I do not know, but they
must have fallen into good hands, as they were well brought
up. They had the principles of Christianity well grounded
as evidence of early training.

H-" A part of this account comes from the old monthly
meeting records of lasquetank, ierquimons and .dbamarle
Counties, North Carolina , Sarah llorgan and Dr. Sam Henley
of North Carolina, .

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The most remote record I have been able to get of the
Bogue fanily commences with great grandfather liamaduke
Bogue, who married Sarah Robinson in llarch of 1767. Duke
died in April 1789. They had a son John, who was our grand-
father, and tvTD daughters, Ilary and oar ah. ot
?.^v ■ ': v<i- : Dr. .:.. Henley • •

John Bogue

John Bogue, son of John and Lydia i'Oiite Bogue, and
brother of the four sisters, married a wealthy Virginia
woman. Ky grandmother said that it was quite the fad for
young men, who lived in the vicinity of Elizabeth City,
to go to Virginia for their wives, but she added coyly
that it did not always txxcn out well. The woman John
Bogue married was given a marriage dower of twenty
slaves, which she took with her into North Carolina. She
had been raised in ease and luxury and she knew little or
nothing of the duties of a housewife, so that her wedded
life was mostly a failure. She lived only a few years,
and left two children, a son named Jol-in and a daughter

John Bogue lived only a short time after his ^d.fe's
death and left his children while they were still small.

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we are led to believe. The slaves were not sold, but were
divided between the two children. John married a woman
whose name was Frances. He never believed in slaves and
never tried to govern them, and let them do as they pleased,
^^en Lincoln's proclamation freed them, he did not have as
many slaves as he had heired from his father's estate.

I do not know who Martha married, but I remember that
she had poor health and that during hot weather she was
afflicted with insanity.

Angelina Pearson

Mary Bpoue Henley
The parents of the four sisters, Mary, Elizabeth,
Anna, ^iartha were John and Lydia »vhite Bogue, who were
born and reared in eastern Virginia. I do not know the
date of their births nor when they left Virginia. They
settled on a farm in Perquimons County, North Carolina,
near illizabeth City. They were members of the Friends
ChTjrch. At one time John Bogue was a member of the N.C.
Legislature. He was an enterprising energetic, ambitious
man. He owned a store of general merchandise, or what
would now be called a department store. He went to ,

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Boston to buy his goods and made his trips by sailing ves=
sels. At one time he was partner in a company that o^vned a
vessel which was captured by pirates. This caused him to
lose most of his property. Before that he had been consid-
ered very wealthy for that time. He never recovered anything
from the government for his loss which was estimated at $50,000,
He was interested in public welfare and encotaraged education.

John Bogue, our grandfather, died on the 12th day of the
8th month, 1817, at Elizabeth City, where he had gone to look
after some political or legal business, having recently been
elected to the Legislature. He must have been a well in-
formed man, as my mother said he did considerable business
for other people, and was from home a great part of the time.
My mother was then sixteen years old and when her father took
sick he sent for her to come and wait upon him. She went and
stayed with him until he died. His sickness was of short dura-
tion. They called his disease brain fever. Their brother
John married down there in that lower country and he too
died in middle life, leaving one son, John, who was the hus-
band of Frances Bogue.

Mary Bogue married Phineas Henley, son of John and
Keziah Henley. He was born in Ranoobh County, N.C. , in 1801.

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They moved to Grant County, Indiana, in 1837. To them were
born five children: Lydia, John, Keziah, ilpheus and i-liza-

Martha Bogue married Thomas ./inslow, who was a widower
with four children: liilicent, Hilton, Emily and Lydia. Their
mother's name was Milicent Nixon, daughter of the elder Dr.
Nixon. Thomas and Martha were distant relatives but just
what I do not know. My father and i-lilicent Nixon were first
cousins, so that Aunt Martha's step-children were our cousins
as well as her own children, who were: Nixnn, John, Nance,
Peniah, Charles and David. They moved to Indiana in 1836.

Elizabeth Bogue married Iredell Rush, under protest, as
Iredell's father Azel did not want his son to marry "Betsy"
as he called her. He said she was as poor as Job's turkey
and they never would do any good. They married all the same
and came to Indiana in 1828. That Iredell made no mistake in
marrying the girl of his choice we can all testify, ^ight
children were born to them: Nixon, Thomas, John, Calvin,
Milicent, Jane, -inna and Mary. •' -

Anna W, Bogue was married to Matthew W'inslow. They
moved to Indiana in 1328 and settled near old Back Creek
meeting house, and later moved to Iowa, -i^ight children were


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born to them as follows: Rufus, John, Lydia, Lavina, Mary,
Josiah, Avis and Annis. Tne last two died in infancy.

uur grandfather, John Bogue, was a marine merchant and
with three partners, Nathan .vinslow, /ocum Newby and Joseph
Jordon, owned a sailing vessel named the ''Three Brothers."
They exported grain, mostly wheat, and brought back merchan-
dise, such as they could find a good market for at New fork,
iortsmouth, Elizabeth City and other coast towns. Joseph
Jordon was captain of the vessel. This was during the time
when the Spanish pirates infested the seas. .Thile on their
last voyage they fell in with one of these pirate vessels and
were all taken prisoners. Their ship with its cargo was confis-
cated and the men taken to some foreign port and turned loose
to make their way back home the best they could. Captain
Jordon, who seemed to have been the only one of the partners on
board at the time, reached home in about a year. This loss
broke John Bogue up, from which he had not recovered or gained
much, if any, at the time of his death. For this reason the
children were left penniless and were thrown upon the hospital-
ity of relatives and friends. They were four remarkable sisters
and left a posterity not to be ashamed of.

I know less about Lydia r'/hite Bogue. I only know that she
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the four daughters, there was one son John. "iTliat I know
about the only early history of the Bogue family was told
me by my grandmother Mary Bogue Henley.

After the death of the mother, the four sisters and
their brother were separated, and the girls lived among
their relatives. Mary lived \ her cousin, David White, near
Elizabeth City, N. C, This was her home for several years.
Early in life she showed an unusual ability in needlework
and while quite young she learned to do tailoring and fine
dressmaking, especially yo\ing ladies' silk wedding dresses.
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the present time, in princess style, with trains. Those
fair, young maidens of ancient days were as fastidious and
appreciated beautiful embroidery as much as the ladies of
today. The front width of one of these dresses was of one
piece and Mary often embroidered it all over and continued
the embroidery around the long train. The ability to deftly
use her needle never left her until extreme old age came on.
When she vas about twenty-one she went to Randolph Coxonty to
live. She liad not been there long until she married rhineas
Henley, after an acquaintance of six weeks. He owned a farm
in that mountainous region and they lived there until their

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fourth child, now Dr. .ilpheus Henley of Fairmount, was born.
They, then in company with Thomas .Vinslow and family, moved
to Grant County, Indiana, in 1836. They bought forty acres
of swampy land in the woods. Here they experienced the
trails and privations of all early settlers. They depended
largely on game, which fortunately was plentiful, Mary,
known best by her friends as "Polly," found ample oppor-
tunity to practice her skill in industry and economy. She still
used her needle, making about all the broadcloth suits and
satin waistcoats for the men members of the Friends church
far and near. She made plain silk bonnets for the women and
girls besides directing her own household. i/hile in North
Carolina, she had accumulated a goodly store of linen and
cotton which she brought \ her. Here in a colder climate
it was necessary to prepare ^woolen cloth which must be spun
and woven in the home. Then all the soap used by the people,
except a little Castile, must be made at home. Nary Henley
made most of hers from grease saved from \d.ld game, especially
fat bears. Physically, she was the most delicate of the four
sisters. Her own stiff ering made her sympathetic and she sup-
plied her neighbors with plasters, ointments and medicines
which she had made herself. I have seen her weep often over


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ested in the education of her children. She kept them in
school as much as it was possible. There were no public
schools then and the cost of books was very high. She did
sewing to meet this expense, sometimes far into the night.
She was the mother of three daughters and two sons: Lydia,
John, Keziah, Alpheus and iillizabeth. She lived to see them
grow into useful men and women of the community, following the
pathways she had marked out for them. During her last days
she was a constant sufferer, mostly from bronchial trouble,
which finally caused her death at the age of seventy- six
years. During all her life she would mildly but firmly up-
hold whatever was moral and righteous and never was cowardly
in upholding the cause of religion. She told me many stories
about her father and their life near the Dismal Swamp. He
was a man who had formed some strong friendships, ^unong those
whom he held dear was a man living in Philadelphia who was a
hatter by the name of Glenn. Grandfather would go on horse-
back to Philadelphia to order hats and to visit with Mr. Glenn,
and lir. Glenn would also visit the Bogue family. For this man,
Dr. Glenn Henley was named.

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was covered with water in most places and was heavily
timbered with swamp cypress and a thick undergrowth of
various kinds, the shallow water being filled with cane or
reeds, occasionally there would be a knoll high enough and
large enough to be tillable; many were very small. Some-
times men would build bridges or causeways to the knolls.
It paid to do that as these places v/ere very rich soil or
muck and would produce wonderfully. Before Grandmother left
there a public road had been built through the swamp to an
important place on the opposite side. People were fearful

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