Location: First on east side of US 23; five miles west of Wise. Second on South Fork of Pound; eight miles west of Pound. Third, at Flat Gap on North Fork of Pound.
Date: First 1794. Second about 1810. Third about 1825.
Description: See history.
History: Benjamin Bolling moved
Carolina in 1794 and settled about two miles north
of present town of Esserville,
on state road 620. One son, Jeremiah, then a small
boy, and his wife accompanied
Source of Information: William Bolling, B. J. Bolling. Notes collected in my library.
The First Settlement
Location: Five miles southwest of Wise. On State Road 620. East side, fifty yards from highway. Three miles north of Esserville.
Owners: Settled by Benjamin
by Bolling to an unknown settler. Surveyed by
Alexander Gray. Major Harvey
Description: Described by descendants of Benjamin Bolling as a small one-room round-pole cabin.
History: Benjamin Bolling came
Carolina in 1794 and settled just south of the mouth
of Rocky Fork of Guest
River. While living here, Mrs. Bolling was attacked
by a panther at the
spring one morning and she fought the animal off
with a piggin until her
husband ran to her rescue and shot the panther.
After living here about
two years, Bolling sold his claim for a rifle gun
and two hound pups and
went back to North Carolina. Later he returned with
his son, Jeremiah Bolling,
and settled on the Pound.
The Bolling Powder
Location: On the Pound-Flat Gap
miles east of
Date: About 1772.
Description: Ordinary yard or
of gourd. About 10 inches across bottom (blossom
end), flat, with handle
(stem) cut off about three inches long, into which
powder was poured or
loaded into rifle. It is highly polished by age and
is chocolate brown
Source of Information: Benton Bolling, William Bolling. Notes furnished me by the late William D. McNiel.
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