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BOALS LaRue Francis
Male 1797 -

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  • Birth  09 Feb 1797  Centre County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Person ID  I28630  Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2015 
    Family  UNKNOWN Wife,   b. Abt 1797 
    >1. BOAL Margaret,   b. 26 Mar 1823, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jul 1863, Dakota County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F9134  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Ancestry.com Notes 1 Found in Robert Russell Hileman's genealogy research. Excerpted fromPennsylvania History, July 1953, pages 280-283. "The Boal Family andIts Accomplishments" by J. Thomas Mitchell. town of 'Boals', pronounced in two syllables with the accent on thesecond. It derived its name from that of the lord of the castledominating the village. One of the family was a captain of a ship of theArmada which was supposed to conquer England. Fighting his way throughthe English Channel and the North Sea, the vessel rounded north of theBritish Isles only to suffer shipwreck on the eastern coast of Ireland. doomed to remain there or be captured by the British. Settling inIreland, the Captain met and married an Irish girl, and made a permanenthome in that country. For two hundred years, the Irish Boals were bredwith little thought of their Spanish origin until one of the childrennamed David decided to try his luck in the colonies of the New World. Lancaster and Columbia in Pennsylvania. He joined the Cumberland CountyAssociators during the Revolution as captain of one of its companies andcontinued in the service until 1793. His company was one of those thatoccupied the picket lines between Valley Forge and Philadelphia underGeneral James Potter. revolt of 1798, escaped from the conquering British by hiding in a largechest, which the family still preserves, and arrived in America in thatyear. He then settled near what is now known as the town of Boalsburg,purchased the Blue Spring farm (still in possession of the family), andbuilt a portion of the present residence. one and a half stories high. Later, as money accumulated, he built thetwin chimneyed eastern section of the front of the present dwelling whichis a model of careful carpentry work. The family grew, occupying officesof dignity and authority in the county, one being a member of theAssembly and one an associate judge of the county courts. of a company in the War of 1812. A George Boal was captain of a militiacompany formed in 1833, which strove vainly to enter the Mexican War.The same George also raised a company for the Civil War. It wascommanded by his son, John Boal, who was killed at Averyburg in Sherman'sattack on Richmond in the last days of that conflict. years until Theodore Davis Boal, the natural heir, returned from thewestern state where his father made his residence. Theodore lived for afew years in New York City with his uncle for whom he was named, TheodoreM. Davis, the noted Egyptologist. Later he went to Paris, studied at theEcole des Beaux Arts, and became an architect. While there he marriedMathilde de Lagarde, a daughter of an old Spanish family who were relatedto the family of Christopher Columbus. residences and other buildings both in Denver and in Washington, D.C. Hereturned to Centre County, completed the building of the residence of the'Blue Spring' farm, and designed the Roman Catholic Chapel at StateCollege. About that time it was found necessary to move or destroy theold chapel at the Columbus estate in Spain. Mr. Boal seized theopportunity to acquire its contents and brought them to his home, wherehe erected the simple chapel now to be seen on the property. This chapelcontains two very fine 'old masters' and other interesting paintings ofthe Spanish and French schools of the 'Post Primitive' periods. It holdsvoluminous records of the Columbus family in the form of archives andother documents, as well as some relating to the family of Torquemada,the 'Grand Inquisitor'. All of them are noteworthy historically. vestments as well as carved chairs and chest. There is also a very oldsilver reliquary containing two pieces of the 'True Cross', this beingaccompanied by an authenticating document in the form of an episcopalletter identifying them. early David Boal and an interesting collection of nineteenth centuryequipages. In this place also, very tastefully arranged, is a variedcollection of firearms and other weapons of more than a hundred yearsago. Here there is also to be found such items as chain-mail, pikes,spears, swords, and other weapons of still earlier days. organizations of that kind, which he offered to lead in the Americanattempt to capture and punish Franco Villa. While this troop was notaccepted, it continued its existence, enlisted in the first World War,and was finally sent to France. At that time the then Major Boal wasserving on the staff of General Muir of the 28th division. that war, serving first with one of the crack French regiments and laterjoining the Lafayette Escadrille. In that service he flew repeatedlyover his father, then Colonel Boal, who was in the attack of the Americantroops at Chateau Thierry. Upon returning to his home, Captain PierreBoal became attached to the American Foreign Service, in which he enjoyeda distinguished career, reaching the rank of ambassador. Spring farm has been renovated and made an object of historical interestto all Americans.