Elijah Boardman

During the late 1700's our first president of the United States, George Washington was serving his final terms. Also at this time, George signed the Treaty of Greenville, this ended the Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Country and limited strategic parcels of land to the north and west. Before the 1800s, most people who called Ohio home earned their living through farming. Ohio's original settlers were the Native Americans. In 1803, Ohio formerly part of Connecticut, became the 17th state. A major transportation development occurred during the middle of the 1800s that continued through the late 1880s. In the year of 1830, the first railroad system was born. These railroads dramatically expanded traffic, and they were not very safe or efficient. These railroads ultimately did amazing things and worked wonders for the United State's economic activity and agriculture.

Elijah Boardman is the man who was credited for finding Medina County in the late 1700's. In September 1795, Boardman became a member of the Connecticut Land Trust, and a buyer of the Connecticut Western Reserve which is now part of northern Ohio. WIth Elijah gaining all this land I believe this is why Elijah moved west to Ohio. Elijah was in Business with a man with the last name Canfield, there is now a town in Ohio called Canfield and also one called Boardman which are named after them. This allowed Boardman and his associates to two townships located there, one being Medina. Elijah is significant because Medina wouldn't have been founded without him.

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Battle of White Plains

Battle of White Plains

The troop that Elijah Boardman served in went to the Battle of White Plains in Washington. The Battle of White Plains was a military conflict between Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in North America during the American Revolutionary War in the late 1770's. This painting shows American soldiers fighting against Britain, one who could be that of Elijah Boardman. Image Courtesy: Land of the Brave View File Details Page

Battle of Trenton

Battle of Trenton

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, although he was only sixteen years old, Elijah enlisted into the military. Under Captain Isaac Bostwick, Boardman served in the 7th Connecticut Provincial Regiment also known as the 19th Continental Regiment, raised by the Continental Congress which was later under the command of Colonel Charles Webb. This regiment served at the Battle of White Plains and retreated with George Washington's army to Pennsylvania in late 1776, it then participated in the Battle of Trenton. Image Courtesy: Library of Congress View File Details Page

Elijah Boardman

Elijah Boardman

In addition to his business pursuits, Boardman was active in local and state politics after 1800. He became a member of the State Lower House of Representatives and served from 1803 to 1805 and again in 1816. He was elected to the State Upper House in 1817 and continued to serve until 1819 when he was elected to the Connecticut State Senate. In 1821 Elijah Boardman was elected to the United States Senate as a Democratic Republican, where he served from March 4 of that year, until his death in 1823. Image Courtesy: Met Museum View File Details Page

Elijah's wife & daughter

Elijah's wife & daughter

In 1792, Boardman married Mary Anna Whiting. They had six children. Two of their sons, William Whiting Boardman and George Sherman Boardman, attended the Litchfield Law School. Two of their daughters, Caroline Boardman Schroeder and Mary Anna Boardman, attended the Litchfield Female Academy. This is a picture of Elijah's wife and one of his daughters. The portrait celebrates domestic happiness and material abundance painted by Ralph Earl. Mrs. Boardman wears a fashionable silk dress. William holds a silver "coral and bells," a christening gift that served as rattle, whistle, teething aid, and amulet to ward off evil spirits. Image Courtesy: New Milford Historical Society View File Details Page

Boardman House

Boardman House

When the war ended, Elijah and his brother entered the business life. In 1781, they built a store and he continued his business until 1819. Eventually, Elijah was considered to be one of the wealthiest men of New England. As part of his travels, he visited Ohio, where he founded the town of Boardman. He then married Mary Anna Whiting on September 25, 1792. He built the "Boardman" house, which still stands in New Milford for him and his wife. By this time, he had also opened a second shop outside from his brothers, which was in Litchfield County, Ohio. Image Courtesy: American Gallery View File Details Page

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Emma Park , “Elijah Boardman ,” Discover Medina, accessed March 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/204.

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