According to Hugh B. Johnston in a report in 1961 in regard to the Stricklands of IOW… “There does not appear to be reliable documentary evidence of his presence in Isle of Wight county earlier than 1678.”
His reference is evidently the patent on Kingsale Swamp.
Mathew Strickland received 2 large patents… one for 902 acres near Kingsale Swamp in 1678… another several miles north on the Blackwater River for 1802 acres in 1680.
“Matthew STRICKLAND appears to have settled about 1678 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, where he passed the rest of his life. On June 6, 1687, Matthew (M) STRICKLAND gave a power of attorney to John BROWN to execute a deed to William EVANS “by reason of my nonability to travel to court held for this County the 9th of this Instant June” in Isle of Wight County, witnessed by Richard (RB) BOOTH and Elizabeth (S) STRICKLAND.”
On June 6, 1687, Mathew (x) and Elizabeth (E) STRICKLAND of the Lower Parish deeded to William EVANS of the Upper Parish for 4,000 pounds of tobacco in cask 800 acres in the Lower Parish between the Main Swamp of King Sail and Beaver Dam Branch adjoining William COLLINS (from a tract of 902 acres patented by the said STRICKLAND on September 26, 1678, of which 102 acres had been leased to Thomas JONES for ninety-nine years on November 6, 1682, witnessed by John BROWN, Richard (RB) BOOTH, and Robert ® LAWRENCE.
Richard Booth and John Brown had nearby property at Kingsale Swamp. This is just north of the Nansemond County line. The upper patent on the Blackwater River is where Thomas Boon was located.
Hugh B. Johnston was of the opinion that Mathew Strickland “Sr” died intestate about 1696… He seemed confident of these sons:
Children of Matthew and Elizabeth STRICKLAND Sr.
· Matthew Strickland, Jr.
· William STRICKLAND
· Samuel STRICKLAND
· Joseph STRICKLAND
· John STRICKLAND
(note the upper patent… look under my scribbling to the base map… it is a historic USGS map made about 1919 or so… you can clearly see “HORSE SWAMP”)
December 8, 1702, Mathew (M) STRICKLAND sold Thomas BOON for 12,000 pounds of tobacco in cask 300 acres in the Lower Parish on Horse Swamp, Blackwater, First Branch, Gum Branch, and the Arthur WHITEHEAD line, witnessed by William JOLLY, James JOLLY, and Adam MURRAY.
On April 26, 1714, Mathew (M) and Anne (A) STRICKLAND (Deed Book 1, pp. 398/399) Newport Parish sold Joseph JACKSON for 4,400 pounds of tobacco 300 acres where they were living north of Main Blackwater adjoining Ann POPE, Thomas BOONE, and Cypress Branch (from a grant of 1,803 acres to my father Mathew STRICKLAND on April 20, 1680), witnessed by William CRUMPLER and John WILLIAMS. (Deed Book 2, 1704-1715, p. 269).
In 1705 Thomas Boon “for eight hundred pounds good tobacco” sold 75 acres to John Long “being a part of a former patent of Wm Williams” “formerly Thomas Curby’s line” “by ye main Blackwater”. Also stated as a reason for selling was he was “hereunto moveing”. (the William Williams who owned this land was from just a few patents over in IOW near George Anderson)
Thomas Boon quickly sells 75 acres to John Long… but he kept 75 acres “apparently”… the question to me is did he “move” from the Horse Swamp property?
William Williams got 2 patents on the south side of Blackwater:
Williams, William. grantee.
Land grant 28 October 1702.
Isle of Wight County.
Description: 600 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp. Beg.g &c. on the top of the hill by the run of the said swamp &c.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 9, 1697-1706 (v.1 & 2 p.1-742), p. 474 (Reel 9).
Williams, William. grantee.
Land grant 24 April 1703.
County location not given.
Description: 400 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 9, 1697-1706 (v.1 & 2 p.1-742), p. 519 (Reel 9).
The above property that Thomas Boon purchased was several miles south of the “Horse Swamp” land… it was just a few miles west of Mathew Strickland’s patent in Kingsale:
Of interest also is the William Browne property several miles west of Thomas Boon’s new land. I’ve never found a Virginia patent for this property and suspect it was all accomplished in North Carolina, which was unusual this far north into Virginia. Browne had a smaller patent that WAS in the Virginia records. William Browne died 1718 and about 1720 his widow deeded this land to William Boon. I think that the wife of William Boon was Browne’s sister Elizabeth (more later).
I really can’t make a conclusion of what is going on with this Thomas… was this foray south to the Kingsale area just an investment? He still has the land on the “upper” Mathew Strickland patent and he is dealing 1713/1714. Did he move? Is it important? A later tax list of Chowan County, NC mentions one Thomas Boon as “a Virginian”… this seems to be him. So I assume it is this guy who gets the 1724 Virginia patent on the NC/VA border at Meherrin River. Stay with me now… around 1720 a Thomas Boon in Chowan County is referred to as Thomas Boon “Junior”. What the hell??? If the North Carolina deed smiths are differentiating between an “older” and a “younger” T. Boon then we may be looking at 3 Thomas Boons alive and kicking at the same time. I gotta have a drink! Good Grief!
Thomas Boon is referenced in this 1713 deed… This is Mathew Strickland “Jr” and wife Anne:
Matthew (M) STRICKLAND made his will in Isle of Wight County on July 14, 1730, and it was probated on October 25, 1730. His wife was Anne Brasswell.
The next patent I find for Thomas Boon is 1724… this is next to where Carolus Anderson gets his patent in 1726… it is on the VA and NC border at the Meherrin River.
I just threw in that 1790 patent to keep you on your toes… there was a Thomas Boon associated with that first 1724 patent all those years and beyond… I wanted to stress the “Carolina Line” bit…
Ratcliff Boon seems to stay on the old Thomas Boon property on Horse Swamp (acquired from Mathew Strickland)… Ratcliff dies about 1752… his son adds a few acres in 1771:
Ratcliff Boon appears to die intestate about 1752 or so when he divides his land to his sons:
1715 -The Great Book, p. 123 (Isle of Wight Co, VA)
– March 8, Ratcliff received a 200 acres lease, adjoining his father
-(recorded Nov 25, 1717)-lease was released March 10, 1715 (wife is listed as Olive)
1723 – The Great Book, p. 591
-Oct 28-Thomas Boon & Elizabeth Boon, his wife, gave a lease deed of 180 acres, adjoining Ratcliff Boon (their son) on Horse Swamp, rec. Nov 25, 1723.
1740 Deed Book 5, p. 591 (Isle of Wight Co, VA)
-March 23-Ratcliff bought 75 acres, adjoining his own acreage, part of a patent of Matthew Strickland
1745 -Deed Book 7, p. 258 (Isle of Wight Co, Va)
-Nov 25-Ratcliff deeded 140 acres adjoining his other acreage to his son, James, witnessed by Thomas Boon
1752 -Deed Book 8, page 444 (Isle of Wight Co, VA)
-Ratcliff deeded 150 acres on the north side of Main Blackwater Swamp to his son, Ratcliff Jr, witnessed by another son, Jamed, recorded March 5, 1752
1752 -Deed Book 8, page 463 (Isle of Wight Co, VA)
-Ratcliff deeded his plantation, 150 acres, to his son, Jacob-recorded June 4, 1752
From the deeds above it appears Ratcliff Boon had three sons… Ratcliff Jr, James and Jacob. (I have not attempted to trace James and Jacob).
The patent of 1771 shown above is for Ratcliff Boon Junior… grandson of Thomas Boon… he leaves a will in Isle of Wight about 1795. There is a Chancery Court case about 1799 which lists his widow Patience and sons William, Jesse and Sion. (Notice that the land description references Horse Swamp and “Stricklings” property… it was in the family for over 100 years).
My interest in the Boons are the (possible?) other sons of Thomas Boon Sr. It is easy to throw your hands in the air, storm off, get stinking drunk and swear off genealogy forever when trying to dig up these bones. They proliferated like rabbits and used the same names to great confusion. I think I’ll stick to the land and neighbors…
One Thomas Boon removed from IOW around 1723 and settled nearby to Carolus Anderson on the VA/NC border at Maherrin River. Carolus got his patent about 1726… he died 1752 and his will was witnessed by Nicholas and William Boon. Also nearby was Thomas Pitman.
One William Boon leaves a single record that I have found in IOW…
Note that Philip “Pearce” is of Bertie County, NC. The Pierce, Wrayford (Rayford) properties in IOW were within a mile or so of the Boon home property of the original Strickland patent. Philip Pierce is selling some of his (inherited) land in IOW and he likely is in NC when this deed is initiated. The 3 witnesses… Rayford, Geo Pearce and William Boon are likely sons of the original IOW fathers. At this date of 1731 they are likely also living in Bertie County (which was carved from the earlier CHOWAN County).
A 1721 Chowan tax list has 4 Boons:
Thomas A Boone
A 1723 Jury list for BERTIE County (Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1723, CSR Volume 25, Pages 184-209) has 2 Boons:
Tho: Boon, Jn’r
(three names below Thomas is the name “Elias Fourd”… that would be Elias Fort, who witnessed the will of Carolus Anderson’s mother in 1732)
And note this militia list from 1720… Joseph, Nicholas, Thomas and William Boon: Note also that this is the Meherrin River area.
All of these Boons are obviously born prior to 1700. Note also that one Thomas Boon of these 1720ish records appears to be a “Junior”… the one on the 1721 Chowan list is Thomas “A” Boone (remember that the IOW Thomas had a “mark” of a capital T with a B on the stem. (see the 1705 deed above).
This is purported to be a tax list of 1722… note that he is designated “Virginian”. Perhaps to differentiate him from the T. Boons of North Carolina? Perhaps he is living north of the Meherrin River and is considered to still be a Virginan who simply also owns land in NC?
Back to William Boon… note the witnesses… the Strickland sons are in the same neighborhood…
Deed Book C, Page 161. (Nov. Court 1729)… Bertie County, NC. William Powell of Isle of Wight County, Va. to James Millikin, 20 pds for 200 acres on NS Roanoke River, bounded by deed given from William Boon, on Beaverdown Branch, part of a patent of 600 acres granted William Boon on March 5, 1712. Wit: William Strickland , John Strickland & Jos. Strickland
William Boon died intestate; he was married to Elizabeth ____. No one has figured out his heirs… if any. My guess is that he was still alive per the 1731 Pierce deed mentioned earlier. But his brothers begin dying off about this time (Joseph Boon died 1728… James Boon died 1733… Nicholas left a will but no death date).
Oddly enough, William Boon had adjoining property to James Anderson near Occoneeche Neck and the Roanoke River… all near modern Halifax, NC. James was the brother of Carolus Anderson.
CHOWAN PRECINCT NORTH CAROLINA Chowan Co., NC Deed Book B #1
pg. 145, James ANDERSON of Chowan Prect. to Robert SIMS of the Prect. afrsd. 11 Nov. 1720, 20 pounds sterling, 100 acres on a Cypress Swamp that makes into Morattock river, joining William BOON, the Cypress Swamp, a Gum Pond and James ANDERSON’s fence, part of a Pattent to William BRASSWELL dated 4 Mar. 1711/12. Wit.: Henry SIMS (his mark), Henry WHEELER. Ack. 5 7ber 1721 by Henry SIMS before me Fred JONES, Ch. Just. Reg. 17 Sept. 1721.
1377 2 Sep 1721 William Boon of Albemarle Co and Elizabeth Boon to Robert Sims of same, 10L 200 a NS Morattock Riv upon the SS of a Cypress Br, joining William Powell and the Br now in the actual possession of the sd. Sims, part of a Patent granted to William Boon 5 Mar 1711/2, Wit Joseph Boon, Nicholas Boon. Ack 5 Sep 1721 by John Bryan by virtue of a Power of Atty from William and Elizabeth Boon.
1378 2 Sep 1721 William Boon of Albermarle Co and Elizabeth Boon to Henry Sims of same, 15L, 200 a joining the Beaverdam Br, William Powell, William Brasswell and John Pace, now in the acutal possession of Henry Sims, part of a patent for 600 a granted to William Boon 11 Nov 1720. Wit Nicholas Boon, Joseph Boon, ack 5 Sep 1721 by John Bryan by virture of power of atty from William and Eliz Boon.
[Bertie County] William Boone and wife Elizabeth to Hubbard Gibson Sr to daughter Mary November 13, 1727 6 pounds 10 sh for 100 ac on NS Marttock River -Cypress swamp-Beaverdam Swamp adj; Wm Strickland Sr. Robt Sims, Nathan Cooper Thomas Boon Jurat Nov Court 1727 (this is still the Occoneechee property in 1727)
It appears that William Boon had at least 2 patents in the Occoneeche area… 600 acres in 1712 and another 600 acres in 1720.
But these 1721 deeds cause me to be a little suspicious… Wm Boon is cited as “of Albermarle Co” and not Chowan… he also had John Bryan as his power of attorney which seems to indicate he may have been living near the Maherrin River near Carolus Anderson?
William Boon to Carolus Anderson, May 13, 1728 , ” for and in Consideration of a full and Valuable Consideration in money to me in hand already paid by Carolus Anderson” 200 A part of 423 Ac tract granted to Boon Dec. 3, 1720, on Meherrin River, “Beginning at a hickory tree upon the Great gutt thence running by line of marked trees adjoyning to Jos Boon to the river so down the river to the Country line and along the Country line to the river agin thence down the river to the Great Gutt begun upon and up to the beginning place” Willm (X) Boon Wits: Richard(R) Bayley, Natha Cooper Bertie prect., May Court
Note the above William Boon is illiterate and signs with an “X“.
15 July 1721 James Boon of Albemarle Co and Elizabeth my wife to William Boon of Albemarle Co 20 Â£ 600 acres on the south side of Meherrin River, joining William Boon, meadow branch, John Pace and Braswell all houses, orchards, etc. now in the actual possession of William Boon as by patent to me 5 April 1720. Wit: Robert Hicks.
17 Nov 1730 [C 364] William Boon to William Little 150Â£ for 550 acres surveyed for James Boon, on WS of Mirey Meadow. 100 A sold to John Bobbit; 100 acres sold to Henry Simes, where Chas. Evans now lives; 150 acres sold by Simes to Wm. Little adj James Simes. Wit: R. Forster, J Pratt NC Ct 1730
All these SIMS boys and William Little lived near Occoneeche Neck. I think William Little is identified on the 1733 Moseley Map.
It is maddening to figure this out…
Back to the “illiterate” William Boon… George Fort was the father of Elias Fort, a neighbor of these Boons of the Meherrin River area… George Fort died 1719 and note his witnesses:
Signed Sealed and Delivered
In the presence of
William (X) Boon George (GF) ffort
Niccolis (N) Boon
The actual will can be viewed on the NC Archives site…
Elias Fort witnessed the will of Carolus Anderson’s mother in 1733.
Note the witnesses to the Carolus Anderson will of 1752… these guys signed their names:
Witness my hand and Seal this 10th day of February 1752
Sign’d Seal’d and acknowledg’d
to be the Last Will & Testam’t
of Carolus Anderson in presence of Carolus CA Anderson his mark/seal
William Boon Jurant
So… I’m thinking the parents (first generation) are illiterate and the sons (second generation) “lernt to spel”! Which is a means to figure out the deeds… If only I had access to the damn deeds!… which I don’t… I live in Florida which is a long drive to the Chowan records.
As I said, Wm Boon died intestate… details unknown. Here are some notes on 3 other of the “apparent” brothers:
Joseph Boon d.1728
James Boon d.1733 wife Elizabeth
none named in will
Mary m. John Wynns
Eliza m. John Early
Nicholas Boon d. wife Mary
Nicholas (dwelling plantation)
Thomas Boon, Junr
I think, but can’t prove, that Carolus married a Boon (his wife was named Mary) but you see Mary was a common name for the Boons. From the above though, it seems plausible that Nicholas may be the culprit… he had sons Nicholas and William (who likely signed the will of Carolus) and he had a daughter Mary. But then the intestate William Boon may have named sons the same?
An avenue of hope for further research is the CHOWAN deeds and records. They are not online. I viewed some a couple of years ago at the Raleigh Archives but did not have time to muddle through the details. Signatures and Land references may help sort out the mysteries. Abstracts just don’t cut the mustard… we need to view the real things.
The wife of the early William Boon seems to be a sister of William Browne… per this will:
Will of William Brown 15 Dec 1718 – recorded 21 July 1719 [SS 341 p 84 NC wills]
In the name of God Amen, this 15th day of December in the year of our Lord God 1718 – I William Brown in ye county of Albermarle in ye province of North Carolina, am sick and week . . .
I bequeath to my Lawful wife my bed and furniture and my horse Tobe and a horse Cate.
I bequeath to my eldest son John ye Manner Plantation and one hundred and fifty acres of land;
to my son Thomas one hundred and fifty acres of land joyning to his brother John;
to my son Jacob one hundred and fifty acres of land up Cyprus gritt joying upon his brother Thomas;
to my daughter Ann one hundred and fifty acres of land lying upon the head of her brother John;
to John Carver fifty acres of land and ye place which his father was kild lying between two branches;
to my daughter Martha one hundred and fifty acres of land joining upon Carver;
to my daughter Mary one hundred and fifty acres of land between Martha and ye head line;
to my daughter Sarah one hundred and fifty acres of land and ye southmost fork.
The remaining part of ye land I leave holy and truly to my sonnes disposing. My hold desire is for my wife to have ye remaining part of my estate to be equally divided between her and my seven children excepting one hundred acres of land to William Boon a brother.
I do make and desire choice of Thomas Manders and my wife as executors. All children under age.
Wits: Thomas Manders [Mandue], Thomas Smith, Martha Brown.
William Browne married Martha Brasswell, daughter of Richard Bracewell d.1725 in IOW. (She remarried to William Murphy) Since no daughter Elizabeth is mentioned in his will, I assume she was a sister to Browne. Another Bracewell daughter was Anne who married Mathew Strickland Jr. These relationships can be seen in the various land deals.
(Also consider the obvious… William Browne and his brother Thomas Browne die 1718 and 1719… if their sister Elizabeth Browne married William Boon then she would be of that generation and age… even if a bit younger she would be up to dying also about this time… 1720s -1730s?)
However… (and now you catch me having an argument with myself)… I have gone to great pains in another Page on William Browne being the son of John Browne (Indian Trader of Nansemond). In that compilation I arrived at the conclusion that a sister of William Browne was Elizabeth who married John Joyner. This brings up numerous questions… 1. am I correct in both cases? 2. was she a younger half-sister by another mother? …. bottom line- I have the same woman married to William Boon and also John Joyner.
Chowan Deek Bk W#1 193: Martha Brown of Albemarle Co, Widow and Extr. of William Brown decd. to Thomas Boone of the Province of NC. 17 Oct 1719 for 30 bbls of Pitch. 380 A. on the N side of Meherrin River part of 640 A granted to my husband William Brown 29 Nov 1716, the sd. land now in possession of Thomas Boon who was seized and possessed of the same by my husband in his lifetime. Wit: James Bate, Thomas Boon. signed Martha Brown, Thomas Mandew who is —- with me in my decd. husband’s will signed by John Dew attorney.
I would love to see some of these early signatures/marks… since William Boon seems to live in two places (Occoneechee Neck on the Roanoke and the Meherrin River area) I wonder if it was a father and son with the same name? It is apparent to me that these sons of the early Thomas Boon of IOW are fairly old by the time they are stomping around NC… it seems their sons would be of age to buy their own land by the 1720s or so.
Consulting 2 Hofmann abstracts (NC 1663-1729)… she notes a William Boon Sr & Jr:
2275 pg 190 William Boon 1 March 1719/20 430 acres in Chowan precinct on ye S. side of Maherron River, joining William Boon SR. and ye Slat Branch Wit: Cha. Eden, This. Pollock, Fre. Jones, Rich. Sanderson, John Hecklefield
2276 pg 190 Thomas Boon 1 March 1719/20 520 acres in Chown precinct on ye S. side of Maherron River, joining William Boon JR., ye Slab branch, and ye Cream Pond Swamp Wit: same as above
So… one mystery solved… but they may or may not be father/son… perhaps just older/younger… They had adjoining property on “Slab branch” on the South Side of Meherrin River in 1720.
Some further clues…
BERTIE Precinct, NC B-406
May 13, 1728 Wiliam Boon to Carolus Anderson, ” for valuable consideration” 200 ac on Meherrin River, the Great Gutt, Boon and the county line…part of 423 ac tract granted to Boon Dec. 3, 1720.
Wits: Richard Bayley, Nathaniel Cooper Pro May crt
Feb. 7, 1736, Nicholas Boon to Carolus Anderson, 150 AC SE/S Coreway(sic) Swamp, part of patent to Thos. Boon, 250 A Aug. 4, 1723, Wits: Thos Boon, John Dickenson, John Brient
Aug. 10, 1736 Joseph Boon to Carowlus (sic) Anderson, 50 Ac on Meherrin Riv. at Great gut, being part of patent to William Boon., 423 A Dec. 3, 1720 Wit: John Dew, John Worrell
Oct. 16, 1739-Carolus Anderson to Benjamin Cobb, for 10 pds, part of patent granted THOMAS BOON for 250 Ac. dated Aug. 4, 1723, on SE/S Conoray Swamp, sd. land now in possess of sd. Cobb Wit: Joseph Cobb, Jr., Nicholas Boon, Abraham Stevenson May Crt., 1740
Oct. 16, 1739 John Bryant to Carolus Anderson, for 5 pds., 100 A part of tract sold by William Bennet to Thomas Boon, Jun. and by Boon transferred to John Bryant, deed dated Nov. 9, 1724., Part of a patent for 600 AC granted William Bennett, dated 1723-land on S/S Meherrin River adj. John Nelson, William Boon. Wit: John Briant, John Deberry, Sarah Revett. May crt, 1740
All of these land transfers between the Boons and Carolus Anderson is why I suspect he married into the family… also the witnesses to his will…but no “smoking gun” proof…
Oct. 17, 1739 Nicholas Boon to Arthur Stevenson, 125 A S/S Meherrin Riv adj. Carolus Anderson, Elias Fort, Joseph Strickland, Wm. Eldridge, Robert Cobb, Arthur Stevenson, pat. Dec 3, 1720
Nov. 4, 1739-Nicholas Boon to Robert Cobb, 20 pds., 165 A S/S Meherring Riv- purch. of Wm Bennett 5/14/1723. Wits: CHARLES Anderson, Joseph Cobb, Jr., Abraham Stevenson, Nov. Crt, 1739
Sept, 15, 1741- James Tiner to Samuel Strickland, 20 pds., 150 AC S/S Kerby’s Cr. part of patent to Thos. Manden 4/1/1723 Wit: J. Dew, Carolus Anderson Nov. crt, 1741
With what appears to be a wealth of information above about those Boons I really can’t figure out squat about where they came from or how they were related.
This deed makes absolutely no sense to me… it figured it must be a typo…
[6 Feb 1754] Nicholas Boon to John Braswell, both of Northampton for 41.1.6 pds VA, 490 acres in sd Co., part of a pat. granted to Mr. Thomas Boon, decd, May 1, 1668, beginning at the mouth of a branch known by the name of Know Bottom, so up the sd branch bending on George Seller’s line to ye head line of the patent so then bending on the sd patent line to the first station. Wit: Thomas Boon, Wm. Murfree. Ackd. February Court 1754. the typo can’t be 1768….
I mean… about the only folks in Northampton in 1668 were Indians and perhaps a few wayward Indian Traders… bears… deer… it was a wilderness.
Unless it was 1698… Virginia Law prohibited settling South of the Blackwater River… but North Carolina Law did not. So it seems “a” Thomas Boon may have settled that early? If the abstract is correct then this deed is remarkable!
Skeptic that I am, I had my friend Traci track it down…
Lo and behold there seems no doubt it is indeed 1668- see eighth line down in the text:
To further understand why I am “incredulous” about a 1668 deed see this link for a glimpse of history:
I find it silly now that I was confounded into seriously thinking Thomas Boon actually obtained land in North Carolina in 1668. I will try to put this nonsense to rest.
Simply put, there was an entirely common sense reason that these early settlers made reference to “The Great Deed of 1668″… they saved money on their quit rents (Tax!).
Whitehall Thursday June 22. 1732
Mr Shelton Secretary to the late Lords Proprietors of Carolina attending he was desired to give the Board an account of the Grand Deed from the said Lords Proprietors in 1668 under which the inhabitants pretend a right of paying but 2 shgs per hundred acres for land in North Carolina which he promised to do accordingly.
Minutes of the Board of Trade of Great Britain
Great Britain. Board of Trade
June 07, 1732 – December 06, 1732
Volume 03, Pages 394-398
Below is a perfect example of which I refer… William Bush proudly proclaimed his land as being under the Great Patent. (Saving Money!)
That’s the proof folks… Thomas Boon did not obtain that patent in 1668… it is more reasonable to assume it was after 1700… (date still unknown).
Map is the Meherrin area I discuss… Thomas, William and Nicholas were here… perhaps James. I think Joseph and again, perhaps, James were further south… James was associated with Sessions and Wynns. There was apparently another Joseph Boon(e) who appears to come from South Carolina… you can find numerous records for him at the NC Archives online… a great source:
This site shows many of the wills I discuss:
My next mission is to try to plot where the Boon properties were in North Carolina… I have some ideas how to do that…
The land that gets my major attention now is that 1668 patent to Thomas Boon (which may be fairly easy to determine because of the 1754 deed which mentions it)…
[6 Feb 1754] Nicholas Boon to John Braswell, both of Northampton for 41.1.6 pds VA, 490 acres in sd Co., part of a pat. granted to Mr. Thomas Boon, decd, May 1, 1668, beginning at the mouth of a branch known by the name of Know Bottom, so up the sd branch bending on George Seller’s line to ye head line of the patent so then bending on the sd patent line to the first station. Wit: Thomas Boon, Wm. Murfree. Ackd. February Court 1754. (I have discredited the 1668 date… it was more likely after 1700).
Looking at the folks in that deed… Nicholas “could” be the one who signed Carolus Anderson’s will in 1752? The Thomas is “perhaps” his grandfather?
Hmmm…figure out exactly where George Seller’s land was in 1754… I think I did it…
A bit of an update… I am a stickler for details…
Some more meat to digest… this is in reference to the “T.B.” Boon of which I am still gathering data (proof). I am unable to “grab” an image of the 1728 will of Joseph Boon from the NC Archives site (the damn thing won’t load as an image… I suspect that it may also contain this same “T.B.” Boon as a witness)
Note where Rasberry (Rasbury) winds up with a patent in 1713… (see my map above for details)
Here is a transcript of Joseph Boon’s will of 1728:
Joseph Boon Will, Bertie Pct., NC-Written: Feb.19,1728 Prov: October 19, 1728 (Son of Thomas Boon & Elizabeth Strickland of IOW Co, Va
I Joseph Boon: Being very sick and weak of body but in perfect memory: Do give and dispose of what worldly estate God hath been pleased to endow me with: I give and dispose after this manner following:
First I bequeath my soul to God who gave it. And my body to be buried After a decent manner, According as my Executors shall feel Convenient.
Item: I give unto my son James Boon one certain tract or division of land granted by patent in my son James Boon’s own name:
Item: I give unto my son Joseph Boon one hundred acres of land lying upon Ochonechy Neck at Roanoak:
Item: I give unto my son Thomas Boon one hundred and eighty acres: it being part of a tract of land containing 480 acres granted by patent: Baring Date ye first Day of March 1719: Lying ye South side of Mahering River:
Item: I give unto my son Ratcliff Boon my —- Dwelling plantation containing 380 acres: I say unto my son Call ?after for his mother’s ——–.
Item: I give unto my son James Boon my —- Gun:
Item: I give unto my son Joseph Boon my —— Gun:
(here there is a blank area in the copy of the will used for this transcription)
………………… Boon one certain Gray mare ……. to …….. each of them one.
Item: I give unto my sister Martha Bayley a hifer and calf …….. ye:
Item: I give to my son Thomas Boon my Siord: ( sword)
Item: I give unto my son James Boon one iron pot and a small one when he comes of ye age Sixteen years:
Item: I give unto my two daughters Mary and Elizabeth, for each of them one Cow and Calf:
Item: I give unto my Loving wife Mary Rest of my moveable estate …. and ….. for her to enjoy during her life and afterwards to be disposed to among my children:
And I desire my two young horses to be sold and ye produce of them to be disposed toward ye payment of my debts:
I appoint my Loving wife Executor of this my Last Will and Testament:
The Last will and Testament of Joseph Boon Testator: To witness my hand
This 19th day of Feb: 1728
Joseph Boon ( his mark (an E))
Witness our hands: signed sealed in ye presence of us
Thomas Boon (his mark ( a T and B on the same vertical line) Nathaniel Cooper ( in the same hand as the rest of the will)
1728-October 19, Will was probated
Bottom line… I am suspect that a Thomas Boon who obtained land in NC in 1668 would still be alive and kicking in 1728… if indeed the same “T.B.” Boon as the other documents above signed the will of Joseph Boon in 1728 ( I would lean to the idea it was a brother).
My guess is that the T.B. Boon who came from Isle of Wight was the son of the T. Boon of NC 1668??? Let us think in simple terms… per the NC patent of 1668- that Thomas Boon is likely born prior to 1648. Per the 1728 will of Joseph Boon “that’ T.B Boon is still alive and his death date is undetermined…. at the very least he would be 80 years of age… it is not impossible but very unlikely in my opinion.
I am curious where the 1723 death date of “a” Thomas Boon ‘supposedly’ of Isle of Wight came from? I see it all over various web sites… was it Rupert Farnham Thompson research? Where is any proof?
A hat tip to Forrest King…
Mr. King offers some interesting snippets of info concerning one Nicholas Boon of Isle of Wight in his piece on Mathew Strickland.
King, Forrest. “Descendants of Mathew Strickland (1648-1696) Through Four Generations,” North Carolina Genealogical Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2 (May 2008);111-142; Vol. 34, No. 3 (Aug. 2008):219-252; Vol. 34, No. 4 (Nov. 2008):293-326.
“It is possible that Thomas Boon is the son of the Nicholas Boon who is found in the Isle of Wight records starting from 7 Feb 1667 when he owes money to William Ruffin, to 1694 when he owes money to the father of George Greene. Nicholas was a follower of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon’s Rebellion.He signed a petition of clemency in Isle of Wight in 1676. On 7 Jul 1684, Nicholas was mentioned in the estate of Thomas Pitt. “
This is the first concrete evidence I have seen that this Nicholas Boon had a presence in IOW other that that 1667 petition.
A random thought….
I find it interesting that the 1717 Chowan census lists only James Boon… yet the 1721 census has four Boons. The bulk of the Boons who settled around Meherrin River obtained their patents for land in 1723.
Thomas Boon of Virginia received his patent for land on Meherrin River (from Virginia and not North Carolina) in 1724.
Is there something of importance here or just coincidence?