|Boone Family Fragments in . . . .|
We presently know (from a cursory scan of "New England History and Genealogy") of only a few individuals named BOONE in early New England history.
There must be MORE -- TELL ME ABOUT THEM !
We have a little information about the following, in BOSTON:
- A Nicholas Boone, husband of Elizabeth Linsford, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Linsford. Nicholas and Elizabeth appear to have a son, Nicholas, born in Boston, 8/10/1679. This son becomes a bookseller in Boston.
In 1697, Elizabeth Linsford Boone is suing someone who has assumed her father's home in Boston. The home was built before 1649, she lived in the home with her parents, and should have inherited it when her father died. She was away, and has learned that someone has taken over the home (assumed abandoned) and she must prove that she is the heir to the home. These depositions are filed in Suffolk Co. records, but do not appear to have been pressed in court.
From a Linsford genealogy site, I've learned that Thomas Linsford died about 1751, and his wife and at least one son (probably all children, as they were under 10 years of age) returned to London, where son John, born in 1651, was Baptised in 1655. It is believed that Elisabeth Linsford was born about 1649. It is possible that Nicholas and Elizabeth met and married in England, then returned to America, to Boston, by 1674 (tax list) ; its possible that they both came to America independently, and met here . . .
The name of Nicholas Boone only appears in Boston Tax Lists for the year 1674, when he is taxed 24 pence.
- A Nicholas Boone, assumed to be the son described above, who, along with Bartholomew Green and John Campbell, began "The Boston News-Letter" , April 17,1704. This was the first successful newspaper in Boston, and the only one regularly published there until 1719. John Campbell, a Scotsman, a bookseller, and Postmaster of Boston, founded the newspaper; Bartholomew Green printed it; an Nicholas Boone sold it in hs book shop(s) -- there may have been more than one. Bartholomew Green took over ownership of the newspaper in 1722, and it passed to his son-in-law, John Draper, when Green died in 1723. The newspaper was published by Draper, until he died, and by his widow until 1776, when she, a Loyalist, returned to England.
This Nicholas is identified as operating a book store "up against the brick meeting house" in 1708, and a shop at the "sign of the Bible, in Cornhill" from at least 1714 until at least 1729. The autograph, at right, is from a petition he signed with a number of other merchants, asking permission to erect temporary buildings from which to operate their businesses, after a fire destroyed the existing block of buildings. He is identified as the publisher of many books that were written in colonial Boston, and the publisher of many Sermons an Monologues, including those of Rev. Thomas Cheever, who appears to have had much to do with free schools in Boston.
This Nicholas appears to have been involved in the local government, as he appears in the committees of the Town Meeting from 1706 until 1728. He is listed as a "Tithingman" on 3/10/1706/07; as a "Clerk of the Market" on 8/25/1707; as a "Constable" on 3/15/1708/09; as a "Scavenger" on 3/9/1723/24; as a "Tithingman" on 3/4/1724/25 and on each annual election through 3/12/1727/28.
- A Thomas Boone is also listed in the Town Meeting records, but only once; as a "Watchman", on 1/30/1720/21.
- From The Diary of Samuel Sewall 1674 1729; Arno Press, N.Y.C. (1972) (3-Volume Set), there are several entries that refer to a Mr.Boon. Some can be assumed to be Nicholas Boone, the publisher, but earlier references (ca. 1670's) might be the earlier Nicholas, or some yet unidentified resident of Boston.
- 1676 Dec.12: "Mr Ben Davis came from on Board Boon at Martha's Vinyard to Boston on foot".
- 1676/77 Jan.3: "Mr Nathan Oliver and Elizabeth Brattle, a Simon Bradstreet. Note. This day we have intelligence of Boon's being at Road Iland".
- 1713 Nov.24: "Went to Funeral of Elder David Cop, age 79 years, was buried in the North. Mrs. Boon and Feno (fen-yo) buried this afternoon. I could be at neither funeral because of this".
- 1719 Apr.15: "Mr. Boon set Windsor Tune and read it well"
- 1719/20 Jan.2: "Governor asked advice what to say to Boon, who had printed the Deputies additional answers to his Speech contrary to his expressed command".
- There are a number of other individuals named BOONE, who only appear once or twice in our present Boston research
- A James Boone appears to take an Oath of Allegiance in 1679, and the name appears on the Tax List for 1681, but no other references have been found.
- A Samuel Boone appears in the Tax List for the years 1691 and 1692 (where he is taxed 120 pence), and in the Report of the Commissioners for1695, where he is listed as a resident of Boston.
- The name "Sister" Boone appears in the records of the 2nd Church (Old North) for the year 1683.
- A William Dawes, of Boston, born 10/2/1719, appears to have married a Lydia Boone, daughter of Nicholas Boone. One must assume that Lydia would have been about the same age, and would likely been the daughter of Nicholas, the bookseller, not the older Nicholas. No specific connections can be determined from the available information.
- An Andrew Boone, ship captain, shows up in a number of different sources, as Master of vessels going between England and Virginia, New York and New England. No other information is known.
- A new wrinkle on our search . . . the names Nicholas, Lydia, Samuel, Andrew, and William Boone all show up in the Index of Wills, between the years 1696 and 1745 . . . in Philadelphia !! Both Boston and Philadelphia were centers for printing and publishing, and movement between them is proved by the life of Benjamin Franklin !!! So now we start another direction . . . .
Anyone with any other Boones in or around Boston or Philadelphia, prior to 1750, should email information to Bob as soon as possible !!!