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William Boon’s magic patent

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The thing either GROWS… or sheds like a dog… I’m not sure. I’m pretty sure acres don’t just disappear.

1720… I’m thinking Mr. Boon may have an earlier patent around the Morattock River (Roanoke for you newbies). He dabbled in real estate between the Meherrin River where it crosses between North Carolina and Virginia. And he dabbled quite a bit. I’ve been extremely frustrated with trying to unravel the many and sundry deals that he made… not only around his home base (which seems to be the Meherrin River properties) and his several holdings over at Occoneechee Neck on the Morattock River. This Mr. Boon in my opinion will turn out to be the brick wall of my many brick walls in trying to fit the puzzle pieces together to figure out the Boon Family. My overly under managed website here is littered with my frustrated attempts to figure the Boons out.

I think this guy grew up in Virginia… can’t prove it yet but I be workin’ on it. William Boon was best buds with a couple other Williams… 3 of them … always seemed to be bumping into each other. William Braswell, William Browne and this William Boon from Meherrin River.

My gut tells me these characters were a bit on the “dandies” side of the equation… they preferred to sell real estate more than till the soil if you catch my drift. Nuthin’ wrong with that I suppose… but my modus operandi is to track Indian Traders who tended to get their hands dirty… gnome sane? Traders had a tendency to sample the rum they traded… see Richard Cureton as an example… just to pick on one of many I could pick on.

I fell in to the same trap most newbies fall in to now a days… search like crazy all over the web and get a sense of what most people think… get a consensus as the climate kooks say. This William Boon was the first of the Boons to show up in North Carolina. All that nonsense about a Thomas Boon being there since 1668 is bullsh*t. Sorry for the French. I’ve proved it in my other posts… do a search on this site if you are incredulous and think you can debate me. I like a good argument. Read some comments where I get my feathers all ruffled and panties get all tied into knots… you people do not like it when I challenge your sacred cows. But hey… let’s keep it civil.

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.

That Thomas Boon married the daughter of Mathew Strickland. About 1705 this Thomas Boon starts buying property and moving towards North Carolina…. recall that prior to 1700 it was verboten! for mere mortals from Virginia to cross the Blackwater River. I think this may have been the progenitor of the North Carolina Boons. When he started his trek to NC he had in tow numerous sons… those being William, Nicholus, Joseph and a Thomas Junior.

This is a theory folks… just trying to connect dots. There was a mystery Nich Boon in isle of Wight in 1667 but he did not not leave any tracks to follow. So much for the background info… on to the magic patent…

Oh wait… check out the movement of Thomas Boon to North Carolina…

Recall that people were restricted “by Law” from settling past the Blackwater River before 1700.

Note… I do not want this Post to be overshadowed by the mystery surrounding Thomas Boon. I have stated my case concerning my theory about him in this link:

Back to William Boon. I think he was a son of Thomas Boon, son in law of Mathew Strickland just to clarify where I stand. From my research, I am of the opinion that the “Three Williams” became friends and intermarriages occurred. Then it became a more serious matter when women , money/property and family relations entered the equation. Referencing the map above, it was around this 1704 time period that things began to get “heated up” in North Carolina. And then and there is when Braswell, Browne and Boon hooked up and were some of the frontrunners in the race to settle NC. They went West before it was cool. Yehaw! as they say.

Virginia was about to burst at the seams. All the easy land grabs had been farmed out and there were too many sons to bestow property on when the old men died out. Something had to give! The Indians had to go and new land had to open up to satisfy the demand. This was the genesis of what would later become “Manifest Destiny”. So much for the “why” about the boys in North Carolina… now for the “how” of the Boons.

I call this the “magic patent” in jest. But it does serve to show the wild and excited atmosphere surrounding the settlement of NC. Here is the actual patent:

To make my point about the “excitement” of the times (Germans coined the term Zeitgeist which may offer some insight although I find Germans a bit weird…mumbling to myself…I married and divorced one) I offer this breakdown of the above patent. It was like a foodfest of ravaged and starving men carving up a deer carcass to cart off and feed upon. I have damn near lost my mind just figuring out the details…and I am STILL not satisfied I understand it…Behold the madness!

To expand on my point above, here is a bit of a breakdown of just one of the chunks of the “magic patent” this one involving Elias Fort. The Forts hailed from an area just across the Blackwater River from old man Thomas Boon when he still lived on the Mathew Strickland spread in Isle of Wight. So the Boons and Forts go “way back” as the expression goes…

Intermission… I’ll leave this as a cliffhanger while I recharge and gather more ammo to attack this vicious dilemma.

Hmmm… here are a few deed references that vibrate my radar (Spidey sense?)… they “seem””perhaps” to connect William Boon directly (or indirectly) to the Stricklands of Isle of Wight. These are later Northampton County deeds:—1773-northampton-co-nc-deeds

1741/1742 – February 4,Nicholas Boon of Northampton Co to Joseph Strickland of Northampton Co 5 shillings Va money 150 acres on the south side of Meherrin River, joining Corduroy Swamp and the mouth of Miry branch, all houses, orchards, gardens, etc. part of a patent to Thomas Boon in 1723.  Wit:  James Washington, John Deberry, John Phillips   Reg. Northampton Co Feb Ct 1741  J. Edwards C. Ct. Deed Book 1,  p. 16 (See 1744 Deed)

1743 – October 25, Matthew Strickland of Edgecombe Co. to Joseph Strickland of Northampton Co. 5 pounds currency of Va. 100 acres on the south side of the Maherin river part of a tract granted to William Boon 11 Nov. 1723 and part of the land William Strickland left by will to Matthew Strickland Wit: John Deberry, Benjamin Deberry Reg. Northampton Co., NC May Ct. 1744 Robert Forster C. Ct. (Pg 115) (See 1773 deed)

1743 – November 21, Rowland Williams and Phillis, his wife of Northampton Co to Anthony Robinson of York Co, Va, gentleman 25 pounds Va money   100 acres more or less on the north side of Morratoke river in ye Oconeeche Neck, joining the Miry branch, William Strickland, Sr., the Gum pond, Robert Sims, a cypress swamp and Oconeeche swamp, part of a patent of William Boon decd for 346 acres  Wit: Knowles Giles, William Moore Reg. Northampton Co  Nov Ct 1743   J. Edwards C. Ct. Deed Book 1,  p 94

I have not researched these Stricklands after they ventured out of IOW and moved into North Carolina… is this mere coincidence or are they following along with the Boons?

footnote to a comment concerning Hubbard Gibson…

footnote to comment concerning Browne’s will of 1718. This mistranslation of the will has been used as evidence that William Boon and William Browne were brothers in law. It is an error… it is a falsehood. I too was taken in by this mistranslation and would like to set the record straight. This document can be easily downloaded and shared with anyone still suffering from delusions of the nearsighted transcriber. (I’m pretty sure I am referring to an overzealous Braswell researcher… but other that this irritating error they have done a respectable job breaking down that particular cobweb of history… Carey Bracewell has a book on Amazon that I wholeheartedly recommend).

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August 29, 2021 at 2:32 am

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  1. William Boon is the father in law of Hubbard Gibson. He is brother in law of William Brown whose sister is the wife of William Boon.

    13 Nov 1727 [B 324] William Boon & wife Elizabeth to Hubbard Gibson, sen & daughter Mary 6£ 10sh for 100 acres on NS Morattock River, Cypress Swamp, Beaverdam Swamp adj William Strickland Sen, Robert Sims. Part of patent for 340 acres granted William Boon 8 Mar 1711/12 Wit: Nathan Cooper, Thomas Boon, jurat. Nov Ct 1727

    10 May 1725 [A 447] Henry Sims & wife Grace to Henry Irby 30£ for 200 acres part of 600 acre patent to William Boon dated Nov 11, 1711/12 on NS Moratock River on Beaverdam at William Powell’s corner tree, adj. William Brasswell, John Pace. Wit: Roger Casse, Hubord Gibson, Ann Evens. May Ct 1725



    August 29, 2021 at 3:19 am

    • I’ll take that bait…
      The document states that William Boon sold 100 acres to Hubbard Gibson Sr. and “his daughter” Mary. (this clearly and undoubtedly states this is Gibson’s daughter, not Boon’s.)

      Do you have any proof whatsoever that Mr. Gibson married a daughter of William Boon? I am very picky at this point in my research and refuse to let mere allegations go unchallenged.
      Your second allegation is that Browne’s sister married Boon. I have studied that and not succeeded in finding any proof. I would be delighted to see your evidence!


      I will add the Gibson sale to the Post above for any input anyone may add…



      August 29, 2021 at 4:17 am

      • 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, Thomas Smith, Martha Brown.



        August 29, 2021 at 5:22 am

  2. Thank you Joanne for taking the time to respond. That is not an accurate transcription of that sentence in the will. It has caused me and many others to waste time chasing a falsehood. I have added a footnote to the Post to prove my point.
    Again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to correct the record.



    August 29, 2021 at 6:09 am

  3. I am very interested if anyone has any proof of any relationships of this William Boon… my interest in particular is his dealings with Carolus Anderson (who I propose may be my ancestor). It is a hunch that Carolus “may” be a candidate to have married a Boon gal. Also it is interesting that this William Boon dealt land deals with James Anderson of Occoneechee Neck. You see my obvious curiosity (smiling).



    August 29, 2021 at 6:39 am

  4. If it’s not too much to ask, I would like to know if I am interpreting some of the provided info correctly.

    1) Mathew STRICKLAND (of the 1803-acre land grant) wife is Elizabeth. And he appears to have settled in IOW about 1678.

    Matthew STRICKLAND, of will date 14 July 1730, probated 25 Oct 1730, IOW.
    His wife, Anne Brasswell.

    1714, Mathew Strickland and wife Anne (Brasswell), sell part of his father’s, Mathew Strickland, land grant of 1803-acres.

    2) Theory
    4-5 Boon Brother’s and, Nich Boon from 1667 IOW is a possible father.
    “Is it possible Thomas is a son of Nicholas Boon of IOW.” {IS Nich and Nicholas interchangeable?}

    Thomas BOON is the son-in-law of Mathew Strickland.
    William Boon is the son of Thomas Boon.
    Earliest record for William Boon is 1712 and he was the first of the Boons to show up in NC.
    The wife of William Boon is Elizabeth.

    Joseph Boon, d. 1728, is the father of James Boon.
    Joseph Boon, appears to be the brother of Thomas Boon of IOW, who married daughter of Matthew Strickland.
    Thomas Boon and FNU Strickland, had a son Ratliff Boon.

    Thomas Boon, who married the daughter of Matthew Strickland, starts buying property, about 1705, and moving towards NC with son’s (in tow) William, Nicholas, Joseph and Thomas, Jr.

    3) Carolus ANDERSON
    His mothers will of 1732, was witnessed by Elias Fort.
    His wife is named Mary and “thinks” she is a Boon.
    Theory: Thomas Boon of VA, that married daughter of FNU Strickland, settled next to Carolus Anderson in 1724 on Meherrin River.

    Thank you,


    Jennifer Thornton

    August 30, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    • Wow.

      Jennifer… you are the commenter I have dreamed about…
      I will have to do a Post to respond… i am a bit wined-up right now. I’m about to drop off a bowl of Shrimp Chowder…. (to die for)… to my daughter who is a bit ill.

      Again, I want to dissect this… just your mere questions offer clues…




      August 30, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      • I totally missed this response and am still pondering your most generous input to my inquiry. But first and foremost, your daughter has been healed by your Chowder!!!


        Jennifer Thornton

        September 1, 2021 at 3:48 pm

  5. Commenters such as yourself are why I created this blog… I am looking for answers also and a team offers more opportunity for discovery. Plus questions get my juices flowing and keeps the interest up. Its win/win.

    An example is my Page for John Browne the Indian Trader. I started his story with a simple little theory and he has developed into an “almost” complete tale. Add some DNA gunpowder analysis and I think we may have a “First Family” candidate. I am not a Brown so it is open for a descendant to pick up the torch.

    My theory is that William Boon will be the key player to crack the brick walls surrounding the Boon Family of IOW and NC. I’m steady working on a map for the Boons of Meherrin River. It is no simple task however… baby steps…

    Thanks for stopping by… any comments are welcome



    September 2, 2021 at 12:44 am

    • The name Carolus, is provoking and brings into question, does it fit with the naming patterns, commonly found during the Colonial Period. (this is just R&D [research & development]) such as, first name of the son maybe the last name of the mother. i.e., FNU Anderson m. FNU Carolus.

      Another random thought is misspellings/misspellings that carry-over. As you have already noted in the spelling of Carolus as Carlos. Names of persons found that may or may not be applicable are, one Joan Carelesse/Carles; Transport date 25 Nov 1653; sponsor, Joan Carelesse, North River, lying at the head of the North River in Mobjack Bay, beginning in the E. side of the Dammes & the N. side of a run which divides this & the land of Richard Tompkins. Transport date 23 Nov 1653; sponsor, Joane Carles; Grant location, Mockjack Bay.

      The other spelling variation (probably a better word than misspelling) that may be considered is Cornelius. When I looked at certain IOW documents, pre-1700, Cornelius could easily be interpreted as Carolus. This led me to NC Taxpayers of 1769 and a Cornelius Boone (of Dobb).

      Anyway, I just bring this up to cast a wider net in the quest for truth and justice in the American way (now I’m just being silly).


      Jennifer Thornton

      September 2, 2021 at 11:36 am

      • I was silly enough to watch Superman as a kid…(black and white tv) I think that is where the expression (Truth, Justice and the American Way) came from… its probably considered rayciss now. (smiling)

        I’m not a big fan of the “naming pattern” scenario… but it clearly was a factor to be considered. Another Anderson researcher from oh… 20 years ago… just hammered the “naming pattern” to such an extent that every single Anderson in colonial North Carolina was a son, daughter or at least a cousin of each other. he overextended to where I react like a vampire exposed to garlic when it is mentioned. I should probably calm down a bit.

        This site is excellent for the Virginia Andersons…

        Honestly, in my mind, the only forgiveness I see for the father of Carolus naming him that is that he did not name him Inghumbred… (shudder).



        September 2, 2021 at 3:10 pm

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