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I’ve been meaning to do this for a while… this ties in Carolus and James Anderson… lots of frustrating circumstantial evidence


So no sooner than I got started on theorizin’ an stuff about the BOONS I run across this SNAG….

This deed makes absolutely no sense to me… 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!


So I run this by my buddyette Traci the Librarian who plies her trade somewhere near Edgecombe County, NC… and she says…

“Yep, it was the back of beyond, but remember that the first known NC deed was 1661, so it’s totally possible. Hathaway’s Register Volume I cites John Varnham’s land grant of 1679, which was a re-issue “of one granted by William Berkley, Governor of Virginia, 25th September 1663.”

Not to say that Mr. Boon’s original patent survives.  It probably doesn’t.

Right, the meaning of the wording is that the original patent was dated 1668 and that Thomas Boon is deceased as of this date (1754).”


So…. for YEARS… I think all us researcher types were under the assumption that a Thomas Boon started out in Isle of Wight, Virginia and then made his way down to NC and sprouted numerous sons….

That deed makes it seem the “other way around”… that perhaps a NC Thomas Boon may have had a son Thomas who wandered UP to Virginia….

I’m on the case…. where the hell is Holmes?   You have to take off your geanealogy cap and replace it with a historian cap to understand this…  Boon, I suspect was just west of here:


Well Holmes sobered up and checked in with something of a report of some British castletrash… he says the Board of Trade of the Lords Proprieters had their panties all in a knot over some character named John Boone in 1685… sure enough he was in Carolina (exactly WHICH Carolina is up in the air… I suspect this is South Carolina near Charles Town)…

1685   Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 12: 1685-1688 

Sept. 9.


363. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor Joseph West. We understand that, notwithstanding our orders of 21 June 1672 and July 1683, Mr. Maurice Mathews and Mr. James Moore are chosen Councillors, in the room of Mr. Andrew Perceval and Mr. Bernard Skenking. Mr. Perceval has not been absent two years, and how Mr. Skenking has ceased to be of the Grand Council we know not. This choice, too, has been made, not by ballot (as provided in our fundamental Constitutions), but by open voice and by surprise, and when there was not the full proportion of members to sit in the House that Colleton County ought to have chosen. Mr. Maurice Mathews, one of the persons thus illegally chosen, and Mr. John Boone are admitted to be deputies, though not the eldest men in age of those chosen by the Commons. This illegal choice is not to be permitted, it being an encroachment on the people’s liberties of choice, nor can we suffer men who have, for disobedience, been dismissed from all civil and military employment to be thus irregularly and by a trick imposed upon us as deputies. You will therefore not permit Mathews nor Moore to sit in the Grand Council, but if there be a real vacancy therein, you will direct a new choice to be made by ballot when the vacancies of the members chosen for the two counties are by new writs filled up. Nor will you permit either Mathews or Boone to sit as deputies, the one being not legally chosen of the Grand Council and neither of them the eldest in age of those chosen by the Commons. We positively order that they be put out from being deputies, and that you appoint others in their room. And as inconvenience may arise through the absence of too many of the Grand Council of the Commons’ choice, the Governor will in future choose a person to supply the place of any member who has left the province, who shall sit and act as a member of the people’s choice until the return of the absent member. Many have hinted to us that there is great disorder in the debates of the Parliament and Grand Council, owing to the boisterous behaviour of some of the members. You must know that it is the method of Parliament that no member speak above once to the same matter, unless the House be turned into Grand Committee, and that every man is to speak in his time; of which the Speaker is the judge. In the Grand Council the Governor is to be judge. If two or more rise together, and if any man behave himself rudely and disorderly, and does not amend upon your first admonition, we would have you (unless he be one of our deputies) put the question by ballot to expel him the Council. If he be a deputy of ours you will report him to us. We sent you an Act against pirates, which we hope is passed. If not, let us know the reason, and who are the obstructors of it. Since writing the above, we hear that Mr. Skenking was put out of the Council for misdemeanour. If this was done by a vote by ballot, it is well; but if by vote by open voice you will restore him as not legally put out, and, if he be really guilty, the vote may be repeated by ballot. Complaint has been made to us that many new-comers have been undone by being put upon duty as soldiers, and compelled to contribute largely to other charges before they have been a year in the country or have been able to provide houses or clear land for the subsistence of their wives and families. This we think hard. Newcomers should be eased of military duties except in case of actual invasion. Signed, Craven, Shaftesbury, P. Colleton, S. Sothell, Tho. Amy. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXII., pp. 64–66.]

364. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor Joseph Moreton. We have been informed of irregular proceedings in the choice of members of the Grand Council (see preceding abstract), and have given our orders thereon, which you will see obeyed. You will dismiss Mathews and Boone, and appoint other deputies in their stead; and you will discharge them from all offices, civil and military, in the gift of the Governor or Palatine’s Court. If they persist in transporting Indians, you will indict them. We hear that Mr. Richard Morgan and Mr. William Brockhouse are men well qualified for the public service of Carolina. You are empowered to grant them land enough to make up their holdings to 500 acres. You will take all imaginable care that no pirates or privateers be received in Carolina. If any harbour them or trade with them you will try them according to the Act sent to you, if it be passed. If it be not passed, you will send us depositions, that they may be tried in some other place. You will take care that the Acts of Trade and Navigation are observed, remembering that they do not prohibit persons and provisions to be brought in English ships from Ireland or Scotland, provided they be of the growth of the kingdom where they are loaded. You will see that the penalty of a Governor for wilfully permitting vessels to infringe the Acts is a fine of 1,000l. Complaint has been made to us of ill men in Carolina who encourage seamen to call upon masters for their wages, and, if the masters cannot speedily procure the money, proceed to the condemning of the ship, which is sold for a song. This is a barbarous practice. You will moderate complaints between masters and seamen, so that no hardship fall on either, and you will report to us the names of the men who have encouraged the aforesaid practice. Signed, Craven, Shaftesbury, P. Colleton, S. Sothell. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXII., pp. 67–68.]

Hard to say if this Boone character is of the Right Stuff to wander off and hob nob with the local Indians… but he did seem to deal with Pirates… he had that much going for him… plus anyone that pissed off the castletrash was OK in my book…

March 1687

1,161. Lords Proprietors of Carolina to Governor James Colleton. We learn that a hundred and fifty-three Spaniards, Indians. and Mulattos have fallen upon the outskirts of our settlement, and burnt and plundered seven houses. We hear that the reason is that, notwithstanding the King’s commands and our repeated orders, the people of Carolina have received the pirates who have unjustly burned and robbed the houses of the Spaniards. Could any rational man doubt that the Spaniards would seek revenge, and would be justified in seeking it, if this be true? We have also been informed that a design was on foot in Carolina to take St. Augustine, which our Government was ready to countenance, being persuaded that they were justified by our clause permitting invaders to be pursued beyond the bounds of our province. But that clause means only a pursuit in heat of victory, not a granting of commissions and a deliberate invasion of the King of Spain’s dominions. You will cause this explanation to be recorded. If the Spaniards invade you, defend vourselves, and by a brisk pursuit of them in the present heat of victory, give them cause to repent their attack. If they or any other Christian nation injure you, let the proofs be transmitted to us, and we will apply to the King for reparation for damage done. But no rational man can suppose that the subjects of any prince can be permitted to make war upon any of his allies for the reparation of their private injuries, or for any other cause whatever, or that any such power was granted by our patent. We have received copy of an Act to levy and impress men and arms for the defence of the Government, in the preamble of which it is said that the Spaniards who invaded you were commissioned by the King of Spain. The name of so great a prince is thus mentioned on the information of a single mulatto, and without your having seen any such commission, or sent to St. Augustine or Havana to ascertain if the Governors knew anything of the invasion. We have reason to believe that the King of Spain knew nothing of it, and we dissent to the Act and to all Acts and Orders made with a view to war with Spain. We see by the Minutes of Council that there was evidence that Mr. John Boone had not only helped the pirates Chapman and Holloway with victuals, but had taken and concealed part of their stolen goods, for which he was rightly expelled the Grand Council. But we hear since that he is again chosen, and is sitting in the Grand Council. This must not be. Men convicted of such misdemeanours must not be chosen again and restored. You will put him out, and see that another is chosen in his place. We are sorry to see the proneness of the Parliament of Carolina to such proceedings, and hope that they will not occur again. Signed, Craven, Albemarle, Bath (for Lord Carteret), P. Colleton. [Col. Entry Bk., Vol. XXII., pp. 106, 107.]

I guess we will have to stew on this a while… Holmes just fell out of his chair again….

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