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James Boone, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bradninch, Exeter, Devon, England
Death: Died in Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Exeter Friends Burying Ground, Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of George Boone, III and Mary Maugridge Boone
Husband of Mary Boone
Father of Anne Lincoln; Mary Lee; Martha Hughes; James Boone, Jr; Judah Boone and 6 others
Brother of George Boone IV; Sarah Stover; Mary (died infant) Boone; Squire Maugridge Boone, Sr.; Mary Webb and 5 others

Occupation: Teacher and Tanner by trade Farmer, Justice of the Peace
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About James Boone, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA. DAR Ancestor # A012104

James Boone, Sr., was born in Bradnich, Devonshire, England on July 7, 1709. He was the son of George Boone III and wife Mary Maugridge. When James was about 9, he emigrated with the rest of his family to Pennsylvania. The family eventually settled in Berks County.

On January 25, 1735, James Boone and Mary Foulk declared their marital intentions and they were married on May 5, 1735. She was the daughter of Hugh and Anne Foulke. She was born in North Wales, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, on December 5, 1714. James and Mary had twelve children. She died in Exeter, Berks County, on February 20, 1756, and was buried at the Exeter Friends Burying Ground, Exeter, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Many sources show James' name as James Maugridge Boone, however the Boone Family Association has not adopted this middle name in any of their documentation. Many sources will show his wife as Mary Milton Foulke, but the Boone Family Association has not adopted this middle name in any of their documentation.

James married Anne Griffith on October 26, 1757, 20 months after the death of his late wife. Anne was born January 29, 1713. There were no children from the second marriage.

James was appointed an overseer for the Exeter MM on December 1737. He served in this role three more times before 1757. He was the clerk of the Men’s Monthly Meeting between 1746/7 and 1749. In the secular world, James Boone was a justice of the Peace for Berks County between 1752 and 1755 and represented Berks County in the Provincial Assem­bly in 1758. Throughout most of the last half of the eighteenth century, James Boone also was one of the wealthiest men in Exeter Township, operating a prosperous tannery and farm.

During the American Revolution he supported the colonial cause. According to the Daughters of American Revolution, he gave "patriotic service," and has been given the Ancestor #: A012104.

James Boone, Sr, died September 1, 1785, on the fifth day of the week, at ten minutes after nine o'clock at night, in the 77th year of his age; and was decently interred in Friends Burying-Ground at Exeter on the seventh day of the same week. He (with his parents, etc.) left Great-Britain in the 9th year of his age, and lived almost 68 years in Pennsylvania. When he was born, it was between 9 & 10 at night in Pennsylvania and he died between 9 & 10 at Night.

Note: Family notes were carefully kept by James' brother John which he later turned over to his nephew James Boone Jr. Their preoccupation with exact hours of birth and death and the latitudes and longitudes suggests an interest in astrology. They also may have been students of numerology.

James left a will that can still be found in the "Abstracts of Berks County Wills, Vol. 1, pages 155 & 443. His will is very detailed and, in it, he names all his children still alive at that date - Anne, Mary, Martha, James, Judah, Joshua, Rachel and Moses. In addition, he makes bequests to grandchildren Hannah, John, James and Susannah, and a bequest to Sarah Biddle, who had been the widow of son John but had since remarried.The full text of his will can be read here -- http://books.google.com/books?id=10YG5I2-qFUC&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=Moses+Boone&source=bl&ots=6nxA7CmWHt&sig=gr5bp0BF5VdQlj8awpgm00DqdUA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Rv_XT6mEAqeU2wWZtN2OCw&ved=0CGsQ6AEwBTgU#v=onepage&q=Moses%20Boone&f=false.

Children of James Boone and wife Mary Foulke:

  • Anne Boone (1737-1807), married Abraham Lincoln
  • Mary Boone (1738-1823), married Thomas Lee
  • Martha Boone (b.1742), married George Hughes
  • James Boone, Jr. , never married, became the family genealogist
  • John Boone (1745-1773), married Sophia Weidner
  • Judah Boone (1746-1787), married (1) unknown, (2) Hannah Lee. After Judah's death, Hannah married Samuel Coates.
  • Dinah Coates (1747-1748), died as a child
  • Joshua Boone (1748-1835), married (1) Hannah Griffith, (2) Jane, possibly Thomas.
  • Rachel Boone (born 1750), married William Wilcoxson
  • Moses Boone (1751-1823), married Sarah Griffith
  • Hannah Boone (1752-1752), died as a child
  • Nathaniel Boone (1753-1753), lived only five weeks.
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James Boone, Sr.'s Timeline

1709
July 7, 1709
Bradninch, Exeter, Devon, England
July 7, 1709
Bradninch, Exeter, Devonshire, England
1735
May 15, 1735
Age 25
Exeter Twp., Berks Co., Pennsylvania
May 15, 1735
Age 25
Reading, Pennsylvania
1737
April 3, 1737
Age 27
Oley, Berks, PA, USA
1739
January 28, 1739
Age 29
Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania
1742
June 30, 1742
Age 32
Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania
1744
February 6, 1744
Age 34
Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA
1746
December 19, 1746
Age 37
Berks, Pennsylvania
1748
March 8, 1748
Age 38