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  • ID: I804
  • Name: William BOON
  • Prefix: Capt.
  • Suffix: III
  • Title: III
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1777 in , Catawba, NC
  • Death: 1836 in Grand Tower, Jackson, IL
  • Burial: Big Hill, Jackson, IL
  • _UID: 86933DB7E4F5D4118133444553540000AF5C
  • Note:
    Co-founder of Jackson County, IL (with Dr. Conrad Will).

    May be buried in the Worthern Cemetery, Big Hill, Grand Tower, IL.

    The title Captain is from the company of men he raised to protect settlers in the Jackson County area (Illinois Volunteer Mounted Militia - from March to June in 1813).

    source: Illinois Militiaman, August 1, 1790 and Squatters in Territorial Illinois Report 1807, 1813.
    Boon, William Application 134, 01 Jan 1808, situate on the Mississippi bottom at the foot of the Bluff on a small creek about six miles below the mouth of the river Degagne. 320 acres, permission 01 Jan 1808.
    25, 15 Aug 1814, 190 boon, William fr (fraction) 16 9S 3W (Witness) Greenup, William
    15 9S 3W
    22 9S 3W Barcraft, Elias
    Inhabited and cultivated on the SE fract of Sec no. 16 prior to 5th feburary 1813 and continued his residence..
    (note) 25 is page number and 190 is application number in the line above.

    Capt. William Boon's Company Muster roll of a company of mounted volunteers of Randolph County, Illinois territory, commanded by Capt. William BOON, and called into service by His Excellency, Ninian EDWARDS, Governor of said territory, from the 6th day of March, 1813, to the 5th day of June 1813
    Captain, William BOON First Lieutenant, John LACEY Second Lieutenant, William BILDERBACK Ensign, John BILDERBACK Sergeants, Robert GASTON, Louis LA CHAPELLE, Michael BUYAT, Amos CHAFFIN Corporals, Joseph FRENCH, Adam WOLRICK, Zophue BROOKS, Henry BARBEAU Privates, Robert ALEXANDER, David BAILEY, Charles BILDERBACK, William BARNETT, Jacob BOWERMAN, Daniel BILDERBACK, Benjamin BUYAT, Julian BART, Antoine BARBEAU, Ellis CHAFFIN, George COCHRAN, Joel CRAINE, Henry CONNOR, Peter COSSY, Alexander CLARKE, John CLYNE, ?? COLA, George CREATH, Peter DOLIN, John DRURY, Louis DORY, Gregone DE GOGNIE, Ralph DAVIS, Levi FRENCH, Samuel FRENCH, William FISHER, Charles GARNER, Erne GODIER, William GASTON, John GADIER, Isaac GLENN, Thomas GLENN, Francis GARNER, William GARNER, Baptiste GENDRON, Isadore GODIER, James HUGHES, Jocab HONNON, Daniel HULL, James LEE, Joseph LA FRANBRIS, Shadrach LIVELY, Jabez LEONE, Jacob LAZADDER, John MACHAN, Francis MONTROY, Jacob MAY, Stace MCDONOUGH, Jacob PHILHART, Peter PILLET, ?? PESIO, ??, PASCAL, Elias ROBERTS, Andre ROY (ROI), John ROBINSON, John ROBERTS, James ROBINSON, Archibald SNODGRASS, Archibald STEELE, William TILFORD, Henry TEABEAU, Robert THOMPSON, Levi TAMARAVA, Jean Baptiste TAMARAVA, John WOOTAN, Thomas WADLEY, Adam WINGHART, John YOUNG Examined and approved B. Stephenson Brigade Major

    William was a woodcutter and a farmer. In 1807 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Randolph County, and when Jackson County was formed he was appointed as JP (along with Dr. Conrad Will) in 1816. He served as a Senator in the Illinois State Legislature from 1820 to 1824 (two terms) when the Capitol of Illinois was Vandalia.

    When William was 18 years old, in 1795, he left Boon's Mill, KY and moved to Missouri, where he worked in lead mines for 6 or 7 years. In 1802 he moved to Kaskaskia, IL where he married Elizabeth Cline. In 1806, he built a home under the bluff of BIg Hill, near today's Hwy 3. In 1809, he moved to Sand Ridge, IL where he built a new home. Elizabeth died of the "milk sick" in 1813, and in 1814 William married Catherine Darnall, the widow of Thomas Hendricks and John Bradshaw. The first school at Brownsville was held at the home of William Boon in 1814

    William made seven trips to New Orleans during 1810-12 to sell coal (the first coal shipped out of Illinois) and was on the Mississippi River in 1811 with Zaphna Brooks and Peter (his Black slave) when the New Madrid earthquake occurred (during which the river reversed course and flowed backward for awhile).

    William bought Peter from Zaphna Brooks. William Boon is listed in the 1818 census of Jackson County as the head of a household containing 3 white males age 21 and up, 13 other whites, and 1 slave (presumably, Peter).

    Could Peter have been the father of the Peter BOONE who is listed in the Oct 1850 census for Randolph County, IL family 1586? He is listed as Peter BOONE age 45, Black, born in IL. His wife is Silly (sic) age 35, Black, b. IL. and also in the household are Delila BOONE age 14, Black, b. IL and John MOWAN age 7, Mulatto, b.IL and Rachel DUNBERLY age 3, Mulatto, b. IL. Family 1585 is headed by Enoch BOONE age 28, Black, b. IL and his household includes Melinda age 23, Black, b. IL, Agnes Ann age 6, Black, b. IL, Juba age 3 Black, b. IL, Mary age 1 month Black, b. IL, and James DUNBERLY age 5 Mulatto, b. IL. Perhaps this Peter BOONE was the son of the slave owned by William BOON III, since this Peter would have been only about 7 years old when the series of New Madrid earthquakes occurred during 1811 and 1812.

    The 1878 History of Jackson County says William died in 1833, aged 56 years.
  • Change Date: 27 OCT 2013 at 23:24:20

    Father: William BOON b: 1753 in Exeter, Luzerne, PA
    Mother: Susanna PARKS b: 11 SEP 1755 in Exeter, PA

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth CLINE b: ABT 1781 in PA
    • Married: 1802 in Kaskaskia, IL
    1. Has No Children Achsah BOON b: 12 OCT 1803 in Kaskaskia, Randolph, IL
    2. Has Children Sarah "Sally" BOON b: 4 AUG 1805 in Kaskaskia, Randolph, IL
    3. Has Children Benningsen BOON b: 6 MAY 1807 in Indiana Territory
    4. Has No Children William BOON b: 28 FEB 1809 in Illinois Territory
    5. Has No Children Polly BOON b: 1 JAN 1811 in Illinois Territory

    Marriage 2 Catherine DARNALL b: ABT 1785 in Madison, KY
    • Married: 16 APR 1814 in , Randolph, IL
    1. Has Children Rachel BOON b: 14 MAR 1815 in Sand Ridge Twp., Jackson, IL
    2. Has Children Catherine BOON b: 8 MAY 1817
    3. Has Children Blucher BOON b: 19 JUN 1820 in Sand Ridge, Jackson, IL
    4. Has Children Sophia BOON b: 3 MAR 1823 in Sand Ridge, Jackson, IL

    1. Title: Family Sketches of Early Settlers of Jackson County, IL
      Author: Benningsen Boon
      Abbrev: Family Sketches of Early Settlers of Jackson County, IL
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