Boone Family

The Boones

In 1805 the Boone families headed by Abraham, Thomas and John Boone held 84 yards of beach frontage in the prime landing spots in Bareneed Cove between the old wharf and Greenland’s Store. All three of these properties were held by “deed of gift from his father” and were all dated 1784 which suggest that they were brothers (1784 likely represents the date the properties were inherited). Holding this prime property suggest that the Boone family are a good candidate for one of original settlers of Bareneed.

435Abrahm Boone 38 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Thos. Boone on the W. by Thos. Bartlett — yards from H.W.M. to the Northward bounded N. by Bay Roberts Note, The missing word is indecipherable.Held by deed of gift from his FatherNo buildings1784
436Thomas Boone, 17 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by John Boone on the W. by Abram Boone 193 yds. from H.W.M. to the Northward bounded on the N. by Bay Roberts 1 Stage 1 Flake 1 House 1 GardenHeld by deed of Gift from his FatherNo buildings1784
437John Boone 29 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Wm. Preautx on the W. by Thos. Boone 193 yds. from H.W.M. to the Northward bounded on the N. by Bay Roberts 1 Stage 1 Flake 2 Houses 2 Gardens 1 MeadowDoDo1784
1805 Plantation Book

The question then becomes who was the father of the 1805 Boones of Bareneed; unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. A John Boone was recorded in Petty Harbour in 1675 (see Seary) but the first Boones recorded at Bareneed/ Port de Grave are likely the Boones recorded in 1805.

Seary (Family Names of Newfoundland) list Abraham of Port de Grave 1784 who was likely the Abraham of 1805. This Abraham married in 1781 just a few years before he inherited the property from his father (see below).

Keith Matthews files MUN

Abraham’s brother Thomas and his wife Grace had a son Thomas (Jr.) b in 1781

Keith Matthews Files, MUN

This was likely the same Thomas who had a son John baptized at Harbour Grace in 1777 (name of mother not given).

Harbour GraceBOONThomas & (no entry)JohnMJ. Balfour26 Aug 1777

This Thomas (Jr) was buried at Bareneed in 1854 (age 72) and left the following Will.

In the Name of God, Amen. I Thomas Boon of Thos. Sen’r. of Bareneed in the Island of Newfoundland, Fisherman, being of sound mind but mindful of my mortality do this 15th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four 1854 make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First I desire to be decently buried in the Church Yard at Bareneed. I do hereby give and bequeath to my Son Thomas Boon, his heirs and assigns, all my right title to the Room situate in Bareneed with the House and land back save and except the setting of one Bll seed Potatoes to my Daughter Louisa during her natural life, and after the death of my Son Tho’s I give and bequeath my aforesaid Room to my Grandson Nathaniel, his heirs and assigns. And I do hereby make and ordain, constitute and appoint my Son Tho’s Boon Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set and subscribed my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Thomas [his X mark] Boon of Tho’s Sen’r {Seal}

This Thomas (2nd) and his son Thomas (3rd) are likely the Thomas Senior and Thomas Junior listed in 1817 and one of these is the “Thomas of Thomas” listed in the 1835 Voters List (see further below).

The final Boone in the 1805 Plantation Book was John. This was likely the John husband of Rachel who had a son Thomas baptized at Harbour Grace in 1782.

Harbour GraceBOONJohn & RachelThomasMJ. Balfour24 Nov 1782

This may be the John who was buried at Bareneed in 1854 (no age given).

There are a number of family trees on Ancestry that give different names and home towns for the parents of Abraham, Thomas and John but nothing definitive. In an attempt to identify their origin in the UK I plotted up the UK locations linked to the names Thomas, John and William Boone / Boon (1600-1800) in the Keith Matthews files at MUN (no UL locations linked to Abraham and William a name from 1817 added),

UK locations linked to Thomas, Abraham, John and William Boone / Boon (1600-1800) in Keith Matthews files at MUN.

All the locations are in Devon, from Dartmouth to the Dorset border. One location does pose some questions. There are numerous references to Boones at St Saviour. There are Saint Saviour parishes in both Jersey and Guernsey, Channel Islands, and I originally assume it might be one of these but there is also a St. Saviour Church and Parish in Dartmouth. The easternmost of the two overlapping red star symbol on the map identifies St. Saviour Church and the other the estate of “Mount Boone” (west of Dartmouth). In about 1630 the estate, the elevated position of which dominates the town of Dartmouth, was purchased by Thomas Boone, a Newfoundland merchant and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth in 1658. The estate passed out of the Boone name after the death of Thomas’ son Charles in 1689; however, there were distant Boone relatives living in Dartmouth as late as 1791.

The connection between Dartmouth and the Newfoundland fishery in the 17th Century includes several different Boone families as demonstrated by a Petition filed in 1642 by petitioners, who are occupied in the Newfoundland fisheries.


A Copy of petition of the Mayor, his brethren and the rest of the inhabitants of Clifton-Dartmouth-Hardnes, with the places adjacent, to the Justices of the Peace for the County of Devon. The petitioners, who are occupied in the Newfoundland fisheries, complain that their trade is likely to be destroyed in consequence of the number of Turkish pirates from Algiers and Sallee, the rebellion in Ireland, and the dread entertained of a popish rising.

This Petion included the following Boone names:

#126BooneJoM1646Dartmouth SS.
#381BooneRogerM1629Wolborough & Newton Abbot.
#705Boone/ClarkeRobt Stokeinteignhead.
#1068BooneRichard CRichard Clark? BooneStokeinteignhead

Boones in Bareneed after 1817

The following are Boones from Bareneed listed in the 1835 Voters List.

BOON, Thomas of ThomasBareneed
BOON, Charles of AbrahamBareneed
BOON, John of ThomasBareneed
BOON, IsaacBareneed
BOON, John of AbrahamBareneed
BOON, JonathanBareneed
1835 Voters list Bareneed

The following are Boones from Bareneed who donated to the Church Society in 1847.

1847 Church Society Report Bareneed