Notes for Benjamin Boone

Benjamin was eleven years old when his father brought the family to settle with the Quakers in America. Benjamin's marriage to Ann Farmer occurred some time between August 3, 1726 and September 28, of the same year. On the former date, record was made of their intention of marriage; on the latter, report was made that the marriage had been performed. Ann was born in 1701. How long she lived after their marriage is not known; but it is though that her only child, John Boone, was born in 1727. It is also thought that Benjamin Boone went outside the Quaker fold when he married his second wife Susannah, surname not known - and that the marriage took place early in 1737, for on February 27, of that year, Benjamin was in disfavor with the Society of Friends.

Benjamin Boone's five children by his second wife were baptized August 6, 1753, at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Morlottan, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. By this time John Boone, Benjamin's son by his first wife Ann Farmer Boone, was already married and in North Carolina with his uncle Squire Boone. On January 5, 1762, Benjamin Boone made his will which was proved in Berks County Court on October 27, 1762. The bulk of his estate went to his widow Susannah Boone and to his children by this second marriage; but the will contained one provision which is of great genealogical significance to some of his descendants: "Also I give to my eldest son, John Boone, the sum of five shillings." Without the inclusion of this nominal bequest, the documentation of the relationship between John Boone and his father might have been difficult indeed.

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