Wednesday, July 30, 2008

George & Mary Maugridge Boone - Coming to America

George Boone was born in 1666 in Stoke Canon, Devonshire, England. He was christened on March 19, 1666. He was the son of George and Sarah Mary Uppy. His father was a blacksmith. His mother, Sarah, lived until she was eighty years old. It was said she "never had an aching bone or decayed tooth."

On August 16, 1689 when George was 23 he married Mary Milton Maugridge, age 20. She was the daughter of John and Mary Milton Maugridge. They had ten children, all of whom were born in Bradeninch, England. John had learned the blacksmith trade of his father before he became a successful weaver. He continued weaving for the rest of his life. Mary and John were members of the Church of England, but dropped out in 1702 to become Quakers. This made them different than most of their neighbors and made their life difficult. .

In 1713 John sent his three oldest children, George age 23, Sarah 22, and Squire 17, to the Quaker colony of Pennsylvania to investigate the conditions there. The children sent positive reports home and George made preparations to move the rest of the family. On August 17, 1717 he and Mary left England for America. They arrived on October 10.

They first settled in Abington, a small village north of Philadelphia. They later moved to Exeter Township where Mary died in 1741 and George in 1744.

Soon after their arrival their son, George born July 24, 1690, married Deborah Howell, the daughter of the Quaker minister, William Howell and his wife Mary.

Sarah, born February 29, 1692, never embraced the Quakers. She married Jacob Stoever. He was born in Germany and immigrated with his family as Luthern ministers. Jacob's brother, John Casper Stoever, was the first ordained German Luthern minister in America. John Casper was my seventh great grandfather coming down to us through Maggie Perdue, Jesse Wright's wife. Sarah died before her father. In his will, he left his estate to his eight children.

Mary who was born in 1696 also died in that year.

Squire Boone was born December 6, 1696. He married Sarah Jarman Morgan. Squire had seven boys and four girls. Not all of them embraced the Quaker religion. Squire was warned on different occassions because some of his children were marrying out of the faith. There were other quarrels and Squire sold his land to a Maugridge cousin and left for North Carolina. As far as we know they did not attend Quaker services there. Many of the family became Baptists.

Mary Boone, born October 4, 1699, was named in honor of the sister who died. She married John Webb. Athough Mary and John lived and died in Pennsylvania, their son James went to North Carolina, too. He served in the North Carolina 10th regiment in the Revolutionar War until May 1779. He moved to Lee County, Virgina before finally settling in Harlan County, Kentucky. He took a land grant in 1819 and settled on Oven Fork in Letcher County. He married Elizabeth Jane "Lettie" Nelson. They were members of the Oven Fork Baptist Church. Two of their children are my direct grandparents.

John Boone, born Januray 14, 1702 never married and had no children. He was a school teacher. He kept the family history and passed on the information to his nephew, James, son of James and Mary.

Joseph Boone born April 4, 1704 married Catherine Warren. He stayed in Pennsylvania when the family moved south.

Benjamin Boone born July 27, 1705 married Ann Farmer and also stayed in Pennsylvania.

James Boone born July 18, 1709 married Mary and stayed in Pennsylvania.

Samuel Boone born in 1711 married Elizabeth Cassell.

Now you know about Daniel Boone. He was Squire's son. But do you know who else is related to the Boone family and you? According to the Boone/Bohun Family of America, where much of this information came from, Boone kinship can be claimed by:

  • General Robert E. Lee
  • Dr. John S. Pemberton, inventer of Coca-Cola
  • Dolly Parton
  • Richard Boone (Have Gun Will Trave, wire Palladin)
  • Sgt. Alvin York, World War II hero
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Lucille Balll
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • Andrew Jackson
  • John Tyler
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Chester Arthur
  • Grover Cleveland
  • William McKinley
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Richard Nixon
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Pat Boone
  • The Hatfield Family
  • Dina Merrill
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Charles Robb, Virginia Govenor
  • King Henry VII
  • King Henry VIII
  • Desi Arnez, Jr.
  • Debbie Boone
  • William Christopher (Father Mulcahet if M*A*S*H)
  • Richard Petty
  • Audrey Hepburn
Pretty good company, huh?


  1. Karen,
    I'm puzzeled! How are the Bentleys related to Daniel Boone?
    Your Cuz,

  2. Hi, I'm related to Daniel Boone, and would really like to know how we are related to Alvin York - one of my favorit heros. Do you know?

    Thanks! Deborah Smith