Boone


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Here are some Boone stories and accounts over the years:

Humphrey de Bohun


Humphrey de Bohun was said to have accompanied William the Conqueror to England.  He was named as a witness at the court of King William in a charter dated 1081.  And a charter dated 1092 recorded the claim by "Richard de Mereio son of Humfrey de Bohonio" for a field near the monastery at Bohun in Normandy. 

A later Humphrey de Bohun was associated with the Lanthony Abbey near Gloucester, held the title of the Earl of Hereford, and served as Constable of England.  He also held the title of the Bearer of the Swan Badge, a heraldic device that was passed down in the Bohun family.  For a time he was the third most powerful man in England. 

The Bohun male line died out with the death of Humphrey, the 7th Earl of Hereford, at a young age in 1373.



Boon or Boone?

The English have preferred Boon, the Americans Boone.  The following are the approximate numbers today.

Numbers (000's)
  Boon
  Boone
UK
   5    
    1
America
   1
   14


Boon in England in 1891

County
Numbers (000's)
Percent
London 
   0.4
   15
Staffordshire                           
   0.3
   10              
Lancashire
   0.2
    8
Devon
   0.2
    7
Cheshire
   0.2
    6
Elsewhere
   1.5
   54
Total
   2.8
  100


John Boone and Boone Hall Plantation


John Boone, identified as a servant to Paul Smith, was among the members of the first fleet that landed in Charleston in 1670 for the purpose of settlement.  He was soon listed there as Major John Boone, having become an Indian interpreter for the colonial government. 

He was also developing his business as a merchant.  The colony numbered some 1,200 persons by 1680.  However, during the politically polarized time between 1685 and 1690 Boone was expelled from the Council of Governor James Colleton from Barbados for “conspiring with pirates.”  This was, however, apparently standard practice for merchants at that time. 

John Boone prospered and married Elizabeth Patey from a well-to-do family. 
It is believed that her father Theophilus Patey gave the couple about 400 acres as a wedding gift.  This land became known as Boone Hall Plantation.  The plantation house there stayed in Boone family hands until 1811.  John Boone himself died in 1711.


Boone County, Arkansas

Boone county, Arkansas was formed from the eastern portion of Carroll county.  Contrary to popular belief, it was not named for Daniel Boone.  Its original name was Boon, so named because the residents believed it would be a "boon" to all who settled there.  The final e was added later.


The Boone Baseball Family

What set the Boones apart was their success.  All four were All-Stars (Ray twice, Bob four times, Bret three times, and Aaron once) and all four played in the World Series.  Additionally, Bob and Bret were one of only two father-son tandems to win Gold Gloves. 

Ray Boone broke into the major leagues as an infielder in 1948 and had a thirteen year career there.  He was followed by his son Bob Boone who a catcher from 1972 to 1990 and by his grandsons Bret Boone, who played from 1992 to 2005, and Aaron Boone, who played from 1997 to 2009.




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