Our Family History
This Web Page is designed as a tribute to the Family of Nicholas Boon who arrived in Isle-of-Wight County, Virginia sometime before 1670. Though his English roots and route of immigration are not clear much research by other Boon family descendants is ongoing. It is therefore recommended that you bookmark this page and check back from time to time as it is in constant evolution.
The son of Nicholas, Thomas Boon, who was born about 1648, arrived in the Virginia Colony around 1663. Thomas marries Elizabeth Ratcliffe, daughter of a prominent Virginia family, and lives in the Isle of Wight County or Southampton County area of Virginia. It is yet unknown how many children Nicholas had or his wife name, but the genealogy of Thomas has been fairly well documented. I will stay with the line that eventually immigrated to settle during the early 19th century in Virginia, then Arkansas, and finally Texas.
One of Thomas and Elizabeth's children, Joseph Boon was born about 1677. He married Anne Axtell, daughter of David Axtell, in 1714 in Chowan County N.C., and lived in eastern North Carolina. His family was one of the early pioneers of North Carolina, and specifically Johnston County.
One of his children, Joseph Boon II was a prominent planter in Boon Hill of Johnston County with his wife Mary. His son, Joseph Boon III rose to prominence serving as a Colonel during the Revolutionary war, State representative and ultimately Senator of North Carolina at the time of the ratification of the United States Constitution. He had many children with his wife Sarah Bass. His son General Daniel Boon too was a prominent figure of the time. He too was a large landholder. He was one of the founders of Wake Forest College and a member of its first Board of Regents. His first two sons, William and Joseph, were in the first class in the early 1830's.
Daniel married Sarah Boykin whose father Major Simon Boykin, was a noted officer in the Revolutionary War. They traveled with their children and slaves to the newly opened Mississippi Territory to settle in DeSoto County, Mississippi around 1835.
A staunch and prominent Baptist, he was a founding member of Hernando's Baptist Church. The church's' archives preserve his legacy.
Daniel and Sarah had many children whose numbers are posted here. His oldest son William John Abner Boon was my great-great grandfather. He had a large plantation in DeSoto County, served in the Mississippi legislature, and organized the "DeSoto Gray's" to become Company D of the First Mississippi Regiment under General Beale. He was wed in North Carolina to the daughter of Edward White, Augusta Ann at the young age of 16. After their move to Hernando she bore him several children, one of whom was my great grandfather, Daniel Ratcliffe Boone. His generation added the "e" to the last name to give its present spelling.
Daniel was a pharmacist, schooled at Tulane and University of Arkansas, settled in Lonoke County, Arkansas sometime before 1885. He married one of 13 daughters of Major Lewis Wellington Munroe, a wealthy and prominent landowner, merchant, and financier.
Daniel married Martha Jane (Mattie) Munroe while Major Munroe was taking his customary afternoon nap as he was not in favor of a Mississippian to wed his daughter. A lookout was posted to alert the couple should the Major awaken early and return to his office. As he napped they were joined in union. They were a pioneer family in Lonoke raising a fine family. He was one of Lonoke' early mayors and was president of Arkansas National Bank, and a superintendent of Lonoke's Public Schools. His Drug store still stands in old downtown Lonoke with his initials displayed D.R. Boone. Among his five children was my grandfather, Lemuel White Boone. Lem was in the class of 1912 of Tulane University's School of Pharmacy. He took over Boone Drugs after his father's death in 1922.
- William Boykin Boone (32 KB)
June 4, 1896 - January 22, 1918
The fourth child and third son of Daniel and Mattie Munroe Boone. Brother of my grandfather Lem Boone
- Capt. William J.A. Boon (40 KB)
September 24,1821 - July 13, 1885
My great-great grandfather, the first son of Daniel and Louise Boykin Boon.
- Billy, Jere, Lem Jr. Boone as kids circa. 1925 (20 KB)
This photo was taken on the frront porch of their home in Lonoke. Jere died as an infant, probably not long after this photo.
- Augusta White Boon (30 KB)
June 13, 1828 - May 27, 1857
The first wife of my great-great grandfather,
WJA Boon before her untimely death at the age of 28.
- Wedding party of Buddy and Betty Boone (172 KB)
From left to right:
Tommy Boone, Harry Winn, Eldon Bowles, Dan Boone, Roy L. Edwards, Reyburn Reynolds, and Tracy Jones
- America Thompson Munroe (57 KB)
January 2, 1836 - March 15, 1920
The daughter of William and Martha Thompson and wife of L.W. Munroe. My great-great grandmother
- Daniel Munroe Boone (179 KB)
This photo was taken when he was approximately 4-5 years old.
- Lemuel White Boone (18 KB)
May 11, 1893 - December 14, 1938
My grandfather, and the fourth child and second son of Daniel R. Boone and Martha Jane Munroe.
- Dr. William Radcliffe Boone, Jr. (4 KB)
January 18, 1951
The first child and son of William R. Boone and Pauline Welnack.
- Ada Munroe Eagle (31 KB)
Ada, daughter of L.W. and A.T. Munroe, was the second wife of W. H. Eagle. W.H. Eagle was the
brother of governor James Phillip Eagle.
- Martha Jane Munroe Boone (31 KB)
January 3, 1866 - April 20, 1932
The wife of my great grandfather, Daniel Ratcliffe Boone Second daughter of Major L. W. Munroe and America Thompson. Also called "Ma Boone" by her grandchildren.
- Major Louis Wellington Munroe (182 KB)
August 29, 1828 - March 25, 1911
My great-great grandfather. Son of David and Mahala Dowdy Munroe. Married America Thompson and an early pioneer in Lonokle, Ark. He was the father of Martha Jane Munroe Boone
- The Bank of Central Arkansas circ 1910 (62 KB)
William T. Couch and Daniel R. Boone had served as president of this bank.
- Daniel Munroe Boone (child) (37 KB)
Th first child and son of Daniel and Mattie Boone
- Front Street Lonoke 1910 (287 KB)
The cotton market taken most likely from the second floor of the Boone or Eagle Building
- Major Simon Boykin (1750-1824) home (40 KB)
This house was built by Major Simon Boykin in the late 18th century. Louise Boykin, wife of Daniel Boon the daughter of Major Boykin and nancy Andrews. This is located in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The photo was kindly provided by Boone Groves, great grandson of W.J.A. Boon.
- Clara Oliver (8 KB)
Former Slave Joseph Simon Boykin Boon
Born 1850 - Died in Memphis, Tennessee
- Early street scene in Lonoke, Arkansas (154 KB)
The taller building with the double upstairs windows were built by Adolph Hamberg and Daniel R. Boone. Boone Drug Store is on the right.
- Lonoke's Front St. circ. 1940's (25 KB)
The Hamberg/Boone?Eagle Bldgs. are seen on the left. The train station upper right.
- Young Lem Boone (2477 KB)
Photo circa 1897
- Obituary of Lem White Boone December 1937 (123 KB)
Lem died of "Bright's" disease at the old Army-Navy Hospital of Hot Springs, Arkansas. This was an older medical term for an inflamatory kidney disease.
- Young Ledora Couch (1885 KB)
Ledora Couch Boone circa 1900 - Lonoke
- The grave of L.W. and A.T. Munroe (28 KB)
Located in the Lonoke City Cemetery.
- Ledora with young school class (1336 KB)
Judging by her apparent age, this photo looks to be before 1905
- Lem W. Boone (2211 KB)
Another photo of my grandfather approximate 1897 vintage.
- Old Boone' Drugs - Present day (49 KB)
The old Boone building is now owned by Boyette's Antiqes.
- Map of DeSoto County, Mississippi cir. 1880 (40 KB)
This is an old map of DeSoto County that includes the town of Hernando where Daniel Boon and family settled in the 1830's.
- James Abraham and the Lonoke Jackrabbits ca. 1925 (46 KB)
Seen on the far left, Coach Abraham was the huband of Allie Mae Boone. He was remembered as a tough coach, able school Superintendant, and a teacher.
- Bank of Arkansas Statement (193 KB)
An advertisement in the Lonoke Democrat circa. 1923.
D. R. Boone and W.T. Couch mentioned
- Present day Lonoke Depot (34 KB)
The old Depot is now a meeting hall for the Lonoke Historical Society. It holds some city court services and is the site of the city counsel meetings.
- Early 1920's ad for Boone Drugs (168 KB)
There were many advertisements for the store. Very interesting ads for patent medicines of the time.
- Louise Miller Boone Boyd (15 KB)
February 9, 1889 - September 15, 1941
The first daughter of Daniel and Mattie Mnroe Boone. Married to James Boyd.
- News article of D. R. Boone's fall (126 KB)
A small town's newspaper is often filled with stories of the local citizens. Daniel recovered from this accident.
- Dr. William R. Boone, Sr. (358 KB)
August 7, 1922 - September 30, 2001
My late father.
- Lem and Ledora bult this home in the early 1920's. (95 KB)
This house was built across the street from
D.R. Boone's house which burned in the early 1950's.
- Jere Boone's Obituary (158 KB)
Jere was the infant son of Lem and Ledora Boone.
- Major Simon Boykin (3361 KB)
1750 - 1824
The father of my great-great-great grandmother, Louise Boykin Boon.
- The graves of W. J. A. Boon and Grandson Louis (73 KB)
W.J.A. Boon's grave is on the right and his infant grandson, Louis Wellington Boone, to the left. Louis was the first child of D.R. and
Mattie Munroe Boone. W.J.A. died 7-15-1885 and Louis 5-21-1892 (born 11-27-1890).
- World War I memorial (245 KB)
This article appeared in the lonoke Democrat in May 1918 commemorating Lonoke citizens who died in the war. William Boykin Boone's name listed among the casualties. His name also appeared on a memorial plaque listing those University of Arkansas graduates who died.
- Pauline Couch Hamberg 9-15-1889 to 4-28-1969 (511 KB)
February 3, 1890 - April 28, 1969
Older sister of Ledora Couch Boone. Married Walter Hamburg
- Front Street Lonoke in 1910 (59 KB)
Cotton market. The Hamberg/Boone/Eagle building seen at the upper right corner
- One Boon cemetery in North Carolina (45 KB)
There were probably several cemeteries in Johnston, Northampton and Bertie Counties in North Carolina where the Boon family had been buried. Some are buried and gone under a field of cotton; others are neglected as the one pictred here.
- Daniel Munroe Boone (110 KB)
August 30, 1886 - February 23, 1967
The first on and econd child of Daniel and Mattie Boone.
- Sarah Louise Boon Oliver (39 KB)
March 16, 1823 - December 14, 1915
Sixth daughter of Daniel and Louise Boykin Boon. Born in North carolina, married to Simeon Oliver. She moved to Hernando with her family in the 1830's. Her family is buried in the Boon section of the Old Baptist Cemetery in Hernando.
- Allie Mae Boone Abraham (18 KB)
September 24, 1899 - Janary 29, 1993
Sister of my grandfather Lem Boone
- Lem Boone at Tulane University (25 KB)
Lem was a junior in 1912 when this photo was taken with his pharmacy college class. He was about 19 years old. He's standing second from the right at the top row.
- Eliza Caroline Boon (148 KB)
October 16, 1814 - January 14, 1887
Eliza was the second daughter and fourth child of Daniel and Louisa Boykin Boon's eight children. She married Reuben Troy Sanders and settled in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
- Daniel Estelle Boon (55 KB)
December 4, 1820 - March 19, 1860
Fifth child and daughter of Daniel and Louisa Boykin Boon. She married Daniel B. Killibrew in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
- Buddy and Betty Boone's wedding photo (199 KB)
October 18, 1951