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Joseph Boner (pronounced Boney) b. 1754 Rev. war vet was from FRANCE.
Posted by: Mr. Jude (ID *****5342) Date: June 10, 2012 at 19:05:35
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Joseph Boner/Bonee/Boney/Bouny/Bouney/Boneny....goes on and on and on...oh well, I guess you get the picture here, i.e., he was obviously foreign, most likely French and it sounds to me as if Joseph may have been educated enough to spell his name as it would have been correctly spelled in French. Especially, since the French tend not to pronounce the final "r" in a word. Consequently, if Joe was going around telling people his last name was pronounced as Boney instead of Boner, then others probably picked up on the "Boney" pronunciation and began spelling it as is sounded, i.e., phonetically, and continued the use of it. I guess this is what is referred to as "Anglicizing" a name to sound more English in America. Who knows for sure? Anyway, if you go to a 1999 map of Pike County, you will see Joe Boner Fk of Greasy Creek. I am not from the area, but I was able to find it even though it is not marked on the side of the road. There is absolutely nothing but abandoned property on the land. I was told by the nearest neighbors that there were cemeteries moved nearby. I even made the extra effort to go to some of the other cemeteries where they were supposedly re-intered; However, I had no luck in finding the grave of Joseph Boner. I find it hard to believe that "officials" would have moved the grave of a revolutionary war veteran, without as much as a wooden sign showing he was moved. Frankly, I am appalled that they would have removed him at all. As the saying goes, is nothing sacred?

Update:

My suspicions were correct! Joseph Boner (pronounced Boney) was indeed from France. The source for this is the following 1880 California census which contains information about Joseph’s son Hiram who according to family tradition traveled to California to live. Hiram stated on the 1880 California census that his father was born in France. I believe Hiram also had a son Hiram Boney, Jr. who was identified on the 1850 Tazewell Co., VA census. Does anyone have any further information on Hiram Jr.?

Census Place Big River, Mendocino, California
Page Number 277A

Name Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Hiram BONEE
Self M Male W 68 VA Farmer FRA. VA
Maria BONEE
Wife M Female W 54 TN Keeps House TN TN
Chas. SOUTHARD
SSon S Male W 11 CA At School IN TN

Census Place Big River, Mendocino, California
Page Number 277A

Name Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Wm. BONEE
M Male 42 MO Farmer
Martha BONEE
M Female 32 MO Keeps House
Alice P. BONEE
S Female 14 CA At School
Rosa F. BONEE
S Female 13 CA At School
Minnie BONEE
S Female 11 CA At School
Della M. BONEE
S Female 6 CA At School
Maud P. BONEE
S Female 1 CA

As history has shown the French provided great assistance in America’s Revolutionary war. Joseph was documented as a Revolutionary war soldier.

Conclusion: My previous suspicion that due to the fact there was much inconsistency in how Joseph and others pronounced and wrote his surname, especially since most often his last name was pronounced as Boney, but was originally spelled Boner. This is just the way the French tend to not completely pronounce the final “r” in a name or word. In fact to this date there is a branch called Joe Boner Fork of Greasy Creek in Pike Co., KY. Also, since his son Hiram used the surname “Bonee”, he was clearly making an attempt to even further anglicize his surname to ensure it was pronounced correctly even more so than spelled correctly which was originally Boner. So this information does confirm my previous suspicion that Joseph Boner/Boney was foreign and most likely French. Now as far as finding out exactly where in France, Joseph immigrated from is a task, I will mostly likely leave to others. A starting point for this research that could possibly help researchers is something I was told by a very renown family researcher in Pike Co., KY. According to him, Joseph Boner came from the French Huguenots.


Regards,

Mr. Jude



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