Samuel Boone & Mary Wightman, RI and Canada

This is the last of my Rhode Island family posts, as Samuel Boone was a Loyalist who appears on the Spring 1783 Fleet list of Loyalists removing to New Brunswick from Huntington Bay, New York. The Boones sailed on the Union, departing on 16 April 1783, with a stop in New York City on 24 April 1783,  before heading to St. John. They landed on 11 May 1783, but passengers didn’t disembark until 3 June 1783.

Samuel Boone was listed as the sole member of his family. His son, William, was head of a household with an adult female, four children over 10 and 2 children under the age of 10, according to the ship’s manifest.

Samuel Boone was born on 9 April 1717 in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, the son of Samuel Boone and Mary Sweet. He married Mary Wightman. Mary was the daughter of John Wightman and Jane Bentley. There is no record of her birth and in spite of the 1736 marriage date found online for this couple (with no sources), I believe they married a bit later than that. Mary, however, did not make the trek to Canada, as she reportedly passed away in 1782, just before the end of the American Revolution.

It was quite unusual in this time period for a male to marry much before the age of 25, with wives usually about 21 at the time of a first marriage. That would present a marriage date c1742 and a birth year for Mary c1721.

There is a double whammy on uncovering the family of Samuel and Mary. North Kingstown records are both incomplete and of records that survive, those contain partially burned volumes. On top of that, Samuel settled in New Brunswick right after the war, when written records are scarce in terms of vital records.

There is a 1774 census for Rhode Island, which names heads of households and identifies the number of men and women over and under the age of 16.

There are five Boones listed in Rhode Island. Samuel is one of them; his household has one male over 16 (which would be himself), one male under 16, three females over 16 (which would include wife Mary) and two females under 16.

William Boone is already married and appears in the Exeter enumeration in 1774. In his household are three males over 16, two males under 16, two females over 16 and three females under 16.

It is very possible that the Samuel Boone Jr., also living in North Kingstown, is the son of Samuel and Mary Wightman Boone. That household has one male over 16, two under 16, one female over 16 and two under 16.

Richard Boone, also in North Kingstown, has two males over 16, two males under 16, one female over 16 and three females under 16.

The final Boone household is headed by Mary Boone, who has one male over 16, two males under 16, three females over 16 and three females under 16 in the home. Mary is likewise in North Kingstown. she may be Mary Sweet, widow of Samuel Boone who died in 1766.

From the few items I find online, no proven parents are attributed to Richard or Samuel Jr. Whether they belong to Samuel Sr. is a question mark at this point. However, if they are sons, they did not accompany Samuel and William to New Brunswick.

The 1774 census gives a picture of four possible children, in addition to William, who was already married.


  1. William, born c1742-1749; married Ruth Hill
  2. Daughter, born say 1754 – this might be the Mary Boone who married William Gardiner, 26 January 1775, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island. They lived in Richmond, Washington County, Rhode Island in 1790.
  3. Daughter, born say 1756
  4. Son, born say 1758

An online search engine for the Rhode Island 1782 state census produced no hits for Boon or Boone. The family might already have been living in New York.

The 1790 U.S. census lists only six Boones in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

James – in Newport
Mary – in North Kingstown
Peggy – also in North Kingstown (This might be the widow of Samuel Jr.
Richard – in Exeter
Susannah – in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts

More work needs to be done on this family, but there might not be surviving records to make any progress.

My line of descent is through Samuel’s son, William, who married Ruth Hill. This is my Mayflower line that goes back to George Soule through the Hill family. I’ve already written about them.


6 thoughts on “Samuel Boone & Mary Wightman, RI and Canada”

  1. Samuel & Mary (nee Wrightman) Boone are my 7th great-grandparents. I am a descendant of their son William & Ruth (nee Hill) Boone.

    1. I have records on Capt. Samuel Boone Jr who married Mary Wightman. Samuel was elected as a Captain through The North Kingstown Company out of Rhode Island. His son, William Boone who married Ruth Hill lived out the remainder of their lives in Burtts Corner. NB. Captain Samuel Boone Jr. was buried in The Lancaster, NB Cemetery. There is a reason why Capt. Samuel Boone Jr. was called ‘Red Sam.’ Do you know the reason why? I have records on Capt. Samuel Boone Jr. his wife Mary Wightman, daughter of Rev. John Wightman and Jane Bentley. son of Reverend George Wightman and Elizabeth Updyke. George’s other son. Reverend Valentine Wightman married Susannah Holmes. the great grand daughter of Roger Williams who also fell under Obediah Holmes. Rev. John Wightman was also the great grandson of Edward Wightman (The Last Martyr) where as John Rogers was the first Martyr who finished William Tyndale’s translation of The New Testament into English. Do you know why most of Capt. Samuel Boone’s records were destroyed on purpose by General William West who was responsible for weeding out Loyalists in the state of Rhode Island?

      1. Oh…I have birth & death dates on all my past descendants from my grandmother to Samuel Boone who married Mary Sweet, the parents of Capt. Samuel Boone Jr. married to Mary Wightman, daughter of Rev. John Wightman, brother of Rev Valentine Wightman, great grandsons of Rev. Edward Wightman. Susannah Holmes married Rev. Valentine Wightman, and Susannah fell under (Obadiah Holmes- Christianity Dot Com) & Roger Williams (University). Capt. Samuel Boone Jr. was stripped of his title, rank, place of birth & 600 acre lot in Exeter, RI. due to refusing to allow his son’s to join a militia. In 1776, C. Samuel Boone was around 58 years old. William Boone & Ruth Hill were both born in North Kingstown & lived out the remainder of their lives in Burt’s Corner, NB. One of their sons, I have to look up, moved to Geary, NB where my mom was born many generations later. Her name was Madeleine Florence Boone. She just passed away this past year. Daughter of Eunice Boone.

    2. Laura…Any chance you’re from Burtts Corner, NB or Geary, NB where William and Ruth lived? As for Mary (Boone) Wightman, she died on The Boone Lot next to Boone Lake in Exeter, Rhode Island. Named after Samuel Boone and Mary Sweet that lake was. Old Families of Rhode Island. Of course, Captain Samuel Boone Jr. was labeled as a Loyalist, striped of his title. place of birth. and 600 acre lot in Exeter, Rhode Island after he refused to allow his sons to join a militia. He was elected Captain through The North Kingstown Company in the 1750s. His sister. Martha, married Capt. Samuel Rhodes, also from The North Kingstown Company. I once found a books that included his lieutenant and ensign’s names. I found it through Google Books. Oh…our ancestry is linked to The Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Tyndale. Anne Boleyn, Edward Wightman (well known in Protestant circles for his religious radical ideals who was burned at the stake in England by King James. Of course, John Smyth’s Puritans set out to convince other Puritans and Protestants of forming a Pilgrimage called. ‘The Great Puritan Migration.’ History of Massachusetts. Capt. Samuel Boone Jr. mostly feared losing his sons in a war he didn’t think could be won. He fled to New Brunswick with his sons and son’s wives while his wife remained behind. The Wightman Family didn’t want her to leave with her husband. He kept his nose out of the war. Of course. The Boone name long ago was known as ‘de Bohun.’ The Boone’s in Rhode Island were connected to The Boone’s from Pennsylvannia but further back in time in England. One of William Boone’s sons moved to Geary, NB where Camp Gagetown is near in Oromocto, NB/ They test munitions there for The United Nations. I have a an uncle who is a Boone that works there and lived in Geary, NB. Yes! You are correct…..Canada is where he ended up. Most of his descendants are from around that area. near Fredericton, NB. As you probably know….Many of them remained Baptists.

    3. I can name all my ancestors right down to my mom, Madeleen Florence Boone who married my dad, Joseph Rogat Parent (French / Catholic).

    4. Oh…Martha Boone passed away at sea shortly after she married Capt. Samuel Rhodes, and Capt. Samuel Rhodes ended up marrying Martha’s sister, Hannah Boone. Anyway…Roger Williams (Encyclopedia 1630), Obediah Holmes (Christianity dot com) President Abe Lincoln also falls under Obediah Holmes under Sarah Bowne. Susannah’s 1st cousin. Not directly related to Abe Lincoln but close. Anyway, I have a dental appointment at 2:30, so I better get some sleep. Oh..I’m on The Liver Transplant List at MGH in Boston. MA, and I have another surgery coming up on the 23rd of March. 75% chance I’ll make it through that surgery. If you are a descendant of William Boone and Ruth Hill. then you’re also a descendant of The British Royals and a descendant of a man burned at the stake by The British Royals. Oh….the irony of it all.

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