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Johann Diel Bohn (b. 1711, d. Bef. April 05, 1764)Johann Diel Bohn was born 1711 in Obermoschel, Germany, and died Bef. April 05, 1764.He married Anna Maria Dicker on Bef. 1741 in Germany.
Notes for Johann Diel Bohn:
The first imprint made by our family on American soil was made at the port of Philadelphia in 1741. A ship called the "Marlborough", under Thomas Bell, Master, docked with a load of immigrants from the Palatinate of Germany. The ships port of embarkation was Rotterdam, Holland and it made one stop at Cowes, France. The ship's lists show that there were 72 male passengers, 16 years of age and over, on board - one of which was Johann Diel Bohne.
There are three separate lists available in the Pennsylvania German Society publication of 1934: "Pennsylvania German Pioneers". The list are kept at the Pennsylvania Historical Society in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From the Pennsylvania Pioneers publication we find the first list is #82A which is: "A list of all mens names and ages from 16 years and upwards on board the Ship Marlborough, Thomas Bell, Master." On page 293 of Vol 1 of the Pennsylvania Pioneers, we find in the second column, #16 the name "Dewaile Poon" and the age "30". Researcher Nellie Whedon says: "A photostat of the ships passenger list shows that Johann Diel Boone arrived in Philadelphia on the boat "Marlborough" in 1741. On the list of 72 names, he is number 47. His name is written in English and spelled phonetically as "Dewaile Poon", age 30. His middle name was used, and B is often mistaken for P when spoken by a German."
Dr. John Calvin Wright, Director of the Federal Bureau of Vocational Education, Washington D.C. (a descendant of the son John) discovered these facts; the name of Johann on the passenger list of the "Marlborough"; his will on file in Frederick Co., Md.; the seat of the Bohne family in Germany; and in 1937, the exact location of his land in Frederick (now Carroll) Co., Md.
The seat of the German Boone family is said to have been in the Palatinate Province of Pfalz, near the village of Obermoschel, 20 to 25 miles southwest of the town of Mainz, and on the banks of a small stream which empties into the Rhine, due north. While the German name is spelled Bohne (Johannís signature to his Oath of Allegiance in 1741), and Bohn (Johannís signature to his will in 1761, which a photostat shows), the pronunciation is Boone, even to this day among his descendants living in Maryland. It is not known where Johann and family spent the first few years after their arrival in America. On April 10, 1750, 50 acres located near Frizellburg, now Carroll Co., Md., called "Boonís Content" were patented to Theobald Boon (Land Warrant No. 587, Prince Georges Co.) We know by his will that this was Johann Diel Bohn, whose name was often misspelled by public officials. On March 28, 1752, at the request of Deal Boone, the following marks of his cattle and hogs were recorded: The left ear cropt and a nick on the right ear: (Land Record B, folio 545, 1748-52, Frederick, Md.) On Sept. 16, 1752, he acquired 80 acres of the Resurvey on Shear Spring (Land Warrant No. 1970, Prince Georges Co.) On Oct. 10, 1758, he acquired 40 acres of the tract "No whiskey" (Land Warrant No. 2821). At the time of his death in 1764, these three tracts of land. 80 perches (1/2 acre) were set aside on the "Shear Spring" tract as a family burial ground. Practically all trace of this is gone at present (1945).
These three tracts remained in the family until 1777, until the death of his widow, Mary, or until the youngest son, Adam, became of age, as provided in the will of Johann. On Sept. 18, 1777, Jacob Boon (son) and wife Catrin deeded all their interest in "Shear Spring" and "Boonís Content" together with a lot in Frizellburg, to Mary Triplett of Baltimore (Liber R.P., folio 250). (In 1782, Jacob and his younger brother, John, appeared in Bedford, now Franklin Co., Va., John going to Montgomery Co. in 1807 and living in the part that became Floyd Co. in 1831.)
On March 18, 1783, Nicholas Boon (son) sold the tract "No whiskey", left to him by his father, to Michael Wagoner (Liber W.R. #4, folio 283). The Bohn-Boon land passed through various hands until it was inherited by Mrs. Edward Formwalt, who deeded it to his stepson, Mr. F. H. Haines, the present owner. (1945)
Johann Diel Bohne made his will (page 9) in 1761 just before departing on a voyage to Germany. He probably died early in 1764, as a notation of his will states that it was "proved by P. Myers, and the other (witness) was dead 5th of April, 1764". The witnesses were Michael and Peter Myers. The will was filed April 13, 1764 (Liber A #1, folio 209) at Frederick and is also on file at Annapolis. For some reason, the executors he named did not serve, and son Nicholas acted as administrator. A photostat of Johannís signature to the original will is in German as Bohn, though his name to his Oath of Allegiance has a final "e" Bohne. The penmanship is identical. Unfortunately, whoever wrote his will for him, spelled his name Bone, instead of Boon or Boone, and it is copied that way into the Will Book at Frederick. The omission of the one "o" caused confusion for years as to his identity.
Johann gave his age upon arrival from Germany in 1741 as 30 years, and his will was filed in 1764, hence his dates would be, 1711-1764, aged 53. Johann Diel Bohne, 1711-1764, named his wife Mary, five sons and four daughters in his will. The birth year of only two of his children are known; dates from their tombstones in Kreider Cemetery, near Westminster, now Carroll Co., Md.; Margaret Pouder-Everly in 1743, and Catherine Sullivan in 1753. Nicholas was the eldest, as Abraham called him "half-brother" in his will in 1825. Thus Johann had a wife that died in Germany, after which he married Mary and had eight children by her, the eldest ones born in Germany. It appears that Mary died about 1877. Nicholas was naturalized in 1765, Nicholas, Jacob and John were on the Committee of Observation in Frederick Co. during the Revolutionary War. their names were on the list of Associators in the Maryland Historical Magazine, Vol. 11, page 164. Adam, son of Nicholas, was in the active service (page 16). Some unpublished Revolutionary War records of Maryland state that Abrum Booneî took an Oath of Fidelity and Support to the Government, along with others, in Frederick Co. in March 1778 (Natíl Gen. Quar., Vol. 6, page 33).
More About Johann Diel Bohn:
Emigration: September 23, 1741, Philadelphia on ship "Marlborough".
Will: April 13, 1764, Written 1761, filed 4/13/1764, Fred.Co.4.
More About Johann Diel Bohn and Anna Maria Dicker:
Marriage: Bef. 1741, Germany.
Children of Johann Diel Bohn and Anna Maria Dicker are:
- +Johann Jacob Bohne, b. 1736, Germany, d. 1796, Guilford Co., NC.
- Nicholas Bohn, b. Abt. 1736, Obermoschel, Germany.
- Abraham Bohne, b. 1737.
- Margaret Bohne, b. 1743.
- Mary Bohne, b. March 07, 1744/45, Frederick Co., Md.
- Catherine Bohne, b. 1753, Frizzelburg, Frederick Co., Md.
- Elizabeth Bohne, b. Abt. 1755, Frizzelburg, Frederick Co., Md.
- Adam Bohne, b. Aft. 1755, Frederick Co., Md.
- John Bohne, b. 1756, Frederick Co., Md.