|Birth: ||Apr. 6, 1807|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 1879|
May 6, 1807
Son of Capt William Boon, first permanent settler of Jackson Co. was also Capt of Illinois riflemen in Battle of New Orleans.
Elizabeth H, his wife was a daughter of Conrad Will founder of Brownsville first State Senator member First Constitutional assembly. William dropped the "e" from the family name. William came to Kaskaskia, IL from KY, finally settling in Jackson Co in 1805.
Benningsen was the first white child born in Jackson Co. In 1809 he lived in Sand Ridge. His mother died in 1814 of the cold plague. In 1826 he moved back to Big Hill. He assured his niche in history by appealing to the Supreme Court to establish the freedom of the slaves he inherited from his father, William Boon, in 1836.
In 1809 William Boon had bought Peter, a Black slave from Zaphna Brooks, and Ben had inherited Peter's wife Juliet and her children. The 1836 suit initiated by Ben Boon, (Benningsen Boon, Appellant, vs. Juliet, a woman of color) advanced to the Supreme Court and resulted in the effective end of slavery in Illinois. Records indicate there were 53 slaves in Illinois when it joined the Union. By 1840, there were no slaves left in Illinois. Juliet, the wife of Peter, had been registered as a slave on July 20, 1808 by William GASTON.
About 1830 he married Elizabeth Will the d/o Conrad Will.
She was born 12 Jun 1812 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, and died 14 Feb 1855 in Grand Tower, Jackson, Illinois.
Ben was a veteran of the Black Hawk War of 1832,IN 1836 he became JP for 16 years. He founded the town of Big Hill and was made PM by Present Pierce in 1855. He was a Corporal in Captain Alexander Jenkins company during the Black Hawk war in 1832 along with George Vancil and the Crowells.
He and his wife had 9 children. After her death he married Elizabeth (Burns) Leo on 28 Jun 1857 in Jackson, Illinois, daughter of ANDREW BURNS and JANE ?. She was born 16 Dec 1813 in Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and died 16 Jan 1890 in Milton, Umatilla, Oregon. They had no children.
Some time in Dec 1867 Ben went to Oregon with part of his family, returning in 1872. Upon his return he stayed with his half sister Rachel(Boon) Henson in Carbondale, where he died according to his stone in 1879 but his death certificate lists 21 Mar 1881.
Elizabeth Boon (1812 - 1855)
Boon Family Cemetery
Created by: Bev
Record added: Jul 11, 2004
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