Parents: Alphonso Boone and Nancy Linnville Boone; w-Elizabeth Fudge Boon/Boone Creery (Probate Record for Eliz Boon Creery who died 26 Mar 1876 in Marion County, Oregon), children: Sonora "Nora" Boone Cimino #22547058, Mary E. Boone Merwin, Alma, George Law, Montgomery, Alphonso/Alphonzo, Minerva B. "Minnie" (believed to have died as a child), Van Daniel #10448611, and Jesse John Boone #22546396.
1850 US Federal Census, Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon:
Lucy A. Boon, age 15, born about 1835 in Missouri;
Jessee V. Boon, age 27, born about 1823 in Missouri;
George T. Boon, age 23, born about 1827 in Missouri;
Morris J. Boon, age 18, born about 1832 in Missouri;
Alphonso Boon, age 14, born about 1836 in Missouri.
1860 US Federal Census, Curry, Clackamas, Oregon:
Jesse V Born (Boon), age 34, born about 1826 in Missouri, Farmer;
Elisabeth Born, age 33, born about 1827 in Virginia;
Nora Born, age 8, born about 1852 in Oregon;
Mary E. Born, age 7, born about 1853 in Oregon;
Alma Born, age 5, born about 1855 in Oregon;
George L. Born, age 4, born about 1856 in Oregon;
Montgomery Born, age 3, born about 1857 in Oregon;
Alphonzo Born, age 1, born about 1859 in Oregon;
John C. Born, age 33, born about 1827 in Missouri, Farm Laborer;
Henry Holchcase, age 28, born about 1832 in New York, Farm Laborer.
1870 US Federal Census, Union, Clackamas, Oregon:
Jessie Boon, age 46, born about 1824 in Missouri,
Elizabeth Boon, age 39,
Mary Boon, age 16,
George Boon, age 13,
Manerva Bron (Boon), age 8, born about 1862 in Oregon;
Daniel Bron (Boon), age 4, born about 1866 in Oregon;
John Bron (Boon), age 3, born about 1867 in Oregon;
George Robbins, age 21,
In 1846, Alphonso Boone took 7 of his 10 children and other family members in 11 wagons over 2000 miles over the Oregon Trail via the Applegate Trail. Also in the wagon train was Alphonso's sister Panthea Boone and husband Lilliburn W. Boggs, former Governor of Missouri. In 1847, after arrival in Oregon, Alphonso's daughter Chloe married George Law Curry who became third and last Governor of Oregon Territory. (Curry County is named for him).
In 1847, Alphonso Boone family members established a homestead of about 1000 acres on the south side of the Willamette River, including the present Charbonneau and Wilsonville, OR. That same year, Alphonso and son Jesse Van Bibber Boone built an oar-powered ferry which was rowed by Tualatin Indians. It was named Boones Ferry and crossed the Willamette River at Wilsonville. It carried 12 wagons and buggies (later cars) per trip, 24 hours per day. The Ferry later converted to a cable system and operated 107 years until 1954 when the I-5 Freeway bridge section was completed over the Willamette River.
In 1856, Alphonso left for the gold fields in California and later settled in southern Oregon. His son, Jesse Van Bibber Boone, operated the ferry and, with others, started clearing and building a 15-mile-long wooden plank or corduroy road to Portland through Tualatin. It merged with (John) Taylor's Ferry Road about one mile from Macadam Avenue and just north of the Sellwood Bridge. (Taylor's Ferry was located on the Tualatin River at what is now called Pacific Highway 99W.) You can still travel most of Boones Ferry Road north and south of the Willamette River.
In 1872, Jesse Van Bibber Boone was shot and killed on his ferry by Jake Engle (Jacob Ingle) who erroneously believed Jesse had killed his sheep. Family members continued to operate the ferry until the State of Oregon assumed management.
One of Jesse's sons, John Jesse Boone, was born on the Wilsonville farm and married Malinda Smith of Tualatin. Malinda's father, John Smith, built the lumber yard, brick factory, "old brick store", and a home for John and Malinda in Tualatin. It is known as the Smith-Boone House and was moved west of the tracks near the Sweek House; it is still being rehabilitated.
Jesse's daughter, Sonora, married Vetal Cimino, who came over the Oregon Trail with John and Maria Sweek. The Ciminos raised hops and other crops on Tualatin-Sherwood Road.
(Tualatin Historical Society Newsletter, April 2006)
Morning Oregonian, March 1872
BY STATE TELEGRAPH
Fatal Shooting Affray at Boone's Ferry.
Oregon City, March 25.--Jesse V. Boone of Clackamas county, was shot fatally to day, about 9 o'clock A. M., by Jacob Ingle, on the premises of the deceased, near Boone's ferry landing. The dispute arose about the division of some sheep. Boone died in a few minutes after he was shot. Ingle is now a prisoner in charge of Sheriff Warner.