John Bohannon, #8 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” List

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Published: 06 April 2015
Updated: 27 Oct 2016

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Surname Variations:
Bohannon, Bowhonnon, Bowhanon, Bowhannon, Bohamans, Bonamy, Bohonion, Bohoonnon, Bowhoman

Scottish Surname:
Black, George Fraser, 1866-1948. The Surnames of Scotland, Their Origin Meaning and History, (New York : New York Public Library & Readex Books, 1962), First published in 1946. See pages 111 and 112:  From 1562: “Bowhanan and Bowhannan” originates form Buchanan and before that MacAuslan.

First Generation in the New World

1. JOHN¹ BOHANNON*, “a Scotchman”*, was born in Scotland* about 1630 and died at an unknown location. He married, possibly at Boston before or in 1658, MARY MOER*, an Irishwoman*.

Children of John* and Mary* (_____) Bohannon*:
2.   i. MARY² BOHANNON, b. at Boston in 1658
2.  ii. MARGARET BOHANNON, b. at Boston 1659/60
2. iii. JOHN² BOHANNON*, b. at Boston* on 23 Aug 1661*; d. at Boston* on 14 Nov 1661*. Died young. No Children
2. iv. PATRICK BOHANNON, b. at Boston in 1664/5
2. v. ABIGAIL BOHANNON, b. at Boston in 1667
2. vi. JAMES BOHANNON, b. at Boston in 1670

Second Generation

2.   i. MARY² BOHANNON*, (John¹), was born at Boston* in 1658*.

Biographical Notes:
March 25, 1672, John Bohamans ordered within one month to dispose of his daughter Mary, abroad for a servant, about 14 years.

2.  ii. MARGARET² BOHANNON*, (John¹), was born at Boston* in 1659/60*.

2. iii. JOHN² BOHANNON*, (John¹), was born at Boston* on 23 Aug 1661*and died at Boston* on 14 Nov 1661*. Died young. No Children See Below: Boston, MA: Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699.

2. iv. PATRICK² BOWHOMAN/BOHANNON*, (John¹), was born at Boston* on 14 Feb 1664/5*.

2. v. ABIGAIL² BOHANNON*, (John¹), was born at Boston* in 1667*.

2. vi. JAMES² BOHANNON*, (John¹), was born at Boston* on 20 Oct 1670*.

Boston, MA- Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection) 2

Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection). Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630–1800 and The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston, 1630–1822. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014.)

Sources and Notes:

A John Buchanan donated to the Scots Charitable Society.

Boston, MA: Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) Originally published as: A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston Containing Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699, Rockwell and Churchill, City Printers, Boston, 1 “Birthdates for Patrick and James”

“Bohannon” is not listed in: Black, George Fraser, 1866-1948. The Surnames of Scotland, Their Origin Meaning and History, (New York : New York Public Library & Readex Books, 1962), First published in 1946.  Is Bohannon an incorrect spelling?

“John of John and Mary Bowhanon born Aug 23 in 1661” at Boston.
“John, son of John and Mary Bowhonnon died 14 Nov (1661) in Boston.”
SEE: Boston, MA: Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) Originally published as: A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston Containing Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699, Rockwell and Churchill, City Printers, Boston, 1883.

6 children: Mary, Margaret, John (d. 1661), Patrick, Abigail, James.  All born in Boston 1658-1670.

25 Mar 1672: John Bohamans ordered within one month to dispose of his daughter Mary, abroad for a servant, about 14 years.*

08 Feb 1677: John Bohonion (laborer) deeds land to John Gill (yeoman)*

Boston land lot belonging to “Bonhonnin” in 1678:
Bonhonnin
See the original map here. Bonhonnin’s lot is in the bottom center map, just north of the four adjacent wharves (Bull, Gill, Carver, and Peck) on the shoreline.

1687: John Bonamy appears on tax sheet 5*

What became of the John Bohannon family after 1687 is unknown.

*Source: Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection), p3483, from NEHGS.

2 Responses to John Bohannon, #8 on “The Dunbar Prisoners” List

  1. Roger Spring says:

    My ancestor was named Duncan Bohannon, born about 1635. I believe he is the little brother of John Bohannon. Duncan arrived in Barbados about 1650, I believe he may have been at the Battle of Dunbar. He married Cicely (Sisley) Collmore of Barbados. They had a child while in Barbados, immigrating to Maryland around 1660, settling at Mobjack Bay, Colony of Virginia. There sits today a town called Bohannon, Virginia.

    I think there is a relationship and I believe they may well have been brothers. It is interesting to note that they named their first son John.

    Best to you,

    Roger

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