Matthew Boomer
(Abt 1610-After 1688)


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Matthew Boomer

  • Born: Abt 1610, Essex, England
  • Marriage: Eleanor about 1636
  • Died: After 1688, Freetown, Bristol, Mass.

bullet  General Notes:

The following is from "Additions and Corrections to Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island Matthew Boomer", published in the American Genealogist, April, 1984.
- Before court (servant of Edmond Nedum/Needham in Lynn, MA) 5/9/1647 and 12/26/1649 for striking his master with a pitchfork and lying - author cites Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex Co, MA; Salem 1911; 1:133, 184.
- Moved to Newport RI by 1655. Appears in list of Freemen of Newport - author cites John R. Bartlett, Records of the Colony of RI and Providence Plantations in New England; Providence RI 1856 rpt. New York 1968; 1:300.
- House burned by Indians during the late war. On 2/26/1676 Henry Stevens stated that he sold the 10 acres to Matthew Boomer about 18 years ago - author cites RI Land Evidences (RILE), Volume 1, 1648-1696; Providence RI 1921, rpt Baltimore 1970; pp. 95, 96 - probably burnt after he moved to MA.
- Sold the 10 acres to George Browne of Newport on 2/26/1676.
- Frequently in RI and Plymouth Colony courts as member of Petty Jury on 10/24/1666, but usually as a defendant - author cites RI Court Records: Records of the Court of Trials of the Colony of Providence Plantations, 1662-1670 2 vols.; Providence, 1922.
- Was sued by Nicholas Easton for damages 10/21/1668, charged with committing a riot.
- Wife charged with committing a felony.
- Jury found not guilty in all cases.
- He seems to have moved back to MA by 1675; a record in New Plymouth states, on 6/1/1675 "John Arthur, Mathew Boomer and John Leyton being sumoned to the court to answare for theire residing in the govment without order, and not attending the publicke worship of God, liveing lonely and in a heathenish way from good societie, this Court ordereth that they for the future shall frequent the publicke worship of [God], and live otherwise orderly, or that they depart the govment." (Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, [Boston 1856, rpt. New York 1968].
- On 3/6/1676/7 Henry Brightman of Portsmouth sold one half of a lot lying on the east side of "Tanton River in the collony of New-Plymouth" to Matthew Boomer of Newport. Matthew sold the half lot to John Reade of Newport on 6/22/1677 - author cites RILE, pp. 121-122.
- Matthew and his son Matthew are on the 10/17/1688 tax list for Freetown, MA. The 6/25/1690 list gives only one Matthew Boomer - author cites Richard L. Bowen, Early Rehoboth , Rehoboth MA 1945, 1:86-88.
- On 1/5/1692, ack. 11/20/1694, "Matthew Bommer Sr. of Freetown sold to Matthew Bommer Jr. of Freetown one freeman's lot in Freetown where said Matthew Bommer Junr. now dweleth" - Bristol Co. LR 1:301. LDS gives father as Joshua, of Essex, born about 1578, married about 1609 in Essex. LDS shows Matthew's marriage and death in MA - could be right. Matthew moved from Lynn, MA to Newport, RI, then to Freetown, MA.


Matthew married Eleanor about 1636.

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