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Johann Theiss (Buchner) Boughner (1744 - abt. 1812)

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Johann Theiss (Matthias) "Theiss" Boughner formerly Buchner aka Buckner
Born in Westerwald, Hessen, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Sussex, New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Windham, Norfolk, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Dec 2017 | Last significant change: 30 Oct 2018
01:18: Dave Rutherford edited the Biography for Matthias (Buchner) Boughner. [Thank Dave for this]
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He was born in 1744 in Germany with the name Johann Theiss Buchner, so using German custom he was known by his middle name of Theiss. He was the son of Johan Buchner and Elizabeth Zehrung. On moving to Canada after the Revolutionary War, he changed his name to Matthias Boughner.

"Boughner, Matthias (1740-1816) married Elizabeth Bellis and lived in Oxford Township, Sussex County, New Jersey during Colonial times. During the American Revolution he supported the Loyalist forces. Following the War, the couple settled in Willoughby Township, Welland County, Upper Canada (later Ontario) then about 1801, settled in Windham township, Norfolk County, between Simcoe and Delhi."[1] Windham Assessment 1809- 82 acres, 32 cultivated; brick house, 2 yoke oxen, 1 cow, 3 horned cattle, 2 swine. Children Documented: Alexander, Martin, Anna, Mathias Jr., Mary (married Jacob Bean), Peter, John, Joseph and Elsa (married Noah Millard) - one daughter not accounted for.

"Several Boughners emigrated from Germany to Sussex County, New Jersey, in the first half of the 18th century. During the Revolution, family loyalties were split; some Boughners served with the American patriots while others remained loyal to the British crown. Those who became Loyalists had their lands and property confiscated and were forced to leave the new United States. Matthias Boughner was born in Germany and as a youth emigrated to New Jersey in 1753 with his family. He married, became a Loyalist and with his family fled to the Niagara Frontier about 1786. At Niagara, Matthias obtained 250 acres in Willoughby Township (Lots 10 & 11 on the 7th Concession) and lived there for a few years. In 1795 he petitioned for additional land. In the petition he testified that "during the War he was a warm and known Loyalist and lived in affluent circumstances in Sussex County." There he had concealed and provisioned British officers and when discovered, was thrown into jail and had his land and property seized. At the first opportunity to escape, he fled to Canada with his wife and ten children. As a result of his petition, he was awarded an additional 300 acres. He used this award about 1797 to take up land in Windham Township of the Long Point Settlement although he retained ownership of the Willoughby properties until after 1811."[2]

Alternate Birthplaces

Date: 24 JAN 1744
Place: Mariënberg, Altotting, Bayern, Germany
Date: 24 JAN 1744
Place: Saxony, Germany

He passed away between about 1812-1816.


  1. The Long Point Settlers - R. Robert Mutrie, entered by Jane Hughes.
  2. The Families of Five Stakes - A History of Talbotville Royal 1811-1851, by Morley Thomas. (Talbotville, Elgin Co. Ontario)
Buckner, or Boughner, Mathias, Windham, 1801
Windham Old Pioneer Cemetery, Simcoe, Ontario


  • Thanks to Jane Hughes for starting this profile. Click the Changes tab for the details of contributions by Jane and others.
  • WikiTree profile UNKNOWN-148132 created through the import of wiki.GED on Mar 14, 2012 by Deb Glover. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Deb and others.

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On 23 Oct 2018 at 23:16 GMT Alan Buchner UE wrote:

he was born Theiss Buchner and changed his name to Matthias Boughner when he fled from the USA after the War 0f 1776 .

On 2 Sep 2018 at 23:55 GMT Dave Rutherford wrote:

Buchner-339 and Buchner-275 appear to represent the same person because: same person

On 13 May 2018 at 00:43 GMT Alan Buchner UE wrote:

he was born Theiss BUCHNER , changed his name to Matthias BOUGHNER after fleeing USA after war of 1776. settled in Niagara area and later moved to Norfolk Co. his father is a BUCHNER not BOUGHNER.

On 11 Oct 2017 at 01:15 GMT Alan Buchner UE wrote:

i know who the parents are of Matthias , they are my 6th great grandparents

On 22 Dec 2015 at 02:38 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:

Hey Brett,

I think this is a good case. Have you thought about contacting the Sandy listed in the FAG to see what else she might be able to tell you?


Matthias is 18 degrees from Claude Monet, 19 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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