The Boomer Family

George Boomer (1781-1844) was a linen manufacturer of Huguenot descent. He was a descendent of René Bulmer who was driven from France because of the revocation of the edict of Nantes. The family settled in Northern Ireland. George was married to Mary Knox of Scottish descent (related to John Knox, Scottish reformer). The Boomers resided near Lisburn, County Down, Ireland and had five sons and three daughters.

Michael Boomer was born on July 1, 1810. He was educated at the Belfast Royal Academic Institution and at Trinity College, Dublin. He graduated in 1838 and also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1860. In 1840 he moved to Canada where he was ordained an Episcopalian Deacon by Bishop Strachan. He became a priest the following year and was appointed to the Mission of Galt. He remained in this position for more than 30 years. In 1872, he was called to London, Ontario by the Bishop of Huron where he was appointed the Dean of Huron and Principal of Huron College. He was married to Helen Blair, née Adams. His second wife was Isabella Jemima Davidson and subsequently, he married Harriet Ann Mills. He died on March 4, 1888 in London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada

Anthony Knox Boomer was born on April 13, 1811 in County Limerick, Ireland. He was married to Charlotte Maria Limbrick. He bought land opposite Merritt’s Mill in St. Catharines. He also bought land in Concession no. 2 in Grantham. John Mittleberger and Anthony Knox Boomer are both listed as Grantham Merchants in 1838. A. K. Boomer and H. Mittleberger were in partnership in the mercantile business, but this partnership was dissolved in on June 7, 1844. In the St. Catharines Journal of Feb. 6, 1845, it was announced that Boomer Bros. and Co. had opened next to A.W. Strachan with the sign of the giant anvil. On receipts the store address was listed as “the new brick store near Bank of Montreal St. Catharines.” Boomer Bros. and Co. was listed as being dealers in dry goods, groceries, liquors, hardware, ship chandlery and room papers. The address was listed as St. Paul Street, St. Catharines. In 1847, A.K. is listed as an agent for the St. Lawrence Inland Marine Assurance Company. Mr. Boomer was a member of the Provincial Mutual and General Insurance Company Directors and Agents and he served as a Reeve of St. Catharines in 1851. He was also a member of St. George’s Church where he served as a church warden. He served as the secretary of the Niagara District Agricultural Society. In 1857 to 1859, he is listed as having the companies A.K. Boomer and Co. at 25 Bay Street, Toronto and Boomer and Co. Importers of Shelf and Heavy Hardware at 36 King Street East, Toronto. In 1861, the listing for him is, A. K. Boomer, Mercantile Insurance and General Agent, 53 Yonge Street, Toronto. He died in Toronto on May 13, 1875.

Elizabeth Boomer was born on August 6, 1813 in Lambeg, County Down, Ireland. She was married to Richard Niven of Chrome Hill, Lisburn, Ireland. She died on June 16, 1899 in Lambeg, Ireland.

Mary Ann Boomer was born on August 29, 1818. She was married to Charles Richard Walkem who was one of the staff who was employed at fixing the boundary between Canada and the United States under the Ashburton Treaty. She died on May 14, 1879 and was buried in Kingston, Ontario.

George Boomer was born in Ireland in 1819 and came to Canada in 1832. He was a Barrister and studied law with Judge Campbell of Niagara. He served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was also a member of the Agricultural Association. He formed a partnership with Barrister, Richard Miller and later with George Skiffington Connor. He was Mayor of Niagara in 1851 for a short time. He served as a Police Magistrate and Commissioner in St. Catharines from 1862-1865. He was also an alderman in St. George’s Ward in 1858 and 1861. Toronto listings include: George Boomer of Connor and Boomer at 17, Bay Street, Toronto and Boomer and Miller, Wharfingers (keepers of wharves) at Custom House Wharf at the foot of Yonge Street, Toronto.

Hugh Boomer was born in about 1824 in Ireland. He married Sarah Heron, daughter of Andrew Heron of Niagara. He died on March 7, 1856.

Ellen (Eleanor) Boomer was born in 1824 in Northern Ireland. She married Reverend Samuel James Meredith, son of Richard Meredith and Anne Greene, on May 3, 1850 in the U.S.A. She died on 3 Feb 1880 in Troy, New York State, USA.

Joseph Patterson Boomer was born in 1825 in Ireland. He was the Harbour Master and Assistant Collector on the Welland Canal. He married Helena Woodruff, daughter of Richard Woodruff of St. Davids, Ontario. In 1855, he was appointed to a committee to collect voluntary subscriptions for the aid of orphans and widows of soldiers in the Crimean War. He was also a church warden at St. John’s Church, Port Dalhousie. He died on Dec. 9, 1873 in Port Dalhousie, Ontario.

Click here to view the Boomer Family Business Fonds finding aid: https://dr.library.brocku.ca/bitstream/handle/10464/13561/Boomer%20Family%20Business%20-%20RG%208.pdf

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