Daniel Boone

Burial Location Visited
Frankfort, Kentucky April 21, 2010


Looking out at the beautiful Kentucky                                                        When Boone passed away in
landscape is the grave of pioneer Daniel                                                    1820, he was buried on Boone
Boone.                                                                                                   family property in Missouri.
                                                                                                             His remains were relocated to
                                                                                                             Kentucky 25 years later.


However, many Missourians argue                                                            All the same, since the official
that the wrong bodies were                                                                      story is that Daniel Boone and
disinterred, and that Daniel and                                                                his wife are now buried in
Rebecca Boone still rest in Missouri.                                                          Kentucky, that is the story I will
                                                                                                            stick with.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* One of America's best known frontiersmen, Daniel Boone was born on November 2, 1734, although he preferred to use the Old Style date of October 22nd during his lifetime. Belonging to a Quaker family, Boone grew up on the Pennsylvania frontier. Far more interested in hunting and the great outdoors than studying, his education was very limited. In 1750, after several controversies concerning the marriages of two of his offspring (they married non-Quakers), Boone's father sold the family's farm and relocated to North Carolina. In North Carolina, Boone spent most of his time outdoors further honing his hunting skills. During General Edward Braddock's march to Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War, the Pennsylvania native joined the general and served as a wagon driver. After Braddock's expedition failed, Boone went home and wed Rebecca Bryan, a neighbor's daughter. He moved to Virginia in 1760.

* Boone first ventured to Kentucky in 1767, having heard marvelous stories about the land from a fellow wagoner years earlier. Following the signing of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (which made Native Americans cede much of their land below the Ohio River to the British), Boone returned to the fabled area for a two year expedition. During this time, he and the small party accompanying him explored the wilderness and hunted local game. Though they had an incident with some Shawnees who took their skins and warned them to never return, Boone and his companions remained excited about this new land. In 1773, two years after his return, the avid outdoorsman set off with his family and around four dozen settlers with the intent of establishing a settlement in what would later be known as the "Bluegrass State". However, after some natives tortured and killed two settlers (one of which was Boone's son), members of the expedition turned back.

* Despite the gruesome demise of his eldest son, Boone did not stay out of Kentucky for very long. He returned in 1774 to warn surveyors to beware of hostile natives in the area, as tension between the colonists and tribes such as the Shawnee and the Delaware had increased. When Boone went back to Virginia, he defended several local towns and became a captain in the militia. After Richard Henderson, a judge from North Carolina, purchased some Cherokee territory out in Kentucky, he hired the soon-to-be-famous frontiersman to create a route to the "dark and bloody ground" from the East. Starting out from Fort Chiswell in Virginia, Boone and other travelers cleared a path that went through the Cumberland Gap and into central Kentucky (which, for some time, was actually a county in Virginia). The route, called the Wilderness Road, subsequently became the main way to reach Kentucky. Along the Kentucky River, Boone founded Boonesborough, the first chartered town in Kentucky. He moved his family there shortly afterward.

* As time went on, violent episodes between American Indians and settlers took place more frequently. In the Summer of 1776, Boone's daughter, Jemima, was one of three teenage females abducted by angry Native Americans. Several men from town took after the kidnappers and caught up to them several days later. After a brief skirmish, the girls were rescued. Later, as relations with the natives disintegrated even further, Boone found himself defending Kentucky settlements from attacks. During one such conflict, the pioneer was shot in the leg, but he was able to recover. Some time later, Boone and other members of a hunting party were ambushed by a group of Shawnee natives. Though the hunters were forced to run the gauntlet by their captors, Boone's persuasiveness prevented the natives from attacking Boonesborough. As was typical in the day, the Native Americans adopted a portion of their prisoners into their tribe, while they sent the rest to their British allies in Detroit. Boone was one of the settlers who became a tribe member. After living for several months in captivity, he was able to escape and return to Boonesborough, which he helped defend during a ten day siege shortly afterward.

* Following the Siege of Boonesborough, Boone was court-martialed on charges of treason. Apparently, a colonel and a captain, both of whom had relatives who were in the hunting party captured by the Shawnee, were enraged that Boone suggested the men surrender rather than put up a fight. They also noted that it seemed Boone lived rather comfortably during his time with the "savages". Much to the chagrin of those who pressed charges against him, Boone was cleared of all charges and even promoted to major. Afterward, he traveled back to North Carolina to bring his family back to Kentucky, as they had left the area when Boone was feared dead. Leaving with his kin and several families eager to move to Kentucky (including, supposedly, Abraham Lincoln's paternal grandfather and his family), Boone established the town of Boone's Station rather than returning to Boonesborough. As the American Revolution was still underway, Boone fought in several battles and became a lieutenant colonel. In 1781, he was elected to the Virginia State Assembly (remember, Kentucky was part of Virginia at the time). Trying his luck as a speculator, Boone proved to be a horrible businessman, eventually losing all of his land in Kentucky. By the turn of the century, Boone was living in Missouri, where he spent the remainder of his years.

Spouse: Rebecca Bryan Boone (1739-1813)

Last Words: "I'm going now. My time has come."
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