Historical information on Daniel Boone
(Daniel is linked on the Eunice Reed Phelan side ... I am still trying to
connect the dots)
American Pioneer and Trailblazer
1734 - 1820
"I have never been lost, but I will admit
to being confused for several weeks."
Daniel Boone was
born November 2, 1734 in a log cabin in Berks County, near present-day
Reading, Pennsylvania. Boone is one of the most famous pioneers in United
States history. He spent most of his life exploring and settling the
Boone had little formal education, but he did learn the skills of a
woodsmen early in life. By age 12 his sharp hunter's eye and skill with a
rifle helped keep his family well provided with wild game. In 1756 Boone
married Rebecca Bryan, a pioneer woman with great courage and patience. He
spent most of the next ten years hunting and farming to feed his family.
In 1769 a trader and old friend, John Findley, visited Boone's cabin.
Findley was looking for an overland route to Kentucky and needed a skilled
woodsman to guide him. In 1769 Boone, Findley and five men traveled along
wilderness trails and through the Cumberland gap in the Appalachian
mountains into Kentucky. They found a "hunter's paradise" filled
with buffalo, deer, wild turkey and meadows ideal for farming. Boone vowed
to return with his family one day.
In 1775 Boone and 30 other woodsmen were hired to improve the trails
between the Carolinas and the west. The resulting route reached into the
heart of Kentucky and became known as the "Wilderness Road."
That same year Boone built a fort and village called Boonesborough in
Kentucky, and moved his family over the Wilderness Trail to their new
Boone had numerous encounters with the native people of Kentucky during
the Revolutionary War. In 1776, Shawnee warriors kidnapped his daughter
and two other girls. Two days later Boone caught up with the Indians and
through surprise attack rescued the girls. In 1778, he was captured by
another band of Shawnee. Boone learned that the tribe was planning an
attack on Boonesborough. He negotiated a settlement with Chief Blackfish
of the Shawnee, preventing the attack. The Indians admired their captive
for his skill as a hunter and woodsman and adopted him into their tribe as
a son of Blackfish. He escaped when he learned the Shawnee, at the
instigation of the British, were planning another attach on Boonesborough.
The settlement was reinforced and provisioned in preparation for the
assault. When British soldiers and the Indians attacked, Boonesborough
withstood a ten-day siege and Chief Blackfish and the British finally
After the Revolutionary War, Boone worked as a surveyor along the Ohio
River and settled for a time in Kanawha County, Virginia (now West
Virginia). In 1792, Kentucky was admitted into the Union as the 15th
state. Litigation arose that questioned many settlers' title to their
lands. Boone lost all his property due to lack of clear title. In 1799, he
followed his son, Daniel Morgan Boone, to Missouri which was then under
the dominion of Spain. Traveling by canoe, he and his family paddled down
the Ohio River to St. Louis.
In 1800, Boone was appointed magistrate of the Femme Osage District in
St. Charles County, Missouri. He received a large tract of land for his
services. When Missouri was transferred to the United States as part of
the Louisiana Purchase, Boone once again lost all his land, most of which
was sold to satisfy creditors in Kentucky. Boone's wife - Rebecca
died on March 18, 1813. He spent his remaining years living in his son
Nathan's home in the St. Charles area. He went on his final hunting trip
at the age of 83. Daniel Boone died on September 26, 1820 at the age