Daniel Boone

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    • Daniel Boone

      This 1820 painting by Chester Harding
      is the only portrait of Daniel Boone made from life.
      Boone, 85 years old and just months away from death,
      had to be steadied by a friend while the artist worked.

      November 2, 1734
      Daniel Boone Homestead, Oley Valley,
      Berks County, Pennsylvania

      Died September 26, 1820 (aged 85)
      Nathan Boone's home, Femme Osage Creek,
      Missouri, United States

      Resting Place
      Old Bryan Farm graveyard,
      Missouri according to 'The Boone Family' booK
      by Hazel Atterbury Sprake

      Woodsmen, Hunter, Farmer,
      Surveyor, Magistrate, Pioneer, Frontierman

      Full Biography- Daniel Boone-Wikipedia

      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 American frontier.

      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.

      George Caleb Bingham's Daniel Boone
      Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap
      is a famous depiction of Boone.

      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.

      This engraving by Alonzo Chappel
      depicts an elderly Boone hunting in Missouri.

      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 home.

      Illustration of Boone's ritual adoption by the Shawnees,
      from Life & Times of Col. Daniel Boone, by Cecil B. Hartley

      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 withdrew.

      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.

      Boone's gravesite in Frankfort, Kentucky

      Daniel Boone died on September 26, 1820 at the age of 85.
      In 1845 the remains of Boone and his wife were moved to Kentucky
      to rest in the great pioneer's "hunter's paradise."
      There is some controversy surrounding the final disposition of Boone's remains.
      Some say that Daniel and Rebecca are still in Missouri,
      and that the wrong remains were removed and re-buried.
      Others have demanded the return of the bodies to Missouri.

      "I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

      Edited and Compiled by ethanedwards
      Information And Photographs from
      Lucidcafé Library and Wikipedia
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Western Legends- Daniel Boone

      Was a TV series back in the sixties, staring Fess Parker and Ed Ames as his Indian sidekick. We have a few episodes on DVD that we got while on a Daniel Boone jag.