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Squire Boone

25 Nov 1696  -  2 Jan 1765

Fourth Generation

The gate sign at the church in Bradninch, England.


Squire Boone, third child of George III and Mary Boone, was the father of Daniel Boone the famous frontiersman.

SQUIRE BOONE Born 25 Nov 1696 (O.S.) Devonshire, England Died 02 Jan 1765 Rowan County, North Carolina.  Married Sarah Morgan 23 Sep 1720 (O.S.) Philadelphia County, PA Born 1700 Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Died 1777 Rowan County, North Carolina.

Squire Boone's significance to this genealogy, however, is due to his influence upon his nephew John Boone in settling in North Carolina. On April 11, 1750, Squire and Sarah Morgan Boone sold their land in Berks County and left with their family, including their sixteen-year-old son Daniel, who was destined to become the most celebrated frontiersman in America. The Boones stopped for a year or more in Linville Creek, six miles north of Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was not until the late autumn of 1751, or some time in 1752, that Squire Boone and his party reached the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina. For his first home site Squire chose a hill overlooking the Yadkin River in the area which soon became a part of Rowan County but which is now in Davidson County. At the first County Court held in Salisbury in June, 1753, Squire Boone was listed as one of the fourteen justices. His residence was given as Boone's Ford. Later in that year, on December 29, Squire acquired land on the western side of the Yadkin River in what is now Davie County, but Rowan County at that time. The grant was for 640 acres on Bear Creek from the Earl of Granville.

As indicated earlier, the primary significance of Squire Boone's migration to North Carolina, so far as these narratives are concerned, lies in the fact that he was accompanied or joined soon afterwards by his nephew John Boone, son of Benjamin and Ann Farmer Boone.

Children of Squire and Sarah Morgan Boone are:





Squire Boone was a son of George Boone III and Mary Mogridge (Maugridge) who emigrated from
Bradninch, Devonshire, England, to Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, arriving on 29 September 1717 (O.S.). 
Sarah Morgan was a daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Morgan of Towamencin Township in Philadelphia (now Montgomery) County, Pennsylvania. The parents of Edward Morgan have not been proved but he has been identified as the son of Sir James Morgan, 4th Baronet of Llantarnam in Monmouthshire (now Gwent), Wales, and his first wife Ann Hopton of Canon Frome. The maiden name of Edward's wife Elizabeth has not been determined.When the first six children of George Boone and Mary Mogridge were born, the Boons were members of the Church of England and their baptisms were recorded in the register of Bradninch Parish. The Anglican church in Bradninch is St. Disen's which was built in the middle of the 15th Century. Squire was baptized on 25 December 1696 (O.S.):    1690 George the son of George Boone bap the 20 day of July 1692 Sarah ye daughter of George boone bapt 28 day of March 1694 Mary ye daughter of George boone bap the 26th day of Sept 1696 Squire ye son of George Boone bap Dec 25th 1699 Mary ye daughter of George Boone bap Oct ye 15th 1701/2 John son of George Boone bap Jan ye 30thThe first daughter named Mary died and was buried on 20 May 1696.  Since subsequent children of George and Mary Mogridge Boone apparently were not baptized in Bradninch, they must have been converted to Quakerism before their son Joseph was born on 05 April 1704 (O.S.).

Squire Boone and his older brother and sister, George Boone IV and Sarah Boone, preceded their parents and younger siblings to Pennsylvania, arrivin before 27 July 1713 (O.S.) when George IV married Deborah Howell, daughter of William and Mary Howell, at Abingdon Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Although it does not appear that Squire and Sarah Boone joined Abingdon Meeting, as did their brother after his marriage, they probably resided in Abingdon with or near him until their parents arrived there. After a few months at Abingdon, the Boone family, except George IV, moved to North Wales Township in Philadelphia County where they attended the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting of the Friends which George Boone III joined in 1717: [Note 5] 10-31, 1717. George Boone, Sr. Produced a Certificate of his Good Life and Conversation from the Monthly Meeting att Callumpton In Great Britain wch was read and well recd.Cullompton is a town in Devonshire, northeast of Bradninch about a mile up the River Culm. Bradninch is about eight miles from the city of Exeter.   

By 1720 the Boones had moved again, settling on a arm in Oley Township in Philadelphia County, which was included in Exeter Township when it was set-off from Oley in 1741. The family attended Gwynedd Meeting until 25 August 1737 (O.S.) when a new church was organized as Oley Monthly Meeting which was re-named Exeter Monthly Meeting on 27 May 1742 (O.S.).  The Boone land was located the part of Philadelphia County that became Lancaster County when that county was created and Berks County in 1752. Being from near Exeter, England, perhaps the Boones influenced the selection of the name Exeter for the new township in which their land was located.Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan apparently met at Gwynedd Meeting where, following Quaker custom, they announced to the group that they intended to get married: [Note 8] 5-26, 1720. Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan declare intentions: Caddr Evans and Robert Jones Catherine William and Ganior Jones to inquire. 6-30, 1720. Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan, 2nd time Caddr Evans and Robert Jones to see the marriage orderly ccomplished. 7-27, 1720. Marriage of Squire Boone reported decently accomplished.

Squire and Sarah Marriage

The following record of marriage is found in records of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Whereas Squire Boone Son of George Boone of ye County of Philad & Province of Pensilvania Yeoman and Sarah Morgan Daughter of Edw Morgan of the Said County and Province Haveing Declared Their Intention of Marriage of Each Other before two Monthly Meetings of ye People Called Quakers Held at Gwynedd in ye Said County According to ye Good Order Used Among Them Whose Proceedings Therein After a Diliberate Consideration Therein and haveing Consent of Parents and Relation Concerned Their Said Proceedings Are Allowed of By Ye Said Meeting Now These Are to Certify All Whom it may Concern that for ye Full Accomplishing of Their Said Intentions This Twenty Third Day of ye Seventh Month In ye Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty They ye Sd. Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan Appeared At A Solemn Assembly of ye Said People for ye Purpose Appointed at Their Publick meeting Place In Gwynedd Afforesd And ye Said Squire Boone Took ye Said Sarah Morgan by ye Hand Did In A Solemn Manner Openly Declare he Took her To Be his Wife Promising To be Unto Her A Faithfull and Loveing Husband Untill Death Should Seperate Them And Then & There In the Said Assembly the said Sarah Morgan Did Likewise Declare She Took ye Said Squire Boone To be her Husband In Like Manner Promiseing to be Unto him a Faithfull and Loveing Wife Untill Should Seperate Them And Moreover The Said Squire Boone & Sarah She According to ye Custom of Marriage Assuming ye Name of Her Husband as Farther Confirmation Thereof Did Then and There to these presents Set There Hands And We Whose Names Are Under Written Being Among Others Present at ye Solemnization of the Said Marriage And Subscription in Manner Afforesd
As Witnesses Thereunto have also to These Presents Set Our Hands ye Day & Year Above Written

Samll Thomas
Mary Webb
Squire Boone
Jenk Evans
Eliz Morris
Sarah Boone
Robt Jones
Dorothy Morgan
Geo Boone
Morgan Hugh
Eliz Hughs
Edw Morgan
Jno Edwards
Mary Hamer
Eliz Morgan
Tho Evan
Eliz Morgan
Geo Boone
Cadr Evan
Jane Griffith
Ja Boone
Rob Evan
Eliz Griffith
Wm Morgan
Jno Cadwalader
Margt Jones
Jno Morgan
Jno William
Ellen Evans
Danll Morgan
Jno Humphrey
Gainor Jones
Morgan Morgan
Jno Jones
Jos Morgan
Jno Jones
Jno Webb
Evan Griffith
Jno Webb
Row Robert
Amos Griffith
Cadwalader Jones

A short distance from his father's homestead, Squire Boone, built a log cabin around a large stone fireplace. Later he built a large stone house around the same fireplace. Squire and Sarah had a total of 11 children that we know about. It was here on this homestead in Berks County, Pennsylvania, that Daniel Boone was born to Squire and Sarah (Morgan) Boone on 22 October 1734, and where he lived until he was about 16 years old.

The births of their first 9 children are recorded in Exeter Monthly Meeting records as;

4 mo. 7, 1724
3 mo. 9, 1726
3 mo. 20, 1728
10 mo. 6, 1730
12 mo. 5, 1732
8 mo. 22, 1734
9 mo. 3, 1736
11 mo. 2, 1739
9 mo. 19, 1740
[07 Jun 1724]
[09 May 1726]
[20 May 1728]
[06 Dec 1730]
[05 Feb 1732]
[22 Oct 1734]
[03 Nov 1736]
[02 Jan 1739]
[19 Nov 1740]

[Compilations of Quaker records have since included births of the other two children, Squire Jr. and Hannah.]

Quaker records are based on the Old Style calendar. Daniel Boone never adapted to the change to the "new calendar" because his mother never approved of it, and always insisted he was born on 22 October 1734 even though by the more modern calendar, his birthdate is recorded as 2 November 1734.

It was probably a combination of events that convinced Squire Boone that it was time to move. Things were not going well with the church. He had been 'scolded' several times for events in the lives of his children. He had seen how the church had treated his parents in the same way for basically the same reasons. It didn't take long before he was thinking that they were getting to be just a little too nosy and controlling. He didn't like the way they were always telling him how to raise his children. Also the Indians were causing a lot of people in the Berks County area to move further southward to escape trouble or rumors of trouble. In any event, in 1750 Squire moved his family to the Yadkin River valley of North Carolina. He received a land grant there dated 1753 [See Map]. There is no record that they ever united with The Society of Friends in North Carolina and many of their children became Baptists.

About 1748 Morgan Bryan and his wife, Martha (Strode) Bryan had moved with their family to the Yadkin River valley from Virginia. The Boones became their neighbors. One of Morgan Boone's sons was Joseph Bryan. Joseph had a daughter named Rebecca Bryan. On 14 August 1756, Daniel Boone and Rebecca Bryan were married in a triple wedding ceremony (three couples were married at the same time.) The ceremony was performed by the father of the groom, Squire Boone, who was a Justice of the Peace at that time.

Squire and Sarah (Morgan) Boone continued to live in the Yadkin River area until their deaths. They are buried at the old Joppa Cemetery at Mocksville in Davie County, North Carolina. Their gravestones are still standing, having been encased in brick to prevent souvenir collectors from damaging them. The inscription on Squire's headstone reads;

"Squire Boone departed this life they sixty-ninth year
of his age in they year of our Lord 1765, Geneary Tha 2"

Sarah's headstone reads; (It has some damage)

"Sa ... Boone desowned this life 1777, aged 77 years."

For a number of years Daniel and Rebecca lived in the area of Bryan's Settlement in or around the Yadkin River valley of Rowan County, North Carolina. In September, 1773, with six families and forty men, Daniel Boone left North Carolina headed to Kentucky. They did not succeed. After Indians attacked and killed Daniel's and Rebecca's oldest son, James and his friend, the settlers turned back. Daniel took his family to Fort Blackmore on the Clinch River in Virginia where they lived for about two years while Daniel and some others cut the Wilderness Road and started building Fort Boonesborough on the Kentucky River. At that point Daniel returned to Virginia and brought Rebecca and the children to Kentucky. What lay ahead for them would take all the courage and fortitude that they could muster, but muster it they did. These Boones seem to have been set on a journey of hardship and pain from the time they were born, but through it all, they remained a family and that never changed. They were by all accounts, a kind, caring and decent people of whom all their many descendants living today can be very proud.


St. Disen's Church in Brandninch, England, where Squire Boone was baptized.    Read below for more information about this plaque - located inside St. Disen.

This is a page from the Bradninch guidebook.

Letter From Daniel to his Sister:

October the 17th, 1816

"Dear Sister
With Pleasuer I red a later from your sun Samuel Boone who informs me that you are yet Living and in good health considering your age I wright to you to Latt you know I have not forgot you and to inform you of my own situation Sence the Death of y our Sister Rabacah I Live with flanders Calaway But am at present at my sun Nathans and in tolerable halth you can gass at my feilings by your own as we are So Near one age I Need Not write you of our Satuation as Samuel Bradley or James Grimes ' Can inform you of Every Surcomstance Relating to our family and how we live in this World and what Chance we shall have in the next we know Not for my part I am as ignerant as a Child all the Relegan I have to Love and fear God beleve in Jeses C hrist Dow all the good to my Nighbours and my Self that I can and Do as Little Harm as I can help and trust on God's marcy for the Rest and I Beleve god never made a man of my prinsepal to be Lost and I flatter myself Dear Sister that you are wel l on your way in Cristianaty gave my Love to all your Children and all my frends fearwell my Dear Sister

Daniel Boone


Daniel Boone's Obituary:


Daniel Boone, 1734-1820, son of Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan. Born in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. About ten miles east of Reading. The house is still standing - a large two story stone house.

Squire Boone was a very devout Quaker, but when the Quakers expelled his sister, Sarah for keeping company with Jacob Stover (a German, non-Quaker), he got sore, quit the Quakers and, according to Irvin S. Cobb, became a Roman Catholic.

In 1750, the Boones got sore at the Quakers and moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and in 1751 to the Yadikin Country in North Carolina. In 1795 the Spanish Government gave him a land grant of 8,500 acres in the Femme Osage section on the north side of the Missouri River, several miles west of the present city of St. Charles, Missouri. He was appointed Magistrate of his District, held court under a great Elm Tree known as the Justice Tree.

Daniel Boone's daughters and their mates and children and his sons all settled near him - they all totaled about 400 - but he only lived to know about 100 of them. He volunteered in the War of 1812, and was disgusted to be turned down because he was 78 years old. He died in November 1820, was buried on the north side of the Missouri River about ten miles north of the present city of Washington, Missouri.

In 1845, the state of Kentucky removed his body and that of his wife, Rebecca, to Frankfort, Kentucky.


Husband's Name
Squire BOONE (AFN:202C-ZR) Pedigree
Born:  25 Nov 1696 Place:  Bradninch, Exeter, Devonshire, England
Christened:  25 Dec 1696 Place:  Bradninch, Exeter, Devonshire, England
Died:  2 Jan 1765 Place:  Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina
Buried:  Jan 1765 Place:  Mocksville, Rowan, Nc, Joppa Cemetery
Married:  27 Jul 1720 Place:  Gwynedd, Berks, Pa
Father:  George BOONE (AFN:202B-W9) Family
Mother:  Mary MAUGRIDGE (AFN:202B-P8)

Wife's Name
Sarah MORGAN (AFN:2W3V-WG) Pedigree
Born:  1699/1700 Place:  Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania
Died:  1 Jan 1777 Place:  Near Mocksville, Rowan, North Carolina
Buried:  1777 Place:  Joppa Cemetery, Mocksville, Rowan, North Carolina
Married:  27 Jul 1720 Place:  Gwynedd, Berks, Pa
Father:  Edward MORGAN (AFN:BZHZ-JM) Family
Mother:  Margaret Elizabeth MORGAN (AFN:8LN7-93)


1.  Sex  Name
F Daughter BOONE (AFN:LBR7-ZM) Pedigree
Born:  Abt 1731 Place:  , Berks, , Pennsylvania

2.  Sex  Name
F Daughter BOONE (AFN:LBR8-0R) Pedigree
Born:  Abt 1733 Place:  , Berks, , Pennsylvania

3.  Sex  Name
M Jacob BOONE (AFN:19TJ-62V) Pedigree
Born:  Abt. 1735 Place:  <Exeter, Lackawanna, Pa>

4.  Sex  Name
F Daughter BOONE (AFN:LBR8-1X) Pedigree
Born:  1735 Place:  , Berks, , Pennsylvania

5.  Sex  Name
M George BOONE (AFN:4P3L-9W) Pedigree
Born:  13 Jan 1739 Place:  Reading, Exeter Twp, Berks, Pennsylvania
Christened:  7 Aug 1774 Place:  Buried In Cross Plains, Madison Co, Ky
Died:  11 Nov 1820 Place:  Richmond, Shelby, Ky
Buried:  14 Nov 1820 Place:  , Cross Plains, Madison Co, Kentucky

6.  Sex  Name
M Squire BOONE II (AFN:462P-KK) Pedigree
Born:  16 Oct 1744 Place:  New Britian, Or Exeter, Berks, Pa
Christened:  Place:  Br-"cave Near Summit Of A Lofty Emminence"
Died:  15 Aug 1815 Place:  , Corydon, Harrison Co, Indiana
Buried:  15 Aug 1815 Place:  Sq.boone Caverns, Harrison Co., Indiana, United States

7.  Sex  Name
F Elizabeth BOONE (AFN:462P-DP) Pedigree
Born:  16 Feb 1732 Place:  New Britian, Or Exeter, Berks, Pa
Died:  25 Feb 1818 Place:  , Fayette, Ky
Buried:  Place:  Elkhorn Creek, Fayette, Kentucky

8.  Sex  Name
M Israel BOONE (AFN:2W3V-V9) Pedigree
Born:  20 May 1726 Place:  Near Chalfont, New Britain Twp, Bucks, Pa.
Christened:  1756 Place:  Buried In Joppa Cem., Mocksville, Nc
Died:  26 Jun 1756 Place:  Near, Mocksville, Rowan, North Carolina
Buried:  Jun 1756 Place:  Joppa Cem, Mocksville, Davie, North Carolina

9.  Sex  Name
M Samuel BOONE (AFN:462P-BC) Pedigree
Born:  20 May 1728 Place:  Near Chalfont, New Britain Twp, Bucks, Pa.
Died:  BETWEEN 1811-1816 Place:  Nr Athens, Fayette, Ky
Buried:  1816 Place:  Near Athens, , Kentucky

10.  Sex  Name
F Sarah Cassandra BOONE (AFN:462P-96) Pedigree
Born:  18 Jun 1724 Place:  Near Chalfont, New Britian, Berks, Pennsylvania
Died:  1815 Place:  Madison Co., Ky At The Home Of Her Daughter, Elizabeth
Buried:  1815 Place:  , , , Ky

11.  Sex  Name
F Hannah BOONE (AFN:462P-LQ) Pedigree
Born:  22 Aug 1746 Place:  New Britian, Or Exeter, Berks, Pa
Christened:  Place:  Buried Near Tommpkinsville, Monroe Co., Ky
Died:  28 Jun 1828 Place:  Tompkinville, Monroe, Ky
Buried:  9 Apr 1828 Place:  Old Mulkey Cem, Thompkinsville, Monroe, Kentucky

12.  Sex  Name
M Daniel BOONE (AFN:462P-FV) Pedigree
Born:  22 Sep 1734 Place:  New Britian, Or Exeter, Berks, Pa
Christened:  22 Oct 1734 Place:  Buried In Defiance, Mo
Died:  26 Sep 1820 Place:  St. Charles Co., Mo At Age 85yrs, 11mos., And 4 Days
Buried:  28 Sep 1820 Place:  Frankfort, Franklin, Ky, (reinterred)

13.  Sex  Name
F Mary BOONE (AFN:462P-G2) Pedigree
Born:  14 Nov 1736 Place:  Exeter Township, Philadelphia, Berks, Pennsylvania
Christened:  14 Nov 1736 Place:  , Berks, Pa
Died:  6 Jul 1819 Place:  Rowan Co., Nc
Buried:  26 Sep 1820 Place:  Oakland Cemetery, Grants Lick, Campbell, Kentucky

14.  Sex  Name
M Edward BOONE (AFN:462P-JD)            Boone History Pedigree
Born:  19 Nov 1740 Place:  Exeter Twp., Berks Co., Pa
Christened:  7 Aug 1774 Place:  Buried At "boone's Sta Farm" Nr Athens, Ky
Died:  6 Oct 1780 Place:  Blue Lick, Clark, Kentucky
Buried:  Place:  Boone's Sta Farm, Nr Athens, Ky

15.  Sex  Name
M Jonathan BOONE (AFN:462P-CJ) Pedigree
Born:  17 Dec 1730 Place:  New Britain Twp., Bucks Co., Pa
Died:  1808 Place:  Nr Winchester, Randolph, In
Buried:  1808 Place:  Detroit Twp, Pike, Il, Old French Cem



Source:  |  |  |  |   |  |  "Boone Family" by Hazel Atterbury Spraker, 1922; "Some Boone Descendants & Kindred of the St. Charles District" by Lillian Hays Oliver, 1964; "Daniel Boone Lineage," Daniel Boone Home, Lindenwood University, St. Louis, Missouri, 2002; Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness, by John Bakeless, 1939; My Father, Daniel Boone, the Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone, edited by Neal O. Hammon, 1999.