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Edward 'Ned' Boone
Occupation: Served on juries, was a road surveyor, a tax collector, and a constable.
born: 19 November, 1740 in Oley Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
died: 6 October, 1780 in Blue Lick, Clark, Kentucky
Married 1758 in Yadkin Co, North Carolina to
Daughter of Joseph Bryan and Alee Linville
died: July, 1793
By Rochelle Evans Cochran, (Rochelle@cablelynx.com) 5th G Granddaughter of Edward & Martha Bryan Boone, and President of The Boone Society, Inc.
It has long been understood that Edward Boone looked like his older brother, Daniel. (Draper Mss. 2C53). Edward and Daniel married sisters, Martha and Rebecca Bryan, but the brothers similarities may have ended there.
While Daniel was off exploring the woods and cutting new trails, Edward stayed home with his family in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Edward and Martha had six children, Charity b. 1760, Jane b. 1762, Mary b. 1764, George b. 1767, Joseph b. 1768, and Sarah b. 1771. It was during these years until 1779 that Edward was a community and church leader in NC.
He served on juries, was a road surveyor, a tax collector, and a constable. (Wilkes Co. Court Minutes, June 1778)
Although for many years the Boones had been Quakers, Edward was baptized in the Mulberry Fields Branch of the Dutchman Creek Baptist Church, Jan. 22, 1774. It was said he loved to sing. He served his church as a deacon and a clerk (Draper 23C10). He was "called Ned by his family and friends," says his grandson Edward Boone Scholl, and Edward Boone "was "a peace man." (Draper Manuscript 23C17.4)
On September 9, 1779, Edward entered 200 acres of land "lying on Beavers Creek adjoining to Thos. Henderson Beginning and running so as to include his improvements." (Wilkes Co. Land Entry Book N. p. 393)
Only about a month later, in October 1779 he made that fateful decision to move his family to Kentucky with Daniel who was leading a large party of family members there for the promise of free land.
Edward and Martha hastily gathered their family and all their belongings and joined the other family members from NC. In Draper Ms. 23C17.4, Edward Boone Scholl said, "Edward Boone packed 22 horses in addition to the ones the family rode."
They traveled through the Cumberland Gap, up the Wilderness Trail, and settled at Boone Station not far from Ft. Boonesborough, arriving December 22, 1779. Fifteen other family members shared the station. (Draper letter from Edwards daughter, Sarah, Mss. 22C55)
Gerald E. Collins in his book "Edward Boone (1740-1780), p. 7, says "The Virginia government had authority to issue land certificates for 400 acres where a settlers right of occupation was established. Hearings began October 13, 1779. If the settlers in NC were to receive valid land claims, it was imperative that they return to Kentucky and submit their claim. Thus a large group from NC set out for Kentucky in October 1779. The exodus was described by one man as like an army movement, and when they camped for the night, would be in a string a half-mile long.
After meeting with the Virginia Land Commission, Daniel Boone, his brother, Squire and his son, Israel, established their claims and were granted lands by the commission Edward apparently did not receive any land.
He continued living at Boone Station, caring for his family and hunting for food to also share with the Bryan family at Bryan Station. Joseph Bryan was his father-in-law and one of the founders of Bryan Station.Because the area of Boone Station was so remote and traveling to the county seat was dangerous at best, Edward was one of the signers on May 1, 1780, of Petition #12 that resulted in splitting Kentucky County, Virginia, into 3 counties: Jefferson, Fayette, and Lincoln. Part of the petition reads, "That the Militia Inhabitants of the north side of Kaintucky amount to about 400 with 11 fortified posts that the nearest settlement to the Courthouse is at least 40 miles and the farthest about 70 miles that the River Kentuckey is rendered impassable half the year by high waters & is ever inconvenient and Dangerous " The petition was approved by the Virginia Legislature.
Edward had lived in Kentucky less than a year when on October 6, 1780, he was killed by Indians (probably Shawnee) while he and Daniel were returning from the Blue Licks to make salt and do a little hunting.
They stopped along a stream in Bourbon County to rest and let their horses drink. Edward sat down by the stream near an old Buckeye tree and was cracking nuts, while Daniel went off into the woods in pursuit of game.
Indians lurking nearby shot and killed Edward but Daniel managed to escape. He ran all the way on foot to Boone Station (about 40 miles) where they were all living at the time. The next morning Daniel and a party of men in the area went in search of Edwards killers. They did not find the Indians, but found and buried Edward near that old Buckeye tree.
Today in that very spot stands an old Buckeye tree, perhaps grown from a seedling of the original tree. The creek was afterward named Boone Creek in honor of Edwards death there. As Jeff Johnson, a descendant of Edward Boone, says of the death site, "the bubbling sounds of the stream running over the rocks is probably the last sounds Edward heard as he lay dying."
Neds daughter, Sarah Boone Hunter, in a letter to Draper (22C60) said "My father was killed 40 miles from the Station. He was stabbed in 7 places; his fingers were horribly cut with the Indians knife. He was scalped and part of his clothing were taken off. I think his coat and pantaloons."
Although still a young woman, Martha never remarried and remained in Kentucky until her death.
In 1782, two years after Edwards death, the last battle of the Revolutionary War in Kentucky was fought, known as the Battle of Blue Licks. Wanting to help the Americans in defending their home, property and lives against the British-supported Indians, the widow Martha Boone gave her black mare to Daniel Boone. According to Draper Ms. 6S 163-64-65, in a letter from Daniel Boones son Nathan, " That Col. Boone got the widow Edward Boones horse and gave it to Israel to ride it and rode off. Col. Boone hearing something looked around as he was within a few yards of his son who had said, "father, I wont leave you" & the Colonel told him to make his escape and he would find a horse & he supposed he had gone & then saw him falling the blood gushing from his mouth seized the same horse he had provided for his hapless son and rode off a platoon shot near him and down fell a forked branch across his horses neck but he escaped."
According to another letter to Lyman Draper (Mss. 22C60.2) from Edward & Marthas daughter, Sarah Hunter, "His son Israel was the first killed in Blue Lick battle who fell at his (Daniel Boones) side. Very few escaped. Daniel Boone noticed a youth by the name of Daniel Hodgens and says to him you remind me of my son who just a few minutes ago fell from my side. Daniel Boones horse was shot. As he stood in the midst of the battle & confusion, having no means of escape, suddenly he heard the noise of a horse in full speed coming toward him he saw that it was his (Israels) Aunt Marthas (my mothers) noble black mare. He hollowed "whoo!" She stopped immediately. He leaped into the saddle and escaped." So, Grandma Marthas horse saved Daniel Boones life!
On September 13, 1791, Martha purchased 100 acres of land on Boones Creek in Fayette County, on that part of Fayette that became Clark County on February 1, 1793. Three months later, Martha Boones will was written July 23, 1793, and is recorded in Clark County.
Martha lived on the land she purchased with her two sons, George and Joseph. The 1792 Fayette County tax list showed her son George Boone taxed for the 100 acres of land just purchased by Martha Boone in 1791. The brother Joseph Boone, probably still recovering from a leg wound, also lived on the property, because he was listed adjacent to his brother George. The mother Martha Boone was not listed in that tax list as she was living with her son George, named as the head of household. (Gerald E. Collins, Edward Boone, 1740-1780, p. 11)
Martha died in 1793 soon after writing her will.
Draper manuscripts 6S296-297 indicate that "about 1827, the bones of Edward Boone became exposed to view where they were buried, in the road, by washing of water, near the bank of the creek, and close to the spring, and the Rev. Richard Thomas had them removed and re-interred a mile off in the Rockbridge Baptist Church yard."
In the summer of 1997 Dell Boone Ariola, husband Ken, and grandson Bryan almost literally stumbled upon Edwards gravestone that was erected c. 1920 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, by the Children of the American Revolution, a part of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Paris, KY. Dell contacted Rochelle E. Cochran and Russell Lain Ready, descendants of Edward Boone, and the Edward Boone Memorial Committee of the Boone Society was formed.
The Edward Boone Memorial Committee met property owners, Ron and Phyllis Isaac (870 See Road near Paris, KY), and discussed ideas about restoring, protecting, and marking this historic site. The Isaacs were not only supportive but also were very excited about the project and provided land for visitor parking; cut grass and underbrush. Bourbon County Judge Donnie Foley provided grading for parking. To protect the grave, Master Stonemason Stanley Matherly donated his time and specialized talent to build the precision-laid flat-rock, dry-wall of the type built in the mid-1800s (using local native flat rocks and no cement or mortar).
Isaac installed an iron gate to protect the original marker. There was a lot of local interest in the project and neighbors donated time and equipment to prepare the site. This historic site is visited by school students in the area and descendants and tourists from all across the country.
In May 1998 the Edward Boone Death Site was designated a Kentucky Landmark by the Kentucky Heritage Council. Then in 2001 a Kentucky Historical Highway Marker was installed and dedicated at the corner of KY Highway 537 & See Road, about a mile east of Little Rock, KY. The marker stands on the front yard property of Paul Lyon. The grave is about ¾-mile north on See Road.
The Boone Society, Inc., paid for the historical marker through donations to the project. No state funds or tax dollars were used, although the Kentucky State Historical Society approved it and the State Highway Cabinet installed the marker (#2059).
Source: The Boone Society Inc.
Edward and Martha Boone had 6 children:
1. Charity Boone: born: 4 October, 1760 in Yadkin District, Rowan, North Carolina
died: 7 April, 1843 in Winchester, Pike Co, Illinois
2. Jane Boone: born: 18 September, 1762 in Rowan Co, North Carolina
died: 1 December, 1812 in Feliciana Parish, , Louisiana
3. Mary Boone: born: 5 December, 1764 in Rowan, North Carolina
died: 28 September, 1825 in Stoner Creek, Clark Co., Kt
4. George Boone: born: 28 April, 1767 in Rowan, North Carolina
died: 10 June, 1841 in Davis, Kentucky
5. *Joseph Boone: born: about 1768 in Rowan, No.Carolina
died: about 1847 in Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana
6. Sarah Boone: born: 6 March, 1771 in Rowan County, North Carolina
died: 18 July, 1866 in Dry Valley, Putnam Co, Tennessee
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