Some Things In the Life of Daniel Boone
by Ken Kamper, Copyright © September 1996

[Mr. Kamper's timeline contains pertinent life events inserted by website admin, Margie Miles]

Published here with specific permission from the authors

1734 -Daniel Boone was born in Philadelphia County, now Berks County, 6 mi. east of present Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 22nd per the old Julian Calendar in use at that time, which would be November 2nd per our modern Gregorian Calendar. He was the sixth child of Squire & Sarah (Morgan) Boone.

1739 -Rebecca Bryan was born near present Martinsburg, West Virginia, on January 9th, 1739, per the old Julian Calendar in use at that time, which would be January 20th per our modern Gregorian Calendar. She was a daughter of Joseph Bryan.

1750 -When Daniel was 15 years old, his family moved to the Yadkin valley area of North Carolina.

1755 -During the French and Indian War, he was a wagon driver during General Braddock's ill-fated campaign against Fort Duquesne.

1756 -Daniel married Rebecca Bryan. He was 21 and she was 17. They continued to live in the Yadkin valley.

1756 -Daniel's brother, Israel Boone, died in North Carolina. At least two of his four orphaned (Israel's wife had died previously) children were raised by Daniel and Rebecca.

1757 -Daniel's & Rebecca's first child, James Boone, was born.

1758 -When the Cherokee Indians went on the warpath in North Carolina, Daniel took his family to live in Virginia.

1759 -Daniel's & Rebecca's second child, Israel Boone, was born.

1759-1760-1761 -Daniel fought against the Cherokees in North Carolina as part of Colonel Hugh Waddell's troops.

1760 -Daniel's & Rebecca's third child, and first daughter, Susannah Boone, was born.

1762 -After the treaty was signed with the Indians, Daniel took his family back to their home in North Carolina.

1762 -Daniel's & Rebecca's fourth child, Jemima Boone, was born.

1763 -With his younger brother Squire, and several other men, Daniel explored the northern part of present Florida.

1765 -Daniel's father, Squire Boone (Sr), died in North Carolina.

1766 -Daniel's & Rebecca's fifth child, Levina Boone, was born.

1767 -Daniel and several men explored and hunted over the mountains in eastern Kentucky.

1768 -Rebecca's aunt, Rebecca (Enochs) Bryan died, leaving six children, some of whom were taken in and raised by Daniel and Rebecca.

1768 -Daniel's & Rebecca's sixth child, Rebecca Boone, was born.

1769 -Daniel's & Rebecca's seventh child, Daniel Morgan Boone, was born.

1769 -Daniel blazed the first white man's trail from North Carolina to Tennessee, where the first settlers arrived soon after.

1769 -Daniel began a two years [stay] in Kentucky, exploring the mostly unknown lands visited only a few times before by white men.

1769-1770 -Daniel and his brother-in-law, John Stewart, were captured by Indians twice, escaping both times.

1770 -John Stewart, Daniel's brother-in-law, was killed by Indians while hunting with Daniel in Kentucky.

1771 -Having explored and hunted in Kentucky for two full years, Daniel, along with his brother, Squire, who had joined him part of the time in Kentucky, returned to their families in North Carolina.

1773 -Daniel's & Rebecca's eighth child, Jesse Bryan Boone, was born.

1773 -Daniel led the first group of white families to attempt to settle in Kentucky. Part of the group was attacked by Indians, who killed Daniel and Rebecca's oldest son James and five others. The families returned to North Carolina.

1774 -During Gov. Lord Dunmore's War, Daniel was commissioned a Captain in charge of three forts in southwestern Virginia.

1775 -Daniel's & Rebecca's ninth child, William Boone, was born and died.

1775 -Judge Richard Henderson (1734-1785) and his associates purchased about 20,000,000 acres of present day Kentucky from the Cherokee Indians.

1775 -Daniel led 30 men in the cutting of "Boone's Wilderness Trail", from Tennessee to the middle of Kentucky. Indians killed several of the trail cutters. Upon reaching the Kentucky River at Otter Creek, Daniel and the others started building "Fort Boone." After Richard Henderson arrived, he, along with Daniel Boone and Flanders Callaway, commenced laying off town lots for the future town of "Boonesborough."

1775 -Soon after Daniel and the others arrived in Kentucky, the Revolutionary War started in the east.

1775 -Judge Henderson and his men named the purchased land in Kentucky, Transylvania, America's 14th colony. Daniel and his brother Squire were members of the Transylvania legislature. Some months later, Translyvania was dissolved and Kentucky became part of Virginia.

1776 -Daniel and Rebecca's daughter Jemima, and two Callaway girls, were kidnapped by Indians. With Daniel leading a rescue party, the girls were retrieved two days later and returned safely.

1776 -Kentucky was formed into Kentucky County, Virginia by the Virginia Assembly, on December 31st.

1777 -Daniel's mother, Sarah (Morgan) Boone, died in North Carolina.

1777 -Daniel Boone was appointed as a Captain, along with four other men, in the militia regiment formed in Kentucky County by the Virginia Legislature. He served under Colonel John Bowman.

1777 -Daniel was wounded in an Indian raid on Fort Boone, and was carried to safety by Simon Kenton.

1778 -Daniel Boone was captured by Shawnee Indians along with other men who were making salt. He was adopted into the tribe as the son of the War Chief Black Fish. He escaped after nearly five months in captivity.

1778 -Daniel led the defense of Fort Boone as the fort withstood an exhausting and harrowing nine day siege by Indian tribes from north of the Ohio.

1778 -After the "Battle of Boonesborough," Daniel was promoted to the military rank of Major.

1779 -Virginia General Assembly passed an official act establishing the "town of Boonesborough" at the site of Fort Boone.

1779 -Daniel led a large group of families, including his own, from North Carolina to settle in Kentucky. It is thought that group included the grandfather and father (who was then a child), of future President Abraham Lincoln. They arrived back at Boonesborough in late Fall.

1779 -Shortly after arriving back at Boonesborough, Daniel moved his family, along with several other families, to his new settlement which became known as "Boone's Station." (Located near present-day Athens, Kentucky.) It is generally believed that they left Boonesborough on Christmas Day, 1779.

1780 -Daniel's brother Edward Boone was killed by Indians while out hunting with Daniel, some distance from Boone's Station.

1780 -Daniel was with General George Rogers Clark in a campaign against the Shawnee Indians north of the Ohio River.

1781 -In March, Daniel's & Rebecca's tenth and last child, Nathan Boone, was born at Boone's Station.

1781 -Daniel was commissioned as a Full Colonel, and was elected to the Virginia Legislature where he met with Thomas Jefferson.

1781 -While in the legislature Daniel was captured by the British as part of a plot by Gen. Cornwallis to capture Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Daniel Boone, and other leaders. Daniel was released after several days when the plot fell through. In the Fall Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown.

1782 -Daniel was appointed Sheriff of Fayette County, Virginia (in Kentucky but at that time it was still Virginia), by the Governor of Virginia.

1782 -Daniel was appointed by the Virginia Assembly as the Fayette County "County Lieutenant," the highest ranking position in the county.

1782 -Daniel was a military leader at the Battle of Blue Licks in Kentucky (considered the last battle of the American Revolutionary War), where during an Indian ambush his son, Israel Boone, and a nephew, Thomas Boone, were killed.

1782 -Rebecca's uncle, Samuel Bryan, a Tory Colonel, was captured in North Carolina, tried, and sentenced to death.

1783 -Rebecca's uncle, Samuel Bryan, was freed as a prisoner of war when he was exchanged for a high ranking American officer.

1783 -Daniel was appointed Deputy Surveyor of Lincoln County, Virginia (Present Kentucky) 19 August.

1783 -Daniel lost his Boone Station land and was forced to move. He started making plans to move to Limestone (Maysville, Kentucky).

1784 -The first biography of Daniel Boone was written by John Filson (covered only a thirteen year period).

1787 -After moving to Limestone, Kentucky, Daniel and Rebecca opened a tavern (inn) and trading house. They took in orphaned teenager, Isaac Van Bibber, to help with the work. Isaac later married one of Daniel and Rebecca's granddaughters.

1787 -Daniel was elected to the Virginia Legislature for a second time, this time from Limestone, Virginia (now Maysville, Kentucky).

1787 -Chloe Flinn, who had been captured by Indians along with her mother, sister, and brother, was freed by treaty. Her father had been killed by the Indians, and since she had no family, Daniel and Rebecca kept her in their family for a couple of years until they located her relatives.

1791 -Daniel was elected for a third time to the Virginia General Assembly, this time from Kanawha County, Virginia, where he and his family had gone after very bad treatment in Kentucky over land problems. (Kanawha County is in present state of West Virginia.)

1795 -Daniel was back in Kentucky living with his family near Blue Licks in present Nicholas County, but the bad treatment by Kentucky continued. This would be his last home in Kentucky.

1798 -More than 10,000 acres of land in Mason and Clark Counties, which should have belonged to Daniel, were put up for sale by the Sheriffs of those counties. The same year, Kentucky named the new Boone County in his honor!

1799 -Daniel left Kentucky, intending never to return. He moved with Rebecca, four of his grown children, and lots of grandchildren to Spanish Upper Louisiana (now the State of Missouri).

1800 -Daniel was appointed to the office of Commandant of the new Spanish District of Femme Osage. (Civil Administrator as well as Military and Judicial leader.)

1802-1817 -Daniel explored, hunted, and trapped in the region along the Missouri River, going as far west as the Platte River. He and Rebecca lived contentedly during these years with their children and grandchildren, most of the time on Charette Creek (at present Marthasville (town founded 1817), Warren County, Missouri) with daughter, Jemima (Boone) Callaway, and her family.

1802 -Spain ceded the Louisiana Territory to France and Daniel's position as Commandant ended.

1803 -Napoleon Bonaparte sold the then French Territory to the United States for a total of $15,000,000. (Missouri was not organized as a territory until 1812 and became a state in 1821.) The United States refused to recognize Daniel's Spanish land grants.

1808 -Daniel's brother, Samuel Boone, died and was buried at Boone's Station in Kentucky, where he was living.

1813 -Daniel's wife of almost 57 years, Rebecca (Bryan) Boone, died at the home of their daughter, Jemima (Boone) Callaway. Daniel buried her nearby at the edge of an apple orchard, grown from seeds they had brought from Kentucky, on the farm of David Bryan, whom she and Daniel had raised and loved as a son.

1814 -By special act of the United States Congress, Daniel was finally granted title to about one-tenth of the land which had been granted him by the Spanish.

1815 -Daniel's oldest sibling, Sarah (Boone) Willcockson [Wilcoxen], died at the age of 91 (most probably in North Carolina although she had lived at Boonesborough in Kentucky).

1815 -Daniel's grandson, Capt. James Callaway, son of Jemima (Boone) & Flanders Callaway, was killed by Indians in present Montgomery County, Missouri. Callaway County, Missouri was named for him in 1820.

1818 -Daniel suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered. From that time on he spent most of his time at home, visiting with the many people who came to see him, or consult with him, and carving small gifts for his grandchildren.

1819 -Daniel's son, Jesse, and his family, moved to Missouri Territory. Daniel spent time with Jesse at his home near present Mineola, Montgomery County, Missouri.

1820 -In June, Chester Harding, a traveling portrait painter, visited Daniel at Marthasville (founded in 1817) and painted his only life portrait in the home of his daughter, Jemima (Boone) Callaway. Daniel said he liked the portrait alright but that it made him look old.

1820 -On September 26th at "about sunrise," Daniel Boone "passed off gently" while visiting in the home of his son, Nathan, in the Femme Osage valley (near present Defiance, St. Charles County, Missouri).

1820 -On September 26th or 27th, Daniel's body was transported by wagon from Nathan's home at Femme Osage to Jemima's home at Marthasville where his funeral was held. He was then laid to rest on the David Bryan farm near his beloved Rebecca.

Daniel knew many historically famous persons such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Generals George Rogers Clark and William Clark, ...as well as a number of governors and other political and military leaders. His sons Daniel Morgan Boone, Jesse, and Nathan were also considered outstanding leaders, with each receiving a number of civil appointments and military positions of rank.

Of the seven still living children of Daniel and Rebecca, when they moved from Kentucky to Upper Spanish Louisiana (Missouri) in 1799, five moved to Missouri, as did 68 of their 70 grandchildren. Daniel and Rebecca lived through the loss of six of their ten children. All of those who moved to Missouri, lived the remainder of their lives in Missouri. Many of their grandchildren, however, continued west, some settling as far away as California and Oregon.

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