Boone Station Burial Reports for Israel Boone and Thomas Boone

By Donna Dodd Terrell Jones, B.A., M.A., J.D.

               On June 10, 1967 the Capt. John Waller Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and  Boone Family  Descendants dedicated an impressive Boone Station monument.  The inscription thereon states:

Israel (1759-1782), son of Daniel killed in the Battle of Blue Licks,

August 19, 1782;   Edward (1740-1780), brother of Daniel killed by

Indians; Samuel (1728-1805) Revolutionary Soldier, brother of                       

Daniel;   Sarah Day (1734-1819), wife of Samuel; Thomas, son               

of Samuel and  Sarah killed at Battle of Blue Licks August 19, 1782.

  The monument is  a grave marker. Boone/Barker family tradition is

that Edward, Samuel[1], Thomas, Israel and Sarah Day Boone are among many

Boone descendants who are buried at Boone Station.


Israel and Thomas Boone Died at Blue Licks and are Buried at Boone Station

          Israel Boone, son of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone, and Thomas, son of Samuel (Daniel’s older brother)  and Sarah Day Boone, were (and should  still be) buried at Boone Station.   Both Israel Boone and his cousin, Thomas Boone, died at the Battle of Blue Licks.  Mrs. Rachel Denton reported, regarding the “Blue Licks defeat” that “Five of the Boone’s Station men were killed + one John Morgan – taken prisoner, 2 subsequently returned – Israel Boone was killed.”[2]   Also a letter of Sarah Hunter establishes that Israel Boone did participate in and was killed during the Battle of Blue Licks.[3]   

                    Rebecca Boone Grant Lemond reported to Lyman Draper that “Uncle Sam Boone’s eldest son Thomas, was killed fiting [fighting, sic] [the following line is crossed out] by the side of Israel Boone [next in Lyman Draper’s handwriting] buckskin moccasins got wet & stopped to pull them off, was overtaken and killed.”[4]  The supplementary Childress Family Association  monument installed in 1999 at Blue Licks acknowledges that Thomas Boone served at Blue Licks and was a casualty of the battle.[5]  A letter of September 28, 1957 from G. Glenn Clift, Assistant Secretary of the Kentucky Historical Society to Mrs. George Guilvezan of Affton, Wisconsin states that Mrs. Guilvezan’s “well documented and scholarly contribution” has “proved conclusively...that Thomas Boone, a son of Samuel Boone, was engaged in and lost his life during this battle [of Blue Licks].”[6]  

That what had happened to Thomas Boone at the Battle of Blue Licks and, thereafter, was important to this line is evident by the fact that the name Thomas is often utilized for successive generations. Cottrell has written in his History of Pioneer Kentucky, “In the thoughts of pioneer Kentuckians the battle of Lower Blue Licks was the most portentous thing of their lives....”  p. 193.  Thomas Boone had two nieces, Nancy and Hannah Jones, by his sister, Rebeckah Boone (Mrs. Roger) Jones.  Nancy had a son, Thomas Franklin Barker, whose first child/son was named William Thomas Barker (the author’s great grandfather).  William Thomas Barker’s second son was John Thomas Barker and his cousin  was Thomas Love Barker. The tradition has extended into current generations.

           According to long held Samuel Boone family tradition, the two Boone Station Blue Licks casualty bodies Rachel Scholl Denton said had been  returned to Boone Station  for a nearby-to-the-homestead burial were the Indian-slain remains of Israel Boone, son of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, and Israel’s cousin, Thomas Boone, son of Samuel and Sarah Day Boone.  At the time of the Blue Licks battle Boone Station was the home of Israel’s parents, Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone and of Thomas’s parents, Samuel and Sarah Day Boone.  (See separate article by this author on burial traditions for Indian-slain pioneers killed while away from their frontier homes.  See also separate article re: the body retrievals of Israel and Thomas Boone.)

Many  Believe Israel and Thomas Boone are Buried at Boone Station.

          Many have thought or known that the Blue Licks casualty Boone cousins, Israel and Thomas Boone, were buried at Boone Station.

                              The Pioneer National Monument Act

On June 18, 1934 the “Act of Congress Creating the Pioneer National Monument” was passed.[7]  Within the June 18, 1934 passed  “Act of Congress Creating the Pioneer National Monument,” Boone Station is described as being the place “whence Daniel Boone...buried his son [Israel] and nephew [Thomas], who fell at the Battle of Blue Licks...” [8]

                         Dr. J. T. Dorris, EKU History Professor

On March 4, 1955, Dr. J. T. Dorris,  Pioneer National Monument Commission member and history professor at Eastern Kentucky University, wrote to fellow Commission member,  Tom Wallace.   Within that letter Dr. Dorris  acknowledged the historical value of Boone Station when he explained, “ Boone’s Station is indeed a valuable historical site.  Israel Boone, Daniel’s second son killed at Blue Licks, Daniel’s youngest brother, Edward, and Samuel Boone, [and] a nephew of Boone, are buried at Boone’s Station.”[9]

                                  C. Frank Dunn, Historian

           In a Lexington Herald Newspaper article of July 1933 noted Kentucky Historian C. Frank Dunn wrote that then-Senator Alben W. Barkley had agreed to direct the Congressional enactment to establish as a  national park  “...Athens in Fayette County, where Boone’s Station was located and where today remain the rude limestone slabs[10] erected by the scout himself [Daniel Boone] over the graves of his son...and nephew.... both of whom fell at Blue Licks.”[11] 

In a June 30, 1938 article at page 4  of the Lexington Leader,  C. Frank Dunn wrote of the Daniel Boone Bicentennial Commission’s efforts to erect a national memorial to Kentucky’s pioneers that would “parallel” a similar Virginia project to honor colonial patriots.  The article, entitled “Preliminary Work In Securing Pioneer Monument Complete”, set forth that the four historic shrines to be included in the Pioneer National Monument had among them “…the site of Boone Station, near Athens, from which Daniel Boone, a lieutenant colonel of the Fayette county militia, went to the rescue of Bryan Station and on to the ill-fated Blue Licks battlefield.  The stones shown in the picture [photograph accompanying the article]  were erected by Daniel Boone to mark the graves of his son, Israel, and his nephew, Thomas Boone, who were slain at Blue Licks, and his brother, Edward, who was killed by Indians while he was hunting with Daniel….” [12]   Dunn  explained that  “historic authentication”  would be being offered to the National Park Service regarding the four historic sites. [13]                                                                                                                

  In his October of 1943 Kentucky Historical Society Register article entitled, “Boone Station Site,” C. Frank Dunn mentioned the Boone Station graveyard in relation to the location of the actual Boone Station fort site.  Dunn described the approach to the authentic station site as having “...extended north...along  Boffman’s Fork, and ascended past the graveyard to a hilltop and beyond, it is quite likely that the cautious and experienced Boone erected his station on top of the hill.” [14] The station may have primarily been a fortified stone dwelling which preceeded the Robert Rice Barker house on the same location where the Robert Rice Barker house once stood.   Thereafter,  Dunn said that three limestone slabs at Boone Station marked  “the graves of his [Daniel’s] son Israel; nephew, Thomas (both Blue Licks victims), and brother, Edward....” [15]

Within a May 9, 1944  letter C. Frank Dunn wrote to the Filson Club’s Managing Editor Otto A. Rothert regarding the Club’s Sixtieth Anniversary,  Dunn mentioned that Colonel Lucien Beckner had dropped in.  Dunn reported that in conversation, Dunn had remarked to Beckner  that soon after the Battle of Blue Licks Col. Boone had “removed the remains of his son Israel and nephew Thomas for burial” at Boone Station where “the gravestones may be seen at Boone’s Station site today.” [16]

In a July of 1946 Kentucky Historical Society Register article entitled,  “Daniel Boone’s ‘400-Acre Settlement”, Dunn discussed Boone’s forced relinquishment of the Boone Station  property.   Dunn[17] wrote:   “ It must have been a sad day for the ‘Father of Kentucky.’ He had buried his brother, Edward, son, Israel, and nephew, Thomas Boone, at nearby Boone’s Station and there erected gravestones which remain today, before learning that he was to be dispossessed of his home, station and settlement.” Dunn set forth how Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s descendants, Thomas Franklin Barker and his brother, James R. Barker, eventually re-acquired  the Boone burial yard:  

                   Garrett Watts[18] ...sold Thomas F. and James R. Barker, January 24,                            

1849, 96 ½ acres -part of the Boone Station tract. The two Barkers divided

their land James taking 20 ½ acres on the east end and Thomas taking the

remaining 76  acres on the west.  The latter remains in the

Barker family today, and the graveyard of the Boones is preserved in it. [19]                                                                                                             

         A Bourbon County newspaper article, “Footnotes To Local History - No. 81 in a series” by Edna Talbott Whitley[20] reported that C. Frank Dunn mentioned: “the story of carrying the body of Israel Boone, Daniel’s son, back to Boone Station for burial the day after the Battle of Blue Licks, August 19, 1782.  This was an extremely hazardous undertaking while the Indians were on the  war path in great force…and the burial party [for Israel] had a much wider more traveled buffalo trace to follow, the main road from Limestone to...Lexington [than the path they used two years earlier to carry Edward’s remains home from the Grassy Lick in present day Montgomery County] .”


              Thus, on a number of occasions C. Frank Dunn expressed that Daniel

Boone’s son, Israel Boone, Daniel Boone’s nephew, Thomas Boone, and Daniel

Boone’s brother, Edward Boone, were (and, hopefully, have remained) interred at

Boone Station.

                                           Lexington Herald Report

          On June 17, 1992, the year after the Commonwealth of Kentucky took title to Boone Station,  the Lexington Herald reported that the bodies of Daniel Boone’s son, Israel, and nephew, Thomas, who were killed at Blue Licks “were brought back to Boone’s Station and buried.”  Additionally the paper said, “Also buried at Boone’s Station are Daniel’s brothers Edward and Samuel, and Samuel’s wife Sarah Day.” [21] This article reported that “[o]nly a few small limestone markers are left on the graves.  But a much larger maker was placed on the site in 1967 by the Daughters of the American Revolution and several of Boone’s descendants, including [Robert Channing] Strader.”

                                         Louisville Courier Journal Report

              On June 18, 1992 an Associated Press article about Boone Station burials was published in the Louisville Courier Journal.  Within that article it was set forth that Israel, Thomas, Edward, Samuel and Sarah Day Boone are all buried at Boone Station.

                                      S. J. Conkwright


On June 1, 1923 some of the graves at Boone’s Station were clearly depicted in a photograph taken for S. J. Conkwright’s book, History of the Churches of the Boone’s Creek Baptist Association of Kentucky. [22]  They had carved headstones as opposed to the horizontal rudimentary limestone slab  stones that C. Frank Dunn reported laid over Israel, Thomas and Edward Boones’ graves.  Conkwright said the graves depicted in his publication’s photograph  are, “supposed to be those of some of the dwellers of the Station, and the stones are of the native rock of the neighborhood  (a cave is nearby that reportedly runs a half mile into the ground and a quarry, Bogg’s quarry,  is across the road and runs under Athens[23])  and without an inscription of any kind to identify them.”   Interestingly, Conkwright, like Peters, identified those buried in the graves as being “dwellers of the Station” which, according to Peters, were almost all Boones.  Because, traditionally,  Quaker grave markers were uninscribed and because the Boones were initially Quakers, then it would have been appropriate for Boone graves to have been marked with uninscribed stones.

Conkwright wrote that what, in 1923, was Robert Rice Barker’s home (demolished after 1991) was merely  “a few yards [emphasis added] north east of the graveyard.” [24] Thus, it appears that what C. Frank Dunn described as being  the three limestone slab  covered graves of Edward, Israel and Thomas Boone nearby to the station which Dunn placed near the top of the slope, (the location of the now demolished Robert Rice Barker house) were the graves which, according to Conkwright, were “within a few yards” of the now demolished Robert Rice Barker house.  That the graves of Edward, Israel and Thomas were higher up the hill and nearer to the Robert Rice Barker home than the other graves is also indicated by Robert Channing Strader’s letter indicating that if the Pioneer National Monument Committee wanted to purchase all of the graves to include those of Edward, Israel and Thomas they would have to purchase more than the two acres they had originally sought and they would have to purchase more acreage further up the hill nearby to the station, which it appears Strader, in both the letter and in his will,  equated with the location of his old homestead, the Robert Rice Barker house.  O’Malley and Hudson have reported that “Shovel probes around [what was actually the Robert Rice Barker house but what was misidentified by O’Malley and Hudson as being the Thomas Franklin Barker house, which still stands over the hill]...yielded evidence of a buried walkway adjacent to the...formerly....front porch...on the east side of the oldest section of the [ post-1991demolished Robert Rice Barker] house.”[25]  Central Kentucky Indian graves “are usually indicated by broad flat stones, set in the ground edgewise around the skeleton....having fallen inwards, the rocks...sometimes resembling a rough pavement.”[26]  If, as Conkwright  has reported,  the three Boones’ (Edward’s, Israel’s and Thomas’s) graves were “within yards” of the [Robert Rice Barker] house, and if those graves were somewhat in front of what originally was the east side  front porch of that house, and if the Robert Rice Barker house was built over the original site of the station’s meeting house/main dwelling then, hopefully,  those graves’ flat wolf-proof  limestone rock covers and the graves themselves were not mistaken for being the house’s  “buried walkway.”  Hopefully, the graves were not “bulldozed” or otherwise destroyed during the demolition of  the Robert Rice Barker house.  Hopefully, their presence can soon be established.

                                 Campbell and Nowicki

In a 1982 book about descendants of George Boone, son of Daniel Boone’s brother, Edward, the authors, Dorothy Spears Campbell and Shirley Spears Nowicki,  acknowledged that “[a]n old newspaper article by Bob Cooper indicates that Edward is buried near Athens, Ky., along with Israel Boone (Daniel’s son who was killed in the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782), Samuel Boone Sr. (Brother of Daniel), Sarah Day Boone (wife of Samuel), and Thomas Boone (son of Samuel).” [27]  The authors also acknowledge “[a]n article in the April 1967 issue of The Boone Scout gives the same information....”[28]  This 1982 Campbell and Nowicki book contains a picture of the Boone Station DAR/Descendants’ monument.  In front of the large monument are shown five smaller headstones whose inscriptions, if they have any, are undecipherable. [29]

                                   Thelma Sampson Standiford

          Chapter III of “The History of Nicholas County, Kentucky” (1976) includes an article entitled “Lower Blue Licks”[30] by Thelma Sampson Standiford.  In that article Standiford explained that in the 1880s when the Blue Lick Springs was a famous health resort, “[o]ne of the boat excursions included a trip to Boone’s cave-the place where he [Daniel Boone] took his son Israel’s body after he [Israel] fell in the Battle of Blue Lick...Daniel Boone hid Israel’s body there...Boone lifted the body of his son to his weary shoulders and ran swiftly down the ravine and laid the the cave until a safer time when he returned and carried the body to Athens for burial...[a] monument has been erected at Athens.  This cave is located on property of Danny Sampson and is quite near Licking River and not far from the old Salt Spring.  The cave is in a hallow also known as Boone’s Hollow.  It is beneath shelving or overhanging rock.” 

               Interestingly, at the time in the late 1800s when the Lower Blue Licks battle site was in its heyday as a tourism attraction and when there would have been a financial incentive to claim that Israel Boone was buried at the then popular tourist attraction, it was apparently generally conceded that Israel Boone was  not buried at Blue Licks.  Instead  it was generally acknowledged that Israel Boone was buried at Boone Station.  When both Blue Licks and Boone Station were in private hands the general consensus was that Israel Boone’s body was buried at Boone Station.  At the time Blue Licks was privately owned the owners’ apparent  concession that Israel’s final burial place was at Boone Station was a declaration against the interest of the then thriving  Blue Lick’s tourist industry which had only the attraction of showing a cave site where Israel’s body allegedly had only laid, unburied, for some relatively short period of time.  If, in the 1880s,  it had not then been a well known and widely accepted fact that Israel Boone was buried at Boone Station, then surely  Blue Licks’ tourism entrepreneurs would have greater profited had they not conceded that Israel’s burial site was at Boone Station and had they then claimed that Israel’s body was buried at Blue Licks.  Apparently, while Blue Licks was a privately owned tourist attraction any claim that Israel was buried at Blue Licks would then have had no credibility.   Now, the state owns both the Boone Station and Blue Licks sites.   

                                          Bennett H. Young

Filson Club member, Bennett H. Young, wrote in his 1897 published booklet, “History of the Battle of Blue Licks” that: “Boone...ran forward to find his son mortally wounded.  He had only time to lift him upon his back, rush with him into the forest skirting the ravine along which he had fought, and then, bearing him a little way from the scene of the conflict swam with him across the river and hid him in a cave on the west bank, hoping that by this act of paternal devotion to save his child from impending death.” [31]

                                                    Clara Shaw

            In the “History of Nicholas County, Kentucky” regarding the Battle at Blue Licks an article written by Clara Shaw[32] says,  “[b]efore leaving the battlefield, Boone hunted out his wounded son Israel...noted the site where he had fallen, so he could claim him for burial when he returned; another says that he carried him to a nearby cave and hid the body, which he later took home for burial and he is today buried at Athens, Fayette County, Ky..”

                                  Outstanding Nicholas Countians

            A publication on “Outstanding Nicholas Countains” says of the Battle at Blue Licks that the “battle resulted in the death of many, including Boone’s son, Israel.  He carried his son to a cave along the Licking River where he died.  Returning later with recruits, Boone carried the body of Israel by horse toward Athens....” [33]

             Interestingly the concept of a Boone body  having been placed  in a cave is not unique in that approximately 33 years after Israel and Thomas’s deaths,  in 1815 Daniel’s brother, Squire Boone, was, pursuant to his own wishes, buried in a vault he had created in a natural cave near the top of a cliffy bank on the side of a creek on the Indiana side of the Ohio River a few miles north of Brandenburg, Kentucky.[34]    


              A University of Kentucky archeologist has opined that,  “There are several candidates who could have been buried around near the [Boone] station - Robert and Elizabeth Frank and John Cockrell all died on site.” [35]   Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s daughter or granddaughter, Hannah Boone, was married to Robert Frank, Jr., son of Robert and Elizabeth Frank.  Thus, Robert Frank, Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth, were Boone family members in that they were the “in-laws” of Daniel Boone’s niece.  The John Cockrell referenced is probably the husband of Susan Boone. [36]  According to Spraker’s book, The Boone Family, Susan Boone was the  granddaughter of Samuel and Sarah Day Boone through their son, Squire (b. 13 Oct. 1760, d. 28 June 1817 in Todd Co., Ky.) and his wife (married 1 Sept. 1784 in Fayette Co., Ky),  Anna Grubbs.  Consequently, John Cockrell was probably Daniel Boone’s great nephew-in-law.  Both the Franks and Mr. Cockrell were Boone relatives through Samuel and Sarah Day Boone and, thus, if they died on the Boone Station site, then they, too are likely to be Boone relatives buried in the Boone Station cemetery.

                                         Lawrence Elliott

               In his book “The Long Hunter: A New Life of Daniel Boone” Lawrence Elliott has written that, “A brother, Edward, and their [Daniel’s and Rebecca’s] son, Israel were buried at Boone’s Station.” [37]  Elliott elaborated when he wrote, “ Israel Boone was not buried in the common grave at Blue Licks.  After that [Blue Licks common grave burial] work was done Boone went across the river and found the body of his son in the cave where he had left it and brought it back to Boone’s Station.  There he and Rebecca laid the twenty-three-year-old boy to rest....”[38]

                                                                        Willard Rouse Jillson

              In his 1934 The Filson Club History Quarterly article entitled “Boone’s Station”,  Willard Rouse Jillson  set forth that[39],  “[b]eneath a locust tree in the middle of a pasture lying between the present residence [the Robert Rice Barker house]  and the Station Spring are a group of three old graves with  well-cut but unnamed markers of Kentucky River limestone....” [40]  Thus, Jillson acknowledged graves existing at Boone Station.  The fact that the gravestones Jillson references are not flat rough large limestones but, instead, are “cut”  stones indicates he was not specifically referencing the limestone slab covered  graves of Edward, Israel and Thomas Boone.   Additionally, the fact that the gravestones Jillson references bore no names indicates a likelihood that they marked Boone graves.  It is well known that the Boones had Quaker roots.  Reportedly, “Daniel Boone was lastingly touched by the Quaker spirit.”[41] Repeatedly throughout his life Boone’s moral character was said to have repeatedly reflected his “Quaker blood.” [42]  Near the end Daniel Boone wrote his Quaker sister-in-law, Sarah Day Boone, who remained for most all of her adult life at and around Boone Station where she was largely the matriarch.  Of  his 1816 letter to Sarah Day, it has been said that therein Daniel stated the “first principle of his Quaker upbringing.” [43]  Quaker burial grounds are known to be an accompaniment to a meeting house. [44]  The graves at Boone Station are nearby to what has variously been described as being the “blockhouse” and the “meeting house”. Quaker gravestones often  carry no inscription. [45] 

             Regarding  the carved upright gravestones (not the limestone slabs)  Jillson added, “No grave yard is mentioned in any of the seems probable that the grave[s] are...of the Bledsoe Family, who owned the land from 1824 to 1849, rather than members of the family of Kentucky’s great pioneer leader - Daniel Boone.”  [46]

              Jillson is mistaken in his conclusion that  Bledsoe graves are not graves of “members of the family of Kentucky’s great pioneer leader – Daniel Boone.”   The Bledsoes were descendants of Daniel Boone’s brother, Samuel, and his wife, Sarah Day Boone, who largely lived out their lives at Boone Station.  Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s daughter, Elizabeth, (Daniel Boone’s neice) married William White.  The Whites had Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s grandaughter, (Daniel Boone’s great-neice) Elizabeth Isabella White, who married John Bledsoe. The Bledsoes had Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s greatgrandson (Daniel Boone’s great great nephew), Lewis Bledsoe.   Moreover, the Whites had Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s other granddaughter,  Mary Polly White.  Mary Polly White married James Brooks and they produced Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s greatgrandaughter (Daniel Boone’s great great niece) Elizabeth Boone Brooks.  When, about 1810, Elizabeth Boone Brooks married her cousin, Lewis Bledsoe two great grandchildren of Samuel and Sarah Day Boone, brother and sister-in-law of Kentucky’s great pioneer leader - Daniel Boone, were in existence under the name of Bledsoe.[47] Additionally, Mary Bryan, (b. 10/18/1842, d. 1/30/1885), the daughter of George Bryan and Emily Cravens Bryan of the Bryan Station Bryans (and, thus, Daniel Boone’s sisters’ niece because two Bryans married sisters of Daniel Boone),  was married to William E. Bledsoe (b. 10/5/1837, d. 8/21/1882) who was possibly the son of Elizabeth Boone Brooks and Lewis Bledsoe and, thus, another grandchild of Samuel and Sarah Day Boone.   Consequently, if the Boone Station graves Jillson characterized as being “probably” Bledsoe graves were, in fact, Bledsoe graves then they very likely contained  Daniel Boone’s family’s DNA as it was passed down through female Boone bloodlines.  

         Notice is also taken that, according to “Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Fayette County, Kentucky” which was written and published  by the Lexington, Kentucky based  John Waller Chapter of the DAR, the grave of White Field Bledsoe, (b. March 4, 1804, d. May 15, 1831) is located on M. W. Barker’s farm in Athens, Kentucky. The Athens Barkers were Boone descendants and were also intermarried with the Bledsoes in that a daughter of Elizabeth Isabella White and John Bledsoe is thought to have married William Barker. 

          Jillson simply failed to give the Boone female line any credit for carrying Boone DNA.



                                 The DAR and Boone Descendants

In the 1960's the Capt. John Waller Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Boone Descendants (probably mostly from the Samuel and Sarah Day Boone line) apparently thought that those whose names were inscribed on the Boone Station DAR/Descendants’ monument were buried at Boone Station.   That they must have thought this is apparent by the nature of the monument and the inscription thereon that they installed at Boone Station in 1967.   If, as some have disingenuously suggested, the Boone Station DAR/Descendants’ monument was intended to merely commemorate those having suffered extreme hardships while living at Boone’s Station and if, as some have disingenuously suggested, it does not specifically commemorate those who died and are buried there, then why aren’t the names of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone also on the monument?  While living at Boone Station, Daniel and Rebecca suffered at least as much hardship, if not more, than those whose names are inscribed on the monument.  The large marker is obviously a burial monument.

              That the DAR must have thought the Boone Station monument was a grave marker and burial monument is apparent from the content of the aforementioned May of 1967 newspaper articles publicizing the upcoming dedication of the monument. 

               Moreover, beyond appearance, inscription and character of the monument, its burial intent is irrefutably established by the letters previously described in detail in another article (Boone Station and the Pioneer National Monument Act by this author) regarding the Fayette County DAR regents’ 1955 visits to Dr. J. T. Dorris, an Eastern Kentucky University History Professor and member of the Pioneer National Monument Commission.  Those letters establish that the DAR/Descendants wanted the Commission to acquire the burial sites of Israel, Thomas, Edward, Samuel and Sarah Day Boone at Boone Station and they wanted a monument erected at Boone Station to commemorate those Boone burials at Boone Station. [48]

The monument dedication program for the  Captain John Waller Chapter and Boone Descendants’ June 10, 1967  “DEDICATION OF MARKER” ceremony  unveiling and dedicating the Boone Station monument indicates the ceremony was a grave site commemoration and the  monument was intended to be a burial monument.  The nine point agenda for the event’s  program began with an “Invocation.” It included a speech entitled, “Purpose of Grave Marking” by Mrs. W. E. Bach, “State Chairman of Revolutionary Graves in Kentucky.”   Also on the agenda was “Unveiling of Marker and Placing of Wreath” by Frances Elizabeth Bramlage, great-great-great-great-great grand Daughter:   Samuel Boone.”  The ninth item on the agenda was “Taps” and the identities of three “Buglers”.  “Taps” is traditionally played at the grave site at military funerals.  Additionally, a “Color Guard” from “Battery A, 5th TAB, 138th Arty. Kentucky Army National Guard” was present, which is a strong sign that those planning the service thought the intent of the service was to honor one or more  military (revolutionary war patriot) grave sites.

Notice is also taken that the DAR has previously noted that a Boone Station casualty of the Bryan Station/Blue Lick’s Battle is likely buried at Boone Station . This was accomplished in a book entitled “Inscriptions on Tomb Stones of Old Cemeteries of Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky” which is authored by “D.A.R.”  Within the therein set forth  list of “REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS buried in FAYETTE COUNTY, KENTUCKY”  it is said  that Capt. Charles Hunter is “Buried at Boone’s Station”.[49] Rebecca Dumford married Charles Hunter at Boone Station about 1779.[50]

                                 “The Boone Scout”                  

The April 4, 1967 issue of “The Boone Scout”, the official publication of the Boone Family Association, makes it clear that it was well understood that the DAR monument at Boone Station was a grave marker.  That publication reported:

     RECENTLY a project was brought to our attention which seems to us to be of great importance to every Boone and one which deserves the active support of each.  Here are some of the details.

     Near the village of Athens, Kentucky, is a place known as the “Boone Station Farm” where five graves lie in a row.  The markers are old and the names almost eroded by time, but they mark the last resting places of Samuel Boone, Sr. A Revolutionary soldier (brother of Daniel), his wife Sarah Day, their son Thomas, who died at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782 (the last conflict of the Revolution), Israel, son of Daniel who was killed at Blue Licks defending his father, and Edward, another brother of Daniel who was killed by Indians in 1780, near the site of Mt. Sterling, Ky., as he and Daniel were resting and grazing their horses.  But they are no longer forgotten!


     At the January meeting of the “Captain John Waller Chapter, DAR” of Lexington, Ky.  it was voted unanimously to mark one or more graves eligible for the honor, and the above five were immediately chosen.   A Committee was then appointed to carry the project through with Mrs. W.E. Bach, State Chairman of Revolutionary Graves in Kentucky as head, and Mrs. T. F. McConnell and Mrs. Edith B. Stivers as members, all of Lexington.  A granite stone has been ordered 6 feet in height, 18 inches thick, 42 inches wide and weighing 6000 pounds.  The unveiling date is June 10th, 1967.  The Chapter has shown splendid courage in assuming the financial responsibility for an undertaking of such magnitude, and every descendant of Samuel, Thomas and Edward (there is no proof that Israel ever married), is invited to take an active part in making this event a memorable one. [51]

Again in the July 1967 issue of “The Boone Scout” the subject of the Boone Station DAR/Descendants’ monument was discussed in the context of an account given by Bethesda B. Buchanan of her attendance at the unveiling ceremony for the monument.  Buchanan wrote: “...[W]e attended the unveiling of the great marker for the 5 Boones buried near Athens.  Though sponsored by the “Captain John Waller Chapter, DAR, Lexington,” contributions from descendants and Boones everywhere were enough to pay for the monument.”  She continues, “The service was impressive, with a firing quad, the colors and a detachment.”  Ms. Buchanan added, “As an iron fence is needed to protect the monument as the graves are in a pasture, contributions will be gratefully received by Mrs. Edith B. Stivers Rt. 5, Cleveland Rd. Lexington, Ky. To whom great credit is due....” [52]

                                          Dr. Thomas D. Clark

                That Dr. Thomas D. Clark, the man for whom the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort is named, sanctioned the concept that Samuel, Sarah Day, Thomas, Edward and Israel Boone are buried at Boone Station is evident in that he was the DAR/Descendants’ featured speaker for both the 1967 Boone Station DAR/Descendants’ monument dedication and for the 30 year anniversary of that dedication in 1997.  Additionally, apparently Dr. Clark sanctioned the concept because he served on the Pioneer National Monument Commission which presented as fact  that both Thomas and Israel Boone were buried at Boone Station.   As has been previously discussed, for many reasons it was obvious that those dedicating the DAR/Boone Descendants' monument at Boone Station thought that Samuel, Sarah Day, Edward, Israel and Thomas Boone were buried at Boone Station and that they were marking those graves by dedication of and by installation of the monument.   If Dr. Clark had not agreed with the burial/grave marking agenda and the historical concept that Samuel, Sarah Day, Israel, Thomas and Edward Boone were buried at Boone Station then, surely, he would not have so apparently willingly made himself available for both the dedication and then again thirty years later at the rededication of the DAR/Boone Descendants' grave marking monument.  It would certainly be helpful to have the content of Dr. Clark's speeches he made at both the 1967 dedication and the 1997 rededication ceremonies where, perhaps, he disclosed his explicit thoughts on the topic. Until that is available, his obvious presence at what were obviously ceremonies commemorating the burial of the aforementioned five Boones at Boone Station is sufficient evidence to strongly indicate that Kentucky's foremost historian thought that the five Boones whose names were inscribed on the monument are buried at Boone Station.

                                    The Boone Family Association

              In his June 1925 report regarding “The First Quinquennial Convention of The Boone Family Association” President William Boone Douglas told that:

     Before reaching Boonesborough, a visit was made to the site of Boone’s Station, now part of the farm owned by ________ Barker, a descendant of Daniel Boone’s brother Samuel.  The members were most hospitably received by Mr. Barker and his daughter, Mrs. Elsie Barker Strader [mother of Chan Strader], who also resides on the property.  Three ancient gravestones, unmarked but presumably those of some early residents of the [Boone] station [most all of whom were Boones] formed the center of interest.  In keeping with the spirit of the day, descendants of Samuel Boone had decorated these humble graves of unknown  pioneers with a charming basket of roses.  Gathering around these three old stones, the Boones of today bowed their heads while a prayer was given by the pastor of the old Boone Church, established in 1785, which stands a short distance away.  A cordial invitation was extended to the visitors to attend services at this church on the following Sunday.

                                            John Bakeless                 

              John Bakeless has written in his book, Daniel Boone Master of the Wilderness, that after the Battle of Blue Licks Daniel “Boone found Israel’s body...and took it back to Boone’s Station.”[53]

                                                Michael Lofaro

                Michael Lofaro set forth in his book, The Life and Adventures of Daniel Boone that “Boone found Israel’s body and brought it back to his station for burial.” [54]     

                                          Judge Innes B. Ross

                 The August 20, 1934 Lexington Herald published an article about the prior day’s commemoration at Blue Licks of the battle waged there in 1782.  Within that article it was reported that Judge Innes B. Ross, of Carlisle, a member of the Blue Licks Park Commission and of the Daniel Boone Bicentennial Commission, addressed the afternoon program participants.  The article explains that:

                  Judge Ross called attention to the appropriateness of emphasizing the

                  Boone bi-centenary in the program, as Daniel Boone lost a son in the

                  Blue Licks battle.  He spoke at length on the proposed Pioneer

                  National Monument and pointed out the fact that Boone’s son is

                  buried at Athens, in Fayette County, site of Boone’s Station and one

                  of the four shrines in the national monument. [55] 

It would seem that some 74 years ago, at a ceremony at Blue Licks a judge from the nearest town who, himself was a member of the Blue Licks Park Commission and the Daniel Boone Bicentennial Commission, and who, presumably, then had to run for re-election would not have delivered a speech saying that Israel is buried at Boone Station if that was not a widely acknowledged, generally unchallenged and well-known fact.   For Judge Ross of Carlisle and the Blue Licks Park Commission to have acknowledged that Israel is not buried at the Blue Licks battlefield and to instead state that Israel  is buried at Boone Station  is, it appears,  for the judge to have made a statement against his own interests.  Such statements are generally accorded a strong ring of truth.

                                  The Boone Family

                Israel Boone’s burial in the land claimed in his name at Boone Station[56] insured (so long as his remains were not disinterred when the Robert Rice Barker house was demolished) that, despite the land court’s close-in-time contrary ruling, Israel Boone, by his internment there, would forever permanently have acquired and “owned”  at least some small portion of his Boone Station claimed land.[57]  Israel’s and Thomas’s burials  at Boone Station  were not only an attempt to assuage immense family grief, but Israel’s and Thomas’s burials at Boone Station may also have been a Boone family statement in defiance of the land courts’ rulings against Boone claims.  The burials  of Israel and Thomas may also have been a Boone family tactic employed to gain title to the Boone Station lands.  After the land court ruling against Israel’s claim and  after the fiasco at Blue Licks wherein Boone’s warnings went unheaded and Israel, Thomas  and a proportionately huge number of frontier Kentuckians lost their lives,  it may have seemed incomprehensible to the Boones that if Israel and Thomas were buried at Boone Station alongside other Boone family members (and, perhaps, other prominent victims of that battle), thereafter, in the face of public sentiment for the Boones, that any authorities  would have had the audacity to deny the Boone Station lands to the Boones.   However, the land courts did award the Boone Station land to William Strother Madison and Daniel’s  plea in the legislative branch for the restoration of  lands was generally unsuccessful.  Apparently, the Boones attributed to those authorities more human empathy and a greater sense of gratitude than those authorities possessed .  However, authorities who denied the Boones the land surrounding the Boone Station graves were defied by Boone family members made up primarily of the Samuel and Sarah Day Boone line,  who, despite the contrary ruling of the land court,  steadfastly continued to occupy the Boone Station lands and did so holding to the belief that eventually their ownership therein would be either  restored or established.  Despite a plethora of obstacles (see next article on the Boone Station chain of title), nevertheless,  the Samuel Boone/Barker line  did, in some fashion, generally retain possession and/or ownership of the Boone Station site, thereafter.  And today they still do own a portion of it, though the cemetery part of  it was bequeathed to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1991. With the advent of Robert Channing  Strader’s gift of the Boone Station cemetery site and additional acreage to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, government authorities, once again, have an opportunity to exercise great discretion with regard to the remains and  legacy of the pioneer Boone family and many other Kentucky pioneers whose remains are interred at Boone Station. 



                                                         END NOTES

1   Samuel Boone is buried at Boone’s Station.  The 1853  letter of Samuel and Sarah Day Boone’s granddaughter, Susan B. Cockrill (DM 23C83), to Lyman Draper indicates that Samuel is buried at Boone’s Station.

2    Draper Manuscript 23 C 104(2).

3    See Draper Manuscript 22 C 60, the letter of Sarah Hunter.

4  Draper Manuscript 22 C 33, Rebecca Boone Grant Lemond, age 70,  to Lyman Draper, March 1844, Trimble County, Kentucky.

5 Hammon, Neal O., Daniel Boone and the Defeat at Blue Licks,  Minneapolis:  The Boone Society, 2005 at  p. 121.

6 Archives and Collection of the Papers of Hazel Aterburry Spraker, housed in the Seattle, Washington Public Library.

7  Pioneer National Monument Association [hereinafter PNMA] and Fort Boonesborough State Park Association [heredinafter FBSPA],  Eastern Kentucky University, Archives, Collection No. 86A2, Box 1.

8  Pioneer National Monument Act and Fort Boonesborough Papers, Eastern Kentucky University, Archives, Collection No. 86A2, Box 1.     Chan Strader, who was born in 1916 would have been 18 when the Act passed.  Consequently, to the extent that after 1934 Strader ever claimed that Israel and Thomas were buried at Boone Station it seems highly unlikely, as some have strangely asserted,   that he, alone,  was the person who initiated that idea.

9  Pioneer National Monument Act and Fort Boonesborough State Park Association Papers, Eastern Kentucky University, Archives, Collection No. 86A2, Box 3, Letter of March 4, 1955 of Dr. J. T. Dorris to Hon. Tom Wallace.

10 Central Kentucky Indian graves “are usually indicated by broad flat stones, set in the ground edgewise around the skeleton...having fallen inwards, the rocks...sometimes resembling a rough pavement.”  Historical Sketches of Kentucky embracing Its History...., by Lewis Collins, Published by Lewis Collins, Maysville, Ky. and J. A. & U. P. James, Cincinnati 1847, at p. 194.
11  Pioneer National Memorial Association (PNMA) and Fort Boonesborough State Park Association (FBSPA) Papers, Eastern Kentucky University Library, Archives, Collection No. 86A2, Box 1. 

[1]2   Lexington Leader,  “Preliminary Work in Securing Pioneer Monument Complete”,  June 30, 1938 at page 4.

13  Id.

14  Dunn, C. Frank, “Boone Station Site”, Vol. 41 Kentucky Historical Society Register, Oct. 1943, p. 307.

15  Dunn, C. Frank, “Boone Station Site”, Vol. 41 Kentucky Historical Society Register, Oct. 1943, p. 304.                                           

16  The Filson Club Quarterly, Vol. XVIII, 1944 at p. 193. 

17  On the front page of the Friday, June 5, 1925 Lexington Leader it is reported that on the preceding Thursday night the nation-wide Boone Family Association of more than 1,000 participants had convened its first annual convention’s final meeting at the Lafayette Hotel.  It was reported that at that meeting Col. William Boone Douglass, president, and the association presented a gold fountain pen to C. Frank Dunn in appreciation of his work in connection with the Boone reunion.  Additionally a resolution of appreciation was also accorded to Mrs. James R.(Hazel Atterbury)  Spraker.

18  Garrett Watts’ death notice is published in the Lexington Dailey Press of February 2, 1873.  He died at his home in Athens at the age of 77. 

19  Dunn, C. Frank, “Boone Station Site”, Vol. 41 Kentucky Historical Society Register, Oct. 1943, p. 307. 

20  Kentucky Citizen newspaper of Paris, Kentucky, 12/12/1958 at p. 12-13.

21  Lexington Herald-Leader, Wed., June 17, 1992 .

22  Conkwright, S. J., History of the Churches of the Boone’s Creek Baptist Association of Kentucky, Winchester, Kentucky, 1923, p. 41 (hereinafter “Conkwright”).

23   Whether,  in the bitter winter of 1779 the newly arrived Boone Station inhabitants managed to survive the harsh and bitterly   cold winter of 1779-80 solely  in lean- twos, as has recently  been reported, is highly debateable.   It is far more likely that  they survived the winter by living in the structures they reportedly (as per Fayette County court depositions) were erecting at Boone Station in the fall of 1779 or by going into the relative warmth of a very nearby cave entrance which led to a half mile long cave and, therein,  enjoyed significantly  warmer,  more secure and relatively  weather-proof housing.  Cave dwelling during the bitter winter would explain how the Boone Station clan survived when large populations of the other creatures inhabiting the area reportedly froze to death.  Surely Boone, who, according to Peters/Perrin had scouted this area on many prior occasions would have been well aware of this cave.  Additionally, Boone has been said to have retreated to the relative warmth and protection of caves in other winters.  On April 26, 1923 The Winchester Sun reported in it’s “Clark County Chronicles” column which was a contribution of the Clark County Historical Society that, “Daniel Boone...owned a tract of land [Boone Station], including a cave in  which he took refuge from the Indians, and this was situated at or near the mouth of Boone’s Creek [the spring at Boone Station], which was named for him.”  If Boone sought shelter within that cave to escape Indians it would seem logical that he probably also sought shelter within that same cave from the bitter cold of the harshest winter ever known on the frontier rather than to withstand the winter in a lean-two in the otherwise unsheltered outdoors.  Additionally, it is known that Daniel Boone wintered one year in a cave in what is now Mercer County.  Also, his North Carolina home was said to have been near a cave utilized by the family.

25  Cultural Resources booklet of O’Malley and Hudson at p. 42. 

26  Historical Sketches of Kentucky embracing Its History...., by Lewis Collins, Published by Lewis Collins, Maysville, Ky. and J. A. & U. P. James, Cincinnati 1847, at p. 194.    

27  Campbell, Dorothy Spears and Nowicki, Shirley Spears, George Boone, Son of Edward Boone, Killed by the Indians in 1780, and Nephew of Daniel Boone, The Famed Explorer, Arlington, Texas, September 1982, p.9.(Unfortunately, the name of the newspaper is not set forth, though is it suspected that it is a Lexington, Kentucky newspaper.)  

28 Campbell, Dorothy Spears and Nowicki, Shirley Spears, George Boone, Son of Edward Boone, Killed by the Indians in 1780, and Nephew of Daniel Boone, The Famed Explorer, Arlington, Texas, September 1982, p.9. 

29  Campbell, Dorothy Spears and Nowicki, Shirley Spears, George Boone, Son of Edward Boone, Killed by the Indians in 1780, and Nephew of Daniel Boone, The Famed Explorer, Arlington, Texas, September 1982, p. 24. 

30 “The History of Nicholas County, Kentucky”, compiled and edited by Joan Weissinger Conley, with an introduction by J. Winston Coleman, published by the Nicholas County Historical Society, Inc., Carlisle, Kentucky 1976, McDowell Publications, Utica, Kentucky at pages 63-64.

31  Young, Bennett H., “The History of the Battle of Blue Licks”, Louisville, John F. Morton and Company, 1897 at page 50. 

32  “The History of Nicholas County, Kentucky”, compiled and edited by Joan Weissinger Conley, with an introduction by J. Winston Coleman, published by the Nicholas County Historical Society, Inc., Carlisle, Kentucky 1976, McDowell Publications, Utica, Kentucky at page 209.

33  “Outstanding Nicholas Countian” at p.  438. 

34  Spraker, Hazel Atterbury,  The Boone Family, A Genealogical History of the Descendants of George and Mary Boone Who Came to America in 1717,  pub. 1922, The Tuttle Co.,  Ruthland, VT.,  at page 82,  entry #29. 

35  Nancy O’Malley email of January 15, 2008. 

36  Spraker, The Boone Family at page 170,  entry # 307.

37  Elliott, Lawrence, “The Long Hunter: A New Life of Daniel Boone”, Reader’s Digest Press, 1976 at page 173. 

38  Elliott, Lawrence, “The Long Hunter: A New Life of Daniel Boone”, Reader’s Digest Press, 1976 at page 169.  

39  In his1934 article, “Boone’s Station” published by The Filson Club History Quarterly at Volume 8, page 216, Willard Rouse Jillson peculiarly doubted that Boones are buried  at Boone Station.   His rationale is legally inaccurate and his assertions are fatally vague. Jillson claims that the Boone’s never held title to the Boone Station property and that the Boone Station chain of title  shows no Boone cemetery notations.  Thus, Jillson illogically concludes that  Boones cannot be buried on the Boone Station land.   First,  female-line Boones via their husbands (under other names like Barker, Bledsoe, Cockrell and others) did eventually hold title to the land. However, in 1700's frontier Kentucky, as land titles were outrageously confused, bodies were commonly buried on wilderness land for which the families did not hold title or possess a deed.  If  the Boones did not own the land in the 1780's when the burials of Israel, Thomas and Edward were accomplished the Boones then had no legal right or opportunity  to alter the title instruments held by others  to note the graves.  But that does not mean the burials were not accomplished as   commonly early frontier graves existed without title document notations. Moreover, in the 1770s  to make legal notations to land titles often required long and dangerous journeys back to Virginia.  Thus, the obvious impracticality of recording cemetery notations in frontier land titles renders Jillson’s rationale at best questionable.  Realistically, making legal notations in land titles in the 1700’s  just was not commonly accomplished and, therefore, the absence of cemetery deed notations in pioneer times is overwhelmingly  irrelevant to the issue of whether graves did or did not, in fact, exist at Boone Station.   Jillson’s legal evaluation and logical  reasoning are flawed.

Jillson contradictorily acknowledges that graves do exist at Boone Station but peculiarly rationalizes that some cut  gravestones are  too contemporary to mark the five Boones’ graves and, therefore, those cut stone marked graves cannot be for any of the five Boones mentioned on the DAR/Descendants’ monument.  Jillson does not designate which of the at least three areas  of graves on the property he is referencing.  He does not mention  the three big flat rough “wolf stones” that  marked and covered Edward, Israel and Thomas. Moreover, Jillson fails to consider that gravestones of a later period or fashion could have been placed over graves many years after the interments were accomplished.        

40  Jillson, Willard Rouse, “Boone’s Station” , The Filson Club History Quarterly, Vol. 8, 1934,  p. 216.  (Hereinafter “Jillson”).  

41  Elliott, Lawrence, “The Long Hunter: A New Life of Daniel Boone, Reader’s Digest Press, 1976 at page 9. 

42  Bakeless, John, Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 1989 at page at page 406. 

43  Faraghar, John Mack,  Daniel Boone:  The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer, 1992 at page 312. 

44  The Quaker burial ground at Benjaminville, Illinois exemplifies this. 

45   The Quaker burial ground in Oneida County, New York exemplifies this. .

46  Jillson, Willard Rouse, “Boone’s Station” , The Filson Club History Quarterly, Vol. 8, 1934,  p. 216.  (Hereinafter “Jillson”).

47    The Clark County, Kentucky KyGenWeb website reports that on December 24, 1810 Elizabeth Boone Brooks (b. 19 May 1793 in Fayette Co., Ky.; d. Sept 1824 Anderson Co., Ky.)  married Lewis Bledsoe (b. 1784? Orange Co., Va.; d. 1830 Clark Co., Ky.; son of John Bledsoe and Elizabeth Isabell White).   Among the children of Lewis and Elizabeth Boone Brooks Bledsoe are reported the births of William, Daniel, Elizabeth Boone and John C..   Notice is taken that in 1850 John C. Bledsoe married Elizabeth McDonald and at about that time Thomas Franklin Barker also married a McDonald, Penelope Jane McDonald, though it is not known for sure  if the two McDonald women were related.

48   PNMA and FBSTPA Papers, Eastern Kentucky University, Archives, Collection No. 86A2,  Box 3, J.T. Dorris Letter of Jan. 21, 1955 to Hon. Cassius M. Clay of Avergne, Route 2, Paris, Kentucky.    

49   See page 130.  This information was “Presented by Mrs. Joseph Beard and Mrs. H. K. McAdams to the Bryan Station Chapter, D.A.R. Mrs. F.E. Faulkner, Regent, Mrs. Grace Martin, Historian.” According to Draper Manuscript 23 C 104, as the supporting contingent from Boone Station attempted to enter the besieged fort at Bryan Station, Indians, secreted in the corn and weeds, fired upon the party and mortally wounded Charles Hunter.  Hunter reportedly, “died the next morning, when within a few hundred yards of Boone’s Station.” 

50  The Hunters were likely Boone relatives.  Sarah Boone, daughter of Daniel’s brother, Edward, was married, at Boone Station, to William Hunter.  See Will Book 1, Clark County, Kentucky, Will of Martha Boone, written 12 May 1793, probated July 23, 1793. 

51  “The Boone Scout”, April 4, 1967, Vol. 11, No. 3, pg. 203, published by “The Boone Family Association of Washington”.

52  “The Boone Scout”, a publication of the Boone Family Association of Washington, July 1967 at page 207 as kept in the archives of the Seattle Public Library.  

53  Bakeless, John, Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 1989 at page  304 (citing at 304.5. “Draper MS. 6 S 165.  But cf 19 C 99. See also H.Q.[Filson Club History Quarterly], 9:236 (1935); Draper MS. 12 CC 50.)

54   Lofaro, Michael, The Life and Adventures of Daniel Boone, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1978, 1986 at page 105.

55  PNMA and FBSPA Papers, Eastern Kentucky University Library, Archives, Collection No. 86A2, Box 1.   

56  Rachael Scholl Denton, Abraham Scholl’s sister, reported to Lyman Draper in 1844 when she was 71 years old that Boone Station was settled on Israel Boone’s preemption.

57  This explanation was given to me in about 1967 by my grandmother, Elizabeth Jane Barker Dodd, while we were standing in the burial field at Boone Station.


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