EDWARD “NEDDY” BOONE’S BURIAL (not death) SITE

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

 

The body of Edward Boone, brother of Daniel Boone, was originally, and should still be, interred on what is now the Boone Station State Historical Site at 240 Gentry Road in Fayette County near Athens, Cross Plains, just outside of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.  Edward Boone’s body was retrieved from his death site at the Grassy Lick in present day Montgomery County, Kentucky [1] and returned to his Boone Station home for interment there.

This is known for five reasons.  First, the prevailing Kentucky frontier moral code ideally called for the remains of Indian-slain pioneers to be retrieved and "brought in" to the deceased's homestead for burial[2] and seven men (plus Daniel Boone) from Boone Station did return to Edward Boone's death site to retrieve his body. We know that Edward Boone's body was returned to Boone Station for burial because 60 to 70 persons who Daniel Boone had summoned from other stations and forts to come to Boone Station were assembled at Boone Station and comprised the crowd who attended the Boone Station burial of Edward Boone. The third reason we know that Edward was buried at Boone Station is that over the more than 230 years since Edward Boone died the Boone family has consistently conducted itself as if Edward Boone is buried at Boone Station. A fourth reason we know that Edward was buried at Boone Station is that a description of Edward Boone's burial site comports with the burial areas at Boone Station. The fifth reason we know that Edward was buried at Boone Station is that William Wilson's uncorroborated solitary report of a different scenario lacks credibility and pales in comparison to the weight of counterveiling evidence.

 
 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

Edward Boone was almost assuredly killed by Indians at the Grassy Lick in what is present day Montgomery County, Kentucky in the late afternoon of October 6, 1780 in what, at that time, was Virginia. Edward had been returning with his brother, Daniel, from probably the Upper Blue Licks.  The Boone brothers had stopped on the bank of a stream at the Grassy Lick on their route from the Upper Blue Licks to their home at Boone Station.  Indians shot Edward and either scalped or decapitated him.  Realizing the mortal nature of his brother’s situation, Daniel Boone escaped with his own life by running into a nearby large and thick canebrake.  An Indian’s dog pursued Daniel.  Daniel killed the dog and finally outran the pursuing Indians. 

Daniel Boone traveled towards home in stages on foot for maybe 12 hours throughout the night.  Daniel Boone arrived at Boone Station early the following morning.[3]   Those to whom Daniel Boone first presented himself that morning were at breakfast.[4]    Swiftly Boone organized two groups:  (1) Daniel Boone, who was then Sheriff of Fayette County, sent out a call[5] to Strode’s, McGee’s, Bryan’s and Lexington’s forts or stations   for men from those stations/forts to gather at Boone’s Station[6] for Boone Station’s defense and for the traditional retaliatory pursuit of murderous Indians[7]:  and (2) immediately seven men [8] (plus Daniel Boone) were raised to go to the place of Edward’s death [9]  to recover Edward’s body. [10]

 
 

KENTUCKY FRONTIER MORALITY AND BOONE FAMILY MORALITY

DICTATED THAT EDWARD BOONE BE BURIED AT HIS BOONE STATION HOME

 

In pioneer Kentucky a strong moral and ethical code existed, particularly among the Boone family.  That code required that, if at all possible, the remains of Indian-slain family members and comrades be brought back from their death site and returned to their homestead for burial nearby to that homestead.[11]  Because Edward Boone was both a Kentucky Frontiersman and a Boone family member, ordinarily it would be presumed that a monumental effort would have been made to retrieve his remains and to return them to his home at Boone Station for burial. [12]

MANY PERSONS, IN ADDITION TO THE SEVEN IN THE RETRIEVAL PARTY, ATTENDED THE BURIAL, THUS, EDWARD BOONE WAS BURIED WHERE THOSE PERSONS HAD BEEN ORDERED TO ASSEMBLE, WHICH WAS AT BOONE STATION.

The Seven Man (plus Daniel Boone) Retrieval Party

The seven members of the retrieval “burial party” [13]  who went out from Boone Station on October 7, 1780[14] to journey to the Grassy Lick to retrieve and to bring in Edward’s body to Boone Station included:

(1) William Linville Boone; [15]

(2)  George Boone (Edward’s brother and William Linville Boone’s father);[16]

(3) James Stephenson;[17] 

(4) Charles Ratliffe (Gatliffe?);[18]

(5) Abraham Scholl[19]

(6) James Ray[20]

(7) Josiah Collins[21]

(8) Daniel Boone.[22]

Hazel Atterbury Spraker

In The Boone Family, Hazel Atterbury Spraker, relies on Draper Manuscript 19 C 120-154 for her conclusion that Edward Boone’s remains were returned to Boone Station for burial.   Spraker said so in her section on William Linville Boone[23] who was Daniel Boone’s nephew via Daniel’s brother George Boone and George’s wife, Ann or Nancy Linville.[24]  Spraker explained, “After his [William Linville Boone’s] uncle, Edward Boone, had been killed by Indians in 1780, William, his father, George Boone [younger brother of Daniel], and his uncle Daniel Boone, were in the party which went out to bring in the mutilated body.”[25] In Draper Manuscript 19 C 138, the notes taken of an August of 1838 interview with Enoch M. Boone (born in Boonesborough October 6, 1777) say:  “Wm. Boone was one of the party that went to bring in Edward Boone’s body – Daniel Boone also went, also old George Boone….”   The source of Enoch’s knowledge is given as having been Shelby County’s William Boone, son of Daniel Boone’s brother, George[26].  The logical place “to bring in” the body would only have been to the then Boone Station home of the brothers Daniel, Edward, George and Samuel Boone and their families.  George Boone was in Kentucky in 1779-80.[27]  Spraker reiterates that Edward Boone’s body was returned to Boone Station from the separate location of his death site when she wrote: “In the party which went out in October, 1780 to bring in the body of Edward Boone were his brother George and his son William L.”[28]

The 60 TO 70 Others Gathered at Boone Station

Also on the morning of October 7, 1780, in compliance with Daniel Boone’s order, dispatches (runners) went out from Boone Station to the other forts and stations (Strode’s, McGee’s, Bryan’s and Lexington) to report the news of the Indian attack, to report Edward’s death and to convey Daniel Boone’s order for troops from those forts and stations to “forward a detachment to come to the defense of Boone Station.”[29]   Obviously those “detachments” were to convene at Boone Station because:  (1) no mention is made of the death site; and (2) they were ordered to convene at Boone Station to defend it.  Moreover, since the Indians did pursue Daniel Boone for some time and distance after Edward Boone was killed, logically Daniel may have feared the Indians had followed him back to attack Boone Station.

The Boone Station assembled group included “a number of others, perhaps 60 or 70 for the purpose of burying Edward Boone + to pursue the Indians that killed him.”[30]  Among those comprising the Boone Station assembled who were present for Edward Boone’s burial were the following men: 

John McIntyre[31] 

Jacob Stucker[32] 

Israel Boone[33] 

James Estill[34]     

William McConnell[35]

Peter Scholl[36]

Israel Grant[37]   

Stephen Hancock[38]

Since these men were not members of the party of seven who went to Grassy Lick to retrieve Edward Boone’s body, but they did constitute a part of the large number of men called to Boone Station who participated in the burial and subsequent traditional retaliatory pursuit of the culprit Indians, then Edward Boone’s body was almost assuredly interred at Boone Station.

 

John McIntyre

In 1817 John McIntyre gave a firsthand eyewitness report regarding Edward Boone’s burial.[39] McIntyre’s report is in a court deposition transcription of McIntyre’s testimony regarding a land dispute.  McIntyre said he “went in company with Colonel Daniel Boone, Chas Gatliffe [Ratliffe?], James Estill, James Ray, Wm. McConnell and a number of others perhaps 60 or 70 people for the purpose of burying Edward Boone and to pursue the Indians who killed him.” [40]   McIntyre’s report evidences that Edward Boone’s body’s discovery was a separate event and at a separate location from his subsequent burial and that Edward was not buried at his death site.  McIntyre establishes as much when he includes among those who buried Edward persons (Estill, McConnell) who were not in the retrieval group of seven (plus Daniel Boone) who immediately went out from Boone Station to the death site.  Instead, Estill and McConnell apparently were among those who had reported to Boone Station pursuant to Col. Boone’s order.  Thus, if Estill and McConnell saw Edward Boone’s burial that burial must have happened at Boone Station.  Additionally, McIntyre’s report shows that Edward Boone was not buried at his death location because McIntyre states that 60 or 70 “people” (apparently not just men but also women and children) had gathered to bury Edward Boone.  This statement shows that the burial must have been at Boone Station because only men were in the seven man (plus Daniel Boone) retrieval/burial party but all manner of people including women and children would have been assembled at Boone Station.

FOR 230 YEARS BOONE ACTIONS HAVE CONSISTENTLY COMPORTED WITH THE CONVICTION THAT EDWARD BOONE IS BURIED AT BOONE STATION.

That Edward left a widow, who never remarried, and five children, who continued to live at Boone Station long after Edward was buried, suggests that they believed Edward Boone was buried at Boone Station. 

The burial monument erected at Boone Station in 1967 by the Capt. John Waller Chapter of the DAR and the Boone Descendants establishes[41] that at that time and prior thereto, Boone family members thought Edward Boone was buried at Boone Station.

Creation of The Pioneer National Monument was attempted in the 1950s by a stellar group of politicians, historians and civic minded citizens.  Their goal was to acquire what were then considered to be Kentucky’s four most historically significant pioneer sites (Boonesborough, Boone Station, Bryan Station and Blue Licks) and to link those four sites together with a national highway to create a functioning “monument” to Kentucky’s pioneers.  According to the Pioneer National Monument Act records[42] DAR Regent Edith Barker Stivers, a Samuel Boone descendant and landholder in the neighborhood of Boone Station,   was a guiding force behind the Pioneer National Monument Committee’s then frustrated attempts  to acquire the Boone Station land from Channing Strader.    Since 1779 much, if not most, of Edith Barker Stiver’s Boone/Barker family had lived (and still do live or farm) within approximately a mile or so of what is now the Boone Station Historical Site.  These actions comport with a strong belief that Edward Boone was buried at Boone Station.

For approximately seven generations of the Samuel and Sarah Day Boone/Barker family, Edward’s brother Samuel’s descendants, who had largely always resided and farmed in and around Boone Station, had no reason to doubt that Edward Boone’s remains had been brought home to Boone Station by their ancestors and were buried in his grave at the family’s cemetery on Boone Station property.  The property within which Edward Boone was buried was still, until 1991, surrounded by land owned and/or occupied by an almost continual succession of more than 200 years, of Boone descendants.[43]    

The family was consistent in protecting the graves until the very end of their ownership.  Channing Strader, the last Samuel Boone descendant to own what is now the Boone Station State Historical Site, maintained three graves nearby to the Robert Rice Barker house which Chan understood to be the graves of Edward, Israel and Thomas Boone.   The deed which transferred the property to the Commonwealth of Kentucky was conditioned upon the Commonwealth shepherding the graves and was signed by three of Samuel Boone’s descendants, Geraldine Dodd Haggerty, Robert William Dodd and Fayette County’s retired Chief Fayette Circuit Judge George Barker.  Within that deed no less than three times it is stated that the land was so deeded to the state only contingent upon the state maintaining the cemetery part of the property.   Thus, to the very day that the Samuel and Sarah Day Boone descendants relinquished The Boone Station Historical Site to the Commonwealth of Kentucky those Boone descendants were still attempting to protect and shepherd the Boone family graves, which they probably never doubted contained the remains, among others, of Edward Boone.  

BOONE STATION’S GRAVESITES MATCH EDWARD BOONE’S GRAVE DESCRIPTION

That Edward Boone was buried at Boone Station is supported by Edward Boone Scholl’s remarks that Edward was buried on the side of the hill at a place he had been past several times when he was a boy.[44]  The Boone family’s cemetery lands at Boone Station are on the side of a hill on a slope above Gentry Road.  The Boone Station cemetery’s hillside landscape has been described as “...a prominent hill south of Gentry Road.”[45]

Moreover, Edward Boone Scholl’s added information that, “I have been past the place when a boy several times” further evidences that Daniel’s brother, Edward’s, burial site was at Boone Station.  No doubt Edward Boone Scholl, who obviously carried the name of his deceased uncle, would have returned to Boone Station many times as a boy to visit the many Scholl/Boone relatives living there or nearby.  Daniel Boone’s sister was married to a Scholl. Some think that Daniel Boone’s mother’s family intermarried with Scholls.  There are multiple Scholl/Boone intermarriages of cousins.

Edward Boone Scholl would have been familiar with the area because, even if his had not had family connections living nearby, still what is now a sleepy Gentry Road, in those days, was a relatively far more well-travelled frontier route which lead to the communities of  Schollsville and, eventually,  Winchester in Clark County.  A large contingent of the Scholl/Boone family lived in Schollsville. What is now Gentry Road was once known as the Winchester Pike and was so popularly known as the Winchester Pike that the deed documents, wherein Robert Channing Strader’s family members deeded to Chan what is now the Boone Station State Historical Site, refer to that road not as the Gentry Road, but as the Winchester Pike. [46]  It is highly likely Edward Boone Scholl passed the Boone Station grave of his relative and namesake, Edward Boone, on many occasions.

WILLIAM WILSON’S SOLITARY REPORT HAS NO CREDIBILITY.

In 1851 William Wilson, of Columbia, Missouri, reported that Edward Boone’s bones had ended up in the Rockbridge Churchyard in Bourbon County, Kentucky. [47] 

Wilson's account lacks historical credibility for five reasons. First, Wilson's account is wanting because, at best, it is a third-hand report which, ultimately, emits from un-attributable sources, whereas, elsewhere there exist multilple first hand eyewitness accounts that, collectively, negate Wilson's tale. Secondly, the chain of reporters in Wilson's report identifies only one source, William's father, Henry Wilson, and there is no indication of how Henry Wilson could have allegedly acquired the reported information. A third reason that Wilson's account is unreliable is that Draper Manuscript information from William Wilson's father, Henry Wilson[48], does not include or reflect William's report of Henry's alleged recollections. That factually William Wilson's report is flawed is the fourth reason the report lacks historical credibility. The fifth reason William Wilson's report lacks credibility is that his report has never been corroborated, whereas, multiple other accounts are greatly and collectively corroborated.

Despite its obvious inadequacies,   William Wilson’s account has provoked a number of curious incidents in the years since Boone Station was deeded to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and demolition took place on the site in the general vicinity of traditionally respected graves thought to have been those of Edward, Israel and Thomas Boone.  On the front page of the Tuesday, November 23, 2004 issue of “The Lexington Herald-Leader” an individual, identified as an alleged spokesperson for The Boone Society, publicized their thought that the “keyhole” grave marker in the Rockbridge Church cemetery in Bourbon County, Kentucky marked the grave of Edward Boone.  These thoughts were displayed in the newspaper’s large front page news story accompanied by a big three column-wide photograph of the subject tombstone and the alleged spokesperson.  The following day, Wednesday, November 24, 2004, a clarification article was printed at section B, page 1.  Apparently, in the interim, the newspaper had been informed that the “keyhole” headstone the Boone Society folks had so publically speculated belonged to Edward Boone was really that of Joshua Smalley.   Smalley died on January 26, 1825 on his farm across the road from the cemetery.  The apparent “informant” with the correct information was none other than Joshua Smalley’s descendant, CBS News’ Emmy-Award-winning correspondent David Dick, who, then lived in Plum, close-by to Smalley’s grave. In correcting the alleged Boone Society spokesperson’s apparently errant research, David reported that knowing of his ancestor, Joshua Smalley’s grave, “gave me my sense of place and became the heart and soul of my being as a writer.” [49]

Yet another incident recently provoked by William Wilson’s account involves the July 2009 issue of The Boone Society’s publication “The Compass.”  It reported that that organization’s “Edward Boone Memorial Committee”, acting in reliance on William T. Wilson’s Draper manuscript 6 S 296-297, excavated a grave on the property of Mr. Ronnie Johnson.  That property allegedly was once part of the Rockbridge Baptist Church.  The excavated grave had a stone marked “NB 1828".  According to the article Nancy O’Malley inexplicably concluded that, “because Edward Boone was mostly called Ned, this stone more than likely represented the final resting place of those bones [allegedly] re-interred by the Reverend Richard Thomas.”  “The Compass” reported that “nothing was found in the grave.”  Nevertheless, reportedly Eric Schlarb and O’Malley concluded that the absence of anything in the grave was “greater evidence that…Ned Boone [was] probably buried there.”  The best evidence of whether Edward “Ned” Boone was probably buried there would have been DNA evidence.  Whether, given every opportunity to acquire as much, samples of the grave’s contents were obtained for DNA evaluation, and thus a final confirmation and verification of this opinion, was undisclosed.    

William Wilson’s uncorroborated account of Edward Boone’s burial place is so lacking in historical credibility, both on its own merit and in comparison to a large amount of other available documentation on the same subject, that Wilson’s remarks should be discounted and should not be accorded any significant value in determining the burial location of Edward Boone.                                  

CONCLUSION

Upon Daniel Boone’s arrival at Boone Station the October 7, 1780 morning after Edward Boone’s October 6, 1780 death, a small group of men from Boone Station “immediately” went to the death site, retrieved and brought in to Boone Station the body of Edward Boone.  While that small group was operating, a call for additional troops went out to other nearby forts and stations. Resultingly, approximately 60 to 70 persons assembled and were present at Boone Station for Edward’s burial there in the Boone Station family cemetery on the hill above the spring from which flows the Station Branch of Boone’s Creek.

 

© Copyright 2010 by Donna Dodd Terrell Jones.  All rights reserved.  May not be copied or reprinted without express written permission.

 
 

[1]  Edward Boone’s death site was highly likely to have been at the Grassy Lick in what is present day Montgomery County, Kentucky.  See separate article entitled “Edward Boone’s Death (not burial) Site” by this author.

[2]  See separate article entitled “Kentucky’s Frontier Moral Code for the Body Retrieval of Indian-Wounded or Indian-Slain Pioneers and for the Subsequent Burial of Indian-Slain Casualties” by Donna Dodd Terrell Jones

[3]  Draper Manuscript 23 C 104, E.B. Scholl

[4] Draper Manuscript 23 C 104, E. B. Scholl.

[5]  The pension application of Sam. Boone [Jr.], son of Samuel Boone [Sr.]  and nephew of Daniel Boone, sets forth as  part of his revolutionary service that he was at Bryan Station until October of 1780 (when Indians killed Edward Boone) at which time Sam received orders “from Col. Boone to forward a detachment to reinforce Boone’s Station....”  See Spraker’s Appendix at p. 635.  In the 1834 Fayette Circuit Court Samuel Boone Jr. sought a pension increase. In open court he stated that he had been at Bryan Station “until October, 1780, then Captain Hays [the militia commander at Bryan Station] received orders from Col. Daniel Boone, from Boone station, to come with all the men that could be spared from that [Bryan’s] station to aid him [Daniel Boone] in the defense of said Boone’s station, which orders were obeyed….” See North Carolina South Carolina Pension Records, Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C. at S 1168 page 3 for Boone, Samuel.

[6]  Spraker, “The Boone Family” at page 635, Appendix.

[7] Deposition of Daniel Boone, taken June 10, 1817 and again September  22, 1817  at the dwelling of John B. Callaway in St. Charles, Mo.  Draper Manuscript 25 C 6-7.

[8]  Draper Manuscript 23 C 9, E.B. Scholl taken Dec. 11, 1833 from Griggsville.

[9]  Draper Manuscript 23 C 104, E. B. Scholl

[10]  Draper Manuscript 23 C 9

[11]  See separate article by this author entitled: “Kentucky’s Frontier Moral Code for the Body Retrieval of Indian-Wounded or Indian-Slain Pioneers and for the Subsequent Burial of Indian-Slain Casualties.”

[12] Faragher, John Mack, Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer, Henry Holt & Company, New York, 1992 at pages 58-59 reports on a widely known rumor that Rebecca Bryan Boone’s daughter, Jemima, was the child of Rebecca’s brother-in-law, Edward Boone, and not of her then long absent husband, Daniel Boone. The tale suggests that none of this disturbed Daniel.  However, there may be still lingering doubts that may account for some people’s apparent thoughts that Daniel and the many other Boone family members in residence at Boone Station in 1780 would not have accorded Edward the traditional dignity of a home-place burial within the family cemetery at Boone Station.

[13] “Burial party” in frontier Kentucky times had a broader meaning than to merely dig the grave and cover the body with dirt, logs, rocks or whatever was available.  A burial party found the remains, collected the remains, retrieved the remains and, where possible, bore the “pall” or transported the remains and, then ultimately literally, dug the grave, put the body in and covered the remains. Pioneer Kentuckians’ remarks about being a part of a “burial party” or about going out to “bury” someone were, under reasonable circumstances, a verbal “shorthand” for actually meaning to say that they were going out to find the body, recover the body, transport the body home and then inter the body once it was returned to the home place. This was a part of the basic moral fiber of our Kentucky frontier persons. 

[14] Draper Manuscript 31 C 104:  S.C. Boone’s letter of September 1858 stating; “The next day Boone with a party went to the place where he supposed his brother was killed + found his body, which they buried.” (does not say where the body was buried or that it was buried in the spot where it was found and recovered).

[15]  Draper Manuscript 19 C 138.

[16]  Draper Manuscripts 19 C 138 and 22 S 241-68.   Samuel Boone, the son of Daniel Boone’s brother, George, (there were several Samuel Boones) was born at Hoy’s Station in Madison County, Kentucky in 1782.  Samuel Boone, son of George, reportedly told Draper (22 S 241-68) that his father, George Boone, “was one who went to bury Edward Boone.”  Nothing is said to indicate that the burial George Boone attended was at Edward Boone’s death site as opposed to at Boone Station.  Moreover, Samuel Boone’s remarks regarding that his father “went to bury” could be a reference to that on the frontier the entire retrieval, transportation, pall bearing, body preparation process was all considered as much a part of the “burial” as the actual interment.  Samuel Boone reports nothing to indicate that the interment George Boone attended was at the same location as Edward Boone’s death site and given the family involvement and the customs of the time and place it is highly unlikely that the burial for Edward Boone that George Boone attended was anywhere but at Boone Station.

[17]  Draper Manuscripts 23 C 10 and 7 C 83.

[18]  Draper Manuscript 23 C 10; 7 C 81; 7 C 83.

[19] Draper Manuscripts 23 C 7(3);   23 C 9; and 23 C 10.  Edward Boone Scholl reported at Draper Manuscript 23 C 9 that “Abraham Scholl was one of 7 that went to bury E. Boone….”  See also DM 23 C 104.

[20]  Draper Manuscript 23 C 10.

[21] Pension Application S 30336 of Josiah Collins, stating he was “immediately ordered out under Colonel Boone to make search for his brother Edward” and, apparently in so searching, if necessary to “give the Indians battle.”  Collins reports “we found Edward Boon dead, we buried him [he does not say where], and followed on after the Indians nearly to the Ohio River without being able to overtake them…”

[22] Draper Manuscript 19 C 138.

[23] Spraker, “The Boone Family”, The Tuttle Company, Publishers, Rutland, Vermont, 1922, reprinted by Higgason Book Company, Salem, Mass., at page 131, entry # 122.

[24] Some internet websites say that though Daniel Boone’s brother George and his wife Ann/Nancy Linville died elsewhere, their remains were also brought back to the Boone Family Cemetery at Boone Station for burial. If that is so, then the cemetery at Boone Station contains the DNA of Daniel Boone’s son, and three of his brothers, Samuel, George and Edward.

[25] Spraker, “The Boone Family” at entry #122 on page 131.

[26]   Draper Manuscripts at 19 C 139.

[27] Spraker, “The Boone Family” at page 67, entry # 27. See also, Draper Manuscript 22 S 242-243 wherein George Boone’s son, Samuel Boone, told Draper that “George Boone, informant’s father, moved to Kentucky in the fall of 1780".  See also, that George Boone served in the militia from 6 September to 21 October 1780 as per the payroll of Capt. David Gass. 

[28]  Spraker, “The Boone Family” at page 68, citing Draper Mss. 19 C 120-154  

[29] The pension application of Samuel Boone Jr.

[30] Draper Manuscript 7 C 83

[31] 7 C 83-84               

[32]  Draper Manuscript 7 C 81

[33] Draper Manuscripts 7 C 81;   7 C 86.

[34]  Draper Manuscript 7 C 83

[35]  Draper Manuscript 7 C 83

[36]  Draper Manuscript 7 C 84-87  in which Peter Scholl, son-in-law of Edward Boone for having married Edward’s daughter Mary at Boone Station [Draper Manuscript 23 C 7, interview with Edward Boone Scholl, Feb. 25, 1861] reported that  he, Peter,  “was one of the company that pursued the Indians that killed Edward Boone, my wife’s father, in October 1780:  and after burying said Boone, we followed the trace of the Indians to the Upper Blue Licks then along a plain war road about a north east course until we came to the waters what is now called Fleming Creek, where they had roasted their meat.”   In his 1884 report Peter Scholl, who had NOT been a member of the 7 man retrieval/burial party who went to the Grassy Lick, but instead would have likely been at Boone Station, obviously saw Edward Boone buried and probably at Boone Station. 

[37]  Draper Manuscript 7 C 86             

[38] Draper Manuscript 25 C 7-8; Hancock was deposed on May 23, 1808 in Madison County.  He reported, “In fall of 1780 I went from Strodes Station, with Capt. Charles Gatliff and others, about 70 men in all, to the Upper Blue Lick and returned home by the Flat Lick and Round Lick.  

[39]  Draper Manuscript 7 C 83-84

[40] Whitley, Edna Talbot, citing the Scott Papers by the Kentucky Historical Society at p. 154 which was citing Draper Manuscript 7 C 83-84.

[41]   See separate article by this author regarding the installation and dedication of the Boone Station Monument. 

[42]  Archives at Eastern Kentucky University

[43]  See future article by this author cross referencing the owners in the chain of title of Boone Station and their genealogical relationship to the Boone Family showing how the Boones occupied and/or attempted to acquire, reacquire and/or maintain title to the property to shepherd the graves.

[44] Draper Manuscript 23 C 104.

[45]  O’Malley, Nancy, “Stockading Up: A Study of Pioneer Stations in O’Malley, Nancy, “Stockading Up: A Study of Pioneer Stations in the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky”, report submitted to the Kentucky Heritage Council and Program for Cultural Resource Assessment, dated April 30, 1987,  at page 178.

[46] See Fayette County Deed Book 316 at pg. 313 transferring 47.18 Boone Station acres to Robert Channing Strader.

[47] Draper Manuscript 6 S 296-297. Wilson’s written  report of what he claimed his father had thought  is as follows:

                        Millersburg, Ky. is some 8 miles below the mouth of Boone’s

                        Creek a half a mile yet higher up the creek to the spring where

                        Edward Boone was buried.  The Upper Blue Licks are about 15

                        miles from Boone’s Lick & the Lower Blue Licks about 20 miles

                        distant.  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 & close to the spring & the Rev. Richard

                        Thomas had them removed and reinterred a mile off in the Rockbridge

                        Baptist Church Yard.”

[48] Draper Manuscript 31 C 99.

[49]   David has since passed on.  David gave the eulogy at this author’s father’s (Robert William Dodd’s) funeral.  It is hard not to wonder if the two of them are in some other realm together chuckling about how their family members’ graves somehow became such topics of interest by some of the same people.  As for David’s thoughts on the importance of family graves giving one a sense of place and becoming the heart and soul of one’s being as a writer, this author well understands.

 
 

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