Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone (1734 - 1820)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Daniel Boone
Born in Exeter, Berks County, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Rowan, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Femme Osage, St Charles County, Missouri, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Oct 2010 | Last significant change: 7 Dec 2018
07:24: Frank Nolan posted a message on the page for Daniel Boone. [Thank Frank for this]
This page has been accessed 25,584 times.

Categories: Southern Pioneers | American Childhood Legends, Kentucky | Berks County, Pennsylvania | Rowan County, North Carolina, Early Settlers | American Heroes | Frontiersman, Scouts | Famous People of the 18th Century | Namesakes US Counties | American Revolution.

Southern Pioneers
Daniel Boone was part of a Southern Pioneer Family.
Join: Southern Pioneers Project
Discuss: southern_pioneers



Daniel Boone participated in the American Revolution

Daniel Boone was a pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman who became one of the United States' first folk heroes.[1] Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, then Virginia, opposite the settled areas on the other side of the mountains.[1][2] [3][4][5]

"Many heroic actions and chivalrous adventures are related of me which exist only in the regions of fancy. With me the world has taken great liberties, and yet I have been but a common man."

Early Years

Daniel Boone was born November 2, 1734 in a log cabin in Reading, Pennsylvania.[6][2][4][5] His parents were Quakers.[4][5] They lived on a small farm where his family ran a blacksmith shop and were weavers.[4]

Daniel rarely attended school.[4][5] He worked on the farm and spent his time hunting.[4][5] When Daniel was 12 years old, his parents gave him his first rifle, as he was already proficient with a gun.[5] In 1750, the family moved to North Carolina.[2][4][5]

August 14,1756, Daniel married Rebecca Bryan.[6][2][4][5] They had ten children together.[6][2][5] He and a party of family and friends headed for the land past the Appalachian Mountains.[6][3][5] It is said that Daniel felt that if you could see smoke from a neighbor's homestead, they were too close.[citation needed]

During this time, Daniel looked much like the tales described him: a long, fringed hunting tunic, a tomahawk and a knife in his belt, leather straps over his shoulder that held his powder horn, a pouch, and a black felt hat.[5]


During the French and Indian War, Daniel joined General Edward Braddock's expedition to try to drive out the French from Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh).[4][5] General Braddock was ambushed but Daniel was able to escape.[4][5]

Daniel was a militia officer during the American Revolutionary War.[1] Much of his time was spent fighting Native American tribes who were aiding the British.[1] Daniel was captured by Shawnee warriors in 1778.[4][3][5] They later adopted him into their tribe.[1] He eventually left the Shawnee and returned to Boonesborough to help defend settlers in the area.[4][3][5]

Daniel was elected to the first of his three terms in the Virginia General Assembly during the Revolutionary War.[1]

Daniel fought in the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782.[1][3]


Daniel regularly pushed westward, trying to stay away from areas that were quickly filling with settlers.[3] Daniel faced resistance from local tribes such as the Shawnee.[5] In 1775, he worked through such resistance, and blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina and Tennessee into Kentucky.[1][5] Daniel stayed in Kentucky trapping and hunting for two years.[3][5] It was here he founded the village and fort of Boonesborough, one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians.[3][5] Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 European people migrated to Kentucky/Virginia by following the route marked by Boone.[1]

Daniel worked as a surveyor and merchant.[1] He ended up falling deep into debt through failed land speculation in Kentucky.[4][5] He had purchased land, pre-war, which the US no longer viewed as his, as the area was Spanish territory at the time.[1] He applied for a number of land grants, some 1,000 acres, in his name and names of others like Israel Boone in the form of Certificates of Settlement & Preemption Warrants.[7]

Frustrated with all the legal problems resulting from his land claims, Daniel emigrated to eastern Missouri in 1799.[4][2][3][5] He would again lose his land when the US took over the area from the Spanish.[1][5] Because of his history of encouraging westward movement in the US, he was gifted back part of his land, and spent most of the last two decades of his life there.[4]

Later, after his move to Missouri, he was appointed a magistrate, a keeper of the law, by the Spanish.[1]


Daniel Boone died September 26, 1820 in Missouri.[6][2][5] [3][5] He was buried in Bryan Cemetery, Marthasville, Missouri, but later was reinterred in Frankfort, Kentucky.[5][4][6]

Daniel remains an iconic figure in American history.[1] He was a legend in his own lifetime, especially after an account of his adventures was published in 1784.[1] After his death, he was frequently the subject of heroic tall tales and works of fiction.[1] The epic Daniel Boone mythology often overshadows the historical details of his life.[1] The Daniel Boone trail was named after him, and winds through North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, ending in Boonesborough.[1]

Seven U.S. states have counties named in Daniel Boone's honor: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and West Virginia.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Wikipedia Contributors, "Daniel Boone", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Daniel_Boone&oldid=808568441 : accessed Nov 4, 2017).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Bryan, William S., and Robert Rose. A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, published by Bryan, Brand & Co., St.Louis, MO, 1876. "Life of Daniel Boone" excerpt from pages 1-54. (link on Ancestry)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Putnam, Col. A. W., "Memoir of Daniel Boone", The American Historical Magazine (University Press, Nashville, Tennessee 1896) v1 Page 128
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 History Contributors, "Daniel Boone", History.com. Accessed 3 Nov 2017
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 The State Historical Society of Missouri: Historical Missourians, Daniel Boone, accessed 3 Nov 2017
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 May 2018), memorial page for Daniel Boone (2 Nov 1734–26 Sep 1820), Find A Grave: Memorial #109, citing Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  7. Kentucky Government site

See Also:

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Daniel by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Daniel:

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 8
Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone as a Young Man
Daniel Boone as a Young Man

map of Virginia Colony 1607-1776
map of Virginia Colony 1607-1776

1782-1802 map of the Original 13 United States of America
1782-1802 map of the Original 13 United States of America

view all


On 7 Dec 2018 at 07:24 GMT Frank Nolan wrote:

Im not sure how I could possibly be connected to Daniel Boone but since I did some tests on GedMatch with my dna kit number A352115 here are some results that may fascinate you:

I match on chr 16: Comparing Kit A352115 (Frank John Nolan) and A649544 (Martha Fox) Minimum threshold size to be included in total = 500 SNPs Mismatch-bunching Limit = 250 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 3.0 cM

I match on chr 1: Comparing Kit A352115 (Frank John Nolan) and T569763 (Fergus Whalan) Minimum threshold size to be included in total = 500 SNPs Mismatch-bunching Limit = 250 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 7.0 cM

Martha matches Fergus on chr's 11 & 20 at 7 cm: Comparing Kit T569763 (Fergus Whalan) and A649544 (Martha Fox)

Good luck! :-) Frank (Francis) John Nolan

On 6 Sep 2018 at 20:46 GMT Kathryn (Middleton) Wenzel wrote:

Daniel Boone is my sixth great-grandfather. No wonder I have such an independent nature.

On 9 Jul 2018 at 19:58 GMT Patrick Golden wrote:

My 7th great grand uncle! (My line is descended through his brother, Samuel.)

On 24 Feb 2018 at 02:54 GMT Robin Coles wrote:

I just discovered last week that we are first cousins 8 times removed. we Share George Boone III as a grandfather.

On 12 Dec 2017 at 04:19 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Boone-3395 and Boone-34 appear to represent the same person because: same father and dates, clearly intended to be the same person

On 10 Nov 2017 at 00:50 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Boone-3391 and Boone-34 appear to represent the same person because: same dates and family

On 25 Oct 2017 at 09:13 GMT Luke (Kemp) Lord Kemp-St. Margaret MA/ThB/PhD wrote:

I connected my first cousin once removed, Tom Kemp [TN/KY], through his mother Hattie Mae (Boone) Kemp, to the legendary Daniel Boone.

Tom is his fourth great-grandnephew. Daniel's father Squire Boone is Tom's fifth great-grandfather.

Tom and his wife Hamdy died a decade ago, but he knew then that his mom was related in some way. His sons and grandchildren can now know how.

On 27 Jan 2017 at 19:42 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Boone-2858 and Boone-34 appear to represent the same person because: same father, (merge proposed) same sister

On 6 May 2016 at 15:33 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

Here is an excellent article on the Myths vs Realties of Daniel Boone. It is also a great example of the type of sourcing that Genealogists need to go through as well.


On 26 Mar 2016 at 19:13 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

Proud to be his first cousin 9xr.

more comments

Daniel is 14 degrees from George Bush, 15 degrees from Rick San Soucie and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

B  >  Boone  >  Daniel Boone