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Daniel Boone was a pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman who became one of the United States' first folk heroes. 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. 
"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."
Daniel Boone was born November 2, 1734 in a log cabin in Reading, Pennsylvania. His parents were Quakers. They lived on a small farm where his family ran a blacksmith shop and were weavers.
Daniel rarely attended school. He worked on the farm and spent his time hunting. When Daniel was 12 years old, his parents gave him his first rifle, as he was already proficient with a gun. In 1750, the family moved to North Carolina.
August 14,1756, Daniel married Rebecca Bryan. They had ten children together. He and a party of family and friends headed for the land past the Appalachian Mountains. It is said that Daniel felt that if you could see smoke from a neighbor's homestead, they were too close.
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.
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). General Braddock was ambushed but Daniel was able to escape.
Daniel was a militia officer during the American Revolutionary War. Much of his time was spent fighting Native American tribes who were aiding the British. Daniel was captured by Shawnee warriors in 1778. They later adopted him into their tribe. He eventually left the Shawnee and returned to Boonesborough to help defend settlers in the area.
Daniel was elected to the first of his three terms in the Virginia General Assembly during the Revolutionary War.
Daniel regularly pushed westward, trying to stay away from areas that were quickly filling with settlers. Daniel faced resistance from local tribes such as the Shawnee. 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. Daniel stayed in Kentucky trapping and hunting for two years. It was here he founded the village and fort of Boonesborough, one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians. Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 European people migrated to Kentucky/Virginia by following the route marked by Boone.
Daniel worked as a surveyor and merchant. He ended up falling deep into debt through failed land speculation in Kentucky. He had purchased land, pre-war, which the US no longer viewed as his, as the area was Spanish territory at the time. 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.
Frustrated with all the legal problems resulting from his land claims, Daniel emigrated to eastern Missouri in 1799. He would again lose his land when the US took over the area from the Spanish. 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.
Later, after his move to Missouri, he was appointed a magistrate, a keeper of the law, by the Spanish.
Daniel remains an iconic figure in American history. He was a legend in his own lifetime, especially after an account of his adventures was published in 1784. After his death, he was frequently the subject of heroic tall tales and works of fiction. The epic Daniel Boone mythology often overshadows the historical details of his life. The Daniel Boone trail was named after him, and winds through North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, ending in Boonesborough.
Seven U.S. states have counties named in Daniel Boone's honor: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and West Virginia.
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On 25 Oct 2017 at 09:13 GMT Luke (Kemp) Lord of Margaret MA/ThB/PhD wrote:
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.
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Daniel is 14 degrees from George Barnes, 18 degrees from Amy Utting and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.