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Elisabeth "Betsy" Durham Boon
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Birth: Sep. 28, 1781
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: 1868
Wayne County
Kentucky, USA

Daughter of Mastin Durham and Martha "Patsey" Coffey.

Her sister, Selah "Celia" Durham, was the wife of Rev. Ebenezer Fairchild of Wayne Co., KY.

Elizabeth became the second wife of (not famous) Daniel Boon of Wayne Co., KY, on Aug. 19, 1810, officiated by Rev. Edward Buckner IV, a Baptist Minister, at his home in Buncombe Co., NC. Their marriage bond was purchased in Buncombe, by John Durham and "Daniel Boone." Witnesses were Rev. Buckner, his wife Nancy, and brothers of the bride, James and John Durham.

Known children:
Nancy Boon abt. 1814 (m. Feb. 27, 1834-Thomas Surrell/Sherrill in Wayne Co., KY)
Jesse Boon abt. 1815 (m. 1835-Mrs. Elizabeth Boone)

(Our Boone Families, Daniel Boone's Kinfolk, 1917-1991, by Sarah Ridge Rockenfield, Whipporwill Publications, Evansville, IN, p. 373-376. (Filson HIstorical Society, Louisville, KY)

The Boon and Durham families left North Carolina in 1811, per Mastin Durham's Revolutionary War Pension Statement, and settled in Wayne Co., KY. It is believed that Daniel and Elizabeth Boon left with the family. Many of their relatives and neighbors in Wayne, would be former members of the Yadkin Church.

In the 1840 Census for Wayne Co., KY, Daniel and Elizabeth owned slaves.

Neither Elizabeth or Daniel are found in the 1850 Census for Wayne Co., KY.

It is my belief, that Daniel was deceased by 1850, and to keep her slaves from the real possibility of being resold, Elizabeth fled with them to freedom in Indiana. She may be the "white (the only white person in town), 69 year old (born 1781), Elizabeth Boon," counted in the 1850 Census in Clay Township, Owen Co., IN.

Also living with her were "free persons of color," Zilpha Boon and Zilpha's two sons, Bradford and London. Next door was Zilpha's probable son, Perry, and his family. Zilpha, born in May of 1790, in North Carolina, outlived all of her seven children to the age of 110, when she died in 1900. (Indiana Deaths, 1822-1920, County Health Office, Spencer, Book H-14, p. 12, states birth May 1790 NC, and death on March 7, 1900, at "age 106," Spencer, Owen Co., IN). She was alive and listed living without family in the June 16, 1900 Census for Washington Township, Spencer City, Owen Co., IN.

In the 1860 Census for Wayne Co., KY, Elizabeth Boon reappeared alone, where she lived with Ebenezer, Celia and their adult children.

London W. Boon, born June 11, 1831, to Zilpha Boon, died in 1863, and was buried in Headings Chapel Cemetery in Owen Co. IN. (Find a Grave)

Full text of "The Bedford Democrat: Bedford, Indiana," excerpts: Feb. 20th, 1899, No. 5, p. 40: "Aunt Zilpha Boone, colored, Spencer, is 100 years old. She has been mammy to four generations of Goo___ family."

"Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana; Historical and Biographical," edited by Charles Blanchard, published Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co. Publishers, 1884, p. 868: J. F. Walden, son of Jesse Walden, married in 1876, to Mary (Boon), daughter of Zylphia Boon, one of the first colored residents of Owen County.
Family links: 
  Mastin Durham (1755 - 1844)
  Martha Coffey Durham (1756 - 1826)
  Daniel Boon (1777 - ____)*
  Elisabeth Durham Boon (1781 - 1868)
  Selah Durham Fairchild (1784 - 1874)*
*Calculated relationship
Big Springs Cemetery
Wayne County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Janet de la Peņa
Record added: Jun 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38387324

- quebecoise
 Added: Jul. 7, 2015
Rest in peace.
- L&RSchneek
 Added: Mar. 19, 2015
A courageous female who experienced the hardships of her era. May she Rest in Eternal Peace.
- Maureen (Dacus) Blackburn
 Added: Mar. 16, 2015
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