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 Rebecca Ann <I>Bryan</I> Boone

Rebecca Ann Bryan Boone

Frederick County, Virginia, USA
Death 18 Mar 1813 (aged 74)
Marthasville, Warren County, Missouri, USA
Burial Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 2340 · View Source
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Early American Pioneer. She is best remembered as the wife of famed American frontiersman Daniel Boone. Born Rebecca Ann Bryan, at the age of 10 she moved with her Quaker grandparents, Morgan and Martha Bryan, to the Yadkin River Valley in the backwoods of North Carolina where she met and courted Daniel Boone in 1753 and married three years later at the age of 17. This union would product ten children. Additionally, she took in her new husband's two young orphan nephews, who lived with them in North Carolina until the family left for Kentucky in 1773. Without any formal education, she was reputed to be an experienced community midwife, the family doctor, leather tanner, sharpshooter, and linen-maker, resourceful and independent in the isolated areas she and her large, combined family often found themselves. In the autumn of 1773, she came through the Cumberland Gap with her family and fifty others under the leadership of William Russell, though they were turned back by the violent resistance by Native Americans to British colonization west of the Allegheny Mountains. In 1775 her husband brought the family to the Kentucky River where, on behalf of the Transylvania Company, he and Richard Henderson laid out Fort Boonesborough. In May 1778 she left Kentucky under a cloud of rumors that her husband, a captive of the Shawnee, had turned Tory. She returned to her parents' settlement in North Carolina with five of her children, leaving behind her daughter Jemima who by then had married. Her husband came back to his family in North Carolina and finally convinced her to leave again for Kentucky, this time with nearly 100 of their relatives and joined by the family of future President Abraham Lincoln (the president's grandfather, according to tradition). In September 1779, this emigration was the largest to date through the Cumberland Gap. By late October 1779, they reached Fort Boonesborough but conditions were so bad that they left on Christmas Day, during what Kentuckians later called the "Hard Winter," to found a new settlement, Boone's Station, with 15 to 20 families on Boone's Creek about six miles northwest (near what is now Athens, Kentucky). By spring, she and her husband moved to a cabin several miles southwest on Marble Creek. In 1781 she lived in a double cabin with five of her children still living at home, the six children of her widowed uncle James Bryan, as well as her daughter Susannah with her husband Will Hays with 2 to 3 children of their own, a household of almost 20 people. In 1783 she and her family moved where for the next few years she helped Daniel create a landing site at the mouth of Limestone Creek for flatboats coming down the Ohio River from Fort Pitt in Pennsylvania. They lived in a cabin built out of an old boat (on what is now Front Street in Maysville, Kentucky). She ran the tavern kitchen and oversaw the seven slaves they owned. In 1787 Daniel was elected to the Virginia legislature as Bourbon County's representative, and he moved to Richmond, Virginia with Rebecca and their youngest child, leaving the tavern in the hands of their daughter Rebecca and husband Philip Goe. In 1788 they moved to Point Pleasant (now in West Virginia) in the Kanawha Valley, settling on the south side of the river almost opposite the mouth of Campbell's Creek. In 1799 she and Daniel followed their youngest son Nathan to Spain's Alta Louisiana (Upper Louisiana, now Missouri, about 45 miles west/northwest of Saint Louis) in the Femme Osage Valley. She died there after a brief illness at the age of 74 in the home of her daughter Jemima Boone Callaway and was interred at the nearby Old Bryan Family Cemetery, on the bank of Tuque Creek near Marthasville, Missouri. In 1845 her remains were disinterred and reburied in the new Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Bio by: William Bjornstad

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rebecca Ann Bryan Boone (7 Feb 1739–18 Mar 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2340, citing Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .