According to "The Boone Family", compiled by Hazel Atterbury Spraker, first published in 1922, "William Grant was the son of a Scotch father, also William Grant, and an Irish mother, Margaret Venner." According to her version "he was born and raised in the Scotch Highlands, imbibing a great love for his country and a desire for her independence from English sovereignty." She goes on to say "Knowing this, it is not surprising to find him taking part in the Rebellion of 1745-46, in which it is said he served under Prince "Charlie."" She then syayes that after the failure of this Rebellion, at the moment "following the defeat of the Battle of Culloden 16 April, 1746" William Grant emigrated to America and established himself in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina "where many of the Pretenders adherents settled." She makes the statement that this was where "he met and married, about 1750, Elizabeth Boone".
According to Spraker, a Dutchman said to Grant, "Well, Billy, Betsy will make you a good wife if you will take her down at the first loaf."
However, his daughter, Rebecca Boone Grant Lamone stipulates that he was born in the area where "Washington, D.C. now stands" for which i am more inclined to believe.
At sometime shortly after, the Grants and some of the Boones and Bryan's settled at or nearby Ft. Dobbs in North Carolina. (Rays note: This has been confirmed by a conversation I had with a historical records keeper at present day Fort Dobbs. He stated that there was a William Grant listed on the militia rolls during the early 1750 time frame.)
After a breakout of war with the local Native Americans, about 1759, in the area, Spraker further state's that William Grant and "Betsy," along with Daniel Boone , his family and his parents, relocated to Virginia and Maryland, "near where Washington, D.C. now stands." (Spraker, pg. 62).
Spraker continues her story of William Grant:" About 1783 William Grant (II) procured a pre-emption and settlement of 1400 acres on the Little Elkhorn River in Kentucky, but finally became discouraged and resolved to return to North Carolina. He sold 400 acres of his land for an Indian pony worth about $40.00, which was stolen by Indians ten days afterwards with all his other horses. This loss precluded the idea of returning to North Carolina and the plan was abandoned. He remained on the Elkhorn." She goes on further to state that their original membership in the Quaker belief changed and they became Baptists.
She finalizes her biography of William and Elizabeth Boone Grant with their final days, "Both Grant and his wife died there, he in 1804 at the age of 78, and she some years later. They are buried under an apple tree which he set out on the place when they first went there to live." ("The Boone Family", compiled by Hazel Attebury Spraker).
Elizabeth Boone Grant
1733–1814 (m. 1750)