Note: Boone, Daniel [unconfirmed or in dispute] b. November 2, 1734 d. September 26, 1820
Explorer / Pioneer. At the time of Daniel's death he was living with his daughter, Jemima (Boone) Callaway about a mile from the cemetery. His wife, Rebecca had died seven years before and he stayed near her grave. He used to visit and sit in the cemetery for hours to be near her. Daniel rode his horse to his son, Nathan Boone's home the day before he died. He became ill there and the Doctor was called but he died at Nathan's that night. He was brought back to Jemima's home in Marthasville and laid out in the barn. They used the barn instead of the house because so many people wanted to come to pay their respects. His funeral was held at the barn and his body was buried near his wife Rebecca. The bodies were later exhumed and moved to the Frankfort, KY site. However, many believe that someone else's body, not Daniel's, was removed. Apparently his headstone states that he was born in Bucks County, but he was really born in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
In 1759, Daniel bought 640 acres from his father in Rowan County (now Davie County), on Bear Creek slightly east of Center, N.C. (Interstate 40). On 25 April 1759, Daniel and John Boone became military scouts for Rowan County, and were sent out after Daniel Hossey and others were killed by Indians. In 13 July 1763, Rowan County ordered a wagon road to be built from Shallow Ford on the Yadkin River to the town of Salisbury; those enlisted to aid the project were Samuel Bryan, Morgan Bryan, James Bryan, Robert Forbush, and Daniel Boon. On 21 February 1764, Daniel Boone and his wife Rebeckah (signed with x) sold to Aaron Vancleave the 640 acres on Bear Creek. In 13 October 1764, Daniel Boone claimed a bounty from Rowan County for one wolf.
By 1764, Daniel Boone was employed by Richard Henderson to explore new country for land speculation and sale. In May 1769, he accompanied a group to pass through Cumberland Gap and explore Kentucky. It is almost a year before he saw Rebecca again. On 15 February 1770, Morgan Bryant, Daniel Boone, and others were ordered to lay off a road from one that led from the Shallow Ford to Millers and through the great gap of Brushey Mountain to George Boons at the mouth of Beaver Creek. This road was to strike Mr. Montgomerys road near the main Yadkin River.
In 1772, he was living inside the eastern end of future Tennessee at a place called Sapling Grove, probably with Rebecca and family. In September 1773, he and Squire Jr. joined pioneer families heading into Kentucky for settlement, but most returned after an Indian attack. In 1774, James Harrod founded Fort Harrod, the first settlement in Kentucky. Harrod later became engaged in Lord Dunsmores War along 250 miles of frontier and the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant (now West Virginia) along the Ohio River. In 1775, Daniel Boone began clearing the Wilderness Road for settlers coming into Kentucky to purchase lands from Hendersons Transylvania Company. During the same year, Boone and his party began building Boonesborough, Madison County, Kentucky. The rest of the story is well captured in many books. Two of his sons, James Boone (1757 1773) and Israel Boone (1759 1782), were killed by Indians during the early Kentucky years.