"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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To Nathan Boone from Frankfort Cemetery Executive Committee, 4/21/1845 1: <At the last session of the Kentucky Legislature an act was passed incorporating the Frankfort Cemetery Company, a copy of which act is hereby enclosed, and to it we invite your careful attention. The company under powers granted them by the act, have purchased a beautiful tract of land on the Eastern hill overlooking the Valley in which the Capital of Kentucky is situated. For its romantic beauty in its natural State, it cannot be superceded in the whole West, and it is susceptible of improvement and embellishment to a degree that would render it one of the loveliest spots in America. Circumstances under which the Western Country was settled, and the tide of emigration leading to constant changes of domicile, have in a great measure prevented that attention to the dead, which the living should pay. . . . Most of our graveyards, as you are aware, are without enclosures or ornaments of any kind, and many of the most distinguished of our early settlers are without any monuments that point to their last resting place. It is the purpose of this Company to set apart, all the grounds they have purchased, as a burial place -- incapable of alienation or any possible change of Circumstances short of an entire destruction of State and Government. They intend to ornamentit with walks, with groves of trees, shrubs and flowers, and to spare neither pains or cost to beautify it. The members of the Company are the sons of the first settlers of Kentucky. The fathers of many were the friends and companions of your distinguished father. We intend transfering the remains of our fathers and mothers from their distant graves to this spot where they will ever be safe from injury, and where our children, in performing the last sad office of filial piety, may mingle the dust of the present with the past generation and look ahead to the period when they too shall, literally, sleep with their fathers.> continued KYBURIAL To Nathan Boone from Frankfort Cemetery Executive Committee, 4/21/1845 2: In contemplating this laudable undertaking we have not forgotten that DANIEL BOONE, the first great Pioneer in what is now truly the Great West, sleeps with his companion in a retired village of Missouri far away from the land of Kentucky. A Nation should have built him a monument, and it is here in the dominion of Old Kentucky that it should be placed. . . . We have selected the most commanding point within the limits of the Cemetery as the most beautiful for the final resting place of Daniel Boone and his deceased wife. We are to erect over his grave a monument in character with the man, and to surround it with ornaments and devices illustrative of his life. We are aware Sir, that it is due to you, that you should be consulted in this important matter. We have the consent and warm approbation of your relative Col. William Boone, who will be the bearer of these communications, and who encourages us to believe that you will joyfully aid us in carrying our wished into effect. There is not a man of note in Kentucky who would not equally approve of what we are doing. It may not be improper to mention to you as an evidence of our earnestness in this design that we have purchased the grounds at an expense of $4000 dollars and have also raised a fund of $5000 dollars for its present embellishment; and that the Cemetery will be under the constant care of a highly educated and scientific florist from Scotland who is in our service at an annual salary of five hundred dollars. We hope Sir that you will communicate with us at your earliest convenience, and anticipating your Cordial assent to our request, we would respectfully ask for any suggestions which may present themselves to your own mind as pertinent to the occasion.> Signed Mason Brown, P. Swigert, and M. R. Stealey, Executive Committee. Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):209-210, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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William Boone [son of George Boone, DB's brother] to Nathan Boone, Fayette, Howard County, MO, 5/14/1845: signed William Boone. Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):217-18, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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St. Louis NEW ERA, dated Marthasville, July 17th, 1845, copied in the FRANKFORT COMMONWEALTH, 8/5/1845 1: continued

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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St. Louis NEW ERA, dated Marthasville, July 17th, 1845, copied in the FRANKFORT COMMONWEALTH, 8/5/1845 2: continued

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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St. Louis NEW ERA, dated Marthasville, July 17th, 1845, copied in the FRANKFORT COMMONWEALTH, 8/5/1845 3: Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):220-21, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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The monument over DB's grave was erected in 1862. Constructed by John Haly (1827-1890), Irish emigrant who moved to Frankfort in 1852. During the Civil War it was defaced by Union soldiers quartered in the city. After the war it was repaired at the direction of the legislature. Subsequently vandals and relic hunters continued its mutilation by picking and chipping away at it. By the turn of the century it had been mutilated. The Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter of the DAR, upon its organization, instituted a program to raise funds for its renovation. Failing to raise a sufficient amount, the legislature was petitioned, and they made an appropriation of $2000. The restored monument, protected from relic seekers by a substantial fence, was unveiled on 5/26/1910. During a storm in the mid-1940s, a sycamore adjacent to the grave was blown against the monument, knocking off the top capping and causing other damages. The State of Kentucky made the necessary reprirs. Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):236, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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Phrenological report in the FRANKFORT COMMONWEALTH 2/9/1846 2: Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):231-32, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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Absence of a monument, as reported in THE YEOMAN, 5/25/1848: Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):235, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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The public sale of cemetery lots was announced in the FRANKFORT COMMONWEALTH of 10/18/1845: Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):233, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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Phrenological report in the FRANKFORT COMMONWEALTH 2/9/1846 1: continued


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1952

"Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS Register 50 (1952)

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FRANKFORT COMMONWEALTH 8/5/1845: Copied from "Daniel Boone and the Frankfort Cemetery," KHS REGISTER 50 (1952):219-20, where all the correspondence concerning the reburial (from KHS) is reprinted.

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