Reuben T. Durrett Collection of Boone Family Papers 1775-1898

1802

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<On the 25th Sept. [1802] Mr. Joseph Bryant [sic], the original founder of Bryants Station staid all night at my Brothers, from whom I obtained some singular facts. he was about 84 years of age and while Boone (who had married his daughter) was a Prisoner with the Indians he had moved back to North Carolina, and was now on his way with his family to settle in Shelby County, where he died a few years after. It was in 1778 that he returned to N. Carolina. he had been with several of his family a Tory during the Revolutionary war, and he assigned as a reason why Col. Daniel Boone always escaped and was never killed when taken by the Indians, was on account of his having a Colonels Commission from Gov. Dunmore which he kept in a leather bag round his neck and always had it ready to exhibit in emergencies and was the true reason why he was treated so well at Detroit and ransomed from the Indians. Col. Boone however always acted with the Whigs altho there was a time when Col.Callaway suspected him for an intention to surrender Boonsborough, at the famous treaty he held at that place when two Indians were permitted to take hold of one white man. This fact I obtained from a son of Col. Callaway who said that it was a subject of conversation at the time, however without impeaching the patriotism of Col. Boone. There is an evident consistency in what old Mr. Bryant said as he always contrived to escape from the Indians and in fact left Kentucky in 1778 himself and did not return until about 1781.> "Life and Times of Robert B. McAfee," DURRETT Codex 127B:196-197. [See reprint in KSHS REGISTER 25(1927):5-37, 111-143, 215-237, and explanation of this mss therein.]

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1789

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Joel Watkins, on a trip down the Kanahwa, on the way to KY, 5/15/1789: <We arrived at the Point at Cock crow -- Point Pleasant is a most beautiful place and very rich land -- very few inhabitants and but indifferent buildings, slept not more than an hour and half.> 5/16/1789: <Saturday clear and cool and the wind began to rise -- the Ohio began to rise very fast which made in favour of us. Here I took breakfast with Colo. Boon and his family, being the best I had eaten for many days and never more fatigued in my life. Here also I got myself, my sister Walker and children and my horse in Colo. Boon's boat, being determined so to do the first opportunity that offered -- about ten o'clock we set out, the wind being very high we crossed the Ohio to get under the north shore in order to shun the wind as much as possible, but before we could reach the said shore the wind continued to rise and the waves likewise that one of our boats not being rightly steared was very near shinking which obliged to run to shore, fasten our boats and wait for the winds lying, nearly in sight of the Point -- and thought to be dangerous of Indians.> They wait till the wind dies down, at night, went ten miles down river, put to shore to take on water. <We then onhitched again the wind lying and having a fine current we travelled very fast and agreeable, we fastened our small boat to Boon's not long before dark making no stop whatever we continued on our way all night we passed several rivers in the night and being asleep I took no Memorandum of.> The next day they arrived at Limestone. Joel Watkins, Diary of 1789, mss in DURRETT Codex 198

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1779-12

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William Fleming, 12/1779: <Boonesburg has 30 houses in it, stands in a bottom that is surrounded by hills on every side that command it.> <The Fort is a dirty place in winter like every other Station, there is a lick close to the post called by the Indians deep lick in which there is a spring which serves the people in common that smells and tastes strong of sulphur there is likwise a salt spring or two but water weak in it.> <There was numbers of Paroquitos flying about Boonsburg.> William Fleming, Journal [he seems to have been a land commissioner, sent to register claims], mss in DURRETT Codex 67

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1780

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More on the filthy conditions and disease in winter: <The Spring at this place is below the Fort and fed by ponds above the Fort so that the whole dirt and filth of the Fort, putrified flesh, dead dogs, horse, cow, hog excrements & human odour all wash into the spring which with the Ashes & sweepings of filthy Cabbins, the dirtiness of the people, steeping skins to dress & washing every sort of dirty rags and cloths in the spring perfectly poisons the water and makes the most filthy nauseous potation of the water imaginable and will certainly contribute to render the inhabitants of this place sickly.> William Fleming, Journal, entry for 2/6/1780. [Not actually about Boonesborough, but could easily be.] Mss in DURRETT Codex 67

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1776

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William Hickman describes his emigration to KY in 1776: <When we came to the beauty of the country, I thought of the Queen of Sheba, that came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon and she said the half was not told. So I thought of Kentucky; I thought if I never could get but ten acres of land, I determined to move to it. I have been a true whig to the country. God never intended me to own much of it: my thoughts were, if I could get my children in this rich new country, it might be to their advantage, which I hope it has been. We got to Harrodstown the 1st day of April [1776], and a poor town it was in those days, a row or two of Smoky cabins, dirty women, men with the britch clouts, greasy hunting shirts, leggings and Moccasins. I there ate Some of the first corn raised in the country, but little of it, as they had a very poor way to make it into meal; we learnt to eat wild meat, without bread or Salt.> <Our tour to the country answered us but little good or advantage, for the rights of land and how it was to be got was uncertain; whether Henderson's rights would stand good in law, or whether the cabin rights would stand. Between those few that were already here, cush disputes were raised among them that we did nothing, and the first day of June we started back -- we three alone -- trusting alone upon Kind Providence to bring us safe to the bosom of our dear family.> After a trip filled with fear, they reach VA: <We went up Clinch river to the first settlements and arrived at Capt Blackemor's [sic] public house where all the Powell's valley runaways were sporting, dancing, and drinking whiskey.> William Hickman, "Account of Life and Travels," [written sometime in the early 19th century], in DURRETT Codex 94

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The Long Seige and the long shot: <Samuel B. Phelps of White Hau [?] Madison Co. Ky says that he has often heard his great Aunt Lucy Phelps Brashear say that she and her family were in the Fort at Boonsborough and tell of their experiences while there. . . . He recalls her story of an Indian spy who climbed a tree near the fort, doubtless to find out if possible the strength of the fort. Boones eagle eye discerned him when he shot him from the Fort and she saw him fall head long from the tree.> DURRETT Codex 27

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1894

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<It was the practice of Boonesboro for families when keeping house to take young men who were good hunters to board free of charge. These young hunters supported the families with whom they boarded with meats obtained from hunting. We find the family of Richard Calloway had Thomas Brooks; that of Daniel Boone had William Cradlebaugh.> William Chenault in the RICHMOND EXAMINER 6/8/1894 in DURRETT Codex 37

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1785-10-31

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General Richard Butler, Journal, 10/31/1785: <This day Capt. Pearce Butler arrived from Limestone in company with Mr. Coburn, who had a letter from Gen. Wilkinson. They informed me that daily plunders are committed by the Indians, and that about five days since, sixty horses were taken from a station near Limestone, which has exasperated the poor people much, as well as distressed them, and I believe it will be difficult to restrain them from attempting reprisals, which I confess I am not surprised at.> DURRETT Codex 33:101-102.

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Mary Colburn Dewees, traveling to Kentucky from Pennsylvania in 1788, coming on Limestone, declared <the Landing the Best on the River> but thought <the place very Indifferent.> Mss in DURRETT Codex 58

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1786

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Erkries Beatty, 5/16/1786: at Limestone. <Was introduced to Col. Boon the first discoverer of the Kentucke country who seems to be a very honest kind of a Dutchman.> Beatty, Diary, mss in DURRETT Codex 11

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From a short piece entitled "First Settlement of Cincinnati." Draper refers to the publication "The American Pioneer" as "the lumber yard of history": <here we propose to collect, stack up, to keep and season the materials out of which, in future, a most useful and accurate history may be constructed.> DURRETT Codex 59

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1894

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<The location of a land warrant upon an extra piece of land would occasionally become an object of contention between two prominent settlers. A controversy of this nature arose between Daniel Boone and David Crews, touching a farm near Estill station which was not adjusted until the land commissioners held their session at Boonesboro in 1779.> William Chenault in the RICHMOND EXAMINER 6/8/1894 in DURRETT Codex 37

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1785

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DB to Col. William Cristen [sic], 8/23/1785. Another transcription in DURRETT Codex 20.

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1795

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DB to William Crow, 5/27/1795. Another transcription in DURRETT Codex 20.

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1894

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Was sometimes known as "Boone's Old Trace," but more frequently as the "Wilderness Road." William Chenault in the RICHMOND EXAMINER 6/8/1894 in DURRETT Codex 37

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1894

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<It is a tradition that Daniel Boone had a fierce hand to hand encounter with a large and desperate Indian warrier [sic] in which Boone succeeded in drowning his adversary in the stream which now bears the name of Drowning Creek.> William Chenault in the RICHMOND EXAMINER 6/8/1894 in DURRETT Codex 37

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1884

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12/16/1786 <I promise to pay to Mr. [name illegible] Henry or order the sum of twenty six pounds two Shillings and six pence in cash, Beaf or Pork, at the market price of this town in which it is to [be] delivered on or before the 1st day of march 1787 -- in witness where of have Sett down my hand [&] seal[.] <Daniel Boone> On reverse: <[I] prmoise to pay to Mr. Dl Henry or order the Sum of seventeen pounds two Shillings & Six pence in cash beaf or Pork, at the market price of this town in which it is to be delivered on or before the first day of march 1787 in witness where of I put down my hand & Seall this the 16 december 1786 -- in danville -- <Saml Boone> <Test. <Nabert [?] Cox <Jno. Bette [?]> DURRETT Miscellaneous Manuscripts, Box 4

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1852

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John M. Peck to Mann Butler, Rock Spring, Illinois, 1/12/1855 2: <4. Col. Boone & the late Col. Benj. Cooper of Mo. then senior Lieut. inspected the Indian trail from Bryan's to Licking & came to the conclusion they were 500 strong (Journal of Col. Levi Todd). <5. Col. Todd had no reason to be Jealous of Col. Ben. Logan; they were warm personal friends, & had no rivalry. <6. A council of officers was held, John & Levi Todd, Danl. Boone, the field officers, & they invited Benj. Cooper (Cooper's statement to Judge Todd) and "other officers over small detatchments." The three field officers (Col. & Lieut, Todd & Boone) agreed fully, & it is believed all the inferior officers, without a dissenting voice, agreed to wait near the Licking until Col. Logan & his detachment arrived. It was Mc Gary then, & he alone, by raising the yell, & calling on all "who were not cowards to follow him, & he would show them the Indians," that caused the disaster. The character of Mc Gary was that of a savage, especially after this disastrous battle. He was a fractious, ill tempered man, hated by the people, & constantly engaged in fights and affrays. He followed the current of migration towards the Green river country, but the people would not associate with him. Finally he went across the Ohio beyond settlements & died there a miserable outlaw. I understand that some of his grand children were on the waters of Sangamon after years since, of very little account. <I think ("the sober SECOND thought,") there is no apology -- no excuse for McGary. Let his name rot & be forgotten (Prov. X:7) <Col. John Todd was ne of the noblest & best men in Kentucky. I have the "raw material" for a biographical sketch of the family, especially the elder branches. I have two Communications before me from the venerable Doct. John Todd of Springfield Ill. His recollections confirm those of Judge Todd, his brother.> DURRETT Butler Papers, Box 1, Folder 1

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1786

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John Filson to ?, 9/9/1786. <Danville, Sepr. 9, 1786 <Dear friend <I was Delayed, at Louisville by my Creature [?] that left me I hear you are gone to Cumberland but if ever you receive this, I request you to trade my note which will be equal to Cash in the neighbourhood of harrods Station which I Can ansr. at my return Mr. Geo. Caldwell will be a likely man to trade with you, I have but little money, but my will is good, therefore you will excuse me from Yr. friend <John Filson> DURRETT Personal Papers, Box 1, Folder 19

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