Martha L. Boone

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Martha L. Boone (Bryan)

Birthplace: alt date 19 March 1737, Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Blue Lick, Clark, Kentucky, United States
Cause of death: alt date: 16 Oct 1780
Place of Burial: Blue Lick, Clark, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph H. Bryan, Sr. and Hester Hampton
Wife of Stephen Gano and Edward "Ned" Boone
Mother of Jemima Boone; Jane Boone; Mary Bryan Scholl; George Washington Boone; Joseph Boone, Sr and 3 others
Sister of Rebecca "Becky" Ann Bryan Boone
Half sister of Alice Howard; Joseph Bryan, Jr.; Samuel Bryan; Mary HOWARD; Phoebe Forbes and 5 others

Occupation: married Daniel Boone's brother Edward Ned Boone
Managed by: Todd Martin Figura
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Immediate Family

About Martha L. Boone

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor number A204115 Patriotic Service

Martha Bryan is sister to Rebecca Ryan Boone and William Bryan married to Mary Boone.


Martha Bryan married Edward "Ned" Boone, brother of the famous frontiersman, Daniel Boone. In turn, Martha's sister Rebecca Bryan married Daniel Boone.

Daniel Boone's escape on Martha's horse:

In 1782, two years after Edward’s death, the last battle of the Revolutionary War in Kentucky was fought, known as the Battle of Blue Licks. Wanting to help the American’s in defending their home, property and lives against the British-supported Indians, the widow Martha Boone gave her black mare to Daniel Boone. According to Draper Ms. 6S 163-64-65, in a letter from Daniel Boone’s son Nathan, "… That Col. Boone got the widow Edward Boone’s horse … and gave it to Israel to ride it and rode off. … Col. Boone hearing something looked around … as he was within a few yards of his son who had said, "father, I won’t leave you" & the Colonel told him to make his escape and he would find a horse & he supposed he had gone & then saw him falling – the blood gushing from his mouth … seized the same horse he had provided for his hapless son and rode off – a platoon shot near him and down fell a forked branch across his horse’s neck – but he escaped."



Martha Bryan, wife of Edward Boone, was a daughter of Joseph and Alee ( ) Bryan of Virginia. Her grandfather, Morgan Bryan (born 1671 and no revious Morgan connection to indicate that he was given the name Morgan because of family ties) came to America in 1695 and here married Martha Strode in 1719, a descendant of sir William Strode one of the signers of the death warrant of King Charles I. From his brother came the great commoner, William Jennings Bryan.

The father of Morgan Bryan was Francis Bryan III, who married Sarah Brinker, a cousin of the Prince of Grange, and his father was William Smith Bryan, son of Sir Francis Bryan II(born 1649) and Ann, daughter of Sir William Smith. Sir Francis Bryan II, was a son of Sir Francis Bryan I and Lady Joan Fitz-Gerald, and he was a son of Sir Thomas Bryan and Lady Margaret, daughter of Sir Humphrey Bourchier and parents were Sir John Bourchier (Earl of Eire) and Lady Ann Plantagenet. This Lady Ann was a daughter of Thomas of Woodstock (Duke of Gloucester) and Lady Eleanor de Bohun (pronounced Boone and said to be the same family as the American Boones. Thomas of Woodstock was a son of Edward III, king of England and Phillips of Hainault.

Lady Margaret Bouchier, wife of Sir Thomas Bryan, was a cousin of Queen Ann Boleyn and was a great favorite at the glamorous court of Henry VIII, who had a predeliction for wives. She is said to have been very beautiful and most fascinating and her influence was so great and far-reaching that jealoous courtiers in their "whisperings" even suggested a "royal romance."


Copy of the Will of Marth Boone

recorded in Book 1, Page 7, Records

Clark Count, Ky., copied by

S.J. Conkwright, Winchester, KY.,

July 13, 1910 for:

Mrs. Roberta Stuart Sims,

319 Forest Avenue

Shreveport, La.

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Martha L. Boone's Timeline

September 11, 1740
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, United States
Age 16
September 18, 1762
Age 22
Yadkin, Rowan, NC, United States
Age 21
December 5, 1764
Age 24
Rowan, North Carolina, USA
April 28, 1767
Age 26
April 28, 1767
Age 26
Rowan, Bladen, North Carolina, USA
Age 27
Rowan, North Carolina, USA
Age 29
March 6, 1771
Age 30
Rowan, North Carolina, USA