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Birthplace: Boone's Station, Fayette, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Ash Grove, Greene, Missouri, United States
Occupation: Farmer, Frontiersman, farmer, soldier, could be Nathaniel, http://members.cox.net/treese3/d127.htm#P299
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  1. Nathan Boone
  2. Prefix: Colonel
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: 2 MAR 1781 in Boones Station, Fayette Co., Kentucky
  5. Death: 16 OCT 1856 in Ash Grove, Greene Co., Missouri
  6. Burial: Boone Family Cemetery, Greene Co., Missouri
  7. Occupation: Lt. Col., U.S. Army Retired
  8. ALIA: Nathaniel
  9. Note: 1
   b: 2 MAR 1781 in Boone's Station, now Cross Plains, Fayette Co., Kentucky [this was at that time a part of the Commonwealth of Virginia]
   Daniel Boone died at the residence of his (youngest) son, Col. Nathan Boone, which was an old-style two-story house, the first of the kind erected west of the Missouri River, and it is yet standing. A good wood cut of it can be found in "Switzler' s History of Missouri", page 180. Nathan Boone was commissioned in the war of 1812 (Captain).
   Nathan Boone, the youngest of Daniel's sons, played a vital role in American Pioneering, following in much the same steps as his famous father.
   Boone's early activities included life as a hunter, trapper, and surveyor, as well as his leadership of a company of rangers during the War of 1812. After the war, Boone returned to survey work. In 1831, he organized another company of rangers f or the Black Hawk War and returned to military life, making it his career.
   Nathan Boone was the youngest child of Daniel Boone, the pioneer of the Kentucky frontier. In 1796, Nathan with his family moved to what is now the state of Missouri. During the War of 1812 he was a captain of a company of Missouri volunteers. I n 1820, Nathan was elected as a delegate to the state constitutional convention. After his service to the state, he accepted a commission as a captain in the lst Regiment U.S. Dragoons. After entrance into the army, he spent much of his time on th e border and in Indian Territory of that period. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after spending twenty years of service in the army. He died in 1856 on his farm in Missouri.
   Sent to Santa Fe as representative of the U.S. Government at the close of the Mexican War. Served as Military Governor of Santa Fe.
   Listed as one of the contributors of Carlton College, Springfield, Missouri founded in 1848.
   The Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site
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   The Nathan Boone Homestead is the seventy-seventh and newest unit of the Missouri State Park system. Acquired in August 1991 subject to a three-year continued, use provision, it is expected to be opened to the public in 1995.
   This essay, printed with the permission of the University of Missouri Press, will appear in a book to be published this fall in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the system. Titled Exploring Missouri's Legacy: State Parks and Historic Sites , the book is edited by Susan Flader and co-authored with R. Roger Pryor, John A. Karel, and Charles Callison. It also features more than two hundred full-color images by Oliver Schuchard and others representing every park in the system.
   He came to the prairie not so much by pleasurable design as by necessity, probably more driven than drawn. Colonel Nathan Boone, soldier, surveyor, explorer, son of the famed Daniel, was broke and starting over again at the age of 57. This was hi s second experience of this sort, having been uprooted from a Kentucky home as a young man when he and a sixteen year old bride followed his land-bereft father into Missouri at the turn of the nineteenth century. In fact, it is a sad historical ir ony that the Boones--several generations of them--probably blazed more new trails, discovered more new caves, springs and mountains, and walked over more unclaimed land than any other single family in American history, and wound up with very littl e of it for their trouble.
   Colonel Daniel Boone, the storied frontiersman, hunter, and Indian fighter, and his enterprising sons left indelible marks on the history and geography of Missouri. Such places and place-names as Boonville, Boonsboro, Boone County, the Boone's Lic k Trail and the Boone's Lick Country mark their enterprises and explorations. And, prominent among the family' s cultural legacies, is this frontier homestead and log house near the town of Ash Grove, northwest of Springfield, which was home to Na than and his family for the last nineteen years of his strenuous life. Although never the subject of tall tales and sometimes fanciful biographies like his illustrious father, this son of Daniel Boone rivaled his father's contributions to the deve lopment of theAmerican frontier -- particularly with respect to Missouri.
   Daniel Morgan, the seventh child and third son, and Nathan, the tenth and youngest, helped their parents move to Missouri in 1799 after Daniel the elder had lost his holdings in what is now West Virginia in a land-title dispute. The Boones had bee n drawn to Missouri by the promise of grants of land from the Spanish authorities. Daniel was given land in the beautiful Femme Osage Valley, and his sons and other relations secured neighboring grants.
   The elder Boone's land difficulties surfaced one last time late in his life when the land commission for the newly created Territory of Missouri refused to confirm his claim to the 1,000 arpents of land given him by the Spanish authorities. It too k an act of Congress in 1814 to give Daniel title to his land as an honorarium for the "arduous and useful services" rendered to his country. Unfortunately the good news about the land and his creditors from earlier land problems in Kentucky arriv ed almost simultaneously, and after the sale of his newly patented land he was left virtually penniless at the age of 80.
   Thus it was that he lived with one or another of his children, moving in with Nathan in 1820 on completion of Nathan's imposing two-story stone house on a hill overlooking the Femme Osage and his Spanish grant lands. It was in this new house tha t his famous father died later the same year, a circumstance that led it later to be called the "Daniel Boone Home." This beautiful house still stands and is operated by a private owner as a tourist attraction. (Efforts by the state to acquire i t for a state historic site have repeatedly been rebuffed.)
   Long before building his new home, Nathan had manufactured salt with his brother, Daniel Morgan, at the salt springs in the central Missouri region that bears their name (now Boone's Lick State Historic Site). When Indian attacks on American settl ements were stirred up by British agents in the War of 1812, both Daniel M. and Nathan served as captains of companies of rangers formed by the U.S. Army to repel the attackers. Nathan's company was disbanded in 1815 and, until his return to milit ary service in 1832, he prospered in civilian life in St. Charles County, serving as a delegate to the constitutional convention held in St. Louis in 1820.
   When the Fox and Sac Indians behind Chief Black Hawk took arms against a federal order to leave their lands in northern Illinois and Wisconsin, Nathan once again answered the call. He was at this time in midlife, 51 years of age. For the next twen ty years, Nathan's militaryservice was almost continuous, punctuated by occasional furloughs or leaves of absence. He was sent to Fort Gibson in Arkansas on recruiting service, and in 1834 joined the Pawnee expedition. It was probably during thi s period that he passed through and made note of the ash grove on the rolling Springfield plateau where he would one day move his family. Later he was stationed at Des Moines, Iowa, and led his dragoons on a campaign into Sioux territory.
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   It was during one of his furloughs from military service that he had to make an adjustment in what must have seemed to be a recurrent family nightmare. In 1837 Nathan had to sell his beautiful home and all of his lands in St. Charles County to ret ire a debt he had acquired as bondsman for a friend who turned out to be less than trustworthy. The friend, a county official, had absconded with the county funds.
   Nathan, then 57, turned his eyes to the prairies of southwest Missouri, where some of his sons may already have filed on part of the property that became Nathan's last home. The financial disaster in St. Charles County no doubt precipitated the mo ve to the less grand accommodations of a log home on cheap prairie land. These prairies had remained largely unsettled by pioneers until a fairly late date owing to the common perception that a lack of trees indicated lesser fertility. The difficu lty of turning heavy prairie sod also made these lands less attractive until the availability of the steel plow invented by John Deere in 1838.
   The site of this new Boone home was on rolling prairie in a shallow swale formed by a tributary of Clear Creek, which itself runs west to the Sac River only a mile and a half away. This landscape probably looks today much as it did when Nathan fir st saw it, but with modem pasture grasses replacing the native prairie flora of those days. There are a few patches of trees along the creek and a few more marking the position of the several springs on the property and the family burial plot. On e is struck by the fact that the house sits very gently on the land, small in scale, and emphasizing the horizontal rather than the vertical as the landscape itself seems to do. The house is sited as good pioneer houses tended to be, so that it i s tucked under the brow of the low rise to the northwest,somewhat protected from the brunt of winter weather.
   The house is comfortable, but not very large. (One wonders if there was lingering bitterness in the family's ongoing remembrance of their stone mansion in the Femme Osage country.) Architectural historians would call this a double-pen log cabin. T hat is, the rooms are two log "boxes" separated by a center hallway or "dog trot," the whole covered by one roof. The passageway may have had open ends like a breezeway for some period after the house was constructed, but it is enclosed now. Ther e is a chimney and a fireplace at each end serving each of the two rooms. The facade of the house facing the hillside is plain, but the side facing to the southeast, toward the creek and down the valley, has a veranda. This veranda or porch is o f the variety that seems to be subtracted from the mass of the house and is thus under the main roof, rather than tacked on.
   The house was originally sided with hand-riven walnut clapboards, and these survive intact on the protected wall under the veranda roof. These clapboards remind us once again of the care and importance that in past times was accorded small details , since each is beaded at its bottom edge. That is, a molding plane was applied by hand to every board individually so that its edge is finished with a rounded groove. Some of this siding may yet survive on the other side of the house also, but i t presently sports two -- possibly three -- complete layers of siding and architectural surgery will be required to determine if original material is buried under these modem repairs.
   Occasionally a historic site provides a small grace note that reduces "HISTORY" to a more familiar scale. The Boone house gives us such a moment when we notice one of the clapboards under the veranda displays "A, B, C..." cut with a knife in styl e both antique and childlike. The alphabet is not complete, and we are left to wonder whether the child didn't know all of the letters, or whether we are seeing a moment of parental discovery and angst, frozen in time. In any case this small bit o f graffiti reminds us that the Boones-- suspended somewhere between myth and legend -- were really people too.
   The interior of the house is simply two large rooms, each some 17 feet square, and a hallway between. The degree of survival of the historic fabric on the interior is stunning as you realize the original fireplace mantles, doors, and woodwork tri m are in place, and all demonstrate the care and precision of handmade work. The trim boards are beaded, all of the doors are made of planks with "Z" braces, and in one comer of the hallway a winding stair leads to a large one-half story loft abov e.
   This space is essentially one large room, perhaps a sleeping loft, except for one small chamber at the head of the stairs. The purpose of this little room, perhaps eight feet square, is uncertain, but its construction is interesting. Its walls ar e built entirely of hand-cut walnut boards, and even in the gloomy light of this attic space you need only run your fingers over the surface to feel rather than see the shallow hills and valleys that proclaim that the entire wall has been painstak ingly shaped by hand with a smoothing plane.
   Nathan was able to enjoy his new home on the prairie only at sporadic intervals between his army assignments. Soon he was headquartered for several years at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and later at Fort Gibson. From Fort Gibson he led three companie s of dragoons on a 79-day horseback reconnaissance over the western prairies and up the Arkansas River to provide protection for traders using the Santa Fe Trail. He was 63 years old. After a furlough, he rejoined his company in 1845 and set up ca mp at Evansville on the Arkansas line, assigned "to preserve the peace among the Cherokee," who recently had been herded by the army from homelands in Georgia to Indian territory in Oklahoma.
   Back at Fort Leavenworth and by now a major, Nathan took sick leave September 9, 1848, and returned to his home at Ash Grove. After years of rugged army life on the frontier, the old soldier's health was failing. Still on sick leave, he was promot ed in 1850 by grateful superiors to Lt. Colonel, Second Dragoons, but three years later he resigned from the army at age 72.
   He had only three more years to live on this final homestead, and following his death in 1856 he was buried a few hundred yards north of his home.Later his wife Olive, the once-sixteen-year-old bride joined him. There they still lie, amidst thei r children and grandchildren.
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   The luck of the Boones with land had never run smoothly and even this last homestead left the Boone family 41 years later when it was sold at auction at the courthouse door in Springfield in 1897 to cover the indebtedness of one of Nathan's grandc hildren. Perhaps fate finally smiled when on August 15, 1991, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources took title to over 300 acres of the original Nathan Boone farm. One feels an inner satisfaction in knowing that there will be a Boone homest ead on the map forever, as if the grateful citizens of their adopted state are holding in trust for this illustrious pioneer family the land that eluded them in their own lifetimes.
   Exploring Missouri's Legacy.' State Parks and Historic Sites will be available from local bookstores or directly from the University of Missouri Press, 2910 LeMone Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201, phone toll free 1-800-828-1894.
   Sources on Nathan Boone are scanty, but they include an interview by Lyman Draper with the aging pioneer in 1851, a copy of which is available in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Mis-souri-Columbia. Carole Bills has comp iled an edited writings from Lucille Morris Upton and John K. Hulston in Nathan Boone: The Neglected Hero (Republic: Western Printing Co., 1984). See also Carolyn Foreman, "Nathan Boone," Chronicles of Oklahoma 19:4 (December 1941), 322-47; Charle s W. Graham, "Presenting the Long-Hidden History of Nathan Boone's Life," Kansas City Star, July 21, 1946; and Martha L. Kusiak, "Nathan Boone House," National Register of Historic Places Nomination, 1969.
   Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army B. page 230
   Boone, Nathan. Ky. Mo. Capt Mo rangers 25 Mar 1812; major 10 Dec 1813; honorable discharged June 1815; captain mounted rangers 16 June 1832; captain 1 dragoons 15 Aug 1833; major 16 Feb 1847; lieutenant colonel 2 dragoons 25 July 1850; resigned 1 5 July 1853; [died 12 Jan 1857.]
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   Boone was born in Kentucky in 1781. When he was 18, he married a girl from Point Pleasant, Virginia (now W.Va)
   Although generally overshadowed by his famous father, Daniel, in the story books, Nathan was also a genuine hero and pioneer, Lipscomb said.
   Along with a brother, he established the Boone's Lick salt works in central Missouri, which is now a state park. He was one of the original surveyors of Iowa, and one Iowa town is names for him.
   Boone was also a member of the military, Lipscomb said. He retired as a U.S. lieutenant colonel after leading the U.S. mounted rangers in the Blackhawk War, assisting in the capture of Santa Fe, and serving as the military governor of New Mexic o and Texas.
   . . . Boone also was an explorer. He helped determine the boundary between the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations. In 1808, he guided William Clark to what is now Independence, where the two helped establish Fort Osage. The fort, now restored, w as a frontier outpost, of great importance.
   Boone apparently selected the Ozarks as his final home because he was struck by its beauty.
   The 149 year-old home is now open only once a year, during the fall Nathan Boone Rendezvous. At the festival, begun only last year, relatives of Boone from across the country gathered in Ash Grove for three days of historical celebrations.
   This year's festival is scheduled for Sept. 20-22.
   By Patricia Fennewald
   The Daily News
   Note: This article was from a previous year. This year's rendezvous will be held September 14th, 15th and 16th. For additional information see the "Notices" section of this newsletter.
   SIGHTS BOARD MARKS NATHAN BOONE HOME
   Greene County recognizes history built within walls
   ASH GROVE -- It's already recognized on the state and national registers of historical places, but Thursday the Nathan Boone home near Ash Grove received an honor a little bit closer to home.
   The home built in 1837 by the youngest son of pioneer Daniel Boone, was the recipient of a historical marker given by the Greene County Historical Sites Board.
   "There's a lot of meaty history here," said Kitty Lipscomb, sites board chairwomen. "We consider it one of the major ones in the county and one of the most important ones."
   The log cabin, about two miles north of Ash Grove, is now owned by the Gayer Dixon family of Ash Grove. It served as home for the Nathan Boone family until his death in 1856. The Dixon family maintains the home while financing is sought to prese rve and restore it.
   "However, Lipscomb said, much of the history behind the home involves the man and his activities before he settled in Greene County.
   "It's not only the age of the site but the fact that Nathan Boone was important in the early development of not only Greene County but of southeast Missouri," Lipscomb said. "He actually made a lot of contributions to the development of the entir e West."
   Boone was born in Kentucky in 1781. When he was 18, he married a girl from what is not St. Charles.
   Although generally overshadowed by his famous father, Daniel, in the story books, Nathan was also a genuine hero and pioneer, Lipscomb said.

-------------------- Born March 2, 1781, in Boone’s Station, Kentucky, Nathan Boone was the tenth and final child born to Daniel and Rebecca Boone. He grew up alongside his father, later following in his footsteps as a soldier and trailblazer. Just like his father, Nathan spent his childhood roaming the woods, only to return home with fresh game for the family’s dinner table. He also accompanied his father on long hunting expeditions.

In 1799, when Daniel decided to relocate to what is now Missouri, Nathan assisted with the preparations. He helped his father cut down a large poplar tree and hollow a canoe in which to move household items.

When Daniel set out for Missouri, Nathan stayed behind. He married Olive Van Bibber on September 26, 1799, and left for Missouri a few days later. Because Nathan did not arrive with his father, he was not entitled to a Spanish land grant. Nathan purchased 680 acres of land on the Femme Osage near what is now Defiance. He bought the land by selling his horse and saddle.

Nathan first built a small cabin but later erected a large stone house on the property with the help of his father. The house still stands. In 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. Afterward, Nathan received steady work as a contract surveyor for the federal government. He surveyed lands in what are now St. Charles, Lincoln, Montgomery, and Warren counties.

Around 1805, Nathan and his brother Daniel Morgan Boone began producing salt from a saltwater spring—or “salt lick”—near present-day Boonville. Salt was important on the frontier because it was used to preserve meat. The area became known as Boone’s Lick.

In 1808, Brig. Gen. William Clark asked Nathan to guide him on an expedition to what is now Jackson County. There, they built a fortified Indian trading post called Fort Osage and negotiated a treaty with the Osage.

During the War of 1812, Nathan served as a captain with the Missouri Rangers. He patrolled the frontier and helped build blockhouses for defense. Later, he served with the U.S. Dragoons and was commissioned as a captain. In 1820, Nathan was elected to serve as a delegate to the Missouri constitutional convention.

Nathan later settled in what is now Ash Grove, Missouri. He died October 16, 1856, in the log cabin he had built there some years earlier.

-------------------- Son of Daniel and Rebecca Boone. He fought in the War of 1812. http://www.mostateparks.com/boonehome/geninfo.htm In 1781, Nathan Boone was born in Kentucky, the youngest son of Daniel Boone. Boone grew up to be similar to his famous father in character, temperament and achievement.

During his life, Boone spent time much as his father had pursuing the frontier careers of surveyor, trapper, hunter and soldier. In 1805, with his brother Daniel Morgan, he opened the salt-making business that would immortalize the Boone name in mid-Missouri. Though his stint as frontier entrepreneur was short, the location of his saltworks, near Boonville, would be known as the Boone's Lick for years to come. The Boone's Lick Road, on which the brothers moved their supplies and finished product, would become a major thoroughfare in early Missouri.

Giving up the salt business for a career in surveying, Boone helped lay out some of Missouri's first roadways. Boone also took a turn at politics as a member of the first constitutional convention for Missouri in 1820. However, it is his life as a soldier for which he is best known.

As a captain of the Missouri Rangers during the War of 1812, Boone established himself as a capable leader and demonstrated abilities quite equal to his legendary father. In 1833, he was made a captain of dragoons, a military regiment at the time, and was stationed at Fort Gibson in Oklahoma. He was assigned the task of surveying the boundaries between the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations. Ten years later, he conducted an expedition into the unsettled area of what is now Oklahoma and Kansas. On Feb. 16, 1847, Boone was made major of the First Dragoons. In 1850, he was given a commission as lieutenant colonel of the Second Dragoons. He resigned from military service on July 15, 1853, because of failing health. As early as 1834, Boone's sons, James, Benjamin Howard and John Colter were acquiring land on which to build the family home near where Ash Grove now stands. Boone and his wife, Olive, left their stone mansion in what is now Defiance, Mo., in 1837 and moved into the newly built house, where Boone lived until his death in 1856. This house is now the center of Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site. Nathan and Olive are buried in the nearby family cemetery.

The house the Boones built began as a double pen log cabin with an open dogtrot through the center. It was a story and a half with a sleeping loft on the second floor. It was built primarily of locally harvested ash logs with walnut being used for the sills and much of the trim work. As time went on, the cabin evolved with the dogtrot being closed in and the exterior being covered in walnut weatherboarding. The interior was finished with plaster and lathe. During its evolution, from cabin to house, many repairs and improvements were made to update and modernize it and it was lived in until the 1970s.

In addition to the family cemetery, there are slave graves on the property. The Boone family's slaves were instrumental in the operation of the homestead and all of the Boone's agricultural pursuits. Many of the former slaves continued to live on or near the homestead properties after the Civil War. Of the numerous headstones, to date, three have been found with names inscribed on them.

With planned landscape restoration and the absence of modern intrusions, the view from the house will not be significantly different than when the Boone family settled here. Prairie grasslands with large areas of open limestone glades surrounded the house. The woodland areas consisted of large groves of ash, walnut and oak trees broken by glades of limestone outcroppings.

The historic site consists of the cabin, remnants of outbuildings, the family and slave cemeteries and 370 acres of the original Boone homestead. The site is currently open and has a small picnic area (grills are not yet available), hiking trails and accessible restrooms with running water.

http://shs.umsystem.edu/famousmissourians/explorers/dboone/nboone.html Born March 2, 1781, in Boone’s Station, Kentucky, Nathan Boone was the tenth and final child born to Daniel and Rebecca Boone. He grew up alongside his father, later following in his footsteps as a soldier and trailblazer. Just like his father, Nathan spent his childhood roaming the woods, only to return home with fresh game for the family’s dinner table. He also accompanied his father on long hunting expeditions.

In 1799, when Daniel decided to relocate to what is now Missouri, Nathan assisted with the preparations. He helped his father cut down a large poplar tree and hollow a canoe in which to move household items.

When Daniel set out for Missouri, Nathan stayed behind. He married Olive Van Bibber on September 26, 1799, and left for Missouri a few days later. Because Nathan did not arrive with his father, he was not entitled to a Spanish land grant. Nathan purchased 680 acres of land on the Femme Osage near what is now Defiance. He bought the land by selling his horse and saddle.

Nathan first built a small cabin but later erected a large stone house on the property with the help of his father. The house still stands. In 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. Afterward, Nathan received steady work as a contract surveyor for the federal government. He surveyed lands in what are now St. Charles, Lincoln, Montgomery, and Warren counties.

Around 1805, Nathan and his brother Daniel Morgan Boone began producing salt from a saltwater spring—or “salt lick”—near present-day Boonville. Salt was important on the frontier because it was used to preserve meat. The area became known as Boone’s Lick.

In 1808, Brig. Gen. William Clark asked Nathan to guide him on an expedition to what is now Jackson County. There, they built a fortified Indian trading post called Fort Osage and negotiated a treaty with the Osage.

During the War of 1812, Nathan served as a captain with the Missouri Rangers. He patrolled the frontier and helped build blockhouses for defense. Later, he served with the U.S. Dragoons and was commissioned as a captain. In 1820, Nathan was elected to serve as a delegate to the Missouri constitutional convention.

Nathan later settled in what is now Ash Grove, Missouri. He died October 16, 1856, in the log cabin he had built there some years earlier.

-------------------- 1804 Land holdings removed; Daniel and Rebecca move to son Nathan's farm -------------------- NATHAN BOONE, b. Mar 03, 1781, Boone's Station, Fayette County, Kentucky; d. Oct 16, 1856, Ash Grove, Green county, Missouri; m. OLIVE VAN BIBBER, Sep 26, 1799, Greenup County, Kentucky; b. Jan 13, 1783, Greenbrier County, Kentucky; d. Nov 12, 1858, Ash Grove, Green county, Missouri.


Notes for NATHAN BOONE:

Death of Edward Boone


Letter to an unknown doctor

from Nathan Boone


Fort Leavenworth, Missouri

March 17, 1842


Dear Doctor:


Agreeable to my promise I send you the knife of my father, Col. Daniel Boone, which you are at perfect liberty to dispose of as you may think proper.


In the fall of 1780, my father, Daniel Boone, and his brother Edward, left their post for the purpose of hunting buffalo. After procuring as much meat as they could pack upon their horses, they set out on their return home and came to a large deer lick near the bank of a creek at which to rest themselves. They were scarcely seated on the bank when a deer walked into the lick. Edward Boone shot it down and dragged it into the shade, where my father sat cracking walnuts. Just at that moment a party of Indians fired upon them from a neighboring canebrake. Edward fell dead; my father, Daniel Boone, sprang to his horse and attempted to throw off the load from his horse which he did not affect, for the Indians rushed out so suddenly that he was compelled to take to immediate flight on foot. In the bustle he lost his knife. Finding himself closely followed by the savages, he entered a canebrake, which concealed him from their sight; they then pursued him with their dogs, and it was not until he killed two of these that the Indians abandoned the chase. The knife remained lost until the summer of 1822, at which time some persons drawing a seine in the creek brought it up from the bottom, immediately at the lick alluded to. This creek and lick are in Clark County, Kentucky. From the time of the encounter I have described to you, in which my Uncle Edward lost his life, they have been known by the name of Boone's Lick and Boone's Creek.


Very respectfully yours,

N. Boone, Capt., 1st Dragoons

-------------------- Nathan lived in Scioto Co. Ohio in the late 1700 s according to HISTORY OF LOWER SCOTIO VALLEY

A man by the name of Silas Wooten struck Nathan's brother Jesse Boone with a club opening a large bleeding cut. Nathan sprang at Wooten and Wooten ran being hit almost every jump until he was well beaten.

Nathan Boone was the youngest child of Daniel Boone, the pioneer of the Kentucky frontier. In 1796, Nathan with his family moved to what is now the state of Missouri. During the War of 1812 he was a captain of a company of Missouri volunteers. In 1820, Nathan was elected as a delegate to the state constitutional convention. After his service to the state, he accepted a commission as a captain in the lst Regiment U.S. Dragoons. After entrance into the army, he spent much of his time on the border and in Indian territory of that period. He retired as a lieutenant-colonel after spending twenty years of service in the army. He died in 1857 on his farm in Missouri.

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Nathaniel Boone, II's Timeline

1781
March 2, 1781
Fayette, Kentucky, United States
1799
September 26, 1799
Age 18
Elliott, Kentucky, United States
1800
April 3, 1800
Age 19
St Charles, MO, USA
1802
February 3, 1802
Age 20
St Charles, MO, USA
1804
March 17, 1804
Age 23
St Charles, MO, USA
1806
March 8, 1806
Age 25
KY, USA
1808
March 4, 1808
Age 27
Hall, GA
March 4, 1808
Age 27
1810
September 22, 1810
Age 29
1812
March 18, 1812
Age 31