Rebecca Ann Boone (Bryan) (1739 - 1813) MP

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Nicknames: "Becky"
Birthplace: Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia
Death: Died in Defiance, Femme Osage Creek, Saint Charles County, Missouri
Occupation: Rebecca assumed Daniel was dead in Cherokee Uprising and began a relationship with his brother Edward; Boone was understanding and did not blame Rebecca. Boone raised Jemima as his own and favorite child.
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About Rebecca Ann Boone (Bryan)

Rebecca (Bryan) Boone (June 9, 1739 – March 18, 1813) was an American pioneer and the wife of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone.

She was born near Winchester, Virginia. Her parents were Joseph Bryan and Hester Hampton. Later Joseph remarried Alice (or Ayiee) Linville Bryan who raised her. Rebecca married Daniel Boone 14 Aug 1756 in Yadkin River, NC at the age of 17. She was brought up as a Friend or Quaker.

Her grandfather, Morgan Bryan of Irish and Welsh background(b.1671 in Denmark; d.3 Apr 1763 in Yadkin River, Rowan, North Carolina) , immigrated to the United States from Denmark for religious reasons when his parents died. He and his brother took the mares his father had left them with them to the United States. Thee settled in North Carolina and Morgan was buried in 1763 in Mocksville, Rowan Co., NC, Joppa Cem.

One of Rebecca's daughter's name was Susannah Boone, who got married to William Hays and their child was Susannah Hays.

Another son, James, was 17 years old and on the trail to Kentucky when an Indian named Big Jim, whom the family had befriended, tortured him to death with a tomahawk, along with Henry Russell, son of William Russell.

Her son Israel was killed while fighting beside his father in Kentucky during the Battle of Blue Licks, one of the last skirmishes of the Revolutionary War.

The World War II Liberty ship SS Rebecca Boone was named in her honor. --------------------

Rebecca Boone was the wife of famous frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Rebecca married Daniel Boone on August 14, 1756, at the age of 13. Daniel was a neighbor in the Yadkin Valley. The couple initially lived in a cabin on his father's farm. They eventually had nine or ten children.

In 1759, a conflict erupted between British colonists and Cherokee Indians, their former allies in the French and Indian War. After the Yadkin Valley was raided by Cherokees, many families, including the Boones, fled to Culpeper County, Virginia. Boone served in the North Carolina militia during this "Cherokee Uprising", and his hunting expeditions deep into Cherokee territory beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains separated him from his wife for about two years. According to one story, Boone was gone for so long that Rebecca assumed he was dead, and began a relationship with his brother Edward ("Ned"), giving birth to daughter Jemima in 1762. (Edward was married to Rebecca's sister Martha Bryan).

Upon Daniel's return, the story goes, Rebecca reproved him saying, "You'd had better have stayed home and got it yourself." Boone was understanding and did not blame Rebecca. Whatever the truth of the tale, Boone raised Jemima as his own and favorite child. Boone's early biographers knew this story, but did not publish it.

Daniel and Rebecca Boone’s Children:

-James (1757-1773) – killed by Native Americans at Cumberland Gap while accompanying Daniel Boone as he tried to lead a group of settlers into Kentucky.

-Israel (1759-1782) – killed in Kentucky during the Battle of Blue Licks, one of the last skirmishes of the Revolutionary War.

-Susannah (1760-1800) – married William Hayes in 1775

-Jemima (1762-1829) – married Flanders Callaway

-Levina (1766-1802) – married Joseph Scholl around 1785

-Rebecca (1768-1805) – married Philip Goe

-Daniel Morgan (1769-1839) – married Sarah Griffin Lewis in 1800

-Jesse Bryan (1773-1820) – married Chloe Van Bibber

-William (1775-1775) – died in infancy

-Nathan (1781-1856) – married Olive Van Bibber in 1799

See notes under Rebecca's husband Daniel Boone -------------------- .

-------------------- Daniel BOONE made his first foray into Kentucky in 1767, but he did not move his family to Kentucky until 1775, making his wife, Rebecca (BRYAN) BOONE, the first European woman to settle in the region of Virginia that became the State of Kentucky in 1792.

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Rebecca "Becky" Ann Bryan Boone's Timeline

June 9, 1739
Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia
August 14, 1756
Age 17
Yadkin, Rowan County, Province of North Carolina, (Present USA)
May 3, 1757
Age 17
Bear's Creek, Yadkin, North Carolina
January 25, 1759
Age 19
Yadkin County, NC, USA
February 11, 1760
Age 20
Yadkin Valley, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
October 4, 1762
Age 23
Yadkin River, Rowan, North Carolina, USA
March 23, 1766
Age 26
Rowan, North Carolina, United States
May 26, 1768
Age 28
Yadkin River, Rowan County, Province of North Carolina
December 23, 1769
Age 30
Wilkes Davidson, Yadkin, North Carolina
May 23, 1773
Age 33
Yadkin River, Rowan, North Carolina, United States