About Edward "Neddie" Boone
A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA - VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor #: A012098
Edward Boone was born in Pennsylvania November 30, 1740 and was killed by Indians in Kentucky October 6, 1780, while he was on a hunting trip with his brother Daniel.
Edward and Daniel married sisters, Martha and Rebecca Bryan, whose father, Joseph Bryan, was one of the founders and defenders of Bryan Station near Lexington, Kentucky. Edward spent most of his life in what is today Wilkes County, North Carolina where he was a community leader and family man. He served on juries, was a road surveyor, a tax collector, a constable. Although the Boones had for many years been Quakers, he was baptized in the Baptist Church and loved to sing. He was called Ned or Neddie by his family and friends. He was "A peace man." (Draper Manuscript 23C17-4)
"E. Boone migrated at the same time with his Brother and the Scholls - he was Clerk & Deacon of the Baptist Church in NC - everybody Called him Unkle Neddy. He was Never in any encounters that I heard of - he was a peace man; his widow Dyed at her oldest sons George Boone's at the Mouth of Boon's Creek Clark Co., KY. Sarah Hunter was Living Not Long Since." EB Scholl to LCD 1861.
In a letter to Dr. Lymon Draper, Ned’s daughter, Sarah, said that her father did not accompany his famous brother Daniel on his many expeditions. Ned stayed with his family and served their community – that is, until October of 1779 when he made that fateful decision to move his family to Kentucky with Daniel who was leading a large party of family members there for the promise of free land. Only one month before, Edward had taken out a land entry in Wilkes County. Then, only one year later, Edward was killed by Indians in Kentucky.
Daniel and Edward (nicknamed Ned) were returning from a trip to the Blue Licks to make salt and to do a little hunting. They stopped along a stream in Bourbon County to rest and let their horses drink. Edward sat down by the stream near an old Buckeye tree and was cracking nuts, while Daniel went off into the woods in pursuit of game. Shawnee Indians lurking nearby shot and killed Edward but Daniel managed to escape. The horses ran away and Daniel ran 40 miles back to Boone Station where they were all living at the time with about fifteen other families near present-day Athens. The next morning Daniel and some other men went back to the site of the massacre and tried to find the Indians who killed Edward, but could not locate them. They did find Edward's body and took it back to Boone Station for burial Edward'is daughter Sarah said he was stabbed in seven places and his fingers were horribly cut. He was scalped and his coat and pantaloons had been removed.
The site of the tragedy was afterward named Boone Creek in honor of Edward’s death there. Edward was survived by his widow, Martha Bryan Boone, and six children: Charity, Jane, Mary, George, Joseph and Sarah. Although still a young woman, Martha never remarried and remained in Kentucky until her death. Her will was written July 23, 1793, and is recorded in Clark County.
Draper manuscripts indicate that “about 1827, the bones of Edward Boone became exposed to view where they were buried, in the road, by washing of water, near the bank of the creek, and close to the spring, and the Rev. Richard Thomas had them removed and re-interred a mile off in the Rockbridge Baptist Church yard.”
Nov 19, 1740 Date of birth – Oley Township, Philadelphia County, PA (present day Berks County).
1750 At age 10, Edward moved with his family to the Yadkin District of NC (Anson County at that time.
1753 Rowan County was formed from Anson County, NC.
Abt. 1759 Married Martha Bryan, (probably Rowan County, NC.
1759 Listed on Rowan County Tax rolls
October 4, 1760 daughter Charity born, Rowan County (f)
Sept 18, 1762 daughter, Jane, was born, Rowan County (f)(g)
Oct. 13, 1764 Rowan Co. Court paid Edward & Daniel for one wolf each & Joseph Bryan (their father-in-law) for one cat. (h)
December 5, 1764 daughter Mary was born, Rowan County
Jan. 2, 1765 his father, Squire Boone died; buried Joppa Cemetery, Mocksville Davie Co., NC
April 28 1767 son George was born, Rowan County
Abt. 1768 son Joseph was born, Rowan County
1770 Surry was formed from Rowan County
1771 listed on Surry Co., Tax Rolls
Mar 6, 1771 daughter Sarah was born, Surry County
Oct 2, 1773 “there is a warrant dated October 2, 1773, for a land survey for a 600-acre tract for him ‘on both sides of Sugar Creek joining Evan Ellis.’
Jan. 22, 1774 Baptized in the Mulberry Field Baptist Church, a branch of Dutchman’s Creek (Eaton’s) Baptist Church.
1777 Death of his mother, Sarah Morgan Boone (Joppa Cemetery, Mocksville).
1777 Wilkes County was formed from Surry County, NC.
June 1778 Listed on Wilkes County tax rolls
June 3, 1778 Wilkes Co., appointed Assessor, Captain Foster’s District.
June 4, 1778, Wilkes Co., called as Juror for September 1778 court.
June 1779, Wilkes Co., paid 2.00 for assessor in 1778.
June 1779, Wilkes Co., Edward Boone was appointed to view way around Isbell Plantation to see if a convenient way could be found for a “publick” road to be built.
Sept 9, 1779 Wilkes Co., NC Land entry for 200 acres on Beaver Creek
Oct. 1779 Edward took his family and joined brother Daniel and others on their move to Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap.
December 1779 Arrived in Kentucky & settled family at Boone Station.
May 1, 1780 Signed petition #12 for Division of Kentucky Co., VA, into 3 counties: Fayette, Jefferson & Lincoln. (
Oct 6, 1780 Killed by Indians in Bourbon Co, KY, while with brother Daniel, near present-day community of Little Rock. Edward was buried beneath an old Buckeye Tree where he was shot. The address of the grave today is 870 See Road, ½ mile north of the junction of KY Hwy. 537 & See Road. The nearby creek thereafter was named Boone Creek in honor of Edward’s death there. He left his widow, Martha Bryan Boone, and six children: Charity, Jane, Mary, George, Joseph, Sarah.
Abt 1930 the Children of the American Revolution, a branch of the Jemima Johnson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Paris, Kentucky, erected a tombstone at the death/burial site of Edward Boone in Bourbon County, KY.
May 20, 1998 the Bourbon County death/burial site was recognized a Kentucky Landmark by the Kentucky Heritage Council.
April 23, 2001 Honoring the memory of Edward Boone, Kentucky Highway Historical Marker No. 2059 was dedicated by the Boone Society, Kentucky Historical Society, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Marker is located at junction of KY Hwy. 537 & See Road. The text of the marker reads: #2059, Edward Boone (1740-80) Death site of Edward Boone, a brother of renowned Kentucky pioneer Daniel Boone. Edward was killed by Indians here Oct. 1780 at age 40 while hunting with Daniel. Boone Creek named for Edward. Daniel and Edward wed sisters, Rebecca and Martha Bryan, whose family built and settled Bryan Station near Lexington. Presented by The Boone Society, Inc.”
Edward Boone married Martha Bryan sister to Rebecca Bryan Boone an William Bryan married to Edwards sister Mary. He was killed by Indians on Hinleston Creek, Near Boone's Station Kentucky in November 1780. They had six children. .
In the summer of 1997 Dell Boone Ariola, husband Ken, and grandson Bryan almost literally stumbled upon Edward’s gravestone that was erected in Bourbon County by the Paris, Kentucky, CAR/DAR in the 1920’s. The stone was on its side, almost completely covered by mud. Dell contacted Rochelle E. Cochran and Russell Lain Ready whom she knew to be direct descendants of Edward Boone, and they formed the Edward Boone Memorial Committee of the Boone Society. The Edward Boone Memorial Committee met property owners, Ron and Phyllis Isaac (870 See Road), and discussed the committee ideas about restoring, protecting, and marking this historic grave. The Isaacs were not only supportive but also were very excited about the project and provided land for visitor parking; cut grass and underbrush. Bourbon County Judge Donnie Foley provided grading for parking. To protect the grave, Master Stonemason Stanley Matherly donated his time and specialized talent to build a stone precision-laid rock wall of the type that was built in the mid 1800’s (using no cement and local native flat rocks). Isaac installed an iron gate to protect the original marker. There was a lot of local interest in the project and many neighbors donated time and equipment to prepare the site. This historic site is visited by school students in the area and descendants and tourists from all across the country. In May 1998 the Edward Boone Death Site was designated a Kentucky Landmark by the Kentucky Heritage Council. Then in 2001 a Kentucky Historical Highway Marker was installed and dedicated at the corner of KY Highway 537 & See Road, about a mile east of Little Rock. The Boone Society, Inc., paid for the historical marker completely through donations to the project. No state funds or tax dollars were used, although the Kentucky State Historical Society and the State Highway Cabinet approved and installed the marker (#2059).
The circumstances surrounding Edward’s death, in which Indians kill him while hunting with Daniel in October of 1780, are still being investigated by some of Edward’s descendants today.
EDWARD 'NED' BOONE (SQUIRE14, GEORGE13, GEORGE12, GEORGE11, GEORGE BOONE10 JR., GEORGE9 BOONE, GREGORY8 BOHUN, GEFFREY BOHUN7 JR., GEFFREY BOHUM6 SR., JOHN5 BOHUM, JOHN4 DE BOHUN, JAMES3, JOHN2, FRANCO1 BOHUN) was born Nov 19, 1740 in Exeter, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and died Oct 05, 1780 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He married MARTHA BRYAN 1758 in Rowan County, North Carolina. She was born 1747 in Exeter, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and died 1793 in Clark County, Kentucky.
Letter to an unknown doctor from Nathan Boone:
Fort Leavenworth, Missouri - March 17, 1842
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"
Killed by Indians in Bourbon Co, KY, while with brother Daniel, near present-day community of Little Rock. Edward was buried beneath an old Buckeye Tree where he was shot. The address of the grave today is 870 See Road, ½ mile north of the junction of KY Hwy. 537 & See Road. The nearby creek thereafter was named Boone Creek in honor of Edward’s death there. He left his widow, Martha Bryan Boone, and six children: Charity, Jane, Mary, George, Joseph, Sarah. They buried Edward there where he had been killed. Draper letters report that in about 1827, Edward's bones were left exposed from flooding and the Rev. Richard Thomas collected the bones and reburied them at the Rockbridge Baptist Church nearby.
Death: Oct. 6, 1780 - Clark County, Kentucky, USA
Note: Edward Boone, Daniel's brother, most likely died in what is present day Montgomery County, Kentucky at the Grassy Lick. See articles about Edward Boone (two) by Donna Dodd Terrell Jones, B.A., M.A., J.D.. on the Journal of Kentucky History and Genealogy. Where he died was, at the time of his death, a part of Fayette County, KY. and then it became a part of Bourbon County, Ky. and then a part of Clark County, Ky and then, and FINALLY (so far), the legislature made it into Montgomery County, Kentucky. After the Civil War there was much confusion about the county line between Bourbon and Montgomery but Grassy Lick ended up in Montgomery.
He had the following siblings: Sarah Cassandra, Israel, Samuel, Jonathan, Elizabeth Boone Grant, Daniel Boone, famous Pioneer; Jacob Boone, Mary Boone Bryan, George W., Nathaniel , Squire Boone Jr., and Hannah Boone Stewart Pennington.
- Jane Boone - 18 September, 1762 - 1 December, 1812
- Mary Boone - 5 December, 1764 - 28 September, 1825
- George Boone - 28 April, 1767 - 10 June, 1841
- Joseph Boone - 1768 - May 25, 1847
- Sarah Boone - 6 March, 1771 - 18 July, 1866
Edward was one of the signers on May 1, 1780, of Petition #12 that resulted in splitting Kentucky County, Virginia, into 3 counties: Jefferson, Fayette, and Lincoln. Part of the petition reads, "That the Militia Inhabitants of the north side of Kaintucky amount to about 400 with 11 fortified posts … that the nearest settlement to the Courthouse is at least 40 miles and the farthest about 70 miles … that the River Kentuckey is rendered impassable half the year by high waters & is ever inconvenient and Dangerous …" The petition was approved by the Virginia Legislature.
- Charity Boone Elledge (1758 - 1843)
- Mary Bryan Boone Scholl (1764 - 1825)
- George Boone (1767 - 1841)
- Sarah Boone Hunter (1771 - 1866)
- Nathaniel Boone (1722 - 1723)
- Sarah Boone Wilcockson (1724 - 1815)
- Israel Boone (1726 - 1756)
- Samuel Boone (1728 - 1808)
- Jonathan Boone (1730 - 1808)
- Elizabeth Boone Grant (1733 - 1814)
- Daniel Boone (1734 - 1820)
- Mary Boone Bryan (1736 - 1819)
- George W Boone (1736 - 1820)
- Squire Boone (1744 - 1815)
- Hannah Boone Stewart Pennington (1746 - 1828)
Find A Grave Memorial # 8319109.
Edward "Neddie" Boone's Timeline
October 19, 1740
Exeter Township, now Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania Colony, Colonial America
October 11, 1758
Yadkin District, Rowan, North Carolina, USA
September 18, 1762
Yadkin, Rowan County, Province of North Carolina
September 18, 1762
Yadkin River, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
December 5, 1764
Yadkin, Rowan, North Carolina, USA
Rowan, South Carolina, United States
April 28, 1767
Yadkin River, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
March 6, 1771
Yadkin River, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
August 7, 1774