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Samuel Lee Boone, II

Birthplace: Exeter, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 03, 1823 (87)
Shelby, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Maugridge Boone, Sr; Samuel Boone and Elizabeth Sarah Boone
Husband of Rachel Boone and Jane Foulke Boone
Father of John Boone; Rachel Boone; Rachel Merrifield; Hannah C. Boone; John Hughes Boone and 6 others
Brother of James Boone; Susannah Cassel Willets; Isaiah Boone and Arnold Boone
Half brother of Elizabeth Yarnall; Asenath Yarnall; Asah Yarnall and Susanna Boone, L4BP-RNC

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Faustine Darsey on partial hiatus
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About Samuel Lee Boone, II

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MARYLAND. DAR Ancestor # A012126

NOTE: The following information is excerpted from the well-researched Hopkins Family History page compiled and maintained by Arthur Hopkins ( and specifically

Samuel Boone Gunsmith of Frederick County, Maryland

1736-Abt. 1805

The following information is about Samuel Boone, son of Samuel Boone and Elizabeth Cassell, who settled in Frederick County, Maryland and operated a business as a gunsmith.

Samuel was born on 22 Mar 1736 in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Maryland in about the same time period in which several others of the Boone family settled in that area. His brothers Isaiah and Arnold Boone lived in Frederick County (now Montgomery County), as did his younger cousin William Boone (in what is now Washington County). William's brother George invested in land in Boonsboro, now Washington County.

Samuel's married his first wife, Rachel Coles, on 14 Oct 1760 when he was 24. She died on 17 Apr 1763; their son John died shortly thereafter. He remarried to his cousin, Jane Foulke Hughes, on 9 Dec 1766 at Trinity Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was reprimanded on 2-25-1767 by the Exeter Quaker Meeting for marrying out and to kin. She and Samuel had nine children.

Samuel provided guns and parts for the Revolutionary Army, an enterprise which cost him most of the wealth he had accumulated up to that time. He bought his supplies with hard money, but was paid, late, with Continental script. After the Revolutionary War, when he was about 47, Samuel moved his family to Kentucky, near his cousin and former apprentice, Squire Boone, Jr. He died in Shelby County about 1805 at the age of about 69. After his death, his sons moved with Squire, Jr. to Indiana.

Documents and References

1759 The following excerpt from The Life of Daniel Boone (Lyman C. Draper, LL.D., Edited by Ted Franklin Belue, pp. 147-148) was posted to the Boone-L list by Rochelle Cochran on Mon, 1 Apr 2002: While the Bryans and probably some of the Boone connection took refuge in Ft. Dobbs, Samuel Boone and family removed to the old settlements in SC, and old Squire Boone and wife, his son Daniel Boone, and son-in-law William Grant, with their families, retired to Virginia and Maryland. When Squire Boone and family removed in 1750 from PA to NC, he left his youngest son, Squire, then a lad of six years, with his cousin Samuel Boone, a gunsmith, to learn the trade. This Samuel Boone with several others of Boone relatives removed to MD and settled in or near Georgetown, now in the District of Columbia, which town was laid out by an act of the Maryland Assembly passed May 15th, 1751. Here Squire Boone and his son-in-law Grant repaired and remained three years among their connections.16

Drapers' notes, p. 159: #16 "William Grant's family record aids in determining these three years' sojourn in Maryland: His daughter Sarah was born in the Forks of the Yadkin in Jan. 1759; his son William in Maryland Jan. 1761; and his son Samuel in the Forks of the Yadkin in Nov. 1762.

1762 A further excerpt from the Draper/Belue book, p. 171:

During this year, his [Daniel Boone's] parents and their son-in-law William Grant and family returned from Maryland, bringing with them Squire Boone Jr., who had from boyhood been living with his cousin Samuel Boone and learning the gun-smith trade, from whom was purchased between one and two years of the remaining period of his apprenticeship.16 All this long journey from Maryland to the Boone settlement on the forks of Yadkin was performed by Mrs. Boone on horseback, the whole party camping each night in the open air before a cheerful, blazing fire kindled beside some fallen giant of the forest.

Draper's notes, p. 180 #16: This Samuel Boone was the son of Samuel and grandson of old George Boone. During the Revolutionary War, he filled large contracts with Congress for guns and lost all he possessed by the operation; and in the fall of 1783 emigrated to Kentucky. He spent most of the year 1787 among the Chickasaw Indians, working at his trade. He settled in Shelby County, Kentucky, and there died about 1809 at a good old age. He was the father-in-law of the venerable Judge Moses Boone of Indiana and grandfather of the present Col. William P. Boone, a prominent attorney of law of Louisville, Kentucky.

1760-66 Berks County, Pennsylvania Tax Lists 1761 Samuel Boone on Amity Twp. Tax List. 1762 Samuel Boone on Amity and Exeter Twp. Tax Lists 1764 Samuel Boone on Exeter Twp. Tax List 1766 Samuel Boone on Exeter Twp. Tax List

      Source: Berks County Genealogical Society

Samuel Boone Maryland Land Transactions

18 Sep 1761 Samuel Boone sold lot #32 in Georgetown to John Boon* Liber K, p 741-743

  • This might have been John, son of George and Mary Boone, and uncle to Samuel Boone, Jr.

21 Oct 1767 Samuel and Jane Boone sold lot #15 in Georgetown 15 Feb 1768 Samuel Boone bought "Knaves Disappointment" adjoining Georgetown 18 Apr 1770 Samuel Boone bought "Montrose" from Archibald Orme and wife Elizabeth 21 Nov 1770 Samuel Boone was sued with Archibald Orme and Zephaniah Beale by Ninean Beale Source: Frederick County Maryland Land Records by Patricia A. Anderson, vols 1-8 (GenLaw Resources, 1995-2000). 1762 The following was posted to the Boone-L list on Wed, 27 Mar 2002 by Shirley Middleton-Moller. It is an excerpt from The Boone Family by Hazel Atterbury Spraker: Sometime at about this period, probably during their stay in Maryland, Sarah (Morgan) Boone took her youngest son Squire back to Pennsylvania on a visit. The entire journey was made on horseback, stopping to camp at night. It is not known how long Sarah remained, but she returned home without her son, whom she left in Pennsylvania as an apprentice to his cousin Samuel Boone (No. 58) to learn the gunsmith trade. 1766 This record comes from FTM CD 206, Maryland Probate Records, Prerogative Court Abstracts, 1763-1766 (Libers 81-90), p. 106: Christopher Leamon 90.154 FR £52.4.8 Nov 5 1765 Jun 19 1766 (also Christopher Laymon)

 Appraisers: Thomas Johns, George Beall, Jr.
 Creditors: Josi Beall, Samuel Boone.
 Administratrix: Rachael Laymon.

1773 This record comes from FTM CD 206, Maryland Probate Records, Prerogative Court Abstracts, 1772-1774 (Volumes 110-118), p. 95: Benjamin Brite 117.360 FR #163;56.11.4 Nov 6 1773 Mar 19 1774

 Appraisers: Alexander Clagett, James Harbin.
 Creditors: Samuel Boone.
 Next of Kin: Benjamin Ray, John Ray, Jr.
 Administratrix: Fulda Davis.

1776- 1777 The three documents below were posted to the Boone-L list by Larry DeFrance, who found them in the Maryland Archives at No. 214, [Council to S. Boone.]

Sir. All the Gunlocks you can make are wanted here. You will therefore be kind enough to send them down to this Place as soon as you can. To Mr Saml Boone. Octr 12 1776

Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety - July 7, 1776 to December 31, 1776, Volume 12, Page 338

[C. Beatty to Council.]

Frederick Town Dec. 10th 1776. Gent. The Barer hereof Mr Boon (the overseer of the Gun Lock factory) waits on you in order to get some money to enable him to carry on the factory, for it cannot be supported any longer without.

Mr Hanson who keeps the books is not at home so that I cannot get to see them in order to draw for the money, the factory is entitled to, but I am clearly sattisfied that it must be about 400 Dollars by the acct rendered, and the locks now in the factory, which sum please to forward by Mr Boon. We have now in the factory 156 locks completely finished as will appear by the Inclosed certificate for nearly two months past I was compelled to take money on Intrest to support the factory or let the hands go idle. It is not in my power to borrow any more for that purpose here. — pray dont fail send- ing the money or I shall be compelled to sell locks to pay the money that I have taken up and let the servants shift for themselves, which will be a great loss to the publick. I am Gent. Your ready friend & well wisher C. Beatty.

Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety - July 7, 1776 to December 31, 1776, Volume 12, Page 519

Thursday 2d October 1777.

Present Josiah Polk, John Rogers and Tho. Sim Lee Esquires.

Ordered That James Brice Esquire Lieut. of Ann Arundel County discharge Jonathan Pinkney, Anthony Pinkney and James Taylor from further confinement, they having been on the Invasion of this State confined under Guard for the Public security and that Invasion having ceased.

The Sheriff of Ann Arundel County is hereby required to receive into his Custody the bodies of Jesse Gray, Hambleton Callilo and Daniel Melson, charged with Treason against this State and heretofore committed to a Guard and them safely keep in the Common Jail till Lawfully discharged.

Ordered That the Commissary of Stores at Annapolis deliver Samuel Boone 6 pieces Kendal Cotton 1 piece Osna- brigs 10 Bushels Salt for the use of the Gun Lock Manufactory in Frederick.

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Samuel Boone four hundred and fifty pounds to be delivered over into the hands of the Supervisors of the Gun Lock Manufactory in Frederick on Acct.

Journal and Correspondence of the State Council, March 20, 1777 - March 28, 1778 and Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Safety January 1 - March 20, 1777, Volume 16, P 386. 6/28/1777 Samuel BOONE and Jane his wife of Frederick Town, Md. mentioned in Berks County, Pennsylvania land transaction. Berks Co. Deed Book B-3, 141. Source: "Maryland References in Berks County Records." The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. XXIII, p. 15. 1781 This record comes from the Maryland State Archives at: Volume 45, Page 437

Thursday 17th May 1781

May 17 Liber C. B. No. 28P. 83 p. 84

That the said Treasurer pay to Thomas Beatty one hundred and ninety five pounds for the use of Samuel Boone per Account passed by the Aud. Gen1 1782 This record comes from the Maryland State Archives at: Volume 48, Page 54

54 Journal and Correspondence.

January 23 [1782] Liber C. B. No. 24 p. 209

That the said Treasurer pay to the following persons, Samuel Boone fifty pounds, nine shillings and two pence specie due him per Account passed by the Audr Genl 20th December 1781. 1783 Sometime in 1783 he [Squire Boone, Jr.] went to Virginia on business and when he returned, in the fall of that year, brought back with him several families, that of his cousin Samuel Boone among them. (This was the cousin from whom he learned gunsmithing.) (Spraker, The Boone Family, pp. 80-81) 1787-1788 Becoming discouraged because of losses and land disputes he decided to leave Kentucky, and in 1787 with his son Isaiah, his cousin Samuel Boone, and several others went by boat to Chickasaw Bluffs, intending to make a settlement. They landed and unloaded the boats, but being warned by a friendly Chickasaw that it was unsafe to try to settle here bacause of the Creeks, Squire reloaded and went on down to New Orleans, where he took Spanish protection, set up shop, and worked at his trade for three years. (Spraker, p. 80-81) Samuel remained nearly a year with the Chichasaws, working at his trade. He then returned to Ky. (Spraker, p. 98)

Some Boone Census References

1787 Fayette County, Kentucky (VA) Property Tax for 1787 - List C Last Name First Name Charged with Tax Data Boon Samuel self 0 0 0 2 12 Boon Samuel, Jr. self 0 0 0 5 3 Boon Joseph self 1 0 0 7 12 1789 Jefferson County (KY) Tax List B, 1789 Last Name First Name Charged with Tax Data Notes Boon Isaah Jonathan Boon 16-21 yrs., not tithable Boon John Samuel Boon 16-21 yrs., not tithable Boon Jonathan self 1 0 0 2 Boon Moses self 1 0 0 1 16-21 yrs., not tithable Boon Samuel self 1 0 0 2 1800 Shelby County, Kentucky Tax List of 8/7/1800 from "Second Census" of Kentucky - 1800 by G. Glenn Clift, (1954, 1993)pp. 27-28 Boon, Enoch Boone, George Boone, Isiah Boone, John Boone, Jonathan Boone, Josiah Boone, Moses Boone, Squire Boone, William Boone, William, Jr. 1800 Fayette County, Kentucky Tax List of 11/7/1800 from "Second Census" of Kentucky - 1800 by G. Glenn Clift, (1954, 1993) p. 27 Boon, Levi Boon, Samuel Boon, Squire, Revd. 1805 from Spraker, pp. 96-98. 58. SAMUEL BOONE (Samuel4; George3), born 22 Mar., 1736, in Exeter Twp.; died about 1805 in Shelby Co., Ky. (a) (a) Draper Mss. 19C 120-154. The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol II by Frederick A. Virkus (1926), pp. 124, 309 * Jane F. [Hughes] m 1766, Samuel Boone (1736-1805), propr. Md. Gunlock Factory during Am Rev. Samuel [Boone] (1736-1805) m 1766 Jane Hughes (b 1745)

  • These pages also give information about Samuel and Jane's children, including Hiram Cassel Boone, George Washington Boone, and about the Douglass, Hairston, Hughes, Merrifield, Rentfro, Rogers, and Stovall families.

1806 from Spraker (1922), p. 82 Discouraged and unhappy, in 1804 or '06, Squire Boone with his sons Isaiah, Moses, Jonathan and Enoch, and the five sons of his nephew Samuel Boone, left Ky. for the last time and went to Indiana.

from Spraker (1922), p. 161 At the time Squire Boone, Jr., left Kentucky (about 1807), taking with him all of his own family and all of Samuel Boone's, Hiram C. Boone moved to Indiana with the rest.

from History of Shelby County, Kentucky by George L. Willis, Sr. (1929, 1996) p. 142 In 1806 -- with his sons, Isaiah, Enoch, Moses, and Jonathan, and the five sons of his nephew, Samuel Boone -- he [Squire], like his great precedent and elder brother, left Kentucky with a sad heart; and forming a new settlement (called "Boone Settlement"), in the then territory of Indiana, in what is now Harrison County, about twenty-five miles northwest of Louisville, erected a small mill and laid the foundation of a flourishing and populous township, called also, "Boone Township," which is now the happy home of many worthy Kentuckians and their descendants. Note: Two of these sources refer to Samuel Boone as Squire, Jr.'s nephew, but they were actually 1st cousins. I've been unable to find a nephew of Squire's whose name was Samuel and who had five sons, so I think the word nephew was a mistake, or a loose use of the term.


Patriot of the American Revolution. check birthdate. .alt. 3/22/1736 Gunsmith, made gunlocks for the Continental Army,

married cousin

Reprimanded for marrying out (of religion) and to kin. Jane Hughes mother was Hannah Boon, grandfather was George Boone (born 1690).

George Boone (born 1690) was also grandfather of Samuel Boon.

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Samuel Lee Boone, II's Timeline

March 22, 1736
Exeter, Pennsylvania, United States
July 3, 1761
Berks Co., Pa.
April 17, 1763
Berks Co., Pa.
September 17, 1767
Frederick County, Province of Virginia
February 6, 1770
Berks County, PA, United States
February 10, 1772
October 5, 1774
Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 6, 1777
Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States