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The branch of the Boone family that emigrated to Oregon was led by Daniel's Grandson, Alphonso Boone. Moving West seems to have run in the family, as Alphonso "westerned" at least three times in his life. In 1841, he set up shop in Independence, MO. outfitting fur traders and caravans on the Sante Fe Trail. From 1843 to 1845 he cashed in on a new source of business; emigrants bound for Oregon and California. in 1846 he headed West with 7 of his children, his Sister, Panthea Boone Boggs and her Husband, Liburn W. Boggs, former Govenor of Missouri.

(BOGGS, Lilburn W.: m'd BOONE, Panthea; brother-in-law of Alphonso Boone; served as gov of MO; started on Southern Route at Imlay with Thornton but turned around in September and went on to CA; were not part of the Donner party as is stated in at least one reference BONNEY, Family: on Bancroft Oregon list for 1846; the family was actually part of the 1845 emigration and cutoff for CA, they then moved up into Oregon in 1846)

The Boones with their eleven wagons joined a California bound wagon train which they expected to stay with to Fort Hall. Lilburn Boggs wanted to be the captain of the train, but he lost the election by a landslide to one, William H. Russell.

(BOONE, Chloe Donnely: m'd 1848 CURRY, George Law; d/o Alphonso Boone; taught school the first winter; lived in Oregon City after marriage BOONE, George Luther (1826- ): did not emigrate with family in 1846, came to OR in 1848)

(BOONE, Jesse Van Bibber (1824-1872): m'd 1851 FUDGE, Elizabeth; s/o Alphonso Boone; operated ferry established by his father until his death)

(BOONE, Mary Elizabeth: m'd NORRIS, Thomas; d/o Alphonso Boone BOONE, Panthea: m'd BOGGS, Lilburn W.; d/o Jesse Boone, sister of Alphonso; started, with husband, on Southern Route at Imlay but they turned around in mid September and went on to CA; were not part of the Donner party as stated in at least one reference)

(BOSWORTH, John H.: m'd LOONEY, Susan)

    
On August 8th at Fort Hall the Boones met a man promoting a new route, this one leading to Oregon's Willamette Valley. Boone decided to take a chance on the new road known as the Southern route or the Applegate Trail. This proved to be a mistake. The Indians were extremely hostile to the overlanders.

As winter set in and threatened to strand the travelers, the emigrants began throwing away everything they could to lighten their wagons. They cached everything of value in hope of returning later but the Indians dug up and stole everything but a few items of clothing. The Boone's lost everything that they couldn't carry out including a compass and surveying instruments belonging to Daniel Boone.

It was Christmas time when the Boones finally reached the settlements in the Willamette Valley. The Boones established a ferry on an old Indian trail.

When word of the gold strikes in California reached Oregon in 1848, Alphonso and his boys headed South to make their fortune in the gold fields.

On Feb. 1, 1850, Alphonso died at Long Bar's of an illness he contracted in the gold fields. The Ferry established by the Boones operated for 107 years, being shut down in 1954.

BOGGS, Lilburn W.: m'd BOONE, Panthea; brother-in-law of Alphonso Boone; (served as Gov. of MO;) cutoff for CA and became part of Donner Party:

BOONE, Alphonso D. (1796-1849): m'd 1822 BOONE, Nancy Linville; d/o Jesse and Chloe (VanBibber) Boone; g-grandson of Daniel and Rebecca (Bryan) Boone;
"when they reached the Cow Creek Canyon the family cached their goods (including Daniel Boone's compass and surveying instruments) and waded about twelve miles through the water and over big boulders. The emigrants went back the next spring but the Indians had found the things cached and there was nothing left. They packed one oxen with clothing and got into the Willamette Valley at the crossing of Mary's river on Christmas day. "; went to CA mines in 1849 and drowned in Feather River Canyon, CA 28 Nov 1849; wife had died (1838) in MO as had five children; established Boone's Ferry which continued to run for 107 years (it was taken out of service in 1954 when a bridge was built across the Willamette).
BOONE, Chloe Donnely: m'd 1848 CURRY, George Law; d/o Alphonso Boone; taught school the first winter; lived in Oregon City after marriage.

BOONE, George Luther (1826- ): did not emigrate with family in 1846, came to OR in 1848

BOONE, James C.:

BOONE, Jesse Van (1824-1872): m'd 1851 [], Elizabeth; s/o Alphonso Boone; operated ferry established by his father until his death.

BOONE, Mary Elizabeth: m'd NORRIS, Thomas; d/o Alphonso Boone

BOONE, Panthea: m'd BOGGS, Lilburn W.; d/o Jesse Boone, sister of Alphonso; accompanied husband to CA and became part of Donner Party.

BOSWORTH, John H.: m'd LOONEY, Susan
BOUNDS, Amanda (1833-aft 1880 ): m'd 1850 MCCARTY, Edward Wilburn  (1827-1895) BOUNDS, Eliza Ann (1840- ): *SR: BOUNDS, James M. (1844-aft 1880 ):

BOUNDS, John Armstrong (1837-1915): m1. 1858 MCBRIDE, Nancy Jane (1839-1870); m2. 1872 HOWELL, Nancy Ann (1852-1939)

BOUNDS, John Bird (1800-1846): died on trail 13 Nov 1846,  (c1801 -1869): m1. 1850 LOVELADY, Elizabeth; m2. BRINK, Martha Ann (widow of Thomas McBride); John was a brother of Amanda Mary Bounds
BOUNDS, John Bird: m'd 1850 LOVELADY, Sarah

BOUNDS, Jesse L. (1829- ): m'd 1853 [], Sarah Jane
BOUNDS, Nancy: m'd LINVILLE, Harrison

BOUNDS, Sarah E. (1842- ): m'd 1856 LEWIS, Jesse B.
BOUNDS, Thomas L. (1824- ): m'd 1852 [], Elizabeth

VAN BIBBER, Lazarus (1806-1896): m'd [], Martha
NOTE: They were on the Southern Emigrant Route, now commonly known as the Applegate Trail. BOTH ARE BURIED IN THE KING'S VALLEY CEMETERY, BENTON CO. OREGON.

ZUMWALT, Abigail (1831-1853): d/o Andrew and Elizabeth (Frazier) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Adam F. (c1826-1856): s/o Andrew and Elizabeth (Frazier) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Andrew Rev (1789-1867).: m'd FRAZIER, Elizabeth; settled in Polk Co; deacon in the Methodist church

ZUMWALT, Andrew Jackson (1845-1912): s/o Isaac and Sarah (Crow) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Commodore Perry (1842-1910): s/o Isaac and Sarah (Crow) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Isaac (1815-1891): m'd 1837 CROW, Sarah; s/o Andrew and Elizabeth (Frazier) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Isaac K. (1842- ): s/o John M. and Lucinda (Kent) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Jerome (1833-1894): s/o Andrew and Elizabeth (Frazier) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, John Andrew (1840- ): s/o John M. and Lucinda (Kent) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, John Martin (1817-1858): m'd KENT, Lucinda; s/o Andrew and Elizabeth (Frazier) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Lewis Sande (1843-1927): s/o Isaac and Sarah (Crow) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Mary Lucinda (1835-1903): d/o Solomon and Lucinda (Kent) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Matilda Jane (1840-1877): d/o Isaac and Sarah (Crow) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Nancy Ann (1828-1901): d/o Andrew and Elizabeth (Frazier) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Sarah A. (1838-1852): d/o John M. and Lucinda (Kent) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Thomas M. (1845-1879): s/o John M. and Lucinda (Kent) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, Thomas Rhodes (c1824-c1851): s/o Andrew and Elizabeth (Frazier) Zumwalt

ZUMWALT, William Henry (1838-c1909): s/o Isaac and Sarah (Crow) Zumwalt

THE DISCOVERY OF ALPHONSO BOONE:
SON OF CHLOE VAN BIBBER AND JESSE BRYAN BOONE,

GRAVE:
On Sept. 7, 2002 the gravesite of Alphonso Boone received a proper tombstone brought about by the efforts of many caring relatives and friends. Alphonso died in 1850, of the fever, at Long's Bar on the Feather River near Oroville, California while prospecting for gold with his sons.
One hundred and fifty years later the President of the Wilsonville-Boone's Ferry Historical Society, John Smith, in a telephone call to the Historian, Jim Lenhoff of Butte County, was told there was a small cemetery with 5 gravesites but only 4 grave markers.
With research done at the Oregon Historical Research Library it was determined the 5th gravesite was Alphonso as described by two of his sons in letters written after they had returned to Oregon.
Sixteen friends and three generations of grandchildren of Alphonso participated in the ceremony held up in the golden hills above Feather River. The dedication was climaxed by sharing "Dried Apple Fruitcake" a family recipe brought over the Oregon Trail by Alphonso's daughter, Mary Boone Norris.
Source: Arlene Curry Buschert -- 2nd great granddaughter of Alphonso Boone.


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