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KILLED BY INDIANS

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 - every boddy 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 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. Indians lurking nearby shot and killed Edward but Daniel managed to escape. He ran all the way on foot 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 a party of men in the area went in search of Edward’s killers. They did not find the Indians, but found and buried Edward near that old Buckeye tree. Ned’s daughter Sarah in a letter to Draper said her father had been horribly cut by the Indian’s knives. Today in that very spot stands an old Buckeye tree. The creek 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.”

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).

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.”
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