DANIEL BOONE, SETTLER OF KENTUCKY, DIED 195 YEARS AGO TODAY

“Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise at the risk of my life and fortune.” ~ Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone's Grave, Frankfort, Ky (2)

Daniel Boone was an explorer, frontiersman, woodsman and loved Kentucky.

Daniel Boone was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1734 and died 195 years ago today, September 26, 1820.  He died of natural causes in Missouri  2-1/2 months short of his 86th birthday.

Daniel Boone’s settlement of Kentucky and opening of the frontier is considered his greatest achievement.   He also served in the Virginia Legislature, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution and  was the father of ten children.

Boone led a group of settlers through the mountains from Fort Watauga in Tennessee, carving the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland, and established Fort Boonesborough.  Boone brought his family to Kentucky in 1775.  He resided in his beloved Kentucky  till 1798, when in consequence of an imperfect legal title to the lands, which he had settled, he found himself dispossessed of his property.  Daniel and his wife, Rebecca moved to Missouri where Boone told people Kentucky had become too crowded for him.

Daniel Boone was buried next to Rebecca, who had died on March 18, 1813 in Missouri.  In 1845, the Boones’ remains were disinterred and reburied in Frankfort, Kentucky.

For more information on Daniel Boone check out these sites:  Fort Boonesborough  History Encyclopedia of World Biography-Daniel Boone

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