Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
1734-1820 - Ulster-Scot, American pioneer born
in Bucks County PA. After service under Braddock in the French and Indian
War, he became involved in the Transylvania project (see Richard
Henderson). Boone took thirty men and started to hack a trail across the
mountains. This was to be the famous Wilderness Road, the main land route
into Kentucky. Town of Boonesboro, Kentucky, was named after him.
Following the settlement of the new territory, he became a captain of
militia and held a number of political offices. One of his famous exploits
was his escape from the Indians who held him captive, in 1778, just in
time to warn and defend Boonesboro against attack. He was twice captured,
and twice escaped and in 1778 he was adopted as a son by Blackfish, the
chief of the Shawnees. Later he moved to West Virginia and to Missouri
when the latter was still Spanish territory. He died there.
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