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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
Boone, Daniel


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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