Name: James Boone
Birth: 3 MAY 1757 in Davis Co., North Carolina
Death: 10 OCT 1773 in Clinch Mountain, Virginia
Note: Killed by Indians crossing Clinch Mt. in VA, during first attempt to reach Kentucky (near Cumberland Gap)
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Killed by Indians [Delaware, Shawnee, and Cherokee Indians] crossing Clinch Mountain in Virginia, during first attempt to reach Kentucky.
Death of James Boone
After spending some four years hunting and exploring in Kentucky, with much of the exploration conducted on behalf of Judge Richard Henderson, Daniel Boone led a settlement party from Virginia and North Carolina toward the Cumberland Gap. At Walle n's Ridge Indians attacked an isolated group of settlers, killing five, including Boone's son James. In despair, the entire party turned back toward the east again.
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While visiting relatives in the tri-state area of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia this past week, I came across the following road marker and grave site. The historical marker is located off highway 58E, RR Exit 684, Lee County, Virginia. Th e marker reads as follows:
"This marks the burial place of a party of white settlers who were surprised in camp and slain by Indians at day break on October 10, 1773. Those killed were James Boone, son of Daniel Boone, Henry Russell, son of Captain William Russell, Robert a nd Richard Mendenhale . . . brothers . . . and another unnamed white man.
Two [members of the party] escaped. Isaac Crabtree, a white man, and Adam, a Negro, slave of Russell.
Boone and Russell buried their sons and the others at the scene of the tragedy and gave up temporarily the first effort to settle Kentucky."
Erected July 10, 1951 by M. Wheeler Kisterson, a native of Lee County, Virginia....age 59, and a descendant of Mary Russell.
Note 2: James Boone First Child of Daniel & Rebecca (Bryan) Boone
Daniel's and Rebecca's firstborn child was James Boone. James was born 3 May 1757. He was killed by a group of Shawnee Indians near Wallen's Creek in the Powell Valley while crossing the Clinch Mountains in Virginia on 10 October 1773.
Daniel Boone was leading a party of settlers, including his own family, into Kentucky. They were scheduled to meet up with another group of settlers, the Captain William Russell party, at a specified location. Daniel decided they needed more sup plies so he sent James back to meet the Russell party, verify their location, and collect more supplies. Two Mendenhall boys went with him. James made it back to Captain Russell and planned to ride along with them to meet with his family and th e rest of their group. But it appears that Captain Russell sent James and his group along with his own son, Henry Russell, on ahead to tell Boone that they were coming. Somehow the boys must have gotten lost because they ended up camping for th e night on Wallen's Ridge in Va. As it turned out, they were only about 3 miles from where the Boone party was camped. During the night they were attacked by a Shawnee group which was led by 'Big Jim,' an Indian familiar to Daniel Boone and to hi s children, his having visited at their home in N. Carolina. James and the others were horribly tortured and later killed, all except for one young black slave who hid in a canebrake at the edge of a nearby creek, and a boy by the name of Isaac C rabtree who had joined them on the trail.
When word arrived at Boone's camp that his beloved son and his companions had been murdered, Daniel packed to go to the site of the massacre and to attempt to track the persons who had performed the awful deed. He tracked them for some distance bu t they escaped him.
Before Daniel left the camp, Rebecca gave him two of her handmade linen sheets to wrap the two boys in for burial. The boys were buried in the same grave on the area of Powell's Valley where they were slain. In 1774 Daniel made another trip to th e burial site and found signs that animals had tried to disturb the grave. He dug down, removed the bodies from the grave and dug the grave deeper. Afterwards he wrapped them again in his own woolen blanket and reburied them, piling the grave hi gh with rocks for more protection from the wild animals.
It is reported that Daniel said this was one of the most dismal, lonely times of his entire life.
A modest monument now stands in memory of James and the others who were murdered. The spot has been identified through historical research to be near the town of present-day Stickleyville, Va. James was 16 years, 5 months, and 7 days old at th e time of his death.
Father: Daniel Boone b: 22 OCT 1734 in Exeter Township, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
Mother: Rebecca Bryan b: 9 JAN 1738 in Winchester, Frederick Co., Virginia
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Author: Margy Ball Miles
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