Name: Rebecca Bryan
Birth: 9 JAN 1738 in Winchester, Frederick Co., Virginia
Note: another source says b. 07 Feb 1739
Death: 18 MAR 1813 in St. Charles Co., Missouri
Burial: MAR 1813 Cemetery Near Jemima's Farm, St. Charles Co., Missouri
Burial: 1845 Frankfort, Franklin Co., Kentucky, (Reinterred)
Daniel Boone married Rebecca Bryan, daughter of Joseph Sr. and Alee Bryan, on 14 August 1756 in Rowan County, North Carolina. Joseph Bryan Sr. was born in 1720, a son of Morgan and Martha (Strode) Bryan. Morgan Bryan was born in Denmark in 1671 an d died in Mocksville, Rowan County, North Carolina on 3 April 1763. He is buried in the old Joppa Cemetery where Daniel Boone's parents, Squire and Sarah, are buried. Martha (Strode) Bryan was born about 1678 in Holland and died 29 August 1762 i n North Carolina.
It is unfortunate that we don't have much in the way of first-hand information about Rebecca. Women were rarely written about in those days and therefore there are scant mentions of her in old records, letters, etc. Apparently she had dark eye s that made an immediate impression on those who met her, as that is one thing that seems always to be mentioned in reference to her. The Nathan Boone home at Femme Osage, Missouri, has in the bedroom where Daniel passed away, a copy of a drawin g that, if authentic, may be, the only "portrait" that was ever done of Rebecca. It is supposed to have been done from a painting by Peale. [This drawing was photographed by me with permission from the Daniel Boone Home and is shown above, photo graph 2002] Daniel's portrait was not painted until after Rebecca had died so it is likely that no formal portrait was ever done of her.
William Bryan, an uncle of Rebecca (Bryan) Boone married Daniel Boone's sister, Mary about 1755 in Rowan County where the Boones and Bryans were neighbors. It is believed that it was at their wedding that Daniel and Rebecca first met. Olive Boon e, wife of Nathan Boone, the youngest child of Daniel and Rebecca, stated that she had heard them say that the first time they ever saw each other was at a wedding.
They were married in a triple wedding ceremony with two other couples. Daniel's father, Squire Boone, performed the marriage ceremony, as the Justice of the Peace. According to Nathan, the young couple lived for awhile in a house on the propert y of Squire Boone, before moving to a place of their own.
The two families of Boone and Bryan were very close. Several of the Bryans moved to Kentucky with Daniel Boone's party. Four of Rebecca's uncles, William, Morgan, James, and Joseph Bryan, established Bryan's Station near Lexington, Kentucky. Jame s Bryan moved to Missouri with the Boones. His wife died in North Carolina after the birth of their sixth child and Rebecca and Daniel took his children and raised them in their home. James Bryan never remarried and died in 1807. He was buried i n the Femme Osage Valley of Missouri, a short distance from Nathan Boone's big stone house.
One of James's children, raised by Daniel and Rebecca, was David Bryan, born 29 October 1757 in Rowan County, North Carolina. David built a cabin near Teuque Creek at Marthasville, Missouri in present Warren County and is credited with starting th e first American settlement within the present limits of Warren County. This Bryan settlement was located very near old Charette on the Missouri River, a Spanish fur trading village. Later David built a double log house on his property which rem ained standing until about 1870. At that time it was torn down and a new large two-story brick house was built on the property, which is still there today on the still-working farm. Some of the old apple trees on the farm are no doubt products o f those planted by David Bryan with seed he brought from Kentucky.
It was on this farm of David Bryan that Daniel and Rebecca Boone were buried. David reserved one-half acre of his farmland on a small knoll overlooking Teuque Creek as a family cemetery. When Rebecca died in 1813, it was probably because of her r equest, having been very sick for nearly two weeks, that she was buried in the little Bryan family cemetery. She was a first cousin to David but she had raised him and had been a mother to him. Seven years later, in 1820, Daniel Boone was burie d beside her at his request. David died about 1835 and his wife, Melinda (Morgan) Bryan died about 1839. They were buried near Daniel and Rebecca in the little cemetery. This cemetery is said to have been the first Protestant Cemetery west of th e Mississippi.
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another source says b. Exeter Township, Berks Co., Pennsylvania [experts are not in agreement]
Daniel Boone Sitting at the Door of his Cabin on the Great Osage Lake, Kentucky.
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Painted by Cole, 1826
Father: Joseph Bryan b: 1720 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Mother: Alice [Aylee, Alee] Linville b: 1722 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Daniel Boone b: 22 OCT 1734 in Exeter Township, Berks Co., Pennsylvania
14 AUG 1756
in Rowan Co., North Carolina
- Note: Daniel Boone and Rebeccah Bryan were married August 14, 1756, the ceremony being performed by Squire Boone who was then a Justice of the Peace for Rowan County, North Carolina.
- James Boone b: 3 MAY 1757 in Davis Co., North Carolina
- Israel Boone b: 25 JAN 1759 in Davis Co., North Carolina
- Susannah Boone b: 2 NOV 1760 in Rowan Co., North Carolina
- Jemima Boone b: 4 OCT 1762 in Rowan Co., North Carolina
- Levina Boone b: 23 MAR 1766 in Yadkin River, Rowan Co., North Carolina
- Rebecca Boone b: 26 MAY 1768 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina
- Daniel Morgan Boone b: 23 DEC 1769 in Virginia
- Jesse Bryan Boone b: 23 MAY 1773 in Yadkin Valley, Rowan Co., North Carolina
- William Boone b: 20 JUN 1775 in Clinch River, Virginia
- Nathan Boone b: 2 MAR 1781 in Boones Station, Fayette Co., Kentucky
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Author: Margy Miles
Title: Daniel Boone; The Extraordinary Life Of A Common Man; Daniel & Rebecca (Bryan) Boone
Date: 17 May 2002