The Boones Fiercely Independent

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The McDonalds and Boones Unite

When John Power married Elizabeth Boone, it united two strong families. Their daughter, Elizabeth, went on to marry a McDonald, and thus the three families were joined. The Boones — yes, this includes the famous Daniel Boone — were well-known in the area and the McDonalds, Hornbacks, Powers, and Boones were all frontiersmen.

This page is about Elizabeth Boone’s parents and grandparents:

Squire Boone (1696-1765) and Sarah Morgan (1700-1777)

Squire Boone was born 25 Nov 1696 in Exeter, Devon, England. It is believed that he was the son of George Boone III and Mary Milton Maugridge. It is not known when he immigrated to the United States, but probably when he was still a child. He settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania, most likely with his parents and siblings.

He married Sarah Morgan on 23 September 1720 when Squire was 24 and Sarah was 20. Sarah had been born in 1700 in Exeter, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Squire and Sarah had several children, including the famous Daniel Boone; however, it is their son, Israel, who is connected to Elizabeth.

In April of 1750, Squire and Sarah sold their land in Berks County and chose to leave the area — no doubt partly as a result of the controversy already mentioned. They went first to Linville Creek, six miles north of Harrisonburg, Virginia, where they stayed for at least a year. By late autumn of 1751, Squire Boone and his family reached the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina; this area became a part of Rowan County.

Squire chose a hill overlooking the Yadkin River for the site of his family’s home and named it Boone’s Ford. At the first County Court held in Salisbury in June, 1753, Squire is listed as one of the fourteen justices. Later, Squire acquired land on the western side of the Yadkin River — a grant for 640 acres on Bear Creek — from the Earl of Granville.

The children of Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan were:

Although many of their children moved on to Kentucky, Squire and Sarah remained in North Carolina. Squire died before Sarah, on the second of January 1765, at the age of 69 years in Rowan, North Carolina. She lived as a widow for 11 years, passing away 1 January 1777 in Mocksville, Rowan County, North Carolina, at the age of 77.

Israel Boone (1726-1756) and Martha Farmer (1726-1755)

Israel Boone was born 20 May 1726 in Exeter, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He married Martha Farmer on December 31, 1747, at Montgomery Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. John Mark,s in Montgomery Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvnia. Both Square and Sarah Boone, as well as Martha father, Samuel Farmer Sr., were present at the wedding.

Martha Farmer was born in 1728 in Whitemarsh, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Samuel Farmer Sr. and Martha Thomas. She was definitely not a Quaker (see information above). Indeed, there are minutes of a Quaker meeting which state that Israel had married a non-Quaker and this could have dire consequences. Israel rejects their advice, and probably never attended another Quaker meeting.

A number of sources indicate that Israel and his wife had only four children (two boys and two girls). But other sources will list up to eight children. These four are most likely the four children they had:

Squire Boone died just a few months before his son, Israel, and his daughter-in-law, Martha. Some sources put their deaths in the same month of June in 1756. Apparently, they both died of tuberculosis. Their children — Jesse and Nancy — may have died before them, but Jonathan, age 7, and Elizabeth, age 5, were raised by other family members and, many sources suggest, that that “family” was Daniel Boone, their uncle, and his wife.

[This page researched and written by Susan Overturf Ingraham, a descendant of the Boones through John Power and Elizabeth Boone. Last Updated August 13, 2019.]

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