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 in 1720 when Squire was 24 and Sarah was 20. Sarah had been born on 23 November 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 Ann (1726-1755)

Israel Boone was born 25 May 1726 in Exeter, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Martha's surname is likely to have been Maugridge, but this has not been verified. She was born in 1726. They married on December 31, 1747 in Berks, Pennsylvania. There is also a long-standing family rumour that Israel married a Native American woman, probably from the Seneca tribe. Martha Ann may have been a name they gave her as a way to be accepted in the white man's world. It is certain, however, that she was probably not a Quaker (see information above). Indeed, there are minutes of a Quaker meeting which state that Israel has married a non-Quaker and this could have dire consequences. Israel rejects their advice.

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:

Some sources indicate that Martha died in 1755 and Israel died 26 June 1756 in Rowan, North Carolina, at the age of 30. Apparently, they both died of tuberculosis. It is said that their four children were raised by family and, some sources suggest, that that “family” was Daniel Boone, their uncle.

[This page researched and written by Susan Overturf Ingraham, a descendant of the Boones through John Power and Elizabeth Boone. Last Updated February 14, 2016.]

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