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From: "Jerry Richmond" <>
Subject: [Q-R] Daniel Boone & Simon Kenton
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 11:12:07 -0600
We had numerous discussions on this so-called
battle, years ago on Fidonet and were able to establish
the available information fairly well.
The incident occurred on Daniel Boone's first attempt
to lead a settlement party into Kenturcky. On 10 Oct 1773
7 young men of the expedition separated from the rest of
the party to roundup some of the strayed livestock, it is
believed. The young men were ambushed by a party of
Indians and 6 of them were slaughtered and only one
escaped. I seem to recall that the sole survivor was a
black man associated with William Russell who was lent
to Boone to help the party get started but was not planned
to be a permanent member of the expediton. After the
massacre, he returned to Russell's and thus it was some
time before the details of what had actually transpired
became known to Daniel Boone.
The only two names of those killed that have survived in
most accounts were James Boone, who was Daniel
Boone's 17 year old eldest son and Richard Mendenhall.
The latter was born 1 9M 1737, Chester co,PA, eldest son
of Mordecai Mendenhall (c1713-1803) & Charity Beeson.
He had married Jane Thornbrough on 24 Aug 1758 at
New Garden MM, Rowan co,NC. His death in 1773 is
recorded at Deep River MM,NC but no details are given
The Boone party started from Powell's Valley in Virginia
and the massacre occurred shortly after they had crossed
Walden's Ridge. It is likely to have occurred in what is
now Lee co,VA. As a result of this disastrous beginning,
the expedition was aborted and the families returned to
the settlement on the Clinch River in Virginia.
Much of this material is taken from a work I have called
_Daniel Boone and the Hunters of Kentucky_, by
W H Bogart, New York, 1858. The book is principally a
biography of Boone with a chapter at the end on 7 other
famous hunters/explorers of Kentucky. One sketch is
on Simon KENTON (note spelling). It gives no genealogical
particulars other than saying that he was born 15 May 1755
in Fauquier co,VA. Although Boone's family were practicing
Quakers in Berks co,PA and perhaps in Culpeper co,VA
there is no reason to believe that such continued after they
came to North Carolina. There is no reason to believe that
Simon Kenton came from a Quaker heritage.
Regards, Jerry Richmond
You are cordially invited to visit "The Quaker Collection"
From: Herb Frantz <>
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2002 9:27 AM
Subject: RE: [Q-R] (no subject)
Please share a little of Simon Keaton's ancestry. Which James & Richard
Thanks, Herb Frantz
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2002 9:19 PM
Subject: [Q-R] (no subject)
Hello and thank you for all the information you sent me on the Coxes.
I have come across an article called "Chapter 6, Moving Westward to Kentucky
and Ohio" from a book about the Hills of Randolph and Guilford Co. NC.
I am interested in any info you might have on the famous scout, Simon
He was a friend of Daniel Boone in the late 1700's. Also of interest is
battle with the Shawnee Indians were James and Richard Mendenhall were
at Powell's Valley in TN. I am related to the Mendenhalls and related to
Keatons by marriage.
Sincerely, JoAnne Hanel
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