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Stickleyville in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Death of Boone's Son

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By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. Death of Boone's Son Marker
Inscription.  In this valley, on 10 Oct. 1773, Delaware, Shawnee, and Cherokee Indians killed Daniel Boone's eldest son, James, and five others in their group of eight settlers en route to Kentucky. Separated from Daniel Boone's main party, the men had set up camp near Wallen's Creek. At dawn the Indians attacked and killed James Boone, Henry Russell, John and Richard Mendenhall (brothers), a youth whose last name was Drake, and Charles (one of two slaves in the party). Isaac Crabtree and Adam, a slave, escaped. This event prompted Boone and his party to abandon their first attempt to settle Kentucky.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-32.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1773.
Location. 36° 42.532′ N, 82° 54.527′ W. Marker is in Stickleyville, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of Daniel
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By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
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Boone Trail (U.S. 58) and County Route 702, on the right when traveling east on Daniel Boone Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Duffield VA 24244, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fanny Dickenson Scott Johnson (a few steps from this marker); Long Hunters (approx. 1.3 miles away); Scott County / Lee County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Members of Congress (approx. 7.3 miles away); Pennington Gap (approx. 7.4 miles away); Seminary United Methodist Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); Turkey Cove (approx. 8.2 miles away); Carter’s Fort (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stickleyville.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a previous one also numbered K-32 and titled Death of Boone's Son which read: Near here, October 10, 1773, James Boone, son of Daniel Boone, and Henry Russel, members of Boone's party on the way to Kentucky, were surprised and killed by Indians.
Also see . . .  Massacre of James Boone. Collection of accounts of the death of James Boone. (Submitted on September 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,696 times since then and 1,931 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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