I got ALL excited when I discovered that we MAY be related to THE Daniel BOONE! It was really looking good, too. At first, my plan was to simply find “proof” of our direct line to Mary Polly BOONE (some refer to her as “Mary or Polly”).
Mary Polly BOONE was born in 1746 and married John COUCH in 1772. That much appears to be correct.
Everything else in my digging went relatively smooth except when finding some official document that would prove that my 3rd Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Ann HOSKINS, was the daughter of William Riley HOSKINS (1802-1870) and Rebecca CAMPBELL (1810-1880).
The only censuses I can find for William HOSKINS from when Elizabeth would have been living in his home just listed the name of the head of household and then numbers for everyone else. I will need to get my hands on a birth certificate or something similar to officially prove this, but I have not found any information that would say that this is incorrect.
Temporarily moving past that point went rather smoothly until I was attempting to officially prove that Mary Polly BOONE was indeed the daughter of Squire BOONE, Sr and a sister of THE Daniel BOONE. You would think that with the history preserved about Daniel BOONE that this would be rather simple… but no.
I have found via the internet that evidently, a LOT of Mary Polly BOONE’s descendants were told for generations that she was indeed a sister of THE Daniel BOONE. Unfortunately, it evidently has not been actually proven, yet.
It seems (by what I have found as I have scoured the web) that those who have been included in books that are supposed to “have it all” say that she wasn’t.
It has been reported that Mary Polly BOONE was not included in the book “Descendants of Israel Boone” by Alice H. Boone. The focus of that book was obviously on the descendants of Daniel BOONE’s brother Israel, but should have included any siblings of Israel… and therefore Daniel.
There is also a book named “The Boone Family” by Hazel Atterbury Spraker that is said to be about 600 pages and does not include information relating Mary Polly BOONE (COUCH) as a sibling of Daniel BOONE, but from what I have read, there are some rather glaring issues regarding if this is even the correct Squire BOONE. The dates listed for his birth do not match those of Daniel’s father Squire BOONE, Sr or his brother Squire BOONE, Jr as far as I can tell.
There is supposed to be a book called something like “Boone Couch Family” that is 124 pages and is the story about our John COUCH with census and a lot more information in it. I would LOVE to get my hands on THAT!
What I do know is that this family sounds a lot like our ancestors….lol The Boone family were Quakers and we have been told for years that some of that area of the family were Quakers.
Even though there were family members who were killed by Indians, etc, the dad of Daniel (and presumably Mary Polly) evidently eventually had a “wife” who was an Indian. Some believe that they may have only been “married” in the Indian tradition or something and he may have actually been married to someone else at the same time. Hmm…
Some people figure that this could only be a legend, because why would that family marry into an Indian family? Why not? I happen to know that an ancestor of ours witnessed his uncle being scalped alive and then he later married an Indian girl. When asked how he could do that given the circumstances… he said that his uncle deserved it because of all that he had done to them (raping was said to be included).
We do know that Squire BOONE had issues within the Quaker community and had to move away, because he allowed one of his sons to marry a non-Quaker girl. So, he clearly was not overly interested in what others thought when it went against his personal beliefs. And just to clarify… I am not looking at that as being a negative issue. I am proud of his decision to allow the marriage of his son to a non-Quaker even if he is not my 7th Great-Grandfather!
Mary Polly was also supposed to have been born in the same year that a “bona-fide” sister named Hannah BOONE was born. Hannah looks to have been born in about August. That would either mean that if Mary Polly is a sibling she was born in January and they quickly got preggers again and Hannah may have been early… or they were twins… or Mary Polly was the daughter of Squire Boone and his Indian wife. The last one seems to fit some of our ancestry a bit better…lol
I just now found something that says that Mary Polly and Hannah BOONE have the same birthdate of 24 Aug 1746. From what I have found so far, however, they were born in different locations. See what I’m dealing with? 😉
I was trying to figure out why our direct line would not have heard all about us being descendents of the sister of THE Daniel BOONE, but then remembered that my 3rd great-grandmother, Elizabeth Ann HOSKINS (PORTER), died 28 Dec 1855 due to childbirth of my 2nd great-grandfather, Daniel Marion PORTER (28 Dec 1855) and an un-named twin, who evidently died probably just a few days into the next year.
Daniel PORTER’s father was Moses Franklin PORTER (1826-1900) who then married Mary Ann (Polly) Rosenberger 30 Aug 1857.
Therefore, Daniel PORTER’s biological mother’s side of the family probably was not talked about much.
There has also been some research done by Terry Eugene BRADLEY (according to what I have been able to get my hands on) that says, “As a wedding gift from her grandmother, Sarah Morgan Boone, Mary “Polly” Boone received a lovely bowl, brought from England by the George III Boone family when they came to America in 1717. The bowl is five inches tall, eight inches in diameter, copper luster encircled by two gold stripes on either side of a beautiful blue stripe, all under the same glaze. When they moved from Kentucky to Missouri, the bowl, tied between two pillows, traveled in Mary’s arms. Since then it has been handed down from eldest daughter to eldest daughter. In 1965, Bettie Boone Ewing Franklin had it. (Ref. “The Boone Scout”, Oct. 1965)”
Given the above information ~ If this Mary “Polly” BOONE is OUR Mary Polly BOONE… She is either a twin of Hannah, they had two baby girls in the same year, or Mary was the daughter of the Indian wife but acknowledged as a granddaughter of Sarah BOONE.
So like I stated at the beginning… The Saga Begins.
If this all turns out to be true, I will then have to see if Mary Polly’s childhood home is the same as the official Daniel BOONE childhood home that is now a museum. Now that would be cool!
* Quick update (later on the same day) ~ Maybe our Mary Polly is actually Daniel’s sister Mary who was born in 1736. I have seen her as being married to someone else, but maybe she was married twice or there is some other mix-up. Could our Mary Polly have been 10 years older than thought?
If you are directly related to me personally, you may be asking yourself where exactly all of this mystery fits into your ancestry.
Well here you go:
Mary Polly BOONE and John COUCH were the parents of Mary Polly COUCH (1772-1863).
Mary Polly COUCH was the mother of Rebecca CAMPBELL (1810-1880).
Rebecca CAMPBELL was the mother of Elizabeth Ann HOSKINS (Although, I am still working on the concrete proof of this, it seems to be correct.)
Elizabeth Ann HOSKINS and Moses Frankin PORTER were the parents of Daniel Marion PORTER (1855-1925).
Daniel Marion PORTER was the father of Charles Oscar PORTER (1884-1946).
Charles Oscar PORTER was the father of my maternal grandma, Ruby Irene PORTER (1928-2010).