Daniel Boone Monument
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 37.294 W 091° 02.053
15S E 671131 N 4276615
Quick Description: Original Grave site of Daniel Boone and his wife.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 1/30/2007 3:38:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM16BK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member OzarksJim
Views: 125

Long Description:

NOTICE: Prior to 24 June 2008 this monument was stolen and destroyed.
Police apprehended suspects but only a couple pieces of brass plaque.
The DAR, Warren County Historical Society & Washington Historical Society
Have been meeting to plan a course of action to replace the monument.
They are afraid to use brass or bronze fearing it will just be stolen again for scrape.
(13Aug.2008)

Marker: Daniel Boone Monument.
Sponsor: The descendants of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone and the DAR.
Date Marker Erected: 1915
County of marker: Warren County.
Location of marker: Boone Monument Rd., off MO-47, 1/2 mile S. of Marthasville.

Marker Text:

---DANIEL BOONE---
Born in Bucks County, PA.
Feb. 11, 1735
Died St. Charles County, MO.
Sept. 26, 1820
and wife

---REBECCA BRYAN---
Born.........1737
Died March 18, 1813
Removed to Frankfort, KY. 1845.

This monument has been re-dedicated in 2009

Marker Dedicated: July 25, 2009
Marker erected by: Missouri State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Hardin Camp Chapter (NSDAR) & Valley of the Meramec Chapter (NSDAR)
New Monument Plaque:

DANIEL BOONE
Born in Philadelphia County
(later Berks [sic] County)
OCTOBER 22, 1734
(Modern: November 2, 1734)
Died in St. Charles County, MO
September 26, 1820
and wife

REBECCA BRYAN
Born January 9, 1739
Died March 18, 1813
Removed to Frankfort, KY 1845

[In 1813 Rebecca Bryan Boone passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Flanders and Jamima Callaway (located near the present town of Dutzow, Warren County, MO) and was buried in the Bryan family cemetery. In 1820 Daniel Boone passed away at the home of his son, Nathan (located near the present town of Defiance, St. Charles County, MO) and was buried next to his wife in the Bryan Cemetery. In 1845 people from Frankfort, KY exhumed both bodies and transported them back to Frankfort, KY. State Historical records seem to indicate that neither the State nor the family was informed, nor permission asked for to exhume and remove the bodies.]

History of Mark:
Daniel Boone has suffered body-snatching shenanigans but with a twist: He appears to have ended up in two graves.

Everyone agrees that Boone died at his son's home near Defiance, Missouri, in 1820. Everyone also agrees that he was buried nearby in Marthasville (about 14 mi. west), near the grave of his wife, Rebecca. But then the story gets muddled. The folks in Frankfort, Kentucky, would have you believe that Rebecca and Daniel were exhumed 25 years later and reinterred in Frankfort Cemetery. The marker near Defiance mentions the reinterment, but...

According to Defiance, Frankfort dug up the wrong body. The grave next to Rebecca's was already occupied when Daniel died, they say, so he was buried at her feet. Daniel's relatives were angry at Frankfort and didn't tell them about his true burial plot. They let Frankfort cart away the body next to Rebecca's, the body of a stranger.

Scientific scrutiny seems to support Defiance's claims. A forensic anthropologist studied a plaster cast of the skull in Frankfort's "Daniel Boone" grave in 1983 and said that it really belonged to a large black man. Frankfort, of course, pooh-poohed those allegations.

Both graves have worthy monuments. Frankfort's is bigger (that was, ostensibly, the reason for the move in the first place) but it's in a big cemetery and must share its surroundings with other dead people. The memorial near Defiance is out by itself, and it's worth remembering that Daniel Boone's own reason for leaving Kentucky was that it was "too crowded."

We say, since the marker is all you get to see anyway, it's a toss-up. Daniel Boone is buried in the spot easiest for you to get to on your next trip.

Case closed


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