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SQUIRE BOONE JR. - AUTOGRAPH PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 03/22/1784 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSEPH W. MURTRY, WILLIAM STAFFORD - HFSID 31305

 

SQUIRE BOONE, JR. Pioneer, Daniel Boone's brother. ADS: "Squire Boone," 1p, 8x6¾. Lincoln County (future Kentucky), 1784 March 22. In full: "In sixteen Months after date I promise to pay to Henry Stafford or his orders airs (sic) or asignees (sic) the just and Full sum of Fifty pounds hard cash For vallue (sic) Received by me as witness my hand and seal of like-will promise to pay in Trust Lawfull (sic) From the First Day of March October Next acknowledged and delivered by me in the presents of us." Witnessed by: "William Stafford" and "Jo McMurtry." Squire Boone, Jr., was Daniel Boone's younger brother. Daniel was closer to Squire than to his older brothers. In 1783, Daniel Boone was deputy surveyor of Fayette and Lincoln counties in Kentucky. At that time, wealthy men in the East were eager to own some of the rich land that the government was selling but did not wish to go into the forests. Some purchased treasury warrants and entrusted them to Daniel or Squire, who would then find them good lands with clear title. They guaranteed to give half of what was gained to the Boones. At the time he signed this note, Squire Boone, Jr., had settled in Shelby County near what was to become Louisville. He held a number of land patents, but because they were improperly registered they were considered fraudulent and he lost most of them through a series of ejectment suits. Not long afterward, Squire left Kentucky in disgust, selling whatever claims he did not lose, and he settled and helped build up Harrison County, Indiana. Daniel Boone also lost a series of land claims in Kentucky and left the state in debt, eventually settling in Missouri. SQUIRE BOONE, JR., WAS TEN YEARS YOUNGER THAN DANIEL BUT HAD A REPUTATION FOR BEING ALMOST THE EQUAL OF HIS LEGENDARY BROTHER AS A WOODSMAN, INDIAN FIGHTER AND LEADER. While Daniel usually blazed trails with a company of men, brother Squire frequently traveled hostile Indian country alone. Daniel Boone had helped settle Kentucky when he led a small party, later joined by Squire, through the Cumberland Gap in 1769. The Boones helped cut the Wilderness Road to Kentucky in 1775 and built several settlements. By the end of the Revolutionary War, Kentucky (then part of Virginia) had become heavily settled. SQUIRE WAS WOUNDED IN SKIRMISHES WITH INDIANS FIVE TIMES AND WAS LATER RECOGNIZED BY CONGRESS FOR HIS REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE. An ordained Baptist minister, Squire Boone, Jr., performed the first marriage ceremony in Kentucky in 1776. His son, born in 1777, was the first white male born in the Kentucky frontier. Scarce document signed by a pioneer Indian fighter named Boone! Light folds, one vertical between the "qu" in Squire, mid-horizontal fold shows some separation with one pinhole at cross-fold, all has been repaired on verso with conservator's silk, some letters smudged, overall fine appearance. Framed in Gallery of History style.
 


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SQUIRE BOONE JR.

Died: August 1, 1815



DANIEL BOONE

Died: September 26, 1820



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