Daniel Boone's Parents; Squire & Sarah Boone
Headstone of Squire and Sarah Boone
Too many same names
In much of the information I researched there seems to be confusion because Daniel Boone’s father, Squire Boone had a sister named Sarah the same name as his wife and a son named Squire, the same as him and they also had a daughter Sarah.
We found Squire and Sarah’s grave-site not long after moving south and it is strange that their burial place was at least twenty miles from where they were said to have lived and owned land. The graveyard was very beautiful and there were some beautiful stones with beautiful poetry. Since then though it is a shame the condition this town in Davie County has let the cemetery get in. It now has many broken stones and is just a shambles really. The tall ancient looking stones with beautiful unusual sayings (poetry and almost stories) are completely shattered or gone and it has been this way now for about the last ten years as we return to check on it, from time to time. They repaired the Squire and Sarah Boone's grave-site they have said.
Possibly they had a cage around it before it was bricked, but that would have been many years ago. I just know this graveyard at one time was such a treasure and piece of history and visiting grave-sites all up and down the east coast and very many in this one county and town; I had never seen such beautiful writings. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to destroy them.
Gravestones that have survived
Coming to America
Squire Boone came to America in 1713 when he was only eighteen with a brother and a sister, sent by their father, George Boone of the town of Bradninch, near Exeter, England. They were members of the Society of Friends, and went to the town of Abington, twelve miles north of Philadelphia; according to the book, "Daniel Boone" by John Mack Faragher; in 1992.
Squire Boone was an English Quaker born in Devonshire, England in 1696. He met Sarah Morgan in Gwynedd, born in 1700 to Welsh Quakers. They were married in 1720 and lived first near Gwynedd, then in Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They purchased 250 acres of the Homestead in 1730. Squire's father and brothers also lived in the area and became well-known in business, local government and the Friends Meeting.
Squire and Sarah Boone
Glad this beautiful stone has made it as well as it has.
The Boones moved
They moved to Bucks County, Pa, where some of their children
were born. They had seven sons and four daughters, in the order
of their birth; Sarah, Israel, Samuel, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Daniel, Mary, George, Edward, Squire and Hannah. Squire Boone moved his family May 1, 1750 to the banks of the Yadkin River in Davidson (then Rowan) county, North Carolina. Squire Boone died in 1765; his wife in 1777, at the age of 77. Her maiden name was Morgan. They are buried in Joppa cemetery, Davie County, North Carolina.
Out of eleven children, Daniel was their sixth child. In 1750 Squire and Sarah joined the southward movement of Pennsylvanians, and stopped to live in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina. The move may have been economic, but also Squire had been "Read out of Meeting" by the Exeter Friends in 1748 for allowing his son Israel to marry a non-Quaker.
From material I researched a few years ago he or his son Squire one became a Baptist preacher, sounding as if the whole family quit the Quaker faith.
Another portion that has survived
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Video of Sarah and Squire Boone's Gravesite
Father, Mother and Son
They both lie buried in the old Joppa cemetery in Davie County, N. C. where their original gravestones use to stand. Because of the damage caused by souvenir hunters, the stones have now been bricked over as a protection from further vandalism. The inscription on Squire Boone's headstone reads as follows: "Squire Boone departed this life the sixty-ninth year of his age in the year of our Lord 1765.
On the headstone which is supposed to be that of Squire Boone's wife, only the first two letters of the word Sarah are legible. The inscription reads as follows: "Sa.. ..Boone disowned this life 1777, aged 77 years. So when it was fixed as you can see they only put the Sah + Boone. Who do they pick out to make these decisions? I know they have her name there but still to put it on down below there the way they found it after being vandalized and even at that they said it was only Sa. If they could add an h why not the rest? Why h even, why not r? Sarah? I have spent my life trying to figure out such things and people. I bet I could never be smart enough to have their job. Tell me you don't feel that way sometimes?
Another question mark goes up too. Why do you change from Quaker to Baptist in the 1700's. What did the Baptists have that made Quaker look bad? Don't you wonder? Out in the middle of no man's land and two families really, since Sarah, Squire's wife was from a family of Quakers too, and probably all of Squire's children and spouses change over too. Something I read let me know some of his children did; so probably all. Maybe someone is smart enough to hub that one someday. I don't really care that much, but I do wonder.
I have yet to find the best pictures I have but I will include what pictures I have including some of the best views of the graveyard. I possibly didn't have a digital when we first found it. When I go again I will take the awful pictures. In front of this old graveyard is a newer graveyard people are being buried in today and it looks nice. It is really shameful for a city or county, whichever is responsible to have let this happen. Now, I would say there are many graves with no way of knowing who is buried there. This grave-site is so historic though, why would a town not take advantage of that or at least not let it say what it does about them to just keep letting it go? Apparently they are selling grave plots, surely that would cover cost of upkeep on a historic sight.
Squire Boone Jr. < I found this most interesting. After we found the grave-site of the parents I did some investigating and read a couple of books at the library that Daniel went on to Kentucky and some of this information was in that. I usually pass near Yadkinville to visit my granddaughter's grave, I think I will stop there and see if I can find out anything about where the Boone's lived and see if there is something interesting there.
Stone off its foundation for several years now
Another broken, trash and high grass
Outside The Boone Yard Entrance
Degradation of beautiful gravestones
Here is just a few showing the awful condition and neglect. There are many large stones knocked off their base, cracked and broken and they have been laying this way for years. Inside the Boone part grass is high and looks to not have been cut this year. Even ones outside you can see one broken off and another smashed to bits and this is in view of the main highway. I took my mom there in 2002 and it was like this before that. The ones in back with lovely poetry I cannot show you a trace of; being completely gone!