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Daniel Boone
December 19, 1815. Manuscript Document Signed “Daniel Boone” (cousin of the pioneer), "John W. Lilliston,” and “William Boone” as witnesses, one page, 13” x 16”. Mason County, Kentucky, December 19, 1815. Small holes where folds cross not affecting legibility; folds expertly reinforced on verso. Scalloped at top edge. Very good condition.

In part, “Indenture ... Between Jacob Boone and Mary his wife of the Town of Maysville, County of Mason and State of Kentucky of the one part, and Robert C. Lilleston of the town, County & State aforesaid of the other part...” For $471.88, Jacob and Mary Boone sells to Robert C. Lilleston “one certain tot or parcel of Land, in the town of Maysville, lying and being on the lower side of limestone Street, commencing at an Alley between said premises and Thomas Hopkins tot...” The signatures “Jacob Boone” and "Mary Boone” are clerical. Two related manuscript documents on verso, one signed “William Paton” and “J. Brown” as “commonwealth Justices for the county” and “Marshall Key” as Clerk of the Court of Mason County.

Jacob Boone married Mary DeHart in Mason County, Kentucky, in 1774; Kentucky was part of Virginia until it was granted statehood in 1792. Jacob Boone’s grandfather (Joseph Boone, Sr.) and pioneer Daniel Boone’s father (Squire Boone) were brothers. Signers of this indenture as witnesses, William Boone and Daniel Boone, were two of the nine children of Jacob and Mary Boone.

After the Revolutionary War, pioneer Daniel Boone settled on the Ohio River in Limestone, Kentucky, and established a tavern and trading post. In 1787, Limestone was incorporated as Maysville in honor of John May who owned most of the land, but the town was still called Limestone by many into the early years of the 19th century. In 1787, Boone was elected to a seat in the Virginia state assembly. He became a land speculator, buying and selling thousands of acres of frontier land in Kentucky. This led to financial difficulties because, according to John Mack Faragher in “Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer,” Daniel Boone “lacked the ruthless instincts that speculation demanded ... for him business obligations were personal matters, and doing the right thing frequently meant taking a financial loss...” By the summer of 1789, Boone had left Maysville for Point Pleasant, farther up on the Ohio River. Faragher notes, “There is little ... to suggest that Boone left Limestone in utter despair and none to suggest such impoverishment. His deepening failure in real estate, which must have been painfully obvious to him, was not yet publically evident ... By no means did he abandon his pursuit of profit, but continued for several more years to work as a small merchant, militia sutler, and shipper.” In 1798, Mason County issued a warrant for Daniel Boone’s arrest for debt.

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