Mary Polly Boone ~ Is She or Isn’t She THE Daniel Boone’s Sister? ~ The Saga Begins…

Unfinished portrait of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding 1820.jpg

Daniel BOONE ~ Picture Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Boone

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?

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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).

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29 Responses to Mary Polly Boone ~ Is She or Isn’t She THE Daniel Boone’s Sister? ~ The Saga Begins…

  1. jenn barrett says:

    I’m Jenn and just found out I may be related to Mary boone or Daniel books ..and I would venture a guess that I have some sort of American Indian blood. My mothef s mother baxter berger lived in Kentucky. And we suspect that because we didn’t know her father that anything could be a. Possibility…..I’d really like to know more. Jenn

    • nvlynnae says:

      Hi Jenn! I have been working on this further and it looks like it is POSSIBLE that our Mary Polly BOONE might be the daughter of Samuel BOONE Sr who is a brother of Daniel. This looks a bit more likely, but I am not totally convinced yet. As I figure out more, I will blog about it again, so be sure to follow my blog for that information and more. By the way, I’m having a lot of trouble with my Indian ancestry, because for two generations in a row the women were widowed very early and did not remarry. That along with common surnames is making it hard.

      • Don Draper says:

        I have seen where a Mary Polly Boone married a man with the last name of Mckinney as well. could there be more than one Mary polly boone?

      • nvlynnae says:

        Oh, I am sure that there could have been. I will have to look into that name as well. Thanks for the head’s up!

  2. Clint Riemer says:

    Hello, My lineage to Mary Boone (Daniel Boone’s sister) is as follows: Clint (Webb) Riemer – Shirley Webb (Mother) – Leonard Webb (Grandfather) – Noland Webb (Great Grandfather) – Joseph Webb (g2 Grandfather) – William Webb Sr (g3 Grandfather) – Elisha Webb (g4 Grandfather) – John III Webb (g5 John is the son of John Webb g6 and Mary Boone (Daniel’s sister)). I hope this helps in someway. Send me your contact info and I can send you lots of information.

  3. Linda says:

    Hi, I have enjoyed reading your information, I am also a relative, (Mary Polly Boone-Couch,Campbell). I will enjoy following your future posts!

  4. Rush'd Lady says:

    We just found out that my husband may be related to the Daniel Boone’s mother via the Morgans. He was researching for me — my third-great grandmother’s first cousin, Elmaza Jane Fletcher married a Samuel Boone according to information my grandmother found in the days before the internet. Since she didn’t document her source, I’m trying to redocument that information. According to what my husband found, Samuel may be a great-great nephew of Daniel’s, but we’re not sure who his grandfather was, presuming it was a brother to Daniel — Ancestry.com and some other genealogy sites have differing people. So I understand your dilemma. I just read a book on Squire Boone. He was a Baptist minister. You might be interested in reading my bio on Daniel Boone on the-history-nut-of-Missouri.blogspot.com and our ancestry blog is rush-family-news.blogspot.com. By the way, I found you on Pinterest. We also homeschooled and our son was diagnosed with ADD/ODD by Dr. Grace Ketterman.

  5. Tracy Rivera says:

    Hi! I, too, am a descendent of Mary Polly Boone and John Couch. On Ancestry.com, I noticed for their marriage, it had “G. Boone” as her father. Hmmm…Also, I was told all my life, on my father’s side my brother and I have Cherokee Indian. Maybe these two clues could help. I will enjoy following your post and will post if I get any more info.

  6. Hi Lynnae! While researching my Campbell/Boone line I came across your blog. I would love to talk with you about your research and how you and I are connected. From the info you listed, your grandmother, Ruby Irene Porter, is my 5th cousin 2x removed, so far away really, but hey, blood is blood; our common ancestor is Patrick C Campbell Jr & Elizabeth James! Would you email me for more personal communication?
    On another note, my brother and wife also have a 14 yr old child with Asperger’s – I know what you are talking about.
    Our personal situations can be difficult at times; what with our own health matters to consider, let alone our childrens’, it can be so hard. We all, as a family, trust in the Lord to give us direction, peace and snippets of daily miracles.
    Sure, we would like completeness and wholeness, but we trust in a God who holds the Master Plan in our lives; we know that we know, there is a reason for what He does. We prefer, as His created ones, to know that we have been designed to partner with Him in whatever we endure.
    Again, it’s not as easy as I have just described – we pray a LOT :]
    Keep up the good work you do with your research – it helps so much!!

    • nvlynnae says:

      If you are on Facebook, sending me a private message through there is much better than email. I check that the most often of anything! Just let me know that it is you (the one related and how). My Facebook is at: https://www.facebook.com/nvlynnae You can send me a friend request if you would like, too…. just be sure to let me know who you are in order to be approved. Thanks!

    • Hi!! Check your Facebook ‘Other’ messages; here’s what Facebook tells me: “Your message will go to Stephanie’s Other folder because you aren’t connected to her on Facebook.” Talk to you soon!!

  7. Have you seen this website? http://www.boonesociety.org/boonegenealogy/Boone%201st%205%20Gens%20Update%20August,%202012.pdf
    I’m still digging for my Martin White info, but no success yet.

  8. Debra says:

    I’m also a Boone/Couch/Campbell descendant. I enjoyed reading your post about the possibility of Mary being the sister of Daniel. When I was growing up my dad used to talk about our ancestor who “married into the Boone family.” Little did I realize that there are thousands of other people out there who also heard the same story.

    I have read everything I could possibly find about Mary and the known descendants of Daniel’s parents. I’ve looked at that one census entry where J. Couch was living next to J. Boone hoping that the page could talk and tell me who J. Boone was. I am personally of the belief that Mary was Daniel’s niece or cousin, but there’s nothing whatsoever to back up that belief. The best circumstantial evidence is that Mary lived in the same geographical area as the Boone family did when they migrated from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Beyond that there’s not much to go on.

    Here’s my line from John Couch and Mary Boone

    Polly Couch and John Campbell:

    I’m from two of their sons (Hiram and Elijah), but here’s the male line down to my dad…

    Hiram Campbell married Susannah Eversole (I’m descended from 2 of their children, Woolery and Sally – there was a lot of cousin intermarriage in that branch of the family).

    Woolery Campbell married Rebecca Caldwell (I’m also descended from 2 of their sons, Stephen and Samuel)

    Samuel Campbell married Sally Duff, his cousin – she was the daughter of Sally Campbell and Alex Duff.

    Alex Campbell married Nora Deaton (they were cousins once removed, Nora was the granddaughter of Samuel’s brother, Stephen)

    My dad and then me.

    Maybe one of these days someone will come across a record or document that will help us put this mystery to rest.

  9. Tammy Kroger says:

    Hello I have read your info about Mary Polly Boone and I agree with you. I believe Mary Polly comes from Samuel Boone Sr. rather than a sister to Daniel. Have you taken any DNA test yet? I have been searching and I can’t find that anyone has yet taken the test to determine the Boone/Couch lineage. I see that you come down through Rebecca Campbell. I have extensive research on Martin Couch-Mary Polly Couch Campbell’s brother (supposed mother Elizabeth James) and his descendants and am just starting to work on the Campbell marriages. If you would like to join the Couch Family History page I have set up on facebook please let me know. Lots of info and lots of pictures. Tammy

    • nvlynnae says:

      I have a DNA test ordered, so YAY! I am really nervous about it, though. I MAY be finding out at least what nationality my biological father would have been. I do not know ANYthing about him, including his name. So that is intriguing!!! I also understand that each parent only gave me 1/2 of their genes and it’s “possible” that some “critical to me” blood lines on my mom’s side might not have been passed on to me specifically…. I have probably been reading about this too much…lol I have told myself that I am going to try to remember that if it doesn’t show quite what I am thinking that I shouldn’t get TOO up in arms until I can try to convince someone else closely related to take a test. I just know that I am one of the palest in the family, so the Native American blood likely missed me entirely….lol Others definitely got more of the genes in the looks department and we do know that we DO have Native American blood and on both sides of my mom’s line with recent ancestors born on the reservation, etc.. I’m just afraid that my genes personally won’t show much, if any… since I just have the high cheek bones and scarring like they tend to do and absolutely NONE of the coloring. 😉

    • nvlynnae says:

      Oh! I would LOVE to join the Couch Family History page! Thanks in advance!

      • Jmlady says:

        I am also related to Mary Polly boone ,Mary Pollt Couch, thru Campbells , Couch, Eversole , James, Black families . MY DNA Test has No American Indian in it at all.

      • nvlynnae says:

        I read that when that happens there is still a possibility of some North American Indian blood in your ancestry (although it’s likely very slight). Since we only get half of each of our parents’ genes, it can happen. That would be my luck…lol… Especially since I am SO much paler than my mom. They say that what you need to do in that case (and just to see what genes aren’t in you in general, I guess) is to have as many family members as possible take the test. The more family close to you (and the earliest generations possible)… the better information you will get. It may just be a way to get more people to do it… and pay… but it makes sense. I wouldn’t give up quite yet.

  10. I believe that Mary Polly Boone is my 5th, (if I counted correctly) great grandmother. My great grandfather’s name is Green Berryman Campbell, and he sure does look like he has Indian blood in him. I even have a photo of an Indian medicine man that is suppose to be somewhere in Green’s direct linage, but I can’t find the connection. But I do have clear photos of both men. So maybe your conclusion are correct. I would love to find out more. Any photos y’all may have would be great also… You can contact me at pennyloewen@charter.net

  11. Dan Price says:

    Hi,
    I read with much interest on your article. I had been working on one of my wife’s cousins family tree, and that let back to John Couch & Mary “Polly” Boone. So I started digging too, the more I have dug, I have came to the conclusion if she was kin to the Daniel Boone family, it must be through one of Squire Boone’s brothers. The one last hope was that maybe she was a daughter of Samuel Boone, but after finding the statement following, that rules it out. This was a pension application of Samuel Boone Jr’s ” I know of no person who can prove my services in the army, except my two sisters, Elizabeth White and Rebecca Jones, whose affidavits are herewith attached. I have two other sisters, Sarah Montgomery and Mary Bradley the former living in the state of Ohio and the latter living in Missouri who could prove my services as above for I could procure their testimony. I am known in my neighborhood to William Morton, Capt John Martin or Morton, Dennis Bradley, William Barkley, John Hampton, Jesse Fishback, and Hubbard Taylor, Sr. who can testify to my character for truth and etc. He signed his name Samuel Boone, – William Martin was a clergyman in Clark County, Ky.” Samuel Jr definitely states Mary Bradley, and not Mary Couch. Maybe someone will find a connection someday! Dan

  12. Rosie Howell says:

    http://www.boone-dna.com/mtdna_results.htm#mtDNA Results you will find sarah couch lewis is the daughter of mary boone, and a relative of mine too!

  13. Jmlady says:

    I also have Mary Polly Boone listed as a grandmother in my tree , thru the Couchand Campbells . I have done a DNA test ,and I don’t have any American Indian in my DNA . Also have other DNA links to other people on Ancestry who are dna linked to the Boone family. One link was to a someone who Listed Hannah Boone as her grandmother.

  14. Jane Miller says:

    Mary married my grandfather webb according to ancestry.com

  15. Kristin says:

    Hi there! I’m curious what your dna results were. I searched mine today and brought up the Boone website as well as some facebook posts due to the dna markers matching. The report said that I was 97% European and 3% Indigenous American which fascinated me because I thought I was adopted all my life due to my family of German lineage having fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. I stood out like a sore thumb with dark hair, brown eyes, and a darker complexion. If you have any more information, please share. I’d love to learn more!

    • nvlynnae says:

      Hi Kristin, I have not done my DNA test, yet. When I get any more information, I will blog about it here and/or post on the Digging For Ancestors’ Facebook page.

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