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Rebecca Boone
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    (January 9, 1739-March 18, 1813)
    Born in Winchester, Virginia
    Birth name was Rebecca Ann Bryan
    Wife of frontiersman Daniel Boone (1756-1813)
    Accompanied her husband on his travels, including to North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and Missouri
    Helped to establish Fort Boonesborough on the Kentucky River, with her husband, on behalf of the Transylvania Company (1775)
    Portrayed by Patricia Blair in the popular Daniel Boone series (1964-70)
    Daniel began courting her when she was fourteen (he was nearly twenty).
    She and Daniel Boone were married as part of a triple wedding ceremony.
    She owned seven slaves with her husband.
    No contemporary portrait exists of her (although she was said to have been astonishingly beautiful).
    She got involved in a dispute between her family and the government over the rights to land her husband had purchased from the Spanish empire (lost during the Louisiana Purchase, they required Congressional intervention to win it back).
    She conceived her daughter Jemima during her husband's four-year absence during the Cherokee War. (Draw your own conclusions.)
    She believed rumors that her husband had become a Tory and left Boonesborough for a year; packing up her five kids and leaving for her parents' home in North Carolina for nearly a year.
    She was orphaned at ten and taken in by her grandparents.
    She traveled with Abraham Lincoln's ancestors, including his grandfather.
    Her husband's long hunts and surveying trips resulted in her being alone for months at-a-time, running the household often in remote areas.
    She bore her husband ten children, but also adopted eight kids (most of them orphaned nephews of hers or her husband's).
    She ran the kitchen of her husband's Maysville tavern, later leaving it in the care of her children to accompany her husband to Richmond after he was elected to represent Bourbon County.
    She was reputed to be a skilled sharpshooter, leather tanner, and linen-maker, in addition to her skills as a midwife and family doctor.
    She took part in the largest emigration to date, traveling from North Carolina to Kentucky with nearly 100 of her kinfolk through the Cumberland Gap (September, 1779).
    She lived to the ripe age of seventy-four (back when forty was considered 'old').
    A WWII Liberty ship, the SS Rebecca Boone, was named in her honor.

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