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Susannah BOONE

Female 1760 - 1800  (39 years)

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  • Name Susannah BOONE 
    Born 2 Nov 1760  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Oct 1800  St. Charles County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Susannah - The Forgotten Boone

      This article was prepared by Ida "Kruger" Gerdiman, society member and author of several articles about people and places in the Boone Duden Area. This article appeared in the 1998 November/December Issue of the Boone Duden Newsletter.

      The Femme Osage creek flows endlessly on, and the majestic hills stand tall embracing the valley much as they did in Daniel Boone's day. The Femme Osage valley in the southwest part of St. Charles County still is a place, where for the most part, development has not touched.

      Daniel Boone's history along with his family, Susannah Hays, Jemima Callaway, Daniel Morgan, and Nathan have all left their legacy in the Femme Osage valley. Jemima moved near the present town of Marthasville, Daniel Morgan to Jackson County, MO, and Nathan to Ash Grove, MO, leaving the Femme Osage valley with its serenity behind. What happened to Susannah?

      Susannah, the oldest of Daniel and Rebecca's four daughters, married Capt. Wm. Hays in 1775, at Ft. Blackmore on the Clinch River in Virginia. Capt. Hays was thought to be better educated than most men of his day. He was a weaver by trade, and taught Daniel Boone, "some in writing and improved hand", and also kept his accounts. Some thought Capt. Hays was of Scottish ancestry, others thought he was Irish.

      Capt. Hays was with Daniel Boone on his expedition to cut the Wilderness Road into Kentucky. There they built a few cabins which later became Fort Boonesborough. In 1776, Susannah and Capt. Hays' first child was born. It is believed this was the first white child born in Kentucky.

      With the help of Capt. Hays, Fort Boonesborough was successfully defended against the Indians. In a daring attempt, Capt. Hays and twelve other men saved Fort Bryan. Although wounded in the neck, he was able to hold on to his horse and reach Fort Bryan. He was in charge of building canoes and gathering provisions for General George Rogers Clark's army in 1781.

      In 1785, Capt. Hays and Susannah lived on Daniel Boone's Marble Creek Farm. They lived there till in 1799, when they joined Daniel Boone and his family and came to the Femme Osage valley in Missouri.

      They received Spanish Land Grant number 1670, containing 510 acres, located near where the Femme Osage creek flows into the Missouri river. There they built their home and raised their family of nine children. It is believed there may have been another son, Richard. No other information is available. Nine children grew to adults and of the nine adult children, eight married.

      Susannah lived only a year after she came to Missouri. She died in 1800 and was buried on their farm. It is said that the river washed the little family cemetery away with its many floods.

      Capt. Hays was killed by his son-in-law, James Davis in 1804. Young Davis and Capt. Hays quarreled over some land. Guns were drawn and Capt. Hays was shot. This was the first murder in Daniel Boone's jurisdiction. One can imagine how Daniel Boone must have felt. He chose a grand jury of twelve men, eleven of which could not write their names. This was the first grand jury assembled north of the Missouri river after the cession of the territory to the United States. James Davis was acquitted and the verdict was suicide. Capt. Hays was buried beside Susannah in the family cemetery.

      We close the chapter on the lives of Capt. Hays and Susannah, but we open a new chapter, the life of their son, Daniel. Daniel is believed to have been a favorite grandson of Daniel Boone. He came with Daniel Boone to Missouri when he was about ten years old. He was a fearless Indian fighter, dangerous enemy with a rifle, captain in the War of 1812, and took part in many bloody encounters with the Indians. He was wounded twice, once in the neck and once in the knee. The ball that lodged in his neck could not be extracted and he took it to his grave. The other, a ball to the knee was very painful. Thereafter, he walked with a limp, and this may be why he did not move on as did so many of the other members of the Boone family. He chose to stay in the Femme Osage valley and raise his family here.

      He married Mary "Polly" Bryan, daughter of David Bryan and Mary Poor and Granddaughter of James Bryan, uncle of Rebecca Boone. They were married in 1813 in St. Charles County. Daniel purchased 448 acres between where his uncles, Daniel Morgan and Nathan, lived. First they lived in a log cabin and later built a beautiful stone house in 1835 or 1838. It has always been said the stone house was haunted. Those growing up and living all their life in the neighborhood believed so. One said, "You cannot keep bed sheets on the bed and that is the gospel truth." Are the spirits still in the old house, now used for vacations and weekends, or have they all been put to rest?

      Capt. Daniel and Mary "Polly" had twelve children, six died as young children, one son, William was killed. Capt. Daniel was a constable for the Femme Osage District and also served as Justice of the Peace, having performed some of the early marriages.

      During this time period there is a change in the Femme Osage valley. Gottfried Duden has sent his reports about the area back to Germany. The reports certainly encouraged the Germans to come directly to this area. They bring with them a change in culture, a different way of life. Large parcels of ground, 500 to 600 acres, are now being sold into smaller parcels, 100 to 200 acres on average. More and more land was cleared for farming. However, this does not mean an exodus of the people who were living here. There were marriages, combining cultures, and different ways of life. No doubt slowly, but an intermingling of the English and German cultures occurred.

      So little history is written about the women of those early days, but one can imagine the recipes being exchanged, ideas on child rearing, household tasks, and gardening. The Germans are accepted and life goes on in the valley.

      Capt. Daniel and Mary were laid to rest in the Hays family cemetery beside their seven children. We close another chapter of our history book, but open a new chapter with the life of John Boone, son of Daniel and Mary.

      John Boone or John B. as he was known, inherits the 448 acres. John B. married Julia Alice Howell, daughter of Pizarro Howell and Maria Hoffman. John B. and Julia live in the old stone house and raised three children.

      My great-grandfather, Charles Henry Kruger came to the valley and first worked for Willis Hays, brother to John B., in 1860. Charles and John B. became best friends and remained so till his death. They fought side by side in the Civil War. In 1880 Charles purchased 82 acres from John B., 62 acres remain in our family today, and is known as Kruger Century Farm. John B. was a partner in the Kruger Machine Co. until Charles' death. After Charles' death, John B. continued to be a dear friend and a wonderful neighbor. John B. passed away in 1913 and is buried beside Julia in the Hays Cemetery. Charles and his wife, Tabitha nee Cork, are also buried in the Hays Cemetery and best friends rest together forever.

      We close another chapter in our history book, but this is not the end, life continues in the valley. Susannah lived one year after she came to Missouri, but she left us her family. They stayed here in the valley, they did not move away. They were our neighbors and friends. They help make the Femme Osage valley what it is today. History may have forgotten Susannah, but she is not forgotten to those of us who have lived all of our lives in the valley.
    Person ID I31454  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Daniel BOONE,   b. 2 Nov 1734, Exeter Township, Berks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1820, Marthasville, St Charles County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Rebecca BRYAN,   b. 9 Jan 1739, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1813, Marthasville, St Charles County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 14 Aug 1756  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William HAYS,   b. 13 Dec 1754, Cherokee County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1804, Femme Osage, St. Charles County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married Mar 1775  Ft. Blackmore, Scott County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Daniel HAYS,   b. 7 Dec 1789,   d. 23 Mar 1866  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     2. Boone HAYS,   b. 1783,   d. 1850, Marysville, Yuba County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     3. Greenup HAYS,   b. 1790,   d. 1 Jun 1848  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
     4. Jesse HAYS,   b. 1794,   d. 1817  (Age 23 years)  [natural]
     5. Mahala HAYS,   b. 1792,   d. 1 Jun 1858  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     6. Jemima HAYS,   b. 31 Aug 1778,   d. 6 Nov 1843  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
     7. Elizabeth HAYS,   b. 12 Jun 1776,   d. 3 Aug 1828  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
     8. Delinda HAYS,   b. 1780,   d. 1870  (Age 90 years)  [natural]
     9. Susannah HAYS,   b. 1782,   d. 1 Jun 1850  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     10. William HAYS,   b. 1780,   d. 12 May 1845  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 23:03:19 
    Family ID F13679  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart