Boone Meadow Creek Property

Booneville Sentinel May 8, 1978






Moving out of Boonesboro in 1780 Daniel Boone moved first to Boones Station, now Athens, a few miles South East of Lexington.  It was while he was living there that Boone took part in the Battle of Blue Lick where Israel was killed.  From Athens he moved to various locations, in Harrison and Nicholas Counties and in the late 1790’s to Mason County.


While living around Maysville in the present Mason County, Boone came into possession of a treasury warrant.  Originally purchased by John Yancy, the warrant called for 2000 thousand acres of land in eastern Kentucky.


Treasury warrants were sold by the state of Virginia to anyone who had the finances.  These warrants were issued during the Revolutionary War and many of them were still floating around when Kentucky became a state in 1791-1792. After obtaining statehood, Kentucky continued to honor the warrants.


On September 14, 1797, Boone along with his brother George Boone and son Nathan, went to Meadow Creek, on the South Fork of the Kentucky River to locate and survey his 1000 acre boundary of land, a description of which follows:




Begin a beech, maple and chestnut on a northern hillside at “A” about 200 poles below where there has been a large Indian horse pen just above a large meadow on the North side of the creek and about 100 poles North of the Creek.  Thence South 300 poles cross the creek at 100 poles on to two white oaks at “B” on a steep hillside which is twenty poles South of a small branch.  Thence East 533 and one-third poles to a maple and beech at “C”  Thence North 300 poles, crossing Meadow Creek to a barren Huckleberry hill-side, “D”. Thence West 533 and one third poles to the beginning.


George Boone, Chain Carriers                 Daniel Boone, D.S.M.C.

Nathan Boone                           (deputy Surveyor Mason Co.)




I think everyone will recognize this tract as the same place where the Owsley County  Stockyards are today on Meadow Creek.  The Indian Horse Pens were some place near the present site of the stockyards on Meadow Creek.


Boone left Kentucky in 1799 without disposing of the land.  He gave it verbally to his son Daniel Morgan Boone, but did not make a deed.  On February 2, 1819, Daniel Morgan Boone then a resident of Missouri, had his attorney, Jesse Boone of Greenup County, Kentucky, sell this tract to William Strong by a “Quit Claim Deed.”  The title held up and no record exists of any protest to the title.  Nearly all of this 1000 acre tract was later to be owned by Robert Rose and his wife Ester.


Touching Boone’s tract was the 4225 acre survey for James Craig (later sold to Richard Reynolds) and William Gilliam’s 2000 acre tract.  Up the creek it was joined by a 2500 acre tract to Joseph Craig.  The National Douglas Survey also joined it. 


As for Daniel Boone owning other lands within the present boundaries of Owsley County, I have found no record.  He did survey other tracts in now Owsley at earlier dates than the Meadow Creek track, but for such people as Nathaniel Hart, John Bailey, Joseph Boone, etc.






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        This indenture made this 11th day of Feby in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and nineteen between Daniel Boone Jr. of Missouri Territory by Jesse B. Boone his Attorney in fact of the county of Greenup and State of Kentucky of the one part and William Strong of the County of Clay and State aforesaid of the other part.

        Witness that the said Jesse B. Boone for and in consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars current money to him in hand paid by the said William Strong the receipt whereof he doth acknowledge hath given granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell, and deliver, release, convey, and confirm unto the said William Strong and his heirs forever one certain tract or parcel of land by and lying in the County of Clay and State aforesaid containing one thousand acres or the same more or less and bounded as follows to wit:


        Beginning at a beech, maple, and chestnut oak on a North hill side as “A” about 200 poles below a meadow on Meadow Creek a branch of the Southfork of KY. and on the east side of said fork of Kentucky, thence south three hundred poles to two white oaks; thence East 533 1/3 poles to a maple and at “C”; thence north 300 poles to a stake at “D” a barren huckleberry hillside; thence west 533 1/3 poles to the beginning with all and singular its appurtenances unto the said William Strong his heirs and assigns forever.  To have and to hold the aforesaid tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances unto the said heirs forever.  And the said Daniel Boone Jr. by Jesse B. Boone his attorney in fact doth covenant and agree to and with the said William Strong that he will warrant and defend the said land and premises unto the said William Strong and his heirs forever against the claim of no other person or persons whatever.  And it is further covenanted and agreed between the parties that should the said land or any part thereof be taken by any other prior claim or better claim than the claim of the said Daniel Boone that no recourse whatever is to be had against the said Daniel Boone or his heirs.  And that it’s fully understood that this is to operate only as a quitclaim deed.  In Testimony whereof the said Daniel Boone Jr. by Jesse B. Boone his attorney in fact doth hereunto set his hand and affix his seal the day and year above written.


Signed, sealed and delivered             Jesse B. Boone in the presence of:                                          Attorney in Fact for

                                                          Daniel Boone     (seal)       

Attest:  John Strong

            John Evins





        I, Abner Baker Clerk of the county court of Clay County certify that the within indenture from Daniel Boone to William Strong on the 4th day of October 1819 was duly proved before me in my office by the subscribing witnesses John Strong and John Evins to be the act and deed, the hand and seal of the said Boone for the purpose therein and specified which is duly recorded in my office the day and date aforesaid.  In Testimony where I as clerk aforesaid subscribe my name the 4th day of October 1819.


                                                        A. Baker