Ask Ancestry Anne: Am I Related to Daniel Boone?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 8, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne
Library of Congress, “Daniel Boone,” print from engraving, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( : accessed 3 Jun 2014), Reproduction no. LC-USZ62-16240

Library of Congress, “Daniel Boone,” print from engraving,
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( : accessed 3 Jun 2014), Reproduction no. LC-USZ62-16240

Question:  I am trying to find link to Daniel Boone. Apparently I am related. I would be a great++++++granddaughter. I have heard a lot of oral history from my paternal grandmother. Can you help?


Answer:  There may be some truth to your grandmother’s stories.  The short answer is start with your own family and work back.  Or in your case, start with your paternal grandmother. Who were her parents? Document each one and then move to the previous generations.

Be skeptical of all family legends no matter how attractive they are.  Skepticism will lead to better research on your part.

Daniel Boone was born in 1734 and died in 1820 at the age of 85. I believe he had 11 children, all born in the mid 1700s.  So you will need to work back a few generations to either prove or disprove a connection.

Remember to focus first on finding your own family and working backwards.  If you start with Daniel’s family and work forwards hoping to find a connection, you will spend a lot of time on false leads and people not in your family.

I recommend checking out two of our research guides to get started: 5 Steps to a Healthy Family Tree and Kentucky State Research Guide: The Bluegrass State

Happy Searching!

About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.


1 Dolly Gorrod WebbJune 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

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2 Edy GarrisonJune 9, 2014 at 1:17 am

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3 Kris MarbaughJune 9, 2014 at 3:42 am

Did Barbara find out any information about her relationship to Daniel Boone? I, too, am related to him. Maybe she and I are related? Ask her to contact me as my cousin has a family tree.

4 Denise GatesJune 9, 2014 at 4:22 am

I am also researching the Daniel Boone family connection. However, I have hit a snag in my great-great grandparents as the history lies in St. Louis, MO. I have read that around that time, the boundries were changed and many records were misplaced. Appreciate any help or suggestions!

5 Robin ThompsonJune 9, 2014 at 4:31 am

How can you find info going back when you can’t find out names or birth records?

6 Elizabeth DeesJune 9, 2014 at 5:21 am

I was thinking about joining I have been told that I am related to Daniel Boone. My maternal grandfather was Harold Benjamin Boone. He was born in August 1922. My mother is Elizabeth Boone Snider. Very interesting…

7 George WatsonJune 9, 2014 at 6:20 am

I am a long time member but very disappointed with Ancestry for retiring(dumping) the original DNA program. Though I never achieved making a single connection thru this program, I did continue to work it with high hopes.

As an original member of this DNA program I understand the business decision part but fell as though I paid for something that was taken away from me.

I also feel full credit or refund is due to me and others who were dropped.


8 Anne HallJune 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

My Daniel Boone connection was thru his older brother, Samuel. If anyone else connects from this branch, get in contact with me to share information.

9 Donna WiseJune 9, 2014 at 7:05 am

I am truly upset about the hike in price per year. if not for us customers there would be nothing here to look at. I had to drop out this year because of the price hike. I know a few others that cant join again because of the hike…happy hunting everyone

10 Becky SeayJune 9, 2014 at 7:20 am

I too am related to Daniel Boone. I am thru his younger brother George. I have “The Boone Family” book compiled by Hazel Atterbury Spraker, published 1922 and reprinted 1974 and 1977. It is a 700 page book listing many, many decendents. I am not listed in the book but it does have my mother (born 1917). If I can give you any info from the book, feel free to ask. But, always verify the info.

11 TCJune 9, 2014 at 7:21 am

RE: Boone history, sadly, it is very much like the “indian princess” stories many have.

My own maternal line may lie that way, only because of my HOGANs line that intersects with BOONE, and I am one that adds every aunt/uncle child into their tree, hoping for more clues. This is how I have broken through a few walls, and since it works, I continue to do it

RE: DNA – to those upset, this isn’t the place for your discussion on Ancestrys decision to drop products. I am happy to see the raw data released for the DNA and customers should get that information and than seek out others who have done their DNA and work toward common ground. I trust Ancestry DNA program far more than the other one, and since they are continuing with the autosomal, I will continue searching that way, and that via Ancestry has broken through some walls, as well as proven out MY research, since I have found many other lines with that of my and my siblings DNA. Thank you Ancestry!

12 Sheila BundyJune 9, 2014 at 7:28 am

The link to Kentucky State Research Guide: The Bluegrass State doesn’t work and most of my currently dead ends end in Kentucky! So far my only connection to Daniel Boone has been ancestors who settled with him. I did verify a family legend connecting us to Davy Crockett!

13 Steve HavnaerJune 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

I am related to Daniel Boone by way of Joseph Boone, Daniel Boone’s uncle. The family line goes from Boone to Coulter to Warlick to Havnaer.
My father’s relatives (Warlicks) were from Lincoln Co., NC.
Daniel Boone’s parents, Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan are buried in Mocksville, NC, about 10 miles from my residence in Salisbury, NC

14 Ray BooneJune 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

Go to this web site

15 Nancy DavisJune 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

For people researching the Boone line.. There is a “Daniel Boone Homestead in Berks County, PA…perhaps you should begin your search in PA. I have a shirt tail relative that married into the family…

16 Barbara Homan KraftJune 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

This article has some true things in it. Be skeptical.
I was told all my life by my grandmother that I was also descended from Boone because my grandfather’s cousin was invited to the opening of the Daniel Boone Home and Heritage center. I am from 7 generations in St. Louis, but moved away after my husband got transferred. We belonged to Ancestry for years but stopped. I have been to the site and also found no connection. I recommend you go to the Missouri State Historical Society. Or try the St. Louis Public Library. I was misled. My grandpa’s cousin was married to a Cash. I once thought Johnny Cash,the singer, was related. He was a Boone descendent. Love to help you all. Good luck. Barbara Homan Kraft

17 Lee BibbJune 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

My story is similar to some of the other commenters: My paternal grandmother told me we were related to the Boones, but not how. When I got a copy of “The Bibb Family in America” (1941) there was nothing about the Boones and I let it drop. My paternal gt grandma is Eliza Ellen Tate, like my Bibb line, from Montgomery Co, MO. One day I received an online query regarding the Tate line. In discussion, it turned out that this Tate line was descended from George Boone, older brother of Daniel. Then about a year ago talking with a friend of 20 years he noted that HIS grandmother had told him he was descended of Daniel Boone, also through MO. So I did a search on for him and found he was indeed descended from Daniel. Our common ancestor is Squire Boone, the father of Daniel and George, and we are 7th cousins. Searching in KY, NC or PA might take a long time to make a tie. See if your family was in north central MO 100-150 years ago and perhaps you can shortcut the search.

18 Lloyd Ray Felter Sr.June 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

I also was told that i was link to Mr. Daniel Boone ,His Mother Sarah Morgan —My ggg grandmother was Chairty Morgan fro NC.
she was Married to Issac Miller–had a son Named William Morgan
Lloyd Ray Felter Sr.
Pineville, La 71360

19 Mary KlockJune 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

My 4th Great Grandfather was John Boone 1727-1803 Married to Ann Farmer Boone and lived in Kentucky.
Their youngest son was John Boone Jr. (my 3rd Great Grandfather) who left NC to go to Lincoln County, TN about 1815.
John Bryan Boone Jr. was married to Mary Polly Wells in NC in 1803 before they left for TN. My 2nd Great Grandfather was Andrew Jackson Boone 1815-1865 who married Sarah Miller 1781-1858. They lived in Livingston County, MO. My 1st Great Grandfather born and died in Lincoln County, MO was Andrew C. Boone. My Grandmother was Della Maude Boone Hargrave.
I believe John’s father was Benjamin Franklin Boone and Daniel Boone was the cousin of John Boone. Does anyone know if this is true?

20 Janice TJune 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Another good source, besides public trees and the Boone Society, are the publicly available DAR records with proven descendants of Daniel Boone as well as descendants of Squire Boone his father, which includes most of his siblings.

21 Nancy Prosser WoodsumJune 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I too am related to Daniel Boone. The only reason I found him is because someone posted a story about Jacob Boone who is in my family tree and said he is Daniel’s second cousin who named his son Daniel after him. They said Jacob followed Daniel to Kentucky.

22 Nicole McKinneyJune 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Great article!- Please fix the link to “Kentucky State Research Guide”. Even those of us not related to Boone would be very happy to have this resource.

23 Marguerite LindseyJune 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I found I was related to Daniel Boone’s sister, Sarah Boone Wilcoxin, through my great grandmother, Elizabeth F. Crouse Haynes.

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25 WendyJune 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I wish the best of luck to this researcher! May she be related to Daniel Boone!

My grandmother likes to tell stories, too, and she says her grandmother did as well. I was told that my family has been living in New England for hundreds of years, and that I have a relative named
Nathaniel Lufkin who was in the Revolutionary War. I did the research, and found that all the stories were true. I’m descended from the Downings, close relatives of John Winthrop, who led hundreds of Puritans to America. There really was a Nathaniel Lufkin, born 1755 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, making him about the right age to be a Revolutionary soldier. I also found relatives involved in the Salem Witch Trials, which I find fascinating.

26 Phyllis PJune 11, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I was never told that my family was related to the Boones, but found out when once researching my paternal grandmother’s line that we are connected to them through Daniel’s brother, Joseph.

In addition, my husband was connected to them through Daniel’s sister, Sarah.

Many individuals from western NC are descended from the Boones.

Something I have realized from doing genealogy for the past 12 years is that if you’re from the same area as your spouse, then it’s not uncommon to share direct ancestors if you go back a few generations.

27 Kristie WellsJune 12, 2014 at 6:12 pm

@Sheila: Thanks for advising us about the broken link – it has now been corrected.

28 Evelyn KusiolekJune 14, 2014 at 1:38 am

I am having a problem with my links for my grandfather Benjamin Alva Curtice. Also my -grandfather Applings brothers and sisters. I have called twice and it only got worse. Thanks E.M.K.

29 Vivian SchultzJuly 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Mine is similar. Family stories linking us to Daniel.. But I found ours through my maternal line, the Altum’s, that no one knew much about.. lo and behold, there he was, marrying my 7x removed first cousin..

I have found that in all the stories there is an element of truth, you just have to dig.. verify everything.. but it is worth the trip..

now if I can just find my husband’s grandfather from Germany??

30 carol. storeyJuly 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

In reading Mary Klock comments I found it very interesting that her great great grandfather Andrew Jackson Boone born in 1815 married Sarah Miller born in 1781. She was 34 years older. Wow what a love story that must have been. Would love to see it as a movie. God luck in your search.

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