A family Bible record housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives records data of the family of Bryant Boon (Boone) and his wife Martha Phipps. Photos of the Bible record appear in the website of the Tennessee Secretary of State.
Although the photos aren’t the highest quality, there it’s clear that among the family information that’s recorded, the following is included:
. . .
Bryant Boon was born December 15th 1789
Martha Boon my wife was born May the 17th Day 1800 . . .
Bryant Boon and Martha R Phipps were married on the 22d of Feby 1818 . . .
Bryant Boon (his father) Died January 21st 1837 . . .
This Bryant Boon or Boone has been assumed to have been related to the well-known Daniel Boone, although no one appears to have proof. Various sources refer to the wife of Daniel Boone as having been Rebecca Bryant, while Wikipedia calls her Rebecca Bryan.
According to a 1922 source (below), Bryant Boon or Boone “moved from North Carolina to Davidson Co., Tenn., early in the 19th century, and in 1833 removed to Graves Co., Ky.” Bryant Boon married Martha R. Phipps in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1818. They then apparently moved to Graves County, Kentucky about 1833, where he died in 1837.
Someone posting to an online forum said that the writer has a sampler made by Bryant Boon’s daughter Mary Elizabeth, which she supposedly stitched before the family moved to Kentucky. That sampler says that she was a student at “Mrs. Ellis’s Female Academy.”
That same source refers to an 1885 History of Kentucky which includes a biography of A.R. Boone, b. 1831 Davidson Co., TN, son of Bryant and Martha (Phipps) Boone. A Listserv page in Rootsweb contains a biography of A. R. Graves which is likely the one cited in the forum. It’s by the same authors cited in the forum, but it’s taken from Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Vol. 1 (1885).
There it’s said that A.R. Boone was born in 1831 in Davidson Co., TN, a son of Bryant and Martha (Phipps) Boone.
The father was born in North Carolina, emigrated to Tennessee and in 1833 came to Graves County, Ky., where he purchased and improved a farm, and where he died March, 1837. He was a plain farmer, mingled but little in politics, and neither sought nor held office, beyond that of a justice of the peace. The mother was a native of Tennessee, and was born in 1800; she died in this county in 1865.
The mother, of course, would have been Martha R. (Phipps) Boon.
Since the bio is taken out of context, it isn’t clear what’s meant by “this county.” Presumably that would be Graves County, Kentucky. A Find A Grave page includes a photo of the tombstone of Martha (Phipps) Boone in that county. There it’s said that she is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Water Valley, Graves County, Kentucky.
The tombstone photo is tiny, but the following inscription can be made out:
MARTHA R. BOON
May 17, 1800
Sept. 15, 1865
Information appended to the Find A Grave page, but without sources provided, says that she was the daughter of Richardson Phipps/Fannie Newsom. Further, it’s claimed that although her first husband was Bryant Boone, “Her second husband was Jonathan Wyatt.” Then why, however, does the tombstone give her surname as Boon?
Another Find A Grave page is devoted to Bryant Boon(e), who was buried in the same cemetery, Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Two tombstone photos are included. The inscription says the following:
Dec. 15, 1789
JAN. 21, 1837
Aged 47 Yrs. 1 Mo. & 6 d’s.
For the same county, Find A Grave also includes a page for Andrew Rechmond Boone, as his name is given there, who was presumably the A.R. Boone of the biography. Tombstone photos are included. They appear to show a modern sign mounted above an old moss-covered tombstone. Both photos are too small, low resolution, and distant to provide readable text.
Attempting to sort out all the undocumented claims found in web pages regarding the Boone family is far beyond the scope of this blog, and would be too time-consuming anyway. Here, however, are some items from earlier sources:
Regarding the Bryant name, from W. H. Bogart, Daniel Boone, and the Hunters of Kentucky, Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1875: In a section called “Life of Daniel Boone,” the author associates (for what it’s worth) a settlement called Bryant’s with Daniel Boone. That settlement, which the author calls a “station,” was in existence as early as 1779 and was established by William Bryant, not Bryan as in Wikipedia, according to this source. That source also asserts that William Bryant had married Daniel Boone’s sister (pp. 269-270).
From Hazel Atterbury Spraker, comp., The Boone Family: A Genealogical History of the Descendants of George and Mary Boone Who Came to America in 1717, Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company, 1922: A section headed “Family of Bryant Boone” appears on pp. 474-475. The data is said to have come from a Mr. James A. Boone of Charles, Missouri, with the notation “Records from Bible of Bryant Boone.” That source has:
BRYANT BOONE, b. 15 Dec., 1789, in North Carolina; d. 21 Jan., 1837, in Graves Co., Ky.; m. 1st [blank], and 2nd, 22 July, 1818, Martha R. Phipps.
He moved from North Carolina to Davidson Co., Tenn., early in the 19th century, and in 1833 removed to Graves Co., Ky.
1 Louisa Boone, b. 8 Jan., 1809; m. – Rupard; lived in Mo.
2 Sallie Ann Boone, b. 10 Sept., 1811; m. Thomas Cox of Ky.
3 James Boone, b. 11 Jan., 1815, m. a Miss Latta. He was a pioneer school teacher and farmer.
4 Fanny Boone, b. 20 Jan., 1819; m. – Marshall. Their descendants live in Mo.
5 Mary E. Boone, b. 22 Mar., 1822; m. – Young. Their descendants live in Paducah, Ky.
6 Daniel R. Boone, b. 28 July, 1824; d. 20 Jan., 1833, accidentally killed during the journey of the family from Tenn. to Ky.
7 William F. Boone, b. 12 Nov., 1826, in Davidson Co., Tenn.; d. 1 Jan., 1901, at Charleston, Mo., at the home of his son, James A. Boone; m. in 1848, Agnes Alloway. He lived for fifty years at Clinton, Iowa, and moved from there to Charleston but a short time before his death. Children: – . . . .
8 Nancy C. Boone, eighth child of Bryant Boone, b. 12 Nov., 1828; m. William Stanfield. Descendants live at Mayfield, Ky. Child: – . . . .
9 Andrew R. Boone, b. 4 Apr., 1831; d. 1886. For many years he was Circuit Judge of his district to Kentucky, and was a member of Congress, 1870-1876.
10 Evangelina T. Boone, b. 20 Aug., 1833; d. 1869. Her descendants live in Tennessee.
11 Bryant V. Boone, b. 30 Jan., 1836; d. 2 Jan., 1863, at Vicksburg, Miss., of smallpox, while serving as a Confederate soldier.
Unfortunately, the Bryant Boone family section appears within a larger section of the book which is headed “Undetermined Connections.”
Again regarding the Bryant name, from Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, The Pioneer Mothers of America, New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1912: A section headed “Rebecca Bryant Boone” appears on pp. 440-444. This section refers to the wife of Daniel Boone as having been Rebecca Bryant. That source quotes from an earlier book by Mary Florence Taney, Kentucky Pioneer Women:
Rebecca Bryant, who married Daniel Boone about 1755, in the Yadkin settlement in Western North Carolina, and her daughter, Jemima, are said to have been the first white women to become residents of Kentucky . . . .
As to the claim that Martha who married Bryant Boon(e) was daughter of Richardson Phipps/Fannie or Fanney Newsom: Richardson Phipps was born about 1775 or earlier, assuming that he was the oldest in his household in the 1820 census.
His household appears in Wake County, North Carolina in the 1800 census. He appears in a list of unclaimed letters remaining in the post office at Raleigh on 30 June 1802. This often indicated that the individual involved had moved on. According to a web transcription, he was in a militia company in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1812. He then was listed there in the census in 1820, 1830, and 1840.
Richardson’s will is dated 7 Oct 1842 and is extant as a loose copy and in Davidson County Will Book 14. He died about 1842-7, according to Davidson County probate records.
Richardson is said to have married Frances (“Fannie”) in 1790 in Sussex County, Virginia.
Interestingly, the will refers to Martha, but refers to her as Martha R. Wiatt. Remember that an individual claimed in Find A Grave that she had remarried to a Wyatt. Could it be that she was only married to Wyatt for a short time and was buried by Boone family members who wished to remember her as a Boone?
The Bryant Boon family Bible records her name as Martha R. Phipps, and the name appears as Martha R., followed by “Wiatt,” in the will of Richardson Phipps. The Bryant Boon family Bible does include the Wyatt surname. One record in that Bible reads:
Francis [or Frances?] M. Wyatt Died January 21st 1846.
In Richardson Phipps’s will, he mentions the following:
It is my will and desire that the ballance of my estate be equally divided by sale or otherwise as my executor may think best between my beloved children Elizibeth Williamson, William R Phipps, Robert W Phipps, Martha R Wiatt, Sarah Townsend, [Aurline?] E Edwards and Francis C Pegram . . . .
We should also note that regarding the family’s apparent move from Davidson County, Tennessee to Graves County, Kentucky, a Martha R. Boon appears in the 1840 census in Graves County. Remember that her husband Bryant Boon died in 1837, but she didn’t die until 1865, according to their tombstone inscriptions.
Then, in 1850, the name Martha R. Boon appears in Hickman County, Kentucky, in the slave schedule. Hickman County is adjacent to Graves County. It could be noted that it’s also adjacent to the Tennessee state line, so they hadn’t moved very far from Tennessee.
In addition, we should note that the marriage of Bryant Boon to Martha Phipps is documented not only in the Boon family Bible, but in a Davidson County, Tennessee county marriage record for 1818, p. 193. The names are given as “Boon Bryant To Martha Phipps,” with license issued 17 Feb 1818. Further,
I solemnized the rite of matrimony between the within named parties on the 17th day of Febr 1818
Earlier, the name Bryant Boon had appeared in the 1830 census in Carroll County, Tennessee. Carroll County is not adjacent to Davidson County, but is close.
Jonathan Wyatt is said to have been Martha’s second husband. That name appears in Graves County in the 1840 census.
We should also point out that Richardson Phipps is named as a son of Benjamin Phipps in the latter’s 1797 will (Sussex County, Virginia Will Book F, p. 219, according to a published abstract. That will, as abstracted, includes the names of sons Richardson and Jordan, both of whom were known to have moved to Tennessee.
This, then, appears to give us the following, in summary:
Martha R. Phipps, daughter of Richardson Phipps, married Bryant Boon. He may or may not have been connected with the Daniel Boone family, and he may or may not have been named Bryant after Daniel’s wife’s maiden name.
Richardson Phipps, Martha’s father, was a son of Benjamin Phipps of Sussex County, Virginia. Benjamin appears in various records there dated from 1768 until the time he died, which was around 1797-1801 according to probate record abstracts.
Benjamin, by the way, married twice, to Martha and to Ruth. A birth record abstract for Jordan, Richardson’s brother, refers to Martha as mother.