Boonesborough, Transylvania

First Settler Families at Boonesborough in 1775-1776

These are the first residents of Boonesborough according to Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Really Good Historical Information by Pioneer Times Editors. If you see a family name that is your own please bookmark the page and send us corrected information, if you want to suggest a link to historical information or have something historical to share about one of these people that should be highlighted please contact us.

Though this record indicates 14 Transylvania Colonels and almost 500 colonists, there were probably more officers because most colonels in common law had a Lt. Colonel, or someone who soon became a colonel during the course of being warranted a deed. Isaac Shelby got his deed early working as a surveyor for the Colony of Transylvania (Transylvania Company), he returned to Sullivan County, North Carolina (to become part of Tennessee) as its Colonel and became one of the Overmountain Men.

By March of 1777 they learned that Transylvania and the rest of Kentucke was being claimed by Virginia as Kentucky County, Commonwealth of Virginia (Colony of Virginia), Colonel John Bowman under the Commission of Governor Patrick Henry Jr.. Colonel Bowman, one of the first Transylvanians, recognized other Colonels, Lt. Colonels, and Captains in due respect as claimants to specific lands. Such as Isaac Shelby who returned in 1783 and made several trips to his property claim South of Boonesborough.

The Transylvania Colonel Foundation consider all of these original Transylvanians great pioneers, courageous, and most honorable.


Drawing of Boonesborough from John Filson's book about Kentucke in 1784.

Colonel Daniel Boone

Often known as the namesake of Boonesborough, he was most appropriately its founder and the trailblazer that accepted colonelcy for the Transylvania Company to build the Wilderness Road.

Together with other proprietors Colonel James Hogg, Colonel Richard Henderson and the colonists founded the Transylvania Colony (of America) on May 23, 1775, the Act of Law and the Constitution that was enacted several days later came to serve as the "Kentucke Magna Charta" this was later incorporated into the U.S. Constitution. Boonesborough served as the capital when the Transylvania Compact was written. It was the first people's democracy in America.

Boonesborough did not last long it came under siege in 1778, most Transylvanians were spreading out, crossing North to Fayette County, near Bryant's Station and Lexington. Most landholders also assumed large claims South and West of Boonesborough. Although the Cherokee were peaceful with the Transylvanian settlers the Shawnees to the north were unhappy about American expansion into Kentucky, and they sporadically attacked Boonesborough.

Colonel Daniel Boone

  1. John Allen, Richard Allen, Thomas Allen,

  2. Aletha Anderson, James Anderson, Jemima Anderson, John Anderson, Mary Anderson, Nicholas Anderson,

  3. John Anthony, Joseph Anthony,

  4. Uriel Ark,

  5. Daniel Ashby,

  6. L Thomas Bailey,

  7. Isaac Baker,

  8. Bland Ballard,

  9. Abraham Banta, Henry Banta Jr., Henry Banta Sr., John Banta,

  10. James Barborn,

  11. Samuel Barker, William Barker,

  12. Alex Barnett, Ambrose Barnett, James Barnett, John Barnett, Joseph Barnett, Robert Barnett,

  13. James Barnhill,

  14. David Barton, Joab Barton, Joshua Barton, Samuel Barton, Thomas Barton, William Barton,

  15. Catherine Baughman, Jacob Baughman, John Baughman,

  16. Col. Edward Baxter,

  17. Charles Beale,

  18. G. Michael Bedinger,

  19. Flower Bell, Samuel Bell,

  20. John Bellentine,

  21. Charles Bellew,

  22. John Bennett,

  23. Joseph Benning,

  24. William Bentley,

  25. Jesse Benton,

  26. James Berry,

  27. Humphrey Best, Moese Best, Stephen Best,

  28. Mary Gass Black, William Black,

  29. Joseph Blackford,

  30. Anthony Bledsoe, Joseph Bledsoe, Moese Bledsoe,

  31. Robert Boggs,

  32. John Peter Bondurant,

  33. Ann Boone, Betsey Boone, Col. Daniel Boone, Daniel Morgan Boone, Edward Or Allen Boone, Enoch Morgan Boone, George Boone, Hannah Boone, Isaiah Boone, Josiah Boone, Lavinia Boone, Moses Boone, Nathan Boone, Rebecca Boone, Sarah Boone, Squire Boone, Mrs. Squire Boone, Squire Boone, Squire H. Boone, Susan Boone, Ulissy Boone,

  34. Albert Borus,

  35. John Bowles,

  36. John Boyle,

  37. Edward Bradley,

  38. James Bridges,

  39. Samuel Brooks, Thomas Brooks, William Brooks,

  40. David Bryant, George Bryant, Henry Bryant, James Bryant, Jonathan Bryant, Joseph Bryant, Rebecca Bryant, Thomas Bryant, William Bryant,

  41. Capt. William Buchanan,

  42. Edward Bulger, John Bulger,

  43. John Bullock, Leonard Henley Bullock, Nathaniel Bullock,

  44. David Bundan,

  45. John Bunoran,

  46. James Bunten,

  47. Capt. William "Billy" Bush, Maj. William Bushby,

  48. John Butler,

  49. Robert Caldwell,

  50. William Calk, Mrs. William Calk,

  51. Caleb Calloway, Edgar Calloway, Elizabeth Calloway, Flanders Calloway, Frances Calloway, George Calloway, John Calloway, Hezekiah Calloway, Keziah Calloway, Lydia Calloway, Col. Richard Calloway, Mrs. Richard Calloway,

  52. John Cameron,

  53. Samuel Campbell,

  54. Adam Caperton,

  55. Braxton Carter,

  56. John Cartwright, Robert Cartwright,

  57. Abraham Chaplain,

  58. Elizabeth Mullins Chenault, William Chenault,

  59. Gen. George Rogers Clark,

  60. Gen. Green Clay,

  61. Judge John Coburn, Samuel Coburn,

  62. Capt. William Cocke,

  63. Ambrose Coffee, Jesse Coffee,

  64. John Colefort,

  65. Alex Collins, Elijah Collins, Josiah Collins, Thomas Collins, William Collins,

  66. Betts Collier,

  67. George Colmes,

  68. Joseph Combs, Cuthbert Combs, Enos Coombs, Williams Coombs,

  69. John Constant,

  70. John Conway, Jesse Conway,

  71. David Cook,

  72. Jacob Coons,

  73. Ben Cooper, Jesse Cooper, William Cooper,

  74. Peter Cossart,

  75. Frederick Couchman,

  76. James Coulter,

  77. Maj. William Cradlebaugh,

  78. John Craig, Lewis Craig,

  79. David Crews, Elijah Crews,

  80. John Crooke,

  81. John Cross,

  82. Charles Curd,

  83. Benjamin Cuthbert,

  84. John Daniel,

  85. Joseph Davis, Samuel Davis,

  86. William Deal,

  87. Abram Dean, Susan Dean,

  88. Joseph Deban Or Deson,

  89. Denton Family,

  90. Thomas Dial,

  91. John Doniphan,

  92. James Doster,

  93. James Douglas,

  94. Joseph Drake, Margaret Drake,

  95. William Dryden,

  96. John Dumpard,

  97. John Dunn,

  98. Benjamin Dunaway,

  99. John Durbin,

  100. Daniel Duree, Henry Duree, Peter Duree Jr., Mrs. Peter Duree Jr., Peter Duree Sr., Mrs. Peter Duree Sr., Samuel Duree,

  101. Robert Elkin, Mrs. Robert Elkin,

  102. James Ellis, Mary Ellis,

  103. Joseph Ellison,

  104. Talton Embry,

  105. Richard Epperson,

  106. Robert Epsley,

  107. Ben Estill, Boudee Estill, Capt. James Estill, Sally Estill, Samuel Estill, Wallace Estill

  108. Baker Ewing,

  109. William Fall,

  110. John Farrar,

  111. Edmund Fear Or Fair,

  112. Col. Ezekiel H. Fields,

  113. David Finley, James Finley,

  114. John Finnell,

  115. John Finnick,

  116. John Fluty,

  117. Col. John Floyd,

  118. Thomas Foot,

  119. Joseph Fowler,

  120. John Fox,

  121. James French,

  122. James Gass, Jennie Gass, John Gass, Mary Gass, Sarah Gass, Capt. David Gass,

  123. James Gates,

  124. Capt. Charles Gatliff, James Gatliff, Letitia Gatliff, Neal Gatliff,

  125. Martin Gentry, Richard Gentry,

  126. Catherine George, John George, Nicholas George, Mrs. Nicholas George, Whitson George,

  127. Julius Gibbs,

  128. Samuel Gilbert,

  129. Richard Girey, Samuel Girey,

  130. Ancil Goodman, Daniel Goodman,

  131. Elizabeth Grant, Hannah Grant, Israel Grant, L John Grant, Rebecca Boone Grant, Moses Grant, Squire Grant, William Grant,

  132. Capt. Higgason Grubbs, Mrs. Higgason Grubbs,

  133. Peter Guerrant,

  134. Thomas Goff,

  135. Peter Hackett,

  136. Edward Hall, Thomas Hall, William Hall,

  137. Andrew Hamilton, John Hamilton, James Hamilton,

  138. George Hancock, Stephen Hancock, William Hancock,

  139. Edward Hand,

  140. Andrew Hana,

  141. John Harmon,

  142. Thomas Hargrove,

  143. John Harper, Peter Harper,

  144. John Harvester,

  145. William Harris,

  146. Ben Harrison, John Harrison,

  147. Edward Harrod,

  148. Chenoa Hart, China Hart, Cumberland Hart, David Hart, Mrs. David Hart, John Hart, Kiziah Hart, Mary Hart, Nathaniel Hart, Nathaniel Hart Jr., Mrs. Nathaniel Hart, Simpson Hart, Susannah Hart, Thomas Hart, Thomas Richard Green Hart,

  149. John Hawiston,

  150. Elizabeth Hayes, James Hayes, Jemima Hayes, William Hayes, John Henderson,

  151. Nathaniel Henderson, Nicholas Henderson, Pleasant Henderson, Col Richard Henderson, Samuel Henderson,

  152. Frances Halley Hendricks, George Hendricks,

  153. William Hicks,

  154. Joseph Hines, Dr. Hines, Col. Richard Hines,

  155. Isaac Hite,

  156. Jesse Hodges,

  157. James Hogan,

  158. Richard Hogan,

  159. William Hoge,

  160. James Hogg,

  161. Capt. John Holder,

  162. Francis Holley / Halley, Mrs. Francis Holley / Halley, Mrs. John Holley / Halley,

  163. William Hooton,

  164. Elizabeth Horn, Jeremiah Horn, Matthew Horn,

  165. Elizabeth Hoy, Parthenia Hoy, William Hoy,

  166. Joseph Hughes,

  167. Jake Hunter, John Hunter, Samuel Hunter,

  168. Benjamin Howard, John Howard, Margaret Howard,

  169. Harry Innes,

  170. Christopher Irvine Jr., Christopher Irvine Sr., David C. Irvine, Col. William Irvine,

  171. John Jackson, Joseph Jackson,

  172. Jonathan Jennings,

  173. Charles Jockars,

  174. Andrew Johnson,

  175. Betsey Johnson, Rev. Cave Johnson, Isaac Johnson, Robert Johnson, William Johnson,

  176. Jacob Johnston, Thomas Johnston,

  177. Catlett Jones,

  178. Matthew Jouett,

  179. Charles Kavanaugh, William Kavanaugh,

  180. Beal Kelly, Joseph Kelly, Benjamin Kelly, John Kelly,

  181. Andrew Kennedy, David Kennedy, Elizabeth Kennedy, Jesse Kennedy, John Kennedy Jr., Joseph Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy

  182. James Kenny,

  183. Simon Kenton,

  184. Jonathan Ketcham,

  185. John Kincaid, Thomas Kincaid,

  186. Robert Kirkham, Samuel Kirkham,

  187. William Kintley,

  188. John Knox,

  189. Samuel Lackey,

  190. Col. John Ladd,

  191. Thomas Lanham,

  192. Charles Lee, John Lee,

  193. Abraham Lewis,

  194. George Lincoln,

  195. William Lipscomb, Nathan Lipscomb,

  196. Thomas Little,

  197. Charles Lockhart,

  198. Col. John Logan, Samuel Logan,

  199. Joseph Long, Frances Long, Lawrence Long,

  200. Col. John P. Luttrell, Thomas Luttrell,

  201. David Lynch,

  202. William Lynn,

  203. Robert Mcafee, George Mcafee, William Mcafee,

  204. Moses Mcclure,

  205. John Mccollum,

  206. Mcgary Family,

  207. David Mcgee,

  208. James Mcmillan Sr., Margaret White Mcmillan,

  209. Thomas Mcqueen,

  210. William Mcwhinney,

  211. George Madden,

  212. James Mankins,

  213. John Mannen,

  214. John Martin, William Martin,

  215. Jesse Maupin,

  216. William Mays,

  217. George Meriweather, Nicholas Meriweather,

  218. David Miller, Thomas Miller, William Miller,

  219. Michael Miras,

  220. Alex Montgomery, John Montgomery,

  221. Charles Moore, John Moore, William Moore,

  222. John Morgan, Ralph Morgan, William Morgan,

  223. Jesse Morris, William Morris,

  224. Richard Morrison,

  225. John Morton,

  226. Thomas Mosely,

  227. John Mounce Or Mourner,

  228. Jacob Myers,

  229. Alexander Neeley,

  230. Edward Nelson, Mrs. Edward Nelson, John Nelson, Moses Nelson,

  231. John Newby,

  232. Abraham Newland,

  233. Thomas Noel,

  234. Jesse Oldham, Tyree Oldham,

  235. Michael Overstreet,

  236. William O'rear,

  237. Thomas M. Owens,

  238. John Cockey Owings,

  239. Clough Overton,

  240. Lt. James Patton,

  241. Richard Patterson, William Patterson,

  242. James Peake, Jesse Peake, John Peake,

  243. Joshua Pennix,

  244. Peter Pennybacker,

  245. James Perry,

  246. Richard Peterson,

  247. Anny Duffey Peyton, Yelverton Peyton,

  248. Anthony Phelps, Edwin Phelps, Elizabeth Phelps, George Phelps, Guy Phelps, John Phelps, Joshua Phelps, Josiah Phelps, Lucy Phelps, Sarah Phelps, Thomas Phelps,

  249. William Phillips,

  250. John Pittman,

  251. John Pleakenstalver,

  252. John Pleck,

  253. John Pogue, William Pogue, Mrs. William Pogue,

  254. Samuel Porter,

  255. Page Portwood, Sam Portwood,

  256. Levin Powell,

  257. James Proctor, John Proctor, Joseph Proctor, Capt. Nicholas Proctor, Nicholas Proctor Jr., Rachel Proctor, Reuben Proctor,

  258. James Quisenberry,

  259. Benjamin Quinn, James Quinn, Thomas Quinn,

  260. John Rank,

  261. Nicholas Ray,

  262. Alexander Reed,

  263. John Rice, Joseph Rice, Samuel Rice,

  264. Benjamin Roberts,

  265. David Robinson,

  266. George Robinson, Samuel Robinson, William Robinson,

  267. Col. Robert Rhodes,

  268. Pemberton Rollins,

  269. Ambrose Ross, Hugh Ross,

  270. Gen. Christopher Riffe,

  271. Fred Ripperdam, Mrs. Fred Ripperdam,

  272. James Russell,

  273. Samuel Sanders,

  274. John Sappington,

  275. William Scholl,

  276. Anderson Searcy, Asa Searcy, Bartlett Searcy, Charles Searcy, Reuben Searcy, Richard Searcy Jr., Richard Searcy Sr.,. Samuel Searcy, William Searcy,

  277. James Scott,

  278. Hugh Sefer,

  279. Hugh Shields,

  280. David Shelby, Isaac Shelby,

  281. David Shelton,

  282. Charles Shirley, Katie Shirley, Michael Shirley,

  283. Thomas Shores,

  284. Col. Thomas Slaughter,

  285. Enoch Smith, Enoch George Smith, John Smith, Maj. William Bailey Smith,

  286. John Snoddy, Samuel Snoddy,

  287. John South Jr., John South Sr., Mrs. John South, Samuel South, Thomas South,

  288. Richard Spurr,

  289. William Stagg,

  290. Barney Stagner,

  291. John Stapleton,

  292. Jacob Starnes,

  293. Joseph Starnes,

  294. Jacob Stearns,

  295. John Stephenson,

  296. Dudley Stone,

  297. Michael Stoner,

  298. Samuel Strode,

  299. Berue Swearingen,

  300. Benoni Swearingen, Thomas Swearingen,

  301. Hale Talbott,

  302. John Tanner,

  303. John Tate, Robert Tate, Samuel Tate,

  304. Edmond Taylor, John Taylor, Nancy Taylor, Peter W. Taylor, Richard Taylor,

  305. John Terrell, Robert Terrell,

  306. James Thomas, Moses Thomas,

  307. James Thompson, Lawrence Thompson,

  308. Col. John Todd,

  309. William Tomlinson,

  310. Gerrett Townsend, Joshua Townsend, Oswald Townsend,

  311. Thomas Tribble,

  312. David Turner, John Turner,

  313. Solomon Turpin, William Turpin,

  314. Capt. Thomas Twiddy, William Twiddy,

  315. William Umphrey,

  316. Benoni Vallandigham, Lewis Vallandigham,

  317. Joel Vassar,

  318. Richard Wade,

  319. Joel Walker,

  320. Isaac Wane,

  321. David V. Walker, Felix Walker,

  322. Robert Walton,

  323. Thomas Warren,

  324. James Warton,

  325. Capt. Charles G. Watkins, James Watkins,

  326. John Webber,

  327. Walter Welch,

  328. Richard Wells,

  329. Ambrose White, Aquilla White, Galen White,

  330. Robert Whitledge,

  331. Capt. John Whittaker,

  332. Billy Wilcox, Sally Boone Wilcox,

  333. Daniel Wilcoxon, Elizabeth Wilcoxon, John Wilcoxon, Rachel Wilcoxon,

  334. Aletha Anderson Wilkerson, John Wilkerson, Mrs. John Wilkerson, Moses Wilkerson, Wyatt Wilkerson,

  335. William Williams, Edward Williams, Jarrett Williams, John Williams,

  336. Richard Witledge,

  337. Moses Wilson,

  338. Adams Woods, Capt. Archibald Woods, John Woods, Samuel Woods,

  339. Samuel Woodson,

  340. Capt. Edward Worthington,

  341. John Wright,

  342. James Westerveldt (Westerfield),

  343. John Withers,

  344. James Yates,

  345. Jesse Yocum

The above is a grammatically corrected and edited version of the Early Settlers page at the Boonesborough Foundation. Do you see any names that are missing? Are you related to anyone on this list? Send comments and questions to