“Daniel Boone Crossing the Shallow Ford”
Image size: 25.5″ 13.25″
This print frames up to approximately: 36″ X 24″
All About “Daniel Boone Crossing the Shallow Ford” of the Yadkin River With His Family
This project, of painting this historical Yadkin County event, actually started in January of 2010. Wow, what a project it became. Local members of the Yadkin Co. Historical Society suggested and urged me to do this painting. When I discussed and ultimately decided to do this artist rendition of Daniel Boone and his family crossing the Yadkin River at the Shallow Ford, I was thinking maybe it would be a couple of covered wagons and a family with a milk cow tethered to the back of one of the wagons. As you view the finished painting above, you can see just how much bigger this it became. I took this as a personal goal to as accurately as possible recreate this historic scene on canvas. To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever done this before.
After two years of research and painting the painting was finished and Limited Edition Prints were released to the public. The information below is a brief overview of how the Boone family came to the Yadkin River and the crossing.
Danial Boone was of English and Welsh ancestry. His family belonged to the Religious Society of Friends who called themselves “Quakers” and were persecuted in their home land of England. In 1713 Daniel’s father, Squire Boone, immigrated from England to Pennsylvania in America and joined William Penn’s colony. Then in 1720 Squire Boone married Sarah Morgan who’s family had immigrated to America from Wales due to religious persecution as well.
On November 2, 1734 Daniel was born, the sixth of eleven children. Daniel spent the early years of his life there in Pennsylvania on the very edge of the frontier. He was given his first rifle and was taught to hunt by both local settlers as well as local Native Americans. During this time, the Boone family seemed to be a source of controversy among the Quaker community due to the oldest children marring outside of the community. Both Squire and Sarah were made to publicly apologize before the church.
Once again, because of religious persecution, Squire Boone sold his land and in the summer of 1748, with his wife Sarah Boone and their large family, including their son Daniel, left their home in Pennsylvania to travel to their new home in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. Their journey took almost two years and covered nearly 500 miles. At the beginning, other family members and locals joined the ever growing group. It is not known exactly how many folks made the journey to North Carolina. In the spring of 1750, as the Boone family crossed their last barrier, the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River, in the Huntsville area of Yadkin county, they were filled with anticipation and hope that they would soon reach their new home in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina.
I am only able to cover a tiny bit of this story here. So I urge you to go to your public library and read more about the frontiersman known as “Daniel Boone.”
Below, I am including a list of Squire and Sarah Boone’s family that made the journey, with their ages, at the time of the trip.
This is a great piece of history to add to most any room of your home or office.
Daniel Boone / age 17 / Son of Squire and Sarah Boone.
Squire Boone / Father of Daniel Boone.
Sarah Boone / Mother of Daniel Boone.
Squire Boone Jr. / age 8 / Son of Squire & Sarah.
Edward Boone / age 12 / Son of Squire & Sarah.
Sarah Boone Wilcoxon / First child of Squire & Sarah / Born June 7, 1724 / Age 28 / Married to John Wilcoxon in 1742.
George Boone / 8th child of Squire & Sarah / Born January 2, 1739/ Age 13
John Wilcoxon / age 28 / Husband of Squire and Sarah’s first child Sarah.
Elizabeth Boone /Born February 5, 1732 / age 20 / 5th child of Squire and Sarah.
Martha Boone / age? / Married Israel Boone (2 nd child of Squire and Sarah) in 1747.
Hannah Boone / 11th child of Squire & Sarah / Born 1746 / Age about 6.
Isaac Wilcoxon / 6th child of John & Sarah Wilcoxon / Born 1746. Age 4.
Nancy Wilcoxon / 5th child of John & Sarah Wilcoxon /Born May 17, 1745. Age 5
Israel Boone / 2nd Child of Squire & Sarah / Born May 9, 1726 / Age 26 / Married Martha 1747.
Jesse Boone / 1st child of Israel and Martha/ Born early 1748.
Israel Wilcoxon / 7th child of John & Sarah Wilcoxon / Born 1748 / Age 2.
Mary Boone / Born November 3, 1736 / Age 16 / 7th child of Squire & Sarah
Nephew of Squire and Sarah Boone/ Name and age unknown.
Sarah Day Boone / age unknown / Wife of Samuel Boone / 3rd child of Squire and Sarah.
Samuel Boone / born May 20, 1728 / Age 22 / 3rd child of Squire and Sarah / married Sarah Day 1748.
Jonathan Boone / born December 6, 1730 / age 22 / 4th child of Squire and Sarah.
Mary Carter Boone / age unknown/ Wife of Jonathan Boone / 4th child of Squire and Sarah.
Also along the for trip came Daniel’s Plott Hounds, hunting dogs, portrayed in the painting