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Daniel Boone, Boling Baker & General Braddock
Posted by: Jim W. Drew-Whitaker (ID *****8375) Date: August 12, 2009 at 11:10:37
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Excerpt from “Princess Aacoma and the settling of West Virginia” by G. T. Swain (originally published in 1927)

When England assembled and transported across the broad breast of the Atlantic ocean an army of soldiers to give battle to the French and Indians on the North American continent, there was not a soldier under the command of General Braddock who stood higher in the love and esteem of his conrades than did Boling Baker.

….The army fared very hard at this time and also underwent nmany privations. They were far from home and their loved ones, and many times the day looked dark and the spark of hope grew faint in every manly breast. Finally it began to look as if the strong would only survive the weak, as the army met disaster after disaster. Baker was a shrewd man and possessed an intuitive brain. His willpower gave way under the continuous strain, and rather than remain with the fast dwindling troops and suffer a fate which seemed destined to overtake them he deserted his comrades in Western Pennsyvania, on a dark night in 1756, went west into Ohio, and was taken captive by a tribe of Shawnees Indians.

(Bolling Baker being captured by the Shawnee Indians is a widely known fact….. Chief Cornstalk’s daughter Aracoma saves Baker’s life like Pocahontas had saved John Smiths)….

Excerpt from “My Father Daniel Boone; The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone” (Edited by Neal O. Hammon)

Nathan Boone: In 1755 my father, Daniel Boone, was on Braddocks’s campaign during the French and Indian War. He was not a soldier but served as a teamster conveying the baggage of the army. When Braddock’s army was defeated near Pittsburgh, he was with the baggage at the rear of the column. When the retreat began he cut his team loose from the wagon and escaped with his horses. He used to censure Braddock’s conduct, saying he neglected to keep out spies and flank guards. I think that somehow my father was connected to George Washington’s colonial troops; he often spoke Of Washington, whom both he and my mother personally knew.

Draper: Perhaps your father met George Washington when the Boone and the Bryan families resided in the Valley of Virginia.

Nathan: This is possible, but it is more likely that they met at Fredricksburg in 1762. I do not recall that father performed any other service during the French and Indian War.

"The Aracoma Story" blends tales of the Shawnee Indians with the story of young love. Boling Baker, a scout from General Braddock's Army, is captured by the Shawnee who are led by Chief Cornstalk. He is rescued from death by Cornstalk's daughter, Aracoma, and adopted into the tribe that moved to the island in the Guyandotte Valley. The drama tells how Baker and Aracoma's people were weakened by disease and how a raid, lead by Baker to steal horses, ended in the destruction of this adoptive tribe.

It is interesting to note that Daniel Boone's family,who was from the same area of Pennsylvania as the Baker families, also moved to Rowen County, which was later Surry County and settled on the Yadkin River. After Daniel married, he lived in that location for about ten years. Because of his skills in hunting, trapping, and scouting, he became one of the group known as the "Longhunters." In 1759 he left on his first trip to explore Kentucky, and in September of 1773 sold his farm and moved his family, eventually to Boonsboro, Kentucky. John"Renta"Baker was about the same age as Daniel and as neighbors probably went together on many trips.

This association constituted the Three Forks association in 1790. From it many other churches had been organized east of the Blue Ridge.

In 1779 King's Creek Church in Caldwell, and Beaver Creek, in Wilkes, were organized. A few years later Brier Creek in Wilkes, was constituted. It had many "arms," and from it grew Lewis Fork, in Wilkes, and Old Fields Church, in Ashe County. Three Forks was constituted by the Yadkin Baptist Association. It became an association itself in 1840.

Ancient Happenings

In August, 1793, James Chambers, Ebenezer Fairchild and Samuel Wilcoxon were sent as delegates to the assembly at Eaton’s Meeting House, Dutchman’s Creek, near Daniel Boone’s old home, while in February, 1793, James Tompkins and Richard Green were sent to the association at Brier Creek to "seek for union." Jwdw note: The James Tompkins here is my 5th G-grandfather… His grandson my 3rd G-grandfather Eli Tompkins b. 1803 lived and died in Laurel Co., KY. Eli’s daughter my 2nd G-grandmother Melinda Tompkins 1st married a Cyrus Adams s/o James Adams who would married my ancestor Andrew Baker’s (1765-1842) widow Hannah.

My Tompkin and Baker Families both migrated from Carter Co., TN to Laurel Co., KY

In January, 1815 Brother Boone laid an allegation against Brother Hartley for "not giving good usage at his mill," and in February following and again at a called meeting during same month Hartley was admonished.

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