Their father Aaron purchased the the farm of Daniel Boone in 1764 in Rowan co NC.
The 5 Van Cleave brothers came to KY in the fall of 1775 with their brother in law Squire Boone who had married their sister Jane in 1765 in NC.
Their land claims in KY were upheld in Virginia Land Company by Squire Boone, who represented them.
Samuel was captured by the Indians when the families were at Boones Station (not Fort Bonnesborough) north of the Kentucky river in what is now Shelby co KY.
This station was involved in a series of Indian attacks that culminated in the infamous Long Run Creek battle in Sept15 1781. At that time Squire Boone was still suffering the effects of 2 gun shot wounds one to his chest and the other which shattered his arm from an earlier battle in May.
Several of the Van Cleave Women and children were killed by the Indians in this time period.
The letter which I have a copy, is from Samuel Graham who descibes his arrival in KY in 1790 and his neighbors the Van Cleaves and is written to the KY minister John D Shane, who gave his letter collection to Lyman C Draper another minister who also collected these letters.
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