Pioneer Explorer Daniel Boone opens Kentucky for the McCords and others-Boone's best friend Simon Kenton's daughter marries John McCord

David McCord, one of the four sons of William McCord who built Fort McCord in 1756, was one of the first pioneers in Kentucky in 1789, moving there from Lincoln-Mecklenburg Counties in North Carolina.

David McCord first settled near Boonesboro, established by Daniel Boone. Boone was America's most famous explorer and scout.


John and Sarah Kenton McCord of Kentucky were two of the primary sources about Daniel Boone for Lyman Draper, early American historian, who wrote of his 1851 interview with these two McCords regarding Daniel Boone. Draper's famous papers of the 1800's, the Draper Manuscripts, are in the State of Wisconsin Historical Society's files.

Simon Kenton, Sarah Kenton McCord's father, was considered Daniel Boone's best friend and had been an early and long-time scout with Boone in exploring Kentucky.

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Painting of Daniel Boone made in 1820 when he was in his 80's


Daniel Boone's background:

One of the most colorful of all frontier men, Daniel Boone was a true- to- life legendary and courageous figure and pioneer in Kentucky. Daniel Boone was born in 1734 in Exeter, near present-day Reading, Pennsylvania.

Boone was a wagon driver in Braddock's war of 1755, engaged with a group of other Lancaster County 'waggoners' as they were called, by Benjamin Franklin. Franklin saw that they were paid for their services by the Colonial government of Pennsylvania. Boone's father left Pennsylvania in 1750 and settled in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Daniel Boone then began his exploring and pioneering in Kentucky.

Daniel Boone was an uncle of one of the most famous figures in the American Revolution, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan of Virginia who led its frontier fighters into major victories over the British at The Battle of Saratoga, New York and later at The Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina where he smashed the forces of Britain's most brutal fighter in the Revolution, Tarleton, a man who showed no mercy to his opponents,

Daniel Boone made his first trip to the Kentucky country in 1769, one of the very first white men in that area.

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Daniel Boone helped cut the Wilderness Trail, later known as the Wilderness Road to Kentucky, fought and was captured by the Indians on more than one occasion, founded Boonesboro Kentucky, and rescued various families captured by the Indians. He was again captured and escaped from the Indians.

In 1781 Boone was elected to the Virginia Assembly, was captured by the British in that year and later released, and was again in the Virginia Assembly in 1791. In 1798 Kentucky named a county after him. He resettled in Missouri and in 1814 the U.S. Congress granted Daniel Boone Missouri land in gratitude for his past great explorations and work. He died in 1820.

The legendary inscription "D. Boone cilled a bar at this tree" was carved on a tree by Daniel Boone near Jonesboro, Tennessee a few miles from where James and David McCord lived.


Boone was one of several Kentucky heroes who included George Rogers Clark, James Harrod and Benjamin Logan.

Boone's principal fame is for having opened up Kentucky for pioneers and settlers after repeatedly risking his life to explore it earlier.

During the American Revolution Kentucky was a county in Virginia under Governor Patrick Henry. After the Revolution, Virginia gave up its Kentucky area to the federal government and it became part of The Southwest Territory in 1790 and up until statehood in 1792.

Many McCords settled in Kentucky after 1790 and many remain there today.

William McCord, son of David McCord of Derry (Hershey) Pennsylvania who married Sarah Kerr, settled in Fleming County, Kentucky after moving from Pennsylvania in the late 1700's.

One of the McCord daughters married one of the early Kentucky Governors.

In July 1790, Kentucky Will Book A, page 1361 shows that "John Allison of Woodford County Kentucky appointed his friend James McCord of Washington Co. SC (N.C.) to make a deed for 191 acres in said county, adjoining the land of James McCord and Lee Taylor. " James McCord and Lee Taylor at that time held land in Washington County, North Carolina which shortly became part of The Southwest Territory and later a county in Tennessee. James McCord's brother David McCord had also moved to Kentucky in that year, 1790 from Washington County North Carolina (later Tennessee).

Several other McCords served in the early militia forces of Kentucky.

Many of the descendants of James McCord, one of the original McCords who came to America in 1720 lived in Kentucky. This James McCord settled in York County, Pennsylvania shortly after arriving in 1720. Some of his descendants spell their names with an "h", McChord.