Early Days of Kentucky
Rebecca Boone wasn’t the only formidable female in Daniel Boone’s family. His daughter Jemima earned her own spot in the history books on July 14, 1776. That’s when a Cherokee-Shawnee raiding group abducted Jemima, aged 14, along with two other girls while they floated in a canoe near their Kentucky settlement.
 
Demonstrating their own knowledge of frontier ways, the quick-witted teens left trail markers as their captors took them away—bending branches, breaking off twigs and leaving behind leaves and berries.
 
Their rescue team, led by Daniel Boone himself, took just two days to follow the trail and retrieve the girls.
 
The rescuers included Flanders Callaway, Samuel Henderson, and Captain John Holder, each of whom later married one of the kidnapped girls.
 
This event became such an integral part of frontier lore, author James Fenimore Cooper included it in his classic novel The Last of the Mohicans.
 
Info via Becky Clark Brothers - Early Kentucky History
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