Extremely rare ADS, signed “Daniel Boone DS,” one page, 8 x 6.25, June 12, 1787. Land survey for Henry Burds of Madison County, Kentucky, in full (grammar and spelling retained): "Survaid for Henry Burds 1092 1/2 acres of Land By virtue of a tresury Warrant No 11924 Duly Enterd Janury the 16th 1784—Situate Lying and Being in the County of Madison on the Cantucke about 15 or 16 Miles Below Danelsons Line at a Lick in the North Bank of the River and Bounded as following Begining at said Lick at A2 walnuts thence S20 W320 pos Crosing the River to B2 Walnuts thence S70 E547 pos to ca Linn & Shuger tree thence N20 E320 pos Crosing the River to D a White ash thence N70 W to A the Begining." Boone has added a plat drawing of the Burds acreage in the upper left, and has also docketed the reverse, "Henry Burds platt of 1092 1/2 acres." Signed at the conclusion by Boone as deputy surveyor, and signed in the lower left by the survey's chainmen and marker: John Jones, Daniel M. Boone, and Jesse B. Boone. In fine condition, with a small area of dampstaining at the top edge.
As a pioneer and frontiersman, Daniel Boone was influential in extending the nation beyond the peaks of the Allegheny Mountains. With the company of his brother Squire, he explored the Kentucky wilderness from 1767 to 1769, and eventually settled his family in the territory in 1773. Two years later he extended the Wilderness Road over the Cumberland Gap through the Allegheny Mountains and erected three settlements, one of which was named ‘Boonesborough.’ In the wake of the Revolutionary War, Boone resettled in Maysville, Kentucky, and was elected to the Virginia state assembly in 1787. His military pursuits over, Boone became a local celebrity and for a period earned a profitable living as a tavern keep, a surveyor, a horse trader, and a land speculator. The legalities of the latter soon caught up with Boone’s sense of honor and weak investment strategies, and in 1788 he moved upriver to Point Pleasant, Virginia, operating at a trading post and then occasionally as a surveyor's assistant. An interesting land document dating to the most prosperous period of Boone’s life. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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