Daniel Boone and Great Grandad s ' great Grandad Col. Ben Cleveland and
Toby Cleveland, Col. Ben's gun toting servant, blacksmith, and gunsmith
sometimes hunted together. Col. Ben and Daniel would not use dogs as the
smell and noise drew Indians. Once, Col. Ben and Daniel Boone were
hunting near the Cumberland Gap, years before his daughter's second
husband Evangelist Edwards was killed by Indians there in front of their
It seems the Indians sneaked up on Daniel and Col. Ben and took their
guns and clothes and shoes. They had to walk home in their birthday
suits. Col. Ben was supposed to have fought 100 battles and lost none. I
say he lost that one.
A search is on for Blacks who served in the Revolutionary War. One is
listed in Bobby Gilmer Moss's book, since 1990, on the Battle of King's
Mountain. Could Toby Cleveland have been one? Seems Col. Ben would take
his gunsmith along for a battle. Toby sometimes guarded the family at
home. He got a larvge inheritance and became a Baptist Minister, buying
land and organizing churches in the Carolinas and Georgia after Col. Ben
died , leaving him his freedom papers..
Thanks for the info.
On Tue, 8 Sep 1998 02:03:50 EDT Bantie1(a)aol.com writes:
Found this on another list - Very Interesting!
The first of May, 1769, Daniel Boone, John Findley, John Stewart and
three others hunted through upper East TN. Then on 2nd. of June 1769 a
larger company of hunters including John Rains, Kasper Mansco, Abraham
Bledsoe, John Baker, Joseph Drake, Obediah Terrell, Uriah Stone, Henry
Smith, Ned Cowan, and Robert Crockett hunted and explored Middle TN.
These pioneer hunters returned to their homes after nine months. In
1770 their friends and neighbors were enraptured by their tales, so
about forty other hunters journeyed to the New, Holston and Clinch
River areas to hunt and trap. They were led by Colonel James Knox and
were equipped with thier rifles, traps, dogs, and blankets. After
staying for many months they returned home and ever after were known
as the "Long Hunters". They were called "Long Hunters" for being gone
from home such a long time and traveling very long distances. Daniel
Boone usally hunted for periods of up to two years.
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