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~ Our Van Bibber Family From Indiana~

~Van Bibber -Boone Connection~
~Early Family History & Events~
~Descendants of Jacob Van Bibber & Unknown~
~Indiana Van Bibber Census Records~
~Van Bibber-Sutton Divorce Papers~
~Selected Van Bibber Profiles~
~Van Bibber -Boone Connection~
~The West Virginia Hills~
~The Van Bibber-Kirves Connection~
~The Van Bibber-Tafel Connection~
~The Van Bibber Yoakum Connection~
~The Van Bibber -Sutton Connection~
~The Van Bibber-Bounds Connection~
~The Van Bibber-Up Den Graeff Connection~
~Van Bibber-Schumacher Connection~
Artie Marie~Our Lost Child
~Van Bibber Military Page~
~Wagon Trains West~
~Selected Family Obituaries~
~These Are a Few of My Favorite Things~
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Family Photo Album
~Olive Van Bibber ~Indenture Agreement~
Indenture Agreement~Raymond Van Bibber
~Olive Van Bibber Indenture~
~Martha "Mattie" Van Bibber-Indenture Agreement~
~A Letter From George Luther Boone~

~Line From Nathan Boone & Olive Van Bibber~

Off Site Link~Nathan Boone Family

Boone Van Bibber Marriages

Jesse Bryan BOONE, Son of Daniel & Rebecca Bryan Boone, died at age: 46,  Born: 23-May-1773 in: Yadkin River, RowanCo, NC.  Died: 1820 in: St. Louis, MO,  Spouse: Chloe VAN BIBBER, b. 13-Aug-1772,  d. 1816-1867.  Married: 1792 in: MO, Daughter of, John VanBibber and Chloe

Nathan BOONE, Son of Daniel & Rebecca Bryan Boone 
died at age: 75,  Born: 3-Mar-1781 in: Boone's Station, Fayette Co, KY,  Died: 16-Oct-1856 in: Ashgrove, Green County,  Occupation: farmer,  Spouse: Olive VAN BIBBER,  b. 13-Jan-1783
d. 12-Nov-1858  Married: 26-Sep-1799 in: Little Sandy KY
The daughter of Peter Van Bibber, The bride, said to be the prettiest girl north of the Ohio River, was sixteen and her youthful husband eighteen when, with stout hearts, they started on their great adventure. They traveled by way of Lexington, Louisville and Vincennes to St. Louis, leaving Little Sandy on October first. "Without any company but my husband," said Olive, "I started to Missouri. We had two ponies and our packhorse." One of their ponies became crippled which detained them in Vincennes almost three weeks; they arrived in St. Louis the last of October and went to St. Charles County. The youthful couple crossed the Missouri River in a skiff which also carried all of their possessions; Nathan rowed the boat while Olive steered and by his bridle guided their swimming horse. They settled twenty miles above the town of St. Charles in the Femme Osage District.

ELIZABETH HAYS:  First white child born in Kentucky, BORN: 1776 DIED: 1828, MARRIED: ISAAC VAN BIBBER,  b. 20 October 1771, Greenbrier Co., VA, d. 30 September 1840
1, MATILDA VAN BIBBER b. Missouri -Said to have been the first white child born west of the Mississippi River, married - James Estill - b. 30 April 1795, Clark Co., KY d. ? SON OF BENJAMIN ESTILL & ANNA CLAYNAUGH


" Major Isaac VanBibber, early intrepid and enterprising pioneer, the high souled, and faithful friend, the obliging and kind neighbor, the fond and loving parent, is no more, The powerful arm that once grasped and held with an immovable steadiness and 'unerring aim' the ponderous rifle, is paralyzed forever. The noble and piercing eye, in which gleamed, indomitable spirit and proud defiance is sealed by icy impress of relentless death. Sustaining a prolonged and deprivation of health with characteristic philosophy and firmness, on the 30th ultimo, in Montgomery Co., MO, this worthy and respected man resigned his vitality to the fiat, that controls human nature. The Major was born in 1771 in Greenbrier Co., VA, removed when young to KY, and settled in 1799 on the Missouri River, 20 miles above St. Charles. He married a grand-daughter of Daniel Boone, the first white child born in the 'dark and bloody ground'. In 1816 he settled at Loutre Lick, and though dangers of the most threatening kind, surrounded him and his family, he maintained with admirable nerve his situation, and many a subtle and larking foe has passed from time to eternity by his vigilant agency. For years, he kept public entertainment, and travelers will long remember his hospitality, his interesting colloquial powers, his thrilling accounts of things chilling to the blood. As a member of the high
and Holy institution of Masonry, he discharged without ostentation and with much liberality, his duties, and the widow and orphan, and indeed every object of charity, received his open hand, the required assistance-innumerable benedictions attend his memory."

Loutre Lick, AKA – Van Bibbers Lick

This was one of the earliest settlements of the county, settled between 1808 and 1810 and so named because of its location near a salt lick on Loutre River. It was also known as Van Bibbers Lick, for Major Isaac Van Bibber, who migrated to MO in 1800 from KY. Here he erected a hotel, some cabins, and stables. He tried unsuccessfully to operate a salt mill. He built a Tavern there and named it "Van Bibber Tavern". Isaac, his wife Susan, three daughters and a son in-law are buried in Loutre Lick Pioneer Cemetery, which was located some distance up on a hill northwest of the Van Bibber Tavern. I am sorry to say, that the Tavern no longer exists.

Pioneer Cemetery Located at Mineola

Source; The Montgomery Standard
March 30, 1971.....

Mrs. Frances Darnell has recently completed compiling former School Superintendent Hupe's papers from the years he was superintendent. The scrapbook, made up of approx. 150 pages plus pictures from that period will be placed in the Montgomery County Library. Mrs. Darnell has also completed this history of the Loutre Lick Cemetery. When the Van Buren Chapter of the DAR, requested information on the location of Isaac VanBibber's grave for a DAR marker. The following is Mrs. Darnell's reply...

After consulting several of the older people in the neighborhood, I find that VanBibber graves do lie in a cemetery, which is located up the hill, northwest of the tavern. Mayor Isaac VanBibber, his Wife, three daughters and a son-in-law are buried in the graveyard together with other representitives of many of the pioneer families. "Out of a number of graves, very few can be seen at present."....

Buried in the cemetery are; Floria Graham, Marian C. Graham. They were the daughters of, Robert and Isabella Gailbreath Graham and sisters of D. F. Graham. D. F. Knew where his sisters were buried. He realized that the location would be lost in time. He asked Mr. Harvey Scanland if he would give him a deed to the area where the graves were so he could fence it.....

The Deed, dated, Aug. 10, 1896...a certain tract of land, 48 feet wide, and 56 feet wide....the said tract having been used for a burying ground years before is now designated to be preserved, cared for, in honor of the dead. About 1901, Ben R. Graham fenced this small tract of land as his Father had requested. The fence posts decayed but the wire remains.. ......

In 1948, James K. VanBibber, wrote Harry Ball, Postmaster at Montgomery City, asking for someone who would copy all inscriptions from every VanBibber stone in the graveyard in Mineola. No stones or graves were found at that time......

In 1975, the Darnell and Harris families erected a permanent marker in the center of the known footage of the cemetery to preserve the location of the two Graham graves. The stone can be seen from the parking lot of the Mineola Baptist Church......

NOTE: The stone used is a stone from the first bridge over Loutre River built in 1886......

Besides the two Graham graves, also buried here are;

~ISAAC VANBIBBER~ b. Oct. 20, 1771, in Greenbriar Co. W. Virginia d. Sept. 30, 1840, Montgomery o. Missouri

~ELIZABETH HAYS VANBIBBER~ b. june 12, 1776, Fort Boonesborough, Ky. d. Aug 3, 1828, Loutre Lick, Montgomery Co. Missouri

~FRANCES VANBIBBER COX~ A daughter and  Another daughter and her husband.


1791 - Daniel Boone
1806 - John Reynolds
1807 - John Reynolds
1808 - John Reynolds, John Reynolds was the husband of Miriam Van Bibber.
1809 - John Reynolds
1810 - John Reynolds and Claudius Buster
1823 - Van Bibber Reynolds, Van Bibber Reynolds was the son of John Reynolds and Miram Van Bibber.
1825 - Van Bibber Reynolds
1827 - James C. McFarland, James Clark McFarland was the husband of Alethea Reynolds who was the daughter of John Reynolds and Miram Van Bibber.
1832 - James H. Fry, James Henry Fry was the husband of Jane Donnally the daughter of Andrew Donnally Jr. and Margery Van Bibber.
1833 - James H. Fry
1836 - Andrew Donnally, Jr.
1839 - Van Bibber Reynolds
1853 - A.P. Fry, Andrew Phillip Fry was the husband of Emily Francis Reynolds the daughter of Charles G. Reynolds and Francis Dawson Slaughter. Francis was the daughter of Goodrich Lightfoot Slaughter and Hannah Van Bibber.

The Nathan Boone home near Ash Grove received an honor a little bit closer to home. The home built in 1837 by the youngest son of pioneer Daniel Boone, was the recipient of a historical marker given by the Greene County Historical Sites Board. The log cabin, about two miles north of Ash Grove, is now owned by the Gayer Dixon family of Ash Grove. It served as home for the Nathan Boone family until his death in 1856. Boone was born in Kentucky in 1781. When he was 18, he married a girl from what is not St. Charles. Although generally overshadowed by his famous father, Daniel, in the story books, Nathan was also a genuine hero and pioneer, Lipscomb said. Along with a brother, he established the Boone's Lick salt works in central Missouri, which is now a state park. He was one of the original surveyors of Iowa, and one Iowa town is names for him.
Boone was also a member of the military, Lipscomb said. He retired as a U.S. lieutenant colonel after leading the U.S. mounted rangers in the Blackhawk War, assisting in the capture of Santa Fe, and serving as the military governor of New Mexico and Texas.
Boone also was an explorer. He helped determine the boundary between the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations. In 1808, he guided William Clark to what is now Independence, where the two helped establish Fort Osage. The fort, now restored, was a frontier outpost, of great importance.
Boone apparently selected the Ozarks as his final home because he was struck by its beauty. The 149 year-old home is now open only once a year, during the fall Nathan Boone Rendezvous.


Boone to Van Bibber - Book H - pages 155, 156 Greenup Co., KY Deed Book

This Indenture made and entered into this 18th day of April 1842, between Lilburn W. Boggs and Panthen his wife, James L. Henderson and Emily his wife, James M. Boone and Mary his wife, Minerva S. Warner, Van D. Boone, Albert G. Boone and Ann Reed Boone his wife, being the lawful heirs of Jesse B. Boone deceased by Alphonzo Boone their attorney in fact and the said Alphonzo Boone in his own right being one of the heirs of said Jesse B. Boone deceased of the first part and Cyrus Van Bibber of the County of Greenup and State of Kentucky of the second part. Witnessth that the parties of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred and twenty dollars to them in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged have given, granted, bargained and sold, and by these presents do give, grant, bargain and sell unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever, all that lot or parcel of Land known as in lot number thirty five in the town of Greenupsburg supposed to contain one fifth of an acre lying between Main Street and Elizabeth Street and fronting the public square in said town together with the applliances there unto belonging or in any wise appertining, To have and to hold the same to the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever, and the said parties of the first part both warrant and forever defend the title to the aforesaid lot of land unto heirs the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns against the claim of all and every person or persons whatsoever.

In Testimony whereof the parties of the first part here unto set their hand an affix their seals this day and year above mentioned.

Lilburn W. Boggs,  Attest Parthea G. Boggs , Sam Seaton James S. Henderson,  Creed Smith Emily Henderson,  James M. Boone,  Mary Boone,  Minerva L. Warner , Van D. Boone,  Albert G. Boone Ann Reed Boone,  By Alphonzo Boone their attorney in fact  Alphonzo Boone.  I William Corum Clerk of the County Court of Greenup County in the State of Kentucky, do certify that this deed given Jesse B. Boone Heirs to Cyrus Van Bibber was this day produced to me in my office, and proven to be the act and deed of Lilburn W. Boggs and Panthea G. Boggs his wife, James L. Henderson and Emily Henderson his wife, James M. Boone and Mary Boone his wife, Minerva L. Warner, Van D. Boone, Albert G. Boone, and Anne Reed Boon by their Attorney in fact Alphonzo Boone and the act and deed of the said Alphonzo Boone by the oath of Samuel Seaton and Creed Smith his subscribing witnesses there to, Wherefore the said deed together with the foregoing certificate hath been duly recorded in my office, Given under my hand this 20th day of April 1844.

William Corum Clerk


John VanBibber and Chloe Staniford
  Chloe VanBibber and Jesse Bryan Boone
    Alphonso Boone and Nancy Linville Boone
      Jesse VanBibber Boone and Elizabeth Fudge

                                                                       JESSE VAN BIBBER BOONE

Jesse Van Bibber Boone left Missouri in May 1846 with his father Alphonso and three brothers and three sisters ages twenty-two through nine.. After many hardships they arrived in the Willamette Valley at Christmas time in 1846. Alphonso acquired land on both sides of the Willamette River and decided with the help of his sons to establish ferry service. This plan was interrupted when the Boones heard that gold had been discovered in California. Jesse, his father and three brothers left for the gold fields in 1849. Alphonso died in 1850 of fever and the four sons returned to Oregon.

Jesse Van Bibber Boone and his brother Alphonso Jr. resumed the operation of the ferry from their brother-in-law George Law Curry who had temporarily taken over in their absence. However Alphonso Jr. sold his interest within a year to Jesse and went steam boating on the Willamette, Snake, Columbia, Yaquina and Coquille Rivers. Jesse had steady business for it was the only direct route in the transportation system at that time between Portland and Salem. In 1872 he was murdered by a neighbor, farmer Jacob Engle over a dispute of shore and water rights.

On May 2, 1870, for the sum of five dollars, he deeded land to School District 23 in Clackamas County, Oregon to be held in trust for public use. Jump ahead 131 years. The Wilsonville primary school in Oregon situated on Boone's Ferry Road is being closed. A new elementary school will open in September 2001. How appropriate that it is to be named Boone's Ferry Elementary School because after intensive investigation at the County Land Office, Surveyor and Title Company we have discovered that the original school was actually built on the land that Jesse Van Bibber Boone "bargained and sold and conveyed" to School District 23 in 1870.

Source: Arlene Curry Buschert 

Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  Isaac VanBibber, Jr. and Elizabeth Hays
    Frances VanBibber and Cyrenus
      James Estill Cox and Mary T. Harris


Captain Cox was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrenius Cox, a pioneer family of Missouri. He was born at Louter Lick, now Minneola, Montgomery county, Missouri, October 13, 1826. In 1839 he went to St. Louis, and ten years later got the gold fever, and trekked his way to California, over the old Santa Fe trail. He returned home in 1854, and remained one year when he returned to California. He remained in the Golden Gate state until the opening of the civil war when he cast his lot with the Confederacy. Enlisting in the state troops first under Colonel Guid Thompson, Captain Cox soon after the opening of the war enlisted with Colonel Kirby Smith's regiment, being assigned to Company K. Colonel Smith's regiment formed a part of Shelby's brigade under the division leadership of General Marmaduke. Henry Bert was his Captain. Captain Cox served on detached services at the battles of Springfield, Carthage and Prairie Grove, which were won by the Confederates, with General Sterling Price in command.

Captain Cox's experience in the civil war was extremely varied, while he did not engage in any of the great principal battles of the war. At the battle of Pea Ridge, which was won by the Confederates, Captain Cox was a participant. Shortly after this he was in Arkansas. He was sent from Shreveport, La., to Little Rock with some Negro slaves, in the guise of a trader. When he reached Little Rock he became frightened for fear that the federals would take the Negroes away, so he braved conditions, and forced the federal general in command to give him a pass, and an escort of federal troops to Clearcy, fifty miles away, where he could not be bothered. Shortly after this episode Captain Cox sold a large number of cattle for Kirby Smith's command, and the traders inquired as to his preference to United States and Confederate money. He loyally said Confederate money and got an entire wagon load of it. While returning to his regiment, he heard that the war was over and therefore that the Confederate money was of no value.

Following the battle of Pea Ridge the troops with which Captain Cox was serving were reorganized and the enlistments made in the Confederate States of America. It was at this battle that Captain Cox, who was given an ovation by his comrades, which almost made a hero of him. He was in charge of the commissary department of the division, and before the battle, and in order not to give the food to the federals, he took 500 head of cattle and made a detour of 150 miles, around. During this time the battle had been fought by the Confederates on empty stomachs, and when Captain Cox brought the cattle, men fell on his neck as though he were a deliverer. The men were without meat or food for nearly two whole days, and still won the battle. When he returned it was snowing, and near midnight. It was while on detached service in Texas that Captain Cox received his commission as captain. When he rejoined his regiment he was assigned to complete command of all of the commissary department in Kirby Smith's division.
The Saint Joseph Gazette, Saint Joseph, Missouri, June 3, 1908, Wednesday.
Peter VanBibber and Marguery Bounds
  Olive VanBibber and Nathan Boone
    Delinda Boone and James Craig
      Nathan Boone Craig

CRAIG, NATHAN B. Merchant; P.O. Hanover; born in St. Charles Co., Mo., June 13, 1822; came with his parents to Galena in 1827; in the Spring of 1828 his father came to Hanover and took up the water power, and commenced at once the erection of a grist mill and a saw mill; the family came on in 1829; his mother was a granddaughter of the celebrated Daniel Boone.  The family were here during the Black Hawk war; Mr. C.'s father served as Captain of Volunteers during the war, and was honorably discharged at its close; Mr. C. has his old muster rolls now in his possession; he also has in his possession an old family Bible, the property of his grandfather, Nathan Boone; the record of his mother's family is in it; Mr. C.'s first wife was Miss Nancy Chandler; they had six children, only one of whom is living, Mrs. Frances McLaughlin; married the widow Calamer, whose maiden name was Miss Margaret Pilcher; one child living, Olive M.; lost one; married Miss Elizabeth Milburn, born in Ind.; History of Jo Daviess County, Illinois. (1878) Page #758.


Peter VanBibber and Marguery Bounds
  Olive VanBibber and Nathan Boone
    Mahala Boone and Robert Coats Punty

Little has been recorded about Mahala, daughter of Nathan Boone. Discovery of fragments of the tombstone a couple of years ago, which was apparently never placed on her grave, added more data about her short life. The ancestry and career of her husband are found in the old History of Greene County, Missouri. St. Louis, Western Historical Company, 1883, Page 689:
ROBERT COATS PUNTY, M.D. Dr. Punty was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Rives) Punty, and was born in Warren county, Kentucky, July 7, 1820. Robert read medicine under Drs. Shackleford and Gerham., and began the practice in 1845 at Ash Grove. His health failing he went to Virginia, and on his return stopped in Warren county, Kentucky, and practiced four years in the vicinity of his birthplace. While making his home in Kentucky, he attended the medical department of the Missouri State University, at St. Louis, that department of the University being then in that city, and graduated in 1847. He was married January 18, 1848, in this county, to Miss Mahala S., daughter of Col Nathan Boone, who was the eighth child of Daniel Boone. She died November 2, 1849, leaving one child, now Mrs. Belle Boone Bowden of Springfield.

Note: Mrs. Mary F. McGown was "Mary Francis Hosman" who was first married to Luther A. McGowan. Mary was the daughter of Alfred Hosman and Mary C. Boone. Mary Boone was the daughter of Nathan Boone and Olive Van Bibber.

 John VanBibber and Chloe Staniford
  Chloe VanBibber and Jesse Bryan Boone
      Panthea Grant Boone and Lilburn W. Boggs
        William Montgomery Boggs and Sonora Louisa Hicklin


Mr. Wm. M. Boggs, though at present a citizen and property holder in Napa, has in the past held so prominent a place in the annals of Sonoma, that we here notice him. He came out to California with his father in 1846, and acted as captain of the train most of the way. The ill fated Donner party was for the greatest part of the journey attached to his train, and had they so continued would have escaped the horrible fate that overtook them in their snow-bound camp. Mr. Boggs crossed the Sierra Nevada some two weeks in advance of the Donner party, and reached the valley in time to secure shelter for all. He served three months in the Mexican war on this coast as a non-commissioned officer in a battalion of mounted riflemen recruited by himself and A.F. Grayson. The battalion was attached to the command of Lieutenant Maddox of the Marine Corps under Commodore Stockton, and was honorably discharged at Monterey. Mr. Boggs settled in Sonoma with his family, and resided there seventeen years. He was a larger dealer in real estate, some of the finest places in the valley having been at different times owned by him. His eldest son, now twenty-six years old, was born in Sonoma, and is the first American born in California under the national Party. Mr. Boggs moved to Napa in 1863, and has since resided in that city.

Historical and Descriptive Sketchbook of Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino, Comprising Sketches of their Topography, Productions, History, Scenery, and Peculiar Attractions, by C.A. Meneffe, Napa City: 1873, James D. Stevenson, Ph.D., Publisher, with Index copyright, 1993.


Funeral services were held for B.H. Boone, 79, Cooke county pioneer, who died at his home here late Monday, where held at the Whaley Memorial Methodist Church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. J.C. Marshall, the pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery under the direction of Undertaker George J. Carroll, with the following pallbearers, Active ---- W.H. Brown, Fred Frasher, John McCarty, Frank Mitchell, J.Z. Keel, and Frank Morris. Honorary ---- J.P. Ware, Sam Stansbury, D.T. Lacy and S.M. King.The deceased was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone, famous Indian fighter of early Texas days, and was formerly a peace officer here. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Miss Annie, residing in California. December 29, 1925


Funeral services for Mrs. Susan Boone, set for originally 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon, will not be held until 6 o'clock Sunday afternoon, it was decided today, in order to await arrival of relatives who could not reach Gainesville Saturday. Funeral services will be conducted at Fairview cemetery.Mrs. Boone, 83, widow of the late D.H. Boone, died at her home on Potter and Culberson streets Thursday midnight. July 30, 1932


~Off Site Link~ Story of Susannah Boone Hays~

~Off Site Link~Delinda Boone~ Story


Jesse James was born in Clay County, Mo. on September 5, 1847. He became one of the most famous outlaws of the American West. He was a Civil War guerrilla at age 15. After the war, Jesse formed a gang with his brother, Frank, and several other men. They robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains. In 1876, the gang was decimated trying to rob a bank in Northfield, Minn. However, Jesse and Frank escaped. Jesse formed another gang, but soon quietly slipped out of the state and hid out in Nashville, Tenn. There he was known as Thomas Howard. Mr. Howard and his wife, Zee, had a son born to them on December 31, 1875. They named him Charlie Howard. Jesse James called him "Tim."
Mr. Howard moved his family back to Missouri. On April 3, 1882, in St. Joseph, Mo., Jesse James was shot in the back by a fellow gang member, Bob Ford, for a reward. The seven-year-old lad had not known his real name Jesse Edwards James, Jr. until after his father's death.
Jesse James, Jr. Grew up and was running a cigar stand in the lobby of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Mo., when he met and married Stella Frances McGowan. They married in the parlor of her parents' home at 415 Landis Court, Kansas City, Mo., on January 24, 1900. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. S.H. Werlein of the Kansas City Methodist Church, South.
Stella and her family had only recently moved to Kansas City. She grew up on a farm with her parents, Alfred M. and Martha McGowan, near Ash Grove, Mo. Mary Boone Hosman, Stella's great- grandmother and daughter of Nathan Boone, was living in the Nathan Boone cabin at the time of the marriage.
Jesse James, Jr. and his Nathan Boone descendant bride, lived in Kansas City where he practiced law for 25 years. One of his clients would become President of the United States. His name was Harry S. Truman.

Missouri Commonwealth -- Ash Grove, Missouri -- November 24, 1994

Dedicated to  the Memory of Olive Van Bibber Tafel