||Recollections on Capture by the Shawnee, 1778 [manuscript]
||Draper Manuscripts: Daniel Boone Papers, 11 C 62 to 62-14 (microfilm), Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Joseph Jackson was born in Bedford County, Virginia, in 1755,
and served as a private in the Virginia Line during the
Revolution. With Daniel Boone and others, he was captured by the
Shawnee in February 1778, as described in this document, and
spent the next two decades with them. A neighbor reported that
he married late and unhappily, and hung himself in May 1844 in
Bourbon County, Kentucky, shortly after Draper questioned him.
Lyman Copeland Draper interviewed Jackson on one of his first
research trips through the South, in April 1844. Draper’s notes
of Jackson’s reminiscences given here are in volume 11C of the
Draper manuscripts (Daniel Boone Papers), item number sixty-two.
Because of their fragile condition, the images presented here
were digitized from a microfilm copy. For more documents on
early Kentucky, see AJ-125, AJ-151, AJ-155, AJ-157, AJ-158, and
Other Internet and Reference Resources
Boone’s own account of these events is in document AJ-125. A
short biography of him that includes more details is available
at Ohio History Central at
A brief account of the Shawnees during these years is
available at Ohio History Central at
The printed literature on Daniel Boone and the exploration
and settlement of Kentucky is immense. Selected digitized images
of this literature are available at the Kentuckiana Digital
Library at www.kyvl.org/.
Another useful web site is
“The First American West: the Ohio
River Valley 1750-1820”
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/, a collection of 15,000 pages
of original historical materials documenting the land, people,
exploration and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West,
selected from the collections of the University of Chicago
Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville,
Finally, the University Library, University of Louisville,
kyhistory/boone.html provides links to Daniel Boone
biography, Boone family history, and Boone historic sites.