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A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, various volumes, William Elsey Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas Historical Society, Topeka; Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago-New York, 1918.
William M. Boone, M. D., who located at Highland, Doniphan County, a well-equipped physician and surgeon in 1892, had steadily practiced in that community for over a quarter of a century and is now the oldest member in point of continuous service of the local profession.
Doctor Boone belongs to the family of Kentucky Boones and four or five generations back his ancestry was the same as that of the famous frontiersman and hunter, Daniel Boone. The Boone family originated in Southern England, and it will be recalled that Daniel Boone was a native of Pennsylvania but subsequently went to the Carolinas.
Doctor Boone’s grandfather was Hiram C. Boone, who was born in 1788 and stood in the relationship of first cousin to Daniel Boone. He became a prominent man in Meade County, Kentucky, where he died in 1863. He had fought in some of the Indian wars and was major of the State Militia. By occupation he was a planter and had numerous slaves to work his fields and gather his crops, as well as look after the duties of the household. His second wife was Sallie Staples, and she died in Meade County, Kentucky, at the age of seventy-five. A record of their children is: Clemmie, who married Doctor Bay, who served as a surgeon in the Union army, and both are now deceased; Sallie H., who married A. H. Slaughter; Samuel H., who became a Union soldier, was wounded in battle by a minie ball and incapacitated for further duty, and ten years later he died at Denver, Colorado; James Monroe, mentioned below; Junius B., deceased; Victoria, who married Mr. Douglass and both are now deceased; Hiram C., who is retired farmer living in Meade County, Kentucky.
Meade County, Kentucky, was the birthplace of Dr. William M. Boone. His birthday was March 5, 1860. His father, James Monroe Boone, was born in Kentucky May 11, 1832, and died at Hillsboro, Texas, in December, 1915. He was reared in Meade County, was married in Breckinridge County, and besides farming he had interests in the boating business in Kentucky. During a period of hard times following the panic of 1873 he had to sacrifice his Kentucky farm, and he then sought a new field. On February 14, 1878, he arrived at Dallas, Texas, which was then an extremely new town and had been connected with the outside world by railroads only a few years. In 1880 he removed to a farm near Hillsboro, Texas, and though past middle life at the time he eventually redeemed his fortune in that state. He was a democrat and a very active member of the Baptist Church, serving for many years as clerk. James M. Boone married Ellen Moorman, who was born April 12, 1837, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, and is still living at Hillsboro, Texas, at the age of eighty. Of her children Dr. William M. Boone is the oldest, Jessie L., the second, lives at Warrensburg, Missouri, widow of E. M. Yates, who was a merchant and miller. Mrs. Yates had six children; Harriet, Lutie, Emmett, Jean, Ida May and James. Sallie H., the third child, is a resident of Hillsboro, Texas, and wife of Dr. J. W. Spaulding, a physician and surgeon; their children are Cullen, a physician at Baltimore, Maryland; Catherine, wife of Mr. Creekmore, a traveling salesman; Nellie, wife of John Goodman, a merchant; and S. Maurice. Harriet Pearl, a resident of Hillsboro, her mother living with her, is the wife of J. C. Givens, a real estate man who had served as county treasurer of that county in Texas. Charles M. Boone is a farmer near Hillsboro. Samuel M. is assistant to the sheriff and tax collector of Houston County, Texas, at Crockett. Mary Lucretia, who died in 1914, was the wife of J. O. Moore, a very successful real estate man at Corpus Christi, Texas; Mrs. Moore left three children, Ruth, Orren and Aileen. Nellie A. died at the age of fifteen. Helen is unmarried and lives with her mother at Hillsboro.