In this valley, on 10 Oct. 1773, Delaware, Shawnee, and Cherokee Indians killed Daniel Boone's eldest son, James, and five others in their group of eight settlers en route to Kentucky. Separated from Daniel Boone's main party, the men had set up camp near Wallen's Creek. At dawn the Indians attacked and killed James Boone, Henry Russell, John and Richard Mendenhall (brothers), a youth whose last name was Drake, and Charles (one of two slaves in the party). Isaac Crabtree and Adam, a slave, escaped. This event prompted Boone and his party to abandon their first attempt to settle Kentucky.
Geographic Location: Lee County
Physical Description of Location: Duffield, VA 24244. Located on Daniel Boone Trail (Hwy 421), less than 1/5 of a mile northwest of the junction of Daniel Boone Trail (Hwy 421) and State Route 612. Marker is on the left when traveling northwest on Daniel Boone Trail (Hwy 421).
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