Hannah Boone Muchmore-Gibbs, Kentucky Pioneer 1759-1850

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Dedicated to one of early Kentucky's Pioneers, Hannah [Boone] Muchmore-Gibbs, whose birth is given as 1759 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania,[1] awaits  further research into her and John Gibbs' life. Gibbs, the son of John York Gibbs, came by way of Virginia and North Carolina, along with Hannah to Frozen Creek, in Eastern Kentucky where the Gibbs family settled. John Gibbs after serving in the American Revolution, from North Carolina, is indicated to  marry Hannah during 1783; she, a cousin of Daniel Boone, whose early explorations into Kentucky may have been one considered reason for their own movement to Kentucky, is remembered this Thanksgiving weekend here, by indicating this marker to her burial in Frozen Creek, dated as 1850.

It seems apparent from these dates not only were they among some of the first to arrive west of the Appalachians and open up Kentucky, as a new western US frontier, but reflected in their own lives those founding years to the new American Republic. Contemporaries with the Founding Fathers and others of those first decades, it does not take much thought to conclude they were aware not only of those persons and their lives, but various events and movements shaping this history to the American Republic. Hannah's final year, only a decade from the start to the Civil War would seem to indicate some potential knowledge not only of the personalities but probable affects those decades brought, both to Kentucky and the then 50 plus years for American founding. Kentucky alone seems to have been an early mini-melting pot for these new Americans both North and South. Quite possibly as example, their son Nathan Gibbs, who survived the mid-century American divide, was named after one such early Revolutionary hero Nathan Hale. It seems entirely possible; early research into genealogy indicated this American Revolution generation and that which followed, the first post-Revolution generation, found reason to name children after various  original Founders, such as Washington, etc. This indicates, would suggest, considerable impact from our Revolutionary era upon that first American expansion and its families.

Remarkable, historical records such as this [picture] grave marker, have managed to survive and make possible here, remembrance of those whose earliest efforts to establish a new Republic and Kentucky, while giving a view into that past  and continuing to work thru history to this very present from these lives that have made possible our own. It is a passage deserving  this moment.

footnote[1]: Dates, etc. based on preliminary research for genealogy and sources, including online Muchmore Family records, Find A Grave records and Kathy Wilson[Iowa PH.d candidate research].

There are no sources to verify the purported kinship with Daniel Boone.

Perhaps Mr. Wilson would indicate the sources for his conclusion ?

Original evidence was developed from the Muchmore Genealogy History webpages online and another family source commissioned to research family history.

Veracity is obviously an important qualification.

It was reported she was a cousin of Boone's and traveled with him into Kentucky as part of his Party to settle the territory with her husband a reported participant with Boone in the pioneering move into Kentucky.

Thank you.
Wyatt Reader MA
UCLA/Whittier College[California]
California Community Colleges[private]

This is one of and a principal source recognized for relation of Hannah Boone Gibbs to Daniel Boone family as Pioneers in Kentucky

Wyatt Reader M.A.
[pictures to add of gravesite found on prior posting and webpage reference.]


Find a Grave online web page for Hannah Boone Muchmore Gibbs; 1st cousin of Daniel Boone.

Hannah Mason Muchmore Gibbs
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Hannah Mason Muchmore Gibbs
BIRTH 8 Feb 1759
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
DEATH 17 Mar 1856 (aged 97)
Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Kentucky, USA
Hazel Green Cemetery
Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Kentucky, USA
MEMORIAL ID 7658825 · View Source
Hannah Mason Muchmore Gibbs was the wife of John Gibbs, Sr. and is buried in the old Gibbs Cemetery, which is now a part of the Hazel Green Cemetery. From KY 203, Hazel Green, take KY 191 North for 0.3 mile. Cemetery will be on left side of road. She is a first cousin to Daniel BOONE. Hannah was the daughter of Shadrack Steven Sharpen Muchmore and Mary Mason Muchmore. She is buried at the feet of her son Nathan Gibbs, marked by a small silver marker next to what is left of her gravestone.

Maintained by: K. Roberts
Originally Created by: Marla Taylor-Lonchar
Record added: Jul 06, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7658825

Bio by: K. Roberts

Family Members

John Gibbs
John York Gibbs

Nathan Gibbs
Nathan Gibbs

Flowers • 15

Plant Memorial Trees

For my 5th great grandmother. You are not forgotten.

Left by Jill E on 10 Jul 2018

- Pat Added: Jun. 19, 2007

Left by K. Roberts on 7 Jan 2016

Not a primary source.

Thank you Mr. Wilson for your comment and information.

Can you confirm what primary sources you consider veracity ?

Just this last few days from your own post, have located a couple of other onlne sources that do raise question, there seems to be differences over the accuracy of the information but neither are they outright rejections.

Absent more info re: your own background and what you consider valid sources am unable to accept these conclusions for present.

Does the Muchmore Family genealogy online represent any source you consider primary for instance ?

Thank you for your interest and will consider any other info you may offer.

Both of these posts online in genealogy page re: Muchmore-Gibbs marriage and History are evidences of the accurate history for Hannah Boone Muchmore.

While do have some problems in locating the relationship which place Hannah within the cousin line for Daniel Boone, their is other evidence which will need to recall in order to show the relation between families.

As far of the queries mentioned here and others from the same web page, the history is accurate as to Gibbs and Hannah.

Any further queries could be directed here, would hope, on H-Kentucky.''
Thank You



I descend from John Gibbs through his granddaughter, Evaline Gibbs who married John Washington Day. K. Roberts, my 1st cousin 1X, has researched this claim for decades (cited above) and remains unconvinced to this day. An anecdotal bit of information is that at the Kentucky funeral (~1960) of my grandmother, Lula Day Davis Wilson, a representative of the Daniel Boone Society, attended (according to my deceased aunt). As it has been discussed, Hannah may have been the daughter of Jonathan Boone. I suppose you are well aware of the uncertainty in Hanna’s parentage. I only refer to this uncertainty. I don’t put much stock in Findagrave. Birth records and Wills are the most trustworthy imho.


K. Roberts, my 1st cousin 1X, cited above, has researched this claim for decades and remains unconvinced, she has recently told me. An anecdotal (I believe my aunt had mentioned this) family supporting bit of information is that at the Lexington, Kentucky funeral (1960) of my grandmother, Lula Day Davis Wilson, a representative of the Daniel Boone Society, attended. As it has been discussed, Hannah may have been the daughter of Jonathan Boone:


My sense is that there are myriad claims of kinship made, some passed down through oral family history, that are often cases of wishful thinking. Such claims may be true, but if there are no documented records to support these claims, one should not accept circumstantial evidence as fact.

Here a case in point is a claim made in “The Family Hoge” by James Hoge Tyler, VA governor in late 1800’s, that our ancestor Joseph Howe was a cousin (1st or 2nd) to the English Viscount Howe’s. No evidence has ever been found to justify this claim from this very well documented English family.

Thank you Mr. Wilson for your latest additions to this H-Kentucky posted material on pioneering history for Muchmore and Gibbs Family.

It is most welcome. Over a period of years, 2018-2020 at least, did have number f exchanges with your cousin Karen Roberts about Muchmore, Hannah Boone history and Gibbs History.

It seems we are related also. Not done much on these degrees of distances in genealogy; only, some very basic historical research based on y own 20th Century family history and efforts.

Admitted the sources of this information may nnot be 100% reliable but am willing to cosider such as find a grave plus additional information positive if not final. Did provide Karen with materials over this recent past.
Been going thru my correspondence saved to date as record and will try to refine it further so as to post on H-Kentucky some additional items.

Cannot say with certitude when but have been at this History over a considerable number of years, One primary source have relied upon is Family genealogy done in 1970s by a family member quite interested in the Boone Society and confirming heritage with the life of Hannah as Boone relative. Karen has some of this material.

Their are some questions but evidences seem enough to conclude their were relationships that are more than less determining. For example while not proof directly, did find a descendent just this month of Gibbs line named Boone Gibbs. This in itself prove nothing but does show what History there has been led to a name being included within the Gibbs family heritage over a couple of generations.
Despite the problems which are preventing giving the History its due properly, such as personal visits for example, previous sources
indicate a direction am willing to standupon, at least for the present. Possibly this will take another generation to research as it deserves.

Hannah and John Gibbs are to best calculation can indicate, my own 7GG Grandmother. Gibbs service in the American Revolution is not doubted.

Thank you again.
Wyatt Reader M.A.

Dear Mr. Reader,

It’s a nice coincidence that you have communicated with Karen Roberts. Her (deceased) mother and I are first cousins through our grandmother Lula Day Wilson. My older brother (deceased) John Wilson, and Karen also had communicated extensively on our family.genealogy.

John got me interested in the origins of our 5th great grandfather, Joseph Howe (c1729-1790 colonial VA) in 2011. JH was the purported (again James Tyler Hoge's claim) brother or cousin to Augustus, Richard and William Howe (2-4 Viscount Howe’s) R and W led the British forces during our Revolution. There is a large internet discussion of Joseph Howe, (including my posts on Rootschat). I recruited the current 7th Earl Howe to help in investigating the veracity of this claim. We agree it is nearly certain that cHoseph was not a brother or a first cousin) was erroneous but a Joseph Howe did sell a large manor in 1739 (nearly the same time frame of the arrival of Joseph Howe to the colonies) in Netheravon, Wiltshire, to the 3rd Duke of Beaufort. This manor adjoined another well-documented one belonging to the Baronet Howe’s of Wiltshire. This would have made this Joseph Howe a 2nd cousin (if I recall - it’s been awhile). I’ve relayed all of this to Karen.

My 2nd great grandmother Evaline Gibbs (daughter of Nathan Gibbs) was the granddaughter of Hannah Muchmore, and she married John Washington Day. They resided in West Liberty, KY. Evaline had a son named Nathan Boone Day. Another son of Evaline Gibbs Day, William Day, had a son named Daniel Boone Day.

Kind regards,

Thomas Wilson
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Marshall University
Huntington, WV.

Hesitant to say, but there does seem something to this small world afterall.

It was not my intent to turn H-Kentucky into a genealogy list or discussion but perhaps if Prof. Hollingsworth is willing to post these points of discussion can exchange some further matters as well.

Certainly looks as if your heritage is quite well placed.  

Have with couple of exceptions avoided moving from the private matters of family into a public history discussion. Karen Roberts would be one of those directly affected. Our mutual cousin thru the Gibbs family, whose 3 sisters were discussed in prior posted H-Ky. material were indeed the source of much info based on family history. Your Grandmother Day serve as foundational to my own research, which was provoked by family history research from 1970s.Marshall would consider as a fine academic institution and your reply does indicate additional thoughts. Education seems part of the history for the Day family for certain, though have not found any such references in research from the Gibbs-Holmes side of this triumvirate of Kentucky History. Mostly the record seems one of movement as part of the whole western expansion and migration by Americans, post American Revolution and Civil War.

Tracking back to Kentucky has returned some very unexpected results. Evaline wrote a letter in 1922, which formed this research base but it is not exclusive now. Have discussed with Karen Roberts this letter, which does no longer seem to be available. Not unexpected given its 100 years passed presence.

There is however, a nexus of families and history from the early Founders History which is quite rich in details not maybe known previously. Three of these relate to the Boone Family History, the Muchmore Family History and surprise, the Lincoln Family early history. All of them were involved in the Cumberland Gap passage to Kentucky in manner indicating not only knowledge of each others person and lives. Early marriages between families are part to that history as well. Here is a page on the Days copied from Mrs. Roy M. Cecil, Early and Modern History of Wolfe County; Compiled by Wolfe County Woman's Club, Campton, Ky. (Campton, Ky.: The Club, [1958]).

Shall close here and await further, particularly if you should further discuss with Karen Roberts.

Dear Mr. Reader,

Thank you again for your reply. For the record, I am only an amateur genealogist, and have not spent much time on my Gibbs line. However, I did find an obituary (p. 8, July 4, 1931 issue of "The Courier-Journal" newspaper (Louisville, KY)), for my 2nd great-grandmother, Evelyn (Gibbs) Day. The 2nd paragraph of her obituary stated "Mrs. Day was a second cousin of Daniel Boone and had in her possessions a number of interesting Boone relics".

As you know, Evelyn Gibbs, wife of John Washington Day, was the granddaughter of Hannah Muchmore; Hanna married John Gibbs.

Coincidentally, today a Howe cousin* of mine (name withheld) and an authority on the Pearis (Paris) line of the colonial Carolinas and Virginia, mentioned that an ancestor of hers (if I am not mistaken), Robert Alexander Pearis (b1750, d1838), was the provisioner to Daniel Boone for his first expeditions into Kentucky. Robert Alexander married Anne Howe, daughter of Joseph Howe. JWDay (grandson of Rebecca Howe) was a great-nephew of Anne Howe.

If I am allowed to cite internet sources, an extensive summary of this Pearis line is found at: https://donmchugh.tripod.com/paris/1700_1755.htm. My cousin* is acknowledged therein. Pearis's were known to both George Washington and Daniel Boone.

Best regards,

Thomas Wilson

Am so very grateful to Prof. Hollingsworth for Her postings on Kentucky History of various materials related to this early history re: Pioneers of Kentucky. Most have discovered thru searches , except for our Family oral history and Bible, has been materials online. It needs be closely evaluated but not necessary to disregard.

So much colonial History no longer seems available. Have also discovered some reasons for this fact as truth. The latest post offered will take awhile to work upon but shall endeavor as time and situation permits. Karen Roberts has been source for much of primary and secondary materials have been relying upon. She has these as part to Her own heritage and Family. Below is the title page of a Family Bible dated 1842.

Dr. Wilson expressed concern for lack of original sources in posting comments upon earlier published history for Hannah Mason Muchmore-Gibbs. While the topic of history concerns her own family relation with the Boone Family, to wit, Daniel Boone, this Bible volume is an original source in possession here with a complete history to Family members births, all written in pen writing exactly the same as previously published here. Among its entries are Elizabeth Gibbs, daughter of Hannah and John Gibbs, 1818 in North Carolina and Hannah's Grandaughter, shown as 1838, Breathitt, Kentucky. Am not showing these direct entries for privacy reasons but the Bible Title page is offered here as a record of original source which reaches back to Hannah and John Gibbs directly, even though it does not comment upon their own parents and family relations.

This last reply speaks to Evelyn Gibbs Day; have considerable confidence in the accuracy to materials from Her times forward due to the Gibbs line as it relates to my own amateur Genealogy work. But original source is reliable back to Evelyn's sister who married Sam Hanks Holmes; she being Elizabeth Gibbs. Where problems have arisen is backtracking into Hannah and John Gibbs. But this much is certain. John Gibbs, like your mentioned Provisioner to Boone, was a member of Boone's Party advancing into Kentucky. This raises some meaningful questions. How, Where, When and Why did Gibbs become associated with Boone ? Its is attempting to answer these question that leads to probable understanding of who knew who; ie, Hannah becoming a contact for Gibbs, IF she was related to Boone. How these Families became involved with each other cannot be denied nor ignored. How then, did they in particular come to know George Washington, or even aware of each other ? Quite possibly Boone's reputation was farwide and general thru the Colonial era ? This is one possible answer. Have not explored the more general and specific aspects to this History but they seem reasonable part of the background to those lives and times. More needs be known and said. Hannah's and John's era seems quite fascinating, since they experienced the American Revolution first hand and must have known about the Founders and their activities. Certainly do hope this makes sense. Do think it does make for some of that History