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Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is the final resting place of my second great-grandmother, Susannah Bryan Boren. Susannah Bryan was born April 11, 1763, at Forks of the Yadkin River, Rowan County, North Carolina. She was first cousin of Rebecca Bryan, wife of Daniel Boone. She married Bazel Boren at Boren's Fort, Washington County, Virginia. Bazel was a long hunter and frequent companion of Daniel Boone in wilderness exploration. He was a hero of the Battle of Kings Mountain in the American Revolution. Bazel and Susannah pioneered Boonesborough and Bryan's Station, Kentucky; Robertson County, Tennessee; and southern Illinois. When Bazel died in 1812 from wounds received in the Battle of Tippecanoe, Susannah was left with raising her large family. Sometime after 1818, when she is last listed in an Illinois census, she moved with members of her family to Carroll County, Arkansas. She died at Eureka Springs in 1836 at the age of 73. She was one of the earliest pioneers to the region.


Kerry Ross Boren
Salt Lake City, UT