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ZERELDA E. BOONE Contributed by: Karen Mitchell
In memory of Edith Todd
Zerelda E. BOONE born 24 Apr 1852 at Westport (now Kansas City), Missouri.
Arrived Colorado 1860. Died 25 Jan 1918, Walsenburg. Buried Masonic
Cemetery, Walsenburg, CO.
A great granddaughter of the famed Daniel BOONE, a niece of one of
Colorado's best known pioneer citizens, Col. Albert G. BOONE, and whose
parents were pioneer builders of southern Colorado. Zerelda came west in
1860. Her father, Van Daniel BOONE, was urged to come west through his
brother, Albert. The brothers settled on several thousand acres of land
located about 20 miles east of Pueblo. Gradually a military post was
developed and a small community flourished which was known as Booneville
the name changed later to Boone.
Zerelda's parents stayed until the following year when the family returned
to Westpoint, MO because of the homesickness suffered by Mrs. BOONE. But
conditions brought on by the Civil War caused the family to leave in 1862
and return to Colorado territory. Colorado remained their home.
Zerelda's mother Mary Ann and her father became prominent in the busiess
social life of early Pueblo and the Arkansas Valley. Her uncle Albert was
to become one of the states most revered persons. He became well known and
respected among the Indian tribes and served as Indian Agent for Colorado
Ft. Lyons. He was largely responsible for making the treaty with the
Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes for the relinquishment of their claims to
Colorado and Wyoming.
Following Zerelda's marriage to Conrad UNFUG, she lived in Walsenburg
several years. Later they moved to Pueblo where they lived until 1904.
They then returned to Walsenburg for their permanent home.
B. (Mrs. H. HUTCHCRAFT) 1893-1964; and Mary H. (Mrs. Robert R. ROBERTSON)