Huerfano County, Colorado
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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 and 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 and 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 at 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.

Children: Vernie B. (Mrs. H. HUTCHCRAFT) 1893-1964; and Mary H. (Mrs. Robert R. ROBERTSON) 1889-(no date).

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