Judgment Tree


Daniel Boone’s Judgment Tree

I learned a lot about Daniel Boone today when we visited the homestead in Missouri.
Decades ago, Dutch elm disease felled what was once an 80′ elm-the Judgment Tree.  The remains stay, however. During his years in Missouri Boone was appointed Commandant of the region and Syndic, or judge. He used to hear local grievances beneath that elm tree. Once a man seized a cow from a widow to satisfy a debt.  The action was legal, but not—in Daniel’s mind—charitable.  He told the man to “never show his face” in the neighborhood again, and gave the widow a cow from his own herd.

I learned that Daniel Boone was raised as a Quaker. Quakers are peace loving and so was Daniel. He went out on long hunting trips to bring home pelts of game for trading.

At one point his daughter, Jemima, was kidnapped by the Cherokee-Shawnee Indians. Daniel and a few others rescued them. This story is the inspiration for The Last of the Mohicans. 

Some of you, divorced moms, can imagine the fear of losing your children, not to kidnappers but more likely in child custody battles. The circumstances dealing with justice are often complicated. After a divorce you may feel that your heart is being ripped in two.

How did you handle the fear of being separated from your children? What advice would you give to other moms in your situation?

Gail at book signingI am a Certified Professional Coach and I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My Website.

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