BOONE found Rebecca and the children living comfortably enough in a small cabin near that of William Bryan, Rebecca's brother, who had married Boone's sister. Soon after Daniel's return they moved to the dwelling of Rebecca's father, but it was not long before they were off again to Kentucky.
It had been difficult for news to get back to the settlements during the fighting with Blackfish; but a letter or two had been sent East before the siege began, announcing Boone's escape. Friends may have sent the word on to Rebecca. She was very likely expecting her husband when he walked in with the story of his escape, of new laurels in the defense of Boonesborough, of the charges against him, of his triumphant acquittal, of his promotion.
All the rest of the winter of 1778-79 and all the summer of 1779 Daniel and Rebecca remained in the East. No one knows quite what Boone was doing in this period. In the "autobiography" he himself says merely that "nothing worthy of a place in this account passed in my affairs for some time." The Virginia authorities must have wanted first-hand reports from Major Boone on the situation in Kentucky, on the British defenses at Detroit, and on the location of the Indian villages. Some have conjectured that Rebecca's Tory family pleaded with him to stay out of Kentucky and succeeded in delaying his return.