There is quite a lot of good information about the McQuitty family on the McQuitty forum.Look especially at the early messages from Hoyt Young and Rhodene Frederick.
Ellender (there are several versions of this name) was the daughter of Jesse Copher ((20 Jun 1756, Culpeper Co., Virginia - 16 Sep 1822, Boone Co., Missouri) and Elizabeth Boone (21 Jul 1765, Rowan Co., North Carolina - abt 1856, Boone Co., Missouri) who married about 1792 in Kentucky.Elizabeth was a niece of frontiersman Daniel Boone, and there is quite a lot available about her ancestors.Jesse was the son of Thomas Copher and Mary ---.
Contact me by email if you like, and I’ll send what I have.I am a descendant of Daniel Newton McQuitty (2nd son of David and Ellender/Elinda/Elinor/Nellie) and Susan Elliott.
Here’s information from a book I have:
Spraker, Hazel Atterbury.The Boone Family. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Co., 1922, (1999 reprint, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore). ISBN 0-8063-0612-2.
"Jesse Copher was raised in Culpepper Co., Va., and came to Kentucky as a young man.He was rather clumsy in build, so never made much of a hunter, but became a farmer instead.
"He was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army; was captured with Kenton and Bullock, and taken to Detroit, where they were all kept a long time.Eventually they escaped thro' assistance given them by the wife of a storekeeper there.Kenton became acquainted with her and frankly said he wished help to escape.She promised to furnish provisions secretly, and arms if she could, but her husband must not be involved, and her life might be the forfeit if it were known she had helped them.She hid some 'jerk' in a hollow tree, which had been agreed upon, and one evening, when some Indians had encamped nearby and stacked their guns while they were drinking, she stole three of the guns and hid them.She took ammunition from her husband's store, and one night with a ladder climbed the picketing (the prisoners were confined in some sort of stockade) to give them the guns and ammunition.She had gotten an Irishman who lived in Detroit to tell them, that if he were a prisoner and wished to escape he would take the usual route thro' the Wyandotte, Shawnee and Delaware country, then down to the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville, Ky.).'Profiting by this hint, they steered in that direction,' and although they frequently heard guns, they saw no Indians, but supposed they were being pursued.At first they traveled only during the nights.Their 'jerk' gave out, and finally they were forced in spite of their fear of discovery to shoot a deer.Just as it fell they discovered a party of Indians at a distance and hid themselves in a thicket.The Indians, however, disappeared and they enjoyed a feast of venison, 'jerking' the rest of it.Soon after they reached the Falls of the Ohio.
"Jesse Copher and Elizabeth Boone were married in 179-, in Ky., and settled in Clark Co., where he took up a pre-emption of 1400 acres on Stoner Creek, most of which he lost later by a prior location.
"In the War of 1812 he was Captain of the Kentucky Militia Volunteers, commanded by Col. Richard Davenport.
"Following the loss of his land he moved to Boone Co., Mo., in 1819.For many years he and his wife were members of the Baptist Church.
"Both of them died in Missouri, leaving a large family of children, one of whom, Samuel, lived ten or twelve miles north of Columbia Boone Co.
"Jesse Copher and Elizabeth Boone had eleven children, all mentioned in his will, which was signed 5 July, 1822; produced in Boone Co. (Mo.) Circuit Court and proven 21 Sept., 1822; and recorded on 18 Oct., 1822, in Will Book 'A' page 120, 1 and 2."