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Austin Smith to Jedediah Smith

Austin Smith to Jedediah Smith
Creator: Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831
Date: September 24, 1831
This letter is from Austin Smith to his father, Jedediah Smith, Sr. In the letter, Austin informs his father of the death of his brother, Jedediah Strong Smith, who was killed by Comanche Indians on May 27, 1831, near the Cimarron River.


Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Smith
Date: Between 1840 and 1850
An illustration of Jedediah Smith copied from The Travels of Jedediah Smith by Maurice S. Sullivan. The sketch was made by a friend from memory after Smith's death.


Jedediah Smith to Ralph Smith

Jedediah Smith to Ralph Smith
Creator: Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831
Date: January 26, 1831
This letter is from Jedidiah Strong Smith (1799-1831) to his brother Ralph Smith (1794-1867) who was living in Wayne County, Ohio at the time of the letter in 1831. This letter is written from St. Louis, Missouri months before Jedidiah Smith was killed by Comanche Indians in May of 1831 on the Cimaron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail near the Cimarron River. In the letter, Jedidiah writes about his travels and people he encounters and interacts with including children and doctors.


Jedediah Smith to Ralph Smith

Jedediah Smith to Ralph Smith
Creator: Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831
Date: February 28, 1831
This letter is from Jedidiah Strong Smith (1799-1831) to his brother Ralph Smith (1794-1867) who was living in Wayne County, Plaine Township, Ohio at the time the letter was written from St. Louis, Missouri. The letter is written months prior to Jedidiah's death by Comanche Indians on the Santa Fe Trail near the Cimarron River. In the letter, Jedidiah writes about his travels, their Father and his anticipation of receiveing a letter from his family back home soon.


Jedediah Smith to brother

Jedediah Smith to brother
Creator: Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831
Date: December 24, 1829
This letter is from Jedidiah Strong Smith (1799-1831) to his brother Ralph Smith (1794-1867) living in Ohio at the time of the letter. Jedidiah writes this letter in 1829 at Wind River which is located on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. In the letter, Jedidiah writes about his journey, including the dangers and opportunities this trip provides him, and asks for information from home when Ralph writes next.


Jedediah Smith to his brother, Blue River, fork of Kansas

Jedediah Smith to his brother, Blue River, fork of Kansas
Creator: Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831
Date: September 10, 1830
Writing this letter thirty miles from camp Leavenworth, Jedediah Strong Smith appeals to his brother Ralph Smith of Ohio to meet him in St. Louis. Jedediah discusses the death of his mother, a correspondence with a Doctor Simons, the nature of freindship and a debt owed to Ransom Clarke. Born in New York but raised in Ohio, Smith was ambitious for adventure and made numerous journies through the western territoires, gaining considerable fame as an explorer. In May 1831, at a water hole near Cimarron, Kansas, Smith was surrounded and killed by Comanches.


Percussion lock revolver

Percussion lock revolver
Creator: E. Remington & Sons
Date: 1861
Highly corroded Model 1861 Remington revolver with missing grips. This pistol was found in 1913 along the Cimarron River on the old Santa Fe Trail, near the southwest corner of Haskell County, Kansas. While digging for fish bait, two boys recovered the pistol. The donor theorized the pistol belonged to the pathfinder Jedediah Smith, who was killed by Indians near that location in 1831.


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