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Levi Talbot (??-1823) - A trapper for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, nothing is known of Talbot's early life However when William Henry Ashley called for "one hundred young men" to ascend the Missouri River to trap beaver in 1922, Talbot responded. Talbot, along with friends Mike Fink and Bill Carpenter wintered with the Rocky Mountain Fur Company before traveling to Fort Henry, Montana in the spring of 1823. There, Fink killed Bill Carpenter in a "game," the two were fond of playing shooting cups of whiskey off each others heads. When Talbot found out a few weeks later that Fink had deliberately killed Carpenter, Levi shot Mike Fink through the heart. Later that year, Talbot took part in Colonel Henry Leavenworth's operation against the Arikara tribe in early August. Ten days later; however, on August 25, 1823, Talbot died while attempting to swim across the Bad River, a Missouri River tributary in South Dakota.


Edward S. Terrell (1812-1905) - Pioneer, trader, and lawman, Terrell is thought to have hailed from Kentucky or Tennessee before making his way to Texas, where he is said to have been the first white man to have camped on the site of what would later become Fort Worth, Texas. After a treaty with the area Indians in 1843, Terrell became an Indian trader and trapper working at the mouth of the Clear Fork on the Trinity River. He was later captured by the Indians and held for more than a year. He would eventually become city marshal of Fort Worth, Texas in 1873 and late that year, its first chief of police. Afterwards, he worked as a railroad contractor. He settled finally at Graham, Texas where he died on November 1, 1905.


Tom Tobin, frontiersmanTom Tate Tobin (1823-1904) - A frontiersman, trapper, mountain man, scout and guide, Tobin was born at St. Louis, Missouri on March 15, 1823. When he was just 14 years-old, he traveled west with his half-brother, Charles Autobees to Taos, New Mexico in 1837. There, he worked as a trapper, as well as sometimes working at a store at Arroyo Hondo. Later, he worked as a trapper and scout at Bent's Fort, Colorado. In 1846, he married Pascuala Bernal and the two settled at Arroyo Hondo, near Taos, New Mexico. In the Taos Pueblo Revolt in January, 1847, he narrowly escaped being killed. Through the years, he continued to work as a guide and scout, making the acquaintance of other frontiersman, such as Kit Carson, Uncle Dick Wootton, Ceran St. Vrain, Charles Bent, John C. Fremont, Wild Bill Hickok, and William F. Cody, and the Shoup brothers. By, 1853, his talents as a mountain man were so highly regarded, that he guided the Beale expedition from the Gunnison River to California. Some ten years later, in September, 1863, he was sent along with a detachment of soldiers to track down and eliminate the notorious outlaws, Felipe and Julian Espinosa. Returning to Fort Garland, Colorado with the desperados' heads in a sack, he never received the full $2,500 reward offered. In November, 1868, Tobin was appointed by General Penrose as chief scout on an Indian-hunting campaign where he worked along two other scouts, including his half-brother, Charles Autobee and "Wild Bill" Hickok. In the meantime, his daughter, Pascualita, had grown up and married William "Billy" Carson, Kit's son, in 1878. Later, when Tobin found out that Billy was abusing his wife, he went after his son-in-law to avenge the beating, but instead, was shot by Billy Carson. Though Tobin survived, he never fully recovered from his wound. However, he did outlive Billy by many years. Tobin died on May 16, 1904 and was buried at Fort Garland, ColoradoMore ...




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