|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1835|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1921|
From the Jackson's Hole Courier, Thursday, Sept 8, 1921:
Pioneer Passes Away. Pioneer of Jackson's Hole and Father of Jackson, Wyoming Succumbs After Short Illness.
John Porter Simpson was born at Lick Ridges, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, September 18th, 1835, died at Jackson, Wyoming, September 4th, 1921. Mr. Simpson was of Scotch English parentage and is of a family of four children, all deceased, his only brother having been killed in the battle of Spotsvania. When very young, he was left an orphan, and in 1839 his grandfather removed with the children to Illinois, near Norwood, where he grew to manhood.
In 1857, in company with others of that locality he crossed the plains arriving where Denver now stands. After a few years of mining and prospecting, he located at Empire and built the first business there.
In 1863 he removed to Blackhawk, Colo., and in that year enlisted as a volunteer in the Blackhawk or Tyler Rangers, an organization of one hundred picked men who furnished their own equipment, the purpose being to clear the stage and freight roads of depredating Indians, who were then doing much damage throughout Colorado and Kansas.
This company was out over three months and altho the expedition was successful, the government sent out troops to arrest and return these volunteers to Denver.
He was the only man of this organization that the government ever rewarded by a pension and probably the last of company of men who opened up the roads from St. Joseph, Missouri to Denver, Colorado.
From 1865 to 1869 he was in charge of, and was the owner of the Army transportation of the Department of the Platte, Arkansas, being stationed at Fort ? And Fort Morgan in Colorado.
From 1869 to 1875 he was in business in Denver, known as the Elephant Corrals, and specialized in outfitting freighters in and thruout Colorado and Wyo.
He outfitted General Hayden at the time he made his Geological Survey in Wyoming.
In June 1876, just before the Custer Battle at the Little Big Horn, he passed thru the Sioux country, to Deadwood, South Dakota. Arriving there on the 20th of the month he immediately established the Elephant Corrals of that place.
In 1879, he returned to Loveland, Colo., where he engaged in the ranch and stock business. In 1888 he removed to Dubois, Wyoming.
In 1892 he became a permanent resident of Jackson's Hole, taking up a part of the land where Jackson now stands. He and his family have resided here until about seven years ago when they moved to California. He always held Jackson as his residence and returned here whenever possible.
He was married at Bergen Park (Golden City having been scratched out), Colo., to Margaret Susan Sullivan on Christmas Day, 1865.
Surviving are his wife, of San Diego, Calif., Wm. L. Simpson of Cody, Wyo.; Mrs. Pearl S. Crandall of Oceanside, Calif.; James Sullivan Simpson and Mrs. W. Preston Redmond, both of Jackson, Claude Dewitt Simpson of Powderhorn, Colo.; and Alva Adams Simpson, of Sagauche, Colorado. Besides these, there are fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Attendance at the funeral was large and a number of old timers were present. The floral tributes were many and very beautiful.
Probably from the Cody, WY newspaper:
Father of Jackson Dies at Age of 86. Father of W. L. Simpson Earliest Pioneer in State
W. L. Simpson returned home last week from Jackson, where he was called to the bedside of his aged father, John P. Simpson, 86 years, who died shortly after his arrival, Sunday morning. Mr. Simpson's health has been remarkably good for a man of his years until a few weeks ago, when he was suddenly taken ill. His death marked the closing of one of the most remarkable careers of a pioneer to this state and ushers out the father of Jackson (Wyo.) probably the oldest surviving pioneer of the state.
Mr. Simpson crossed the plains with an ox team to where Denver now stands. In 1857 he was active in the earlier development of Colorado and in 1876 before the Custer battle of the Little Big Horn he passed through the Sioux country to Deadwood, S.D., returning to Colorado, near Loveland in 1879; removing to Dubois, Wyo., in 1888 and to Jackson Hole in1892.
There he located a ranch upon which the greater part of Jackson now stands. He was the only pensioner of the government for services rendered with the Black Hawk or Tyler rangers, a volunteer organization in the Indian wars of Colorado in 1863. He had charge of the entire army transportation of the South Platte and Arkansas rivers from 1865 to 1869. He outwitted (outfitted) General Hayden for his geological survey throughout Wyoming.
He is survived by his wife and six children, William L. Simpson, attorney-at-law at Cody, Wyoming; Mrs. P. S. Crandall of Oceanside, California; James S. Simpson and Mrs. W. P. Redmond of Jackson, Wyoming; Claude D. Simpson of Cathedral, Colorado, and Alva Adams Simpson of Saguache, Colorado.
Margaret Susan Sullivan Simpson (1846 - 1922)
William Lee Simpson (1868 - 1940)*
Pearl Simpson Crandall (1872 - 1971)*
James Sullivan Simpson (1874 - 1951)*
Ida Simpson Redmond (1879 - 1973)*
Claude Dewitt Simpson (1885 - 1954)*
Alva Adams Simpson (1887 - 1975)*
Aspen Hill Cemetery
Plot: 47, Row 8, block 3
Created by: Kathleen
Record added: Sep 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76985782
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