|Birth: ||May 19, 1873|
Rhode Island, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1938|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
William Preston Redmond was born in 1873 in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of William Redmond, Jr. and Mary Lawrence Griffin Redmond. His only sibling, Julia Lawrence Redmond, died at the age of 5 in 1875. His mother died in 1887 and he was placed in the Lawrenceville Academy, a boarding school.
Evidently, his early life fostered in him a desire to go west and when he finished his schooling at the age of 18 he obtained a job as a helper with the U.S. Geological Survey and went to Montana. In May 1893, he purchased supplies in Bozeman, MT, and traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, filing for a homestead patent after May 1894 when he reached the required age of 21.
On December 1, 1897, he married Ida Byrd Simpson, the "vivacious" daughter of John Porter and Margaret Susan Sullivan Simpson. Together, they developed his homestead as the Spring Gulch Ranch. In 1916, he purchased the Red Rock Ranch from his brother-in-law, who had homesteaded it, and ran it as a dude ranch until 1929. He and Ida continued to manage it for a few years for the new owner, after which they moved to the Aspen Ranch in Kelly, WY, which is now a part of Teton National Park.
He was prominent in the cattle business and became the first Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of Teton County. Until he and Ida had their family, he was the only living descendant (great grandson) of Captain James Lawrence, who, with his dying words during the War of 1812 battle between his ship the 'Chesapeake' and the English ship 'Shannon', gave the Navy its motto, 'Don't Give Up the Ship'.
He and Ida are my great grandparents. (Kathleen)
© 2012, Kathleen Schofield.
William Redmond (1835 - 1898)
Mary Lawrence Griffin Redmond (1843 - 1887)
Ida Byrd Simpson Redmond (1879 - 1973)*
Gertrude Margaret Redmond McCain Kavanagh (1902 - 1961)*
Dorothy Redmond Hubbard (1906 - 1998)*
Lawrence Preston Redmond (1908 - 1992)*
Julia Lawrence Redmond (1869 - 1875)*
William Preston Redmond (1873 - 1938)
Aspen Hill Cemetery
Plot: 26, Row 3, block 5
Created by: Kathleen
Record added: Sep 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76985512
Added: Aug. 2, 2013