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 William Preston Redmond

William Preston Redmond

Birth
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 21 Jun 1938 (aged 65)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Jackson, Teton County, Wyoming, USA
Plot 26, Row 3, block 5
Memorial ID 76985512 · View Source
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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.



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  • Created by: Kathleen
  • Added: 23 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76985512
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Preston Redmond (19 May 1873–21 Jun 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76985512, citing Aspen Hill Cemetery, Jackson, Teton County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Kathleen (contributor 47602782) .