Notes: I. Into the Frontier

Notes for William Becknell: I. Into the Frontier

Note 1. Amherst County, Va., Marriage Book 1, p. 16.

Note 2. 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Titus County, Tex. An image of this document is presented in Part XI.

Note 3. Larry M. Beachum, William Becknell: Father of the Santa Fe Trade, El Paso, Tex.: Texas Western Press (1982), p. 1. According to Beachum, the other Becknell uncles and aunts were: Samuel, Thomas, John, Ruth, Anna, and Mary.

Note 4. The original record lists the groom’s name as “William Becknal” as shown in the image accompanying the text. A later official transcription uses the spelling “Becknell.” See Amherst County, Va., Marriage Book 1, p. 443.

Note 5. Records of Men Enlisted in the U.S. Army Prior to the Peace Establishment, May 17, 1815, Microfilm M233, Roll 2, National Archives and Records Administration. This record appears to be based entirely on Capt. Bissell’s May-June 1806 muster roll listed in Note 6 below.

Note 6. Original muster rolls for Captain Daniel Bissell’s company survive for the following dates. See Muster Rolls of Regular Army Organizations, compiled 1784-10/31/1912, National Archives and Records Administration.

  • November 1, 1800
  • April 30, 1801—December 31, 1801
  • March 31, 1802—April 20, 1802
  • March 31, 1805—April 30, 1805
  • April 30, 1805—May 31, 1805
  • May 31, 1805—June 30, 1805
  • June 30, 1805—July 31, 1805
  • July 31, 1805—August 31, 1805
  • August 31, 1805—September 30, 1805
  • September 30, 1805—October 31, 1805
  • November 1, 1805—December 1, 1805
  • December 1, 1805—January 1, 1806
  • May 31, 1806—June 30, 1806
  • December 31, 1807—February 29, 1808
  • February 29, 1808—April 30, 1808
  • April 30, 1808—June 30, 1808
  • June 30, 1808—August 31, 1808
  • August 31, 1808—October 31, 1808
  • October 31, 1808—December 31, 1808
  • December 31, 1808—February 28, 1809
  • February 28, 1809—April 30, 1809
  • April 30, 1809—May 31, 1809

Note 7. See the page “William Chribbs: III. Fort Massac and Wilkinsonville.”

Note 8. Original pay rolls for Captain Daniel Bissell’s company survive for the following dates. See Muster Rolls of Regular Army Organizations, compiled 1784-10/31/1912, National Archives and Records Administration.

  • November 1, 1800—February 1, 1801
  • May 1, 1801—December 31, 1801
  • April 1, 1805—June 1, 1805
  • July 1, 1805—December 1, 1805
  • January 1, 1809—April 30, 1809

Note 9. Muster Rolls of Regular Army Organizations, compiled 1784 –10/31/1912, National Archives and Records Administration. See Note 6 above.

Note 10. For details of the 1804 indictment, 1806 trial, and related events, see the page “William Chribbs: VII. The Bissell Affair.”

Note 11. William Chribbs to Secretary at War, June 19, 1807 (Document C289), Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Registered Series, 1801-1870, Microfilm M221, Roll 5 (May 1807 – April 1808, C279-C493), National Archives and Records Administration.

Note 12. See the page “William Chribbs: VIII. New Orleans.”

Note 13. See the page “1807 – The Seizure of Chribbs’s Boats.”

Note 14. “List of Letters, remaining in the Post Office at Saint Louis,” Louisiana Gazette, St. Louis, Mo. (May 3, 1810), p. 3.

Note 15. See the page “William Chribbs: IX. After 1808.”