Notes: V. The Santa Fe Trade

Notes for William Becknell: V. The Santa Fe Trade

Note 1. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, pp. 367-68.

Note 2. Complaint, Thomas Thewt v. William Becknell, et al., Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Case Files, Box 4, Folder 53 (Microfilm C32820), Missouri State Archives.

Note 3. Return of writ of summons on Jesse Morrison and Jesse Morrison, Thomas Thewt v. William Becknell, et al., Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Case Files, Box 4, Folder 53 (Microfilm C32820), Missouri State Archives.

Note 4. Return of writ of summons on William Becknell, Thomas Thewt v. William Becknell, et al., Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Case Files, Box 4, Folder 53 (Microfilm C32820), Missouri State Archives.

Note 5. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, pp. 414-15.

Note 6. Complaint, Henry V. Bingham adm. Fall v. William Becknell, Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Case Files, Box 5, Folder 123 (Microfilm C32822), Missouri State Archives.

Note 7. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, pp. 408, 429.

Note 8. The January 30, 1822 date of return is calculated from the subsequently published “journal,” which stated that Becknell departed from Santa Fe on December 13 and arrived home 48 days later. See the page “1823 – Journal of William Becknell.”

Note 9. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, p. 446.

Note 10. According to Beachum, Lane was a doctor who had sued Becknell for payment for professional services. See Larry M. Beachum, William Becknell: Father of the Santa Fe Trade, El Paso, Tex.: Texas Western Press (1982), pp. 23, 32-33.

Note 11. Howard County, Mo., Deed Book G, p. 377 (William and Mary Becknell to James Morrison and Jesse Morrison, NW quarter of Section 6, Township 49N, Range 17W; SW quarter of Section 6, Township 49N, Range 17W; SW quarter of Section 31, Township 50N, Range 17W, on May 23, 1822).

Note 12. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, p. 457.

Note 13. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, p. 458.

Note 14. Becknell’s “Journal” states the departure date as May 22, but property records state that he acknowledged a deed in front of Benjamin Cooper on May 23. See Howard County, Mo., Deed Book G, p. 377.

Note 15. Josiah Gregg, Commerce of the Prairies, New York: J. & H.G. Langley (1845), pp. 21-24. For a transcription of the relevant portion, see Part IV Note 23.

Note 16. Alphonso Wetmore to Congressman John Scott, Aug. 19, 1824, Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the State of Missouri, upon the Subject of a Communication Between the Said State and the Internal Provinces of Mexico with a Letter from Alphonso Wetmore Upon the Same Subject, February 14, 1825, 18th Cong., 2d Sess., Washington: Gales & Seaton, printer (1825) (republished in Augustus Storrs and Alphonso Wetmore, Santa Fe Trail, First Reports: 1825, Houston: Stagecoach Press (1960)).

Note 17. See Part III Note 1.

Note 18. Witness summons for Elizabeth Prichard, Sept. 25, 1822, Henry Dever v. William Becknell, Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Case Files, Box 5, Folder 137 (Microfilm C32823), Missouri State Archives. The fact that she actually testified at the trial is documented by a witness fee receipt dated December 12, 1823, in the same case file.

Note 19. Missouri Intelligencer, Franklin, Mo. (Oct. 8, 1822), p. 2.

Note 20. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, pp. 475-76. The foreman of the jury was Augustus H. Evans, a prominent businessman who was not related to the family of Mary Becknell’s sister Hannah Evans.

Note 21. Devers [sic] v. Becknell, 1 Mo. 333 (1823). A transcription of the Missouri Supreme Court’s opinion and other appeal proceedings is included on the page “1822 – Dever v. Becknell.”

Note 22. Howard County, Mo., Circuit Court Book 2, pp. 478-79.

Note 23. Missouri Intelligencer, Franklin, Mo. (Feb. 18, 1823), p. 3.

Note 24. Missouri Intelligencer, Franklin, Mo. (April 22, 1823), pp. 2-3. See the page “1823 – Journal of William Becknell” for images and a complete transcription.