Leigh, Richard, -1899

Leigh was born in England in 1831 and emigrated to the United States while in his teens. After briefly participating in the Mexican-American war in 1848, he moved to the Teton Valley of Idaho and Wyoming. Leigh worked as a scout for several Wyoming territorial surveying parties in the 1870s and as a trapper, gaining the nickname "Beaver Dick." His first wife, Jenny, was an Eastern Shoshone Indian, who died with the rest of Leigh's family in a smallpox epidemic in 1876. Leigh later married Susan Tadpole, a Bannock Indian.

From the description of Richard Leigh papers, 1875-1937 (bulk 1875-1899). (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 39058882


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