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  James Abbott (1776-1858) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., June 1, 1776. Fur trader; postmaster at Detroit, Mich., 1806-31. Died March 12, 1858 (age 81 years, 284 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of James Abbott and Mary (Barker) Abbott; married to Sarah Whistler (1786-1874).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Johannes Abeel (1667-1711) — also known as John Abeel — of Albany, Albany County, N.Y. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., March 23, 1667. Merchant; fur trader; mayor of Albany, N.Y., 1694-95, 1709-10; member of New York colonial assembly, 1695, 1701-02. Dutch Reformed. Died in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., January 28, 1711 (age 43 years, 311 days). Original interment at Second Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Albany, N.Y.; reinterment at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
  Relatives: Brother of Elizabeth Abeel (who married Evert Bancker (1665-1734)); married 1694 to Catherine Schuyler.
  Political family: Bancker-Abeel family of Albany, New York.
  See also Wikipedia article
  William Henry Ashley (c.1778-1838) — also known as William H. Ashley — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Powhatan County, Va., about 1778. Democrat. Fur trader; Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1820-24; U.S. Representative from Missouri at-large, 1831-37. Died near Boonville, Cooper County, Mo., March 26, 1838 (age about 60 years). Interment in private or family graveyard.
  Relatives: Married, November 17, 1806, to Mary Able; married, October 17, 1832, to Elizabeth Woodson Moss (1804-1873).
  The Ashley National Forest (established 1908), in Daggett, Duchesne, Summit, Uintah, and Utah counties, Utah, and Sweetwater County, Wyoming, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Alexis C. Bailly (1798-1861) — of Mendota, Dakota County, Minn. Born in St. Joseph, Ontario, December 14, 1798. Fur trader; member of Minnesota territorial House of Representatives 7th District, 1849-50. French and Ottawa Indian ancestry. Died in Wabasha, Wabasha County, Minn., June 13, 1861 (age 62 years, 181 days). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Wabasha, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Bailly (1774-1835); married to Lucy Faribault (1808-1855; sister of Alexander Faribault) and Julia Maria Cory (1828-1907); father of Alexis Phillip Bailly and Henry G. Bailly (1828-1865).
  Political family: Bailly-Faribault family of Mendota, Minnesota.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
Henry J. Berquist Henry Joseph Berquist (1905-1990) — also known as Henry J. Berquist; Henry Joseph Schultz — of Rhinelander, Oneida County, Wis. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., February 26, 1905. Fur farmer; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Florence, Forest and Oneida counties, 1937-42; defeated (Democratic), 1956, 1958; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 10th District, 1946; Democratic candidate for Wisconsin state senate 12th District, 1960. Died in Silver City, Grant County, N.M., May 1, 1990 (age 85 years, 64 days). Interment at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, Fort Bayard, N.M.
  Relatives: Step-son of Nels John Bergquist; son of Henry Schultz and Clara M. (Krause) Schultz (1881-1976).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Jerome Holland Bishop (1846-1928) — also known as Jerome H. Bishop — of Decatur, Van Buren County, Mich.; Wyandotte, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Oxbow, Jefferson County, N.Y., September 3, 1846. Republican. Superintendent of schools; founder, J.H. Bishop fur company of Wyandotte, Mich.; rug and coat manufacturer; mayor of Wyandotte, Mich., 1885-87, 1905-08; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1898; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1908. Congregationalist. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died May 22, 1928 (age 81 years, 262 days). Interment at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of William Bishop and Zebina (Sterne) Bishop; married 1867 to Jennie Gray (died 1873); married 1876 to Ella M. Clark (1856-1926).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jan Jansen Bleecker (1641-1732) — of Albany, Albany County, N.Y. Born in 1641. Fur trader; mayor of Albany, N.Y., 1700-01. Died in 1732 (age about 91 years). Original interment at Dutch Church Burial Ground, Albany, N.Y.; reinterment at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
  Charles Edward Bresler (1816-1898) — also known as Charles E. Bresler; Charles Edward Breslauer — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Konstadt, Prussia (now Wolczyn, Poland), November 12, 1816. Furrier; Honorary Consul for Venezuela in Detroit, Mich., 1893-98. German ancestry. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., December 12, 1898 (age 82 years, 30 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Labell A. Breslauer (c.1785-1862) and Rosa Breslauer; married 1865 to Emilie Johanna Minna Marshall; father of Arthur Label Bresler, Joseph M. Bresler and Eugene Alexander Bresler (1871-1954).
  Political family: Bresler family of Detroit, Michigan.
  Nicholas Dockstader (1802-1871) — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., January 4, 1802. Whig. Fur trader; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1840. Died in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, November 9, 1871 (age 69 years, 309 days). Original interment at Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio; reinterment at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Jacob Dockstadter and Angela (Hanson) Dockstadter; married to Harriet Judd (1805-1837).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr. (1894-1982) — also known as Ben E. Douglas — of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. Born in Scotts Crossroad, Iredell County, N.C., September 3, 1894. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; fur merchant; mayor of Charlotte, N.C., 1935-41; delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1940, 1956. Died in 1982 (age about 87 years). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, N.C.
  Douglas Municipal Airport (now Charlotte Douglas International Airport), in Charlotte, North Carolina, is named for him.
  John Thomas Durnin (1888-1963) — also known as John T. Durnin — of Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pa. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., March 3, 1888. Democrat. Fur buyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940, 1948. Died in 1963 (age about 75 years). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Near West Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Durnin and Margaret (Callahan) Durnin.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Alexander Faribault (1806-1882) — of Mendota, Dakota County, Minn. Born in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wis., June 22, 1806. Fur trader; Founder of the city of Faribault, Minnesota; member of Minnesota territorial House of Representatives 7th District, 1851. French and Dakota Indian ancestry. Died in Faribault, Rice County, Minn., 1882 (age about 76 years). Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Faribault, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Jean Baptiste Faribault (1773-1860) and Elizabeth (Piligle) Faribault (1783-1847); brother of Lucy Faribault (1808-1855; who married Alexis C. Bailly); married to Mary Elizabeth Graham (1804-1875); uncle of Alexis Phillip Bailly and Henry G. Bailly (1828-1865).
  Political family: Bailly-Faribault family of Mendota, Minnesota.
  See also Minnesota Legislator record
  Henry Fink (b. 1840) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Bavaria, Germany, September 7, 1840. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; dealer in wool, hides, and furs; real estate business; member of Wisconsin state assembly, 1876-77; U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 1st Wisconsin District, 1889-1909; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1916. German ancestry. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Engelhart Fink and Catherine (Dielmann) Fink; married, May 13, 1866, to Catherine Strieff (died 1883); married, September 12, 1883, to Rosa Blankenhorn.
Maurice J. Fitzsimons, Jr. Maurice J. Fitzsimons, Jr. (b. 1906) — of Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wis. Born in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wis., September 30, 1906. Democrat. Shoe business; fur farmer; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Fond du Lac County 1st District, 1933-40; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1936 (alternate), 1948; candidate for Wisconsin state senate 18th District, 1940. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Charles Godfrey Gunther (1822-1885) — also known as C. Godfrey Gunther — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., 1822. Democrat. Fur merchant; mayor of New York City, N.Y., 1864-66; defeated, 1861; candidate for New York state senate 7th District, 1878; railroad builder; hotel owner. German ancestry. Member, Tammany Hall. Died, probably of heart disease, in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 22, 1885 (age about 62 years). Interment at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Christian G. Gunther.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Solomon Juneau (1793-1856) — also known as Laurent-Salomon Juneau — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in L'Asumption, Quebec, August 9, 1793. Democrat. Fur trader; founder of Milwaukee; postmaster at Milwaukee, Wis., 1835-43; mayor of Milwaukee, Wis., 1846-47. Catholic. French ancestry. Died, reportedly from appendicitis, in Keshena, Shawano County (now Menominee County), Wis., November 14, 1856 (age 63 years, 97 days). Original interment in unknown location; reinterment in 1866 at Calvary Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.; cenotaph at Juneau Park, Milwaukee, Wis.
  Relatives: Married 1820 to Josette Vieux (1804-1855); grandfather of Paul Oscar Adolph Husting (1866-1917).
  Juneau County, Wis. is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  August Kickbusch (1828-1901) — of Wausau, Marathon County, Wis. Born in Kolberg, Prussia (now Kolobrzeg, Poland), October 15, 1828. Fur trader; brick manufacturer; hardware merchant; mayor of Wausau, Wis., 1872-73, 1874-75. German ancestry. Died May 28, 1901 (age 72 years, 225 days). Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Martin F. Kickbusch and Katrina (Koahn) Kickbusch; married to Matilda Schochow.
  Norman Wolfred Kittson (1814-1888) — also known as Norman W. Kittson; "Commodore Kittson" — of Pembina, Pembina County, Minn. (now N.Dak.); St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born in Sorel, Lower Canada (now part of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec), March 5, 1814. Democrat. Fur trader; helped end the Hudson Bay Company's fur trading monopoly in 1849; member Minnesota territorial council 7th District, 1852-55; mayor of St. Paul, Minn., 1858-59; operated steamboats on the Red River from Minnesota north into Winnipeg in the 1870s; worked with James J. Hill to build the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway in 1879-81. Episcopalian. English ancestry. Died in the dining car of a train en route from Chicago to St. Paul, near Roberts, St. Croix County, Wis., May 10, 1888 (age 74 years, 66 days). Interment at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, Minn.
  Kittson County, Minn. and Norman County, Minn. are named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Minnesota Legislator record
  Jacob Leisler (c.1640-1691) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in Bockenheim, Holy Roman Empire (now part of Frankfurt am Main, Germany), about 1640. Fur trader; tobacco business; following the English Revolution of 1688, which brought Protestant rulers William and Mary to power, he led "Leisler's Rebellion" and seized control of the colony; Colonial Governor of New York, 1689-91; provided land for a settlement of French Huguenot refugees (now the city of New Rochelle); following the arrival of a new royal governor, he was ousted. Arrested, charged with treason, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death; executed by hanging and decapitation, in New York, New York County, N.Y., May 16, 1691 (age about 51 years). Four years later, he was posthumously exonerated by an act of Parliament. Original interment at a private or family graveyard, New York County, N.Y.; subsequent interment at Dutch Church Burial Ground, Manhattan, N.Y.; reinterment to unknown location; statue at Broadview Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y.
  Relatives: Great-grandfather of Nicholas Bayard (1736-1802).
  Political family: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Livingston the Elder (1654-1728) — also known as "First Lord of the Manor" — of New York. Born in Ancrum, Roxburghshire, Scotland, December 13, 1654. Fur trader; member of New York colonial assembly, 1709-11, 1716-26; Speaker of New York Colonial Assembly, 1718. Scottish ancestry. Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., October 1, 1728 (age 73 years, 293 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. John Livingston (1603-1672) and Janet (Fleming) Livingston (1613-1694); married 1679 to Alida Schuyler (1656-1729); father of John Livingston, Robert Livingston (1688-1775) and Gilbert Livingston; uncle of Robert Livingston the Younger; grandfather of Robert Livingston (1708-1790), Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Robert Gilbert Livingston, Philip Livingston, Robert R. Livingston (1718-1775) and William Livingston; great-grandfather of Peter Robert Livingston (1737-1794), Walter Livingston, Philip Peter Livingston, Margaret Livingston (who married Nicholas Fish (1758-1833)), Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), Henry Brockholst Livingston, Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr. and Edward Livingston (1764-1836); great-granduncle of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Robert Van Rensselaer and James Livingston; second great-grandfather of Stephen Van Rensselaer, Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Henry Walter Livingston, Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843), Rensselaer Westerlo, Edward Philip Livingston, William Jay, Charles Ludlow Livingston (1800-1873) and Hamilton Fish (1808-1893); second great-granduncle of Peter Robert Livingston (1766-1847), Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer, Philip Jeremiah Schuyler and Maturin Livingston; third great-grandfather of Philip Schuyler, Peter Robert Livingston (1789-1859), Gilbert Livingston Thompson, Edward Livingston (1796-1840), Henry Bell Van Rensselaer, John Jay II, John Jacob Astor III, Nicholas Fish (1848-1902) and Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1849-1936); third great-granduncle of James Alexander Hamilton, Gerrit Smith and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; fourth great-grandfather of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, William Waldorf Astor, John Kean, Hamilton Fish Kean, Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, Charles Ludlow Livingston (1870-?) and Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1888-1991); fourth great-granduncle of Cortlandt Schuyler Van Rensselaer; fifth great-grandfather of Guy Vernor Henry, Herbert Livingston Satterlee, William Astor Chanler, Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler (1869-1942), Montgomery Schuyler, Jr., Peter Augustus Jay (1877-1933), Bronson Murray Cutting, Robert Reginald Livingston, Robert Winthrop Kean, Brockholst Livingston and Hamilton Fish, Jr. (1926-1996); fifth great-granduncle of Robert Ray Hamilton; sixth great-grandfather of John Eliot Thayer, Jr., Thomas Howard Kean, Hamilton Fish (1951-) and Alexa Fish Ward; seventh great-grandfather of Thomas Howard Kean, Jr.; ancestor *** of Robert Livingston Beeckman.
  Political family: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Alexander Macomb (1748-1831) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in County Antrim, Ireland (now Northern Ireland), 1748. Fur trader; merchant; land speculator; member of New York state assembly from New York County, 1788-89, 1790-91. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in Washington, D.C., 1831 (age about 83 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Macomb and Jane (Gordon) Macomb.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Joshua Pilcher (1790-1843) — of Missouri. Born in Culpeper County, Va., March 15, 1790. Fur trader; U.S. Consul in Chihuahua, 1825-27; Indian agent; Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Member, Freemasons. Died, of sickness resulting from exposure to the elements, in St. Louis, Mo., June 5, 1843 (age 53 years, 82 days). Original interment at Christ Church Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.; reinterment at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Joshua Pilcher (1749-1810) and Nancy Pilcher.
  Henry Mower Rice (1816-1894) — also known as Henry M. Rice — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born in Waitsfield, Washington County, Vt., November 29, 1816. Democrat. Fur trader; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Minnesota Territory, 1853-57; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1858-63; candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1865. Died in San Antonio, Bexar County, Tex., January 15, 1894 (age 77 years, 47 days). Interment at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Edmund Rice (1784-1829); brother of Edmund Rice (1819-1889); married, March 28, 1849, to Matilda Whital.
  Rice County, Minn. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868) — of St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., August 10, 1783. Fur trader; bakery business; town president of St. Joseph, Missouri, 1845-46. Catholic. French Canadian ancestry. Founder of St. Joseph, Mo. Died in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., May 27, 1868 (age 84 years, 291 days). Original interment at Calvary Cemetery (which no longer exists), St. Joseph, Mo.; reinterment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph, Mo.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph Robidoux and Catherine (Rollet) Robidoux; married to Eugenie Delisle (died 1805); married 1813 to Angelique Vaudry (1793-1857).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Moses Seymour (1742-1826) — of Litchfield, Litchfield County, Conn. Born in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., July 23, 1742. Furrier; hatter; merchant; farmer; major in Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Litchfield, 1795-1811. Died in Litchfield, Litchfield County, Conn., September 17, 1826 (age 84 years, 56 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Moses Seymour (1711-1795) and Rachel (Goodwin) Seymour (1816-1763); married, November 7, 1771, to Molly Marsh (1752-1826); father of Horatio Seymour (1778-1857) and Henry Seymour; grandfather of Origen Storrs Seymour, Horatio Seymour (1810-1886), George Seymour and Julia Catherine Seymour (1827-1893; who married Roscoe Conkling); granduncle of McNeil Seymour and Henry William Seymour; great-grandfather of Edward Woodruff Seymour, Joseph Battell, Morris Woodruff Seymour and Horatio Seymour, Jr.; great-granduncle of Norman Alexander Seymour; first cousin twice removed of Hezekiah Cook Seymour; first cousin thrice removed of Silas Seymour, William Chapman Williston and Augustus Sherrill Seymour; first cousin four times removed of Orlo Erland Wadhams; first cousin five times removed of Dalton G. Seymour; second cousin of Thomas Seymour; second cousin once removed of William Pitkin; second cousin twice removed of David Lowrey Seymour and Thomas Henry Seymour; second cousin thrice removed of Caleb Seymour Pitkin; third cousin of Josiah Cowles and Daniel Pitkin; third cousin once removed of Timothy Pitkin, Orsamus Cook Merrill and Timothy Merrill; third cousin twice removed of Farrand Fassett Merrill (1814-1859), John Robert Graham Pitkin and William Sheffield Cowles (1846-1923); third cousin thrice removed of Charles Seymour, Charles Upson, Calvin Josiah Cowles, Gad Ely Upson, Joseph Pomeroy Root, Elizur Stillman Goodrich, Frederick Walker Pitkin, John Sammis Seymour, Luther S. Pitkin, Russell Cowles Ostrander, Addison Beecher Colvin, La Monte Cowles, Gardner Cowles and William Sheffield Cowles (1898-1986).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Woodruff-Hornblower-Seymour-Wadsworth family of Connecticut; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Robert Stuart (1785-1848) — of Michigan. Born in Perthshire, Scotland, February 19, 1785. Explorer; fur trader; business partner of John Jacob Astor; Michigan state treasurer, 1840-41. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., October 28, 1848 (age 63 years, 252 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
  Relatives: Father of David Stuart (1816-1868).
  Robert Stuart Middle School, in Twin Falls, Idaho, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article
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