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William Grinstead, account book

Creator: Grinstead, William (William Travis), 1825-1900

Date: 1850-1851

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: MICROFILM: MS 203

Unit ID: 48669

Biographical sketch: Teamster; of Heath's Creek (present Heath Creek Township, Pettis County), Mo.

Abstract: Describes his trip from Fort Leavenworth (present Kan.) to Fort Laramie (present Wyo.) and on to Weaverville, Calif. Includes an itinerary, the names of fellow teamsters, a description of rations, a brief table of distances in present eastern Kansas, and notes on camping sites along the Oregon-California Trail from Fort Laramie.

Space Required/Quantity: 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

Title (Main title): William Grinstead, account book

Titles (Other):

  • Account book [Microfilm box title]


Biog. Sketch (Full):

William Travis Grinstead was born 30 July 1825 in Madison, Kentucky, to Jesse Crump Grinstead (1798-1884) and Elzabeth Mastin Clopton (1802-1885).

In 1850, William Grinstead worked as a teamster for John S. Jones, hauling freight from Fort Leavenworth in present Kansas to Forts Kearny in present Nebraska, Laramie in present Wyoming, and Hall in present Idaho for the military. At Fort Laramie, Jones was told to leave the supplies there and that the contract was terminated. Grinstead and some of the other teamsters went from there to California. Grinstead arrived in Weaverville on 12 October.

On 26 August 1852, at the age of twenty-seven, he married Miranda Elizabeth Priest (1833-1940) in Pettis County, Missouri. They had eleven children: Eliza Virginia (b. 1854), Wilba Ayres (1856-1950), Eva ("Evie") Victoria (b. 1857), George Priest (1859-1898), Varina Davis (1861-1953), Bessie Eugenia (1864-1954), Jesse Edward (1866-1948), Carrie S. (or Ford) (b. 1868), Hugh Fox (1870-1950), Pam Rush (1873-1946), and Eunice Bouldin (1876-1972). William and Miranda farmed in the Heath's Creek, the present Heath Creek Township, and Hughesville areas of Pettis County. He died on 6 March 1900 in Whitesboro, Texas.


  • MS 203: William Grinstead, account book 1850-1851


Finding Aid Bibliography:

Barry, Louise. The Beginning of the West; Annals of the Kansas Gateway to the American West, 1540-1854. Topeka, Kans.: Kansas State Historical Society, [1972], pp. 941-42.

Dary, David. The Oregon Trail: An American Saga (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2007), pp. 236-37; Google website; http://books.google.com/books?id=uv5yX0X5Cj8C&pg=PA237&lpg=PA237&dq=William+Grinstead+Oregon+Trail&source=bl&ots=gGkn189VRG&sig=gzlDxlriS_-7da3LbMIJi8n1qck&hl=en&sa=X&ei=U8GFVKLSFIyEyQSonoHYDQ&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=William%20Grinstead%20Oregon%20Trail&f=false (accessed 8 Dec. 2014).

"William Travis Grinstead," Ancestry.com website; http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/24623855/person/27105373583 et seq. (accessed 8 Dec. 2014).

Index Terms


    California National Historic Trail
    Fort Laramie (Wyo. : Fort)
    Fort Leavenworth (Kan.)
    Heath Creek (Mo.)
    Kansas -- Distances, etc.
    Oregon National Historic Trail
    Weaverville (Calif.)
    West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
    Grinstead, William (William Travis), 1825-1900
    Account books -- West (U.S.)
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    Teamsters -- West (U.S.)

Creators and Contributors

Additional Information for Researchers

Use and reproduction: Information on literary rights available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).

Reproduction: Microfilm. Topeka [Kan.] : Kansas State Historical Society, 1962; roll MS 203, lab no. 6510A; available to Kansas libraries thru inter-library loan.

Holder of originals: Owned by the lender at the time of microfilming.