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Bent-St. Vrain Family Papers, 1796-1926

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Identifier: A0111

Title: Bent-St. Vrain Family Papers, 1796-1926


Silas Bent was born in 1768. He married Martha Kerr. He was appointed surveyor general of the St. Louis District in 1806 and was one of the supreme court judges of the territory until 1821. He was the clerk of the county court until he died in 1827. Charles and William Bent and Ceran St. Vrain developed a fur trading business named Bent, St. Vrain and Company in 1839. The business was organized to develop a fur trade with the Indians of the Southwest and to market American merchandise in New Mexico. Charles Bent assumed the responsibility for arranging credit for the firm in St. Louis and for purchasing and transporting the trade goods to New Mexico. St. Vrain, who by the mid 1820s had become well established in New Mexico, and who later became a Mexican citizen, was responsible for marketing the merchandise. William Bent did not become an active partner until after Bent’s Fort was built in Colorado.

Collection contains genealogical information on the Bent family and some information on the St. Vrain family. Also includes information concerning the Bent-St. Vrain Company and the founding of Bent's Fort in Colorado. Also includes some original manuscripts from John Bent and Ceran St. Vrain.

1 folder; 1 oversize folder

Cite as: Bent-St. Vrain Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1796-1926

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Genealogy
Fur trade


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