Yesterday I took the day off work and went to the Farmington Public library to work. One thing that supprised me was in the Probate Index was a listing - so pulled the microfilm and it was a list of his lands. Really strange, there was no date to the document or additional information for why this "list" was recorded. It was surrounded by documents filed in 1908 so I presume someone someone wanted his land and this was done to declare him dead and make his lands available??
Guess my next step will be to chase the purchase lines of those 6 pieces of property. From the BLM records I had two with the latest being in 1873, maybe something more will become evident with a little more research of the other transactions. Unfortunately working full time, means it will be a couple months before I can take another day off and head down there.
Hi Lisa!! Sorry for not getting back to you more quickly.
I would like to think that I've made at least a little progress with ol' uncle Sam. Suspecting like you, I tend to hunt out mentions of him is various books - favorite find so far has been Shadow on the Tetons.
Couple of years ago - found the original letter written by brother William in 1834 asking Chouteau if he could join the next spring expedition to join Sam who had been "up there twelve years". That was pretty exciting.
Any ideas yet on when he died? That still seems pretty elusive for me.