William Mathewson (William Mathewson)

William Mathewson

American Frontiersman. Born in Triangle, New York, he was a daring explorer, hunter, Indian scout and fighter, and the first to be given the sobriquet, “Buffalo Bill”. In 1849, he was employed by the Northwestern Fur Company, traveling through the Dakotas, Nebraska, Wyoming, trading with the Indians and acquired his knowledge of Indian warfare. He was most renowned in Kansas pioneer days, helping establish settlements, trading with Wichita Indians and creating the Chisholm Trail as a route of transport for the community. When the region was incorporated, he became Police Commissioner of Wichita, Kansas. In the later 1800s, he was employed by the government for services on his trading post at the Kiowa and Comanche agency. He died in Wichita, Kansas, in 1916. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Spouse:  Elizabeth Inman Mathewson (1842 – 1885)  Children:  Lucille Ella Mathewson Murray (1880 – 1960)*  William Alford Mathewson (1883 – 1938)* *Calculated relationship


  • January, 01, 1829
  • USA


  • March, 03, 1916
  • USA


  • Highland Cemetery
  • Kansas
  • USA

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