Listed below are some of my personal research projects. I welcome comments or information from anyone interested in these projects.
Henry O'Neill, a native of Ireland, first came from his home in Boonville, Missouri to Santa Fe in 1844. For the next 40 years Henry traveled throughout the West with Santa Fe as his home base. He hauled goods across the Santa Fe Trail and sold them in his store on the Santa Fe Plaza. A friend and colleague of some of the most notable characters of the Santa Fe trade, Henry's story has been lost to history. I've been researching Henry for over five years now and am writing a book about his life and the footprints he left behind.
Colonel Joshua Brant, a War of 1812 veteran with over 25 years of service in the Army, was one of the wealthiest and most influential men in 19th century St. Louis, Missouri. Arriving in St. Louis in 1823, he lived there until his death in 1861. His social and family connections included Senator Thomas Hart Benton, General John Fremont, General William Clark, General Henry Leavenworth, and Governor James McDowell, to name a few. Joshua Brant and his descendants are the subject of my Board for Certification of Genealogists kinship project. I'm conducting in-depth research on Joshua Brant and three generations of his descendants.