Yellowstone Genealogy Forum


William B. Ten Eyck

Monday, February 09, 2004



William was born 26 April 1858 in Lumber City, PA[1]. He died 25 August 1929 in Billings, from a gunshot wound[2]. He is listed on most records as “Ten Eyck” without mention of a first name[3].  After arriving in Billings, he became a saddler and had a harness business at 2611 Montana Avenue. He filed for business licenses from 1888 through 1895. On 3 November 1894 he filed in the voter registration drive. He was well known for creating distinctive holsters and saddles, both of which are highly prized. Clarence Maxwell and Frank B. Chapman had adjoining saddlers shops in same building complex at 2605 and 2609 Montana Avenue. After retirement he resided at 1106 N 30th Street with Bessie L. Ten Eyck, then in 1919 he moved to a rooming house at 2908 1st Avenue N, where he lived alone.   He was a stalwart member of the Pioneers of Eastern Montana.






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[1] Captain Tenador Eyck (probable father to son William) was among the group of men and women in Colonel Carrington’s command, when he marched from Fort Kearny, Nebraska to establish forts on the Bozeman Trail (Fort Phil Kearny, and Fort C. F. Smith, in Dakota Territory) in the spring of 1866.  Jim Bridger, their military guide, directed them northward on this trek. (Anyone with additional knowledge, please contact WebMaster)

[2] Death Certificate record. Cause of death was suicide from a gunshot.

[3] Ten Eyck is a common Dutch (Netherlands) surname, it s often hyphenated, and sometimes as one name. There are various spellings.