JAMES BECKWOURTH an African-American mountain man, fur trader, and explorer; born into slavery in Virginia. As a fur trapper. Was a member of Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Lived with the Crow Indians on and off until his death in 1866
James "Jim" Beckwourth was born into slavery in Virginia as the son of an enslaved woman and her white owner, Jennings Beckwith, who was descended from Irish and English feudal nobility. His father acknowledged him as hisJames “Jim” Beckwourth was born into slavery in Virginia as the son of an enslaved woman and her white owner, Jennings Beckwith, who was descended from Irish and English feudal nobility. His father acknowledged him as his son and apprenticed him to a blacksmith. In the early…
James Pierson Beckwourth, born James Beckwith and generally known as, Jim Beckwourth (April 26, 1798 or 1800 – October 29, 1866 or 1867) was an American mountain man, fur trader, and explorer. A mulatto born into slavery in Virginia, he was freed by his father (and master) and apprenticed to a blacksmith; later he moved to the American West. As a fur trapper, he lived with the Crow Nation for years.
James Beckwourth had a life filled with adventure, drama, loss, and regret. Born to parents who were a black slave woman and her owner, Beckwourth was emancipated and headed out into the American West to make his fortune. Once there, Beckwourth met legendary mountain men, fought and was befriended by Native Americans, involved himself in warfare, and hunted buffalo.
Very rare half plate daguerreotype of famous mountain man James Pierson Beckwourth (aka James Beckwith & Jim Beckworth) as a young man. Resealed & presented in half plate Union case, measuring an overall x