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An 1858 Fort Bridger Poll Book

This election registry is transcribed from Microfilm H-58 at the Research and Publications Division of the Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department. The two manuscript pages were among Judge William A. Carter's personal papers donated to the Wyoming Statewide Historical Project during the 1930s. The first sheet lists voters 1 to 27 and 92 to 118. The ledger-sized second page gives voters 28 to 91 and adds the certifications of the election observers. The list has consistent handwriting with very few blots and no strikeouts. Spellings, abbreviations, and capitalization reflect those of the original handwriting. An incomplete previous transcription, published in Annals of Wyoming 11:2 (April 1939) page 127, listed only 43 of the 118 voters.


Poll Book of an election held at the
Home of Wm. A. Carter Esqr   fort
Bridger Precinct in the County of
Green River and Territory of
Utah on Monday the 2d day of August
A. D. 1858


Name of Voter

No. of
Ballot

Name of Voter

No. of
Ballot

R. T. Cecil  1 Johns Farran  92
Alexander McMaster  2 Louis Rose  93
John Eder  3 F. J. Underwood  94
Peter Tomeney  4 Simon J. Foucht  95
James Kelly  5 Cornelius Leo  96
Edward Eaton  6 Henry Ott  97
Henry Buhl  7 Wm Dwyre  98
Frasisco Archivalle  8 Christopher Krouse  99
John Miller  9 J. W. Darroty 100
Barney O Connor 10 John Myers 101
Joseph Carter 11 John Gunn 102
George Mordent 12 James Murphy 103
Michael Gallagher 13 David Killinger 104
Wm St John 14 John Mc Manerd 105
Jeremiah Mahoney 15 G. W. Bearden 106
James Stavens 16 Uriah Graff 107
Jefferson Anthony 17 Patrick Shannon 108
Jackson Brown 18 S. G. Bradbury 109
Patrick Hughes 19 J. B. Davis 110
R. H. Durrand 20 A .B. Taylor 111
C. B. Clark 21 H. R. Burnett 112
Robert Latham 22 F. Carrick 113
O. H. Oneil 23 S. P. Potter 114
John Taylor 24 J. T. Sneed 115
George Pflause 25 Saml Nussbaum 116
T. H. Slover 26 Thos Ronan 117
Eli Dufort 27 James Gerragano 118

Name of Voter

No. of
Ballot

Name of Voter

No. of
Ballot

J. G. Wiedman 28 K. B. Cicel  60
Thos Pisse 29 John King  61
J. Wolfe 30 James May  62
Joseph Conors 31 C. Wright  63
W. J. Osborne 32 Patrick Trawley  64
Charles Sorrell 33 John C. Hurly  65
Patrick Austin 34 Wm Fitzgerald  66
George Harris 35 Patrick Fegan  67
John Robertson 36 Benjm Clenework  68
J. C. Fergusson 37 John Bowers  69
John H. Gerrish 38 Charles Standener  70
Frank Baker 39 John Davis  71
Thos Pepper 40 L. B. Wolfe  72
John A. Lobb 41 N. Berry  73
Edward Kerr 42 J. H. Taylor  74
William Caney 43 Thos Hookey  75
William Oman 44 Michael Smith  76
E. P. Allen 45 Charles W. Stringham  77
E Bandell 46 Angus Kessley  78
Isaac Richardson 47 Charles Hawkins  79
Edmund Kelly 48 Thos. M. Getty  80
Wm H. Kennedy 49 Thos Owens  81
Andy Brooks 50 John McGennis  82
Patrick Hawkins 51 R. W. Lowe  83
John Myers 52 M. L. Hudnall  84
T. J. B. Murphy 53 Frank Meltens  85
Jacob Birlin 54 Joseph Jrolick  86
James B. Young 55 Michael Bryceson  87
Frank Schmidt 56 Saml P. Smith  88
Woodbridge A. Rogers 57 Phillip Swey  89
Francis Williams 58 Wm A. Loyd  90
L. T. Vaught 59 A. J. Wallis  91

I certify that the foregoing is a true
list of the votes this day given

William A. Carter
Judge of Election

Frederick Gardiner
Clerk of Election

Bridger U T
August 2d 1858


Comparisons of the 1858 voter list with several records of Fort Bridger (such as 1858 to 1865 military rosters and a ledger from the sutler's store) suggest some other spellings. Interpretations for a few of the names on the 1858 list are debatable. Alternative spellings include:


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