Milton Green Sublette

c. 1801 - April 5, 1837

Sublette, Milton Green, trapper, fur trader (c. 1801-Apr. 5, 1837). Born at Somerset, Kentucky, his family settled at St. Charles, Missouri, in 1817 and by 1823 he was in the employ of Ashley and Henry as trapper and trader on the upper Missouri River and northern Rocky Mountains. In September 1826, he became one of a Ewing Young party to trap the Gila River in the southwest, being wounded by an Apache. He was on the Young great circle operation of 1826-1827, by way of the Gila and Colorado Rivers, central Rockies and Arkansas and Rio Grande Rivers to Santa Fe once more. In the fall of 1827 he trapped with Pratte and St. Vrain into the Colorado Rockies, at North Park assisting Thomas L. Smith in amputating Smith's leg, shattered by an Indian weapon. Sublette went back to St. Louis in 1828, shortly returning to Santa Fe with the Meredith Marmaduke party, enroute saving the outfit during a Camanche attack. He joined his brother, William Sublette, in forming the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1830, becoming a partner with Jim Bridger, Thomas Fitzpatrick and others. He worked with the firm four years in the northern Rockies country. He took part in the Blackfoot fight at Pierre's Hole July 18, 1832, and joined Nathaniel Wyeth for a year, becoming increasingly involved in the intricate maneuvering between the old Rocky Mountain Fur Company, the American Fur Company and other short-lived firms. Milton Sublette traveled east in late 1833, seeking financial help, visiting Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, but his old Apache wound troubled him increasingly, He set out from St. Louis with a mountain caravan, but was forced by illness to turn back. In 1835 his leg was amputated. With a cork substitute he made the 1836 rendezvous. He died at Fort William, on the upper Platte River. His death may have been from cancer, according to medical opinion.