A biography/family history of William Henry Peays is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, page 94. Portraits of William H. and Clara are also included.
William H. was the son of Benjamin and Nancy (Campbell) Peays, both born in South Carolina. Benjamin and Nancy were married near Chester, SC. They had two children: William H. and George. Before the civil war, Benjamin moved to Johnson County, TX, where he passed the rest of his life. He was a Confederate soldier, and with the exception of his army experience, lived quietly on his ranch where, in 1881, he died at age 45 years. Nancy died during William Henry's childhood, leaving another son, George, who later lived in Coke county, Texas.
William H. was raised 28 miles south of Fort Worth, TX, and began working in the cattle business at the age of 14. He came to Montana from the Brazos River in the Panhandle of Texas, where he spent seven years with the "Square Outfit", the same outfit with whom he drove cattle through to Montana. After he left that outfit, he continued on to Stacey, MT, and worked for the "Cross-5" ranch for four months, then worked for the "N-Bar" the Hastings ranch, for the next seven years. While working there, he managed to obtain cattle of his own, running them under the "X-P" brand. Next he worked for the "SL" ranch and later the Northern Cattle Company, running their roundup wagon.
He abandoned that line of work and went to Dawson City, AK, chiefly prospecting, but returned to Montana after a year-and-a-half, reaching Miles City in 1899. He returned to the Northern Cattle Company until the next year when he came to near Moorhead, MT, and located on a half-section of land on the Powder River. He added to his land until he had more than a thousand acres where he raised hay, grain, cattle, and sheep. Besides the ranch, William owned stock in the Miles City Milling Company, a carbon producing plant at Baker, and the bank at Broadus.
On 18 Apr 1903, Sheridan, WY, William married Miss Clara Tredinick, born in Iowa County, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Eliza Tredinick, who had immigrated to the US from England. Clara had a brother, Will Tredinick of Wisconsin, and a sister, Mrs. Baker, who died near the Peays ranch and left three sons. The Peays had no children but adopted a son, William D. Peays, b. ca 1905 in Wyoming.
William H. Peays died, 12 Jul 1932.
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