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August 16, 2009

Brigham’s Destroying Angel: Wild Bill Hickman

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 7:14 pm

My next venture into publishing will be a reprint of an 1870’s autobiography (1904 edition) of the ‘Notorious’ Wild Bill Hickman, Chief of the Danites*.  A colorful character of the American West, this work has more local interest, but I feel it is a worthwhile effort to tell a bit more of the story.

It contains 230 pages with 20 engravings telling the story of William A. Hickman, in his own words of a personal ‘bodyguard’ of Brigham Young; lawyer, U.S, Marshall and Indian Scout and fellow compatriot of Orrin Porter Rockwell, Lot Smith and other notable individuals in the history of the West.

A sensitive Foreword written by Barbara Mila, an interpreter at This is the Place Heritage Park, who portrays Bill Hickman’s seventh wife, a Shoshone Indian, in the original Hickman Log Cabin that was relocated to the Park.  Barbara also owned the original edition that I scanned and has great personal insight from her research and meeting, at first the reluctant descendants, now to those who happily include ‘Wild Bill’ in their lineage.

I had to reconstruct the cover as the original paper cover was in bad condition.  It also should be noted that the original publisher is not related.

The book will sell for $18.00 plus $3.00 shipping, wholesale prices are available.  This will also be the first book that I publish that will have a bar code, a part of doing business today.


* The Danites or Sons of Dan was created in Far West, Missouri by Dr. Sampson Avard as a secret society that went on to do work for the L.D.S. Church.  Also called the Brothers of Gideon (after Sampson’s dead brother), Daughters of Zion, Avenging Angles, Fur Company, Threshers or Mormonites.


  1. Hi my name is Chris Rhodes. I am a descendant of Joe Rhodes, who was killed in 1860, and the account of it is in this book. I am gathering any information on Joesph Rhodes because we have no lineage line before him. In your research have you found anything out about him? Or names of the “boys” or “hounds” or anything. Thank you for your time.
    Chris Rhodes

    Comment by Chris Rhodes — November 24, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  2. Chris,
    Welcome and thanks for your comment. I will have to look into the names. The book will not be published until after the first of the year, unfortunately I need to re-scan the book, I will keep you posted.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 25, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  3. Thank you very much. I appreciate your time.

    Comment by Chris Rhodes — December 10, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

  4. I am also a descendant of Joe Rhodes, who was killed in 1860 and was wondering if you were ever able to find any information regarding where he came from or anything else about him. If you have information I would be grateful for it.
    Jennifer Weston

    Comment by Jennifer Weston — April 23, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

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