Tuesday, October 25, 2011


This is a picture of the Deadwood Stage, typical of what a stagecoach  looked like in 1885 when Dee drove the stage coach or rode shot gun between Deadwood and Spearfish for a stagecoach company for several years. 

This is the only picture we have of Dee during this time. He became a Stagecoach driver/or shot gun in 1884.

  His brother, Meriot, arrived in Deadwood in 1884 and also got a job driving Stageoach for McClintock's  Company.  Meriot and his family will be spotlighted in a future Billington Blog. (this picture donated by his Meriot's granddaughter).

The mother of these Billington's, Florinda, came to visit them in Deadwood, by stagecoach, and then returned again to Kansas City in 1887.  It is believed that Mariot returned to Kansas City a few years later, around 1890.

In 1886 Dee's Brother, James, married Adelaide Beuter and settled in Deadwood..  Their first born, a son, died the following year.  Later they had two girls who will be spotlighted in a future Billington Blog. 

New research shows that Dee's sister Roberta lived near Deadwood in the Red River area with her husband, Tom Hardwick from 1878 to 1879. Her story will be told in a future Billington Blog.

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