WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE ROUNDY (aka POLE ROUNDY)
(marksman, sheepman, merchant)
BIOGRAPHYNapoleon "Pole" Bonaparte Roundy was born February 5, 1851 in Centerville, Davis County, Utah Territory. In the early 1860s, his family was sent to southern Utah: Toquerville, Kanab, Long Valley, and then Kanarraville.
Tensions were high with local Indian tribes, so Pole learned at a young age to handle guns as he guarded the family’s livestock. At just 12 years old, the resourceful young Pole earned enough money to buy his first gun "shocking" wheat for neighbors by moonlight after he had finished his day's work for his father. He became an expert marksman.
He served in Captain Lorenzo N. Roundy’s Company in the Utah Cavalry from 1865 to 1867. He was a private in W. Coplan’s Company of the Utah Territorial Militia from February 25 to March 13, 1869.
Napoleon worked for his father on the farm until he married Elizabeth Margaret Williams on January 11, 1872 in St. George.
About 1880, President Brigham Young asked some worthy men to take another wife. Elizabeth and Napoleon talked it over, and he told her she should make the selection of a second wife. With her consent, he married Louisa Jane Higgins on April 28, 1880 in St. George.
People from all over southern Utah came to be entertained by the rooster and dog fights, horse races and rifle matches of the Silver Reef Rifle Club. In March of 1880, Napoleon challenged Enos A. Wall to a shooting match. Wall was known as "Colonel" even though it was not his true military title. Local gamblers believed that the well-dressed Colonel, with his years of military experience and a fancy new Henry rifle, would win the $100 pot. Napoleon was rough-cut, ill dressed, with an odd-looking long rifle. Napoleon was the winner, much to Colonel Wall's chagrin. A rematch for double the pot was won by Napoleon with an even wider margin of points. There were several more rematches over the years, but Wall was never able to beat Napoleon. Once Wall hired someone to interrupt Napoleon as he was about to pull the trigger, but it didn’t deter him.
About 1881, Napoleon was called on a mission by his church to help establish a friendly relationship and to preach the gospel to the Indians of Arizona. He sold his property in Kanara and moved his family to Snowflake, Arizona, where they lived for five years. Napoleon purchased a farm that the family cared for and he went about his work with the Indian People.
In 1886, Napoleon moved his family to the embryonic community of Escalante in Garfield County, Utah. There he spent the rest of his life. He raised sheep and became very prosperous.
Pole died October 6, 1928 in Escalante. He is buried in Plot 371 of the Escalante Cemetery.
Louisa, Napoleon, and children about 1883
REFERENCESNapoleon Bonaparte Roundy
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.
Napoleon Bonapart Roundy Families Information and Photos
Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy entry in Ancestry
Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy entry in The Hill Family Geneaology
Turning the Hearts: Kanarraville Marksman - Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy
Back to yesteryear: Legend of Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy
by Gerald R. Sherratt
Iron County Today, July 28, 2010
Pole Roundy - The Marksman of Boulder, Utah
November 22, 2013
Find-A-Grave entry for Napoleon Bonaparte "Pole" Roundy