Smith spent the winter of 1828-29 at Fort Vancouver. In March he journeyed west to Flathead Post. On the Flathead River Smith was reunited with his associate Davey Jackson. The two trappers reached the Pierre's Hole rendezvous in August, where they again joined their partner William Sublette. The three parted ways for the fall hunt, with Smith leading a large force into Blackfoot Indian country.
At the following 1830 rendezvous on the Wind River, the three partners sold their trapping interests to the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and then became involved in the Santa Fe trade. While en route to Santa Fe, Smith was killed by Comanche Indians while scouting for water.
See: George R. Brooks, ed., The Southwest Expedition of Jedediah S. Smith: His Personal Account of his Journey to California 1826-1827 (1989); Leroy R. Hafen and Harvey L. Carter, eds., Mountain Men and the Fur Traders of the Far West (1982); Dale L. Morgan, Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West (1964); Dale L. Morgan, ed., The West of William H. Ashley (1964).
S. Matthew Despain and Fred R. Gowans