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Frémont breaking camp, by 3rd expedition artist Richard Kern

Members of Frémont's 2nd Expedition
1843-44
(*crossed Sierra in winter)

 

*Alexis Ayot, voyageur

*Francois Badeau, voyageur. Died by accident near Sevier River.

*Oliver Beaulieu, voyageur, , as far as Sutter's.

*Baptiste Bernier, voyageur

John A. Campbell, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

*John G. Campbell, voyageur

*Christopher "Kit" Carson, hunter and guide; from Bent's Fort.

Manuel Chapman, voyageur, as far as The Dalles.

*"Billy Chinook," Chinook Indian boy, joined at The Dalles.

Loren Irving tells us: Frémont mentions second and third expedition member Billy Chinook was about 19 years old. It's interesting that Pastor Perkins mentions him as part of his family for four years. Until seeing the followiing information, I have thought he was someone Perkins had helping around the mission, but it looks like he felt he was part of his family and had been for some time. I have always had the feeling that Fremont had regard for Perkins and did this as more or less a favor, taking along this young Indian man.

In the book People of the Dalles, The Indians of Wascopam Mission, by Robert Boyd,University of Nebraska Press, 2004, there is a reference to Billy Chinook. The original documents come from Perkins Journal 1843-1844 Book 2. In the Appendix on page 292 there is a reprinting of the original documents of the Journal of Pastor Perkins of the Methodist Mission at The Dalles, Oregon. On the day of Dec. 4, 1843 Perkins wrote a letter to a fellow Missionary, a Mr. Pitman, in which he stated the following:

More recently, we have had the pleasure of an acquaintance with Lieut. J.C. Fremont who had been here on a topographical survey for Government, with a party of 25 or 30 men.  He left us a few days since to return, via the Clamat Lake south.  An Indian boy, who has been a member of my family about four years, being very desirous of visiting the States, I have committed him to Mr Fremont's care.  He is an enterprising lad & I hope the journey may prove beneficial to him.

*Ransom Clark, voyageur

*Philibert Courteau [Descouteau, Des Couteau], voyageur, as far as Sutter's.

Michel Crelis, voyageurr, as far as Fort Hall.

William Creuss, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

Clinton Deforest, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

*Baptiste Derosier (J. B. [Jean-Baptiste?] Derosier), voyageur, as far as Sutter's.

*Jacob Dodson, assistant

Frederick Dwight, traveller, as far as Fort Hall.

*Thomas Fallon, voyageur, from St. Vrain's Fort as far as Sutter's.
Beware this biography of Fallon!
Not to be confused with Thomas "Le Gros" Fallon

*Thomas "Broken Hand" Fitzpatrick, guide

*Lieutenant John Charles Fremont, expedition leader

*Alexis Godey, hunter; from St. Vrain's Fort.

Basil Lajeunesse, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

Francois Lajeunesse, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

Henry Lee, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall

Lucien Maxwell, hunter, as far as St. Vrain's Fort.

*Louis Menard, voyageur

*Louis Montreuil, voyageur

*Samuel Neal, blacksmith, as far as Sutter's.

Alexis Pera, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

*James Power, Voyageur

*Charles Preuss, cartographer

*Raphael Proue, Voyageur

James Rogers, a "Delaware" (Shawnee) hunter, as far as St. Vrains's Fort.

Thomas Jefferson Rogers, a "Delaware" (Shawnee) hunter, as far as St. Vrains's Fort.

Oscar Sarpy, voyageur, as far as St. Vrains's Fort.

*Baptiste Tabeau, voyageur, murdered by Indians in Arizona.

*Charles Taplin, voyageur

Baptiste Tesson, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

*Charles Towns [or Town or Towne]; from Bent's Fort.

August Vasquez, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

*Joseph Verrot, voyageur, as far as Sutter's.

Joeseph Reddiford [Rutherford] Walker. Hired as guide in southern Utah to Bent's Fort for the days May 12 through June 1, 1844.

Patrick White, voyageur, as far as Fort Hall.

*Tiery Wright, voyageur

*Louis Zindel, artilleryman

Roster of Frémont's California Battalion of Mounted Riflemen 1846-47 at RootsWeb. Thanks Douglas Blaine Schneider for the url.

 

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Bob Graham