Jean-Baptiste Dorion (c.1813 - 1848)

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Birthplace: Ft. St. Louis, Missouri Territory
Death: Died in Clackamas, Oregon Territory
Cause of death: Murdered by a white man
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Jean-Baptiste born in 1813. He married Josephte Cayuse or Kiaus the 3 rd February 1845 in Fort Vancouver, Clark county, Washington ,U.S.A. He died in 1849, Willamette Valley, Clackamas county, Oregon.

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Jean "Baptiste" Dorion, the son of Pierre Dorion and Marie L’Aguivoise (Aioe), was born 1813 and died about 1850, probably in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. 

His father was an Astorian and came out West with his wife and family and working for Manuel Lisa on the Missouri River in Montana.   Old Pierre brought his family into the Old Oregon country in 1813 with Wilson P. Hunt of the Pacific Fur Company.  He was killed in 1814 while on an expedition with John Reed on the Boise River in Idaho.

Jean Baptiste is usually called Baptiste and worked out of Fort Nez Perces (Walla Walla) where he was discharged in 1837, but he was re-employed in 1840.  He married a Cayuse woman named Josephte  (Josephine) Walla Walla on February 3, 1845.

In 1835 he  was a guide for John K. Townsend, and in 1842 acted as interpreter to Dr. Elijah  White when he visited the Cayuse  and Nez Perce Indians.  He was on Tom McKay’s Trapping Party in 1834-1835 and on the Snake Country Brigades in 1835-1836.   In 1842 and 1843 he was an interpreter.

S. J., who wrote that his parents were Pierre Dorion and Marie Aioe, which, like Aguivoise, was another of the one hundred and six methods of spelling the apparently simple name Iowa.  Baptiste's eldest son was named Pierre Dorion, who was born in 1836, baptized July 25, 1841, and died in 1854. Three other children also died, Genevieve, Phileminie and Joseph, but David lived until recent years but can not now be located although he is well remembered.

In 1848 during the cayuse war, Baptiste was commissioned as second lieutenant of the Oregon Rifles, under Captain Thomas McKay, (Astorian), and took part in the battle of Well Springs. He was murdered by a white man in 1848.

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1813
1813
Missouri Territory
1834
1834
Age 21
1845
February 3, 1845
Age 32
Clark, Washington
1848
1848
Age 35
Clackamas, Oregon Territory