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- Born: 17 January 1740, Quebec City, Canada
- Baptised: 17 January 1740, Cathedral of Quebec City, Canada
- Marriage (1): RAINBOW, Holy in 1780 in Lower Illinois River, USA
- Died: 23 July 1810, Petite Rocher, St Louis, USA
The baptismal record in 18th century handwriting for Pierre Dorion reads as follows:
Le diseptieme janvier mil sept cent quarante par nous sousigné curé de cette paroisse a été baptisé pierre né d'aujourdhuy fils de Jean Marie Dorion et de Therese Normand son epouse de cette paroisse le parrain a été le pierre Marchand et la marraine ? Marie Marguerte Noel lesquels ont signé
Jean Marie Dorion Pierre Marchand
Marie Marguerite Noel Plante Noel Noel"
Pierre Dorion was of French creole origin who lived on the western frontier and was an expert trapper and interpreter. He had lived among the Lakota people for more than 20 years. He worked with the explorers Lewis and Clark in negotiating with the native American peoples and helped them document ethnographic data about the Yankton Sioux culture.
He assisted in peacemaking among the tribes and was instrumental in transporting tribal chiefs to St Louis and Washington in diplomatic initiatives with Thomas Jefferson. In 1806 the U.S. war department commissioned him as as a subagent on the Missouri. He is reported to have died aged 70.
Another source gives the date of his death as 10 September 1810 and the place as Fort Osage Missouri Territory USA..
Pierre married Holy RAINBOW in 1780 in Lower Illinois River, USA. (Holy RAINBOW was born about 1760.)
Another source gives the place of marriage as Yankton, South Dakota, USA.
Internet Site, http://museum.bmi.net/pierre_dorion_i.htm.
Internet Site, Dorion ancestors.