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Jean Baptiste "Pomp" Charbonneau
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1805
McLean County
North Dakota, USA
Death: May 16, 1866
Malheur County
Oregon, USA

Sacajawea's son. He was born at the Lewis and Clark's winter camp in Fort Mandan, N.D. His mother was Sacagawea, a Shoshone living among the Hidatsa tribe, and his father, Toussaint Charbonneau was a French-Canadian trapper. The explorers hired the couple as guides and interpreters for their journey from the Northern Plains to the Pacific. Sacagawea and her infant played a significant role in the expedition. He was an emblem of peace. Indians along the way perceived the party to be peaceful because of this women with her infant napping sweetly on his mother's back. Clark was taken by the child and nicknamed him "Pomp" and even named two geographical features after him. Upon return to Fort Mandan from the trek to the Pacific, Clark wanted to take the boy with him. The couple, declined, but after a visit to St. Louis in 1811, they left the boy with him. By 1813, both Sacagawea was dead as well as Toussaint Charbonneau. Clark became guardian of the boy and his sister. When Carbonneau was 18, living on the frontier, he met Prince Paul Wilhelm the German prince who was visiting the new wild continent. A friendship ensued. For the next six years, he and the Prince were close companions. Having accompanied the German to Europe, they visited various royal courts and even took a trip to Africa. When Charbonneau returned in 1829 at the age of 24, he spoke German, Spanish and French. To make a living he became a guide. In 1846, he came to guide the Mormon Battalion on its 1,000 mile trek from New Mexico to San Diego. While in San Diego, Charbonneau was offered the job of alcalde for Mission San Luis Rey in nearby Oceanside. His tenure was a rocky one. He became an activist, disturbed by the treatment of the local Indians. He was forced to resign and was caught up in gold rush fever sweeping Placer County, California. He did not strike it rich but spent the majority of his remaining years here searching for riches. In 1860, gold was discovered in Montana and Charbonneau at 61 years of age heard the calling. He got as far as southeastern Oregon where after lingering for a time apparently died from bronchitis.  Jean Baptiste Carbonneau was honored in the 2000 issue of the gold $l coin with his contrived image napping on his mother's back. (Sacagawea)   (Bio by John R. Mark) 
Family links: 
  Toussaint Charbonneau (1767 - 1843)
   Sacajawea (1787 - 1812)
  Barbara Charbonneau Meyers*
  Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (1805 - 1866)**
  Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (1805 - 1866)
  Lisette Charbonneau (1812 - 1813)*
*Calculated relationship
Jordan Valley Hamlet Cemetery *
Malheur County
Oregon, USA
Plot: 17 miles south of Jordan Valley, Oregon (toward Winnemucca, NV) on U.S. Highway 95. Turn right onto gravel road marked
GPS (lat/lon): 42.9519, -117.3383
*Alleged or in dispute
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Record added: Sep 09, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 3553
Jean Baptiste Pomp Charbonneau
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