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Toussaint Charbonneau was born in Boucherville, Quebec back in 1767. For a time, he worked as a fur trapper with the North West Company. While living with the Hidatsa people he purchased a Shoshone girl. In 1804, he was hired by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark for their expedition

While on the journey his performance was a mix, Meriwether Lewis call him “a man of not peculiar merit”. He did however, make several contributions to the success of the expedition. He also served as a cook by making a sausage made for bison meat. He and his family stayed with the expedition until August of 1806. For his service he was paid $500.33, a horse and a lodge.

In 1809, he moved his family to St. Louis where he left them in the care of William Clark, never to see them again. From 1811-1838 he worked for the Upper Missouri Agency’s Indian Bureau as a translator earning $300-400.00 per year. While is exact date of death is not known it is believed he died around 1843, he was 76.

What you may not know about Toussaint is that the Shoshone girl he purchased was named Sacagawea, their first born was Jean-Baptiste.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray well, all of that leaves me speechless!!

Jun 10, 2019 02:44 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

At least she was recognized on a coin and there are a few in my collection.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 10, 2019 04:05 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was a twist ending to a story I had not idea as to where it was  going.

Jun 10, 2019 04:40 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that one totally got me without even a guess.

Jun 10, 2019 04:45 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A good story and while I wasn't sure I did guess the answer.

Jun 10, 2019 04:59 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Seems like dad was a rolling stone! Enjoy your day!

Jun 10, 2019 05:17 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - a very interesting brood! Things were so different back then.

Jun 10, 2019 06:28 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting and very involved lineage and story.  Happy Monday, A

Jun 10, 2019 09:27 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - that is very interesting.  Thanks for sharing that information.

Jun 10, 2019 10:02 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - that's quite an interesting family tree.  

Jun 10, 2019 10:13 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- very interesting story!!

Jun 10, 2019 11:03 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Interesting, I definitely believe that he was a man of not peculiar merit, haha.

Jun 10, 2019 11:12 AM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I wonder how much $500 was in today's money. Seems like a lot of work and sacrifice for such a sum but if it's your passion to explore the money is a mute point I guess.

Jun 10, 2019 02:47 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James after you told us the result I was still in the grey area, thanks to Mr Google I got enlightened:)Endre

Jun 10, 2019 11:42 PM #14
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