29 May 1975
A. Howard Stebbins
34 Edgehlll Road
Little Rock, Ark.
Dear Mr. Stebbins:
Been traveling since the first of April and on my return the first of the week,
found your Inquiry concerning the Quapaw Joseph Vallier. To indicate that I did
not completely put all thought of Ark. from mind, I bought this post card in
London with the idea of sending to you as I was most impressed by the very dramatic
product sign of your Co. that dominated Piccadilly Circus night scence...but I never
got it mailed. Also, the Paris Beach cottage rented in France had a LeFevbre
contractor sign on the bus route... of no real consequence.. enjoyed travels...about
ready to get back in the groove...
Back to issue...yes, there was a Joseph Valliere granted 80 acres of land under
Article 7 "Tracts of land granted to certain persons, Indians by descent" of the
1824 Quapaw Treaty "Done at Harrington's, in the territory of Arkansas, on the
fifteenth day of November A.D. one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four..." I
have been on the lookout for some record of the age of this Joseph Valliere of
Indian descent for I have wondered if he could be the party of this baptismal
record in the Myra Vaughn collection (How I long for the original from which she
copied and how diligently I have searched!)...I copy exactly as Mrs. Vaughn wrote
"Jan 26, 1789, was baptised.... Joseph, born the 22d of March 1786, grandson of
Pahe', Sauvage Arkansas, his godfather "Mesere Joseph de Valliere Commandant de
Ce Post, his godmother Catherine Pertuit
fre Louis Guigues
signed JOSEF VALLIERE (this Indian is called Pahe CEF, probably CHIEF, I think. MV)"
Whether this Joseph Valliere of the Quapaws carried the name because he was named
for the French commandant of the Post of Arkansas when he was born or whether there
was a 'blood relationship' such as issue of an Indian marriage between the commandant
and an Indian maiden,..?????? I am most interested to learn what the tribal traditions
and records offer in this connection. A preliminary check of the Jeff. Co. Deeds
appear to indicate that Joseph Valliere sold his 'reservation of 80 acres' to Antoine
Barraque who in turn conveyed to Joseph Bon(n)e [Bonne]. In the l860fs, the records show
this property to figure in the estate settlement following Joseph Bone, Sr.'s death...
but I have not worked out all the connections as yet. This Joseph Bone also appears
to be the same as the one who received his own 80 acre grant under the 1824 Treaty
as "Indian by descent"..The unions of French with Indian maidens certainly resulted
in issue recognized both by the settlers and the Indians.. .but proof in all instances
I have not located although some are plainly spelled out in the remaining baptismal
records. The above citation Is the only 'clue' I have run across that suggests to me
a possible concerning the Chief Joseph Valliere per letter you received.
Have you as yet obtained a translation of the VAUGINE will In the New Orleans Notarial
Archives per our previous exchange? I remain most interested if you will share.
Anything further that you learn in this connection, I will also be most appreciative
for your sharing and should I turn up anything to shed further light, will certainly