January 31st, 2008
“The earliest probate court record book for St Louis was found in an old safe at the court house last fall.Â William Clark became the guardian for Sacagawea’s two children, Toussaint, “about the age of ten years,” and his sister Lisette, age about one year old. The Orphans Court record was originally signed by John Luttig, company clerk of the MissouriÂ Fur Company on August 11, 1813.
William Clark must have been out of town, because he would know that Toussaint, also known as Pompey or Jean Baptiste, was then only 8 1/2 years old (born February 11, 1805). Later, Luttig’s name was crossed out and William Clark’s name was substituted, as you can see in the photo above.Â
John Luttig was the journal writer who wrote on December 20, 1812 at Fort ManuelÂ in Kenel, South Dakota: “this evening the wife of Charbonneau, a Snake Squar, died of putrid fever. She was a good and the best Women in the fort, aged abt 25 years she left a fine infant girl.” Â To read more, visit [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001MOvg6KoMIKAqDjTWvNTAc_AlGK1fYzUF0QrxyXFfJkOt378StqR0ibbxR5i6o7IJ8a5rW1mm2dSlScI8SyM-gFKWIkW6xzb86BIKp3TV2RVao-qwoQbmoP0xsCFA3D0Z]