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Real Stories behind The Revenant, part II: Ashley’s Hundred - Rogers Archaeology Lab

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03/04/2016

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David Gauvey

I am looking for information about James L Coryell originally from Ohio who joined the Army in 1814 and went to New Orleans the same year and was part of the defense of NOLA with Andrew Jackson. After this time the record are sketchy. It is believed that he joined the Rocky Mtn Fur Co
Where could I look for proof of this, possibly a roster of the men involved, if one exists?
I am Dave Gauvey of Coryell County Texas. We know that James came to TX to join Jim Bowie in search for the San Saba Silver Mine in 1831.
Any help would be appreciated.

Lotte Govaerts

We don’t know off-hand if there are employee records for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, or where those might be found if they do exist. We can recommend some of the books in the bibliography on this blog post as a starting point for your research, particularly Chittenden 1902, Berry 1961, and Dolin 2011. These books contain references to the primary sources the authors used.
Several libraries have fur-trade related research collections which might be of use. See for example “Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Research Collections of the American West – Papers of the Saint Louis Fur Trade from the Missouri Historical Society (http://cisupa.proquest.com/ksc_assets/catalog/2595.pdf), and this flyer from the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri St. Louis which describes their fur trade history-related collections: https://www.umsl.edu/mercantile/research/research-guides/fur-trade-history.pdf.”

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Lesley Clarkson

Where can I find a copy of the list or a partial list? It's just not in my library. I have seen a list that includes Fremont and Sutter. That can't be right. Please advise.

Jim Morin

Concerning RMFC, Ashley-Henry, and Smith-Jackson-Sublette. There are no known rosters. In my database I have 3 other Ashley men who fought/may have fought at the Battle of New Orleans. The only information I have on Coryell is the San Saba fight of '31. If a link with Coryell can be established with any of these known Ashley/RMFC men that could be helpful.

1) Giles Hyatt Roberts (Mar 1797-Dec 27, 1851). From MD. Definitely fought in the battle.

2) David E. Jackson (Oct 30, 1788-Dec 24, 1837). From VA/WV. Partner of Smith, Jackson, and Sublette (the predecessor of RMFC). Likely fought in the battle.

3) Jacques "Old Pino" Fournaise (1738/1747?-Jul 16, 1871). From Trois Rivieres, Quebec Canada. Was in New Orleans in 1814, and may have fought in the battle. "Reportedly was refused service with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812 because of his advanced age." Said to be 124-134 at his death (sunstroke while working in the garden of William Mulkey in Kansas City). He apparently did not know how old he was but remembered events and owning land in 1759.

Hope that helps.

Jim Morin

And this.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71338511/james-coryell

Wayne Lammers

I'm in the Lamine Missouri area and inquiring and hunting artifacts of the early pioneers that made their homes on the Missouri and Lamine Rivers. We have found a lost fort in this area that goes back to 1810 time period. We found musket ball (spent) that were fired by indians on an attack of the McMahan Fort overlooking the Missouri River. We also found a Spanish Real, dated 1806, along with other items that will prove that we found this fort. We are near the William H Ashley burial site and the home that he lived in.
You may contact me at 660-882-2393 in Boonville MO.

Wayne Lammers

I'm in the Lamine Missouri area and inquiring and hunting artifacts of the early pioneers that made their homes on the Missouri and Lamine Rivers. We have found a lost fort in this area that goes back to 1810 time period. We found musket ball (spent) that were fired by indians on an attack of the McMahan Fort overlooking the Missouri River. We also found a Spanish Real, dated 1806, along with other items that will prove that we found this fort. We are near the William H Ashley burial site and the home that he lived in.
You may contact me at 660-882-2393 in Boonville MO.

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