Jean Dalpé

by Henry Edward Gabler III

Jean Dalpé, eponymous founder of the Pariseau family, was killed in action by the Iroquois on 2 July 1690 near Bout-de-l'lle Jean Dalpé, eponymous founder of the Pariseau family, was killed in action by the Iroquois on 2 July 1690 near Bout-de-l'lle de Montreal. He arrived at Quebec on 17 or 18 August 1665, as a 17 year old soldier in LaFrediere Company, Carignan-Salieres Regiment. His Ship, L'Aigle d'Or departed LaRochelle on 13 May 1665. When the regiment returned to France in 1668, Jean was one of over 400 soldiers who remained in New France.

The name Pariseau comes from "Parisot" a village and lake in the province of Tarn et Garone in southern France. Jean's parents, Jean Delpeches and Marguerite Delmat were born in Rodez in the 1620s. The name Pariseau is probably a nom d'guerre, a common practice in the french army of the time.

On 19 November 1674, Jean Dalpé married Renee Lorion in Montreal. Renee emigrated from France in about 1658 as a babe in arms with her parents, Mathurin Lorion born 1604 and his second wife Jeanne Bessette or Bizet born 1621 as well as her older sister. A younger brother was born in Canada on 25 January 1660.The Lorions are listed in the 1666 census of Montreal. Renee's first name is sometimes given as Marie. She was baptized on 17 February 1658 in LaRochelle. Jeanne Bessette's parents, Andre Bessette and Francoise Merlot were born in the late sixteenth century (c. 1580) in St. Georges de Bois in the ancient province of Aunis not far from LaRochelle. They are the earliest known ancestors of the family.

On Sunday, 2 July 1690 a party of about 25 French militia were overcome by a larger force of Iroquois warriors in a battle on the Jean Grou River. The warriors were probably from the Mohawk tribe. This battle occurred early in King William's War (1689-1697), the initial round of the French and Indian Wars. Eight Frenchmen, including Jean Dalpé dit Pariseau, were killed. On 8 July 1690, the bodies were found and buried where they lay. A monument marks the spot. In 1694, the remains were interned at Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montreal. Jean was buried there on All Soul's Day 1694.

For three generations after Jean Dalpé, the family was known as "dit Pariseau." "Dit" can be translated as "called" or "know as."Francois Dalpé dit Pariseau pere (b. 8 February 1677) is the son of Jean Dalpé and Renee Lorin. Next comes Francois Dalpé dit Pariseau fils (b. 30 December 1701) and finally Antoine Dalpé dit Pariseau (born c. 1730). Antoine's son however was Francois Pariseau (b. 1770). Francois' son Louis D. Pariseau came to the United States in the 1850s. Louis D. Pariseau died in 1899 and is buried in the old RC cemetary in Plattsburgh. He is the father of Denise Jeanne Pariseau born 4 April 1855. Denise married Oliver Charron. Their daughter, Celena "Lena" Sharron, born 2 April 1883 married, Henry Edward Gabler (1877-1969) in June 1901. He was a Sergeant in the 15th U.S. Infantry station at Plattsburgh Barracks.