JOSEPH LAROCQUE was the first French-Canadian, and also the first person of European descent to settle in the Walla Walla region. Joseph Larocque established a cabin here in about 1823-1824 adjacent to the present Frenchtown Historic Site, with his wife LIZETTE WALLA WALLA. Click here for a brief history of Joseph LaRocque.
LOUIS TELLIER was the second French-Canadian, and also the second person of European descent to settle here. Louis Tellier came to the Walla Walla Valley in 1834, and married CAH-KATS-TSEE TECUMSH ANGELIQUE JOSEPHTE, also known as ANGELIQUE PENDOREILLE, about 1844. For a history of their family, click here.
ISADORE BEAUCHAMP came to the Walla Walla Valley from Montreal, Canada, travelling first to Chicago, then to St. Louis, where he joined a wagon train to California and the 1849 gold fields. He married MARY TELLIER in 1858. For a history of their family, click here.
A.P. WOODWARD first came to the Walla Walla Valley in 1852. After serving for some time with the U.S. Army and the Oregon Mounted Volunteers, he settled in the Frenchtown area in 1858, where he married CATHERINE DAUPHIN in 1860. Click here for more information on their family, as well as an account of his participation in the Battle of Walla Walla. Click here for photos of A.P. Woodward.
The history of more Frenchtown families will be added as they are available.