Given the close connections between New Mexico and Mexico throughout history, and the extensive traveling across the American West and Southwest by pioneers, explorers, traders and soldiers, I have included below a preliminary list of the French in Mexico (French residents and French with business and other interests in Mexico). Most of the names of residents became Hispanicized. The French are the second largest European immigrant group after Spaniards.

This list is based on multiple sources.

In response to viewers’ demand, I am progressively adding notes under the names. Contributions to these notes would be greatly appreciated.

Abadie, Juan

Abat, Pedro

Acher, Pedro,

Acosta, Pedro,

Alay, Juan.

Alvimar (Octavien Souchet d’),

Ardouin, Georges

Amat, Manuel

André Martin

Andres, Denis

Anguille, Nicolas

Aniel, Joseph

Antonelli, Pedro

Aquillon, André

Arana, Juan

Argain, Pedro

Arias, Mateo,

Arias, Jean-Baptiste,

Arredondo, Domingo,

Arribaye, Esteban

Aubré, Charles

Audot, Antonio.

Augier, Jacques

Auvray, Pierre

Aylmes, Ricardo

Bado, Augustin

Bailli, Jean-Baptiste

Balentin, André

Balvier, Juan

Bandet, Juan Nepomuceno

Bara, Nicolas

Barbaroux, Jaquin

Barberies, Félicien

Barbie, José

Bardel, Nicolas

Barri, Jean-Baptiste

Barreda, Francisco de la,

Barrera, Antonio

Barrere, Juan Bautista

Bart, Françis

Basserot, José Ignacio

Bassili, Juan

Bassin, Juan

Bastain, Guillermo

Bastal, Jaime

Baume, Juan José

Baumel, José

Baurain, Santiago

Bavarray, Joaquin

Bayot, Jean

Beaufils, Jorge

Beaufils, José Maria

Beaumont, Bertrand

Beauregard, Gabriel

Béé, Guillermo

Beben, Augustin

Béhard, Séastien

Bellac, Guillermo

Begner, Albert

Bellegard, Santiago

Belmonte, Nicolas

Beltran, Pedro

Beltran, Juan

Beltran, Francisco

Bemanis, Francisco

Benoit, Marie Madeleine

Berlandier, Jean-Louis
Jean-Louis Berlandier (ca. 1805–1851) was an early naturalist, born before 1805 between Fort de l’Ecluse, France, and Geneva, Switzerland. He studied botany at the academy in Geneva. He came to Mexico in 1826 to make botanical collections. He then joined, as botanist, the Mexican Boundary Commission, which left Mexico City on November 10, 1827. Berlandier made botanical collections around Laredo, Texas, in February 1828 and around San Antonio, Gonzales, and San Felipe in March, April, and May 1828. He settled at Matamoros, where he married and became a physician. He made further botanical and animal collecting trips in Mexico and Texas. During the Mexican War, he  was in charge of the hospitals in Matamoros and served as an interpreter. He drowned in the San Fernando River near Matamoros in 1851.

Berrogaray, Juan Miguel

Betluger, Jacques

Binolas, Pedro Mata

Biourge, Timoteo

Biurra, Juan, Basque

Blanc, Juan Bautista

Blancpain, Joseph (?–1756)
Joseph Blancpain was a French trader of Natchitoches, Louisiana, whose activities in Texas heightened bad feeling between France and Spain in the middle of the eighteenth century. In 1754 Blancpain, Elias George, Antonio de la Fara (Antonio Dessars), and two black men from Louisiana were caught by Lt. Marcos Ruiz trading among the Orcoquiza Indians in Spanish territory. The Frenchmen’s stock of goods was confiscated and divided among their captors; their huts were given to Chief Calzones Colorados; and they were taken to Mexico City and imprisoned. Blancpain testified that he lived on a plantation near New Orleans and that he had been licensed by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, governor of Louisiana, to trade for horses among the Attacapa Indians. A list of his goods showed him to be furnishing the Indians with firearms, and his diary caused the Spanish to believe him to be an agent for the French government. On February 6, 1756, Blancpain died in prison in Mexico City.

Blasio, Juan

Bochat d’Oritz, Angel

Bocony, Joseph

Bodet, Pedro

Bodro, Réi

Boinet, Juan Bautista

Boise, Vicente

Bolbado, Juan

Bolio, Pedro

Bonet, Juan

Bonet, José

Bonnechèe, Lambert

Bordelet, Pierre

Bos, Francisco,

Bos, Jacques

Bosie, Francisco

Bosquet, Pedro

Bouchard de Bercourt, Luis

Bouchet, Jean

Boulet, Lorenzo

Boulet, Pierre

Bouquet, André.

Bourdaiseau (Gabriel de)

Bousquet, Jean

Boutoux, Domingo

Boyer, André

Boyer, Jean-Baptiste

Brachet, Jean Baptiste

Brau, Dominique

Bréon, Eustache

Bréon, Pierre

Bronis, Lorenzo

Broos, Joseph

Brouard (Brother Arsène)
Christian Brother was a prominent botanist. When in the early 1900s the French government banned the church from teaching in schools, he was sent to Mexico where he spent eight years, to continue teaching science, French, and mathematics in the Brothers’ schools. There he assembled a collection of 12,000 lichens, mosses, ferns, and flowering plants. Early in the Mexican revolution, the Christian Brothers were forced to leave the country, and Arsène traveled to the United States via Cuba (where he discovered several new species of lichens) and taught for a few years in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Louisiana. He finally went to New Mexico in 1926, in search better health, and remained there the rest of his life.

Brugada, Juan Bautista

Bruillard, Carlos

Brullard, Didier

Brun, Bartolome

Bruniot, Françis

Buente, Jean Baptiste

Bourcq, Pierre

Buet, Pedro

Bule, Juan

Bullet, Pierre

Burdales, Pedro

Burguet, Pedro

Burquichan, Juan

Busarely, Antonio

Bustamante, Miguel

Calas, Juan José

Cama, Pedro


Caire, Adolphe Arthur

Cambier, Juan

Campos, Juan Isidore

Canel de Charnassé Nicolas Urbain Charles

Canet, Pedro

Canitrout, Jacques

Capuran, José

Caranon, Pedro

Carallon, Juan

Carlon, Pedro


Carricaburu, dit Castillo, Pedro


Casanova, Pedro

Casanova, Juan Bautista

Casasola, Fernando

Cassagne, Marc

Cassini, Alexandre

Casteran, Pedro

Casteigt, Dominique

Castilla, Joseph

Castillon, Benito

Cavalier, Diego

Cavaly, Francisco

Cayrol, Joseph

Cervantes, Pedro

Chabot, Pierre

Chaconi, Juan

Chaffau, ou Choffard, Luis

Chambon, Ludovic

Champavier, Antonio

Chanin, Mariano

Chassagnite, Antonio

Chausi, Pedro

Chavez, André

Chenard, Joseph

Cherevola, Antonio

Chier de la Miller

Chirriz, Juan

Choquet de Isla, Diego

Chotard, Michel

Cis, Guillaume

Clavel, Pedro


Clovet, Alejandro

Coeur, Francisco

Chappe d’Hauteroche

Charlantier, Diego

Cobos, Féix

Colet, Bautista

Comberg, Juan Francisco

Compère, Joseph

Condrat, Juan

Condrillie, Louis

Constan, Christian

Coquillet, Pierre

Cordero, Pedro

Cordier, Juan

Cordier, Joseph

Correche, Antonio




Costa, Joseph

Costa, Francisco

Couessin, Louis

Courbiere, André Benito
Descendants have researched extensively. Contact me for info.

Courcel, Gabriel

Coursier, Esteban (ca. 1776-1843)
Resident of Chihuahua City, Coursier was mining in Southwestern New Mexico in 1825 and subleasing the El Chino Santa Rita copper mine near Silver City.

Courtade, Bartolome

Courtes, Bernard

Crepel, Diego

Croex (Agustin de)

Crouzet, Juan Bautista

Cumbet, Pedro


Dallete, Thomas

Dampierre (Salvador de


Danis, Pedro

Darcourt (d’Harcourt), Alexandre

Darrigol, Pedro

Dartiz, Pedro

Dautevil, Ignacio

Debis, Juan

de Croix, Charles-François (Carlos Francisco), 45th Viceroy, 1776.
See H.H. Bancroft, The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, 39 volumes (San Francisco: A.I. Bancroft & Company, Publishers), 1883-1890, vol. XL, History of Mexico, Vol. III, 368-369.

Defoix, Juan Antonio

De La Baume, Joseph

Delmazo, Carlos

Delmotte, Nicolas

Delorme, Nicolas

Denis, Nicolas

Denoefant, Antonio

DesGeorges (many family members)

Desgranges, Etienne

Despallier, Bernardo Martin (originally Martin, then Des Pallières)
A family history is at including link to a recently published book.

Desplanques, Francisco

Dever, Jorge

Didier, Santiago

Digoin, Nicolas

Doleo, Pedro

Domenech, Abbé Emmanuel (1825 – 1903)


Doncel, Antonio

Dortolan, Bernardo

Doudal, Roberto

Dubatout, Juan

Dubier, Pedro

Dubison, Pablo

Dubois, Antonio

Dubois, Juan Leonardo

Duchesne, Jean Vincent

Duchet, Francisco

Dufau, Juan

Duflot de Mofras (1810-1884)
In 1839, Eugène Duflot de Mofras (1810-1884) was dispatched from his French legation post in Mexico City to explore the Pacific Coast of North America from 1840?1842, to access the Mexican Alta California and American Oregon Territory regions for French business interests. His report (Exploration du territoire de l’Ore?gon, des Californies et de la mer Vermeille, exe?cute?e pendant les anne?es 1840, 1841 et 1842, Arthus Bertrand editeur, Paris, 1844) was significant at the time, includes an atlas and plates, and remains a detailed description of aspects of the northern Pacific Coast before American dominance.

Dufoo, Antonio

Duforest, Jean Valentin

Dumont, Joseph

Dumas, Belabre

Dumas, Antonio

Duparquet, Charles
French engineer employed to rebuild a fortress near Vera Cruz in the 1700s. The French engineers were, at different times, Louis Bouchard de Bercourt, Gaspar de Courcel, and Charles Duparquet.

Duponey, Juan

Dupont, Ajenadro

Dupont, Pedro

Durocher, Lorenzo

Durrey, or

Durue, Benoit

Dutrux, Miguel

Duval, Nicolas

Duverne, Claudio

Duvivier, Pedro

Duxen, Salomon

Eglise, Jacques d’

Eismitt, Joseph Clément

Elmi (Pierre d’)

Encelins, Luis Esteban

Engle, Pedro

Erondeque, Juan

Esain, Félix Joaquim d’

Esmiete, Serafina

Espeldoy, Juan

Estopier, Juan

Estrada, Luis (Luis de Cordova)

Etiau, Léon

Eu (Ex), Monsieur d’

Faber, Pedro

Fabot, Médard

Fabuis, Nicolas

Fallet, César

Fare (or Junet), Juan

Fauche, Francisco

Fauquer, Francisco

Faure, Juan

Ferien, André

Fernandez, Domingo

Ferrada, Benito

Ferrand, Salvador

Frère, Joaquin

Fez, Pedro de

Figuet, Juan

Flandin, Pedro

Flogny, Pedro

Flotte, Louis
Louis (Lewis) Flotte owned the Corralitos Mines in Mexico, possibly acquired thanks to a wealthy marriage. He had an interest in the Stephenson mine near Las Cruces in New Mexico. In 1855, his knee was bruised on a freight train near San Marcial, it got infected, leading to amputation and death. He died in Las Cruces.


Fontaine, Jacques

Fontan, Juan

Fonten, Louis


Forcade, Juan Bautista

Forey, Élie Frédéric (1804 –1872)
Commanding general of the French expeditionary corps to Mexico in 1862. Forey and his troops landed in September 1862 in Veracruz. In May 1863, his forces captured Puebla and then Mexico City.

Fornel, Julien

Fortier, Honorat
In 1786, Texas Governor Domingo Cabello y Robles recruited Pedro Vial to explore a route between San Antonio and Santa Fe. He left San Antonio on October 4, accompanied by Cristóbal de los Santos, a native of San Antonio, and possibly by Honorat Fortier, a Frenchman. Vial’s diary, combined with subsequent research by historians, provides details of his journey. See Loomis and Nasatir, Pedro Vial and the Roads to Santa Fe, 110. Honorat Fortier is mentioned in Jacques Houdaille, “Les Français au Mexique et leur influence politique et sociale (1760-1800),” in Revue française d’histoire d’outre-mer 48, no. 171 (1961): 143-233.

Fouilloux, Juan
Jean (Juan) Fouilloux was a Frenchman from Lyons, and a prominent citizen in San Luis Potosi in the 1890s, co-owner of the  brewery the “Gran Cerveceria de San Luis.” There are many Fouilloux descendants in Mexico. Source: El Estandarte(newspaper) – Thurs 10 July 1890.

Fourcade, Julien

Fournier, Juan

Fournoux, Carlos

Franciscon, Bernardo

Franco, Domingo

Franco, Juan

Franco, Damien

Francois, Joseph-Louis
Joseph-Louis Francois was with the French intervention in Mexico (the Maximilian Affair) in the 1860s. He also might have been very close to Queen Marie Antoinette before her execution. He most likely moved to New Mexico and Colorado after the war, as his son Mauricio Francois was born in Starkville, CO, 1875, a few miles from the New Mexico border, and he is buried there along with most of his seven sons.

Francon, Joseph

Franquis, Esteban

Franson, Luis

Frélaut, Augustin-Louis
He was with the French intervention in Mexico (the Maximilian Affair) in the 1860s. See: A correspondência de Augustin-Louis Frélaut durante a intervenção francesa no México (1862-1867). Temporalidades da circulação e olhares sobre o comportamento das populações indígenas em face do conflito. By Gabriela Pellegrino Soares, Departamento de História – Universidade de São Paulo

Frenay, Francisco

Frengan, Juan

Freville, Louis

Fromitte, Juan

Gaban, Pedro Nicolas

Gabiot, Pedro

Galardi, Francis

Gallo, Joseph

Garcia, Francisco

Garnier, Juan

Gascon, Basilio

Gaston, Juan

Gavard, Pedro

Gavino, Francisco

Gelede, José

Geoffroi, Pierre

George ou Georgeon, Elias

Géard, Nicolas

Génin, Auguste
Auguste Génin (1862-1931) was a Franco-Mexican writer, poet, photographer, ethnologist. He was a resident of Mexico and director of the Mexican National Company of Dynamite and Explosives

Gerbaut, Juan

Ghis, Pedro Victor

Gilliet, Mario

Girard, Nicolas

Giribarti, Francisco

Giru, José

Gobez, Juan


Godonet, Pierre

Godro, Luis

Gof, Pablo, alias Busel

Goguet, Estevan

Gomez, Francisco

Gomez, Joseph

Gonzalez, Alonso

Goudeau, Francisco

Gourea, Jaime

Gouvert (Goven), Juan, alias Pétillau

Gouyon (Gouyouen), Bartolomé


Grafuilliere, Juan Bautista

Graner, Juan Bautista

Grillo, Santiago

Grimarest, Enrique

Grius, Pedro

Grofel, Juan Antonio

Gros, José

Gucht, Pedro

Guelet, Guillermo

Guelle, Santiago


Guerandain, Juan (Françis

Guillar, Antonio

Guillard (Villar), Juan

Guillembrand, Esteban

Guitart, Geronimo (alias José Moret,)


Heroul, Felipe d’

Heroul, Julio d’

Hos, Nicolas

Houdovar, Esteban

Huet, Antonio

Huet, André

Jabalois, Salvador

Jacquet, Joseph-Jacques
Né à Narbonne, cuisinier du Vice-roi Cruillas.

Joly, Francisco

Juan de la Expectacion

Judice, Pedro Nicolas

Junet Duval, Jacinto

Juliac, Jaime

Juntena, Jaime

Labadie, Domingo

Labat, Pedro

Labono, Pedro

Laborda, José

Laborda, Francisco

Laborda y Miramon, Marco

Laborde, Bernardo, alias Luis Roberts

Lacaba, Juan

Lacasa, Juan Bautista

Lachausset, Pedro

Laclotte, Juan Jacinto


Lacombe, Claudio

Lacombe, Francisco

LaCoste, Jean-Baptiste
Jean-Baptiste LaCoste was an entrepreneur instrumental in the development of the Santa Rita mine in New Mexico, as well as of other businesses in Texas. Born in Gascony, France, in 1823, he immigrated to the United States in 1848, landing first at New Orleans and then moving to San Antonio, where he founded the first ice plant in Texas. He was part of a group of Texas merchants of El Paso and San Antonio, who supplied the military posts and settlements in West Texas and New Mexico. The firm Sweet & LaCoste worked with many of the prominent businessmen of the times. In the spring of 1862, the Santa Rita mine was shipping copper via Mexico to the mouth of the Rio Grande, where La Coste had become a broker of Confederate cotton and other goods bound for Britain. Being a Confederate sympathizer, he was protected by the Confederates during their retreat in 1862.  He moved to Matamoros (a Mexican port city across the Texas border) around 1863 to serve Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian of Mexico, an adventure we recounted in a previous chapter. LaCoste’s activities in Mexico are beyond the scope of our story, but it is likely that he mingled with the French officers who had taken their quarters at the “Hotel de Richelieu” after their landing on October 9th, 1864. During the remainder of the war, LaCoste lived in Matamoros and shipped Confederate cotton via Mexican ports. He ended his days as a revered pioneer San Antonio businessman, dying in 1887.  LaCoste, a city in Medina County, Texas, was named in his honor in 1898. [Sources: In “How Cortinas Gave In to the French, How the French Carry Sail in Matamoros,” New Orleans Times, November 21, LaCoste, jeanbatiste-1864. Handbook of Texas Online, S. W. Pease, “Lacoste, Jean Batiste,” (sic) accessed July 06, 2017,  Spude, Robert L. “The Santa Rita del Cobre, New Mexico, The Early American Period, 1846-1886,”  1999 Mining History Journal. Letter from Adjt. Thomas C. Howard to Capt. W.H. Cleaver, dated May 11, 1862, quoted in John P. Wilson, When the Texans Came, University of New Mexico Press Albuquerque, 2002, 296. Jean Baptiste LaCoste Papers, University of Texas Archives, Austin. Castro Colonies Heritage Association, The History of Medina County, Texas (Dallas: National Share Graphics, 1983). François Lagarde, editor, The French in Texas, Texas State Historical Association, The University of Texas Press, 2003, 167.]

Lacoste, Leandro

Lacroix, Denis

Lacroix, Guillermo

Lacroix, Simon,

LaFarge, Father Pierre
Father Pierre LaFarge is said to have been an excommunicated French priest who had served a prison term for killing a nun in France. According to a tale yet to be substantiated, he was released from jail, then sailed to New Orleans where he met a group of twelve Frenchmen who became his accomplices. They proceeded to Matamoros in Mexico, stole a gold treasure from Mexicans and fled to New Mexico in 1804, ending-up in Taos.

Lafargue, Juan Maria

Lafargue, Domingo

Lafargue, Juan

Lafitas y Miramon, Juan

Laforsada, Juan

Lafragua, Clément

Lafuente, Juan de

Lafuente, Francisco

Lagier (Lachier

Laine, Pedro, alias de la Torre

Laineis, José

Lalande, Juan Bautista

Lamar, Luis

Lamarca, Carlos

Lamasuada, Pedro

Lambert, Juan

Landa, José Maria

Landel, Juan

Lanie, Pedro

Lannuery, Antonio

Laporte, Biaise

L’Archevêque, Jean

Lardo, Luis

Larreategui, José Maria

Larroche, Juan

Lartigue, Pedro

Lasala, Juan

La Tour d’Auvergne

Laurengon, Claudio

Lauset, Jean/Juan
Persecuted in 1795, see Bancroft, vol. XI, p. 488.


Laussel, Jean

Lavigne, Pedro

Layssard, Valentin

Lebet, Juan

Leblanc, Antoine

Leblond, Carlos

Lebrun, Honoré

Leca, Juan Bautista

Lecadieu, Jean-Baptiste

Lecatel, Francisco

Leclerc, Juan

Lecomte, Luis

Lechon, Gaspard

Lecocq, Etienne

Lecurt, Jaime

Lemaitre, Juan

Lemé, Nicolas

Léon, Toussaint

Léon, José

Léonart, Eugène
One of the wealthiest Frenchmen in southern New Mexico, having probably come from Mexico. He was by 1857 one of the trustees of the town of La Mesa and had significant real estate holdings in Dona Ana County (New Mexico).

Leonel, Francisco

Leotar, Honoré

Leroi, Maximilien

Leroy, Pedro

Letondal, Claude

Leymarie, Francisco

Libérat, Juan

Liga, Francisco

Limantour, Joseph Yves (1812, Ploemeur, France – 1885, Mexico City)
was a French merchant who engaged in the California sea trade during the years preceding American occupation of that Mexican province in 1846. He was also known in California as José Limantour. Limantour, was a Breton trader and sea captain who traded all along the Pacific coast. He arrived in Veracruz in 1831, and was based after 1836 in Mexico City. He was married to Adele Marquet, and their son, José Yves Limantour, was Secretary of Finance of Mexico from 1893-1911. Joseph Y. Limatour died in Mexico City in 1885.

Limantour y Marquet José Yves (26 December 1854, Mexico City – 26 August 1935) was the son of  Joseph Yves Limantour, a ship captain from Brittany, France, and Adèle Marquet, who came from Bordeaux.  He became a Mexican financier who served as Secretary of the Finance of Mexico from 1893 until the fall of the Porphyrio Díaz regime in 1911. Limantour established the gold standard in Mexico, suspending free coinage of silver and mandating only government coins be used. He secured the national debt in 1899 with a consortium of foreign banks, and at the time of the outbreak of the Revolution, Mexico was on strong financial basis. Before the Mexican Revolution he was widely seen, along General Bernardo Reyes, as one of the stronger candidates to succeed President Díaz.

Linard, Simon

Liti, Miguel

Liver, Jaime

Loando, Luis

Lobillas, Antonio

Lobola, Luis

Lomé, Francisco

Longuemare, Charles

Longueville, Pedro

Margentier, Juan

Magnany, Francisco

Magne, Antonin

Maillet, Manuel

Mallet (Mallet brothers)

Malpilla, Juan

Malvert, Juan

Mancion, Pedro

Mani, Juan Bautista

Manrique, Marie Thérèse

Marie, Louis

Marin, Nicolas

Marint, Juan

Marion, Claude

Marqueza, José

Marron, Juan

Marsellac, Pablo

Martely, Salvador

Martin, André alias Dupan

Martin Diego

Martin, Pedro

Martinez, Salazar y Pacheco (Pedro Lambeyre Permartin)

Masson, Juan

Masy, Nicolas

Mathey, Antonio

Mauleon, Fernando

Mauleon (son of Fernnado)

Maureta de la Barreda, Santiago

Maurice, Luis


Maxen, Juan

Maya, Francisco

Mayni, Juan Bautista

Mayno, Santiago

Maza, Juan Bautista

Mazas, Pedro

Mazas, Basilio

Mazure, Dr. Philippe Auguste

Mele, Juan

Menar, Juan

Mengein, Juan Pedro

Menonville, Thierry

Mestre, Andres

Mexana, Armando

Mézières, Athanase de

Michamps, José

Michaud, Julio

Mignon, Pedro

Miquete, José

Miramon, Bernardo

Miramon, Pedro

Molar, José

Molinaus, Rafaël

Montes, Martin

Morasen, Carlos

Morel, Etienne/Esteban, medical doctor, persecuted in 1795, committed suicide, see Bancroft, vol. XI, p. 488.

Morel, José, Canadien

Moreno, Pedro

Moret, Jean- Jacques

Morin, Jean

Morin, Joseph

Morlia, Juan


Mortemar, Francisco

Morvan, Francisco

Mosset, Juan Jaime

Mota, Pedro de la

Mouras, Juan

Moureille, Ignacio

Mugnie, Henri Joseph

Murgier, Juan Maria

Navet, Augustine

Nayans, Juan Claudio

Nolan, Vincent

O, Guillermo de

Ofer, Juan

Oliver, Francisco

Olivieri, Pedro

Paillette, Juan Santiago

Pallar, Guillermo


Parille, Esteban

Parra, Juan

Gabriel-René Paul (1813 – 1886)
Gabriel-René Paul (1813 – 1886), a Civil War hero.  His father René Paul was a French Colonel under Napoléon, wounded while serving on the French flagship at Trafalgar. René Paul immigrated to Philadelphia, and then moved to St. Louis, where he married Eulalie Chouteau, daughter of Auguste Chouteau and Marie-Thérèse Cerré. Gabriel-René was their first child, out of nine (three died in childhood).  A West Point graduate, he was a career officer in the United States Army. He had fought in the Seminole Wars in Florida, in the Mexican War, where he was wounded at Cerro Gordo but still led the party that captured the Mexican flag flying over Chapultepec. He also served on the Texas-Mexico border and in Utah. At age 48, Gabriel-René was posted at Fort Union in New Mexico in 1861 and 1862, during the Confederate invasion. There, he was appointed commander at the request of his men, as they saw in him a man “of considerable influence and energy.” He then became acting inspector general of the volunteers charged with superintending the instruction and discipline of the recruits. At Fort Union in January 1862, he reorganized the militia, drilling the men day and night. He squelched a soldiers’ mutiny (they had not been paid), put the men in the company at hard labor until night, discharged company commanders, demoted non-commissioned officers and assigned all enlisted men to other companies. The next month, still at Fort Union, he was in command of the 4th New Mexico Mounted Infantry and the Eastern District. After the Battle of Glorieta in March, he replaced General Slough (on April 9, 1862) as commander of Federal forces at Fort Union. He moved south, participated in the Battle of Albuquerque (April), was promoted Brigadier General, and replaced Colonel Kit Carson at Fort Craig before returning to Fort Union. He left New Mexico in December, 1862, going east to command New York and New Jersey regiments. On the first day at the Battle of Gettysburg, a rifle bullet entered his right temple and passed through his left eye, totally blinding him and impairing his senses of smell and hearing. Disabled, he held honorary positions and died 23 years later in Washington, D.C. He rests in the Arlington cemetery. He had six children, three daughters and a son from his first marriage (in 1835, with Mary Ann Whistler, daughter of Colonel William Whistler), and two daughters from his second marriage (in 1858, with Louise Rodgers). Sources: Jerry D.Thomson, A Civil-War History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia, 4, 17, 43, 47, 63, 73, 82, 89, 93, 98, 127, 139, 142, 151-152, 166-168, 174, 185, 188, 191, 413-414, and 906n132, and various internet resources.


Perin, Juan Bautista

Perlin, soldier in Tehuantepec, 1762 (Inquisiciô, vol. 1048).

Permartin, Pedro

Perren, Miguel

Perret, Sébastien

Peyran, Simon

Peyttier, Juan

Pezet, Luis

Picquet, Joseph

Pierrelot, Roberto

Pierri, Antonio

Pierron, en mission de Saint Domingue àVeracruz, 1803.

Picchi, André

Pirol, Pedro

Palisent, Marcos

Poitvin de Pons, Julien

Ponet, Antonio

Ponten, Joseph

Portatuy, Geronimo


Preci, Claude Luillier de


Puy, Bernardo del

Quempis, Enrique

Quilty-Valois, Nicolas

Quintana, Antonio

Rabelo, Pedro

Ramirez, Pedro Guillermo

Ramirez, Juan

Raufat, Juan, cook in Veracruz

Raynaud, Juan

Rebequey, Vincent

Recole, Joseph

Reliquet, Luis

Remontel, pastry chef at the origin of the Pastry War

Renard, Nicolas

Renaud, Francisco

Renaud, Juan

René (Roneig), Juan Bautista

Renot, Santiago’

Reveque, Lorenzo

Revier, Claudio Antonio

Reynaldos, Juan

Reyner, Lorenzo

Reynier, Pedro Ramon

Reynete, Juan de

Reyviere, Lorenzo

Richart, Juan Bautista

Rico, Pedro

Rivera, Juan

Roberts, Nicolas


Roc, Bautista

Roche, Isabelle de

Rochel, Juan

Rocher, José

Rochi (Roche, Arroche, Laroche), José Maria

Roda, Andres



Rolland, Antonio

Rolland, Juan


Rondé, M.
Travel writer, wrote about his trip in Chihuahua in the 1850s. See two chapters “Voyage Dans l’Etat de Chihuahua” (p 129-160) from the book “Le Tour du Monde.”

Roots, José

Roquier, Francisco

Rosales, Juan

Rosch, Juan

Rosi, José

Roupillon, Juan

Rousseau, Pedro, alias Osorio

Rousselot, Juan

Rube, Lorenzo

Rubi, Juan

Rufi, Bernardo

Ruisenor, Juan Bautista

Sabere, Juan

Sagna, Juan

Saint Denis, Louis Juchereau de

Saint Julien

Saint Maxent, Françis Maximilien

Saint Maxent, Célestin

Salaignac, Pedro

Salavert, Pedro

Salazar, Luis

Salducho, Simon Pedro

Salomon, Ambrosio

Saloyard, Pedro Martin


Sambon, Alejandro

Sanson, Joseph

Sarnac, Juan

Sarne, Francisco

Sarrio, Pedro

Sartha, José

Secout, Luis José

Selany, Francisco

Semat, Jacobo

Semeria, Juan Bautista

Serrania, Santiago

Serrano, Pedro

Seygneuret, Carlos

Sicar, Manuel

Simansanef, Juan

Sobradiel, Miguel

Sobrecasas, Juan de

Solano, Juan

Solermon-Guitart, Vicente

Solet, Ramon

Soruin, Pedro

Soto, Juan

Soudan, Juan

Sulier, Andres

Sumerot, José

Talbez, Pedro

Tecier, José and Pedro

Tessier, Carlos

Teulet, Juan Pedro

Thomas, Reinaldo

Torrinel, Pedro

Trampillon (Trampier), Santiago

Trecv, Antonio

Ubaque, Agustin

Uget, Francisco, alias Uxe

Vacret, Francisco

Valencia, Antonio

Valle, Francisco (Grégoire Béaud)

Vechan, Rosa Francisca

Velli (Telly), Eduardo


Verdier, Juan (alias Verdiguiek

Yerdier, Luis

Yerrios, Claudio

Veuillard, Nicolas

Vial, Pierre

Vignaud, Francisco

Villar, Juan

Villot, José capitaine au réiment d’Infanterie, 1766.

Visonot, Enrique

Vital, Gabriel

Vivo, Juan

Woll, Adrian
Adrian Woll (1795–1875) was born in Saint Germain en Laye, near Paris, on December 2, 1795. In 1814, at age 19, he served as a private in the French Army’s in the defense of Paris against the enemies of Napoleon, and was promoted to Captain . He emigrated to the United States, enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was appointed as Field Adjutant to General Winfield Scott. In 1829, after Spain had invaded Mexico, he was called into active service by the Mexican government for the duration of the war against Spain. There, he had a prestigious career, serving under General Antonio López de Santa Anna, and was promoted to the rank of General in 1836. In 1865, Woll was sent to France on a special commission by Emperor Maximilian, and retired in France, never returning to Mexico. He stayed in Montauban, France, where he died in 1875, at the age of 80. For more details, see Gen. Miguel A. Sanchez Lamego, The Second Mexican-Texas War 1841-1843, Hill Junior College Monograph 7, Texian Press, Waco, TX, 1972, reprinted in Wallace L.

McKeehan, Sons of Dewitt Colony, Texas, 1997.

Yaussac, Antonio

Yriarte, Pedro

Yucante, Crisostomo

Notable French-Mexicans
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