>I operate on the assumption that Francois Payette was the Francis Pate for whom Pate Valley in Yosemite National Park was named.
Francois of Idaho has been traced by others using company archieves and journals of various expeditions that traveled around the northwest in the early 1800s. Salem Oregon, Spokane Washington, and Boise Idaho seem to be the areas mentioned the most. I have never seen any mention that he traveled into California.
>Do you know of family connections between the Reels and Payettes?
The only thing I have seen is a mention that the son of Francois Payette signed some document that had to do with the Louis Riel Rebellion. How they decided it was the son and such I have no idea.
>Do you know whether or not it is true that the Piettes of Idaho pronounce their name Pate?
Have no idea how the names were pronounced. There is a note in one of the books by B.C. Payette that Francois Payette of Idaho was shown on some company lists as Francis Pillet.
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