A collection of material related to the
life and work of Jasper Parish, interpreter for the U. S. government and Iroquois Native
Jasper Parish (1767-1836) of Canandaigua, New York, served as an interpreter and U.S.
sub-agent to the Iroquois nation from 1792 to 1828. Parish was fluent in the Mohawk and
Delaware languages after having lived among the Munsee and Mohawk nations for six years as a
child. Parrish's residence with those nations began when he and his father were kidnapped by
members of the Munsee nation on July 5, 1778. Parish lived with the Indians for seven years
before returning to his birth family in 1784. In some records, his last name is sometimes
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