Marie Therese Chouteau (born Bourgeois)

Born:Jan 14 1733 In:  New Orleans, Louisiana, New France
Died:Aug 14 1814 (at age 81)In:  St. Antoine-De-Longvevil, Quebec, Canada


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Immediate family

Rene Auguste Chouteau
Her husband
Maria Louise Papin (born Chouteau)
Her daughter
Nicholas Charles Bourgeois
Her father
Marie Josephe Bourgeois (born Tarare)
Her mother

Source citations

Source: Find a Grave
Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Citation text:
Marie Therese Bourgeois Chouteau
Birth: 1733
Death: Aug 14 1814
Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery And Mausoleum, Missouri, USA
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Source: WikiTree
Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Citation text:
Marie Therese Bourgeois
Gender: Female
Birth: Jan 14 1733 - New Orleans, La
Death: Aug 14 1814 - St. Louis, Mo
Father: Nicolas Charles Bourgeois
Mother: Marie Josephe Carco (born Tarare)
Spouses: Pierre LacledeRene Chouteau
Children: Jean Pierre Chouteau (born Laclede)Marie Pelagie Chouteau (born Laclede)Marie Louise Chouteau (born Laclede)Victoire Chouteau (born Laclede)Rene Auguste Chouteau


Although they were born five generations apart and would never meet, both were around 20-years-old when their fates were sealed. Marie Therese Bourgeois, a French girl from New Orleans, who would help found what is now St. Louis and her great-great granddaughter; Mary Sarpy (White Woman) whose life would be lived as strong force in the Sans Arc band of the Teton Sioux in what is now South Dakota, would become the matriarchs of their families. It was the Lewis and Clark expedition and a series of strange twists and turns, that would make their families not only strong, but also make them a part of the history that was to play itself out not only in the cities of St. Louis and New Orleans, but on the vast prairies that surround the Upper Missouri River.

Marie Therese Bourgeois was born in New Orleans in 1733, and at the age of 15; Marie left a convent to marry a New Orleans tavern keeper, Rene Auguste Chouteau in 1748. By September 1749, Marie Chouteau had her first child, a son named Rene (Auguste). By 1753 Marie Chouteau’s husband had abandoned both his wife and young son and returned to France. Marie was the first white woman to live on the west bank of the Mississippi River when she moved to the home Laclede had built for her in the town he had founded, St. Louis.

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