|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1813|
St. Louis County
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1873|
St. Louis City
In Francis Parkman's 1849 best seller,"THE OREGON TRAIL", Henri Chatillon, a hunter for the American Fur Compnay, is immortalized, as a "true-hearted friend" with a "keen perception of character" as his guide and hunter. He was described as tall and exceedingly well-dressed man, with a face so open and frank that it attracted notice.
The prairies had been his school; he could neither read nor write, but he had a natural refinement and delicacy of mind, such as is rare even in women. He was content to take things as he found them; and his chief fault arose from an excess of easy generosity not conducive to thriving in the world.
Chatillon lived in Carondelet, a French town five miles south of St. Louis. Clement Delor de Treget, a French military officer founded Carondelet in 1771.
Chatillon's first wife Bear Robe, died young in 1846, was the daughter of the powerful Oglala Dakota Chief, Bull Bear. Henri commissioned a painting as a rememberance of Bear Robe's death soon after he arrived in St. Louis.
Two years later he married his second wife, a widow and cousin, Odile Delor Lux.
He built a four room two story brick house on 20 acreas, overlooking the Mississippi River. Now an historical site in St. Louis called the Chatillon-Demenil Mansion overlooking the Mississippi River.
His gravestone is no longer present in the Mount Olive Catholic Cemetery as of February 2004, his burial place is beside Odile's stone which is still present and photographed by Findagrave photographer David Stone in 2013.
Odile Delore Chatillon (1813 - 1888)*
Bear Robe Chatillon (1820 - 1846)*
Emily Chatillon (1841 - 1905)*
Aug 8 1873
Mount Olive Catholic Cemetery
St. Louis County
Plot: back of Mount Olive Catholic Cemetery, Facing west.
Created by: James and Sharon Cissell
Record added: Jan 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82867488
In memory of your hunting prowess Henri|
Added: Jul. 10, 2014
Added: Oct. 30, 2013
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