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Capt William P. LaMothe
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Birth: 1817, Canada
Death: 1898
Madison County
Illinois, USA

After gaining five years' experience as a store clerk, Captain LaMott arrived in Alton in 1837. With a small inheritance, he purchased his first steamboat (the Eagle) in 1843. During his successful 30-year career on the Mississippi River, he owned and operated 27 packet boats.

He also bought some land across the river from Alton and called "LaMothe Place" this would be call West Alton. There are some LaMothe's buried in a cemetery over there. He started a hotel and other business over there.
Captain William LaMothe also saved the city of St. Louis from burning down. While he was out on the river he heard loud noise from another riverboat and when he looked he noticed that some of the riverboats were on fire, using his own boat he was able to pull them from the landing out to the middle of the river so they wouldn't catch other riverboat's on fire. He was honored for what he did and the underwriters gave him a silver service set for his heroism.
Family links: 
  Mary C. Lowe LaMothe (1824 - 1894)*
  Emeline L. Lamothe Harrison (1843 - ____)*
  Virginia A. LaMothe McCarthy (1858 - 1923)*
  Florence Mabelle LaMothe (1859 - 1920)*
  Charles Lockwood LaMothe (1860 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Alton Cemetery
Madison County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Maureen LaMothe
Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
Record added: Oct 20, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9682637
Capt William P. LaMothe
Added by: Maureen LaMothe
Capt William P. LaMothe
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Capt William P. LaMothe
Added by: Connie Nisinger
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Rest in peace great-great-great-great-grandfather of my husband David LaMothe
- Maureen LaMothe
 Added: Sep. 30, 2010

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