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Jean Nicolas Pichot, Sr
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1785
Death: 1845

Jean Nicolas Pichot, son of Ogier Pichot and wife Theresa Antoine, was born January 15, 1785 in Natillios, Lorraine,
France, four years before the French Revolution. Growing up during the reign of Napoleon Bonapart, Nicolas followed the family trade, cordier (maker of leather goods). At the age 22, he married Marie Elizabeth Josephine Charpentier, daughter of Jean Baptist Charpentier and wife Marie Catherine Maron, in Milly, May 5, 1807. Of their twelve children four survived to adulthood.

In 1842, empresario Henri Castro arrived in Lorraine, with a colonization grant from Texas, seeking colonists. Nicolas decided to immigrate with three of his children. His wife remained there with their oldest son Louis.

Departing LeHavre, November 2,1842, aboard L'Ebro the first ship bringing Castro's colonists to Texas, sighted Galveston on New Years's day 1843. They called themselves farmers to be accepted for immigration, as married men would received 640 acres. It was thought that they would receive their land upon arrival in Texas but were dismayed at having to board a coastal vessel for Port Lavaca, then travel to San Antinio by oxcart where they waited eighteen months for Castro's return from recruiting in Europe. On September 1,1844 the colonists left from San Antonio to settle land they named Castroville. Sometime between September 1844 and 1846 Nicolas Sr. was fatally bitten by a rattlesnake while gathering straw for a roof.

By Eva Lee Pichot Smith 
 
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 Children:
  Jean Nicolaus Pichot (1820 - 1864)*
  Marie Jeanne Pichot Ihnken (1824 - 1888)*
  Alexis Pichot Pingenot (1826 - 1912)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Killed by Rattlesnake
 
Burial:
Saint Louis Cemetery
Castroville
Medina County
Texas, USA
Plot: 1P-155
 
Maintained by: Billie Blackstock
Originally Created by: Cemetery Walker
Record added: Jan 10, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7069411
Jean Nicolas Pichot, Sr
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