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 Antoine Pierre Soulard

Antoine Pierre Soulard

Birth
France
Death 11 Mar 1825 (aged 58)
St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 20567 · View Source
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Antoine Pierre Soulard was born in Rochefort, France, in 1766. During the French Revolution, Soulard left France in order to escape becoming a victim of the guillotine. He was a lieutenant in the French Royal Army before arriving in America. He landed at Marblehead, Massachusetts, with but a small quantity of livres in his possession; and knowing that St. Louis was peopled principally by the French, he at once started for the distant town. He took his route through Pittsburgh, which journey he performed on horseback, and from there he proceeded down the Ohio, in a keel-boat which was bound for St. Louis.

After arriving in St. Louis and introducing himself to Zenon Trudeau, he was appointed the King's Surveyor General of the Upper Louisiana for the Spanish government. Antoine Soulard signed the document turning over the territory to the United States Governor, Ames Stoddard. After his resignation, Antoine Soulard devoted himself to the care of his farm, situated on what was then known as the Vide Poche road, now Carondelet avenue. What was then his farm is now comprised in the very centre of the southern portion of the city of St. Louis. It extended from what is known as Park avenue to Lesperance street, and, commencing at the Mississippi on the east, was bounded on the west by Carondelet avenue. He had the finest orchard of fruits known in St. Louis or its vicinity.

Soon after his advent in St. Louis, Antoine Soulard was married to Julia Cerré, daughter of Gabriel Cerré, one of those who came from Kaskaskia to St. Louis a few months after its foundation, after the eastern portion of the Province of Louisiana fell into the hands of the English. He was consequently the brother-in-law of Colonel Auguste Chouteau, who married Therese Cerré, and likewise brother-in-law of Pascal Cerré, all children of Gabriel Cerré, who was engaged at one time extensively in trade with the Indians, and owned large landed possessions near St. Louis.

Some of the land Antoine Soulard was given in payment for his service by Lieutenant Governor of the Upper Louisiana, Don Zenon Trudeau, 204 arpents and 48 perches west of the land already owned by Soulard, would later become the Soulard neighborhood. The neighborhood was settled and built mostly by working class immigrants representing a diverse mix of ethnic groups including Bohemian, Croatian, French, Hungarian, German, Irish, Italian, Lebanese, Serbian, Slovak, and Syrian. Many of the existing churches in Soulard today represent that diverse population.

http://www.theslezakhouse.com/The_Neighborhood.html

http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.2555:13:3.lincoln

Parents;
Henri Francois Soulard
Marie Leroux


Married Marie Julia Cerre November 16, 1795
Children;
Gabriel Zenon Soulard b. October, 1796
Jacques Gaston Soulard b. July, 1797
Henry Gustave Soulard b. May 14, 1801 d. Feb. 1891
Benjamin Antoine Soulard b. May 8, 1817 d.November 28, 1884


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  • Maintained by: DaWaRa
  • Added: 28 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20567
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Antoine Pierre Soulard (16 Nov 1766–11 Mar 1825), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20567, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by DaWaRa (contributor 47075731) .