Paul Gregoire Kiercereau


Paul Gregoire Kiercereau

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death unknown
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 5
Memorial ID 38763663 View Source
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Paul Gregoire Kiercereau was born in about 1734 in New Orleans, according to the 1776 (reconstructed) Census of St. Louis. He lived in Cahokia (future Illinois) before 1764, then became a founding settler of St. Louis.

He is among 30 early St. Louis founders honored by this monument (see photos). It was donated by the Gamache family and the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Paul G. Kiercereau was a charter colonist on St. Louis founder Auguste Chouteau's work crew, before 1766.

Kiercereau was among the first St. Louis settlers who was given a verbal land grant in by St. Louis founder Pierre Laclede in 1765. Kiercereau's land was listed as:
* No. 32: northeast quarter to Paul G. Kiercereau, 25 x 20
Source: Annals of St. Louis; pub 1886.

The following year, he married Marie-Josephe (nee Michel dit Tayon) on May 10, 1766, in St. Louis.

He probably died in 1772, yet appears in the 1776 Census.

Kiercereau appears in the 1776 (reconstructed) Census of St Louis as being a merchant, age 42, with his wife Marie-Josephe, age 28, and their daughter Pelagie, age 9. It indicates they were born in New Orleans, Fort de Chartres and St. Louis, respectively. (He would not be the only deceased person, however, who was listed with the living in that census.)

(Later, at age 16, daughter Pelagie (1767-1793) married Jean Pierre Chouteau, the son of St. Louis founder Pierre Laclede and Madame Chouteau. She was said to have been "orphaned" by age 5, which would confirm her father, Paul, died in 1772.)

Paul G. Kiercereau prob first was buried in (defunct) Old Cathedral Cemetery (aka King of France) in St. Louis, then retinterred at Calvary Cemetery, as were many founding settlers.

Bio by Leslie at



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The location of his grave in this cemetery, or of many of the other founders, is not documented. Some likely were reinterred from Old Cathedral Cemetery, if they are here.

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