178 Births From Mine La Motte

Submitted by Michael Miller

The area of Madison County now known as Mine La Motte was first visited by white men in 1715, when the French Governor General of Louisiana, Phillippe Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac & his men saw the indians & the crude mines & the lead that they retrieved from it. This discovery & visit predates the settling of Ste. Genevieve by some 20 years. However as far as records show, NO permanent settlement was made at Mine La Motte, until AFTER 1735, & the founding of Ste. Genevieve as the first permanent settlement in the Missouri territory.

After years of disuse, a group of Frenchman were mining at the site of Mine La Motte when they were attacked by Indians in 1774. It is believed that the miners killed in this skirmish were originally interred on the grounds of what is now known as the Mine La Motte Cemetery, several years later their remains were reinterred in Ste. Genevieve. After the founding of the Village of St. Michaelís (now Fredericktown) & the flood of 1813, some of the French settlers relocated to what is now called Village Creek, others moved south of the old village of St. Michaelís refusing to go back to their old homes. It is believed that throughout these years a settlement or residents lived at what is Mine La Motte, during the 1800ís the importance of Mine La Motte, to the economy of Madison County increased with the output of lead, & the mining industry in the southeast Missouri region. During the Civil War the smelter & the mining works were destroyed by the Union Army. To keep any supply of bullets or lead from getting to the Confederates, the destruction during the Civil War & the looting & burning & pillaging by troops on both sides & those outriders that swore allegiance to no one greatly damaged the economy in the county. The rebuilding of the mining works & the emergence of the railroad, & immigration from Ireland, Germany, & other parts of Europe attracted new settlers to the region. Mine La Motte prospered, & at 1900 bolstered a large population, a company story & drug store, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Christian, & Methodist Churches, two schools, one colored school, a brass band, streets, houses & a railroad depot at Lead Station.

After the depression Mine La Motte became just another roadside stop. Eventually the mines closed, the people scattered, the buildings were eventually torn down, & the homes that now exist are all that is left of what was a thriving community.

Dr. W.W. Watkins practiced in Mine La Motte from 1872-1878, thereafter moving to Pittsburgh, KS., & from there to Idaho. He kept a journal of the births he attended in Mine La Motte, both white & african-american.

The material contained in the records & the way he records it changes from time to time, so as the content change, it will show in this document. The dates recorded in here are from the Dr.ís records.

 

1.  James Moore 21 US M 16 June 1872 White
     Melinda Moore 18 US 1st Child
2. Michael Mullen 27 Ire. M 22 Aug. 1872 White
    Mrs. Mullen 16 US 1st Child
3. Frank Watts 24 US F 21 Oct. 1872 White
    Sarah Watts 19 US 1st Child
4. John Counts 21 US F 22 Oct. 1872 White
    Tennessee Counts 21 US 1st Child
5. William Wallace 52 US F 28 Nov. 1872 White
    Harriett Wallace 40 US 12th Child
6.  William Cynch 25 US F 7 Dec 1872 White
     Prudence Cybcg 19 US 1st Child
7. Bernard Klukker 25 GER M 11 Dec 1872 White
    Amanda Klukker 19 US 1st Child
8. William Tubbs 30 US F 17 Dec 1872 White
    Julia Tubbs 27 US 3rd Child
9. Robert Moore 25 US F 5 Jan 1873 White
    Mrs. Moore 25 US 3rd Child
10. Richard Compton 25 US F 17 Jan 1873 White
      Mrs. Comptom 18 US 1st Child
11. William J. Moore 20 US F 25 Jan 1873 White
      Mrs. Moore 27 US 1st Child
12. John Burden 29 US F 1 Feb 1873 White
      Mrs Burden 29 US 3rd Child
13.  George Leach 35 US F 20 Feb 1873 White
        Mrs. Leach 18 US 1st Child
14. Elijah Howell 35 US F 11 Mar 1873 White
      Clarissa Howell 27 US 6th Child
15. F.M. Tucker 30 US F 27 Mar 1873 White
      Mrs. Tucker 28 US 3rd Child
16.   Ira Buck Cole 39 US F 11 Apr 1873 White
        Nancy K. Cole 28 US
17. John McCarver 27 US M&F 18 Apr 1873 White
      Ann McCarver 22 US Twins
18. Henry Gross 26 US M 3 May 1873 White
      Polly Gross 24 US 1st Child
19. Thomas Miller 27 US M 13 May 1873 White
       Frances Miller 20 US 1st Child
20. John OíConnor 24 IRE M 18 May 1873 White
      Elvira OíConnor 23 US 1st Child
21. Wm H. William 26 US M 1 June 1873 White
      Martha Williams 15 US 1st Child
22. Richard Vaughan 26 US F 15 June 1873 White
      Rebecca Vaughan 27 US 1st Child
23. Henry Massey 28 US M 28 June 1873 White
      Isobel Massey 23 US 3rd Child
24. John F. Moore 19 US F 13 July 1873 White
      Lizzie Moore 19 US 1st Child
25. James Moore 19 US F 25 July 1873 White
      Malinda Moore 19 US 2nd Child
26. Henry Woods 22 US M 8 August 1873 White
      Frances Woods 18 US 1st Child
27. Robert Watts 29 US M 13 August 1873 White
      Eliza Jane Watts 20 US 1st Child
28. Wm. G. Holley 26 US F 23 August 1873 White
       Amy C. Holley 17 US 1st Child
29. Q.V. Smith 34 US M 29 August 1873 White
      Mrs. Smith 32 US 4th Child
30. Thomas Horn 29 US M 6 Sept. 1873 White
       Mary J. Horn 24 US 2nd Child
31. Henry A. White 23 US M 7 Oct. 1873 White
      Martha H. White 27 US 2nd Child
32. N.C. Hansen 40 PRUS M 9 Oct. 1873 White
      Augusta Hansen 37 PRUS 5th Child
33. Thos. H. Sweeney 32 IRE F 11 Oct. 1873 White
       Jane Sweeney 30 ENG 3rd Child
34. Henry Tucker 23 US F 27 Oct. 1873 White
      Mary Jane Tucker 21 US 1st Child
35. Geo. D. Van Beek 59 US F 6 Nov 1873 White
      Mary V. Van Beek 32 US 3rd Child
36. Samuel Hurt 23 US M 8 Nov. 1873 White
      Elizabeth Hurt 17 US 2nd Child
37. Geo. Blaylock 25 US M 9 Nov. 1873 White
      Martha Blaylock 29 US 3rd Child
38. Logan Cornwall 23 US F 25 Nov. 1873 White
      Eliza Cornwall 19 US 2nd Child      (Born Before Dr Arrived)
39. Henry Mechlin 24 US F 27 Nov. 1873 White
      Mary Mechlin 21 US 1st Child
40. Clark Gerber 27 US F 27 Dec. 1873 White
      Mary Gerber 22 US 1st Child
41. James Tinkler 40 US M 2 Feb. 1874 White
     Jane Tinkler 37 US 10th Child
42. Gus DiFani 25 US M 13 Feb. 1874 White
      Mrs. DiFani 24` US 3rd Child
43. Anthony Ritchie 29 US M 15 Feb. 1874 White
      Mary Ritchie 24 US 2nd Child
44. Jos. F. Massey 24 US F 18 Feb 1874 White
      Mary J Massey 24 US 1st Child
45. Issac Pirtle 21 US F 25 Feb 1874 White
      Amanda Pirtle 21 US 1st Child
46. John Branham 21 US M 27 Feb 1874 White
     Mary E. Branham 23 US 3rd Child
47. Richard Farmer 30 US M 22 Mar 1874 Negro
      Sarah Farmer 21 US 2nd Child
48. Matthew Finch 44 US F 25 Mar 1874 White
      Mary Finch 34 US 7th Child
49. Thomas Underwood 25 US F 27 Mar 1874 White
      Nancy Underwood 22 US 4th Child
50. Jesse Young 23 US F 29 Mar 1874 Negro
      Elizabeth Young 22 US 2nd Child
51. Priest Ollander 27 SWE F 6 April1 1874 White
      Theresa Ollander 21 GER 2nd Child
52. Thomas J Rice 24 US M 6 May 1874 White
      Margaret Rice 27 US 1st Child
53. Jos. J. McDowell 34 US F 10 May 1874 White
      Jane McDowell 33 US 6th Child
54. Cyrus Vickery 32 US M 26 May 1874 White
      Mary L. Vickery 27 US 6th Child
55. T.D. Woodhouse 23 US F 23 June 1874 White
      Lizzie Woodhouse 20 US 1st Child
56. John H. Dunway 22 US M 6 July 1874 White
      Caroline Dunway 22 US 2nd Child
57. Aleck Ragsdale 25 US F 16 August 1874 White
      Artomessia Ragsdale 27 US 1st Child
58. C.H. DeGuire 36 US F 19 August 1874 White
      Lucy Ann DeGuire 26 US 4th Child
59. A.J. Martin 29 GER M 21 August 1874 White
      Emily J. Martin 19 US 2nd Child
 60.  Frank Watts 24 US M 11 Sept. 1874 White
        Sarah C. Watts 23 US 2nd Child
61. William Edwards 27 US F 4 October 1874 White
      Pauline Edwards 25 US 2nd Child
62. Chas. W. Reynolds 28 US M 5 October 1874 White
      Sarah F. Reynolds 28 US 2nd Child       Weighed 15 pounds at birth
63. Thompson Murray 23 US F 28 October 1874 White
       Delilah Murray 26 US 3rd Child Born in 7 month of term
64. Jacob Cayce 19 US F 16 Nov. 1874 Negro
      Martha Cayce 23 US 1st Child
65. John Cayce 22 US M 19 Nov. 1874 Negro
      Harriett Cayce 19 US 1st Child
66.  Edmond L. Beeve 30 US M 28 Nov. 1874 White
       Julia Beeve 25 US 3rd Child
67. Jas. W. Moore 22 US M 3 Dec. 1874 White
      Michael J. Moore 21 US 1st Child Breach Birth
68. Richard Compton 28 US F 16 Dec 1874 White
      Maggie Comptom 22 US 2nd Child
69. George Weston 36 US M 29 Dec. 1874 White
      Mrs. Weston 35 US Born Before I Arrived
70. Henry Woods 23 US M 10 Jan 1875 White
      Frances Woods 21 US 2nd Child
71. Elijah Howell 38 US F 29 Jan. 1875 White
      Clarissa Howell 31 US 7th Child   Born Before I Arrived
72. Joseph LaChance 26 US F 5 Feb. 1875 White
      Emily Isabell 19 US 2nd Child
73. Thomas N. Horn 30 US M 9 Feb. 1875 White
      Mary J. Horn 25 US 3rd Child
74. Jacob Howell 32 US F 25 Feb. 1875 White
      Jane C. Howell 32 US 5th Child
75. Alfred Alshire 30 US F 24 March 1875 White
      Ann Alshire 28 US 5th Child
76. Henry Spiva 36 US F 24 March 1875 White
      Elizabeth Spiva 17 US 5th Child Stillborn
77. William H. Turner 37 US F 29 March 1875 White
       Lucinda Turner 22 US 1st Child
78. N.C. Hanson 41 PRSA F 23 April 1875 White
      Augusta Hanson 39 PRSA  1st Child
79. Henry Wolf 28 US F 29 Dec. 1875 White
      Mary E. Wolf 25 US 4th Child
80. C. P. McCarver 22 US F 18 Jan. 1876 White
      Maggie McCarver 17 US 1st Child
At this point in the records the type & amount of information changes, & I have adjusted the format to reflect these changes.
81.  Richard Vaughun Female  6 March 1876 White
82. Ned DeGuire Female 28 March 1876 White
83. Joseph Faulkner Female 29 March 1876 White
84. Jacob Gross NSG 10 April 1876 White
85. Anthony Ritchie Female 24 April 1876 White
86. Gustave Setz Male 28 April 1876 White
87. Thomas Underwood Female 29 April 1876 White
88. Noah Frizzell Male 1 May 1876 White
89. William H. Shaw Male 2 May 1876 White
90. John Bennett Male 6 May 1876 White
91. Louis Copher Male 11 May 1876 Negro
92. Harrison Skaggs Female 1 June 1876 White
93. Aleck Ragsdale Female 4 June 1876 White
94. Ed Lowder   Female 11 July 1876 White
95. R. A. Blaylock Female 14 July 1876 White
96. William Porter Male 13 August 1876 White
97. Ervin Myers Male 15 July 1876 White
98. John A. Smith Male 14 August 1876 White
99. Henry Woods Male 20 August 1876 White
100. Ed Underwood Female 26 August 1876 White
101. James Tinkler Female 7 Sept. 1876 White
102. Louis Close Male 12 Sept. 1876 White
103. C.C. Valle Male 4 October 1876 White
104. Drew Tucker Male 16 Oct. 1876 White
105. Jabez Boswell Female 20 Oct. 1876 White
106. Chet Underwood Female 9 Nov. 1876 White
107. John Schumer Female 14 Nov. 1876 White
108. Anton Wengler Female 10 Dec. 1876 White
109. Samuel Umfleet Female 12 Dec. 1876 White
110. Geo. Underwood Male 25 Dec. 1876 White
111.  Henry Spray Male 9 Jan. 1877 White
112. William Tesreau Male 13 Jan. 1877 White
113. Henry Spiva Male 23 Jan. 1877 White
114. John Cayce Male 28 Jan. 1877 Negro
115. Richard Vickery Female 8 Feb. 1877 White
116. Richard Compton Male 11 Feb. 1877 White
117. Aleck Souden Male 14 Feb. 1877 White
118. Jesse Young Female 14 Feb. 1877 Negro
119. Dan Amos Male 19 Feb. 1877 White
120. Issac Villar Male 21 Feb 1877 Negro
121. Elijah H. Howell Female 21 Feb 1877 White
122. Henry Gross Female 27 Feb 1877 White
123. Riley Moore Male 23 Feb 1877 White
124. William Edwards Female 19 March 1877 White
125. Sam Thornton Male 20 March 1877 White
126. Ed Barron Female 27 March 1877  White Twins/Same Sex
127. Harlan Douglas Female 29 March 1877 White
128. Jos. B. Sanders Male 4 April 1877 White
129. L.J. Bennett Female 12 April 1877 White
130. James Keel Female 14 April 1877 White
131. Martin Hoover M&F 3 May 1877 White/Twins
132. Wm. Whiddon Male 10 May 1877 White
133. Fred Henry Female 18 May 1877 White
134. Charles Reynolds Female 28 May 1877 White
135. Arthur Jenks Male 11 June 1877 White
136. Fred Schulte Male 30 June 1877 White/Stillborn
137. John LaPlant Female 1 July 1877 White
138. Preston Keith Female 6 July 1877 White
139. Jacob Howell Female 12 July 1877 White
140. Issac Pirtle Female 25 July 1877 White
141.  Taylor Baker Male 27 July 1877 White
142. Morris Carroll Female 2 August 1877 White
143. Michael Welsh Female 11 August 1877 White
145. Frank LaPlant Female 12 August 1877 White
146. Albert Edmundson Female 13 August 1877 White
147.  F. M. Tucker Female 14 August 1877 White
148. Lizzie Tabor Male 21 August 1877 White
149. James Graham Female 24 August 1877 White
150. David Dalton Female 27 August 1877 White
151. Joseph McDowell Male 29 August 1877 White
152. Frank Kern Female 3 Sept. 1877 White
153. F. M. Kelley Male 3 Sept. 1877 White
154. Mrs. Reynolds Male 3 Sept. 1877 White
155. Andrew Jepson Male 24 Sept. 1877 White/Stillborn
156. Rudolph Reiner Male 24 Sept. 1877 White
157. John Anderson Jr Female 30 August 1877 White
158. Henry Ahrens Female 19 October 1877 White
159. John Welsh Male 21 October 1877 White
160. Sam M.Boyd Male 12 December 1877 White
161.  Wm. D. DeGuire Male 17 December 1877 White
162. George T. Moore Male 21 December 1877 White
At this point the information in the records changes again & so does the format.
163. Ed Kelly Female 5 January 1878 White
       Edith Kelly
164. J. W. Ritter Male 5 January 1878 White
        Mrs. Ritter
165. A.J. Martin Female 11 January 1878 White
        Emma Martin
166. Alice Jenks Male 13 January 1878 White
167. Eli Caillot Male 15 January 1878 White
         Mrs. Caillot
168.  E. E. Boyd Male 16 January 1878 White
         Mary Boyd
169. Tom Underwood Female 5 February 1878 White
         Nancy Underwood
170. John Charlton Female 16 February 1878 White
        Mrs Charlton
171. John Howell Male 28 February 1878 White
       Nancy Howell
172.  John Lewis Male 1 March 1878 White
         Maggie Seloy
173.  Joe Faulkner Female 1 March 1878 White
         Margaret Faulkner
174. James Kelly Male & Female  1 March 1878 White
        Martha Kelly
175. Henry Woods Male 8 March 1878 White
        Frances Woods 4th boy born in succession
176. Andrew Halter Male 11 March 1878 White
        Mary C. Halter
177. Gustave Setz Male 16 March 1878 White
        Irena Setz
178. J.G. Bryant Female 30 March 1878 White
        Martha J. Bryant

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