La Charrette History
La Charrette means The Cart in French. (Yes, I confirmed with my father, but it was not hard to figure out.) The Lewis and Clark Expedition went through this village around 1804. Seven French families arrived a few years beforehand, and stayed for the good hunting and the Indian Trade opportunities. It turns out that two individuals with my father's surname also resided, with their families, at La Charrette Village. (We still have of yet to figure out if he is an ancestor of ours or not? However, we do know that the two brothers did marry Native American women, from the Osage Tribe.)
The La Charrette village had small houses. However, the people were hospitable toward Lewis and Clark when their Expedition came through the area. At that time, their little village was the last settlement of whites on the Missouri River.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition returned to La Charrette again on their way back East to St. Louis.
The original village of La Charrette (now Marthasville) was washed away many years ago. When Lewis and Clark were there, the mouth of Charrette Creek was across the river and seven miles upstream from where it now enters the Missouri River opposite the Town of Washington. However, we got to tour the restoration of the La Charrette French and Indian Trading Post. The historian is very knowledgeable in French History.
La Charrette: A History of the Village Gateway to the American Frontier....
….which was visited by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Daniel Boone and Zebulon Pike.
I have found this book to be very informative on a genealogy level for my father's side of the family. In the glossary, there are 10 Roys actually listed to have lived or visited there. I believe that my paternal grandfather's father had been there, as his name is one that is listed. I wonder if he crossed paths with Lewis and Clark or Daniel Boone?
Of course, the historical La Charrette Village was washed away by flooding of the Missouri River. However, they did do an archeological dig and found remains that this place did exist, and they created a La Charrette French and Indian Trading Post Museum in Washington, Missouri. The actual historical village use to reside current day Marthasville, Missouri.
If you want to brush up on some history of the United States, I really suggest this book.
As I took my family on this mini field trip, we found out many things. We found that a pair of brothers and their families with my father's surname DID live at La Charrette and ran the French and Indian Trading Post, (Andre and Louis. There is a street in Washington, Missouri named A. Roy) and a few others with the same surname that visited the Trading Post. One having been my great grandfather.
The historian said there was supposed to be a historical broadcast on the La Charrette Village sometime in August 2018. (I have not yet seen it. However, I have read the book.)
Some questions come to mind: If La Charrette came first, and different races were able to live in peace, why was there segregation? (French, Indians, Germans, and the Dutch were all able to live in peace.) Having been stationed in Jacksonville, NC with my then husband - finding out that my children were attending the Elementary School used for segregation - finding out that Camp Geiger was used to house African American Marines, while Camp LeJeune housed the Caucasian Marines. Why did segregation exist? Apparently, some people just thought they were better than others. (That's not how I live my life. I know people that do though. Just a disgusting part of humanity.)
I am proud that my family name comes from "inclusion," in a time when it was unheard of. Please read the book, "La Charrette: A History of the Village Gateway to the American Frontier Visited by Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike." There is a list in the back of the book of all the men with my father's surname that have lived and/or visited La Charrette during its existence. In which one happens to be my great grandfather.