first people who came to Madison County were miners
and their stay was ordinarily transitory; the first
men who came to settle on a farm within the county was
John Callaway, who came from Kentucky in 1799, and obtained
a grant on Saline Creek near the head of the Little
St. Francois about the same time the sons of Nicholas
Lachance settled on Castor Creek. Their father
lived at New Bourbon in Ste. Genevieve County.
early settlers were William Easum and James and Samuel
Campbell, who at some time before 1803, built cabins
near the St. Francois and cultivated the land.
Walther came to the county in 1882 as did Christopher
Anthony, John L. Pettit, Daniel Phillips and William
and Thomas Crawford.
1800 the Spanish authorities granted four hundred arpents
of land to thirteen individuals, the land lying between
Saline Creek and the Little St. Francois. On the
land so granted a settlement was soon made which was
called St. Michael; it is now the town of Fredericktown.
early residents were Peter Chevalier, Paul, Andrew and
Baptiste De Guire, four brothers, whose name was Caillot,
called also Lachance, Gabriel Nicoolo, Pierre Variat
and three others whose names are not known.
settlers all came from other settlements in this district.
They engaged in farming and also in lead mining
at Mine LaMotte which is only a few miles distant.
of Southeast Missouri: A Narrative Account Of Its
Historical Progress, It's People and Its Principal
Interests - Volume 1 - 1912