Mary was Louis' second wife. She died in child birth at age 27. Her twins also both died a few days later. Louis first wife was Sha Note (aka Charlotte). They had a bunch of kids before she died. Louis married a third time to "Mary L". It was a rough life.
I believe that Lewis was one of Louis' kids so Mary Zoie would be a granddaughter.
James was another one of Louis' brothers. Many of the original headstones are still there but hard to read. The County has put up new stones that should last longer.
I believe that Louisa was Louis' sister.
I believe that Madeline was Louis' daughter from his first marriage. I feel bad for Alex and Madeline Nadeau. They lost five kids between 1859 and 1868. I don't know the reason for the deaths but Cholera was a real problem in those days. They had outbreaks that would kill people by the hundreds. Some were local residents and some were on wagon trains heading west. I guess they didn't know much about bacteria in those days. Filling the water barrel upstream of the crossings where the horses and cattle pooped or boiling the water would have saved lots of lives.
They didn't all die young........here is a 97 year old.
Part of the old stone stables near the river crossing.
They buried them where they fell when travelling across the country. There was no other choice. Travellers camped near Louis' river crossing to restock and rest a bit before moving on. It took two weeks to get here from Independence, Mo. Cholera caught up with lots of people while here. We were never able to actually go to the Cholera Cemetery.........that gate was closed and it appeared to be private property.
Lots of good stuff on the marker. If you are wanting to read it, double click on it and magnify it to read the fine print.