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Jules Denizet


Jules Denizet, junior member of the firm of Mercier & Denizet, livery and feed stable proprietors, Perryville, Mo., was born in France, in 1834, and is a son of Peter C. and Victoria (Comp) Denizet, both of whom were natives of France, born in 1806 and 1807, respectively.

In 1841, with his family, Peter C. Denizet immigrated to America, and settled on a farm two miles south of Perryville, Mo., where he was engaged in tilling the soil until his death two years later in 1843. His widow survived until 1887. She was the mother of seven children, two of whom are now living, Jules, and Justine (wife of Andrew Nesslein).

Jules was but seven years of age when he came to America, and but nine when his father died. He was reared to manhood on a farm, and in 1857 married Melina Callier, also a native of France, born in 1835. She died in 1860, leaving one child, Mary, now the wife of John C. Popp.

In 1862, Mr. Denizet married again, choosing for his wife Miss Clara Rousand, who was born in France in 1841, and came to the United States in 1850. To this union have been born seven children, viz.: Emily, Felix, Reuben, Emma, Frances, Louis and Vincent.

Mr. Denizet resided on a farm until 1876, when he removed to Perryville. In the fall of the same year, he formed a partnership with Mr. Mercier and engaged in his present business.

In politics he endorses and supports the principles of the Republican party. He and family are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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