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Louis Guyot


Louis Guyot, a son of Francis X. Guyot, was born in France in 1838. Francis X. Guyot is also a native of France, and was born in 1807. He served seven years in the French army and was married in his native county to Virginia Decourivier, a native of France, born in 1814, by whom he became the father of eight children, five of whom are living.

He came to America in 1841, and located in Perry County, Mo., where he died in 1853. His widow still survives and is unusually strong and active for one of her age.

Louis was reared in Perry County and is mostly self-educated. In 1861 he married Victoria Prevlet, who was born in France in 1837, and came with her parents to America in 1840. She is the daughter of Melchior and Joannah Prevlet of French nativity, born in 1807 and 1811 respectively.

Mrs. Prevlet died in 1881, but Mr. Prevlet is still alive, residing in Perry County. His third son settled on what is known as Silver Lake. Eight children were born to him and wife only four of whom are living.

Louis Guyot owns 130 acres of land in Perry County, and is one of its well-to-do farmers. He and wife have seven children: Maurice, Albert and Henry. All are Roman Catholics.

Mr. Guyot’s farm was one of the first tracts of land settled in the county. It is situated in Central Township.

For the past twenty years Mr. Guyot has served as school director, and in 1882 was instrumental in having a nice brick schoolhouse erected in his district, where the schools are in a prosperous condition.

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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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