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Since the people were of the upper middle and upper classes, such as physicians, attorneys, educators, artisans, shopkeepers, and other highly educated people, they knew nothing about living in a wilderness. When a large tree was to be cut down everyone went out to watch it fall. After several people were crushed to their death, they gave up this practice, The first winter was so cold the Ohio River froze solid causing the cessation of flatboats bringing provisions to them from Pittsburgh. So they nearly starved. All they had to eat were dried vegetables.
Jane Bastide Cadot had become pregnant in May in Alexandria and she gave birth to the first white child born west of the Ohio River on January 28, 1791. The baby's name was Marie Louise Cadot. She was hearty her entire life until her late 80's. Claudius carved beautiful mantels, and shipped them down to New Orleans and sold one to a wealthy Frenchman in Gallipolis. In 1795 he died from malaria as did many others as mosquitoes were prevalent in a pond within the stockade. Frogs were also plentiful, which the people ate.
In 1793 Jane gave birth to Claudius, Jr. and in 1794 to my great, great grandfather Lemuel Cadot. Jane was only 28 when her husband died, leaving her with three children under the age of 5. The good news is that Francis Duteil, asked Jane to marry him, which she did three months after Claudius died. Dutiel was an excellent hunter and an honest man. The American Congress having heard of the suffering the French colony had undergone passed a bill in 1795 giving the same amount of land to each Frenchman that he had paid for in Paris. It was called the French Grant in what is now called Scioto County. Jane, being the widow of Claudius, was awarded the land for which he had paid. Dutiel built a pole house on his land and took his new wife and her three children to live there. Jane immediately began having several more boys and girls. She died at age 46 in 1812.
Marie Louise Cadot had been sent to Gallipolis to get an education. The schoolmaster was Peter Francis Augustine LeClercq. He had come with his parents from Paris at age 17 with the French 500. He fell in love with his student, Marie Louise and they were married when she became 18 and he was 36. After Jane Cadot died, Marie Louise LeClercq and her husband took all of Jane Cadot's children by Dutiel and raised them. Her brothers, Claudius and Lemuel stayed with Dutiel, their stepfather, on the farm. Eventually, Dutiel moved in with the LeClercqs.
Claudius and Lemuel Cadot helped their stepfather until they were old enough to earn money to get married. They got jobs with Mike Fink poling his keel boats down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. Mike Fink entrusted Claudius to take care of all the money as both Claudius and Lemuel were extremely honest and responsiible. Lemuel walked all the way back from Cincinnati to Gallipolis on every trip. He married Catherine Baccus, the daughter of James and Nancy Smith Baccus. James was the eldest son of Catherine Frank Baccus the first whose husband was killed iln the revolutionary war. She sold the farm in southwestern, Pennsylvania, loaded all her household goods and her four young sons linto her horse drawn wagon and headed west to Lancaster, Ohio to claim her husband's bounty land. This land was in Scioto County next to the French Grant.