The Louviere family in Randolph County is descended from Mathieu D'Amour and Marie Marsolet. They came to the Illinois country in the early 1700s and settled there, with land holdings in Prairie du Rocher and Kaskaskia. His great grandson, Antoine D'Amour de Louvieres was among the two largest slaveholders in the area. They are mentioned in the Kaskaskia manuscripts and remained in the area until my grandfather, Lawrence Louvier (I don't know why they dropped the "e" from the end but probably an American interpretation!) came up to St. Louis to find work in 1920. My mother and father, grandparents, etc. are all buried in St. Joseph cemetery in Prairie du Rocher, Randolph county, IL but when we go there we can't find any Louviers living there anymore. However... on New Year's Eve they still celebrate La Guiannee, as they have continuously since 1722, and I always meet Louvier relatives.
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