Frenchmen and Long Knives was quite a challenge for me. It was my first attempt at writing about someone outside my own family tree. However, I did not have to venture far. I found this amazing Patriot of the Revolution in my wife’s family line!
Kim (my wife) has an amazing French heritage in Colonial America. Her maiden name was Gremore. I always thought that the name, and the spelling, were a bit odd. As it turns out … Gremore is the “Americanized” phonetic spelling of the French surname, Grimard. I know they do not look the same but, believe it or not, they are pronounced exactly the same!
Her 5th great-grandfather, Pierre Grimard, was a French businessman who came to America through the port of New Orleans in the late 1760’s. He made his way up the Mississippi River and established himself in the “Illinois Country,” formerly French territory taken over by the British after the French and Indian / Seven Years War.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away … so suffice it to say that the Frenchman, Pierre Grimard, swore his allegiance to the united States and served under Col. George Rogers Clark in the army of Virginia. In a most amazing way, he became a Patriot of the American Revolution.
I hope you enjoy his story!
Here is a pic of my wife, Kimberly Gremore (Grimard) Baggett, at her ancestor’s commemorative headstone beside the George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, Indiana. Pierre is buried somewhere inside the graveyard of the Old Cathedral Catholic Church where this stone was placed in his memory.