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Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site is located at 4372 Park Rd, Ellis Grove, Illinois. Below it is the historic Menard home. After driving up a hill you will come to the fort. It is not all that glorious to look at, but get out and walk around anyway, read the signs, and use your imagination. Then drive up the hill more to the Garrison Hill Cemetery. This is where folks from the Old Kaskaskia before the Mississippi River moved were reburied. Then drive on up the road more to the overlook. This is a fabulous spot and you can see where Old Kaskkaskia was located which is now in the middle of the Mississippi River.

Fort Kaskaskia, Illinois; June 26, 2022

This video is a trip that we took on June 26, 2022.

My ancestors were from Kaskaskia (as seen across the river in these photos where it is now located in the middle of the river) and here are some other website pages:

Historical Events for Genealogy and Our Family (hit control F and search for Kaskaskia to see a timeline of history)

Marie Marthe Accica, 7th Great Grandma, was Illini Native American who married Jean Baptist Oliver and lived in Kaskaskia, Illinois; August 4, 1715 is the date of the first document for Jean Baptiste Oliver (7th Great Grandpa) is a marriage to his first wife in Kaskaskia. Jean is documented as buying a small house in Kaskaskia in 1728 which he later sold to his daughter Dorothy's new husband, Nicolas Boyer. Some believe Jean Baptiste Olivier roamed the Mississippi Valley with LaSalle in his ill-fated attempt to settle the area, which is what brought him to Kaskaskia. Another suggestions is that he was part of the military

The exact time of Nicolas Boyer's arrival in Kaskaskia is unknown (6th Great Grandpa). It could have been as early as 1732 to help erect Fort de Chartres. "Nicolas Boyer was one of the engineers who built Fort Chartres, which was one of the most remarkable enterprise in America at the time. A remnant of this famous stronghold still remains" (quote in American Boyers by Rev. Charles C. Boyer). In 1762, Nicolas Boyer, 6th Great Grandpa, sold land near Kaskaskia to Jacques Seguin dit Laderoute, probably the time he permanently moved to Ste. Genevieve on the west side of the Mississippi River, making him one of the first residents of St. Genevieve.

Charles Boyer, 5th Great Grandpa, was born in Kaskaskia about 1753, moved to Ste. Genevieve with his parents, married Madeleine Maurice dit Chatillon in Ste. Genevieve in 1786, moved to Old Mines about 1801, and received the Old Mines Concession Number 18.

Some of the Story of CĂ©ladon happened in Kaskaskia.

1990 April 29 Kaskaskia, Illinois

This video was taken by my Grandpa and his second wife. She reads the signs and they tour the cemetery. If you are really interested, this is a great older video to watch. I wonder if Grandpa knew his ancestors were from here.


June 26, 2022

Only a few photos from this year taken while I video'd, so what the above video for the real perspective.

June 4, 2017

These 2017 photos are great because you can read the signs. By this year I knew I had ancestors from Kaskaskia.

I do love textures!

This photo has been taken from my website and used without permission many times. It makes me upset.



Our first visit to Kaskaskia was in 2003 with our sons. I did not take too many photos and I do not believe that I knew at that time my ancestors were associated with Kaskaskia.

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