Some Denny Family History

From Jefferson County, MO

Shortly before France lost her possessions in the New World by the 
Treaty of Paris in 1763, King Louis XV sent a relative, Phillippe 
de Mundi (note spelling of Phillippe), to a region near Mine La-
Motte (near Valle Mines, Mo.) in search of silver. There proved to 
be very little silver, but young Mundi made a friend of the Indian 
chief (Osage) whose territory extended from Fredericktown to Festus 
and from the Mississippi to Richwoods.

Phillippe fell in love with the chief's daughter. They were married 
according to the tribal custom, and he took her with him when he 
returned to France. She created a sensation at the French court 
where she was known as Margaret, the Indian Maiden.

But she was ill adjusted to the life of royalty. She tore off the 
expensive shoes her husband bought for her and appeared at formal 
gatherings in her bare feet. She could not learn French and was so 
unhappy that Phillippe in despair decided to bring her back to 

After a hazardous voyage they arrived in Fredericktown to find that 
the chief was off on hunting foray. Phillippe set out to find 
him, following his trail through the forest by day and sleeping on 
the ground at night.

One morning he awoke to see six Indian braves standing in a circle 
around his bed of leaves, with nocked arrows pointing directly at 
his head. He tried to convince them he had no intention of abandoning
Margaret, but the young men shadowed the pair until they saw 
them permanently settled in their home near what is now Fredericktown, MO.

Margaret and Phillippe had one son whose name was also Phillippe 
Mundi, but he Anglicized it to Philip Monday (note spelling!). The 
house that he built was still standing on Highway H until two or 
three years ago, a two-room log cabin with a fireplace in each room 
and a dogtrot, or breezeway. Here he lived with his wife, Catherine 
Govereau. Among their many descendants in the county are Lucy 
Graham, Alice O'Farrell, Louise Wilson, Charles Woods, and Tina 
Duperet Wynn.

Their daughter, Ann Monday, married Dr. Samuel Denny, a homeopathic 
physician known as the "herb doctor." He, with his brother, Judge 
Robert Denny, had come from Delaware about 1825 and settled near 
Old Ditch. The doctor and Ann Monday were the ancestors of Letty 
Denny Burk (my aunt Sis - my father's sister) who lived on Hematite
Road for many years.

From: Our Jefferson County Heritage, by Zoe Ruth Rutledge.

(This is an interesting story about my great grandfather and my great-great grandfather and grandmothers. We do have Osage blood in our veins. The Osage were great Indian warriors of the Sioux Nation. You may want to read about them someday.)

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