From the Guenther Side
Old Johannes Guenther had fought in Napoleon's army and had been taken prisoner at the defeat of Waterloo in 1815. Angry and hurt by what he considered his family's half-hearted attempts to find him, he resolved to cut loose from them and begin a new life in America. He landed on the fertile plains between "the three rivers" and settled first in Illinois and then in Missouri, where his son, who called himself John Gunther, was born. A few years after the close of the Civil War John Gunther married Catherine Chouteau and located in the Ware-Fletcher area in Jefferson County. Catherine's life was an interesting one, as she had been born during the cholera epidemic in St. Louis in 1849. It happened that Henri Chouteau owned an apple orchard on the exact spot where Union station now stands. A charming widow, a Mrs. Auschpourdt, had gone to fetch her children, who had climbed the fence and were eating green apples in the Chouteau orchard. Not only were they trespassing, but endangering their health for it was a risky thing to do, eating green apples while the cholera was raging. Henri graciously accepted the lady's apologies and married her immediately. Their daughter was Catherine Chouteau who was wed to John, the son of old Johannes Guenther, and their descendants are still living in the county, most of them having restored the original spelling of the name. During WWI the Guenther's changed the pronounciation of their name to "Ginter."
From: "Our Jefferson County Heritage" by Zoe Booth Rutledge.____________ This is a story about some of my grandmother Denny's people. The Chouteaus mentioned here are also from the famous St. Louis Chouteaus who have one of the main avenues in the city named after them. They were also famous in the settling of the west as traders, very early in the history of the "west".
From Goodspeed's book: "Goodspeed's History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford, and Gasconade Counties"
There is some history about Samuel Denny, and an R. B. Denny who was State Representative for Franklin County. Also a Robert P. Denny who was a first lieutenant commissioned 7-5-1862 and promoted to captain 6-2-1863. I don't know much about this or whether he was Confederate or Yankee although I suspect Yankee since Missouri stayed in the Union during the Civil War although that part of the state did have slaves. _____________
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