January 1st A.D. 1876
Marcoot is our family name of English ancestry and military rank, sometime in 1600 – one of our forefathers emigrated to Switzerland and married in a family: Jerich, an old Swifs family and also of military rank and noteable in and during the war procuring Swifs independence. Thus the family became Germanized and spelt their name differently, but mainly Markut. I have no connection of our family history down to the year 1804 when my father Martin was born, his fathers name being John. My father Martin had three sisters and no brother, only one of his sisters now living. Martin Markut taught school in his native land a period, and served in a Swifs regiment in Holland as musician. At the age of 33 or in the year A.D. 1837, he married to Mifs Agnes Risch aged 20 being born in the year A.D. 1817.
John was born on the 21st of August A.D. 1838, and in the spring of the year A.D. 1840 our parents took ship for America, landing in New Orleans in the month of August, having been on highwater from haven de Grace to that place 73 days during which time they endured much peril and hardship. After landing at New Orleans they wound their way up the Mississippi river through the then uninhabited country, from St. Louis they came out and settled at this place, first above mentioned, and followed farming as a calling lived quietly and peaceably, though sometimes hard in raising a family which became numerous, Rosina being born December 5 1842 and I, Maurice, so named after my grandfather Risch, was born March 18th, 1845 and Catherine D. on April 21st, 1847, Mary C. was born December 25th, 1848, Firdinand, March 23rd, 1851 and Lydia was born January 1st, 1855.
This family account was written by Maurice Marcoot in the old Marcoot family Bible.”