Van de Perre
Renville Family, Descendants of Jean de Rainville
Eliza Renville, mother of Margaret Jerome Merck, was a descendant of Jean de Rainville. Her immediate ancestors played an important role in the history of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. It was her great grandfather, Joseph Renville, who established a fur trading post (Fort Renville) and a mission at Lac qui Parle. In addition to playing an important role as guide and interpreter for explorers who mapped that region, he worked with the missionaries to translate verses of the Bible into the Sioux language. His influence with native americans in the area was significant. His wife, Tonkanne (Mary), was of the family of Chief Little Crow, leader of the band who resided at Kaposia Village near Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
This website documents the efforts that were made to gather information related to the Anthony J. Merck and Margaret J. Jerome family backgrounds. The data displayed here was obtained from many different sources and may include errors which will be corrected when they are found. Obviously, then, it is an ongoing project which will result in changes to this website as time goes by.
This data was obtained from many different sources and may include errors which will be corrected when they are found. Obviously, then, it is an ongoing project which will result in changes to this website as time goes by. Names of persons now living are excluded from the narrative in order to provide privacy. Upon receipt of requests from documented relatives, a complete paper copy of files can be provided.
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Created 28 Nov 2004 (and updated 25 December 2015)