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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


JEAN LOUIS GUILLAUME (called William) MESTREZAT, retired farmer and stock-grower, was born in Mapletown, this county, May 11, 1809.  His parents, Charles Alexander and Louisa (Dufresne) Mestrezat, were natives of France, and came to Greene County, Penn., in 1795, among the earliest settlers.  They lived a short time near Carmichaels, in Cumberland Township, then settled in Mapletown and spent the remainder of their lives.  Mr. Mestrezat died April 1, 1815, and his widow in 1849.  They were the parents of eleven children, of whom Jean Louis Guillaume is the eighth.  He was reared in Mapletown, and early in life learned the gunsmith trade.  He subsequently carried on the mercantile business, and also engaged in farming to some extent.  He owns 330 acres of valuable land.  In 1843 Mr. Mestrezat married Mary Ann, daughter of Mathias and Hannah (Leslie) Hartley, who were of Irish lineage.  Mr. and Mrs. Mestrezat have five children—C. A., Harriet M., widow of the late Samuel Hudson; S. L., a prominent attorney of Uniontown, Penn.; Charlotte Amanda, wife of Hon. M. John, of Colorado; and J. L. G., a cattle-dealer in the West.  Mr. Mestrezat is a Democrat in politics.  He has served as school director of fifteen years.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 9 May 2008

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