Located near this marker are the unmarked graves of Jacques Vieau and his wife Angelique. As an early French fur trader with the Native Americans all along the west coast of Lake Michigan, the voyageur Vieau played an important role in opening the Wisconsin territory toward statehood. He was the first permanent white settler in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jacques Vieau: a Son of Montreal and a Father of European Wisconsin -- Another Perspective of the French and Native Peoples by John Boatman, UW-Milwaukee (September 1997)
Wisconsin Historical Collections, Volume XI (1888): Narrative of Andrew J. Vieau, Sr. (son of Jacques Vieau)
The family name was originally De Veau; but as that meant calf or veal, other children would annoy my anscestors in their youth, by bleating in their presence; so the name was changed to Vieau in self-defense.
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