Tombstone to get placard to correct misspelling

Published 12:33 am Wednesday, May 31, 2017


NATCHEZ — A member of the William Dunbar chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution recently received permission to place a placard on the grounds of the courthouse to correct a misspelling.

Jean Farrar approached the Adams County Board of Supervisors recently about erecting a new placard — for which her family would pay — for John Girault, a captain in Clark’s Illinois Regiment. Girault was born on Feb. 24, 1755 and died May 28, 1813.

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Girault currently has a grave marker located on the grounds of the Adams County Courthouse, however, his name is incorrectly spelled “John Gerault.”

Farrar said after speaking with Historic Natchez Foundation Executive Director Mimi Miller, they elected to not attempt to chisel the correct spelling of the name on the tombstone or replace it. Instead, Farrar would place a placard near the tombstone with the correct spelling.

Farrar said Girault is an ancestor of her husband’s. Farrar said she has approval from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Miller helped her write the history on the placard.