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In the 1752 census there were 350 people of French descent and 321 slaves living
in Kaskaskia. Pierre was not mentioned so we assume he arrived afterwards.
The first document relating to the main branch of the Mesplay family in America was that of a single man, Mexplet, who appeared in Kaskaskia, May 6, 1754,annulling a will. It is likely that the will was made before a trip and annulled after its successful completion.
Pierre eventually settled across the river in St. Genevieve in what would later be Missouri. In the early 1800's some of his grandchildren moved back to Illinois. Randolph County and Prairie du Rocher were popular.
The Misplay and Messplay spellings were typically used in Illinois.