Tombstone Tuesday: Joe and Nealie Loundree

Joseph and Nealie Loundree Tombstone

My great-great-grandparents, Joseph and Nealie Loundree

This is the tombstone of my paternal great-great-grandparents, Joseph Loundree and Nealie (Shafer) Loundree. They, along with several other family members, are buried in Sandy Cemetery, which contains both Fir Hill Cemetery and Scandinavian Cemetery. The cemetery is located on Hwy 26, just west of downtown Sandy, Oregon.

Joseph C Loundree was born 14 Jan 1871 in Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of three children born to Joseph and Sophia (unknown) Loundree, and the only son.

Cornelia “Nealie” R Shafer was born on 30 Oct 1875 in Rock Island, Illinois.  She was the second of ten children born to Peter Henry and Anne Elizabeth (Middleham) Shafer. Note her tombstone gives her birth year as 1876, although her death certificate has it as 1875. I’m still working on clarifying this fact.

Somewhere around 1896 near Albion, Wright, Minnesota, Grandpa Joe and Nealie were married.  Their first son, Glenn Cecil, was born in Minnesota on 9 Aug 1900. By the time their second son, Carl Dean, was born on 8 Nov 1904, they were in Oregon. Land records indicate they had arrived in Oregon by 1902. In 1915 they had a son, Merle Joseph, who was born with a congenital heart defect and only lived 23 days. He is buried near his parents.

Nealie passed away from a staph infection in her face and jaw on 27 May 1930. Grandpa Joe followed her on 31 Mar 1938. His official cause of death is listed as Cardiac Failure.

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