Surname Saturday – Loundree

My maiden name is Loundree. I can trace the name back through 6 generations, and then I hit my brick wall:

  • 1st gen: Tara C Loundree b. 1977 in Oregon
  • 2nd gen: Larry Dean Loundree b. 14 Sep 1948 Portland, Multnomah, Oregon d. 20 Sep 1999 Zig Zag, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 3rd gen: Junior Carl “Jude” Loundree b. 04 Apr 1924 Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon d. 11 May 1980 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 4th gen: Carl Dean Loundree b. 08 Nov 1904 Independence, Polk, Oregon d. 17 Oct 1985 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 5th gen: Joseph Carl Loundree (Jr) b. 14 Jan 1871 Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin d. 31 Mar 1938 Sandy, Clackamas, Oregon
  • 6th gen: Joseph Loundree/Laundree (Sr) b. abt 1820 in “Upper Canada” d. 22 Jun 1910 Independence, Polk, Oregon

Joseph Loundree Sr is also frequently recorded as Joseph Laundree. He immigrated from Canada to Wisconsin about 1854, and married a Native American woman named Sophia. They had three children, all born in Polk County, Wisconsin: Elizabeth (Jan 1860, St Croix), Josephine (Apple River, 1865) and Joseph. Joseph Sr’s naturalization paperwork was filed in Polk County, Wisconsin in 1870. It stated that his Declaration of Intent was filed in Marathon County, Wisconsin in 1854, but this record has not been found. Joseph and family are recorded on the 1860 Census in Polk County, Wisconsin. Before that, his whereabouts remain unknown.

It is known that his native language was French, and he frequently listed his birthplace as Upper Canada. Various records put his birth between 1818-1825, with Apr 1820 being the most common. Other than Joseph’s descendants, I have not been able to locate any other relatives. It is a tradition in my family that the surname is French, and was originally spelled Loundr√©, but we have no proof of this.

Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 6:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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