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Leon was born to Joseph Onesime and Pamela Thibert Lacoursiere on 15 May 1910 in Crookston, Polk County, Minnesota. He had three siblings: Emma, Robert (1898-), and Marie.
Leon married Alice Woods on 28 July 1930 in Clay County. In 1940 they were living in Moorhead and he was a truck driver for Moorhead Laundry.
Leon joined the U. S. Army and rapidly advanced to Staff Sergeant. He was serving in France on 13 January 1945 when he was killed in action by the enemy while in Company D, 1st Battalion Headquarters, 70th Division, 274th Infantry. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
There are two FindAGrave Memorials for Leon and it is unclear to this writer where he is actually buried. Originally he was interred in France and there is also a burial marker shared with his wife Alice in Moorhead.
George was born 23 August 1845 in Connecticut. He enlisted as a Private in Company B, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 19 July 1862. On 20 April 1864 he was wounded and captured in Plymouth, North Carolina and was a prisoner of war in Andersonville. He was discharged on 28 February 1865. The 1890 Veterans Schedule indicates he is living in Moorhead and he lost his left arm. He started receiving his pension on 8 March 1865. George died on 10 February 1918 in Palouse, Whitman County, Washington and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Palouse.
Part of Grand Army of the Republic Article
From Biography in Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota, 1902:
Nels Larson, an industrious and successful farmer, whose pleasant and well-kept farm home in Section 30, Eglon township, Clay county, affords every evidence of thrift and prosperity, was born in Tellemarken, Norway, in 1827, and is the son of a shoemaker, who lived and died in Norway. The father served in the Norwegian army ten years.
Nels Larson was the oldest member of the family of children born to his parents, and was reared and educated in Norway. When he was eight years old he was thrown upon his own resources, and at the age of sixteen set himself to learning the shoemaker's trade, which he followed until he was twenty-three. In 1851 he sought a home in the United States, and was in the advance of the great flood of Norwegian immigration that has brought so much brawn and muscle, brains and thrift to this country. He landed in New York and came straight through to Walworth county, Wisconsin, where he was engaged in farming for a short time, and then became an employee of a brick yard. Presently he bought out his employer and ran the yard himself for some eighteen or twenty years. Mr. Larson developed a very extensive business, and at one time owned three different places in Walworth county.
Mr. Larson was married in 1853 to Miss Christine Olsdatter, who was born in Norway, close to the birthplace of her husband. Her father was a laborer. To this union were born six children: Ole is a farmer; Louise is married; Louis is a farmer; Nels is at home; Caroline is married; and Andrew is at home. All were born in Wisconsin.
Mr. Larson came to Clay county, Minnesota, in the spring of 1876, taking his present farm as a homestead, in section 30, Eglon Township. He put up a log house, 16x20 feet, which is still standing and in use as a grainary. Mr. Larson brought in his family in 1877, though they did not move into the log house until the following year, as he operated a rented farm the year of their coming.
Mr. Larson had for his first team a pair of stags, and also bought a yoke of steers. For some four or five years he did all his farm work with oxen. He was manufacturing lime on his farm for some four or five years. From twelve acres of wheat he harvested his first crop of two hundred and forty bushels. To-day he owns a farm of four hundred acres, with about half of it under cultivation, and very largely devoted to grain.
When Mr. Larson landed in New York he had nothing to rely upon but his own courage and muscle, and it is not too much to say that he has made a remarkable success.
In 1863 Mr. Larson enlisted in Company F, Thirty-fifth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and saw service in the southwest, at New Orleans, in Alabama and in Texas. He was in the army two and a half years and made a record as a brave and loyal soldier of his adopted country, of which his children and friends may well be proud.
Nels died on 20 May 1905 in Clay County. Burial, Tombstone Picture, More Information.
Lyman was born on 7 September 1834 at Shirley Hills, Piscataquis County, Maine to Ammi and Abigail Teague Loring. His siblings included Charles, Horace, Elvira, Julia, Myra/Marie, Mary, and Henry.
Lyman first enlisted into the Civil War as a Private at Malone, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin on 29 May 1861 but had a disability discharge on 30 September 1862 having served in Company G, 4th Regiment Wisconsin Cavalry. He then joined as a 1st Sargeant in Kinnickinnic, St. Croix County, Wisconsin Company I, 51st Regiment Wisconsin Infantry and mustering out at the end of the war on 6 May 1865.
In 1872 Lyman married Eugenia Hutchinson. They had one child, Charles.
In 1877 the family pioneered in Oakport Township, lived there for a time, then relocated to Montana. Lyman died there at Kalispell, Flathead County on 22 May 1898 and then Eugenia moved back to Wisconsin where she died on 1 March 1907. Charles served in World War I and then eventually became a Chief Justice in the Minnesota Supreme Court. After retirement, he relocated to Arizona where he died.
He used an alias William LaValley or La Valley. William was born about 1846 in Edinburgh, Saratoga County, New York. He enlisted in Company A, New York 13th Cavalry Regiment on 13 June 1863 and mustered out on 30 December 1863 to transfer to Company K, New York 16th Cavalry Regiment. He then mustered out on 17 August 1865 to transfer to Company C, New York 3rd Cavalry Regiment. He mustered out on 21 September 1865 at Camp Barry, Washington, DC. In the 1890 Veterans Schedule he is living in Moorhead. He started receiving his pension on 24 March 1891. His wife, Dolphine, started receiving a widows pension on 21 February 1918. He died in Dayton, Ohio on 9 February 1917 while in the Dayton Branch Veterans's Disability Center. Burial, Tombstone Picture.
There are many variations of his name in records. From the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Civil War Database: "Gilbert, Gulbran. WI 15th Inf Co F. Residence: Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Born at Skrudvolds Annex, Nordre Aurdal, Valders, Norway. Civil War: Unmarried. Age 18. Enlisted for three years on 17 Oct 1861 at Manitowoc and mustered at Madison, Wisconsin, 12 Dec 1861. Private. Sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10, on 11 Jun 1862. Listed as a deserter on 31 Mar 1863. Honorably discharged from the service in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1 Aug 1862. Post war: He lived at Hitterdal, Clay County, Minnesota. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-8) (Buslett p504) (Ager p307) (Ulvestad p283) (Meeker) (Hedberg) “Gilberts, Gudbrand” “Gilbert, Gulbrand” “Lyseng, Gulbrand Gulbrandsen.”
Gulbran was born in 20 July 1843 in Norway and died in 2 May 1920. He started receiving his pension on 16 January 1891. He lived in Hitterdal and Highland Grove while in Clay County. He is buried in Salem East Cemetery. Burial, Tombstone Pictures.