Knud Knudsen Landru

Knud Knudsen Landru

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Knud Knudsen Landru
Birth Name Knud Knudsen Landerud
Other Names Knute Nelson Landru; Newton K. Landru
Patronymic Name Knudsen
Lived 23 Jul 1841 - 06 Dec 1908
Birth Place Landerud, Veggli parish in Rollag, Buskerud fylke
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Primrose, Dane County, WI
Death Location Canby, Yellow Medicine County, MN
Burial Location Canby City Cemetery, Canby, Yellow Medicine County, MN
Mother Ingeborg (Isabel) Herbrandsdatter Ødegaard
Mother Lived 20 Jun 1802-5 Mar 1873
Father Knud Nielsen Landerud
Father Lived 24 Jul 1803-2 Dec 1892
Immigration 15 Aug 1842
Spouse Catherine (Caroline, Carrie, Annie C) Severson
Spouse Lived 2 Dec 1846-29 Dec 1924
Married On 16 Oct 1865
Marriage Location Winnebago County, IA

Knud Knudsen Landru was born on July 23, 1841 in Rollag (Veggli) parish, Buskerud, Norway to Knud Nielsen Landerud and Ingeborg Herbrandsdatter Ødegaard. He came to America in 1842 on the Clarissa at the age of one with his parents and siblings. In 1850, they were living in Clinton, Rock County, WI, under the surname, "Nelson". In 1860, still going by Nelson, the family was living in Primrose, Dane County, WI. Knud's grandmother, Kari/Caroline Ingemundsdatter Landru (bapt. 1780) lived with them.

Landru joined the WI 15th Infantry and his brother, Herbrand (Hiram) joined the IA 32nd  Infantry. The army listed Knud as living in Primrose, Dane County, WI, and as a Private (Menig). Nothing else is known about his service.

After the war, Knud relocated to Winnebago County, IA, and went by the name Newton K. Landru. On October 16, 1865, he married Catherine (Catharina Eriksdatter Arnetvedt, also called Caroline, Carrie and Annie C.) Severson in Winnebago County. They resided in Center, Winnebago, IA, until the late 1870s. He and his wife had at least five children, including Annette Josephine "Nettie" (1867-1951), Newton Elsworth  (1869-1873), Walter Norman (1873-1924), Wilfred Clarance (1878-1942), and Josephine (adopted, 1894).  Before Wilfred's birth, the family relocated to Yellow Medicine County, MN. In 1880, they were living in Hammer. In 1900, they were living in Canby. On December 6, 1908, Landru died. He is buried in Canby City Cemetery, Canby, Yellow Medicine County, MN. His wife died on December 29, 1924 and is buried in the same cemetery.


Sources: Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 303; “The 1842 Immigrants from Norway”, Gerhard Naeseth, North American Studies, vol. 25, p. 243; “Notes of a Civil War Soldier“, Bersven Nelson, Norwegian-American Studies, vol. 26, by NAHA, 1974, pp. 127, 129; "1842 Immigrants from Norway", by Gerhard B. Naeseth, Vol. 25, p. 255,; 1850 Census, Roll: M653_1404, Page: 813, Image: 159, Family History Library Film: 805404; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1404, Page: 813, Image: 159, Family History Library Film: 805404; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_426, Page: 4B, Image: 12, Family History Library Film: 545924; 1880 Census, Roll: 638, Family History Film: 1254638, Page: 592D, Enumeration District: 300; 1900 Census, Roll: 798; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0273; FHL microfilm: 1240798;; MN Death Index, State File #015266, Record #21531;; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, Volume One 1825-1843, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co, Decorah, IA, pp. 144, 145, IDs 278, 279, 285; Rollag parish register #I 5, born and baptised, p 132, #I 7, born and baptised, p 83,

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