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Knud Knudsen Landru

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Knud Knudsen Landru

Birth Name

Knud Knudsen Landerud

Other Names

Knute Nelson Landru; Newton K. Landru


23 Jul 1841 – 06 Dec 1908

Birth Place

Landerud, Veggli parish in Rollag, Buskerud fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Primrose, Dane County, WI

Death Location

Canby, Yellow Medicine County, MN

Burial Location

Canby City Cemetery, Canby, Yellow Medicine County, MN


Ingeborg (Isabel) Herbrandsdatter Ødegaard

Mother Lived

20 Jun 1802-5 Mar 1873


Knud Nielsen Landerud

Father Lived

24 Jul 1803-2 Dec 1892


15 Aug 1842


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,