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Catherine (Armel) LaMere (1824)

Catherine LaMere formerly Armel aka Amel, Emmell
Born in Illinois, United Statesmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 12 Sep 2019
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Catherine was Ho-Chunk.


“[The children of Oliver Armel] were Catherine, born 1824; Oliver, 1826; Louis, 1830; Joseph, 1833; Nancy, 1836 and Prosper.” (Jipson, 256)

In the census of 1900, her son Frank recorded that she was born in Illinois.

“Catherine Armel, Oliver’s first born, married Oliver Lamere, a Frenchman from Canada who located first at Lake Koshkonong. When the Winnebagoes went to Long Prairie, he went with them, making several trips to Wisconsin, finally locating in the vicinity of Madison, where he died. He had three sons, Moses, Joseph, and Frank, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. Elizabeth was the mother of Angel Decora.” (Jipson, 256)

"In the treaty at Prairie du Chien, in 1829, thirty years before Dr. Chapman wrote, we find the orthography "Oliver Armell,” whose two children, Catharine and Oliver, each received a section of land from the Winnebagoes — evidently because their mother was of that tribe." (Lyman C. Draper, Note 2, in Butler, 69)


  • Norton William Jipson, Story of the Winnebagoes (Chicago: The Chicago Historical Society, 1923). This is an unpublished typescript.
  • James D. Butler, “Tay-cho-pe-rah — the Four Lakes Country — First White Foot-prints There,” Wisconsin Historical Collections, X (1888): 64-89.
  • Linda M. Waggoner, Fire Light: The Life of Angel De Cora, Winnebago Artist. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8061-3954-8.
  • 1900 Census, Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska; Enumeration District: 0187.
This profile was created by Richard L Dieterle on 12 Sep 2019.

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