Frank was born in 1855. He is the son of Oliver LaMere and Catherine Armel. According to his son Oliver in the 1910 census (family 304), he was born in "French Canada." However, in the 1900 census, he himself reports that he was born in Minnesota, which is where the tribe was in 1855. His son John's Death Certificate places his birth precisely at Long Prairie where the Winnebago had their reservation at the time.
“[Oliver LaMere] had three sons, Moses, Joseph and Frank, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. Elizabeth was the mother of Angel Decora. Frank Lamere went to Nebraska with the tribe. He had five sons, Oliver, Joseph, Charles, John and Peter.” (Jipson, 256-257)
The 1925 census (#520) shows him living near his son. His birth date is given as 1855, and his status is a widower.
Norton William Jipson, Story of the Winnebagoes (Chicago: The Chicago Historical Society, 1923). This is an unpublished typescript.
1886 Indian census; Roll: M595_311; Page: 44; Line: 13; Agency: Winnebago. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
1900 Federal Census for Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska; Page: 20; Enumeration District: 0187; Description: Winnebago Precinct; FHL microfilm: 1240941. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
1910 Federal Census Place: Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska; Roll: T624_857; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0207; FHL microfilm: 1374870. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Standard Certificate of Death for John LaMere, Woolbury County, Iowa, 097-3031, 5/15/1923.
1925 Indian census; Roll: M595_666; Page: 31; Line: 23; Agency: Winnebago. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Frank by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Frank: