John David LaFollette

Male25 June 1856–30 April 1940

Brief Life History of John David

When John David LaFollette was born on 25 June 1856, in Pleasantville, Marion, Iowa, United States, his father, Jerome Boneparte La Follette, was 24 and his mother, Sophia Jane Howard, was 25. He married T D Mae Belcher on 26 October 1896, in Prineville, Crook, Oregon, United States. He lived in Prineville, Crook, Oregon, United States for about 30 years and Election Precinct 1 East Prineville, Crook, Oregon, United States in 1940. He died on 30 April 1940, in Crook, Oregon, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Crook, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

John David LaFollette
Sarah Nevada Johnson
Marriage: 6 May 1903

Sources (9)

  • John Lafollett in household of Jerome B Lafollett, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Lafallette, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Death Records, 1864-1967"
  • John Lafollett in household of Jerome Lafollett, "United States Census, 1860"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 May 1903Prineville, Crook, Oregon, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 7

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


    Age 11

    Sarah Jane James Slater BIRTH 2 Jul 1840, Cass County, Missouri, USA DEATH 2 Sep 1867 (aged 27), Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon, USA BURIAL Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Crook County, Oregon, USA MEMORIAL ID 150321350

    1880 · The Great Gale of 1880

    Age 24

    The Great Gale of 1880 was a severe snow and wind storm that devastated parts of Oregon and Washington on January 9, 1880. The extratropical cyclone caused tides to rise seven feet, gale force winds, and snow accumulations of up to 18 inches.  

    Name Meaning

    Altered form of French Lefollet (also Le Follet): variant of Follet, a nickname from follet ‘mad, crazy’. Because of the altered feminine-like ending, which reflects the Canadian and American French practice of sounding the final -t, the masculine definite article le was similarly changed to the feminine form la. The surname Lefollet or Le Follet is very rare in France.

    History: John Lefollet was recorded in 1752 living along the Wallkill River in NJ. He is believed to be the progenitor of the Lafollette Family.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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