Round and Rounds Family Home PageUpdated September 5, 2000
|JOHN ROUND was born circa 1645 ... our first known ancestor to migrate to America.|
The "s" was added to our particular branch of the Round family during the fifth generation by Reuben Round(s).Reuben married Avis Brown and they raised 14 children to adulthood. This family lived in New England and part of Canada until the late 1830's when they began to migrate to Wisconsin and settled in Southport (now Kenosha).
From there, Lester Rounds and his family moved to Ceresco which is now part of Ripon, Wisconsin.He was secretary and postmaster of the Phalanx of the Fourierites, a commune where all members owned stock and worked for the common good of all.This group disbanded in 1850, but Lester had left a few years before and settled in Waukau, Wisconsin where he set up a general store.
Lester then teamed with Walton Dickerson and William Starr and in 1850 founded the village of Eureka, Wisconsin on the Wolf River, township of Rushford, couty of Winnebago.Lester moved his general store to Eureka and his brothers Erastus, Elihu, James and George and sister Mary Jane (Bromley) Rounds soon joined him at Eureka, having moved from Kenosha.
The Rounds family flourished in Eureka and were prominent members of the community.But after their children and grandchildren grew older, they began to migrate and today there are no living Rounds in Eureka and haven't been since George died in 1916.All six aforementioned brothers and sister are buried with their spouses and a few other family members in the Eureka cemetery.
Today our known family members are spread throughout the United States and very few remain in Wisconsin.My father, Dale Glenwood Rounds did most of the work on our family genealogy and I began copying the records and starting personal research in 1960.When Dale passed away in December of 1982, I took over all the family records and at present am compiling records and articles on the Rounds and Eureka and hopefully will be publishing a book within a few years.
Anyone with connection to the surname Rounds should feel free to contact me at any time as we are always looking for more family links.
We are particularly interested in any and all information on Reuben and Avis (Brown) Rounds and their 14 children, namely William Rounds (1802-1850), Horace Rounds (1803-1901), Lester Rounds (1805-1888), Erastus Brown Rounds (1807-1888), Rhoda (Rounds) Tinker (1809-1836), Elihu Roe Rounds (1811-1900), Electa (Rounds) Bliss (1812-1847), Thomas Jefferson Rounds* (1814-1840), [twin of] James Madison Rounds (1814-1902), George Washington Rounds (1816-1916), Mary Jane (Rounds) Bromley (1818-1908), Reuben Rounds Jr. (1820-1846), Ruby Ann (Rounds) Goff (1822-1847), and Adoniram Judson Rounds* (1826-1846). [*never married]
On August 5, 2000 several descendants of Reuben and Avis Brown Rounds gathered for a Reunion at Riverside Park in Berlin, Wisconsin.Many of those had never met but had been in contact through snailmail and email for years.They shared a lot of family history and artifacts and an educational as well as social time was had by all in attendance.Descendants of Lester Rounds came from Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania; of Erastus Brown Rounds from Washington and Idaho; of Elihu Roe Rounds from Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California and Oregon; of James Madison Rounds from Arizona; of George Washington Rounds from Kentucky and Wisconsin; and of Mary Jane (Rounds) Bromley from Arizona.