|We are the descendants of James LeSieur Underwood (1891-1976) and Mayme Carson-Underwood (1893-1964) of Portageville, MO.|
Our family, with a high degree of confidence, can trace our family line on the Underwood side to Col. John Underwood who lived in Goochland County, Va., during the Revolutionary War. His son and our direct ancestor, Thomas M. Underwood, was born in 1780.
We have more information about the LeSieur lineage in our family, which we can trace to Charles Julian LeSieur and his wife, Charlotte Bivard Lorang, who lived in the late 1600s in France and Canada. We are direct descendants of their son, Charles LeSieur, who was born Oct. 17, 1700.
LeSieur twins, Francois and Joseph, who were born Sept. 17, 1763, in Three Rivers, Quebec, were prominent in the settlement of Southeast Missouri, and, more specifically, the region around New Madrid and Caruthersville. Francois and Joseph were trappers and hunters who established the first settlement in 1780 in what would eventually become known as New Madrid County.
The area where they settled was initially called La Anse a 'La Graise, which, loosely translated, means "a cove of fat geese."
In 1790, Francois LeSieur founded Little Prairie, which today is better known as Caruthersville, Mo.
While we have collected much information about our family, we are always on the prowl for more. Also, some of us are descendants of Uriah Washington Young (1855-1909), presumably of Illinois. Not much information on the Young family, despite our best efforts.
Our extended family -- the Underwood, Carson, Young and Smith families -- gathered (150 strong) in Portageville for a family reunion on July 4, 1997. Our next reunion is slated for the year 2000. James L. Underwood was one ugly, foul, mean, nasty, ill-tempered son-of-a-gun who thought a mule was God's finest creation. But we loved him anyway -- even when he acted like a mule -- and still honor his cantankerous memory.
You will be an honored guest if you can help us fill in some of the missing branches in our family tree. And if you find out we're related, we'll dump our ton of family data on you and you can laugh, cry, cuss (in the finest tradition of James L. Underwood), tell lies, kiss babies, hug cousins, drink coffee, get fat and be proud to be a member of one of the finest families you'll find anywhere.
We'll even send you a copy of our stupid family newsletter for all your trouble.
Follow the link below to see who's who in our family from that old rascal James L. Underwood forward.