Lounsbery Frequently-Asked QuestionsI've found that there are many questions that come up frequently when researching the Lounsbery family. Hopefully, this page will help answer some of your questions, too.
Without further ado, here are the FAQs and answers:
- My name is spelled Lounsbury (or Lounsberry,). Is that the same thing?
- Where does my branch of the family fit into the larger tree?
- What references exist for locating Lounsbery/Lounsbury/Lounsberry information?
In all probability, yes. The general consensus is that all the variant spellings are derived from Lounsberry; and that all Lounsberys in America are descended from Richard Lounsberry and Elizabeth Pennoyer. There are even those with names like Lansbury and Lainspeary that may be members of this extended family.
There are several ways to determine this; one of the best is to use the information in John Freund's book, or other references.
I frequently get e-mail telling me that someone is not in the on-line family tree. In most cases, an entire branch is seemingly missing. Please remember that the on-line tree is a small subset of the known family history, perhaps only 15-20%. I have spent some time lobbying John Freund (see next section) to provide me with his computer copies of the tree, so that I may publish them on the web. But, as I have indicated elsewhere in this site, John is quite serious about his work and does not wish to see duplication errors arise, and he also is concerned about researchers using information that is incomplete.
There are several options available. Besides traditional genealogical research methods, the following Lounsbury-specific resources exist.
- Some Descendants of Richard Lounsberry of Rye, NY. This is a book by John Freund of Victor, NY; it contains the most comprehensive structure and descriptions available pertaining to the descendants of Richard. Unfortunately, the book is now out of print and copies are no longer available from any source I know of.
- The Lounsbury Tree. This is a twice-yearly newsletter, edited and published by Al Lounsbury of Saratoga Springs, NY. It contains lots of information about reunions, queries, obituaries, and historical events related to the Lounsbury clan.
- Lounsbury : origin, meaning, and significance, with emphasis on the evidence and conclusions concerning the relationship of the Lounsbury family to royalty in the Middle Ages. This is a book by Raymond H. Lounsbury; here are some relevant details from the U.S. Library of Congress' search site:
- On-Line Databases.I had maintained a set of HTML files, generated from genealogical software, that were accessible on my web site. For various reasons - primarily the inclusion of living persons - I have decided to remove these files.
- PUBLISHED: Bridport, Vt. : Lounsbury, 1976.
DESCRIPTION: viii, 31 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
NOTES: Includes bibliographical references.
SUBJECTS: Lounsberry family. England--Genealogy.
LC CALL NO.: CS439.L8371976
DEWEY CLASS NO.: 929/.2/0942
The Pennoyer Scholarship is an endowment held for tuition assistance to students at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. It is intended to be used by descendants of Robert Pennoyer. Pennoyer's brother was a somewhat wealthy London businessman who also happened to be childless, so he left an endowment for his brother Robert's descendants.
One of Robert's children was Elizabeth Pennoyer, who married Richard Lounsberry. Because Richard is considered the forefather of all Lounsberrys in the U.S., anyone with that surname or descended from someone with that surname is probably eligible for the scholarship. Of course, you'll need to get in to Harvard first.