6/12/1880 Liberty Twp, Effingham Co, IL. The census taker listed him as James L, 23, without occupation, wife Dora M, 19, and grandmother, Elizabeth Brown, 89, "bourder." Elizabeth was born in VA so was most likely Dora's grandmother as her parents were also born in VA. In the same township were Dora's parents.
Bef 9/1889 NE where son Ernest was born.
6/14/1900 Dist 166, Louisville, Boulder Co, CO. Recorded by the census taker only as L, 41, and MA, 35, they had been married 10 years. Lafayette's parents were born in PA and OH respectively, Minerva's in TN and MO. She had birthed 7 children, 3 of whom had died. Children in the house were Ernest, 10, Hugh, 3, and Julmic, 4 months. Step-daughter Maud, 13, was also listed as a Van Gundy. Lafayette was a farmer.
4/13/1910 Dist 205, Gooding village, Lincoln Co, ID. The census listed "Layfayett" at age 51, a stone mason, married 21 years to Minerva, 45, who had birthed 7 children but only 3 still survived. The only other person in the house was son Hugh, 13.
1/15/1920 Dist 37, Lafayette town, Boulder Co, CO. At census time Lafayette was 61, with the occupation of laborer at odd jobs, but he did own the home free of a mortgage. Wife Minerva was 55. Living with them was orphaned granddaughter Venora, 3 yr 9 mo. Next door was son Hugh.
Was Lafe buried in Lafayette with the rest of the family? There is no record of him in cemetery records.