Search billions of records on

Oconto County WIGenWeb Project
Collected and posted by RITA
This site is exclusively for the free access of individual researchers.
* No profit may be made by any person, business or organization through publication, reproduction, presentation or links
to this site.


Descendant Contact: Michael Dionne

Please click on each photograph for a larger view
Then click "back" to return to this page.

Jane Mary Dionne Store
Lena WI

 contributed by: Michael Dionne

Cliff Dionne Shoe Store
Lena WI

contributed by: Michael Dionne

Tintype photograph of unnamed Dionne Family member.

The French Dionne surname is rich in North American history and heritage. As early members of the family migrated to settle in wilderness areas for logging and farming, they are also found in colonial New England and the Upper Great Lakes long before the formation of Canada and the United States by the American Revolution begun in 1776.

From this lineage comes the Dionne families of Oconto County. This Dionne branch has been traced by several historians in French Canadian records as far back as Antone Dionne, born  December 27, 1738 in Ste. Anne de La Pocatiere, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. His marriage to Marie Louise Caron, born November 15, 1745 and died March 26, 1803, produced 17 children found in records there.

Antoine Dionne b: 27 DEC 1738 in Ste. Anne de La Pocatiere, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada
Marie Louise Caron b: 15 NOV 1745 d: 26 MAR 1803
  Children of Antoine and Marie Louise were:
     Antoine Dionne b: 1764 d: 06 JAN 1845
     Louis Marie Dionne b: 1764
     Marie Louise Dionne b: 03 AUG 1765 d: 11 AUG 1765
     Elizabeth Marie Dionne b: 18 OCT 1767
     Anonyme Dionne b: 22 NOV 1767 d: 22 NOV 1767
     Marcel Dionne b: 02 NOV 1770
     Marie Louise Dionne b: 1774
     Pierre Dionne
     Timothee Dionne b: 18 APR 1774
     Pascal Jean Baptiste Dionne b: 25 OCT 1775
     Marie Exupere Dionne b: 10 JUL 1777 d: 04 JAN 1784
     Raphael Dionne b: 28 MAR 1779
     Alexandre Alexis Dionne b: 14 DEC 1780
     Marie Collette Dionne b: 29 MAR 1782
     Marie Marguerite Dionne b: 1783
     Francois Xavier Dionne b: 18 APR 1786
     Cantin Dionne b: 31 OCT 1788 d: 09 FEB 1869

The Oconto County lines continued in Canada with Marcel Dionne, born Nov 2, 1770, and Francoise Dube, born July 14, 1794, having their five children.

 Marcel Dionne b: 02 NOV 1770
 Francoise Dube b: 14 JULY 1794
    Children of Marcel and Francoise were:
       Marcel Dionne b: 14 JUL 1794 d: 03 NOV 1884
         Henri Dionne b: 21 AUG 1795
         Louis Dionne b: 14 MAY 1799
         Marie Francoise Dionne
         Joseph Dionne b: 1805


First child, Marcel Dionne Jr., born in Canada on July 14, 1794, married Marie Josephe Raymond and continued the line with seven more offspring, all born in Canada. Neighbors of the Dione family had emigrated to the southern territories of the Upper Great Lakes and those who had visited settlers there brought back news of the rich land and job opportunities offered by this wilderness development. In 1848 the family moved from Canada to Manitowoc, Wisconsin where they logged and farmed a wilderness homestead from the dense forest. Wisconsin was granted statehood and accepted into the United States that same year, 1848, making families living there citizens of the country. US Census renumerations for Wisconsin in subsequent years show significant concentrations of the Dionne family residing in Manitowoc, Brown, Oconto and Marinette Counties for decades to come.


 Marcel Dionne b: 14 JUL 1794 d: 03 NOV 1884
 Marie Josephe Raymond
    Children of Marcel and Marie Josephe were:
             Emilie Dionne b: 05 JAN 1820
             Marie Eleonore Dionne b: 22 JAN 1821
             Louis Dionne b: 17 MAY 1824
             Cleophas Dionne b: 23 AUG 1826
             Guillaume Dionne b: 15 MAY 1828 d: 15 MAY 1828
             Anastasie Dionne b: 06 MAY 1831
           Joseph Dionne b: 04 SEP 1832 d: 02 JUL 1907
           Pierre Zephirin Dionne b: 23 AUG 1834
             Marcel Hyacinthe Dionne b: 10 SEP 1835
             Pierre Abraham Dionne b: 06 SEP 1840

Oconto County Reporter
Nov. 8, 1884

Mr. (Marcel Jr.) Dionne, father of Joseph Dionne, of Little River, with whom he resided, died Monday morning, Nov. 3, 1884 in the 92nd year of his age.

Dionne Family Tintype Photo Album
Please click on each photograph for a larger view
Then click "back" to return to this page.

Unknown, photo handed down from Maggie to son Ephraim Dionne

Marcel Jr. is found on the 1880 US Census for town of Little River, Oconto County, Wisconsin. According to the census Marcel was an 85 year old widower living with son Joseph, daughter-in-law Mary and their nine children. His death notice would have made his actual age 88 years.  It must have been a lively household since the children ranged in age from 21 years to 10 months old. Next door lived another son of Marcel, Peter and daughter-in-law Rose Ruelle with  six children ranging in age from 19 years to 9 months old.

Joseph Dionne b: 04 SEP 1832 d: 02 JUL 1907
Mary Ruelle b: 1844 d: 17 APR 1909 Married: 12 JUL 1858 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
      Children of Joseph and Mary were:
                 Jane Mary Dionne b: 24 MAY 1859 d: 01 OCT 1941
               Albert Joseph Dionne b: 03 MAY 1861 d: 03 FEB 1932
                 Xavier Dionne b: 03 JAN 1863
                 Dennis Louis Dionne b: 05 AUG 1864 d: 21 JUL 1925
                 Eliza Dionne b: 24 JUL 1866 d: 18 MAY 1935
                 William Marcel Dionne b: 01 MAY 1868
                 Joseph Jacob Dionne b: 08 DEC 1869 d: 01 JUL 1951
                 Emily Mary Dionne b: 30 NOV 1871 d: 20 APR 1909
                 Leo Dionne b: 23 SEP 1873
                 Zoe Claire Dionne b: 23 SEP 1873
                 Francois Alexis Dionne b: 17 JUL 1875
                 Frank Dionne b: 17 JUL 1876 d: 24 NOV 1948
                 Eugene Olivier Dionne b: 18 JUL 1877 d: 15 MAR 1885 Manitowoc County
                 Adolf Hilary Dionne b: 02 JUL 1879 d: 09 JUL 1957 Oconto County
                 Theresa Dionne b: 22 Aug 1899  Oconto County

 Pierre  (Pete)  Zephirin Dionne b: 23 AUG 1834
 Rosalia Ruelle
        Children of Joseph and Mary were:
                 Rosalia Delia Dionne b: 04 AUG 1860 d: 19 AUG 1947
               Abraham Peter Dionne b: 28 AUG 1862 d: 01 JUL 1923
                 Francois Xavier Dionne b: 12 SEP 1865
                 Louis Dionne b: 15 MAY 1868
                 Mary Dionne b: 24 MAY 1869
                 William Dionne b: 07 MAY 1873
                 Ann Dionne b: 1879
                 Elmer Francis Dionne b: 15 SEP 1882 d: 20 MAY 1957

Dionne Family Photo Album
Please click on each photograph for a larger view
Then click "back" to return to this page.

Ephraim Dionne in farm house parlor.
Note very old charcoal family portraits hanging at upper left.


"Grandma Maggie's" Lena Farm House 

"Bucko ?" and Ephraim

Ephraim Dionne teasing a rooster.

Horse riders in during the flood.

Unknown Dionne in 1930's

Dionne shack at Chute in winter.

Ephraim Dionne's school class of 1915

Unknown horses and riders at Maggie and Albert Dionne farm 

Maggie and Albert Dionne on their farm porch in town of Lena 1922

Mother Maggie, Clifford or Ephraim (?), Father Albert, and Prosper Dionne 1920's


Milwaukee Journal Sep/1895
Joseph Dionne

Joseph Dionne, the popular landlord at Lena, entered the state the year the latter was admitted into the Union – 1848. A lady, a resident of Manitowoc county, going back to her home in Canada for a visit, and telling the wonderful possibilities of the new country, induced the Dionnes to immigrate to Wisconsin.

Joseph, the subject of this sketch, resides upon a farm eighteen years with in a mile or two of Lena, but for the past eight years he has conducted the hotel, which he now owns. OCR 11/1895

Joseph Dionne, born Sept. 4, 1832,  married Mary Ruelle on July 12, 1858 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Mary was born 1844 and died April 17 1909. Censuses tells us that Joseph and Mary Dionne came to Oconto County, Wisconsin and first settled farmland in the town of Little River. Birth records for the children place the move to Oconto County between late 1877 and 1878. It appears from various news reports that the Joseph Dionne family moved again to a farm close to Lena and also opened a hotel in the village of Lena which he and Mary ran.

Albert Joseph Dionne married Margaret M. Allie and they raised Prosper, Clifford and Ephraim Dionne.  Ephraim L. Dionne, born August 21, 1903and died December 22, 1927, married  Ethyl Harmeyer, born November 24, 1905 and died November 11, 1927. Kenneth Dionne was their only son, living from February 16, 1927 to July 13, 1981.
Albert Joseph Dionne b: 03 MAY 1861 d: 03 FEB 1932
+ Margaret M. Allie
            Children of Albert and Margaret were:
                    Prosper Joseph Dionne b: 14 SEP 1887 d: 13 AUG 1968
                      + Helen Genevieve Borowiak b: 14 DEC 1893 d: 04 AUG 1985
                     Clifford William Dionne b: 10 AUG 1890 d: 22 APR 1980
                      + Agnes Niquette b: 27 MAR 1890 d: 18 APR 1972
                     Ephraim L. Dionne b: 21 AUG 1903 d: 22 DEC 1927
                      + Ethyl Harmeyer b: 24 NOV 1905 d: 11 NOV 1927 m:17 JUL 1926

1900 Census - Town of Lena, Oconto County, Wisconsin
Joseph Dionne,Canadian born Sept 1832, came to the US in 1849  and his wife Mary came to the US in 1850. They were living in Lena in 1900 with daughter Jane, a milliner, and son Frank, a laborer, both single. The couple had been married 41 years and Mary had given birth to 12 children, 5 of whom were alive in the year 1900. However, birth records show that there were 15 births to the couple. The discrepancy may have been with the person giving the census information, who may have been a younger child and did not know of all the previous births.   Joseph passed away Jun 2, 1907.

Dennis Dionne, born in Wisconsin August 1864 and wife Elizabeth Laplante, Wisconsin born July 1866, also lived in Lena where they were hotel keepers with two of their children. In 1900 they were married 11 years, on June 24, 1889 in Oconto County.

Dennis Louis Dionne b: 05 AUG 1864 d: 21 JUL 1925
Elizabeth J. Laplante b: 16 JUL 1866 d: 13 DEC 1938 m: 24 Jun 1889 in Oconto County
        Children of Joseph and Mary were:
                     Eugene Dionne b: 1889 d: 15 MAR 1896
                     Mae Barbara Dionne b: 23 SEP 1890 d: 26 MAY 1979
                      + Fred Lutz
                     Earl Ignatius Dionne b: 27 FEB 1892 d: 02 JUL 1944
                      + Esther Leona Netzer
                    Edith Dionne b: 21 MAR 1896 d: 17 FEB 1897

Employed as Hotel Clerk was cousin Abraham Dionne, Wisconsin born Feb. 1862, and wife Maggie, also Wisconsin born December 1862, and their son. They had been married 15 years. He was the son of Pete and Rosalia Ruelle Dionne
Abraham Peter Dionne b: 28 AUG 1862 d: 01 JUL 1923
 Marie Marguerite Boudounin b: 08 DEC 1868 d: 06 JAN 1901
      Children of Abraham and Maria were:
                     Raymond Peter Dionne b: 09 MAY 1897 d: 09 APR 1969
                      + Louise Helen Van Stralen b: 1896
                     Marie Adeline Dionne
                      + Marice Noel b: 1884
                     Bernice Genevieve Dionne

By 1900, also living in town of Lena, was farmer Albert Joseph Dionne May 1861,, son of Joseph and Mary Ruelle. Albert Joseph had married Margaret Allie, born December 1865,  15 years earlier, and her single brother, Prosper Allie Feb 1870, was living with the couple and their two sons, Prosper and Clifford. Margaret had given birth to 4 children, 2 survived. Only 4 houses away lived his widowed aunt Emily Ruelle, sister-in-law of Albert Joseph's mother Mary, and several Ruelle cousins.

Many of the Dionne family of Oconto County are buried in the St. Charles Cemetery in Lena. A number of others are at the Catholic Cemetery in city of Oconto.