arbre généalogique

Sheet 09Is- Edwin Everett Lorando
(a.k.a. Edward John Brown) (#8458)

The History of Edwin Everett Lorando

For many years, Edwin was our true question mark.
Our searches for information on him were quite difficult,
as we were not even sure what his true name was.
All we had to work with when we started our research
were the two names we knew he used during his life,
the knowledge he was born in Keene, New Hampshire,
and that he had served in the U.S. Army.
We knew nothing of his family nor of where he had lived in his later years. Since we knew he had existed but could not find anything about him, we nicknamed him "The Missing Link". It was only during the past 12 months that we had some major breakthroughs in our research that enabled us to learn his true story and to piece together his life. Here is what we discovered.

Edwin Everett Lorando was born on 19 Apr 1908, in Keene, New Hampshire, to Victoria Lena "Lillian" Lorando, a single 16-year-old woman who worked at the local shoe factory. Between the time he was baptized and the age of 14, Edwin was raised by his Grandparents (Peter and Agnes Lorandeau) until his mother could afford to raise him in her home. He was a rather athletic child, according to his mother, and was the Captain of his High School basketball team. He left school after his junior year of High School, opting to go to work instead of finishing his senior year and getting his diploma. After bouncing around at a number of odd jobs, he eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1930. After enlistment, he was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia.

In early 1933, Edwin and other members of his unit were sent to Okaloosa County, Florida to establish a new Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp in that area. It was there that he met his first wife, Mary Loucille Kilpatrick. They were married in September 1933 at her mother's home in Crestview, Florida; in June of the following year, their son Roger Edward was born.

In March 1934, Edwin requested an early release from the U.S. Army; his request was approved in April. In October of that year, he and his wife and son moved back to Keene, New Hampshire to be near his family. Because of the Great Depression, they moved around a bit as Edwin went wherever he could find a job. They eventually settled in Webster, Massachusetts in 1936; in December of that year, their son was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in nearby Spencer, Massachusetts.

Soon after the death of his Grandfather Peter Lorandeau in June 1939, Edwin decided to permanently change his name to Edward John Brown. He used that name for the rest of his life. In March of 1944, he enlisted in the US Navy; he was discharged in August 1945. Soon after his discharge, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he worked as a salesman for Filene's Department Store. His marriage to Mary Loucille dissolved, and he later re-married and had another child. In 1955 he moved to Liberty, New York; he lived there until 1963, then he moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He lived in St. Petersburg for the rest of his life, passing away in January 1987.

Keith Anthony Lorando, during November 2014

The Personal Info and Family Sheet of
09Is - Edwin Everett Lorando


Born on 19 April 1908
Place Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Baptised on 4 October 1908
Place Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Baptised by

Other remarks on the birth Edwin's Godparents were Peter Lorandeau and Agnes Durant Lorandeau. They were also his maternal Grandparents.


First name and maiden name of his wife Mary Loucille Kilpatrick

Born on 15 April 1914
Birthplace Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida
Died on 15 June 1994
place of death Honolulu, Hawaii

Wedding date 11 September 1933
Wedding location Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida
Divorce Yes
Before marriage, the wife lived in Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida

Name of the wife's father William Warren Kilpatrick
Birth date and place of the father
Maiden name of the wife's mother Susan Elisabeth "Lizzie" Morgan
Birth date and place of the mother
Remarks about the wife's sibling(s)

Other remarks on the marriage

Children of This Marriage

name birth / baptism place death, burial place date marriage/ partnership Place name of spouse
Roger Edward Lorando 17 June 1934 Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida 10 December 2008 Mandeville, Louisiana . . Mary Lynn Falgout
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Second Marriage

Note Edwin had a second marriage to a woman named Mary B. They were married under his Edward John Brown name. Edwin/Edward and Mary had one child that we know of, a girl named Bunny Gail Brown.

Death - Burial

Died on 11 January 1987
Place St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

Buried on

Person who celebrated the burial

Other remarks on the death

Lagniappe *

  • Edwin was the first in a long line of Lorando basketball players. His son Roger, grandson Mark, and great grandson also played High School basketball.
  • Edwin was visiting New Orleans, Louisiana when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1930. We do not know why Edwin was in New Orleans at that time, though we assume it may have had something to do with looking for work there at the beginning of the Great Depression.
  • Edwin's only sibling, a half-sister named Clementine Beatrice Ethier, died in September 1912. He did have one step-brother, Paul Harland Ethier Sr. Paul died in Keene, New Hampshire in 1980.
  • In his later years, Edwin/Edward worked in the printing profession. He had retired from printing prior to his death.

*Lagniappe origin from French Louisiana and means “an extra, an unexpected gift, a benefit or something added”

The Pictures of
Edwin Everett Lorando

both taken at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1933

Edwin Everett Lorando
Edwin Everett Lorando

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