Do You Have A Van Antwerp Story? Saturday, Nov 1 2008 

If you have a story about the family, a picture, or something you want to share about the history of the family, please let me know.  I am happy to post it and hope to make this a living site for our kids to have access to.

You can leave it as a comment or e-mail me at gvanantwerp @ mac . com.

Additionally, as I find things that I can’t reconcile, I’m going to create a dynamic list of questions about family history.  Any insights are welcome.


Dudley Van Antwerp Sunday, Aug 12 2018 

Dudley Strickland Van Antwerp was born August 27, 1867, in Huntington, Indiana and moved with his family to Montclair in 1880. According to the Biographical Dictionary of American Architects, Van Antwerp studied architecture in New York and worked as a draftsman with several notable firms, including that of William B. Tuthill, the architect of Carnegie Hall (1891) in New York. Early in the 1900s, after practicing architecture in a New York partnership, Van Antwerp opened an office in Montclair, where he had an independent practice for more than twenty-five years. He died on January 17, 1934; a member of the American Institute of Architects, his obituary in the Montclair Times states that he designed 500 houses, indicating a prolific practice.

Hilda Fenn Van Antwerp (d. 1931), an interior decorator and painter who worked as an associate with her husband, was the daughter of Harry Fenn (1838-1911), one of America’s foremost watercolor artists and illustrators in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Mrs. Van Antwerp was born in England and came to the United States in 1889; she married Van Antwerp in 1901. Her father was Harry Fenn, a leading member of Montclair’s renowned artistic community of the 1870’s – 1890s.1

Harry Fenn (1837 – April 22, 1911), an English born illustrator, engraver, and painter, came to Montclair around 1865. Fenn contributed illustrations to John Greenleaf Whittier’s Snow-Bound as well as a popular series called Picturesque America edited by William Cullen Bryant. Fenn also produced watercolors, some of which are reproduced in this collection. The Fenn family lived in a house designed by Dudley Van Antwerp often referred to as The Cedars.

Some of his best known works: Wachtung Avenue Congregational Church in Montclair, the Monondock Inn, Caldwell, N. J., Club House at Empire City, N. J., and the Yacht Club in Bayside, Long Island, N. Y.



Resolution re: Eugene I Van Antwerp Saturday, Aug 11 2018 

The Chair of the Michigan World War I Centennial Commission has reached out to the Mayor of Detroit (Mike Duggan) to ask him to make November 11, 2018 Eugene I Van Antwerp and Veteran’s Day.  He did a nice job at writing up a short resolution (attached below).  I personally have reached out to the Mayor and encouraged the family to also.

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Major F. Van Antwerp Saturday, Jul 7 2018 

I’m still trying to find out more and how he fits into the family, but Debbie was kind enough to provide some information and history.

He served in WWI as part of the American Expeditionary Forces that built the light railways that helped win the war.  He served with the future owner of the Yankees, Hammond (of piano fame), and Colonel Samuel Arther Roberson.

John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1881-1960) Thursday, Jul 5 2018 

I found this relative and traced him back to our family tree.  He was the Ambassador to Turkey and Asst. Secretary of State.  You can also read about him on Wikipedia.

Career Foreign Service Officer

States of Residence: Maryland, New Jersey

  1. Assistant Secretary of State
    Appointed: November 18, 1924
    Entry on Duty: November 19, 1924
    Termination of Appointment: May 19, 1925

    • Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned after confirmation on Jan 3, 1925.
  2. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary (China)
    Appointed: April 9, 1925
    Presentation of Credentials: July 15, 1925
    Termination of Mission: Left post on November 22, 1929

    • Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned on December 17, 1925, after confirmation. Commissioned to China.
  3. Concurrent Appointments
    1. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary (Lithuania)
      Appointed: August 28, 1933
      Presentation of Credentials: December 20, 1933
      Termination of Mission: Left Kaunas on February 13, 1936

      • Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned on January 15, 1934, after confirmation. MacMurray had departed from Riga on February 12, 1936. Also accredited to Latvia and Estonia; resident at Riga.
    2. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary (Latvia)
      Appointed: August 28, 1933
      Presentation of Credentials: December 13, 1933
      Termination of Mission: Left post on February 12, 1936

      • Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned on January 15, 1934, after confirmation. Also accredited to Lithuania and Estonia; resident at Riga.
    3. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary (Estonia)
      Appointed: August 28, 1933
      Presentation of Credentials: January 4, 1934
      Termination of Mission: Left Riga February 12, 1936

      • Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; recommissioned on January 15, 1934, after confirmation. Also accredited to Lithuania and Latvia; resident at Riga.
  4. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Turkey)
    Appointed: January 24, 1936
    Presentation of Credentials: March 16, 1936
    Termination of Mission: Left post on November 28, 1941

Robert Gordon Van Antwerp Monday, Jul 2 2018 

I was looking up something else and discovered a cousin who was a famous square dance caller with multiple recordings out there.

Robert “Bob” Gordon Van Antwerp was born Nov. 8, 1920, in Edmond, Okla., and passed away July 15, 2005.

While attending college at Oklahoma University, Bob met Roberta, the love of his life. They were married 61 years. In his last year of college, Bob was the captain of the All-Oklahoma Football Team and received an offer from the Detroit Lions to attend the team’s football camp as a new recruit. However, a knee injury changed his direction to recreation.

In 1944, during World War II, Bob was a bomber pilot and squadron commander with the U.S. Air Force. He piloted a B-17 for 35 missions. After returning to Oklahoma, he coached football and taught in Edmond. In 1947, Bob and Roberta moved to Long Beach, where his first job was as playground director at Houghton Park. Four years later, he was promoted to assistant district supervisor. His full-throttle energy and positive attitude led him to ascend through the ranks until becoming director of parks and recreation. He put countless hours in civic and community services.

Bob was an internationally known square-dance caller, and was inducted into the Square Dance Callers Hall of Fame, an honor given to a limited number of callers. He was known throughout the world as one of the most popular and well-publicized square-dance callers. Together, he and Roberta guided dancers on tours throughout 29 countries and 34 states. His square-dance recordings number more than 150 singles and six albums. After his retirement from the city of Long Beach in 1977, Bob and Roberta moved to Lake Tahoe, where he continued his square- dance calling. He called and choreographed square dances for more than 40 years.

From The Cosgrove Genealogy Monday, Jul 2 2018 

The attached book about the Cosgrove Genealogy has several pages starting at 267 about the Van Antwerp family.

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Van Antwerp Apartments Monday, Jul 2 2018 

I’m not sure of the history yet, but there is a Van Antwerp apartment building on Van Antwerp place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Van Antwerp Park – Alabama Monday, Jul 2 2018 

A developer is building a new development called Van Antwerp Park.

“Van Antwerp Park is a 15 lot in-fill neighborhood in old Fairhope, one lot from Mobile Bay. Located on a beautiful 11 acre hillside and dry creek bed once nurtured by Mary Van Antwerp, a seven acre arboretum defines and anchors the homes in this unique wooded community.”


1949 Catholic Central Yearbook Monday, Jul 2 2018 

The 1949 Detroit Catholic Central yearbook had the following dedication to Eugene I Van Antwerp (Mayor of Detroit).


Original Letter From Msgr. Van Antwerp 1928 Saturday, May 12 2018 

A few months ago, I shared the story about Monsignor Van Antwerp and his role in forming Catholic Central High School.  The current president was kind enough to send me a copy of the original letter.  This was written to invite the Basilian Fathers to come run Catholic Central.

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Van Antwerp’s Dairy Saturday, May 12 2018 

Here’s some pictures from the Van Antwerp Dairy Farm which was in Mobile, AL.


Van Antwerp & Son Apothecaries Saturday, May 12 2018 

I found a site which has lots of pictures from a Van Antwerp & Son Pharmacy in Mobile, AL from the late 1880s to 1960s.


Van Antwerp Stories 1977 Saturday, May 12 2018 

This is from the Detroit Free Press on July 4, 1977

The late Eugene I. Van Antwerp, mayor of Detroit in 1948-49 and a member of Common Council for 27 years, had a strong interest in genealogy. He passed it on, along with his genealogical records, to his 1 1th child, Wayne County Common Pleas Judge Daniel J. Van Antwerp.

THE JUDGE DREW UP A family tree which shows that all Michigan Van Antwerps including the late Councilman Philip J. Van Antwerp, former Cheboygan Mayor Francis J. (Joe) Van Antwerp and a long line of Van Antwerp priests and nuns trace their ancestry to one man. The patriarch is Daniel Janse Van Antwerp, who came to America “a little before 1656,” according to an article by Dr. Douglass Lee Van Antwerp in a New York genealogical journal.

Daniel Janse, as he is called by family members who speak of him as if they knew the gentleman personally, probably came from the city of Antwerp, which now is in Belgium. Having settled in Schenectady, N.Y., he worked asa farmer and magistrate, and for a while served as a trustee of the city. His chief talent, though, seems to have been that he was fruitful and multiplied. He had sons and they had sons, and their sons followed suit.

Five generations after Daniel Janse, Francis Van Antwerp, one of 1,340 descendants in the second through sixth generations of American Van Antwerps, became the first Van Antwerp in Michigan. He came to Detroit around 1830. No one knows why.

Francis married Appoline Vernier dit la Doucer early in 1830. and in 1831 they had a son, Francis J. Van Antwerp. Family legend has it that the Indian chief Tecumseh was the boy’s godfather, which would have been an interesting trick if they could have pulled it off Tecumseh died in 1813.

Francis and Francis J. were both blacksmiths, and Francis the younger bought carloads of coal to run his forge. He often purchased more than he needed and ended up selling the overflow at a profit. In 1885 he realized he had a good thing going and gave up blacksmithing founding the Van Antwerp Coal Co. at Congress and Rivard. The company folded in 1953, a victim of the trend toward oil use and lack of interest by family members.

FRANCIS J.’S SECOND SON, Francis S. J. Van Antwerp, spurned the coal business to enter the priesthood. He rose quickly through the ranks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and became domestic prelate, vicar-general of the Detroit Diocese and prothonotary apostolic, all high offices in the Catholic church. Msgr. Van Antwerp, called Father Van, was so well loved that after he died, in 1930, a group of those who had known him, “Father Van’s Boys,” met annually for more than 30 years to honor his memory.

Meanwhile, Father Van’s nephew, Eugene I. Van Antwerp, was gearing up to run for Common Council. Gene, a Democrat, served on the council from 1932 until 1948. In that period, he served a term as national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1947, he defeated incumbent Mayor Edward J. Jeffries Jr. on a platform which said, although not in so many words, “He ain’t done nothing.”

Two years later, City Treasurer Albert E. Cobo beat Gene using roughly the same argument. Undaunted, Gene returned to Common Council after the 1950 death of another member. As mayor, he had called for loyalty oaths to get communists out of city government. In 1952 he demanded that communist-inclined artist Diego Rivera’s murals at the Institute of Arts either “be ripped out or painted over.” Another of Rivera’s works had been removed from a Mexico City museum. “If Mexico, which has been a hotbed of communism, finds Rivera too much to stomach,” asked Gene, “why should we preserve his work in Detroit?”

When Gene died in office in 1961, a special election was held to fill the spot. The winner? Recently retired police inspector Philip J. Van Antwerp, Gene’s second cousin. Viewed as a liberal Democrat when first elected, Phil eventually became known as a maverick conservative. And in 1970 one of his maverick stands became notorious.

Mayor Roman Gribbs asked officials who got cars from the city to use their 1970 models one more year to save Detroit money. Eight councilmen went along: Phil Van Antwerp did not. “THIS MAY BE EGOTISTICAL, but I feel I’m a leader in this city, and if I’m not entitled to a few privileges, 1 might as well quit,” he said. He didn’t quit. He also didn’t get the car. Phil retired in 1973, and Gene’s son George B. Van Antwerp, an ex-priest, tried to take his cousin’s place as councilman.

George’s brother, Daniel J. Van Antwerp, had been elected judge of Common Pleas Court in 1970, and won gain in 1976. But this time the voters of Detroit rejected a Van Antwerp, as George fell more than 30,000 votes short. The name that had helped Phil and Dan in the past this time hurt as well as helped, George said.

But George’s cousin, Bernard Van Antwerp, who ran for the Wayne County Board of Supervisors in 1968 and 1970, said he found the name a blessing.

“Everywhere I’d ever gone in life, people had told me, ‘You should go into politics, with your name.’ ” says Bernie, a superintendent of body manufacturing for Chrysler. “I spent nothing on the primary in ’68 and did no campaigning. In fact. I went on vacation just before the primary. I just put my name in and I won.” Bernie lost the general election and lost the primary in 1970 when he switched parties to run as a Republican in his largely Republican district. Did his name get him as far as he went? “Definitely,” he said.

While older Van Antwerps say they do not remember thinking of their family as special when they were young, Bernie recalls his own childhood differently. “I can remember in 1948 when my uncle was mayor. He had a telephone in his car, and NOBODY had a telephone in his car that was super. I was very much impressed with the idea. And I was always being told, ‘You’d better behave yourself or you’ll ruin our good reputation.’ In ways like those, J learned that I wasn’t living like everybody.”

BUT AS FATHER VAN and Mayor Gene and Councilman Phil retreat into history, the family becomes dispersed, and the name means less and less. Bernie agreed the family’s influence is dwindling. “The city’s changing its composition, and as I get older I find that my name isn’t as prominent as it once was.” But, said the 38-year-old executive, he doesn’t put much stock in the whole name business anyway. “It’s really a lot of baloney,” he said. “It was a nice thing when I grew up, but I don’t regret that it’s declining. I’ve impressed on my own kids that they’ve got to make it on their own. The name it’s nice, but it doesn’t pay any dividends.”

Jessie Van Antwerp Huyck Sunday, Apr 8 2018 

First appeared in Fall 2001, as “A Remarkable Woman’s Vision,” by Janet Haseley, in The Rensselaerville Press, a quarterly newsletter of the Rensselaerville Historical Society.


Quiet, shy, and refined. Intelligent, determined, envisioning the future. On a first-name basis with national and world leaders. Though childless herself, she loved young people and encouraged them to develop their talents and abilities. A behind-the-scenes leader in civic, educational and cultural projects in Rensselaerville and Albany and beyond.

She memorialized her husband through the imaginative creation of what became a world-renowned nature preserve and biological research station. But she remained so much in the background that few realize that she was its creator and the guiding hand that supported its direction and provided its sound financial base.

She was Jessie Eliza Van Antwerp Huyck.

This year [2001] marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, which Jessie established in Rensselaerville, N.Y., on September 5, 1931, 14 months after her husband’s death. She wanted to honor him by carrying out his wish that the natural beauty of the Rensselaerville area be kept as unspoiled as possible for the benefit of future generations.

“It will be a bird and wildlife sanctuary,” said Jessie according to a September 13, 1931, Knickerbocker Press (Albany, N.Y.) article. “It will serve to increase the general knowledge and love of nature, especially that of trees and wildlife. Reforestation and forest culture will be demonstrated. I intend shortly to establish a fund to finance the Preserve in perpetuity, I hope.”

The person the Preserve honors, Edmund (Ted) Niles Huyck, was born in Rensselaerville in 1866, and was an avid fisherman and lover of nature. The Rensselaerville Falls and Lincoln Pond were special favorites of his and he often said that he wanted them maintained in their natural state for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations of the people of Rensselaerville. Jessie gave to the Preserve the original 450 acres—which included Lake Myosotis, Lincoln Pond, the Rensselaerville Falls, the watershed of Ten Mile Creek, and the forested land surrounding them—as well as the Mill House and the Rensselaerville Grist Mill. Today the Preserve owns more than 2,000 acres.

From the beginning the people of Rensselaerville were involved in the upkeep of the Preserve and benefitted from its being open for public use. Annual “trail blazes” were organized to create and maintain trails. The blazes were coordinated by Winthrop Stevens, Jessie’s nephew and one of the original board members of the Preserve. In the first three years more than 7,500 trees were planted, bird nest boxes installed, and 10 silver pheasants and 70 ducks hatched and released.

In addition to preservation and conservation, Jessie saw to it that the Preserve devoted a major part of its work to education. From the first years, the Preserve awarded prizes to schoolchildren for nature study work and sponsored public showings of conservation films. The July 6, 1934 annual meeting of the Preserve reported that Win Stevens had published an article on bird on the Preserve in the National Audubon Society’s Bird Lore.

In 1932, Jessie established an endowment to support the Preserve and added to it in subsequent years. Throughout her life, she continued to finance the major needs of the Preserve, including, in 1933 and 1934, the cost of repairing the Lake Myosotis Dam, a job that required 1,475 yards of crushed stone.

In 1937, Cornell biologist Dr. William Hamilton spent two months on the Preserve, presented a talk on plants and animals, and recommended that scientific research be conducted there. On September 24, 1938, the Preserve’s biological field station was formally established and Jessie said she would pay to support at least three resident biologists who would live on the Preserve during the summer. Today the Preserve supports six to eight scientists each summer. They each lead a Huyck Hike (an activity that has been going on since 1956) and give public reports on their research. Recently an artists-in-residence program was added: Artists live at the Preserve for several weeks each summer creating nature art and sharing their talents with youngsters and others.

The Preserve’s educational programs to benefit local children include swimming instruction, begun in 1948; children’s nature study programs; day camps; and outreach programs throughout the year, both on the Preserve and in area schools.

Jessie’s insistence on education is remarkable because she never attended college herself. She was a graduate of the Albany Academy for Girls, but her father did not believe in higher education for women so Jessie and her six sisters were denied the opportunity to go to college. Jessie had a keen mind, however, and was very well-read and interested in a wide variety of subjects especially world affairs. She encouraged young women to go to college if they possibly could.

She was a director of the New York State League of Women Voters and the Foreign Policy Association in Albany and a personal friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and of Governor Averill Harriman. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club of New York City; served on the board of directors of the New York State College for Teachers; and, in the mid-1950s when she was in her late 80s, she was the honorary chairman of the Albany Academy for Girls’ building fund campaign.

She had a deep sense of world responsibility and was active in the World Affairs Council, which brought foreign-policy speakers to Albany. In 1957, when she was 88 years old, Jessie was a charter member of the SANE Nuclear Policy Committee, an activist group that opposed the production and testing of nuclear weapons.

For many years she gave summer secretarial employment to young women from China and Japan who were college students in the United States.

“Such broad interests have their own rewards—in the constant mental stimulation which tightens the passing years,” wrote newspaper columnist Ellen Scott in December 1958, less than a year before Jessie’s death at age 90. “Chronological age is unimportant when, as in Mrs. Huyck’s case, the world is your horizon.”

After her husband’s death, Jessie commissioned Francis Brown to write a biography of his life—Edmund Niles Huyck, the Story of a Liberal—that detailed his many civic and business accomplishments in the area of social welfare. Rose C. Feld, who reviewed books for the New York Times and the New York Herald and was also a contributor to the New Yorker, wrote a review of the book: “Long before this country had a program of social security for workers, Huyck sponsored the idea of old-age pensions, housing, health insurance, care of dependent children. A friend of Al Smith, he could always be depended upon to lend his support to reform legislation.”

After reading the book, the then-commissioner of education for the State of New Jersey, John Bossart, wrote to Jessie that he was so impressed with the enlightened thinking and application of progressive business practices of E.N. Huyck that he was giving a copy of the book to Wendell Wilkie, who was then campaigning for president of the United States. Bosshart said he wanted Wilkie to “learn how Mr. Huyck demonstrated a strong leadership in dealing with his men and at the same time was so sympathetic to their needs. Such a basic philosophy is necessary to any permanent solution of our great social problem.”

While planning what the book would cover, Jessie wrote to Francis Brown, “While Mr. Huyck was one of the highest type of American public-spirited citizen and businessman, that by no means tells the whole story. He was admittedly a man of charming personality, with whimsical humor, something of a poet, and at the same time practical to the point of being successful in all he undertook. This all went into the making of an unusual person. I am not alone in thinking so, and adds to the difficulty of interpreting him in words. Yet I am of the opinion it can be done.”

In her will, Jessie left large bequests to the Preserve and to the Edmund Niles Huyck Foundation, which she established as a separate entity to support charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, and to benefit the local people.

An editorial that appeared in the Albany Times Union after her death in 1959, said: “If Mrs. Huyck had any one outstanding quality it was that of self-effacement in her association with all of the organizations to which she gave of her time and energy. Her composite monument will not be found in ornate structures of granite and bronze, but rather in the hearts and minds of her countless friends and the many cultural institutions in which she was so vitally interested. . . . Through precept and example, she has left a legacy . . . which cannot be measured by the usual standards of material success.”

In a letter written in 1982, Katharine Huyck Elmore, Jessie’s niece wrote, “I am the only one left on the board [of the E.N. Huyck Preserve] who signed the original charter. At the time I feel that few, if any, of us appreciated Jessie Huyck’s vision of the future and how important protected land and research would be in the future. I feel even today she may not be appreciated or understood as much as she should be for what she has done for the community and the world beyond it.”

Biographical notes:

Edmund (Ted) Niles Huyck was born in Rensselaerville on May 17, 1866, and died on July 15, 1930. He was the eldest son of Francis Conkling Huyck, Sr., and Emily Harriet Niles. His father, Francis Conkling Huyck was a co-founder of the Huyck-Waterbury Mill (1870), which was a leading manufacturer of wool felts for the papermaking industry. When railroads didn’t come to Rensselaerville, it was too expensive to transport goods to and from there and in 1878, the Huycks relocated the mill to Kenwood on the Hudson River at the southern edge of Albany. The mill was later moved across the Hudson River to Rensselaer when the Kenwood Mills burned down. But the Huycks kept their home in Rensselaerville and had a continuing sense of obligation for the village and its people. The original Huyck-Waterbury Mill’s foundation is visible at the foot of the Rensselaerville Falls near the first footbridge.

Jessie Eliza Van Antwerp Huyck was born on November 5, 1868, in Albany, N.Y., and died on July 15, 1959, at age 90, in Rensselaerville. She was the seventh of eight children of William Meadon Van Antwerp and Susannah Irwin who were prominent in Albany’s business and social circles. Jessie and Ted Huyck were married on December 9, 1891, and famous architect Marcus Reynolds built for them what is known today as Huyck House on the grounds of the Rensselaerville Institute. The Institute property was originally the summer estates of the E.N. Huycks and Katharine Huyck and P. Lee Elmore. In 1963, the Elmores and Everett Clinchy (who was living in the Huyck House at the time) established the Institute on Man and Science (later renamed the Rensselaerville Institute) as a think tank and conference center. Today the Institute is a meeting place for all sorts of groups to engage in strategic planning and forward thinking. Other public programs include concerts, art exhibits, and a variety of education programs, some of which are done in collaboration with the Huyck Preserve.

Ted Huyck encouraged two of Jessie’s six sisters to live in Rensselaerville and their descendants have been active citizens of the village: McChesney, Stevens, Ten Eyck, Wilson, and Waldron families. The Ten Eycks and Waldrons are descendants of Grace Edith Van Antwerp who married a Waterman. The McChesneys, Wilsons, and Stevenses are descendants of Anna Van Antwerp who married a Stevens.

Follow-up on Van Antwerp / Clute Friday, Mar 30 2018 

As a follow-up to a prior post on the relationship the Clute family, I found this in the Lineage Book by the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Louise Van Antwerp Brown - Daughters of American Revolution



Van Antwerp Hall Tuesday, Mar 27 2018 

There is a Van Antwerp Hall (opened in 1967) at Northern Michigan University which is named after Maude Van Antwerp who taught in NMU’s Education Department for 25 years.


From the book “Northern Michigan University, A Personal History, 1899-1943”, we find this about Maude:

Maude Van Antwerp - NMU

Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. Publishers Sunday, Mar 25 2018 

Every once in a while, a book from Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. will come up in a search about Van Antwerp.  I wanted to figure out the history, and I found “A History of the McGuffey Readers” which outlines it.

From the book…

The Confederate States, at the opening of the War, had within their limits no publisher of schoolbooks which had extensive sales.  Nearly all of the schoolbooks used in the South were printed in the North.  But there were printing offices and binderies in the South.  The children continued to go to school, and the demand for schoolbooks soon became urgent.  To meet this demand, a few new schoolbooks were made and copyrighted under the laws of the Confederacy; but others were reprints of Northern books such as were in general use.  The Methodist Book Concern of Nashville, Tenn., reprinted the McGuffey Readers and supplied the region south and west of Nashville until the Federal line swept past that city.  This action on the part of the Methodist Book Concern had the effect of preserving the market for these readers, so that as soon as any part of the South was strongly occupied by the Federal forces, orders came to the Cincinnati publishers for fresh supplies of the McGuffey Readers.  This unexpected preservation of trade was of great benefit to the firm of Sargent, Wilson & Hinkle.

[Wilson, Hinkle & Co.]

In 1866 the special interests were closed out, and Mr. Lewis Van Antwerp was admitted as a partner.  On April 20, 1868, the firm of Sargent, Wilson & Hinkle was dissolved.  Mr. Sargent retired and the new firm, Wilson, Hinkle & Co., bought all the assets.  At this date Mr. Robert Quincy Beer became a partner.  Mr. Beer had long been a trusted and successful agent and he was put in charge of the agency department.  Under this partnership the business gradually became systematized in departments.  One partner had in charge the reading of manuscripts and the placing of accepted works in book form, one had charge of the manufacture of books from plates provided by the first, and one of finding a market for the books.  At the first organization of the firm of Wilson, Hinkle & Co., Mr. Wilson was the literary manager as well as the director of agency work.  Mr. Hinkle was the manufacturer, having control of the printing and binding, and Mr. Van Antwerp had charge of the accounts.  Mr. Beer was brought in to relieve Mr. Wilson in the direction of agents.  But Mr. Beer died suddenly, January 3, 1870, and the surviving partners soon sought for another competent and experienced man to take his place.

[Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co.]

Mr. Caleb S. Bragg had for years acted as the agent for a list of books selected by him from the publications of two or three publishers and was a partner in the firm of Ingham & Bragg, booksellers of Cleveland, Ohio.  Mr. Bragg sold his interest in the business in Cleveland and became a partner in Wilson, Hinkle & Co., on April 20, 1871; and at the same time Henry H. Vail and Robert F. Leaman, who had for some years been employees, were each given an interest in the profits although not admitted as full partners until three years later.  Mr. Hinkle’s eldest son, A. Howard Hinkle, was brought up in the business, and the contract for 1874 provided that he should be admitted as a partner, with his father’s interest and in his place, when that contract expired in 1877.  The contract of 1874 was preparatory to the voluntary retirement of both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Hinkle.  Consequently, on April 20, 1877, the firm of Wilson, Hinkle & Co. was dissolved and the business was purchased by the new firm.  Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., of which Lewis Van Antwerp, Caleb S. Bragg, Henry H. Vail, Robert F. Leaman, A. Howard Hinkle, and Harry T. Ambrose were the partners.  This firm continued unchanged until January 1, 1892, except for the untimely death of Mr. Leaman on December 12, 1887, and the retirement of Mr. Van Antwerp, January 2, 1890, just previous to the sale of the copyrights and plates owned by the firm to the American Book Company.

This sale, completed May 15, 1890, did not then include the printing office and bindery belonging to the firm.  These were used by the firm of Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. until January 1, 1892, in manufacturing books ordered by the American Book Company.  The American Book Company became, on May 15, 1890, the owners, by purchase, of all the copyrights and plates formerly owned by Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co.  The four active partners in that firm, each of whom had then been in the schoolbook business some twenty-five or thirty years, entered the employ of the American Book Company.  Mr. Bragg and Mr. Hinkle remained in charge of the Cincinnati business, Mr. Vail and Mr. Ambrose went to New York; the former as editor in chief, the latter was at first treasurer, but later became the president.

[A Vigorous Firm]

Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. issued many new and successful books and remade many, including the McGuffey Readers and Speller, Ray’s Arithmetics and Harvey’s Grammars.  Most of these met with acceptance and this was so full and universal throughout the central West as to give opportunity to the competing agents of other houses to honor Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. with such titles as “Octopus” and “Monopoly,” names that were used before “Trusts” were invented.  They also called the firm in chosen companies, “Van Anteup, Grabb & Co.”  These were mere playful or humorous titles in recognition of the fact that this firm had, by its industry, skill and energy, captured a larger share of the patronage of the people than was agreeable to its competitors, and they, in despair of success by fair means, resorted to the old-fashioned method of calling their antagonist bad names.  The best books, if pressed vigorously and intelligently, were sure to win in the end, and the people who used the books cared little what name appeared at the foot of the title-page.

St. Nicholas Society Saturday, Mar 24 2018 

From The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York: History, Customs, Record of Events, Constitution, Certain Genealogies, and Other Matters of Interest. V. 1-, Volume 1
The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York: History, Customs, Record of Events, Constitution, Certain Genealogies, and Other Matters of Interest. V. 1-, Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York

They list several Van Antwerps –

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Fr. Van and the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament Saturday, Mar 24 2018 

As the nuns celebrated their 100th anniversary in Detroit, they documented their history which included initial contact with Fr. Van (eventually Monsignor Francis Van Antwerp) who helped get them settled.

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Reaching out to spread Dominican Cloistered Life and Perpetual Adoration further abroad in the United States, Mother Mary Emmanuel, who had become the prioress of the Newark monastery, applied to the bishop of Detroit to make

a foundation in his diocese. It is to the credit of Bishop John S. Foley that he received these Dominican Cloistered Nuns sight unseen and without any previous plans to accept a contemplative community in his diocese. But accept us he did and with the largesse provided by his trusted and able protege, Fr. Francis Van Antwerp, who advised: “Let them come; I’ll take care of them.” Father Van, as he was endearingly called by all, was true to his word till the day of his death.


The Sisters of the Second Order of Saint Dominic, coming from the Monastery of Saint Dominic, Newark, New Jersey, are received into the Diocese with the agreement that the Right Reverend Bishop will furnish them with the necessary priestly ministry for daily Mass and the Sacraments, and, moreover, that the Right Reverend Bishop will protect them in the faithful observance of their rule and Constitutions, such as they are bound to follow them. The Sisters, on their side, being deeply grateful for their admission into the Diocese, promise to the Right Reverend Bishop that they will persevere in the observance of their rule and Constitutions, and they will, moreover, devote themselves both by day and by night, according as their number will allow, to the adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament exposed in their chapel.


Fr. Van found the first temporary home for the nuns on 1189 Woodward Avenue in the Murphy Mansion as it was called. He enlisted the help of many of his parishioners at Holy Rosary Church to join the volunteer adorers who helped the sisters maintain Perpetual Adoration in the early years.

General Isaac Ver Planck Van Antwerp Saturday, Mar 24 2018 

A relative of General Van Antwerp sent me an email with a link to the Annals of Iowa Volume XXV, No. 3 from January 1994 which has a story the “Two Sons of New York” which shares the following beginning on page 148…

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Isaac Ver Planck Van Antwerp was born in Coeymans, New York,* June 8, 1807, and was christened in the Dutch Reformed church there June 24th of that year,” He was named for his maternal grandfather, Isaac Ver Planck; but somewhere along the line the Isaac was dropped. He was the son of Peter and Catherine Ver Planck Van Antwerp.”

Both sides of this parentage were of substantial old Dutch families of the Hudson river region. The Van Antwerp’s early family name in the Low Countries was Fontair of French extraction ; as their wordly estate in Holland increased, they became the Fontairs Van (of) Antwerp. The first emigrant of the name settled in New Netherlands; descendants emigrated up the Hudson to Albany and its vicinity. Garret Van Antwerp was the first town mayor of Schenectady.

The Ver Plancks came from Abraham Isaac Ver Planck who came to America about 1633, and settled at Pavonia, now Jersey City. When that settlement was destroyed by the Indians, he moved to New Amsterdam. The next generation began to move up the river. A son Gulian was the founder of Fishkill, New York.

An Isaac Ver Planck was one of the first members of the incorporation of Albany as noted in the charter granted by Charles II of England; descendants of the family are still prominent there. The grandfather of our Ver Planck Van Antwerp took up his residence in Coeymans. The family generally were ardently colonial during the time of the revolution.

Ver Planck Van Antwerp’s mother died when he was eleven years old, and he lived with his grandfather Major Isaac Ver Planck until he was fourteen, when he went to Albany to live with a bachelor uncle Cornelius Van Antwerp, and attended the Albany academy. There, according to Livingston, he was a schoolmate of Joseph Henry, the famous physicist, who was eight years his senior.

In 1823, upon the recommendation of Martin Van Buren and Gen. Stephen Van Rensselaer, he was appointed by John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, to West Point, where the commandant was General W. J. Worth.* Van Buren’s oldest son Abraham was appointed at the same time. Charles Mason of New York, later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa Territory, appointed by President Van Buren in 1838; Robert E. Lee; and Jefferson C. Davis, entered in the military academy a year later. His roommate at West Point was a son of Robert Fulton. Van Antwerp resigned from the academy in 1826 and returned to Albany to study law. He was admitted to the bar in February 1829.

Political life had presented its allurements. He came from strong Jeffersonian ancestry, and from families which presented him with early friendships among the party leaders. In the spring of 1829 Van Buren, recently made secretary of state in Jackson’s cabinet, sent him on a mission to the different governors of states and territories west of the Alleghenies, which had to do with Indian problems.

Upon hia return to Albany he married Jane Van Ness Yates, the daughter of John Van Ness Yates and Elizabeth Ross Cunningham. Her father had been secretary of state in New York (1818-1826) and his father, Robert Yates, was one of New York’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, and later Chief Justice of New York.”


After his marriage Van Antwerp entered upon the practice of law in partnership with his father-in-law in Albany. In the summer of 1832 he went to Ohio to explore a route for a railroad across that state from San- dusky to Cincinnati, according to Livingston the first railroad project ever undertaken west of the Allegheny mountains.  He went back to New York to raise money and to organize a company for the construction of the road ; but New York financiers thought it was a foolish scheme.

The west had got into this New York Dutchman’s spirit and he established a residence in Indianapolis, where he lived for about five years, engaged in law and in politics. In the latter he strongly supported Van Buren both for the presidential nomination and election in 1836 and supported Richard M. Johnson of Kentucky in the hotly contested nomination for vice-president that year. In the summer of 1836 he was appointed by Lewis Cass, Secretary of War, as a member of the board of visitors to West Point. In 1837 he was made secretary of a commission to treat with the Chippewa Indians at Fort Snel- ling, where he met and started a life-long friendship and close association with Henry C. Dodge of Wisconsin, who was a member of the commission. Later that year and in 1838 he was associated for the government with the removal of the Cherokee Indians from Tennessee and Alabama and with the removal of the Pottawatomies west of the Missouri.

With the organization of the territory of Iowa President Van Buren appointed Van Antwerp Receiver of Public Moneys at the land office in Burlington, in which office he served until the new Whig administration in 1841 replaced him. During his residence in Burlington Governor Lucas made him the first adjutant general of the militia of the territory ; wherefrom the title of general stuck to him the rest of his life.

In another book “Portraits of Eminent Americans Now Living…” Volume 3 pg. 336 by John Livingston there is more about General Van Antwerp along with another picture.Screen Shot 2018-03-23 at 7.25.29 PM.png

Other Van Antwerp Military Awards Friday, Mar 23 2018 

I identified two other Van Antwerps that had been awarded military awards.

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Van Antwerp School Thursday, Mar 22 2018 

I’m intrigued to figure out the naming of Van Antwerp School on Van Antwerp Road in the Van Antwerp School District in Niskayuna, NY (which is near Schenectady).  I have to believe there’s some family tie.

Here’s some history from the 60th anniversary publication from the school district.

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Lloyd Van Antwerp’s Medals Wednesday, Mar 21 2018 

I found an interesting auction in the UK of medals that belonged to Lloyd Van Antwerp.

A Legion of Merit group of fourteen attributed to Technical Sergeant Lloyd H. Van Antwerp, U.S. Marine Corps

Legion of Merit, Legionnaire’s Badge, enamelled, slot brooch; Bronze Star, with ‘V’ emblem on ribbon, crimp brooch; Purple Heart, reverse machine re-engraved, ‘Lloyd H. Van Antwerp U.S.M.C.’, slot brooch; Navy Commendation Medal, with ‘V’ emblem on ribbon, crimp brooch; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, complete with ‘U.S. Marine Corps’ brooch bar; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, two bronze stars on ribbon; Victory Medal 1945; U.S. Marine Corps Occupation Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal, bronze star on ribbon; Korea Service Medal, two bronze stars on ribbon; U.N. Korea Medal; Vietnam Service Medal, three bronze stars on ribbon; South Vietnam, Service Medal, 1 clasp, 1960-, generally extremely fine (14) £200-250


Bronze Star citation: ‘For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving with a Marine tank battalion in KOREA on 27 March 1953. Serving as a platoon leader of the armored utility vehicle platoon in the absence of a regularly assigned officer, Technical Sergeant VAN ANTWERP displayed exceptional courage, initiative and professional skill in the performance of his duties. During the bitter fighting to regain a vital combat outpost position his men were assigned the hazardous task of evacuating wounded Marines. He fearlessly led the platoon in the execution of the mission. Expressing complete disregard for his personal safety and although twice painfully wounded, he stubbornly continued to lead the unit on trip after trip into the devastated area in order to remove the injured men to the safety of rear area medical facilities. His dauntless actions and indomitable spirit were instrumental in saving the lives of many of his stricken comrades. Technical Sergeant VAN ANTWERP’s determined efforts and outstanding attention to duty served as an inspiration to all who served him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Technical Sergeant VAN ANTWERP is authorized to wear the Combat “V”.

Commendation citation: ‘For excellent service in the line of his profession while serving with a Marine tank battalion during operations against the enemy in KOREA from 5 November 1952 to 27 July 1953. Serving as platoon commander of an armoured utility vehicle platoon, Technical Sergeant VAN ANTWERP displayed outstanding ability and professional skill. Operating under many adversities, his platoon supported infantry units along the entire division sector, evacuating casualties and transporting supplies.  On numerous occasions his vehicles were the only means of resupplying forward combat outposts and through his skillful training and maintenance he sustained his platoon in a state of combat readiness. Through his expert knowledge and guidance, he was able to keep his vehicles in repair despite being handicapped by a lack of replacement parts. Disregarding his personal safety, he often directed the operations during missions to insure a continuous flow of supplies and evacuation of casualties. Technical Sergeant VAN ANTWERP’s highly competent leadership and outstanding attention to duty served as an inspiration to all who observed him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Commendation Metal Pendant with Combat “V” Authorized.’

Lloyd Van Antwerp first enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1943. He served as a tank driver in the Saipan and Tinian campaigns; also served on Iwo Jima. Serving in Korea as a tank commander, he was wounded on 27 March 1953 and awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Awarded a Letter of Commendation for excellent service with a Marine tank battalion during operations against the enemy, 5 November 1952-27 July 1953. In Vietnam he served with Marine Force Logistic Command, headquartered at Camp Books, north of Danang and was a Captain in charge of war dogs.

With original Certificate of Award for the Bronze Star with combat “V”, awarded to Technical Sergeant Lloyd H. Van Antwerp, United States Marine Corps, for services on Korea on 27 March 1953, together with an accompanying letter, and citation and accompanying letter; letter re. the award of the Purple Heart; letters (2) re. the award of a Letter of Commendation. With portrait photograph of the recipient; a number of other military photographs (WW2, Korea and Vietnam); newspaper cuttings and 1st Marine Division booklet containing the unit’s Presidential Unit Citation citation for Vietnam. Together with riband bar and seven metal pieces of uniform insignia for display purposes.

Detroit Catholic Central School Wednesday, Mar 21 2018 

On the Catholic Central High School site, they talk about Monsignor Van Antwerp’s role in getting the school started.

Most private institutions have sprung from rather humble beginnings. Catholic Central is no exception. In May, 1928, Monsignor Van Antwerp, the Vicar-General of the Diocese of Detroit and pastor of Holy Rosary Church on Woodward Avenue, made known his plan to convert his parochial high school on Harper Avenue near Woodward into a boys high school. He requested the Basilian Fathers to take over the management of the school and to staff it. When the bell sounded for the first class in early September, 1928, there were 260 students at their desks ready to begin the school year. Although Holy Rosary school no longer exists, the Church where Catholic Central had its beginnings still stands proudly on Woodward Avenue. Atop this Church is a remarkable statue of Our Lady. Mary has been and continues to be the principal patron of Catholic Central. Such patronage, perhaps stronger than it has ever been, can be traced back to Catholic Central’s earliest days when it was located in the parish church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

Lloyd Van Antwerp Flying Cross and Navy Cross Wednesday, Mar 21 2018 

From the Michigan State publication “The Record” from July 23, 1945.

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Lt. Comdr. Lloyd W. Van Antwerp, class of 1936 engineering, recently re- ceived the Navy Cross and a Gold Star in lieu of a second, and the Air Medal in a ceremony at San Diego, Calif. The citations were for his devastating aerial strikes against the Japanese in the Pacific. He is a native of Michigan, coming to the college from Unionville, Tuscola county.

From the Military Times Hall of Valor, I pulled screen shots of the three awards he received.

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Judge Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen Wednesday, Mar 21 2018 

When I was searching the Federal Registry for “Van Antwerp”, another person – Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen – showed up.  He was a federal judge (and as many of you know the original family name was with the “en” before being dropped.

Here’s his bio…

Van Antwerpen, Franklin Stuart

Born October 23, 1941, in Passaic, NJ
Died July 25, 2016, in Palmer Township, PA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 11, 1987, to a seat vacated by Alfred L. Luongo. Confirmed by the Senate on December 8, 1987, and received commission on December 9, 1987. Service terminated on June 1, 2004, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush on November 21, 2003, to a seat vacated by Edward R. Becker. Confirmed by the Senate on May 20, 2004, and received commission on May 24, 2004. Assumed senior status on October 23, 2006. Service terminated on July 25, 2016, due to death.

University of Maine, B.S., 1964
Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1967

Professional Career:
Contracts counsel, Hazeltine Corporation, New York City, 1967-1970
Chief counsel, Northampton County [Pennsylvania] Legal Aid Society, 1970-1971
Private practice, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1971-1979
Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County [Pennsylvania], 1979-1987

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:
Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, September 11, 1991; no Senate vote

Harry Truman and Eugene I Van Antwerp Wednesday, Mar 21 2018 

From the Harry Truman library, we have the time and day of when Eugene I Van Antwerp met with him.


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There’s also a record of a “VAN ANTWERPEN, F. J., Chemical Engineering Progress” meeting with Truman (along with a long group of business paper editors) on January 17, 1952.

Van Antwerps at Arlington National Cemetary Wednesday, Mar 21 2018 

Sticking with the military family history, I looked up Van Antwerp graves at Arlington.  There’s a list of six.  Two of them are the spouses (as you can see when you click on the gravestones).

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BTW – If you search the Veteran’s Cemeteries, there are 48 Van Antwerps buried across the country.

Danvers House (House of Antwerp) Tuesday, Mar 20 2018 

I found this amazing story about the Danvers House which is described as the finest Tudor house in America.  This was the residence of Mrs. WC Van Antwerp and the pictures are great.  I pulled two in here along with a story from 1920 about WC Van Antwerp.

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William Clarkson Van Antwerp was head of the firm of Van Antwerp, Bishop & Co., and a member of the Board of Governors of the New  York  Stock Exchange. Charlotte Augusta Van Antwerp(Jones) and Reverend William  H. Van Antwerp of New York City were his parents.

Mr. Van Antwerp was for many years Chairman of the Committee on Publicity of the Exchange. He is the author of “The Stock Exchange from Within”, a treatise on the intricate problems of the Exchange. William C. Van Antwerp was at one time one of the most active operators in Wall Street and was in charge(Partner) of the San Francisco office of E. F. Hutton & Co.  Mr. Van Antwerp sold his Stock Exchange seat following the deflation period of 1920-1921 and went to San Francisco.

Involved in the Money Trust Investigation of 1913 and other ongoing congressional inquires, the word manipulator seems to fit Mr. Antwerp.

SOCIETY LEADER ENGAGED Miss Edith Chesebrough to Be Married to W. C. Van Antwerp, SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., Dec 15. (Special) Miss Edith Chesebrough, well-known society leader and woman golf champion of Northern California, will become the bride in the near future of William Clarkson Van Antwerp, wealthy New Yorker, formerly in the navy. ***Van Antwerp had resigned his chairmanship to help with the war efforts(Annapolis grad).***

The date of the wedding has not been set, but will not be far distant, according to friends of the couple, who said the ceremony would probably be performed as soon as a borne now building at Burlingame is completed. Miss Chesebrough is prominent in society sport circles, notably golf. She holds the golf championship of Northern California and not long ago played in Chicago against some of the best golfers in the country for the woman’s championship of America.


Van Antwerps in Revolutionary War Sunday, Mar 18 2018 

From A History of Schenectady During the Revolution…

Van Antwerp, Arent J.

On June 20, 1778, he was appointed ensign in Captain Abraham Van Eps’s company, 2d Albany County Militia, but declined to serve.

Van Antwerp, Gerrit

Born October 15, 1753; died May 10, 1809. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Jellis J. Fonda.

Van Antwerp, John

His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. On February 8, 1776, as a guard he accompanied a prisoner to the Albany jail.

Van Antwerp, Peter

Baptized December 15, 1745. He lived at Princetown. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.

Van Antwerp, Peter A.

Born December 4, 1755. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.

Van Antwerp, Simon J.

Born at Schaghticoke, Albany County, February 2, 1751; died September 11, 1834. He was living in Schenectady when in September, 1775, he enlisted as orderly sergeant under Captain Tacarus Van der Bogart in a company of artificers. He served three months at Ticonderoga. From March 6 to November 20, 1776, he served in Captain Ahasueras Marselis’s company of artificers, with the same rank as before, employed in erecting barracks, storehouses and works of defense at Fort Ann and Lake George. He served thereafter until the end of the war, for the most part as orderly sergeant in the company of Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia. In 1777 he served throughout the campaign against Burgoyne. He was at Lake George at the time of the surrender of Ticonderoga. He retreated to Fort Edward, then to Stillwater, where his company was stationed on September 14, when Burgoyne crossed the river. He took part in the battle of September 19, and in the battle of Bemis Heights. In 1778 he was stationed at the Schoharie Forts and at Sacandaga erecting blockhouses. In 1780 he marched with the troops under Colonel Willett in pursuit of Sir John Johnson and took part in the expedition to Ballston. A pension was allowed him but it was later suspended.

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