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.


Open Questions on Van Antwerps Sunday, Mar 24 2019 

There are numerous Van Antwerps that I’m trying to link back into the overall tree based on articles or obituaries or other mentions that I’ve found.  If you have information that can help, please let me know.  Essentially, I’d be looking for a prior generation or two.  Thanks.

  • B. Van Antwerp who was killed by an avalanche on April 30, 1898
  • Grace Van Antwerp (Norlin) from Detroit (died 2002)
  • Florence Van Antwerp (Hoban) (died 2004)
  • Leslie and Almina Dette Walker Van Antwerp (who had a son Floyd)
  • Rose Smith (who was supposedly part of the Van Antwerp Family in Michigan) and married Freeman Phillips and was born around 1839
  • Rev William Woodrow Van Antwerp (son of Louis Van Antwerp and Josephine Reardon)
  • Fela (Purity) Van Antwerp who married Abner Hammond in the early 1800s
  • Lloyd Van Antwerp who married Maxine Beaty and had a son Frank who was adopted by Charles Haney
  • George Van Antwerp who was married to Margaret Rose Storm
  • Ralph W and Anna Van Antwerp who had three sons in the military – Edgar, Ralph Jr. and Harry
  • Myra Van Antwerp who married George C. Wood
  • William C. Van Antwerp who married Agnes Helen Ballard
  • Jack and Elaine Van Antwerp (from Tulsa)
  • Bill Van Antwerp and Alvina Berg (MN)

I’ll continue to dig, but I haven’t found anything on a few tries.

I’ll post more later.  Thanks.

The King of France! Sunday, Mar 24 2019 

Some research might have you believing that the Van Antwerp family is related to Louis the Prudent (XI) who was the King of France and son of Charles VIII…but sadly, it doesn’t seem to be true.

For it to be true, you’d have to believe several things:

  1. Pieterse Casparszen van Naeerden Mabie’s parents are Gaspard Mabille and Sarrentje De Crois DeBois which doesn’t seem to be proven anywhere.  Information says his father’s name was Caspar but not Gaspard.  (You can see some research and information by the Maybee Society here –
  2. Ferri II de Mailly’s parents were King Louis XI of France and Catherine d’Mailly (who was a mistress of the King).  Other information suggests that his parents were Adrein de Mailly and Jeanne de Glymes de Berghes.

My son’s who’s been helping me was excited thinking that if true this meant we could trace back to our 50th great-grandfather.  Oh well.


Fidelia Van Antwerp Friday, Mar 22 2019 

I found this article from The La Crosse Tribune (Wisconsin) from April 16, 1958 (pg. 16) talking about Fidelia Van Antwerp.


Sheriff William Van Antwerp Thursday, Mar 21 2019 

The St. Clair (Michigan) police department has opened a new history exhibit which includes the bloody shirt and notebook from when Sheriff William Van Antwerp was shot in 1934 in Port Huron in a shootout with gangster Herbert Youngblood.  He lived but two others with him were killed.

“The bloody shirt of Sheriff William Van Antwerp sits next to a notebook carried by the sheriff in a glass case at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Van Antwerp was shot during a shootout with Herbert Youngblood in March 1934. A bullet struck him in the back of his left shoulder, while another bullet was stopped by the notebook, which he carried in his right breast pocket. Undersheriff Charles Cavanagh, who was also involved in the shooting, was killed, along with Youngblood, who was shot 10 times.”


The Scudder Association Thursday, Mar 21 2019 

The Scudder Family Association website and history is interesting.  It traces back to three Scudders (Thomas, John, or Elizabeth) who came to Massachusetts from England in the 1630s.

The relationship to the Van Antwerp family comes from Sarah Maria Scudder who was born 10/23/1869 to Townsend Scudder.  Sarah married Thomas Irwin Van Antwerp who is my 5th cousin 4x removed but who traces back to Jan Van Antwerp.

Nathan Van Antwerp – Cicero, NY Friday, Mar 8 2019 

I found this article from the Syracuse (NY) Daily Journal in July 30, 1912 that talks about four generations of Van Antwerp’s getting together in South Bay.  This is Nathan O Van Antwerp.


I thought that the Nathan C in another article is the same, but I’m unsure.  You can see it’s the same kids mentioned in each article.


Mobile Mardi Gras and Van Antwerp Saturday, Mar 2 2019 

There is obviously a large Carnival tradition within Mobile, AL with a museum dedicated to it.  Several of the pictures display trains associated with the Van Antwerp family there.


This is from the 1969 Mobile Carnival Association Queen Catherine Cooper Van Antwerp.


These are from brother and sister Mobile Carnival Association king and queen – Bragg Van Antwerp and Virginia Van Antwerp.

In another article there was a mention of another Catherine Van Antwerp (Boykin) who was queen in 1921.

Simon Clement Karrer and Belle Isle Sunday, Feb 24 2019 

Belle Isle is a park in the city of Detroit.  I was pleasantly surprised to find an article from  November 24, 1930 talking about how Simon Clement Karrer was one of the 26 Alderman who purchased the park for the city.  Additionally, the article was interesting about his history moving from Switzerland.

He married Josephine Reno (Renaud) who who the daughter of John Reno one of Detroit’s first German settlers.  She is my great aunt.  Here sister (Cecilia Mary) is the mother of Eugene Ignatius Van Antwerp Sr. (my grandfather).

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George B Van Antwerp Sr. Obituary Wednesday, Feb 20 2019 

My father passed away last week on Valentine’s Day.  He was and is my inspiration for this site and capturing the Van Antwerp family history inclusive of our cousins and relatives.

I’m sharing his obituary below, but I also was privileged to hear all the stories that people shared publicly and personally with me.  Two of my favorites were:

  • My “Uncle Mike” (good family friend) talked about how my dad helped him to see the invisible people that we all forget which was a focus of my dad’s work with the migrant workers, addicts, and poor.
  • My cousin shared a story from his father about when my dad was a priest and came to their house.  He kicked up his feet showing big holes in his shoes.  When my cousin asked him, he said that he had just bought new shoes with money from his mom and dad, but a person had come to Holy Trinity Parish to get married and had holes in his shoes.  To save him the embarrassment of kneeling and having family and friends see the holes, my dad (Fr. Van at the time) gave up his new shoes to the man.

In pulling pictures, I also came across this picture of 50 “Van Antwerps” (which actually included Dentons, Jaegers, McDevitts, and Shannons) which appeared in the paper when my father was ordained as he was the 7th generation of Fr. Vans in the Catholic Church.

Van Antwerp Family - Detroit - Late 1940s

George Bernard Van Antwerp, Sr., passed away in Royal Oak, MI on February 14, 2019 at the age of 91.

He is survived by Mary Louise (Beale) Van Antwerp, his beloved wife of 48 years, and their three children: George (Kerri) Van Antwerp, Karon (Andy) Latham, and Michael (Ami) Van Antwerp. He was a loving grandfather “Opa” to eight grandchildren: Keeley, Britt, Alex, Elise, Katherine, Sawyer, Macie, and Harper and is survived by three of his ten siblings: Hon. Daniel (Cecelia) Van Antwerp, Dacia (Patrick) Pollard, and Agnes Van Antwerp. He is preceded in death by his parents: Eugene Ignatius and Mary Frances (McDevitt) Van Antwerp and seven siblings: Sr. Mary Dolores Van Antwerp, R.S.C.J., Pauline Annetta “Polly” Denton, Frances Lauretta Jaeger, Eugene Ignatius “Gene” Van Antwerp Jr., Francis Joseph “Joe” Van Antwerp, Anthony “Gore” Van Antwerp, and Joan Cecilia Shannon.

George was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Gesu Catholic School where he served as an altar boy, captain of the safety patrol, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Catholic Central High School in Detroit (class of 1945) and subsequently attended Sacred Heart Seminary and St. John Provincial Seminary. He was ordained in 1953 and served as a Roman Catholic diocesan priest for seventeen years, working at St. Mary of Good Counsel (Adrian), St. Francis Xavier (Ecorse), Most Holy Trinity (Detroit), St. Joseph (Erie), and St. Boniface (Detroit). As a priest, he also taught religion at Cardinal Mooney High School, worked with the Cursillo movement, worked with the migrant workers in Lenawee and Monroe counties, and started a credit union, catechetical program, and youth program in San Rafael de Yuma, Dominican Republic. He was then excited to be chosen by John Cardinal Dearden to be the first head of the initial missionary effort of the Archdiocese of Detroit to Recife, Brazil, where he worked with Archbishop Dom Helder Camara and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) sisters to build and grow a parish community working in the favelas and with the leper community.

After leaving the priesthood, he fell in love and married Mary Louise Beale. He then took a position with the United States Peace Corps, and they moved to Natal, Brazil, where he was the Director for Northeast Brazil and was responsible for all the volunteers in that area. He returned to Detroit a few years later to serve the city he loved in leadership positions at Self-Help Addiction Rehab (SHAR), Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, Southwest Mental Health, Boniface Human Services, National Migrant Workers (with the Sisters of Mercy), and St. Vincent de Paul Society. In each of those roles and through other volunteer roles, he embraced every opportunity to help those in need, leaving behind a legacy of a lifetime of service. He served for numerous yeas on the boards of the Michigan League for Human Services and the Msgr. Clement H. Kern Foundation, with the latter being the only one he continued until he was recently hospitalized.

George was a family man who loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was intrigued by the Van Antwerp family history in the United States and often worked to connect the family. George enjoyed playing bridge and was active in several bridge groups, playing frequently with long-time friends, many of whom he’d known since his seminary days. He also enjoyed the game of chess and spent several years teaching the game to kids at George Crockett Academy in Detroit. After he retired and between games of solitaire and bridge and volunteering, he wrote several books and helped his friends to publish books on different topics. George loved to tell stories and wanted to capture those for future generations. His books included The Ninth Child (books I-III), Zoon: Van Antwerp Family Saga, Cooking Rocks!, and The Final Four, which he wrote with his three surviving siblings – the “Final Four” of the eleven siblings for these past 12 years.

Van Antwerp and Putman Families Tuesday, Feb 12 2019 

I stumbled across a history of 12 generations of the Putman family in the US which shows a several marriages between our families.  In this document, they mention:

  • Annatje Van Antwerp (widow of Dirk Dirkse Bratt) who married Johannes V. Putman
  • Engeltje Van Antwerp who married Pieter Putman
  • Hannah Van Antwerp who married David J. Putman (son of Johannes and Annatje)
  • Neeltje Van Brocklin (daughter of Gysbert Gerritsen Van Brackel and Maria Simon Danielse Van Antwerp) who married Derrik “Richard” Putman
  • Rebecca Arentse Van Antwerp who married Teunis Putman
  • Sarah Arentse Van Antwerp who married Lowys “Louis” Putman

Additionally, the Van Antwerps were the baptismal sponsors in a few cases:

  • Maria Van Antwerp for Sarah Putman
  • Rebeccah Van Antwerp for Jacomyntje Putman

The Putman document can be found here –

Old Van Antwerpen Grave…in Amsterdam Sunday, Feb 3 2019 

For years, I was always under the impression that Van Antwerp (or Van Antwerpen) was a name our ancestors took when coming to the US.  With all the old records destroyed, there never been a clear link back to Europe.

Therefore, I find it interesting that there’s a Van Antwerpen grave in the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Amsterdam.  One of the 2,500 graves there.

This is the picture posted on Find-A-Grave showing a Sept 1624 death for an unknown Van Antwerpen and Emmerentia Van Antwerpen.


Sgt. James Van Antwerp Sunday, Jan 27 2019 

I found these great pictures of Sergeant James Van Antwerp, but I can’t figure out which James he is in the family tree.

This first one is from March 1864 showing the noncommissioned officers and first sergeants of the 15th New Jersey.



The MacDevitt (or McDevitt) Family Tuesday, Jan 8 2019 

My grandmother was Mary Frances McDevitt who married Eugene I Van Antwerp.  She was the son of John McDevitt who was the son of Francis McDevitt Sr. who was the son of Daniel McDevitt who was born in 1790 in Ireland.  That’s as far as I have back right now.

I found an old article from 1969 on the McDevitt Family history which I thought I would share.  According to the article, the Gaelic name Mac Daibheid (son of David) has been anglicized in multiple ways – McDevitt, MacDavid, MacDavitt, MacDaid, Davitt, Devitt, Daid, and Dade.  The name comes from the O’Dohertys of Inishowen who descent from David O’Doherty who was killed in 1208 in battle and was a chief of Cinel Eoghain.

In a blog post from 2013, an Irish researcher provided this information

The McDaids were an important family on the Inishowen peninsula, then the Gaelic lordship of the related O’Doherty family, in the late sixteenth century. A group of McDaid brothers, Hugh Boy, Phelim Reagh, Eamonn Gruama and Shane Crone, led by Hugh Boy, served the powerful chieftain Seán Óg O’Doherty, the lord of Inishowen throughout the 1590s. In particular the McDaids appear to have had responsibility for the rearing of Seán Óg’s son and heir the famous Cahir O’Doherty.

The McDaid’s appear to have originally been a branch of the O’Doherty family, who separated from the main line in the early thirteenth century. According to the O’Clery Book of Genealogies the McDaids were descended from Eachmarcach Óg O’Doherty, who was the son of Eachmarcach O’Doherty, who became lord of Tír Chonaill in the year 1197 but was killed two weeks later by the Anglo-Norman baron John de Courcey. A Gaelic noble called David O’Doherty was killed in Inishowen by the O’Neills in 1208 and the nineteenth-century historian John O’Donovan believed that this David was ‘the ancestor of the family of MacDevitt, now so numerous in the barony of Inishowen’.

The McDaids are not mentioned again in the Irish annals until the year 1595 but it is likely that they served the O’Doherty chieftains in various capacities over the intervening centuries. In the year 1595 at the outbreak of the Nine Years War the Annals of the Four Masters record the exploits of Phelim Reagh McDaid. Phelim participated in an ambush laid by Red Hugh O’Donnell for some English soldiers outside Sligo Town. The annals record that as the Tír Chonaill troops led the English towards O’Donnell’s ambush position McDaid’s horse became very slow and Phelim believed he was about to be killed. In desperation McDaid turned around and fired his spear at the closest English soldier, the commander of the pursuit, Captain Martin. McDaid’s spear killed the English officer by entering his armpit, probably as he raised his arm to strike at Phelim with his sword. The rest of the English soldiers were disheartened by their commander’s death and abandoned the pursuit. Unbelievably Phelim Reagh McDaid escaped but he still had to face the wrath of Red Hugh O’Donnell for ruining his carefully prepared ambush. The Annals record that an ‘enraged’ O’Donnell was placated when told the full story.

The McDaids fell out with Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1601 when Seán Óg O’Doherty died and Red Hugh chose his own first cousin, Seán Óg’s half-brother Phelim O’Doherty as lord of Inishowen. The McDaid’s were outraged that their foster-son Cahir O’Doherty had been passed over so they joined the English garrison at Derry. As a result they were in a lucky position when the English eventually won the Nine Years War.

Hugh Boy McDaid, who had served in the Spanish army in Flanders before 1595, was killed on 10th August 1602 by some bandits as he travelled to Omagh in Tyrone. Phelim Reagh was later prominent in the revolt of Cahir O’Doherty, which took place in 1608. McDaid was the young O’Doherty’s main advisor but was captured after O’Doherty’s death in a wood in eastern Tír Chonaill. The English who captured Phelim Reagh McDaid stated that he ‘made such resistance with his sword, as it seems he would gladly have been slain, & in effect was sore wounded with a pike’ and captured. The great warrior Phelim Reagh McDaid was later executed at Lifford. In the nineteenth century John O’Donovan recorded that folklore concerning the famous Phelim Reagh was still popular in the county and that he was ‘vividly remembered in the tradition of the barony of Inishowen’.

Of the other brothers Shane Crone McDaid appears to have participated in the Flight of the Earls in 1607. In 1611 Shane Crone was living in Rome, and in 1614 was still there. By 1615 however, he had moved to Madrid in Spain.

The McDaid/McDevitt family continued to be prominent in Co. Donegal, really down to the present day. Philip McDevitt was Bishop of Derry from 1766-98 and James McDevitt was bishop of Raphoe from 1871-79. Dr Jim McDaid was a prominent Fianna Fáil member of the Irish parliament for north-Donegal and was a government minister throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.

Pelham Country Club NY Sunday, Dec 30 2018 

I found this article about the history of the club house saying it was built on land that was purchased and was known as the “Van Antwerp property”.

A Description of the Building as It Will Be — The Club’s Origin and Growth — Why the Old House is to be Abandoned.

Pleasantly situated in Pelham township, amid grounds which slope gently down to the waters of Long Island Sound, is the old Morris homestead, or, as it has been known during the last six years, the house of the Country Club of Westchester County.  This Club, although not so old as some of the similar organizations in the neighborhood of New York, ranks among the first in the wealth and social position of its members, and is about to begin a new and important era in its history.  The old club-house is to be torn down, as the grounds upon which it stands are almost in the centre of the tract recently purchased by the city for park purposes.  The necessity of removal, known for some time to the members of the Club, led them to take measures for the purchase of a new site upon which to erect a more commodious house.  Resulting from this was the formation of the Country Club Association, an incorporated body, and the purchase of a desirable tract of land on Pelham Bay, upon which a large and beautiful club-house is now in process of erection.  Before a description of this house or of the property recently acquired by the Association is given, a brief account of the steps leading to the formation of the Country Club may be of interest.

In the autumn of 1883 it occurred to Mr. James M. Waterbury, whose country residence is at Pelham, that a club of this description would be an excellent thing.  The more he thought the matter over, the more favorably impressed he was with the idea.  Then he discussed it with some of his friends in the neighborhood, and finally invited fourteen gentlemen to a supper, after which the subject was broached.  Every one present received the suggestion enthusiastically, and the Country Club was then and there started.  The names of the gentlemen who thus became the founders of the organization were:  H. A. Coster, J. M. Waterbury, J. S. Ellis, J. C. Furman, Edward Haight, jr., C. O. Iselin, F. W. Jackson, Delancey A. Kane, William Kent, Alfred Seton, jr., Alexander Taylor, jr., F. A. Watson, W. S. Hoyt, Pierre Lorillard, jr., and Lorillard Spencer, jr.  J. M. Waterbury was chosen President; W. S. Hoyt, Vice-President; H. A. Coster, Treasurer; and William Kent, Secretary.  Mr. Waterbury immediately proceeded to look for desirable quarters for the new club, and finally decided that the Morris house and grounds, formerly known as the Suydam property, were best suited for the purpose.  An effort was made to buy this property, but was unsuccessful, and accordingly a lease of it for five years was secured.  From the start the Club was successful, and its membership is now filled to the limit.

A reporter of THE EVENING POST recently called upon J. C. Furman, Chairman of the Building Committee which has in charge the erection of the new club-house, to obtain from him a description of the structure and its surroundings.  ‘When the necessity of seeking new quarters was forced upon us,’ said Mr. Furman, ‘by the acquisition by the city of the 1,750 acres now known as Pelham Bay Park, in which our old club-house stood, it was decided, as the original club was not an incorporated body, to form an organization to be known as the Country Club Association.  This was done, and there were purchased by the Association about 120 acres of beautifully wooded and rolling land on Pelham Bay, two miles nearer the city than our former site.  The tract purchased is known as the Van Antwerp property, and is situated on Throgg’s Neck, in the township of West Chester, Westchester County.  It is bounded on the north by the Lorillard Spencer estate and on the south by the William Laytin estate.  The Eastern Boulevard forms the western boundary, and on the east the land is washed by the waters of Pelham Bay.  Naturally,’ continued Mr. Furman, ‘120 acres have been reserved for its purposes, the remainder being divided into villa sites, many of which have already been sold.  Among those who have purchased sites are:  J. M. Waterbury, John S. Ellis, C. H. Leland, C. P. Marsh, F. Pearson, Howard Gallup, George B. French, Paul Thebaud, Moses Taylor Campbell, S. A. Read, Renwick Aspinwall Russell, and Edward Clarkson Potter.  Mr. Potter has already begun the erection of a beautiful stone and brick villa near the new club-house.  The association has issued bonds, and from the money accruing from the sale of these has advanced to the Club a certain sum for the erection of the new house, the purchase of grounds, and the laying out of the same.  These bonds the club has the privilege of redeeming.  The site for the club-house is on a natural terrace, or elevation, seventeen feet above the waters of the bay, and we think can scarcely be excelled.  Digging for the foundation was begun in September, and the contract calls for the completion of the house by the first of next May.  The building is to be of the colonial style of architecture and will have a length of about 300 feet, with an average depth of 50.  The foundation will be of pressed brick, and the sides will be shingled.  The roof will be shingled and painted red, and all of the trimmings are to be plain white.  The idea is to combine beauty of general effect with extreme simplicity and convenience.

Historic Mobile, AL – Van Antwerp Photos Saturday, Dec 29 2018 

Some great photos from the Preservation Society

The Van Antwerp Building under construction (ca. 1900)


Van Antwerp’s Store (D. Van Antwerp & Sons, drugs, seeds, and sundries) at the SW corner of Royal and Dauphin



From The Cosgrove Genealogy Saturday, Dec 29 2018 

The Cosgrove Genealogy has several detailed descriptions from the 1800’s of several Van Antwerps.

Edwin and Elizabeth (Goshart) Van Antwerp

Emma Josephine Van Antwerp

Lorenzo Diller Van Antwerp

George Washington Van Antwerp

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Society of Daughters of Holland Dames Saturday, Dec 29 2018 

I found Daniel Janse Van Antwerp listed on the ancestor list for this society which is for the descendants of the ancient and honorable families of New Netherland.


WWI Tribute Sunday, Dec 23 2018 

I wanted to share a video tribute that was pulled together about WWI and Eugene I Van Antwerp.  You can visit it here –

You can also see his four living kids at the ceremony – Agnes, Daniel, George, and Dacia.

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Sticking with the theme of Eugene I Van Antwerp, you can see a picture below of him from 1958 where Mayor Louis C. Miriani presents a replica of the “Spirit of Detroit” to President Eisenhower in front of the City County building. At far left is councilwoman Blanche Parent Wise and council president Eugene Van Antwerp.


Eugene I Van Antwerp and Veterans Day Sunday, Nov 11 2018 

First, I want to thank all the Veterans for their service.

Second, I want to recognize this as the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and thank Dennis Skupinski from the World War I Centennial Commission in Michigan for his efforts to recognize the contributions of my grandfather Eugene I Van Antwerp.  This has resulted in a City of Detroit Proclamation acknowledging November 11th, 2018 as Eugene I Van Antwerp and Veterans Day in Michigan.  It has also resulted in a Special Tribute from the Governor of Michigan.  They are being presented to his four living children next weekend.

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For the family, I was doing some searching this morning and found some new pictures and a copy of his obituary to share here.

Eugene I Van Antwerp Photo update Sunday, Sep 16 2018 

I shared a picture of what I believed was Eugene I Van Antwerp on a horse in WWI.  It was not.  It was of a Major Sam Robertson from a book on the history of the 16th Regiment of Engineers.

Here’s a different picture of Eugene from May 1919 leading the 16th Regiment of Engineers (Railway) in front of the Michigan Central Railroad station.


The De Groot Family Sunday, Sep 16 2018 

Here’s some information on this part of the family tree…

THE De GROOT FAMILY, still numerous in Bergen and Hudson Counties, are of Holland descent. William Pietersen de Groot came to America in 1662, on board the ship “Hope,” with his wife and five children. They were from Amsterdam, Holland. Dirck Jansen de Groot, a native of Rylevelt, in Holland, came to New Amsterdam as a soldier in the Dutch service, on board the ship “Spotted Cow,” April 15, 1660, leaving behind him his wife, Grietie Gerrets, and two children. In April, 1663, Dirck’s brother, Staats de Groot, who, the ship’s register says, was a resident of Tricht, Holland, came to America on the same ship which had brought over his brother. Staats brought over with him his brother’s wife and children. Staats married, in 1664, Barbara Springsteen. Dirck and his first wife, Wybrig Jans, resided in New Amsterdam until 1679, when they removed to Flatbush, L. I., where they remained permanently. From Flatbush several of the children removed to Hackensack in 1695-96. Staats first settled at Brooklyn, where the assessment roll of 1675 showed him to be a taxpayer. He was of a roving disposition. In 1678 he was living in Westchester County, N. Y. He next turned up at Bergen, N. J., where, in June, 1678, his second daughter was baptized. While living at Bergen, where many of his relatives lived, he became in 1686 one of the Tappan patentees. He was at New Amsterdam in 1688, and probably never located on his Tappan lands. He died between 1688 and 1704, having deeded or willed his lands to his wife Barbara, who was a daughter of Casparus Springsteen, of Groningen, Holland. His children were Yoost, Neltje, Mary, and Geesie. Yoost settled at Tappan and his descendants spread into Bergen County. The descendants of Dirck and William Pietersen de Groot spread through Bergen County from Bergen and Hackensack, where they settled.
Source: Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor, Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900, pages 162-163.

A Few Relevant Sites Sunday, Sep 16 2018 

For those of you intrigued by the family history, here’s a few additional links for you…

The Link to the DuTreux Family Saturday, Sep 15 2018 

I thought this was an interesting story about my 10th great grandfather.

The Du Treux family were from northeast France (present day Belgium), French speaking, who became Protestants. At the time was under Spanish rule, was marked by bloodshed, repression and wide-spread loss of life. Many of the Du Treux family fled. Some found sanctuary in England and a large family group went, in exile, to the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, which had recently declared its independence from Spain, the Du Treuxes and other families settled in Amsterdam. As skilled artisans, they found employment, assistance, civil and religious freedoms. Among these was Philippe Du Trieux, born ca. 1586 at Roubaix in what is now France. By 1614, Philippe Du Treux was a skilled craftsman in Amsterdam, serving as a dyer. In 1615, in the Church of old Amsterdam, he married Jacquemine Noiret, from Lille, France. In 1620, Jacquemine died, leaving Philippe with three small children Marie, Philippe Jr., and Madeline, who died in infancy. In the meantime, the West India Company was being established to develop international commerce and to serve as a military arm of the Netherlands. A brisk fur trade had developed in the Hudson Valley region of America, and in 1623 the West India Company made the decision to occupy the land between the Delaware Valley and the Connecticut River with permanent settlers. Philippe and his family, along with 29 other families, entered into a contract with the West India Company to relocate to America. Philippe and his family wife Susanna and children Marie and Philippe Jr. departed the Netherlands at the beginning of April 1624 on the ship “New Netherland” and arrived at present day New York in mid-May. He and fellow emigrants came as free men and were granted freedom in all religious matters. They settled in Manhattan. There, Philippe and Susanna’s family continued to expand four daughters and three sons. He became an employee of the West India Company and served until his death as the Court Messenger by Director Kieft in 1638. He received patent for lands in ‘Smits Valley’ in 1640. He owned a home on Beaver Street, near the Fort, which he sold in 1643, having acquired a sizable farm along the East River in 1640. This first landholding on American soil today is the site of many Commercial ventures. The land is located near the southern tip of Manhattan. It is on the shore south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Nearby Battery Park, there rests a beautiful monument erected in 1924 to honor the emigrants of the ship “New Netherlands. Donated by the people in Belgium, the tercentennial observance was supported by the leadership of four nations: Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the United States. Emigrant Philippe Du Treux is much of record under the Dutch on early Manhattan Island. Philippe and his eldest son, Philippe Jr., were killed in 1652.


The connection is:

  • Philippe was the father of Rebecca DeTrieux
  • Rebecca was the mother of Maria Symonese Groot
  • Maria was the mother of Daniel Danielse Van Antwerp
  • Daniel was the father of Gerrit Danielse Van Antwerp
  • Gerrit was the father of Daniel Gerritse
  • Daniel was the father of William Winne
  • William Winne was the father of Francis
  • Francis was the father of Francis Joseph
  • Francis Joseph was the father of Eugene Charles
  • Eugene Charles was the father of Eugene Ignatius
  • Eugene was my grandfather

Van Antwerps 1880 and 1920 Wednesday, Sep 5 2018 

These two images from Ancestry paint a quick picture of how the family migrated across the US.

Van Antwerps in the Revolutionary War Thursday, Aug 30 2018 

I’m sure there’s more (since there’s a lot of Van ?’s), but here’s a quick list from Ancestry.  I think Simon J and Simon are two people, but there’s also multiple John’s.  I show both the Lt and Pvt since they looked to be about the same time.

  • Ahasharus Van Antwerp
  • Arent Van Antwerp
  • Lieutenant John Van Antwerp
  • Louis Van Antwerp
  • Ahauranes Van Antwerp
  • Private John Van Antwerp
  • Captain Peter Van Antwerp
  • Simon J. Van Antwerp
  • Daniel Van Antwerp
  • Simon Van Antwerp
  • Alexander Van Antwerp
  • Seymon Van Antwerpen
  • Arent J. Van Antwerpen

Historic Legal Manuscripts Thursday, Aug 30 2018 

This PDF from the Schenectady Historical Society shows a long list of legal documents with about 50 or so involving Van Antwerp from as early as the 1600s.


Van Antwerp Drug Company Tuesday, Aug 28 2018 

The Bulletin of Pharmacy, Volume 28 has a feature on the Van Antwerp Drug Company in Mobile, AL in 1914.

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Van Antwerp Seed Catalog Tuesday, Aug 28 2018 

I found a PDF of the 1915 Van Antwerp Seed catalog from Mobile, Alabama. I don’t know much more about the store or the owners.

Van Antwerp Seed Catalog 1915

Niskayuna, NY Town History Tuesday, Aug 28 2018 

A few mentions of the early Van Antwerp family here on the history site for this town in NY –

The name Niskayuna is said to be derived from the Connestigione Indians who occupied the locality at the coming of the Dutch in about 1642, twenty years before Arendt van Curler founded Schenectady. The name, meaning “extensive corn flats,” evolved from the original “Canastagione.” What we now know as Niskayuna was once part of a much larger area. When the first settlers arrived here in the 1600s, these Indians occupied land on both sides of the Mohawk River including the current hamlets of Alplaus and Rexford and an area reaching as far east as Latham Corners in the Town of Watervliet (now Colonie) and the Stockade area of the City of Schenectady.
When the County of Schenectady was carved from Albany County on March 6, 1809, much of Niskayuna’s original area was ceded to other towns. Niskayuna, with just 681 residents, became one of the five towns and one city that comprised the new County of Schenectady. Adjustments to its western boundary made in the early 20th century decreased the Town’s area to its current 15.1 square miles.
In 1664, Harmon Vedder built the first home erected in Niskayuna. In 1687, the Van Antwerp Farm emerged at what is now 1727 Van Antwerp Road. In 1746, one of a line of blockhouses, ranging from Fort Massachusetts to Fort Hunter was built in Niskayuna by Governor George Clinton. In 1835, the Craig Hotel was built on Aqueduct Road.
In 1799, the Albany-Schenectady Turnpike (now Route 5) was built through Niskayuna and tolls were still being collected in 1886. The route of the Turnpike was laid out by surveyor Lawrence Vrooman, who became Niskayuna’s first Town Supervisor in 1809.
When built in 1805, a bridge across the Mohawk River at Rexford was known asAlexander’s Bridge, and two mills built by the same person were called Alexander’s Mills, the earliest name for the center of what grew to become a hamlet. As of 1822, the Erie Canal crossed the river into Niskayuna at Alexander’s Mills on an aqueduct 748 feet long and 25 feet above the stream. From that time onward, the hamlet became known as Aqueduct. There were two locks on the Canal between Schenectady and the hamlet of Rexford in the Saratoga County town of Clifton Park.
In 1843, the Troy and Schenectady Railroad was built along the Mohawk River with a station in the Aqueduct hamlet and another, still standing, in the Niskayuna hamlet. Halfway between these was the Rosendale hamlet opposite Niska Isle. In 1975 the Town acquired the Railroad’s abandoned right-of-way and converted it into a hike and bike trail.
In 1886 the Edison Machine works was founded in nearby Schenectady when Thomas Edison bought the abandoned buildings of the McQueen Locomotive Works from the descendants of Niskayuna resident Charles Stanford and moved his factory from New York City to Schenectady. The electrical industry was born in Schenectady and led to a dramatic increase in population in the City and in the Town of Niskayuna.
The Reformed Church of Niskayuna, organized about 1750, moved a short distance to its current location on Troy Road near the Colonie border in 1852. It is one of two Niskayuna sites listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The other is the George Westinghouse Jones home on the corner of Troy Road and St. David’s Lane, now the education center of the First Baptist Church.~[Editorial note: A third was added in 2010, a former one-room schoolhouse and later Grange Hall on Rosendale Road. The building is now owned by the Town of Niskayuna.]
In 1762, John Duncan (1722–1791) acquired an estate of about 800 acres of Niskayuna land in an area now known as Stanford Heights, named after the 1859 owners of part of that acreage. The Stanfords were the parents of Governor Leland Stanford of California and State Senator Charles Stanford of Schenectady. Duncan’s first home on the property was called The Hermitage, but it burned down in 1790. In about 1817 a second home, 100 yards to the north, was built by Hermanus Schuyler who later became Town Supervisor. Called Locust Grove by the senior Stanfords, the Stanford Mansion now sits on only 12.4 acres, all that is left of Duncan’s original 800. The property became the Ingersoll Memorial Home for the aged from 1922 until 2008 when the institution moved to a new and larger home on Consaul Road.
Prominent in the town 150 or more years ago were families whose names are still used to designate streets and places in Schenectady County: Bradt, Burger, Clute, Consaul, Craig, Cregier, Glen, Green, Groot, Lansing, Maxon, Mesick, Pearse, Reist, Scheckelman, Schoolcraft, Schopmeier / Shopmyer, Spoor, Stanford, Van Antwerp, Van Vranken, Vedder / Veeder, Viele, Vrooman / Vroman, Wemple, Winne, and Zenner.
Public transportation linked Niskayuna to areas to the north and east. By 1920, trolleys from Schenectady made their way up Union Street, once called Niskayuna Street, out the Troy Road to the east past many “stops” to Troy. Trolleys also ran along Van Vranken Avenue and up the newly created Grand Boulevard to Van Antwerp Road. They also ran along Aqueduct Road crossing the Mohawk River into Rexford and then north to Saratoga Springs.
The crossroads of Niskayuna, very close to the geographic center of the town, is the intersection of two streets that are each named for a clergyman whose first name was Eliphalet: Nott Street and Balltown Road. Nott Street was named for Rev. Eliphalet Nott (1773-1866), a clergyman, inventor, and president of Union College for 62 years. In 1785, a few miles north of Niskayuna, Rev. Eliphalet Ball (c. 1727-1797), a third cousin of George Washington, founded Ball’s Town, known as Ballston in Saratoga County. The road south from there, Ball’s Town Road, soon became “Balltown Road.” It comes into Niskayuna at the Rexford Bridge, crosses Nott Street and then Union Street, and continues past the Stanford Mansion to State Street.
After many years of meeting in an upstairs room of a fire station, the town government moved to a new building of its own on Balltown Road in 1950. With two further expansions it served the town for 44 years until a much larger Town Hall was completed on an extension of Nott Street in 1995.
Niskayuna is home to several institutions that have long and distinguished histories of their own: television station CBS6 (formerly WRGB), the Grand Boulevard Fire Company, the Mohawk Golf Club, Bellevue Woman’s Care Hospital, the Schenectady Curling Club, General Electric’s Global Research Laboratory, the research laboratory of Schenectady International, and the Knolls Atomic Power laboratory.
In 1962, Niskayuna became a town of the First Class, a formal state designation, and then in 1975, attained a status of still higher autonomy, that of Suburban Town. Niskayuna now offers all of the services of a city, and with its population of 20,295 according to the 2000 census, the town is more populous than 35 of New York State’s cities and is still growing.

Pictures of Jan Mabie House Monday, Aug 27 2018 

I’m not sure if it’s Mebie or Mabie or Mabee, but it’s a historical building related to the Van Antwerp family.  Here’s some pictures and sketches. (Update from Kim Mabee from the Maybee Society…It’s spelled all the different ways based on documents from the Schenectady County historical society.)

The oldest house still standing in the Mohawk Valley, the Mabee Farm Historic Site was originally settled by Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen, who established it as a fur trading post to meet Native American traders before they reached Schenectady. He received a deed for the property in 1671 from the English governor. In 1706, Van Antwerpen sold the farm to Jan Pieterse Mabee, and it was handed down through the Mabee family for 287 years!

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