Van Antwerp Park in Detroit Sunday, Nov 6 2011 

My uncle sent me some basic information and a few pictures from this park in Detroit which is named after his father and my grandfather.

There is a four (short) block square complex in Detroit. It is bounded on the North side by Pembroke Avenue; East side by Wyoming Street; South side by St. Martins Avenue; and West side by Pinehurst Avenue.

A Detroit Public School called Bates Academy is located on the eastern half of the complex. It was built in 1981.

The playground was named after the late Mayor Eugene I. Van Antwerp (1889-1962) is located on the western half of the complex. The playground has big grassy lawns, tennis courts, children’s playscape, baseball diamond, and one football goal posts.


The Mabee Farm Saturday, Sep 11 2010 

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 1705, Van Antwerpen sold the western portion of his land to Jan Pieterse Mabee, and it was handed down through the Mabee family for 287 years!

The Mabee original structures, which were donated by descendant George E. Franchere, include the stone farmhouse, brick slaves quarters, and a frame pre-Erie Canal Inn. A family cemetary holds graves dating back to the 1700s. Replacing the barns which burnt down in the early 20th century are the 1760 Nilsen Dutch barn, which houses displays, an English barn, and several outbuildings.

Website for the farm.

Van Antwerp Farm – Grosse Pointe, MI Friday, Jan 2 2009 

I just got this picture of the old Van Antwerp Farm which is now at the center of Grosse Pointe, MI.


Van Antwerp Rd, Village, and School – Niskayuna, NY Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

From our early relatives to the US that came into upper state NY, we can find traces in Niskayuna, NY where there is a road, a village, and a school with the family name.

Van Antwerp Building (Mobile) Monday, Jun 16 2008 

The Van Antwerp building in Mobile is for sale.

The 68,000-square-foot, 11-story Van Antwerp building on St. Francis and Royal streets downtown is listed for sale for $3.5 million, and the local owners are considering a purchase offer, according to Burton Clark of Cummings & Associates , the listing agent. The building has one tenant, a restaurant on the ground floor, he said.

Van Antwerp Building in Mobile Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

225 Dauphin Street
Sangrouber Van-Antwerp Building, 1899
This building was constructed in 1899 by architect W. H. Hammond. The building is three stories in height and is constructed of brick covered with stucco. The façade is two bays wide, each bay defined by recessed panels which are horizontally scored flanking two pairs of windows on the second level. On the third level, two sets of tripled windows are placed between pilasters which have composite capitals. A contemporary storefront and balcony were added in 1993 after extensive renovation by the micro-brewery to open in the State of Alabama.



Michigan Cemetary List Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

List of Van Antwerp’s at Marble Corner Cemetary.

*Van Antwerp, B.F., Co. B. 156 Ind. Inf.
*Van Antwerp, B.F., 23 Jan 1843 - 7 Jan 1905 [ss - Nancy]
Van Antwerp, Nancy J., 10 Sep 1843 - 15 Feb 1929 [ss - B.F.]
Van Antwerp, Christiana A., w/o A.C., 4 Feb 1878 - 9 Dec 1909
Van Antwerp, Abraham C., 1878 - 1962 [ss - Lola Mae]
Van Antwerp, Lola Mae, 1892 - 1966, m. 49 yrs [ss - Abraham]
Van Antwerp, Howard L., 18 Aug 1912 - 8 Jun 1989 [ss - Matilda]
Van Antwerp, Matilda, 5 Nov 1922 - ____ [ss - Howard]
Van Antwerp, Walter L., 1915 - 1965 [ss - Alta]
Van Antwerp, Alta Fern, 1918 - 1990 [ss - Walter]

Per DAR records, not found during this survey:
  Van Antwerp, Cecil F., d. 6 Apr 1905, age 6 mo. 9 days

Van Antwerp Park in Detroit Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

I assume this is named after my grandfather who was mayor of Detroit.


Join the Detroit Recreation Department for the dedication of the newly renovated Van Antwerp Park, Wyoming and St. Martins, on Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m.

Renovations to the 18-acre park include repairs to existing play equipment, new swings and rubber protective surface; removal of existing tennis courts and installation of 3 new asphalt tennis courts with fencing; renovated basketball court with color coating, striping, new goals, rims, and players benches; renovated baseball and softball diamond, new football and soccer goals, replacement of the concrete sidewalk, installation of new chain link fence and repairs to the perimeter fencing, removal of the existing comfort station and site restoration.

Van Antwerp Pharmacy Sunday, Oct 28 2007 


I found a nice picture of a Van Antwerp pharmacy in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Schenectady, NY Van Antwerps Saturday, Oct 27 2007 

Here are a few more notes on the Schenectady, NY Van Antwerps (which I believe were the first in the new world).  (source)

Simon Danielse VAN ANTWERPEN [Parents] 1 was born in 1685 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. He died in 1747 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, New York. Simon married Maritje PEEK on 22 Dec 1706 in Albany, Albany Co., New York.

Symon, second son of Daniel Janse and Maria (Groot) Van Antwerp, bought land and settled in Schagticoke, now Rensselaer County, NY in 1710. In 1718, the Commona1ty of Albany “…have granted to Simon Danielse (Van Antwerp) his heirs and Assigns forever a certain small creek on the south side of his land to build a grist mill thereon, provided he grinds no wheat for boulting, except ye same be boulted within the city of Albany, for which he is to pay yearly after January 1724, six skeple wheat yearly.” He married Maria, daughter of Jacobus Peek, in Albany on 22 December 1706. Their children were: Maria, who married Sysbert Van Brahelyn; Lysbet; Rebecca, who married Abraham De Forrest; Daniel; Sara May, who married Philip Winne; Daniel; Jacobus; Johannes; Lewis; Simon and Margaret.

Maritje PEEK [Parents] 1 was born about 1682 in Schenectady, Albany Co., New York. She married Simon Danielse VAN ANTWERPEN on 22 Dec 1706 in Albany, Albany Co., New York.

They had the following children:

  F i Maria Simon Danielse VAN ANTWERP

Daniel Janse VAN ANTWERPEN [Parents] 1 was born in 1635 in Antwerp, Holland. He died after 1715 in of Schen, Schen, New York. Daniel married Maria or Marietje GROOT after 1669 in Schenectady, Albany, New York.

Daniel Janse Van Antwerp was born in 1635. In 1660, he was deputy Schout fiscal at Fort Orange (Albany). In September 1661, he agreed with Adrian Appel, who was an innkeeper in New Amsterdam and trader in Albany, to serve him “in all matters and affairs that are just and right” for one year for thirty five beavers (or one hundred and twelve dollars) and all expenses. In 1662 he was deputy at Altoona on the Delaware River. He went to Schenectady very soon after its settlement, probably in l665. He had much dealing with the Indians, and settled eight miles beyond the village, but took precaution to build a stone-walled house on the bank of the Mohawk, in the center of his “Bouwery” where he and his friends were protected from hostile Indians, yet well in from the path of trade along the Mohawk. The house being close to its bank, the Mohawk River furnished a route for reaching Schenectady. This house now exists essentially as it was with little changes. The early surveys mark the house as Jan Danielse Van Antwerpens, and itineraries of the Mohawk Navigation Company show the adjacent shallow in the river as Van Antwerp’s Reef, where a struggle with the current was always expected. The Van Antwerp House, the oldest in New York State, is not now (in 1910) in possession of the family although negotiations are pending for its purchase. The village lot in Schenectady of Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen was on the east corner of Union and Church Streets, which was occupied by him prior to 1671, when a confirmatory grant was made to him by Governor Francis Lovelace. He owned this lot until 1715, when at the age of eighty years, he released it to the consistory of the Netherland Dutch Church. “…good causes and consideration him thereunto moving,” for the perpetual and sole use of the church. On 14 March 1909, a white marble tablet, suitably engraved to the memory of Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen, was presented to the First Reformed Church of Schenectady by Daniel Lewis Van Antwerp, of Troy, a descendant of the donor of the land on which the church is built. In 1680, land on the Third Plat was patented to him, one half of which he sold in 1706. In 1676, he was one of the five members of the Court of Justices of Schenectady, and in 1701 was Supervisor of the Township.
Daniel Janse Van Antwerp married Maritje (Maria) Groot, daughter of Symon Symonse Groot and Rebecca Du Trieux. Her father, Symon Symonse Groot, came early to the New Netherlands in the service of the West India Company, as a boatswain on the Ship Prince Maurice. Maritje Groot’s mother, Rebecca Du Trieux (De Truax), was the daughter of Philip Du Trieux, court messenger of New Amsterdam. Their son, Simon, married Maria Peek, daughter of Jacobus Peek, whose father was Jan Peek, innkeeper of New Amsterdam, after whom the creek and town of Peekskill take their name. Children of Simon (Peek) Van Anterwpen: 1 – Maria, married Gysbert Gerritse Van Brockelin on 4 November 1707.; 2 – Lysbeth, born at Albany on 15 January 1710. Married Abraham De Forrest.; 3 – Rebecca, born 21 June 1712.; 4 – Daniel, born 10 January 1719. Married Rebecca, daughter of Jan Danielse Van Antwerpen on 21 October 1738. 7 – Margarita, baptized at Albany on 17 May 1721.8 – Jacobus, baptized at Albany on 22 January 1727. Married Catherine Vedder, daughter of Johanned Vedder, on 11 August 1750. 10 – Lowys (Lewis), baptized at Albany on 25 February 1731. Married Jendrijke Fonda Van Buren.
In 1941, the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society published an article titled, The Family Van Antwerp In America, written by Lee Douglass Van Antwerp, A.B., M.D., of Undercliff, Meriden, CN. He presently resides in a North Shore Suburb of Chicago. This article was commenced in their January 1941, issue on page 18. Though the ancestral data is substantially the same as that already quoted above, we shall bring you some of the added information in this history.
“Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen, the first of the name in America, and from whom nearly all of the name in America are descended, came to New Netherland probably a little before 1656. At this time he was about 21 years of age. The exact date of this young man’s arrival in America has not yet been found, perhaps never will be found. His name is not on any records of the immigrant passenger lists thus far to come to light, and nowhere in the records of his life which have been found is there any statement of where he came from in Holland or when he arrived in America; neither is there any hint as to his antecedents in Europe. It is possible that some of this information might have come to us if the French and Indians had not destroyed Schenectady, for tradition tells us that all his family records were lost in that terrible massacre on the night of February 8, 1690.
The land on which he settled was, for the times, far in Indian country and was called the Woestyne, or Wilderness. It was located at a bend in the river, and had been a part of the Mohawk maize land probably for centuries. That he obtained this land not only demonstrates his native shrewdness, but the esteem in which the Indians must have held him. It is interesting to note, however, that he took the precaution to build a house of stone which doubtless served as a fort for himself and neighbors in many a skirmish.
The old house is now known as the Jan Mebie House, and still stands near Rotterdam, NY. The identity of the Mebie House as the one built by Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen is just short of positive. In the opinion of authorities, the walls at least are those of the old Van Antwerp home, and it is very probable that when Daniel Janse sold the westerly half of the flat to Jan Pieterse Mebie in 1706, the house went with the land essentially as it stands today. It is thought to have been built between 1670 and 1680, and is a beautiful specimen of Dutch Colonial architecture. Near it is a small, windowless, stone-walled building which tradition tells us was used as a slave house, but which was more probably a storehouse. He was probably an elder of the Netherland Dutch Church in 1715 when he deeded his village lot to the church.
By his marriage to Maria Groot he had five sons and three daughters. Maria was the daughter of Symon Symonse Groot and Rebecca Du Trieux. Du Thieus was a Walloon, was born in 1585 and was one of the earliest emigrants to New Netherland.”
Dr. Van Antwerp probably obtained some of the data on the children from Professor Reynold’s work for he uses the same surname for Maria’s husband for he says on page 203 of the Record: “…Maria Van Antwerp, baptized 9 November 1707, in Schenectady, married 5 July 1730, Gysbert Van Brahelyn (Van Brakelen) who was baptized 28 October 1705, in Schenectady. Though he lists Jonathan Pearson’s Schenectady Families as his source, he did not find Pearson using this spelling, which brings us to the conclusion that he used for this part the information from Professor Reynolds, who it will be remembered from above said she married Sysbert Van Brahelyn.

Maria or Marietje GROOT [Parents] 1 was born about 1635 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. She died after 1695. Maria married Daniel Janse VAN ANTWERPEN after 1669 in Schenectady, Albany, New York.

They had the following children:

  M i Daniel Danielse VAN ANTWERPEN 1 was born about 1685 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. He died before 1747.
  F ii Neeltie VAN ANTWERPEN 1 was born in 1690 and was christened on 27 Jul 1690 in Albany, Albany, N.y.. She died after 1726.
  F iii Rebecca Danielse VAN ANTWERPEN 1 was born in 1692 in <, , New York> and was christened on 25 Dec 1692 in Albany, Albany, New York. She died after 1732.
  F iv Maritje VAN ANTWERPEN 1 was born in 1694 in and was christened on 3 Jan 1695 in Albany, Albany, New York. She died after 1734.
  M v Jan Danielse VAN ANTWERPEN 1 was born in 1675 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. He died on 26 Jan 1756 in Schenectady, New York and was buried in Jan 1756 in , , New York.
  M vi Arent Danielse VAN ANTWERPEN 1 was born about 1681/1686 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. He died on 26 Jan 1756.
  M vii Pieter VAN ANTWERPEN 1 was born about 1692 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. He died after 1742.
  M viii Simon Danielse VAN ANTWERPEN

Van Antwerp Building – Mobile Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

This Van Antwerp Building was built in the 1800’s by Garret Van Antwerp who was a druggist. The drug store on the ground floor was a landmark of Mobile till the 50’s or 60’s when it closed.


A little more on the building.

Van Antwerp Hall Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

There is a hall at Northern Michigan University named Van Antwerp Hall.


Information on Antwerp Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

antwerp.jpgDo you want to know more about Antwerp (i.e., 500,000 inhabitants, diamond capital of Europe)?  Here are a few links:

                1. Wikipedia facts, links, and information
                2. Tourist information
                3. Attractions, pictures, etc.

I am sure there a lot more, but my purpose with these initial postings is to stir conversation.

Where is Antwerp? Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

City of AntwerpCity of AntwerpMost people that have traveled or been to Europe know, but I am often surprised by how many Americans don’t.  I wish they did since it would make it easier for me to tell people my name rather than spell it out all the time.

See the Google map.

Van Antwerp Middle School Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

Growing up in Detroit, there was a Van Antwerp road and a Van Antwerp park named after my grandfather who was mayor of Detroit. 

The original family came over to the US in NY.  Here is a Van Antwerp school near where the original family settled.