Obituary For William Meadon Van Antwerp Jr Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

This was sent to me by a relative – Bill Van Antwerp.  It’s a biography that will accompany a picture their having commissioned at Skull & Bones to be placed at Yale.

William Meadon Van Antwerp Jr was born in Albany, NY February 27, 1937, the son of Colonel William Meadon Van Antwerp and Marian Ericson Van Antwerp.

He attended Fishburne Military School from September 1950 through graduation in May 1954.  He graduated with honors.

In the Fall of 1954 he attended Yale University, attending the NROTC and graduated as Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.  While attending Yale University, he was President of his Fraternity, Zeta PSI, an honor student, Editor of the school newspaper.

Upon graduation, he attending military training at Quantico, VA and was then stationed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base on Oahu, Hawaii.

He met his wife Helen Colosimo in Hawaii and they were married in December 1960.

On his second tour in Viet Nam, Bill was killed, leaving behind his wife, Helen, and two sons, William and Bradley.

He is buried at Arlington Cemetery.

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.

John Van Antwerp MacMurray Wednesday, Jun 16 2010 

I found a link yesterday to the John Van Antwerp MacMurray Papers along with a bio on him and his father (who married a Van Antwerp).  It’s interesting that John would have kept both his mother and father’s name.

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Biography of Junius Wilson MacMurray (1944-1898) and John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1881-1960)

Junius Wilson MacMurray was born in Missouri, the son of Irish immigrant and blacksmith John Dennison MacMurray and Eliza Wilson. At the outbreak of the Civil War he recruited a company for the Union army, which was sworn in with the 1st Missouri Volunteers and reorganized into the 1st Missoury Light Artillery. After participating with his battery in the Battle of Vicksburg he was promoted Captain in 1863. At the end of the Civil War MacMurray participated in the Powder River Indian Expedition into Wyoming and Montana (June-November 1865). He joined the regular army in 1866 and graduated from the Artillery School at Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1870.

MacMurray served as professor of military science and tactics on detail at the University of Missouri (1872-1873) and at Cornell University (1873-1875). He taught on detached service at Union College at Schenectady, New York, where he was in charge of sanitary and landscape engineering (1879-1883). While in Schenectady he was editor of A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being Contributions toward a History of the Lower Mohawk Valley, by Jonathan Pearson et al. (1883). In the summer of 1884, while stationed at Vancouver Barracks, WA, he served as Special Inspector of Indian Affairs and spent considerable time with the Native Americans of the region and their leader and prophet Smohalla. He shared his observations about these “Dreamers” of the Columbia River Valley in a lecture at the Albany Institute, which was published in 1886.

Additional places where MacMurray was stationed include Wadsworth, NY, and Fort Barrancas, Florida, where he contracted yellow fever during an outbreak in 1897. He died in May 1898, two months after he was promoted Major. In 1873, he married to Henrietta Van Antwerp, daughter of John H. Van Antwerp of Albany, and they had three children: Edna, Ethel and John Van Antwerp MacMurray.

John Van Antwerp MacMurray was born in Schenectady, New York on October 6, 1881 and entered boarding school in 1892 before attending Princeton University (1898-1902). After a year of travel in Europe he entered Columbia Law School in 1903. In 1906 MacMurray was admitted to the New York Bar, though he also sought to secure a position within the Foreign Service. While waiting for an appointment, he studied Elizabethan drama at Princeton, and in 1907 received a master of arts degree. That same year he was appointed Secretary of Legation and Consul General at Bangkok, Siam, followed by a position as Second Secretary of the embassy in St. Petersburg (1908-1911). After a brief interlude as Assistant Chief of the Division of Information, he became Assistant Chief and then Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department (1911-1913).

MacMurray started specializing in Far Eastern affairs with his consecutive appointments as Secretary of Legation in Peking (1913-1917), Counselor of the Embassy in Tokyo (1917-1919), and, back at the State Department, Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs (1919-1924). In 1921 he published Treaties and Agreements with and Concerning China. In the same year he served as expert assistant on Pacific and Far Eastern affairs to American Commissioners at the International Conference on the Limitation of Armament in Washington. He also was an observer for the U.S. government at the Chinese-Japanese negotiations for the settlement of the Shantung question (1921-1922). In 1924 MacMurray became Assistant Secretary of State, but one year later he was appointed Minister to China (1925-1929), a position he desired. The unstable situation in China, however, soon led to conficts between MacMurray and his superiors at the State Department. This ultimately led MacMurray to resign in 1929, when he accepted an offer to become Director of the Walter Hines Page School of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University.

Faced with the fact that he could not secure enough funding for the Walter Hines Page School MacMurray relinquished his salary and reentered the Foreign Service in 1933, though he officially retained his position until 1935. President Roosevelt appointed him as Minister to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (1933-1936), which was followed by an ambassadorship to Turkey (1936-1942). In these years, he also served as the Assistant Chairman of the International Wheat Advisory Committee (1933-1938) and chaired the Joint Preparatory Committee on Philippine Affairs (1937-1938). His last two years before retirement were spent back at the State Department as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State (1942-1944).

MacMurray married Lois R. Goodnow in 1916 and they had three children: Joan Goodnow, Frank Goodnow, and Lois (“Bisi”) Van Antwerp MacMurray. He died at his home in Norfolk, Connecticut on September 25, 1960.

Thaine Dorin Van Antwerp Saturday, May 22 2010 

Thank you Lisa.

On Friday ,May 14 ,2010, Thaine Dorin VanAntwerp passed away after a brief illness.

He was born April 17, 1921.  He was a WWII Veteran with Honors, Merits in the 12th Armored Division under General George Patton.  He retired from Ford Motor Car Company Division.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Anna I. Cronander-VanAntwerp, daughter Judith M. Kershner (Royal), son James Dorin  (Lisa) VanAntwerp.  Preceded in death by daughter Linda M. VanAntwerp.

Fr. Tom McDevitt Obituary Thursday, May 6 2010 

I just found this online:

The Rev. (Father) Tom McDevitt passed away May 3, 2010 at the age of 77. He was born Oct. 5, 1932, the son of Gerald and Alice McDevitt.

He was a 1950 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Jackson. Fr. Tom was ordained on June 29, 1958 in Louvain, Belgium. After attending Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, he completed seminary at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. In 2000, he reached Senior Priest status (priests never really retire) at St. John Student Parish, East Lansing, but continued to be active in many areas.

He was on the retreat team at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt. He has been priest/chaplain and presenter at Retrouvaille weekends around the country and on the board of Retrouvaille International. 

He has continued his love of learning, teaching, and preaching the word faithfully and with love: studying at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and elsewhere, and teaching classes. As an International Fellow of Catholic Relief Services, he has traveled to Palestine and Israel and spoken at parishes throughout Michigan and beyond on behalf of the work done by CRS.

Tom deeply loved his God, his family and friends, his fellow priests and his own life as a priest, celebrating the sacraments and ministering to the people. Prayer and meditation were staples of his life.  He liked a good game of cards or Scrabble, enjoyed bowling with the Knights of Columbus and with family and walking or riding his bike. He loved to sing, saying, “I believe everything when I sing.”

He was enthralled with nature in its many forms; birds singing, surf pounding, stars at night. He had a great spirit of adventure both spiritually and concretely. Spiritually, this led him to explore different forms of spirituality and prayer, both Eastern and Western. Concretely that spirit led him to travel to many parts of the world, including a trip around the world with priest friends. In those travels he delighted in the culture, sights, and foods of each place he went. Now he is on the greatest adventure of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Kay McDevitt and brother-in-law, Stas Karasek. 

He is survived by his brothers, Jerry (Shirley) and Pat (Phyllis) McDevitt; sisters, Shirley (Bill) Phillips, Mary Karasek, and Kathy McDevitt; 18 nieces and nephews; 27 great-nieces and nephews; his much loved best friends, Fr. Jake Foglio and Jean Mather and family.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John Church and Student Center, 327 MAC, East Lansing. The visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday. The Rite of Committal will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services, 228 N. Walnut St., Lansing, MI, 48933-1122 in memory of Fr. Tom McDevitt.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. Online condolences may be made at http://www.gorslineruncimaneastlansing.com.

Fr. Tom McDevitt Dies Wednesday, May 5 2010 

One of my favorite cousins died at age 77 yesterday.  I can remember spending many summers with him and his family growing up.  He married my wife and I.  He performed the baptism on one of my children.  He’s been a very special person in my life and someone who I always enjoyed seeing. 

Fr. Tom was a longtime pastor at the St. John Student Parish in East Lansing.  I was trying to find more information on him, but I didn’t find much online.  I know he celebrated 50 years as a priest a few years ago.

50th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, Jan 31 2009 

My Uncle Danny and his wife Cecelia are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in a few days. He is the one that has tracked and documented much of the family history.

He sent out this note to the family that I thought I would share here…

Cecelia Elizabeth and Daniel Janse Van Antwerp of Troy announce the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary on February 7th. Cecelia Martin lived in Royal Oak, Michigan. They were married in her parish church at St. Dennis, where five priest-relatives presided at the Mass.

Cecelia was born in Ramapo, New York, and is the youngest of four children of Thomas Stuart and Bernice Elizabeth (Frushour) Martin. Her father was a top salesman for West Disinfectant Company. Her family traces its roots back to Scotland and Ireland. She worked in the office both at Witbeck’s Appliances and at Dingeman Incentives. Thereafter she worked in sales at the J.L. Hudson Company, Jacobson’s Department Store, Bon-Wit Teller, and, most recently, at The Poster Gallery in the Fisher Building in sales and office work.

Danny was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is the youngest of eleven children born to Eugene Ignatius and Mary Frances (Mc Devitt) Van Antwerp. His father served on the Common Council of the City of Detroit for thirty years and was Mayor of Detroit in 1948-49. The family traces its Dutch roots back to 1655 in Schenectady, New York, and its Irish roots back to 1810 in Ennis, Maherrah and Ballyclough, Ireland. Danny served as a judge for over thirty-five years. He was Presiding Judge of the former Common Pleas Court of the City of Detroit and was Chief Judge Pro Tem of the 36th District Court in Detroit. He retired from that court in 1992 and served many years thereafter as a visiting judge throughout Southeastern Michigan.

Both Cecelia and Danny love meeting with friends and relatives, walking their three dogs, traveling, cruising, reading, jigsaw puzzles, photography, computers, shopping at Eastern Market, cider mills, berry-picking, parades, festivals (espc. Strawberry, Peach, Apple, etc.), flea markets, free arts & craft shows (espc. Ann Arbor, Rochester, Pontiac, Warren, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Ferndale, Troy, etc.), neighborhood outdoor concerts, and watching, photographing and videotaping their grandchildren at T-ball, soccer, cross-country, swimming, plays, musicals, birthdays, holidays, recitals, ballets, etc. They also involve themselves in volunteer work, babysitting, and raising rescue dogs. Cecelia loves solitaire and is an expert cook and flower gardener. She is an outstanding folk dancer and dance teacher (Israeli, Armenian, Romanian, etc.), as well. Danny loves bridge, genealogy (14,000 on his data base), investing (formerly), crossword puzzles, spider solitaire, writing, weekly emailing out jokes (13th year), and Bible classes. He has written one book and co-authored two others. Sorry to say, neither are good athletes nor sports lovers (except for UDM & Notre Dame).

They are the proud parents of four wonderful and God-fearing children: Ann Elizabeth [Daniel] Wyers; Catherine Denise [Matthew] Partalis; Mary Patricia [Dennis] Moylan; and Karen Marie [Michael] Heupel.

They also have six wonderful and talented grandchildren: Audrey Ann Wyers, Patrick Daniel Wyers, Dakota Edwin Holbrook, Tyler Martin Moylan, Alec Matthew Moylan, and Lydia Mary Moylan.

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John Van Antwerp MacMurray Monday, Jan 5 2009 

John Van Antwerp MacMurray was born in Schenectady, New York on October 6, 1881 and entered boarding school in 1892 before attending Princeton University (1898-1902). After a year of travel in Europe he entered Columbia Law School in 1903. In 1906 he was admitted to the New York Bar. By this time MacMurray was trying to secure an appointment in the Foreign Service. While waiting for an appointment, he made a study of Elizabethan drama at Princeton. In 1907 he received a master of arts degree from his alma mater and was appointed Secretary of Legation and Consul General at Bangkok, Siam, followed by a position as Second Secretary of the embassy in St. Petersburg (1908-1911). After a brief interlude as Assistant Chief of the Division of Information, he became Assistant Chief and then Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department (1911-1913). He started specializing in Far Eastern affairs with his consecutive appointments as Secretary of Legation in Peking (1913-1917), Counselor of the embassy in Tokyo (1917-1919), and, back at the State Department, Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs (1919-1924). In 1921 he published Treaties and Agreements with and Concerning China. In the same year he served as expert assistant on Pacific and Far Eastern affairs to American Commissioners at the International Conference on the Limitation of Armament in Washington. He also was an observer for the U.S. government at the Chinese-Japanese negotiations for the settlement of the Shantung question (1921-1922).

In 1924 MacMurray became Assistant Secretary of State, but one year later he was back in his area of specialization as Minister to China (1925-1929). In this capacity he chaired the American delegation to the Special Conference on the Chinese Customs Tariff (1925-1926). In 1930 he made a very different career choice, accepting an offer to become Director of the Walter Hines Page School of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University, a position he officially held until 1935. Faced with the fact that he could no longer secure enough funding for the School, he relinquished his salary and reentered the Foreign Service in 1933 as Minister to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, followed by an ambassadorship to Turkey (1936-1942). In these years, he also served as the Assistant Chairman of the International Wheat Advisory Committee (1933-1938) and chaired the Joint Preparatory Committee on Philippine Affairs (1937-1938). His last two years before retirement were spent back at the State Department as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State (1942-1944).

MacMurray married Lois R. Goodnow in 1916 and had three children: Joan Goodnow, Frank Goodnow, and Lois Van Antwerp. He died at his home in Norfolk, Connecticut on September 25, 1960.

His father, Junius Wilson MacMurray, was born in Missouri, the son of Irish immigrant and blacksmith John Dennison MacMurray and Eliza Wilson. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Junius recruited a company, and as a volunteer in the Army of the Republic he rose to the rank of captain. At the close of the Civil War, he was appointed lieutenant in the First Missouri Light Artillery. He joined the regular army in 1866 and graduated from the Artillery School at Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1870. He married Henrietta Van Antwerp of Albany, New York, and by the time of John Van Antwerp’s birth in 1881, he had been a professor of military history at Cornell, lectured publicly, and was considered an authority on the history of the American Indian. He was the editor of A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being Contributions toward a History of the Lower Mohawk Valley, by Jonathan Pearson et al. (1883).

To find more on the diplomatic papers from him, go to the Princeton library.

(Given the ties to Albany and Schenectady where the first Van Antwerps to the new world settled, I think it is pretty safe to assume he is a relative.)

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.

Bernie Van Antwerp Jr. Monday, Jun 16 2008 

I was saddened to recently learn that my cousin died. I believe it was of a heart attack suffered while one the road working. I know several of his brothers and his parents well.

Bernard A. Van Antwerp, beloved husband of Patti, nee Domzalski; loving father ofNicholas, Michael and Eleanor; dear son of Bernard L. and Deanna J. Van Antwerp; fond brother of Julie Odermann, Christopher (Loretta), Michael, and Lynn (Karl) Ness; fond son-in-law of Bruno and Katie Domzalski; dear-brother-in law of Michael (Paige) Domzalski and Ellen (Chris) Clark; greatly loved by 13 nieces and nephews and a friend to many.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Van Antwerp Children Education Fund, 26333 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081. Info 84-234-0022.

Published in the Chicago Tribune on 6/8/2008.

There is a nice online guest book here.

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I added after the fact this additional information that I found on him.

Bernie A. Van Antwerp
Died: Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Age: 43

Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Bernie A. Van Antwerp, 43, died suddenly of heart attack Wednesday, June 4, 2008. He was living in Lake Forest, Ill.

Mr. Van Antwerp was raised in Grosse Pointe Park and attended St. Clare of Montefalco grade school. A job transfer took the family to Ohio and Mr. Van Antwerp graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School in Stow, Ohio.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and his Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.

He was employed in sales and marketing with Oracle.

Mr. Van Antwerp was an avid skier, sailboat racer, triathlete, runner and tailgater. He was an active volunteer in his community and church as a youth sports coach and member of the Knights of Columbus.

Linking Detroit back to NY Sunday, Nov 25 2007 

Continuing on Rootsweb, it looks like the Van Antwerp family moved to Detroit back in the early 1800s with Francis Van Antwerp and that his only child to have decendents was Eugene Charles.

  • Name: Francis Joseph VAN ANTWERP
  • Birth: 8 Apr 1831 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Death: 28 Jun 1892 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Father: Francis VAN ANTWERP b: 4 Oct 1804 in Amsterdam, New York
    Mother: Appoline dit La Douceur VERNIER b: 19 Feb 1810 in Detroit, Michigan

    Marriage 1 Mary Eliza GORE b: 4 Sep 1825 in Deer Park, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

    • Married: 1 Feb 1855 in Detroit, Michigan
    • Fact 2: 1 Feb 1855 in byFr.Hennaert,V.G., in Sts.Peter&Paul Cathedral.

    Children

    1. Eugene Charles VAN ANTWERP b: 22 Nov 1855 in Detroit, Michigan
    2. Francis Selah Joseph VAN ANTWERP b: 22 Apr 1858 in Detroit, Michigan (pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Detroit, MI; Vicar General of Detroit Diocese; Monsignor, Catholic Diocese of Detroit)
    3. Arthur Patrick VAN ANTWERP b: 3 Jul 1860 in Detroit, Michigan (Jesuit priest who died at age 35 after getting run over by a train in St. Louis, MO)
    4. Michael Gore VAN ANTWERP b: 4 Sep 1863 in Detroit, Michigan (married Elizabeth Brodel; never had children; operated the Van Antwerp Coal Co.)
    5. Pauline Mary VAN ANTWERP , R.S.C.J. b: 12 May 1866 in Detroit, Michigan (sister in the Religious of the Sacred Heart stationed in Grosse Pointe, MI)
    6. Mary Ann Eliza VAN ANTWERP b: 11 Jun 1868 in Detroit, Michigan (married and had two children – one was a priest and the other died in his early 20s)

    Great, Great Grandfather Sunday, Nov 25 2007 

    Now this seems to get to the multiple trees in the Michigan area. 

    Eugene Charles VAN ANTWERP

  • Birth: 22 Nov 1855 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Death: 10 Jan 1912 in Detroit, Michigan

    Father: Francis Joseph VAN ANTWERP b: 8 Apr 1831 in Detroit, Michigan
    Mother:
    Mary Eliza GORE b: 4 Sep 1825 in Deer Park, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

    Marriage 1 Cecilia Mary RENO b: 21 Sep 1859 in Detroit, Michigan

    • Married: 25 Nov 1884 in Detroit, Michigan
    • Fact 2: in at Sts.Peter & Paul (Jesuit) Cathedral.

    Children

    1. Mary Cecilia VAN ANTWERP b: 21 Sep 1885 in Detroit, Michigan
    2. Francis Frieden VAN ANTWERP b: 24 Aug 1887 in Detroit, Michigan
    3. Eugene Ignatius VAN ANTWERP , Sr. b: 26 Jul 1889 in Detroit, Michigan
    4. Arthur Joseph VAN ANTWERP , Sr. b: 5 Sep 1891 in Detroit, Michigan
    5. Virginie Agnes VAN ANTWERP b: 8 Mar 1894 in Detroit, Michigan
    6. Thomas Joseph VAN ANTWERP , Sr. b: 20 Jun 1895 in Detroit, Michigan
    7. Anna Marie Pauline VAN ANTWERP b: 31 Jan 1897 in Detroit, Michigan
    8. George Louis Reno VAN ANTWERP I b: 27 Jan 1898 in Detroit, Michigan
    9. Cecilia Mary Elizabeth VAN ANTWERP b: 6 Apr 1899 in Detroit, Michigan
    10. Agnes Mary Martha VAN ANTWERP b: 8 Feb 1906 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Going Back One More Generation Sunday, Nov 25 2007 

    So, yesterday I posted my generation and my father’s generation.  Now, let me go back to my great-grandfather.  From Rootsweb, it tells me:

  • Name: Eugene Charles VAN ANTWERP
  • Birth: 11 – 22 – 1855 in Detroit , Michigan
  • Death: 1 – 10 – 1912 in Detroit , MichiganFather: Francis Joseph VAN ANTWERP b: 4 – 8 – 1831 in Detroit , Michigan
    Mother: Mary Eliza GORE b: 9 – 4 – 1825 in Ireland

    Marriage 1 Cecilia Mary RENO b: 9 – 21 – 1859 in Detroit , Michigan

    • Married: 11 – 25 – 1884 in Detroit , Michigan

    Children

    1. Has No Children Mary Cecilia VAN ANTWERP b: 9 – 21 – 1885 in Detroit , Michigan
    2. Has No Children Eugene Ignatius VAN ANTWERP b: 7 – 26 – 1889 in Detroit , Michigan
  • Clicking through on my grandfather’s sister doesn’t reveal much other than she died in St. Louis.

  • Name: Mary Cecilia VAN ANTWERP
  • Birth: 9 – 21 – 1885 in Detroit , Michigan
  • Death: 1 – 1 – 1959 in St. Louis , Missouri
  • Family Notes from “The Final Four” Sunday, Nov 25 2007 

    The remaining four brothers and sisters that are decendants of Eugene I Van Antwerp wrote a book called “The Final Four: Van Antwerp Family Profiles” which just came out. It was written by Agnes, George, Dacia, and Daniel. Here are some things from it.

    It is amazing to me that they had as many as 15 people living in a five bedroom house Detroit (16845 Muirland Avenue). There were 11 kids plus parents plus their Aunt Mamie (Bourke) [mother’s maiden aunt] and some friend of their dad’s from WWI that lived in the basement.

    Parents: Eugene Ignatius Van Antwerp (7/26/89) and Mary Frances McDevitt (8/17/90)

    Kids: Polly, Lauretta, Joan, Gene, Joe, Dolores, Gore, Agnes, Dacia, George, and Danny

    [Eugene I was the son of Eugene Charles Van Antwerp and Cecelia Renaud (aka Reno)]

    [Mary Francis McDevitt was the daughter of John J. McDevitt and Caroline Bourke]

    I never met either of my grandparents on this side and only one on my mother’s side. [My mother (Mary Louise Beale) married George Van Antwerp and her father was the first generation here in the US. I have only heard a little about the family history which was traced back to William of Orange.]

    Pauline Annetta Van Antwerp married Robert William Denton
    * Mary Dolores Denton (married Cyril DeMeulemeester)

    – Kathleen Marie DeMeulemeester (married David J Bredenberg)
        – Jacqueline Monique Bredenberg
    – Robert Sean DeMeulemeester (married Kathleen Keiko Kamatani)
        – Cole Mansfield DeMeulemeester
    – Scott Denton Andrew DeMeulemeester (married Monica)
        – Morgan Elizabeth DeMeulemeester
        – Matthew DeMeulemeester
        – Jack DeMeulemeester
    – Laura Monique DeMeulemeester

    * Kathleen Clare Denton (married Michael Buell Doelle)
    * Robert William Denton II (married Barbara Oblin)

    – Ann Marie Denton (married James Westerberg)
        – Andrew J. Denton
        – Robert William Denton III
    – Tracie Michelle Denton (married Stephen Lawrence Kelly)
        – Spencer Stephen Kelly
    – (2nd wife of Robert William II was Patricia Garrisi)
    – (3rd wife of Robert William II was Margaret Joan Helm)
    – Joan Denton
    – Sarah Denton (married Senor Sentell)

    * Caroline Joan Denton (married William Ryan Wundrach)

    – Maria Ann Wundrach (married Michael E. Butler)
        – Michael Jason Butler
        – Matthew Butler
    – Christopher William Wundrach (married Suzette Oztrowski)
        – Dean Christopher Wundrach
    – Patrick Thomas Wundrach (married Kathleen)

    * Philip Eugene Denton (married Nancy Thierry)

    – Kaitlin Marie Denton

    * Richard Michael Denton (married Mary Patricia Schaeffner)

    – Brian Michael Denton
    – Timothy Patrick Denton

    * John Patrick Denton (married Patricia Ver Vane)

    – Adeana Marie Denton (married Kelly Peters)
        – Ethan Peters
    – Amy Elizabeth Denton (married Jason Jacob Swackhamer)
    – Shane Patrick Denton

    * Colleen Elizabeth Denton (married William Joseph Schechter)
    – (2nd husband Ray Taylor)

    Frances Lauretta Van Antwerp married Julius Aloysius Jaeger
    * Julius Patrick Jaeger (married Sandi Allen)

    – Nina Leigh Jaeger (married David Shorum)
        – Mitchell Shorum
        – Morgan Shorum
    – Lisa Marie Jaeger (married Brett Tilley)
        – Lauren Tilley
        – Olivia Tilley
        – Cole Tilley
    – Trisha Jaeger (married Graham)
        – Graham
        – Audrey Graham
    – Michael Jaeger

    * Eugene Michael Jaeger (married Elaine)
    * Peter Anthony Jaeger (married Linda Smith)

    – Christina Marie Jaeger
    – (2nd wife Kathleen A Weissenborn)
    – Dawn Michelle Jaeger
    – Timothy Peter Jaeger (married Nicole)

    * Juanita Appolene Jaeger (married John Conrad Muehlbauer)

    – Cynthia Marie Muehlbauer (married Marc Arthur Cabral)
    – John Julius Muehlbauer (married Daphne Dianne Holcombe)
    – Lauretta Ann Muehlbauer (married Jefferson Cohan)

    * Daniel Gore Jaeger (married Jane Denton Bradshaw)

    – Raegan Jaeger
    – Natasha Jaeger

    * Mary Josepha Jaeger (married Gordon Jafes Wysong)

    – Brian J. Wysong
    – David J. Wysong

    * Frances Lauretta Jaeger (married John Francis Jerow)

    – John Gordon Jerow (married Janna Manes)

    * Stephan Paul Jaeger (married Kay)

    – Patrick Jaeger
    – Carrie Ann Jaeger

    * William Henry Jaeger
    * Bridget Kunigunde Jaeger (married Robert L. Cady)
    * Matha Sabina Jaeger (married Peter Klaase)

    – Tenneya Klaase (married Sergei)
    – Raymond Klaase

    Francis Joseph Van Antwerp, Sr. married Elizabeth Ann Durocher (Betty)
    * Elizabeth Ann Van Antwerp (married Michael Louis Sorgi)

    – Sarah Elizabeth Sorgi
    – Mia Catherine Sorgi
    – (2nd husband – David Arthur Kalb)

    * Francis Joseph Van Antwerp, Jr. (married Nancy Ann Lawler)

    – Raymond Champion Van Antwerp (married Holly Ellis)
        – Meaghan Beth Van Antwerp
    – Timothy James Van Antwerp (married Erin)
    – Michael Ambrose Van Antwerp (married Iwona Ryszkowska)

    * Daniel Janse Van Antwerp (RIP)
    * Mary Catherine Van Antwerp (married Donald John Kozorski II)

    – Kristin May Kosorski (married Chad Wells Davis)
    – (2nd husband – Brad Haase)
        – Sara May Haase
    – Katherine Mary Kosorski
    – Elizabeth Ann Kosorski
    – Francis Joseph Kosorski

    * Kristin Jane Van Antwerp (married Paul Stephen Bahra, Sr.)

    – Elizabeth Ann Bahra
    – Paul Stephen Bahra, Jr.

    Anthony Gore Van Antwerp (married Colette Ann Rothmeyer)
    * Rosemary Dirkie Van Antwerp (married Peter J. Zacchilli)

    – Michaela C. Zacchilli

    * Francis Ann Van Antwerp (married Eric Nygaard)
    * John Van Antwerp (RIP)
    * Mary Elizabeth Van Antwerp
    * (2nd wife – Betsy)
    * (3rd wife – Sylvia Holmes)

    Joan Cecilia Van Antwerp (married John Francis Shannon II)
    * John Francis Shannon III (married Alyn Carpenter)

    – Lindsay Shannon (married Philip Davidson)
        – Gracie Davidson
        – William Davidson
    – John Francis Shannon IV (married)
        – Devin Shannon

    * Michael Shannon (RIP)
    * Patrick Shannon (RIP)
    * Kathleen Elizabeth Shannon (married Norman Robert Bean)
    * Dacia Joan Shannon (married William Michael Burke, Jr.)

    – Denis Robert Burke (married Amy Lynne Garey)
        – Aubrey Michelle Burke
    – Michael Shannon Burke

    * Mary Pauline Anna Shannon (married Louis Patrick Smith)

    – Joshua Louis Smith
    – Ashley Shannon Smith

    * Frances Caroline Shannon (married Walter Francis Akstull II)

    – Walter Frances Akstull III
    – Tara Shannon Akstull

    * Eugene Charles Shannon
    * Cynthia Georgianne Shannon (married Eric Haegele)

    – Shannon Michaela Haegele
    – Dacia Joan Haegele (marrie Jared Cahill)
    – Jack Rolf Cahill

    * George Van Antwerp Shannon, Sr. (married Heather O’Connor)

    – Ciaran Shannon
    – Siobhan Mary Shannon
    – (2nd wife – Dawn Wimberly)
    – George Van Antwerp Shannon, Jr.
    – Colleen Shannon

    * Kevin Joseph Shannon (married Carolyn Underhill)

    – Molly Frances Shannon
    – John Patrick Shannon

    * Kelly Ann Shannon (married Derek Schwartzenburg)
    * (2nd husband – John Langford De Lee)
    * (3rd husband – Philip Aloysius Jacobs)

    George Bernard Van Antwerp, Sr. (married Mary Louis Beale)
    * George Bernard Van Antwerp, Jr. (married Kerri Anne Kelly)

    – Keeley Anne Van Antwerp
    – Britt Aaron Van Antwerp

    * Karon Ann Van Antwerp (married Andrew Latham)

    – Alex James Latham

    * Michael Gerald Van Antwerp (married Ami Marie Field)

    – Sawyer Janse Van Antwerp
    – Macie Kathleen Van Antwerp

    Rita Dacia Van Antwerp (married Reginald James McLaren)
    * Kevin McLaren (stepson)
    * (after Pauline (Polly) died and Reg died – Dacia married Robert W. Denton who was her sister Polly’s husband)

    Daniel Janse Van Antwerp (married Cecelia Elizabeth Martin)
    * Ann Elizabeth Van Antwerp (married Daniel David Wyers)

    – Audrey Ann Wyers
    – Patrick Daniel Wyers
    – Dakota Edwin Holbrook

    * Catherine Denise Van Antwerp (married Matthew Christopher Partalis)
    * Mary Patricia Van Antwerp (married Dennis Patrick Moylan)

    – Tyler Martin Moylan
    – Alec Matthew Moylan
    – Lydia Marie Moylan

    * Karen Marie Van Antwerp (married Michael Heupel)

    Dr. John McDevitt Saturday, Nov 24 2007 

    Dr. John McDevitt (cousin) died on Wednesday (11/21/07).  He was a psychiatrist in NY and was the son of my Great Uncle Justin J. McDevitt.  Justin’s sister was my grandmother who was married to Eugene I Van Antwerp.

    Good timing Tuesday, Nov 20 2007 

    Last night, I received a new book from my dad titled “The Final Four” which is from the four living brothers and sisters talking about the 11 kids.  This provides some good fodder for the blog including a good detailed list of cousins.

    It also reminded me that I should go dig through “Zoon: Van Antwerp Family Saga” which is another book that my dad and uncle put out.  I guess it is a fictional history book which sticks generally to the history from Holland until modern times, but they take some liberties with the details. 

    [After my father retired, he began publishing books about people, the family, his life, and other topics.] 

    I don’t know if he has extras, but let me know if you’re interested.  Amazon and others sometimes list the books, but he didn’t do a big run.

    George Van Antwerp Sr. 80th Party Monday, Nov 19 2007 

    We had a great party for my dad at a restaurant in Birmingham, MI with about 90 people. I am not going to post a lot of pictures, but here are a few:

    Mary Lou and George Van Antwerp

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    Dr. Dacia Van Antwerp

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    Bernie and Deanna Van Antwerp (front)

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    The McDevitt’s (relatives)…My grandmother was a McDevitt.

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    Dr. Van Antwerp – Calvin College Saturday, Nov 17 2007 

    Dr. Jennifer Jewett VanAntwerp
    Assoc. Professor
    Chemical Engineering

    Educational background

    Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999

    Dr. Jennifer VanAntwerp completed her M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1997 and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1999, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While serving as a teaching assistant in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois, she completed a Graduate Teaching Certificate and earned an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

    Professional experience

    She has worked at Amway, IBM, and Pfizer, and continues to consult with Pfizer. Dr. Van Antwerp’s area of special interest is biotechnology, particularly protein engineering. She began teaching at Calvin College in1999.

    Aunts and Uncles back in 1923 Sunday, Nov 11 2007 

    Here is a picture of some of my aunts and uncles from 1923 Detroit.  It is Lauretta, Dolores, Gene, Joe, and Polly Van Antwerp.  I think the goat was named Misha.

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    Mayor Eugene I Van Antwerp Sunday, Nov 11 2007 

    Here are a few old pictures I had on Eugene (my grandfather) which show him with President’s Kennedy and Truman.  I know Truman is from 1948.  I am sure Kennedy is from a similar time.

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    Cousin Going for Record Saturday, Nov 10 2007 

    Tara Akstull who plays women’s hockey for St. Lawrence in Albany, NY has scored in 7 straight games. The record is 8. We are watching diligently to see if she does it.

    Tara is related through the Shannon side of the family. Her mother is Frances Shannon who was the daughter of Joan Van Antwerp (one of 11 Van Antwerp siblings) of Detroit, Michigan and John Francis “Jack” Shannon II (one of 7 siblings) of Troy New York .

    Van Antwerps in LinkedIn Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 

    I found a bunch of Van Antwerps in LinkedIn (professional social networking tool).

    Bernie van Antwerp – Chicago (biotech)

    Bragg Van Antwerp – NY (financial services)

    Bryan Van Antwerp – Grand Rapids, MI (IT)

    Chris Van Antwerp  – Rochester, NY (construction)

    Christopher Van Antwerp – Detroit (healthcare)

    Daniel Van Antwerp – Detroit (former judge)

    Dave Van Antwerp – Salt Lake City (restaurants)

    Deb VanAntwerp – Minneapolis (mktg)

    Dirke & Pete Van Antwerp – Boston (mktg)

    Donald Van Antwerp – Jacksonville, FL (real estate)

    Donna VanAntwerp – Detroit (IT)

    Fiona Van Antwerp – Canada (software)

    George Van Antwerp – St. Louis (healthcare)

    Hayley Van Antwerp – NY (financial services)

    Heidi VanAntwerp – Atlanta (education)

    Helgard van Antwerp – UK (IT)

    Iwona Van Antwerp – (HR / Search)

    Jack Van Antwerp – NY (newspapers)

    Jana Van Antwerp – Dallas (transportation)

    Jay VanAntwerp – Cleveland (financial services)

    Jeannie VanAntwerp – Grand Rapids, MI (telecom)

    Jeff Vanantwerp – Portland, OR (IS)

    Karen Van Antwerp – Detroit (insurance)

    Katherine VanAntwerp – Boston (publishing)

    Ken Van Antwerp – Colorado Springs (semiconductors)

    Krista Vanantwerp – Raliegh-Durham (teaching)

    Linda VanAntwerp – Philadelphia (HR)

    Lindsey Vanantwerp – Salt Lake (telecom)

    Lorie VanAntwerp – (defense)

    Malin VanAntwerp – Philadelphia (law)

    Mark VanAntwerp – Seattle (computer games)

    Mary VanAntwerp – Grand Rapids (banking)

    Michael Van Antwerp – San Diego (real estate)

    Jack Van Antwerp Photography Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 

    Here is some photography from a Jack Van Antwerp.

    Another Van Antwerp Priest Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 

    Saturday, June 25, 1927

    Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Van Antwerp, D.D., LL.D., Prothonotary Apostolic, Vicar General of the Diocese of Detroit, Rector of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, dies at age 72.

    Rev John Van Antwerp Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 

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    There is a Reverend John Van Antwerp who is mentioned in the history of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Wyandotte, Michigan.

    Fonda Site Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

    I found this posting on a website from a few years ago…

    I have recently put together a new website WWW.FONDA.ORG which is focused on the Fonda surname, and there are a number of spouses or in-laws with the VAN ANTWERPEN surname. If any of these are of interest, or if you just want to browse, please drop in… any feedback or additional informaton is welcome. There are over 2000 Fonda’s included… the largest and most accurate Fonda surname database around.

    • Catherine VanAntwerp 1829 1905 1850 U.S. Census, New York, Fulton, Johnstown
    • Leslie Henry VanAntwerp 3-Feb-1852 1918 married 2nd Margaret Stewart; bur. VanAntwerp Lot, Evergreen Cemetery, Sand Flats, NY
    • Maria Danielse VanAntwerpen 3-May-1713
    • Arla VanAntwerpt

    First Van Antwerp in the US Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

    Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen
    b. c 1635, d. a 1720
    Pedigree

    Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen was the son of Jan of Antwerp and Neeltje ?. He was born circa 1635 at Antwerp, Netherlands. He married Maria Groot, daughter of Symon Symonse Groot and Rebecca du Trieux, circa 1669 at Schenectady, NY. He died after 1720.
    Daniel was a deputy shout fiscal in Albany in 1656. He signed a contract to serve Adriaan Appel, an innkeeper, for one year 24 Sept 1661. He then went to Delaware, returning to the Hudson Valley about 1665. He settled at 8 miles north of Schenectady about 1670. Daniel was a magistrate in Schenectady in 1676, in 1704 a member of the Board of Trustees, deacon in 1703 and probably elder in 1715. That year he deeded part of a lot to the Reformed Church.
         Children of Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen and Maria Groot:
    Jan Danielse Van Antwerp+   (24 Nov 1670 – 26 Jan 1756)
    Arent Danielse Van Antwerp+   (c 1684)
    Simon Danielse Van Antwerp   (c 1685 – c 1747)
    Daniel Danielse Van Antwerp   (c 1686 – b 1746)
    Pieter Danielse Van Antwerp   (c 1688 – a 1742)
    Neeltje Danielse Van Antwerp   (07 Jul 1690)
    Rebecca Danielse Van Antwerp   (25 Dec 1692 – 1765)
    Maria Danielse Van Antwerp   (03 Jan 1694/95)
     

    SOURCE 

    Mount Vernon Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

    1858-1870, Mrs. VerPlanck Van Antwerp

    Jane Maria Yates (1815-1870), daughter of John Van Ness Yates, of Albany, and granddaughter of Robert Yates, member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. She married General Verplanck Van Antwerp, also of Albany. He took an active part in Indian affairs, and settled at Keokuk, Iowa, about the year 1840. During the Civil War he was distinguished for gallantry in the Missouri and Arkansas campaigns. Mrs. Van Antwerp engaged in a most active campaign for Mount Vernon, issuing a number of appeals to the people of Iowa. She was the seventeenth Vice Regent to be appointed and was one of the small but faithful group who received the Regent at the 1866 meeting and helped her to resume the great work that had begun before the war. Mrs. Van Antwerp served until her death.

    From Catalogue of the Centennial Exhibition Commemorating the Founding of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union, 1853-1953 , Mount Vernon, Va. : 1953.

    (Source)

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    Brevet General – Civil War Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

    Van Antwerp, Verplanck – Maj., Additional Aide-de-Camp, U.S.V.
    Brevet Brig. Gen. U.S.V. February 13 1865

    MAJOR ISAAC VERPLANCK VAN ANTWERP
    Acting Assistant Adjutant General

    Born:           June 8, 1807, Coeymans, Albany County, New York
    Died:           December 2, 1875, near Upper Marlboro, Maryland
    Education:   United States Military Academy
    Occupation: Lawyer, politician, and U.S. Land Office Receiver for Iowa before war.
    Regular Army after war.
    Buried:        Trinity Episcopal Churchyard, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (Unmarked).

    (source)

    A brevet rank was an honorary promotion given to an officer (or occasionally, an enlisted man) in recognition of gallant conduct or other meritorious service. They served much the same purpose that medals play today (our modern system of medals did not exist at the time of the Civil War).

    (Source)

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    Juge Jaeger (cousin) passes Friday, Nov 2 2007 

    My uncle Julius (Juge) Jaeger passed away this week.  He was married to my father’s sister (Lauretta Van Antwerp) who passed away several years ago.  He had 11 children and lived in Georgia.  He was an aircraft designer for Lockheed years ago and designed minature racing planes for Howard Hughes.

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