Are We Related to the Clute Family? Monday, Nov 20 2017 

I was recently sent this from my uncle about the Van Antwerp family in the US.  It was published in a recent article on the Schenectady History (New York).

“Through intermarriage the Van Antwerps of Troy belong to what is believed by many genealogists to be one of the very oldest families in existence, the Clute. They are said to descend from Canute, King of Denmark, who conquered England. King Canute (Danish Knute) was born in 995 A.D., conquered England 1015, and eventually Norway 1031. His conquest of England was over the Saxon King Ethelred and his son Edmund, “Ironsides.” Descendants of King Canute settled in Holland, and about 1645 came to America, the name passing through several changes until it reached the form now in use, Clute. The family coat-of-arms (obtained from Holland) is a shield with three crowns denoting the three crowns he wore, Denmark, England and Norway, a boar rampant, denoting his warlike character. The motto beneath meaning “Famous.” This coat-of-arms may also be found on a stained glass window of the Dutch church at Schenectady, New York.

Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen (Daniel, son of Jan, from Antwerp), was born in 1635. In 1650 he was deputy schout fiscal at Fort Orange (Albany); in September, 1661, 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 (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 1665. He had much dealing with the Indians, and settled eight miles beyond the village, but took the 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 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 English surveys mark the house as Jan Danielse Van Antwerpen’s, 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 (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. March 14, 1909, a white marble tablet, suitably inscribed 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.”




Eugene I Van Antwerp Old Paper – Armistice Day Friday, Dec 27 2013 

A relative to recently started reading this blog sent this to me.  Thanks again.  

I thought I would share the PDF of the article here.



2 Van Antwerp Wills From 1744 and 1781 Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

The Schenectady Historical Society has a list of wills that they have archived.  Two of those are from the early Van Antwerp family that lived in that area.

8 Van Antwerps In The Holland Society in 1902 Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

There were 8 Van Antwerps in the Holland Society in 1902.  Here’s a link to the list.

Van Antwerp’s In The Revolutionary War Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

According to this view thru Google books of people in NY that were in the Revolutionary War, this shows 12 Van Antwerps.  

The book is called New York In The Revolution As Colony And State. 

Mobile AL Van Antwerp Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

I’ve always wondered if the Van Antwerp building in Mobile was related to our family.  Based on the obituary here which has a Daniel Janse Van Antwerp mentioned which is a common name in our family tree, I’m going to guess that it is.

Mr. James Callanan Van Antwerp, Jr. – born September 24, 1923, a native of Mobile, AL passed away at his home on July 25, 2009. A graduate of Murphy High School, 1940, and the United States Naval Academy, 1945, Jim served his country in the United States Navy for 16 years. He returned to run the family business and he was a former Chairman of the Mobile Republican Executive Committee and the First Congressional District Committee. He was preceded in death by his parents James Callanan Van Antwerp, Sr. and Fanny Imahorn Van Antwerp. He is survived by his wife Margaret Barrett Van Antwerp, his children James Callanan Van Antwerp, III (Allison), Elizabeth Van Antwerp Reasonover (A.B.) and John David Van Antwerp (Cheryl), his brother Daniel Janse Van Antwerp, and his grandchildren Nicholas Allan Van Antwerp, Mitchell Aaron Van Antwerp, Tyler James Van Antwerp, Andrew Philip Van Antwerp, Matthew Karol Van Antwerp, Ross Michael Reasonover, and Ryan Thomas Reasonover.

My Uncle Joe Van Antwerp’s Obituary Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

Francis Joseph Van Antwerp Sr., of Cheboygan, passed away at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002.

“Joe” was born in Detroit on Aug. 4, 1919, the son of Eugene and Frances (McDevitt) Van Antwerp. He attended Gesu Elementary School in Detroit and later graduated from U of D High School, where he played on the City of Detroit champion football team, scoring the winning touchdown in the city championship game. He attended the University of Detroit, his education being interrupted by World War II.

He received an appointment in the U.S. Naval Academy and upon his graduation was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Joe served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.

Joe married Elizabeth Ann Durocher of DeTour, the daughter of Ray and May Durocher, on July 29, 1941, at Gesu Church in Detroit. This union of 60 years was truly an example of lasting and devoted love.


Following the war, Joe returned to his studies at the University of Detroit, where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering, becoming a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and Florida.

Joe and Ray Durocher co-founded Durocher-Van Antwerp, which later became Durocher Dock and Dredge, where he served as its president until his retirement.

He was a director of the Citizen’s National Bank from 1965 to 1990 and served as chairman of the board from 1986 to 1990.

His life-long accomplishments were many and varied beginning with achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1933. Following in his father’s footsteps, who was a former mayor of the city of Detroit, Joe became active in local politics serving as mayor and councilman of the city of Cheboygan. He was a Cheboygan County Supervisor and board member of the following organizations: Michigan Turnpike Authority, Cheboygan Planning Commission, Cheboygan Hospital Board, Cheboygan Housing Commission, Economic Development Commission, Mullett Lake and Cheboygan country clubs. Joe was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, founding member of the board of the Cheboygan City-County Airport, Michigan Society of Professional Engineers of which he served as president of the Petoskey chapter and former state vice president of the same.

Of all his life’s accomplishments Joe will be remembered most as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth “Betty,” and their children, Elizabeth (David) Kalb of Bloomfield Hills, Joe (Nancy) VanAntwerp of Cheboygan, Mary (Donald) Kosorski of Cheboygan, and Kristin (Paul) Bahra of Northville; grandchildren include Sarah and Mia Sorgi, Raymond, Timothy (Erin), and Michael Van Antwerp, Meaghan (Douglas) Isard, Kristin Kosorski Davis, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Joey Kosorski, and Elizabeth and Stephen Bahra; great-grandchildren include Abigail, Claudia, and Sophie Isard.


Van’s Bakery Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

Van’s Bakery was a landmark in Edmond, Oklahoma for 44 years and was ranked in its day as one of the outstanding independent bakeries of Oklahoma. Many of Edmond’s citizens will remember the smell of Van’s bread baking as they walked or drove through the downtown area.

In 1889, George Van Antwerp made the Land Run of 1889 and settled just south of Oklahoma City. Everett Van Antwerp was born in 1893, 4 years after the run. 

Van’s Bakery opened in 1915 by George Van Antwerp and his brother Irvin. The building included a cafe and a confectionary. In 1920, George’s son Everett came out of service in the first world war and bought his father’s and uncle’s shares of the business and  in 1928, Everett Howard Van Antwerp moved the bakery to a location on the northeast corner of Second Street and Broadway. E.H. Van Antwerp and his uncle Irvin shared in the running the bakery and cafe after George left the business. In the early days, Van’s Cafe was a popular location in town because it served malts, shakes and sodas on the cafe side. Irvin eventually oversaw the running of the Cafe and Everett took control of the operations of the Bakery.

The Bakery was named for Everett Howard Van Antwerp, affectionately known as “Van” by his closest friends. In the beginning, bread was delivered by hand in boxes, but by 1927 a truck delivery service had been established. Bread was made by hand in the early years of the business. In its boom years, Van’s bakery was known for its wide variety of bread, lip-smacking pies and cakes. Because of local demand, “Van” hired five women to bake and decorate birthday cakes, which were the favorite of mothers and children alike.

Van’s Bakery was famous for its potato bread which was awarded the “blue ribbon for excellence of freshness, flavor, quality, uniformity, cleanliness and value by the Independent Bakers Council of America in 1950.

As years went by, independent baking companies like Van’s became less successful because grocery store chains carried their own brands. Growing conglomerates could afford the large scale equipment and staff required to create baked goods, making it difficult for companies like Van’s to meet with its rising competition.

Van’s Bakery was closed on December 4, 1965. At that time, stores in Edmond, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Purcell, Crescent, Geary, Wellston and Bristow were forced to stop stocking Van’s Bread and Everett Van Antwerp retired at the age of 72.


Fun Fact: In 1960, Humpty Dumpty Grocery took Van’s bread off its shelves to sell the store’s name brand and within 30 days the store was again stocking Van’s Bread because the townspeople demanded that it be returned to store shelves.


Bibliography: “Van’s Bakery a Leading Edmond Concern,” Edmond Sun, June 16, 1932, “Bread Smell Sparks Memories,” Edmond SUNday, June 3, 1979, “Van’s Bakery remembered as key in Edmond,” Edmond Life & Leisure, October 14, 2004, Blue Ribbon Ad, the Daily Oklahoman, Friday, November 2, 1951, “Van’s Bakery Set to Close Doors Saturday,” Edmond Booster, December 2, 1965.

Bernie Van Antwerp Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

I don’t think I posted this before, but this is the obituary from my cousin Bernie Van Antwerp who died young a few years ago.

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.

He is survived by his wife, Patti Domzalski; children, Nicholas, Michael and Eleanor; parents, Deanna and Bernard Van Antwerp of Grosse Pointe Park; parents-in-law, Bruno and Katie Domzalski of Grosse Pointe Park; sisters, Julie (Johanne) Odermann and Lynn (Karl) Ness; brothers, Christopher (Loretta) and Michael. He also is survived by his brother-in-law, Michael (Paige) Domzalski; sister-in-law, Ellen (Chris) Clark; 16 nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Van Antwerp Fishing Reel Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

Thos. H. Chubb Henshall-Van Antwerp Reel – Post Mills, VT

Thos. H. Chubb was established in 1869 and sold a wide range of quality rods and reels. He made what is perhaps the most interesting bait casting reel ever made. The flowing lines and protruding drag thumb lever and click lever make this reel highly sought by collectors today. The German sliver Henshall-Van Antwerp reel was made for only a few years and incorporates his September 27, 1887 patent. The late model Henshall Van Antwerp reels were made by Julius vom Hofe. The reel is named after two of Chubb’s friends and associates. Dr. J.A. Henshall, author of “The Book of the Black Bass,” wrote about the merits of using tackle made by Thos. Chubb. Chubb credited Dr. Wm. Van Antwerp, of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky with co-designing the reel.


Van Antwerp Families By State in 1920 Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

I saw this in an advertisement for obviously targeted off a Google search I was doing.  Very interesting.

Virtual Wall – Capt. Van Antwerp Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

I found another military member of the family from Albany.  

Captain William Meadon Van Antwerp, Jr.

Van Antwerp PoliSci Expert Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

I found an article about Egypt published by an Alanna Van Antwerp –  

Alanna C. Van Antwerp is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the George Washington University and was a 2012 Boren Fellow in Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt. Her research was supported in part by a Travel-Research-Engagement grant from the Project on Middle East Political Science. This post is drawn from a forthcoming book chapter titled “The Electoral Model Without Elections: The Arab Uprisings of 2011 and the Color Revolutions in Comparative Perspective” with Nathan J. Brown. Follow her on Twitter: @vanantwerpa

Rich Van Antwerp – Another Relative? Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

I found Rich online at  I’ll have to reach out to him to see how he links back to the family.  

Senior Vice President
Fundraising Management Division
Cedar Rapids, IA

Rich is now in his 18th year in the development profession. For the last 14 years, Rich has applied his telephone fundraising expertise in a sales and consulting capacity. He has assisted over 75 non-profit organizations with their telephone fundraising and membership programs. In addition to his sales and consulting responsibilities, Rich also manages RuffaloCODY’s non-profit services sales staff.

Rich began his development career as a student at Gettysburg College, managing the student phonathon program and organizing his senior class gift program, which secured Annual Fund pledges from 97% of his class. After graduation, he spent a year with the Eastman Kodak Company before returning to the development field. Philanthropy Management Inc. (PMI) hired Rich as Director of Rutgers University Foundation?s $350 million Campaign for Rutgers Telefund program. After guiding the program to record productivity levels, Rich then took on responsibilities as Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Rutgers.

Rich then returned to his alma mater where he first served as Associate Director of Annual Giving before rising to Director of Annual Giving. While at Gettysburg College, Rich was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the College’s Annual Fund program. At Gettysburg College, he was also responsible for managing the Reunion Giving and Class Agent programs in addition to the Parents Fund and Orange and Blue Fund (athletics).

Rich started with RuffaloCODY in 1997. Since moving to Cedar Rapids, Rich has become active in the community. He is a member of the Eastern Iowa Chapter of AFP, the Cedar Rapids Rotary, and has served on the Board of Directors of the IMAX/Science Station, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and Iowan Council of Camp Fire USA.


Van Antwerp Law Firm Saturday, Sep 28 2013 

Although I don’t see any Van Antwerps listed on their website as current lawyers, I’m guessing there must have been one here at some point.

VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann, LLP is one of the largest and most historic firms based in Eastern Kentucky. Our longstanding tradition of hard work and superior legal representation has allowed us to attract some of the best attorneys throughout the state of Kentucky. Our knowledgeable and experienced team provides exceptional representation in diverse and niche legal disciplines.

Video of 16th Engineers from WWI with Eugene I Van Antwerp Sunday, Oct 16 2011 

A great 52-minute video has just been made of the contribution of the 16th Engineers in WWI by a Dennis Skupinski. Eugene (Gene) was made a major.

For quick reference, the scenes with a mustached Eugene. I. Van Antwerp are into the documentary at the following times:

4:10 – observing innoculation

14:48 – on a horse, erroneously called Major Robertson

41:07 – front of line marching men

45:46 – showing then and now where the men marched

(My cousin Mike Denton also believes you might find him at the 9:03 mark in the back row, 11th from the left, in the Officers Corps picture.)

Honest John McDevitt Friday, Jan 2 2009 

According to my father, this is a sketch they found with my grandfather’s initials (EIV – Eugene I Van Antwerp) of “Honest John” McDevitt who was my great grandfather.


Mary Van Antwerp – Photographer Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

I found this picture of a Mary Van Antwerp in Flickr who according to the entry is a well known photographer.

Chief of Engineers Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

I think I have mentioned Lt. General Robert L. Van Antwerp before, but with all the flooding, I see lots of quotes from him online.  Here is his bio from Wikipedia

Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp, Jr. is the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army.

Van Antwerp graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1972. He completed Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault training, the Engineer Officer Basic Course and the Engineer Officer Advanced Course. He holds a Master of Science Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Long Island University in New York. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Van Antwerp’s previous assignment was as Commanding General, U.S. Army Accessions Command and Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Additionally, Van Antwerp exercised Department of the Army directed executive agent authority over the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. Command assignments include the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood/Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District during the Northridge earthquake of 1994; the U.S. Army Division, South Atlantic, Atlanta, Georgia; and the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during the Gulf War. Other assignments include Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Washington, DC; Director, Office of Competitive Sourcing, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition), Washington, DC; Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC; Executive Office, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C.; Chief, Military Engineering and Construction Division, U.S. Army Western Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Executive Officer, 84th Engineer Battalion, 45th General Support Group, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Instructor, Department of Mechanics, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Van Antwerp Village Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

Condo’s located on Van Antwerp road in NY.

A Photographer Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

I don’t know Jack, but here is a Jack Van Antwerp who is a photographer.  A simple site, but it has some nice B&W photos.  I assume he’s a relative, but I don’t know for sure.

Van Antwerp Family 101 Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

Van Antwerp means from Antwerp which is a city in Belgium.  Van (like von in German) means from.