Van Antwerps in the Civil War Sunday, Mar 18 2018 

I am just starting to look through the links on the Schenectady History site and came across this list.

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Van Antwerp Author Sunday, Mar 18 2018 

I found this about Alabama author Emily Staples Van Antwerp Hearin who married Sidney P. Van Antwerp in 1946.

HEARIN, EMILY STAPLES VAN ANTWERP, 1914-2005

Civic leader; author.  Born– February 22, 1914.

Parents–Alfred Louis and  Anna Louise Morriss Staples.

Married–Sidney P. van Antwerp, February 6, 1946.

Children– four.

Married–W. J. Hearin, 1981.

Education– Murphy High School, Mobile, graduated 1934; Holton Arms School, Washington, DC.

Active in many civic and charitable causes; Chair of the Civilian Defense Bureau in World War II; Member of the Board of the Alabama Historical Commission and the Museum of the City of Mobile; Member and president, Mobile Historical Homes Tours and Historic Mobile Preservation Society, and others.  Selected Mobile Mardi Gras Queen, 1934; Club Woman of the Year, 1965; First Lady of Mobile, 1975; Mobilian of the Year, 1992.  Died February 27, 2005.

Sources;

Who’s Who in Alabama, vol. 3; Anniston Star, March 4, 1984; Mobile Register, February 28, 2005.

Publications;

Canopy of Oaks; Streetscapes.   Mobile; Streetscapes, Inc., 1986.

Colonels, Cotton, and Camellias; Dedication and Tribute to our Courageous Forebearers [sic]… Mobile, 1990.

Downtown Goes Uptown.  Mobile, AL; First Southern Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1983.

Iron Ore to Iron Lace.  Mobile; Museum of the City of Mobile, 1980.

Let the Good Times Roll:  Mobile, Mother of Mystics.  Mobile, 1981.

Traditions of Candlelight Christmas.  S.L., s.n., s.d.

Joint publications;

Queens of Mobile Mardi Gras, 1893-1986.  Mobile; Museum of the City of Mobile, 1986.

Antwerp Township in Michigan Sunday, Mar 18 2018 

From the book – Michigan Place Names (per shot below), it appears that Antwerp Township in Van Buren County was named after Harmon Van Antwerp

Antwerp Township is a civil township of Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 10,813. It was named after the major Belgian city of Antwerp. Antwerp Township was established in 1837.

 

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Old Photos – Joe, Daniel, Dacia Van Antwerp Sunday, Mar 18 2018 

I was able to find some old photos of my aunts and uncles and cropped them.  Joe Van Antwerp, Daniel Van Antwerp, and Dacia Van Antwerp.  All children of Eugene I Van Antwerp.

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Cant. Julius Patrick Jaeger Saturday, Mar 17 2018 

I found this dedication to my cousin who died in the Vietnam War.  He was Frances Loretta Van Antwerp’s son.

CAPTAIN JULIUS PATRICK JAEGER, US AIR FORCE

457th TACTICAL AIRLIFT SQUADRON, 483rd TACTICAL AIRLIFT WING

CAPT Jaeger was born in Los Angeles, CA on 4 January 1940.  The oldest of 10 children, he moved to Atlanta with his family in 1953 and was enrolled in Marist School.  He was the first president of The Catholic Youth Organization at Our Lady of Assumption Parish, obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in The Boy Scouts of America and played football on the Marist School team.  Patrick attended Georgia Institute of Technology upon graduating from Marist, but received a full ROTC scholarship to the University of New Mexico and transferred, graduating in 1962 with a commission in the US Air Force.  He reported to K. I. Sawyer AFB for training, served there as a B-52 navigator for three years and was then selected for pilot training.  After completing flight school at Wichita Falls, TX, Patrick received his wings and was assigned to San Bernardino, CA where he flew C-141 transports as a copilot.

CAPT Jaeger received orders to Vietnam in 1969.  Upon arrival, he was assigned to The 457th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing.  Their mission was to support US and allied ground forces which primarily included Special Forces camps along the Cambodian border.  In April 1970, one of these outposts, A-245, at Dak Seang was taken under siege.  The NVA committed four regiments and several supporting battalions to the battle.  CAPT Jaeger courageously volunteered to fly his unarmed C-7A transport into intense enemy fire to airdrop desperately needed supplies.  After successfully delivering his valuable cargo, Patrick’s plane was hit and destroyed killing all three aboard.  His mission helped to repel the enemy and save the camp.

CAPT Jaeger’s heroism, strength of character, selflessness and patriotism reflects positively on his family and truly represents the finest traditions of the US Air Force and country.  The Silver Star Medal was posthumously awarded to CAPT Jaeger for his gallantry in action.

I also found two pictures from the memorial.

Sgt 1st Class Robert Van Antwerp Saturday, Mar 17 2018 

Here’s a news clipping from 1952 I found about Robert Van Antwerp receiving a Commendation Ribbon for meritorious service in Korea.

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Eugene I Van Antwerp Pictures Saturday, Mar 17 2018 

Most of these are of Eugene I Van Antwerp, but I found them tonight in a quick Google search.

Francis Joseph Van Antwerp Baptismal Certificate Friday, Mar 16 2018 

This certificate was signed by Fr. Gabriel Richard (who was one of the founders of the University of Michigan)!

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FR. GABRIEL RICHARD, S.S.

1767-1832

 Father Gabriel Richard (October 15, 1767 – September 13, 1832) was a French Roman Catholic priest and founder of the University of Michigan who became a Delegate from Michigan Territory to the U.S. House of Representatives.

He was born in La Ville de Saintes, France and entered the seminary in Angers in 1784 and was ordained on October 15, 1790. In 1792, he emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland. He taught mathematics at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, until being assigned by Bishop Carroll to do missionary work to the Indians in the Northwest Territory. He was first stationed in what is now Kaskaskia, Illinois, and later in Detroit, Michigan. Fr. Richard was a priest of the Society of Saint-Sulpice.

Richard arrived in Detroit on the Feast of Corpus Christi in June 1798 to be the assistant pastor at Ste. Anne’s Church. In 1804 he opened a school in Detroit, but this was destroyed by the fire that leveled the city in 1805. This is when Fr. Gabriel Richard wrote the city of Detroit’s motto: Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus; In English: “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” Fr. Richard organized the shipment of food aid to the city from neighboring ribbon farms in order to alleviate a food crisis following the loss of the city’s supply of livestock and grain.

In 1807, he was invited by a Protestant congregation to act as their clergyman. He did so successfully by concentrating on the elements of Christianity where they agreed. He had the first printing press in Detroit and published a periodical in the French language entitled Essais du Michigan, as well as The Michigan Essay, or Impartial Observer, in 1809. He was strongly in favor of the War of 1812 and trading with China.

Father Richard ministered among the Indians of the region and was generally admired by them. During the War of 1812, Richard was imprisoned by the British for refusing to swear an oath of allegiance after their capture of Detroit, saying, “I have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and I cannot take another. Do with me as you please.” He was released when the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, in spite of his hatred for the Americans, refused to fight for the British while Richard was imprisoned.

Together with Chief Justice Augustus B. Woodward, Richard was a co-founder of the Catholepistemiad of Michigania (which would later be renamed the University of Michigan), authorized by the legislature in 1817. He served as its Vice-President from 1817 to 1821. Following the reorganization of the University in 1821, he was appointed to its Board of Trustees and served until his death.

Father Richard was elected as a nonvoting delegate of the Michigan Territory to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 18th Congress, and was the first Catholic priest to be elected to that body, serving a single term, 1823-1825. He secured the first federal appropriation for a road across Michigan’s lower peninsula; it was developed as Michigan Avenue, connecting Detroit with Chicago. Richard was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824, being succeeded by Austin Eli Wing, a member of theWhig Party.

In 1832, after assisting cholera victims night and day during an epidemic, Gabriel Richard died of cholera in Detroit. By some accounts, he was said to die of exhaustion. He was buried in a crypt in St. Anne’s.

Van Antwerp Catholic Library Tuesday, Mar 13 2018 

This was printed by Shrine Press, 1615 Morrell St., Detroit 9, Michigan on behalf of VAN ANTWERP CATHOLIC LIBRARY, Chancery Building, 1232 Washington Blvd., Detroit 26, Michigan.

Van Antwerp Catholic Library Pamphlet c1940

In doing some more research on the library, I found this picture and caption.

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A pre-1963 photo of the chancery building at 1234 Washington Boulevard shows retail space on the ground floor, including the Van Antwerp Catholic Library, run by the Home Visitors of Mary. The chancery building, used by the archdiocese since 1926, was sold two years ago and will be vacated by the Archdiocese of Detroit in February 2015. | Michigan Catholic File Photo

The only other reference I found was in an old obituary about Miss Gerbig who worked there that said “the Van Antwerp Catholic Library, as it was called then, grew from a few floors at the St. Aloysius Church chancery building on Washington Blvd. to a basement, first floor and mezzanine store stocking Catholic publications, religious articles, liturgical recordings and gifts.”

William M Van Antwerp Jr. – Vietnam Tuesday, Mar 13 2018 

Someone took this picture of a family member at the Vietnam Memorial with their had on William’s name.  I thought I’d share it here.

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Van Antwerps Playing Tennis – 1915 Monday, Mar 12 2018 

I’m not sure who this is, but it’s from the San Dieguito Heritage Museum in Encinitas.

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St. Paul’s Church in Albany Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

Given the family history in NY, I assume this is likely a relative.

The Parish House for St. Paul’s Lancaster Street building was at 79 Jay Street, at the rear of the church building. It consisted of two buildings, both donated in memory of long-time members. This photograph, from the 1920 Year Book, is the earliest that shows both sections.St. Paul's Jay Street Parish House, 1920

he older section on the east side was built in 1883 through a donation by John Henry Van Antwerp in memory of his wife Martha Nancy Wiswall Van Antwerp, who had died in 1880.

John Henry Van Antwerp

John H. Van Antwerp was first elected to the vestry in 1858 and became senior warden in 1862. At the time of his retirement in 1902 he had served continuously as senior warden for an amazing 41 years.

Francis (John) McDevitt Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

My grandmother was a McDevitt, and I grew up around several cousins including Fr. Tom McDevitt.

I was reading some stories from my uncle about John (who died before he was born), but I thought I’d share them so they don’t get lost.

From my uncle…

He owned about 25 houses in Jackson, MI, and he had them all painted bright Irish green so he could identify them easily. He gave a free month’s rent to any tenant who had a newborn baby.

A meteor fell on a farmer’s land near Jackson, MI, and John purchased it from him. He said he wanted it placed on his grave in St. John’s Cemetery in Jackson, MI.

He graduated in the study of law from the University of Michigan and opened a business in downtown Jackson, MI, specializing in the practice of law, real estate, and insurance.

Someone told me that he was chairman of the Prohibition Party in Jackson County.

My mother told me that he was married twice and had each bride wear Irish green for her wedding. He took each new bride to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, LA, for their honeymoon.

Additionally, if you look at the family tree, he’s part of a large family.

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Jan Mabie House Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

Here’s a nice image of a sign for the Jan Mabie house.

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First Van Antwerp in America Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

Looking at the Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, Vol. I, it looks as if the first Van Antwerp arrived sometime before 1661 in NY.

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Gene Van Antwerp Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

Gene is my uncle.  My father wrote up this summary for some purpose, and I thought I’d share it here.

Fr. Gene was a member of the Society of Priests of Saint-Sulpice. That is a group of priests dedicated to educating men who wish to be priests. According to Wikipedia it was founded in 1641 by Fr. Olier in Paris and named after the church of St. Sulpice the Pious who died in 646 A.D. The Sulpician seminaries are primarily found in France USA and Canada. As an aside the Society had a great part in the founding of the city of Montreal Canada.

Gene was born in the City of Detroit County of Wayne State of Michigan on February 27, 1917.

He married Mary (Marie) Clare Mylett in Upper Marboro Maryland on June 25, 1971. She formerly was a nun with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She had been Professor and Chairman of the Music Department at Order’s Trinity College in Washington D.C. Then she became a teacher in the Public Schools for a number of years.

He died in the hospital on January 27, 2001.

Gene’s Mother related this story. She was confronted by a neighbor, who asked her why her child was not coming home at he same time with the rest of the children from the Catholic school. It so happened that “GENE”, at the age of 5, decided he didn’t like the kindegarten class at the Catholic school and he enrolled himself at the public school.

Gene entered Sacred Heart Seminary in the 9th grade. He graduated from college in that institution in the same class as his cousin, Fr. Jack. He was chosen to attend Louvain U. in Belgium for theology, but while he was there, the Germans were about to invade the Lowlands, so he had to change to the American College in Rome. When Mussolini aligned Italy with Hitler, he caught the last ship from Italy to America. He then attended and  graduated from Catholic University, in Washington, D.C.

After being ordained a Catholic priest in 1942, he joined the seminary-teaching order of the Sulpicians (Society of St. Sulpice). He spent the required one year in silence, prayer and studies, earining a Doctor’s degree from Catholic University. He was a seminary Professor in the State of Washington and was Rector of the major seminaries in Plymouth, MI and College Park, MD.

He also was a U.S. Navy chaplain in WWII. For many years, he was the chaplain for the Academy’s midshipmen’s summer cruise aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri.

He volunteered to serve as a chaplain in the Marines during the Korean War. He was at the famous Inchon fight, where they were surrounded by North Koreans and had to retreat. He was wounded by a mortar and the shapnel stayed in his body.

After many years, he left the priesthood and married Marie. He then served as a Consultant to the Dept.of Education and also was a travelling member of many university accreditation teams. He also served as Secy. to the National Board of Cosmetology.

Van Antwerp Farm(s) – Grosse Pointe, MI Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

I always used to hear about the Van Antwerp Farm in Grosse Pointe, MI and think what great land that would have been to hold onto.

Recently, my uncle, Dan Van Antwerp, shared a copy of a map of Grosse Pointe from the 1800s.  It shows three Van Antwerp farms:

  • Francis Van Antwerp – third farm from the top
  • F or P Van Antwerp – third farm north of Vernier Road and west of Mack Ave.
  • M. Van Antwerp – borders the south side of Vernier Road (about 3/4 of a mile west of Lake St. Clair)

Additionally, there are several Vernier Family farms.

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Eugene I Van Antwerp Photos Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

It’s easier to find some old pictures of my grandfather given his role as Mayor of Detroit.  Here’s a few I found this morning including his WWII draft card.
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Van Antwerp Building in Mobile Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

This building was recently renovated.  It was Mobile’s first skyscraper and one of the tallest buildings in the Southeast when it was opened in 1908. This 11-story, 58,000 square-foot legend is a stunning example of Beaux Arts architecture. Renovated by the RSA in 2015, this majestic building was given special care to ensure it was restored to its original character.

A friend sent a picture the other day, and there were several images on the RSA website.

Vernier Family and Grosse Pointe Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

I often get asked the relationship of the family to Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  It appears that Francis Van Antwerp married into the Vernier family per the screen grab below and settled in Grosse Pointe around 1850.  I’ll add an old map shortly.

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The Reno Family Connection 1884 Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

I was looking at Ancestry.com for the parents of Eugene I Van Antwerp.  They were Eugene Charles Van Antwerp and Cecilia Mary Renaud “Reno”.  I did a quick screen shot of her information here.

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WWI Centennial Commission Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

This is from the WWI Centennial Commission website about Eugene Van Antwerp

City Councilmen, Mayor of Detroit, V.F.W. National Commander and instrumental in making Armistice (Veterans) Day a National Holiday.

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He was educated in parochial schools and then at the University of Detroit and worked as an instructor in English at Gonzaga University in 1910-1911.He returned to Detroit, working briefly at the Detroit Police Department before going to work as a civil engineer. He did engineering work first for the Michigan Central Railroad and then for the Grand Trunk Railroad.Van Antwerp served as a captain in 16th Regiment of Engineers(Railway) from Detroit in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War I, and was among the first members of the Allied Expeditionary Force to land in France, serving in 1917-1919. He is leading company D 16th Regiment of Engineers (Railway) May 1919 in the picture above.

He returned to his position with Grand Trunk after the war. He was chief engineer for the National Survey Service from 1926–1928, after which he went into private practice as an engineer and surveyor.

Van Antwerp was elected to the Detroit City Council in 1932.He served continuously from 1932.to 1948, when he ran for mayor. During his time on the council, he ran unsuccessfully for county auditor in 1935 and served a stint as the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1938-39. During this time, he lobbied to get Armistice Day made a National  Holiday. It became Veterans Day after World War Two.

Van Antwerp served a single term as mayor, beating Edward Jeffries in 1947 but losing in the primary in 1949. He returned to the City Council in 1950, winning a special election in November of that year to replace Edward Jeffries after the latter’s death.During his second time on the council, he ran unsuccessfully for state highway commissioner in 1952 and for United States Congress in 1955.

Monsignor Francis Van Antwerp Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

A cousin of mine sent me this picture from the National Shrine in Washington DC memorializing our cousin Monsignor Francis Van Antwerp, assistant to Cardinal Gibbons, for participating in the laying of the cornerstone of the national shrine on September 23, 1920.

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Digging a little further, I found several mentions of this.

From the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception site –

Hidden among the errata, is the name Rev. Jean Joseph Marie Aboulin, C.S.B. (1841-1931) of Detroit.   In 1909—the same year in which Rev. Shahan became Rector of CUA—Abbé Aboulin, as he was known, urged his Vicar-General, Msgr. Francis Van Antwerp, to propose the idea for such a great church to James Cardinal Gibbons (1834-1921), Archbishop of Baltimore.  He further sweetened the proposal with a donation of $1,000.   Thus, Abbé Aboulin  provided the first practical step towards the building of this great church and became the first benefactor.   In his testament, he attributed many of the graces he received during his long life to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, “my most beloved Mother, who protected me from my mother’s womb, and to whom I owe the greatest graces I have received, especially the grace of my vocation.”  While the idea for such a church was nothing new, the donation of such a grand sum of money was.  Even then, the envisaged “cathedral” was in actuality a “National Monument or testimony of American devotion toward the Immaculate Mother of God … to be known as the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin.”

I also found an old biography about him.

VAN ANTWERP, Francis J., clergyman; born, Detroit, Apr. 22, 1858; son of Francis and Mary E. (Gore) Van Antwerp; educated Assumption College, Sandwich, Ont; St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Md. Ordained R. C. priest, 1881; pastor Hastings, Mich., 1881, Grosse Pointe, 1882.85, Battle Creek, 1885-8, Our Lady of Help Ch., Detroit, 1888; first pastor, 1889, of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in which charge he still continues. Republican. Member A. A. A. S., American Geographic Society, Records of the Past Exploration Society, American Catholic Historical Society, Board of Commerce, Detroit. Member Knights of Columbus, C. M. B. A., A. O. H., Knights of St. John. Residence; 1280 Woodward Ave.

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.”

Interesting.

 

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.

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Original Van Antwerps To The New World Sunday, Sep 29 2013 

 

 

Here’s a section from “A History of Van Buren County” which you can use Google books to navigate.  It’s interesting.  Here’s a passage talking about 3 brothers coming from Antwerp, Holland to Schenectady, NY in the 1700s.

 

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.

http://schenectadyhistorical.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Wills_Final1.pdf

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.

http://books.google.com/books?id=kvZSAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA162&ots=YwoNk_BnW1&dq=%22van%20Antwerp%22&pg=PA162#v=onepage&q=%22van%20Antwerp%22&f=false

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.

http://books.google.com/books?id=u-81AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA502&lpg=PA502&dq=%22van+Antwerp%22&source=bl&ots=RP82izw6Bb&sig=tXh5tqzDy6iqzu4bho6viCXLuPA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ALtGUqnGMvL_4AOKj4Bo&ved=0CGIQ6AEwCTiMAQ#v=onepage&q=%22van%20Antwerp%22&f=false 

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.

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