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

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



Who is Marjorie Van Antwerp? Friday, Dec 26 2008 

I found a few mentions of Marjorie (or Marj) Van Antwerp that intrigued me.

1- Talks about her as one of the original investors in the cabanas in Sarasota. (see article)

2 – An article that mentions her as one of the great danes of Sarasota. (see article)

Van Antwerps in Saturday, Nov 1 2008 

I searched this morning to see what Van Antwerps are listed in the public records as executives at their companies.  (Not sure of the breadth of this search.)  It found 3:

Francis J. VanAntwerp
CNB Corporation MI
Cheboygan ,  MI
Sector: FINANCIAL  /  Regional – Midwest Banks
63 Years Old

Mr. VanAntwerp is Vice President of Durocher Marine Division – Kokosing Construction Company, Inc. He has served as a director of the Corporation and the Bank since 1990.

Gary L. Van Antwerp
Executive VP/Other Executive Officer at Willamette Valley Bank

Shelley Van Antwerp
Divisional Senior VP/Secretary at Willamette Valley Bank

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.

William C. Van Antwerp Addresses Commonwealth Club 1929 Saturday, Nov 1 2008 

Interestingly, I found this posted on a financial blog.  I don’t know William’s relation to the family but given the original family resided in NY, I think it’s a safe assumption he’s related.

This is from one of the earliest Commonwealth Club speeches reacting to the stock market crash of 1929. Titled “The Panic of 1929,” the December 6, 1929, speech by William C. Van Antwerp of E.F. Hutton, offered some initial reaction to the market panic and included some surprisingly thought-provoking ruminations on the human spirit.

Here are some excerpts from Mr. Van Antwerp’s speech:

A panic is a state of mind in which fear supplants reason. It cannot be stopped by statute law or arrested by the police. The best that can be said of such a phenomenon is that it doesn’t occur very often.

In the panic of 1907, there were fundamental conditions that were not sound — in 1929, we merely suffered a case of nerves following a debauch. It is not to be expected that sound and conservative industry will be shaken this time.

This present panic had its roots back in 1917, when our masses found that they could invest money in bits of paper called Liberty Bonds. From investing to speculating was an easy step.

Whether it be public excess, saxaphones or modern art, the American public always goes too far. If we emerge from our excesses somewhat sadly, we are also somewhat wiser.

The stock market was running wide open and good judgment was forgotten. Most of the post-mortem warnings we now hear about were never given until after the panic occurred.

The recent rise had to stop in one way if it did not in another. Even a billion dollar pool would not have averted the panic.

We have for some time been “rotten rich” — now for a short time we are to be merely “affluent.”

President Hoover will bring into action the confidence reserves which everybody knows we possess. When we start forward again as we surely shall, trade and prosperity will go forward to heights not now imagined.

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.

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

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

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.

Vitality Fit Blog?? Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

Apparently, there is a Dick Van Antwerp who owns a company or franchise called Vitality Fit in AZ.  He has started a new blog – Vitality Fit Blog.  It only has two entries now, but perhaps he will add more.

Dr. Judith Van Antwerp Monday, Jun 16 2008 

Another person that might be related.  She is a physician and works at the Cleveland Clinic.

Judith Van Antwerp,  MD, is a Staff Member in the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

She earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica. She completed a general surgery internship at Graduate Hospital Allegheny University in Philadelphia, Penn. In addition, she completed an anesthesiology residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, also in Philadelphia, a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Boston in Boston, Mass., and a critical care medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

She is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Society of Critical Care Medicine and Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society.

Bill Van Antwerp’s Photos Monday, Jun 16 2008 

Don’t know who Bill is, but I found a nice slideshow that he posted on

Van Antwerp Building (Mobile) Monday, Jun 16 2008 

The Van Antwerp building in Mobile is for sale.

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

Bragg Van Antwerp Monday, Jun 16 2008 

Bragg Van Antwerp has recently started blogging at Bragging Writes.  I am not sure if he is a cousin, but I would assume so.

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.


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.


    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
    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.


    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


    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
  • Realtor – South Africa Sunday, Nov 25 2007 

    In my research, I have found several things that point to a Van Antwerp family in South Africa which comes directly from Antwerp. The research becomes very fuzzy the farther you go back, but it would be interesting to try to connect the two trees and see if there is a link.

    Here is one Van Antwerp there.

    Process Sunday, Nov 25 2007 

    I am a process oriented person. My best thoughts on approaching the blog is to break it out like this:

    Phase I: Brainstorming (this is most of the work to date which is a collection of artifacts that I have found)

    Phase II: Current State Documentation (this is capturing of facts that I have to work backwards)

    Phase III: Gaps (this will be the researching of missing information and connections)

    Phase IV: Living Documentation (this will be the hope of finding a structure that encourages updates and living history to be captured for future generations)

    Hopefully this works. My belief is that using an open forum like this encourages collaboration and contribution of stories, pictures, facts, information, etc. This will create something that our kids can have and reference for years.

    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.

    Artist – Jessica Van Antwerp Thursday, Nov 22 2007 

    Here is another Van Antwerp that I found.  She is an artist and creates teddy bears.  I don’t know if she is a relative or not.Jessica Van Antwerp

    A graduate of the Rutgers University Art History program, Jessica has spent the last ten years developing her unique style.  Her expressionistic, whimsical, paintings and soft-sculpture animal designs have garnered her appreciation from art collectors and animal enthusiasts worldwide.

    After studying privately with fine artists such as Bob Beck, Sue Kelleher, and Charles Viera, Jessica began teaching at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, where she became the art advisor of the online magazine, Electric Soup. During this period, she established her own soft-sculpture art business, Van Antwerp Bears. Jessica’s miniature teddy bear designs have been sold internationally, and she was the recipient of a 2000 “The National” Award at the National Teddy Bear Convention in Pennsylvania.

    The success of Van Antwerp Bears led to Jessica’s expansion of the business to include her abstract watercolor interpretations of human and animal forms. She specializes in capturing the essence and personality of domestic animals. Her work has been sold at the L.A. PAWS auction, a Los Angeles-based fund-raiser to provide animal therapy for AIDS patients. She has also participated in many fund-raiser auctions for breed rescues and seeing-eye dog providers.

    Her work can be found online at the,  and on her own sites, and

    Her work has recently been featured in and seen on the cover of the publication,  THE PET GAZETTE, of Sacramento and San Diego California and in Teddy Bear Review magazine!

    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


    Dr. Dacia Van Antwerp


    Bernie and Deanna Van Antwerp (front)


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


    Van Antwerp Citrus Saturday, Nov 17 2007 

    I am finding all types of people on the web tonight.

    Here is a Van Antwerp citrus company with a picture of Fred and Flo Van Antwerp with nephew Rusty Banack.

    Van Antwerp Citrus

    Howard VanAntwerp III – Kentucky Law Firm Saturday, Nov 17 2007 

    Howard VanAntwerp III
    VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann LLP

    Mr. VanAntwerp was born in Ashland, Kentucky, and attended Centre College of Kentucky, receiving his B.A. Degree in 1948. He received his J.D. Degree from the University of Michigan in 1951. He was admitted to the Kentucky and New York State bars in 1951. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Centre College and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Defense Counsel (1979 through 1985), Director of the Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, and is currently a member of the Boyd County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations.

    Mr. VanAntwerp’s current areas of practice are estate planning, probate and general corporate law. He also has many years of experience in workers’ compensation defense.

    Bar Admissions:
    Kentucky, 1951
    U.S. Federal Court, 1952
    New York, 1951

    The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1951
    Centre College of Kentucky, KY, USA, 1948

    Professional Associations and Memberships:
    Centre College of Kentucky, 1972 – Present
    Member, Board of Trustees

    Kentucky Defense Council, 1979 – 1985

    Boyd County Bar Association, 1959 – 1960

    Kentucky Bar Association

    American Bar Association

    Phi Alpha Delta

    Birth Information:
    March 17, 1927, Ashland, Kentucky, United States of America

    Tim Van Antwerp – Orlando Realtor Saturday, Nov 17 2007 

    Another person I will reach out to. I don’t know if we are related, but I have yet to find a US Van Antwerp that didn’t trace back to Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen.

    Tim’s site.

    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.


    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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