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Hundreds of individuals made the crossing from Denderhoutem to the USA and Canada at some point in time. This mass emigration caught the attention of local newspaper journalists. "Uit Denderhautem naar Amerika" is a series of articles, published in 1923, in "The Werkman, Tolk der Kristene Volkspartij – Vlaamsche Front P.V.N.)", newspaper from the Daens-ism movement, that vividly depicts the origins of this emigration. Below is our list of known emigrants.
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More information on Remi Adriaens
Remi on the Ellis Island database : (1). Remi on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Remi married Maria Wittebols (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch, Ellis Island database : (1)) on the 20th of September, 1924 in Detroit. Maria was born on the 3rd of November, 1904 in Belgium, probably in Leefdaal, daughter of Alfons Wittebolle and Anna Crabbe. Rene is listed as "carpenter" on the marriage certificate, Maria as "cook". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Remi and Mary were living in Lake Township, Wood Co., Ohio in 1930 together with children Anna T., age 4, Pauline M., age 1 (SSDI on FamilySearch),  and Richard O., a baby of less than 1 year old. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Remi and Maria were living in rural Lapeer County, Michigan in 1935 but had moved and were living in Mundy Township, Genesee county, Michigan in 1940 on a farm they rented for $10, with daughters Anna, age 14, Pauline, age 11, son Richard, age 10, daughter Rosemary, age 6, son Lawrence, age 4 (SSDI on FamilySearch), and son David, 10 months old (SSDI on FamilySearch). Remi is listed as a farmer, having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $600.

Son David's obituary reads:
David Remi Adriaens, Born in Atlas, Michigan on May 17, 1939, Departed on Jun. 18, 2013 and resided in Comins, MI. David R. Adriaens, age 74 of Comins, Michigan, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Davisburg on June 18, 2013. He was born in Atlas, Michigan on May 17, 1939; the son of Remi and Mary Adriaens. Beloved father of Mindy (Eric) Bluthardt and Steven (Theresa) Adriaens. Adoring grandfather of Mary Bluthardt, Katheleen (David) Ryan, Alexis Bluthardt, Bruce Bluthardt, Matthew Bluthardt, Megan Adriaens, Jason Adriaens and Kevin Adriaens. Proud great-grandfather of Patience Ryan. Dear brother of Ann (Max) Hull, Richard (Rita) Adriaens, Rosie (Norman) Keber, Arthur (Ginny) Adriaens, the late Polly (Bud) Klatt and the late Lawrence (Joann) Adriaens. David is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held Friday, June 21, 2013 from 2:00pm until 9:00pm with a rosary at 7:00pm at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr (at Masonic), Warren. Instate Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 9:30am until time of mass 10:00am at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 14085 E. Fourteen Mile Rd., Sterling Heights.

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More information on Albert-Josef Allaer x Clementina Caignau
Albert-Josef on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). 
Clementina on the Ellis Island database : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Albert-Josef was living in Genoa, Ohio in September 1918, single, and was a "beet worker" for the "Toledo Sugar Company". Albert-Josef & Clementina were naturalised in Battle Creek on the 6th of September 1918, Circuit Court at Moline, Ill. N9 815200. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Albert-Josef and Clementina were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughters, Emilienne, age 4, and Helena, a baby of less than 1 year old.

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More information on Alphonsius-Albert Allaer x Helena-Charlotte Van der Haegen
Alphonsius-Albert on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
Helena-Charlotte on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Alphonsius-Albert and Helena-Charlotte were living in Detroit in 1930 with daughter Laura, age 6 ( Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, SSDI on FamilySearch), and sons Joe, age 4 and Frank, age 2. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Alphonsius-Albert and Helena-Charlotte were living at 5997 North Philip Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $2000, with daughter Laura, age 15, and sons Joseph, age 13, and Frank, age 12. Alphonsius-Albert is listed as "laborer" in a "road construction company", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $1560. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Alphonsius-Albert was living in Detroit in 1942, working for the "Frank J. Knight Co. ".

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More information on Philemondus Allaer x Maria-Avilia Goessens

Philemondus and Maria-Avilia on the New York Passenger List 1820-1957 on Ancestry.com (paying service) and on FindAGrave.
Son Gaston on FindAGrave. Son Felix-Willy Allaer on FindAGrave. Son Lucien on FindAGrave.

Obituaries of Philemondus and Maria as published in Wallaceburg News Oct 28 , page 3, 1970 resp. Wallaceburg News Dec 30 page 12, 1981. Courtesy of Simone Labor, via email dd. 12/29/2007

ALLAER, Gaston Edward (Gus) - resident of Wallaceburg, Ontario, passed away peacefully, March 24, 2011 in his 88th year. He was born in Kerksken, Flanders and immigrated to Canada arriving in New York City on March 24, 1948. He was dearly loved and cared for by his wife Leopoldine (Lea) Dierickx for 55 years. Gus was the cherished son of the late Philemon Allaer (1970) and Maria Goessens (1981). Precious, loving father (VaVa) of Willy (Maria) Lefebvre, Anne (Jim) Hazzard, Eric (Susan) Allaer, Rita (Steve) Floin, Wilfried (Marlene) Allaer and Peter (Kim) Allaer. Lovingly remembered by his 18 grandchildren, Julie, Keith, Ben, Nathan, Emily, Ryan, Kurtis, Kevin, Renee, Rachelle, Tonya, Leanne, Justin, Kyle, Lyndsay, Alisha, Lucas and Julia. He was great grandfather of 18. Gus is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law George (Marion) Allaer, Frank (Eilleen) Allaer, Henrietta Knowles, Diane Allaer and Maria Dierickx. He will be missed by the many members of the Allaer, and Dierickx families. He is predeceased by his brothers Willy (1968) and Lucien (1987) and great grand daughter, baby Emma Allaer (2005). Gus retired from the Dominion Glass factory where he worked as a superintendent for many years. His real passions were his faith, his family and his farm in Chatham Gore. He was a committed member of Holy Redeemer Parish and the Knights of Columbus. Friends called at the HAYCOCK-CAVANAGH FUNERAL HOME, 409 Nelson Street (at Elgin) in Wallaceburg from 7-9 PM on Saturday and 2-4 & 7-9 PM on Sunday. Parish Prayers were at 3:30 PM Sunday. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Monday, March 28 at 11 AM. Memories of Gus were shared by Ryan Allaer, Jim Hazzard and Eric Allaer. The pallbearers were Ryan Allaer, Lucas Allaer, Kurtis Allaer, Kevin Allaer, Justin Allaer, Kyle Allaer, Nathan Hazzard, Ben Hazzard and Keith Lefebvre. Flower bearers were Lyndsay Allaer and Rochelle Floin. Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to Heart & Stroke or St. Vincent de Paul may be left at the funeral home 519.627.3231. E- mail condolences may be sent to G.Allaer@CavanaghFuneralHome.ca

...A little bit of history. Eric and Wilf’s father, Gus Allaer, came from Belgium and started as a migrant farm worker in Wallaceburg before immigrating to Canada with his parents and siblings in 1948. In 1950, the family had the opportunity to buy a 100 acre farm, which launched the successful farm operation known today as Serkka Farms Inc....
AT A GLANCE – Winter/Spring 2011 – Producer Profile

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More information on Gustavus Baeten x Rosalia-Celestis Baeyens

Gustavus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch

Rosalia-Celestis Baeyens was the daughter of Gustavus Baeyens x Maria-Hortensia De Prez

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More information on siblings Paulina, Alexis and Benediktus-Rene Baeyens

Paulina on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Alexis on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Benediktus-Rene on the Ellis Island database : (1)

Paulina married Josef De Sadeleer from Denderhoutem.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Alexis was living in Detroit in 1920. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Benediktus-Rene was living in with his sister Pauline and brother-in-law Josephus De Sadeleer in Los Alamitos Township, Orange County, California in 1920. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Benediktus-Rene and his wife Virgenie-Elvire-Gabrielle Goubert were living in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in 1930 with daughter Clemens, less than 1 year old (California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Benediktus-Rene and Virgenie-Elvire-Gabrielle were living in Anaheim judicial township, Orange County, California in 1940, in a house they owned worth $2500, with their daughters Clemence, age 10, and Mary, age 6. Benediktus-Rene is listed as"ranch owner".

...Rene Baeyens and his brother Alexis from Denderhoutem, both blacksmiths, left together for Detroit (Michigan). They were both batchelors. When Alexis died there in 1921, Rene went on to California to his sister Pauline and her husband Jozef De Sadeleer. Later on he married Virginie Gabrielle Goubert. They had a farm in Garden Grove (Orange Co.). From this marriage came Clemence and Mary. Clemence married George Lerno. They have 5 children and live in El Centro, CA. Her mother came to live in with her, died there and is buried there.  Mary married Robert Rommel. They have 3 children and live in Quartz Hill, CA...
Frans De Man, Denderhoutem in "Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.14

Paulina and siblings are half 5th cousins once removed of Gustavus Baeyens and siblings, 4th cousins once removed of Gustaaf Baeyens and siblings, and 5th cousins of Frans-Xaveer and Josephus Baeyens.

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More information on Gustavus Baeyens x Maria-Hortensia De Prez and Ludovicus-Remigius Baeyens x Maria-Amelia De Prez
Gustavus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gustavus on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 and Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Maria-Hortensia on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 on FamilySearch.
Alice on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Amelia-Magdalena on the Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 on FamilySearch. Amelia-Magdalena on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Anna-Celina on the Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 on FamilySearch. Anna-Celina on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Hector-Joseph on the Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 (1, 2),  New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957, United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, and Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Ludovicus-Remigius on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Ludovicus-Remigius on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. 
Maria-Amelia on the Ellis Island database : (1).
Rosalia-Irma on the Ellis Island database : (1).

Gustavus was naturalised September 25, 1924, Wayne County Circuit Court, Detroit, Michigan. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gustavus and Maria-Hortensia were living in Detroit in 1930 with their son Hector, age 11. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustavus and Maria-Hortensia were living at 535 Jefferson Court in Detroit in 1940, in a place they rented for $18, with their son Hector, their by then married daughter Anna-Celina and granddaughter Jane, age 8 . Gustavus is listed as"separator" in a "screw works", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $1100, Hector as a "packer" in a "wholesale medical corporation", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $1050. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Gustavus was living in Detroit in 1942 and working for the Motor Specialties Co. Gustavus lists his oldest daughter "Alice Van Houtte" as "person who will allways know your address".

Gustavus and Maria-Hortensia's oldest daughter Alice married (and divorced ?) Jozef-Serafien Michiels from Kerksken and married a second time with Frank Van Houdt (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Alice and Frank were living in New York in 1935, and next door to Alice's parents at 537 Jefferson Court in Detroit in 1940, in a place they rented for $18, with their daughter Yvonne, age 2, and step-son William Michiels, age 15. Frank is listed as"engraver" in a "rubberplant", having worked 48 weeks in 1939 and earned $2400.

Gustavus and Maria-Hortensia's second daughter Rosalia-Celestis married Gustavus Baeten.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Gustavus and Maria-Hortensia's third daughter Amelia-Magdalena married Thomas Alfastsen, born in Belgium but maybe from Danish descent (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Amelia-Magdalena and Thomas were living in Detroit in 1930 with their son Antoine, age 2 (SSDI on FamilySearch, FindAGrave). Amelia-Magdalena and Thomas later must have separated  because according to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Amelia-Magdalena and Antoine were living near Amelia-Magdalena's parents at 547 Jefferson Court in Detroit in 1940, in a place they rented for $22, with as head of the family Canadian born Harvey J. Brown.
Amelia-Magdalena's obituary on Rootsweb:
BROWN,A. MADELEINE, (nee Baeyens). Age 90, May 17, 1999. Beloved wife of Harvey. Loving mother of the late Antoin Alfastsen. Dear mother-in-law of Elizabeth Alfastsen. Proud grandmother of Kenneth (Suzanne) Alfastsen, Kelly White and Christopher Alfastsen. Great-grandmother of Christopher, Mallory, Nicole and Sara. Dear sister of Anna Bacigalupo and Hector (Marion) Baeyens. Visitation at  the Sterling Heights Chapel of the Frank J. Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Rd. at Schoenherr, Wednesday 2-9 p.m. with prayers 7:30 p.m. Funeral begins Thursday 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home and St. Ephrem Church 11 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Gustavus and Maria-Hortensia's fourth daughter Anna-Celina married Joseph Wybo (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Anna-Celina and Joseph were living in Detroit in 1930. As stated above, Anna-Celina and her daughter Jane were living in with her parents in 1940. According to Anna-Celina's sister Amelia-Magdalena's obituary, Anna-Celina must have remarried later because she is referred to as Anna Bacigalupo in the obituary.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Ludovicus-Remigius and Maria-Amelia were living in Detroit in 1920 with their daughter Erma, age 9. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Ludovicus-Remigius and Maria-Amelia were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughter Irma, age 20. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Ludovicus-Remigius and Maria-Amelia were living at 5245 Manistique in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $2000, unemployed and without fixed income. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ludovicus-Remigius was living in Detroit in 1942 and working for the "Budd Wheel Co." Ludovicus-Remigius lists  "Mrs. Rosale E. Baeyens" as "person who will allways know your address".

Gustavus and Ludovicus-Remigius are half 5th cousins once removed of Paulina Baeyens and siblings, 4th cousins once removed of Gustaaf Baeyens and siblings, and 4th cousins of Frans-Xaveer and Josephus Baeyens.

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More information on siblings Gustaaf and Rene Baeyens x Maria-Florentina Van der Haegen
Gustaaf on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2)
Rene on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Rene on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Florentina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Florentine on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to Ancestry's United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Gustaaf was a farmer living in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in Setptember 1918, listing as nearest relative his brother Rene, also living in Los Alamitos. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Gustaaf was living single in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in 1920.  

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Rene and Maria-Florentina were living in Huntington Beach Township, Orange County, California in 1940 with son Peter, age 18 (California, Death Index, 1940-1997, SSDI on FamilySearch). Rene is listed as "hay farmer", Maria-Florentina as housekeeper on the farm. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Rene was living self employed on Graham Street in Barber City, Orange County, California in 1942, listing his brother-in-law "G.P. Vandevelde" as "person who will allways know your address".

...Rene Baeyens was married to Maria-Florentina...They had a farm at Palo Verde and Willow at the Bixby Land Company. Their only son Peter Baeyens was born april 2nd, 1922 and was a neighbour and friend of Walter Vlasschaert...Peter died september 9th, 1991.. During the second world war Peter was based in Hawai, together with Walter Vlasschaert.  Maria's sister Irma married Gustaaf Van De Velde....
"Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.16

BEACH CALIF NOVEMBER 27 1952 BAEYENS Garden Grove Mrs Marie Baeyens 55 of 13032 Monroe St died Wednesday at her home. Born in Belgium she came to the United States in 1934 and located in Orange County, having lived in Garden Grove since. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament parish Westminster. Surviving are the widower Renee Baeyens, a son Gustave Peter Baeyens of Midway City, two brothers Leander Van Der Haegen .... and Petrus Van Der Haegen ....., two sisters Mrs Emma Van Der Velde of Barber City and Mrs Cesarine Meganck of Belgium and three grandchildren. Holy rosary will be recited at 8 p m Friday in Honold Brothers chapel. Mass of requiem will be offered at 10 a m Saturday in Blessed Sacrament church Westminster. Interment will be in All Souls Cemetery Long Beach

Gustaaf and Rene are 4th cousins once removed of Paulina Baeyens and siblings, 4th cousins once removed of Gustavus Baeyens and siblings, and 1st cousins of Frans-Xaveer and Josephus Baeyens.

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More information on siblings Frans-Xaveer and Josephus Baeyens

Frans-Xaveer on the Ellis Island database : (1). Frank-Xaveer on the Washington State Archives - Digital Archives.
Josephus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Josephus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. 

Both brothers changed their name to Baker. Frans-Xaveer became Frank Baker, and his brother Joseph Baker. Both brothers ended up in Spokane, Washington.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Frans-Xaveer was living in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington in 1910 (see also Washington State Digital Archives). Transcription WWI Draft Card Frans-Xaveer aka Frank Baker: "City or county: Spokane; Marriage Status: Single; Immigration Status: Alien; Occupation: Carpenter; Employer: Himself; Dependents+notes: none; Military service: no". Frans-Xaveer served in the United States Army towards the end of WWI but he never was sent to Europe and saw no action. His military service record in the Washington State Digital Archives states that he was enlisted July 23rd, 1918 at Enlistment Center #3 in Spokane, Washington; that he was at 166 Depot Brigade, 41st Division through Augustus 19, 1918 and thereafter served in Battery D Field Artillery 38, that he became a private 1st class December 2, 1919 and a corporal January 1st, 1919. Honorful discharge February 4, 1919. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Frans-Xaveer was living in Spokane County, Washington in 1920.

There is no record of Josephus having served as well. Transcription WWI Draft Card Joseph: "City or county: Spokane; Marriage Status: Single; Immigration Status: Alien; Occupation: Road Builder; Employer: Fyfe Brothers; Dependents+notes: none; Military service: no". According to the Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Josephus married Helen Lippe (SSDI on FamilySearch)  from Chicago on June 15th, 1919. Her father was Hungarian and her mother Austrian. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Josephus and Helen were living in Spokane County, Washington in 1920. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Josephus and Helen were living in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington in 1930 with their son Romain, age 9 (SSDI on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Josephus and Helen were living in Spokane, Spokane County, Washingtin in 1940, in a house they owned worth $3500, with son Romain, age 19. Josephus is listed as "cement finisher" in a "construction company", having worked 34 weeks in 1939 and earned $1900; Romain as "airplane mechanic" for an "airline", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $1000..

Both brothers are 1st cousins of Gustavus Baeyens and siblings, 4th cousins of Gustaaf Baeyens and siblings, and 5th cousins of Paulina Baeyens and siblings.

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More information on Aloïs Beeckman x Zoe-Victorina Goubert
Aloïs on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Aloïs on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Zoe-Victorina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Zoe-Victorina on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Aloïs and Zoe-Victorina were living in Temescal, Riverside Co., CA  in 1930 with their children Gaston V., age 16, Marcel D., age 14, Elsa J., age 8 (California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, SSDI on FamilySearch), and Madeline M., age 1 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Aloïs and Zoe-Victorina were living in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California in 1935 and in New Westminster, Orange County, California in 1940 with daughters Elza, age 18, and Mary, age 11. Aloïs is listed as a "rancher".

...Aloys Beeckman and his wife Zoe-Victorina Goubert went to California after their marriage 2.10.1920 in Ninove to join her four brothers...
"Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.17

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More information on Gustavus Beeckman x Mathildis De Winter and family
Gustavus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gustavus on Migrations. Gustavus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Mathildis on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Severinus-Renatus on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Oscar on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Oscar on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Nathalia-Clarissa on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Nathalia-Clarissa on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Victorina on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Jeanette on the Ellis Island database : (1). 

Family Group Sheet on Michigan GENWEB. Burial record transcripts for Gustavus, Mathildis, Severinus-Renatus, Gerard, Victorina and Jeanette.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Gustavus and Mathildis were living in Detroit in 1910 with their daughters Victorine, age 7, Jeanette, age 4, and son Frank, age 1 (Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Gustavus and Mathildis were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 with their sons Rene, age 20, Oscar, age 19, daughters Victorine, age 15, Jeanette, age 13, and sons Frank, age 10, Gerard, age 7 (Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and Albert, 8 months old (SSDIFlorida, Death Index, 1877-1998 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Mathildis, by then widowed, was living in Detroit in 1930 with her children Rene, age 31, Frank, age 21, Gerard, age 17, Albert, age 10 and her nephew, Joseph-Eduard-Desire De Winter, age 26. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Mathildis was living on 4385 Barham Avenue in Detroit in a place she rented for $25 per month with her two sons Rene, age 41 and Albert, age 20. Rene is listed as "laborer" in the "building construction" industry, having worked 30 weeks in 1939 and earned $750; Albert as "apprentice printer", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $800.

According to the United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Gustavus and Mathildis' oldest son Rene was living in Woodburn, Allen County, Indiana in September 1918, employed as "laborer" by the "Paulding sugar company" in Paulding, Ohio,  listing his mother Mathildis as nearest relative.

According to the United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (1, 2), Gustavus and Mathildis' second son Oscar was living at 227 Beaufort in Detroit in September 1918, employed at 1046 Lafayette in Detroit as "auto driver (delivery)",  listing his father "Gus" as nearest relative, living in Woodburn, Allen County, Indiana. According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Oscar married Ruth Schweizerhof on the 14th of March, 1923 in Detroit. Ruth was born in about 1905 in Michigan. Oscar is listed as "chauffeur" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Oscar and Ruth were living in Detroit  in 1930 together with Ruth's mother, Helen. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Oscar and his second wife Helen Fasse (SSDI on FamilySearch) were living at 5296 Beaconsfield in Detroit  in 1940. Oscar is listed as "shipping clerk" in an "auto factory", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $2000.

Gustavus and Mathildis' oldest daughter Nathalia-Clarissa married Emile Van der Waerden from Denderleeuw (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Nathalia-Clarissa and Emile were living in Grosse Pointe Park, Wayne County, Michigan  in 1930 with their son Gustave, less than a year old. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Nathalia-Clarissa and Emile were living at 3600 Beaconsfield in Detroit  in 1940, in a house they owned worth $3620, with their son Gustave, age 10 and daughter Rosalie, age 3. Emile is listed as "tool maker" in a "tool & dye shop", having worked 46 weeks in 1939 and earned $2070.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Gustavus and Mathildis' second daughter Victorina married Albertus-Maria-Valerius Van Oudenhove from Denderhoutem on the 6th of December, 1924 in Detroit. Albertus-Maria-Valerius is listed as "laborer" on the marriage certificate; Marie as "stock wk". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Albertus-Maria-Valerius and Victorina were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughter Mathilda, age 4. Victorina married a second time with Constant Goossens. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Victorina and Constant were living in Mishikawa, Indiana in 1935 but had moved and were living on 4321 Lakepointe in Detroit in 1940, in a house they rented for $23 per month, with Victorina's daughter Mathilda Van Oudenhove, age 14. Constant is listed as "cement worker" in "building construction", having worked 30 weeks in 1939 and earned $1000.

Daughter Jeannete married Joseph Goossens.

We do know that Gustaef came here somewhere around late 1905 or early 1906. Mathilde followed with the five children sometime in 1906. Their children were: Rene b. 1 April 1899; Oscar b. 10 April 1900; Victorine 21 March 1902; Nathalie 10 April 1904; Jeannette 12 January 1906 (These were the five born in Denderhoutem). The last three were born in Detroit, Michigan USA: Frank 17 September 1908; Gerard 6 June 1912 (my father); Albert 19 May 1919. Yes, there is a possibility that others were born and then died young or at birth, but these are the only ones we have. Gustaef died on 10 March 1938 and funeral services were at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Detroit. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan. Mathilda was in a nursing home in Detroit when she died. She died 28 February 1953. She, also, is buried at Mt. Olivet. There are two cousins in the Detroit area that have just started researching. Frank Beeckman (Frank's son, Gustaef's grandson) and Gus Van der Waerden(Nathalie's son). There are only three people from my father's generation still alive. Rosalie (Frank's wife), Helen (Oscar's wife) and Virginia (Albert's wife).  I told someone recently that I really regret a couple of things. 1. Our generation was never taught Flemish. Our parents would not teach us. 2.Although I was curious about our family, we were never encouraged to find out more.
Pat Cannady-Beeckman, in an email dd. Wednesday, June 21, 2000

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More information on Gustaaf Beerens x Carolina Goessens and family
Gustaaf on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gustaaf on California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch. 
Carolina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Carolina on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch. 
Hector on the Ellis Island database : (1). Hector on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch. 

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Gustaaf and Carolina were living in Los Alamitos Township, Orange County, California in 1920 with their son "Ector", age 10, daughters "Susana", age 6 (SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), "Palmera", age 5 (SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), Josephine, age 4 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI on FamilySearch), "Evaline", age 2 (California, Death Index, 1940-1997California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985, SSDICalifornia, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), and sons Ernest, age 1 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) and Henry, 6 months old (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustaaf and Carolina were living in Artesia, Los Angeles County, California in 1935, and in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California in 1940 with their son Hector, age 30, daughter Pollymer, age 26, son Ernest, age 22, son Henry, age 16 (SSDI, California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch) and daughter "Gabriel", age 15 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI on FamilySearch). Gustaaf is listed as "farmer", earning $600. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Gustaaf was living on R.D. 4 Bx. 551 in Santa Ana, Orange County, California in 1942, and working for the "1st. Natl. Security & Trust Bank" in Santa Ana on "South Harbor Blvd. 3 miles South of Garden Grove, California", listing "Sam Talbert" as "person who will allways know your address".

"Gustaaf Beerens and his wife Caroline Goessens went to America in May 1910 with their 3 year old baby Hector 1. They were both around 25 years old. The family first moved to Colton, CA., but in March 1911 they were already in Los Alamitos. Later, the family lived in Huntington Beach, Buena Park and Artesia. Later still they became owners of a farm on Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana. All these places are in Orange County. Daughters Suzanne, Josephine and Evelyne, each married one of the brothers Schiettecatte, resp. Albert, Emil and Henry 2 , who had changed their name to Scott in the mean time. Daughter Jeannie Gabriella married a Goessens"
Mr. Alan R. Scott, Fountain Valley, CA in "Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.19-20

1. Note from Gunter: Must be a typo. Baby Hector was 3 months old at the time.
2. Note from Gunter: The brothers Schiettecatte AKA Scott were from Aspelare. See entry in our Guestbook. Another one of the brothers Schietecatte AKA Scott, Eugene, married Anna Cannau, daughter of Rene Cannau x Celerina-Maria Roelandt.

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More information on Leon Boon x Maria-Clementina De Buysscher and family
Leon on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Clementina on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

Leon is one of the few people from Denderhoutem to be found on the  Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943. Leon arrived Mar 4th, 1909 on the Ivernia from Liverpool, England on his way to his "cousin Amand Steppe, 86 Meldrum Ave., Detroit, Mich.". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Leon and Maria-Clementina were living in Detroit in 1920 together with their son Philip, age 9 (SDDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Leon and Maria-Clementina were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their son Philip, age 19, daughter Rosina, age 26 and Rosina's husband, Carolus Pots. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Leon and Maria-Clementina were living on 566 Jefferson Court in Detroit in 1940 together with their son Philippe, age 29. Philippe is listed as "mailman" in the "post office", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $2200.

Daughter Rosina married Carolus Pots.
Leon's sister Maria married Arthur De Winter

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More information on siblings Clementina-Maria, Franciscus-Xaverius and Maria-Theresia Boriau
Clementina-Maria married Amandus Van de Velde.
Franciscus-Xaverius and spouse Mathilde De Mulder on FindAGrave. Franciscus-Xaverius and Mathilde De Mulder's son Hector on FindAGrave.
Maria-Theresia on FindAGrave.

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More information on Augustus Caignau x Maria-Celina De Schrijver and children
Augustus on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Augustus on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Celina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Celina on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Irmina-Orpha on the Ellis Island database : (1). Irmina-Orpha on the California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976 (1, 2) on FamilySearch.
Desire on the Ellis Island database : (1). Desire on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Augustus and Maria-Celina were living in Los Alamitos, CA in 1930 together with their daughter "Hermina", age 14, son Desire, age 10 and "Elinor", age 3 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Augustus and Maria-Celina were living on a farm, paying rent, on Garden Grove Road in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California in 1940 together with their son Desire, age 20, and Eleonore, age 17. Augustus is listed as farm laborer. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Augustus was living on Garden Grove Blvd. in Westminster, Orange County, California in 1942, self employed on "Hellman Ranch, Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster, Orange County, California", listing his daughter "Mrs. Vic Wuytens, Santa Ana, California" as "person who will allways know your address".

August Caignau and Rene Cannau first went together to Detroit but August returned. August went back, this time to California. He became a farmer and wrote to his wife Celine De Schrijver that he thought he could make good money there and that she should come and join him.  So Celine left for California with the little Hermine and Ray, who was only a baby a couple of months old. The journey by boat was horrible. Celine was seasick. Takeing care of her children. Drying the diapers turned out to be near impossible. After that, the five day journey by train posed new problems. So upon seeing her husband who came to fetch her from the train with horse and cart, the first things she uttered was "Never again am i going back". But upon seeing where she would have to live, a wooden shed with seethrough roof and walls, her courage must have sank in her shoes. The walls were covered on the inside with flax bags to hide the holes in them. Back at home she had lived in a nice house and now this... Shortly thereafter, August found another deserted shed, moved it with hus mule and attached it to their house. Window opening and doorway were cut and now they had a two room house. Celine had the walls covered and hung up newspaper cartoons.They had no money for wallpaper. They became farmers on the Hellman Ranch. Their third child, Eleonore, was born in California. Hermine married Vic Wuytens. Eleonore married William A. Williams.
Mrs. Lea Van der Steen-Francx, Haaltert and Mrs. Eleanore Williams, Long Beach  in "Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.19-20

According to Ancestry's California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Augustus and Maria-Celina's son Desire married Helen-Joan Rue on the 3rd of February, 1945 in Seal Beach, Orange County, California. Desire and Helen-Joan had a daughther Francine Antoniette that same year (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch) but Francine Antoniette died the same day she was born (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Desire married a second time, 11 years later, with Florence Marie Stafford née Browning (California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 on FamilySearch) on the 2nd of March, 1956 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California. According to the marriage certificate, Desire was living at that time at 291 Bayshore Avenue in Long Beach, California.

According to Ancestry's California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Augustus and Maria-Celina's daughter Irmina-Orpha married Victor Wuytens (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Irmina-Orpha and her husband Victor Wuytens were living in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California in 1935 but by 1940 had moved to 343 Green in Seal Beach, Orange County, California, in a place they rented for $20 per month, where they were living together with their daughter Janice, age 2 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984, SSDI,  on FamilySearch), and son Norman, less than a year old (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985, California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984, California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (1, 2) on FamilySearch). Victor is listed as "laborer" on a "farm", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $1100.

Hermine Caigneau Wuytens peacefully passed from this life to the next on May 18, 2012. She was born in Denderhauten, Belgium on June 14, 1915. After enduring the ravages of the First World War, at the age of 5, she sailed to America, "the land of milk and honey' with her family aboard the Kroonland, arriving in New York harbor on July 4, 1920. She watched her first Independence Day fireworks from the ship's deck and was processed through Ellis Island on July 6, 1920. The family traveled by train from New York to Los Angeles and settled in Orange County where her father farmed and where many other Belgian families had settled.  She attended elementary and high schools in Orange County and graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1932. She met Victor Wuytens, a farmer and the son of Belgian immigrants, and they married in St. Anne's Catholic church in Seal Beach on June 5, 1936. They started their family and lived on farms in Santa Ana, Los Alamitos and Buena Park. Farmland was rapidly becoming freeways and housing developments in Orange County so in order to continue the farming he loved, Victor moved his wife and family to Brawley in 1951. They settled in the country outside Brawley and lived there until they moved into Brawley in 1960. Hermine was an active member of Sacred Heart Church and the Altar and Rosary Society and volunteered both at the church and school. When the Sacred Heart nuns were in a traffic accident while traveling to San Diego she joined with several other mothers and taught the students until the nuns were able to return to teach. She loved playing golf and she and Victor were members of Del Rio Country Club. They were long-time members of the Stockmen's Club. They both loved to play bridge and hosted bridge parties at their house and Hermine was an active member of the Brawley Women's Community Club. She was also a "pink lady" for the Pioneers Hospital Women's Auxiliary. Hermine played tennis well into her 80's with the North End Racquet Club. She and Victor traveled to Jamaica, Hawaii and Europe, especially Belgium where they visited with family members. Hermine was a wonderful cook and loved trying out new recipes on her family and friends. She was an accomplished quilter and loved to make hand appliquéd quilts. She enjoyed tending her roses and feeding the hummingbirds that flocked to her homemade nectar. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; daughter, Janice Corfman; parents, August and Celine Caigneau; parents-in-law, Mary and Camille Wuytens; brother, Ray Caigneau; brother-in-law, Bill Williams; and sister-in-law, Frances Snyder. Hermine is survived by her sister, Eleanor Williams; sister-in-law, Theresa Wuytens; children, Norman Wuytens and his wife Sandy, Ken Wuytens and his wife Sherri, and Cece Blankenship and her husband Ken; grandchildren, Kim (Mike) Berthesen, David (Fiona) Blankenship, Vicki Blankenship, Troy (Meghan) Wuytens, Ashley (Josh) Mendibles, Chip (Linda) Corfman, Bruce (Kim) Corfman, and Karen Corfman; great-grand- children Jake, Hale, Oliver, Amelia, Emma, Eva, Kyle, Cameron, Jason, Adam, Holly, Cami, Rebecca and Tamberley; nephew, Drew (Heather) Williams; and nieces, Nancy Snyder and Julie Williams. Rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 24 at Sacred Heart Church in Brawley. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at the church with Father Frank Wagner, OMI officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either United Way of Imperial County, 2410 Imperial Business Park Drive, Imperial, CA 92251 or Pioneers Museum, 373 East Aten Rd. Imperial, CA 92251.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from May 22 to May 23, 2012

William A. Williams 1927-2009  - Attorney William A. Williams was born in Long Beach, CA on July 3, 1927. He was called to our Lord and Savior on May 4, 2009. "Bill" was a self-made man. Born into extreme poverty, as a young boy, he would often stand in the Salvation Army lines for food. He endured the death of his mother when he was merely 10 years old. He and his little sister, Patsy, were separated when their mother died. The two were shuffled about to different family members throughout their youth, yet they remained close throughout the years. Bill lived for a time with his wonder ful grandmother, and when she died, he ended up on the doorstep of his beloved Aunt Genoa with whom he lived with for many years. Bill worked hard as a child and young adult; selling hotdogs at the Long Beach Pike, delivering newspapers, working in a flower shop as a flower arranger, pumping gas at Park's Service Stations, and as a butcher in a meat market. His favorite meal was based upon his ability to catch rabbits, which his Aunt Genoa would prepare, along with lemon meringue pie, or fish he would catch off the Long Beach Pier. Bill told his Aunt Genoa he merely wanted to "live off the land" and go into the wilderness, and possibly meet an Indian squaw, and that's how he wanted to live out his life. (Bill was 1/4 American Indian -- Cherokee) His Aunt Genoa persuaded him to think about joining the military. He scoffed at the idea, and was prepared to make his trek into the wilderness. She agreed to let him go, after begging him to stay one more night with her. The next morning, Bill had a change of heart, and tried to enlist in the military, but he was only 17. With no formal guardian in place over Bill, a formal court hearing ensued and his Aunt Genoa became his legal guardian. Bill enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1948 and was trained as a pilot. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Midshipman. Bill was able to attend college on a G.I. Bill, and he attended Occidental College, California Institute of Technology and U.S.C. He had a fierce determination to better his life. His thirst for knowledge was unquenchable. Law school came easy for him. He passed the bar in January 1954. After a three year courtship, bill married Eleanor Caigneau of Westminster, CA, on May 2, 1954. He wanted to marry her earlier, but he postponed the wedding until he had passed the bar, and he was secure in the knowledge that their future together was on solid ground. Bill was tenacious enough to land a job with the illustrious attorney, Russell H. Pray, shortly after he passed the bar. Soon after, Bill became a partner in the firm of Pray, Price, Williams & Deatherage. Later, Bill's good friend, James B. Russell, a City Prosecutor at that time, joined the firm, and the firm has been known as Pray, Price, Williams & Russell since the 1960's. The firm is currently known as Pray, Price Williams & Picking. Bill's passions have been his family, his world traveling, his culinary expertise, fishing, his memberships in the Lion's, the Jester's, the Shriner's, The Salvation Army, the Tuna Club, the City College Foundation and St. Mary's Hospital Foundation -- to name but a few. Bill loved being an attorney for 55 years, and never missed a day of work (except to take exotic trips). He was extremely dedicated to his clients. He was a quick-witted intellectual gentleman, who, despite his upbringing, remained a steadfast, compassionate person, with an innate sense of integrity and loyalty which he consistently demonstrated as to all of his endeavors. Bill is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his daughter, Julie; her brother, Don Cook; and Bill's son, Drew Williams and his wife, Heather; two grandkids Jared and Connor; his sister, Patsy Wingren; and her children, Ann, David and Mark; cousins, Mary Jamison, Judy Nagengast and Ben Holden; cousin, Gwen Guadagno; and her children, Cherie Felix, Angela, Guadagno, Carlo Guadagno and Jimmy Guadagno. Lastly, Bill is survived by his beloved, spoiled felines, Mishka, Mukluk and Mookie, who were indeed "daddy's girls". Bill's law partners for many years, James B. Russell, Jay H. Picking, William C. Price and David M. Price also feel the void created by Bill's passing, yet they will be comforted by the countless memories they had created together as partners. A memorial mass will be held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Long Beach on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. A memorial reception will follow in the church hall, 5100 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. A private interment at Forest Lawn, Cypress, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, The Salvation Army or The Lion's Club. Forest Lawn Cypress (800) 204-3131.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from May 7 to May 8, 2009

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More information on siblings Joseph, Romanus, Frans-Xaveer, Gustaaf, Rene and Joannes-Josephus Cannau.

Josephuns on the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 on FamilySearch.
Romanus on the British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch. Romanus on FindAGrave.
Frans-Xaveer on the British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch. Frans-Xaveer on FindAGrave.
Gustaaf on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Gustaaf on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Rene on the Ellis Island database: (1)
Joannes-Josephus on the British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch. Joannes-Joseph on FindAGave.

According to the death certificate on the British Columbia Archives, Romanus, a retired "mixed and dairy" farmer, widower, died at the ripe old age of 97 from senility in Glenwood Private Hospital in Agassiz, B.C. The informant listed on the certificate is his son "John W. Caignou", living at "471 Caignou, Agassiz, B.C."

According to the death certificate on the British Columbia Archives, Frans-Xaveer, a retired "mixed farming" farmer, single all his life, died at the ripe old age of 96 from a myocardial infarction, pronounced dead on arrival at Chilliwack General Hospital. The informant listed on the certificate is his nephew "John W. Caignou", living at "471 Caignou, Agassiz, B.C."

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Gustaaf was living at 900 Bessemore in Detroit in September 1918, working as "laborer" for the "Saxon Motor Co."on Beaufait Street in Detroit, and listing Rene Cannau as his nearest relative, also living at 900 Bessemore. According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Gustaaf married Justina-Carolina De Bruyn from Denderhoutem (sister of Maria-Valentina, Maria-Celina, and Prosper-Alexander De Bruyn) on the 8th of November, 1919 in Detroit. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gustaaf and Justina-Carolina were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their children Joseph, age 8 and Rufin, age 5 (California, Death Index, 1940-1997, SSDI on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustaaf and Justina-Carolina were living at 13355 Wade Avenue in Detroit in 1940 , in a house they owned worth $4000, together with their sons Joseph, age 17, and John, age 15.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Rene married Mathilda on the 1st of February, 1916 in Detroit. Rene is listed as "autoworker" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Rene and Matilda were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 together with their son William, age 8, and daughter Mary, age 2. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Rene and Matilda were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1930 together with their daughter Mary, age 12. According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Rene and Matilda were living on 14457 Glenfield in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $3500, together with their daughter Mary, age 22 and son-in-law William Lipp. Rene is listed as "truck driver" for an "auto-bumper conpany", having worked 40 weeks in 1939 and earned $1400; daughter Mary is listed as "conveyor operator" in an "auto-parts factory", having worked 40 weeks in 1939 and earned $1200; son-in-law William is listed as "operator" in an "auto-bumper company", having worked 32 weeks in 1939 and earned $960. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Rene was living on 14705 Glenfield Avenue, Wayne County, Michigan in 1942, working for "....Spring & Bumper".

According to the death certificate on the British Columbia Archives, Joannes-Josephus, a retired steelworker, single all his life, died at his brother Frank's home, 81 Ferry Road, Agassiz, B.C where it seems he had been living for the last 17 months of his life. The informant listed on the certificate is his brother Frank. 

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More information on siblings Victorina, Gustaaf and Rene Cannau x Celerina-Maria Roelandt
Victorina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Victorina on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Gustaaf on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Rene on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Rene on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Celerina-Maria on the Ellis Island database : (1). Celerina-Maria on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

Victorina first married Amandus Steppe and then Augustus-Gustavus De Petter.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, the 3 siblings were living in Detroit in 1910.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Rene and Celerina-Maria were living in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in 1930 together with their daughter Anna, age 9 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 on FamilySearch), son Albert, age 7 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), daughter Agnes, age 4 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 on FamilySearch), and son Edgar, age 3 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Rene and Celerina-Maria were living in Seal Beach, Orange County, California in 1940 with their daughter Anna, age 19, son Albert, age 17, daughter Agnes, age 12 and son Edgar, age 11. Rene is listed as "operator" on a farm. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Rene was living in Los Alamitos in 1942 and was a rancher. Rene lists a "L. Lerno" as "person who will allways know your address".  Daughter Anna married  Eugene Scott (son of Dominicus Schiettecatte and Marie-Louise Goessens, both from Aspelare, Belgium; SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch; FindAGrave); son Albert-Felix married Hope Irene Goodman-McCloud (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch); daughter Agnes married Lawrence Deletkanic; son Edgar-August married Patricia Ann Waltrip (SSDICalifornia, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch).

Rene was one of our 14 children of Jozef Cannau and Sophie De Coninck. Rene and Celerine had 4 children, of which only Anna remains. She was married to Eugene Scott(1). Another daughter of Jozef Cannau, Victorine, remarried Gust De Petter and emigrated also to the United States. They had three daughters, of which only Elza remains. Two other sons of Jozef Cannau also emigrated. Felix went to the States but came back. Gustaaf went to Canada and died there single (2).
Mr. Jozef Sienaert, Haaltert
in "Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg. 21

1. Note from Gunter: Eugene Scott was formerly Eugene Schiettecatte. The second generation of Schiettecatte changed their last name to Scott, no doubt because it was a whole lot easier to be a Scott than to be a Schiettecatte.
2. Note from Gunter: according to our information, Gustaaf did not die in Canada but in Detroit

Rene Cannau left for America  in 1916(1). He went back to Belgium in 1920 to marry Celerina-Maria Roelandt. She was from Denderhoutem.They married February 20, 1920. Upon returning. they settled themselves on the McCormick Ranch and after that on the Bixby Ranch where they worked until their retirement in 1945. They bought a house in Midway City, CA. After Celerine died, Rene went to go and live in Westminster.
Mw. Anna Scott, Tuston, AZ in "Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg. 21

1. Note from Gunter: according to Ellis Island records, this was 1910, not 1916.

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More information on Eduardus Callebaut x Maria-Alissa De Winter and children
Eduardus on the Ellis Island database : (). Eduardus on United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 and Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Alissa on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Alissa on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Justine-Delphine on the Ellis Island database : (1). Justine-Delphine on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Joseph on the Ellis Island database : (1). Joseph on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

Maria-Alissa is the sister of Arthur De Winter.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Eduardus and Maria-Alissa were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 together with their daughter Delphine, age 10 and son Joseph, age 9.  According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Eduardus and Maria-Alissa were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their daughter Delphine, age 20 and son Joe, age 19.  According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Maria-Alissa, widowed, and her son Joseph, age 29, were living in with her son-in-law Peter Guns (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) and her daughter Justine-Delphine at 3637 Wayburn in Detroit, Michigan . Joseph is listed as a "tire builder" in a "rubberplant", having worked 51 weeks in 1939 and earned $2300. Peter Guns  is listed as the "owner" of a "saloon".

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More information on brothers Joannes Cobbaert x Maria-Urma Muylaert and Alphonsius Cobbaert x Maria-Urma Hoebeke
Joannes on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2), (3).
Maria-Urma Muylaert on the Ellis Island database : (1). 
Alphonsius on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Alphonsius on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Alphonsius is the uncle of Marcellus-Petrus Cobbaert
Maria-Urma Hoebeke on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Urma on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Zoe-Alisia on the Ellis Island database : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952, Joannes and Maria-Urma had a son Philippe, born on the 5th of July, 1921 in Detroit who died on the 22nd of February, 1923 in Detroit. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Joannes and Maria-Urma were living in Wayne County in 1920 and acccording to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, they were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their son Morris, age 9.

Maria-Urma Hoebeke was the sister of Franciscus-Polidorus Hoebeke and siblings.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Alphonsius and Maria-Urma were living in Wayne County in 1920 together with their two daughters Josephine, age 9, and Marguerite, age 5 (SSDI on FamilySearch), and according to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, they were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their daughter Margaret, age 15. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Alphonsius and Maria-Urma were living at 1185 Concord Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $3500, with their daughter Josephine, age 29 and their grand-daughter Helen Samson, age 9. Alphonsius is listed as a "laborer" in a "mattress company", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $548. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Alphonsius was living in Detroit in 1942 and working for the "Sibley Lumber Co.". Alphonsius lists his wife Irma Cobbaert as "person who will allways know your address".

Weds, 20 Aug 1947, pg 35, Detroit News:
COBBAERT -- Erma, of 1185 Concord, beloved wife of Alfons, dear mother of Mrs. Josephine Vanovitz and Mrs. Margaret Leto; dear sister of Joseph, Constant, Leopold and Homer Hoebeke and Mrs. Mary Van Liedekerke, two brothers in Belgium and three grandchildren. Funeral from the Van Lerberghe Funeral Home, 13340 East Warren, corner Lakeview, Thursday morning at 9:15 and Our Lady of Sorrows Church at 10. Rosary Wednesday evening at 8. Interment Mt. Olivet.

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More information on Rene Cobbaert
Rene on the Ellis Island database : (1). Rene on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

Rene is a 6th cousin of brothers Joannes and Alphonsius Cobbaert above.

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More information on Marcellus-Petrus Cobbaert
Marcellus-Petrus was the nephew of Alphonsius Cobbaert

Found two references on Ancestry.com:

Date of Arrival: Feb 22, 1948, Ship of Travel: Marine Jumper, Port of Departure: Antwerp, in transit, "Employer: Petrus Van Den Neucker, R.R.6 Tillsonburg, Ont., Canada
Date of Arrival: Mar 30, 1955, Ship of Travel: Queen Mary, Port of Departure: Cherbourg, "4303 Chalmers, Detroit, Mich."

PUBLISHED in  THE MACOMB DAILY: Friday, April 13, 2007
Peter M. Cobbaert, 82, died Wednesday, April 11, 2007. He was born in Belgium. Mr. Cobbaert came to the United States in 1951. He retired from Stanley Products after 25 years of service. He enjoyed gardening. He is survived by his special friend, Edwin Bara; brother, Gustaf Cobbaert of Belgium; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Edmund Catholic Church, 14025 12 Mile Road, Warren. Burial will be in Denderhoutem, Belgium. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today, with a 6 p.m. rosary recital, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 28499 Schoenherr (south of 12 Mile Road), Warren. Additional visitation is 9:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

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More information on Cheri-Cyril, daughter Bertha-Theresia and brother Leopold-Emiel-Feliciaan Coppens
Cheri-Cyril on the Ellis Island database : (1).
Leopold-Emiel-Feliciaan on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Leopold-Emiel-Feliciaan on FindAGrave.
Bertha-Theresia on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Cheri-Cyril married Jeanette VandenNeucker on May 23rd, 1914 in Detroit. It says on the document that Cheri-Cyril was a "laborer". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920Cheri-Cyril and Jennie were living in Jonesfield, Saginaw County, Michigan in 1920 together with their son Frank, age 1 (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Cheri-Cyril and Jennie were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their children Frank, age 11, Raymond, age 8 (SSDI, Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 on FamilySearch), and John, age 7 (SSDI on FamilySearch; FindAGrave). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Cheri-Cyril and Jennie were living in Jonesfield, Saginaw County, Michigan in 1940 with their sons Raymond, age 18 and John, age 17. Cyril is listed as farmer. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Cheri-Cyril was living in Jonesfield Township, Michigan in 1942 and working as a farmer. Cyrillus-Augustinus lists his son John Coppens from Merrill, MI as "person who will allways know your address".

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Bertha-Theresia and husband Peter Uyttenhove (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their daughter Adela, age  2. According to the Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954, Peter had sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia in March 1924 and had then been "smuggled in by motor boat to Detroit. According to this same document, Bertha-Theresia and Peter were living at 9330 Schiller in Detroit in March 1937. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Bertha-Theresia and Peter were living in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $3000, with their daughter Adele, age 12 and son Frank, age 9 (SSDI on FamilySearch; FindAGrave). Peter is listed as "plasterer" running a private business, having worked 44 weeks in 1939 and earned $1700; Bertha is listed as working for an "automobile company", having worked 28 weeks in 1939 and earned $560.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Leopold-Emiel-Feliciaan was living at 13231 E. Canfield in Detroit in 1942 and laid off by the Plymouth  Motorcar Co. Leopold-Emiel-Feliciaan lists Victor Muylaert from Detroit as "person who will allways know your address".

COPPENS, CYRIL, Merrill, Michigan. Passed away early Sunday morning at St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. Age 80 years. He was born Dec. 9, 1880, in Belgium, and lived there until 1913, when he came to the United States, coming directly to Detroit, where he lived until 1915, when he moved to Merrill. He had been engaged in farming all of his life. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Ryan. In 1914, he married Jennie VandeNeucker, in Detroit. She passed away Jan. 25, 1953. Surviving are one daughter and three sons, Mrs. PETER UYTTENHOVE, Detroit; Raymond P. Coppens, Saginaw; Frank and John Coppens, both of Merrill; 14 grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; also three brothers, Leopold Coppens, Merrill; Henry and Albert Coppens, both living in Belgium. Funeral service will take place at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, at the Case Chapel, Merrill, 10 a:m at St. Fatrick's Catholic Church at Ryan. Rev. Fr. Kyren McGinn will officiate with burial in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Saginaw. Friends may call at the chapel in Merrill after 7 p.m. Monday, where they will meet with relatives at 8 p.m. Tuesday to say the Rosary.
Saginaw News, Monday, January 23, 1961

COPPENS, MRS. JENNIE, Merrill, Michigan. Passed away at Saginaw General Hospital, Sunday noon. Age 59 years. Jennie VandenNeucker was born Aug. 23, 1893 in Belgium and was married to CYRIL COPPENS, May 22, 1914 in Detroit, who survives her. Soon after their marriage they moved to Merrill. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Ryan and its Alter Society. Besides her husband, she leaves three sons, Frank and John of Merrill, Raymond of Saginaw; one step-daughter, Mrs. BERTHA UYTTENHOVE of Detroit; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also two sisters. Mrs. Melaney Lamers of Canada; Mrs. Josephine VandePerry of Ithaca; three brothers. Peter, John and Alfonse VandenNeucker of Canada. Another sister, Mrs. Emma Ross, passed away in 1951. Funeral service will take place 9.15 a.m. Wednesday at the Case Chapel in Merrill and 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church at Ryan. Rev. Fr. Kyran McGinn will officiate with burial in St. Andrew's Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel after 7 p.m. Monday. Where they will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday to recite the Rosary.
Saginaw News, Monday, January 26, 1953

COPPENS, LEOPOLD, 117 Fenmore Road, Route 1, Merrill, Michigan. Passed away Monday afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital after a lengthy illness. Age 75 years. He was born Nov. 17, 1890, in Belgium, and lived there until early 1920 when he came to the United States, moving to Detroit. He had been employed by the Chrysler Corp. in Detroit for 23 years, retiring in 1959 at which time he moved to Merrill. The deceased was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church at Wheeler, Mich. In 1944 he married Leona Bryan in Grosse Pointe, Mich. She passed away in January of 1963. Surviving are three stepsons, John Bryan, living in Ohio; James Bryan, Lincoln Park, Mich.; Sgt. Norman Bryan, stationed with the U.S. Army in California; several nieces and nephews. He also leaves two brothers living in Belgium. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wheeler. Rev. O. N. Behringer will officiate, with burial in Lakefield Township Cemetery. Friends may call at the Case Chapel, in Merrill from 7 p.m. Tuesday until 10 p.m. Wednesday and at the church from 10 a.m. Thursday until time of service.
Saginaw News, Tuesday June 7, 1966

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More information on Isidorus De Bruyn and siblings
Isidorus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Isidoor on the California, Death Index, 1905-1939 on FamilySearch.
Carolus-Ludovicus-Columbus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Carolus-Ludovicus-Columbus on the California, Death Index, 1905-1939 on FamilySearch.
Franciscus-Dominicus on the United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956Social Security Death Index and the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Philemondus De Bruyn on the Ellis Island database : (1). Philemondus on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch. Philemondus on FindAGrave.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Isidorus was living in Calexico, Imperial Co., CA in 1930 together with his wife Lula and two sons Peter, age 2 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch), and John, age 1 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch).

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Franciscus-Dominicus was residing in Hynes, California in June 1917, single, a self-employed farmer. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Franciscus-Dominicus married Marietta-Antoinette Thienpont from Gent, Belgium on April 13th, 1925 in Los Angeles. The document states that Franciscus-Dominicus was a farmer and residing in Holtville at the time. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Franciscus-Dominicus and Marietta-Antoinette were living in Calexico, Imperial Co., CA in 1930 together with their son Walter Domien, a baby of less than 1 year old (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI on FamilySearch), and Franciscus-Dominicus' brother Philemondus ("Philip"). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Franciscus-Dominicus and Marietta-Antoinette Thienpont were living in Westminster, Orange County, California in 1935 but had moved and were living in Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Orange County in 1940, with their sons Walter, age 10, and John, age 8 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch), and their daughter Leona, age 3 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 on FamilySearch).  They were renters and Franciscus-Dominicus is listed as "proprietor" of something (can't decipher the word), Franciscus-Dominicus having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $900. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Franciscus-Dominicus was residing at 319 Los Alamitos Blvd. in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in September 1918, self-employed, and listing "Maria Hendrick, 5117 E. 60th Place, Maywood, Calif." as "person who will allways know you address".

According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Philemondus was residing on a farm, paying rent, on Garden Grove Road in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California in 1940 together with his wife Jean and their son Johnnie, age 5. Philemondus is listed as a "truck owner".

"my father Franciscus de bruyn, was born 03 oct. 1895, in denderhoutem, he came to the united states in 1914-6. my father settled in orange county, calif. ..my mother came through ellis island, in about 1914. my mothers name was mariette a. thienpont. her mother, marie de sutter, her father john thienpont came the year before, to settle and have a home for them. my grandfather john thienpont settled in "moline ill." he lived there until he died in the "60s'.
Source : John W. De Bruyn Sr. on Rootsweb : (1),(2)

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More information on Sidonia De Bruyn, brother Desiderius ("Fred") and son Petrus-Theofiel ("Phil")

Desiderius on FindAGrave.
Petrus-Theofiel on FindAGrave.

Sidonia and Desiderius were aunt and uncle of Isidorus De Bruyn and siblings above. 

Sidonia married Petrus Van Herreweghe.

According to the death certificate on the British Columbia Archives, Desiderius ("Fred"), lived in Canada for 65 years, was a dairy farmer, retired in 1960, remained single all his life, and died from pneumonitis at the ripe old age of 92 in Cottage Private Hospital in Matsqui, B.C., having resided before that on Aberdeen Road in Aldergrove, B.C. 

According to the death certificate on the British Columbia Archives, Petrus-Theofiel ("Phil"), lived in Canada for 55 years, was a mill operator in the lumber industry for 40 years, retired in 1957, was married to schoolteacher Florence Elizabeth Leaper (British Columbia Archives), and died from lung cancer at the age of 70 in Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., having resided before that at 5896 179th Street in Surrey, B.C. 

my fathers uncle "fred de bruyn" settled in canada. fred lived more then 50+ years in british columbia, he died in aldergrove 'BC' in 1966. freds nephew Phil de bruyn, lived in "bc" also. phil owned and operated a sawmill in "Hope" on the fraser river. phil de bruyn died in 'new westminster, "bc" in 1960 at age 70  ....
Source : John W. De Bruyn Sr. on Rootsweb : (1),(2)

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More information on siblings Maria-Valentina, Maria-Celina, Prosper-Alexander and Justina-Carolina De Bruyn. 

Maria-Valentina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Valentina on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Celina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Celina on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Prosper-Alexander on the Ellis Island database : (1). Prosper-Alexander on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Justina-Carolina on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Karel-Lodewijk-Gustaaf on the Ellis Island database : (1).  Karel-Lodewijk-Gustaaf on the Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953 on FamilySearch.

Maria-Valentina married Carolus-Ludovicus Van Rossen.

Maria-Celina married Jan-Baptiste Schotte.

Prosper-Alexander married Florentina Van den Berghe from Denderhoutem (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; Ellis Island database : (1)). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Prosper-Alexander and Florentina were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their two sons Frank E., age 8 (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and Edgar W., age 4. According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Prosper-Alexander and Florentina were living on a farm, paying rent,  in Ogden, Lenawee County, Michigan in 1940 together with their two sons Frank, age 18, and Edgar, age 15. Prosper-Alexander is listed as farm laborer, having worked 36 weeks in 1939 and earned $595. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Prosper-Alexander was still living in Ogden, Lenawee Co., MI,  in 1942, working for the Jim Browne Fence Co., listing his wife "Mrs. Prosper A. de Bruyn" as "person who will allways know your address".

Justina-Carolina married Gustaaf Cannau.

According toFamilySearch's Historical Records, Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953, Karel-Lodewijk-Gustaaf died from "mitral inefficiency", was single at the time of his death and a beet worker. The  informant on the death certficate is his brother Prosper, living in Blissfield, Lenawee County, Michigan at the time.

......As for Prosper De Bruyn he was somewhat of a character, I knew him as a child. Drinking was his downfall. He probably lived on Jefferson Court street as it was almost all Belgian families and had a lively reputation, especially during prohibition when many of them made their own beer. Prosper was married to my 'tanta rence'. I knew her quite well. Her and Prosper lived on a farm in Blissfield, Michigan before WW2. During the war they moved to Adrian, Michigan and she worked in a factory making aircraft parts. The welding damaged her eyes and she wore dark glasses as long as I knew her. As far as I know she divorced Prosper about this time. Prosper and her had two sons, Frank L. 28 Dec. 1921 (Belgium)-15 Dec 1985 (St. Clair, Michigan) and Edgard whom I hardly knew and know nothing of, he had a son named Bruce. Frank landed at Normandy in 1944 with the 329th RCT of the 83rd infantry division and participated in most of the engagements up to the Elbe bridgehead. He was attached to a 1st squad, 3rd platoon but I do not know the company nor battalion. He was wounded during the battle of the bulge in the Ardennes. I was at Florence's house at James Str. in Adrian when her son, Frank, came home from the army in about 1946. He had fallen asleep on the train and missed his stop so had to walk from the next stop back home, I was the first to see him as I was sitting by the door and looking out of the window when he came up the street. Frank was married in 1946 to Marian D. Schrader 17 Dec. 1922 (LaCrosse, Wisconsin)-21 June 1989 (St.Clair, Michigan). Marian was a very nice person. They lived with us for a few months as housing was scarce right after the war. He worked at Uniroyal Tire Company until retirement in about 1970. Uniroyal was directly across the street from Jefferson Court and many Belgians worked there. Belgians were often referred to as Buffalos by other Belgians and Americans, kind of a slang term not always appreciated when from an American. On the corner of Jefferson and Jefferson Court. was a Belgian bar frequented by my grandfather, it closed in 1920 when prohibition started. The owner Remi Lanckriet gave away all the furnishings to his patrons and moved back to Belgium. My grandfather took one of the spittoons (cuspidor) and I still have it. Florence remarried in about 1954 to Arthur L. Bouckenooghe 13 Jan 1887 (Belgium)- 23 October 1979 (Adrian, Michigan)......
Source : Ed Van Rossen, Detroit, MI

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More information on Alphonse-Raymond De Buysscher x Clementina-Delphina Peleman

Alphonse-Raymond on the Ellis Island database : (1). Alphonse-Raymond on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 and Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Clementina-Delphina Peleman on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 on FamilySearch.
Daughter Josephine on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Alphonse-Raymond and Clementina-Delphina were living in Detroit in 1930. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Alphonse-Raymond and Clementina-Delphina were residing at 6056 Malcolm Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $2000, with their daughter Josephine, age 8. Alphonse-Raymond is listed as laborer in the building construction industry, having worked 30 weeks in 1939 and earned $1650. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Alphonse-Raymond was living in Detroit  in 1942, working for "Rene Daniels" (more than likely Renatus-Carolus De Niels), listing "Emil Eloot" as "person who will allways know your address". 

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More information on Josephus-Gustavus De Buysscher x Maria-Clementia Moens

Josephus-Gustavus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Maria-Clementia, daughter Clementina-Maria and son Alphonse on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942 on FamilySearch.
Daughter Clementina-Maria on the "Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and  Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch. 

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Josephus-Gustavus and Maria-Clementia were living in Detroit in 1930, with their daughter Clementine, age 11, and son Alphonse, age 9 (SSDI on FamilySearch; FindAGrave). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Josephus-Gustavus and Maria-Clementia were residing at 437 Jefferson Court in Detroit in 1940, in a house they rented for $20, with their daughter Clementine, age 20, and son Alphonse, age 19. Josephus-Gustavus is listed as operator in a medicinal plant, having worked 50 weeks in 1939 and earned $1400; daughter Clementine is listed as sorter in a laundry, Alphonse as seeking work, having worked 12 weeks and earned $300 in 1939 as a service man in an autoplant. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Josephus-Gustavus was living at 437 Jefferson Court, Detroit  in 1942, employed by "Fred Stearns & Co.", listing his brother-in-law Leon Boon as "person who will allways know your address". 

Daughter Clementina-Maria married Robert-Francis Roelens (SSDI, Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 (1,2) on FamilySearch; FindAGrave). 

Son Alphonse married Robert-Francis' sister Marie-Diane Roelens (Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954, SSDI on FamilySearch). 
Obituary of son Alphonse in The Detroit News, April 20, 2006:
Age 85 of Romulus. April 18, 2006. Dear father of Gerald J. (JoLynn) and Paul J. DeBuysscher and Virginia Silvey. Six grandchildren. Preceded in passing by his wife Marie D. (Roelens) DeBuysscher. Retired from GM Hydramatic Plant - 1984. Veteran of US Army - WW II. Friends may call at Crane Funeral Home, 36885 Goddard Rd., Romulus (734) 941-9200 on Thursday from Noon until 9:00 p.m. Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Prayers Friday 9:45 a.m. to St. Aloysius Catholic Church - Romulus Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Romulus Cemetery. Memorials to Relay For Life appreciated.

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More information on Dominicus De Dier x Mathilde D'Haem

Dominicus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Dominicus on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957, Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998, Social Security Death Index and Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998 on FamilySearch. 
Mathilde on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 (1,2) on FamilySearch.

Mathilde was the sister of Fredericus, Justina, Joannes-Philippus and Elisa D'Haem.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Dominicus was living in Detroit in 1930 as a boarder in the home of Frank De Maeght and Magdalena Paternoster. Staying in the same house were Petrus-Amandus Hooge with his two sons Dominicus and Josephus Hooge from Denderhoutem. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Mathilde was living in Detroit in 1930 together with her first husband Gustaaf Roelandt from Kerksken, Belgium, daughter Jennie, age 7 (SSDI on FamilySearch; see obituary below), son Frankie, age 5 (SSDI on FamilySearch) and brother-in-law Alex Roelandt, age 33. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Dominicus and Mathilde were residing at 2189 Meldrum Avnue in Detroit, paying $23 rent per month, with Mathilde's daughter Jean, age 18, and son Frank, age 16, both from her first marriage. Dominicus is listed as "moulding mechanic" in a "rubber factory", having worked 49 weeks in 1939 and earned $1805; Jean is listed as a "saleslady" in a "department store".

MISPLON, JANE M. "JENNY" April 29, 1999, 76 years. Beloved wife of Frank F. Misplon. Dear mother of Frank J. (Cheryl) and James L (Sally). Loving grandmother of Jennifer and Kimberly. Dear sister of Frank J. Roelandt. Visitation Saturday 5-9 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 9:00 p.m. at Calcaterra-Sobocinski Funeral Home 22121 Kelly Road (between 8 & 9 Mile), Eastpointe, Michigan. Instate Monday at St. Peter the Apostle Church from 8:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 9:00 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Prayer Service Sunday 7:00 p.m. Leo K of C Rosary Sunday 5:30 p.m. Memorials to the Alzheimers Association Appreciated.
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~steinie/detroit-deaths/2000/death_notices_05-2000.txt

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More information on August-Joseph and Augustinus and De Maeght

August-Joseph on the Ellis Island database : (1). August-Joseph on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. 
Augustinus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. 

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, August-Joseph was residing as his brother Augustinus' house in Detroit in 1910. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Joseph was residing at 578 Mt. Elliott Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in 1917, employed as a "plumber helper" with "Irvine & Myers" on 2289 Woodward, Detroit, Michigan, listing his brother Augustinus as nearest relative, residing at the same address of 578 Mt. Elliott Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920 and US Census Population Schedules, 1930, August-Joseph was residing as his brother Augustinus' house in Detroit in 1910 and 1920. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Josephus was living on Concord Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, in a place he rented for $10 per month. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Joseph was residing at 465 Concord Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in 1943, janitor in the apartment where he lived, listing his brother Augustinus as "person who will always know your address".

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Augustinus married Gertrude Malfait (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) on January 8th, 1908 in Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan. Augustinus is listed as "Saloonkeeper" at the time of his marriage. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Augustinus and Gertrude were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1910 with their son Frank, age 2 (United States Census, 1930United States Census, 1940, SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and Augustinus' brothers August-Joseph and Emil. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Augustinus and Gertrude were living in Detroit in 1920 with their sons Frank, age 11, and  Joseph, age 9 (United States Census, 1940, SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) and Augustinus' brother August-Joseph. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Augustinus and Gertrude were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with their son Joseph, age 19 and Augustinus's brother Joseph. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustavus and Gertrude were living on 2210 Mt. Elliott Avenue in Detroit, in a house they owned, worth $3333. They are listed as the "proprietors" of a "florist shop".  

Augustinus and Gertrude's son Frank married Magdalena Paternoster from Denderhoutem. 

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More information on Remigius-Ernestus De Neve x Rachelle Van Rossen

Rachelle on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1927 on FamilySearch. Rachelle and Remigius-Ernestus's tombstone on Canada GenWeb's Cemetery Project

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More information on Maria De Niels and siblings Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius, Renatus-Carolus, Irma and Elisa-Adolphine De Niels

Maria on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria on Find A Grave.
Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius on Find A Grave.
Renatus-Carolus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Renatus-Carolus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Irma on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Elisa-Adolphine on the Ellis Island database : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, the sibling's parents Philemondus and Maria-Felicitas were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their daughter "Elsie", age 14.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Maria married Benoit-Henri Meganck (Ellis Island; United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 and SSDI on FamilySearch; Find A Grave) from Kerksken, Belgium on the 21st of May, 1921 in Detroit. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Maria and Henri were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their children Albert (The National Archives and Records; SSDI on FamilySearch; FindAGrave) and Elsie, both age 2. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Maria and Henri were living on 15093 Saratoga Avenue in Detroit, in a house they owned worth $2200, with their son Albert, age 12, daughter Elsie, age 12, son Elmer, age 6 (Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001, Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001, SSDI, Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998 on FamilySearch; FindAGrave), and daughter Mary Jane, age 3. Henri is listed as a "sprayman" in a "motor car company", having worked 40 weeks in 1939 and earned $900. 

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius married Celine De Mulder on the 21st of March, 1925 in Detroit. Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius ("Maurice") is listed as "bricklayer" on the marriage certificate, Celina as "factory worker". The marriage certificate states further that Celine was born in France, daughter of Peter and Renilda Van Staerteghem. Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius and Celine had a son Robert. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius and Celine were living on Alcoy Avenue 20203 in Detroit, paying $40 rent, with their son Robert, age 13, daughters Edna, age 12, and Elsie, age 7, and a four month old baby son, Maurice. Henricus-Josephus-Mauritius is listed as a "brick mason" in the building industry, having worked 12 weeks in 1939 and earned $425.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Renatus-Carolus and his wife Maria De Cooman (?) were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their son Joseph, age 2. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Renatus-Carolus and Maria were living on Hereford Avenue 5254 in Detroit in a house they owned worth $4500, with their son Joseph, age 11. Renatus-Carolus is listed as a "bricklayer" in a private business.

Elisa-Adolphine married an Alfons De Clercq from Ninove (?).  According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Elisa-Adolphine and Alfons were residing at 908 Neff Road in Grosse Pointe City, Wayne County, Michigan,  paying $30 rent. Alfons is listed as "laborer" in "building construction", having worked 26 weeks in 1939 and earned $910.

As can be seen by the entrees in the SSDI, "De Niels" became "Daniels" in the USA.

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More information on siblings Melania, Karel en Magdalena De Nul
Melania on Ellis Island: (1)
Karel on the British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch. Karel on the British Columbia Archives.
Magdalena on the Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957, Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957 and Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

Melania married Joannes-Baptiste Van den Stockt from Denderhoutem.

According to the Nanaimo Family History Society - Ships Passenger List Index, Karel De Nul arrived in Canada on 11th of June, 1909 on the Laurentic.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932, Magdalena married Gustave De Wetter from Kerksken (Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch) on the 22nd of May, 1920 in New Westminster, B.C., Canada (see also Search BC Archives). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Magdalena and Gustaaf were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 together with their daughter Germain, age 6. After Gustave's death, Magdalena remarried and according to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Magdalena and new husband Alois Vanderhaegen (Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) were residing at 13231 Canfield Avenue in Detroit, in a place they rented for $80, together with daughter Germaine C., age 16, sons Gilbert, age 14 (Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996, SSDI on FamilySearch), Urbain, age 9 (SSDI on FamilySearch), Frank C., age 3 (SSDI on FamilySearch) and Alois' brother Gilbert, age 36 (Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996, SSDI on FamilySearch). Alois is listed as "plasterer" with a "plasterer contractor", having worked 48 weeks in 1939 and earned $1550.

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More information on Petrus De Pauw x Maria-Sidonia Goubert and family

Petrus on the Ellis Island database : (1)
The whole family en route to Canada on Ellis Island database : (1)

"012461-25 (Kent Co) Gustaaf DEPAUW, 24, farm laborer, Belgium, Chatham twp., s/o Peter DEPAUW b. Belgium & Sidone GOUBERT, married Josephine DENEVE, 19, home duties, Belgium, Chatham twp., d/o Theophiel DENEVE b. Belgium & Adela VAN DEN STEEN, witn: Prosper VAN HOE, C.P.R. Hotel Chatham, Laura M. PERKINS, 43 William St. N. Chatham, 25 February 1925 at Chatham"
The Ontario Vital Statistics Project - Ontario Marriage Registrations on Rootsweb

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,  daughter Maria De Pauw and Gabriel D'Hoker were married on the 26th of November, 1927 in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada.
Maria's death certificate can be found on Familysearch. She was a housewife at the time of her death. The certificate states that her address was Canada, Ontario, Delhi, R.R.#6.

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More information on Petrus, Joanna-Catharina, Theophilus-Albertus and Amandus De Pauw

Petrus on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2)
Theophilus-Albertus on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Amandus on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Amandus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
Franciscus-Dominicus-Albertus De Pauw on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch

Joanna-Catharina married Remigius De Winter from Denderhoutem. 

Theophilus-Albertus drowned on August 2nd, 1909 in Douglas, Alaska, where he probably worked in one of the goldmines. His death is reported in the Douglas Island Newspaper, August 3th, 1909; page 3, column 2 (copy courtesy of Richard & Marie Kent, Juneau, AK; Gastineau Genealogical Society (GGS), 21 Feb. 2010) . According to the article, Theophilus-Albertus got seriously drunk, stumbled to the waterside during the night, fell over and drowned. The civil registry in Denderhoutem holds a letter from the pastor of "Our Lady of the Mines" at the time informing the authorities in Denderhoutem of Theophile's death. 

Amandus married Maria-Irma Van Herreweghe from Denderhoutem. Maria-Irma was the daugther of Petrus Van Herreweghe x Sidonia De Bruyn. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Amandus and Maria-Irma were living on 2635 Alter Road in Detroit in a house they owned worth $4000, with their son Frank, age 23 (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; Belgian-American Association), daughter Bertha, age 20 (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), son Morris, age 18 and daughter Adeline, age 10 (SSDI on FamilySearch). Amandus is listed as a "loader" in the automobile manufacturing industry, Frank as a laborer in the same industry and Morris as a "hardware clerk" in a hardware retail store. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Amandus was living in Michigan  in 1942, unemployed, listing "Leo Vanderstockt" as "person who will allways know your address". Son Frank married Gabrielle-Maria Haezebrouck from Beveren-aan-de-IJzer, Belgium (Ellis Island : (1); 1930 Census, 1940 Census, SSDI on FamilySearch). Daughter Bertha married Charles F. Colpaert (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). Son Morris married Betty-Jane Van Coppenolle. Daughter Adeline married William-Howard Harder (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). 

"...About the DePauw's leaving British Columbia--to my knowledge we were the only DePauw's in British Columbia at that time, the others were DeBruyn's and I believe the Van Herreweghe's ,if any had been there , were long gone to Detroit, Michigan. 
When we lived in Canada around the year 1929 we lived in Riverside, Ontario, Canada. Then moved to Windsor, Ontario, Canada where Adeline was born. My father worked as a bricklayer during those years when he could find work. It was during the great depression. Then Feb. 4, 1930 we migrated to Detroit, Michigan under the Belgium quota.
My father had a brother Petrus De Pauw who migrated to the US and lived in Billings, Montana working as a cow-hand on various ranches. He visited us in 1935 or 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, he stayed about a month and then declared that living in the city was not what he enjoyed and therefore moved back to Montana. Over the next several years all communications with him were lost. Approximately in the year 1965 during a vacation in our western states, I went to the City Hall in Billings, Montana and inquired if there was a Petrus De Pauw registered to vote or on any real estate property. They checked for me but had no record of a Petrus De Pauw of any nature and could not help me locate him. That to my knowledge is the last attempt made to find out what happened to my uncle.  
I believe there was an offspring from the Catharina De Pauw & Remi De Winter marriage that came to the US and settled in Everett, Washington and had several children, I recall my Dad talking about them many years ago, however, I never had the pleasure of meeting them, hence my knowledge of them is strictly hearsay.
Phillip DeBruyn was my grandmother (Sidonia)'s first son (born out of wedlock) and was raised by his grandparents...Phillip owned a saw mill and had over two hundred people working for him.. "
Morris Depouw, Naples, Florida in emails, March 12-13, 2008

"Morris DePouw, 92, of Naples, FL died peacefully surrounded by his family on March 28, 2014. Born in Vancouver, BC on June 23, 1921, Morris spent much of his life and raised his family in the Detroit area. He was a disabled veteran, having served during WW II in the Navy. A graduate of Walsh College, Morris was the proud owner of Eastern Accounting & Insurance. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Betty; loving father of Judith Pearce (Charles) of Naples, Gary DePouw (Ann) of Clarkston, MI, Thomas DePouw (Barbara) of Naples; proud grandfather of Charles (Julie) and Martin Pearce, Johnathan Dugan (Melissa), Mason and Grahm and Ross (deceased) DePouw, Sara and Caitlin and Ian Duncanson, Michael and Stephanie DePouw; loving great-grandfather of eight. A private memorial will be held in Naples, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105 or at www.avowcares.org. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/naplesnews/obituary.aspx?pid=170509778#sthash.j6RUCLjE.dpuf"

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More information on Benoit De Pelsmaeker x Irena De Smet and family

Benoit-Joseph and Irena on Canada Genweb's Cemetery Project. Daughter Maria-Louise on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

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More information on Augustus-Gustavus De Petter x Victorina Cannau

Augustus-Gustavus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Augustus-Gustavus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
Victorina on the Ellis Island database : (1) (was married to Amandus Steppe at the time, see below)

Transcription WWI Draft Card Augustus-Gustavus: "City or county: Los Alamitos; Marriage Status: Single; Immigration Status: Alien; Occupation: Rancher; Employer: August De Petter; Dependents+notes: mother; Military service: no"

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Augustus-Gustavus and Victorina were living in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in 1930 together with their stepdaughter Valentina Steppe, age 14 and daughter Elsie, age 7. Elsie was born  January 4, 1923, USA, CA, Imperial Co., she married Vercil-Claud Malone (5 Mar 1913-17 Jun 1985) and died April 12, 1988, USA, CA, Orange Co.. See also "Our Starck Ancestors" and the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.  According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Augustus-Gustavus and Victorina were living on 243 Westminster in Seal Beach, Orange County, California, paying $20 rent, in 1940 with their daughter Elsie, age 17. Augustus-Gustavus is listed as "operator" on a farm. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Augustus-Gustavus' address in 1942 was "Road 1 Box 218, Westminster, California". The record further states the name and address of his employer: "Elmer Hughes, 233 7th Street, Seal Beach Californa, Hellman Ranch", and lists "Fleming Rubert, Route 1, Box 217, Westminster, California" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Alexis De Punt x Rosalia De Pauw and children

Alexis on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2), (3). Alexis on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Rosalia on the Ellis Island database : (1). Rosalia on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Richardus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Richardus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Maria-Malvina on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Maria-Gabriella on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Gabriella on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch

On April 3, 1929, the family lived at 1161 Wayburn Ave., Grosse Point, Michigan as evidenced by the ship manifest on which his brother Ernest and his family set sail for the States. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Alexis and Rosalia were living on 4151 Nottingham Avenue in Detroit, in a house they owned worth $5500. Alexis is listed as "gardner" in a private home, earning $1200. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Alexis was still living in Detroit  in 1942, working as a gardner, listing "daughter Mrs. Gabrielle Nordquist" as "person who will allways know your address".

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, son Richardus and his wife Palmyre Malfroid (SSDI on FamilySearch) were living on 1161 Wayburn Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they rented for $20, with their daughter Helena, age 4. Richardus is listed as "body trimmer" in a "auto body plant", earning $1400; Palmyra is listed as "helper" in a "auto parts plant".

Daughter Maria-Gabriella was married to Floyd-Benjamine Norquest (SSDI).  According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Maria-Gabriella and her husband were living in Detroit in 1935 but had moved by 1940 to Harper Place 320 in Highland Park, Middlesex County, New Jersey, paying $43 in rent, where they lived with their daughters Rosemarie, age 9 and Shirley age 5. Her husband is listed as "cigar machine mechanic" in a "cigar factory", earning $2106. Notice of Maria-Gabriella's death in the Daily Herald, October 31, 2003 :  "Mary Gabrielle Norquest (nee DePunt) of Buffalo Grove, 93, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29. Arrangement are being made by the Kolssak Funeral Home, Wheeling, (847)537-6600".

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More information on Ernest De Punt x Celine and children

Ernest on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 and Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
Celine on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 and  Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
Joseph on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 and  Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch

Ernest was a brother of Alexis. Ernest and his family arrived in the States on April 3rd, 1929, sailing on the Olympic from Southampton, England (Ancestry). 
According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Ernest and Celine were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their son Joseph. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Ernest and Celine were living on Marlborough Street 4328 in Detroit, paying $15 rent, with their son Joseph, age 13. Ernest is listed as laborer in the building industry, earning $1700, Celine as "kitchen helper" in a "retail bakery". 

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More information on Joannes-Baptiste De Ro and family

Joannes-Baptiste on the British Columbia Archives.
Maria-Clementina on the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 on FamilySearch. Maria-Clementina on the British Columbia Archives.
Franciscus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Franciscus on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch. 
Cyrillus on the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922, Social Security Death Index and Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998 on FamilySearch. Cyrillus on Find A Grave.
Omer on the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 on FamilySearch.
Albertus-Franciscus on the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 and Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

Joannes-Baptiste De Ro en Maria-Clementina Bael had 5 children that were born in Belgium and 3 in Canada (Alice, Emma and Izabelle-Mary). 

Son Franciscus on United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956.

Son Cyrillus was married to Lavenia Kerr (SSDI on FamilySearch, Find A Grave). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Cyrillus and Lavenia were living in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington in 1930 together with their son Howard, age 1. 
Obituary for Lavenia Kerr: Mail Tribune, August 24, 2000
The funeral service for Lavenia Beanie DeRoo will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Perl Funeral Home at Siskiyou Memorial Park. Mrs. DeRoo, 91, of Medford, died Monday (Aug. 21, 2000) at a foster care home in Medford. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. She was born Lavenia Kerr on May 21, 1909, in Piggott, Ark. On Aug. 19, 1927, in Everett, Wash., she married Cyriel DeRoo, who died in 1982. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 1960 from Los Angeles. Mrs. DeRoo worked in the family businesses in restaurants and lounges and also as a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Cyriel Howard, Medford; a daughter, Caroline (DeRoo) Ebert, Camano Island, Wash.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters; three brothers. A grandson died in Vietnam in 1970. Arrangements: Perl Funeral Services, Medford.

Son Omer was married to Annie-Eileen Moses.
Obituary for son Omer-Constantinus: Vernon Morning Star Vernon, BC, DeRoo, Omer Tuesday, 28 Jun 2005
Omer DeRoo passed away peacefully in Kamloops, B.C. on June 28, 2005 at the age of 91 years. He is predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters and his first wife Eileen in 1980. Omer is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Alice of Falkland, daughter Evelyn (Leonard) Wal of Kamloops, grandson Glen (Tracey) Wal of Prince George, great grandson Griffin Wal of Prince George. He is also survived by his second family; 2 sons Robert (Gayle) Carson of Falkland, Raymond (Karen) Carson of Falkland, 1 grandson, 4 grandaughters and 4 great grandchildren. Omer was a lifetime member of the Schubert Centre. Omer was born March 1, 1914 in Belgium. The family were unable to leave Europe because of the impending WWI. In 1920 they returned to Martin Prairie/the Pritchard area. His recent memories and stories were of that area. In 1932 the family purchased the BX Ranch, this move involved a well remembered 3 day cattle drive, horse trailing and introcucation to the Vernon area. Farming, cowboying and family filled his life for the next 73 years on several BX area farms. He was happiest growing vegetables, fruit, hay, cattle and always needed a favorite horse to ride. He was so fortunate to have the love of 2 wives and a close small family. He cherished his family and the friendship of many. A special thank to Dr. William Cawkell, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House and staff. A funeral service will be held from the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at 11:00 am with burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Mr. Brian Jackson officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME 542-4333 or email condolences to pleasantvalleyfh.com

Obituary for son Albertus-Franciscus: North County Times and The Californian : Albert DeRoo, 89
VISTA - Albert Frank DeRoo, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006.
Born Dec. 5, 1916, in Denderodam, Belgium, he lived in Vista for 28 years. He retired in 1977 as the owner of a cocktail lounge in Burbank for 30 years. He was a member and past exalted ruler of the Burbank Elk's Lodge. He was a member of the Vista Elk's Lodge. Mr. DeRoo was preceded in death by his son, John Albert DeRoo, Jan. 6, 1970. He is survived by his wife, Roberta DeRoo of Vista; daughters Cathy Younger of Los Angeles, Carolyn Wagman of Northridge and Barbara Duncan of Nacogdoches, Texas; sister Isabelle Lagreca of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills. Allen Bros. Mortuary, Vista Chapel, is handling arrangements. 

Obituary for daughter Izabelle-Mary: Vernon Morning Star, Izabelle Mary La Greca (De Roo), October 1, 1923- March 11, 2008
Our Beloved Izabelle passed away after a valiant struggle with multiple ailments at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. She was born in Vancouver to Belgian immigrants, John and Marie De Roo who predeceased her along with her siblings Gilbert, Frank, Cyril, Alice, Amy, Albert, and Omer. The family farmed at Duck Range before purchasing the BX Ranch in 1929(1). Izabelle had fond memories of growing up on the ranch such as riding her Palomino horse to town to get the mail. Izabelle served in the Women's Army Corps during WWII in Vernon and Vancouver. She later worked at the Georgia Hotel followed by an adventurous couple of years living and working in Whitehorse. Izabelle returned to Vernon to work at the National Café for Nick Alexis, where she met the love of her life, Alfred La Greca. They married six months later at St. James Church and welcomed four children; John, Joan, Mary Lynn and Elaine within the following five years. Izabelle was a very kind and attentive mother to her children and later to her grandchildren; Dhorea and Angelica Duggan. Izabelle also leaves cousins Joan, Shirley, Dennis, Howard and niece Evelyn to mourn her passing.
The family would like to thank Dr.’s David Naude, Paul Smylie, Brian Chai, John Crowley, Mahmoud Abdel-Kader, and Alfred Chan, in addition to the Chaplain John Franson, Father Martin Peyton, RN’s, LPN’s, RT’s, Physio, Xray, Lab, Pharmacy, Kitchen, Cleaning and Support staff; for their care, concern and compassion over the past two months. Further thank you extended to the entire staff at Heritage Square along with Samantha Brewer RMT, for being a second family to our loved one. Visitation will be held at Vernon Funeral home on Tuesday March 18th at 2:00 p.m., followed by Prayers at St. James Church at 6:00 p.m. Celebration of Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday March 19th 10:00 a.m. with interment at Vernon Cemetery, followed by a tea in the Church basement. All are welcome to celebrate the life of a quiet, gentle spirit we knew as Izabelle, Moma, and Gramma. Vernon Funeral Home: 250-542-0155
(1) According to the biographical history of the BX Ranch by BX Ranch Ltd. and her brother Omer-Constantinus' obituary , the ranch was sold to "John De Roo" in 1931. John then owned the ranch for 16 years.

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More information on Josephus De Sadeleer x Paulina Baeyens and children

Josephus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Josephus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Joseph on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Josephus was naturalised 15 Jun 1932, Superior Court, Orange County, Santa Ana, Cal. (Ship manifest "Nieuw Amsterdam" dd. 29 Sep 1939)
Omer-Eugeen on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Omer-Eugeen on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
For Paulina, see also siblings Paulina, Alexis and Benediktus-Rene Baeyens

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Josephus and Paulina were living in Los Alamitos, CA in 1920 together with Paulina's brother Benediktus-Rene Baeyens. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Josephus and Paulina were living in Los Alamitos, CA in 1930 together with their son Omer-Eugeen. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Josephus and Paulina were living on 242 Westminster in Seal Beach, Orange County, California, paying $20 rent. Josephus is listed as "operator" on a farm.

"Joseph De Sadeleer, from Denderhoutem, was married to Pauline Baeyens from the same village, sister of Rene Baeyens. Husband and wife left for California after the birth of their son Omer, leaving their son in the care of her sister. They returned home in 1922 and bought a house in the Okegemsestraat (den Doorn) in Ninove. This must not have been to their liking because in 1926 the whole family left for California again and this time for good. Both have since died in California. They were good friends to August and Céline Caigneau."
Frans De Man, Denderhoutem in "Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.40

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, son Omer-Eugeen was living on 516 Central Avenue in Seal Beach, Orange County, California, paying $23 rent. Josephus is listed as "physician surgeon osteopath" running a "private practice". 

Journal-Sun, November 24, 1988, by Frank A. Fischer, reproduced in "Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.119-121
De Sadeleer, longtime S.B. physician, dies
Seal Beach is still trying to come to terms with the loss of one of its most esteemed citizens, Dr. Homer Eugene DeSadeleer, who died Friday, Nov. 11, of heart failure after a long illness. He was 75. The man who one local resident called "a Norman Rockwell painting come to life", was not only reputed to have delivered between 4,000 to 6,000 babies during his 50-year medical career, but had also been deeply involved in a host of community activities and charities. "Seal Beach was his", said Harry Condo of Condo's Rock & Shell shop on 125 Main. He described DeSadeleer as "very quiet," but added, "if you did need him, he was there." Fondness, sorrow, and admiration were expressed by several long-time Seal Beach residents who knew DeSadeleer well and were in unison in their praise of the general practitioner from Belgium. "The guy was a giant," remarked George Heisick, president of the Seal Beach Host Lions Club which would have celebrated DeSadeleer's 50th anniversary as its last surviving charted member in February. "Seal Beach has had a helluva loss because he's gone." "He was the last of the old country doctors," said Dr. Albert J. Nelson, one of DeSadeleer's associates for seven years until DeSadeleer retired from the practice at 119 Main Street in 1962. In addition to being a highly respected professional and active member of the community, DeSadeleer, who would have been the grand marshall at this year's Christmas parade, was also known to frequently help patients who couldn't pay their bill. Many times he was spotted loading his car with food to take on house calls to the poor. Born Dec. 1, 1912 in Ninove, a town in central Belgium, approximately 15 miles west of Brussels, DeSadeleer came to Seal Beach when he was 13, While he attended Zoeter Elementary and Huntington Beach High School, his father grew sugar beets for a living on the Hellman Ranch property. Speaking seven languages, DeSadeleer was originally drawn to studying linguistics but switched to medicine at Loyola Marymount University. Subsequent schooling at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Los Angeles and the University of California, Irvine, led to an M.D. as a general practitioner with a specialty in obstetrics. Among his patients, his level of concern for their welfare was wellknown. DeSadeleer was Ila J. Wilson's doctor since 1939, and she said, "He was a guy that cared about people...he didn't do it for the money. He did it for love." Not only didn't he charge people who couldn't pay, Heisick pointed out, "If you could't go to him, he'd come to you. He was that kind of doctor." DeSadeleer would always go to patients with heart conditions to save them the stress of a trip, said Wilson. When her husband had his heart attacks, "He was right there." After completing an internship at Los Angeles County Hospital, DeSadeleer worked for Pacific Hospital in Long Beach and Los Alamitos Hospital. In addition, he operated the small practice on Main Street which he opened in 1938, in what formerly had been an old gambling hall. Over the years, DeSadeleer would become an institution around the sprawling rural countryside that gradually turned into the maze of freeways that it is today. With his dog, Gidget, he'd regularly check on his patients, no matter where they lived. When he closed his clinic in Seal Beach, he continued to make house calls as well as treat patients at his home at 519 Ocean. "He was like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life," said Phyllis Jay, Seal Beach resident since 1920. "He was the ideal family doctor. The kind that used to be. The kind we needed." His daughter, Pauline Harbour, summed it up succinctly. "He thought about everyone before himself." Russel E. Carley, who has lived in Seal Beach for 68 years, recalled that, at first, he had a difficult time understanding DeSadeleer, who spoke with a heavy Belgian accent and pronounces "blood" like "blued". That didn't stand in the doctor's way, and he built up a loyal and supportive network friends, clients and family. "There is no one in Seal Beach who has ever said anything bad about Dr. DeSadeleer. He was a beautiful human being," said Heisick. The doctor's later years were spent caring for his wife, Edith Roslyn, of Sault Saint Marie, Michigan, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease until her death on Aug. 21. According to Heisick, DeSadeleer's "greatest fear was to die before Edith did," because he didn't know who'd take care of his wife's condition and often took her along to help on house calls, since she had previously been his nursing assistant for a year until she became pregnant. "His reason for living was to take care of his wife," said Mildred Sprouse, and Nelson remembered DeSadeleer telling him that he'd never commit his wife to a hospital since "it was his marriage vow that he'd take care of her." DeSadeleer also owned the liquor store at 112 Main Stree, although he never visited the establishment, stated Mabel Shaw, the manager. During her 40 years of friendship with the doctor, Shaw noticed that the store seemed to be "an investment left to me." She said: "He was more interested in whether I was working too hard." No one is really sure how many babies DeSadeleer delivered. On the low side, Harbour and Wilson estimate it was 4,000. Carley Shaw and Heisick guess it was more like 5,000, but Kurt Van Derwest, chairman, Lions Red Cross Arm, said during a June speech, honoring DeSadeleer that he was sure it was about 6,000. "He loved to deliver babies," said Nelson, content to let the matter rest there. Forever etched in the minds of the people DeSadeleer came into contact with is the sincerety of an unassuming man who felt a need to help others. He gave to a multitude of charities, "practically all of them," Wilson believed, and on June 22 perhaps arrived at the pinnacle of his humanitarian service when he was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by the Seal Beack Lions. This honor, named after the founder of the Lions, made him a member of a highly select fraternity of about 10,000 men who are the directors of a fund dedicated to disaster relief, according to Heisick. One of the most dramatic examples of what this organization does is the monetory contribution it made to help those hit by the Mexico City earthquake of September 1985. Many in Seal Beach retain memories of DeSadeleer tending to the garden he loved so much, or frequenting one of his favorite restaurants, the Glide'er Inn. He had a cabin near Lake Arrowhead, recalled Nelson, where he liked to relax, although many times he was called away from there to deliver babies. "Seal Beach was his home," Shaw said, but DeSadeleer returned to his native Belgium several times to see the many relatives he had there. On one occasion, "he got out of Holland by the skin of his teeth," during the invasion of his homeland by the Germans in World War II, Harbour said. To the Lions, he was their "tail twister," the sergeant-at-arms who levied fines against violators of club rules. They made him a life member. Perhaps the biggest compliment, which those who admired him could pay occurred during his funeral procession on Tuesday, Nov. 15, after the mass at St. Anne's. Nash said that there were so many mourners who wanted to accompany the body to All Soul's Cemetery in Long Beach that extra police had to be summoned as escort. This definitely gave meaning to the words of Frank Curtis, Seal Beach resident since 1912 and the general contractor who designed DeSadeleer's medical office on Main Street, who said: "Everybody was a friend of Dr. DeSadeleer." DeSadeleer leaves behind a son, Norman J. DeSadeleer, two daughters, Pauline Harbour and Mary Strangeland, and seven grandchildren.

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More information on Domien De Schutter
Domien on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2), (3), (4). Domien on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Domien was living in Detroit in 1930 together with his wife Pauline Perdaens and their children Charles, age 17, Mary, age 15, Caroline, age 13, Aivonne, age 5 and Margaret, age 4. According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Domien and Pauline were living on Pinewood Avenue 13810 in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $1600, together with their children Charles, age 26, Aivonne, age 16 and Margaret, age 14. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Domien was still  living in Detroit  in 1942, working for Art J. Cook, listing "Thomas Rucinski" as "person who will allways know your address".

Daughter Mary-Therese (SSDI on FamilySearch, FindAGrave) married Don Shavalia. 

Daughter Aivone (SSDI on FamilySearch) married William Rasschaert. Aivone's obituary on Memorial Solutions :
Aivone Rasschaert - April 6, 1924 - August 25, 2008 - Beloved wife of the late William. Mother of John Rasschaert and Mother in law of Patricia Rachaert. Grandmother of Kim (Jim) Brown, Steve (Melissa) Rasschaert, Jennifer (Mike) Kilpatrick and Dan Rasschaert. Loving great grandmother of 12. Sister of Margaret and the late Charles, Theresa and Caroline.  Services: In-state at 9:30am, Service at 10:00am on Friday, August 29th at: St. Gertrude Catholic Church. Cemetery: Sacred Heart Cemetery 18430 Utica Road Roseville, Michigan 48066. Location: Kaul Funeral Home (St. Clair Shores) 28433 Jefferson Ave. St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Daughter Margaret-Marie married Allen Harris. Margaret-Marie's obituary:
Margaret Marie Harris - Mrs. Margaret Marie Harris, 86 of Atlanta, MI passed away on May 20, 2012 at Turning Brook Nursing Home in Alpena. She was born to Dominic and Pauline (Perdans) DeSchutter on January 18, 1926 in Detroit, MI. She married the late, "Bud" Allen Harris on February 14, 1946 in Detroit and they spent many wonderful years together before his passing in 2007. Margaret lived in the Atlanta area for the past forty-years and vacationed there since 1959. She was a member of the Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and past member of the Atlanta Eagles and VFW Post 9489. She was a bookkeeper and office manager for various companies over the years. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, bingo, casino trips, and being outdoors; hunting, fishing, and canoeing. Above all, she enjoyed time spend with family and friends. She is survived by niece, Georgene Crongeyer of Armada, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, "Bud" Allen Harris; parents, Dominic and Pauline; brother, Charles; and sisters, Theresa, Caroline, and Aivone. There will be a graveside service held for Mrs. Harris on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM; Father Rolando Silva officiating. Interment will take place at Briley Twp Cemetery.
Green Funeral Homes of Montmorency County Michigan

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More information on Victorinus and Franciscus-Josephus De Sutter
Victorinus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Victorinus on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Franciscus-Josephus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Franciscus-Josephus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Franciscus-Josephus on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Victorinus was living in Tustin, Orange Co., CA in 1930 together with his wife Genevieve-Marie (SSDICalifornia, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) and his children Mary-Josephine and William (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) from his first marriage with Clementina Porte and Edmond-Joseph (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995SSDI on FamilySearch)  from his second marriage. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Victorinus was living on Orchard Avenue in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Orange County, California in 1940 in a house he owned worth $3300 together with his wife Genevieve-Marie and sons William, age 18, Edward, age 12, Victor jr., age 9 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch) and Robert, age 1 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI on FamilySearch) . Victorinus is listed as a farmer.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930,  Franciscus-Josephus was living in Tustin, Orange Co., CA in 1930 together with his wife Angela-Euphemia-Coleta (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) and his children Antoine-Francis (SSDICalifornia, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), Yvonne (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) and Marguerite-Marie (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census,  Franciscus-Josephus was living in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California in 1940 in a house he owned, together with his wife and children. Franciscus-Josephus is listed as the owner of a dairy farm. His son Tony De Sutter married Alice Van De Maele, his daughter Yvonne married Roger Van Keirsbilck.

Obituary. "The Tustin News". Thursday, Nov. 13, 1980

Services were held this week for Josef De Sutter, 87, long time Tustin area resident and rancher who died Nov. 8 at Santa Ana-Tustin Community Hospital. Mr. De Sutter, who resided at 15401 Williams St., was born in Denderhoutem, Belgium. He came to the Tustin area in 1916 from Belgium. From 1917 until retiring in 1965, he farmed on the Irvine Ranch. He joined the U.S.Army in 1918 and after six weeks training at Ft. Lewis, was sent directly to France. He was 20 miles from home when the war ended and he returned to the Irvine Ranch where he farmed lima beans and sugar beets. He owned property in downtown Santa Ana, later sold it and purchased farm land in the Imperial Valley which he leased out. He was a charter member of the Irvine Bean and Grain association, a director of the Saddleback Mobil Lodge Park, a member of the World War I Veteran Barracks One, American Legion Post No. 131, Santa Ana Elks Lodge, V.F.W. and D.A.V. He and his widow, Genevieve, observed their 35th wedding anniversary Nov. 2. Besides his widow, he is survived by sons Tony, Eddie, Victor, and Bob De Sutter; daughters Yvonne Van Keirs Bulck of Garden Grove and Margaret Graves of Tustin; 26 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Rosary and mass were celebrated Nov. 11 at St. Cecilia Church with final rites Nov. 12 at St. Cecilia's. Burial was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Saddleback Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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More information on Richard De Sutter x Adelina-Maria Wijnant and family
Richard and Adeline, together with son Franciscus-Ghislenus, born Sep. 5, 1936 in Erembodegem and daughter Betty-Helena-Alf, born Jan. 21, 1940 in Denderhoutem, made the crossing to Canada in 1947 (Date of Arrival: Jun 2 , 1947; Ship of Travel : Gripsholm; Port of Departure : Gothenburg; final destination Canada, via Buffalo, "Can. Pac. Railw. Colonization Dept."). The ship's manifest states that Richard had been in the USA from 1929 through 1933.

I found only one other reference to Richard and family:  the goDutch website states under the Family Page-Vital statistics as listed in "the Windmill Herald", #814, September 24, 1996, in the Obituaries section: "Richard Desutter, born in Denderhauten East, Belgium, husband of Maria (Wynant), Florence, ON, Aug. 14, (age) 82".  I'm not sure that Aug. 14 refers to the date of death.

Richard is the nephew of Victorinus and Franciscus-Josephus De Sutter.

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More information on Alphonse De Trogh x Maria-Oktavia Meganck
Alphonse on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Alphonse on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Oktavia on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Alphonse was living and employed on Spring Street in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in 1942, listing "Mrs. Octavie Troch, same address" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Maurice De Vulder

Atikokan Progress, August 8, 2011 obituaries, Maurice DeVulder 

Maurice John DeVulder, 88, passed away Saturday, July 30 at Atikokan General Hospital Extended Care. He was born December 25, 1922 in Belgium and at age 8 immigrated with his family to Winnipeg. Maurice grew up there and on March 28, 1941 at age 20, he joined the Belgium Volunteers, a group of 125 expatriate paratroopers (he was one of the 35 Canadians) who helped the Allied Forces in the Second World War. With the 5th Belgium Special Air Service, the men were dropped behind enemy lines to sabotage, gather intelligence and carry out reconnaissance against the Nazi forces. After Germany’s surrender, Maurice and others conducted counter-intelligence to seek out and arrest high-ranking Nazis, some of whom then stood trial at the famed Nuremburg Trials. By the end of the war, he was a 1st Sergeant with the Belgium SAS, having earned seven medals for his service and courage. He returned to Canada with wife Ann Jane Gilmour, who he met while training in Galston, Scotland. They settled in Atikokan in 1949, where they raised their three children. Maurice worked on dredging for CAC and then at Caland Iron Ore until he retired in 1978. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and later on in life took up golf. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ann Jane; son Leonard (Nancy); daughter Patricia (Gary); grandchildren Debbie, Michael, Lisa, Leanne, and Tracy; seven great-grandchildren; brother Phil and sister Denise. He was predeceased by his daughter Margaret and grandson Danny. A memorial service was held Friday, August 5, at the Legion, followed by interment at the Little Falls Cemetery, in the veterans’ circle.

There is a reference to Maurice De Vulder's dropping on the 17th of August, 1944 in the History of WWII Infiltrations into France .It states that he was dropped "North-East of Saint-André-de-l’Eure, 15 km South-East of Evreux (Eure) in France2", member of an 80 group party of  "5th SAS 4 groups Cdt Delelienne, Cpt Dulait, Sgt De Vulder & Pus", part of operation "Trueform (2nd part)", dropped by "RAF Keevill 5 Sterlings – Sqn 299 (F/L Johnson, W/O Dickie & Brown) & Sqn 196 (F/O Arnauld & McOnie) Reinforcement (Total 80 SAS)".
For more information on the Belgian S.A.S. parachutists, see The Belgians S.A.S. Parachutists

See also In Memoriam, LiNiAal, Culturele Vereniging Nieuwerkerken.

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More information on Gustave-Augustinus De Waegeneer x Florentia Van den Berghe and Children
Son Augustinus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Son Remigius-Franciscus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,  Gustave-Augustinus and Florentina were married on the 29th of December, 1919 in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930,  Gustave-Augustinus and Florentina were living in Armada, Macomb County, Michigan in 1930 with their sons August, age 15, Remie, age 13, Edmond, age 4 (SSDI on FamilySearch; FindAGrave) and daughter Clementine, age 2 (SSDI, Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 on FamilySearch; FindAGrave).  

Augustinus married Elizabeth-Margaret Fodor (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; FindAGrave).

Remigius-Franciscus married Lola Vargoz (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Remigius-Franciscus and Lola were living in rural Monroe County, Michigan in 1935 but had moved by 1940 and were living on 9156 Vinton Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $1500 together with their daughter Frances, age 1. Remigius-Franciscus is listed as "tirebuilder" in an "tire factory", earning $1500. According to Paul Callens, Death Memorial Cards, Part 1, V.V.F.-Tielt, Remigius-Franciscus worked for Uni Royal Tire Company, had a second daughter Shirley, and died at Mount Clemens General Hospital.

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More information on Michiel-Amand De Waegeneer x Maria-Magdalene Bevernage and Children
Michiel-Amand on the Ellis Island database : (1). 

The family moved to Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada. Michiel-Amand and Maria-Magdalen are both buried on Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg, Ontario. Somewhere along the way, Michiel-Amand and his children changed their name from "De Waegeneer" to "Dewagner". Daughter Germaine-Cecilia married Ernest-Jerome Benoit, also from Wallaceburg. Son Marcel was born in Wallaceburg and married Wanda Magee from Wallaceburg. Marcel worked for 48 years in the Dominion Glass Company (later Libby-St. Clair). At the time of his retirement, he was a foreman in the packing department. A retirement glass made in his honour on the occasion of his retirement 1st of September 1979 is on display in the Wallaceburg and District Museum in Wallaceburg, Ontario.

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More information on Arthur De Winter x Maria Boon and Children
Arthur on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Arthur on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
Maria on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Robert on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Jozef on the Ellis Island database : (1). Jozef on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
For Maria, see also her brother Leon Boon

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930,  Arthur and Maria were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their sons Joseph, age 18 and Robert, age 10. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Arthur and Marie were living on 10297 Canton Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $3000 together with their son Robert, age 20. Arthur is listed as "laborer" in an "auto factory", earning $1280; son Robert is listed as a "new worker". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Arthur was living in Detroit  in 1942, working for the Chrysler Corp., listing "Oscar Trepe" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Maurits-Clemens and Desire De Winter
Maurits-Clemens on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maurits-Clemens on the Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996, and  Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. 
Desire on the Ellis Island database : (1). Desire on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. 

Transcription WWI Draft Card Maurits-Clemens: "Registration Place: Jonesfield, Saginaw, MI; Occupation: farm laborer; Employer: Michigan Sugar & Alma Plant; Dependents+notes: no dependents, Merrill, MI"

...About the turn of the century, a number of Belgian and Flemish families moved into Jonesfield. Among them was a man named Maurice DeWinter.  DeWinter was a hustler from way back and was always on the lookout for a free dollar. Around 1913-1914, DeWinter rented twenty acres from Uncle John Shannon to raise sugar beets. Needing a horse to cultivate the beets, DeWinter went down the road about three miles to the farm of the late James Emeniser and purchased an old sway-back refugee from a fox farm, no doubt soon to have been sent to either a dog food or glue factory. When not using the nag, DeWinter pastured it out on George Turner’s farm a mile and a half west of Method’s corner. The only building on the Turner farm was an old tumbledown log barn that had settled into the ground so far that the doorway was barely four feet high. About noon, one steamy summer day, DeWinter decided his beets needed cultivating. He walked out to the pasture at Turner’s farm to get his horse. He walked through the field and around many spots with tall grass and brush that blocked his view of wherever the nag was resting. No horse anywhere. He threw up his hands in frustration, thinking the nag had been stolen by a local hooligan, and walked home. He returned home for dinner and soon walked to the farm of John Robert Shannon to air his frustration. At the Shannon farm, DeWinter told Frank Shannon, John’s son; the horse had been stolen because there was no other explanation for it. Frank Shannon and DeWinter jumped into Frank Shannon’s old Ford truck and off they went to search for the horse. When they arrived at Turner’s farm, Frank Shannon surveyed the scene and asked DeWinter, “Did you try the old barn?” DeWinter replied, “Why hell no. That dang door is too small.” Frank Shannon walked over to the old barn and on hands and knees, looked through the door. There was the horse, crouched at the knees, shoulders hunkered down and fighting flies with a swish of his tail. Frank held silent as he turned and rolled his eyes, pointing inside the barn with a hitchhiker’s thumb, then shaking his head as he walked to the truck. DeWinter looked inside the barn and let out a yell, cussing the horse in a manner that would have made a longshoreman blush. The horse looked at the fuming DeWinter and went back to swatting flies with its tail. DeWinter eventually got his beets cultivated and no one in Jonesfield ever forgot the hilarity that went along with the chore....
“Looking Backward”
History of Merrill and Jonesfield Townships, Saginaw County, Michigan. Memories That Shaped the Township As Seen through the Eyes Of a Pioneer Son. By W.G. Shannon

According to FamilySearch's "United States, National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938", Maurits-Clemens enlisted in the U.S. Army on the 7th or September 1917 in Saginaw, Michigan and served as private in the 14th infantry division. The 14th infantry division was not sent overseas and demobilized in february 1919 in Camp Custer, Michigan. Maurits-Clemens was honorably discharged. According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, during his time in the army, Maurits-Clemens married Alice Herman on the 11th of December, 1918 in Detroit. Alice Herman was born Feb 1st, 1900 in Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI, she died Dec. 2nd, 1961 in Saginaw, Saginaw Co., MI.. Maurits ("Morris") is listed as "farmer" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920,  Maurits-Clemens was living in Saginaw Co., MI in 1920 together with his wife Alice and their son Paul (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), age 1.. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930,  Maurits-Clemens was living in Jonesfield, Saginaw Co., MI in 1930 together with his wife Alice and their children Paul, age 10, Pauline (SSDI on FamilySearch), age 11, and Raymond (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), age 2. Again according to FamilySearch's "United States, National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938", Maurits-Clemens was admitted on the 8th of January, 1932 to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for treatment of a gastric ulcer. He was discharged on the 16th of February. The record states he was a "butcher" at the time, living on Route #1 in Merrill, Michigan with his wife as nearest relative. 

DEWINTER, MORRIS, Merrill, Michigan. Passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 1977, at Veterans Administration Hospital - Age 84 years. He was born Dec. 23, 1892, in Ninove, Belgium coming to the United States when a young man. He served with the U.S. Army in World War I and was in the grocery business for many years retiring about 20 years ago. He was a member of the Catholic Church. He married Alice Herman who predeceased him in 1961. Surviving are one son and one daughter, Raymond DeWinter, Van Nuys, Calif., Mrs. James (Pauline) Larson, Merrill; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, and three sisters; several nieces and nephews. A son, Paul DeWinter predeceased him in 1969. Funeral service will take place 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Case Chapel in Merrill, 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Charles L. Ganley will officiate with burial in St. Andrew's Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel in Merrill after 3:00 p.m. Monday where they will meet with the family at 7:30 p.m. Monday for a prayer service. Those who so desire may make memorials to the American Cancer Society.
Saginaw News, Monday, February 7, 1977


PAULINE ALICE LARSEN, Merrill, Michigan - Pauline passed away Sunday, June 17, 2007, surrounded by her family at her home, at the age of 86 years. She was born in Merrill, Michigan on August 1, 1920 the daughter of the late Maurice and Alice (Herman) DeWinter. She graduated from Merrill Sacred Heart Catholic School. She married James Larsen on April 26, 1941 and he survives her. She moved to many different cities with her husband who was a construction carpenter. In 1943 they moved to Merrill, where they lived until 1982. Upon retirement they moved to Algonquin Lake in Hastings, Michigan where they spent 23 wonderful years. Pauline was liked by everyone that she came into contact with. She was a homemaker and did a wonderful job of it. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; a past member of Sacred Heart Altar Society; Post 7302 Ladies Auxiliary and the Elks Lodge Vivians 1965 in Hastings, Michigan. Besides her husband, James, Pauline has four very caring children to mourn her passing, Karen Stadler, Robert (Linda) Larsen, Hemlock, David (Louann) Larsen and Tina (Matt) Eddy of Merrill; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren. Pauline also leaves behind a tremendous number of very close friends. She lost a grandson, Scott Stadler, to Lou Gehrig disease at the early age of 37 years. She loved Scott very much, as she did all her family. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Raymond DeWinter. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Merrill, Michigan. Rev. Fr. Craig L. Albrecht will officiate. Friends may call at W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, Merrill, on Wednesday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Jonesfield-Lakefield Township Fire Department.
 Case Funeral Home

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Desire married Margareta Cafmeyer on the 19th of August, 1922 in Detroit. Margareta was born in Belgium in abt. 1902 in Oostkamp, she died August 16th, 1960 in Detroit. For Margareta Cafmeyer on the Ellis Island database : (1). Desire is listed as "autofinisher" on the marriage certificate, Margareta as "assembly worker". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Desire was living in Grosse Pointe Park, Wayne Co., MI in 1930 together with his wife Margaret and their son Ralph, age 7 (SSDI on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Desire and Margareta were living in Lakepointe in 1940 together with their son Ralph, age 17 and daughter Margaret, 8 months old.

MARGARET M. DeWINTER - Mrs. DeWinter, 60, of 1416 Beaconsfield, died Tuesday, August 16, in Detroit Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband Desire; two children, Ralph C. and Margaret L.; three sisters, Mrs. Alida Huvaere, Mrs. Mary Keller, and Mrs. Helen Werbrouck; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, August 19, in St. Ambrose Church and burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery,
Grosse Pointe News, August 25, 1960

Bernadette Riney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E Riney of 1408 Lakepointe, became the bride of RALPH DEWINTER saturday morning, Jan 21 at a Nuptial High Mass in St. Ambrose Church. Mr Dewinter is the son of Mr and Mrs. DESIRE DEWINTER of 1412 Lakepointe.  He is an ex-army man with 36 months of service, 23 of which spent overseas in the ETO...Following a breakfast for immediate relatives and friends, a reception was held In Belgian Hall Detroit, for 300 guests. The couple are spending thelr honeymoon in Chicago.
Grosse Pointe Review, Vol.23-No.27, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1946

DEWINTER, RALPH C., Age 77, May 13, 2000. Beloved husband of Bernadette. Loving father of R.J., Richard and Nancy (Douglas) Levy. Grandfather of five. Great grandfather of two. Brother of MARGARET (Michael) CHASE. Visitation 3-9 Tuesday, 1-9 Wednesday. Funeral Thursday 10 a.m. at A.H. Peters Funeral Home , 20705 Mack Ave at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to Make A Wish Foundation.
Detroit Area Death Notices 5/17/00 on Rootsweb

Announcement of the engagement of MARGARET LOUISE DEWINTER and Michael Emil Przeklasa has been announced by her father, DESIRE DEWINTER of Beaconsfield road. She is also the daughter of the late Mrs. DEWINTER. Miss DEWINTER is a junior at Wayne State University from which her fiance received his bachelor's degree and is now taking graduate work. The prospective bridegroom is the son of the Michael A. Przeklasas, of Utica. The couple plan a June 17 wedding in St.Ambrose Church.
Grosse Pointe News, Volume 22-No.16, April 20, 1961

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More information on Remigius De Winter x Joanna-Catharina De Pauw and Children
Remigius in the Washington State Digital Archives, Death Archives : (1)
Joanna-Catherina in the Washington State Digital Archives, Death Archives : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Remigius was living in Taylor, King Co., Washington in 1917, employed as a "factory laborer" with the "Denny-Renton Clay & Coal Company" in Taylor, listing his wife as nearest relative. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930,  Remigius was living in Sherwood, King Co., WA in 1930 together with his wife Joanna-Catharina and their children Leona, age 19 and Roy, age 13 (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch). Roy  married Ruth Halder (SSDI on FamilySearch). It is possible that Leona married Thomas L. Warren.

In this city, January 2, 1931, CATHERINE DE WINTER, age 49 years, beloved wife of Remie De Winter of Taylor, Washington, mother of Leone and Roy De Winter. Funeral services will be held Monday 9:30 a.m. from St. Athony's Church, Renton. Interment Greenwood Cemetery. Remains at Stokes Mortuary, Renton.
Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sunday, January 4, 1931. Copy courtesy of Mary Schaff, Washington State Library, Ask a Librarian, dd. January 4, 2010

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More information on siblings Fredericus, Justina, Joannes-Philippus, Elisa and Mathilde D'Haem
Fredericus on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2), (3), (4). Fredericus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Justina on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Justine on the United States Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Joseph-Leo D'Haem on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Joseph-Leo on FindAGrave.
Joannes-Philippus on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Elisa on the Ellis Island database : (1). Elisa on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Mathilde on the Ellis Island database : (1). Mathilde on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942 on FamilySearch. Mathilde on the Social Security Death Index on Rootsweb

Fredericus: according to (3), was married to a Helena from Mere in East-Flanders in 1914. She must have died young because according to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Fredericus remarried in 1917 with Eloise Thibaut. She was born in about 1890, probably in Suxy or Florevenville, Belgium. Fredericus is listed on this last marriage certificate as "engineer". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930,  Fredericus was living in Detroit in 1930 together with his now 3rd wife, French Canadian Jeanne and their sons Oscar, age 11, John, age 10, daughter Lilian, age 7 and son Louis, age 3. According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Fredericus and Jeanne were living in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $3300, together with their sons Oscar, age 21 and John, age 20, daughter Lillian, age 16 and son Louis, age 12. Fredericus is listed as running his own business, his son Oscar as "truck driver" for a "newspaper", earning $1200 and his son John as "laborer" at a "retail car dealer", earning $600. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Fredericus was living in Detroit  in 1942, self employed, listing "Mrs. Jeanne Dhaem" as "person who will allways know your address".

Justina arrived May 20, 1920 in Quebec (Ancestry's "Canada, Ocean Arrivals Form 30A 1919-1924") to "joindre son ami" ie. to join her future husband Gustave Roggeman (address: RR 5, Wallaceburg, Canada). Gustave (Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch) was born in Outer (village in Belgium bordering Denderhoutem). The record further states that her passage was paid by Gustave. She married Gustave on June 10, 1920 in Wallaceburg.  Gustave must have recognized Joseph-Leo as his son because Joseph-Leo took on the Roggeman family name. According to the FamilySearch's Historical Records, "Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954" (1, 2), Justine and Joseph-Leo arrived in Detroit, Michigan from Wallaceburg, Canada on July 27, 1920. The record states "Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada" as last residence before entry and "2164 Bellevue Avenue, Detroit, Michigan" as place of residence as of the date of the registry, June 17, 1931.  According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, the by now widowed Justine was still living on 2164 Bellevue Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in 1940 in a place she rented for $20 per month, together with her two sons sons Joseph, age 23 and Pete, age 19 and her nephew Leo Decoene, age 18. Joseph is listed as "machine operator" in an "automobile factory", earning $1800; Pete is listed as "grinder" in a "steel factory".

Joannes-Philippus signed on august 21st, 1916 an attestation paper for the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force . On october 20th, he is declared fit for duty by the medical officer. It is hence likely that he served with the Canadian Forces in Europe during WW I.  According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Joannes-Philippus married Leona De Cat (New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957, SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) from Ninove on the 8th of November, 1919 in Detroit.  Joannes-Philippus is listed as "painter" on the marriage certificate; Leona as "dressmaker". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930,  Joannes-Philippus was living in Detroit in 1930 together with his wife Leona and their children Marcel, age 9 (New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957, SSDI on FamilySearch), and Robert, age 5 (New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 on FamilSearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Joannes-Philippus was living in Detroit  in 1942, self employed in the "Beer Garden", listing a "Joseph Taravone" as "person who will allways know your address".

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Elisa married Remi Decoene (Ellis Island, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942) from Torhout on the 21st of May, 1921 in Detroit. There is a transcription of her burial record on Rootsweb.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Mathilde first married Gustaaf Roelandt from Kerksken, Belgium (Ellis Island : (1), Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch) on the 19th of May, 1921 in Detroit. The record states that Gustaaf was a "laborer" at the time. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Gustaaf was residing in Ahmeek, Michigan in June 1917, single, employed as "underground laborer" in the "Ahmeek Mining Co.". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Mathilde and Gustaaf were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughter Jennie, age 7 (SSDI on FamilySearch; Obit on Rootsweb), son Frankie, age 5 (SSDI on FamilySearch) and brother-in-law Alex Roelandt. Mathilde remarried Dominicus De Dier from Denderhoutem.

For a posting from one of the grandchildren of Petrus-Amandus D'Haem, see the Family Tree Maker Genealogy Site.

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More information on Joannes-Camilius D'Haem x Maria-Joanna Goeman and family
Josephus on the British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 and British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch.
Felix-Philemondus D'Haem on the British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932 and British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch.
Franciscus-Edmondus on the British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Antonia on the British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch.
Amandus D'Haem on the British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932 and  British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch.

The D'Haem family or Daem as it was to become in Canada, settled in the Canadian far west: Alberta and British Columbia. They were railroad men (and women) and the family members settled all along the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Josephus appears in  the 1901 Census of Canada. The census states that Joseph immigrated to Canada in 1895 and was a section foreman on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Josephus married Rose Fossacecca on June 26th, 1907 in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Josephus is listed as "Canadian Pacific Railroad yard manager" on the marriage certificate. According to his death certificate, Josephus had been living for 35 years in British Columbia, had emigrated to British Columbia 50 years before his death; had been employed  for 30 years as a Canadian Pacific Railroad roadmaster, supervising the maintenance of the right of way; was married to Rose E. Matz. The cause of death on the death certificate is coronary thrombosis. The informant on the death certificate is his wife Rose E.

Felix-Philemondus appears in  the 1901 Census of Canada. The census states that Felix-Philemondus immigrated to Canada in 1899 and was a laborer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Felix-Philemondus married Lucy Clara Fossacecca on September 27th, 1915 in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Felix-Philemondus is listed as "laborer" on the marriage certificate, Lucy Clara as "housekeeper". According to his death certificate, Felix-Philemondus had been living for 13 years in British Columbia, had emigrated to British Columbia 53 years before his death; was a retired section foreman on the Canadian Pacific Railroad where he worked for 53 years; and was married to Lucy Clara Matz. The cause of death on the death certificate is carcinoma of the rectum. The informant on the death certificate is his son-in-law Alan Mickelson.

Franciscus-Edmondus appears in the 1901 Census of Canada and  1911 Census of Canada.  The former lists him as railroad laborer living in North East Kootenay, British Columbia; the latter as carpenter living in North Vancouver, British Columbia. According to his death certificate, Franciscus-Edmondus had been living for 65 years in British Columbia, had emigrated to British Columbia 65 years before his death; and was married to Jon Deleen. The cause of death on the death certificate is arteriosclerotic heart disease. The informant on the death certificate is her son John James Deleen.

According to her death certificate, Maria-Antonia had been living for 55 years in British Columbia, had emigrated to British Columbia 55 years before her death; was a retired section foreman on the Canadian Pacific Railroad where he worked for 41 years; and was married to Kathleen Belinski. The cause of death on the death certificate is arteriosclerotic heart disease, parkinson's disease and generalized arteriosclerosis.

Amandus married Juliana Marguerite Belinski on April 24th, 1928 in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Amandus is listed as "section foreman" on the marriage certificate, Juliana Marguerite as "mother's help". According to his death certificate, Amede had been living for 65 years in British Columbia, had emigrated to British Columbia 65 years before his death; worked for 41 years as a railway man on the Canadian Pacific Railroad; and was married to Marie Charlotte Eeman. The cause of death on the death certificate is anaemia and carcinoma of the stomach. The informant on the death certificate is his daughter José Price.

The Vernon and District Family History Society webpage has Felix-Philemon's cemetery inscription "Born in Belgium Jan. 16, 1883, died Feb. 4, 1952. In loving memory of. Requiescat in Pace". His wife Lucy-Clara is buried in the same grave. 

As the above but certainly the below shows: D'Haem father, sons, grandsons were railway men:

"Matz and Daem are names synonymous with Revelstoke division railroading. Two families who were closely associated with the early days of Revelstoke, and the building and the maintenance of the Canadian Pacific Railway were the families of Christian Matz and John Camille Daem. Beginning with the year 1883, their service was continuous. The month of June, 1974 ended this, when Allan Daem left railroading and changed to pulp mill....
....John Camille Daem also came out to this new country to work on the railway, but he came from Belgium. When he left Belgium his name was D’Haemme, but again an impatient timekeeper shortened it for him. He too began work in Winnipeg but had worked his way to Beavermouth when the men, so long without pay, rioted. He quit, and along with some other disgruntled men, walked along the right of way into Revelstoke. They built a shack about where Defoe Motel now stands, and spent the winter there. In the spring he went back to Belgium, but returned again to Canada and worked for the CPR again at various  points.When they were able wife and children joined him but because money was so scarce they did not come together. John Camille Daem and his wife Johana Maria had a family of eight children. One son died in infancy. All the others either worked for, or married men who worked for the railroads. At one period there were four sons of his working as section foremen on adjoining sections of the Loop area of the road. They were at that time all bachelors, making their own bread and doing all their own cooking. Necessity made them self sufficient. Joseph became roadmaster at Banff, Maple Creek and Revelstoke. Phil was section foreman at Arrowhead and Vernon. Edmond was with the car department in Vancouver, after an accident resulting in the loss of an eye. Albert was a section foreman at Ross Peak. He was there when the big slide came down. He shortly left the CPR and went to the Canadian National Railroad, becoming roadmaster at Hanna. Jim became a section foreman at Enderby. He married a local girl, Kathleen Belinski. Louis, who was the only son born in Revelstoke, was a stretcher bearer in the First World War, and was killed in 1918. Daughter Nettie married a foreman on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, at Squamish, and Mary, who had been born at Bear Creek, married a foreman on the PGE who worked with boats in conjunction with the railway.
The oldest son, Joseph, was only fourteen when he was put off the train at Rogers’ Station having traveled straight there from Belgium. There was no one there to meet him. He spoke only a few phrases of English. He had expected his father, John Camille, who was the section foreman at Bear Creek, to be waiting. Operator Jimmy Armstrong,
later chief dispatcher took care of him, and made sure that he got down to the section house at Bear Creek where he waited alone until his father returned. He soon had his first job with the CPR. He became water boy at Stoney Creek. In those days all the bridges were made of wood and the engines burned coal, and had to be fired. It was his job to go along the bridge and track, spotting any fires which may have started and put them out. He continued working for the railroad, and later married Rose Matz. He took her to live in an outfit car. These were wooden railway cars, with wooden bunks fitted in them, cast iron heaters to warm them, and not much more in the way of comfort.. The eating was done in the cook cars as they were moving with the workers from siding to siding. Phil Daem also married a Matz girl, Lucy, who makes her home now with a daughter in Vernon, B.C. Of the Daem and Matz families, only two grandchildren, Alberta (Mrs. R. Ditomassi) and John (Joris) recently retired CPR conductor, still live there. Railroading, it is said, is in the blood. It certainly was with these families, but times change. No longer are the names Matz or Daem on the payroll at the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
This story is copied from a Canadian newspaper article sent to Laura (Matz) Smythe in Gig Harbor,Washington, USA by one of her sisters sometime during the late 1970s."
Source: email by Carol Smythe, November 20, 2009

Joris Daem, son of Joseph D'Haem, bequated a set of photographs to the Revelstoke Railway Museum (the Joris Daem collection). The museum has posted some of these photographs on their website. They show Joe Daem (roadmaster) on wedge plow at Clanwilliam, 1945 and Joe Daem roadmaster on motor car after plowing Clanwilliam yard. West end looking East. 1945. Joris' wife, Mary Daem née Bannerman, was a well know local author and wrote many books, especially children's books. 

To get an idea of what life was like for this extended family, please read the "Lucy Daem Story" pages 154-156, taken from the Okanagan Historical Society annual report #35, copy graciously provided by Joan Cowan, Enderby & District Museum Society, december 11th, 2009. The story was written by Phyllis L. Battrum, daughter of Felix-Philemondus D'Haem and Lucy-Clara Fossacecca.

Brothers Daem headstoneTragedy struck the Daem Family in 1933. On February 24 of that year, two other sons of Joseph D'Haem and Rose, Christopher-Joseph and Joseph-Frank, aged 25 and 23, left Banff for a dangerous and difficult skiing trip in Yoho Park that was to take them from Hector station to Field via Lake O'Hara, Duchesnay Pass and Dennis Pass. What happened next is described on the front pages of the local Banff town newspaper "Crag and Canyon" that have been made available on the net thanks to the efforts of the Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project (AHDP) :
Friday, March 10th: When no word wis received from the two brothers in early March, their parents become worried and alert the local authorities. It is decided to form two search parties, one from each opposite side of the brothers' route but no trace is found of the brothers. Another search party leaves on Tuesday March 7th from Banff under the guidance of an experienced Swiss guide, and with Frank Daem, brother of the disappeared, as a member. Retracing the steps of the brothers, the party finds the brothers's ski tracks leading up Duchesnay Pass. But Duchesnay Pass is too treacherous and dangerous with heavy cornices of snow overhanging the pass to attempt to follow the tracks any further. As there is also evidence that a big snowslide has come down recently, it is thought that the brothers were caught by this slide and the search party returns home to Banff on Thursday, March 9.
Friday, March 17th: Frank Daem is not giving up the search. On Saturday March 11, he leads another search effort up around Lake O'Hara. Nearly a week later, no word has been received yet from the search party.
Friday, March 31st: Frank makes another trip into Lake O'Hara, looking for his brothers. To no avail.
Friday, June 2nd: Spring. The search for the two brothers is resumed by experienced Swiss guides.
Friday June 23rd: Swiss guides discover the bodies of the Daem brothers on the Banff side of Duchesnay Pass. Father Joseph, brother Frank and Joyce Daem join guides from Lake Louise and Field to assist in bringing the bodies out to the railway. The bodies are to be taken to Revelstoke, the former home of the family, for burial
Friday June 30th and Friday, July 7th: reports on the impressive funeral for the two brothers held at Revelstoke on Monday, June 26th, 1933: "...Brought back to their old hometown Sunday evening after having met with death while on a ski trip between Banff and Field last February, Christopher and Joseph Daem, were accorded the last respects of a large concourse of relatives, friends, acquaintances, and former schoolmates Monday morning when an impressive funeral service was held in St. Francis' church, Rev. Father T.P.Freney officiated. A truck draped in black was used to convey the two flower-covered caskets side by side to the church and to their last resting place, where they were buried together in a double vault. Inseparable in life, in death they were not divided." In the same edition of July 7th, there's a  Card of thanks from Mr. and Mrs. J. Daem and Family to all "...those friends who were so kind and considerate to us during the period our loved sons were lost at Lake O'Hara..."
Friday February 16th, 1934: "..A slalom race for the Daem Memorial Cup will be held ..for the honor of winning this beautiful tropy for the first time. This handsome cup has been put up as perpetual trophy by Mr. and Mrs. Daem, in memory of of their two sons who lost their lives in an avalanche when making an attempt to traverse the Duchesnay Pass on skiis last February..". The first ever edition was won by Rupe Edwards. The slalom competition of the Ski Runners of the Canadian Rockies Championships would be called "the Daem Memorial Cup" at least through 1938.
There are traces of this tragedy to be found all over the internet. There is a reference to it in the Proceedings of the International Snow Science Workshop (2002: Penticton, B.C.): "...Since the inception of the Warden Service in Canada’s National Parks, the Park Warden Service has had the responsibility for overseeing visitor safety. As skiing began to gain popularity as a winter recreation in the late 1920’s avalanche accidents began to occur that required the response of warden teams. In 1933 two separate avalanche incidents near Lake Louise outlined the need for improved control of backcountry skiing by the Park’s service. The Daem brothers of Banff disappeared on a backcountry ski trip in Yoho National Park and a large search involving wardens and local skiers determined that they had perished in an avalanche in Duschenay basin. Their bodies were not recovered until spring. ...".  The accident is recounted in the "The Canadian Rockies: Pioneers, Legends and True Tales" by Roger W. Patillo and in "Powder Pioneers: Ski Stories from the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains" by Chic Scott. It is mentioned on PeakFinder, though the details here are incorrect.
The official death certificates (1, 2) state that Christopher-Joseph, an electrical engineer, and Joseph-Frank, a rail welder, died "at a point 9 miles from Hector, British Columbia, at an altitude of 7000 feet in a slowslide in the Duchesnay Basin on or about February 24th, 1933", and lists as cause of death "probably suffocation, caused by being buried in a snowslide".

A younger son of Joannes-Camilius and Maria-Joanna, Louis, died a soldier of WWI, though strangely, after armistice. No cause of death know. See also the Canadian Great War project for a picture of his headstone as well as a copy of his attestation papers.

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More information on siblings Edmond-Leon and Maria-Charlotte Eeman
Edmond-Leon on the United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 and British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Charlotte on the British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 on FamilySearch.

According to his death certificate, Edmond-Leon had been living for 38 years in Vancouver, had emigrated to British Columbia 46 years before his death; had been employed  for 35 years as a pipefitter in the construction industry, had retired in 1957; was married to Marie-Seraphine Legiest; and died shortly after having undergone surgery for a "large carcinomatous ulcer". The  informant on the death certificate is his daughther Marie José Ahrens.

According to her death certificate, Maria-Charlotte had been living for 40 years in Vancouver, had emigrated to British Columbia 45 years before her death; was married to Edmond Francis Daem; and was the cause of death broncho pneumonia. The  informant on the death certificate is her daughther Rose Frances Bodie.


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More Information on Benedictus Engels x Schollastica Van Mulders en Pieter-Amandus Van Mulders x Rosalia Monsieur

These four and their children were among the very first emigrants from Denderhoutem to the USA. They emigrated in the 1840-50's. This is 40 years before the mass emigrations from Denderhoutem. And whereas the mass emigrations at the end of the 19th century were headed to Michigan and California, these two families settled 40 years earlier in Jefferson County, PA. Engels became Angles or Engles in the USA, and Van Mulders morphed into Miller as can be seen from the below links and transcriptions.

"...Some years previous had come a Belgian, Benedict Angels, who returned to Belgium in 1846 or 1847 and induced a number of his countrymen to seek a new home in and about Brookville. Among this number were Peter D. Van Milders, Dominic De Smet, John Baptiste Levis, De Vilder and Sadler..."
Source: Page(s) 293-303, History of Jefferson County by Kate M. Scott. Syracuse, N.Y., D. Mason & Co., 1888., Jefferson County Genealogy Project

Benedictus died fairly soon after arriving because we find Scholastica widowed and remarrying in 1851:
"...At Brookville, on the 1st of May, 1851, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Jacob Mineweaser to Mrs. Scholastica (Van Milders) Angles, a young widow who was a native of Belgium and who, like himself, was a devout communicant of the Catholic Church. Of this union were born four children: Annie is a member of the Catholic sisterhood of the Order of the Good Shepherd, and is in a convent in the city of Philadelphia; Mary Magdalene died on the 6th of March, 1886, at the age of thirty-two years, the wife of Peter Songer; Peter Mineweaser remains on the old homestead; Michael is a resident of Brookville. Mrs. Scholastica Mineweaser was summoned to the life eternal on the 18th of December, 1888, secure in the affectionate regard of all who knew her, and her remains rest beside those of her husband in the Catholic cemetery at Brookville..."
Source: Jefferson County, Pennsylvania - Her Pioneers and People; Vol. II, by Dr. William James McKnight, published in 1917 by J.H. Beers & Company, Chicago, page 470; PA-Roots

MRS. JOHN ZIPFEL - Mrs. Catharine Angles Zipfel died at her home in East Brookville Friday, February 13, 1920, of heart failure, aged 77 years. Her death was very sudden, as she had not been ill at any time. Deceased was born in Belgium November 1, 1842. Her parents were Benjamin and Scholastic Angles. She was brought to this country while still an infant, and resided in Brookville and vicinity all her life. In 1860 she was married to John Zipfel, deceased, in Brookville. To them were born nine children, six of whom survive her: Jacob J. and Albert Zipfel, of Brookville; Mrs. Peter Songer, of Sigel; Mrs. James Songer, of Brookville R.D. 5; Mrs. Otto Phillips, of Punxsutawney; and Mrs. W.D. Stewart, of Brookville. Also by a step-son, Herman Zipfel, of Pittsburgh. Her funeral was Monday morning, February 16, from the Roman Catholic church, after services conducted by Rev. Francis J. Wagner. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery."
Jefferson Democrat, 19 February 1920

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More information on Kamiel-Isidoor Goeman x Leontina-Maria Van Schandevyl and family
Kamiel-Isidoor on the Ellis Island database : (1). Kamiel-Isidoor on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Leontina-Maria on the Ellis Island database : (1). Leontina-Maria on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Kamiel-Isidoor was living in Spokane County, Washington in 1910. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, and Rootsweb, Kamiel-Isidoor and Leontina-Maria were living in Spokane County, Washington in 1920 together with their sons Louis (Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), age 15, Amandis (Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal CensusSSDI,California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), age 12 and daughter Margaret, age 2. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Kamiel-Isidoor and Leontina-Maria were living in Los Angeles, California  in 1930 together with their sons Louis, age 25, Monte, age 22 and daughter Margaret, age 13. According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, Kamiel-Isidoor and Leontina-Maria were living on 656 East 91st Street in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California in 1940 in a house they owned worth $4000. 

For more information, see also The Dlouhy Family Ties published on Rootsweb

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More information on Joseph Goossens x Jeanette Beeckman
Joseph on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch
Jeanette was the daughter of Gustavus Beeckman x Mathildis De Winter

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Joseph and Jeannette were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their daughter Mathilde, age 3. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Joseph and Jeannette were living on Beaconsfield Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned, with their daughters Matilda, age 13 and Loraine, age 6 (see obituary below). Joseph is listed as "bricklayer" with a "building contractor".

PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 28, 1985, The Macomb Daily:
Mount Clemens - Joseph Goossens, 81, a 45-year-resident of Mount Clemens, died Sunday at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Mr. Goossens was a self-employed mason contractor. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Harrison Township, the Belgian-American Association and the International Bricklayers Union. He is survived by a son, Robert J. of Roseville; daughters Mrs. Robert (M. Julia) LaDuke of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Robert (Lorraine) Martin of Florida; sisters Maria Fonck and Julia Verhavert of Belgium; six grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the Groesbeck Chapel of the William R. Hamilton Co., 226 Crocker Blvd., Mount Clemens, and 10 a.m. at St. Louis Church, with the Rev. Pasquale LoGrasso, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Scripture service at 7:30 p.m. today.

Published in The Macomb Daily on Sept. 29, 2013 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/macombdaily/obituary.aspx?pid=167176821#sthash.0v4BW5Fu.dpuf
BREITKREUZ, LORRAINE MARTIN (nee GOOSSENS) Age 80, passed away suddenly on September 10, 2013 at her home. She is survived by her sister, M. Julia LaDuke; her brother, Robert J. Goossens; stepchildren, Kirsten Martin Hammond, Linda Breitkreuz, Holly Breitkreuz and Ervin Breitkreuz; also survived by her nephews and nieces, Steven LaDuke, Dennis LaDuke, Janet LaDuke Mooney, Robert LaDuke and Suzanne LaDuke Salus. Lorraine was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Martin; her second husband, Hugo Breitkreuz; and her nephew, Michael LaDuke. She enjoyed many years as a member of the Mount Clemens Ski Club and the Clinton River Boat Club where she made lifelong friends. She worked for AAA and remained in the insurance business for most of her adult life. A Memorial service will be held at Kaul Funeral Home, Clinton Township, Mich. at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society.


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More information on Josephus-Petrus Goovaerts x Maria-Angelina Cautaert and family

Lodewyk Peter Goovaerts born in Belguim death in Belguim married Maria Theresia Muylaert born in Belguim death in Belguim. Son- Joseph Pierre Goovaerts born 12 Oct 1888 in Belguim married Maria Angelina Cautaert born 03 June 1888 in Belguim. Died in 17 April 1975 in hospital in Chatham On. Was told he was living with his son after the death of his wife. Found no obit in Chatham library for him or her. Both are buried in Tillsonburg On. Told  Joseph had 12 brothers and sister, they were separate in war time?, Joseph was put in a home about 2 years old. He never seen  any of his family again and never look for them.
Source: email Simone Labor, April 17, 2009

Wallaceburg Courier Press, March 21, 2001, as posted on Rootsweb
GOOVAERTS, Albert Frank : Mr. Albert Frank Goovaerts a longtime resident of Wallaceburg passed away peacefully at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg on Monday March 12, 2001 at the age of 88 years. He was born in Denderhautem, Belgium and was a son of the late Joseph and Marie (Cautaert) Goovaerts. Albert had attended the St. James Anglican Church in Wallaceburg, and was a retiree of the Glass Factory in Wallaceburg. He was a veteran of W.W. II, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 252 in Bothwell and was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters. Albert enjoyed woodworking, fishing and he especially took pride in his sunflowers which had become one of his trademarks in Wallaceburg.  Beloved husband of 58 years to Dorothea (Stocking) Goovaerts. Loving father of Deb and her husband Richard Stirling of Sombra. Proud grandfather of Dan Stirling of Sarnia and Dave Stirling of Sombra. Kind brother and brother-in-law of Henriette and the late Ken Griggs, August and Margaret Goovaerts all of Bothwell and the late Alexius Goovaerts. He will always be remembered by his many family and friends. Family received friends at the ERIC F. NICHOLLS FUNERAL HOME 639 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg on Tuesday March 13, 2001 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services were conducted in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Paul Linklater of St. James Anglican Church, Officiating. Pall Bearers were Dan Striling, Dave Stirling, Ken Griggs Jr., Dennis Stocking, Bill Fields and Don Sterling. Interment in Bothwell Cemetery, Bothwell, Ontario. As a tribute to their fallen comrade the Bothwell Legion held a memorial service at the funeral home Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy donations to Palliative Care at Fairfield Park may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Albert Frank Goovaerts.

Albert married Dorothea Stocking on April 10, 1942.
DOROTHEA GOOVAERTS - Mrs. Dorothea Goovaerts, a resident of Wallaceburg. passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at Sydenham Campus Wallaceburg at the age of 82. Dorothea was a member for over 55 years, of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch 18, in Wallaceburg and Branch 252 in Bothwell. She was a daughter of the late William and Violet (Goff) Stocking. Beloved wife of the late Albert Goovaerts (2001). Loving mother and mother-in-law of Deb and Richard Stirling of Sombra. Proud grandmother of Dan Stirling of Sarnia and Dave Stirling of Sombra. Kind sister of Leta Elliott of Bothwell and sister-in-law of Mary Stocking, Henriette Grigg and August and Margaret Goovaerts all of Bothwell. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Also remembered by Bill and Ella and many friends and neighbours. At Dorothea’s request cremation has taken place. The late Dorothea Goovaerts rested at the ERIC F. NICHOLLS FUNERAL HOME, 639 Elgin Street, Wallaceburg. Cremation has taken place and a committal service has taken place on Friday, March 17, 2006 at 11 a.m. from the Bothwell Cemetery, with Fr. Keith Morrison, officiating. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation may be left at the funeral home. As a living memorial a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in memory of Dorothea Goovaerts.
Marriage date and Transcription courtesy of Simone Labor, via email April 17, 2009. 


Goovaerts: Augustus a resident of R.R.# 3 Bothwell, passed away at the C.K.H.A. PG Campus, Chatham on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at the age of 91. Born in Belgium, son of the late Joseph and Maria (Cautaert) Goovaerts. Beloved husband of Margaret (Nutt) Goovaerts. Loving father of Mary Deacon (Wayne), Dorothy Legault and Steve Girard, Alice Goovaerts, and Robert Goovaerts. Dear grandpa of Tom Kearns, Cassandra and Dustin Goovaerts. Dear brother of Henrietta Grigg. Predeceased by 3 grandchildren and brothers Albert and Alex Goovaerts. The Goovaerts family will receive friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria St., Thamesville on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 12:30pm. Interment Mayhew-Mt.Pleasant Cemetery, Thamesville. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Cancer Society, C.N.I.B. or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences or donations may be left at our website www.badderfuneralhome.com.
" a tree will be planted in memory of Augustus Goovaerts in the Badder & Robinson Memorial Forest, Mosa Twp."

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More information on Franciscus-Clement, Constant-Justin, Albert-Prosper, Frans-Ernest, Zoe-Victorina Goubert and families
Franciscus-Clement on the Ellis Island database : (1). Franciscus-Clement on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Constant-Justin on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Constant-Justin on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Albert-Prosper on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Albert-Prosper on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Frans-Ernest on the Ellis Island database : (1). Frans-Ernest on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
For Zoe-Victorina, see Aloys Beeckman x Zoe-Victorina Goubert.
For Franciscus-Clement x Marie-Therese-Victorina-Barbara Goossens, see also The Ancestors of James Fisher IV.
Marie-Therese-Victorina-Barbara Goossens on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Franciscus-Clement and Marie-Therese-Victorina-Barbara were living in Temescal, Riverside County, California in 1930 together with their sons Gaston, age 24 (SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), Isidoor, age 22 (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), Pierre, age 20 (SSDI on FamilySearch), Emil, age 18,  and daughters Palmier, age 14 (SSDI on FamilySearch) and Marie, age 12. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Franciscus-Clement and Marie-Therese-Victorina-Barbara were living on 244 Westminster Boulevard in Seal Beach, Orange County, California in 1940, paying $25 rent, with their sons ?, age 34, and Isidor, age 32. Franciscus-Clement is listed as "operator" of a farm, his sons as working on a farm. 

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, the three brothers Constant-Justin, Albert-Prosper, and Frans-Ernest were living in the same household in Westminster, Orange County, California in 1910.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Constant-Justin and his wife Eugenia-Maria Denoo (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) were living in Monroe County, New York in 1920 together with their son Desire, 7 months old (SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch).  According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Constant-Justin and his wife Eugenia-Maria Denoo were living in Cucamonga, San Bernardino Co, California in 1930 together with their children Desire, age 10, Christiane, age 7 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI on FamilySearch, FindAGrave) and Esther, age 5 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 on FamilySearch, FindAGrave). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Constant-Justin and Eugenia-Maria were living on 369 Wright Rd#3 in Midway City, Huntington Beach, Orange County, California in 1940, paying $25 rent, with their son Desire, age 20, and daughters Christine, age 17 and Esther, age 15. Constant-Justin is listed as "renter" of a farm, his son Desire as a laborer on a farm. 

"Besides Sophia Denoo, another aunt of my father, Eugenia-Maria Denoo emigrated to the USA. She was married to Justin Goubert, a farmer in Santa Ana, California. I do remember my great-aunt Eugenia clearly. She was a very religious woman. When we moved to California in Februari 1946, we lived briefly with the family Goubert, before moving into our own home. Justin and Eugenia had two children: 
Desire Goubert, an American soldier during World War II, met his wife Irene in Europe (France?) during the war. Esther Goubert was also married to an American soldier,  Samuel ("Rocky") Kuras, who was a Captain of infantry who fought in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg during World War II."
LANSSENS - DENOO STAMBOOM

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 , Albert-Prosper was living on Ramona, South of Carbon Canyon, Chino, San Bernardino County, California, in 1942, self employed at the same address, listing  "Elisa Goubert, Ramona Ave., Chino, California (wife)" as "person who will allways know your address". In 1955, Albert-Prosper is named as appellant in a courtcase before the  Superior Court, San Bernardino in Goubert v. Pomona Valley Water Co.
According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Frans-Ernest and his wife Margaret Irwin, born in Northern Ireland (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), were living in Temescal, Riverside County, California in 1930 together with their son John. A, age 5 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Frans-Ernest and Margaret were living on 370 Bushard Rd#3 in Midway City, Huntington Beach, Orange County, California in 1940, in a house he owned, worth $4000, with their son John A., age 15. Frans-Ernest is listed as "owner" of a farm. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Frans-Ernest was still living at the same address (Bushard, 1/4 mile south of Smeltzer, Orange County, California)  in 1942, self employed, listing  "C.J. Goubert" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Carolus-Ludovicus Goubert x Maria-Josepha-Philomena Muylaert and family
Carolus-Ludovicus on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Maria-Josepha-Philomena on the Ellis Island database : (1). 
Julius on the Ellis Island database : (1). Julius on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Hubertus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Hubertus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Emilius on the Ellis Island database : (1).

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Carolus-Ludovicus and Maria-Josepha-Philomena were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their children Hubert, age 20 and Mary, age 5.  Ernest Muylaert,  Maria-Josepha-Philomena's brother, was living in the same household. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Carolus-Ludovicus and Maria-Josepha-Philomena were living on 3253 East Congress Street in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $1300, with their daughter Mary, age15;  brother-in-law Ernest Muylaert, age 62 and cousin Maurice Cobbaert, age 19. Carolus-Ludovicus is listed as "laborer" at a "drug manufacturer", earning $1650; the brother-in-law as a "bricklayer" in "building construction", earning $1200; the cousin as a "new worker".

For more information on this family, see the "Goubert/Sieberg/Muylaert/Patton Geneaology" on Rootsweb. According to this website, Carolus-Ludovicus worked at Parke-Davis as a laborer. Parke-Davis was at that time one of, if not the most important, pharmaceutical company in America. Carolus-Ludovicus' son, Julius, also worked as a chemist in the same company. Both went to work together each morning by bus. Julius attended the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, quite an uncommon feat for someone from Denderhoutem in those days. Julius married Maria-Louisa De Quick, born September 2, 1909 in Pamel, Belgium, deceased June 10, 2005 in Madison Heights, MI (SSDI). The other son, Hubertus, attended De La Salle Collegiate High School and later the University of Detroit. He became an aeronautical engineer. Though i can not be certain, i believe it is this Hubertus Goubert that is referenced in the INDEX TO UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT YEARBOOK: 1930. Hubertus married Adele Meganck, also from Denderhoutem. No information on the youngest son, Emilius, apart from the fact that he died at a young age apparantly.
For a nice collection of pictures re. this family as well as pictures from the families Meganck, please visit the site of grandson Jason Sieberg.

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Julius and Maria-Louisa De Quick (SSDI on FamilySearch) were living on 3318 East Lafayette in Detroit in 1940, paying $25 rent, with their daughter Adele, age 1, and son Charles, 11 months old. Julius is listed as "chemist" in a "chemical plant", earning $1600.

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Hubertus and Adela Meganck were living on 3253 East Congress Street in Detroit in 1940, paying $25 rent, with their daughters Rosemarie, age 2, and Frances, 10 months old. Hubertus is listed as "utility man" at a "drug manufacturer", earning $1200.

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More information on Maria-Emma Goubert x Cyriel Scheerlinck and family

Cyriel on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Emma on the Ellis Island database : (1) . Maria-Emma on the California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Maria-Emma and Cyriel were living on 2017 West 8th Street in Santa Ana City, Orange County, California in 1940, paying $18 rent, with their son Albert, age 23 (SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch), and daughter Gabrielle, age 17. Cyriel is listed as "laborer" at a "drug manufacturer", earning $988; his son Albert as "laborer" in the "road work" industry, earning $866.

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More information on sisters Delphine and Victorina Goubert

Delphine on the United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 and  Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Victorina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Victorina on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
   
Delphine married Hector-Victor Pannecoucke (aka Pann). Hector-Victor was born on March 5th, 1872 in Harelbeke, Belgium. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Delphine and Hector-Victor were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1910 together with their son Jules, age 14 (United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch), daughters Julia, age 11 (Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), Helen, age 9 (Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch), and son Gustav, age 8. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Delphine and Hector-Victor were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1920 together with their daughters Julia, age 21, Helen, age 19, and sons Gaston, age 17, John, age 8, and Robert, age 3. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Delphine and Hector-Victor were living in Grosse Pointe Park, Wayne County, Michigan in 1930 together with their daughter Julia, age 31, and son Robert, age 13. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, the by then widow Delphine was living in with her daughter Helen on 786 St. Clair Avenue in Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Michigan in 1940. 

Victorina married Gustave Beeckman (Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 on FamilySearch). Gustave was born in Gent, Belgium. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Victorina and Gustave were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 together with their son George, age 27.  According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, the by then divorced Victorina was living on 6002 Philip  in Detroit in 1940, in a house she owned worth $2000, with her son George, age 37. George is listed as an unemployed "laborer" in the "auto industry", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 with earnings of $720. 

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More information on Alphonse Guns x Rosalia Brewee and family
Alphonse on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Alphonse on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Rosalie on the Ellis Island database : (1). Rosalia on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Josephina on the Ellis Island database : (1). 
Geraldine on the Ellis Island database : (1). Geraldine on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Arthur on the Ellis Island database : (1). Arthur on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

Alphonse signed on august 23rd, 1916 an attestation paper for the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force . On october 30th, he is declared fit for duty by the medical officer. It is hence likely that he served with the Canadian Forces in Europe during WW I. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Alphonse and Rosalia were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 together with their daughters Marie, age 17, Geraldine, age 14,  and son Otto, age 7. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, a by then widower Alphonse was living in Detroit in 1930 together with his brother Arthur and sister Mary. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Alphonse was living as a lodger on 1027 Hoyt Street in Muskegon Heights, Michigan in 1940. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Alphonse was living in Muskegon Heights, Michigan  in 1942, working for the Norge Corp., listing  "Arthur Guns" as "person who will allways know your address".

Geraldine married Raymond Gotelaere (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Geraldine and Raymond were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their son Robert, age 3 (United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch).

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More information on Josephus Hooge
Josephus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Josephus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Josephus was living in Detroit in 1930 as a boarder together with his father Petrus-Amandus and brother Dominicus. Living in the same boardinghouse was Dominicus De Dier from Denderhoutem. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Josephus and his Scottish born wife Agnes were living on 5538 Lodewyck  in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $4000, with their son James, age 1. Josephus is listed as "tire painter" in a "tire factory", earning $1950; Agnes as "inspector" in a "carburator factory".

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More information on Franciscus-Polidorus Hoebeke and siblings
Franciscus-Polidorus on the Ellis Island database : (1). 
Maria-Urma on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Urma on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Constantinus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Constantinus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Omer on the Ellis Island database : (1).
Maria-Celestina  on the Ellis Island database : (1).

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953, Franciscus-Polidorus was living on 20 N. West Street in Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio at the time of his death in 1950, working as a laborer in the canning industry. The certificate states further that Franciscus-Polidorus was never married, never served in any of the US Armes forces, and died of pulmonary embolism in Memorial Hospital in Norwalk, and was buried on January 2nd, 1951 in St. Paul Cemetery in Norwalk. The canning industry in the above may refer to Crampton Canneries as according to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Franciscus-Polidorus's brother Jozephus was working for Crampton Canneries in 1942.

Transcription WWI Draft Card Constantinus: "City or county: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Marriage Status: Married; Immigration Status: Naturalized; Occupation: Laborer; Employer: Detroit Furnace Co.; Dependents+notes: wife/1". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Constantinus was living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 with his wife Rosalie and daughters Susie, age 8 and Margaret, age 2 and Constantinus's brothers Omer Hoebeke and Franciscus-Polidorus Hoebeke.  According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Constantinus and Rosalie were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughters Josephine, age 18 and Margaret, age 12. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Constantinus and Rosalie were living on 14748 Flanders Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $2000, with their daughters Josephine, age 28 and Margaret, age 22. Constantinus is listed as a "general house builder" in the "building reconstruction" industry, earning $500. Josephine is listed as "bookkeeper" in a "publishing concern", earning $1000, Margaret as "upholsterer" in an "auto upholstery". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Constantinus was stil living in Detroit at the same address  in 1942, working for "Adolphe Schepers on 4574 Hereford in Detroit", listing "Rosie Hoebeke" as "person who will allways know your address".

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,  Omer was living in Detroit, single, and working for a "Gas Company" in Detroit. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Omer was living in Henry County, Ohio in 1935 but had moved by 1940 and was living on 26 Galetown Road in Green Creek Township, Sandusky County, Ohio in 1940 with his wife Mary, age 47, their sons Charles, age 6, William, age 4, and Omer's brothers Jozephus Hoebeke and Franciscus-Polidorus Hoebeke. Omer and his two brothers are listed as "beet worker" in the "sugar beet" industry. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Omer was living in Detroit  in 1942, working for "F. Jossart", listing the same as "person who will allways know your address".

Maria-Urma married Alphonsius Cobbaert from Denderhoutem.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Maria-Celestina married Remi Van Liederkerke (SSDI on FamilySearch) from Woubrechtegem, Belgium, on the 25th of November, 1916 in Detroit. Transcription WWI Draft Card Remi: "City or county: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Marriage Status: Married; Immigration Status: Declared Intention of Becoming a Citizen; Occupation: Laborer; Employer: Mill/Spencer; Dependents+notes: wife". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Remi and Maria-Celestina were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughters Erma, age 11 (SSDI on FamilySearch), Louise, age 10 (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) and Zoe, age 4. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Remi and Maria-Celestina were living on 3675 Barham in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $3000, with their daughters Louise, age 19, Josephine, age 15 and Nancy, age 2. Remi is listed as a "metal finisher" in an "auto factory", earning $1000. Daughter Louise is listed as employed in the "stock room" of a "retail department store". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,  Remi was living in Detroit  in 1942, working for "Chrysler", listing "Emil Eloot" as "person who will allways know your address".   

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More information on Karel-Lodewijk Impens x Maria-Emilia Haegeman and son Albertus-Franciscus Impens
Karel-Lodewijk on the Ellis Island database: (1). Karel-Lodewijk on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Albertus-Franciscus Impens on the United States Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch. Albertus-Franciscus on FindAGrave.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Karel-Lodewijk, Maria-Emilia and Albertus-Franciscus were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930, together with Maria-Emilia's brother Albert Haegeman. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Karel-Lodewijk and Maria-Emilia were farmers in 1940 and living in Berlin Township, St. Clair County, Michigan, on a farm they owned, worth $900.

Albert married Angeline Palaszewski (SSDI on FamilySearch; FindAGrave). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Albertus-Franciscus and Angeline were living on 2972 Newport Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in 1940 in a place they rented for $25. Albertus-Franciscus is listed as "loader" in the "wholesale produce" industry, having worked 6 weeks in 1939 and earned $600.
Angeline's obituary From The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press:
Beloved wife of the late Albert; dear mother of Bernadine Nieman (William), Charlene Crombez (Gene) and the late Lorraine Phimister; sister of Carl Pallas and Victor Palaszewski; five grandchildren and one great-granddaugther. Visitation 6-9pm Tuesday and 1-9 pm Wednesday at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. Rosary 7:00 pm Wednesday. Instate at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church from 9:30 am Thursday until mass at 10:00 am - See more at: Death Notices on michigan.com.

Karel-Lodewijk is a 1st cousin once removed of Remigius Impens.

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More information on Remigius Impens x Maria-Celestia Verlinden
The Chatham Daily News, Chatham, Ontario- 13 September 1996 as posted on Rootsweb
IMPENS: Remi of RR#3, Blenheim passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chatham on Thursday, September 12, 1996. he was born in Belgium 91 years ago and had farmed on the 3rd con. of Harwich Township. His wife the former Celeste Mary Verlinden died in 1982. Surviving is a daughter Mary and husband Arsene DeBaere of RR#1 Grande Pointe; son Willie and wife Yvonne Impens of Harwich Twp.; 4 grandchildren and one great great grandson. Predeceased by 3 sisters and 4 brothers. resting at the J.L. FORD FUNERAL HOME in Blenheim for visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and where prayers will be offered at 8 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's RC Church in Blenheim on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Ivo Tommeleyn celebrant. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials to the Kidney foundation or Palliative Care would be appreciated.

Remigius is a 1st cousin once removed of Karel-Lodewijk Impens.

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More information on Amede (Van Impe) Kiekens
Amede on the Ellis Island database : (1). Amede on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954, Amede, laborer, crossed the Canadian - US border in January 5, 1916 on the D&W Ferry on his way from Glenwood, Ontario, Canada to a boarding house at 84 Jefferson Street, Detroit, Michigan. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Amede was living at 84 Jefferson Court, Detroit, Michigan in June 1917, a laborer employed by "L.M. Spencer" in Continental, Putnam County, Ohio. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Amede was living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 in the household of a "John Lateb" whose daughter Florida had married Raymond (Remi) Van Eeckhoutte.  According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Amede was living in Raisinville (Township), Monroe County, Michigan in 1930, a lodger in the household of Remi Van Eeckhoutte. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Amede was living on Woods Road in La Salle, Monroe County, Michigan  in 1940 in a place he rented for $10 per month, a hired hand in the household of a "Remi Van Eeckhoutte". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Amede was living in La Salle, Monroe County, Michigan  in 1942, a farmer, listing "Remi Vaneeckhoute" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Gustaaf-Josef Meert
Gustaaf-Josef on the Ellis Island database : (1),(2). Gustaaf-Josef on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Gustaaf-Josef was living in Jackson (ward 8), Jackson County, MI in 1910. According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Gustaaf-Josef married Elizabeth-Frances Culhane from Springwell, MI on the 7th of August, 1918 in Jackson, Jackson County, MI. Gustaaf-Josef is listed as "machinist" on the marriage certificate, Elizabeth-Frances as "domestic". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Gustaaf-Josef and Elizabeth-Frances were living in Jackson County, MI in 1920. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gustaaf-Josef and Elizabeth-Frances were living in Parma, Jackson County, MI in 1930. According to the Culhane Family tree by Alonzo Sherman: "Elizabeth Frances Culhane... married to Joseph Gustave "Gus" Meert at St John's Catholic Church in Jackson, MI...Gus was co-owner of a machine shop in Jackson until he sold it and invested in real estate. Elizabeth lived in Jackson in 1930 (father's obituary)...  Gus died 1937. Elizabeth was a nurse before marriage and did practical nursing after Gus died. Elizabeth lived in Detroit in 1958, and was referred to as Mrs Elizabeth Caldwell (mother's obituary). c1978 she lived in Jackson."

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More information on Aloysius Meganck x Maria Michiels and family
Aloysius on the Ellis Island database : (1). Aloysius on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Aloysius on Find A Grave.
Maria on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch. Maria on Find A Grave.
Albertus-Alphonsus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Aloysius and Maria were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their son Albert, age 16 and daughter Adele, age 15. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Aloysius and Maria were living on 4976 Anatole Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $4000, with their son Albert, age 27. Aloysius is listed as a "laborer" in a "ventilator factory", earning $1100. Albertus-Alphonsus  is listed as "laborer" at a "drug manufacturer". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Aloysius was living in Detroit  in 1942, working for the "American Blower Corp.", listing "Mrs. Marie Meganck" as "person who will allways know your address".

Adela married Hubertus Goubert from Denderhoutem.

Alois Meganck was a butcher as far back as I remember ( Note from Gunter: would not be surprising as his father Camille was a butcher as well).  He may have been a carpenter (not sure of this). He was a prisoner of was in WW I  in Germany and retuned to Belgium when my mother was 4 years old.  That was the first time he saw her.  Both my mother Adele Goubert and her brother Albert Meganck ware born in Denderhautem.... Their mother, Maria Meganck was an only child and I know of no other immigrants in her family. Albert Meganck was married to Margaret Verschaeve Born on July 14, 1918 and died January 21, 1993 and they had 7 children. Richard married to Janet, Robert married to Candis, Raymond married to Noreen, Ruth Ann married to Bob Porter, Rose Mary married to Howard Hauffman, Ronald married to Janet, Rita married to Tom Boucher, Margaret was married to a soldier who was killed in WW II for a short time, before Albert.  I don't know his name... My Mom, Adele Goubert (Meganck), died at BonSecour Hospital which is in Grosse Pointe MI. I am the 3rd and last child of Hubert and Adele. Rose Marie Fuller, Frances Philomena Kempfer and Barbara Carolyn DeMeulenaere
Source: emails Barbara De Meulenaere, granddaugter, July 30 and August 18, 2007

I am the second of seven children of Albert Meganck (13, June 1913) an Margaret (Verscharve) Meganck...My older brother, Richard, lives is Rector of the United Nations University in Delft, The Netherlands; my sister Rosemary is a nurse in Chicago. Raymond, Ronald, Ruth (Porter), and Rita (Boucher) all still live in the Detroit area...
FYI: When i was a teenager and really into Rock and Roll (actually, I still am) there was a preacher, Rev. Jack Van Impe, who use to preach that Rock and Roll was the music of the devil. My grandmother told me that we were related, but I never ask her how.
Source: email Robert Meganck, grandson, August 9, 2007

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More information on siblings Gustavus and Josephus Meganck
Gustavus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gustavus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Josephus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

Gustavus married Clementina-Angela Van Isterdaele from Okegem, Belgium (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gustavus and Clementina-Angela were living in Detroit in 1930 with their son William, age 2 (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) and Clementina-Angela's brother, Arthur-Petrus Van Isterdael. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustavus and Clementina-Angela were living on 1812 Meldrum Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a place they rented for $25 per month, with their son Willy, age 12. Gustavus is listed as a "loading clerk" in an "auto factory", earning $900;  Clementina-Angela as a "seamstress" in the "sewing" industry, earning $514. 

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Josephus was living in Detroit in 1930 with his sister Ludovica Meganck and her husband August-Gustaaf De Waegeneer. Josephus married Joanna-Catharina Paternoster from Denderhoutem. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Josephus and Joanna-Catharina were living on 2153 Meldrum Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a place they rented for $20 per month from Joanna-Catharina's brother Raphael who lived at the same address with his family. Josephus is listed as employed in a  "rubber factory", earning $2000;  Joanna-Catharina as an "assembler" in an "automobile factory", earning $1000. 

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More information on Rene-Cyril Mensschaert x Ludovica Wijnant
Rene-Cyril on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Rene-Cyril on the United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956, Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Ludovica on the Ellis Island database : (1)

Transcription WWI Draft Card Rene-Cyril: "City or county: San Fernando; Marriage Status: Married; Immigration Status: Alien; Occupation: Laborer; Employer: Omer Watthé; Dependents+notes: wife; Military service: no". According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Rene-Cyril and Ludovica were living in Seal Beach, Orange County, California in 1940. Rene-Cyril is listed as "operator" on a farm.

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More information on Alexius-Casimirus Muylaert
Rene-Cyril on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

Alexius-Casimirus married Maria-Rachel De Leeuw from Haaltert (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch).

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More information on Ernest Muylaert and siblings Maria-Josepha-Philomena and Jan-Baptist
Ernest on the Ellis Island database : (1). Ernest on United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,  on FamilySearch. Ernest on Find A Grave.
Maria-Josepha-Philomena on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Jan-Baptist on the Ellis Island database : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Ernest was living in Detroit in 1930 with his sister Maria-Josepha-Philomena and her family. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Ernest was still living in with his sister Maria-Josepha-Philomena and her family on 3253 East Congress Street in Detroit in 1940. Ernest is listed as "bricklayer" in "building construction".

Maria-Josepha-Philomena married Carolus-Ludovicus Goubert from Denderhoutem.

Transcription WWI Draft Card Jan-Baptist: "City or county: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Marriage Status: Single; Immigration Status: Alien; Occupation: bricklayer; Employer: Peter Dumond Contractor; Dependents+notes: n/a, 840 Lafiette St. E, Detroit".  According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Jan-Baptist was living in Detroit in 1930 with his wife Eulalia Souffriau and their sons Emil, age 6 (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) and Ernest, age 5 (SSDI on FamilySearch).  According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Jan-Baptist and Eulalia were living on 6011 North Philip Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned, with their two sons Emil, age 16 and Ernest, age 15. Jan-Baptist is listed as "bricklayer" with a "house builder". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Jan-Baptist was living in Detroit  in 1942, working for the "construction firm Bryant & Detwiler Co". in the Ford Rouge plant in Dearborn, MI, listing his sister "Mrs. Charles Goubert" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Isidoor Muylaert
Isidoor on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Isidoor married Julia De Ronne on October 21st, 1912 in Wayne County, Michigan. Transcription WWI Draft Card Isidoor: "Registration Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Occupation: auto laborer; Employer: Dodge Brothers; Dependents + notes: wife, 353 Baldwin, Detroit, MI". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Isidoor and Julia were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Isidoor and Julia were living in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California in 1930, with their daughter Alice C., age 7 (Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994, SSDI on FamilySearch), and son Eugene P., age 6 (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, a by then widower Isidoor is living on 12105 East Warren Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a place he rented for $32 per month, with his daughter Alice, age 17 and son Eugene, age 16. Isidoor is listed as "bartender" in a "beer garden", earning $1352. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Isidoor was living in Detroit  in 1942, employed by a "James Buyse", listing the same as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Victor Muylaert x Adolphine Matthe
Victor on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Adolphine on the Ellis Island database : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927, Victor and Adolphine were married on the 10th of June, 1920 in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada.  Victor and Adolphine had several children: Oscar, Robert, Mary, and twins Rene and Charles. There's scant  information on Robert, on Ronald Cox's Ancestors, Cousins and their allied families on Rootsweb. There's a lot more that we know about Rene and Charles. Rene became a well known golf course architect, while Charlie took care of construction. Together they reshaped many a golf course in Ontario. Just google the name Muylaert and "golf course" and you get hundreds of hits. Together with their brother Oscar also, they started a company Strathroy Turf Farms in 1969. The company is still in family hands today, owned by grandson Jim and Barb.

"A modest man with rural roots, Strathroy, Ont. golf course architect Rene Muylaert died May 7 after suffering a heart attack. He was 69.  Designer of more than 50 Ontario courses, including St. Andrew’s Valley G&CC (Aurora), Sawmill Creek G&CC (Sarnia), and The Oaks G&CC (London), Muylaert was an unassuming genius with a burning passion for golf and the land. He made perhaps his best imprint working with course owners on smaller budgets and on smaller pieces of land to eventually craft high-end, golfer-friendly tracks. Once boasting a single-digit handicap, he put down his putter for his pencil, and carved a name for himself amongst Canadian golf giants.  “He was a great friend to my family and a great friend of golf,” said Brian Ublansky, owner of Echo Valley GC near London, where Muylaert and his son, Steve, redesigned the club and transformed it into a first-class semi-private facility. Ublansky called Muylaert “the most underrated and under-recognized” Canadian golf architect who was “up there with Stanley Thompson.” Ublansky plans to nominate Muylaert for induction into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame. Muylaert and his brother, Charlie, worked together for four decades, Rene handling design, Charlie construction. They studied turf management together at the University of Massachusetts. Rene’s first golf industry job was labourer at Uplands GC in Thornhill. In 1960, when the original architect hired to design Chinguacousy CC (now Caledon CC) declined, Muylaert took the job, and by 1965 golf course design had become his career. Steve Muylaert said his father was most proud of The Oaks because of its “immaculate condition.” Rene was often spotted wearing an Oaks golf shirt while operating his Green Par practice facility in London. Muylaert’s wife, Patricia, died in 2002. He is survived by his children, Brenda, Steve, Susan, and their children; his brother, Charlie; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Oscar, Robert and Mary."
Obit: Rene Muylaert, by Jeffrey Reed, Special to SCOREGolf June 2005, Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:19 pm

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More information on Karel-Ghislenus Paternoster and family

Karel-Ghislenus on FindAGrave.
Maria-Adelina Hooge on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Adeline on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. Maria-Adelina on Find A Grave.
Magdalena on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Magdalena on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Joanna-Catharina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Joanna-Catharina in the United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 on FamilySearch. Joanna-Catharina on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Raphael on the Ellis Island database : (1). Rafael on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Raphael on FindAGrave.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Karel-Ghislenus and Maria-Adelina were living in Detroit in 1910 with their daughters Alice, age 4, Susan, age 3, and son Raphael, 10 months old. They had a daughter Marie-Celeste in September 1912 who died of pneumonia March 31st, 1913 before she was 1 year old (cfr. death certificate on Seeking Michigan). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Karel-Ghislenus and Maria-Adelina were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 with their daughters Madline, age 14, Jennie, age 13, sons Raphael, age 12, Prosper, age 8 (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch, FindAGrave), and daughters Eva, age 5 and Leona, age 2 ("Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Karel-Ghislenus and Maria-Adelina were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughter Jennie, age 23, sons Raphael, age 21, and Prosper, age 19, and daughters Eva, age 16 and Leona, age 12. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Karel-Ghislenus and Maria-Adelina were living in with their son Ralph's family on 2153 Meldrum Avenue in Detroit in 1940. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Karel-Ghislenus was living in Detroit  in 1942, unemployed, listing his son-in-law "Frank De Maeght" as "person who will allways know your address".

Daughter Magdalena married Frank De Maeght, son of Augustinus De Maeght from Denderhoutem and Gertrude Malfait.

Daughter Joanna-Catharina married Josephus Meganck from Denderhoutem. 

Son Raphael married Mildred from Connecticut (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; FindAGrave). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Raphael and Mildred were living on 2153 Meldrum Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $1750, with their daughter Donna Marie, age 12, and Ralph's parents Karel-Ghislenus and Maria-Adeline. Raphael is listed as a "laborer" in a factory, earning $463.

Son Prosper married Kathleen from Canada (FindAGrave). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Prosper and Kathleen were living on 2159 Meldrum Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a place they rented for $14 per month, with their daughters Phyllis Anna, age 7, and Doris, age 5. Prosper is listed as "laborer" in an "automobile factory", earning $1092.

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More information on brothers Carolus Paternoster and Eduardus Paternoster

Carolus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Carolus on FindAGrave.
Eduardus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Eduardus on FindAGrave.

Carolus and Eduardus were nephews of Karel-Ghislenus Paternoster.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Carolus and Maria-Josepha (FindAGrave) were living in Detroit in 1930 with their children Malvina, age 11, Marcel, age 6 (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; FindAGrave), and Albert, age 4 (SSDI on FamilySearch; Belgian American Association). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Carolus and Maria-Josepha were living on 22051 Firwood in East Detroit, Macomb County, Michigan  in 1940, in a house they owned worth $3500, with their daughter Malvina, age 20, and sons Marcel, age 15, Albert, age 14 and Robert, age 3 (SSDI on FamilySearch; FindAGrave). Carolus is listed as "laborer" in the "D.P.W" (Department of Public Works), earning $1385; daughter Malvina as "clerk" in a "dairy bar". Carolus is listed in the 1949 through 1958 Macomb County Official Directories as "Public Works Supt." of the "City of East Detroit".

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Eduardus and Leona (FindAGrave) were living in Detroit in 1930. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Eduardus and Leona were living on 17131 Forest in East Detroit, Macomb County, Michigan  in 1940, in a house they owned worth $1000, with their son Albert C., age 10, and daughter Martha J., age 8 (SSDI on FamilySearch, FindAGrave). Eduardus is listed as "laborer" for the "City", earning $1000; Leona as doing "homework" for a "private family".

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More information on Clementina-Delphina and Richardus-Eduardus Peleman

Richardus-Eduardus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Richardus-Eduardus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. 

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Richardus married Josephina Van Marcke (b. 29 May 1904, Heule, d. 24 May 1993, USA, MI, Macomb Co., Roseville; SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; Ellis Island) on the 21st of February 1925 in Detroit. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Richardus-Eduardus and Josephina were living in Grosse Pointe Park, MI in 1930 with their children Raymond, age 4 (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), Clementine, age 1, and Rene, less than 1 years old (Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Richardus-Eduardus and Josephina were living on 1459 Lakepoint Avenue in Grosse Point Park Village, Wayne County, Michigan  in 1940, in a house they owned worth $4000, with their son Raymond, age 13, daughter Clementine, age 11, and sons Rene, age 10 and Cyril, age 3. Richardus-Eduardus is listed as running his own "plastering" trade. 

Clementina-Delphine married Alphonse-Raymond De Buysscher.

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More information on Carolus Pots x Rosina Boon
Carolus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Rosina on the Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

Rosina was the daughter of Leon Boon x Maria-Clementina De Buysscher

Carolus: Date of Arrival: 25 Feb 1930, Ship of Travel : Aquitania, Port of Departure : Southampton, "Father-in-law Leon Boon, 566 Jefferson Court, Detroit". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Carolus and Rosina were living in Detroit in 1930 together with Rosina's parents. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Carolus and Rosina were living on 1465 Canton Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a place they rented for $15 per month. Carolus is listed as a "tire curer" in a "rubber company". 

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More information on Felix-Josephus Provost x Adelina-Maria Bockstael and family
Felix-Josephus on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Felix-Josephus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Adelina-Maria the Ellis Island database : (1). Adelina-Maria on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Son Petrus-Joannes-Aloysius on the Ellis Island database : (1). Petrus-Joannes-Aloysius on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Son Petrus-Joannes on the Ellis Island database : (1). Petrus-Joannes on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Son Jan-Baptist-Arthur on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2)
Son Joseph on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Joseph on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Son Philemondus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Felix-Josephus and his 3 oldest sons were living in Detroit in 1910. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Felix-Josephus and Adelina-Maria were living in Wayne County, Michigan  in 1920 with their son Aloysius, age 32, Peter, age 28, Joe, age 23 and Philip, age 23.

Transcription WWI Draft Card Petrus-Joannes: "Registration Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Marital Status: Single; Immigration Status-Citizen: Declared Intention of Becoming a Citizen; Occupation: carpenter; Employer: Remi De Coster; Dependents + notes: father, 782 Gray, Detroit, MI". According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Petrus-Joannes married Joanna Demare/De Morrey on the 24th of August, 1920 in Detroit. Petrus-Joannes is listed as "Machine Operator" on the marriage certificate; Joanna as "Telephone operator". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Petrus-Joannes and Joanna were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their children Albert, age 7 (SSDI on FamilySearch), Adeline, age 5 and Robert, age 3 (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Petrus-Joannes and Joanna were living on 1475 Field Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $8000, with their son Albert, age 17, daughter Adeline, age 15, and son Robert, age 13. Petrus-Joannes is listed as a "lathe hand" in an "automobile factory", earning $1100. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Petrus-Joannes was living in Detroit  in 1942, employed at the Chrysler Corp., listing "Mrs. Peter Provost" as "person who will allways know your address".

Transcription WWI Draft Card Jan-Baptist-Arthur: "Registration Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Marital Status: Single; Immigration Status-Citizen: Declared Intention of Becoming a Citizen; Occupation: steamfitter; Employer: Hudson Motor Car Co.; Dependents + notes: n/a, 694 Hilliger, Detroit, MI". According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Jan-Baptist-Arthur married Flavie Van Hie (Ellis Island: (1), Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch) from Moorslede, Belgium on the 28th of February, 1919 in Detroit. Arthur is listed as "steamfitter" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Jan-Baptist-Arthur and Flavie were living in Almont, Lapeer Co., MI in 1930 together with their children Margaret, age 9, and Marion, age 3. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Jan-Baptist-Arthur and Flavie were living in Almont, Lapeer County, Michigan in 1940, in a house they owned worth $500, with their daughters Margaret, age 19 and Marion, age 13. Jan-Baptist-Arthur is listed as a "farmer", earning $1200. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Jan-Baptist-Arthur was living in Almont  in 1942, employed at the Hudson Naval Ordnance Plant in Centerline, MI, listing "Joseph Provost" as "person who will allways know your address".

Transcription WWI Draft Card Joseph: "Registration Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Marital Status: Single; Immigration Status-Citizen: Declared Intention of Becoming a Citizen; Occupation: unemployed; Employer: ; Dependents + notes: father/mother, 782 Gray, Detroit, MI". Joseph married Helena-Sidonia Pots (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; Ellis Island:(1)). Joseph and Helena had one daughter, Mariette, born January 9th, 1922 in Detroit, deceased August 15th, 2012 (ObitsforLife). Joseph was naturalized June 24, 1918 in Detroit. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Joseph and Helena-Sidonia were living on 4851 Wayburn Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $6000, with their daughter Mariette, age 18. Josephus is listed as a "cutting machine operator" in a "tire factory", earning $1800. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Joseph was living in Detroit  in 1942, employed at the US Rubber Co., listing a "A. Loosveld" as "person who will allways know your address".

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Renatus was living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920. According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Renatus married Maria-Theresia-Elvira Schotte from Denderhoutem on the 4th of November, 1920 in Detroit. Renatus is listed as "steamfitter" on the marriage certificate; Maria-Theresia-Elvira as "machinehand". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Renatus and Maria-Theresia-Elvira were living in Detroit in 1930. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Renatus and Maria-Theresia-Elvira were living on 6142 Dickerson Avenue in Detroit in 1940, in a house they owned worth $3500. Renatus is listed as working in a "brewery", earning $1700. Maria-Theresia-Elvira is the daughter of Jan-Baptiste Schotte x Maria-Celina De Bruyn.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Philemondus married Lucia-Benedicta Van den Berghe from Denderhoutem on the 25th of September, 1922 in Detroit. Philemondus is listed as "laborer" on the marriage certificate.  Philemondus remarried Martha Van Impe. Further details unknown. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Philemondus and Martha were living in Almont, Lapeer County, Michigan in 1940, in a place they rented for $9 per month, with their daughters Dorothy, age 7 and Josephine, age 5. Philemondus is listed as a "farmer", earning $1100. 

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More information on Constantinus and Charles-Louis Roelant

St. Charles Borromeo, Newport, Michigan, 50th anniversary. An Historical and Biographical Review. Pub 1932
...One of the honored members of St. Charles Church and one whose zeal and generosity have done much to further the welfare of the parish, is the late Charles Roelant. He was born at Denderhauten, East Flanders, Belgium January 17th, 1835. Little is known of his parentage as he was left an orphan when only twelve years old. Mr. Roelant emigrated to America in 1862 and was married in May of the following year to Miss Mary Jane VanWasshenova, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy Stark VanWasshenova of La Plaisance, Mich. The ceremony was performed by Monsignor Edward Joos at St. Marys Church, Monroe. Soon after their marriage this couple settled on the site which is still the Roelant homestead. Eleven children were born to this union, only six of whom are sill living. They are Mrs. Noah (Rose) Gonyea of Rockwood, and Edmond, Charles (Frank), Joseph, Henry, and Mary of Newport. Two other daughters, Mrs. Charles (Theresa) Cousino, and Mrs. Adolph (Charlotte) Cousino died in 1901 and 1907, respectively. Edmond, Joseph, Henry, and Mary, who have always remained at home, continued to work their father's farm after his death on January 12th, 1911. It would be impossible to enumerate the donations and contributions of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roelant, whose generosity to the church is equaled by very few. Having been Catholics whose Faith was their greatest treasure, they gave unstintingly of their time and money. Among the larger gifts which bear the inscription of their names are a window, the 2nd Station of the Cross, the large statue of Sr. Joseph, and the beautiful sanctuary lamp. Mrs. Roelant, who was a charter member of the Altar Society, died May 29th, 1914, and was buried beside her husband in St. Charles Cemetery...
Source: Richard Van Wasshnova, Seal Beach, CA

Constantinus died Oct 7, 1888 in Newport and was buried at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Newport. He never married.
Source: Richard Van Wasshnova, Seal Beach, CA

See also 1870 census, Census Place: Berlin, Monroe, Michigan 

Death certificate for Charles-Louis on Seeking Michigan says Charles died of "senility".  Death certificate for Mary-Jane on Seeking Michigan says she died of "... regurgitation"

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More information on Maria-Magdalena Roelandt x Gustaaf Van Londersele and Maria-Irma Roelandt x Adolf-Henri Van Keymolen
Maria-Magdalena on the United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 and "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957" (1,2,3,4) on FamilySearch.

According to the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid, Maria-Magdalena and Gustaaf are buried in Windham Township in  Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada.

Obituary of Etienne VanKeymeulen, son of Maria-Irma Roelandt and Adolf-Henri Van Keymolen:
VanKeymeulen, Etienne "Gene" - At the Kings County Memorial Hospital in Montague on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, of Etienne VanKeymeulen of Valleyfield West, age 71 years. Beloved husband of Yvonne VanKeymeulen (nee Rebry). Son of the late Henry and Irma (Rollandt) VanKeymeulen. Dear father of Jackie (Dan) Mosher, Kathy (Fred) Pigott, both of Savage Harbour; Jerry, and Chrissy (Bill), both of Montague. Loving grandfather of Tammy, Michael, Stephen, Jamie, Tracy, Amy, Amanda, Cynthia, Catlian, Chelsey and Sheila. Great-grandfather of Makayle, Makenzy, Cole and Emily. Survived by his brother Joseph, Florida; Paul, Michigan, and sister Agnes VanDenBremt, Charlottetown., Resting at Ferguson's Montague Funeral Home from where the Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the St. Mary's Parish Cemetery. No visitation by personal request. If so desired, memorials to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

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More information on Romanus Roelandt x Maria-Celestina De Buysscher

Both were buried in St Peter's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Tilbury East Township, Kent County, Ontario. CanadaGenWeb's Cemetery Project has pictures of Romanus's and Celestina's headstones.

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More information on Gustave Ruysseveldt x Maria-Irma Van Gyseghem

Both are buried on Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg, Ontario  (Ontario Cemetery Finding  Aid). 

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More information on Franciscus Schietecatte x Maria-Josepha De Vuijst and family

Franciscus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Josepha on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Josepha on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Maria-Petronilla on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Maria-Celina on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Maria-Celina on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Josephus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Josephus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Maria-Regina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Regina on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Franciscus and Maria-Josepha were living in Wayne County, Michigan  in 1920 with their son Joseph, age 22, daughters Rosie, age 19, Angeline, age 15, son Morris, age 13 (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) and Franciscus' brother, Joseph Schietecatte. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Franciscus and Maria-Josepha were living in Detroit in 1930 with their children Angela, age 25, and Morris, age 23. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, the by then widow Maria-Josepha was living on 95 Moross Avenue in Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan in 1940, in a place she rented for $18 per month, with her daughter Angela, age 35 and son Maurice, age 33. Tombstone photograph for Franciscus and Maria-Josepha De Vuyst on St. Peter Cemetery, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, MI. Courtesy Ken Deneweth.

Son Maurice married Dorothy-Mae Mullinex (SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). Dorothy-Mae was born  in Ludlow, Kenton County, Kentucky.

Daughter Maria-Petronilla married Cyril Martin on January 8th, 1910 in Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Maria-Petronilla and Cyril were living in Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan in 1910. According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Maria-Petronilla married a second time on December 31, 1917 in Detroit, this time with Alidor Van Gheluwe, who was a "salon keeper". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Maria-Petronilla and Alidor were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 with their son George, 5 months old (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Maria-Petronilla and Alidor were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1930 with their son George, age 10. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Death Certificates, Alidor died a widower.  

Maria-Petronilla Schietecatte went by Mary Schietecatte here in the United States. She married Cyril Martin (my grandfather) on January 8, 1910 at St Peters Church, Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan, USA. You can see their marriage record in the LDS Database by searching for Mary Schietecatte. Cyril Martin was born in Belgium March 14, 1880. Family records indicate Moorlaap, Belgium but I have not found such a place. I also believe the surname in Belgium was Maertens, He was one of seventeen children. Cyril died on June 20, 1962 in Macomb County, Michigan, USA. He is buried in St Peters Cemetery, Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan, USA. Cyril and Mary had two daughters: Martha Mary Louise Martin - 6/6/1910 Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan, USA and Alice Josephine Martin (My Mother) - 10/8/1913 Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan, USA. Mary also had a son with an Alidor H. VanGheluwe - I don't believe they were married because Cyril's death certificate indicates he was a widower and Mary was his only wife/marriage. My mother's half brother George M. VanGheluwe was born 7/25/1919 in Michigan. We have 1936 as Mary's date of death. I was told by my father that she was buried in a paupers grave.
Email by Rosemary Nickerson, granddaughter of Cyril Martin and Maria-Petronilla, dd. September 3, 2006. 

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, daughter Marie-Celina married Roger Yde in Mount Clemens on the 14th of September, 1917. Roger is listed as "florist" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Maria-Celina and Roger were living in Macomb County, Michigan in 1920 with their son Francis, age 2 (SSDI on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Maria-Celina and Roger were living in Detroit in 1930 with their sons, Frank, age 11, and Joseph, age 6 (SSDI on FamilySearch, Obituary). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Maria-Celina and Roger were living on 371 Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan in 1940, in a house they owned worth $2000, with ther son Joseph, age 17 and daughter Caroline, age 9. Roger is listed as managing his own grocery business. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Roger was living on 371 Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan  in 1942, was running a "grocery store" at the same address, listing a "Mrs. Celine Yde" as "person who will allways know your address".

Corner grocery store closes after 99 years. Mount Clemens business offered fresh meats, a place to chat. 
PUBLISHED: April 1, 2006, By Robert Selwa, Macomb Daily Staff Writer
The mom-and-pop grocery with the owners living above the store was once an institution of American life. A rare surviving example closed Friday in Mount Clemens. Yde's Market, on Cass Avenue at South Rose Street, sold its last item Friday, after 99 years of continuous service. Frank Yde, 88, son of the founders and born in the apartment above the store, decided to retire. He was going strong right into the final day, assisted by his two daughters in welcoming customers. "I've been coming here for 20 years, especially for the meats," said Frank Lesperance of St. Clair Shores. "I don't know how they did it all those years." "My children love to come here," said Latrice Knight, who came from the west side of Detroit. Frank Yde said it was the fun of greeting customers and talking with them that kept him going all those years. "It's always been something to do, something to look forward to," he said. "There was always someone coming in, to talk with." In addition to being an old-fashioned family corner grocery store, Yde's had two additional special attractions: Yde prepared fresh meats, and Polish and Italian-style sausage; and whatever anyone needed in food, it was provided whether they could pay or not. This was especially so during the Great Depression. When customers were able to pay, they did. Yde is son of the late Roger Yde and Celine Schietecatte Yde, Belgian immigrants who founded the market in 1917. Frank, the oldest of three children, worked part time as a child in his parents' store. He graduated from St. Mary Grade School in Mount Clemens and then, at the suggestion of one of the nuns, joined the family business. Frank served with the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was married to the late Gladys Priemer of Ubly, and they raised two daughters, Sandy Kleman of Mount Clemens and Janice Eckman, of Sterling Heights.  Frank said the best business came from the 800 employees of the former Mount Clemens Pottery Plant, which operated from the 1920s to the 1990s. Frank's retirement plans are to fish and watch freighters going by on the St. Clair River in Port Huron.

Obituary Frank John Yde
Frank John Yde age 92, a lifelong resident of Mount Clemens, passed away Friday morning, July 16, 2010, at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. He was born on October 1, 1917, in Mount Clemens, Michigan, a son of the late Roger and Celina (Schietecatte) Yde. Frank was the proprietor of Yde’s Market from 1947 until his retirement in 2006. Frank enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and going to the casinos. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy. Frank was a member of the American Legion Post No. 4 and the Huron Pointe Sportsman’s Club. Mr. Yde is survived by two children, Janice (Jerry) Eckman of Sterling Heights and Sandy Kleman of Mount Clemens; four grandchildren, Terry Knoll, Susan (John) Eichorst, Kathy Clor and Jerry (Sherri) Eckman Jr; six great-grandchildren; two siblings, Joseph Yde of Mount Clemens and Caroline (Dave) Jolly of Chesterfield Township; and his dear friend, Fern Barker. The visiting hours will be on Monday from 2-9 p.m. in the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Reverend Father T.J. Moloney officiating. Burial will follow at Clinton Grove Memorial Park Cemetery in Clinton Township. Share memories at willandschwarzkoff.com.
Published: Friday, July 16, 2010. The Macomb Daily.

Obituary Joseph Yde
Mr. Joseph M. Yde, age 88 of Harrison Township, passed away on Wednesday at Clinton Aire Nursing Center in Clinton Township. He was born on October 21, 1923 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, a son of the late Roger and Celina (Schietecatte) Yde. On March 27, 1990 Joe was united in marriage with Faith Lyman in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joe had served in the United States Coast Guard during World WarII and had worked as a meat cutter at Kohls Grocery Store. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of American Legion No 4. and a 1942 graduate of Mount Clemens High School. Mr. Yde is survived by his wife, Faith; seven children, Mark Yde, Christopher Lyman,, Raymond Lyman, David Lyman, Keith (Robin) Lyman, Walter (Deanna) Lyman and Vickie Seibert; 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and his sister, Caroline (David) Jolly. Joe was predeceased by his brother Frank Yde on July 16, 2010. A funeral service will be held on Saturday. September 17, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens with the Reverend Steven Beckey officiating. Burial will follow at Clinton Grove Memorial Park Cemetery in Clinton Township, with full Coast Guard Military Honors. The visiting hours will be on F

Son Joseph married Frances-Elizabeth Peltier on the 26th of April, 1926. Frances-Elizabeth Peltier was born on the 10th of March, 1902, and died on the 11th of September, 1961. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Josephus and Frances-Elizabeth were living in Mount Clemens, MI in 1930 with their daughter Francis, age 6. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Josephus and Frances-Elizabeth were living on 99 Moross Avenue in Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan in 1940, in a house they owned worth $7000 (?), with their daughter Frances, age 15. Josephus is listed as "contractor" in the "cement" industry, earning $2350. Tombstone photograph for Josephus and Frances-Elizabeth Peltier on St. Peter Cemetery, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, MI. Courtesy Ken Deneweth.

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, daughter Maria-Regina married Adillis Van Coillie on the 19th of August, 1922, in Detroit. The church wedding was 1 day later in the "Our Lady of Sorrows Church" in Detroit. Adillis was born on the 6th of November, 1892 in Pittem, Belgium, and died on the 1st of March, 1986, in MI. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Adillis and Maria-Regina were living in Detroit in 1930 with their children Maurice ("Morris"), age 5, Alice, age 3, and Margaret, less than a year old. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Adillis and Maria-Regina were living in rural Macomb County, Michigan in 1935 but by 1940 had moved to 3860 Marine City Highway in Ray Township, Macomb County, Michigan, in a place they rented for $25 per month, with their son Morris, age 15 and daughters Alice, age 13 and Margaret, age 10. Adillis is listed as "farmer".
PUBLISHED: Friday, November 30, 1973, The Macomb Daily: Rose Van Coillie
St. Clair Shores - Mrs. Rose M. Van Coillie, 73, died Wednesday at Martha T. Berry Hospital, Mount Clemens. She is survived by her widower, Adiel; a son, Maurice, St. Clair Shores; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Joyce, Mount Clemens, and Mrs. Alice McMillan, Utica; sisters Mrs. Clementine Bonte and Mrs. Celine Yde; brother Maurice Schietecatte; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Services will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, from the Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, and 9:30 a.m. at Isaac Jogues Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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More information on Adolf Schollaert x Virginia De Pauw

Adolf on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Adolf on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch, Find A Grave, and BillionGraves
Virginia on the Ellis Island database : (1). Virginia on Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. Virginia on Find A Grave, BillionGraves.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Adolf and Virginia were living in Washington, Gratiot Co., Michigan in 1930 together with their sons Louis, age 21 (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch, Ellis Island, Find A Grave) and Joseph, age 19 (Ellis Island, Find A Grave, BillionGraves). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Adolf and Virginia were living in Washington Township, Gratiot County, Michigan in 1940, in a house they owned worth $1200, with their son Louis, age 31. Adolf is listed as "farmer". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Adolf was a farmer in Bannister, Gratiot Co., MI  in 1942, listing his wife as "person who will allways know your address". 

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More information on Jan-Baptiste Schotte x Maria-Celina De Bruyn and family

Jan-Baptist on the Ellis Island database : (1). Jan-Baptiste on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. Jan-Baptiste on FindAGrave.
Maria-Celina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Celine on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. Maria-Celine on FindAGrave.
Maria-Theresia-Elvira on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Augusta on the Ellis Island database : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Jan-Baptiste and Maria-Celina were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Marie-Celina, by then widowed, was living in with her daughter Augusta and son-in-law John Van Campenhout on 6022 Phillip in Detroit, Michigan in 1940. 

According to the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, daughter Augusta married John Van Campenhout on July 1st, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan.

Maria-Theresia-Elvira married Renatus Provost. For more information on this marriage and Renatus, see Felix-Josephus Provost x Adelina-Maria Bockstael and family

For more information on Maria-Celina's siblings, see siblings Maria-Valentina, Maria-Celina, Prosper-Alexander and Justina-Carolina De Bruyn

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More information on Augustinus Schouppe x Justina Van Schandevijl and xx Helena Van Schandevijl and families
Augustinus on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 and United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 on FamilySearch. Augustinus on the Index to
Aylmer Express newspaper, Aylmer, Ontario, 1965 - 1969
 on Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Justina on the Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 on FamilySearch.
Clementina-Julia on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 on FamilySearch.
Octavus-Franciscus Schouppe on Find A Grave, Canada's Genweb Cemetery Project, the Zadock Hawkins Genealogy. Octavus-Franciscus on the St. Thomas Times Journal, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, January, February & March 1947 and Index to Aylmer Express, 1998 on Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

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More information on Polidoor-Victor Schuttyser

Polidoor-Victor on the Ellis Island database : (1)

Transcription WWI Draft Card Polidoor-Victor: "Registration Place: Juneau, First Judicial District, AK; Marital Status: Married; Immigration Status-Citizen: Alien; Occupation: Mining; Employer: Alaska Juneau G M Co, Juneau; Dependents + notes: wife, Juneau".
According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Polidoor-Victor and his wife Bertha were living in Detroit in 1930. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Polidoor-Victor was living in Detroit in 1942, employed at the F. L. Jacobs Company (a manufacturer of automobile parts based in Detroit), listing "Arthur Cobbaert" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Octavus-Josephus Sorgeloos x Maria-Louiza Ooge and Romanus Sorgeloos x Maria-Odilla Vaeyens
Octavus-Josephus on the Social Security Death Index on FamlySearch. Octavus-Josephus on Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 on FamlySearch.
Maria-Louiza on the Social Security Death Index Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch. Maria-Louiza on Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 on FamlySearch.
Romanus on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch. Romanus on Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 on FamlySearch.
Maria-Odilla on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch. Maria-Odilla on Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 on FamlySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Octavus-Josephus and Maria-Louiza were living in Middleton, Wood Co., Ohio in 1930 with their children Frank, age 8 (Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954, SSDI and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and Adolphine, age 4 (Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954, FindAGrave). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Octavus-Josephus and Maria-Louiza were living on 4156 Coplin Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, in a place they owned, worth $4000, with their son Frank, age 18 and daughter Delphine, age 14. Octavus-Josephus is listed as "drill press operator" in auto manufacturing, earning $1400.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Romanus and Maria-Odilla were living in Detroit in 1930 with their son Constant, age 4 (United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Romanus and Maria-Odilla were living in rural Henry County, Ohio in 1935 but by 1940 had moved to 2215 Hibbard Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, in a place they rented for $25 per month, with their son Constant, age 14 and daughters Elena, age 10 and Louize, age 3. Romanus is listed as "laborer in housing construction", earning $935.

Octavus-Josephus was naturalised in  Washington D.C. , U.S. District Court,  24 July 1947.

"My grandmother, Maria Louise (Ooge) Sorgeloos crossed to Halifax in 1927 with my mother, Maria Delphine and my Uncle Franciscus (Frank).  The US was closed to immigrants so they had to wait until the quotas were renewed to join my grandfather, Octave Sorgeloos in Ohio.  They were migrant workers in Ohio during the summer and worked in the auto plants in Detroit in the winter until WWII when they settled permanently in Detroit, MI."
Marianne McKelvy , emiail April 16, 2014

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More information on Leocadia-Elvira Souffriau
Leocadia-Elvira married  Theophiel Hugaert (SSDIUnited States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) on the 23th of December, 1920. Theophiel Hugaert was born on the 20th of September, 1890 in Sint-Jan-in-Eremo, Belgium, and died on the 11th of September, 1981 in Michigan. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Leocadia-Elvira and Theophiel were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughter Yvonne, age 6. Theophiel is listed as farm laborer (ship manifest, may 25th, 1928), as laborer in autoparts manufacturing (1930 Census) and in 1942 as working for "Bower roller bearings" (United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942). According to email from Daan Hugaert, Leocadia and Theophiel had two children : Gilbert F. and Yvonne A. 

See also Funeral Card Index by Helena Goertzen. 

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More information on Amandus Steppe x Victorina Cannau and family

Amandus on FindAGrave.
Victorina on the Ellis Island database : (1
Felix on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2).  Felix on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Victor on the Ellis Island database : (1) . Victor on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Martha-Ann on the Social Security Death Index and California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Amandus and Victorina were living in Detroit in 1910 with their son Victor, age 3. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Amandus was living in Los Alamitos, Orange County, California in September 1918, listing "Mrs. Aman Steppe" as nearest relative. According to FindAGrave that cites as its source the Daily Telegram, Amandus "Died Oct. 30, 1918. Age 36. Belgian. He leaves a widow. Resided for 9 years at Los Alamitos and was an employee at the sugar factory". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Victorina was living in Long Beach Township Bixby Precinct, Los Angeles County, California in 1920 with her sons "Falise", age 17, Victor, age 13, daughter Martha, age 9, son Clemente, age 7 and daughter Valentine, age 3. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Victorina remarried Augustus-Gustavus De Petter on April 17th, 1920 in Santa Ana, California.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Felix married Theresa Otte from Belgium on December 19th, 1923 in Long Beach, California. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Felix and his wife Theresia were living in Los Alamitos, Orange Co., CA in 1930 with their children Albert, age 4 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, SSDI on FamilySearch, FindAGrave), Adeline, age 3 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch), and Anna, age 2 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Felix married Dolores Madrid (SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) from Colorado on February 27th, 1947 in Santa Ana, California.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Victor married Elizabeth-Carolyn Buchheim (SSDI, California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) on November 18th, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Victor and his wife Elizabeth were living in Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA in 1930 with their son James, age 2 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, SSDI on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Victor and Elizabeth-Carolyn were living on 193 South C Street, Tustin, Orange County, California in 1940 in a house they rented for $19 per month, together with their sons James, age 12, William, age 7(California, Birth Index, 1905-1995California, County Marriages, 1850-1952California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 on FamilySearch)  and Richard, age 3 (California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 on FamilySearch). Victor is listed as "laborer" in the "citrus" industry. This Victor may be the same one as is pictured in the photographs of the Irvine Valencia Growers Packing House workers, Orange, California, 1932 and Irvine Valencia Growers packing house workers, Irvine, California, 1936.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Martha married Raymond Quatacker (California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch) on January 28th, 1928 in Santa Ana, California. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Martha and her husband Raymond Quatacker were living in Huntington Beach, Orange Co., CA in 1930 with their son Alfred, age 1. 

...Raymond Quatacker married Martha Steppe and had a farm on the Montana Land Co. Ranch near Long Beach, CA. The couple had children but later separated....
"Vlaamse Immigranten in California" by F.V.Goeman, 1997, pg.71

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More information on Victor and Livinus-Petrus Van Damme

Victor on the Ellis Island database : (1).
Livinus-Petrus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Livinus-Petrus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

Transcription WWI Draft Card Victor: "Registration Place: Detroit, Wayne, MI; Marital Status: Married; Immigration Status-Citizen: Declared Intention of Becoming a Citizen; Occupation: Carpenter; Employer: J Hecht; Dependents + notes: wife/1 child, 894 Bessemore, Detroit, MI".
According to FamilySearch's Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Victor married "Jennie" from Belgium on January 8th, 1916 in Detroit, Michigan. Victor is listed as "carpenter" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Victor and his wife "Jeannette" were living in Wayne County, Detroit in 1920 with their daughters Camilla, age 3, and Margret, age 2. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Victor and his "canadian french wife Jeannette C" were living in Detroit in 1930 with their children Camilla F, age 13, Margaret F, age 12, Marie L, age 6, and Arthur E, age 1 (SSDI on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Victor and his wife Jeannette were living on Bessemore Avenue in Detroit in 1940 in a house they owned worth $1500, with their daughter Marie, age 16, and sons Arthur, age 11 and Richard, age 3. Victor is listed as "maintenance" in a "parts manufacturing plant", earning $1872.  According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Victor was living in East Detroit in 1942, employed at Steel Materials, listing his wife as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Romanus-Albertus and Joannes-Josephus Van de Velde and families

Romanus-Albertus on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Elodia-Maria on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Joannes-Josephus on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2)

From the Encyclopedia Titanica :
Mr Joannes Joseph Van de Velde was born on 4th August 1876. While his given name was Joannes, he was usually called Joseph. Unlike most of the other Belgians on the Titanic, he had been to America before, and this journey would be his third visit. He was a weaver with his own weaving loom like Alphonse De Pelsmaeker's father. Like the latter, he had been out of work because of the textile mill competition in Ninove and Aalst. He married in 1898 to Marie Baudar, who worked as a seamstress in Denderhoutem. The couple had four children. Van de Velde had been convinced by the local White Star agency to travel to America and earn good money as a farm hand. It was speculated that it was Van de Velde who convinced the others from the Denderhoutem area to come with him to America since he had already experienced it. Marie Van de Velde accompanied her husband on foot to the train station to see he and the others off. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 345780, £9 10s). Van de Velde died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. Shortly after the sinking, survivor Theodor De Mulder paid a visit to Marie Van de Velde and her family. According to the Van de Velde descendants, De Mulder comforted Marie and spoke words of comfort, plus relaying the last days he spent with her husband.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Romanus-Albertus was living at 93 Palmer, Apartment 13 in Detroit, Michigan in September 1918, employed as "trucker" by Studebaker on John R. & Piquette in Detroit, Michigan, listing his wife Elodia as nearest relative. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Romanus-Albertus and Elodia-Maria were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 with their son Marcel (Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), age 13. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Elodia-Maria was living in Detroit in 1930 with her son Marcel, age 22 and Joannes-Josephus' brother-in-law Isidor-Josef Baudar. Son Marcellus married Marcella Gudenau (SSDI on FamilySearch; Obit). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Marcellus and Marcella were living on 12320 Rosemary Avenue, Detroit, Michigan in 1940 in a place they rented for $45 per month, together with their son Richard, age 5, daughter Patricia Ann, age 3 and son Gerald, age 1. Marcellus is listed as "milk man" working for a dairy company, earning $2350.

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More information on Amandus Van de Velde x Clementina-Maria Boriau and family
The tombstone at Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg was transcribed as: (large black granite stone - cross motif) : "VANDEVELDE Armand 1882 - 1971 Clementine 1887-1971". Also, from the index, on another stone: Elizabeth Anne, Evelyn E., & Modest M. And on another stone Joseph and on yet another stone Palmyrhe
Email Leslie Mancell,  on behalf of OGS Kent.

Wallaceburg Riverview Cemetery, transcribed 1983, by Kent Branch OGS :
Stone #3993: (praying hands motif) VANDE VELDE father Modest M. 1930 mother Evelyn E. 1932 (photograph) daughter Elizabeth Anne 1962-1980
Stone #5677 Palmyrhe VANDEVELDE wife of Leo JANSSENS born in Belgium Mar. 28, 1921 died in Wallaceburg Aug. 20, 1947
Stone #SF40 Joseph VANDE VELDE Private Kent Regiment 13 Sept. 1967 age 57
Email Leslie Mancell, dd. Aug. 10 2007, on behalf of OGS Kent.

MR. AUGUST VANDE VELDE - Mr August Vande Velde a resident of Wallaceburg passed away on Saturday May 12, 2007 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance “Sydenham Campus”, in Wallaceburg, at the age of 83. August was born in Belgium and was a son of the late Armande and Clementine (Borian) Vande Velde. August was a W.W. II veteran of the first Canadian parachute battalion. Beloved husband of Violet (Bradley) Vande Velde. Father and father-in-law of Irene and Russ Carson, Randy and Julie Vande Velde, and Peter and Sandy Vande Velde, all of Wallaceburg. Grandfather of Michelle Carson, Marissa Carson, Taylor Vande Velde, Ryan Vande Velde, Eric Vande Velde, Brooke Vande Velde, Derek Vande Velde and Shannon Jackson. Sadly missed by 1 great grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. Kind brother of Theresa Pauwels and Modest and Evelyn Vande Velde. Predeceased by three sisters and two brothers. August rested at the Funeral Home, 639 Elgin St., Wallaceburg until a private family service was held on Tuesday May 15, 2007 with Major Scott Ridout, Officiating. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society may be left at the funeral home.
Obituaries for May 16, 2007, Wallaceburg Courier Press

"SON'S CHRISTMAS GIFT RECALLS DROPS BEHIND ENEMY LINES. AUGIE VANDE VELDE JUMPED BOTH ON D-DAY AND DURING THE BATTLE OF THE RHINE."  by Al Mann.
Pte. Augie Vande Velde showing his recently-reassembled second war Canadian Airborne Division uniform.Second World War veteran Augie Vande Velde says, “When I saw those new paratroopers boots, it brought tears to my eyes.” The 83-year-old was describing how he reacted when receiving this special Christmas gift from his son Randy. “My dad has nearly everything he needs and I wanted to give him a boost and surprise him with something that would really have meaning,” said Randy Vande Velde describing his motivation in coming up with such a unique gift. Paratroopers boots play a most signifigant part in the adventurous and oft death-defying life of a man, who to this day wonders how he survived two parachute jumps into enemy-infested territory during the Second World War. Augie’s first encounter with fate was described in this column in connection with the anniversary of D-Day June 6, 1944. Dropped about 30 miles beyond the intended French target (a few hours prior to the massive invasion strike) his mates were being picked off all around him as the Allied Airborne Division dropped from the flak-laden skies. Although Augie’s high top, laced leather boots he was issued (along with a pair of hob nailed boots) during the war have long since worn out, he did wear them for years after returning home. The original boots, however, did bring him down for a second drop. Sixty one years ago this Friday, March 24, 1945 Augie Vande Velde dropped into another cauldron of enemy fire. His memory, still sharp (how could such impacting events ever be forgotten?) and still able to retrace detail after detail, this second encounter, was the ‘Rhine River Drop’.
Following his miraculous survival from the 1944 jump, he had spent time in Belgium and also fought in the famous Battle of the Bulge campaign in December of 1944 where the severe cold was a second enemy. “I don’t ever remember it being so cold,” he said. “You couldn’t even put a pick axe into the ground and tanks were slipping all over the place on the ice.” Compared to the issued military garb of today’s forces, uniforms in Augie’s war were rather spartan in comparison.He stated they did however receive new B.F. Goodrich galoshes that winter but they were all the same size and his were too big. They shivered not only from the tenseness and trials of war but on top of those skin bumps were cold weather shivers as well.
Augie had already used up one of his so called ‘nine lives’ during the D-Day drop. Perhaps it may be said a second came during the Battle of the Bulge which certainly was no military picnic. “Fighting was really heavy. The Germans were continually throwing heavy mortar at us and also we were under rifle grenade attack. They were about 10 in shells and as long as they missed us and hit the snow, there was just mud and ice splattering us instead of shrapnel,” he stated.
Augie’s leather boots by this time in the war were well-accustomed to conditions of war and so was Augie. Now into his ninth decade, he is still quite robust and even reflects signs of feistiness. One can image his well-honed survival skills in 1944 and 1945. When asked where he gained some rest during lulls in fighting, he stated, “We would sleep wherever and whenever we could, some times in pig stys, barns, wherever we could find a place. And food -- well we got the odd hot meal with lots of mutton. In fact I had so much mutton during the war, I won’t let her (his wife Violet) bring it into the house to this day!”
Once the Battle of the Bulge wound down about March of 1944, Augie and members of the Ist Canadian Airborne Division were sent back to England for further training. He recalled that even being a parachuter there was lots of land marching. Daily, the route would be about 10 to 15 miles and on one occasion a 60-mile march. The Nancy Sinatra song, ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ certainly applied to Augie and his mates as those months between the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhine River Drop in March of ’45 saw the soles well-greased!
The Ist Allied Airborne Divison, the 6th Airborne along with the U.S. 17th Airborne Division played a key role in overcoming the final obstacle that would lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany. This involved the Allied crossing of the Rhine River in Germany and occupation of the country’s heart, the vital Ruhr industrial area. The airborne portion, largest of the war to date, was code named ‘Varsity’. This massive armada consisted of 1,700 aircraft and 14,000 men, Wallaceburg’s Augie Vande Velde amongst them. Another of his lives would be used up. Even though his division was better prepared this time, the drop was no less precarious.
“First of all, this was a daylight drop and although we were still scattered, we knew where we were landing. We took off from England and were in the air about two hours. That was a lot of time, thinking, wondering if it was going to be as bad as D-Day. We knew many sitting silent on that plane would not come home. What are my chances this time? Will I make it? Will I be wounded? Once over Germany, we watched the green light closely waiting for it to turn red which meant the jump was underway. As we neared our jump target, flak was heard, soon pings of shrapnel bouncing off our aircraft. I remember one lad was just at the open doorway ready to jump when he got it in the stomach and we had to push him out.”
Those were the words of a man resurrecting clearly and with emotion stirring events in his life of 61 years ago this week.
During Augie’s D-Day drop in ’44 he had a slight equipment malfunction causing him to lose his kit bag on the way down. With heavy gloves on, the lanyard slipped quickly through his hands and hit the kit bag knocking it away. Conscious of this during the Rhine drop, along with more confidence and better equipment, the drop over Germany went smoothly this time.
Augie went on to describe that day 61 years ago. “Once I jumped, it was about 90 seconds before I landed. I came down with a good thump close to some brick buildings. My biggest fear was landing in a tree and being hung up there. Artillery shells were landing amongst us with smoke and a strong smell of cordite in the air. I quickly unharnessed my gear while there was fighting going on close by. We then assembled, taking about 30 minutes to round up the guys together. Capt. Griffith, our officer, then told us to take our positions and my battle of the Rhine River was underway.”
According to Augie, the first day of battle was the worst. The Allied forces were now on German turf. There was rifle and mortar fire landing all around him. He remembers the German 88s feared the most, effective against tanks and airplanes and of course their fire took the lives of many of his fellow soldiers.
The Battle of the Rhine lasted about two weeks and proved to be the most decisive phase of the war to that time, eventually resulting into a break out into the heartland of Germany. There would still be heavy fighting and many more lives would be sacrificed. Augie realized he used up another of his, but was thankful he had survived three phases of heavy action. It was May 5, 1945 when V-E Day (Victory in Europe) was declared. The rigors of war and the bitter memories have stayed with him. Recalling them is difficult and this writer appreciates the gesture of being taken into his threshold permitting this dialogue of Augie Vande Velde’s war. And receiving new paratroopers boots from a most thoughtful Randy, proved to be the cement that further bonded a father and son.
Join us next week as Randy Vande Velde relates his thoughtful and challenging efforts in giving a dad a unique present that opened up an emotional gathering always to be remembered and cherished.
Article in the Wallaceburg Courier Press, Wednesday March 22, 2006


"LOCAL SOLDIERS REMEMBERED OVERSEAS" By Al Mann
L.Cpl. Peter Vande Velde, killed in action, 1944. Mann Historical files.…Bretteville-Sur-Laize was another beautifully-groomed war cemetery visited on the tour. Located near Calvados, France, not too distant from the city of Caen, there are 2,872 identified Canadian war dead interred there including three Wallaceburg-connected casualties…
The third local boy buried there is L. Cpl. Peter Vande Velde who enlisted at Chatham in 1940 and arrived overseas with the Highland Light Infantry, February of 1942. Peter was given the distinct honour of raising the Union Jack when the French city of Caen was liberated. He was killed during a German mortar attack Aug. 12, 1944, age 24, dying in the arms of his Wallaceburg buddy West Bunda. About two weeks before Peter was killed, his brother Augie, member of the 1st Canadian Airborne Division, stationed nearby, borrowed a German motor bike and travelled about 12 miles to visit his brother Peter which turned out to be an emotional final parting.
Augie Vande Velde who has shared his war memories with this writer on several occasions (and is a true Canadian hero) overshot his June 5, 1944 parachute objective by about 30 miles. this was prior to the massive D-Day landings the next day. Augie landed near Varaville. During our journey to that area this past August, the tour director made a special effort to locate the marker signifying the Canadian paratroopers landing near Varaville. Although the inscription (see photograph) is too lengthy to include here, due praise is directed to the Canadians.
In conclusion of this three part journey to the European battlefields, we cannot direct sufficient praise to the likes of Augie Vande Velde and the various names mentioned, along with all others who donned the uniform during wars. To see the areas where they fought and where many rest forever has been most meaningful. words are insufficient but from this writer, a most sincere thanks is expressed to all.
Photograph of L. Cpl. Peter Vande Velde, killed in action 1944
Article in the Wallaceburg Courier Press, Wednesday September 27, 2006

Peter is mentioned twice in the War Diaries of the Highland Light Infantry for July and August. One entree reads that "Vandevelde, Pte. P. A50451 Disembarked 6 Jun 44" and the other "Strength decrease a. SOS killed in action wef (sic) date shown: A 50451 Pte. Vandevelde P. 12 Aug 44". The War Diaries report for the day he was killed states: "Situation throughout this day remained unchanged. We were subjected to occasional mortar and artillery fire. OPS were busy and much enemy movement was spotted in the area of QUESNEY WOOD. Some 88 cm (sic) guns were spotted and “C” company was under fire from snipers. The Scout Platoon tried to locate these snipers but were unable to do so. Weather – clear, warm. Visibility – excellent."
Extracts courtesy of  Jim Quantrell, Archivist , City of Cambridge (Ontario) Archives, dd. June 10, 1998

Peter appears in the list of Army Casualties, as reported in The Globe and Mail, wednesday October 4, 1944, © Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation.
Peter is also mentioned ofcourse on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial . It states: Military Service Number: A/50451,  Age: 24,  Army, Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C.; Son of Armand and Clementine Vandevelde, of Wallaceburg, Ontario; Commemorated on Page 467 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance; Cemetery: BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados,France, Grave Reference: XV. D. 12. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine.

August married Violet Bradley from Manchester. See newspaper clipping, obtained from Judith-Maria Noynaert. 

Theresa Pauwels (October 26, 1925 - February 29, 2012)  - Mrs. Theresa Mary Pauwels, a resident of Wallaceburg, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, "Sydenham Campus", Wallaceburg, at the age of 86. Theresa was born in Denderhautem, Belgium and was a daughter of the late Armand and Clementine (Borian) Vande Velde. Beloved wife of the late Frank Pauwels (2000). Loving mother of John (Connie) Pauwels, Debbie (Craig) Perrin, Barry Pauwels (Michele) and the late David Pauwels. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Michael, Adam (Nicola), David (Tiffany), Mark (Amanda), Jennifer (Josh), Sheena (Darren) Kayla (Tim) and her great grandchildren Braeden, Luke, Hannah, Lauren, Eva and Kinsley. Kind sister and sister-in-law of Modest (Evelyn) Vande Velde and Violet Vande Velde. Predeceased by her brothers and sisters August, Leona, Palmyra, Mathilde "Tillie", Joseph and Pieter. Friends will be received at the Eric F. Nicholls Funeral Home Ltd. 639 Elgin St., Wallaceburg, Ontario on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012 from the Chapel of the Funeral Home, at 10:00 a.m., with Fr. Ben Huyge, Officiant. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Wallaceburg. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Society may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.ericfnichollsfuneralhome.com. As a living memorial, a tree will be planted in Nicholls Memorial Forest in Memory of Theresa Mary Pauwels.
http://www.ericfnichollsfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1410771&fh_id=10978

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More information on Frans Van de Velde and siblings
Frans on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Florentina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Florentina on the Social Security Death IndexMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Gustavus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gustavus on the Social Security Death IndexMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Rufinus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Rufinus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

Transcription WWI Draft Card Frans : "Registration Place: MI, Iona, Donus; Marital Status: Married; Citizenship: Alien; Occupation: laborer; Employer: John Lambertson; Dependents+notes: wife & 9 month old child, none, Donus, MI"

According to FamilySearch's Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Frans married Florence Mary Tully (SSDI on FamilySearch) on the 7th of February, 1916 in Ionia, Michigan. Florence M. was born on September 22nd, 1899 in Ionia Township, Michigan. She came to be 103 and died on June 6th, 2003 in Lansing, Michigan. Frans is listed as "laborer" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's  United States Census, 1920, Frans and Florence were living in Ionia County, Michigan in 1920 together with daughter Frances, age 3 (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and son Robert, age 1 (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; Obituary). They had another two sons in the early 1920's: Charles (SSDI on FamilySearch; Obituary) and  Philip (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). Philip attended the Ionia high school, entered the naval reserves as seaman second class, in July, 1942 and was later employed in Lansing as a roofer. Frans and Florence separated sometime in the early to mid twenties. According to FamilySearch's Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994 Frans married a second time, to Luella Fahringer on September 13th, 1926 in Wood County, Ohio. Also according to FamilySearch's Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 Florence remarried on November 15th, 1923 to a Joseph Abbruzzese. Interestingly, Frank lied to the authorities in Ohio stating that he had not been married before and had no wife living. The 4 children from Frank and Florence's marriage went to live with their mother as evidenced byFamilySearch's United States Census, 1930. According to FamilySearch's United States Census, 1930, Frans and Luella (Lucille?) were living in Toledo, Ohio together with daugthers Betty and Mary Ann, both age 2, and son William, less than a year old. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Frans was living in rural Ohio in 1935 and in Harrison Township, Henry county, Ohio in 1940 in a house he rented for $9, together with his daugthers Betty, age 13, Mary, age 11, and Joyce, age 6 and "aunt Carrie Smith", age 52. Frank is listed as "truck driver" in "road construction", earning $1000. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Frans was living in Napoleon, Henry Co., Ohio in 1942, unemployed, listing his daughter Betty as "person who will allways know your address". According to FamilySearch's Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994, Frans married a third time, this time to Rachel Yocom on July 29th, 1950 in Henry County, Ohio. Frans is listed as "factory" worker on the marriage certificate, Rachel as "domestic".

According to FamilySearch's Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Florentina married Bert Tjalsma (Birth; United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) on December 22nd, 1921 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bert is listed as "machinehand" on the marriage certificate, Florentina as "seamstress". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Florentina and Bert were living in Ionia, Michigan in 1930 with their son Dewey C., age 1. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Florentina and Bert were living in Ionia, Michigan in 1940 in a house they owned, worth $2500, together with their son Louis, age 11. Florentina is listed as working at "General Motors", operating a "sewing machine" and earning $780. Bert is listed as "wood worker" and "mechanic". 

Gustavus ("Gus") married Maria Coddens from Klein-Sinaai, Belgium (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch; Ellis Island). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gustavus and Maria were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with their children George, age 2, and Betty Jane, less than a year old. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustavus and Maria were living on 9384 Cutler in Detroit, Michigan in 1940 in a house they rented for $25 per month, together with their son George, age 12, daughters Betty Jane, age 10 and Margaret, age 6, and sons Robert and Albert, both age 5. Gustavus is listed as "trimmer" in the auto industry, earning $1200.
 
Rufinus married Justina Van den Storm in Detroit. For more information on Justina, see TheophilusVan den Storm and family. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Rufinus and Justina were living in Detroit in 1930. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Rufinus and Justina were living on 4133 Lakepointe in Detroit, Michigan in 1940 in a house they owned, worth $2000, together with their son Oscar, age 9 (SSDI on FamilySearch). Rufinus is listed as "painter" in an auto factory, earning $1400 and Justina as "inspector" in a "cleaning plant", earning $650.

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More information on Basilius Van den Berghe x Leonia-Maria De Villaer and family
Transcription WWI Draft Card Basilius: "Detroit, Wayne, MI; laborer L.M.Spencer; wife, 3 children, 40 Jefferson Ct., Detroit."
Obit Leona-Maria: "VANDENBERGHE, Leonie; born Oultere, Belgium; died Jul 22,1983; 95th yr; daughter of Jan Baptist DEVILLAER & Anna PENNE."

Obit daughter Anna: "GOOSSENS, Anna; Tillsonburg ON Canada; born Oultre, Belgium; came to Canada in 1918; died Mar 1,1986; age 79th year; daughter of Basil VANDENBERGHE & Leonie DEVILLAER."
Obit daughter Gabrielle: "Poppe (nee VandenBerghe) Gabrielle Annie, x : Poppe Albert (+1991). ° ca 1924 / + Dover Cliffs Nursing Home, 13 October 2000. Funeral Home : Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe...: Interment : St. Mary's Cemetery on 16 October 2000...Daughter : VandenBerghe Basil and … Leona... Children : Linda, Gary (+1989)."

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More information on Omer-Theophile and Richardus-Valerianus Van den Driessche
Omer-Theophile on the Ellis Island database : (1). Omer-Theophile on California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch
Richardus-Valerianus on California, Death Index, 1940-1997 on FamilySearch.
Susanna-Maria on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Omer-Theophile was living on 1532 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, California in September 1918, employer as "laborer" by the Southwest Shipping Company on East San Pedro, Los Angeles. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976 Omer-Theophile became an American citizen on September 8th, 1922 in Los Angeles, California. Omer-Theophile married Jeanne-Yvonne Gadal from Texas in Guasti, San Bernardino Co., CA on the 23rd of May, 1926 (The Gadal-Grall Family, Dlouhy Family Ties; SSDI, Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Omer-Theophile and his wife Jeanne-Yvonne were living in Los Angeles in 1930 together with their daughter Madeleine, age 3 (California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Omer-Theophile and Jeanne-Yvonne were living in Los Angeles, California in 1935 but had moved to Huntington Beach, California in 1940 and were living on Huntington Beach Boulevard in a house they owned, together with their daughter Madeleine, age 13. Jeanne-Yvonne is listed as "proprietor" of a cafe. 

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Richardus-Valerianus and his wife Maria-Cecilia were living in Los Angeles in 1930 together with their daughters Alice, age 9 and Susanna, age 6. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Richardus-Valerianus and Maria-Cecilia were living on 2821 Palm Grove, Los Angeles, California in a house they rented for $30 per month, together with their daughter Susan, age 16. Richardus-Valerianus is listed as "landscaper" in "agriculture", earning $1000.
Susanna-Maria's obit reads: "The Oregonian, Portland, OR, December 22, 2001 - Suzane M. Farris died Dec. 12, 2001, at age 78. Mrs. Farris was born Suzane M. Vandriecshien on Nov. 7, 1923, in Denderhoutem, Belgium. She lived in Southern California for most of her life. In October, she moved to Portland. In 1946, she married William Farris. Survivors include her husband; sons, Joe W. and James K.; and one grandchild. Private service. Arrangements by Zeller Chapel of the Roses."

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More information on siblings Aloysius Van den Stockt x Emerentia Van Herreweghe and Gustaaf Van den Stockt
Aloysius on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2).
Gustaaf on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gustaaf on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Aloysius was living on 529 Meldrum Avenue, Detroit, Michigan in May 1917, single and unemployed. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Aloysius and Emerentia were married on May 1st, 1924 in Wayne Co., Michigan. Aloysius is listed as "Laborer" on the marriage certificate; Emerentia as "Office worker". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Aloysius and Emerentia were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughters Rachel, age 9 (SSDI on FamilySearch), and Mary, age 5 (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Aloysius and Emerentia were living on 13084 Hampshire Avenue, Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned , worth $3500, together with their daughters Rachel, age 18 and Mary, age 15. Aloysius is listed as "laborer" in an "auto factory", earning $1200; Emerentia is also listed as "laborer" in an "auto factory", earning $840. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Aloysius was living in Detroit in 1942, employed by the De Soto Motor Corporation, listing his brother Gustaaf as "person who will allways know your address".

Emma Van Herreweghe married Alois Van Der Stock (could be Leon or Leopold). They had two daughters: Rachel & Marion. Rachel married Fermin Declercq, now deceased.  Marion married Gaston Boerjan. I can add to this Marion has died I don't know when she died...
James Prosper Van Herreweghe, email Tue Dec 5., 2006

I am Emma VanHerreweghe VanDerStock's granddaughter.  My grandfather's name was Alois VanDerStock.  They  had two daughters Rachel (my mom) and Mary (my aunt).  My mom Rachel passed away on September 5, 2007 at the age of 86.  My aunt Mary has also passed away... My aunt's name was Mary but some did call her Marion she married Gaston Boerjan and they had two sons Ronald and James.  James passed away in 1976.  My mom Rachel married Firmin DeClercq and had two children Marion (me) and Gerald.  Rachel was the oldest born in 1921 and Mary was born in 1925.
Email Marion DeClercq Lelito, Friday  April 11th, 2

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Gustaaf was living on 318 Bellevue, Detroit, Michigan in June 1917, single and employed as "laborer" in the Detroit Furnace Company. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustaaf and Magdalen were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1935 but had moved and were living in Armada, Macomb County, Michigan in 1940 in a house they owned , worth $2000. Gustaaf is listed as "laborer" in the auto industry, earning $1084; Magdalen as "farm operator" on an "general farm". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Gustaaf was living in Detroit in 1942, employed by the De Soto Motor Corporation, listing his brother Aloysius as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Joannes-Baptiste Van den Stockt x Melania De Nul and family
Vital statistics and other information for this family was obtained from Jen Haddad, married to a greatgrandson of Joannes-Baptiste and Melania:

I've been doing my family genealogy in the area of Denderhautem, Belgium. The name originally started as VANDEN STOCKT then the "t" got dropped to VANDEN STOCK. My great-grandparents immigrated to Canada (Quebec/Montreal) and then made their way to Vancouver/Vancouver Island. My great-grandfather dropped the VANDEN and went by STOCK but some of his family members (in Vancouver) still go by the original VANDEN STOCK. I have heard of some member travelling down to California.
Jennifer Haddad, Augustus 11, 1998 on Rootsweb

Gustaf did school in Belgium.  They lived in Canada but his parents shipped him back to Belgium to complete school.  Shoemaker by trade,  apprenticed in Vancouver.  Had a shoe store in Vancouver on Main Street.  In his time he was also a longshores man, carpenter basically jack of all trades.  Had Alzheimers the last few years of his life.

Jennifer Haddad, email January 30, 2002

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More information on siblings Victorina, Rene and Maria-Celina Van den Stockt
Victorina on the Ellis Island database : (1, 2). Victorina on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. 
Rene on the Ellis Island database : (1). Rene on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Maria-Celina on the Ellis Island database: (1, 2). Maria-Celina on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch

Victorina married Henricus Schandevijl (SSDI on FamilySearch) from Heldergem. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1910, Victorina and Henricus were living in Gladstone, Delta County, Michigan in 1910, together with two sons, Morris, age 2 (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and Cyril, age 0 (Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Victorina and Henricus were living in Detroit in 1920 together with their sons Morris, age 11, Cyril, age 10, Joseph, age 9 (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and daughter Germaine, age 5. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Victorina and Henricus were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their sons Morris, age 21, Cyril, age 20, Joseph, age 19 and daughter Germaine, age 15. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Victorina and Henricus were residing at 1141 Beaufait Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $2000. Henricus is listed as "janitor" in a "drug manufacturing plant", having worked 47 weeks in 1939 and earned $1091. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Henricus was residing at 1141 Beaufait Avenue in Detroit in 1942, and working for "Frederick Stearns" at 6533 Jefferson, Detroit, listing "Mr. Lashanz, residing at 1137 Beaufait, Detroit" as "person who will allways know your address".

Rene married Cornelia-Victoria De Winter from Lier, Belgium (Ellis Island: (1); SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Rene resided at 383 Bellevue in Detroit in September 1918, was a laborer at the "Saxon Motor Co." on 217 Beaufait, Detroit and listed Cornelia-Victoria as his nearest relative, living at the same address of 383 Bellevue, Detroit. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Rene and Cornelia-Victoria were living in Detroit in 1920 together with their daughter Clementina-Coleta, age 9. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Rene and Cornelia-Victoria were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their daughter Clementina-Coleta, age 19, and son Charles, age 7. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Rene and Cornelia-Victoria were residing at 4470 Maryland Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $3500, together with their son Charles, age 17. Rene is listed as "car loader" in a "automobile shipping", having worked 40 weeks in 1939 and earned $1066. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Rene was residing at 4770 Maryland in Detroit in 1942, and working for the "De Soto Motor Corp." at 6000 Wyoming, Detroit, listing his son-in-law Frank D'Haenens, also residing at 4770 Maryland, Detroit" as "person who will allways know your address".
Rene and Cornelia-Victoria's daughter Clementina-Coleta (SSDI on FamilySearch) married Frank D'Haenens (SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Clementina-Coleta and Frank were residing at the same address as Clementina-Coleta's parents ie 4470 Maryland Avenue in Detroit, Michigan where they paid $65 rent, together with their daughters Janine V., age 9 and Marguerite M., age 6 (North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 on FamilySearch). Frank is listed as working in an "automobile factory", having worked 21 weeks in 1939 and earned $670.

Maria-Celina married Camillus ("Emil") Eloot from Haaltert, Belgium (Ellis Island : (1, 2); Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Maria-Celina and Camillus were living in Detroit in 1920. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Maria-Celina and Camillus were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their sons Joseph, age 10 (California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), and Richard, age 4 (SSDI, Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Maria-Celina and Camillus were residing at 4421 Maryland in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $3000, together with their sons Joseph, age 20 and Richard, age 14. Camillus is listed as "mechanic" in an "auto co.", having worked 23 weeks in 1939 and earned $1000; Richard as "butcher" in a "grocery store", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $780. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Camillus was residing at 4121 Maryland in Detroit in 1942, and working for the "Hudson Motor Car Co." in Center Line, Macomb County, Michigan, listing "Albert Praet, residing at 4340 Marlborough, Detroit" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Theophilus Van den Storm x Maria-Josephina De Block and family
Theophilus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Theophilus on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Theophilus on Find A Grave.
Maria-Josephina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Josephine on Find A Grave.
Philemon on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Justina on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Theophilus was living on 812 East Lafayette, Detroit, Michigan in May 1917, was employed as laborer with the construction company Bryant and Detwiler and listed as his nearest relative his wife Maria-Josephina. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Theophilus and Maria-Josephina were living in Detroit in 1930 together with their daughters Elodie, age 16, and Odell, age 14. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Theophilus was living in Emmett, St. Clair Co., MI  in 1942, farming, listing "Mrs. Martens" as "person who will allways know your address". Theophilus and Maria-Josepha are buried in USA, MI, Saint Clair Co., Allenton, West Berlin Cemetery as per transcription on Rootsweb. Theophilus is referenced in the Index of Deaths 1959-1974, St. Clair County on Rootsweb. Maria-Josepha is referenced in the Index to Obituaries from the 1964 Richmond Review.

Son Philemon, aka "Ed",  married Eleanor (SSDI on FamilySearch). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Philemon and Eleanor were residing at 2161 Ridgemont in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $3000, together with their daughter Rosemary, age 1. Philemon is listed as "truck driver", having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $1820. 

Daughter Justina married Rufinus Van de Velde from Denderhoutem. For more information on Rufinus and Justine, see Frans Van de Velde and siblings. She later must have remarried as at death she is registered as Justine Malatesta.

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More information on Petrus Van Herreweghe x Sidonia De Bruyn and family

Petrus on the Ellis Island database : (1).  Petrus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Frans-Xaveer on the Ellis Island database : (1). Frans-Xaveer on the Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Irma on the Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Emerentia on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch. 
Philemondus on the Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Joannes-Franciscus on the Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Celeste-Rachel on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, the widow Sidonia was living in Detroit in 1930 with her children Philemondus ("Philip"), age 28, Joannes-Franciscus ("John"), age 23 and Celeste-Rachel, age 20.
  
According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Frans-Xaveer was living in Detroit in 1930 with his wife Antoinette. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Frans-Xaveer was living in Detroit in 1942, unemployed, listing his brother Philemondus as "person who will allways know your address".

Maria-Irma married Amandus De Pauw.

Emerentia married  Aloysius Van den Stockt.

Philemondus ("Philip") was married to Mildred (Find A Grave), maiden name unknown.
Mildred VanHerreweghe, 96, a resident of Sterling Heights for the past 30 years, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Autumn Woods Nursing Home in Warren. She was born May 19, 1911, in Hungary.
Mrs. VanHerreweghe was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. She loved to crochet, cook and bake. Her family said she will be remembered as a devoted caregiver to her family and friends. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine (Joseph) Narkus of Sterling Heights and Carol (Paul) Sales of Troy; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Philip, in 1973; and daughter, Dorothy VanHerreweghe.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 48115 Schoenherr, Shelby Township. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.
Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with a 7 p.m. rosary recital, at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road (three blocks east of Van Dyke), Utica. Additional visitation is 9:30-10 a.m. Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be addressed to the donor's choice of charity. Memories may be shared with the family at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
The Macomb Daily, Tuesday June 26, 2007

Emma Van Herreweghe married Alois Van Der Stock (could be Leon or Leopold). They had two daughters: Rachel & Marion. Rachel married Fermin Declercq, now deceased.  Marion married Gaston Boerjan. I can add to this Marion has died I don't know when she died...
PhilipVan Herreweghe's wife Mary is still alive. Mary is Polish(1). Daughters Elaine and Carol...
We were surprised to see Sidonia's mother was a Van Impe. In the 30s and 40s there was a Van Impe in Detroit that had a band and played the accordion in the Belgium bars and dance clubs. In 44 or 45 his liver went bad an he almost died. He did live but while he was sick he found God and became a reborn Christen, quit drinking and his mission in life was to save every bodies soul. Needless to say when people seen him coming they would hide. I don't know V.I.s first name but he had a son [Jack] born in Belgium. Today Jack has half hour TV shows at night in every large city in the US. Jack is based in Troy Michigan... They talk for about half the show and the other half they sell books, tapes, CDs or any thing the can. My cousin Rachel De Clerque tells me Jack is worth over seventy five million dollars. This is his web sight if your interested. http://www.jvim.com/...
James Prosper Van Herreweghe, email Tue Dec 5., 2006
(1): is not correct. Philip's wife was Mildred and according to the obituary above, Mildred was Hungarian, not Polish

I am Emma VanHerreweghe VanDerStock's granddaughter.  My grandfather's name was Alois VanDerStock.  They  had two daughters Rachel (my mom) and Mary (my aunt).  My mom Rachel passed away on September 5, 2007 at the age of 86.  My aunt Mary has also passed away... My aunt's name was Mary but some did call her Marion she married Gaston Boerjan and they had two sons Ronald and James.  James passed away in 1976.  My mom Rachel married Firmin DeClercq and had two children Marion (me) and Gerald.  Rachel was the oldest born in 1921 and Mary was born in 1925.
Email Marion DeClercq Lelito, Friday  April 11th, 2008. 

Emerentia on "Death Memorial Cards - Deel III", Tielt, VVF-Tielt, 2002: "Van Der Stock Emma, x : Van Der Stock Alois. + 15 June 1985. Funeral Home : Chas. Verheyden, Inc."

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More information on Victorinus Van Landuyt x Clementina Van Impe and family
Victorinus on the Ellis Island database : (1). Victorinus on the United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 (1, 2),  Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch. 
Clementina on the Ellis Island database : (1). 
Aloysius-Alexander on the Ellis Island database: (1).Aloysius-Alexander on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003, Victorinus and Clementina had a son Omeda-Amandus (Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003, Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962, SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), born on January 8th, 1913 in Ottawa Township, Putnam County, Ohio. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954, Victorinus, farm laborer, and Clementina lived between 1911 and May 1915 in Toledo Ohio, visited their son Aloysius-Alexander in Chatham, Ontario from May to August 1915 and passed the border on August 29, 1915 on their way back to a rented home on 112 East Broadway, Toledo, Ohio. According to a transcription on  Rootsweb, Clementina married a second time, two years after Victorinus' death, on December 15th, 1924 in Tilbury, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Achiel Beuselinck from Oostkamp, Belgium. The transcription reads : "011933-24 (Kent Co) Archiel BEUSCLINCK, 34, farmer, Belgium, Romney twp., widower, s/o Henry BEUSCLINCK b. Belgium & Leonie DE BLAUWE, married Clementine VAN IMPE, 44, Belgium, Romney twp., widow, d/o Alexander VAN IMPE b. Belgium & Rosalie ESCREART, witn: Adelard BLAIR, Mrs. Adelard BLAIR, both of Tilbury, 15 December 1924 at Tilbury"

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Aloysius-Alexander married Germaine Feys (Ellis Island) from Belgium on June 3rd, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. Aloysius-Alexander is listed as laborer, Germaine as "restaurant helper".

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More information on Hilaire-Felicien-Louis Van Oudenhove x Maria-Carolina Ledegen and family
Hilaire-Felicien-Louis, Maria-Carolina and son Carolus on the New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942 on FamilySearch.
Son Carolus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Hilaire-Felicien-Louis and Maria-Carolina were living in Detroit in 1930 with their son Carolus ("Charles"), age 24.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, son Albertus-Maria-Valerius married Victorina Beeckman from Denderleeuw, Belgium, on the 6th of December, 1924 in Detroit. Albertus-Maria-Valerius is listed as "laborer" on the marriage certificate; Marie as "stock wk". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Albertus-Maria-Valerius and Victorina were living in Detroit in 1930 with their daughter Mathilda, age 4. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Victorine and Constant were living in Mishiwaka, Indiana in 1935 but had moved and were living at 4321 Lake Pointe in Detroit, Michigan, in 1940 in a house they rented for $23, together with their Victorine's daughter Matilda, age 14. Constant is listed as "cement worker" in "building construction", having worked 30 weeks and earned $1000 in 1939. 

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More information on Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston Van Oudenhove
Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.

According to Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 on FamilySearch, Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston married Marie Beaurain on the 6th of January, 1923 in Wayne Co., Michigan. Marie was born in Belgium in about 1902. Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston is listed as "laborer" on the marriage certificate; Marie as "welding". Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston was naturalized on the 3st of October, 1927 in Detroit Michigan Central Crt. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston was living in Detroit in 1930 with his wife Marie. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston and Marie were living at 10200 Harvard in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $3400, together with their daughters Mary Ann, age 8 and Betty Jane, age 1. Gerardus-Eugenius-Gaston is listed as "laborer" in an "auto factory", having worked 38 weeks and earned $1100 in 1939. 

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More information on Carolus-Ludovicus Van Rossen x  Maria-Valentina De Bruyn and family

Carolus-Ludovicus on the Ellis Island database : (1), (2). Carolus-Ludovicus on the United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956 on FamilySearch.
Maria-Valentina on the Ellis Island database : (1). Maria-Valentine on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.
Eduardus-Laurentius on the Ellis Island database : (1). Eduardus-Laurentius on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Desiderius on the Ellis Island database : (1). Desiderius on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Franciscus-Xaverius on the Ellis Island database : (1). Franciscus-Xaverius on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Gabriella-Margarita on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gabriella-Margarita on the Social Security Death Index and Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch.
Gerardus-Eduardus on the Ellis Island database : (1).
Clement on the Ellis Island database : (1).

For more information on Maria-Valentina's siblings, see siblings Maria-Valentina, Maria-Celina, Prosper-Alexander and Justina-Carolina De Bruyn

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Carolus-Ludovicus was living at 376 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, Michigan, in September 1918, "running an elevator" at the Detroit City Gas Company on Wright Street, Detroit, listing Emiel Breynaert as "next friend". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1920, Carolus-Ludovicus and Maria-Valentina were living in Wayne County, Michigan in 1920 with their sons "Adrian" (Eduardus-Laurentius), age 18, "Dizzori" (Desiderius), age 17, Frank, age 16, daughter "Hilda" (Gabriella-Margarita), age 16, and sons Oscar, age 7 and Clement, age 6. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Carolus-Ludovicus and Maria-Valentina were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with their sons Oscar, age 17 and Clement, age 15.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Eduardus-Laurentius married Eliza-Bertha Baekelandt from Lendelede, Belgium (Ellis Island database : (1); SSDI, Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) on the 3rd of August, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan. Eduardus-Laurentius is listed as "polisher" on the marriage certificate, Eliza-Bertha as "factory worker". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Eduardus-Laurentius was living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with his wife Eliza and daughters Julie, age 6 and Irene, age 3. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Eduardus-Laurentius and Eliza-Bertha were living at 4609 North Ashland Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $2500, together with their daughters Julia, age 16 and Irene, age 13. Eduardus-Laurentius is listed as "bricklayer" at a "building contractor", having worked 24 weeks and earned $960 in 1939 ; Eliza-Bertha is listed as "machine operator" at a "wholesale overall company", having worked 24 weeks and earned  $360 in 1939. 
"...As a little bit of background Eliza was turned away at Ellis Island in 1905 when the rest of her family immigrated to the U.S. because Eliza had the measles. Later, she got "stuck" in Europe due to the war and lived with an aunt (Marie Baekelandt, m. Verstraete) in Belgium until she was 16. Eliza entered the U.S. in January, 1920. Marie Baekelandt was born and died in Lendelede. Eliza and her sisters were born in Lendelede, as well, so I presume that is the town Eliza lived in from 1905-1920, too..."
Sue Allen Labre nee Soens, posting on Rootsweb, Jul 27, 2001.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Desiderius married Mary Billiet on 29th of November, 1924 in Detroit. Mary Billiet was born in about 1907 in Michigan. Desiderius is listed as "painter" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Desiderius was living in Warren, Michigan in 1930 with his wife Mary and son Charles, age 5. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Desiderius and Mary were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1935 but had moved to Arizona by 1940 and were living at 710, cabin 1, Fort Lowell Road, Pima, Arizona, a place they rented for $18 per month, together with their son Charles, age 14. Desiderius is listed as "dairy truck driver" at a "wholesale dairy", having worked 50 weeks and earned $1500 in 1939. 

Franciscus-Xaverius married Irma-Maria Van Den Eynde (SSDI on FamilySearch) on the 18th of May, 1927, In Detroit (Our Lady of Sorrows). According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Franciscus-Xaverius was living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with his wife Mary and her parents. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Franciscus-Xaverius and Irma-Maria were living in with Irma-Maria's parents at 4120 Lenox Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Franciscus-Xaverius is listed as "machine operator" in "automobile tire manufacturing", having worked 48 weeks and earned $1325 in 1939; Irma-Maria as "baker's wrapper" at a bakery, having worked 30 weeks and earned $1210 in 1939. 
...As for my father he was 15 years old upon arrival ( he said that they arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey not Ellis Island) and went to night school to learn English.  His first job was at Michigan Stove Works on Jefferson avenue in Detroit.  The family lived on Sheppard avenue, nearby.  He later worked in the auto industry and retired from Uniroyal Tire Company about 1966...
Ed Van Rossen, Detroit, MI, son of Franciscus-Xaverius and Irma-Maria.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925, Gabriella-Margarita married Nathan-Alfred Ellison (Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch) on the 10th of October, 1925 in Detroit. She remarried as at death, she was recorded as Mrs. Long. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gabriella-Margarita and Nathan-Alfred were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with their daughter Shirley, age 1. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gabriella-Margarita and Nathan-Alfred were living at 9106 Woodhall in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $4000, together with their daughter Shirley, age 11. Nathan-Ellison is listed as "sub station operator" in an "Electric Company", having worked 52 weeks and earned $3055 in 1939. 

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census (1,2), Gerardus-Eduardus and Clemens-Josephus were living at 2456 Townsend Avenue, Detroit, Michigan in a house they rented for $25 per month, together with Gerardus-Eduardus' wife Marcella, age 27, daughter Joann, age 2 and son Gerard Jr., less than a year old. Gerardus-Eduardus is listed as "senior typist" for  "streets + alleys", having worked 52 weeks and earned $990 in 1939; Clemens-Josephus is listed as "making cement bricks" in the cement industry, having worked 26 weeks and earned $500 in 1939. Clement filed a Selective Service Record  DSS Form 304 sometime between 1942 and 1945 and a reference can be found on the website of the National Archives, Great Lakes Region.

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More information on Amandus Van Schandevyl
Amandus on the Ellis Island database : (1, 2). Amandus on the Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Amandus was living at 900 Bessemore Street in Detroit, Michigan  in September 1918, employed as "laborer" on 1015 Palmer Avenue at "L. Lansberger Co." in Detroit, listing his brother-in-law Kamiel-Isidoor Goeman living in Spokane, Washington as nearest relative. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Amandus and Clementina were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with their son "Christof", age 6, and daughter Alice, age 3. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Amandus and Clementina were living at 4625 Chalmers Avenue in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $2000, together with their son "Augustaf", age 16, daughter Alice, age 13 and son Charles, age 6. Gustaaf is listed as "car loader" in an "automobile factory", having worked 18 weeks in 1939 and earned earning $600. 
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More information on Gustaaf Van Wesemael x Maria-Helena Van den Eynde and family
Gustaaf on the Ellis Island database : (1). Gustaaf on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch.
Maria-Helena on the Ellis Island database : (1).
Son Maurice on the Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch. Son Maurice on FindAGrave.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Gustaaf and Maria-Helena were living in Detroit, Michigan in 1930 with their daughter Rachel, age 20, son Morris, age 19, and daughters "Evona", age 10 and Jeannie, age 1. According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Gustaaf and Maria-Helena were living at 523 Jefferson Court in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $2000, together with their daughters Rachel, age 30 and Jean, age 12. Gustaaf is listed as "janitor" in a rubberplant, earning $1250. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Gustaaf was living at 523 Jefferson Court in Detroit, Michigan in 1942, employed by the United States Rubber Company Detroit Plant on 6600 East Jefferson Avenue, listing "Mary Van Wesemael" as "person who will allways know your address".

According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, son Maurice and wife Rachel were living at 1795 Beaufait Avenu in Detroit, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $2000, together with their daughtersYvonne, age 6 and Mary Jo, age 2. Maurice is listed as "tire shaper" in a rubber company, having worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $2100. 

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More information on Frans-Edmond Verbeeren
Frans-Edmond on  the Ellis Island database : (1). Frans-Edmon on FindAGrave.

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925,  Frans-Edmond married Valentine Malfait (Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 on FamilySearch; FindAGrave) on the 21st of November, 1903 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Valentine was born in Belgium and the sister of Gertrude Malfait (See Augustinus and August-Joseph De Maeght). Frans-Edmond is listed as "laborer" on the marriage certificate. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, the by then naturalized Frans-Edmond was living at 88 Robertson Street in Mount Clemens, Michigan  in September 1918, employed as "laborer" at Selfridge Field in Mount Clemens, listing Valentine Verbeeren as nearest relative. According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Frans-Edmond was living in Mount Clemens, Michigan in 1930 with his wife Valentine and children Ernest, age 25 (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch), Gusta, age 22 (SSDIMichigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 on FamilySearch) and Anne, age 17 (SSDI on FamilySearch; Obit). According to Ancestry's 1940 United States Federal Census, Frans-Edmond and Valentine were living on 88 Robertson in Mount Clemens, Michigan in a house they owned, worth $1500, together with their daughter Augusta, age 32. Frans-Edmond is listed as "laborer". According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Frans-Edmond was living in Mount Clemens, Michigan  in 1942, employed by the city of Mt. Clemens, listing "Valentine Verbeeren" as "person who will allways know your address".

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More information on Mary, Franciscus-Dyonisius, and Maria-Celestia Verlinden

"012306-24 (Kent Co) Achill VLASSCHAERT, 30, farmer, Belgium, Harwich twp., s/o Peter VLASSCHAERT b. Belgium & Sedone SORLES, married Mary VERLINDEN, 32, home duties, Belgium, has been in Belgium, d/o Joseph VERLINDEN b. Belgium & Rosa ASSELMAN, witn: S. BARFOOT, Mary BARFOOT, both of Chatham, 11 February 1924 at Chatham"
The Ontario Vital Statistics Project - Ontario Marriage Registrations on Rootsweb

VLASSCHAERT: Mary, of Blenheim passed away on Sunday at Joseph’s Hospital. Born in Belgium 88 years ago. Husband Achillie V1asschaert and one son Richard  both predeceased. Surviving are granddaughters, Mrs. Stewart (Diane) Sinclair and Mrs. Gary (Mary Apne) Dreveny and one grandson Richard all of Blenheim. Three great grandchildren. One brother Dennis Verlinden and, one Sister Mrs. Remi (Celeste) Impens RR.3 Blenheim.  In Belgium one sister, Theresa in Berlinden. Resting at the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim until Wednesday January 9 when Requiem High mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. Prayers will be offered at the funeral home Tuesday evening at 8pm. J.L. FORD Funeral Home Blenheim ,Ont.
Chatham Daily News, Monday Jan. 7, 1980. Transcription courtesy of Simone Labor, via email April 1, 2008. 

ACHILLE VLASSCHAERT, BLENHEIM - Achille Vlasschaert of R.R. 3. Blenheim, died suddenly on Thursday at his late residence. He was born in Belgium sixty-four years ago and came to this country in 1920. For the past thirty-seven years, he has been a highly respected and prominent onion grower at Erieau marsh lands. He was a veteran of World War One, and a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic church in Blenheim. Mr. Vlasschaert is survived by his wife and one son Richard both of South Harwich, also one brother Frank of Blenheim. Resting at the Bowman-Ford Funeral Home, Blenheim until Monday when Requiem High Mass will be celebrated at ten-thirty a.m, in St. Mary's Roman Catholic church. Interment will be made in Evergreen Roman Catholic Cemetery, Blenheim. Prayers will be offered at the funeral home on Saturday and Sunday evenings at eight p.m.
Chatham daily news, Friday Oct. 4, 1957. Scan, courtesy of Simone Labor, via email April 1, 2008

IMPENS: Celeste Mary, of RR 3 Blenheim, passed away on Tuesday, September 14th at the Chatham General Hospital. She was born in Belgium 76 years ago, daughter of the late Frederick Verlinden and Leona Asselman. She is survived by her husband Remi lmpens of RR 3 Blenheim, one daughter Mary, Mrs. Arsene Debaere of Grand Pointe, one son Willie Impens of RR3 Blenheim, four grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren, one brother Dennis Verlinden of Harwich Twp. Two sisters, Theresa Geeroms, Mary Vlasschaert and two brother Joseph and Felix Verlinden predeceased. The late Mrs. Impens is resting at the J. L. Ford Funeral Home, Blenheim, until Friday September 17th when Requiem High Mass will be celebrated at 11 am. Buriel in Evergreen Cemetery Blenheim. Prayers will be offered Thursday Evening at 8 pm in the Chaple. J. L. FORD FUNERAL HOME,Blenheim, Ont.
Chatham Daily News, Wednesday Sep. 15, 1982. Scan, courtesy of  Simone Labor, via email April 1, 2008.

VERLINDEN: F. Denis of RR 3 Blenheim died on Thursday, May 19 at the Heritage Manor, Blenheim, 86 years. His wife, the former Pauline Van Vaerenbergh predeceased. Surviving is one daughter, Jean (Mrs.Cyriel Deschryver) of RR 3 Blenheim, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Predeceased by three sisters Celeste Impens, Mary Vlasschaert and Theresa Geerroms and two brothers Felix and Joseph and one son Joseph. The late Mr. Verlinden is resting at the J.L. Ford Funeral Home in Blenheim where prayers will be offered this evening at 8 o'clock. Requiem High Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Blenheim. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.  J.L. Ford Funeral Home
Chatham Daily News, Friday May. 20, 1983. Scan, courtesy of Simone Labor, via email April 1, 2008.

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More information on Carolus-Ludovicus Vlasschaert x  Maria-Erminda De Luyck

Carolus-Ludovicus on the Ellis Island database : (1)
Maria-Erminda on the Ellis Island database : (1)

According to FamilySearch's Historical Records, US Census Population Schedules, 1930, Carolus-Ludovicus and Maria-Erminda were living in Compton, Los Angeles County, California in 1930. According to Ancestry's, 1940 United States Federal Census, the by then widow Maria-Erminda was living on Arbutus in Compton, Los Angeles County, in 1940 in a house she owned, worth $2000.

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