Feb 21, 2009

VN Families Updated

The list of "first known" VN families has been updated. It now has 40 families that cannot (yet) be connected to a larger VN tree.

If you recognize any of these families, can link them to a larger tree, or would like to be listed as a descendant, please get in touch through the website.

Check out the updated list of families

Feb 18, 2009

Query: Ephraim Van Orman

Is this a son of Jesse Van ORMAN & Lidia Smith?

Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System
Date of death: 16-Dec-1886
Place of death: JEFFERSON
County of Death: Hillsdale
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 72 years
Birthplace: NY
Occupation: FARMING
Father's Name: J, VANORMAN
Father's Residence: MICH
Mother's Name: LYDIA, VANORMAN
Mother's Residence: MICH
Date of record: 28-Jul-1887

1860 Census (Platteville, Grant, Wisconsin) has Ephraim Vanormen age 44, Sophia age 30, Jennette age 12, Mary age 10, Emeline age 1 and Abel BERTIER age 5
1870 Census (Jefferson, Hillsdale, Michigan) has Ephraim Vanorman age 53, Sophronia age 41, Ellen age 11 and George age 9.
1880 Census (Jefferson, Hillsdale, Michigan) has Ephraim VanOrman age 64, Sophronia age 53, and George age 19.
The family cannot be found in the 1850 census. According to the birth places in the 1860 census they should be living in Michigan.

Profile: Joseph & Elizabeth (Wybern) VAN NORMAN

Joseph Van Norman b. 1741 PA, d. 1824 NY. Married Elizabeth WYBERN c1761 PA. Elizabeth b. 1743 PA or NJ, d. 1813 NY.

Joseph is thought to be the son of Samuel Van NAAMEN and Sarah DELAMONTANIE but conclusive proof has not yet been found.

Joseph & Elizabeth had 11 children:
1. Ephraim b. 1762 PA, d. 1851 ON, m. Elizabeth "Betsy" MINOR
2. Isaac b. 1764 PA, d. c1850 OH, m. Elizabeth Sarah TRUSDALE
3. Daniel b. 1766 PA, d. aft1820, m. twice (wives names unknown)
4. John b. 1768 PA, d. 1831 ON, m. Sarah DEPEW
5. Susannah b. c1770 PA, m. Henry COUNTRYMAN
6. Jesse b. c1773 PA, d. 1851 OH, m. Lidia SMITH & Alletta AMERMAN
7. Sarah b. c1775 PA, d. 1823 NY, m. Thomas FLEMING
8. Benjamin b. 1775 PA, d. OH, m. Hannah
9. Aaron b. 1778 PA, d. 1862 MS, m. Lucretia Bailey House WOODWARD
10. Anna b. 1778 PA, d. bef1810 NY, m. Thaddeus MUNSON & Elijah OWEN
11. Levi b. c1787 NY


Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System
Date of death: 24-Nov-1882
Place of death: Bridgeport
County of Death: Saginaw
Sex: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: 78 years
Cause of Death: OLD AGE

Who is Clariey? The closest match in the 1880 census is:
Name: Mary Van Norman
Home in 1880: East Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan
Age: 71
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1809
Birthplace: New York
Marital Status: Widowed
Living with son John (18) and daughter Clara (20)