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Van Loon Memories  1                                                             Page 1    Page 2    Page 3

William Minor VanLoon & Charity Davenport
              Miner Van Loon and Charity Davenport
        Photo 190

See Page 3 for VanLoon Writings of the Family History
                       

The Connection:
The Van Loon and Blackwell connection is greater then just the marriage between Henry and Amanda. In the early days of Holmes City, the Blackwells and the Van Loons lived in a cabin together near "Blade's Store".  The two families where the best of friends as well as related through marriage.  This is the connection.

Also See - Compendium of Northern Minnesota - Interview with T.J. VanLoon that gives accurate information.

William Miner Van Loon and Charity Davenport
William Miner Van Loon and Charity Davenport
Lineage and History

I admit that this information is sketchy.
I have received a number of bits and and it really is difficult to figure out.
The only sure thing I have from my own research is from the Death Certificate of Charity.

V6.  Jan Van Loon
b. abt 1650
d. abt 1741
Married:  23 Feb 1676
Maria Albertse
b. 17 Sep 1656
d. Unknown (est. 1740)

Children of Jan Van Loon and Maria Albertse
Children of Jan Van Loon and Maria Albertse
V6.1  Jan A Van Loon
V6.2  Nicholas Van Loon
V6.3  Mattheus Van Loon

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V6.1  Jan A Van Loon
V6.1  Jan A Van Loon
b. 1681
d. bfr 19 Apr 1739
Married:   2 Mar 1709
R. Jansen Hallenbeck
b. abt 1690
d. 1743
She is the daughter of Jan C Hallenbeck and Rachel W. Hoffmeyer
Children of Jan A Van Loon and R. Jansen Hallenbeck
Children of Jan A Van Loon and R. Jansen Hallenbeck
V6.1.1 Marytje Van Loon
b.  Unknown
Chr.  Oct 1711
d.  Unknown
Married: 21 Mar 1730  Greene Co., NY.
Evert Evertsen
b.  Unknown
Chr. 1706  Greene Co., NY.
d. 1783
He is the son of Jacob J Evertsen and E. Janse Hallenbeck

Children of Marytje Van Loon and Evert Evertsen
Children of Marytje Van Loon and Evert Evertsen

V6.1.1.1  Rebekah Evertsen  
b.   6 Oct 1736  Loonenburg, Greene Co., NY.
d. 1808  Luzerne Co., PA.
Married:  1755  Loonenburg, Greene Co., NY.
Children of Rebekah Evertsen and Matthias C Van Loon
Children of Rebekah Evertsen and Matthias C Van Loon
V6.1.1.1.1  Evert Van Loon
b.  7 Mar 1756  Loonenburg, Greene Co., NY.
d. bfr Dec 1804 Luzerne Co., PA.
Married:  16 Feb 1776
Annatje Van Dyck
b. 17 Aug 1759  Greene Co., NY.
d. bfr 1830  Luzerne Co., PA.
She is the daughter of Stephen Van Dyck and Eytje Van Loon

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V6.2  Nicholas Van Loon
V6.2  Nicholas Van Loon
b. Unknown
Chr. 14 Oct 1694  NY.
d. abt 1748 
Married:  19 Nov 1721  Glaverack, Greene Co., NY.
Rachel J Klauw
b. 13 Jan 1709  Coxsackie, Greene Co., NY.
d. Unknown
She is the daughter of Jurriaen F Klauw (1680) and Maritje J Hallenbeck (1685-1722)  Married 1703
Children of Nicholas Van Loon and Rachel J Klauw
Children of Nicholas Van Loon and Rachel J Klauw
V6.2.1  Matthias C Van Loon
b. 31 Jan 1736  Loonenburg, Greene Co., NY.
d. bfr 25 Jan 1805 Luzerne Co., PA.
Married:  1755  "Trinity"

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9th Generation
V6.3  Mattheus Van Loon
V6.3  Mattheus Van Loon
b. abt 1702
Chr.
d. Unknown
Married:  1 Jul 1722  Greene Co., NY.
Annatje Lagrance
b. Unknown
d. Unknown
She is the daughter of Johannes Lagrance

Children of Mattheus Van Loon and Annatje Lagrance
Children of Mattheus Van Loon and Annatje Lagrance
V6.3.1 Eytje Van Loon
b.  3 May 1727  Loonenburg, Greene Co., NY.
d. Unknown
Married: 28 Aug 1752 Loonenburg, Greene Co., NY.
Stephen Van Dyck
b. Unknown
d. Unknown

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10th Generation
Stephen Van Loon,
V9.1  Stephen Van Loon, Captain             View Stephen's Position in Lamoureux Family
b. 1780  New Hampshire 
Christened1  1 Feb 1784 in Dutch Reformed Church, Coxsackie, Greene County, NY.
He was a Captain in the 45th Regiment Pennsylvania Militia in 1814 in Plymouth
d. aft 1840  Plymouth, Luzerne Co., PA 
Married: date unknown
Hannah Lamoureux                      
b. 1784   Orange Co., New York            
d. bfr. 1840  Luzerne Co., Plymouth, PA
She was the daughter of Thomas Lamoureux and Keturah Tuttle     View their Information

Hannah Lamoreux was Stephen’s wife and mother of Miner.  Marriage records for their son Ziba listed them as his parents.
VanLoon Methodist Episcopal Church was formed in 1820 in Plymouth Township

Stephen Van Loon Counted in Census
C
ensus in 1820 in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, PA.
Census in 1830 in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, PA.
Census in 1840 in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, PA.

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11th Generation
Miner Van Loon   
V9.1.6  Miner Van Loon           Children of Miner and Charity    Obituary- Miner VanLoon   Obituary-  Charity VanLoon
b. 11 Apr 1818 Luzerne Co., PA.
d. 16 May 1892 Holmes City, MN         
Married: 1838 (Presume in Luzerne Co., PA.)
Charity Davenport                                         Lineage of Charity Davenport                       
b. 17 Sep 1817 Luzerne Co., PA.  Originally listed as the 17th day but family state the 18th Memorial to Charity
d.   1 Feb 1895 Holmes City, MN.
It was noted that when Charity died, her death certificate stated the last name of her mother was "Cease".  It turns out that the Cease family intermarried with the Lamoreux’s and I think Hannah’s middle name could have been Cease like her brother Joshua. 
(Info. from Miles Davenport)     

This is the Family that VanLoon Lake was named after. Now called Pocket Lake (Minnesota)  See Map
The Death Date above came from Minor's death certificate.  They have been confirmed by the writings "
What we Remember"
The comment has been made (even in "What we Remember" that Minor was an Orphan.  This is not correct.
A note from Miles Davenport states "It is also obvious from all this that Miner was not an orphan although his
mother may have died when he was a teenager. His father lived past 1840 and Miner’s marriage."

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Obituary of Miner Van Loon
Obituary of Miner Van Loon
The Douglas County News, Alexandria, Minnesota
Thursday, May 26, 1892, page 5, col. 3.

Death of Miner Van Loon.

Miner Van Loon died on May 16th, of paralysis at the age of 74 years.
He was born in 1818 in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, where he lived until manhood, and was married to Charity Davenport. He was postmaster about two years, was a grocer, and for several months worked in the coal mines. He was also blacksmith by trade. In 1856 he with family moved to Illinois and from there to Meeker county, Minnesota, from there to Douglas county in 1862, where he has since resided on his beautiful farm on Pocket Lake. He was widely known for his generosity and hospitality, and greatly aided strangers in procuring homes here in the early days. He with family were obliged to leave their home and go for safety from the Indians to the nearest stockade, and were unsettled for nearly two years. The family also suffered from the ravages of smallpox. He with family were at one time the only people in this county, the others having
gone from the Indians. He was a hard working man, kind to his family, a great reader of the bible and a member of the Methodist church. The deceased was father of nine children five of whom survive him, with his lonely companion.  His burial took place on the 18th with but few friends present on account of the heavy rain fall. Rev. Wm. Scott of Alexandria arrived in time to hold services at the grave. He was laid away from sorrowing friends in a beautiful casket inscribed “Our Father.” The funeral service was deferred until Sunday, June 5th, at the school house.

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Memorial to Charity VanLoon - nee Davenport  as written by her son, T.J. VanLoon
Memorial to Charity Van Loon - nee Davenport as written by her son, T.J. Van Loon

Alexandria Post News
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Thursday, February 21, 1895, page 5, col. 4.

In Memoriam.

Charity VanLoon, who died Feb. 1, at her home in Holmes City, of cancer of the side, was born September 17, 1817, in Luzerne county, Pa. In 1838 was married to Minor VanLoon of the same place, of that county, and in 1850 moved with her family to Carroll county, Ill. In 1858 they came to Acton, Meeker county, Minn., and in June, 1862, to Holmes City, to the beautiful farm on the west side of Pocket Lake, where she lived until her death. During her residence in Holmes City she won the love and respect of the entire community, by her many kindly acts and amiable disposition, and especially by her patience and thoughtfulness of others during her later lingering and painful illness. Her loss will be severely felt by all. She always clung to the old church, the Christian, and lived a Christian life. The funeral services at the house were conducted by Rev. Chas. W. Lawson of Alexandria, Monday, the 4th, at two o’clock p.m. Almost the entire community attended to pay respect to her memory. Especial praise is to be given to the many neighbors for their great care and kindness during her long illness. After friends and family had taken their last view of the loved one, the long procession under the direction of F. B. McKenzie, moved slowly forward to the Pocket Lake cemetery, where her body was committed, earth to earth and dust to dust, to lie until the glorious resurrection of the just. She leaves three sons and two daughters to mourn their saddest loss in life, but her eternal gain.
                                                                                                                                                                                .........T. J. VanLOON.


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Charity's sister was Amanda Davenport who married John Shonk.
Charity's sister was Amanda Davenport who married John Shonk
View this connectionJohn Shonk visited Charity after Miner's death.
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Tombstone of Sophia Blackwell and Husband, George W. Frost - VanLoon Cemetery, Holmes City, MN
1818 - Minor VanLoon - 1892
1817 - Charity Davenport - 1895
Photo by Kathryn Johnson
Photo 148

TOMBSTONE INFORMATION
The Tombstone is located in the VanLoon Cemetery, Holmes City, Minnesota.
The North side of the Tombstone gives Charity's information while the South side gives Miner's information.

Charity Davenport VanLoon at the Funeral of Minor VanLoon 1892
Charity (Davenport) Van Loon at the funeral of her husband Miner VanLoon - May 1892 - VanLoon Cemetery, MN
The dress she is wearing has a good description about it in the writings of the Grandchildren.
Photo 149

Note of information about the Smallpox epidemic that struck the VanLoon family
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I have ran into much confusion in searching for family of both Miner and Charity.
Much information has come my way, but it got confused me even more.  However, I did receive information
from two sources that seemed to match everything. 
Miles Davenport, a relative to Miner and Charity and another researcher - Pat Krivak

The Miner VanLoon Family

Special Notes:
His relationship to his wife Charity are also as 2nd and 3rd Cousins.  (Source - Pat Krivak)
Explanation:  
Just on Charity's side of the family alone, are a number of mixed marriages. (Lineage provided by Miles Davenport)
This gets interesting.  A Davenport marries a Sobee.(1)  Their son is a Davenport (2) who marries a Lamoureux(3) who's mother was a Davenport.(4) The offspring of this marriage produces a Davenport (5) that marries a Bronson.(6)  Now here is the good part.  Charity Davenport (7) is the result of this marriage and she marries William Minor Van Loon.(8)  Minor's mother was a Lamoureux.(9) as was his Grandfather and Great Grandfather.  The Great Grandmother's maiden name was Davenport.  Obviously, a close family!

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Mile Davenport reported the following facts:
Charity's parents         -
Thomas Davenport & Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Reynolds Bronson (Mary E Bronson)
Charity's Grandparents - Levi Bronson and Mary Reynolds  (From her Mother's side)
Charity's Grandparents -
Thomas Davenport and Charity Lamoreux"  (From her Father's side)
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In the Writing of the Grandchildren of Miner and Charity, a lot of information became available.  Two important details that have confused people for some time have finally been solved.  First, the correct spelling for Miner's name is to spell it with an E rather then an O.  The family
spelled it with the E.  Also, Van Loon is shown as split.  Secondly, was the actual date of Charity's birth.  It has been seen as on the 17th and then the 18th Day.  It turns out that the family celebrated their birthdays with large gathers of the family.  Charity's birth date is
18 Sep 1817. 
She died on 1 Feb 1895.  Also, near the end of her life, a man came out to see her after Miner had died.  I have provided a link to that portion of the writing.  View Here 
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Miner spent his young years growing up in the Davenport home.
Miner was an Orphan.  Miner and Charity were Cousins.
Pat Krivak reported
"I have Miner listed as a son of Steven Van Loon (1780-1840) & Hannah Lamoureux
This would make Miner & Charity both 2nd & 3rd cousins according to my computer."
Note:  Even though the death certificate has the last name of Charities mother as Lease, this is actually an error.  There is reason to believe that it could be Cease.

In the Compendium of Northern Minnesota, T.J. Van Loon states that Miner's Father was the Sheriff of Luzerne Co., PA.  This would confirm Pat Krivak's information.
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See  "What we Remember" ..written by the Grandchildren of Miner Van Loon. 
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More Van Loon information - Compendium of Minnesota
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A grave site in Luzerne Co., for John Van Loon who died on 28 May 1851 - aged 16 years - 10 Months - 3 Days turns out to be the first born of Miner and Charity.  Confirmed by the Evart's Cemetery information and the letter written by Miner's children years later.  The Writing "What We Remember" states only 9 children when in fact, adding in John would make 10 children.  Also, it gives the indication John was the third born, in fact he was the first born.  John Van Loon was born on 24 Mar 1834.  He was aged 16 Years, 10 Mos., 3 Days. at the time of his death.  Miner and Charity would have been married for 13 years at the time of John's death.  This could have been an issue.  He is listed as the son of Miner and Char at Evarts Cemetery.   The Cemetery is Evarts Cemetery
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More Information    There are errors made in "What we Remember"
From - Ron Blackwell, webmaster - Blackwell Genealogy.com
The Writing "What we Remember" indicates that Miner and Charity had a total of 9 children.  However, one died in PA before they left.  In fact, they had 10 all together. The obits. indicate that only 9 children existed.  There is possibly something wrong with this as information states that they lost a John Van Loon in PA before they left to come out to Minnesota. 
John was the first born and is shown below in the listing of the Children..  I believe the reason that he was never mentioned by the family was because he was born four years before the marriage of Minor and Charity.  Their second born was one year after their marriage.  We must remember that Miner and Charity are also Cousins to each other.  Things could have been difficult for the pair in those early days.  The first 7 children were born in PA.  When they headed to Minnesota, the seventh would have been but a baby.  I actually think Jane was born in Ill. but facts show me wrong.  The balance of the children were born in Minnesota.  Therefore, I have shown the family with a total of 10 children.  The family arrived in Acton, Meeker Co. in 1858.  They remained 4 years there and then moved to Douglas Co. in 1862.
This is confirmed by various sources. 
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History and Information on the early days of Holmes City, MN.
The William Minor VanLoon Family

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CHILDREN OF MINER VANLOON AND CHARITY DAVENPORT  12th Generation Children of Miner and Charity  
12th Generation
Children of Miner VanLoon and Charity Davenport   Family Review
John Van Loon  V9.1.6.1
Draper Smith Van Loon  V9.1.6.2
Amanda Van Loon  V9.1.6.3
Thomas Jefferson Van Loon  V9.1.6.4
Stephen Van Loon  V9.1.6.5
Charles Miner Van Loon  V9.1.6.6
Jane Van Loon  V9.1.6.7
William Van Loon  V9.1.6.8
L.J. Van Loon  V9.1.6.9
Mary Van Loon  V9.1.6.10

Details of the Children of Miner VanLoon and Charity Davenport listed below

John Van Loon    V9.1.6.1
b. 25 Jul 1834 (Probably Plymouth. PA)
d. 28 May 1851 Plymouth, PA   (age 16 yrs  10 mos.  3 days.)    
One line taken from "What we Remember" refers to John VanLoon.
"In all, they had nine children.  Three born on the way to Minnesota.  John, the third? child died in Plymouth"
In fact, I believe John was the first born, but he died in PA in 1851.  Compare birth date with marriage date of Miner and Charity.  Also, check the date on his tombstone in Evart's Cemetery in PA.  28 May 1851.
John was 16 year, 10 mos. 3 days old.   Evart's Cemetery Listing


Draper Smith Van Loon   V9.1.6.2        About his Timber Claim
b 27 Nov 1839  PA 
d. 7 Dec 1901  Family writing says 14 Dec 1901
(aka - D.S.) (Obit says he was born in 1840) 
Never married.

Amanda Van Loon   V9.1.6.3
b. 13 Aug 1841 Plymouth, PA.
d. 13 Apr 1921 Holmes City, MN. (In the home of her son, StephenSee Obituary
Married: 26 Mar 1860 at the home of her parents in Acton, Meeker County, MN.
Henry Blackwell  10.2.5
b. 25 Aug 1839 Cheltenham, Gloucester, England.
d. 27 Jan 1903  Holmes City, Minnesota

Thomas Jefferson Van Loon  V9.1.6.4  (AKA Jeff)   
Family Review
b. 24 Jan 1847  PA 
d.   4 Aug 1923  (From family Bible record)
(aka - T.J  as his name was Thomas Jefferson VanLoon) (See Below) Called him Jeff.
Married: 2 Apr 1871  See Newspaper Account of Marriage
(1)
Emily Irene Boyd (Emily)                                  Click to view Obituary Comments   
b.   1 Feb 1854 
Chautauqua County, New York
d. 16 Jun 1893   View Newspaper Report on her Death.
Her father was Judge Hollis Boyd and her Mother was Mrs. Boyd - Moore of Hudson Township
Witnesses were Henry Blackwell (10.2.5) and William Ray and 50 others.  They were married by Rev. Salmons

Married: 11 Dec 1895
(2)Matilda Boswell  View Newspaper Comments about the second marriage of T.J. VanLoon
T.J. VanLoon is listed as Widowed.
Matilda Boswell is listed as divorced.
Witnesses were W.J. Hammond and M.E. Peacock.  They were married by A.G. Sexton, Judge of Probate

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13th Generation Children
13th Generation
Children of Thomas J. VanLoon and Emma Boyd       Family Review
Minnie Gertrude Van Loon  V9.1.6.4.1       
b. 22 Sep 1873
d.   7 Aug 1945
Married:  1 Jan 1894 
Henry L. Guiles

Witnesses were C. H. Shear and V. H. Benn
They were married by Rev. J.A. Johnson
Harrison and Emma J. Guiles signed as Henry Guiles was 20 years old.
No Children reported at this time.
Note:  
Harrison and Emma J. Guiles are the Great Grandparents of Kathy Johnson, one of the major contributors to this website.  Not only where Harrison and Emma good friends and neighbors with the Van Loons and Blackwells, but they also were buried in VanLoon Cemetery.

Winnie La Pearl Van Loon    V9.1.6.4.2  
b.  8 Aug 1876
d. Unknown

Kittie Minerva Van Loon    V9.1.6.4.3      
b. 19 Dec 1879
d. Unknown

Olive Charity Van Loon  V9.1.6.4.4
b.  23 Aug (abt 1882)
d.  Unknown
Married  1  Jan  1900
Hugh Cannon

They were married with the consent of T.J. Van Loon  
Witnesses were Carlos Cooley and Kuilserice Van Loon  They were married by F.P. Ferguson 
Note:  Carlos Cooley was a neighbor to the Blackwells and is also buried in VanLoon Cemetery.  The name 'Kuilserice' was difficult to read.  Spelling may be in error.

Stephen Hollis Van Loon    V9.1.6.4.5   
b.  5 Sep (abt 1885)
d. Unknown

Marriage of T.J. Van Loon    Death of Emma Boyd    2nd Marriage of T.J. Van Loon

 

THE BOYD FAMILY

Family of Hollis Boyd and Minerva Moore
Hollis Boyd (Judge)                                             See Review by Family
b.  9 Apr 1820
   Chautauqua County, New York
d. 26 Feb 1889  Douglas Co., MN
Married:
Minerva Moore
b.  2 Aug 1824 
Chautauqua County, New York - Hudson Twps.
d.  4 Feb 1892  Douglas Co., MN

Children of Hollis Boyd and Minerva Moore
Henri La Verne Boyd
b. 20 Jan 1851
d.  1 Dec 1899

Harlow James Boyd

b. 30 Jul 1852
d, 23 Nov 1909
Emily Irene Boyd   Also See
b.  1 Feb 1854
d. 16 Jun 1893   

David De Forest Boyd
b.
d.  2 Nov 1862
Herbert Moore Boyd
b. 19 May 1857
d. 16 Jun 1930
Aeshel Kidder Boyd b.

We have not covered the Boyd family in this website but it should be known
hat they were a valuable part of the Van Loon, Blackwell, and Geer Family.

 

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12th Generation
12th Generation
Stephen Van Loon    V9.1.6.5
b. 27 May 1849 in PA
d. 22 Oct 1873   by Drowning - View Newspaper Report
Married  9 Oct 1872  Holmes City, MN  
(Also see
Here
Emma V. Hill 
Daughter of Lou Hill
Witnesses were John Sheldon and Harlew Boyd
They were married by H.S. Boyd, Judge of Probate. 
Special Note:  Emma V. Hill (Van Loon)  remarried after Stephen Van Loon drowned in Pocket Lake. 
It is interesting to note that she married  James W. Blackwell
This is the same Blackwell who was also known as William Blackwell (10.2.6) - adopted brother to John, George and Henry. 
They are found in Alexandria.  Details
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Charles Miner Van Loon  V9.1.6.6
b. 14 Jun 1853 in PA (From family Bible)
d. 28 Oct 1930  Died at 77 years  4 month and 14days.
(aka - C.M.)  View Obituary

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Jane Van Loon      V9.1.6.7
b. 24 Jul 1856   PS (1860 Census) 
d. 10 Nov 1865 - age 9 years.
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William Van Loon  V9.1.6.8
b.  2 Sept 1858   MN   
d. 25 Aug 1864 - age 5 years.  See tragic story of his death 
Click Here
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L.J. Van Loon      V9.1.6.9
b. Unknown (believe in MN)
Last known location was Mt. Vernon, WA. in 1921
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Mary Elizabeth Van Loon      V9.1.6.10
b. 25 Mar 1862  MN
d.  7 Mar 1936
Married  25 Mar 1879  View Newspaper Report    Family Review  (Married on her Birthday)
Frank T. Geer.   
b.  7 Nov 1848
d.  6 Sep 1921

Mary E. VanLoon & Franklin Geer, 25 March 1879; witnesses were Thomas J. and Mrs. Thomas J. Van Loon, married by Samuel Bronson clergyman of the ME Church.  Miner VanLoon signed because Mary was under age. (Mary daughter of Miner VanLoon).

Marriage Notice  Mary E. Van Loon
The Douglas County News
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Thursday, March 27, 1879, page 5, col. 2.
MARRIED.—In Alexandria, Tuesday 25th inst., by Rev. S. M. Bronson, Mr. F. T. Geer to Miss Elizabeth Van Loon, all of Holmes City.

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Children of Mary E. Van Loon and Frank Geer
Children of Mary E. VanLoon and Frank Geer
Ames M. Geer    V9.1.6.10.1
b.  9 Apr 1880
d. Unknown

Minnie Geer    V9.1.6.10.2
b.
d.

Stephen D. Geer    V9.1.6.10.3
b. 21 Feb 1883
d. 22 Jun 1852
Married
Unknown

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Children of Stephen Geer and Unknown 
Children of Stephen Geer and Unknown  (reported to have had 4 children)
V.9.1.6.10.2.1 Unknown Geer
V.9.1.6.10.2.2 Unknown Geer
V.9.1.6.10.2.3 Unknown Geer
V.9.1.6.10.2.4 Unknown Geer

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William H. Geer    V9.1.6.10.4
b.  3 Jan 1885
d. 21 Mar 1925

Charles Geer    V9.1.6.10.5
b. Unknown
d. Unknown

Milton A. Geer    V9.1.6.10.6    View Comments about Milton
b. 22 Apr 1889
d. Unknown
Married
Frances Barry

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Children of Milton A. Geer and Frances Barry
Children of Milton A Geer and Frances Barry

Robert Geer    V9.1.6.10.6.1

 

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See "What We Remember" - as told by the Grandchildren of Miner Van Loon and Charity Davenport about the Van Loons and the Boyds.  Lots of information.    Click Here

1860 CENSUS  - Miner Van Loon Residence Sarah VanLOON

1860 Census "VanLoon Portion"
Fam #   Name                      Age  Sex      Occupation   POB  Tnshp
165     Van Loon, Charles       7       m                         PA     Act
165     Van Loon, Draper       24       m       farm hand   PA     Act
165     Van Loon, Jane           3        f                          PA     Act
165     Van Loon, Jefferson   13       m                         PA     Act
165     Van Loon, Miner?       46       m        farmer        PA     Act
165     Van Loon, Sarah        42        f                          PA     Act  We do not know who this is.  Charity???
165     Van Loon, Stephen    11       m                          PA     Act
165     Van Loon, William       1       m                          MN    Act

Question?  Where is Charity in the Census?    Who is Sarah? 
In 1860 Charity would have been 43 or 42 depending on Month of Census.  Therefore, it appears Charity is called Sarah in this Census. ???   Also, according to the Census, no children were born in Illinois.  This means that all Van Loon children were either born before they left PA. or before they arrived in MN.  Mary Elizabeth is not shown here as she was born in MN. in 1862  There are 6 children shown in the 1860 Census The first Died in PA (John)  Mary Elizabeth has not been born yet.  Amanda is married and gone.  William (the first one) has died.

Webmaster Comment about John Van Loon.
As a matter of interest, John, was reported by the Descendents to be the third born.  This must be in error.  He is buried in Evarts Cemetery in PA.  It states his death date as
28 May 1851 Plymouth, PA   (age 16 yrs  10 mos.  3 days.)  This would make his birth date 25 Mar 1834.  This means that he was born prior to Draper who was born on 27 Nov 1839  PA.  Miner and Charity were married in 1838 and that makes John illegitimate.  However, I suspect that the family were not aware of this and John was possibly reported as having died later.  The fact is, John is buried in Evart's Cemetery having died at age 16year Plus.  The parents are listed as Miner and Char. 
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The family reported a smallpox issue
See the comments of the Grandchildren in "
What We Remember"

Miner Van Loon was a Postmaster, Grocer, Goal mine worker, and Blacksmith.  In 1856 he moved his family to Carroll County, Illinois.  From Illinois, they then moved to Acton, Meeker County, MN in 1858.  In 1862 they then moved to another part of Minnesota to Holmes City Township, Douglas County Minnesota  near Pocket Lake  (Called Van Loon Lake previously) and started a homestead there.  It got rather exciting for the locals when the Indian Uprising started in Minnesota.  The Van Loon family, like others, had to take shelter in the Stockade at Alexandria for two years under the protection of the military. 
The Van Loon Family were one of the original pioneers of Douglas County and were highly respected by the community.  They prospered in Minnesota and had a large family.
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OBITUARY OF MINOR VAN LOON

Obituary for Miner Van Loon
The Alexandria Post, Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Friday, May 20, 1892, page 4, col. 4.  Reprinted Here


An Old Settler Gone.
On Monday night last Miner Van Loon, of Holmes City, died of paralysis. He has the first stroke about two years ago and another on Sunday laws, which proved fatal.
Mr. Van Loon came to Douglas county 31 years ago and took a claim in Holmes City and during the Indian outbreak at one time was the only settler left in the county. He was 74 years of age and leaves five children to mourn his loss, three boys and two girls, Mrs. Henry Blackwell and Mrs. F. T. Geer. The funeral services were held at the Pocket lake school house on Wednesday afternoon.

Obituary - Minor VanLoon - Thursday, May 19th, 1892   P4  Co.1
Miner Van Loon, one of the oldest and best know residents of Holmes City, had a paralytic stroke Sunday morning from the effects of which he died Monday night.  The deceased was 74 years old in April and leaves a wife and five grown up children.

Card of Thanks - Thursday May 26th 1892  P4  Co.1
We wish to extend our most grateful thanks to the kind friends who readily gave assistance in many ways during our late bereavement. 
Mrs. Charity Van Loon  (Charity Davenport)
Mrs. H. Blackwell  (Amanda Van Loon)
Mrs. F. T. Geer  (Mary Van Loon)
D.S. Van Loon  (Draper Van Loon)
T.J. Van Loon  (Thomas Jefferson Van Loon)
C. Van Loon  (Charles Van Loon)
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ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY T.J. VAN LOON

Newspaper article provided by Charity's son, T.J. VanLoon
Alexandria Post News
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Thursday, February 21, 1895, page 5, col. 4.  Reprinted Here


In Memoriam.
Charity Van Loon, who died Feb. 1, at her home in Holmes City, of cancer of the side, was born September 17, 1817, in Luzerne county, Pa. In 1838 was married to Minor Van Loon of the same place, of that county, and in 1850 moved with her family to Carroll county, Ill. In 1858 they came to Acton, Meeker county, Minn., and in June, 1862, to Holmes City, to the beautiful farm on the west side of Pocket Lake, where she lived until her death. During her residence in Holmes City she won the love and respect of the entire community, by her many kindly acts and amiable disposition, and especially by her patience and thoughtfulness of others during her later lingering and painful illness. Her loss will be severely felt by all. She always clung to the old church, the Christian, and lived a Christian life. The funeral services at the house were conducted by Rev. Chas. W. Lawson of Alexandria, Monday, the 4th, at two o’clock p.m. Almost the entire community attended to pay respect to her memory. Special praise is to be given to the many neighbors for their great care and kindness during her long illness. After friends and family had taken their last view of the loved one, the long procession under the direction of F. B. McKenzie, moved slowly forward to the Pocket Lake cemetery, (Van Loon Cemetery) where her body was committed, earth to earth and dust to dust, to lie until the glorious resurrection of the just. She leaves
three sons and two daughters to mourn their saddest loss in life, but her eternal gain.
           .....................T. J. Van Loon.  -  Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN.

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OBITUARY OF CHARITY VAN LOON

Obituary for Charity Van Loon
Alexandria Post News
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Thursday, February 7, 1895, page 1, col. 4.  Reprinted Here

Mrs. Charity Van Loon, widow of Miner VanLoon, of Lake Mary, a most estimable and lovable old lady, died on Friday, February 1, in her seventy-eighth year. The funeral occurred on Monday, the Rev. Chas. W. Lawson, Methodist, officiating. She leaves two sons with whom she made her home, a third, J. F. VanLoon and two daughters, Mrs. F. T. Geer and Mrs. H. H. Blackwell, who will have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Card of Thanks - From the Family  (Charity Van Loon)
Alexandria Post News
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Thursday, February 21, 1895, page 5, col. 1.
Card of Thanks.
We would return our grateful thanks to the friends and neighbors who assisted us during the long illness and at the death of our mother.

D. S. VanLoon, T. J. VanLoon,
C. M. VanLoon, Mrs. F. T. Geer,
Mrs. H. Blackwell.

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MARRIAGE OF T.J. VAN LOON

Marriage of T.J. Van Loon
The Alexandria Post, Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota    Reprinted Here
Saturday, April 8, 1871, page 1, col. 3.
MARRIED.
On Sunday, April 2d, 1871, at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. J. Salmon, Mr. Thomas J. VanLoon to Miss Emma Il Boyd, daughter of Hon. H. S. Boyd, of Hudson.  The happy pair have our best wishes for their future prosperity. May their united lives be long and happy.  Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN.

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DEATH OF EMMA VAN LOON - BOYD

Notice of Death   Emma (Boyd) Van Loon
Douglas County Sentinel, Alexandria, Minnesota    Reprinted Here

Thursday, June 22, 1893, page 4, col. 1.
We regret this week to announce death of Mrs. T. J. VanLoon, which occurred last week. The deceased was a sister of Dr. H. J. Boyd of Alexandria, and was very highly esteemed by those who knew her
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ABOUT EMMA VAN LOON - BOYD    Reprinted Here
Comment:  T.J's first wife, Emma, died in 1893 and was buried in Van Loon Cemetery.  - T.J. remarried in 1895

Emma Boyd - Obituary - Douglas County News, Alexandria, MN.  June 22, 1893  P8 Co.2
Mrs. T. J. Van Loon of Pocket Lake died suddenly last Friday evening of heart disease aged 39 years.  She had been ailing but a short time and her death was a sad blow to her family & friends.  The deceased was a daughter of the late Judge Boyd and leaves a husband and five children to mourn a loving wife and mother.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon.  Rev. Preston of Villard conducting the services.

Obituary - Douglas County News, Alexandria, MN.  July 6, 1893   P5  Co.4
In Memoriam of Emma B. Van Loon
One of the saddest events that has happened in Douglas County and one which cast a gloom over the entire community was the death of Mrs. Emma B. Van Loon of heart disease on the night of 16th of June.  The deceased was born in 1854 in Chautauqua, NY., and when 7 years old, with her parents, moved to Pleasant Valley, St. Croix County, Wis.  In 1867, with her parents, moved to  Minnesota on the East back of Maple Lake, and in 1871 was married to T.J. Van Loon of Holmes City and with her husband, moved onto their farm in Lake Mary where she lived until the year 1889; then with her family, moved to Pocket Lake.  Since her residence in Holmes City, Mrs. Van Loon has won the love and the respect of the entire community by her many kindly acts and amiable disposition and her loss will be severely felt by all.  Christian Life
When 16 years of age she made public profession of her faith in Christ by uniting with the M.E. Church in which she was a consistent and honored member.  She dearly loved the children and youth and seem never so happy as when in their company and at work for their higher good, the Sunday School being her chief delight.  She was Superintendent nearly all the time.  The funeral service at the school house was conducted by Rev. Preston of Villard Sunday, the 18th at 2 o'clock p.m.  Almost the entire community turned out to pay respect to her memory, then, after friends and family had taken their last view of the one beloved, the large procession of 36 teams besides some on foot, under direction of  F. B. McKenzie, moved slowly forward to the Pocket Lake Cemetery where was committed earth to earth and dust to dust to lie until the glorious resurrection of the just.  She leaves behind a husband and five children and three brothers to mourn their saddest loss in life, but will all rejoice in her eternal gain.

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SECOND MARRIAGE OF T.J. VAN LOON

Second Marriage of T.J. Van Loon           
Alexandria Post News
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota        Reprinted Here
Thursday, December 5, 1895, page 8, col. 3.
MARRIED—At the Arlington hotel by Judge Sexton, on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 10, Thomas J. VanLoon and Mrs. Matilda M. Boswell.
Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN.

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DROWNING OF STEPHAN VAN LOON

Drowning of Stephan Van Loon
The Alexandria Post, Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota    Reprinted Here
Saturday, November 1, 1873, page 4, col. 1.

DROWNED.—On Thursday afternoon of last week Stephen Van Loon, of Holmes City, started across Pocket Lake in a boat, and when about half way over the boat capsized. Mr. Van Loon clung to the boat, which drifted towards shore, and called loudly for help. Mrs. Hill, mother-in-law of Mr. V., who lives near the lake, heard the cry for help and herself and little son ran down to the shore. The boy waded into the water up to his arm-pits and tried to get Mr. V. to let go his hold on the boat but could not as he was chilled through and completely exhausted. Mrs. Hill and son then started to get assistance from some of their neighbors, and when they returned found Mr. V. dead. The deceased was a young man, and had been married about a year. He was a son of Mr. Miner Van Loon, of Holmes City.
Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN.

Note:  It was Emma Hill (Van Loon) that Stephan was married to at the time of his death.  Emma later married James W. Blackwell (William) 10.2.6.  Do not confuse this Emma with that of T.J. Van Loon's first wife.  (She was Emma Boyd) (This Emma was Emma Hill - Van Loon)
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OBITUARY OF CHARLES VAN LOON

Obituary of Charles Van Loon
Son of Minor Van Loon & Charity Davenport    Reprinted Here

Charles Van Loon, one of the earliest pioneers who came here 68 years ago when a boy of nine year, passed away Tuesday, Oct 28th at 8:00 o'clock at the home of John L Johnson in Holmes City, where he has lived for the past 26 years.  Mr. VanLoon was 77 years, four months and 14 days of age.  He was one of a family of nine children, only one of whom survives, Mrs. Mary E. Gear of Alexandria. (Mary Elizabeth)  He leaves also the following nieces and nephews.  Mrs. J. W. Anderson of Holmes City , S. A. Blackwell of Lebanon, OR.  Mr. Van Loon never married.  Van Loon Lake, which is now known as Pocket Lake, was named after the family.  The funeral will be held Sunday at 2PM at the John L. Johnson residence in Holmes City.  Rev. A. Mattson will be in charge of the services and interment will be name in the Van Loon cemetery.
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MARRIAGE NOTICE OF MINNIE VAN LOON

Marriage Notice  Minnie Van Loon
The Douglas County News, Alexandria, Minnesota    Reprinted Here
Thursday, January 18, 1894, page 5, col. 5.
VAN.
Lewis Guiles and Miss Minnie Van Loon were married January 1st, at H. Guiles’ by Rev. Johnson.
About forty friends and relatives were present. All had an enjoyable time and partook of a bounteous supper.
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INFORMATION ON AMANDA BLACKWELL - VAN LOON

12th Generation
Information on Amanda VanLoon - Blackwell   
Reprinted Here

Amanda VanLoon
b. 13 Aug 1841 Plymouth, PA.
d. 13 Apr 1921 Holmes City, MN. (In the home of her son, Stephen)
Married: 26 Mar 1860 at the home of her parents in Acton, Meeker County, MN.
Henry Blackwell  10.2.5
b. 25 Aug 1839 Cheltenham, Gloucester, England.
d. 27 Jan 1903  Holmes City, Minnesota

They were buried together in the VanLoon Cemetery.
Most of the information I have comes from the obits. of Amanda.  As follows.
 

OBITUARY
 Amanda Blackwell - VanLoon
1841 - 1921
""MRS. BLACKWELL, WAS A PIONEER LADY""

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""Mrs. Amanda VanLoon Blackwell was amongst earliest pioneers in this part of state""
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""Mrs. Amanda Blackwell, nee VanLoon, was born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania August 13, 1841.  She moved with her folks to Illinois when she was twelve years old and from Illinois she journeyed to Meeker County, Minnesota by Ox Team after spending four years in Illinois.  It was in 1857 that they came to Meeker County.""

""In 1860 she was married to Henry Blackwell in the house, where two years earlier the first blood was shed in the terrible Indian massacre  of 1862.  She was well acquainted with the Jones, Bakers and Websters who were the first victims of the massacre in August 1862.""

""They arrived in Holmes City, Douglas County in June before the outbreak.   On the 25th of June that year, word reached them of the Indian outbreak and they left that night for Sauk Centre.   They stopped the first day at Alexandria and went on to Sauk Centre the following night.   A few days later, they returned to Alexandria accompanied by a detachment of soldiers.   A fort was constructed here and the Blackwells remained under the protection of this for two years, after which they returned to their homestead west of Holmes City on Blackwell's Lake  were they experienced the hardships of frontier life, living by hunting, fishing and trapping.    All provisions were hauled from St. Cloud.""

""In 1883, they moved to a farm on the south shore of Pocket Lake where she lived until the death of her husband in 1903.  Two years later, she went to live with her son, Stephen.'' (Stephen A. Blackwell) 

""She died April 13th, 1921 after an illness of only a few days.  She leaves to mourn her death two sons and a daughter.   S.A. (Stephen), Emma, and Wm. Blackwell, 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. F.G. Greer of Alexandria,  two brothers, L.J. Van Loon of Mt. Vernon, WA., and Charles of Holmes City.""

""The funeral was held on Friday, April 15th from the home of her son Stephen, interment being in the Van Loon Cemetery.
Rev. Bergstrom officiated."

"The pallbearers were C.A. Wesen, J.O. Brandon, C.O. Skoglund, W.R.Guiles and F.J. Lauerman"

"Mrs. Blackwell, like all the early pioneers, was a most hospitable woman and all the old timers were always assured of a warm welcome at her home. Those who knew her best will miss her the most.  She lived to be almost 80 years old, a long and useful life.  With her passing, another of the splendid old pioneer women is laid to her rest."

Additional Information  (
also see)
Additional information from the "Park region Echo"  April 22, 1921  :They were united in marriage on March 29th 1860.  They had a total of six children of which 3 were still living at the time of Amanda's death. 
They are ........
William Blackwell Sr., Stephen Blackwell, Mrs. Emma Anderson - Blackwell.
A niece, Mrs. Addy (Addie) McColley of Providence, RI, was also present at the funeral.""
(Note: this is the daughter of John Blackwell of 1832 10.2.3) (REB)
""There was a grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Cohoes of Zimmerman, Minnesota and Mrs. Clara Drum of Minneapolis that were present at the funeral.""

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Amanda VanLoon - Blackwell
Amanda VanLoon - Blackwell
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Tombstone of Amanda VanLoon & Henry Blackwell - VanLoon Cemetery, Holmes City, MN
Amanda VanLoon Blackwell
1841 - 1921
Photo by Ken Blackwell
VanLoon Cemetery - Minnesota
Photo 151
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EARLY DAYS OF HOLMES CITY

History and Information on the early days of Holmes City.
As the Van Loon family was making their way from Illinois after running into a 'swindler' that cost them the loss of their property and $700.00 in cash, Minor Van Loon set out for Minnesota with his family.  Somewhere along the line, they met up with the Blackwells.  In the end, Henry married Minor's daughter, Amanda.  The family of Henry Blackwell and Minor Van Loon, then of the earliest pioneers of the area, moved into a log cabin that was beside a store in Holmes City. 

                             ..........................My thanks to Taryn Nelson Flolid for sending this information to me.

HISTORY OF HOLMES CITY TOWNSHIP

Holmes City  estimate 1880 or earlier
Holmes City
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Holmes City - 1890s
Holmes City  1890s
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Photo 153

Holmes City Main Street - 1906  -  Blades Store in photo
Main St. Holmes City 1906
Blades Store in Photo
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Blades Store in 1943 - Holmes City
Blades Store in 1943
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One of the very earliest settlers in the Holmes City neighbourhood was the trader and trapper, Lewis, who located a station there for trading with the Indians.  It was related that a Mr. E.G. Holmes came to this area in 1858, and in the spring of that year Noah Grant and W.S. Sanford (Sanford) arrived.  Holmes and Grant bought out the Lewis trading post and the trading point thus created later came to be known as Holmes City, which it still bears and which name was given to the township when it later came to be organized.  The lake on which the village is situated was named Grant, in honour of the other partner in the concern.

First Map of Holmes City Township - Believed drawn by Henry Blackwell
First Map of Holmes City Township
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Holmes and Grant built a log cabin near the site of the present Blades Store.  The Henry Blackwells and VanLoons moved into this first log cabin in April of 1862.  Other names of some of the early settlers in this area include; Westmoreland, Johnson, Kron, Guilles, Cranfield, Lobeck, Isackson, Strandvold, Toraasen, Fahlin, and many others.   The Holmes City Township was established by the Board of County Commissioners on October 4, 1866.  The following elections judges were appointed; Henry Blackwell, N.B. Johnson, and Nels Nickelson as judges, and T.W Sprague and Noah Grant as clerks. 
Henry Blackwell was the first surveyor of the western part of Douglas County starting in 1862.  He drew up many of the maps that are recorded in the township records.   One of the earliest insurance companies in Douglas County was the Holmes City Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Inc.  It was incorporated on January 5, 1884 with 40 policies and $50,000.00 Insurance in force.  It is interesting to note that when the company was organized, all policies were written in the Swedish language and the by-laws stated that the majority of the directors must be of Scandinavian nationality and all officers of the company must of Scandinavian nationality.  The company is still in business at this time.
The first Post Office in Holmes City was organized in 1866.  It has had only three postmasters during this period.  S.O Wagenius, Rueben Wagenius, and Dorothy Van Beek, present postmistress.
Douglas County's first telephone company was established in Holmes city in 1900.   There were four churches established in Holmes City Township, the first being the Oscar Lake church in 1866.  Trysil church was organized in 1870, Trinity of Holmes City began in 1875, and the Baptist church, a branch of the Alexandria Baptist Church, was organized in 1904 and dissolved sometime in the early 1950's.  The building which was used and owned by the Baptist Church was sold to the township and is now used as the town hall.  The Trysil congregation dissolved in 1962.  Oscar Lake and Trinity of Holmes City both continue to flourish at this time as a joint parish. 
One of the earliest schools started in Douglas County was the Pocket Lake School District #4.  The other three schools in the township were District #27, District #29 (Oscar Lake) and District #20 (Holmes City).  The Oscar Lake school merged with Holmes City school in 1963 and in 1966 the Pocket Lake school also merged with Holmes City.  District #27 and Holmes City consolidated with the Alexandria School District #206 in 1970.  In minutes taken from the clerk's records of December 5, 1911, a resident of the township had been offered $10.00  for a road right-of-way, which he declined.  After some discussion it was decided to offer him $20.00, which he accepted.  In closing, the minutes report that he replied "the public will have peace on earth and good will to man forever and ever.  Amen."
During the 1920's the township had their own Justice of the Peace and Deputy Game Warden.  The following is taken from the Civil Docket..............  "Found Guilty"  -- fine paid Holmes City 19th day of March 1928.  Complaint filed by J.O Lewis, Deputy Game Warden, that defendant was trapping without a license.  Warrant issued and defendant appeared and pleaded guilty to the charge.  Fine $10.00  Warden Fees: $1.70  Justice Fees: 2.50  Court held March 21, 1928 -- Peter J. Olson, Justice of the Peace"
The township bought their own road building equipment in approximately 1920.  A shed was built in Section 21 and the machinery was kept there until 1941 when the county took over the road maintenance.  In 1948 the township was bonded for $25.00 at 2  1/4% to rebuild roads.  The town board was criticized for passing this motion but it was later proved to be a wise decision.  On June 9th, 1958, Holmes City Township observed its 100th anniversary.  There were outdoor church services, a program and a huge parade.  This was also the year of Minnesota's 100th year of statehood.  The present town board members are Lloyd Olson, Lloyd Flaten, Ronald Holm, Franklin Hagen, treasurer, and Luther Myhr, Clerk.

                                                                                                                                      ........Originally submitted by Luther Myhr, Clerk.

 



Commpendium
History and Biography
Northern Minnesota
History of the State of Minnesota


Supplied to me from another ancestor of Minnesota Pioneers - Taryn Nelson Flolid  - 
Subject T.J. Van Loon
        -   View the Compendium Here    

Also see:
Subject Henry Blackwell  -- View the Compendium Here - Vi

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VanLoon Memories
Written by the Grandchildren of Minor Van Loon and Charity Davenport 
An article describing the life of Minor and Charity with historical details.

"What we Remember" Click Here to view - Excellent Story

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THE SHONK FAMILY

The Shonk family married into the Van Loon Family through Amanda Davenport, the sister to Charity Davenport who was the wife of Miner Van Loon.  Amanda Van Loon was undoubtedly named in honour to Amanda Davenport.  As Amanda Van Loon married Henry Blackwell, that makes the connection to the Blackwell Family.

John Jens Shonk
b. 21 Mar 1815  Hope, Warren Co., New Jersey
d.   1 May 1904 Plymouth, Luzerne Co., PA.
His father was Michael Shonk  His mother was Beulah Jenks.
He is buried in Shawnee Cemetery, Plymouth Twp., PA.
Married: 1847
Elizabeth Chamberlin

Married:
Francis Rinas

Married:
Amanda Davenport                                               Sister of Amanda is Charity Davenport - Van Loon
b. 16 Sep 1819  Plymouth, Luzerne Co., PA.
d.   8 Dec 1892  Plymouth, Luzerne Co., PA.
She is buried in Shawnee Cemetery, Plymouth Twp., PA.
Her father was Thomas Davenport.  Her mother was Mary Elizabeth Reynolds Bronson.

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Children of John Jens Shonk and Amanda Davenport
Children of John Jens Shonk and Amanda Davenport
Albert D. Shonk
b. 14 Oct 1847  Plymouth Twp., Luzerne Co., PA.
d.
1) Married:
Sarah E. Hershberger

Married: 10 Feb 1886
Elizabeth Nesbitt
b.

George Washington Shonk
b. 26 Apr 1850  Plymouth Twp., Luzerne Co., PA.
d. 19 Aug 1900
Married: 15 Aug 1880
Ida E Klotz

Elizabeth Shonk
b. 24 Jul 1852  Plymouth Twp., Luzerne Co., PA.
d.
Married:
E. F. Stephens

Clarissa R. Shonk
b. 28 Aug 1855  Plymouth Twp., Luzerne Co., PA.
d.
Married:
Charles Wesley McAlarney

 

THE WILL OF MATTHIAS VAN LOON
. Luzerne County Pennsylvania Wills, Book A, pp 62-64."Mattias Van Loon Will Luzerne Co., PA, Will Bk A, pp. 62-64 (LDS Film #0959120)"Matthias Van Loon. "In the name of God, amen. "I, Matthias Van Loon of Plymouth in the county of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the same, "Do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, (that is to say) First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rebekah Van Loon, all of my goods and chattels, or the use thereof during her natural life. Also the use of my now occupied House lot with all the privileges thereto belonging, Except one half of the dwelling house I now live in and the dwelling house lately occupied by my son Evert Van Loon, and to the road and of sd house lot to my ganding (?) fence, and with the line of the fence across sd lot, Also one sixth part of the  produce that shall arise from (sic) fifteen acres of my flats or meadow land. "I also give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Van Loon five acres of the meadow land with delivering one sixth of the produce to his honored Mother during her life. I also give and bequeath unto my son Abram Van Loon three acres and a half of house lot from land owned by Thos Davenport and to take three apple trees before the door of my now dwelling house, also sixteen acres and half of the meadow land with delivering one sixth part of the produce to his honrd Mother during her life of five acres. "I do also give and bequeath unto my Grandson Stephen Van Loon, the remainder of House lot. also eighteen acres and half of the meadow land with delivering one sixth part of the produce of five acres to his Grand Mother, Rebekah Van Loon, during her life, provided the sd. Stephen clear said land from all encumbrances then the betterments shall be apprized by two men and said Stephen shall money back and the remainder to be equally divided among the sons of Evert Van Loon, deceased, except the eldest son Matthias, except the use of one third which shall be to the use of my son Evert's widow, during her widowhood, and then to cease. "And also to my Daughter, Catharine Roberts all my personal estate after the death of her mother. "I do also give and bequeath to my Grandson Matthias Van Loon fifty acres off of the north end of fifth Division lots Nos. 22 & 24 and the remainder of my unimproved land to be equally divided between my sons Nicholas Abram and the heirs of Evert, deceased, all severally as I have before mentioned to them their heirs and assigns.  "I hereby appoint Nicholas Van Loon, Abram Van Loon and Stephen Van Loon my sole executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. "In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this  eighteenth day of December in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and four.
"Signed sealed published and declared by } Matthias Van Loon {seal}

The above named Matthias Van Loon to be } his last will and testament in the presence }of us who have hereunto subscribed our }names as witnesses in the presence of the }testator. }Thomas Davenport }Jonah Rogers }"Luzerne County ss: "On the 28th day of January 1805, before me, Jacob Hart Register for the probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the county of Luzerne, personally came Thomas Davenport one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Matthias Van Loon, deceased, and being duly sworn, and Jonah Rogers, the other  subscribing to the same, and duly affirmed, did respectively declare that they were present and saw the testator sign, seal and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last will and testament, and at the doing thereof, he the said testator, was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief, and that the deponent and affirmant subscribed their names thereto as witnesses in the presence of and at the request of the testator. Jacob Hart Register "In conformity to the foregoing Will Letter Testamentary was granted to Nicholas Van Loon, Abram Van Loon and Stephen Van Loon the Executors therein named, They having first been qualified truly to perform the same exhibit a true Inventory and render a just account of their administration.  "Given under my hand and the seal of my office at Wilkes Barre the 28th day of January 1805.Jacob Hart. Register."

Comment from the Webmaster:
The Van Loon Family are an interesting people.  They have a wonderful history and are some of America's earliest pioneers.  Although this website has tried to be as accurate as possible, we realize there are still some unanswered questions.  We hope that our contribution to the Van Loon Family has been worthy and we would appreciate any and all updates.  The Van Loon family is not directly connected to the Blackwell's but joined with the Marriage of Amanda Van Loon to Henry Blackwell.  This Blackwell / Van Loon couple proved to be an extreme asset to the State of Minnesota and that is why we have invested the energy into following the Van Loon lineage.  Our Thanks to all that have contributed.
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