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Scope of Project is To build a single, validated and documented shared family tree the goals being:

  • 1) to create on Geni an accurate representation of the genealogical information
  • 2) to clean up duplicates and ensure quality of the involved profiles
  • 3) to sort out the lines and connect the different lines
  • 4) RULE - All profiles marked PUBLIC - with me as the controlling manager ARE NOT TO BE CHANGED TO PRIVATE under any circumstances. UNLESS YOU ARE THE Living profile person and ASK for control of your profile - At first I choose to leave all profiles public with not content in the data fields if known to be alive - but since GENI has changed privacy standards over the years - those with no data where considered to be living as well as those who were known to be deceased with no known death date or place of death stated

The family research was fist gathered and printed in the 1940's Van deveneter family - by Cristobelle Van Deventer 1949 E. W. Stephens Co Columbia, Mo and then by: Paul J.. Vandeventer, Van Deventer Family 1550 - 1977, The, 1978 McClain Printing Co. Parsons, W. Va

Vandeventer Meaning: one who came from Deventer, in Holland

Name Variants:

Deventer, Devennter, Deventter, Deventers, Deventor, Deventere, Deventerre, Deventeres

Van Deventer, Van Devanter, Vandevender, Van Devander, Vanderventer, VanDeventer, Vandevanter, Vandevander, Vandeventer, Van De Venter

The orgin of the name - was the locale of Deventer, Holland - Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel, but also has a small part of its territory on the west bank. more at Wikipedia

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region.

The name was first recorded in Utrecht, a city and capital of the province of Utrecht. The ramparts of this ancient city were destroyed in 1830. The Domkerk (1254) is on the site of the original church of St.Willibrord in 720. In the crypt are the hearts of Conrad II (1039) and Henry V (1125) two German Emperors. The Museum is notable for its relics and artifacts. Its tumultuous history was strongly influenced by religious conflict. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants   were: 
  • Jan Pietersen VanDeventer, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Pieter Jansen VanDeventer, who landed in New Jersey in 1662
  • Pieter Jansen VanDeventer, who came to New Jersey in 1662
  • Jan VanDeventer, who came to New Jersey in 1662
  • Jan Pietersen VanDeventer, who arrived in New Netherland sometime between 1620 and 1664
  • Cornelius Vandeventer, who came to New York in 1776
  • Abraham Vandeventer, who arrived in New York in 1776
  • Wernard Vandeventer, who settled in 1854
  • C. VanDeventer, who came to Texas in 1881
  • C VanDeventer, who landed in Texas in 1881

Some noted people

  • Marie Van Deventer, Actress
  • Danny van Deventer, Cinematographer
  • Willis Van Deventer, Honorable - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Jacob Louis Van Deventer "Sir Jaap"
  • Hendrik van Deventer - was breaking new ground with his work for the obstetrician and the midwife. This became the first work on obstetrics to be written in the Dutch language and was to have a considerable influence on the practice of obstetrics in the 18th century
  • Oskar van Deventer puzzle designer
  • Jay Vandeventer - PGA, Golf


First Generation

Peter Vandeventer was born before 1550. He died before 1574 in Deventer, Netherlands.

He had the following children:

1 Jan Peters Van Deventer was born about 1574 in Deventer, Overysl, Netherland. He died 1601. Jan married Adriaentje Jans , daughter of Jan Jansen Stoel Van Gile on 1594. Adriaentje was born about 1576 in Utrecht. She died before 1653.

2 Herman Pieters Van Deventer was born about Netherlands Netherlands Herman married Husband of Mayke Van Deventer (Hermans)

3 Merritge van Deventer

3 Petertje Van Deventer was born about1577 Deventer, Overyssel, Netherlands Petertje married Elias Berck

WYNANT van Deventer

The last few years researchers have listed Wynant's family as listed below - there has been NO documentation provided for these as being the sons To date that I know of no will or estate has been found for Wynant.

Wynant Vandeventer m. ___. He was in Shelby co., Ky. on the first tax list as Winnett in 1792/5, 1797.

I find his name as Winnan in 1800-4, 1806, 1808 when spelled as Wyant and Winant. I did not continue the search of the microfilm as if was poor and black background with words in white making even more difficult to read.

The only evidence thus far is that they were all in the same areas of Kentucky 

and Indiana during their time periods.

the naming patterns of the children during the early generations of the the families of for the sons listed ar the same; some of the families inter-married.

The only son we have documented is Josiah as he was under age when he married Kessiah Littell [Kessiah Little], and Wynant Signed for him.

Wyanant's descendants settled in  Clay, Greene, Monroe, Morgan,  and Owen counties Indiana.

For along time these men had their own sections as descendants. And some were juggled around as being sons of different men during the earlier years of research - thus they are listed as either grandsons or descendants of Wynant and they were done as separate families as were the sons in the manuscript - as follows:

What is entered (with questionable doubts noted) is what all have finally decided to be the sons and descendants of Wynant BUT there to date has been no Will, Probate of Estate or a family bible found to document the connection as "sons" their has been no indication of Wynant having any daughters, also no spouse or spouses has been found for him either

Captain Michael VANBUSKIRK b. 1720/21 NJ m. 1745 Maria/Mary VANDEVENTER went down the Ohio River to KY with Wynant VANDEVENTER b. 1757 NJ and his 4 sons. The VANDEVENTERS and VANBUSKIRKS lived in Shelby, Spencer, and Anderson Co., KY. Michael and Maria VANBUSKIRK both died in Shelby Co., KY, sons Isaac and John came to IN about 1818. NOTE and also settled in the same counties of Clay, Greene, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen and all intermarried.

1 Jacob Vandeventer was born c. 1792. Jacob married Rebecca Miller daughter of George Miller on 2 Sep 1814 in , Shelby, Kentucky.

2 James William Vandeventer was born about 1793 in , Shelby, Kentucky. He died about Oct 1882 in Indiana. James married Nancy A. Ingrum daughter of William Ingrum on 25 Jul 1817 in , Shelby, Kentucky. Nancy was born 30 Mar 1795. She died 20 May 1871 and was buried in McIntoosh/Light Cemetry, Highland twp., Greene, Indiana.

4 John William Vandeventer was born about 1796 in , Shelby, Kentucky. John married Patsy Crofton-2416, daughter of Anthony Crofton on 22 Dec 1817 in , Shelby, Kentucky.

5 Josiah Vandeventer was born about 1795 in , , Kentucky. Josiah married 1st Kessiah Littell or Little on 31 Jul 1805 in , Jefferson, Kentucky- the marriage was to have been anulled Josiah married 2nd Emily or Milly Hugh or Hughes on 3 Sep 1812 in Spencer or Nelson, Kentucky.

At one time Jerephaes Hendriksz van Wijk to thefirst generation of the Vandeventer lineage - the connection asto why was never understood. except maybe in that he had a daughter of the same name and two other children with similar names:

  • Jerephaes Hendriksz van Wijk
  • Husband of Margriet van Hattem
  • Father of Gerrit Jerephaesz van Wijk; NN van Wijk; Merritge van Wijk; Pietertje van Wijk and Jan Peters van Wijk


1 - Long Island Data Bases and links

2 - Vandventer Forum on Genealogy. com

3 - The Vandeventer Genealogy and Family Tree Page - list of various links

4 - WikiTree


1) James Alexander Vandeventer and his happenings (1971) by Helen J. Anderson

2) Vandeventer Family by Cristobelle Vandeventer (1943)

3) The Vandeventer family 1550 - 1977 (1977) Paul J. Vandevander GC929.2 V28816V res. RR 1 Box 65 Kerens, W Va. 26276 (origin: Vandeventer Family by Cristobelle Vandeventer)

4) Bunnell, A. O., ed. Dansville 1789-1902, A Historical Biographical Descriptive. Original published in Dansville, NY. Republished in Dansville, NY ca. 1995.

Includes references to the brothers Isaac & John Van Deventer who were early, transient, settlers

5) Bygone Days - A History of Britton, Michigan, 1830-1971. Local publication ca 1971. Includes significant genealogies of the Linn's who married two Van Deventers and their collateral lines.

6) Combined 1874, 1893, 1916 Atlases of Lenawee County, Michigan. Republished by the Lenawee County Historical Society. 1997. Indexed, with names on parcels of land owned. Mostly Linns and other collateral lines. Benjamin Ellis Van Deventer indexed in 1874 and younger brother Amasa indexed in 1916

7) VanDeventers in America complied by Sarah V. Kirby, October 6, 2006 (PDF)

Early Collaborators & Researchers

When it was done by snail-mail, telephone, Xerox, Pen, Pencil & Paper

Katherine Louise (Wilkie) Vandeveter (Mrs. Wilson Sheldon 'Shud')

Fred Lee Vandeventer he would stop every fall & spring on way to Flordia hunting for Vandeventer records in Kentucky

Wesley Vandeventer

Carol Katherine (Price) Vandeventer (Mrs. Richard M)

Manda Myria (Vandeventer) Crites - she was nearly blind & legally blind by status at time - telephone - was means of communication.

Avis Pearl Vandeventer Mrs Chester Fields & James D Neill

Mildred (Jenkinson ) Vandeventer (Mrs Fural Paul)

Gladys P (Morrison) Vandeventer (Mrs. John)

Grace (Vandeventer) Davis (Mrs. Wilbert 'Bert'

Wools/Vandeventer - Researcher

Harold Wade 'Mac' McIntosh Sr.

Researcher from Kansas who sent lots of info on John Wesley Vandeventer & descendants.

Laffoon Descendant