History of the Van Riper Family in America 1753 – 1958 (by Edward A. Van Riper)

 

(The following article was contributed to the Ripernet website by William B. Holmes from Virgina, who passed away on June 11, 2000)


 

"In the year 1753 three brothers arrived in New Netherlands from Holland. The youngest of the three was Jacob, age 7 years. I do not know the names or ages of the other two brothers.

They settled in new Netherlands and later on as Jacob came of age he married a French woman, Abbey Ann Lasier.

In the year 1798 yellow fever broke out in lower town around the fort and green and the farmers and villagers began to move north to what was Greenwich Village.

Greenwich Village was formed in 1634, the first house being built by Wonter Von Twiller. The district was exceptionally fine and heathful and so many of the people settled there. Some of the people moved across the river to New Jersey and New York state.

Jacob and his family settled between Haverstraw and Spring Valley, New York. They had two sons, Abram and Dennis (or Tunis).

Abram married Catherine Michler and had eleven children, eight sons and three daughters.

Dennis married Maria Fisher. They had four children, two boys and two girls. All but one died at an early age. The survivor was John Fisher Van Riper, my great great grandfather.

Abram and Dennis were born at or near a place called the Pond - which could be Rockland Lake, which is near Spring Valley, N.Y.

Dennis had a farm at St. Andrews, Orange County, N.Y. and also one at St. Elmo. He died at Wallkill, N.Y. and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Abram and two of his sons, Jacob and Lewis, had a cotton mill which, in those days, was known as the Dutch Factory at Clarkstown - near Spring Valley.

Between the years 1850 and 1860 Abram and his family decided to go west to Michigan. They founded the village of LaGrange in Cass County and there proceded to build a new mill for the manufacture of cotton and wollen goods.

They heard that the railroad was expected to pass near them but it never did so that the mill was then abandoned. In the years that followed the family started to migrate to other parts of Michigan.

Abram and members of his family are buried in the Van Riper Cemetery at LaGrange, Michigan."

 

o--10  Jacob Van Riper  B. 1746,                                     |        Holland       Came to  America  from Holland in 1753.  M. Abbey Ann {Mary Ann} Frazier {Lazier}, 1785  Ch. Abram and Dennis {Tunis} Van Riper  Resided. Between Haverstraw and Spring Valley, Rockland County, NY    D. 1817                                     |                               o---9  Abram Van Riper  B. 1787  M.                               |     | Catherine Michler  Ch. Jacob John, John A., Louis, Abram, Charles A., Garret, William, Tunis, Abbey Ann, Maria, Margaret, and Matilda Van Riper  He owned and operated a cotton mill at Midland Park, near Ridgewood, NJ (or at Spring Valley, Rockland County, NY).  Resided. Moved to Cass County, Michigan between 1850 and 1860.    D. August 19, 1871    Bu. Van Riper Cemetery, Cass County, MI                               |     |                         o---8  Jacob John Van Riper  B. 1807  M. Maria                               |  Van Orden  D. 1838                               |     |                         o---8  John A. Van Riper  B. 1811  M. Leah                         |     | Zabriska, see note below.  Ch. Lewis Van                         |     | Riper  D. 1886                         |     |     |                   o---7  Lewis Van Riper  B.  Ch. Paul Van Riper                   |     |                    |     |     |     |             o---6  Paul Van Riper, MD  B.  Ch. Two sons.  He             |        practiced medicine in Champion, Marquette             |       County, MI.                |           |     |     |       o---5  {Son} Van Riper               |           |     |     |       o---5  {Son} Van Riper                           |     |     |                         o--- --8  Leah Zabriska                                 |     |                         o---8  Louis Van Riper  B. 1815 Not                               |  married.  D. 1863                               |     |                         o---8  Abram Van Riper  B. 1816 M. Maria                               |  Yowsey  D. 1900                               |     |                         o---8  Charles A. Van Riper  B. 1822  M.                               |  Emiline Springsteel  D. 1900                               |     |                         o---8  Garret Van Riper  M. Maria                               |  Zabriska, see note below.                                |     |                         o---8  William Van Riper  M. Ida Norton                               |     |                         o---8  Tunis Van Riper  M. Hanna                               |  Ackerman                                  |     |                         o---8  Abbey Ann Van Riper  B. M. Albert                               |  Van Dien                                  |     |                         o---8  Maria Van Riper  D. Died at the age                               |  of two years.                               |     |                         o---8  Margaret Van Riper  M. John Sturr                               |     |                         o---8  Matilda Van Riper  B.                                |     |                               o---9  Catherine Michler B.                                          |                               o---9  Dennis {Tunis} Van Riper B. March                               |    | 19,  1792, at the "Pond," Rockland Lake, near Spring Valley, Rockland County, NY    M. Maria Fisher  Ch. John Fisher, Caroline, and Stephan Van Riper  He had a farm at St. Andrews, Orange County, NY, and another farm at St. Elmo, NY.  D. September 7, 1884, Wallkill, Ulster County, NY  Bu. Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY                               |     |                         o---8  John Fisher Van Riper  B. July 13, 1815                         |    | M. Mary Ellen Moore, 1837  Ch. Caroline, Sarah, Clara, Mary Ellen, and Charles Close Van Riper  He was a merchant of dry goods.  His partner was Christian Zabriske. (Note. John Fisher Van Riper's nephews, John A. and Garret Van Riper, see above, married Leah and Maria Zabriska.)  He left an estate of $35,000.  Resided. 37 Charlton Street, New York, NY, and 519 Greenwich Street     D. November 8, 1879    Bu. Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY                         |     |     |                   o--- --7  Eugene Britton  B. March 1, 1839, Staten                   |    |      Island, Richmond County, NY M. Caroline Van Riper, September 20, 1860  Ch. Joseph, Caroline, Caroline, Emma, George P., Adeline, Mary Ellen, Eugenie, and Clara Britton  Resided. 12 St. James Place and 324 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; and. 120 West 80th Street, New York, NY    D. September 6, 1922    Bu. Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island, Richmond County, NY                   |     |     |     |           o--- 1 thru 6  Britton, LaTourette, Brooks, Armour, and                   |Holmes Families                   |    |     |     |                   o---7  Caroline Van Riper  B. August 19, 1840   D.                         |  January 21, 1924   Bu. Moravian Cemetery,                         |  Staten Island, Richmond County, NY                         |     |     |                   o--- --7  George W. Post  M. Sarah Van Riper                   |    |      Ch. Clara Post                   |    |     |     |             o---6  Clara Post  (No children)                    |    |     |     |                   o---7  Sarah Van Riper  B. 1842  D. 1913                         |     |     |                   o---7  Clara Van Riper  B. 1846  Did not marry.                         |  D. 1861                         |     |     |                   o--- --7  Charles A. Blauvelt {Blavrett}  M.                   |    |      Mary Ellen Van Riper  Ch. Willard and                   |    |      Fanny Blauvelt {Blavrett}                    |    |     |     |             o---6  Willard Blauvelt {Blavrett}  B. Resided.                   |  Patterson, Passaic County, NJ                    |    |     |     |             o---6  Fanny Blauvelt {Blavrett}  Resided.                   |  Patterson, Passaic County, NJ                     |    |     |     |                   o---7  Mary Ellen Van Riper  B. 1848 Nickname.                         |  "Mamie"  D. 1923                         |     |     |                   o---7  Charles Close Van Riper  B. 1851  M. Maria                   |    |  Louise Post  Ch. Gladys, Vera, Edward Adams, and John Fisher Van Riper  He served with his brother-in-law Eugene Britton in the 7th Regiment of New York, U.S.A.    D. 1932                   |    |     |     |             o---6  Gladys Van Riper                   |    |     |     |             o---6  Vera Van Riper                   |    |     |     |             o---6  Edward Adams Van Riper  B. 1883  M. Mary             |    |  Ramsey  Ch. Frederick C. Van Riper             |    |     |     |     |       o---5  Frederick C. Van Riper  B. 1923  M. Emma Lou       |    | Nelson  Ch. Charles Edward Van Riper       |    |    |     |     |     |       |     o--- --6  Mary Ramsey       |          |     |     |     | o---4  {Son} Van Riper  B. 1958       |          |     |     |     |       o--- --5  Emma Lou Nelson                   |     |     |     |             o---6  John Fisher Van Riper  B. 1885  M. Grace                   |  Kilburn   D. 1923                   |    |    |     |                   o--- --7  Maria Louise Post                         |    |     |                         |    |   o---9  Oscar Moore  M. Sarah                         |    |   | |    Ch. Mary Ellen Moore                         |    |   | |                             |    |   | |                         o--- --8  Mary Ellen Moore  B. 1827  D.                               |   | December 27, 1870                               |   | |                               |   o--- -- 9 Sarah                               |    |        |                               |    |        o--- --10  Mary                               |    |                         o---8  Caroline Van Riper                               |    |                         o---8  Stephan Van Riper                                |    |                               o--- --9  Maria Fisher                                     |                                     o--- --10  Abbey Ann {Mary Ann} Frazier                                                     {Lazier} B. France        Dated: October 28, 1958