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From: "taramark" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 12:32:48 -0500


JULIAMA VANDERHAEGEN was born 14 May 1809, died 25 Jan 1899.
married Charles GERNAEY on 26 Sep 1836. 7 children.

If you want names and dates of children, just let me know.

Corinne Gernaey

-----Original Message-----
From: Ray Van Overschelde (by way of Picavet) <>
To: <>
Date: Monday, June 28, 1999 11:56 AM
Subject: VAN OVERSCHELDE, Tielt > Moline, IL > Letcher, SD

>As probably your newest subscriber, let me introduce myself to fellow
>I am Ray Van Overschelde, living in Florida, and am doing family research
>on the Van Overschelde family. My great grandfather, Josef, came to the US
>in 1881, and shortly thereafter managed to bring his seven sons with him
>They settled in Moline, Illinois for a while until they bought farms in the
>southeast corner of South Dakota in a town called Letcher. One of the
>seven sons, my grandfather Emile, sired 13 children including my father,
>Raymond, who is
>still alive at age 92. Needless to say there are lots of questions that
>surround such a family. How did the name originate in Belgium? When? Why
>did they leave Belgium? Why Moline?
>One of the fascinating bits of trivia was that King Leopold gave my Great
>grandfather a gold pocket watch for siring seven sons. Unfortunately for
>Belgium, all seven left for the US.
>My great grandmother, Marie-Louise (DeSmet) never came to the US. She was
>reportedly afraid of water (ocean).
>Most of the clan was born in and around Tielt and Oostrozbeke. The
>earliest known history goes back to a Philipus Van Overschelde, born in
>1670 in Belgium who married Janneken (Joanna) Maes, and started this
>There are 325 Van Overscheldes listed as living in Belgium today. One of
>the long perplexing problems for the name is how it's spelled: should it
>be Van Overschelde, VanOverschelde, or Vanoverschelde? All seem to be
>There will be a Van Overschelde family reunion (Feast) in Wingene, Belgium
>in August 2000.
>If anyone has any pertinent information on the family, or any of the
>following surnames who married Van O's, please contact me. Verhelst,
>Vanderhagen, Decauter or Decouter, Strubbe, Soenen, Devlaeminck, Werbrouck,
>Vandewalle, Lezy or Lizy, Demoor, Impens, Desmet, Desmedt, Devliegher,
>Lavaert, Desplenter, Claerhout, and Dhaene.
>Many thanks,
>Ray Van O.

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