Jacob VanHout was my GG grandfather as well. His son James was my great-grandfather. I have been researching all the family but have not had a lot to go on. My family lore says that Jacob left the Netherlands because he was in some kind of trouble with the law (I have no idea what). I never knew where he was from in the Netherlands - Tilburg is new info for me. His birthdate was 23 Oct 1858. He married Mary Overbaker (Dutch form VanOverbeke?). They had 6 children that I know of - Jennie, Lucinda, Peter, James, William, and Samuel. William was married I believe 3 times, the last to Minnie Molick. I did not know William's childrens' names. Jacob and Mary are buried in Cressey Cemetery in Barry County, Michigan. I would love to share any info I can on the family and also find out what you know. What is your source for Jacob's origin in Tilburg?