I was so excited to find what I found on Ancestry.com
It appears all the past down stories are true for the geneology/history of my husbands/Van Eaton ancestors.
It was awesome reading and finding ancestors back as far as MARINUS ADRIENSE, born about 1573, in Etten, North Brabant, Netherlands. He was married to a MARIA HENDRICKSEN, born about 1576, in Etten as well.
I just spent about 5 hours yesterday finding and sorting through the history, but it appears, that this may very well be the family tree for my kids going as far to their Great (x11) Grandfather.
If you want this info I've complied, email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Just some notes:
MARINUS ADRIENSE son is JOHANNES MARINESSEN (1596)his son is JACOB JANSEN VAN ETTEN (1632)Notes confirm that "old Dutch naming system was probably confusing to the English and about this time, the Dutch families were asked to choose a family surname. Since Jacob Jansen had been born in Etten, it was natural for he and his wife, ANNETJE ARIENS DE CRAM (1645), to adopt the name von (from) Etten as a surname. The "von" was soon changed to the English form "van". Thus began the Van Etten family of America. JACOB is the ancestor who moved the Van Etten family to America.
The name Etten changes to Eaton around 1763. ABRAHAM (VAN ETTEN) VAN EATON, (1763). Since this time the Van Etten family continued to live in New York. But Abraham, 1 of the latter children of many children of JAN JACOBSEN VAN ETTEN (1720), was giving the name as it appears above. None of the other siblings were. There was a second wife of JAN and some odd young deaths, then a move from New York to Pennslyvania.
Abraham is the first Van Etten born in PA. His mother MARGARET LA FEVRE. Abraham's first son is named JAMES (VAN ETTEN) VAN EATON (1800)in Ohio. It appears James was the last to use both names. His son, ELIAS TALBERT VAN EATON (1847), then his son, CASSIUS HENRY VAN EATON (1871), then his son, MURRAY PALMER VAN EATON (1902), then his son, DONALD MURRAY VAN EATON, SR. (1929), then his son, MARK MURRAY VAN EATON (1963), [my husband], and now his son, ANTHONY WAYNE VAN EATON (1992).
There is so much more I have, and what excitement.
Let me know.