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Garrett A Van Houten (1824 - 1886)

Garrett A Van Houten
Born in New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1851 in Middlesex, Yates, New York, United Statesmap
Died at about age 62 in Jackson, Michigan, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Jun 2014
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The lone source previously here showed why Ella Louise Conklin could not be the child of Garrett and Elvira. The correct parents were found, I created entries for them and found the correct daughter, Ella Jane Van Houten, and she is also now with the correct parents. Keeping for now, in case there are any questions. And frankly, after spending time with this family, recording this man with any other surname is absurd. Both of his parents have VAN (space) then Houten for his father, and "Wagenen", which I am still looking into, for his mother.
"Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Ella Louise Conklin, 26 Apr 1928; citing Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing; FHL microfilm 1,973,203.


Garrett Van Houten (only spelled "Gerrett" at Find A Grave so far) was born in about 1824 in New Jersey to Peter Van Houten (born 31 January 1793) and Eleanor (also seen as Helen and Ellen, needs more digging) Van Wagenen (married 13 August 1815).
He married Elvira Slayton in about 1853. They had at least two daughters together, Elizabeth and Ella Jane.
Garrett passed away 8 April 1886 and was laid to rest at Grass Lake East Cemetery, Grass Lake, Jackson County, Michigan, United States of America.


  • "United States Census, 1850", , FamilySearch (https://www.familysearhad : Sat Mar 09 18:35:37 UTC 2024), Entry for Peter Vanhouter and Eleanor Vanhouter, 1850.
Marriage to Elvira/Alvirah happened somewhere between the enumeration of the 1850 US Federal Census and the 1855 New York State Census.
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed May 15, 2024), memorial page for Gerrett Van Houten (1824–8 Apr 1886), Find a Grave Memorial ID 23134748, citing Grass Lake East Cemetery, Grass Lake, Jackson County, Michigan, USA; Maintained by Deb Hayes-Wolfe (contributor 46811474).

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Van Houten is a Dutch name, not Danish. In the Netherlands it is written "van Houten" but "Van Houten" is the most common spelling in the US. There have been more recent immigrants of this surname, but my feeling is that Peter and Garrett are descended from Cornelissen-2, a New Netherland settler. Peter's wife Helen/Ellen/Eleanor also is probably from a New Netherland family, various branches of which took the surnames Garretse, Garrison, Van Wagenen and Van Wagoner.
posted by Richard VanHouten
Thank you so much for the thoughtful and speedy response, I was stupidly not looking at my notes when I wrote at 3:00 this morning. Helen et al is so confusing, I'm not sure I can take that on! I love reading about New Netherland/s, it's fascinating and never seems to be taught in schools. Interesting to thing how different that part of current day United States might look like if the British had not gained control.

Sorry, writing too much, thank you again.

posted by AmyLynn Hunt
Pieter Van Houten married Lena Van Wagenen on Aug. 31, 1815 at Acquackanonk (modern Passaic city, now in Passaic County but then in Essex County). For what it's worth, I have Peter as the son of Adrian H. Van Houten (1745-1824) and Marretye Cadmus in my tree. In the 1855 NY State Census, Peter is recorded as Peter A. Van Houten, age 65 in Middlesex, Yates County, New York, a widower born in New Jersey who had lived in Middlesex for 28 years. Living with him were son Cornelius (28) and daughters Mary Collins (26, widowed) and Elizabeth Van Houten (23), all of whom were born in Yates County.

Checking my tree further, Peter was baptized as Piter at the Old Dutch Church in Totowa, NJ on 3 Mar 1793 with birth recorded as 31 Jan 1793, as son of adreyaen van houten and Marritye Cadmus with witnesses Marten van blarcom and Antye Zyn vrow (his wife). On the same day a namesake cousin, Piter, son of Dirck van houten and Ragel Post, was baptized. This Piter was recorded as born 28 Jan 1793, 3 days before his cousin. (All capitalization is copied from William Nelson's transcription of baptisms as they appeared in his History of the Old Dutch Church at Totowa, published in 1892 by the Press Printing and Publishing Company in Paterson, N.J.)

Adrian and Dirck were brothers, children of Helmigh D. Van Houten and Antje Post. Helmigh in turn was the son of Dirck Van Houten (Helmigsz-4) and Metje Gerrebrantse (Gerrebrantse-1), but only his brother Gerrebrant is currently on WikiTree.

posted by Richard VanHouten
Nelson, William; History of the City of Paterson and County of Passaic, p. 256:

Adrian-Halmagh-Dirck-Hellemeg-Roelof Cornelissen and Marretye Cadmus had children: ... IX Pieter, b. Jan. 21, 1793; m. Ellen (Lena, Ellener) Van Wagoner, Aug. 15, 1815. His father conveyed to him the homestead farm, Jan. 14, 1817, and he disposed of it by sundry deeds:--July 8, 1817, to Garret G. Van Wagoner, of Slooterdam; ... Pieter subsequently removed to New York city. Issue: 1. Abraham, b. July 9, 1817; 2. Garret Van Wagoner, b. Sept. 16, 1822.

Mr. Nelson does not identify which Ellen Van Wagenen/Van Wagoner Pieter married, but it may be:

p. 89: Garret G. van Wagenen, b. and living at Slooterdam (a grandson, it is understood of Spykerkop Gof), m. Helena Schoonmaker, maiden, b. at Esopus and living at Wesel, Jan. 5, 1791. ... Children: I. Helena, b. Jan. 30, 1792.

This would be consistent with the 1850 record, where Eleanor is 1 year older than Peter.

posted by Richard VanHouten
Vanhouton-2 and Van Houten-184 appear to represent the same person because: Last name is absolutely Van Houten. This is the same person because same name, same dates of birth and death, same wife.
posted by AmyLynn Hunt

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