Peter Hover Van Curen
Large families were the norm for our Dutch Ancestors,
And this tradition carried well into the early 20th Century.
As of the 1990 Census, there were 391 Van Curen Households
In the United States.
There are also many variations to the old family name.
The Van Keuren surname (formed in 1716, from descendants of Matthys Van Keulen) is numerous, as is Van Kuren,
And appears to come from the same root name.
Van Keulen or Van Ceulen are the original surnames,
As they elude to point of origin, the Van meaning 'of',
And Keulen being Dutch for the city of Cologne.
(Ceulen was often used in later years, but early Dutch alphabet did not have a 'C')
Let the story begin with Henry, son of Jacob Van Keuren and Elisabet Terwilliger, of Hurley, New York.
It's uncertain exactly when or where Henry got married, or even when he left the security of the Dutch community of Ulster and Dutchess Counties. By the time his first son was born, however, he was living in Onandaga County, New York. From there He moved his Family to Genesee County, then to Pennsylvania, and then to Ohio, before finally settling in Kosciusko County, Indiana.
Henrys second born son, Evert, arrived in Kosciusko County, Indiana in the fall of 1840 with his new bride. On April 4th, 1856, Peter Hover Van Curen was born to Evert's Wife, Elizabeth Hover
Peter H Van Curen, on Nov 10, 1875 PHOTOS
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