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 John Evert Van Eps

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John Evert Van Eps

Birth
Madison, Madison County, New York, USA
Death 3 Nov 1908 (aged 86)
Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan, USA
Burial Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan, USA
Plot middle of section A
Memorial ID 33615092 View Source
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Extract from the 1850 Census:
Name: John E Van Eps
Age in 1850: 28
Estimated birth year: 1822
Birthplace: New York
Race: white
Gender: male
Relation to head-of-house: head
Home in 1850: Clinton, Macomb, Michigan
Occupation: harness maker
Value of real estate: $2200
Census place: Clinton, Macomb, Michigan; Roll: M432_357; Page: 52; Image: 103
Date: 5 Aug 1850

Extract from the 1860 Census:
Name: John E Van Eps
Age in 1860: 38
Estimated birth year: 1822
Birthplace: New York
Race: white
Sex: male
Relation to head-of-house: head
Home in 1860: Clinton, Macomb, Michigan
Value of real estate: $4000
Value of personal property: $5297
Occupation: boots, shoes and harness
Census place: Clinton, Macomb, Michigan; Roll M653_553; Page: 761; Image: 335; Family History Library Film: 803553.
Date: 17 Aug 1860

Extract from the 1870 Census:
Name: John E Van Eps
Age in 1870: 48
Estimated birth year: 1822
Birthplace: New York
Race: white
Sex: male
Relation to head-of-house: head
Home in 1870: Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan
Post office: Mount Clemens
Value of real estate: $10,000
Value of personal property: $20,000
Occupation: merchant
Census place: Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan; Roll: M593_688; Page: 385; Image: 209
Date: 2 Aug 1870

Extract from the 1880 Census:
Name: John E Van Eps
Age: 58
Estimated birth year: 1822
Birthplace: New York
Race: white
Sex: male
Relationship to head-of-household: head
Home in 1880: Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan
Marital status: married
Father's birthplace: New York
Mother's birthplace: New York
Occupation: boot & shoe & leather mfg.
Census place: Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan; Roll: T9_592; Family History Film: 1254592; Page: 397.1000; Enumeration District: 204; Image: 0798
Date: 16 Jun 1880

Extract from the 1900 Census:
Name: John Van Eps
Age at last birthday: 78
Date of birth: Jan 1822
Birthplace: New York
Race: white
Sex: male
Relationship to head-of-house: head
Home in 1900: Mount Clemens Ward 3, Macomb, Michigan
Address: 200 Gratiot Avenue
Marital status: married
Number of years of marriage: 53
Able to read, write and speak English: yes
Father's birthplace: New York
Mother's birthplace: Connecticut
Farm or home: home
Home owned or rented: owned
Mortgage: no
Occupation: none
Census place: Mount Clemens Ward 3, Macomb, Michigan; Roll: T623 727; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 62
Date: 2 Jun 1900

Extract from "History of Macomb County, Michigan" compiled by Michael A. Leeson, published 1882:
John E. Van Eps, of Van Eps & Co., son of John Van Eps, of Kinderhook, N. Y., born in Madison County, N. Y., January 15, 1822; raised on the farm, and educated at Oak's Corners, N. Y. He learned the tannery business at Fort Byron, N. Y., under Robert Little; settled at Geneva, N. Y., in 1843; worked at trade there until 1844, when he came to Mt. Clemens, where he has carried on the tannery business ever since. He married Ada I. Traver. a New York lady, in February, 1847, to whom were born nine children, of whom six are living, namely: John F., Arthur E., Catherine A., Ada B., Effie and Maud M. Alice M. died at the age of seventeen years. Mr. Van Eps has held positions on the Village Board and in the City Council, and has been Mayor of Mt. Clemens; is Justice of the Peace, and member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Extract from "Past and Present of Macomb County, Michigan" by Robert F. Eldredge, published 1906:
John E. Van Eps married February 2d, 1848, Ada, daughter of John I. Traver, and with his wife is still living in this city. Of their children, Arthur E., Kate, Maud, Ada M. (Mrs. Dr. Wm. C. Tennant), and Effie (Mrs. Otto Bartley), are residents of this place. The others were Frank and Allie (Mrs. Henry Ferris). Mr. Van Eps has been President of the village and Mayor of the city.

The book "The Mayors of Mount Clemens, Michigan" lists John E. Van Eps, 1822-1908, as the fifth mayor, from April 1885 to April 1887. The full entry in the book is as follows:
Term: (Apr) 1885 - (Apr) 1887 (served two terms)
Born: 15 Jan 1882 Madison County, NY
Died: 3 Nov 1908 Mount Clemens, MI
Buried: Clinton Grove (A 168) Marker & Monument
Spouse: Ada Traver
Address: 200 North Gratiot
Mr. Van Eps was a tanner of leather by trade, making shoes and harnesses. He was the father of nine children. Three of his sons-in-law also served as mayors of Mount Clemens: Spencer B. Russell, George W. Robertson, and William C. Tennant. He was a member of the Old Crowd.
Political significance: Democrat.
"...one of the first mayors, and had naught to his discredit in a long and useful life" (per obituary).

Extract from Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920:
Name: John E Van Eps
Age: 86 years 9 months 18 days
Birth date: 15 Jan 1822
Birthplace: New York
Race: white
Sex: male
Marital status: married
Address: 200 North Gratiot
Occupation: retired
Death date: 3 Nov 1908
Death place: Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan
Cause of death: paralysis
Father's name: John Van Eps
Birthplace of father: New York
Mother's name: Eliza Rogers
Birthplace of mother: New York
Informant: Maude Van Eps of Mount Clemens
Place of burial: Clinton Grove Cemetery in Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan
Date of burial: 6 Nov 1908

Death notice from the "Free Press" of Detroit, Michigan dated 6 Nov 1908:
Mt. Clemens - John E. Van Eps, former mayor and pioneer shoe merchant, is dead at the age of 86 years.

He married Ada Isola Traver 18 Feb 1847 in Macomb, Macomb, Michigan.


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  • Created by: Richard Rhode
  • Added: 7 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33615092
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/33615092/john-evert-van_eps : accessed ), memorial page for John Evert Van Eps (15 Jan 1822–3 Nov 1908), Find a Grave Memorial ID 33615092, citing Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Richard Rhode (contributor 46552979) .