Veulemans Family History: From Belgium to America

April 6, 2009

The purpose of this blog is to connect with all the Veulemans around the world who are related. If you’re a Veulemans, Veuleman, or Velman and can trace your roots to Zuurbemde, Belgium (East Flanders), then you are definitely family! 
  
So far this blog has been very successful! I have traveled to Belgium and met some of my wonderful distant relations and was able to learn about some interesting stories.  One of the “legends” that I’m pursuing involves the Mues family. My ggg grandfather Peter Veulemans’ mother’s surname was Mues. 
 
 There is a story that the Mues family originated in Navarra, Spain and were Sephardic Jews. In fact, there is even a tiny village in Navarra called Mues, and if you look at the LDS family search and enter the surname Mues and the location Spain, you will see over 100 de Mueses all from Navarra dating back from the 1500s to the 1800s. I saw nothing on them that substantiated them being Jewish, but they may have  very well been willing or forced Catholic converts.
 
So how would the Spanish Mueses end up in Flanders? In the late 16th century, the Reformation began and Spain controlled Belgium by sending  Spanish soldiers to the area. Many of the Protestants fled Belgium for safety reasons. The Spanish soldiers killed many of the local men. As a result, many of the soldiers stayed in that area and married or had relations with the local women.
 
Is this just a legend or could it be true? I met a Mues descendant who lives in Mexico City. She has never talked to or met any of my relations in Belgium. Her  family history is that her Mues ancestors fled Flanders during the Reformation and went to Germany. I believe it was her grandfather who left Germany and settled in Mexico. Her family “legend” also matches mine. The Mues family came from Navarra, Spain!
 
Here is my Veulemans family history. I hope to find more on the female lines, particulary the Mues line and post it here. I hope this blog will fill in all those blanks that you may have about your family.
  
My great, great, great grandfather Dr. Peter Constantine Veulemans was born in Belgium in 1797 and died November 14, 1863 in Buchanan County, Halls, Missouri. He is buried at Kerlin Cemetery along side his wife, my great, great, great grandmother, Kessiah H. (Wadkins) Veulemans. Kessiah was born about 1816 and died May 4, 1882.
 
 
 Why Peter left the priesthood is a mystery for now. Maybe it was because of his adventurous nature. Peter, who was fluent in several languages, tried to coax his wife, Kessiah, into moving to South America. Although she refused the offer, it did not stop him from seeking adventure closer to home. During the gold rush era, Peter traveled to California and amassed a small fortune.

There was also a family legend that involved Peter being aboard a Spanish ship when some of  the sailors contracted scurvy. Because of his medical training, Peter concocted a drink that saved the sailors. As his reward, the King of Spain gave him a land grant to what is now San Antonio, Texas.

That story proved to be true. When my family and I visited Halls, Missouri, we met his two great granddaughters. They lived in the original house built by Peter’s son Dallas Velman, which contained beautiful dining room furniture imported from Belgium and Peter’s silver chalice used for baptisms, etc.

They confirmed the story about the land grant, and although they possess the original document, we never saw it.  Another family story is that Peter’s daughter, Kittie, once gave the grant to an attorney to look it over and had a difficult time getting it back from him. That might be  the reason they declined to show it to us.
 
According to his great granddaughters, Peter cared little for material possessions, so he never made good on the grant. They said he suffered from an “itchy foot” and liked to travel a lot. Even though Peter was not home often, it is reported that he was good father and an “honorable and fair man”.
 
 Very little is known about Kessia. Although the census says she was born in Missouri, the two great granddaughters said either she or her family came from Virginia. They also said that some of  her descendants visited them from England. The name Wadkins/Watkins, however, is definitely Welsh.
 
Their son Henry was my great great grandfather. Henry’s wife was Elizabeth Singleton.  Their daughter Sarah (Sally) Elizabeth Velman was my great grandmother.
 
 My Veulemans family research has spanned approximately thirty years and is still a work in progress. Thanks to my sister Karen Duke for getting the original documents copied and translated and to distant relatives living in Belgium who provided additional information. Their efforts have helped tremendously in tracing the family line:

Peter’s first wife was Hannah Talbot. She died about a year after they were married. After Hannah’s death, he married  class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”married “>Kessiah Wadkins from Virginia (census states she was born in MO, but her family was from Virginia) who was of English ancestryThe children of Peter and Kessiah changed their surname to Velman. The Tipton, Missouri branch uses the original Veulemans while the Louisiana branch uses Veuleman.Peter was a Jesuit Priest and a trained surgeon who brought the famous Belgian missionary Peter De Smet toAmerica ).

 

St. Catherine's in Zuurbemde, Belgium

St. Catherine's in Zuurbemde, Belgium

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The following information came from St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Zuurbemde, Belgium.
 
The family roots go back to the 16th century  Belgium:
1. Veulemans Christianus    x    Cremers Margarita
2. Veulemans Christianus    ° 12/8/1615 Kapellen
2. Veulemans Georgius        ° 27/3/1618    Kapellen
2. Veulemans Petrus            ° 28/1/1621    Kapellen
2. Veulemans Maria            ° 13/2/1625    Kapellen
2. Veulemans Joannes        ° 14/4/1636    Kapellen        + 27/4/1733    Zuurbemde
x 1678 Bogaers Catharina    ° 12/11/1661    Tielt St.Martinus    + 5/2/1736    Zuurbemde
3. Veulemans Catharina    ° 28/10/1679    Glabbeek    + 14/11/1720    Miskom
3. Veulemans Margareta    ° 27/4/1681    Glabbeek    + 25/1/1729    Zuurbemde
3. Veulemans Joannes    ° 18/3/1683 Glabbeek    +    24/6/1735 Zuurbemde
x Kestiaens Maria        °                                +    23/11/1748    Zuurbemde
4. Veulemans Joannes    9/12/1711    Zuurbemde    + 22/10/1793 Zuurbemde
x 7/3/1751 Zuurbemde with Coffers Anna Catharina    ° 5/5/1716 Geetbets    + 24/10/1769    Zuurbemde
5.Veulemans Anna Maria    ° 26/8/1752    Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Helena        ° 28/6/1754    Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Joannes Franciscus    ° 25/11/1756 Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Joannes Josephus    ° 13/3/1759 Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Theresia Maria Agnes    ° 24/10/1761    Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Joannes    ° 1764    Zuurbemde        + 5/3/1814 Zuurbemde
x 4/10/1791 at Zuurbemde Zuurbemde “>Mues Anna Elisabeth    ° 17/5/1770    Zuurbemde    + 5/3/1814    Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Joannes Chrisostomus    ° 24/8/1792    Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Dominicus    ° 30/9/1794 Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Petrus        ° 7/2/1797    Zuurbemde    + 14/11/1863 Halls MO            emigrated 1821
6. Veulemans Maria Elisabeth    ° 26/3/1799 Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Maria Theresia    ° 12/12/1804 Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Joannes Chrisostomus    ° 22/7/1807 Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Maria Philipine    ° 24/5/1810 Zuurbemde
4. Veulemans Guilielmus    ° 10/8/1715    Zuurbemde    + 1722
4. Veulemans Henricus    ° 3/8/1719    Zuurbemde    + 9/3/1797 Zuurbemde
4. Veulemans Guilielmus    ° 22/2/1723    Zuurbemde
4. Veulemans Petrus    ° 23/2/1728 Zuurbemde
x 24/8/1749 in Zuurbemde with Nijns Maria Catharina
5. Veulemans Maria Elisabeth    ° 17/2/1754 Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Joannes    ° 5/10/1756 Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Joannes Baptista    ° 21/8/1758 Zuurbemde    + 17/3/1805 Glabbeek
x 26/5/1782 Glabbeek with De Geest Maria Catharina    ° 1757 Glabbeek    + 8/11/1820 Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Joannes Baptista    ° 17/4/1783 Zuurbemde                                    emigrated 1835
x Boeckx Maria    °        + 29/6/1815 Glabbeek
7. Veulemans Maria Theresia    ° 13/1/1813 Glabbeek
7. Veulemans Petrus Norbertus    ° 28/6/1815 Glabbeek    +    2/10/1881 Tienen
came in 1835 to Louisiana, returned later back to Belgium
xx 9/5/1817 Glabbeek with Mues Anna Joanna                                                    emigrated 1835
7. Veulemans Josephina ° 5/6/1817 Glabbeek                                                 emigrated 1835
7. Veulemans Antonia ° 5/11/1818 Glabbeek                                                        emigrated 1835
7. Veulemans Joannes Chrisostomus ° 21/5/1820                                                emigrated 1835
7. Veulemans Joannes Josephus ° 8/7/1822 Glabbeek    + 21/10/1893 LA (USA)    emigrated 1835
x O’Conn Mary Nieves
xx Dillard Sarah Ann
7. Veulemans Cecilia ° 20/3/1824 Glabbeek                                                        emigrated 1835
7. Veulemans Theresia     ° 25/2/1826 Glabbeek    + 29/1/1930 Glabbeek
7. Veulemans Maria Elisabeth ° 17/4/1827 Glabbeek                                            emigrated 1835
7. Veulemans Thecla ° 17/8/1832 Glabbeek                                                        emigrated 1835
6. Veulemans Jacobus Fredericus    ° 10/2/1786 Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Maria Carolina    ° 19/1/1790 Zuurbemde
6. Veulemans Anna Philippina    ° 9/2/1793 Glabbeek
6. Veulemans Joannes Josephus    ° 14/11/1795 Glabbeek
6. Veulemans Joanna Maria    ° 9/5/1799 Glabbeek    +    9/10/1811 Glabbeek
6. Veulemans Catharina Elisabeth    ° 16/7/1804 Glabbeek    + 2/4/1818 Zuurbemde
5. Veulemans Gaspar    ° 13/4/1761 Zuurbemde    + 13/4/1761 Zuurbemde
4. Veulemans Martinus    ° 27/8/1733    Zuurbemde    +    27/8/1733    Zuurbemde
3. Veulemans Augustinus    °25/8/1685    Glabbeek
3. Veulemans Elisabeth    °    16/4/1687    Glabbeek
3. Veulemans Guilielmus    °    13/1/1690 Glabbeek
3. Veulemans Anna        °    1/1/1692    Glabbeek    +    10/2/1779 Attenrode
3. Veulemans Petrus    °     8/12/1695 Glabbeek
3. Veulemans Gertrudis    ° 8/5/1698 Zuurbemde
3. Veulemans Henricus    ° 25/2/1701 Glabbeek    + 31/5/1780 Zuurbemde
Descendants of the nephew of Peter, John Baptist all settled in Louisiana.
The Veulemans settled first in Louisiana but moved later to Tipton, Missouri is traced to Adrianus Veulemans  born around 1700.
 
UPDATE: My family went to Belgium on July 18-31, 2009. We visited the Glabbeek area and St. Catherine’s Church. It was AMAZING! I met my a Mues from our maternal side. Anna Elisabeth Mues was the mother of my ggg grandfather. Here are some photos from the inside of St. Catherine’s. Even the Priest’s brother is married to a Veulemans. It was very exciting to be inside a church that my family has attended for over 400 years, and still attend today.
Inside St. Catherine's

Inside St. Catherine's

A Veulemans Tomb

A Veulemans Tomb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The same tomb

  The same tomb
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37 Responses to “Veulemans Family History: From Belgium to America”

  1. judy vaughn Says:

    PETER C. VELMAN IS THE 3 GREAT GRANDFATHER TO MY HUSBAND FROM PETERS SON ALVERSON THAT MARRIED LYDIA JANE WALKER
    THEIR DAUGHTER NELLIE VELMAN THAT MARRIED
    WARREN MONROE VAUGHN
    THEN A SON OF THEIR’S
    HERY VAUGHN
    AND HIS SON LAWRENCE VAUGHN
    TO MY HUSBAND
    KEVIN L. VAUGHN
    THANKS YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INFO. ON THIS SITE
    JUDY VAUGHN
    breezefrm@earthlink.net

  2. Dean Lambert Says:

    My neighbor is Randy Veuleman. He is a direct descendant of Joannes Josephus and Mary O’Conn /Mary Nieves. Also related to Sarah Ann Dillard. We live in Sabine Parish, La. and some of the Veulemans that emmigrated from Holland are buried here in a small almost forgotten cemetery.

    • teaandscones Says:

      Dean – my husband is a Veuleman descendent. Where is this cemetery located please.

      • Grace Foster Says:

        did you find out where the cemetery is located? We have been there several times and live in Sabine Parish in LA. I am a gg grandaughter of Joseph and Mary N. O’Conn

  3. denisekruta Says:

    Hi Randy,

    To the best of my knowledge, I believe that Joannes was Peter’s nephew.

  4. Shirley Ingle Says:

    I found you on google.com. I am also working on my family tree, you have so much information–it is awesome. My family isn’t close and the holders of all the information hasn’t shared. I know that some of the family from Belgium used to come to Louisiana for family reunions. Do you have your family tree mapped out on a website? I cannot get any farther back than Maria Catherina Degeest or her husband Jan Veulemans. I am using ancestry.com thank you.

  5. denisekruta Says:

    Hi Shirely. I didn’t know that the Belgian Veulemans’ visited LA.

    My family and I are going to Belguim for two weeks at the end of July, and hopefully, we will come back with a lot more info.

  6. Shirley Ingle Says:

    Thanks for the reply. I just started this so bear with me. I’m waiting for others to repond from my family.
    Jan Baptiste Veulemans m Maria Catharina Degeest
    child Joannes B Veulemans m Jeane Marie Meus
    child Josephine Veulemans m William Smith
    child Louis Smith m Martha Winegeart
    child Julia Smith m Albert (albertus) Andries
    child Elizabeth Andries m my dad MacDonald Wray
    I can send you a link from ancestry.com if you want to send an email address. it is the ingle family tree (Chad Ingle) I am his 2nd wife Shirley Wray–There used to be a Belgium House in alexandria, La where all the families would join– the matthews, smiths, andries ect. My Dad was in the army and my mom was the youngest of the 12 kids so we were a little out of the loop. I did visit Antwerp when I lived in Germany as a child. There were many pages of Andries in the phone book as well as a St Andries Cathedral near the zoo.

    thanks,
    Shirley


  7. I think
    petrus veulemans m begga van veeckhoven
    child maria l veulemans m henricus fillet
    child bethilia fillet m paulus tutenel they immigrated to Louisiana
    child melanie tutenel married Albert (albertus) andries-she died at age 38 and he remarried however, they are my great grandparents–
    child albert andries–married Julia Smith

  8. Elda Lynn Veuleman Says:

    My husband is the great grandson of Joannes Josephus [Jeff] Veuleman born July 8,1822 and Sarah Dillard. Granfather is Joseph Eugene Veuleman June 2,1869 and Mittie Jane Winn. His Dad is Luther Wilson Veuleman and Gertie Moran

  9. Lies Says:

    Hi Denise,
    would you mind if I’ld publish some of our previous conversations on our ancestory?

    Also, as for your visit to Belgium, any idea on the plans yet? Are you coming for research too or just to see your grassroot? I hope you will not be dissapointed, it is really just the tiniest village… :-) I was at the cemetery some time ago and only just a few relatives are still to be found, only from the generation of my grandfather so no earlier…
    I’ve requested the documents down at the townhall but due to some merges between communities, lots of the information just appears to be lost…

    I really have to get started on all this again!!

    Let me know if there is anyting particular I can do for you and if you have a clear view on your planning of the trip… Are you meeting with other people too?

    See you!

  10. denisekruta Says:

    Hi Lies,

    We’re definitley doing some research there, and we are very excited to meet all of you. I know that we’re doing a lot a day trips to other places in Belguim, France, and London. I think going to London for the entire day is possible, not real sure about that though. Sure, you publish any of the info I gave you. I will email you and tell you more about the trip.

  11. Lies Says:

    daytripping to London? Sure, book yourselves a train from Brussel to London Pancras at www. eurostar.com, it is only a 2 hour ride so no problem about that! I would book in advance if I was you…
    Looking forward to know more about your trip!

  12. Lies Says:

    And by the way, I know about that family going to Veulemans reunions in the states.. Can’t find their details at this point but will look it up, maybe you can plan an visit there too.

  13. Shirley Ingle Says:

    So good to see your blog. I hope you are having a wonderful time. We went to Belgium when I lived in Germany as a child. We stayed in Antwerp. The phone books were full of Andries-my mothers fathers’ name.

  14. Shirley Ingle Says:

    Denise. My husband found a book about each side of his family. Have you thought about publishing your information when you are finished. The tree along with the facinating stories you have learned about?

  15. Jerry Bergen Says:

    I have just started looking at my family history and know that my Dad’s mother was Sarah Sadie Louisa Velman, daughter of Lydia Jane Walker and Alverson Velman and grand daughter of Kessiah Watkins and Peter C. Vuelemans.

    I have visited the Kerlin Cementery where the family plot is in Halls, MO. I had no knowledge of family members still living in that community, but would be extremely interested in making contact with any of them. I live in Topeka, KS at 5732 SW 33rd Street and my phone # is 785-273-2972.

    • JUDY VAUGHN Says:

      Hey Jerry Berjen from Topeka Kansas my husband is a great grandson of Nellie Velman Vaughn she is a sister to your Louisa Velman both daughters of Lidia Jane Walker and and Alverson Velman .
      I went to Kerlin Cem. in May of this year it was awsome tryed to find out more of why they setteled there but may need to make a trip to county seat and see what I find. we live in Montrose Mo. about 1 1/2 hours so. of Kansas City would love to talk to you my email breezefrm@earthlink.net
      Hope you see this JUDY A. VAUGHN

  16. Stephen Olmsted Says:

    I guess this would put be a great grandson too.

    Had no idea still had family around.

    I live in N. Indiana

  17. denisekruta Says:

    Hi Stephen. I will contact you directly.

  18. William Veuleman Says:

    This is great info. I knew Joseph Veulemans was one of the first to come over. My father Charles Veileman and uncle Jerry Veuleman found his grave site burried in the woods in Sabine Parrish in north east Louisiana. It was so cool to see it. Please email me with any and all info. I would love to travel to Belgium some day.

  19. Jean Mues Says:

    Hi Denise !

    Very interestng blog, indeed !

    I’ve found on a document on internet a Ferrant Xemeniz de Mues, executed in Navarra in 1328.

    It was in : “La matanza de 1328″, by Nadia MARIN, who refers to LEROY, Béatrice, “Le royaume de Navarre et les Juifs aux XlVème et XVeme siècles”. The link is dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/fichero_articulo?codigo=16121&orden…

    I also found the copy of a decision from Carlos III, King of Navarra, dated 12 December 1406, signed at Olite, giving rewards to Pero Lopiz de Mues (“dado por logares de Mues et Surraslada” – old Spanish language) for his help as “mesnadas” (mercenary) at the occasion of a military operation executed on behalf this King. It was the campaign of Estella. That’s a part of what he obtained from his King : “Item, a Pero Lopiz de Mues, dado por los logares de Mues et Surruslada, vnas platas et vna baillesta que costaron X libras X sueldos, vna jaqueta”, etc. SURRUSLADA IS NOW SERLADA, next to the city of Mues; this Mues obtained rewards for his domains of Mues and Serlada, said the decision of the King. I found these informations about Pero Lopiz de Mues at page 231 in “Los señores de la guerra y de la tierra: nuevos textos para el estudio de los
    Parientes Mayores guipuzcoanos (1265-1548)”. the link is http://www.artxibogipuzkoa.gipuzkoakultura.net/libros-e…/iturriak-fuentes02.pdf

  20. denisekruta Says:

    Looks like you’ve been busy Jean! Thanks for that link and the information.

  21. Jean Mues Says:

    You’re welcom, Denise ! And indeed, I’ve been busy … but it’s passionating !

  22. judy vaughn Says:

    so glad you found the new info and yes its is very passionating
    thanks jean

  23. Jean Mues Says:

    thanks for your very positive reaction judy; it’s a great encouragement

  24. Jean Mues Says:

    In the study of Nadia MARIN “La matanza de 1328, témoin des solidarités de la Navarre chrétienne”, study where Ferrant Xemeniz de Mues appears (“Item, despues los que fueron jurgados a muert en aqueyll mismo lugar, et lutes bienes pora el seynor rey : (…) Ferrant Xemeniz de Mues. Et la sentecias tienne Pere d’Ug (…)),the word “mesnada” is explained (Pero Lopiz de Mues, mentionned in the other study to which I refered yesterday, had recieved a mesnada from the king of Navarra Carlos III, for his participation to the campaign of Etella against France in 1406).
    The mesdanero is a noble man distinguished by the king in order to follow him during wars. A reward, he was gratified during periods of peace by a rent or mesnada.
    He must have a horse, weapons and his own troop. He have to accomplish 40 days of annual service. A control of these obligations, done by the governor, the merino or the alfvarez, is the condition of the payment of the mesnada.
    The study of Nadia Marin mentions that the death penalties sanctionned those that man wanted to point as leaders of the movement (it was troubled times, generated by the fact that king of France and Navarra, Charles le Bel, died in 1328, without having a male descendant.
    it was the occasion for Navarra to be freed from the French domination; one year later, Jeanne d’Evreux, daughter of king Louis X (eldest brother of Charles le Bel), eliminated from the succession of the French dynasty at her father’s death, succeed to rule over Navarra with her husband Philippe, Navarra which became independant again.
    After the return to independance, there was a war between Navarra and France. In 1406 was the city of Estella (the city of Mues is a part of the circonscription of Estella, by the way) occupied by the French army, but Navarra succeed to take Estella back from French hands.
    It was at this occasion that Pero Lopiz de Mues, mesdanero of the king Carlos III of Navarra, recieved rewards from him because he participated to the campaign of Estella in his army.

  25. Jean Mues Says:

    I’ve just discovered how the Mueses settled in this lost (and beautiful) Hageland’s region (between Tienen and Diest, in Flemish Brabant).

    In 1576, there was a terrible battle in Vissenaeken, nearby Tienen, between the Spanish and the protestant troops (during the 80 years’s war)and some members of the Spanish army finally stayed in the region. It was the case of a Mues, my ancestor. There are still Mueses in Hageland, and a lot of my direct ancestors are located there, first in Kersbeek and than Bekkevoort).

    I can imagine how a Mues served in the Spanish army. Indeed, in 1512 was Navarra invaded by Castilla (after that, Castilla and Aragon were unified and the Spanish Nation was born), and at this occasion, a part of the Navarran aristocrats joined the Castillan new power, in order to obtain advantages, as a charge in the army.

    • denisekruta Says:

      The Mues DNA from a participant in Belgium does not show anything other than it is a typical western European haplogroup, R1b. It tested negative for any mutations that could narrow it down to subclade that would provide more information about where the Mues ancestor picked up his mutations. Also, the person who tested his DNA does not have any close matches on 37 markers at this time. The rarity of his DNA means that two things are possible. The Mues men were not successful breeders and /or the Mues men were killed of in wars or died in other ways.

      When the ysearch.org database grows, then perhaps a person of the same surname or even a different surname will match, and that event will provide a wealth of information. The leap from Spain to Flanders based on the name of a town is preposterious, even if the surname did not enter Flanders until the 1600s, it is not of evidence to form a concrete theory. And the presumption of “Royalty” is premature and bombastic!.

      All we know is that there a town in Spain called “Mues” and that the Mues surname did not arrive in East Flanders until. Shall we not rule out Germany as place of origin because the DNA is Germanic, not Basque and not Spanish. As far as a Jewish origin, the haplogroup would have to be a J, or certain subclades of G or E.

      Since the person who tested his DNA has chosen to remove his name from ysearch.org after I have spent hours researching his DNA, I will not be sharing anymore information on this blog or anywhere else! I since I am a very experienced genealogist and very experienced with DNA, I will not base the entire Mues lineage on only one man who tested his DNA! More Mues men are needed in order to establish any type of historical background of the Mueses. Finally, there is a “Meeus” in the Netherlands who tested his DNA and does not match the DNA of the Mues participant.

  26. Frank Says:

    Hi,

    My name is Frank Peter Veulemans and am the grand son of Joseph Veulemans who was settled in Diest (nice place). I don’t know much about my family’s history but I do know that we have a background in the Flemish Brabant area (someone told me as landowners). I’m very surprised to see so many people with the same surname in the US. And the Spanish influence is also pretty new for me, interesting. Let me know if I can help.

  27. Grace Foster Says:

    Just found your information and it is so interesting. Much farther back than I had. I am daughter of Sylvia Veuleman, daughter of James Wilson Veuleman, son of Peter Veuleman, son of Joseph [Jeff] Veuleman.

  28. denisekruta Says:

    Hi Grace. I’m not really familiar with all the Veulemans in Lousiana, other than they are related. I’ve been working on my maternal line a lot, but when I’m finished with that, I’ll start on my paternal line.

  29. Brandon Veuleman Says:

    my name is Brandon, also a descendent of Joseph Jeff Veuleman and Mary O’Conn.
    Check out a family tree I put together here:
    http://www.geni.com/share?t=6000000019558583332

    • denisekruta Says:

      Hello Brandon,

      I was in Shreveport for three months last summer for work. I went down to the cemetery where Joseph is buried and got photos.

    • denisekruta Says:

      Joseph Jeff was the nephew of my ggg grandfather Peter.

      • denisekruta Says:

        Also, Jerry Bergen who has commented above has taken the Family Finder DNA test, along my sister and me. His DNA matches that of ours. Peter and Kessiah are also Jerry’s 3rd great grandparents. Please consider taking it!


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