Thomas is the son of
AHAZERUS ALDENHOVEN and ANNA/HANNA SOPHIA MULDER.
Fredericka is the daughter of
CASIMIR WEISS and MARIA ANNA BACHMAN.
THOMAS AHAZERUS EGBERTES ALDENHOVEN
was born 23 June 1853-54 in Rotterdam / Brielle, South Holland, Netherlands
(near Scheveningen - a seaside village that is part of The Hague, Netherlands).
FREDERICKA A. WEISS was born 15 August 1871
in Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland.
It has been told by one of his daughter's that Thomas fled with his wife, Josephine, to England from Holland. He then immigrated to the U.S. from France in 1882 with his two sons, Ian 'John' and Lambert. They all settled in New York City.
Fredericka was about 8 years old when she immigrated to the U.S. from Switzerland with her family. They traveled on the ship "White Star Liner." They had to travel on the steerage, the lowest class on the ship as it was the cheapest rate.
When the Weiss' arrived in the U.S. they settled in Grossdale, Cook County, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago).
Thomas moved from New York City to Chicago, Illinois about 1890. That is where he met his third wife, Fredericka Weiss.
He and his new family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1901 and that is where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Thomas and his son, Lambert [Bert], were self-employed sign painters and owned offices in Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California; and Deming, New Mexico. Thomas traveled quite a bit to the different offices.
The 1900 Census shows the family living in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) - 239 S. Halsted - renting a house.
It is believed that Thomas Van Aldenhoven was married two times and had one other relationship that is known about:
1. Cornelia Elisabeth de Haan - married in 1874.
2. Relationship with sister-in-law (his brother's wife), Josephine.
They never married.
Because of their relationship, Thomas was disowned and disinherited by his family in Holland he and Josephine fled to England.
3. He married again to Fredericka Weiss in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois.
He was 18 years older than she was.
It is believed that Thomas and his first wife, Cornelia Elisabeth de Haan,
had three children:
1. IAN K. E. ('John') ALDENHOVEN
Born about 1875-1876
in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands.
He married Rose Weiss (Frederica Weiss' sister) on 13 Nov 1899
in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
He died in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
2. LAMBERT ('Bert') ALDENHOVEN
Born 17 March 1878 in Holland.
(1) Mabel Haskins in 1889 in Chicago, Illinois
(2) Gertrude C. [Surname Unknown].
He died 27 Jan 1944 in Denver, Colorado.
3. JOSEPHINE JOHANNE ALDENHOVEN
Born 1885 in Paris, France.
She married Barend Daniel de Klerk. He died in 1926.
She died abt. 1965. (She was about 80 years old).
Thomas then had an illegitimate daughter born from his brother's wife, Josephine, that he ran off with:
4. VICTORIA ALDENHOVEN
Born in Belgium.
Family tradition tells how the mother deserted the baby by leaving her baby in a farmers haystack. The baby was then placed for adoption. It has also been told that Josephine died during childbirth.
Thomas Van Aldenhoven and Fredericka Weiss' marriage
resulted with four children, all girls:
5. EDITH FREDERICKA MARIE ALDENHOVEN
Born 27 Aug 1893 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
She married Sam Quick in 1916.
She died March 1986.
She was a writer of children's operettas and short stories.
6. BERTHA O'TILLIA ALDENHOVEN
Born 18 April 1895 in Chicago, Illinois.
She married Albert Schrah 10 May 1919 in Denver, Colorado.
She died 6 November 1960 in Denver, Colorado
and is buried next to her husband in Ft. Logan National Cemetery.
7. HENRIETTA FREDERICKA ALDENHOVEN
Born 4 November 1897 in Chicago, Illinois.
(1) Glenn Megargee
She died in 1972 in Denver, Colorado.
8. PAULINE LYDIA KRUGER ALDENHOVEN:
Born 2 Sept 1900 in Chicago, Illinois.
(1) Emmett Dolan in 1919 but divorced in 1922.
(2) John J. Conlon in 1928.
There is no known information about this yet, although it's believed
he never had to serve during any wars.
Fredericka was originally a Lutheran but later converted
to the Roman Catholic religion.
Fredericka died 29 January 1919
at the age of 47 years in Denver, Colorado.
She had tuberculosis, but died from the flu epidemic of 1918.
Fredericka was cremated.
Her ashes are buried in her husbands grave site.
Thomas died 1-1/2 years later on 7 August 1920
at the age of 67 years in Denver, Colorado.
He is buried in the Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
Thomas was naturalized in New York on St. Patrick's Day. It has been told that he did not like Irish people.
As a young man, Thomas was sent to schools in France and Germany to study art. Both of Thomas' sons, John and Lambert, attended art school in France and came to the U.S. with their father.
Thomas and his son, Lambert [Bert], owned the "Acme Sign Company." They were professional Sign Painters. (In those days, all the signs were painted by hand). Bert was the originator of the "Alden Sign Co."
Thomas' daughter, Edith Aldenhoven, was a writer of children's operettas and short stories.
Thomas' mother, Anna Sophia Mulder, was an authoress. She wrote a whole series of books on the Protestant Reformation. All the pictures in her books where painted by Thomas.
It also appears that Thomas led quite a colorful life and was quite a "ladies man." It has been told by one of his daughters, Edith, the story about Thomas' illegitimate daughter born and how the mother just deserted the baby in a farmer's haystack.
Edith also related that Thomas ran off with his brothers wife, Josephine [Surname Unknown] when he still lived in Holland. He was disowned by his family, so he and Josephine married and moved to England. He never heard from his family again for the rest of his life. He once wrote a letter to his brother, but his brother burned the edges of the envelope and sent it back to him, unopened.
Henk de Klerk (a great-grandson of Thomas' in Holland) relates that Thomas left his wife for his sister-in-law, Josephine, with whom he had an illegitimate child, Victoria. Josephine (the daughter or sister-in-law?) and Thomas fled to England, disinherited, and immigrated via France to America with his two sons.
Josephine Johanne (the daughter) went back to Holland (Rotterdam) with her mother, where Josephine married Barend Daniel de Klerk. He died in 1926. Josephine (the daughter) worked as a manager of a furniture department but the business was bombed in Rotterday in 1940 by the Germans.
Thomas was a victim of the Great Earthquake in 1906 in San Francisco. He lost everything he owned but the clothes he was wearing at the time.
It is reported that Thomas was a very brilliant man and he could speak eight different languages fluently.
Thomas has been described as being 6-ft. 1-in. tall and weighing 230 pounds. He had blue eyes and reddish-sandy colored hair. His daughter relates that "he was a jolly, happy person but he had a very bad temper."
Fredericka has been described as being 5-ft. 2-in. tall, had coal black hair and brown eyes. Her daughter relates that "she was also a very kind, gentle and loving person."
Thomas' son, Lambert [Bert] Aldenhoven had his named legally changed to "Alden" when he came to the United States. It has also been reported that Thomas Van Aldenhoven has an ancestor named Paul Kruger (a general in the Boer War in South Africa). It is not certain if this is true or if Paul Kruger was just someone he admired a lot. Thomas did give his last born daughter, Pauline, the name "Kruger."
An article from the Rocky Mountain News on August 8, 1920:
Alden - Thomas A.A. Alden, age 67 years, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Late of 3140 W. 8th Ave. Father of Mrs. Edward Schrak and Mrs. Samuel Quick. Services will be held from the Olinger Chapel Monday at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Fairmount.
Thomas' name has been said to be: " Ahasverus Thomas Egbertes Aldenhoven" and also "Thomas Asphiris Egbertes de Vrij Van Alsenhoven."
It has been told that the name "Van Aldenhoven:"
"Van" means "originating from"
"Aldenhoven" is the name of a small village in Holland.
It is not a common surname in Holland.
It has also been told that Aldenhoven is a little town in Germany near Aachen, also Frei-Aldenhoven. This is most likely the correct place.
If you have any additional information or inquiries about this family,
it would sure be appreciated if you would please contact me.
Updated August 18, 2009
|LOEB / LOUPS, John
LOEBS / LOUPS, Margaret
WALTHER / SCHAFER, Catherina
KINIGUNDA / CHRISTMANN?
|WYSS / WISS, Urs
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