b Holland




mar 1880-1884 Cuyahoga Co, OH


Mary (Dier) Henk

Widow of Frederick Henk (ca 1841 Holland-27Aug1873 East Cleveland)

b Dec18848 OH



Children from previous marriage?:

Anna b ca 1869

Helen b ca 1870




William J. b 29Oct1884 East Cleveland, OH

Henry b ca 1886 d 1888

Judith d. infancy


Migrated from Holland in the early 1870s, landed in NY and made his way almost immediately to Ohio. He settled in Warrensville Twsp, Cuyahoga Co, OH.


1870 census Warrensville, Cuyahoga Co. OH


In 1888 he and his sister in-law, Margaret Dier, and her husband Henry Carter, homesteaded in what is now Glen Ulen, Morton Co, North Dakota. His wife and son joined them in that same year and lived in a cabin which John had built of wood that he had brought with him from Ohio by railroad. John was killed by the Indians, but Mary remained on the land for over a year and thus perfected the claim to 160 acres on which the cabin was built. She then returned with her son to the farm in East Cleveland OH.



WILLIAM J. VAN AKEN (John, William J)


b 29Oct1884 East Cleveland Twp., Cuyahoga Co OH

d 28Dec1950, Cuyahoga Co., OH


mar 1911


Florence E. Swallow






+William R. b1Dec1912 mar Dorothy Harrison

Florence M mar Bishop E. Holstein

d bef 1985

Marian L mar Donald I. Cole

Ch. Kathleen (Huppert), Mary Anne (Hochman), James

Jean M mar Henry A. Barren Jr.

Ch. Henry A., Wm J., Martha (Besuden), Scott

Margaret L mar Allan M. Davison

Ruth W mar Clyde E. Williams Jr

Ch. Clyde E., Mark V., Sarah


Wm J in 1911 with Van Sweringen brothers founded Shaker Heights. Wm was elected mayor in 1915.


See NL Vol 2, #3 pg 24. Article by Wm R VA 22299 Douglas Road, Shaker heights, OH 44122



WILLIAM R. VAN AKEN (John, William J, William R.)

b 1Dec1912 Cuyahoga Co OH

d 28Sep1993 Cuyahoga Co., OH


mar 1940

Dorothy Harrison






Nancy b

William R b d infancy

Mary Alice b

Dorothy Louise b mar StevenWorms

William J b mar Shirley Harris


Source: Whos Who In American Law, 1983