Schoonovers in America

Welcome Schoonover Genealogy Researchers!

The 17th century De Veerpoort (entrance gate) to the 13th century-old city of Schoonhoven, province of South Holland, Netherlands 

DNA Testing: Calling all Schoonover family members!  We need your help!  Please consider DNA testing to help us advance our research.  Our preferred DNA testing center is FamilyTreeDNA whose site is located at www.familytreedna.com.  We are particularly encouraging current day Schoonover males to take the Y-DNA test and to join the Schoonover Project.  This project needs a much larger population to help us with our research.  Questions?  Please feel free to contact me at schoongen@gmail.com.  Thank you.  Jay Schoonover

2015 Update

Mary Frances Schoonover, proprietor of the Schoonovers in America website (and its core “Mastertree” predecessor) since 1999, passed away unexpectedly on December 30, 2014.  Her contributions toward preserving and advancing our genealogy, and generously helping so many others in this pursuit, have been immeasurable.  I enjoyed the pleasure and benefits of collaborating with her for over 12 years, and she will be greatly missed.

Memorial for Mary

Although Mary’s sudden departure precluded her from officially passing the torch, I and others believe she would have approved of my stepping in, and with that I extend sincere thanks to Jason Schoonover and Mike Schoonover for their support and confidence in my stewardship. 

James M. (“Jay”) Schoonover

St. Charles, Missouri

Contact:  schoongen@gmail.com


Purpose, History, Format, and Acknowledgments - by Mary Schoonover:
The primary purpose of this website is to make available the Schoonover Mastertree.  This large file of Van Schoonhoven, Schoonhoven, and Schoonover family tree information was begun and assembled by Roger Schoonover.  He sent out surveys to over 2,000 Schoonovers all across America and many responded and generously shared their family trees.  Roger combined this data with information gathered for decades by Glen Schoonover.  Glen eventually asked Roger to continue his work.  The Schoonover Clearinghouse of over 20,000 names connected to Schoonover descendants was organized and the work started on the Schoonover Mastertree on computer format. Initially, it was posted and maintained on the Internet by Kristen Schoonover.  When other demands on her time intervened, she forwarded the file to me.  I sent that 1999 Schoonover Mastertree document out to anyone who requested it, until I finally figured out how to create a simple website.  Recently, due to failing health, Roger sent all of his records and research materials to me.  There are thousands of pages of typed and handwritten surveys and family histories, many clearly showing the results of much time and effort.  I intend to gradually re-examine these and make sure the information sent has been recorded on the Mastertree. 
Schoonovers in America was recently available on Yahoo GeoCities until Yahoo decided to close GeoCities.  After much deliberation, I've now transferred it to Google Sites, giving me easier site management but making it necessary to divide the large Schoonover Mastertree into 15 parts.  The Mastertree was already large when I got it in 1999 so its original format is still being used.  This decimal system is a little confusing, but there is now a Search this site tool included at the top of each Part that is provided free by Google--not perfect but better than nothing.  Try searching for the wife's last name or the most unusual first name in the family.  When you get to the right Part, use the Ctrl-F keys on your computer to search for a name within that Part. 
 I have also created an Index to Mastertree Parts, a handy key to what entries are included in each part.  Remember, the names have been added chronologically; the higher the numbers, the closer the names are to the present day.  Immediately following every name, the first names of the father, grandfather, great grandfather, etc. are shown in parentheses.  In the example below, to find information about Francis' father, Lorenzo Denton Schoonover, go to the Index to Mastertree Parts and find where 2119 would be included among the children's entries.  Repeat the process for each earlier generation.  If there are newer generations added for Francis' children, look for the Part which would include the numbers for his children,  3063, 3064, and 3065.

2119. Francis Testerman Schoonover (Lorenzo Denton, Marshall, Joseph, Benjamin Schoonhoven, Thomas Van Schoonhoven, Niclaes, Hendrick Claessen, Claes Hendrickse, Hendrich1 Van Schoonhoven) was born May 27, 1895 in Arrington, Kansas, and died August 05, 1968 in Valley Falls, Kansas. He married Irbie May Allcock September 05, 1919 in Halton, KS.

Children of Francis Schoonover and Irbie Allcock are:

3063 i. Gifford ONeal Schoonover, born June 19, 1920; died May 08, 1986.

3064 ii. Wanema Hope Schoonover, born November 06, 1921. She married George Joseph Sell January 01, 1947.

3065 iii. Noel Herbert Schoonover, born June 27, 1922; died February 20, 1984.

People report errors in the tree.  While Schoonover researchers are making ongoing corrections,  use the tree with caution.  Bear in mind that much of the tree has been gathered from various sources. It is filled with family members' memories, recopied family records, early Schoonover genealogies, efforts of well-intentioned family genealogists and Federal and State Census records.  Errors may appear in all these sources.  Even Census records may include Census takers' errors, unreadable penmanship, variations in the spelling of names, the use of names commonly used instead of the names on birth records, innocently or purposely made mistakes in birth dates, confusion about the names of people living in the same house who may or may not have been children, etc.  Schoonovers, as other families do, frequently name children after older relatives, making it hard to distinguish exactly which son or daughter or cousin is listed.  Gradually many of these errors are being corrected with more people interested in genealogy and more resources available.  It is good practice to verify the information on your line.  I have updated entries with added information provided on message boards, websites, cemetery records, and additional Schoonover trees sent to me.  Jay Schoonover has agreed to help me with maintaining the Mastertree and to work on questions that come in from other Schoonover researchers.

Thanks go to Bob Schoonover for sending the large ged file which provided many more descendents of Nicholas Schoonover, b. 1775 Walpack, NJ.  I also owe sincere thanks to Ward Elliott Schoonover, Jay Schoonover, and Bonnie Dhuy who, with meticulous research, have worked to untangle the large families of Richard and Christopher Schoonover, sons of Jonas Van Schoonhoven and Engeltje Van De Water.  Patty B. Myers kindly sent a draft of her first-rate research on the Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas Henry Bedford and His Wife Susan Rosina Schoonover, with related families.  I have made updates on this line in the Mastertree crediting Patty's work where she has provided background on individuals in these Tioga County, NY and New Jersey lines of Schoonovers.  I have added information I've discovered about my line and my cousin Jason Schoonover, writer extraordinaire, has added more.  I have met via email Norwood Barris, author of Dutch Cousins: 784 Descemdants of Geurt Hendrickse Van Schoonhoven of Albany and Half Moon, NY.  The Van Schoonhoven line has been updated largely through his kind offer of assistance.  Thanks and kudos to Donald Green and Tony Schoonover who have completed their great family story and tree, From New York to Texas: The Schoonover Family Frontier Saga.  Don sent his GED file to me, also, which I will check to add and update Mastertree entries. Thanks also go to Mike Schoonover who is hard at work trying to identify and connect Indiana and Ohio Schoonovers.
IMPORTANT!  Remember to check with living relatives for their permission to include their names on the Internet!  I can only add trees that can be linked to an ancestor on the Mastertree.  In your message, please indicate which Schoonover you are updating or adding further generations by noting the number assigned to him or her preceding the name on the Mastertree.  But, I may be able to help connect your family using Census records and some information from you.  To keep the Masterfile a manageable size, I am adding descendents with the Schoonover name only.  I have extended this to include the generation with a Schoonover daughter's husband and children, but not her grandchildren, etc.

NOTE:  You are welcome to create your own family tree by copying entries in your line for personal use by you or your family. Making copies of the entire site or the entire Schoonover Mastertree for commercial use is not permitted.

Other purposes of this website are to offer interesting information about noteworthy Schoonovers and the name itself, and to provide references and resources that may further assist researchers. For example:

These records were transcribed by Jay Schoonover:

· Schoonover Baptisms & Marriages--Kingston

· Schoonover Baptisms & Marriages--Minisink Valley

Historian Andrew Brink has given me (Mary Schoonover) permission to add his article to this website: ("The Van Schoonhovens:  Enterprising Immigrants," by Andrew Brink. 
New York: The Holland Society of New York, de  Halve Maen, Summer, 1999.)   The pdf file is linked to its title on the Other Resources page and here.
On sale!  Jason Schoonover is the author of several fiction and non-fiction novels, including the Bantam international adventure/thriller bestseller Thai Gold.  His 870 + page genealogical book--Westward From New Amsterdam--in the making since 1968, at over 165,000 words and with 100-200 images--is on sale.  Payment is in US dollars: only $25.00 + $3.00 postage!  The DVD includes a wealth of early information and modern day images of interest to all Schoonovers from his 2001 Odyssey following the route of his line from Lower Manhattan and up the Hudson River to Albany and Kingston, including Kit David’s actual waterfront property, and down the Minisink on Westward during the Great Migration.  It includes a link to Peg Leg Derrick’s line, a rich one that includes Mayor John Lindsay, General James Van Fleet of Battle of the Bulge fame and actress Jo Van Fleet who played James Dean’s mother in East of Eden.  Find out more about this remarkable work, including excerpts, and how to order it HERE. Check out his new website, too: www.jasonschoonover.com






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