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The Canadian Van de Water Family

Updated April 10, 2012

Willie Armstrong
25 Creekwood Crescent
Whitby, ON L1R 2K2
Fax: 905-571-3424

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I discovered my Vandewater roots in 1998, and about 6 months after that, discovered the link to James Vandewater Sr. and Rachel Van Kleek. The first who steered me in the right direction was Carol Argus, she showed me who my GG Grandfather William Vandewater was connected to. The basis for this info came from "Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte", augmented from websites of Fritz Vandewater and Randy Saylor as well as others. I have also added info from published genealogies, primary sources such as Marriage records etc. I still have some Vandewaters that I am unable to attach to this family so please feel free to contact me if you are able to add some information. I am creating this site because I find the family to not be very well researched, and am hoping to change that. Also please notify me of any obvious errors, I know there are some. Please note, the surname MNU stands for Maiden Name Unknown.
After much thought, I have decided to limit this page to four generations, to protect living individuals in my tree. If you desire further information, please contact me and I'll see if I can help.
A special thanks to Genealogists such as Audrey Delaney and Myrle Vandewater,who researched before the days of the internet. We applaud your dedication and hard work, we are forever in your debt.
The latest additions are thanks to Ray Driscoll and Kathi Martens, thank you for your contributions. Also, Jan Ristagno for her help in searching the Jefferson County Vandewaters, and Richard Vandewater for his help in separating the Francis Vandewaters.

A big welcome to my two newest found cousins, 3rd cousin Gordon in California, and 2nd cousin Jim in Pennsylvania. Also welcome to my new found cousins in Ohio and Michigan.

Family Photos

  • The Gilbert Family (109 KB)
    This picture of Egbert Stanley Gilbert, Grace Prentice, Leah Maud Gilbert and Mary Lavina Vandewater was sent to me by Dennis McAuley.
  • Mary Esther Vandewater-My Great-grandmother (50 KB)
    My Great-Grandparents Thomas Lewis and Mary Esther Vandewater. Children are(L-R) Laura,Milton and Etta(My Grandmother) Taken around 1895
  • Peter Vandewater and Margaret Loyst's Family (1843 KB)
    Sent to me by Terry Lloyd the picture includes: Back Row-Frederick, Emma & Reuben Next Row-Alton, Peter, Margaret and Ada and Clarence in the front
  • Fred and Orra Vandewater (141 KB)
    These pictures were sent by Michele Ferguson of MI, her Grandfather Fred and Great-Aunt Orra taken around 1890, as Orra was born 1884.
  • Bert and Gussie Backus (15 KB)
    The picture was provided by Trish Cooke, it was taken Christmas of 1907.
  • Marvin Vandewater's Family (529 KB)
    Taken the day after Marvin's funeral in April 1916 L-R Arnold, Joseph, Martha, Harrison, Peter, Wife Harriet Elizabeth(nee Tallen)and Thomas James. Pic from Muriel Adkins, Thomas' granddaughter.

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