The Van Voltenberg family is elusive!! My Aunt told me long ago that we were related to Jesse James. My Great Grandfather was James Ira Van Voltenberg and married to Jessie Gilbert. I have photos of them both. I have seen that someone posted a message dated December 8, 2000 requesting information on Laura Reid (granddaughter of Frank James) and married to James Van Voltenberg. If anyone has any information and can help me with my family tree, please email me.
Picture 2 is James Ira V.V.
Picture 1 is his wife Jessie (Stuart) V.V.
Picture 3 is the children from this marriage: James, William (Art), Joe, Melvin and Gracie *taken abt 1916 according to my Aunt Gloria V.V. (deceased now)
Picture 5 is Gracie Van Voltenberg
Picture 4 is Daniel James V.V.(b. 1901 - d.1928) and wife Jeanette Bertha Davidson (b. 1902 - d. 1944)(my grandparents). He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center, KS. Daniel James V.V. and young son James Daniel V.V. were killed in a model T car crash January 30, 1928. They are buried in the same grave. See below for list of other relative also buried there.
Children born of this marriage: James Daniel (died in car accident with his father), Dorothy (died in the early 1990's), Melvin Owen (b. 7/2/1925 - d. 11/7/1986), and William Bernard (b. 12/22/1927 - d. 8/13/02) who was my father.
Dorothy V.V. married (?) and never had any children and passed away in the early 90's and I remember seeing her only a couple times because she lived in California.
Melvin Owen V.V. married Gloria Rose Taylor (b. 4/10/1928 - d. 1/15/1999) in Hiawatha KS on 8/6/1946
Children born of this marriage: Ronald Owen (b.5/25/1947), Janet Lorene (b. 8/7/1948) and Michael Aflred (b. 1/18/1951).
William Bernard V.V. (my father) married Ellen Jean Gray (b. 3/19/1931 - d. 7/22/1984) in Omaha NE on 9/2/1950.
Children born of this marriage: Daniel James (b. 7/16/1951), Donna Jean (me) (b.10/29/1953), Patricia Ann (b. 12/5/1954), Paul Allen (b. 1/20/1956), Larry Arthur (b. 10/3/1957) and Mary Lou (b. 8/25/1960)
Jeanette Bertha remarried to a Murray and had abt 4 more children. I know of Marilyn Murray-Rejda who is my father's half sister and remember something about a younger half brother who died from lukemia before I was born - so before 1953.
Jeanette (then Murray) is buried at Prospect Hill in Omaha Ne (very elite cemetary) even though I am sure she was a pauper.
Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center, Kansas:
Daniel James Van Voltenberg d. 1/31/1928 (age 25)
James Van Voltenberg d. 1/31/1928 (age 4)
Ernst Van Voltenberg d. 7/17/1887
Glenna Jo Van Voltenberg d. 7/24/1937 (age 5)
Henry Van Voltenberg d. 3/21/1888
Joseph E. Van Voltenberg d. 10/27/1926 (age 22)[Blind Joe]
James Ira Van Voltenberg d. 2/2/1947 (age 72)
Melvin J. Van Voltenberg d. 7/29/1937 (age 7)
Until next time & have a good day!!
Donna Jean (V.V.) Meyer