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James Alfred Van Tuyl 1866




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    James Alfred Van Tuyl (also known as Fred) was born February 26, 1866 in Edwardsburg, Cass County Michigan. He died June 5, 1936. He married Emeline Lucy Toner Cox on February 25, 1892. She was born on May 2, 1874. She died on January 3, 1943. 

James Alfred Van Tuyl family

  This picture was taken by Cooke Photography in Elkhart, Indiana about 1903. Left to right - Front row: Emeline Lucy age 29, Edna Viola age 1, and James Alfred age 37. Back row: Elsie Edith age 8 and Clyde Everett age 7  

They had four children;

Clarence A.       May 21, 1894 - 1894

Elsie Edith         May 11, 1895 - December 31, 1983        Married Edward Moore

Clyde Everett   October 15, 1896 - November 15, 1945   Married 

Edna Viola        January 25, 1902 - November 18, 1985    Married Ray Jacobs


Emeline Lucy Toner (Cox) Van Tuyl

    Married on February 25, 1892, at age 17, to James Alfred Van Tuyl, age 25 and known as Fred Van Tuyl.  This picture was taken at South Bend, Indiana



   James and Emeline’s four children were all born in Cass County.  Clyde Everett was born October 15, 1896 in Jefferson Township Cass County.Then after Edna Viola was born January 25, 1902 in Ontwa Township  Cass County, MI and family picture was taken in 1903 at Elkhart, Indiana the family moved up north to Moorestown, Mi. They moved sometime between 1903 and fall of 1906.  We know they were there before school started in the fall of 1906 for sure. This is documented as Clyde Everett was awarded a Certificate March 2, 1907 from School District # 2 in Norwich Township, Missaukee County for the fall and winter term.  He would have been over 11 years old at this time.

   The next documented period is June 1, 1912, as Clyde Everett was awarded a Diploma from School District # 2 Norwich Township Missaukee County.  He would have been almost 16 years old at that time.

   Cutler Solomon Van Tuyl's Obituary dated January 6, 1916 in the Edwardsburg Argus Weekly Newspaper states son James Alfred Van Tuyl is from Moorestown, Mich.

   Prior to this time in spring of 1925 James Alfred and Emeline moved to Three Rivers, Michigan.  They rented a big two-story frame house at 1219 5th Street on the corner of 5th and Liberty streets in Second Ward.

   James Alfred was about 59 years old and went to work for the City of Three Rivers.  That must be the reason my father Clyde Everett also went to work for the City, as he was employed by the City as far back as I can remember. 

   James Alfred and Emeline moved to Hill St., a couple blocks away from where we lived at 813 King St.  James Alfred Van Tuyl died June 5, 1936 while they were living on Hill St. at the age of 70 Years plus 3 months and 8 days. 


  Published in the Three Rivers Commercial June 6, 1936 Located by Marvin Van Tuyl & son Timothy Van Tuyl in basement Files at Three Rivers Commercial.


James Alfred Van Tuyl

  Funeral services will be held at Two O’clock Sunday Afternoon for James Alfred Van Tuyl who died at Three Rivers Hospital Friday.

   He was born near Edwardsburg February 28, 1866 a son of Cutler and Elizabeth Donahe Van Tuyl. He was united in marriage to Emeline Cox February 25, 1892 and they began housekeeping near Constantine. For the past eleven years the family has resided in Three Rivers where Mr. Van Tuyl was employed by the city at different times.

   Besides his widow he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ray Jacobs of Michigan Center and Mrs. Ernest Moore of Three Rivers one son Clyde, one brother Daniel of Charlotte one sister Mrs. Olive Way of Edwardsburg and 16 grand children.

   Funeral services will be in charge of Rev. G. E. Groeneveld with burial at Edwardsburg Cemetery. 


Published in the Three Rivers Commercial January 4, 1943

Emeline Van Tuyl Dies Injuries Fall on Stairs

  Mrs. Emeline Van Tuyl Died Three Rivers Hospital Sunday Morning

  Mrs. Emeline Van Tuyl, 69, a resident of Three Rivers for the past 17 years, died at six o’clock Sunday morning in Three Rivers hospital where she had been taken early Saturday following a fall down stairs in the home, 203 fifth avenue. She had suffered injuries to her spine.  She was born at Penn, Michigan, May 2, 1874, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Toner) Cox, and grew to womanhood in that vicinity, uniting in marriage with James Alfred Van Tuyl on February 25, 1892. The couple started housekeeping in Cassopolis, where they remained until 17 years ago when they came to Three Rivers.  Mr. Van Tuyl preceded her in death in 1936. A son also preceded her in death.  Mrs. Van Tuyl was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a regular attendant at the Calvary church.  She is survived by one son, Clyde Van Tuyl of Three Rivers, two daughters, Mrs. Edward Moore of this city, and Mrs. Ray Jacobs of Michigan Center, 16 grand children and other relatives.  Funeral services will be held from Balch chapel at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon with Rev. M. A. Nelson officiating. Internment will be made at Edwardsburg cemetery.


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