The DeWispelaere Family is originally from Kaprijke, Belgium. They also lived in Bassevelde (in between Kaprijke and Assenede), Belgium and Phillipine, Holland before leaving the country.
Jacobus Franciscus DeWispelaere traversed his way to freedom (the Atlantic Ocean) on a European steamship named the Westernland and landed in the port of New York City, USA on, if you can believe it, July 4, 1904 (our own independence day).
Emma Franque-DeWispelaere and her son Cirilus Bernardus DeWispelaere took their voyage October 4, 1904 on the vessel Zeeland landing in the port of New York City, USA.
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Jacobus Franciscus DeWispelaere - Obituary!
J. DEWISPELAERE DIES IN GENESEO
Native of Belgium Succumbs After Attack of Acute Appendicitis
Geneseo, Illinois. Nov. 12, 1929. -- Jacob DeWispelaere, 61, died at 9 yesterday morning in
the J.C. Hammond city hospital, following a sudden attack of acute appendicitis. A
native of Belgium, Mr. DeWispelaere was a retired farmer of this community. He held
membership in the Geneseo Catholic Church.
He was born in Bassvelde, Belgium, August 31, 1868, and came to America as a young man.
Survivors include his widow, a son, Cyril, and a daughter, Miss Vera, all residing in
the home at North Russell Avenue and Cemetary Street. A sister and brother reside in
St. Louis, Mo., and three sisters and three brothers in Belgium.
Funeral Services will be held at 9 tomorrow morning in St. Malacy's Catholic Church.
A rosary service will be held at 7:30. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetary. The
Rev. Enos H. Barnes will have charge.