Lappens (Leppens) /Lappen family page of Wisconsin Updated March 8, 2002
About Our Family Research
This page has become a learning experience, and a journey through history for me. While searching for my roots I have come to believe that my family lived for a long time in the Province of Noord Brabant, Netherlands. They were staunch Roman Catholics, and when the religous wars of the 17th century raged they did not give up their faith. They were not allowed to practice their religion and suffered a reversal of fortunes during this time, going from well to do to very poor. In 1854 Johannis Leppens, his wife and 6 children emmigrated to Wisconsin for economic improvement. He is my great-great grandfather. They came to Little Chute, Wisconsin, where there was a growing population of Dutch Catholics thanks to Father Theodore Van Den Broek. In 1862 Peter Leppens (Lappens)born in Eersel married Gertrude Tillemans (Tiellemans)born in Boekel at St. Johns Nepomocene Little Chute. The names are spelled both ways in different records, and our name migrated over time to Lappen.