surname change?? Vanooyen->Nooyen
I just ran across this specific surname board accidentally but am intrigued at the possibility of relation to one of my ancestry lines through a possible change in surname. So I suppose I will give some info here. If it does not really belong on this board, I apologize but I think there may be a link somewhere.
My ggg-grandfather was born in Holland and at some point immigrated to Wisconsin. According to most records I have found, his name was Leonard NOOYEN. I read the messages here and the posts about Holland to WI immigration and the similarities between the names Nooyen and VanOoyen struck me as a possibly relevant link in ancestry.
Anyway Leonard NOOYEN was born about 1835-36 in Holland. He married a woman by the name of Lisette(surname unknown)(b. in Belgium). He immigrated to the US before 1870 because I have found him with his wife and children in census records (under the name NOYEN) of 1870 in Bay Settlement, Brown Co., WI. He probably had a brother named Henry since the 1880 census records indicate that his neighbor was Henry "NOYEN" who is listed at about the same age. (Henry's wife is listed as Rosella and their children are Elisabeth, Emily, Alexander, Matilda, Susan, Joseph, John, and George.)
Leonard NOOYEN also had many children. Their names are as follows:
Mary, Florentine, Louis, William, Christine, Louisa, Regina, Frank, Anna, Josephine, Rosette, Martin, and Elisabeth. (My gg-grandmother, Anna NOOYEN, was one of Leonard's children and was born in Bay Settlement in 1873 and eventually moved to Wood County, WI)
As I am not even sure if this family is at all related to the surname discussed on this board, I am not sure what info anyone may have to offer. But if there is a link somewhere, I would appreciate any feedback from any of you researching the VanOoyen line. Thanks so much for you time.