I have spoken with Robert V VanTrees of Fairborn, OH in the 1990's. My Father, Marvin Vantries (deceased 2008) spoke with him many times, and they agreed they were somewhow related. I have met Al Vantries of Kansas City, MO on four or five occassions in the 1990's.
Our Isaac's father's name was John. He reportedly abandonned his family that he brought to Illinois in the 1840's, and started a new family elsewhere (I heard California). His wife in Illinois took most of her children (including her son John) to Glenwood, MN, where my Grandfather Oscar was born. Oscar and his wife Mattie Ayres Vantries had thirteen children including my father, Marvin. Al Vantries was a decendent of a son of Isaac who stayed in Illinois.
My father, Marvin, had six children, four daugthers (one deceased), and two sons, myself, and a deceased brother. My father, my brother and my sister are buried in the cemetary just south of Glenwood, overlooking Lake Minnewaska. I have other relatives buried there (Aunts, uncles, Cousins), as well as relatives burried in a rural cemetary near Villard, MN. (Including Oscar and Mattie) Oscar and Mattie owned and operated a farm between Glenwood and Villard. MN.
My Father was the one interested in Geneology. He had traced the family all the way back to Europe in the 1300's. When my Father died, I believe my oldest sister threw most of his stuff away, so I can only go by what little I remember.
We are not a very close knit family, so I don't know much of the family history that I should. I have traveled a lot, and lived in seven different states, so I haven't been that close to the family.
I will try to give you the names of my Father's siblings, and a little about them, as best as I can remember.
He had a sister named Gladys (known by her middle name Vernice) Vantries, who served in WW II as a ground control radio operater, and lived her adult life in Philadelphia (I knew her about the best of all my Father's siblings.) She taught at Temple University for about 30 years. She didn't learn to drive until she was 50. She never married, and died around 2003.
He had a brother named Kenneth who lived in Brush, CO, where he had operated a grocery store for most of his adult life. He was a medal winning tail gunner in World War II who served on a plane known as Sittin' Pretty. After Sittin' Pretty crash landed in Dover, England on their 23rd mission (Kenny was badly wounded), he spent 14 months in a British hospital, then went on another dozen missions with a different crew. Kenny was married to a woman who already had a child. He never had any children of his own. She taught piano, wrote a couple of church hymns, and owned a music store in Brush. I interviewed them for a week in 2003, to learn as much as I could before they passed. I believe they are both dead now.
He had a brother named Fay, who ran the family farm, then sold it and moved to Reed Spring, MO (near Branson). Fay was in a show in Branson for a number of years. He drove a team of horses across the stage each night, which sort of brought the house down. He was friends with Roy Clark and Mickey Gilly. He married at age 65, but had no children of his own. He died in the 1990's
He had a sister named Irene, who was mentally handicapped and lived with Fay until she died in the 1980's
He had a sister named Vivian (Crowl) who lived in Minneapolis, MN and had one son named Billy.
He had a brother Ivan, who served in China as ground crew before and during WW II. He was MIA for a week, while he and three others rescued a downed air crew from the jungle. He died before I was born, so I know little about him.
He had a brother named Glen, who was a minor league player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but died in New Mexico in an off-season job mining accident was he was 23 year old. I had his baseball glove growing up. He died when I was three year old. I don't really remember him, except that he used to try to teach me to hit the ball with a baseball bat, and gave me a rubber baseball bat the I used as an equalizer when I was two years old, when my older sisters picked on me.
He has a brother named James who is still living. James has two sons, Glen and Matthew, and a daughter, Sarah. They live somewhere in Minnesota.
He also has two living sisters, Ida Steen in Helena, MT and Doris Jermsted in Temple, TX.
I don't remember much else. I am sorry that I didn't take much interest in this. I hope this helps.
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