Debod : Pioneers Belgium to America

Debod, Joannes Josephus "John Joseph Sr."

Debod, Joannes Baptista

De Both, Joannes Franciscus "Frank

De Both, Antonius "Antoine"

De Both, Barbara Josepha

Debod, Felix

Debod Joannes Baptista

Bierbeek (BEL) Oct 24,1845

Green Bay (USA) Sep 18, 1919

Married Bierbeek (BEL) Nov 16, 1871

Anna Catharina Lefevre

Bierbeek (BEL) Aug 1, 1850

Green Bay (USA) Sep 1, 1889

Their children

Felix (1872-1938), Victor (1878-1935), Joannes Josephus (1880-1962) and Maria Bertha (1884-1959). In Wisconsin (USA) are they known by the family name “Deboth". (See Population Schedule of 1940 'Western Avenue in Green Bay')

Immigration 1887

They emigrated with their four children from Bierbeek (BEL) to New York (USA) aboard the S.S. Nederland, departing Antwerp and arriving New York 20 April 1887

They traveled also from Bierbeek (BEL) with the same steamship as the Mommaerts and Baeb families.

The most distant ancestors we find are Joannes Baptista Deboet (Born ca. 1738) and Catharina Peeters (Deceased on May 28, 1782). Both born and deceased in Leuven (BEL).

Different spellings
Please note in Belgium we find different spellings of the family name for 'this' family !

Debodt in Wisconsin (USA), Debod sinds 1845 in Bierbeek (BEL), De Boet and Deboet between 1815-1894, Debot in 1856 and Deboet born in Leuven (BEL) before 1795, all others where born in Bierbeek (BEL).

The "Nederland" from the Red Star Line

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The 'last legal settlement' "Vrasene" has nothing to do with it and is just a village not far from the port of Antwerp where they probably stayed.

The "Nederland" from the Red Star Line

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The "Nederland" from the Red Star Line

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The steamship NEDERLAND was built for the International Navigation Company of Philadelphia (better known from its houseflag as the Red Star Line) by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co, Jarrow-on-Tyne, and was launched on 23 June 1873. 2,839 tons; 100,33 x 11,76 meters/329.2 x 38.6 ft (length x breadth); straight stem, 1 funnel, 2 masts; iron construction, screw propulsion, compound engines, service speed 13 knots; accommodation for 70 s in 1st class and 800 in steerage.

The NEDERLAND was registered to the Red Star Line's Belgian subsidiary, the Sociètè Anonyme de Navigation Belge-Amerèricaine.

November 1873, maiden voyage, Antwerp-Philadelphia.

31 May 1877, first voyage, Antwerp-New York.

1877-1896, Antwerp-New York or Philadelphia. Approximately 1895, accommodation altered to steerage only.

26 November 1896, last voyage Antwerp-New York; subsequently Antwerp-Philadelphia, except for 11 April 1905, last voyage, Antwerp-New York.

May 1906, scrapped in Italy.

Bierbeek in Belgium

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