Re: Van Buren Wallace
I will be very surprised is you tie the name Martin Van Buren to the
Waldoboro Germans. Martin van Buren was a very popular political figure
in his day. He was a senator picted to be Andy jackson's secretary of
State in 1831, then he was Jackson's second term Vice President
1833-1837 and went on to become president 1837-1841.
Van Buren was of New York Dutch roots, hence the 'van' whereas if he was
german, it would have been 'von' -- and I assure you that the difference
between 'van' versus 'von' was very important to those heritages.
Now the surname, Wallace/Wallis, may go back to a German named
Waliser/Wallizer/Walleazor. I think Johan Christofer was the first of
I make no claim to be an expert on Waldoboro but I cannot recall seeing
the name 'Buren' or 'van Buren' in association with Waldoboro. Of
course there was a 'Burns' family there early. I have found numerous
namesakes of 'the little magician of Lindenwald' as President Martin Van
Buren was called. Of the presidents, his name was about third or fourth
most popular presidental name to pass on to one's child. The most
popular was George Washington followed by Andrew Jackson. Martin Van
Buren and Thomas Jefferson where about even in the third and fourth
Well this is one man's oar in the water. Happy hunting. Sorry I
couldn't be more encouraging.
Bob Brooks, Downeast on the Coast of Maine