Frank Van Riper

24 November 1861–1 June 1939 (Age 77)
Woodhull Township, Shiawassee, Michigan, United States

The Life of Frank

When Frank Van Riper was born on 24 November 1861, in Woodhull Township, Shiawassee, Michigan, United States, his father, Benjamin Hood Van Riper, was 28 and his mother, Eliza Ann Tower, was 24. He married Mary Jane Shepard on 25 November 1880. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Vernon, Shiawassee, Michigan, United States in 1920 and Argentine, Genesee, Michigan, United States in 1930. He died on 1 June 1939, in Burns Township, Shiawassee, Michigan, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Byron, Shiawassee, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Frank Van Riper
Mary Jane Shepard
Marriage: 25 November 1880
Alta Mabel Vanriper
Benjamin F Vanriper
Mary Elizabeth van Riper
John A Vanriper
Sabra Delia Van Riper
Frank Van Riper Jr.
Ella Maude Van Riper
Eliza Ann Van Riper
Eva Clara Van Riper

Spouse and Children

25 November 1880


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Benjamin Hood Van Riper


    Eliza Ann Tower




    Emma Van Riper



    Ella Van Riper



World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 18

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 21

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Frank Vanriper in household of Benjamin Vanriper, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Frank Van Riper in household of Ben Van Riper, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Frank Vanriper, "United States Census, 1920"

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