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Chapter 3 - The Family of Seraphien Accoe

 
Generation (5) - Seraphien Accoe
4 Eduard Francies Accoe: 1835 - 1903
  +Philomena Willems: 1840 - 1900
  5 Seraphien Accoe: 17 Sep 1866 - 08 Oct 1960
     +Mary Louise Bracke: 17 Jun 1863 - 31 Aug 1948
     6 Helena Marie Accoe: 1893 - 1965
     6 Achiel Emil Accoe: 1894 - 1979
     6 Germaine Accoe: 1896 - 1975
     6 Erma Katherine Accoe: 1901 - 1981
     6 Martha Marie Accoe: 1902 - 2002
     6 Marcel (Marshall) Edmond Accoe: 1903 - 1982
     6 Florine Marie Accoe: 1905 - 1941
     6 Marguerite Suzanne Accoe: 1906 - 1994
 
The Seraphien Accoe Family
Seraphien Accoe was born to Eduard Francies and Philomena (Willems) Accoe in Eeklo, Belgium on September 17, 1866.  He and his family arrived in St. John, New Brunswick on November 8, 1904 aboard the S. S. Montrose from Antwerp.  In the passenger list, Mishawaka, Indiana was listed as their final destination.  Seraphien completed the naturalization process and became a U. S. citizen in South Bend, Indiana on September 15, 1921.  On March 30, 1928 Seraphien, Mary, and daughter Margaret arrived in New York from Antwerp aboard the S.S. Pennland.  He is listed as a farmer in census records for 1930 and 1940, living in Warren township, in St. Joseph County, Indiana.  Seraphien lived in the Mishawaka area until 1955, when he went to live with his son Marcel.  He died on October 8, 1960 in Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac, Michigan.  After funeral services at The De Vos Funeral Chapel, Seraphien was buried next to his wife in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka.
 
Mary Louise Bracke - wife of Seraphien Accoe
Mary Louise Bracke was born in Belgium to Peter and Louise (Schelstraete) Bracke on June 17, 1863.  She married Seraphien Accoe in Belgium and raised eight children.  She became a naturalized U. S. citizen in South Bend on September 15, 1921.  Mary Louise Accoe died on August 31, 1948 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka.

 
Generation (6) - Helena Marie Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Helena Marie Accoe: 18 Mar 1893 - 5 Dec 1965
     +Octave E. DeMeyer: 3 Dec 1882 - 1947
     7 Raymond J. DeMeyer: 1912 - 2002
     7 Marie Julia DeMeyer: 1914 - 1999
     7 Charles Rene DeMeyer: 1916 - 1998
     7 Albert Richard "Bill" DeMeyer: 1918 - 2005
     7 George L. DeMeyer: 1926 - 2012
 
Helena Marie Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Sint-Laureins on March 18, 1893.  She married Octave E. DeMeyer in 1912 and they raised five children. died on December 5, 1965 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka.
 
Octave E. DeMeyer - husband of Helena Marie Accoe
Octave Erna DeMeyer was born on December 3, 1882 in Belgium to Charles D. and Matilda (DeBates) DeMeyer.  He married Helena Marie Accoe in April of 1912 in Indiana.  Octave became a naturalized U. S. citizen in South Bend on September 15, 1921.  He is listed as a farmer in the 1930 census, appearing with his wife and family while living on Grant Road in Warren Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana.  Octave died in 1947 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka.

 
Generation (6) - Achiel Emil Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Achiel Emil Accoe: 3 Aug 1894 - 31 Jan 1979
     +Rosalie Mary Lootens: 28 Nov 1896 - 19 May 1989
     7 Marie Virginia Accoe: 1917 - 2008
     7 George Arthur Accoe: 1918 - 2010
     7 Richard Marshall Accoe: 1920 - 2008
     7 Evelyn Helen Accoe: Living
 
Achiel Emil Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Sint-Laureins on August 3, 1894.  After marrying Rosalie Lootens in 1916, Achiel is listed on his WWI (1918) draft card, and in the 1920 census, as a farmer living on S. Spring Street in Mishawaka.  In 1930 he is listed in the census as a farmer living with his family in German Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana.  Achiel became a naturalized U. S. citizen in South Bend on September 15, 1937.  According to his WWII draft card, Achiel was working for the Bendix Corporation in 1942.  He died on January 31, 1979 and was buried in Highland Cemetery in South Bend.
 
Rosalie Mary Lootens - wife of Achiel Emil Accoe
Rosalie Mary Lootens was born to Adolph and Victoria (Claeys) Lootens in South Bend, Indiana on November 27, 1896.  She married Achiel Emil Accoe on June 20, 1916 in Indiana and they raised four children.  Rosalie was a member of St Bavo's Church, the Altar Society of the church, a president of the Nigella Home Economics Club, and a member of Mothers of WW II.

Rosalie died at 7:30pm on Friday, May 19, 1989 in Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange, Indiana.  Services were held at 10:00am on Tuesday, May 23 in Christ the King Catholic Church in South Bend.  Services were held in the South Bend church because St. Bavo's Catholic Church was undergoing renovation at the time.  Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

 
Generation (6) - Germaine Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Germaine Accoe: 5 Feb 1896 - 24 Jun 1975
     +Octaaf Meuninck: 19 Oct 1892 - ~7 Dec 1944
     7 Jean Meuninck: 1922 - 2 Nov 1952
     +Honore "Ray" Dhuyvetter: 12 Jun 1892 - 7 Oct 1972
     7 Mary Ann Dhuyvetter: Living
 
Germaine Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Sint-Laureins, Belgium on February 5, 1896.  She died on June 24, 1975 in Jensen Beach, Florida.  She was buried with her second husband, Honore, in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka.
 
Octaaf Meuninck - husband of Germaine Accoe
Octaaf Meuninck was born on October 19, 1892 in Thielt, Belgium to Henri and Stephania (Vereecke) Meuninck.  He immigrated to the United States in 1913 and married Germaine Accoe on October 19, 1920.  Octaaf died in 1944 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka.
 
Honore "Ray" Dhuyvetter - second husband of Germaine Accoe
Honore Dhuyvetter was born in Ruiselede, West Flanders, Belgium on June 12, 1892.  He married Martha Coryn in Mishawaka, Indiana on June 2, 1921 but she died on May 6, 1922, two months short of her twenty-fourth birthday.  Honore married Martha Maenhout on June 13, 1929.  she brought a son, Robert, into the family from her previous marriage.  She died in 1942.  Honore then married Germaine (Accoe) Meuninck on November 9, 1946.  They were together until he died in 1972 in Jensen Beach, Florida.  He was buried with his previous wives in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Mishawaka.

 
Generation (6) - Erma Katherine Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Erma Katherine Accoe: 6 Aug 1901 - Sep 1981
     +J. Ralph Sellenberg: 15 Oct 1896 - 15 Oct 1962
     7 Arthur Ralph Sellenberg: 1928 - 1998
     7 Dorothy Jean Sellenberg: Living
 
Erma Katherine Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Sint-Laureins on August 6, 1901.  She appears in the 1920 U. S. Census living with the family of her brother, Achiel, in Mishawaka.  Erma married J. Ralph Sellenberg on August 4, 1923 in Berrien County, Michigan and they raised a son and a daughter.  Erma died 1981.
 
J. Ralph Sellenberg - husband of Erma Katherine Accoe
J. Ralph Sellenberg was born October 15, 1896 in Newtown, Indiana to James Franklin and Mica (Finafrock) Sellenberg.  Living with his family in Richland Township, Fountain County, Indiana, he was the second youngest of five children; three sons and two daughters in the 1900 census.  He married Erma Katherine Accoe in Berrien County, Michigan in 1923.  Census records list Ralph as an electrician at a brake factory.  He died in 1962.

 
Generation (6) - Martha Marie Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Martha Marie Accoe: 2 Aug 1902 - 30 Nov 2002
     +James Hoy York: 12 Dec 1895 - 29 Mar 1980
     7 James York: Living
     7 Thomas York: Living
 
Martha Marie Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Sint-Laureins on August 2, 1902.  She married James Hoy York in South Bend on November 15, 1924 and they had two sons.  In 1964 she and her husband moved to Stuart, Florida where she was a member of the Stuart Alliance Church.  They lived in Florida until 1977, afterwards returning to South Bend in the summers.  After her husband died, Martha maintained a residence in Stuart until she returned to South Bend permanently.  Martha celebrated her 100th birthday on August 2, 2002.

Martha Marie York, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002 in Countryside Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mishawaka.  Funeral services were held on December 4, in the Welsheimer Funeral Home North with the Rev. Edgar D. Erskin officiating.  Cremation followed at Michiana Crematory in South Bend.
 
James Hoy York - husband of Martha Marie Accoe
James Hoy "Harry" York was born on December 12, 1895 in Asphalt, Kentucky.  His 1917 WWI draft card lists him living in Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana working for a cement company.  Harry married Martha Marie Accoe on November 15, 1924 in South Bend, Indiana.  In the 1940 census, Hoy, Martha and the two York boys appear living at 211 E. 10th Street in Mishawaka.  Harry is listed as an inspector at an auto parts manufacturer.  He died in Stuart, Florida in March of 1980.

 
Generation (6) - Marcel Edmond Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Marcel Edmond Accoe: 21 Dec 1903 - 20 Mar 1982
     +Mary Victoria Rhodes: 30 Jan 1898 - 29 Oct 1975
 
Marcel Edmond Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Sint-Laureins on December 21, 1903.  In the 1930 U. S. Census, Marshall Accoe appears living with his parents and youngest sister, Marguette, on their farm on Division Road in Warren Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana. In the 1940 Census, Marshal is listed with his wife Mary V. Accoe, renting the house next to his parents' house on State Route #2 in Warren Township.  After the death of his sister, Florine Hintz in 1941, Marshall and Mary raised his nephew Roger Hintz.  Marshall later farmed land north of Dowagiac, Michigan until he retired from farming.  He served several years in the Twin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department until he and Mary moved to Jensen Beach, Florida.  After his wife died in 1975, Marshall lived in Mishawaka, Indiana.  He died in Mishawaka on March 20, 1982 and was buried in Mount Hope Athens Cemetery in Athens, Fulton County, Indiana.
 
Mary Victoria Rhodes - wife of Marcel Edmond Accoe
Mary Victoria Rhodes was born on January 30, 1898 to Schuyler Colfax and Mary Ann (Hunter) Rhodes.  She married Marcel Edmond Accoe in the early 1930s.  Mary died in 1975 in South Bend, Indiana after a long battle with cancer and was buried in Mount Hope Athens Cemetery.

 
Generation (6) - Florine Marie Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Florine Marie Accoe: 23 Feb 1905 - 26 Aug 1941
     +Kenneth Carl Hintz: 31 Jul 1905 - 17 Feb 1989
     7 Rolland Kenneth Hintz: Living
     7 Roger Irwin Hintz: Living
     7 Shirley Hintz: 1932 - 1932
     7 Joanne Hintz: 1936 - 1938
     7 David Lee Hintz: Living
     7 Amelia Sue Hintz: Living
 
Florine Marie Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Mishawaka, Indiana on February 23, 1905.  Her family had immigrated to the United States from Eeklo, Belgium only about one year before her birth.  On August 28, 1928 she married Kenneth Carl Hintz at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, in Terre Coupe, Indiana.  They would have six children but two would not survive beyond a very early age.  She died abruptly on August 26, 1941 after a short illness, leaving a family of four small children.  After funeral services at St. Joseph's Catholic Church she was buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Mishawaka with her daughters, Shirley and Joanne.
 
Kenneth Carl Hintz - husband of Florine Marie Accoe
Kenneth Carl Hintz was born on July 31, 1905 in St. Joseph, Michigan.  After the family moved to Mishawaka, Indiana (around 1912) he left school in the eighth grade (~1919) to help at home with expenses.  In 1928 he married Florine Marie Accoe.  Living in Mishawaka, they were blessed with six children.  Between the years of 1935 and 1941 Kenneth buried his father, a brother, and two daughters, along with saying good-by to his wife of thirteen years.  As a young man of thirty-seven years he was now left to raise his three boys and daughter ranging in ages eleven, ten, four, and one year – eight months.  Kenneth worked for, and retired from, the Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, Indiana.  He died on February 17, 1989 and was buried with his family in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Mishawaka following funeral services held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

 
Generation (6) - Marguerite Suzanne Accoe
5 Seraphien Accoe: 1866 - 1960
  +Marie Louise Bracke: 1863 - 1948
  6 Marguerite Suzanne Accoe: 8 Sep 1906 - 7 Nov 1994
     7 Edward Accoe-Weaver: Unknown - 9 Jul 2004?
 
Marguerite Suzanne Accoe was born to Seraphien and Marie (Bracke) Accoe in Mishawaka, Indiana on September 8, 1906.  She accompanied her parents on a trip to Belgium in February of 1928, returning on March 30th.  In 1940, she appears in the U. S. Census, living with her parents in Warren Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana. Marguerite later moved to Arizona where she lived the rest of her life.  She died on November 7, 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
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