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133-Year-Old Walvoord Family Bible Returned

When Wilene Rushing attended an estate sale in Plano, Texas recently, she found and purchased a what she thought was a small “German” Bible published in 1884.

Written inside the Bible was the name, “Alvin Walvoord Cedar Grove Jan 10 1900.”

Nearly any Walvoord would know that “Cedar Grove” was referring to the one in Wisconsin where many of the first Walvoord immigrants from the Netherlands settled.

Wilene knew this was a find that some family would treasure.  Searching the Internet, she contacted WalvoordHistory.com, by making a post about it on the Comments Page.

She posted, “Next page Antoinette born Oct 16 1888 Alvin born Dec 30 1890 Mabel born May 19 1893 Agnes born July 10 1896 Mother died Sept 5 1897”

Those names, were the names and birth-dates of Alvin and his sisters and the death of his mother.

Inside the title page are written the birth-dates of the children of Tony Walvoord (1857-1941) and Jane M. (Pott) Walvoord (1867-1897). At the bottom of the page, is the date “Mother” (Jane Walvoord) died, “September 5, 1897.”

It is possible that this Bible was presented to Alvin for a 10th birthday present or perhaps a church confirmation of some sort.

Since it was in Dutch, it might’ve belonged to one of his parents (who were both born in Wisconsin, but whose parents were all born in the Netherlands).  The Dutch language was still spoken locally at this time and Dutch was even still preached from the pulpit.

Alvin Walvoord’s Bible published in 1884 has a spine no taller than a fountain pen.

Could it have belonged to Jane M. (Pott) Walvoord before it was given to Alvin? She died in 1897 and Tony Walvoord remarried Sarah Jane Hilbelink on November 29, 1900.

Was it a gift from one of Alvin’s Dutch grandparents?

We may not know the answers to these questions.  That’s some of the fun of family history, to ask the questions. The fact that it was in Dutch and Alvin’s mother had died just more than two years before, makes one wonder. But my guess would be, that it was always Alvin’s Bible.

According to David Laux Walvoord, grandson of Alvin Walvoord and son of Alvin Walvoord, Jr., the Bible ended up in that estate sale by accident. The Bible had been in the possession of Clara Frances (Walvoord) Hudspeth, daughter of Alvin and older sister of Alvin, Jr.

She has been moved to a retirement home and her house had been sold, and “it had just slipped through the cracks.”

Decorative flyleaf of Alvin Walvoord’s Bible published in 1884.

Psalm 23 and 24, in the Dutch Language Bible of Alvin Walvoord. Interesting that the Psalms (Songs) of the Bible are set to music. I haven’t seen an English Language Bible Psalms’ set to music.

I posted to Wilene, that Alvin Walvoord, Jr. was still alive and residing in Midland, Texas (he is a retired judge).  I let her know that I was friends with his son David and daughter Leanna on Facebook and that I would pass this information on to them.

David and Leanna were very interested and reached out to Wilene.

Wilene was great and this treasure was returned to the family.

Incidentally, Leanna Walvoord (now Bond) and Jeanan Walvoord (now Hamilton) attended Baylor University at the same time and met one another.  It is rare running into another Walvoord.  They were trying to figure out how they were related to each other and couldn’t quite figure it out.  They both knew how they were related to John F. Walvoord of Dallas Theological Seminar and were able to figure it out from there!





Updated: May 30, 2017 — 8:26 PM

2014 The Year in Review

2014 The Year in Review

2014 The Year in Review

Happy 2015 everyone!  Walvoord History.com (as usual) has great plans for the next year. And (as usual) those plans may or may not get accomplished.

First, the year in review:

  • WalvoordHistory.com, the website is sporting a new look using a “responsive” WordPress theme called Frontier. This theme has great flexibility and makes the website look consistent no matter if you are on a PC or iPhone or a tablet.
  • I found a simple photo Slide Show plugin called Portfolio Slideshow Pro.
  • I also added a plugin called “Add Link to Facebook” which allows new WalvBlog posts or new web pages to add a link to our new Walvoord/Walvoort History Facebook page. The Dutch developer of the plugin recently pulled the plug on support for any of his WordPress plugins and no more updates will be happening, so I may have to find another solution when it stops working.  Apparently something about taxes (VAT) the European Union has implemented was the cause and his dissatisfaction with WordPress.
  • Also, at the bottom of each post or page now shows when it was last updated. If you think you’ve already read a Walv-Blog post or web page, this will help you to see if anything has changed since you last read it.  If there are any major changes (including new photos) to the page or post, I will “push it out” to the Facebook page for you to click on.

As far as Genealogy…

  • No births or marriages were reported to me for 2014, so if you have any family news you would like to share, please do.

We lost as least five Walvoords during the year including, my brother Kit.

  • Kit Randall Walvoord (age 56) died in January in Amarillo, Texas.
  • Michael John Walvoord (age 44) died in June in Austin, Texas.
  • John David Walvoord (age 71) died in October in Commerce, Texas.
  • Stacey (Hill) Walvoord (age 37) died in November in Arlington, Texas.
  • James Randall Walvoord (age 69) dying in December in Dallas, Texas. 

Also, Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (Roger) Carpenter (age 93) died in December in Madison, Wisconsin. Betty was the daughter of Ada Adeline Walvoord (1889-1959) and was the last of my grandfather’s first cousins.

I was not made aware of any other deaths in the Walvoord Family.

Second, Looking forward…

  • I have several new biographies nearly ready to publish.  I just need to do some more editing and searching for better photos.  If you have any biographical information, photos, or stories to share about your Walvoord/Walvoort ancestor, please share those with me and I will try to publish them on the website.
  • I have an idea to make an obituary archive page.  I will try to organize it by date or by name, not sure until I play around with it to see what works best. Some obituaries will be digital and other will be an image.  I have lots so it may take a while. Please send in any obituaries from your branch and I will do my best to get them included.  No obituary is too old or too recent.
  • I also have an idea to make a photo slide show of wedding/engagement photos from throughout the years from all years. Please send any that you want included.
  • I have several distant cousins who have promised me information and photos from their branches and hope to add those things to the website when received.
  • I plan on writing biographies on my dad’s generation (aunt and uncles).
  • I also have a list of Blog topics to write about that I hope will be of interest to the Family.

Please keep the emails and comments coming!  I love hearing from you.

Scott Walvoord

Nashville, Tennessee



Updated: May 31, 2017 — 4:52 PM

Testing of a photo gallery plugin called Portfolio Slideshow


The slideshow below is using the plugin “Portfolio Slideshow”

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Frederic Walvoord and his younger brother, John Garret Walvoord c. 1876 thumbnail
Henry Walvoord and his sisters
Walvoord Family Portrait c. 1908
Frederic Walvoord and John Garret Walvoord c. 1876

Henry Walvoord and his sisters, (left to right) Delia Lawson, Jane Hoopman and Mary Sweemer c. 1897. This photo was taken on the occasion of their mother Anna Maria Engle (Nolten) Walvoords death.

Walvoord Family Portrait c. 1908

Frederic Walvoord and John Garret Walvoord c. 1876

Updated: January 23, 2015 — 7:12 AM

Changing the Look of Walvoord History.com with WordPress Themes

Parchment Theme

The “Parchment” Theme was used for Walvoord History.com from 2009-2011.

Hello everybody.  You will hopefully be seeing some good changes on the website.  Most notably, the theme has changed from “Adventure Journal” to “Frontier.”   Before “Adventure Journal” I used the “Parchment” theme.  I loved that theme, but the developer no longer supported any updates.  “Adventure Journal” was the new choice for a couple of years.  I still love how it displays photos on the pages and posts.  Now a change has been necessary because of all the devices out there that are used, from different browsers to, tablets to smart phones.  Getting a website to look good on all of these devices requires a theme that is “responsive.”  “Frontier” is one responsive theme that seems to fit the bill.

Adventure Journal Theme

The “Adventure Journal” Theme was used on Walvoord History.com from 2011-2014

The number one goal for this site (other than finding time to work on it) is to find the right slideshow plugin to handle the wealth of photos I have to share.  I was using a plugin called “Showtime” for a while and although it didn’t do exactly like I wanted, it served okay for a while.  But it was a “Flash” plugin and wouldn’t work on many browsers including iOS (ipads, iphones, etc.).   Flash is becoming obsolete for this reason.

Frontier Theme

The “Frontier” Theme is the new look for Walvoord History.com starting in 2014. It is a “Responsive” Theme that will adjust its look based upon what device a person is using.

So I’m now testing NextGen Gallery and quite honestly it is a pain.  It may just be a learning curve on my part, but I need something easy that will give time to add new content to the site instead of sapping all my strength on “figuring it out.”   NextGen uses “jQuery” instead of “Flash,” so that is the type of plugin I am looking for.

If any of you techies out there are familiar with WordPress themes and plugins and have suggestions on a “Responsive Theme” or a “jQuery gallery plugin” please post here and I will check them out.

I know this new theme will take some getting used to both for me and you.  Check back often, because as I learn the ins and outs of this new theme and plugins I will keep tweaking and moving things around in the hopes that the site will be easier to use and full of new content.


Updated: October 24, 2014 — 11:55 AM

WalvoordHistory.com is now formatted for Mobile devices

As of today, WalvoordHistory.com is now formatted for Mobile devices using WPtouch. WalvoordHistory.com now supports 100’s of phones on all major platforms (iOS, Android, Blackberry & WindowsPhone).



Updated: May 6, 2014 — 8:14 PM

NEW Biography of “Nebraska Henry”

With special thanks to Cindy Lou (Walvoord) Lett, I have been able to post a new biography of Henry Walvoord (1851-1948) of the Nebraska branch.  There are so many Hendriks, and Henrys in our tree, I lightheartedly refer to this one as “Nebraska Henry.”   Henry is the younger brother of William O. Walvoord.  Nearly all of the information on this family comes from Cindy and all of the photos I have.  Thank you Cindy!

Updated: May 25, 2014 — 10:11 PM

“Chances and Choices” Hendrik Walvoort Bio Updated


UpdateSome research that I compiled from Genlias (which is a joint product of the Regional History Centers and Archives in the Netherlands and overseas) has provided new insight to the history of Hendrik Walvoort (1802-1865). 

Once upon a time, I thought that he had only one son, Gerrit Jan Walvoord (1826-1856), but he also had a second son, Derk Antoni Walvoort (1827-1828), from his first marriage that died six months later.  He also had a third son from his second marriage Tonie Walvoort (1831-1833) that died at the age of two.  He also had a daughter from his third marriage, Theodora Maria Walvoord (c.1835-1840) that died at the age of five.

As I was adding more and more information from Genlais, it became evident how many young children died in that time-period in the Netherlands.  Many mothers also died in child birth.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to endure such tragedy after tragedy.  It gives me a new found respect for my ancestor, Hendrik.  Even more so, when he pulled up all roots to emigrate to America for a chance at a new life.  But even here in this New World of promise, tragedy still followed Hendrik when his only surviving adult son, fell off the pier in Amsterdam, Wisconsin at the age of 30 and drowned.

Take a moment to re-read the newly updated biography of Hendrik Walvoort (1802-1865) and reflect on what chances and choices have affected you from your ancestor.

Updated: May 25, 2014 — 10:12 PM

Scott’s Blog is now called “Walv-Blog”

Scott's Blog is now called "Walv-Blog" or maybe that should be "Walv-clog."

Hey everyone…  I’ve renamed my blog to Walv-Blog.  I want to move this blog to something much more interactive with more people writing than just me.

I am recruiting volunteers to write articles about their Walvoord Family stories, thoughts, ramblings, or just to post pictures.  Hopefully we can get an enthusiastic group of authors and contributors to the site.  Should make it more fun for all the Walvoords/Walvoorts out there… sort of an electronic gathering place to get to know our distant cousins.

So if you have a story to tell about your family, such as the time your dad ran away from home on a Cushman motor scooter to move back to Wisconsin and ended up on a nationally broadcast radio program, then you need to tell that story here.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to subscribe to this blogs RSS Feed.  Then every-time a new post is posted here it will be automatically delivered to a WalvoordHistory.com folder  in your email program.  That folder is created automatically when you click on the link.

Click here to subscribe:  http://walvoordhistory.com/feed/

Updated: May 16, 2012 — 8:23 PM

Help Wanted

Are you interested in Walvoort/Walvoord Family History?  Do you like to write stories about your family?  Well, I would love to have some guest authors/ and regular contributors, to “Scott’s Blog.”

Just submit a story and or photos to me  at: Scott@WalvoordHistory.com and you can help me make  this site so much more fun and interesting.

I would also like to rename “Scott’s Blog” to something more fun too.  Any ideas out there?

Thanks for reading,


Updated: April 28, 2012 — 7:30 PM

Coming Soon…

I’ve recently gotten motivated to work on WalvoordHistory.com with some new research and new topics of interest, not just for descendants of the Walvoord Family, but also of general interest to genealogy buffs.

I am currently working on the Biography Page to not only give a listing of personal Biographies but to replace the genealogical data and reports that were once there.  When I redid this site a couple of years ago, I took that aspect down because I was concerned about privacy of living relatives.  I think I’ve come up with a solution, by limiting the number of generations shown.

I’ve also updated several other pages and added a new page.  I’ll let you try to find them because I’m not finished with updating them yet.  Come back often because you never know what new items you may find.

Also “Scott’s Blog” is going to become more active as I give on updates on pages as well as some new stories including:

  • The Story of a Dress
  • My cousin Henk and my other cousin Henk and their Excellent Adventure
  • The Mystery of the “Janes”
  • Christmas With “The Phillips Girls” Part II (coming at Christmas time)
  • The Death of a Barn
  • The Walvoord Family “Coat-of-Arms”
  • Walvoord Reunion Plans

I hope you’ll keep coming to WalvoordHistory.com and please tell me you’re here by posting comments on the Comments Page or posting your thoughts on a Blog Post.

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Updated: April 12, 2012 — 6:09 AM

The Hoopman Family

UpdateI have updated the biography of Johanna “Jane” Walvoord who married Roelof “Ralph” Hoopman.  There is also a newly acquired family portrait of the Hoopman family with all ten of their boys!  I have also included new research on each of the ten boys.  I would love to hear from some of you Hoopmans out there!  Do you have any stories you would like to add?

Click here to read the updated biography:  Johanna Walvoord (1849-1935).

Updated: April 12, 2012 — 6:05 AM

Updated Biography

Korn Family c. 1905

I have updated and added additional text to the biography of my grandfather.

Click on this link to view:  Randall Henry Walvoord Biography

Here are 4 bonus photos shown below that won’t be shown any where else!

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Amarillo's Family of the year 1958
Randall Henry Walvoord football picture c. 1921
Elizabeth Korn c.1924

Amarillo's Family of the year 1958

Randall Henry Walvoord football picture c. 1921

Elizabeth Korn c. 1924 (Age 18) Three years before she married Randall Walvoord

Updated: May 31, 2014 — 3:49 PM

The Holy Grail Found!

As many of you know… I have been on a quest for many years.  A quest for the long lost “gospel.”  The “Gospel according to Louise.”

Much of the Walvoord History here has been handed down through the years from a type-written transcription of Louise Antoinette Walvoord’s Journal.

I have been hearing whispers of the existence of the original diary for decades, but it has always eluded me.  I even have a letter from my great-grandfather in the 1940s that indicated he was looking for it too.  Decades ago I interviewed people such as Ruth Stovall and Betty Carpenter (cousins of my grandfather) who claim to have had in in their possession at one time.  I told them at the time that I hope that someone has the foresight to donate it to the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center in Sheboygan Falls.

Several weeks ago, I got a package in the mail from my 3rd-cousin in Colorado: Debbie Bjork (great-granddaughter of Anna Margretta Walvoord).  It was a photo copy of Louise’s journal!!!  Debbie had been on a family research trip to the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center and lo and behold, the journal was there among the Walvoord artifacts!

Being able to read it and see her intent is so exciting!  I will be able to share some new content including some old Walvoord Family Recipes!

Thanks Debbie!!!!

I will try to post any updates on “This What’s New Blog.”

Updated: November 21, 2014 — 10:56 PM

Photos added to many Biographies

I’ve added photos to many biographies.  Some of these photos have never been seen on Walvoord History.com before.

I’ve added too many pictures to give any kind of summary here, so keep visiting as I keep adding more photos.

Navigation has been somewhat sorted but still needs more work.


Updated: April 12, 2012 — 6:08 AM

Adding Pages

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Thank you to all those who have served this great nation!

Well, I’m getting close to re-posting all my page content from my original site.  I should have all of them up by the end of the day.

After that, I will try to sort the navigation in a logical sense.  I am trying to find out how to have drop down lists in the primary navigation.

My next goal, is to edit those pages with some new (old) photos.

My final goal (next week?) is to get a photo gallery of some really awesome old family photos that have been acquired through the years.  This will be the center piece of the site.

Updated: April 12, 2012 — 6:08 AM

We’re Back!

Walvoord BannerWelcome back to Walvoord History.com!  I’m happy to report that after a hiatus of several months of transitioning to a new host, that Walvoord History is back online!

I would like to publicly thank my good friend Stuart Young for his dedication to my website needs for many years.  I was fortunate to be one of his “Beta Testers” for his web site building software.  “Site Tablet”  which is going “dark” in mid December and now I’ll have to go it alone on hosting and tech support.

I am now independently hosted through JustHost.com and using WordPress.org for my website building.

If you have any suggestions I would welcome your input.   Original content will be added weekly and I’ve re-submitted my website to the search engines, so keep visiting.

Updated: April 12, 2012 — 6:08 AM
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