Isaac Contant1

M, #23, b. 5 Jan 1843, d. 29 Jan 1929
Isaac Contant|b. 5 Jan 1843\nd. 29 Jan 1929|p23.htm|Jannis Contant|b. 1815||Anna Lucretia Contant|b. 1816||Pieter Contant|b. 1791\nd. 31 Oct 1856||Janna Gijsbergt|b. 1795\nd. 2 Aug 1883||||||||
FatherJannis Contant2 b. 1815
MotherAnna Lucretia Contant2 b. 1816
     Isaac Contant was born on 5 January 1843 in Cadzand, Zeeuws Vlaanderen, Zeeland, Netherlands.1 He married Maartje van Rij on 16 June 1875 in Brielle, South Holland, Netherlands.1,2 Isaac Contant died on 29 January 1929 in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey, (Prospect Street).1
     Isaac Contant and Martha Contant immigrated on the SS. Noordam, from Antwerp, arriving in New York on 27 Feb 1896, with 10 children: Johannes (18), Jannis (17), Isaak (13), Anna (19), Jannetje (15), Josina (2), Hendrika (3), Marie [sic] (7), Peter (11), and Marinus (8). They were travelling second cabin.3

His obituary appeared on 1 February 1929 in the Clarion
Services for the late Rev. Isaac Contant, retired pastor of the Reformed Congregation of Lodi and dean of teh Protestant clergy of the Passaic district, who died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Prospect Street, will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Contant home and the Reformed Congregation. Pallbearers will be consistorymen and a few intimate friends. The death of the Rev. Contant, who was 86 yrs old, is being mourned by many people of this borough. All of the pastor's children, except one daughter who resides in Holland, were present at his bedside when he died.
The Rev. Dirk de Beer, pastor of the Prospect Street Christian Reformed Church, will be in charge of the services, assisted by the Rev. Charles Spoelhof, pastor of the Liberty Street Christian Reformed Church of Lodi, and Jacob Meyers, a student at Bloomfield Theological Seminary. Mr. Meyers is a young man of teh Rev. Mr. Contant's congregation, who was tutored by thepastor before he entered the seminary.
The aged pastor of the Reformed Congregation was stricken shortly after his eighty-sixth birtday, January 5, 1929 Previous to that time he complained of not feeling well, but was not confined to his room. An attack of the influenza, combined with infirmaties, hastened his death. During the early part of last week hope was held out for his recovery, as he seemed to rally. Since Friday night he became unconscious, but his remarkable vitality kept him alive.
The Rev. Mr. Contant was born in Kadzand, The Netherlands on Jan 5, 1843. He attended public school there. After his graduation he became associated with his father and brother Peter in the former's machine shop, and during spare hours studied English, French and mathematics. He alsway had a desire to enter the ministry and was privately tutored. In 1868 he entered the preparatory school in Doetichem, following with a course at the Theological Seminary at Kampen, where he graduated in July 1874. His first charge was Brielle, Holland, from Oct 18, 1874, until 1879. His other pastorates were Loosdrecht 1879-1882, Alkmaar 1882-1893, and Biezelinge, 1893-1896, when he received a call in the Liberty Street Christian Reformed Church in Lodi, where he served three years. The Reformed Congregation was then organized, with the Rev. Mr. Contant as its pastor. This church he served for 25 years. About 6 yrs ago he suffered a paralytic stroke and had to discontinue preaching. The congregation will be 30 yrs old this summer.
The Rev. Mr. Contant and Mrs. Contant (who was Martha van Ry) celebrated the 53rd anniversary of their marriage on Jun 16, 1928. Of their 11 children, 9 survive: an unknown person and Isabella Contant of Lodi, Marinus, Arie, John M. and Mrs. Henry Gerritsen of Hackensack, Mrs. Peter de Jonge in Holland, Peter M. in Hasbrouck Heights, and Cornelius B. of Rochelle Park. There are 15 grandchildren.
The Rev. Contant had many friends among the Holland residents of Lodi. He was especially beloved by the members of his congregation whom he ministered for 27 yrs. While he was in Holland, he published a religious weekly "The Gideon" which was widely circulated at that time. It has since suspended publication.1

1900 Fed. census: Household of Isaac Contant, Lodi Township, Bergen County, New Jersey. Household consists of Isaac, his wife Martha and 11 children: Annie J. (May 1876), Joseph D. (May1878), John M. (Jan 1879), Jennie P. (Aug 1880), Isaac (May 1882), Pieter M. (Oct 1885), Marinus (Dec 1887), Arie (Nov 1890), Henrietta P. (Oct 1892), Josina M. (Aug 1893) and Cornelius B. (Dec 1896). All but Cornelius are born in Holland. Isaac was indexed as James!4
1910 Fed. census: Household of Isaac Contant, Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey. Household consists of Isaac, his wife Martha and five children: John M. (31), Pieter M. (25), Marinus (22), Arie (21), Josina M. (16), and Cornelius B. (13).5


Martha Van Ry -
  • Annie J. Contant -4
  • John D. Contant b. May 18781
  • John M. Contant -4
  • Jennie P. Contant -4
  • Isaac Contant -4
  • Pieter M. Contant -4
  • Marinus Contant -4
  • Arie Contant -4
  • Henrietta P. Contant -4
  • Josina M. Contant b. Aug 1893, d. 30 Dec 19734
  • Cornelius B. Contant -4


  1. [S12] Clarion, Feb 1, 1929. pg. 4.
  2. [S3] Genlias, Brielle Marriages : 1875 #17. 16 Jun 1875.
  3. [S2] Ellis Island, SS. Noordland, from Antwerp. Arr. New York 27 Feb 1896. M237, Roll 654, Frame 465.
  4. [S4] 1900 Federal Census, James Content, Jun 1900. T623 Roll: 955 Page: 155, ED 24.
  5. [S5] 1910 Federal Census, Isaac Contant Sr. T624 Roll: 869 Page: 178, ED 31.