I've been reading the Van Hoesen thread with much interest as it is a fairly
common name here in Copake.
Just to add fuel to the pronunciation fire, there are at least two families
that name nearby and each one pronounces it differently, even though it's
spelled the same.
Keep sharing these interesting family stories-it is a great help to those of
us just starting out.
Searching: Dinges, Mueller, Miller, Niver, Snyder, and probably many more...