The Van Meter Family
of
Whitley County Indiana


The Whitley County Four Generation Project



Contact: Donald Gradeless — Email: DrG@execpc.comFamily Research Pages


Portrait of William Van Meter
William Van Meter 1807-1885
I photographed this portrait in 1969 at the
home of William Van Meter in Churubusco.




Older Reference Works on the Van Meter Family

Also see the Selected Records of Phil Ruckman — — Kratzer Family

The DuBois Family Association

A genealogy of the Duke - Shepherd - Van Metre family
from civil, military, church and family records and documents

This works does contain a great number of errors
But is the best source for many of lines.

The Duke-Shepherd-VanMetre Family

Huguenot Historial Society, New Paltz, NY

Scott Van Metre's Van Metre Family Website



Lineage of my Great-Great Grandmother

America Van Meter Gradeless

AKA: "Mary Gradeless"
of Whitley County Indiana.
Daughter of   William Van Meter 1807-1885


__________________________

                |Jan Joosten Van Meteren #250
                |
             |Joost Jansen Van Metern 1656-1706 #101
             |  |
             |  |Maeyken Hendricksen #251
             |
          |Jan Jansen 'John' Van Meter 1683-1745 #98
          |  |
          |  |        |Charles Maximillian Des Fiennes #179
          |  |        |
          |  |     |Christian Dubois #245
          |  |     |  |
          |  |     |  |Henrietta de Reignier De Boisleau #180
          |  |     |
          |  |  |Louis Du Bois 1626-1693 #244
          |  |  |
          |  |Sarah Dubois 1662-1726 #102
          |     |
          |     |  |Mathew Blanchan #247
          |     |  |
          |     |Catherine Blanchan #246
          |        |
          |        |Magdalene Jorise #248
          |
       |Jacob Jansen Van Meter 1723-1798 #96
       |  |
       |  |  |Hendrick 'Henry' Mollenauer #103
       |  |  |
       |  |Margaret Mollenauer #99
       |  |
    |William Van Meter 1755-1808 #26
    |  |                                |Henry de Strode #2996
    |  |                             |Richard Strode #2994
    |  |                             |  |Elizabeth Brent #2997
    |  |                          |William Strode 1410-1499 #2992
    |  |                          |  |  |John Gerard #3090
    |  |                          |  |Elizabeth Gerard #2995
    |  |                          |     |Elizabeth Chaldecot #3091
    |  |                       |John Strode 1450- #2988
    |  |                       |  |Alice de Ledred 1420-1514 #2993
    |  |                    |Walter Strode 1470- #2983
    |  |                    |  |  |John Okeley #2991
    |  |                    |  |Joan Oakley #2987
    |  |                    |Thomas Strode 1490-15xx #2978
    |  |                 |Edward Strode 1515-1555 #2974
    |  |              |William Strode 1550-1592 #2972
    |  |              |  |  |Robert Whiting #2979
    |  |              |  |Alice Whiting 15xx-1593 #2975
    |  |              |
    |  |           |William Strode 1589-1666 #2959
    |  |           |  |
    |  |           |  |                    |John Upton #3041
    |  |           |  |                 |Richard Upton #3038
    |  |           |  |                 |  |daughter and heir of St. Winnow
    |  |           |  |              |John Upton #3036
    |  |           |  |              |  |  |Walter Carnother
    |  |           |  |              |  |Agnes Carnother #3039
    |  |           |  |           |Thomas Upton 14xx-1470 #2989
    |  |           |  |           |  |     |James de Mulys xxx-1346 #3048
    |  |           |  |           |  |  |John Mulys #3040
    |  |           |  |           |  |Margaret Mulys #3037
    |  |           |  |        |William Upton #2984
    |  |           |  |        |  |        |William Trelawny #3071
    |  |           |  |        |  |     |Sir John Trelawny #3069
    |  |           |  |        |  |     |  |Jone Doyngull #3072
    |  |           |  |        |  |  |Sir John Trelawny #3067
    |  |           |  |        |  |  |  |  |Robert Menwynick #3084
    |  |           |  |        |  |  |  |Matilda Menwynick #3070
    |  |           |  |        |  |Johanna Trelawny #2990
    |  |           |  |        |     |  |Robert Tregodick #3083
    |  |           |  |        |     |Agnes Tregodick #3068
    |  |           |  |     |John Upton #2980
    |  |           |  |     |  |    |William Rosmadres
    |  |           |  |     |  |Isabel Rosmadres #2985
    |  |           |  |  |Jeffrey Upton 1550-1583 #2976
    |  |           |  |  |  |  |Edmund Leversedge #2986
    |  |           |  |  |  |Elizabeth Leversedge #2981
    |  |           |  |Elizabeth Upton #2973
    |  |           |     |  |Thomas Hone #2982
    |  |           |     |Mary Hone #2977
    |  |           |
    |  |        |Edward Strode 1629-1703 #2955
    |  |        |  |
    |  |        |  |           |Edward Barnard of Downside
    |  |        |  |        |John Barnard #3019
    |  |        |  |     |Edward Barnard 1555-1623 #3017
    |  |        |  |     |  |Margaret Hill #3020
    |  |        |  |  |Edward Barnard #3014
    |  |        |  |  |  |  |Hugh Whetcombe #3021
    |  |        |  |  |  |Christian Whetcombe #3018
    |  |        |  |  |
    |  |        |  |Joan Barnard 1607-1649 #2960
    |  |        |     |           |Willus Smythes #3066
    |  |        |     |        |John Smythes #3065
    |  |        |     |     |George Smythes 15xx-1590 #3064
    |  |        |     |  |John Smythes 15xx-1626 #3016
    |  |        |     |Jane Smythes 1590-1658 #3015
    |  |        |        |Joan Bickombe #3063
    |  |        |
    |  |     |Edward Strode #2953
    |  |     |  |
    |  |     |  |           |John Gonyngge 15xx-1572 #2970
    |  |     |  |        |Robert Gonninge 15xx-1574 #2967
    |  |     |  |        |  |Mary Doddington #2971
    |  |     |  |     |John Guninge Alderman of Bristol 15xx-1645 #2963
    |  |     |  |     |  |Elinor ----- #2968
    |  |     |  |  |Sir John Gunning Alderman of Bristol #2961
    |  |     |  |  |  |  |John Whyttington #2969
    |  |     |  |  |  |Ann Whyttington #2964
    |  |     |  |Joan Gunning #2956
    |  |     |     |  |John Barker #2965
    |  |     |     |Elizabeth Barker #2962
    |  |     |        |Elizabeth Spicer #2966
    |  |     |
    |  |  |Edward Strode 1691-1786 #100
    |  |  |  |
    |  |  |  |  |Charles Hatchett #2957
    |  |  |  |Susannah Hatchett 1763-1696 #2954
    |  |  |     |Mary ----- #2958
    |  |  |
    |  |Letita Strode #97
    |     |
    |     |Eleanor ----- #2952
    |
 |William Van Meter Jr. 1807-1885 #20
 |  |
 |  |Phoebe Hart #27
 |
America 'Mary' Van Meter 1860-1935 #17
 |
 |  |David Kratzer #28
 |  |
 |Melinda Kratzer 1839-1913 #21
    |
    |Elizabeth Brightbill 1808-1897 #2


For a history of the Early Van Meters check http://history.sloco.net/NJBio/V1.17-44.htm
BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF THE First Congressional District of New Jersey, Pages 17-44




Ancestor Generation 5:

Zenas Gradeless
born 26 Oct 1850 at Whitley Co IN
died 12 May 1895 at Whitley Co IN
Father Nathan Gradeless #18
Mother Catharine Hively #19
married 17 February 1877 at White Pigeon Michigan to
America 'Mary' Van Meter 1860-1935
born 12 Apr 1860 at Whitley Co IN
died 24 Jun 1935 at Whitley Co IN
Father William Van Meter Jr. 1807-1885 #20
Mother Melinda Kratzer 1839-1913 #21
ref buried in Concord Cemetery Smith Township IN
Click here for 4 generations of William Van Meter Jr.'s Descendants



Ancestor Generation 6:

William Van Meter Jr 1807-1885 #20 male
born 15 May 1807 at Pendleton Co VA (now WV
died 1 Nov 1885 at Whitley Co IN
father William Van Meter 1755-1808 #26
mother Phoebe Hart
marriages Mary Harmon widowed
remarried on 15 Jan 1859 at Whitley Co IN to
Melinda Kratzer
born 17 Feb 1839 at Stark Co OH
died 20 Aug 1913 at Smith Township Whitley Co IN
Father David Kratzer #28
Mother Elizabeth Brightbill 1808-1897 #29
b Feb 17 1841 OH in death Record Avid Cretzer b/pa in Death Records
WC Deaths Book 2A 79 #118-13 Churubusco Death Book 1 Page 15 #29-13
buried Aug 23 1913 in Concord Cemetery Smith Twp
Click for Children

Family tradition is that he is actually the grandson of William & Phoebe Van Meter. He was the illigitimate child of one of William's sons but raised by his Grandfather as his own son. Maybe true, maybe not, but even if it would be the line is still through William Van Meter 1755-1808. This story was one used by America Van Meter who claimed it was the Indian Blood coming out in her to cause her to appear to be of Indian blood. She never identified which son or if it was her father or grandfather that supposedly carried the Indian blood. - Just a family tale related to me by Olive Gradeless who lived with her after her marriage into the family.


Ancestor Generation 7:

William Van Meter son of   Jacob Jansen & Letita (Strode) Van Meter
born 1755 at Augusta Co VA
died 1808 at Pendleton Co VA
marriages 2 widowed and then remarried 1795 at Monongalia Co VA
Phoebe Hart
born Hardy Co VA
died Pendleton Co VA
1 of many children:
      William Van Meter Jr 1807-1885
[many children but only one listed here]



Ancestor Generation 8:

Jacob Jansen Van Meter son of  Jan Jansen 'John' & Margaret (Mollenauer) Van Meter
born 16 Mar 1723 at Somerset County New Jersey
died 16 Nov 1798 at Elizabethtown Hardin County Kentucky
m on 30 Aug 1741 at Frederick County, Virginia
Letita Strode daughter of James Strode
b 3 Aug 1725 at Frederick County, Virginia
d 25 Dec 1799 at Hardin County, Viringia
14 known children:
  1.   Eleanor Van Meter
  2.   Abraham Van Meter
  3.   Rebecca Van Meter
  4.   Susannah Van Meter
  5.   Rachel Van Meter
  6.   Elizabeth Van Meter
  7.   Mary Van Meter
  8.   Isaac Van Meter
  9.   Margaret Van Meter
10.   Jacob Van Meter
11.   John Van Meter
12.   Alcinda Van Meter
13.   William Van Meter 1755-1808 #26
14.   Jacob Van Meter
references: Rev War PS PA Captain serving under Col. George Rogers Clark, Illinois Regimemt
References pages 87-8 Descendants of Chretien Du Bois of Wicres, France



Ancestor Generation 9:

Jan Jansen 'John' Van Meter son of   Joost Jansen & Sarah (DuBois) Van Metern
born 14 October 1683 at Kingston, New York
died 1745 at Apequon, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia
married on 1705 at New Jersey to Sara Bodine then widowed
remarried 1710 at Somerset County New Jersey to
Margaret Mollenauer daughter of Hendrick 'Henry' Mollenauer
died 1745 at Frederick County Virginia.   11 Known children:
  1.   Sarah Van Meter
  2.   Johannes J. Van Meter
  3.   Maria J. Van Meter
  4.   Rebecca Van Meter
  5.   Isaac Van Meter
  6.   Eliz Van Meter
  7.   Henry Van Meter
  8.   Rachel Van Meter
  9.   Abraham Van Meter
10.   Jacob Jansen Van Meter 1723-1798 #96
11.   Maudina Van Meter
Will dated 23 August 1745 Winchester Co Virginaia proved 3 September 1745 lists children.
Reference Page 44 Descendants of Chretian Dubois of Wicres France



Ancestor Generation 10:

Joost Jansen Van Metern son of   Jan Joosten & Maeyken (Hendricksen) Van Meteren
born 1656 at Meppelen, Province of Drenth, Holland
died 13 Jun 1706 at Salem Co New Jerseu
married on 12 Dec 1682 at Kingston New York to:
Sarah Dubois daugher of Louis & Catherine (Blanchan) Du Bois
born 14 Sep 1662 at Kingston, New Uork
died 1726 at Salem County New Jersey
reference pages 20-21 American Descendants of Chretian Du Bos of Wicres, France
11 known children:
  1.   Jan Jansen 'John' Van Meter 1683-1745 #98
  2.   Rebekka Van Meter
  3.   Lysbeth Van Meter
  4.   Isaac Van Meter
  5.   Hendrix Van Meter1695
  6.   Rachel Van Meter
  7.   Hendrick Van Meter
  8.   Abraham Van Meter
  9.   Jacob Van Meter
10.   Malinda Van Meter
11.   Hendrick Van Meter




Ancestor Generation 11:

Jan Joosten Van Meteren
born Thielerwardt, Gelderland, Holland
died circa 1706 at Burlington County, New Jersey
married in Holland to Maeyken Hendricksen
born Meppelen, Province of Drenth, Holland
died Kingston. Ulster County, New York 5 known children:
  1).   Lysbeth Van Metern
  2).   Catherine Van Metern
  3).   Geertje Janse Van Metern
  4).   Joost Jansen Van Metern 1656-1706 #101
  5).   Gysbert Janse 1660
Arrived on Ship 'Fox' 12 Sept1662 New Amsterdam from Tiederwelt Holland
Will Filed Burlington County, New Jersey.   Owned 1835 acres near Somerville. New Jersey



— Four Generation Project —
Whitley County Van Meter Family
Generation 1

Portrait of William Van Meter


William Van Meter - son of  William & Phoebe (Hart/Harp) Van Meter.
born May 15, 1807, Pendleton County VA (now West Virginia),
died 1-Nov-1885 at Whitley Co Indiana. Buried at Concord Cemetery Smith Township
Marriage #1 1828 Pendleton Co Virginia to
Mary Harmon, a native of Pendleton County, VA died at her home in this township in 1841
Marriage#2 January 15, 1859, Indiana to
Melinda Cratzer, the daughter of  David and Elizabeth (Brightbill) Cratzer/Kratzer
born Stark County, Ohio, February 17, 1839. Visit my Kratzer Family website.
1900 Census Smith Twp
Six Children of William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter:
  1.       Christina Van Meter b. 25 April 1824 Pendleton Co., Virginia
  2.       Phebe Van Meter, b c 1828 Pendleton Co., Virginia
  3.       Adam Van Meter, b 26-Aug-1830 Pendleton Co., Virginia
  4.       Rebecca Van Meter, b 1834
  5.       John Van Meter born b 1831 Ohio
  6.       Julia A. Van Meter, b 1837.
Six Children of William & Melinda (Kratzer) Van Meter:
  7.       America Van Meter, born 12-Apri-1860
  8.       Scott Van Meter born 1861 Whitley County
  9.       Almeda Van Meter born 1864 Whitley County
10.       Malinda M. Van Meter born 1866, Whitley County
11.       William Van Meter born 1869 Whitely County
12.       Alpha Van Meter born 1871 Whitley County Indiana

AuctionBill



Whitley County Van Meter Family
Generation 2


Christina Van Meter, daughter of  William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter.
born April 25, 1824 Pendleton County, Virgina (now West Virginia)
died March 22, 1910 Columbia City, Whitley Co., IN. (See Obituary)
Married June 22, 1848 in Whitley County Indiana (Whitley Co Marr 1:23) to
Levi Myers born 1820 PA.
died Columbia City, Whitley Co., Indiana 1881 buried
1.   Allen F. Myers born 1850
2.   Winfield M. Myers born 1852
3.   William H. Myers born 1854
4.   Mary Ellen Myers born 1856
5.   Naomi E. Myers born 1858 IN.
6.   Charles Edward Myers born 1863 Columbia City, Whitley Co., IN.
7.   John N. Myers born 1867

Phebe Van Meter, daughter of  William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter.
b January 1828 Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
died 10 Oct 1908, Lake township, Allen, Indiana
Married February 3, 1848 Whitley County Indiana (Whitley Co Marriages 1:11) to
John Diffendarfer son of Jacob and Barbara (Kirsch) Diffendarfer
born 20 Apr 1821 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
died 25 Dec 1910 Aboite Township, Allen, Indiana
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900 Census Lake Township.
3 Children with 2 living in 1900 census
John showing with differnet ages from Aug 1850 to Feb 1851 for births
1.       John Albert Diffendarfer born Feb 1851
2.       William Diffendarfer born September 14, 1853
3.       Mary J. Diffendarfer born June 1857

Adam Van Meter son of  William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter.
born c. August 26, 1830 Pendleton Co., Virginia (now West Virginia).
died March 15, 1857 Smith Twp. Whitley Co., IN. p in his twenty-seventh year.

Rebecca Van Meter daughter of  William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter.
born February 1834 Ross County Ohio
died 1903 Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana
Married 5-October-1858 Whitley County Indiana to;
Wilson Robert Sterling son of Samuel & Delilah (Craig) Sterling
born 26 July 1826 Ohio or Pennsylvania (from Census).
died 1904 Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana
1860, 1870, 1880, 1900 Census.
1895 Biography of Alfred L. Stirlen.
Some descendants have change the spelling of the surname
Wilson had 3 wives.
1st Marriage on 30 Nov 1848 to Rachel Harrison
He was married but alone in 1850 Census: (aged 24 years in
Franklin Township, Wayne County, Ohio living with Betsey McMahon
2nd marriage 1 January 1852 in Allen County Indiana. to
Cynthia Grayless daughter of William and Rebecca (Waugh) Grayless.
died 17 August 1857 in child birth, Lake Township, Allen County Indiana.
Children with Cynthia Grayless:
1.    Josiah Sterling born 1852 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind.
2.    Allen Sterling born c. 1855 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind
3.    Alfred L. Sterling born 17 Aug 1857 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind
3rd marriage 5 October 1858 Whitley County Indiana to
Rebecca Van Meter daughter of  William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter.
6 Children with Rebecca Van Meter (4 living in 1895):
4.    Mary Florence Sterling born 9 Mar 1861 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind
5.    Harriet E. Sterling born Nov 1864 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind.
6.    John G. Sterling born May 1867 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind
7.    Clara Sterling born c 1869 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind.
8.    Clark Sterling born 1875 died 1876 Lake Twp. Allen Co. Ind.

John Van Meter son of  William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter.
born October 1831 Ross County, Ohio. appears in 1900 Census Union Twp
died 24-January-1906
Married 14-August-1856 Whitley Co (Whitley Co Marr 1:269) to:
Francis 'Fanny' (----) DePoy
born 24-October-1835 OH. Widow of Mr. DePoy
died 18-February-1921 Whitley County Indiana
Both are buried in Eel River Cemetery Section A Row 9
Adjoining tombstone is for Frank M. Van Meter 1875-1915
1.   Arminda Alice 'Alice' Van Meter born February 27, 1858 Whitley Co IN
2.   Mary Van Meter born Abt. 1860 IN. died Aft. 1906 Resided in Chicago, ILL in 1906
3.   Charles W. Van Meter born 1862
4.   Orpha Van Meter born 23-June-1864

Julia Ann Van Meter, daughter of  William & Mary (Harmon) Van Meter.
b 1837 (Mrs. David Hurd), who died in. 1866, leaving 3 children.
Married 3-January-1858 Whitley County (Whitley Co Marr. 1:327) to:
David H. Hurd born Abt. 1830 NY
a David Hurd d 27 Nov 1902 Whitley County
1.     William Hurd born Abt. 1859
2.     Hamilton V. Hurd
3.     Francis V. Hurd
1870, 1880 Census

America Van Meter, daughter of  William & Malinda (Kratzer) Van Meter.
Born 12-April-1860, Smith Twp. Whitley County Indiana
Died 24-June-1935, Thorncreek Twp. Whitley Co., Indiana
MARRIED at White Pigeon, Michigan on 19 Feb 1877 to:
Zenas Gradeless son of  Nathan Gradeless and Catherine Hively
Gradeless Family Lines are on the Waugh Family Website
Born 26-Oct-1850 Thorncreek Twp. Whitley County Indiana
Died 12 May 1895 Thorncreek Twp. Whitley County Indiana
Visit the Gradeless Notes websites.
7 Children:
1.      Infant Gradeless born 8-Dec-1877 died 8-Dec-1877 buried Concord Cemetery
2.      Albert Allen Gradeless 1878-1902
3.      Charles Webster Gradeless 1880-1959
4.      David Gradeless 1882-1947
5.      Elmer Gradeless 1883-1935
6.      Cleveland 'Doll' Gradeless 1885-1939
7.      Cecil Gradeless 1888-1960


Scott Van Meter, son of  William & Malinda (Kratzer) Van Meter.
Born December 1861, Whitley Co., Indiana
d. 11 Oct 1932, Whitley County Indiana
buried at Riverview Cemetery, Eel River Township, Allen Co., Indiana
Married 8-January-1888 Whitley County Indiana. (Whitley Co Marr 4:311) to
Mary E. Johnson daughter of James M. & Lydia (Zolman) Johnson.
born 25-Oct 1868 Died 5 March 1944
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census Smith Township
  1.    Charles Van Meter born 28-Jan-1887
  2.    Theodore Van Meter born 24-Jan-1888
  3.    Arthur Van Meter
  4.    Florence Van Meter born July 1888
  5.    Gertrude M. Van Meter born July 1889
  6.    Myrtle Van Meter born 3-January-1892
  7.    William J. Van Meter born May 1894
  8.    Anna Dove Van Meter born 13-Jan-1897
  9.    Ruth E. Van Meter born June 1898
10.   Arthur B. Van Meter born 1904
11.   Theodore T. Van Meter born 1906
12.   Charles S. Van Meter born 1908

Almeda Van Meter, daughter of  William & Malinda (Kratzer) Van Meter.
b. 10-April-1864, Whitley Co., d. 7-September-1945
1900 Census Smith Twp, 1920 Census Smith Twp
Buried at Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Twp., Allen County Indiana

Malinda May Van Meter, daughter of  William & Malinda (Kratzer) Van Meter.
born 1-April-1866 Whitley County Indiana - May Van Meter in 1930 census
died March 1951 Whitley County, Indiana
1900 Census Smith Twp, 1910 Census, 1920 Census Smith Twp
Died 19-January-1951
Buried in Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Twp. Allen Co IN

William Van Meter, son of  William & Malinda (Kratzer) Van Meter.
Born 1869 died 1972 Buried at Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Twp., Allen Co., IN
Married
Lo Della ----- born 29-1878 died 11-April-1906
          Marion E. Van Meter b 1904 Smith Township Whitley County Indiana.
1900 Census Smith Twp, 1910 Census,


Alpha Van Meter, son of  William & Malinda (Kratzer) Van Meter.
born 1871 died 1951 buried in Eel River Cemetery, Section F Row 17
Married 2-December-1900 Whitley County Indiana to
Clara Bell Emerick born 1880 died 1937.
1900, 1920, 1930 Census Smith Twp
1.     Amie Opal Van Meter born 16-June-1901
2.     Mabel Van Meter born 1903
3.     William Van Meter born 1905
4.     Perry D. Van Meter born 1907
5.     Earl A. Van Meter born 1911



Whitley County Van Meter Family
Generation 3



Allen F. Myers, son of Levi & Christina (Van Meter) Meyers
bied 1850 Whitley County Indiana died 1851 Whitley County Indiana
buried in Greenhill cemetery burial in the Linville addition to the Masonic Cemetery.

Winfield M. Myers, daughter of Levi & Christina (Van Meter) Meyers
born 1852 Whitley County Indiana
died 1855 Whitley County Indiana
buried in Greenhill cemetery burial in the Linville addition to the Masonic Cemetery.

William H. Myers, son of Levi & Christina (Van Meter) Meyers
born 1854 Whitley County Indiana
died 1855W hitley County Indiana
buried in Greenhill cemetery burial in the Linville addition to the Masonic Cemetery.

Mary Ellen Myers, daughter of Levi & Christina (Van Meter) Meyers
born April 1856 IN. died 1956 8 ch/6 liv by 1900
married 20 May 1875 Whitley county Indiana (WC Marriages 2:455).
Dr. William Weber, M.D. son of Philip and Barbara Weber
born 16 June 1839 Hesse Darmstadt Germany came with parents to Huntington Co in 1840
died 9 January 1989 Battle Creek Michigan Cancer of the Stomach
Burial in the Greenhill Masonic Cemetery Columbia City
1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census
          Edward A. Weber born 1878
          William Weber born 1899
          Levi R. Weber born 1881
          Jessie E. Weber born 1884
          Ruth C. Weber born 1887
          Mary E. Weber born 1897

Naomi E. Myers, daughter of Levi & Christina (Van Meter) Meyers
born June 1858 Columbia Township, Whitley County Indiana
Spelled as Meonice Meyers in the 1880 Census Columbia Twp Whitley Co IN
married 23 December 1880 Whitley County Indiana (Whitley County Marriages Book 3:335)
John H. Boggs son of William & Sarah Boggs of Warsaw
born November 1856
lived in Warsaw, Indiana 1900, 1910, 1920 Census
          Iva E. Boggs born 1882
          Verne V. Boggs born 1883
          Lester L. Boggs born 1889

Charles Edward Myers, son of Levi & Christina (Van Meter) Meyers
born June 16, 1863 Columbia City, Whitley Co., Indiana
Aged 16 in 1880 Census Columbia Twp. Whitley Co., Indiana
Lived in Denver Colorado in 1910.


John N. Myers, son of Levi & Christina (Van Meter) Meyers
born 4 Dec 1867 IN. Aged 14 in 1880 census
died 12 July 1893 drowned in Lake while swinning (boat over turned)

John Albert Deffendarfer son of  John & Phoebe (Van Meter) Diffendarfer
born Feb 1851 but shown as 1/12 in Sept 1850 census
This john could have died an another child renamed John??
1860, 1870, 1880, 1900 Census Lake Township.

William Diffendarfer of John & Phoebe (Van Meter) Diffendarfer
born September 14, 1853 Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana
died November 22, 1854 buried in Concord Cemetery, Smith Township, Whitley County Indiana

Mary J. Diffendarfer daughter of  John & Phoebe (Van Meter) Diffendarfer
born June 1857
Still single in 1910 census
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 Census Lake Township.

William Elwood Lawrence, son of  Arminda Alice & Michael E. Lawrence
born January 31, 1878 Union Twp. Whitley County, Indiana
(1907 History of Whitley County, page 726)
Shown as William C. Lawrence in 1900 Census of Union Twp.
living with grandparents
died August 19, 1879 in Union Twp., Whitley Co., Indiana


Josiah Sterling son of  Wilson R. & Cynthia (Grayless) Sterling
Shown as Joe Sterling in 1900 census
born December 1852 Allen County Indiana
1870 living with his aunt Rebecca (Grayless) Nickey in Union Twp. Whitley County.
married 12 April 1876 Allen County Indiana (Allen Co. Marr Book 12 page 31) to
Mary A. Rhoads daughter of John & Mary (Waggle) Rhoads/Rhodes
born 4 May 1855 Aboite Township Allen County, Indiana
died 29 September 1933 Pettis County, Missouri
1860 Census, 1870, 1880, 1895 Biography, 1900, 1910, 1920. 1930 Census
        Flora W. Sterling born 1877
        Wilson R. Sterling born 1884
        Mary Francis Sterling born 1890

Allen Sterling son of  Wilson R. & Cynthia (Grayless) Sterling
born 1855 Allen County Indiana
Married       to
Elizabeth -----
born January 1861 Indiana
3 children. Lived in Allen County, Indiana
        Georgia Sterling born Mar 1883
        Gerold Sterling born Feb 1886
1860, 1870, 1880 Census, 1895 Biography, 1900 Census

Alfred L. Sterling son of  Wilson R. & Cynthia (Grayless) Sterling
born 17 August 1857 Allen County Indiana
married 25 February 1883 in Pettis County Missouri to
Susan Fannie Gorrell daughter of Capt. John B. and Mary H. (Tabb) Gorrell
born 7-December 1861 10 miles north of Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri
1860, 1870, 1900 Census 1895 Biography, 1900, 1910, 1920 Census
            Nannie Maude Sterling born 1884
            Walter Wayne Sterling born 188?
            Sarah or Lura Blanche Sterling born 1886
            Wilson Robert Sterling born 1888

Mary Florence Sterling daughter of  Wilson R. & Rebecca (Van Meter) Sterling
Used Florence Sterling
born Mar 1861 Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana
married 17 September 1884 Allen Co. Indiana to
Samuel Stophlett son of Samuel & Mary Stophlett/Stophlette
(1860 & 1870 Census Fort Wayne Allen Co. Indiana Census both show b IN)
born August 1859 Indiana / Ohio
Lived in Kansas city in 1895.
        Anna C. Stophlett born Oct 1885/6
        Donald S. Stophlett born Jun 1888
1870, 1880 Census, 1895 Biography, 1900 Census, 1910 Census, 1920 Census, 1930 Census

Harriet E. "Hattie" Sterling daughter of  Wilson R. & Rebecca (Van Meter) Sterling
born 1864 Lake township Allen County, Indiana
married 188? Allen County Indiana to
Allen W. Metsker
born September 1861
1.       Robert C. Metsker born December 1884
2.       John A. Metsker born Nov 1892
1870, 1880 Census, 1895 Biography, 1900, 1910 Census

John G. Sterling son of  Wilson R. & Rebecca (Van Meter) Sterling
born May 1867 IN.
Rosetta 'Rosa' ?
born c 1875 Indiana
1870, 1880, 1895 Biography, 1900, 1910, 1920 , 1930 Census
1. Sarah Sterling born Abt. 1899 IN.
2. Paul Sterling born Abt. 1901 IN.
3. Kenneth Sterling born Abt. 1905 IN.
4. Florence Sterling born Abt. 1907 IN.


Clara Sterling daughter of  Wilson R. & Rebecca (Van Meter) Sterling
born c 1869 Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana
1870, 1880 Census, 1895 Biography

Clark Sterling son of  Wilson R. & Rebecca (Van Meter) Sterling
born 1875 Lake township Indiana
died 1876 Lake township Indiana

Arminda Alice 'Alice' Van Meter,daughter of  John & Fanny Van Meter
born on 27-February-1858 in Whitley County Indiana
Died shortly after child birth February 7, 1879 in Union Twp. Whitley Co., IN.
Married 11-Apri-1878 Whitley County Indiana (Whitley Co Marr 3:112) to
(1907 History of Whitley County, page 725)
Michael Elden Lawrence born June 2, 1855, Wayne County Ohio
son of George and Eva Ann (Mowrey) Lawrence
died April 09, 1940 in Columbia City, Whitley Co., IN.
1     William Elwood Lawrence born January 31, 1878 Union Twp. Whitley County
Michael Lawrence remarried to Iantha B. Cassel and had six more children: George
Ray Lawrence, Perl Keller Lawrence, Victor Lyman Lawrence, Albert Lloyd
Lawrence and Blanch Gertrude Lawrence.

Mary Van Meter
born Abt. 1860 Indiana
died After 1906 Resided in Chicago, Illinois in 1906
Married 19-August-1879 Whitley County Indiana (Whitley Co Marr 3:212).
William H. JONES

Charles W. Van Meter, son of  John & Fanny Van Meter

Born 7-October-1862 Whitley County, Indiana
died on March 27, 1863 Whitley County Indiana age of 5M 20d
Buried at Eel River Cemtery, Churubusco, Eel River Twp., Allen Co. Indiana.


Orpha F. Van Meter, daugher of John & Fanny Van Meter
born 23-June-1864 died 5-January-1886 aged 21y 6m 12d
Joseph R. MADDEN born Abt. 1852 IN. died Aft. 1920
Shown in 1880 Census living with John & Francis Van Meter

William HURD born Abt. 1859
 
Albert Allen Gradeless 1878-1902, son of Zenas & America (Van Meter) Gradeless
Born 30 Dec 1878 Thorncreek Twp Whitley Co IN
Died 28 Nov 1902 at Thorncreek Twp Whitley Co IN
Obituary in the Columbia City Post 3 Dec-1902
Found Hung in mother's barn. Was found laying face down in the barn by
brother Charles who just returned from divorce court.
America Gradeless claims that Albert Anspaugh was responsible
Buried at Concord Cemetery Smith Twp Whitley Co IN
 
Charles Webster Gradeless 1880-1959, son of Zenas & America 'Mary' (Van Meter) Gradeless
Born 18-October-1880, Thorncreek Twp. Whitley Co., IN
Died 12-August-1959, Columbia City, Whitley Co., IN, Whitley Co. Deaths 6-16
Obituary in Columbia City Commercial Mail 12-August-1959
Marrried (1) 1901 to Daisy Mae Linvill. Visit my Linvill Family page.
Divorced on 28-November-1902, Daisy Linvill remarried to Milton Hull
remarried (2) on 30-July-1910 in Whitley County Indiana to
Fannie Regina Hartman Gradeless 1886-1975
Fannie and Charles Gradeless buried in Nolt Cemetery
One Child with Daisy Linvll:
1.       Walter Irvin Gradeless 1901-1976
Seven Children with Fannie Hartman
2.       Orpha Alice Gradeless Juillerat 1911-
3.       Flossie Mae Gradeless King 1912-
4.       Cecil Gradeless 1914-1914
5.       Mildred Lucille Gradeless Langhor 1915-
6.       Edith Catharine Gradeless Goings 1916-1979
7.       Fern Elizabeth Gradeless Robinette 1919-1979
8.       Evelyn Joan Gradeless Swartz 1928-
 
David Gradeless 1882-1947, son of Zenas & America (Van Meter) Gradeless
Born 02-February-1882 at Thorncreek Twp Whitley Co Indiana
Died 03-March-1947 at Whitley Co., Indiana
Married 07 Jan 1922 at Columbia City, Whitley Co. at home of
Rev. L. A. Luckenbill, Paster, Church of God to
Frances E. Hively 1895-1943
Obit CCP 4-Mar-1943 died at 11:45 pm Mar 3 1943
No children

Elmer Gradeless 1883-1935, son of Zenas & America (Van Meter) Gradeless
Born 13-June-1883, Smith Township Whitley Co IN
Died 26-February-1935 at the Luckey Lake Hospital, Wolf Lake, Noble Co., Indiana
Married 25 Dec 1906 in Whitley County indiana (Whitley Co Marr 1-270) to
Emily Ruth McKinney Gradeless 1889-1972
Nine Children:
1.       Thorrald Lynn "Smokey" Gradeless 1909-1964
2.       Ralph Andrew Gradeless 1911-1993
3.       Earl Glenwood Gradeless 1915-
4.       Paul Cecil Gradeless 1917-
5.       Lawrence Elmer 'Larry' Gradeless 1924-2004
6.       Margaret Irene Gradeless Thomas 1919-
7.       Lucille Ruth Gradeless Leffel 1922-
8.       Thelma Louisa Gradeless Snyder 1926-
9.       Lois Jean 'Jean' Gradeless Webb 1930-

Cleveland 'Doll' Gradeless 1885-1939, son of Zenas & America (Van Meter) Gradeless
Born 12-October-1885, Thorncreek Twp Whitley Co IN
Died 03-July-1939, Thorncreek Twp Whitley Co IN
1900 Census Smith Twp
Single Never married. Shot himself. WC Deaths Book 4-58-78
 
Cecil Gradeless 1888-1960, son of Zenas & America (Van Meter) Gradeless
Born 05-October-1888, Thorncreek Twp Whitley Co IN
Died 29-March-1960, Whitley County Indiana
World War I Veteran, Whitley County Death Cert. Book 6-36-67
Marred (1) 23 Oct 1917, Whitley Co Indiana to
Clara Carmen Anspaugh Gradeless 1894-1950
Married (2) Aug 1951 Columbia City IN to
Florence Maria Simon Gradeless 1900-1983 Four Children:
1.       Betty Louise Gradeless Luther 1921-
2.       Alfred Lee Gradeless 1924-
3.       Clara Jean Gradeless Schuman (Twin) 1931-1986
4.       Clifford Dean Gradeless (Twin) 1931-

Charles Van Meter, son of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
Born Jan 28, 1887 Whitley County Indiana
died October 5, 1906 Whitley County indiana
Buried at Riverview Cemetery, Allen County, Indiana


Theodore Van Meter, son of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born Jan 24 1888 Whitley County
died October 28, 1904 Whitley County Indiana

Arthur Van Meter, son of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter


Florence Van Meter, daughter of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
Born July 1888 Smith Township Whitley County Indiana
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census Smith Township
Died 19xx Allen County, Indiana
Married 18-Aug-1912 Whitley County Indiana (Whitley Co Marr 8:118) to
Walter David Ruckman son or William Arlando & Catharine (Merriman) Ruckman.
born 21 September 1884 Union Township, Whitley County, Indiana
died 25 July 1977 Grabill, Allen County, Indiana.
    William Arlando Ruckman b 16 June 1850 died 17 Oct 1914 his parents:
          Isaac Ruckman 1819–1862 and Mary Ann Gunsaullus 1823–1880.
    Catherine K. Merriman b 3 Aug 1863 died 16 Jan 1895 her parents:
          William E Merriman 1822–1895 and Marguerite Shavey 1824–1910.
1.     Myron Ruckman born 1914
2.     Celia M. Ruckman born 1916
3.     Placid L. Ruckman born 1917
4.     Madge B. Ruckman born 1919
5.     Phil N. Ruckman born 6-September-1919
6.     Letha M. Ruckman born 1931
7.     Illa J. Ruckman born 29-March-1924
8.     Nysa E. Ruckman born 1926

Gertrude M. Van Meter, daughter of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born July 1889 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census
died March 1977 buried Riverview Cemetery, Eel River Twp., Allen Co., Indiana
Married 19-October-1912 Whitley Co Indiana (Whitley Co Marr 8:131) to:
Louis A. Wisel (Louis b 1887 possible son of John A. & Elzina Wisel in 1900 Census)
born March 19 1889 Allen Co. Indiana (from WWI & WWII Draft Registration Cards)
lived at Route 1, Roanoak,Allen County Indiana on WWII Draft registration.
died 1966 buried Riverview Cemetery, Churubusco (Allen Co.)
1.       Charles Wisel born c 1913
2.       Jesse E. Wisel born 1915
3.       Evelyn I. Wisel born 1917
4.       Gerdaldine Wisel born c 1918
5.       Hillis Wisel born c 1919
6.       Kenneth Wisel born c 1921
7.       James A. Wisel born 1922
8.       Louis Wisel Jr. born 1924
9.       Robert Wisel born c 1926

Myrtle Margaret Van Meter, daughter of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born 3 January 1892 Smith Township Whitley County Indiana
died 12 January 1945
1900, 1910 Census Smith Township, 1920 & 1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
married to
Edward Melvin McCauslin son of John & Armelda (Gable) McCauslin
born 14 May 1888 Butler, Butler County Pennsylvania
Lived in Mercer County Pennsylvania
died 3 May 1960 Pennsylvania 1920 & 1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
1.       Helen Grace McCauslin born 1912
2.       James Edward McCauslin born 1913
3.       Gerald R. McCauslin born 1915
4.       Paul Rodger McCauslin born 1916
5.       Mary E. McCauslin born 1917
6.       Gladys Elma McCauslin born 1918
7.       Mildred Louise McCauslin born 1920
8.       Florence Elaine McCauslin born c 1923
9.       Ruth Irene McCauslin born 1924
10.     Wayne H. McCauslin born 1926
11.     Norma Jean McCauslin born 1928
12.     Glenn M. McCauslin aka Robert Melvin McCauslin born 1930
12.     Clarence William McCauslin born 1931
12.     Frederick Dale McCauslin born 1933
            (information supplied by Craig McFeely, Email: S_CRMcFeely@clarion.edu)

William J. Van Meter, son of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
Born 8 May 1894
died August 1972 buried at Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Tw., Allen Co. IN next Parents
1930 census Adams Twp, Allen County she he was a laborer in a truck factory.
1900, 1910, 1920 Census Smith Township

Anna Dove Van Meter daughter of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born 13-January-1897 Whitley County Indiana
died 24-January-1954 at Lucky Hospital, Wolf Lake, Noble Co., Indiana
1900 Census Smith Twp, 1910 Census Smith Township
Buried at Sparta Cemetery, Sparta Twp., Noble Co. Indiana. Obituary
Married 20-November-1920 at Churubusco, Whitley County Indiana (Whitley Co Marr 9:191) to:
Ross E. Madden son of Davie E. & Nellie (Priest) Madden
born 25-August-1898, Green Township, Noble Co., Indiana
Died on a Monday in January 1977, at Alfran Nursing Home Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
buried at Sparta Cemetery, Sparta Twp., Noble Co. Indiana. Obituary
1.     Mary Madden
2.     Donald Madden


Ruth E Van Meter daughter of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born June 1898 Smith Township Whitley County Indiana
1900, 1910, 1920. 1930 Census Smith Township
married 1920
    Rose L. Poma??


Arthur B. Van Meter son of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born 1904
died February 1983 Churubusco, Smith Township, Whitley County Indiana
1900, 1910, 1920. 1930 Census Smith Township

Theodore T. Van Meter, Teddie Van Meter on of Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born 1906
died Jan 1988 1900, 1910, 1920. 1930 Census Smith Township

Charley S. Van Meter, Charley Van Meter son of  Scott & Mary (Johnson) Van Meter
born 15 October 1908, Smith township whitley County, Indiana
died January 1987, Churubusco, smith Township, Whitley County Indiana
1900, 1910, 1920. 1930 Census Smith Township
Marion E. Van Meter son of  William and LoDella Van Meter
born 1904 Smith Township Whitley County Indiana
died Feb 1960 Whitley county Indiana
1910, 1920, 1930 Census
married to
Lelah M. ---- 1929
            Charles W. Van Meter b 1929 Smith Township Whitley County Indiana

Amie Opal Van Meter
, daughter of  Alpha Van Meter and Clara Bell Emerick
born 16-June-1901 Churubusco, Smith Twp. Whitley Co IN
Died March 18, 1990, Miller's Merry Manor Retirement Home, Columbia City, Indiana
Marriage 1: Roy Wagner, widowed
marriage 2: Stanley Hurd
1.    Paul Wagner
2.    Earl B. Wagner b c 1927
3.    Mary Lois Hurd
1920 Census, 1930 Census

Mabel Van Meter, daughter of  Alpha Van Meter and Clara Bell Emerick
born 1903 Smith township Whitley County Indiana
1920 Census

William E. Van Meter, son of  Alpha Van Meter and Clara Bell Emerick
born 16 February 1905 Smith Township Whitley County
died 10 April 1992 1920 Census, 1930 Census

Perry D. Van Meter, son of  Alpha Van Meter and Clara Bell Emerick
Born 1907 died 1948 buried Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Twp., Allen Co IN
Married Berniece I. (-----) born 1915
1920, 1930 Census

Earl A. Van Meter, son of  Alpha Van Meter and Clara Bell Emerick
Born 1911
died March 1953, buried Eel River Cemetery, Section F Row 20.
1920, 1930 Census


Whitley County Van Meter Family
Generation 4





Edward A. Weber son of William & Mary Ellen (Myers) Weber
born Jan 1878 Columbia City Whitley County Indiana
1900 Deputy clerk Whitley County
1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census
lived in White Plaines, Westchester Co., NY in 1930 married c 1913 Illinois to
Lucile S. -----
born 1884 Kansas
            John S. Weber born 1914 Cook County Illinois
            Margaret Weber born 1915 Cook County Illinois
            Carolyn Weber born 1918 New York

William Weber son of William & Mary Ellen (Myers) Weber
born September 1879 Columbia City Whitley County Indiana
died 2 Dec 1962 buried in Tularosa, New Mexico
check his obituary in the Columbia City Post 4 Dec 1964 page 4
1880 Census

Levi R. Weber son of  William & Mary Ellen (Myers) Weber
born Nov 1881 Columbia City Whitley County Indiana
1900 Census

Jessie E. Weber son of William & Mary Ellen (Myers) Weber
born Jul 1884 Columbia City Whitley County Indiana
1900 Census

Ruth C. Weber daughter of  William & Mary Ellen (Myers) Weber
born Aug 1887 Columbia City Whitley County Indiana
1900 Census

Mary E. Weber daughter of  William & Mary Ellen (Myers) Weber
born May 1897 Columbia City Whitley County Indiana
1900, 1910, 1920 Census

Iva Ellen Boggs daughter of  John H. and Naomi (Van Meter) Boggs
born May 1882 Kosciusko County Indiana
died 23 April 1955 (Check Obit in 23 Apr 1955 Warsaw Times Union)
married 25 Sept 1902 Kosciusko County, Indiana (KC Marr M-24) to
Charles F. Klingel son of William M. & Louisa (Fakner) Klingel of Warsaw
born 23 April 1883 Kosciusko Co. Indiana (Kos Co Health Dept Book H1-49)
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census

Verne Van Meter Boggs son of John H. and Naomi (Van Meter) Boggs
born Sep 1883 Kosciuscko County Indiana
married c 1915 possibly in Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census
Mazie Smith daughter of Emma Smith
born 1894 Pennsylvania

Lester L. Boggs son of  John H. and Naomi (Van Meter) Boggs
born Feb 1889 Kosicusko County, Indiana
1900, 1910, 1920 Census

Flora W. Sterling daughter of  Josiah and Mary A. (Rhoads) Sterling
born April 1878 (1877) Allen County Indiana
1880, 1900, 1910 Census

Wilson Robert Sterling Jr. son of  Josiah and Mary A. (Rhoads) Sterling
aka Rennie Sterling in 1920 Census widower living next to his parents.
born September 1884 Pettis County, Missouri
married c 1907 Pettis Co. Missouri
Charlotte E. ----- born 1888 Missouri
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930,
          Ellen Deloris Sterling born 1907 Sedalia, pettis Co Missouri
          Wilson Sterling Jr. born 1916 Sedalia, Pettis Co., Missouri

Mary Francis Sterling daughter of  Josiah and Mary A. (Rhoads) Sterling
born March 1890 Pettis County Missouri
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census

Georgia Sterling daughter of Allen & Elizabeth Sterling
born Mar 1883 Allen County Indiana.
1900 Census

Gerold Sterling son of Allen & Elizabeth Sterling
born Feb 1886 Allen County Indiana
1900 Census

Nannie Maude Sterling daughter of  Alfred & Fannie (Gorrell) Sterling
born 13 April 1884, Heath Creak Township, Pettis County, Missouri
1895 Biography, 1900 Census

Walter Wayne Sterling son of  Alfred & Fannie (Gorrell) Sterling
born 188? Pettis Co. Missouri passed away at the age of six months.
1895 Biography.

Sarah Blanche Sterling daughter of  Alfred & Fannie (Gorrell) Sterling
born 4 October 1886, Prairie Township Pettis County Missouri
1895 Biography, 1900 Census

Wilson Robert Sterling son of  Alfred & Fannie (Gorrell) Sterling
aka Robert W. Sterling in 1910 Robert Sterling in 1920 census
born 3- October 1888 Prairie township, Pettis Co., Missouri
married Sedalia Pettis County Missouri to
Ada ----- b 1896 Missouri
          Jack Sterling born 1918 Missouri
1895 Biography, 1900 Census, 1910, 1920 Census

Anna C. Stophlett daughter of Samuel & Mary Florence (Sterling) Stophlett
born Oct 1885/1886 Minnesota
married c 1916 Kansas City, Missouri
George S. Montgomery
born c 1873 Missouri
        Jane S. Montgomery born 1917
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census

Donald S. Stophlett son of Samuel & Mary Florence (Sterling) Stophlett
born Jun 1888 Minnesota
Married c 1912 to
Eleanor G. ----- Eleanor M. in 1920 Census
born 1891 Illinois
        Barbara A. Stophlett born 1914
        Mary Eleanor Stophlett born 1915/1917
        Donald V. Stophlett Jr. born 1918
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census


Robert C. Metsker son of Robert and Hattie (Sterling) Metsker
December 1884 Allen County, Indiana
married to
Dorothy ----- born 1885 Indiana
        Robert L. Metsker born 1908 Allen County Indiana
        Richard R. Metsker born 1911 Allen County Indiana
1900, 1920 Census

John A. Metskerson of Robert and Hattie (Sterling) Metsker
born 12 Nov 1892 Fort Wayne, Allen Co. IN (from 1917 Draft Registation)
Married and in jail in 1917 Draft Registration and IL Penitentiary in 1920 Census.
1930 Census of Merchant Seamen John A. Metsker aged 36 on
Ship Marore, Jersey City, Hudon New York
1900, 1910 , 1920 Census

Sarah Sterling daughter of  John G. & Rosa Sterling
born c 1899 Indiana, public school teacher
1910, 1920 , 1930 Census

Paul Sterling son of  John G. & Rosa Sterling
born c. 1900/1901 Indiana, car salesman in 1930
1910, 1920 , 1930 Census

Kenneth Sterling son of  John G. & Rosa Sterling
born c 1905 Indiana
1910, 1920 , 1930 Census

Florence Sterling daughter of  John G. & Rosa Sterling
born c 1907 Indiana, public school teacher
1910, 1920 , 1930 Census

Walter Irvin Gradeless
1901-1976, son of  Charles Gradeless and Daisy Linvill
born 17-November-1901 (WC Birth 4C-38) at Smith Township Whitley Co Indiana
Died 02-August-1976 at Pierceton, Kocsiusko County Indiana
Farmr and then operated Gradeless Greenhouse in Pierceton Indiana for 25 years.
Marriage (1) 17-September-1919 in Marion, Grant Co Indiana
(Clark Co Marriage License) Widowed 1947
Lela Mae Bare
born 26-March-1902 Polk Twp. Huntington Co., IN
died 1-Nov-1947 Polk Twp Wabash Co Indiana
Walter and Lela Gradelses are buried in
Andrews Riverside Cemetery Lot 39. Visit the Bare Family.
Marriage (2) 17-February-1951 Macy, Indiana to
Eileen Anne Miller Collier Shrom 1898-1995
1.       Ila Louise Gradeless Stensel 1920-1982
2.       Elizabeth Jane Gradeless Leach 1923-
3.       Charles Edwin Gradeless 1925-1998
4.       Harmon Willard Gradeless 1928-2002
5.       Daisy Rebecca Gradeless 1942-1942

Orpha Alice Gradeless
daughter of  Charles Gradeless and Fannie Hartman
Born 16 Feb 1911, Whitley Co IN
Died at Whitley County, Indiana
Married 20 june 1931 Whitley County Indiana to
Donald W. Juillerat 1906-
Four Children
1.       James Eugene Juillerat 1933-
2.       Kenneth Allen Juillerat 1936-
3.       Rex Allen Juillerat 1938-
4.       Linda Sue Juillerat Dingus 1947-1993

Flossie Mae Gradeless
, daughter of  Charles Gradeless and Fannie Hartman
Born 31 Mar 1912 Whitley Co IN
Married 22 Oct 1932 Whitley County Indiana
Homer Richard King 1905-1991
Tombstones at Lakeview Cemetery, Larwill, Indiana
No Children


Cecil Gradeless
, daughter of  Charles Gradeless and Fannie Hartman
Born 31 Jan 1914, (WC Birth Book 6C page 32 #52-14), Whitley Co IN
DIED ON: 31 Jan 1914


Mildred Lucille Gradeless
, daughter of  Charles Gradeless and Fannie Hartman
Born 14 Jan 1915, Troy Twp., Whitley County, Indiana
married 14 Mar 1936, Whitley Co Indiana to
Franklin Smith Langhor 1913-
Adopted one child
.       Timothy Franklin Langhor (Adopted) 1947- )

Edith Catharine Gradeless
, daughter of  Charles Gradeless and Fannie Hartman
Born 30 Jun 1916, (WC Birth Book 7C Page 18 Rec 150-16) Thorncreek Twp WC
Died 25 Nov 1979, Huntington Hospital;Huntington, Indiana
Buried at Garden of Memory, Marion IN
Obituary Columbia City Commercial Mail 26-Nov-1977
Married 26-September-1941 Noble, County, Indiana to
Everett DeWayne Goings 1906-
2 children
1.       Elaine Carma Goings Tackett 1944-
2.       Everett DeWayne Goings Jr. 1946-


Fern Elizabeth Gradeless
, daughter of  Charles Gradeless and Fannie Hartman
Born 06 Oct 1919, ( Births Book 7C page 80 #173-19), Thorncreek Twp Whitley County Indiana
Died 01 Jun 1979, Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne Allen Co IN
Obituary Columbia City Commercial Mail 1-Jun-1979
buried South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, Indiana
Married 20 Feb 1938, Whitley Co IN
MARRIED TO: Harold Robinett 1916-
2 Children
1.       Roger Lyn Robinett 1941-
2.       Sharon Robinett Cox 1944-

Evelyn Joan Gradeless
, daughter of  Charles Gradeless and Fannie Hartman
Born 19 Jun 1928, (WC Birth Book 9C page 5 #67-28) Etna Township, Whitley County, Indiana
Married 02 Jul 1948
Harold Leroy Swartz 1927-
Four Children
1.       Roxanna Susan Swartz Hodge 1950-
2.       Ronald Eugene Swartz 1952-
3.       David Allen Swartz 1954-
4.       Debra Kay Swartz Whaley 1957-

Thorrald Lynn "Smokey" Gradeless
, son of  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
Born 03 May 1909, (WC Birth Book 5C Page 26 #88-09), Thorncreek Twp Whitley Co IN
Died 04 Oct 1964, Silver Lake, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
buried at Sparts Cemetery, Section 8 Row 7, Noble County, Indiana
married 17-December 1927, whitley County, Indiana to
Olive "Shorty" Caskey Gradeless 1909-1990
4 Children
1.       Harry Roscoe Gradeless (Twin) 1929
2.       Raymond Lee "Ray" Gradeless 1929-
3.       Robert Russell "Bob" Gradeless 1930-
4.       Dorrald Gwendolyn Gradeless 1932-1932


Ralph Andrew Gradeless
, son of  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
Born 12 May 1911, (WC Births 5c-49 111-11), Columbia City IN
Died 19 Mar 1993, Parkview Hosp Fort Wayne IN
Farmer and B&O Railroad Engineer 34 yrs till 1975
Buried at Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett, Indiana
Married 31-January-1933, Rochester, Indiana
Martha Elizabeth Smith Gradeless 1908-
Two Children
1.       ) Nancy Ellen Gradeless Leitch 1939-
2.       David Lee Gradeless 1945-


Earl Glenwood Gradeless
, son of  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
Born 03 Jul 1915, ( WC Birth Book 6c page 51 #169-15), Troy Twp Whitley Co IN
Lives Butler, IN 46721
married (1) 5-March-1938 Gas City, Indiana to
Thelma Marie Grunawalt Gradeless 1919- (Divorced)
married (2) 10 Oct 1967, Garrett, DeKalb Co IN
Belva Ann Carnahan Gradeless 1913-
Three Children
1.       Steven Allen Gradeless 1945-
2.       Thomas Earl Gradeless 1946-1946
3.       Sandra Sue 'Sandy' Gradeless Guinn 1949-


Paul Cecil Gradeless
, son of  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
Born 10 Sep 1917 Troy Twp Whitley Co IN
Lives Buchanan MI 49107
Married 28 Jun 1942, New Haven, Allen Co., IN
Marjorie Alene Hickman Gradeless
Three Children:
1.       Ronald Paul Gradeless 1945-1945
2.       Gerry Wayne Gradeless 1947-1947
3.       Lucinda Azel 'Cindy' Gradeless 1953-

Lawrence Elmer 'Larry' Gradeless, spmof  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
Born 14 Jun 1924, (WC Birth Book 8c Page 57 Record 101-24) Troy Twp WC IN
Died 13 Feb 2004, Mishawaka, Indiana
Married (1) 18 Dec 1943, Mishawaka St Joseph Co IN to
Mary Anne Sousley Gradeless 1924- (Divorced)
Married (2) 1964, Adrian Mi to
Pauline Mendez Gradeless 1940- (Divorced)
Married (3) 1o-Aug-1974, Osceola, Indiana to
Beverly Kay 'Bev' Hamilton Gradeless 1942-1999
Eight Children
1.       Dennis Lawrence Gradeless 1944-
2.       Kenneth Gene Gradeless 1947-
3.       Lori Anne Gradeless Schultz 1953-
4.       Ronald Larry 'Ron' Gradeless 1956-
5.       Anna Marie Gradeless Sanchez (Adopted) 1963-
6.       James Paul Gradeless 1965-
7.       Christine Kay Gradeless (Adopted) 1965-
8.       Elizabeth Marie Gradeless (Adopted) 1971-

Margaret Irene Gradeless, daughter of  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
Born 10 Dec 1919, (WC Births 7c 8s #220-19), Troy Twp Whitley Co
Living Lewisville, Texas 75057-4757
Married (1) : 14 May 1938, Columbia City
Marion Otis Baker 1916-1947 (widowed)
Married (2) 27 Mar 1948, Ernest Casper Home, South Bend, IN
Warren Russell Thomas 1919- (Divorced)
Three Children:
1.       Judith Ann Baker Akins 1939-
2.       Phyllis Ruth Baker 1942-
3.       Melinda Louise Baker 1946-


Lucille Ruth Gradeless Leffel
, daughter Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
Born 14 Feb 1922, (WC Birth Book 8C p. 17 #29-22), Troy Twp Whitley Co IN
Graduated Larwill High School Class of 1939
Married 10 Aug 1940, Coesse, Whitley Co., IN to
Maurice Eugene Leffel 1920-2003
Two children:
1.       Harold Eugene 'Hal' Leffel 1944-
2.       Vicki Sue Leffel Ragle 1950-


Thelma Louisa Gradeless Snyder
, daughter of  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
born 20 Jul 1926, Trop Twp Whitley Co IN
Living Indianapolis, IN 46222
Married (1)28 Mar 1948, (WC Birth Book 8c page 86 #89-26), Mishawaka to
Arnold Elmer Smith 1926- (Divorced)
Married (2) 20 May 1960, Logansport IN to
Blas A Davila 1930- (Divorced)
Married (3) 17 Jan 1981, Las Vegas NV to
Stephen Joseph Snyder (Annulled Nov 1981)
Three Children
1.       Arnold Terrence 'Terry' Smith 1948-
2.       Jerrold Lee "Jerry" Smith 1951-
3.       Carl Laurence Davila 1961-


Lois Jean 'Jean' Gradeless Webb
, daughter of  Elmer Gradeless and Ruth McKinney
born 05 Mar 1930, Troy Twp Whitley Co IN (WC Birth Book 9c page 25 #27-30)
Lived 4050 Lucky Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, (317) 881-2668
Married 09-June-1951 Mishawaka, St. Joseph Co., Indiana to
Edgar Lee Webb 1930-
5 Children:
1.       Eric Lee Webb 1952-
2.       Gary Alan Webb 1953-
3.       Kristina Karin Webb Fisher 1958-
4.       Marc Brian Webb 1960-
5.       Scott Andrew Webb 1962-


Betty Louise Gradeless Luther, daughter of  Cecil Gradeless and Clara Anspaugh
Born 24 May 1921, (WC Birth Book 1 page 57 #31-21), Columbia City IN
Lived at 7925 S 200 E, Columbia City, IN 46725
Married 21 Sep 1940, (Whitley Co Marr License) Methodist Church-Huntington Indiana to
Simon Luther
Three Children
1.       Luanne Luther 1946-
2.       Lex Arden Luther 1949-
3.       Melinda Sue Luther Lowe 1958-


Alfred Lee Gradeless
, son of  Cecil Gradeless and Clare Anspaugh
born 10 Jun 1924, (WC Birth Book 8C page 56 #96-24) Columbia Twp., Whitley Co., Indiana
died Columbia City, Indiana
Married 26 Mar 1948, Elizabethtown, Illinois to
Elizabeth Jane Bitting Gradeless
No Children.


Clara Jean Gradeless
Schuman (Twin), daughter of  Cecil Gradeless and Ruth Anspaugh
03 Jun 1931, (WC Birth Book 9C page 41 #85-31), Columbia Twp, Whitley Co., IN
Died 20 Dec 1986, Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne Allen Co IN
Obituary Warsaw Times Union 22-Dec-1986 died 4:44 pm
Buried in the South Whitley Cemetery
Narried 10 Nov 1951, Oak Grove Methodist church, Whitley Co., Indiana to
Lamar Schuman 1925-
Four Children
1.       Candice Ann Schuman Vardaman 1954-
2.       Robert Dean Schuman 1958-
3.       Renee Carman Schuman Duggins 1960-
4.       Lynn Jean Schuman Dunlap 1962-

Clifford Dean Gradeless (Twin), son of  Cecil Gradeless and Ruth Anspaugh
born 03 Jun 1931, (WC Birth Book 9C page 41 #86-31) Columbia Twp Whitley Co IN
address; 5240 North Lakewood Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725. 260/691-2072
Married 09 May 1954, Oak Grove Methodist Church, Whitley Co Indiana to
Constance Ann "Connie" Smith
Three Childern:
1.       Michael Dean 'Mike' Gradeless 1956-
2.       Mark Allison Gradeless 1958-
3.       Ann Kathryn Gradeless Stalcup 1963-


Myron Ruckman son of  Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 1914 Whitley County County Indiana
1920, 1930 Census Smith Township

Celia M. Ruckman daughter of  Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 1916
1920, 1930 Census Smith Township

Placid L. Ruckman aon of Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 1917
1920, 1930 Census Smith Township

Hertha 'Madge' B. Ruckman daughter of  Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 1919
1920, 1930 Census Smith Township

Phil N. Ruckman, son of  Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 6-September-1919
m. Jo Ann ----- d. 21-Dec-1999
buried in Scipio Cemetery
1. Julia R. Ruckman Freson
2. Lynn A. Ruckman Chandler
3. Phil N. Ruckman Jr.
1920, 1930 Census Smith Township

Letha M. Ruckman daughter of  Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 1931
1930 Census Smith Township

Illa J. Ruckman, daughter of  Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 29-March-1924, Noble County, Indiana
1930 Census Smith Township

Nysa E. Ruckman daughter of  Walter D. & Florence (Van Meter) Ruckman
born 1926
1930 Census Smith Township

Charles Wisel son of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
born 1 January 1913
died 14 April 2006, lived at Markle, Huntington County, Indiana
1920, 1930 Census

Jesse E. Wisel son of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
born 1915
died 1940 buried Riverview Cemetery adjoining parents
1920, 1930 Census

Evelyn Irene Wisel daughter of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
born 28 November 1916 (Allen County Birth Records H11-133)
died 1917 buried Riverview Cemetery adjoining parents

Gerdaldine Wisel daughter of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
born 1 February 1918 (Allen County Birth Records H11:200)
1920, 1930 Census

Hillis Wisel son of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
Hillis Marie Wisel fremale born 6 Oct 1919 in Allen County Birth Records H11:287) born 8 October 1919
1920, 1930 Census

Kenneth L. Wisel son of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
born c 1921
WWII Army enlistment record height 74" weight 198#
enlisted 27 Oct 1942 at Toledo, Ohio.
1930 Census

James A. Wisel son of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
born 1922
died 1923 buried Riverview Cemetery adjoining parents

Louis Wisel Jr. son of  Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel.
born 1924
died 1925 buried Riverview Cemetery

Robert Wisel son
of Louis A. & Gertrude (Van Meter) Wisel. born c 1926
1930 Census

Helen Grace McCauslin daughter of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 21 January 1912, Churubusco, Smith Township Whitley County, Indiana. Obituary
died June 9, 2009 Orchard Manor, Pine Township, Mercer Co. Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
married 7 May 1931 to
William John Westlake son of William Calvin Westlake 1868-1908
and Anna Gertrude Glenn 1870-1964
born 11 August 1908
died 25 October 1980, Grove City, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
or died 28 October 1978, Grove City, Mercer County, PA
      1. Dorothy 'Dotie Westlake m Jack Grace
      2. John Edward Westlake born 1942-2008 m to
          Rosila L. Westlake she lived in Leesville, LA in 2009
      3. Margaret Anna 'Peggy' Westlake Lorincz,

James Edward McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 17 March 1913, Churubusco, Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana
died 13 Aug 1918, Fredonia, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
US Navy World War II buried in Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City, PA
married 29 December 1966 to
Bertha Pearson McElwain

Gerald R. McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 3 July 1914, Churubusco, Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana
died 14 Jul 1991
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
married 17 Sep 1943 to
Lula Belle White
born 31 May 1912
died 14 Aug 1997, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
        2 children

Paul Rodger McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 13 January 1916, Churubusco, Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana
died 23 April 1991 Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
married 14 Apr 1947 to
Gertrude Richardson born 8 August 1914
        1 living McCauslin

Mary E. McCauslin daughter of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 2 May 1917 Indiana
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
Married --- Kelly lives in Landor, Wyoming in 2009.

Gladys Elma McCauslin daughter of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 13 October 1918 Jackson Center, Mercer County Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
died October 1959
married in 1938 to
Howard E. Clark born 8 Sept 1916
      3 children

Mildred Louise McCauslin daughter of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 12 August 1920 Grove City Mercer County Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
Married 1st to
Jonathan Edward White died June 10 1962
Married 2nd to
Vincent Ross

Florence Elaine McCauslin daughter of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 4 April 1922 Grove City, Mercer County Pennsylvania
died 23 Aug 1993, Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
married 5 May 1939 to
Raymond J. Shaffer
born 17 April 1911 Mercer County Pennsylvania
died 9 April 1990 Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
          4 children

Ruth Irene McCauslin daughter of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 2 December 1924 Grove City Mercer County Pennsylvania
died February 1992 Pennsylvania 1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
married         to:
William H. Carlson
born 18-November-1924
        1. Cynthia Carlson married James McFeely
                Keith McFeely
                Stacey McFeely
                Craig R. McFeely
        2. Richard Carlson m Jackie ---, Grove City, PA
        3. Jeffrey W. Carlson born 17-Nov-1960
            died 28-Feb-2008. Obituary
              (information supplied by Craig McFeely, Email: S_CRMcFeely@clarion.edu)

Wayne H. McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 6 March 1926 Grove City, Mercer County Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
died 6 Aug 1992 Grove City, Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Norma Jean McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 12 March 1928 Grove City Mercer County Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
died 20 April 2007 at Oil City, Venango County Pennslvania
married 24 Nov 1946 to
George Young
born December 1922
     7 children

Glenn M. McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born January 1930 Mercer County Pennsylvania
appears the baby Glenn M in the Census became Robert Melvin McCauslin
Robert Melvin McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 26 January 1930 Grove City, Mercer County Pennsylvania
1930 Mercer Co. Pa Census
Married and divorced several children
              (information supplied by Craig McFeely, Email: S_CRMcFeely@clarion.edu)

Clarence William McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
Born 26 September 1931 Grove City, Mercer County Pennsylvania
Alice G. Langmeyer
              (information supplied by Craig McFeely, Email: S_CRMcFeely@clarion.edu)

Frederick Dale McCauslin son of  Edward & Myrtle (Van Meter) McCauslin
born 23 December 1933 Grove City, Mercer County Pennsylvania
died 12 July 1988 Harrisville, Butler County Pennsylvania
married-1st 11 January 1962 to
Kathleen McFadden
born 26-May-1940
died 11-Oct-1961
Married-2nd to Grace -----
          daughter of Kathy McFadden
              (information supplied by Craig McFeely, Email: S_CRMcFeely@clarion.edu)

Mary Madden, daughter of Ross E. and Anna Dove (Van Meter) Madden
Born c 1922, Noble county, Indiana (1930 Nobel County Census)
Married to Robert Haney lived at R. 4, Albion
one son

Donald Madden son of Ross E. and Anna Dove (Van Meter) Madden
born 10 Jan 1934 Wolf Lake, Sparta Twp, Noble Co., Indiana
Married on 28 Dec 1954 Nobel Co., Indiana to
Lois J. Stults
Lived at Rantoul, Illinois in 1977






Elizabeth Brightbill 1808-1897 (RN=29)
SEX: F BORN: c19 Sept 1808 PA
DIED ON: 15 Nov 1897 Union Twp, Whitley Co., Indiana
FATHER: ??
MOTHER: ??
NUMBER OF MARRIAGES: 1
MARRIED TO: David Kratzer (RN=28)
NUMBER OF CHILDREN: 2
    1) Melinda Kratzer 1839-1913 m William Van Meter 
    2) Mrs. B. F. Hull of Columbia City 
(1: 17 Nov 1897 Obit CC Post)
(2: Aged 89 Years 1 mo 26 days)
(3: Lived in Stark Co Ohio in 1839 where Melinda was born.)
_______________

Allen County Indiana Will Records Volume 2 Page 118:

David Cratzer, Lake Twp  
Heirs:		Wife Elizabeth.  
		"Wish that the younger children may have
		as much schooling as the older ones.
Date of Will:	May 25, 1858  
Probate Dates:	June 7 1858   
Executor:	Wife   
Witnesses:	Jacob Diffendorfer, Francis Sweet

(Name spelled Cratzer / Kratzer.)






1882 History of Whitley County Indiana, pages 351-352: WILLIAM VAN METER, JR., was born in Pendleton County (now West Virginia), May 15, 1807, the youngest of five children born to William and Phebe (Wece) Van Meter; natives of Augusta and Hardy Counties, Va. The father died when our subject was quite young, and the latter remained with his mother till nineteen years old, and then hired out by the day or year till 1828, when he married Mary Harmon, a native of Pendleton County, and to their union were born six children, viz.: Mrs. Christina Myers; Phebe, now Mrs. John Diffendaffer; Adam, who died in this township in his twenty-seventh year; Rebecca, now Mrs. W. Sterling; John and Julia A. (afterward Mrs. David Hurd), who died in. 1866, leaving three children. About 1835, Mr. Van Meter moved to Ross County, Ohio, where he farmed on shares; in 1837, he brought his family to this township, where he bought 160 acres of wild land, to which he has. added from time to time, and now owns 636 acres, well-improved. Mrs. Van Meter died at her home in this township in 1841, and January 15, 1859, our subject married Melinda Cratzer, born in Stark County, Ohio, February 17, 1839, the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Brightbill) Cratzer, of Pennsylvania, and to this union six children have been born, as follows : America, now Mrs. B. Gradeless; Scott, Almeda, Melinda M., William and Alpha. Mrs. Van Meter is a member of the M. E. Church, and in politics he is a Republican, and one of the oldest pioneers of this township.



1880 Census of Whitley County Indiana
Smith, Whitley, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0324  Page 395B
William Van Meter    Self  M M W 76 WV Farmer            WV  WV
Malinda Van Meter    Wife  F M W 41 OH Keeping House     WV  OH
Scott Van Meter      Son   M S W 18 IN Farm Laborer      WV  OH
Almeda Van Meter     Dau   F S W 16 IN At Home           WV  OH
Malinda Van Meter    Dau   F S W 14 IN At Home           WV  OH
William Van Meter    Son   M S W 11 IN Farm Laborer      WV  OH
Alfred Van Meter     Son   M S W  9 IN Farm Laborer      WV  OH

Union, Whitley, Indiana National Archives Film T9-0324  Page 473A
John VAN METER      Self  M M W 47 OH                   VA  VA
Francis VAN METER   Wife  F M W 44 OH Keep House        VA  VA
Joseph R. MADDEN    SonL  M M W 28 IN Farmer            OH  OH
Orpha F. MADDEN     Dau   F M W 15 IN Keep House        OH  OH
Andrew HALL         Other M S W 53 VA Farm Hand         VA  VA


Whitley County Estate Packets
Name                  Reference       Year    Source/Guide
Van Meter, Adam         No Number      1857    Cemetery
Van Meter, Almeda       3737           1945    Estate Index
Van Meter, Arthur       E-83-24        1983    Packet Number
Van Meter, Charles S    8702-ES-011    1987    Packet Number
Van Meter, Fannie       1590           1923    Kay Craig Index
Van Meter, Malinda      1106           1914    Estimate
Van Meter, Malinda M    4305           1951    Estate Index
Van Meter, Perry D      4056           1948    Estate Index
Van Meter, William      217            1885    Cemetery
Van Meter, William E    9204-EU-28     1992    Packet Number
Van Meter, William J    E-72-84        1972    Packet Number





Van Meter Family Records of Phil Ruckman
Whitley County Obituaries

          Last Name:  Wagner
         First Name:  Marbel
Middle Name/Initial:  E
      Date of Death:  09/21/1998
         Birth Date:  01/17/1903
              Other:  Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco IN
           Cemetery:  Eel River Cem, Churubusco IN
    Obituary Source:  CCP; Sept 22,1997 pg 2 Sept 23, pg 11

          Last Name:  Van Meter
         First Name:  Alpha (Mrs)
      Date of Death:  11/07/1937
           Cemetery:  Eel River Cemetery, Churubusco, IN
    Obituary Source:  CC Post: 11/8,10/1937 p. 1

          Last Name:  Van Meter
         First Name:  Arthur
Middle Name/Initial:  B
      Date of Death:  02/18/1983
         Birth Date:  06/10/1904
           Cemetery:  Riverview Cemetery
    Obituary Source:  CC Post: 02/18/1983 p. 2.

          Last Name:  Van Meter
         First Name:  Charles
Middle Name/Initial:  S
      Date of Death:  01/28/1987
         Birth Date:  10/05/1906
           Cemetery:  Riverview Cemetery
    Obituary Source:  Post & Mail: 01/29/1987 p. 8

          Last Name:  Van Meter
         First Name:  Helen (Mrs. Fred)
Middle Name/Initial:  L
        Maiden Name:  Shatteau
      Date of Death:  01/27/1986
         Birth Date:  02/23/1899
           Cemetery:  Sorrow of Hope Cemetery
    Obituary Source:  Post & Mail; 01/28/1986 p. 5a

          Last Name:  Van Meter
         First Name:  Theodore
      Date of Death:  01/24/1988
         Birth Date:  10/28/1904
           Cemetery:  Riverview Cemetery
    Obituary Source:  Post & Mail: 01/25/1988 p. 12

          Last Name:  Van Meter
         First Name:  William
      Date of Death:  10/25/1942
         Birth Date:  03/31/1869
           Cemetery:  Eel River Cemetery, Churubusco, IN
    Obituary Source:  CC Post; 10/26/1942 p.6 11/03/1942 p.2

          Last Name:  Van Meter
         First Name:  William
Middle Name/Initial:  E
      Date of Death:  04/10/1992
         Birth Date:  02/16/1905
           Cemetery:  Eel River Cemetery, Allen County, IN
    Obituary Source:  Post & Mail: 04/11/1992 p. 2


Whitley County Marriages 1838-1910 - 1911-1938

Van Meter, Alpha           Clara Bell EMERICK      December 2, 1900       6:178
Van Meter, Amie            Roy WAGNER              June 16, 1921          9:229
Van Meter, Armenda Alice   Michael LAWRENCE        April 11, 1878         3:112
Van Meter, Christina       Levi MEYERS             June 22, 1848          1:23
Van Meter, Dove            Ross MADDEN             November 27, 1920      9:191
Van Meter, Florence P      Walter D RUCKMAN        August 18, 1912        8:118
Van Meter, Gertrude       Lewis WISEL              October 19, 1912       8:131
Van Meter, John           Frances DEPOY            August 14, 1856        1:269
Van Meter, Julia          David H HURD             January 3, 1858        1:327
Van Meter, Mary M         William H JONES          August 19, 1879        3:212
Van Meter, Myrtle         Edward McCAUSLIN         November 9, 1911       8:53
Van Meter, Orpha F        Joseph R MADDEN          November 13, 1879      3:238
Van Meter, Phebe          John DIFFENDARFER        February 3, 1848       1:11
Van Meter, Rebecca        Wilson R STERLING        October 5, 1858        1:358
Van Meter, Scott          Mary JOHNSON             January 8, 1888        4:301

From the records of Augusus Wych Roberson Coffin Maker and Undertaker and
David A. Roberson, Sr., His son Eel River Twp., Allen County, Indiana ca 1858-1932
[Van Meter, Chas. W.]                              March 28, 1863
   John Van Meter Der to A. W. Roberson four dollars for his child's
   coffin.  [died Mar. 27, 1863, aged 5m 20 d, son of J. & F. Van Meter
   - Eel River Cemetery A-10]

Van Meter, John                                      January 28, 1906
   To John Van Meter for one fine state casket & robe & ruff box &
   hearsing.  all complete $95.00

Van Meter, Scot                                     October 12, 1932
   To one fine oak csket & ruff box $225.00.  one pair slippers
   $3.00.  embalming $10.00.  hearsing and all complete for Scot
   Van Meter

Van Meter, child
   To one fine white couch casket for William Van Meter little babe.
   all complete.  $25.00


Sonday Funeral Home Records, Churubusco, Indiana 1906-1932
VAN METER, John--b. Ohio, m. DEPOY, Frances (Bicholis
     Depoy and Henrietta Taylor) b. 24 Oct. 1845, Ohio, d.
     19 Feb 1921, pb. Eel River
     
VAN METER, Mabel M.--see Wagner Charles M.

VAN METER, Malinda--b. 17 Feb. 1839, d. 20 Aug. 1913, pb.
     Concord
     
WAGNER, Charles M.--b. Pauldng Co., Ohio; m. VAN METER,
     Mabel M., b. Whitley Co.; Ch.--Jean and Janice 1927
     
WAGNER, Jean and Janie--d. 12 May 1927, pb. Eel River


Sonday Funeral Home Records, Churubusco, Indiana 1933-1950
Van Meter, Almeda--William Van Meter and Malinda Cratzer) b. 10
     April 1864, Whitley Co., d. 7 Sept. 1945, pb. Eel River
     
Van Meter, Scott--b. Ind.; m. Johnson, Mary E. (James Johson and
     Hannah Oaks) b. 25 Oct. 1868, Whitley Co., d. 5 Mar. 1944,
     pb Riverview
     
Van Meter, William--b. Pa.; m. Cratzer, Malinda, b. pa., ch.--
     Almeda 1864-1945


Krider Funeral Home Records, Churubusco, Indiana 1930-1980
Van Meter, Malinda
     dau of:  Wm. Van Meter and Melinda Cratzer
     b.    1 April 1866   Indiana
     d.   15 January 1951  Eel River Cemetery, Churubusco, Indiana
     Brother:   Alpha




Whitley County Will Record 2 Page 529.
William Van Meter of Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana. 

To John Van Meter, son; 
   Christina Myers, daughter; 
   Phebe Diffendaffer, daughter;
   Rebecca Sterling, daughter; 
   Heirs of Julia Ann Hurd, my dec. dau.; 
   Scott Van Meter, son; 
   Alfred Van Meter, son and his heirs; 
   William Van Meter, son;
   Melinda Van Meter, wife; 
   America Gradeless, daughter; 
   Almeda Van Meter, daughter;
   Melinda Van Meter, daughter. 
Ex. nom. Stephen H. Clark of Union Township (Whitley Co., Ind.). 
Signed 18 January 1878. William (his X mark) Van Meter (SEAL).
Wits. Stephen H. Clark (SEAL), James A. (his X mark) Cramer (SEAL). 
Sworn to and subscribed on 23 November 1885.

Codicil dated 18 January 1884 names Scott, son; daughters: Christina, Phebe, 
Rebecca, Heirs of Julia, America, Almeda, Melinda May. Wife Melinda. 
Signed William (his X mark) Van Meter. 
Wits. Stephen H. Clark (SEAL), James A. (his X mark) Cramer (SEAL). 
Sworn to and subscribed on 24 November 1885 before James H. Harrison, Clerk. 

[See Record 3 Page 39. for contested will]

Index to Transcribed Death Records Whitley County, Indiana 1882-1930
http://www.kinexxions.com/deaths/

Van Meter, Fannie ~ 19 Feb 1921 (SH:310 ~ 2B:65)
Van Meter, Irena ~ 13 Oct 1906 (WW:240 ~ Not Provided)
Van Meter, John ~ 24 Jan 1906 (WW:240 ~ Not Provided)
Van Meter, Lodella ~ 11 Apr 1906 (WW:240 ~ Not Provided)
Van Meter, Malinda ~ 20 Aug 1913 (P-2:330 ~ 2-A:79)
Van Meter, Malinda ~ 20 Aug 1913 (P-2:330 ~ Busco 1:15)
Van Meter, Scott ~ 11 Oct 1932 (SH:310 ~ 3:85)

Index to Guardianships Whitley County, Indiana 1844-1925
http://www.kinexxions.com/guardianships/

Van Meter, Frances ~ 1888 ~ 0582
Van Meter, John ~ 1895 ~ 0104
Van Meter, William ~ 1887 ~ 0528


Index to Digest of Obituaries 1856-1910
http://www.kinexxions.com/raber/


DAVIS, (see Van Meter, Mrs William)
LAWRENCE, Christian ~ No Paper ~ No Date
LAWRENCE, Ellen (see Gongwer, Mrs Philip)
LAWRENCE, Etta ~ CCP ~ 29 Jan 1902
LAWRENCE, George B ~ CCP ~ 21 Mar 1906
LAWRENCE, George B ~ CCCM ~ 23 Mar 1906
LAWRENCE, John A ~ CCP ~ 22 Nov 1899
LAWRENCE, John A ~ CCC ~ 29 Nov 1899
LAWRENCE, John J ~ CCP ~ 14 May 1910
LAWRENCE, Mary Ann (see Mowrey, Mrs William)
LAWRENCE, Milo ~ CCCM ~ 15 Feb 1907
LAWRENCE, Mrs Henry H (Eunice Mowrer) ~ CCP ~ 20 Feb 1904
LAWRENCE, Mrs Henry H (Eunice Mowrer) ~ CCC ~ 24 Feb 1904
LAWRENCE, Mrs John A ~ CCP ~ 8 Feb 1888
LAWRENCE, Mrs John A ~ CCC ~ 9 Feb 1888
LAWRENCE, Mrs Michael (Arminda Alice Van Meter) ~ CCP ~ 12 Feb 1879
LAWRENCE, Myron Lee ~ CCC ~ 20 Feb 1895
LAWRENCE, Myron Lee ~ CCP ~ 27 Feb 1895
LAWRENCE, Nancy (see Winters, Mrs George)
LAWRENCE, Shilo W ~ CCC ~ 5 Feb 1890
MYERS, A W ~ CCC ~ 18 Feb 1903
MYERS, Christian ~ CCC ~ 6 May 1896
MYERS, Eldon W ~ CCN ~ 25 Feb 1862
MYERS, Georgia Luella ~ CCP ~ 6 Feb 1895
MYERS, Grandmother ~ WCC ~ 27 Nov 1873
MYERS, Harriett (see Patterson, Mrs C W)
MYERS, Jacob ~ CCP ~ 10 Jul 1872
MYERS, Jennie (see Sthair, Mrs Barton)
MYERS, John H ~ CCC ~ 12 Jul 1893
MYERS, John H ~ CCP ~ 12 Jul 1893
MYERS, John H ~ CCCM ~ 26 Sep 1906
MYERS, John H ~ CCP ~ 26 Sep 1906
MYERS, Joseph ~ CCP ~ 24 Oct 1900
MYERS, Mary ~ CCC ~ 21 May 1885
MYERS, Mrs Amos (Cora O Jones) ~ CCP ~ 28 Oct 1896
MYERS, Mrs Christian (Catherine Abbott) ~ CCP ~ 8 Nov 1905
MYERS, Mrs Elmer (Maude) ~ CCCM ~ 13 Mar 1908
MYERS, Mrs G W ~ WCC ~ 8 May 1873
MYERS, Mrs Joseph (Malinda Banta) ~ CCC ~ 11 Jul 1900
MYERS, Mrs Levi (Christina Van Meter) ~ CCP ~ 23 Mar 1910
MYERS, Mrs Levi (Christina Van Meter) ~ CCCM ~ 25 Mar 1910
MYERS, Ursula Jane (see Egolf, Mrs Jeremiah)
MYERS, Ursula Jane (see Egolf, Ursula Jane)
VAN METER, John ~ CCP ~ 27 Jan 1906
VAN METER, John ~ CCCM ~ 2 Feb 1906
VAN METER, Mrs William (nee Davis) ~ CCP ~ 14 Apr 1906
VAN METER, William ~ CCC ~ 20 Nov 1885


Albion High School Graduates
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/

Van Meter Jeanette 1966
Van Meter Suzanne K 1965



Noble County Census 1910
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/
Elkhart Twp 35a-51a

Van Meter William 26, Lois 18. 47a-95



Noble County Birth Records
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/

Name                  Date        Father      Mother              Book-Page
Buchanan Female       3- 6-1921   Walter      Van Meter Florence     A11-20
Ruckman Illa J        3-29-1924   Walter D    Van Meter Florence     A11-80
Ruckman Phil N        9- 6-1919   Walter      Van Meter Florence     A10-95
Van Meter Carl W      12-15-1910   William C   Hetrick Lois E         A8-80
Van Meter Charles W   10-14-1929   Marion E    Cramer Lila M         A12-71



Noble County Divorce Records
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/

Van Meter Marion - Van Meter Bernice - 10 Jul 1924 - bk 17



Noble County Marriages
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/
Bride/Groom      Born     Spouse           Father           Mother     Book-Page/Date
Bostetter Martin J  1 Jul 1890 Van Meter Ethel     Bostetter John      Frada Minnie       8 May 1913
Buchmeier James R  16 Dec 1958 Van Meter Sherri R  Buchmeier Richard F Shirk Donna J     26 Jul 1980
Cramer Lila M      27 Jul 1910 Van Meter Marion E  Cramer Charles A    Owen Alma E            23-313
Gawthrop Helen R   29 Aug 1946 Tucker Roger H     Gawthrop Max A      Van Meter Letha M           60
Hemmick Geoffrey K 21 Aug 1978 Van Meter Dora C    Hemmick Geoffrey K  Richcreek Donna L 12 Aug 2000
Hetrick Lois E     20 Apr 1891 Van Meter William C Hetrick John        Devenbaugh Mary        12-120
Hizer Harry J      17 Apr 1892 Noe Georgia        Hizer Henry         Van Meter Mary     16 Aug 1917
Lawson Michael A Jr 2 Feb 1978 Click Darla D,     Lawson Michael A    Van Meter Vickie   19 Jul 1996
Lightner Matthew T 16 Jan 1969 Van Meter Hope L    Lightner Fred H     Clemes Betty A    20 May 1995
Madden Donald      10 Jan 1934 Stults Lois J      Madden Ross         Van Meter Anna D   28 Dec 1954
Moeller Eric G     23 Apr 1976 Van Meter Elanna    Moeller Martin A    Smith Betha A     12 Jul 1997
Newland Larry G    12 Oct 1949 Nilan Nancy L      Newland Carroll L   Van Meter Flora E   5 Aug 1995
Van Meter Dora C    10 May 1981 Hemmick Geoffrey K Van Meter Thomas E   Carey Judy E           68-211
Van Meter Elanna     7 Oct 1978 Moeller Eric G     Van Meter Thomas E   Carey Judy E           66-179
Van Meter Ethel A   17 Jan 1891 Bostetter Martin J Van Meter Leander    Billings Adella            14
Van Meter Hope L    24 Dec 1973 Lightner Matthew T Van Meter Thomas E   Carey Judy E               64
Van Meter Marion E  23 Jan 1904 Cramer Lila M      Van Meter William    Davis Ladella     30 Aug 1928
Van Meter Sherri R  18 Sep 1959 Buchmeier James R  Van Meter David Jr   Kanning Alvena E       55-246
Van Meter William C 27 Feb 1885 Hetrick Lois E     Van Meter George W   -- Anna            2 Feb 1910
Wagner Paul        24 May 1931 Metzger Janice E   Wagner Roy          Van Meter Amie O   19 May 1951



Martha's Marriages by Martha & Harold Bushong
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/Martha/Maindex.htm
Kanning Alvena E  Van Meter David Jr   20 Jul 1946, Soest
Van Meter David    Kanning Alvena E    20 July 1946, Soest



Noble County Obituaries
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/

Campbell Garl M, 75, of R. 8, Big Lake, Columbia City, died aFeb. 3, at Whitley County Hospital. He was born April 5, 1912 in Huntington County to Otis and Bessie Van Meter Campbell. He retired in 1974 from Transport Motor Express of Fort Wayne after 25 years as a mechanic. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was married July 1, 1961 in Fort Wayne. His wife, Elsie Mae, survives, with a daughter, Mary (Scottie) Leavitt of R. 1, St. Joe; three stepsons, David, John and Jerry Buckles, all Fort Wayne; two stepdaughters, Sharon Kimmel, R. 4, Columbia City, and Sandra Buckles of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, Carmen Wilson and Garth Leavitt; one great-grandson, Brendan Wilson; a brother, Warren of R. 3, Fort Wayne; a half-brother, George Hill of Chicago; and two half-sisters, Nora Hill and Phyllis Stevens of Huntington. A son, Ronald, is deceased. Arrangements were made by DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral (end of clipping) + 2-3-1986

Cramer Charles A "Jess", 73, died May 13, at his home in LaOtto after a heart attack. Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Mrs. Lila Van Meter, R. R. 12, Fort Wayne; one brother, Claude, Bristol; and two grandchildren. Services were Sunday in the Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 5-20-1954 + 5-?-1954

Gawthrop Max A, 71, a native of Noble County, died Oct. 13, 1987 at his home in Columbia City. He suffered a stroke in June. Born in the Wolf Lake area, he attended school in Wolf Lake and Kimmell and later lived in Larwill and Ligonier. He moved from Ligonier to Columbia City in 1942. Employed by the Whitley County Highway Department for 27 years as a truck driver, he retired in 1975 due to ill health. Feb. 10, 1940 he married Letha Mae Van Meter. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Rose Snepp of Albion; a son, Fred A. of Columbia City; three other daughters; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Weeks. Services were last Thursday at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel, Columbia City. Burial, Covington Memorial Gardens. + 10-13-1987

Hetrick Mary E was born Oct. 21, 1860 to Samuel and Sarah Devenbaugh. She married John Hetrick June 2, 1886. They had four children, baby Clarence who preceded the mother in death when in his infancy; Mrs. Lois Van Meter of Fort Wayne who preceded her mother in death five years. Those left to mourn are Corlis A. of Amarillo, Texas, Nevada M. Ralihan of Albion, Ind., Gail, in whose home she has spent her last few years. There are 13 grandchildren. She united with the Old School Baptist Church in 1888. Her husband died Feb. 14, 1922. She died at the age of 67 years, 3 months and 23 days. Funeral was held at the home Friday. Burial at Union. + 2-?-1928

Kanning Verena C, 51, died Thursday in Lutheran Hospital. She had resided at 9401 Tillman Road and was a lifelong resident of Adams Twp. She had been a Democratic precinct vice-chairman and a member of Emmanuel Church. She is survived by her father, Henry; two sisters, Mrs. David Van Meter and Miss Eileen Kanning, both of Albion. Services were held Sunday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. Burial, church cemetery. ~ 6-7-1973 + 6-?-1973

Madden Anna A, 78, died Wednesday of last week in McCray Hospital. She had no survivors and was housekeeper for the Sisters of Providence of St. Jude’s Parish before going to the Sacred Heart Home eight years ago. She was a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church and the Legion of Mary. Rites were held Friday in St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. ~ 7-26-1962

Madden Anna D, about 57, (b. 1-13-1897) a lifelong resident of the Wolf Lake community, died Jan. 24, 1954 at the Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake from a heart ailment. Surviving are the husband, Ross E.; a son, Donald E. at home; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Haney of Albion; two grandchildren; four brothers, Arthur, Theodore and Charles Van Meter of Churubusco, and William Van Meter of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Wisel of Roanoke, Mrs. Walter Ruckman of Hicksville, Ohio, and Mrs. Ruth Pence of Churubusco. Funeral was Jan. 27 at Christian Chapel. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1954

Madden Joseph W, 73, was born July 6, 1879, in Allen County and had been a resident of this vicinity the past fifteen years. He was a patient in the McCray Hospital where he died Thursday. Surviving are the wife, Florence; a brother, Perry E., Churubusco; a nephew, Jack Madden, Tri Lakes. Funeral was Sunday at Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Eel River Cemetery. ~ 3-6-1952 + 2-?-1952

Madden Ross E, 78, R. 4, Albion, died Monday in Alfran Nursing Home, Columbia City, from a heart attack. A native of Green Twp, he was born Aug. 25, 1898 to David E. and Nellie (Priest) Madden. On Nov. 27, 1920, he married Anna Dove Van Meter in Churubusco. She died in 1954. As a young man he resided in the Wolf Lake area. He moved to his present home in 1936. He was a former school bus driver and a retired employee of Creighton Brothers in Warsaw. He belonged to the Eagles, Moose and Masonic Lodges. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Haney, R. 4, Albion; one son, Donald, Rantoul, Ill.; five sisters, Minnie Miller and Clittie Miller of Ligonier, Bessie Rothermel, Logansport, Goldie McKeeman, Harlan, and Marjorie Yoder, Texas; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Services will be Wednesday at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel, Columbia City. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 1-?-1977

Madden Woodward, about 42, died at his Long Beach, Calif. home about Monday of last week following a heart attack. He was a native of Ligonier and Noble County before going to Calif. about 14 years ago. Surviving are the widow, Mary Jane; a daughter, Carol Sue at home; three brothers, Orley of Logansport, Ross of Albion, and Clyde of Chicago; and six sisters, Mrs. Minnie Miller and Mrs. Clyttie Walton of Ligonier, Mrs. Bessie Rothermel of Logansport, Mrs. Clem Yoder of Churubusco, Mrs. Alvie Fowler of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Goldie McKeeman of Harlan. Funeral was Tuesday at EUB Church. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 3-?-1955

Van Meter Jon David, 14-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. David Van Meter, 918 E. Main St., Albion, died April 30 en route to McCray Hospital after he had been struck by a pickup truck as he was riding a bicycle on Ind. 8 less than two blocks from his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1955 in Elkhart to David and Alvena Kanning Van Meter. The family moved 10 years ago from Elkhart to Albion where Dr. Van Meter practices veterinary medicine. Surviving in addition to the parents are four sisters, Suzanne, a student at Lexington University, Lexington, Ky., Jeanette, Fort Wayne, and Sherri and Lori at home; the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Agnes Van Meter, New Haven; and maternal grandfather, Henry Kanning, Fort Wayne. Funeral services were Monday in Avilla Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial, Concordia Cemetery in Fort Wayne. ~ 5-7-1970 + 4-?-1970

Van Meter Lila M, 56, Fort Wayne, died last Thursday in Parkview Hospital. Since 1960 she was employed as a nurse in the Allen County Home. Survivors include a daughter, Miss Eva May Van Meter at home, a son, Charles, LaOtto, and her mother, Mrs. Alma Cramer, also of LaOtto. Funeral was held Sunday in E. Harper & Son Funeral Home in New Haven. ~ 5-4-1967



Noble County Probate Records
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/


Rogers Amanda R, d. 3-2-1916. Fd: 3-28-1916. Bro: John Rogers. Bequeath: Mrs. Charles Hauck, Mrs. George Black, John Harris. Nie: Eva Shew, Mathilda Walton, Amanda I Zeigler, Della Van Meter, Laura Barlow.




Noble County Wills
http://www.rootsweb.com/~innoble/


Rogers Amanda R, Other: Charles Hauck, Mrs. George Black, John Harris; Nie: Eva Shew, Matilda Walton, Amanda I Zeigler, Della Van Meter; Bro: John Rogers. bk 6




1850 Census Records of Fayette County, Indiana
======================================================================
LN HN  FN  LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX OCCUP.    VAL. BIRTHPLACE SCH.
======================================================================
Jennings Twp Page 219B
28 17  -   Van Meter  William S. 23   M  Physician     Ind
29 17  -   Van Meter  Elizth     20   F

20th Aug 1850 
======================================================================
LN HN  FN  LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX OCCUP.    VAL. BIRTHPLACE SCH.
======================================================================
Waterloo Twp Page 231B
2  184 -   VANMETRE  Joel       25   M
3  184 -   VANMETRE  Louisa     22   F                 Ind
4  184 -   VANMETRE  William D. 8/12 M                 Ind

2 Sept 1850 Samuel Little
=======================================================================
LN HN  FN  LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX OCCUP.    VAL. BIRTHPLACE  SCH.
=======================================================================
Jackson Twp page 288B
18 105 105 Van Meter  John       58   M  Teamster  800  Va
19 105 105 Van Meter  Nancy      56   F                 Md
20 105 105 Van Meter  B. F.      17   M  Laberour       Ind         X
21 105 105 Van Meter  Henrietta  13   F                 Ind
22 105 105 Van Meter  Nancy B.   18   F                 Ind         X



From the Library of Virginia (misc. Van Meter names): From the marriage and obituary citations compiled by Bernard J. Henley from Virginia newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. NEWSPAPER Virginia free press (Charles Town, W. Va.) ENTRY Died- In Pickaway County, Ohio, on Nov. 3, in her 20th year, Mrs. Mary Vance Van Meter, wife of Van E. Van Meter, and daughter of Col. James H. Sowers, of Frederick County, Va. (p. 3, c. 4) DATE OF PUB. Thursday, November 29, 1838. FILM NO. Available on microfilm (Library of Virginia Film 417). _______________ NEWSPAPER Richmond Whig & public advertiser (Richmond, Va. : 1833 : Semiweekly) ENTRY Died- On July 25, at the residence of his father in Hardy County, Va. (now W. Va.) Jesse Van Meter in his 21st year. (p. 2, c. 5) DATE OF PUB. Tuesday, August 7, 1855. FILM NO. Available on microfilm (Library of Virginia Film 144). _______________ NEWSPAPER Visitor and telegraph. ENTRY Died- In Hardy County, Va (now in W.Va) on September 1, Col. Jacob Van Meter. (p. 3, c. 5) DATE OF PUB. Saturday, September 19, 1829. NOTE From the marriage and obituary citations compiled by Bernard J. Henley from Virginia newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. _______________ NEWSPAPER Southern religious telegraph (Richmond, Va.) ENTRY Died- In Frederick County, on June 23, Mr. William Van Meter, age 46. (p. 3, c. 5) DATE OF PUB. Saturday, July 17, 1830. NOTE From the marriage and obituary citations compiled by Bernard J. Henley from Virginia newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. _______________ NEWSPAPER Farmers' repository. ENTRY Married- On February 9, Mr. John Alburtis, editor of the Berkeley and Jefferson Intelligencer, to Miss Nancy Van Meter, of Berkeley, Va. (now W. Va.). (p. 3, c. 4) DATE OF PUB Friday, February 24, 1809. FILM NO. Available on microfilm (Library of Virginia Film 322). NOTE From the marriage and obituary citations compiled by Bernard J. Henley from Virginia newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. _______________ Wills: NAME Vanmatre, Isaac. DATE 1798 SOURCE Will Book A, 1770-1801 (Reel 20) p. 479. Inv. & Appr. rec. June 1798. p. 507. Accounts rec. April 1779. NOTE Part of index to Botetourt County Wills and Administrations (1770 - 1800)

PERIdical Source Index (PERSI) Listings for Van Meters in Virginia

Article Title: Van Meter-Hedges Family, Berkeley Co., West Virginia Periodical: Berkeley Journal Volume: Number: 10 (1981) Article Title: Van Meter Family, Berkeley Co., West Virginia Periodical: Berkeley Journal Volume: Number: 10 (1981) Article Title: Nathan Van Meter 1822 Estate Division, West Virginia Periodical: Berkeley Journal Volume: Number: 10 (1981) Article Title: Abraham Van Meter-Nancy Van Meter Fam., West Virginia Periodical: Berkeley Journal Volume: Number: 18 (1994) Periodical Title: Berkeley Journal PERSI Code: WVBJ General Subject Area: U.S. Topics: West Virginia Issues Per Year: irr Other Titles: Notes: ceased ACPL Holdings: n.1- 1968- ACPL Call Number: ISSN Number: Other repositories holding this title include: Allen County Public Library New York Public Library Family History Library (partial holdings) Library of Congress (partial holdings) Publisher: Berkeley County Historical Society Address: POB 1624, Martinsburg, WV 25401 Subscription Price: 0.00 ------------------------------------------------- Article Title: Isaac Van Meter Journal, 1801, Hardy Co. West Virginia Periodical: Transallegheny Historical Magazine Volume: 1 Number: 1 (October 1901) Periodical Title: Transallegheny Historical Magazine PERSI Code: WVTA General Subject Area: U.S. Topics: West Virginia Issues Per Year: 4x Other Titles: Notes: ACPL Holdings: v.1 1901-02 ACPL Call Number: ISSN Number: Other repositories holding this title include: Allen County Public Library Library of Congress New York Public Library Publisher: Transallegheny Historical Society Address: , Morgantown, WV Subscription Price: 0.00 ------------------------------------------------- Article Title: Isaac and John Van Meter Periodical: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Volume: 13 Number: 2 (October 1905) Periodical Title: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography PERSI Code: VAHB General Subject Area: U.S. Topics: Virginia Issues Per Year: 4x Other Titles: Notes: ACPL Holdings: v.1- 1893- ACPL Call Number: ISSN Number: 0042-6636 Other repositories holding this title include: Allen County Public Library Los Angeles Public Library Dallas Public Library Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Family History Library Library of Congress New York Public Library Newberry Library New England Historic Genealogical Society Library Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton Co. State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library Publisher: Virginia Historical Society Address: POB 7311, Richmond, VA 23221-0311 Subscription Price: 35.00 ------------------------------------------------- Article Title: Jacob Van Meter (Capt.), B.1752, Virginia, Kentucky Periodical: American Monthly Magazine Volume: 110 Number: 5 (May 1976) Article Title: Van Meter Bible, Kentucky, Answer To Query Periodical: American Monthly Magazine Volume: 61 Number: 9 (September 1927) Periodical Title: American Monthly Magazine PERSI Code: DARM General Subject Area: U.S. Topics: US, DAR Issues Per Year: 12x Other Titles: New Title: Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine with V.43 ACPL Holdings: v.1-42 1892-1913 Other repositories holding this title include: Allen County Public Library Los Angeles Public Library Dallas Public Library Library of Congress New York Public Library Family History Library (partial holdings) Atlanta-Fulton Public Library (partial holdings) Publisher: Daughters of the American Revolut. Address: 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 Subscription Price: 0.00 ------------------------------------------------- Article Title: Van Meter Family, Kentucky, West Virginia Periodical: Midwest Genealogical Register Volume: 2 Number: 3 (December 1967) Periodical Title: Midwest Genealogical Register PERSI Code: KSMH General Subject Area: U.S. Topics: Kansas Issues Per Year: 4x Other Titles: New Title: Midwest Historical & Genealogical Register Notes: ACPL Holdings: v.1-14 1966-80 ACPL Call Number: OPEN ISSN Number: Other repositories holding this title include: Allen County Public Library Library of Congress Los Angeles Public Library (partial holdings) Publisher: Midwest Genealogical Society Address: POB 1121, Wichita, KS 67201 Subscription Price: 8.00 Periodical Title: Midwest Historical and Genealogical Register PERSI Code: KSMH General Subject Area: U.S. Topics: Kansas Issues Per Year: 4x Other Titles: Old Title: Midwest Genealogical Register Notes: ACPL Holdings: v.15- 1980- ACPL Call Number: OPEN ISSN Number: 0271-8685 Other repositories holding this title include: Allen County Public Library Los Angeles Public Library Dallas Public Library Family History Library Library of Congress State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library Publisher: Midwest Historical & Gen Society Address: POB 1121, Wichita, KS 67201 Subscription Price: 12.00 -------------------------------------------------

Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 08:49:47 EST
From: Notchbaby@aol.com
To: Van Meter-L@rootsweb.com

I sent this at first to Jim, but afterward thought maybe I should send to the list. Below are my notes for Jacob Jansen Van Meter m. to Letitia Strode. I thought to start with him as he is so well documented. I could be wrong. I'm open to suggestions, and want to know if anything is wrong with my notes.

Jacob Jansen Jr. Van Meter b. 16 March 1722 m. Letitia Stroud/Strode 19 August 1741, her 16th birthday; b. 19 August 1725 d. 12 December 1799; Jacob Died 16 November 1799

I will list children later. Please note any mistakes. My notes on Jacob Van Meter

Jacob served in Captain Richard Morgan's Company from Mecklinburg, Virginia in the French and Indian War from 1756 to 1758 (Shepardtown Register, 14 January 1903)

About 1768, Jacob Van Meter together with John Swan Sr. and others made a tour of lands, then claimed as part of northwestern Virginia and since established as a southwestern part of Pennsylvania. They decided to sell their property in the Winchester vicinity and locate on land which would be granted for service in the French and Indian War. They reached the vicinity of present Carmichaelstown (in present Greene County, Pennsylvania) and "tomahawked" (marked trees) such land as they wanted along Muddy Creek in what is known as the "Ten Mile County" land lying along Ten Mile Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River, on the western side of that stream. Returning home, they brought back their families, slaves and such household goods as could be carried on pack horses. There were about fifty people in the party which settled along Muddy Creek.

Van Meter was granted 400 acres of land on the west side of the Monongahela, Application number 2405, dated 3 April 1769, also a grant for 211 acres, a tract called Burgundy, also on the west side of the river.

John Swan, Thomas Hughes and Henry Van Meter, brother of Jacob, were also granted land for services, and all four erected forts, located near each other on bottom land, not far from the mouth of Muddy Creek: Fort Van Meter, by Jacob Van Meter, on Muddy Creek; Fort Swan, by John Swan, on Swan's Run, and another Fort Van Meter, by Henry Van Meter, on Swan's Run. Hughes' Fort is not listed.

From "HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA"

That Jacob Van Meter was a deeply religious man is attested by his actions in helping organize Baptist Churches. Great Bethel Regular Baptist: 1770; The Church of Jesus Christ of Great Bethel.

Copied from Ellis book exactly ...

Sign'd by us this Eight day of November in the year of our Lord Christ - - 1770. Witness our hands,

Jacob Vanmetre
Richard Hall
Zepheniah Blackford
Because we are few in number our sisters are allowed to sign.
Rachel Sutton
Lettice Vanmetre
Sarah Hall

Jacob also organized another church in Pennslyvania: Goshen Baptist Church, 1774 in Garrard's Fort.

List of ten original members:
Jacob and Letitia, Rebecca and Edward Rawlings, Susannah and Reverend John Garrard, Mary and David Henton (church clerk) Elizabeth and John Swan, JR.
Below are the settlers of the "Ten Mile Country"
Van Meter, Swan, Strode, Hughes, Shelby, Harrod, Coleman, Brown, Rice, Biggs, Kincaid, Chenoweth, Garrard, Henton.

Jacob Van Meter was a Constable before leaving for Kentucky. His last official day being December 6, 1774. Taken from Annuals, Carnegie Museum, Vol. 1 PP 526. This, and what is stated below gives us a documented time frame of their time of departure.

He was on the Committee for Augusta County, Virginia which met in Pittsburg on 16 May 1775.

On the minutes of the Court of Yohogania County, Virginia March 23, 1779, Jacob and his son Abraham and others produced recommendations from the Court of Monongahela County, Virginia to pass unmolested to the Falls of the Ohio (now Louisville, Kentucky) which recommendations were read and approved, along with the certificates of dismission by the Goshen Baptist Church dated 18 September 1779 for all the family members, except for the oldest Eleanor who is thought to have remained behind.

As stated they started out September 1779, arriving at Severns Valley, Hardin County, Kentucky in June 1780. They were first to settle between the Ohio and Green Rivers in the Wild, a colony of 100 persons.

Near the Haycraft Fort he built his own stockade, afterwards called stations. From the book "Elizabeth News" republished in 1889 is a description of how they were built.

"The manner of erecting these forts was to dig a trench with spades or hoes or such implements as they could command, then set in split timbers, reaching ten or twelve feet above the ground and fixed around the proposed ground sufficiently large to contain some five, six or eight dwellings with a block house, as a kind of citadel with port holes.

"That was considered a sufficient defense against the Indians armed with rifles or bows and arrows, but with a siege gun of the present day (1869) a well directed shot would level a hundred yards of these pristine fortifications.

"He then built a grain mill on Valley Creek where Billy's Creek enters it. Others say he also had a still. (he had a still and a tavern license to keep travelers in his home at the time of his death). He is said to have raised the first wheat in Hardin County, having brought the seed with him from Virginia.

"A year after arrival in Severns Valley, Jacob Van Meter assisted in organizing the Severns Valley Baptist Church, the oldest church west of the Allegheny Mountains, still in existence and one of the largest Baptist bodies in Kentucky at this date (1869). Jess Thompson reported that the church was established under a spreading sugar tree in Kentucky wilderness on 17 June 1781. His wife, his son, Jacob Jr., and his Negro man, Bambo, were also members. Many of his decendants have become noted in carrying on the work of the church.

"The elder Van Meter was an extensive landholder, having fourteen grants of land from the Virginia government, dated 1783 and 1784. One was a preemption Treasury Warrant signed by Beverly Randolph. Doubtless, some of the land was divided among his children and members of his family. the Auditor's office has no record of land granted to his son-in-law, Samuel Haycraft."

NOTE: I have since found land grants in Samuel Haycrafts name.

Jacob died at his home in Hardin County, Kentucky on 16 November 1798. He and Letitia, who died the following year, were buried side by side in a family cemetery on their farm. His son, Jacob, procured a sandstone rock for a tombstone and cut the following inscription on it: 'Here Lizes The Body of Jacob Van Meter Died in the 76 Yare of His Age November the 16, 1798.'

Jess Thompson states that "The spellings in this rude inscription appear to be an attempt to give the words the sound old Jacob gave them throughout his life." Jacob's son-in-law Samuel Haycraft, stated, "Therefore, let no man pretend to criticise it or alter it. It is a jewel to me, so all mankind let it alone. It is the honest homespun epitaph of a good man and Christian, who braved all the perils of his day, honorable, kind, hospitable and generous, and truly a 'patriarch'."

At the time of his death, Jacob Van Meter owned 7,891 acres. The inventory of his estate covers four pages of Will Book. A, pages 80 to 84 and 216, Hardin County Court.

In 1965 Jacob's home farm was being made into a subdivision of Elizabethtown, therefore a descendant, Mrs. Lee Sims had the ashes removed to the Elizabethtown City Cemetery, Hardin County, Kentucky. It is beside his daughter, our direct ancestor, Margaret and her husband Samuel Haycraft. Their graves have a beautiful bronze marker to tell of his exploits....

JACOB VAN METER SENIOR
1723-1798

American Patriot - Soldier - Kentucky Pioneer. Ensign 12th Virginia Regiment in French and Indian War. Captain, Illinois Regiment, Virginia State. American Patriot-Soldier. Kentucky Pioneer Troops in American Revolution and served on Committee of Observation at Pittsburgh.

Commanded a Company in General George Roger Clark's Expedition to take Northwest Territory. Led Band of 100 persons from Virginia to Kentucky down the Ohio River on 27 flat boats to Severns Valley in 1779-1780. Built one of the first forts in Kentucky and helped establish the first permanent settlement between the Falls Of the Ohio and Green Rivers at Elizabethtown.

Prominent in founding Hardin County. One of the organizers of Severns Valley Baptist Church 1781, oldest church west of the Alleghany Mountains. Captain Jacob Van Meter chapter, Daughters of American Revolution named in his honor.

He was in the original constitution of the Severns Valley Baptist Church, established under a spreading sugar tree in the Kentucky wilderness on June 17, 1781. His wife, his son Jacob, and his Negro man, Bambo, were also members.

Kegley's "Virginia Frontier"
The Van Meter family settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where Jan became a wealthy land owner and horse breeder.


From the Index to the George Rogers Clark Papers:: http://my.execpc.com/~sril/clark.htm

NOTE: The index references the originals using the following sequence of numbers:

Document Number — Microfilm Roll — Microfilm Frame(s) — Date

The Index is to the Microfilm Roll and Frame. The abstracts have all 4 parts, document Number, Microfilm Roll and Frame(s) and the date(s).

If anyone get a print of the actual microfilm I would like to post a complete transcript of the document here. Please contact me. DrG@execpc.com

Vanmatre, Jacob 5-697, 11-702

8828-5-697-698-January 13, 1781: Top document. Account of state of Virginia with Jacob Vanmatre for supplying salt at Falls of Ohio. Names: William Shannon, John Donne.


18366-11-702-704-May 17, 1783: Third document. Duplicate filming. Payment to Henry Hoglan for 2 canoes taken for use by the state. Names: John McDowell, Jacob Vanmatre, Samuel Gill, unable to read a name.

Van Meter, ? 4-739

6765-4-739-740-August 21, 1780: Fourth document. No. 43. Ration of flour issued for 2 wounded men, who were sick and living at the house of ? Vanmetres? Names: Capt. Benjamin Roberts, George Slaughter.

Van Meter, A. 6-1250

11346-6-1250-1251-June 26, 1781: State of Virginia account with Robert Tyler or Tylor. Payment for building smoke houses and payment to individual workers. Names: John Eastwood, A. Van Meter, Peter Cline, John Vancleave, John Nicholas, Samuel Young, Samuel McGee, Thomas Bull, Will Hall, Phil Nicholas, William Vancleave, John Cline, John Wilson, George Yunt, M. Wickerham, ? Holt, Squire Boone, Patt Kennedy, and Will Shannon.

Van Meter, Abraham 3-1246, 3-1256, 5-351, 9-102

5286-3-1246-1247-April 4, 1780: Fifth document. J. Donne paid $2,460 to Abraham Vanmetre for 41 bushels of indian corn for use of Illinois Department troops at Falls of Ohio. Names: George Rogers Clark, John Jowmhene.

5301-3-1256-1258-April 4, 1780: No. 28. Account of General [George Rogers] Clark in behalf of the state of Virginia with John Donne for Provi-sions for $41,104.10 expended between November 17, 1779 and April 4, 1780. Names listed for payment were: Thomas Philips for 326 pounds of beef; John Philips for 364 pounds of beef; Henry Holman for 120 pounds of beef; Nathaniel Overall for $125 pounds of beef; Robert Ivers for 564 pounds of beef; Thomas Carter for 306 pounds of beef; Joseph Brown for 311 pounds of beef; George Flanagan for 406 pounds of beef; Harold Brown for 265 pounds of beef; Peter Sturges for 2,757

5301-3-1256-1258-April 4, 1780-Continued: pounds of beef; Levin Powell for bushels of corn; John Briscoe for 16 bushels of indian meal; Thomas Bull for 5 bushels of salt; Henry French for 2 and 1/2 bushels of salt; James Bidy for 3 bushels of salt; Nathaniel Hart; James Beaty; and Abraham Vanmetre; Some individuals were listed more than once and some supplied different provisions. John Donne noted Basil Prather had supplied 102 bushels of flour on April 4, 1780 for sick but it was not listed in the account since Dunne did not know the price charged.

8360-5-351-June 1, 1780: Entries for names: George Wilson, James Sullivan, Abraham Van Meter, Thomas McCarty, Moses Kirkendall, Isaac Keller, Uriah Sullivan, Uriah Johnson, William Pope, Thomas McGee, and James Wright.

14683-9-102-105-March 22, 1782: Entries for items and cash distributed to various officers and persons from 1780 through March 22, 1781. Reference to corn, meat, Louisville, troops, flour, blankets, express, Indian Affairs, salt, whiskey, Falls of Ohio, Indians, saddles, army, Kaskaskia Indians, Shawnee Expedition. Names: Mary Christie, James Morris, George Will-son, Capt. William Pope, Richard Barbour, Robert Anderson, Dorsey Pentecort, Capt. John Rogers, Anthony Gamblin, Brooks Treal?, William Shannon, James Sullivan, John Byrn, Jacob Valm, James Wright, John Hundley, Abraham Van Meter, Thomas McCarty, Major George Slaughter, Uriah Johnson, Thomas McGee, Moses Kuykendall,

Van Meter, Elizabeth 6-1184

11247-6-1184-1185-June 20, 1781: Third document. Reference to beef, Fort Nelson and certification that beef was property of Elizabeth Van Meter. Names: Edward Taylor, George Slaughter.

Van Meter, Garret 6-375

10024-6-375-April 14, 1781: Letter of Garret Van Meter to Governor Thomas Jefferson. April 3 and 4, 1781 letters of Osburn and Van Meter.

Van Meter, Jacob 4-1054, 5-828, 7-158, 7-759, 8-955, 9-1259, 10-355, 10-512, 10-535, 10-807, 10-1089, 10-1177, 10-1205

7297-4-1054-1057-September 2, 1780: Third document. Duplicate filming. State of Virginia account with Jacob Van Meter. Bill of exchange issued for $4,500. Names: William Oldham.

9019-5-828-829-February 20, 1781: Top document. Will Shannon Bill of Exchange sent January 13, 1781 from Falls of Ohio to Virginia Treasurer for payment to Jacob Van Meter, who supplied salt for Illinois Department. Names: George Wilson.

11632-7-158-159-July 10, 1781: Top document. Lieut. Richard Clark was sent by Lieut. Col. John Montgomery and Capt. Robert George to obtain salt at Bullet Lick and brought back 13 bushels of salt to Falls of Ohio. Names: George Wilson, James Berwick, Will Shannon, Jacob Van Meter, George Rogers Clark.

12459-7-759-760-August 9, 1781: Top document. George Rogers Clark order to issue rum to Mr. Wallace.

14090-8-955-959-December ?, 1781: List of William Shannon bills from January 3, 1779 to 1781. Names: Monsieur Carboneaux [Carbonneaux], Jean Beauvais, Capt. [Godefroy] Linctot, Patrick McClosky, Capt. Wil-liams, Monsieur Rickett, Rago Bauvais [Beauvais], Antoine Lauvierre, Monsieur Langtot, Monsieur Butteue, Oliver Pollock, ? McCray, Charles Charloville [Charleville], Madam Bentley, Stanislaus Daupier, ? Charloville [Charleville], William McCulloch, Gabriel Cerre, Gideon Jerret, Richard Winston, Capt. Placey [Placy], Thomas McGee, Jean B. Wislett, John Gerault, Monsieur LeGras, Joseph Anderson, Francis Bosseron, Mon-sieur Bessolel?, Monsieur Mashearn, Francis Millchame, Daniel Murray, Capt. Richard McCarty, Monsieur Sheto, Monsieur Cere, M onsieur J. Charloville, Monsieur Morros, Monsieur R. Beauvais, Monsieur Bienve-nue, Monsieur Janist, Monsieur Bentley, Doctor Rey, Col. LeGras, Capt. [Leonard] Helm, Nathaniel Randolph, Matthew Wiley, George Wilson, John Byrn, Jacob Myres, Jacob Vanmetre [Van Meter], John Floyd, William Pope, Marias Hansbrough, Hargire Pendergras, John William Provence, John Philips, Mr. Dowdele, Aquila Whitaker, John Hanley, Joseph An-drews, Monsieur Bogee, James Sullivan, David Standeford or Standefield, Thomas McCarty, Moses Keckendall [Kuykendall], Isaac Kellar, Uriah Johnston, Lewis Devine, F. Charolville, Monsieur Gratiott [Gratiot], F. Mittehome, Bazail Alarie, Monsieur Lassay?. Some names appear more than once.

16250-9-1259-1262-July 29, 1782: Top document. Duplicate filming. Names: George Rogers Clark, Jacob Van Meter.

16724-10-355-357-October 23, 1782: Top document. Duplicate filming. Falls of Ohio issued cartridge boxes. Names: Isaac Cox, Thomas McCarty, Jacob Van Meter.

16910-10-512-515-November 4, 1782: Account of provisions issued by George Wilson for the late expedition against savages [indians] to the troops of the Illinois Regiment and also the militia of the counties of Jefferson, Fayette, and Lincoln under command of George Rogers Clark. Names: Capt. Jacob Pyeatt, John Floyd, Lieut. Jarret Williams, Major George Walls, John Crittenden, William Clark, Capt. James Asturgus, Capt. Charles Polk, Isaac Cox, Capt. James Samuels, Capt. Samuel Pottenger, James Francis Moore, Capt. Richard Chinoweth, Lieut. Samuel McDaniel, Capt. James Rogers, Ensign Joseph Reed, Jacob Van Meter, Capt. John Lantrey, Andrew Hines, Aquilla Whitaker, Ensign James McDonald, Thomas McCarty, Col. John Logan, Benjamin Logan, Hugh McGarry.

16939-10-535-536-November 11, 1782: Top right document. Powder, lead and flints issued. Names: Jacob Van Meter, Isaac Cox, George Rogers Clark.

17279-10-807-808-January 17, 1783: Top document. Jacob Van Meter made oath January 17, 1783 to Samuel McDowell that he had not been paid for a horse impressed July 16, 1780. Names: Stephen Rawling, Thomas McCarty, Richard Chinoweth.

17505-10-1089-1096-Abstract from Capt. William Shannon's vouchers of sundry expenditures in the Illinois Department. Dated entries from June 4, 1780-May 28, 1781. Items and services: rum, boats, beef, horses, salt, rent of store, whiskey, taffia, corn, flour, flat bottom boat, canoes, wagons, barrels, express, saddle, brandy, barges, indian meal, deer skins, cheese, butter, bear meat, planks, tar. Names: Gidion Jarrat, Matthew Willey, Wil-liam Minurtry, Mary Christy. George Wilson, Daniel Standeford, Jacob Mires, David Douglas, Margaret Pendergrass, James Sullivan, Thomas McGee, Jacob Van Meter, Thomas Bull, John Folkes, William Pope, Morias Hansborough, William Provance, John Phillips, Monsieur Carbonneaux, John Floyd, Aquilla Whitaker, John Handley, Thomas Vickroy, David Standeford, Dennis Springer, Thomas McCarty, Moses Kuykendall, Isaac Kellar, Uriah Johnson, John Asturgus, Hardy Hill, Willis Green, Samuel Culbertson, Robert Taylor, James Asturgus, Jacob Pyeatt, Galloway and Mitchell, James Galloway, James Wright, John Miller, Benjamin Price, Samuel Hinch, Jarret Williams, Isaac Morrison, James Keller, John Howe, Richard Loyde, Jonathan Rogers,

17505-10-1089-1096-Continued: James Brown, Graves Wapshot, James Dunbar, Samuel Martin, Martin Hardin, Francis Adams, Ben Applegate, Daniel Sullivan, Samuel Wells, David Hart, Leonard Helm, Philip Long, Thomas Holhman, James Stevenson, Samuel Martin, Edward Dougherty, Richard Chinoweth, George Pomery, John Johnson, Charles Charloville, William Shannon, Benjamin Hook, Col. John Floyd, William Spangler, James Quirthomis, Pere Anterljoi?, Francis Bosseron, Patt Kennedy, Pat-rick Kennedy.

17577-10-1177-1181-February 16, 1783: Bortom document. Duplicate filming. Capt. John Vertreese certified Jacob Van Meter on Oct. 19, 1782 had delivered property for the expedition against the indians.

17597-10-1205-1206-May 22, 1783: Bottom document. Col. John Floyd presented sundry claims of the Jefferson County militia for approval by commissioners. Names: Samuel Moore for spy duty; Jacob Van Meter; Ash Emerson John Jordan; Abraham Chaplin; Arthur Parks; Margaret Coubourns: Peter Cliser;

Van Meter, Jacob (Capt.) 10-333, 10-608

16692-10-333-335-October 22, 1782: Fourth document on right. Rations for Capt. Jacob Van Meter. Names: Isaac Cox, James ?.

17070-10-608-610-November 22, 1782: Top document. Duplicate filming. Capt. John Baley order for 2 day rations of flour for company of Capt. Jacob Van Meter.


From: JSClifft@aol.com:

You did not mention if you had seen the Haw book, but if you did your research 30 years ago you might have missed it. The Haw family married into the Swank, Goodin, Vernon and Moore Families.....all entangled many times and connected to the Van Meters in several ways.

The Haw Family Ancestry, Joseph L. Haw III, Gulf Printing Co., Houston, TX, 1978.

"Abraham Van Meter was born June 13, 1744, probably in Frederick Co., Virginia. [son of Jacob Van Meter & Letitia Strode/Stroud] in 1779-80 he came with many relatives to Kentucky. In 1780 he was first listed as being in Capt. Wm. Harrod's Company at the stations near The Falls in Jefferson Co. But on June 23, 1780, his name, with several others formerly of Harrod's company, is found on the partial list of Capt. Squire Boone's Company, stationed at "The Painted Stone," near the present town of Shelbyville. Squire Boone, a younger brother of the famous Daniel Boone, in 1779 established the first station in what is now Shelby County, which, for nearly two years was the only one between Harrodsburg and The Falls. This station was broken up in Sept., 1781, when Indians under the leadership of Joseph Brant descended upon Central Kentucky. Hearing of their approach, the inhabitants decided to remove to the stronger settlements on Beargrass Creek (Louisville). En route, they were attacked by a large body of Indians, defeated and dispersed with great loss. Likely Abraham Van Meter had finished his term of service in the forces there, but he did not long survive that event. In the Kentucky Historical Library in Frankfort is the only copy of a work by William W. Henton of Canton, Missouri, entitled The Van Meter Family. I quote from page 7:

Taken from an old letter dated July 14, 1887, written by Susan Van Meter Crutcher, daughter of Jacob Van Meter, Jr. (1762-1850) to her daughter, Mary J. Wale of Jasper, MO. - 'It was father who dreamed he lost his hat, and grandfather said you will lose one of your brothers. In three or four days we heard Uncle Abraham was killed by the Indians. An old man living in the fort was clearing some ground and sent his boy out and a hired man to push up the heaps, and the Indians were lying in the fence corner. The hired man saw them, ran back and they shot him. That gave the alarm. Uncle jumped up to go. His wife [Elizabeth Cline] begged him not to go. He went and he and two others were shot. He helped to bury the other two, and died in four days. He was a very large and stout man with a tremendous voice which could be heard a mile away on a clear day. He was killed by the poisoned ball fired by an Indian. It was a mere graze upon the thigh and he thought nothing of it at first, but soon the deadly poison developed itself and speedily ended his life. He left four daughters, Catherine Letitia, Sarah and Elizabeth.'

According to official records, letters of administration were granted by the Court of Jefferson County to his widow, Elizabeth, Dec. 3, 1781, the sureties being John Vertrees and Wm. Hall. In March of 1781, Abraham and Jacob had each taken up 800 acres of land in Jefferson County. Other items of Abraham's property appraised after his death: plows, hoes, scythes, spades, pitchforks, harrows, maddocks, saws, lamps, bedticks, curtains, coverlids, flax hackle, spinning wheel, 26 spools of yarn, pots, skillets, griddles, potracks, spit, teakettle, dishes, sidesaddle, chains, singletrees, handmill, wedges, pruning knives, gouges, grindstone, steelyards, rifles, tomahawk, 11 head of cattle, a bull, 3 horses. In 1782, Elizabeth, the widow, married Samuel Goodin and brought with her to Goodin's Fort in Hardin County her four small Van Meter daughters. Catherine was 12, Letitia 10, Sarah 9, and Elizabeth 2. By 1797 all four had married. There is some authority also for a son named Abraham, Jr.

"General Braddock", a slave of Abraham's valued in the inventory at 100 pounds, also went with Elizabeth to Goodin's Fort. In 1797, he made a lone raid on Indians and returned with 9 scalps, for which said deed he was set free on March 19, 1797, whereupon he married a negress known as Becky Swank, and lived in Hardin County."

My line is through Elizabeth Van Meter, Abe's daughter, who married Jacob Swank in Hardin Co. They moved to Mississippi County, MO. They built the first brick home in Mississippi Co in the 1830s. This house is the oldest in Mississippi Co. and in Jan.of '01, when I was home for a visit, there was a family living in it. It is in poor shape and the 2nd story appeared to be unlivable. The only addition that has been made to the main structure is a wood sided extention on what was probably the old kitchen. I wish the local historical society would restore it, but they have another house in the city of Charleston that they use as a museum. The Swank house, known as "the old brick house" is listed in the register of historical homes.



September 8, 2001:
From: Linnea Klee  - ILlee@woolklee.com




Ezra Van Meter's Daughter
Rebecca IS NOT the Rebecca
who married Wilson R. Sterling
Rebecca is the daughter of  
William Van Meter Jr. 1807-1885

The other material is correct
and is being left there to share
I am sending you a document I have put together that indicates how Rebecca Van Meter, who married Wilson R. Sterling, descended from both of Jan Jansen Van Meter's marriages: (1) to Sarah Bodine (2) to Margaret Mollenauer.
Ezra Van Meter's Daughter
Rebecca IS NOT the Rebecca
who married Wilson R. Sterling
Rebecca is the daughter of  
William Van Meter Jr. 1807-1885

The other material is correct
and is being left there to share
Ezra Van Meter, Rebecca Van Meter's father, descended as follows: Jan Jansen Van Meter = Sarah Bodine son Johannes Van Meter = Rebecca Powelson son Johannes Van Meter = Josina Taylor son Ezra Van Meter Priscilla Pearse, Rebecca Van Meter's mother, descended as follows: Jan Jansen Van Meter = Margaret Mollenauer son Isaac Van Meter = Elsjie Scholl son Jacob Van Meter = Catherine DeMoss da Rebecca Van Meter = James Pearse da Priscille Pearse This is totally wrong. Refer to Rebecca Van Meter Sterling
Ezra Van Meter and Priscilla Pearse were parents of Rebecca Van Meter, who married Wilson R. Sterling. I wonder if Ezra and Priscilla met because they were distant cousins? The document has information about the Stirlings and their children. I have a lot more information, including on the Stirling side. I hope this is useful to someone. Linnea Klee


Rebecca Van Meter Stirling and Ezra Van Meter Family History - 7 Sep 2001
Compiled by Linnea Back Klee

1.5 Isaac Van Metre (son of Jan Jansen Van Meter [1683-1745] and 
    Margaret Mollenauer [1687-1745])

Birth Date:	3 Jun 1713
Birth Place:	Frederick County, VA  ®150 or Somerset Co. NJ  ®155
Death Date:	3 Sep 1745
Death Place:	Frederick County, VA  ®150

Notes: 
Frederick County, VA was formed in 1734 from Orange County.  
Apple orchards were a major early industry.

According to Professor Virgil A. Lewis, who contributed to John T. Harris' 
"Historical Sketch of West Virginia," 

"In 1725 John Van Metre, an Indian trader from the Hudson river, traversed the lower Shenandoah, Upper Potomac and South Branch Valleys, but the honor of fixing the first home in the state was reserved for another. This was Morgan ap Morgan [sic] who, in 1727, reared his cabin on the site of the present village of Bunker Hill, in Mill Creek magisterial district in Berkeley County....In 1730, Isaac Van Metre, son of the explorer received from Governor William Gooch a grant for a large body of land chiefly in what is now Berkeley and Jefferson counties. A part of this he sold to Joist Hite, who, in 1732, brought sixteen families from York, Pennsylvania, all of whom settled in the Lower Shenandoah Valley." (pp.315-316)

Kenneth Clayton lists Isaac Van Meter's birthdate as 3 June 1713, death date as 3 Sep 1745 and birthplace as Frederick County, VA. A query from James G. Widmer puts his birthplace as Somerset County, NJ.

Reported by another source as died 1748.

Research:
The following appears to refer to a different Isaac Van Meter, because of the death date of 1757. Mike Judd posts that: "Isaac Van Meter was killed by Indians while he was out working in his fields. He is buried about 150 feet below the crest of the hill on which Fort Pleasant was located (The Van Matre Ancestry by Vincent M. Van Matre (1993))."

This Isaac Van Meter's will was probated 14 Dec. 1757, and states that he was living on the south branch of the Potomack, Frederick Co., VA and provides his wife, Hannah "to have 20 pounds yearly and negro named Hannah, land in New Jersey with stock there to remain under lease now granted until they expire." The money was to then go to his children, "Henry, Jacob, Barret, Sarah Richman, Catherine Van Meter, Rebecca Hite, Hilletje Van Meter." The will divides up the acreage of land he bought in VA of James Cebrun: 200 acres to Garret, 200 to Jacob, 200 to Henry, land to Catherine, 200 acres to Abraham Hite, husband of Rebecca and 200 to Hilletje.

According to Carmen Silliman, Fort Pleasant is in Hardy Co., WV or VA, not Frederick Co. (Genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages, 8/9/2000)

Spouse: Alice (Elsjie) Scholl
Birth Date: 1714
Birth Place: Readington, Somerset Co., NJ ®150 ®221
Marriage Date: 1736 ®155
Marriage Place: Raritan Church, Somerville, NJ ®160
Children: Johannes (John)
Peter
Margaret
Jacob

1.5.4 Jacob Van Meter
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1744/1745 ®221
Birth Place: Berkeley Co., WVA ®150 (Frederick Co., VA)
Death Date: 24 Jan 1838
Death Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150

Notes: Berkeley Co. WV was formed from the parent county of Frederick VA. A 1770 map of Virginia shows Frederick County encompassing the current Jefferson and Berkeley Counties of WV. ®154 Jacob's birthplace then was probably Frederick Co., VA.

Research: Daniel Van Meter is listed on the 1806 tax list for Hocking Township, Fairfield Co., OH (www.Fairfieldgenealogy.org/research/HOC1807.HTM)

John Van Meter is listed among the names of the first settlers of Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH. These settlers purchased their lots during the years 1800, 1801, 1802. ®214

Spouse: Catherine De Moss
Birth Date: 1751/1752
Birth Place: Hampshire or Frederick Co. VA ®150
Death Date: 16 Apr 1816
Death Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150
Spouse Father: Charles Demoss (Demose) (1731-1786)
Spouse Mother: Fannie (1733-1765)
Spouse Notes: Also listed as married in Monongahela, VA in 1767. ®221
Marriage Date: 28 Aug 1763
Marriage Place: Berkeley Co., W VA
Children: Josinah
Rebecca
Alice (Elsie)
John
Sarah
Catherine (Kitty)

1.5.4.2 Rebecca Van Meter
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1771
Birth Place: Frederick County, VA ®150
Death Date: 14 Nov 1831 ®150
Burial Place: Applegate Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH ®150
Spouse: James Pearse ®150
Birth Date: 1768
Birth Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150
Death Date: 12 Mar 1847 ®150
Burial Place: Applegate Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Fairfield Co., OH ®150
Spouse Notes: According to Mike Judd, Rebecca Van Meter and family are recorded in The American Descendants of Chretien DuBois of Wicres, France, and "will be covered in Part 4 which is being revised right now by Catherine Smith." ®221

Spouse Research: Lancaster Ohio was founded on Nov. 10, 1800 by Col. Ebenezer Zane of Wheeling, WV. Zane blazed a road in 1797 to bring in settlers. The mostly German settlers who came by Zane's Trace, named the new town, New Lancaster, after Lancaster, PA. Fairfield County was formed in 1800 and included the present counties of Delaware, Knox and Licking, along with portions of 4 other counties. The Lancaster Lateral Canal opened to commerce in 1836. (The Lancaster Story. Fairfield County Chapter OGS History of Lancaster. www.fairfieldgenealogy.org/info/history.html) Several other Pearses appear in the 1850 Census in Fairfield County:

William B. Pearse (born 1806), wife Levina and family. He was from PA and married Lavina Shellenbarger and had 14 children. He later married Sarah Calkins. ®214

Joseph Pearse (born 1805), wife, Delila, and daughter, Eliza.
John Pearse (born 1813), wife Mary E., and children
James Pearse (born 1795) with Anthony and Angeline Dennis and son.
Marriage Date: 1790 ®150
Children: Priscilla
Andrew
John Van Metre
Lewis
Catherine
Joseph
Rebecca
James Wilson
Josina
Frank

1.5.4.2.1 Priscilla Pearse
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1792
Birth Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150
Notes: In the 1850 U.S. Census, Priscilla Van Meter, 58, born PA, lived with Rebecca Van Meter, 20, born in OH, John Van Meter, 27, Farmer, born OH, William L. Van Meter, 15, born OH, Jesse Brown, 23, farmer, and his wife, Anne C. and children, Lucinda, 6, and Ezra, 3. Living with them is William Clark 18, farmer. They lived in Walnut Township, Fairfield County, OH. ®130 My data on Rebecca makes her 16, not 20, in 1850.

Spouse: Ezra Van Metre
Birth Date: 11 Jan 1799 ®156
Birth Place: Martinsburg, WV ®156
Death Date: Before 1850 ®150
Spouse Father: Johannes Van Metre Jr. (1735-1818)
Spouse Mother: Josina Taylor (1776-1816)
Marriage Date: 27 Mar 1828 ®150
Children: John
Ann C.
Rebecca
William L.

1.5.4.2.1.1 John Van Metre
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1823
Birth Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150
Occupation: Farmer
Notes: In the 1850 U.S. Census, John Van Meter, 27, Farmer, born OH lived with Jesse Brown, 23, farmer, and his wife, Anne C. and children, Lucinda, 6, and Ezra, 3, Priscilla Van Meter, 58, born PA, Rebecca Van Meter, 20, born in OH, William L. Van Meter, 15, born OH . Living with them is William Clark 18, farmer. They lived in Walnut Township, Fairfield County, OH. ®130

1.5.4.2.1.2 Ann C. Van Metre
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1825
Birth Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150
Spouse: Jesse Brown ®150
Birth Place: Virginia ®130
Children: Lucinda
Ezra

1.5.4.2.1.2.1 Lucinda Brown
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1844 ®130
Birth Place: Ohio

1.5.4.2.1.2.2 Ezra Brown
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1827 ®130
Birth Place: Ohio

Ezra Van Meter's Daughter
Rebecca IS NOT the Rebecca
who married Wilson R. Stirling
Rebecca is the daughter of  
William Van Meter Jr. 1807-1885

The other material is correct
and is being left there to share
1.5.4.2.1.3 Rebecca Van Meter ®101
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: Feb 1834 ®103
Birth Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150
Death Date: 1905
Burial Date: 1905 ®193
Burial Place: Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Twp., Allen Co., IN
Notes: In the 1880 Census, Rebecca's parents are reported to be from Pennsylvania (but this may just be duplicating Wilson's entry), and from VA in the 1900 Census. Her age is incorrectly reported in 1870 as 43, when Wilson was 43. In 1880 she is reported as 46. In 1900, her birthdate is given as Feb. 1834
.

In the 1850 U.S. Census, Rebecca Van Meter, 20, born in OH, lived with Priscilla Van Meter, 58, born PA, John Van Meter, 27, Farmer, born OH, William L. Van Meter, 15, born OH, Jesse Brown, 23, farmer, and his wife and two children, and William Clark 18, farmer. They lived in Walnut Township, Fairfield County, OH. ®130 My data on Rebecca makes her 16, not 20, in 1850. Died in 1904 and buried in Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Twp., Allen Co., IN with husband, and son, 1875-1876. ®194

Spouse: Wilson R. Stirling ®101
Birth Date: 26 Jul 1826 ®149
Birth Place: PA
Death Date: 1905
Burial Date: 1905
Burial Place: Eel River Cemetery, Eel River Twp., Allen Co., IN
Occupation: Farmer
Spouse Father: Samuel Stirling (Stirlen) ®149 (1802-1865)
Spouse Mother: Delilah Craig ®149 (1803-1872)
Spouse Notes: Wilson R. Stirling is listed in 1850 in the U.S. Census for Wayne Co. OH: ®117
Betsey M. Mahan 43 F born O
Susanna Mahan 14 F born O
Wilson R. Stirling 24 M Farmer born O
Wayne County was on the "Great Trail" or "Great Path" migration route directly from Pennsylvania through Ohio. ®143
In 1860, Wilson R. Stirling, 33, wife Rebecca, 26, sons Josiah, 7, Allen, 5, and Alford L., 2, lived in Lake Township, Allen County, IN near Arcola. Wilson was born in PA; Rebecca in OH; and the children in IN. Wilson was a farmer with real estate valued at $3,300 and personal property of $700. George Ruby, 18, lived with them and was a laborer. Immediate neighbors were Benjamin Mieser and family, farmer, and John G. Clapsaddle and family, a preacher. Most residents of the community were farmers. ®128

In 1870, W. R. Sterling, 43, is listed as a farmer in the same community, with wife, Rebecca, 43, who keeps house, Allen, 15, Alfred, 12, Mary, 9, Hattie, 5, John G., 3 and Clarrie, 1. His birthplace was PA and Rebecca's OH. All the children were born in Indiana. The four older children attended school during the year. Immediate neighbors were F.A. Stephens, a woman with 4 children, Mary Bartmass(?), a woman with 4 children, Isaac Prill and family, a farmer. Most of the community continued to be farmers. ®127

In 1880, W. R. Stirling, 54, and Rebecca, 46, continued to live in the same place, and he continued to work as a farmer. His place of birth and hers and that of both their parents is listed as PA. Florence, 19, Hattie, 17, John G., 13, Clara B., 11, are at home and attended school that year. Joshua Peyton, 20, boards with the family, and is a laborer. Immediate neighbors were Claude Beriot (?) and family, a farmer born in France and Charles Rassant (?), sawmiller from France, and family. It continued a farming community. ®126

The 1900 U.S. Census, Allen Co., Lake Township, IN lists: ®103 Stirling, Wilson Head W M July 1826, 73, married 43 yrs, born Pa, parents born Pa, Farmer Reads, writes, speaks English, Owns the farm.
Stirling, Rebecca wife W F Feb. 1834, 66, married 43 yrs, 4 children born, 4 living, born Ohio, parents born VA, Reads, writes, speaks English.
Stirling, John G. son W M May 1867, 33, married 2 yrs[where is his wife?] born Ind, fa born Pa, mo. born Ohio, Farmer , speaks, writes, reads English
Ulry, Marian [hired man?] W M May 1882, 18, S Born Ind., parents born Ohio, Farm laborer, Reads, writes, speaks English. ®103

A search of Lake Township, Allen County for 1910 did not find any Stirlings (roll 338, starting page 114).

Dennis Jay Stirlen reports this family at Family Search Ancestral File with the name Stirlen.
He also reports two earlier marriages, and that the mother of the first three sons was Cynthia Grayless. ®149
According to William G. Roy: "Listed in Sterling Genealogy. Listed in Valley of The Upper Maumee River.
Listed in Historical Account of Allen County and The City of Fort Wayne. 'The Story of its Progress
From Savagery to Civilization by Brant & Fuller Madison, Wis.'" ®183

I have a photograph of Wilson R. Stirling's farmhouse in "Fort Wayne, IN" taken in 1925.

Spouse Research: William Sterling m. Martha H. Marshall (b. 20 Oct. 1820, parents James Marshall nd Margaret Kirkpatrick) in Butler Co., PA. Children are: Wilson, Margaret, Celia, James, Sarah, Eddie, William, Annetta. (//homepages.rootsweb.com/~albert/index.html) No relationship to Wilson R. Stirling has been established.

In 1870, in Allen County, Washington Township, Indiana, W.C. Sterling, age 45, was a farmer born in PA. His wife was Martha, 43, born OH. They had 10 children aged 2-22 (names are on file). The eldest was born in OH, all the rest in IN. ®138

Marriage Date: 5 Oct 1857 ®149
Children: Mary Florence
Hattie E.
John G.
Clara B.
UNNAMED
1.5.4.2.1.3.1 Mary Florence Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 9 Mar 1861
Birth Place: Indiana ®101
Death Date: 2 Jan 1950 ®101
Death Place: Kansas City
Burial Date: 5 Jan 1950
Burial Place: Forest Hill Cemetery
Notes: She is referred to as Florence Stirling in the 1880 U.S. Census. ®126
Her death certificate indicates that she died on Jan. 2, 1950 at 1310 E. Armour St., Kansas City,
Jackson Co., MO. Her street address was 3616 Charlotte St. in Kansas City. It indicates that she
died at age 88 (+9 mos, 23 days), that she was a housewife, born in Indiana, and a widow.
It indicates that her father's name was Wilson Sterling and her mother's maiden name was Rebbecca Van Meter. Burial was Jan 5 1950 at Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.
Dennis Stirlen incorrectly reports her birthdate as abt. 1852. ®149

I have quite a few photographs of Mary Florence Stirling Stophlet as an older woman (ca.1915-1941).

Spouse: Samuel Stophlet
Birth Date: 10 Aug 1859 ®104
Birth Place: Ft. Wayne, Indiana ®6
Death Date: 24 Oct 1928 ®104
Death Place: Kansas City, MO
Burial Place: Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City
Occupation: RR Agency, Chief Clerk, Western Trunk Lines, Kansas City
Spouse Father: Samuel Stophlet (1808-1865)
Spouse Mother: Mary McMaken ®10 (1817-1884)
Spouse Notes: Samuel, born 1859 is first listed in the 1860 U.S. Census at age 1. He lives with his father, mother, 3 brothers and sister in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. His father died about 5 years later. In the 1870 Census, he is listed at age 11 with his mother and brothers and sister in the same place. Simpson Family History: "This Samuel, Jr., was born on West Wayne St., Ft. Wayne, Ind. When quite young the family moved to Delphos, Ohio, where his father and his brother John went into the hardware business. Joe and Anna went to school in Delphos....The family remained in Delphos for a while after the father's death but in the spring of 1866 moved back to Ft. Wayne, Ind., where the eldest son, Frank, had continued to live, and where they owned a tract of about 9 acres. Saml. Jr.'s first recollection is of his father's coming home from the store 'creeping' and telling of President Lincoln's death. (Apr. 1865)."

Death Certificate notes that he died in Kansas City, Jackson County, MO on October 24, 1928, at 6 PM.
He had lived at 3229 Forest Street for 2 years. His wife is listed as Florence Stophlet. His date of birth is Aug. 10, 1859 ,in Indiana, and he was 69 years, 2 months and 14 days at death. Father's name is listed as Samuel Stophlet, born in Ohio and mother is Mary McMaken, born in Ohio.

I have a number of photographs of Samuel Stophlet and his descendents.
Marriage Date: 17 Sep 1884 ®98
Marriage Place: Fort Wayne, IN
Children: Donald Stirling
Anna Clare
Information on the descendents of these children in available.

1.5.4.2.1.3.2 Hattie E. Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1865 ®127
Notes: Dennis Stirlen incorrectly states her birthdate as 1854. ®149

1.5.4.2.1.3.3 John G. Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: May 1867 ®103
Birth Place: Indiana
Occupation: Hardware Store
Notes: In 1920, John G. Sterling, 52, is living in Ossion Town, Jefferson Township, Wells County, IN. He and his family live on Metts Street and he owns a hardware store. He was born in IN, his father was born in PA and his mother in OH. ®129 His family are: Rosetta, wife, 44, able to read and write, born IN, father born PA, mother born OH Sarah, da, 21, single, able to read and write, born IN, parents born IN, teaching grade 5 & 6 as wage worker. Paul, son, 17, single, able to read and write, born IN, parents born IN, salesman in hardware. Kenneth, son, 15, single, able to read and write, born IN, parents born IN, attended school during year. Florence, da, 12, single, able to read and write, born IN, parents born IN, attended school during year. Immediate neighbors are Lucy A. Gorrell, 71, retired, Frank Thurber, 61, and family, famer; Edwin T. Hawley, 57, and family, house carpenter.

I think it is likely that this is Wilson Stirling's son and family, given his middle initial, his age, and the naming of one of his children, Florence, the name by which his sister, Mary Florence, may have been known. The 1900 Census reports that John has been married 2 years. His daughter Sarah was born about 1899 (21 in 1920 Census), so that also fits.

Dennis Stirlen incorrectly states his birthdate as 1856. ®149

Spouse: Rosetta
Birth Date: 1876 ®129
Birth Place: Indiana
Children: Sarah
Paul
Kenneth
Florence
1.5.4.2.1.3.3.1 Sarah Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1899 ®129
Birth Place: Indiana
Occupation: School Teacher
Notes: The Social Security Death Index lists: (This would be her only if she had never married).

Sarah Sterling
Birth 11 Feb 1899
Death 8 Feb 1998
SS# 310-16-4084
Issued in IN Residence Los Angeles, CA (90036)
http://familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp (9/3/2001)

1.5.4.2.1.3.3.2 Paul Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1903 ®129
Birth Place: Indiana
Occupation: Salesman
Notes: The Social Security Death Index lists:
Paul Stirling
Birth 10 Jun 1900
Death May 1974
SS# 317-10-0635
Issued in IN Residence 49441 Musekegon, MI
http://familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp (9/3/2001).

1.5.4.2.1.3.3.3 Kenneth Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1905 ®129
Birth Place: Indiana
Notes: The Social Security Death Index lists:
Kenneth Stirling
Birth 28 Aug 1904
Death 23 Sep 1996
SS# 317-10-9009
Number issued in IN Residence Taylor, Greenville, SC 29687
http://familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp (9/3/2001)

1.5.4.2.1.3.3.4 Florence Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1908 ®129
Birth Place: Indiana
Notes: She may have been named after her aunt, Mary Florence Stirling, her father, John G. Stirling's sister. Two Florence Sterlings are listed in the Social Security Death Index who were born in 1908 and received their SS#s in Ohio: (This would be her only if she never married).

Birth 12 Oct 1908
Death Apr. 1975
SS# 301-14-3676
Residence Wauseon, Fulton, OH 43567
Birth 21 Apr 1908
Death 21 Jan 2000
Residence Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH or Dent, Hamilton, OH;
Green Twp., Hamilton, OH; Mack, Hamilton, OH;
Westwood, Hamilton, OH; Westwood Area 2, Hamilton, OH; All zip 45248
http://familysearch.org/Eng/Search/SSDI/individual_record.asp?recid=299162893 (9/3/2001)

1.5.4.2.1.3.4 Clara B. Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1869 ®127
Birth Place: Indiana
Notes: Dennis Stirlen incorrectly states her birthdate as 1858. ®149

1.5.4.2.1.3.5 Stirling
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1875
Death Date: 1876 ®193

1.5.4.2.1.4 William L. Van Metre
---------------------------------------- Birth Date: 1835
Birth Place: Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH ®150 Notes: In the 1850 U.S. Census, William L. Van Meter, 15, born OH lived with John Van Meter, 27, Farmer, born OH, Jesse Brown, 23, farmer, and his wife, Anne C. and children, Lucinda, 6, and Ezra, 3, Priscilla Van Meter, 58, born PA, Rebecca Van Meter, 20, born in OH. Living with them is William Clark 18, farmer. They lived in Walnut Township, Fairfield County, OH. ®130



Ezra Van Meter Family History - 8 Sep 2001 Compiled by Linnea Back Klee
1. Jan Jansen Van Meteren Birth Date: 14 Oct 1683 ®156 Birth Place: Marbletown, Ulster Co., NY Death Date: 13 Aug 1745 ®156 Death Place: Apequon, Winchester, Berkeley Co., VA Burial Place: Frederick Co., VA

Notes: "In 1725 John Van Metre, an Indian trader from the Hudson river, traversed the lower Shenandoah, Upper Potomac and South Branch Valleys, but the honor of fixing the first home in the state was reserved for another. This was Morgan ap Morgan [sic] who, in 1727, reared his cabin on the site of the present village of Bunker Hill, in Mill Creek magisterial district in Berkeley County"(p. 315) ®151

His will dated 8-13-1745, probate 9-3-1745 at Winchester, VA, lists children: Sara, wife of James Davis, Johannes Jansen, Maria Jansen - children of Sara Bodine; Abraham ("my third son"), Rebecca (wife of Solomon Hedges, Esq.), Isaac ("my eldest son of wife Margrit"), Elizabeth 9wife of Thomas Shepherd), Henry ("my second son of wife Margrit"), Rachel (deceased, former wife of John Lessige), Magdalene (wife of Robert Pusey [Pewsey], Jacob ("my fourth and youngest son of wife Margrit"). ®221

Spouse:	Sarah Bodine  
Birth Date:	1687 ®156
Birth Place:	Staten Island, NY
Death Date:	1709 ®156
Death Place:	Somerset, NJ
Spouse Father:	Jean or Peter or Isaac Bodine or Berdine®156 (1645-1694)
Spouse Mother:	Marie Crocheron  ®156 (1660-1702)
Marriage Date:	1705
Marriage Place:	Somerville, Somerset, NJ  ®156
Children:	Sarah
		Johannes Jansen
		Mary (Maria)
Other Spouses   Margaret (Miller) Mollenauer ®156


1.2 Johannes Jansen Van Meter ®156
----------------------------------------
Birth Date:	28 Apr 1708 ®156
Birth Place:	Somerset, NJ
Death Date:	1732/1733
Death Place:	Prince George's Co., MD
Spouse:	Rebecca Powelson (Pauleson) ®156
Spouse Notes: Also listed as Rebecca Poulissen; 
with children listed as Louis, Sara, Jan. ®221
Children:	Johannes
		Joanna

1.2.1a Johannes Van Metre Jr.*
----------------------------------------
Birth Date:	9 Sep 1735 ®156
Birth Place:	Somerville, Somerset Co., NJ
Death Date:	26 Sep 1818 ®156
Death Place:	Martinsburg, WV
Burial Place:	Greenhill Cemetery, Martinsburg, WV in Alburtis lot.
Notes:   	Died 9-26-1818 of pneumonia.  ®221
Spouse:	Josina Taylor
Birth Date:	11 Sep 1776 ®221
Birth Place:	Martinsburg, WV
Death Date:	11 Jun 1816 ®221
Spouse Notes: 	Also listed as born about 1760. ®156
Children:	Nancy
		Catharine
		Ezra
		John
		Eliza
		Josina	
		Marie
		Unknown
		Thornton
Other Spouses  "a young German woman"  ®221


1.2.1a.3 Ezra Van Metre
----------------------------------------
Birth Date:	11 Jan 1799 ®156
Birth Place:	Martinsburg, WV  ®156
Death Date:	Before 1850 ®150
Spouse:	Priscilla Pearse
Birth Date:	1792
Birth Place:	Lancaster, Fairfield Co. OH  ®150
Spouse Father:	James Pearse  ®150 (1768-1847)
Spouse Mother:	Rebecca Van Meter  ®150 (1771-1831)

Spouse Notes:  In the 1850 U.S. Census,  Priscilla Van Meter, 58, born PA,  
lived with Rebecca Van Meter, 20, born in OH, John Van Meter, 27, Farmer, 
born OH, William L. Van Meter, 15, born OH, Jesse Brown, 23, farmer, and 
his wife, Anne C. and children, Lucinda, 6, and Ezra, 3.  
Living with them is William Clark 18, farm.  Lived in Walnut Township, 
Fairfield County, OH. ®130 
My data on Rebecca makes her 16, not 20, in 1850.  
Marriage Date:	27 Mar 1828 ®150
Children:
	 	John
		Ann C.
		Rebecca
		William L.
References  Reference 6 1850 Census Allen County, Indiana
Stophlet: 1860 Census, Allen Co. IN, roll 0243, page 281.

Reference 10 1840, 1850, 1860 U.S. Census (see transcripts)

1870 Census: Fort Wayne, Indiana, Wayne Twp, Allen County, Dwelling number 21192, rolls 297-298. Most very faded or illegible.

Reference 14 Information from Evelyn Gilmer Montague.

Reference 98 Marriage License signed by Willis D. Maier, Clerk, Allen Circuit Court. Ceremony performed by W. F. Yocum, Minister of the Gospel.

Reference 99 Marriage License signed by W. F. Yocum, Minister of the Gospel, and Willis D. Maier, Clerk of the Allen Circuit Court, September 17, 1884.

Reference 101 Division of Health of Missouri, Standard Certificate of Death, Filed Jan. 21 1950, State File No. 1378, Registar's No. 14, Reg. Dist. No. 149, Primary Reg. Dist. No. 1002, signed by Registrar, Geraldine Holmes. For Mary Florence Stirling Stophlet.

Reference 102 Marriage License, Cook Co., IL.

Reference 103 U. S. Census, 1900, Allen Co., Lake Township, ED9. Sheet 6 (Roll 358), Dwelling 108, Family 108.

Reference 104 Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death for Samuel Stophlet, Registered No. 4338, filed 10/25/1928.

Reference 105 State of Missouri, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Birth for Mary Eleanor Stophlet, File No. 14157, Registerd No. 1210, Registration District No. 1002. Registrar, W. S. Wheeler, filed March 22, 1915.

Reference 117 1850 U.S. Census, Wayne Co., OH, Franklin Twp, Dwelling #210, Family # 217, roll # 739, page 56.

Reference 126 1880 U.S. Census, Allen County, Lake Township, IN, roll 264, page 253.

Reference 127 1870 U.S. Census, Allen County, Lake Township, IN, roll 298, page 507.

Reference 128 1860 U.S. Census, Allen County, Lake Township, Arcola, IN, roll 243, page 276.

Reference 129 1920 U. S. Census, Ossion Town, Jefferson Twp., Wells Co., IN, Supervisor's District 84, Enumeration District 185, Sheet 5B, Line 65 roll 474.

Reference 130 1850 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Walnut Township, OH, roll 677, page 198.

Reference 138 1870 U.S. Census, Allen County, Washington Township, Indiana , pg. 678a (or 10), roll 298.

Reference 143 http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maggieoh/Gwen/migration.htm

Reference 149 Gedcom by Dennis Jay Stirlen,3212 Algonquin Lane, Riverside, CA 92503. (Family Search Ancestral File v. 4.19, AFN11JK http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/af/family_group_record.asp?familyid=7606299).

Reference 150 Kenneth P. Clayton, 404 Wall Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, FamilySearch Ancestral File v4.19, AFN2JK1 and AFN2JK2. http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/af/family_group_record.asp?familyid=288807.

Reference 151 (Historical Sketch of West Virginia. West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917, Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate, The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va. pgs 315-336. http://searches.rootsweb.com//cgi-bin/ifetch2?/u1/data/wv+index+186619110688+F)

Reference 152 the History of West Virginia, Old and New, Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 187.0 (www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/wv/wv/files/htm)

Reference 153 Query: Kathryn Stuart, 24 Feb. 1998: Thomas SHEPHERD; Elizabeth VAN METER; Mary SHEPHERD. I am searching for any information on the family of Thomas SHEPHERD (1705-1776) and his wife Elizabeth VAN METER (1715-1793). Shepherdstown, WV is named for Captain Thomas Shepherd. I am interested also in their daughter Mary and her family. kestuart@coshocton.com

Reference 154 A New and Accurate Map of Virginia Wherein most of the Counties are laid down fom Actual Surveys. With A Concise Account of the Number of Inhabitants, the Trade, Soil, and Produce of that Province. By John Henry. Engraved by Thomas Jefferys Geographer to the King. London, Thos. Jefferys, 1770. Call Number G3880 1770 .H4 Vault. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/repehtml/repecomp.html)

Reference 155 Query: James G. Widmer, Mar 31, 1997: Looking for information on Isaac VAN METER, son of John VAN METER (1683-1745) and Margaret MOLLENAUER (d. 1745). Isaac, born 1713 in Somerset County, NJ, married Alice SCHOLL in 1736 (place unknown). He died about 1748 in Frederick County, Virginia. I am particularly interested in information about his life in Frederick County, and information about his son Johannes (John) VAN METER, (1738-1803), who married Elizabeth (possibly SWEARINGEN). widmer@infinet.com (www.rootsweb.com/~wvberkey/97queries1.htm)

Reference 156 International Genealogical Index (Batch F516854, Source Call No. 1553657) www.familysearch.org

Reference 157 Reported by Vincent Van Matre as listed in the Dutch Reformed Church in Somerville, Somerset Co., NJ. (Van Meter Surname Message Board, FamilyHistory.com, Sept. 12, 2000).

Reference 159 Mike Judd (Dec. 16, 2000). Genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages.

Reference 160 Vincent M. Van Matre posting (Jan 13, 2000). Genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages. His references: Applegate Family Records, DAR Patriot Index & "Pioneer Period Pioneer People of Fairfield Co., Ohio. The Van Metre Family" C.M.L. Wise, F.J. Heer Printing Co., Columbus Ohio, 1901.

Reference 161 Richard Van Meter Sr., posting November 2000 @ genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages.

Reference 162 Nevada posting (November 2000). genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages.

Reference 163 posting by Vincent M. Van Matre (Oct. 26, 2000). genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages.

Reference 164 Becky Pyle posting (March 9, 1999) (genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages)

Reference 165 Posting by Pat Temple (Nov. 21, 2000) at (genforum.genealogy.com/Van Meter/messages)

Reference 175 1850 U.S. Census, Madison Twp., Fairfield County, Ohio, roll 677, p. 473.

Reference 180 File received November 2000 from the Culver Educational Foundation, Alumni Office, 1300 Academy Road, #132, Culver, IN 46511-1291.

Reference 183 Roy/Monks Family (William G. Roy billroy@ucla.edu) at
http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=billroy&id=I296, updated May 14, 2000.

Reference 193 BETHAF@aol.com, Allen County Lookups- Stirling, 2/9/01.

Reference 194 Gravestone photographed by Dennis Jay Stirlen.

Reference 200 Pat Temple (ptprint@usa.net).

Reference 214 History of Fairfield and Perry Counties, Ohio Their Past and Present, containing a comprehensive History of OHio, A Complete History of Fairfield and Perry Counties, their Townships, Cities, Villages, Towns, schooks, Churches, Socieites, Industires, Statistics, etc., A History of their Soldiers in the Late war, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, Miscellaneous Matter, Maps of the Coutnies, Biogrpahies and Histories of Pioneer Families, Etc., Etc. Compiled by A. A. Graham Illustrated Chicago W. H. Beers & Co1883.

Reference 215 Posted by Nevada (cataholic@keyconn.net) (http://genforum.genealogy.com, Van Meter forum)

Reference 221 Email from Mike Judd (mjudd4@tampabay.rr.com), based on his research in The American Descendants of Chretien DuBois of Wicres, France by William Heidgerd and other sources for his website on Van Meter.

Reference 242 Van Meter Family of Whitley County Indiana by Donald Gradeless (http://http://family.gradeless.com/Van Meter.htm)

Reference 243 Email from notchbaby@aol.com to Donald Gradeless, 7 Mar 2001. See note 242.




1882 History of Whitley County Indiana

      William Van Meter, Jr., was born in Pendleton County (now West Virginia) May 15, 1807. The youngest of five children born to William and Phebe (Wece) Van Meter, natives of Augusta and Hardy Counties, Va. The father died when our subject was quite young and the latter remained with his mother till nineteen years old, and then hired out by the day or year until 1828 when he married Mary Harman, a native of Pendleton County and to this union were born six children--Viz, Mrs. Christina Myers; Phebe, now Mrs. John Diffendoffer; Adam, who died in this township in his twenty-seventh year; Rebecca, now Mrs. W. Sterling; John and Julia A. (afterward Mrs. David Hurd) who died in 1866, leaving three children. About 1835, Mr. Van Meter moved to Ross County, Ohio where he farmed on shares; in 1837 he brought his family to this township, where he bought 160 acres of wild land, to which he has added to from time to time, and now owns 636 acres, well improved. Mrs. Van Meter died at her home in this township in 1841 and Jan. 16, 1859, our subject married Melinda Cratzer born in Stark County, Ohio Feb 17, 1839, the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Brightbill) Cratzer of Pennsylvania. To this union, six children have been born as follows: America, now Mrs. B. Gradeless; Scott, Almeda, Melinda M., William and Alpha. Mrs. Van Meter is a member of the M. E. Church and in Politics he is a republican and one of the oldest pioneers of the township.



1885 Obituary Abstract
Columbia City Commercial, 20 Nov. 1885:
 

  Van Meter, William was born about 1800 in Pendleton County, now W. Va. Died 12 Nov 1885 at his home in Smith Twp. Whitley Co., Ind. He was the youngest of 5 children born to William and Phoebe Van Meter. Until 1819, he remained at home with his mother long a widow, then went to Ross Co., Ohio, thence to Whitley Co., Ind. In the fall of 1835. In 1828, he married Mary Harmon of West Va. and they had 6 children, 4 of whom are living. She died in 1841 after 19 years a widower, he married Miss Malinda Kratzer and had 6 more children. Mrs. Levi Myers of Col. City, Ind. was one of his daughters.
(C.C.C., 20 Nov. 1885)




1906 Obituary Abstract
Columbia City Post, 27 Jan. 1906
Columbia City Commercial Mail, 2 Feb 1906:

    Van Meter, John, son of William who came to Smith Twp., Whitley County Ind. in 1837, was born in Ohio; did die on 24th of Jan. 1906, aged 74 yrs. In 1853 married Mrs. Francis DePoy of Union Twp. this county. He was a farmer and stock buyer. He had 3 daughters and a son. Two daughters and a son are dead. the remaining daughters is Mrs. Mary Jones of Chicago. The funeral service was held in the Eel River Church and burial was in the adjoining cemetery (C.C.P., 27 Jan. 1906) The deceased daughters of John Van Meter were named Alice and Orpha (C.C.C.M., 2 Feb 1906).




1906 Obituary Abstract
Columbia City Post, 14 Apr. 1906:

    Van Meter, Mrs. William, a daughter of Isaac Davis, died on 11 April 1906 at her home in Smith Twp., Whitley Co., Ind. She had been married 5 years and was aged 24 yrs. Surviving are her husband, parents, 2 children, 4 brothers and 4 sisters. (C.C.P., 14 Apr. 1906)




The Commercial Mail, Columbia City, Indiana
Monday Evening, June 24, 1935, Front Page:

WELL KNOWN WOMAN DIES EARLY TODAY
________________________
Mrs. America Gradeless, 74,
      Succumbs following Long    
      Illness from Erysipelas —    
      Resided in Thorncreek Twp.
________________________

      Mrs. America Gradeless, 75, well known Whitley county woman, died at her home in Thorncreek, Twp., near the Hoops school south of Tri-Lakes at 3 o'clock this morning. Her death followed an illness of about ten weeks from Erysipelas.
      Mrs. Gradeless had resided upon her farm near the Hoops school for the past 48 years. She was a native of Smith township, born April 12, 1860, to William and Malinda Krotzer Van Meter. Her husband, Zenos Gradeless, passed away on May 12, 1895.
      Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Gradeless, three preceded their mother in death. Surviving are Charles Gradeless of Etna township, David Gradeless of Thorncreek, Cleveland Gradeless, at home, and Cecil Gradeless of Columbia Township. Two sister, the Misses Meda and May Van Meter and two brothers, William and Alfred Van Meter, all of Smith township, survive together with 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A brother proceded her in death.
      Mrs. Gradeless was a member of St. John's United Brethren church. She was known throughout the Thorncreek township community and had many friends who will greatly regret her death.
      The body, brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home, will be returned to the residence in Thorncreek township Tuesday evening where friends will be received.
      Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the residence and burial will be made in Concord cemetery.
      The family requests friends to please omit flowers.



From: K R Edwards krosswards@verizon.net (updated 1/2008).

In reading some old emails, I came across one of yours that was dated Oct 2001 to the Van Meter list. Phoebe is a relative of mine also & has been giving me fits. I received a letter from my grandmother in July of 1962 that was information that she had copied from an old BARGER family bible dated 1831. She gave (1)Phoebe HARP, b ?, d ?, married to William Van Meter. They had a daughter by the name of-
2-Valleriah (Valerie ?) Van Meter, b ?
   +Henry TEAGARDEN, b ?
        3-Elizabeth TEAGARDEN, b ?-Ill.d ?(probably Nodaway Co, Mo)
           +Jacob EVANS, b ?, d ?  
               4-Lucinda EVANS, b 1852-Wisconsin,d 1928-Atchison Co, Mo
                 +Isaac Lee BARGER, b 1844-Pa, d 1917-Atchison Co, Mo
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The bible was obviously Isaac Lee Barger's bible.
The following has been copied & I am sending it to you FYI.

The DAR Libary in Washington D.C has the the following book:

"A Biographical History of Nodaway and Atchison Cos., MO," 1901.
I found the following bio on Isaac Barger on Pg. 320 & 321:

A prominent and successful agriculturist of Atchison Co., MO, is Isaac Barger, the subject of this sketch. He was born in Snyder Co., PA, November 24, 1844, a son of Joseph and Eve (Horlacher) Barger, both natives of the Keystone State, of Dutch descent. Mr. Barger, Sr. was a tanner by trade and moved into Illinois in 1845, where he remained eight years engaged in farming. He then went to Iowa, where he bought and improved a large tract of land and still resides upon it, enjoying the fruits of honest toil, at the age of seventy-eight, being still hale and hearty. Mrs. Barger was removed by death, March 28, 1900, she having been like her husband, a devoted member of the Methodist church. The family name is well known; one brother of Joseph Barger, named William Barger, is a hotel keeper at West Side, Crawford Co., IA, having engaged formerly at farming in Iowa and at merchandising in Illinois. The brothers and sister of Mrs. Barger are Anna, now Mrs. Manback; David, a farmer in Illinois; and Joseph, a half-brother, who is a minister in the Methodist Church. Our subject was the oldest of the children of his parents, the others being Mrs. Mary Vaughn, William, of Iowa, and Lucinda, now Mrs. T. Fleming. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated until his ninth year, in Illinois, and then removed with his parents to the new home in Iowa, where he remained until he was twenty-seven years old. He had thoroughly learned the science of farming, and at the time of his marriages was prepared to begin life for himself with assurance of success. Coming to Missouri he bought the farm upon which he now resides, and has ever since devoted his time and attention to its cultivation and improvement. The groves of forest and ornamental trees, orchards, fencing and commodious and comfortable buildings testify to his industry and energy. The marriage of Mr. Barger took place January 6, 1873, to Miss Lucy Evans, who was born February 14, 1852, in Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Teagarden) Evans, natives of Ohio and Illinois, respectively. Mr. Evans was formerly a lead miner, later a carpenter, but after the removal to Missouri, in 1857, he engaged in farming, transforming in twenty years a tract of prairie and timber land into a profitable, well cultivated farm. He died in 1871, his wife surviving him until 1899. Both were consistent members of the Christian church, where their many virtures were known and appreciated. Mr. and Mrs. Evans had the following children: Mrs. Miriam Kinney, Mrs. Mary Brown, Joseph, a resident of Nebraska, Mrs. Barger, Mrs. Susan Woolsey, Daniel, of Nebraska, John, of the same state, Mrs. Louisa Davis, and Ulysses, who is not living. Mrs. and Mrs. Barger have the following children: Mrs. Eva Chambers, Mrs. Susie Bentley, William, the homestead farmer, Lillia and Pansy L. Politically, Mr. Barger is now an independent, although formerly he voted with the Democratic party. His excellent wife is a highly esteemed member of the Christian church, living up to its teachings in her family and neighborhood. Mr. Barger is prominently identified with the I.O.O.F. organization and the family is most respected in the community.
----------------------------------------------------
I have so many questions, but will will look forward to hearing from you & sharing information.   Best regards,   Kathy




Columbia City Post & Mail
March 19, 1990

Amie Opal Hurd, 88, native of Churubusco

      Amie Opal Hurd, 88, of 921 E. Van Buren St., Columbia City, died at 12:40 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at Miller' Merry Manor. She had resided there since 1982
      Mrs. Hurd was born June 16, 1901, in Churubusco, to Alpha Van Meter and Clara Van Meter Emrick. She spent her lifetime in Columbia City and the Whitley County area.
      Her marriages, both which ended in divorce, were to Roy Wagner and Stanley Hurd.
      Surviving are grandchildren Earlene Alexander, Cozetta Wagner and James Wagner, and Great-grandchild Jeremy Alexander. Also surviving are a brother William Van Meter of Churubusco and a sister, Mabel Wagner of Butt Road, Fort Wayne.
      Sons Paul Wagner and Earl Wagner, a daughter Mary Louis Hurd; and brothers Perry and Earl Van Meter are deceased.
      The service will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery, 1970E Keiser Road, Columbia City, with the Rev. Laurel Richmond officiating. There will be private family visitation earlier Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home.



http://www.kinexxions.com/obits/obits-m5.htm
Myers, Christina (Van Meter)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died March 22, 1910

          Due to the nervous shock subsequent to breaking her hip one week ago Monday, Mrs. Christina Myers passed away Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Weber, in this city.
          Christina Van Meter was born in Pendleton county, Ohio, April 25, 1824 and died in Columbia City March 22, 1910, aged 85 years, 10 months and 27 days. She came to this county with her parents, William and Mary Van Meter, in 1845 and settled in Smith township. On June 22, 1848 she was married to Levi Myers, a prominent farmer of Columbia township, who later retired and moved to this city to live. To this union there were born several children, three of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Mary Weber of this city; Mrs. John Boggs, Warsaw, and Charles Edward Myers, Denver, Colo. A step-son, Reuben Myers, of Des Moines, Ia., also survives. Mr. Myers died in 1882.


Whitley County Wills

Records 2 Page 529. William Vanmeter of Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana. To John Vanmeter, son; Christina Myers, daughter; Phebe Diffendaffer, daughter; Rebecca Sterling, daughter; Heirs of Julia Ann Hurd, my dec. dau.; Scott Vanmeter, son; Alfred Vanmeter, son and his heirs; William Vanmeter, son; Melinda Vanmeter, wife; America Gradeless, daughter; Almeda Vanmeter, daughter; Melinda Vanmeter, daughter. Ex. nom. Stephen H. Clark of Union Township (Whitley Co., Ind.). Signed 18 January 1878. William (his X mark) Van Meter (SEAL). Wits. Stephen H. Clark (SEAL), James A. (his X mark) Cramer (SEAL). Sworn to and subscribed on 23 November 1885.
Codicil dated 18 January 1884 names Scott, son; daughters: Christina, Phebe, Rebecca, Heirs of Julia, America, Almeda, Melinda May. Wife Melinda. Signed William (his X mark) Vanmeter. Wits. Stephen H. Clark (SEAL), James A. (his X mark) Cramer (SEAL). Sworn to and subscribed on 24 November 1885 before James H. Harrison, Clerk. [See Record 3 Page 39. for contested will]

Record 3 Page 39. William Van Meter will contested and revoked. Plaintiffs: Christina Meyers, Phoeba Diffendaffer, Rebecca Sterling, Slice Mc Cartney, Hamilton B. Hurd, Franis V. Hurd, Frances Vanmeter, guardian of John Vanmeter, a person of unsound mind. Defendants: Scott Vanmeter, Alfred Vanmeter, William Vanmeter, Melind aVanmeter, American Vanmeter, Melind May Vanmeter. The will was revokied and declared void. the defendants appealed to the Supreme Court of Indiana, granted. See order Book S., page 304. [for will see 2-529. DEG].




14 June 1860 Census Lake Township Allen County, Indiana. PO Arcola dwelling 280 family 274
Wilson R. Sterling  33 M Farmer 3,500 700 Pennsylvania
Rebecca Sterling    26 F                  Ohio
Josiah Sterling      7 M                  Indiana s
Allen Sterling       5 M                  Indiana s
Alfred L. Sterling   2 M                  Indiana 
George Ruby         18 M Laborer          Ohio    s
(s=school)
16 June 1860 Census, P.O. Coesse, Union Twp, Whitley County, Indiana dwelling 497 family 502
David H Hurd 29 m farmer 2000 480 NY
Julia Hurd   23 f                 Ohio
William Hurd  1 M                 Indiana
Zilpha Hurd  64 f                 South Carolina



7 June 1870 Census Lake Township Allen County Indiana, PO Randall dwelling 65 family 65
W. R. Sterling   43 M W farmer $8,000  750 Pennsylvania
Rebecca Sterling 43 F W Keep house         Ohio
Allen Sterling   15 M W works on farm      Indiana s
Alfred Sterling  12 M W                    Indiana s
Mary Sterling     9 F W                    Indiana s
Hattie Sterling   5 F W                    Indiana s
John G. Sterling  3 M W                    Indiana  
Clarrie Sterling  1 F W                    Indiana  
(s=school)
3 August 1870 Census, P.O. Coesse, Union Township, Whitley County, Indiana dwelling2 family 2
David Hurd       37
Elizabeth Hurd   33
Alice M Hurd      9
Birch H Hurd      7
Priscilla Hurd    5
William Hurd      3
Mary Jane Hurd    1
George W Bare     9
Elizabeth E Bare  7



10 June 1880 Census, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana dwelling 278 family 306
William Webber W M 40 head married Physician     Hesse Darmstat Hesse Darmstat Hesse Darmstat
Mary E. Webber W F 24 wife married keeping house Indiana        Pennsylvania   Virginia
Edward Webber  W M  2 son  single                Indiana        Indiana        Indiana
William Webber W N 9M sep  son  single                Indiana        Indiana        Indiana
12 June 1880 Census, Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana dwelling 209 family 209
W. R. Sterling    W M 54 head     M Farmer            PA PA PA
Rebecca Sterling  W M 46 wife     M Keeper of House   PA PA PA 
Florence Sterling W F 19 daughter S at home         s IN PA PA 
Hattie Sterling   W M 17 daugher  S at home         s IN PA PA 
John G. Sterling  W F 13 son      S at home         s IN PA PA 
Clara B. Sterling W M 11 daughter S at home         s IN PA PA 
Joshna Peyton     W F 20 boarder  S laborer         s IN IN IN 
(s=school)

1 June 1880 Census, Aboite Township, Allen County, Indiana dwelling 31 family 31
Daniel Rhodes     M W 39 head    w farmer         Ohio   Penn   Penn
Walter C. Rhodes  M W  6 brother s                Indiana Ohio   Indiana
Josiah Sterling   M W 27 b-i-L   m farmer         Indiana Ohio   Indiana 
Mary Sterling     F W 25 sister  m keeping house  Indiana Penn   Penn
Flora W. Sterling F W  3 niece   s                Indiana Indiana Indiana
Mary Eldridge     F W 15           servant  s      Indiana Penn    Penn 
(s=school)

2 June 1880 St. Joseph Township, Allen County, Indiana, dwelling 17 family 29>
Allen Sterling W M 25 widowed school teacher IN OH OH 

17 June 1880 Census, Union township Whitley County Indiana dwelling 180 family 188
David H. Hurd  	49
Drucilla F. Hurd 	15
William S. Hurd 	12
Charles H. Hurd 	9
Effie Hurd 	8
Florence Hurd 	6 


=======================================================================================
1900 UNION TWP., WHITLEY CO, IN - 1 JUNE 1900 BY BYRON D. WIGENT SUPERVISOR DIST NO. 12
ENUMERATION DISTRICT NO. 119 - SHEET NO. 1A - PAGE NO. 152A - MICROFILM T623-414
=======================================================================================
LN LAST,FIRST           RELtn R S BIRTH   AGE M YR CHILD BIRTH FATHER MOTHER
=======================================================================================
16 Van Meter, John      Head  W M Oct 1831 68 M 41     Oh  Va  Va       N N N O F F 5 16
17 Van Meter, Fanny     Wife  W F Oct 1834 65 M 41 4 1 Oh  Va  Va       Y Y Y         17
18 Lawrence, William C Gdson W M Jan 1878 22 S        Ind Ind Ind Farm Labor 0 Y Y Y 18
19 Omans, Jadah A.     Niece W F Oct 1889 10 S        Ind Ind Ind      Y Y Y         19
Col. 1: Dwelling-house numbered in the order of visitation
Col. 2: Families numbered in the order of visitation
Col. 3: Name of each person whose place of abode on June 1, 1900, was in this family.
Col. 4: Relationship of each person to the head of this family
Col. 5: Color or race
Col. 6: Sex
Col. 7: Birth Month / Birth Year
Col. 8: Age at last birthday
Col. 9: Whether single, married, widowed or divorced
Col. 10: Number of years married
Col. 11: Mother of how many children
Col. 12: Number of children living
Col. 13: Place of birth of this person
Col. 14: Place of birth of Father of this person
Col. 15: Place of birth of Mother of this person
Col. 16: Year of Immigration to the United States
Col. 17: Number of years in the United States
Col. 18: Naturalization ("Na" = Naturalized, "Al" = Alien, "Pa" = 1st papers filed)
Col. 19: Occupation, Trade or Profession of each person ten years of age and over
Col. 20: Months not employed
Col. 21: Attended school (in months)
Col. 22: Can read
Col. 23: Can write
Col. 24: Can speak English
Col. 25: Own or rent home
Col. 26: Own home free or mortgaged
Col. 27: Farm or House
Col. 28: Number of farm schedule



2 Jul 1900 Census Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana:
396 302 Scott Van Meter       head     W M Dec 1861 38 Married 12 years Indiana Virginia Penn.
        Mary Van Meter        wife     W F Nov 1869 30 Married 12 years
                              6 children born 6 children living Indiana Ohio Ohio 
        Florence Van Meter    daughter W F Jul 1888 11 Single Indiana Indiana Indiana 
        Girtie Van Meter      daughter W F Jul 1889 10 Single Indiana Indiana Indiana 
        Mirtie Van Meter      daughter W F Jan 1891  8 Single Indiana Indiana Indiana 
        William Van Meter     son      W M May 1894  6 Single Indiana Indiana Indiana 
        Dove Van Meter        daughter W F Jan 1897  3 Single Indiana Indiana Indiana 
        Ruth Van Meter        daughter W F Jun 1898  1 Single Indiana Indiana Indiana 
397 303 Malinda M. Van Meter  head     W F Feb 1839 61 Widow 
                              6 children born 6 children living Ohio Penn. Penn. own free farm,
        Almeda Van Meter      daughter W F Apr 1865 35 single Indiana Ohio Virginia,
        Malinda M. Van Meter  daughter W F Apr 1864 36 single Indiana Ohio Virginia,
        William Van Meter     son      W M Mar 1870 30 single Indiana Ohio Virginia farm labor
        Alpha Van Meter       son      W M Jul 1872 27 single Indiana Ohio Virginia farm labor
        Cleveland D. Gradless Grandson W M Oct 1885 14 single Indiana Ohio Virginia

15 Jun 1900 Census, Columbia City, Columbia Twp. Whitley County Indiana dwelling 423 family 447
Mary E. Weber   head W F Apl 1856 44 w 8 7 IN Pennsy. VA    own free house
Edward A. Weber son  W M Jan 1878 22 s     IN Germany IN Deputy clerk Whitley County
Levi R. Weber   son  W M Nov 1881 18 s     IN Germany IN laborer Buggy Fac 2 mo unemp
Jessie E. Weber son  W M Jul 1884 15 s     IN Germany IN at school 9 month
Ruth C. Weber   dau  W F Aug 1887 13 s     IN Germany IN at school 9 months 
Mary E. Weber   dau  W F May 1897  3 s     IN Germany IN
5 June 1900 Census, Lake township, Allen County, Indiana dwelling 32 Family 32
John A. Deffendarfer    head W M Feb 1861 39 Wd IN PA VA farmer rents farm
Alla Binkly        his woman W F Jan 1875 25 S  IN OH IN servant

11 June 1900 Census, Lake township, Allen County, Indiana dwelling 105 Family 108
Wilson Stirling  head W M Jul 1826 73 m 43     PA PA PA farmer owns free farm
Rebecca Stirling wife W F Feb 1834 66 m 43 4 4 OH WV WV
John G. Stirling son  W M May 1867 33 m 2      IN PA OH farmer 
Marian Ulry hired man W M May 1882 18 S        IN OH OH farm laborer
12 June 1900 Census, 557 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Wayne Township, Allen County, Indiana dwelling 413 Family 433
Allan W. Metsker head W M 38 Sep 1861 38 m 16     IN OH IN breakman R.R. own mortgage house
Hattie Metsker   wife W F 35 Nov 1864 35 m 16 2 2 IN PA VA
Robert Metsker   son  W M 15 Dec 1884 15 s        IN IN IN at school 10 months 
John Metsker     son  W M  7 nov 1892  7 s        IN IN IN at school 10 months

14 June 1900 Census, Wayne Twp, Allen Co., Indiana dwelling 167 family 174
Allen Sterling     head W M Feb 1858 42 m 18     IN OH IN laborer farm rents hosue
Elizabeth Sterling wife W F Jan 1861 39 m 18 3 2 IN IN IN 
Georgia Sterling   dau  W F Mar 1883 17 s        IN IN IN dress maker
Gerold Sterling    son  W M Feb 1886 14 s        IN IN IN at school

7 June 1900 Census Prairie township, Pettis county, Missouri Dwelling 81 family 94
Joe Sterling     head W M Dec 1852 47 m 24     IN OH IN Farmer own free farm
Mary A. Sterling wife W F May 1856 44 m 24 3 3 IN PA PA
Flora Sterling   dau  W F Apr 1878 22 s        IN IN IN 
Wilson Sterling  son  W M Sep 1884 15 s        MO IN IN at school 7 months
Mary F. Sterling dau  W F Mar 1890 10 s        MO IN IN at school 8 months

15 June 1900 Census Prairie township, Pettis county, Missouri Dwelling 113 family 114
Alfred S. Sterling head W M Aug 1857 42 17     IN OH PA farmer owns mortgaged farm
Fannie Sterling    wife W F Dec 1861 38 17 4 3 MO KY VA
Nannie M. Sterling dau  W F apr 1884 16        MO IN MO
Sarah B. Sterling  dau  W F Oct 1886 13        MO IN MO
Wilson R. Sterling son  W M Oct 1888 11        MO IN MO

22 June 1900 Census Wayne Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana Dwelling 257 family 265
John O. Boggs   head W M Nov 1856 43 19       IN OH PA farmer Owns Mortgaged Farm
Naomi E. Boggs  wife W F Jun 1858 41 M 19 3 3 IN OH VA 
Iva E. Boggs    dau  W F May 1882 18 s        IN IN IN 
Verne V. Boggs  son  W M Sep 1883 16 s        IN IN IN at school 9 months
Lester L. Boggs son  W M Feb 1889 11 s        IN IN IN at school 7½ months
11 Jun 1900 Census, 3331 Forest Avenue, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri dwelling
Samuel Stophlett      head W M Aug 1859 40 m 15     Ohio      unknown unknown R.R. Clerk Rents house
S. Florence Stophlett wife W F Mar 1861 39 m 15 2 2 Indiana   unknown unknown
C. Anna Stophlett     dau  W F Oct 1885 14 s        Minnesota Ohio    Indiana at school
J. Donald Stophlett   son  W M Jun 1888 11 s        Minnesota Ohio    Indiana at school



4 May 1910 Census Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana page 4771 dwelling 305 family 309
William Van Meter     head   M W 39 Wd IN WV PA farmer general farm owns free of mortgage a farm
Marion E. Van Meter   son    M W  6 S  IN IN IN 
Malinda May Van Meter sister F W 41 S  IN WV PA 

6 May 1910 Census Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana page 4821 dwelling 307 family 311
Scott Van Meter    head M W 48 M1 23     IN WV PA farmer Gen. Farm Owns w/mortgage farm
Mary Van Meter     wife F W 39 M1 23 9 9 IN OH OH
Florence Van Meter dau  F W 21 S         IN IN IN 
Gertie Van Meter   dau  F W 19 S         IN IN IN 
Myrtle Van Meter   dau  F W 16 S         IN IN IN 
William Van Meter  son  M W 15 S         IN IN IN 
Dove Van Meter     dau  F W 12 S         IN IN IN 
Ruth Van Meter     dau  F W 10 S         IN IN IN 
Arthur Van Meter   son  M W  6 S         IN IN IN 
Teddie Van Meter   son  M W  4 S         IN IN IN 
Charley Van Meter  son  M W 1-11/12      IN IN IN 

2 May 1910 Census 1000 Oak St., Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Dwelling 474 Family 494:
Mary E. Weber head F W 54 W   8 6 IN PA VA own income owns mortgage house
Mary E. Weber dau  F W 12 s       IN Ger. IN 
18 April 1910 Census Marion Township, Allen county, Indiana Dwelling 22 family 22
John G. Stirling   head M W 42 M1 12     PA PA OH farmer General Farm
Rosa Stirling     wife F W 35 M1 12 4 4 IN IN IN
Sarah Stirling    dau  F W 11 S         IN IN IN
Paul Stirling     son  M W  9 S         IN IN IN
Kenneth Stirling  son  M W  5 S         IN IN IN
Florence Stirling dau  F W  2 S         IN IN IN
15 April 1910 Census, 2622 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Wayne Twp., Allen Co., Indiana dwelling 310 family 317
Allen W. Metsker   head M W 49 m1 26     IN PA OH Conductor Railroad own free house
Harriet E. Metsker wife F W 45 m1 56 4 2 IN OH VA Nurse     Private
John A. Metsker    son  M W 17 s         IN IN IN 

21 April 1910 Census 418 South Washignton Warsaw,Kosciusko County, Indiana dwelling 136 family 149
John H. Boggs     head W M 53 m1 30     IN Ireland PA nightwatch foundry own mort. house
Naomi E., Boggs   wife W F 51 m1 30 3 3 IN Indiana IN none
Lester L. Boggs   son  W M 21 s                     IN Indiana IN postal clerk United States
Iva E. Klingel     dau W F 27 m2  8 0 0 IN Indiana IN milliner shop
Charles F. Klingel SIL M W 26 n2  8     IN Indiana IN salesman commercial

21 April 1910 Census, 6020 Jefferson Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois dwelling 96 family 257:
Edward A Weber   M W 32 S  Indiana Germany Indiana cashier bonds & mortgages

11 April 1910 Census, 3616 Charlotte Street, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri dwelling 3 family 3
Samuel Stophlet   head    M W 51 m1 25     IN PA OH Tariff Clerk Railroad own mortage house
Mary F Stophlet   wife    F W 49 m1 25 2 2 IN OH IN 
Anna C Stophlet   dau     F W 23 s         MN IN IN Teacher Kindergarden
Donald S Stophlet son     M W 21 s         MN IN IN 
Ruth Williston    boarder F W 27 s         CT CT CT Teacher High School

16 April 1910 Census Prairie township Pettis county Missouri Dwelling 12 family 13
Alfred L. Sterling  head M W 52 m1 28     IN OH IN farmer dairy farm
Susan F. Sterling   wife F W 48 m1 28 4 3 MO KY KY
William Archer hired man M W 22 s         MO MO TN laborer dairy farm

20 April 1910 Census, 218 Osage Street, Sedalia, Pettis county Missouri Dwelling 19 family 23
Robert W. Sterling  head M W 21 s   Missouri Indiana Missouri feld sarer 
14 April 1910, Hughesville township, Pettis County, Missouri, dwelling 42 family 42
Josiah Sterlen       head  M W 56 M 35     Indiana  Ohio     Indiana farmer general farm
Marry A. Sterlen     wife  F W 55 m 35 3 3 Indiana  Penn     Penn
Marry F. Sterlen     dau   F W 20 S        Missouri Indiana  Indiana 
Wilson R. Sterlen    son   M W 25 M  3     Missouri Missouri Indiana farmer general farm
Scharlote E. Sterlen d-i-L F W 22 s  3 1 1 Missouri Indiana  Missouri
Dilloris E. Sterlin  GDau  F W  2 s        Missouri Missouri Missouri


16 May 1910 Census, U.S.S. Wisconsin, Kittery, York County, Maine, line 11
Verne Van Meter Boggs  M W 27 s  Indiana Indiana Indiana Yeoman 1st  U.S. Navy 


19 January 1920 census Smith Township Whitley County Indiana - farm dwelling 271 family 277
Scott Vanmeter      head O M M W 56 M        IN VA PA garmer general farm
Mary Vanmeter       wife     F W 46 M        IN OH OH
William J. Vanmeter son      M W 25 S        IN IN IN laborer Farm 
Anna Dove Vanmeter  daughter F W 22 S        IN IN IN 
Ruth E. Vanmeter    daughter F W 21 S        IN IN IN
Arthur B. Vanmeter  son      M W 15 S school IN IN IN
Teddie T. Vanmeter  son      M W 14 S school IN IN IN 
Charles S. Vanmeter son      M W 11 S school IN IN IN 
27 January 1920 census Smith Township Whitley County Indiana - farm dwelling 319 family 325
Alpha Vanmeter      head O M M W 48 M   IN VA OH farmer General Farm
Clara B, Vanmeter   wife     F W 39 M   IN OH IN 
Amy O. Vanmeter     dau      F W 18 S   IN IN IN 
Mable E. Vanmeter   dau      F W 17 S s IN IN IN
William E. Vanmeter son      M W 14 S s IN IN IN 
Perry D. Vanmeter   son      M W 12 S s IN IN IN 
Earl A. Vanmeter    son      M W  9 S s IN IN IN
27 January 1920 census Smith Township Whitley County Indiana - farm dwelling 320 family 326
Almeda Van Meter   Head R    F W 52 S   IN VA OH farmer Manager
Malinda Van Meter  Sister    F W 40 S   IN VA OH
Marion Van Meter   Nephew    M W 15 S   IN IN IN 

6 January 1920 Census 104 Oak St., Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Dwelling 114 Family 114:
Mary E. Weber head own free F W 62 W   8 6 IN PA VA
Mary E. Weber dau           F W 22 s       IN Hesse Ger. IN  Teacher public school

30 January 1920 Census, Green Township, Noble County, Indiana dwelling 179 family 179
Walter Ruckman    head O M M W 35      m IN IN IN farmer general farm
Florrence Ruckman wife     F W 31      m IN IN IN 
Myron Ruckman     son      M W  6      s IN IN IN 
Celia Ruckman     dau      F W  4      s IN IN IN 
Eancil Ruckman    son      M W  3      s IN IN IN 
Hertha Ruckman    dau      F W  1 9/12 s IN IN IN 
Phil Ruckman      son      M W    4/12 s IN IN IN 
27 January 1920 Census, Lake township, Allen County, Indiana dwelling 115 Family 115
Louis Wisel     head O M M W 30      m IN IN IN farmer general farm
Gertrude Wisel  wife     F W 30      m IN IN IN
Charles Wisel   son      M W  7      s IN IN IN
Jessie Wisel    son      M W  5      s IN IN IN
Gerdlinne Wisel daughter F W 1-10/12 s IN IN IN 
Hillis Wisel    son      M W 11/12   s IN IN IN
Patrick Wisel   brother  M W 36      s IN IN IN farm laborer 
23 January 1920 Census Ossian, Jefferson township Wells County Indiana dwelling 130 family 133
John G Sterling    head O F  M W 52 M   IN PA OH Harware Store
Rosetta Sterling   wife      F W 44 M   IN PA OH
Sarah Sterling     daughter  F W 21 S   IN IN IN teaching grade schoolsma
Paul Sterling      son       M W 19 S   IN IN IN salesman hardware
Kenneth Sterling   son       M W 15 S s IN IN IN ale
Florence Sterling  daughter  F W 12 S s IN IN IN 

13 January 1920 Census 418 Washington St., Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana Dwelling 210 Family 727:
John H. Boggs      head O F M W 63 m IN IR PA Illegible
Naomi E. Boggs     wife     F W 61 m IN PA PA
Lester Boggs       Son      M W 30 s IN IN IN
Charles F. Klingle SIL      M W 36 m IN IN IN salesman illegible
Iva E. Klingle     Dau      F W 37 m IN IN IN

9 Jan 1920 Census, 2028 Lunt Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois dwelling 76 family 126
Samuel Stophlet   head rents M W 60 m Indiana Pennsylvania Ohio traffic man  ?????
Mary F. Stophlet  wife       F W 58 M Indiana Pennsylvania Ohio nurse        nurse
13 Jan 1920 Census, South Illinois Penitentary, Menard, Chester Precinct, Randolph County, Illinois sheet 6a line 8
John A. Metsker M W 28 m IN IN IN machinest
3 Jan 1920 Census, 328 Washington Blvd. Oak Park, Oak Park Township, Cook County, Illinois dwelling 4 family 18
Donald S. Stophlet      head rent M W 30       m Minnesota Indiana  Indiana
Eleanor M. Stophlet     wife      F W 29       m Illinois  Illinois Illinois
Barbara A. Stophlet     dau       F W  5       s Illinois Minnesota Illinois
Mary Eleanor Stophlet   dau       F W  2-9/12  s Illinois Minnesota Illinois
Donald V. Stophlet      son       M W  1-11/12 s Illinois Minnesota Illinois

5 Jan 1920 Census Hughesville township, Pettis County, Missouri dwelling 17 family 17
Joe Sterling     head o f M W 66 m IN OH IN farmer general general
Mary A Sterling  wife     F W 64 m IN PA PA 
Frances Sterling dau      F W 29 s MO IN IN 

5 Jan 1920 Census Hughesville township, Pettis County, Missouri dwelling 18 family 18
Bennie Sterling  head rent M W 35      Wd  MO IN IN farmer General
Delores Sterling dau       F W 12      s   MO MO IN
Wilson Sterling  son       F W 3-11/12 s   MO MO IN 

15 January 1920 Census, 214 Carr Street, Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri dwelling 594 family 625
Robert Sterling  head o f M W 31     m MO IN MO machinic automobile
Ada Sterling     wife     F W 24     m MO MO KY
Jack Sterling    son      M W 1-7/12 s MO MO MO

15 January 1920 Census, 621 West 7th Street, Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri dwelling 293 family 330
A. L. Sterling    head o f M W 62 m IN OH OH salesman mfg co.
Fannie Sterling   wife     F W 58 m MO VA KY
Blanche Davis     daughter F W 33 m MO MO IN
Marshall Davis    soninlaw M W 35 m IL IL IL merchant grocery
A. Sterling Davis grandson M W  8 s MO IL MO
1920 Census, 3616 Charlotte St., Kansas City, Jackson Co. Missouri dwelling 173 family 229
George S. Montgomery head O M M W 49     m MO KY  KY Manufacuter Elevators
Anna S. Montgomery   wife     F W 32     m MN IN  IN 
Jane S. Montgomery   dau      F W 2-6/12 s MO MO  MN
Bertha E. Brunjes    servant  F W 25     s MO Ger MO

16 Jan 1920 Census Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US Navy Yard line 67:
Verne V. Boggs head W M 36 M Indiana indiana Indiana Lt. U.S.N. 4616 Hurley Street, 

10 Mar 1920, 4 Mitchell Place, White Plains, Westchester County New York dwelling 111 family 131
Edward A. Webber head O M M W 42     Indiana  Germany Indiana
Lucile S. Webber  wife     F W 35     Kansas   Ohio    Ohio   Purchasing Agent Sugar Company
John S. Webber   son      M W  6     Illinois Indiana Kansas
Margaret Webber  daughter F W  5     Illinois Indiana Kansas
Carolyn Webber   daughter F W 1 7/12 New York Indiana Kansas

January 1920 Census, 914 Leslie Street, Stuttgart, Arkanas County, Arkansas Dwelling 128 family 151
Robert C. Metsker  head    M W 36 m   IN IN IN editor & manager News paper
Dorothy Metsker    wife    F W 35 m   IN IN IN
Robert L. Metsker  son     M W 12 s as IN IN IN 
Richard R. Metsker son     M W  9 s as IN IN IN
Robert Quiller     servant M B 14 s no IN IN IN
16 January 1920 Census Worth Township (South), Mercer County, Pennsylvania dwelling 76 family 78
Edward M McCauslin  31          PA PA PA   miner Coal Mines
Myrtle M McCauslin  27          IN IN IN
Helen E McCauslin    7          IN PA IN
James E McCauslin    6          IN PA IN
Gerald R McCauslin   5          IN PA IN
Paul R McCauslin     3-1/12     IN PA IN 
Mary E McCauslin     2-4/12     IN PA IN
Gladys E McCauslin   1-2/12     PA PA IN


12 April 1930 Columbia Township Whitley County, indiana
Roy Wagner          head           M W 36      M 29 OH OH OH off bearer lumber mill
Amie O. Wagner      wife           F W 28      M 20 IN IN IN 
Earl B. Wagner      son            M W  2-4/12 S    IN OH IN 
William E Van Meter brother-in-law N W 25      S    IN IN IN Finisher woolen mill
25 April 1930 Census Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana dwelling 193 family 195
Alpha Van Meter     head M W 58 M 29  IN IN IN farmer   general farm
Clara B. Van Meter  wife F W 50 M 21  IN IN IN 
Perry B. Van Meter  son  M W 22 S     IN IN IN laborer  farm 
Earl A. Van Meter   son  M W 19 S     IN IN IN Mechanic Maching factory 
25 April 1930 Census Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana dwelling 203 family 205
Marion Van Meter      head  M W 25 M 24 IN IN IN farmer General Farm 
Lelah M. Van Meter    wife  F W 19 M 18 IN NE IN 
Charles W. Van Meter  son M W 6/12 S    IN IN IN 
May Van Meter         aunt  F W 56 S    IN IN IN
Almeda Van Meter      aunt  F W 58 S    IN IN IN 
25 April 1930 Census Smith Township Whitley County Indiana dwelling 204 family 206
Scott Van Meter   head     M W 68 M 27 IN IN IN farmer general farm
Mary Van Meter    wife     M W 61 M 20 IN WI OH 
Arthur Van Meter  son      M W 25 S    IN IN IN Labour Farm
Ted Van Meter     son      M W 24 S    IN IN IN Labour farm 
Charles Van Meter son      M W 21 S    IN IN IN Labour Farm
Ruth Pona         daughter F W 31 M 21 IN IN IN  
Roze L Pona       grandson M W  6 S    IN IN IN 
18 April 1930 Census, Smith Township, Whitley County, indiana dwelling 125 family 127
Walter D. Ruckman   head rent M W 44 m 28 IN IN IN Farmer Genersl
Florence P. Ruckman wife      M W 41 m 25 IN IN IN 
Myron N. Ruckman    son       M W 16 s    IN IN IN 
Celia M. Ruckman    dau       F W 14 s    IN IN IN 
Placid L. Ruckman   son       M W 13 s    IN IN IN 
Madge B. Ruckman    dau       F W 11 s    IN IN IN 
Phil E. Ruckman     son       M W 10 s    IN IN IN 
Letha M. Ruckman    dau       F W  9 s    IN IN IN 
Illa J. Ruckman     dau       F W  6 s    IN IN IN 
Nysa E. Ruckman     dau       F W  4 s    IN IN IN 

17 April 1930 Census 105 Jackson St., Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Dwelling 372 Family 372:
Mary E. Weber head own $3000 F W 70 W  IN PA VA
2 April 1930 Census, 1120 Crescent Avenue, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana dwelling 1 family 2
John G. Sterling  Head Owns 7500 Radio M W 63 M 21 IN US IN Proprieter General Store not veteran
Rosetta Sterling  Wife                 F W 55 M 20 IN PA OH
Sarah Sterling    daughter             F W 30 S    IN IN IN Teacher public school
Kenneth Sterling  son                  M W 25 S    IN IN IN Salesman shoe store not veteran
Florence Sterling daughter             F W 23 S    IN IN IN Teacher public school
Sadie Hatcher     lodger               F W 36 D    IN MO IN Dentist owns office
10 April 1930 Census, Yellow River Road, lake Township, Allen county, Indiana dwelling 127 family 127
Lewis L Wisel   head O R M W 41 m 25 IN IN IN farmer general farm
Gertie Wisel    wife     F W 40 m 22 IN IN IN
Charles Wisel   son      M W 17 s    IN IN IN 
Jesse Wisel     son      M W 15 s    IN IN IN
Geraldine Wisel dau      F W 12 s    IN IN IN 
Hillis Wisel    son      M W 10 s    IN IN IN
Kenneth Wisel   son      M W  9 s    IN IN IN 
Robert Wisel    son      M W  4 s    IN IN IN
2 April 1930 Census, Ossian, Jefferson Township, Wells County, Indiana dwelling 57 family 59
Edwin T. Hawley   head owns $5000 M W 68 M 39 KY KY KY carpenter house 
Martha E. Hawley  wife            F W 63 M 32 OH OH OH none
Mary P. Hawley    daughter        F W 27 S    IN KY OH teacher public school
Paul V. Sterling  roomer          M W 29 W    IN IN IN Salesman automobile
4 April 1930 Census, 3616 Charlotte, Kansas City, Missouri dwelling 74 family 98
George S. Montgomery   head Owns 85000 radio M W 57 m 43 MO KY KY builder elevators
Anna S. Montgomery     wife                  F W 43 m 29 MN IN IN 
Jane S. Montgomery     dau                   F W 12 s    MO MO MN
Mary Florence Stophlet mother             F W 69 Wd IN PA VA 

2 April 1930 Census Pine Township, Mercer County, PA dwelling 26 family 26
Edward M McCauslin   41 married at age 21 PA PA PA laborer coal mine
Myrtle M McCauslin   38 married at age 18 IN IN IN
Helen G McCauslin    18                   IN PA IN
James E McCauslin    17                   IN PA IN
Gerald R McCauslin   15                   IN PA IN
Paul R McCauslin     14                   IN PA IN
Mary E McCauslin     12                   IN PA IN
Gladys A McCauslin   11                   PA PA IN
Mildred L McCauslin   9                   PA PA IN
Florence E McCauslin  7                   PA PA IN
Ruth I McCauslin      5                   PA PA IN
Wayne H McCauslin     4-2/12              PA PA IN
Norma J McCauslin     2                   PA PA IN09:54:59 AM Sun, Jun 28 2009
Glenn M McCauslin     2/12                PA PA IN
April 18 1930, 418 Washington Census Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana dwelling 418 family 521
Charles F. Klingel  head O 4000 radio M W 46 M 20 IN IN IN Salesman Splint Co.
Iva Klingel         wife              F W 47 M 20 IN IN IN 
Burt Jackson        boarder           M W 60 M    OH OH OH Salesman Splint Co. 

11 April 1930 Census Hughesville Township, Pettis County, Missouri dwelling 52 Family 52
Josiah Sterling         head owns radio M W 77 m 23 IN OH IN farmer general farm
Mary Ann Sterling       wife            F W 74 m 21 IN PA PA
Marry Francis Sterling  daughter        F W 40 s    MO IN IN

11 April 1930 Census Hughesville Township, Pettis County, Missouri dwelling 53 Family 53
Wilson Sterling        head rent M W 45 Wd MO IN IN Farmer Genreral Farm
Ellen Deloris Sterling dau       F W 23 s  MO MO MO
Wilson Sterling Jr.    son       M W 14 s  MO MO IN

12 April 1930 Census, 45 Greenridge Ave, White Plains, Westchester County, New York dwelling
Edward A. Weber head own 38000 R M W 52 m 30 IN Gr IN sugar buyer sugar refinery
Lucile Weber    wife             F W 46 m 26 KS IA OH 
John S. Weber   son              M W 16 s    IL IN KS
Margaret Weber  dau              F W 15 s    IL IN KS
Carolyn Weber   dau              F W 11 s    NY IN KS 
Maria Seabrook  servant          F N 23 s    SC SC SC servant private family
12 April 1930, 2505 Garnet Street, Philadlephia, Pennsylvania sheet 222 sheet 9a
Verne V. Boggs head rents 71.00 radio W M 46 m 31 Ind. Ind. Ind.  officer U.S.Navy
Mazie Boggs    wife                   W F 36 m 21 Penn Eng. Eng.
Emma Smith     Mother-in-Law          W F 61 w 19 Eng. Eng. Eng. 

3 April 1930 Census, Shorewood Hilles, Dane County, Wisconsin dwelling 34 family 35
Donald Stophlet     head O 15,000 Radio M W 42 m 24 Illinois Unknown  unknown salesman Gen. Elec. Co.
Eleanor G. Stophlet wife                F W 39 m 21 Illinois Unknown  unknown 
Barbara A. Stophlet dau                 F W 16 s    Illinois Illinois Illinois
Mary E. Stophlet    dau                 F W 15 s    Illinois Illinois Illinois
Donald Stophlet     son                 M W 11 s    Illinois Illinois Illinois
Ella Church        servant             F W 28 s    unknonw  unknown  unknown


An Allen County Indiana
Van Meter Family
 
Elza Swearingen Van Meter
born 1816, Ohio
Mary 
born 1817 
5 Children
1.  Perry H. Van Meter 1837–1888
2.  Issac L. Van Meter 1840–
3.  Mary E. Van Meter 1842–
4.  Susannah Van Meter 1844–
5.  Nancy A. Van Meter 1849–
______________________________________________________________


Perry H. Van Meter son of  Elza & Mary Van Meter 
born 1837 Ohio lived Sherwood, Defiance county, Ohio
died 1888 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Anna M. Hollis
Born 14 Dec 1839 Wisconsin
Died 24 Jun 1908 Fort Wayne Allen County, Indiana
1.  Margaret Van Meter 1862–1938
2.  Mary Van Meter 1865–
3.  Fanny Van Meter 1867–
4.  Alpha Van Meter 1871–1951
5.  Cary B. Van Meter 1871–1918
6.  Homer L. Van Meter 1872-1924
7.  Alva Van Meter 1875-


Fannie J. Van Meter, daughter of  Perry H. & Anna M. Van Meter born 1867 married Wallace E. Doud son of Linas P. & Clarinda A. (Barden) Doud born 1858 Defiance Co. Ohio       1917 Biography 1. Olive A. Van Meter 2. Ethel I. Van Meter ___________ Cary B. Van Meter son of  Perry H. & Anna M. Van Meter born 1871 Ohio died 1918 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana Julia Miller born 10 Sep 1872 Sherwood Ohio died 30 Sep 1924 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana 1. Harry Christian Van Meter 1897–1949 2. Helen Van Meter 1900– 3. Homer V. Van Meter 1906–1934 1880 Census 27 SEP 1880 Carryall, Paulding co, Ohio 1910 Census, 3 May 1910, Allen County 983 West Third Street, Fort Wayne, Allen County Indiana 361 377 Cary V Van Meter M W 39 M1 16 Ohio Ohio Ohio Railroad Steam Conductor Julia Van Meter F W 37 M1 16 3 3 Ohio Ohio Ohio Harry Van Meter M W 12 S Indiana Ohio Ohio Hellen Van Meter M W 10 S Indiana Ohio Ohio Homer Van Meter M W 4 S Indiana Ohio Ohio Fort Wayne Sentinel 30 Oct. 1917: "Court Notes: A petition has been filed by Julia Van Meter asking that Cary B. Van Meter be declared of unsound mind." Homer L. Van Meter son of  Perry H. & Eliza Van Meter born August 28 1872 Paulding County Ohio 1917 Biography died 1924
Olive A. Van Meter daughter of  Wallace E. & Fannie (Van Meter) Doud born Fort Wayne Allen County Indiana Married to Raymond W. Ellis, a stock broker at Wilmington, Delaware Harry Christian Van Meter son of  Cary B. & Julia Van Meter Born 29 May 1897, Fort Wayne, Indiana Died 9 Ooc 1949, Fort Wayne, Indiana married to: Eva Myers born in January 1889 died Sept. 17, 1923 buried in Huntertown Cemetery, Allen County, Indiana Harry then remarried to Rachel ----- 1920 Census 12 JAN 1920 Fort Wayne, Allen co, Indiana Harry Van Meter M W 23 Indiana Eva Van Meer F W 20 Indiana Homer Van Meter son of  Cary B. & Julia Van Meter born 3 Dec 1906, Fort Wayne, Allen County Indiana died 23 AUG 1934 in Saint Paul, Ramsey County Minnesota member of John Dillinger's Gang. Wanted Poster
Homer Van Meter

Homer Van Meter was the notorious gunman and right hand man of John Dillinger. He was a former waiter, sent to prison (state reformatory, Pendleton, Indiana) in 1925 for taking several hundred dollars from passengers on a train (10 to 20 year sentence) He was transferred to the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City, Indiana where he became friends with John Dillinger. Homer received parole on May 19, 1933 right after Dillinger, and the pair formed a gang and went on a one year crime spree of robbing banks and having shootouts with law enforcement officers. Homer killed 2 East Chicago detectives and a South Bend police officer.
      Dillinger depended on Homer for advice and liked to hide in St. Paul, Minnesota because of Van Meter's knowledge of the city and contacts on the police department.
      Homer was killed on August 23, 1934 almost a month after Dillinger was killed, a block within the St. Paul Capitol building. After Dillinger's death, local mobsters determined that Van Meter wasn't a threat, and tipped contacts in the St. Paul police department as to his whereabouts. The police caught up with him at a Ford dealership where he was looking for a new car, and chased him into a dead end alley near University Avenue and Marion Street. With no where to go but not interested in surrendering, Van Meter drew his .45 and was met by a hail of machine gun fire.



Religious Telescope, November 25, 1908
http://www.huntington.edu/ubhc/publications/telescope/1908/11/rt19081125obits.htm

Naomi Van Matre Painter

Naomi Van Matre Painter, daughter of David and Maria Van Matre, died near Honey Creek, Indiana, November 10, 1908, aged 64 years, 5 months, and 11 days. She was married to William A. Painter October 24, 1866. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Protestant Church. A husband, three sons, three grandsons, one brother and three sisters survive.

N. P. France





The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana
By Bert Joseph Griswold, 1917
Wallace E. Doud, Page 139:

      Wallace E. Doud has in recent years been one of the most prominent and influential figures in connection with the well-ordered physical and civic development and upbuilding of Fort Wayne, and specially important and valuable have been his real estate operations in the platting and exploiting of new additions and subdivisions that have inured greatly to the metropolitan advancement of the chief city of Allen county. Mr. Doud was born on a farm in Defiance county, Ohio, October 25, 1858, and is a son of Linas P. and Clarinda A. (Barden) Doud. His father was born on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain, in the state of Vermont, and was a scion of a sterling family that was founded in New England in the colonial era. He established his home in Defiance county, Ohio, about the year 1840, and after having been identified with the mercantile business at Defiance about one year he purchased a farm about twelve miles northwest of the county seat, near the present village of Ney. He developed one of the fine farms of the county and was one of the leading citizens of his commnity, his death having occurred on his old homestead, in 1872, and his wife having survived him by nearly thirty years. Of their children, only three are now living: Frank E. and Mildred being still residents of the old Buckeye state and the subject of this review' being thus the only representative of the immediate famiry in Indiana. Wallace E. Doud was reared to the benignant and sturdy discipline of the farm and continued to attend school in his native county until he was sixteen years of age, when he proved himself eligible for pedagogic honors and began teaching in the district schools. Later he fortified himself more fully by a course in a normal college that was then established at Bryan, Ohio, and he continued his effective services as a teacher in the public schools until he had attained to the age of twenty-five years. He then became a representative of the Union Central Life Insurance Company, of Cincinnati, in the service of which he continued until 1894, when he resigned his position and came to Fort Wayne. Here he established an office in the Old National Bank building and engaged, with characteristic vigor and resourcefulness, in the real estate business, of which he has become one of the most influential and successful representatives in Allen county. He retained his original office headquarters until the erection of the modern Shoaff building, when he removed to his present well appointed offices in this fine structure. More than a decade ago Mr. Doud began to specialize in the platting and placing on the market of well defined additions to the city of Fort Wayne, and it is in this field that his greatest achievement has been made. He has sold thousands of lots and his transactions have aggregated millions of dollars, so that it may readily be seen that he has contributed greatly to the development and progress of his home city, while scrupulous integrity has marked his every transaction. Among the more recent additions that have been ably exploited and developed under the direction of Mr. Doud may be noted Pfeiffer Place, comprising nearly six hundred lots; Pontiac Place, with more than five hundred lots, and Calhoun Place, with more than one hundred lots. Mr. Doud was prominently concerned in the organization and incorporation of the City & Suburban Realty Company, the original capital stock of which was ten thousand dollars. The title of the corporation was later changed to the present form, the City & Suburban Building Company, and it now has a capital stock of one hundred and sixty thousand dollars, the while it is undoubtedly doing the leading building business of the city and its environs. Mr. Doud has held the dual office of treasurer and sales manager of this company from the time of its incorporation, and its offices are just across the corridor from the private office in which he conducts his individual real estate business. In the fall of 1916, Mr. Doud became one of the organizers of the Enterprise Building Company. This organization specializes in the erecting of homes which sell at a moderate price. A broad-guaged and progressive citizen, Mr. Doud is aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party, though he has had neither time nor inclination for public office, and he holds membership in the Port Wayne Commercial Club, of the fine civic and commercial policies of which he is a loyal supporter. He is a director of the Port Wayne Country Club, is affiliated with the local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and has completed the circle of both York and Scottish Rite Masonry up to and including the reception of the thirty-second degree in the latter, besides being affiliated also with the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He and his wife are zealous members of the Wayne Street Methodist Episcopal church, and he is serving as president of its board of trustees. July 6, 1884, recorded the marriage of Mr. Doud to Miss Fannie J. Van Meter, daughter of  Perry H. Van Meter , of Sherwood, Defiance county, Ohio, further reference to the family being made on other pages, in the sketch of the career of her brother, Homer L. Van Meter, of Fort Wayne. Like her husband, Mrs. Doud was formerly a successful and popular teacher, and she was an assistant in the school of which he was superintendent at the time of their marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Doud have two children — Olive A., who is the wife of Raymond W. Ellis, a stock broker at Wilmington, Delaware, and Ethel I., who remains at the parental home.

The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana
By Bert Joseph Griswold, 1917
Homer L. Van Meter biography, Page 579:

        Homer L. Van Meter has shown much circumspection and energy in his business activities in the city of Fort Wayne, where he has developed a prosperous and representative enterprise in the handling of real estate, with special attention given to central and improved properties and general investments. As one of the progressive and influential exponents of this important line of business enterprise in Allen county Mr. Van Meter is properly given consideration in this work, and such recognition is the more consistent in view of his public-spirited attitude as a citizen. Mr. Van Meter was born on a farm near Antwerp, Paulding county, Ohio, August 28, 1872, a son of  Perry H. and Anna M. (Hollis) Van Meter, the former of whom likewise was born in Ohio and the latter was a native of Wisconsin. The father was one of the prosperous men of Paulding county, Ohio. He died in Defiance county, Ohio, in 1887, and his widow survived him by more than a score of years, her death having occurred June 24, 1908. Of the children two died in infancy; Margaret is the wife of Albert C. Haviland, of Fort Wayne; Mary T. is the wife of Thomas Barber, of Antwerp, Ohio; Fannie J. is the wife of Wallace E. Doud, of Fort Wayne; Carry B. likewise resides in this city; Homer L., of this review, was the next in order of birth; and Alpha B. resides in Fort Wayne. Homer L. Van Meter acquired his early education in the public schools and was a lad of fifteen years at the time of his father's death. After leaving school he was employed about four years as a clerk in mercantile establishments, and in 1896 came to Fort Wayne, where he was associated with his brother-in-law, Wallace E. Doud, in the real estate business until 1909. He then engaged in the real estate and investment business in an independent way and his success has been of unequivocal order, his specialty being the handling of central business property in Fort Wayne, though his records at all times show other desirable investments, in both city and farm properties. He is a staunch advocate and supporter of the cause of the Republican party and is affiliated with the Fort Wayne Lodge of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks.


Portrait and Biographical Record
Johnson and Pettis County, Missouri
by Chapman Publishing Co.,
Chicago, Ill.
1895,
pages 359-360

ALFRED L. STIRLEN. Progressive agriculturists throughout the country have learned that there is a profitable source of revenue in the raising of fine stock, and to this occupation, therefore, a constantly increasing amount of attention is being devoted.  Among the residents of Pettis County who have made a specialty of this line of work, we mention the name of Mr. Stirlen, the owner of a finely improved farm lying on section 3, township 45, range 21.  Upon his place may be noticed as fine stock as is to be found in the state, his specialties being Shorthorn and Durham cattle, Poland-China hogs and Denmark horses.
        Nine miles from Ft. Wayne, in Allen County, Ind., the subject of this notice was born, August 17, 1857, being the son of Wilson R. and Cynthia (Gradless) Stirlen.  His father, who was born in Ohio, July 26, 1826, married his first wife there, and after her death removed to Indiana.  Settling in Allen County, he pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres, which he cleared and placed under good cultivation, and upon which he still makes his home.  After coming to Indiana, he married Miss Gradless, and they became the parents of three children.  At the birth of the youngest, Alfred L., the mother died, and subsequently the father again married, becoming by this union the father of six children, of whom four still survive.
        The eldest son in the family, Josiah, is a resident of Hughesville Township, Pettis County; he is married and has three children.  Allen, next in order of birth, is a farmer of Allen County, Ind., and also has three children.  Mary Florence, the eldest child of the third union of Mr. Stirlen, became the wife of Samuel Stophlett, of Ft Wayne, Ind., but now Auditor of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, with headquarters at Kansas City, Mo.  Hattie E. is the wife of Allen Metsker, baggage master in the employ of a railroad at Ft. Wayne. John and Clara reside with their parents.
        In the log cabin erected by his father soon after coming to Indiana, our subject first opened his eyes to the light.  The first twenty years of his life were spent upon the home farm, in the cultivation of which he assisted. From there he went to Sedalia, and for eighteen months was in the employ of his uncle near that city.  As soon as able, he bought a horse, for which he paid cash, and purchased another with the privilege of paying for it later. With this start, he rented a tract of land in Pettis County, and at once began the active life of an agriculturist.
        As a helpmate on life's journey, Mr. Stirlen chose Miss Fannie Gorrell, with whom he was united in marriage February 28, 1883. Mrs. Stirlen was born ten miles north of Sedalia, December 7, 1861, being the daughter of Capt. John B. and Mary H. (Tabb) Gorrell, the former born in Todd County, Ky., February 14, 1817, and the latter a native of Virginia, born February 7, 1815.  In 1889 our subject bought his present homestead of one hundred and seventy acres, upon which he has erected a comfortable residence, built good fences and made desirable improvements.  Both as a general farmer and as a stock-raiser he has been very successful, and is recognized as one of the efficient farmers and shrewd business men of the county.
        Four children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Stirlen, namely:  Nannie Maude, who was born in Heath's Creek Township, Pettis County, April 13, 1884; Lura Blanche, born in Prairie Township, this county, October 4, 1886; Wilson Robert, whose birth occurred in Prairie Township, October 30, 1888 ; and Walter Wayne, who passed away at the age of six months.  In politics Mr. Stirlen is a Republican, but is not active in public affairs.  His first Presidential ballot was cast for James Garfield, and he has since supported the candidates of the Republican party.  With his wife, he holds membership in the Baptist Church.



The Sharon (PA) Herald:

Published February 29, 2008 05:00 pm - Jeffrey W. Carlson, a resident for the past 14 years of Aurora, formerly of Grove City, died Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 2008, in his home. He was 47.

Jeffrey W. Carlson
Former Grove City man was engineer in Cleveland

AURORA, Ohio — Jeffrey W. Carlson, a resident for the past 14 years of Aurora, formerly of Grove City, died Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 2008, in his home. He was 47.
      Mr. Carlson was born Nov. 17, 1960, in Grove City to William Richard and Ruth Irene McCauslin Carlson.
      He earned a master’s degree in business administration.
      An engineer, Jeffrey was employed at Midwest Forge in Cleveland.
      He was a member of the Church in Aurora and enjoyed helping with his daughter’s soccer team at Aurora High School.
      Jeffrey is survived by: his beloved wife, the former Tracey Cooper; and two daughters, Jillian and Megan, all Aurora; his father; his sister, Cindy McFeely and her husband Jim; and his brother, Richard Carlson and his wife Jackie, all Grove City.
      He was preceded in death by his mother.
      The family suggests memorial contributions be made to City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103.

CARLSON

Jeffrey W., 47, Aurora, Ohio, formerly of Grove City.
Calling hours: Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (3-3-08) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Service: Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (3-4-08) in the funeral home.
Interment: Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.
Arrangements by JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME, Bedford, Ohio.



The Sharon (PA) Herald

Published June 11, 2009 06:04 pm - A funeral service will be held Tuesday for Helen G. Westlake, a former 72-year resident of Millbrook Road, Worth Township. She passed away at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, after a two-week illness, in Orchard Manor, Pine Township, where she was a resident since July 11, 2003. She was 97.

Helen G. Westlake
Longtime Worth Twp. resident served in church

A funeral service will be held Tuesday for Helen G. Westlake, a former 72-year resident of Millbrook Road, Worth Township. She passed away at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, after a two-week illness, in Orchard Manor, Pine Township, where she was a resident since July 11, 2003. She was 97.
      Mrs. Westlake was born Jan. 21, 1912, in Cherrybusco, Ind., to Edward Melvin and Myrtle Margaret Van Meter McCauslin.
      She was a graduate of Grove City High School, class of 1928.
      A homemaker, she was a member since 1940 of Millbrook Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years and served as an elder. She also belonged to Lady Worth Rebekah Lodge 328 of Hendersonville.
      Helen was a barber, gardener and seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and knitting.
      Her husband, William John Westlake, whom she married May 7, 1931, passed away Oct. 28, 1978.
      Surviving are: two daughters, Margaret “Peggy” Lorincz, Jackson Center; and Dorothy “Dottie” Grace and her husband Jack, Grove City; a daughter-in-law, Rosita L. Westlake, Leesville, La.; a sister, Mary Kelly, Landor, Wyo.; two brothers, Robert McCauslin, Texas; and Clarence McCauslin and his wife Alice, Columbus, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
      Besides her husband, Helen was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, John E Westlake, in 2008; and an infant; a grandson, John Edward Westlake; five sisters, Gladys Clark, Millie Ross, Florence Shaffer, Ruth Carlson and Norma J. Young; and five brothers, James, Gerald, Paul, Wayne and Fred McCauslin.

WESTLAKE
Mrs. William John (Helen G.), 97, Pine Township, formerly of Millbrook Road, Worth Township.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (6-15-09) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Service: Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday (6-16-09) in the funeral home with the Rev. Terry Greenlee of Millbrook Presbyterian Church officiating.
Interment: Union Home Cemetery, Wolf Creek Township.




Scott Van Metre's Van Metre Family Website




Please write if you can add to the Whitley Co branch of this family. DrG@execpc.com.





RETURN TO:

Donald Gradeless' HomepageKratzer Family Page - Family Notes Page




July 3, 2009