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Jacob VAN METER
Birth:
18 May 1764
Old Fields, Hampshire co, Va, Usa
Death:
1 Sep 1829
Hardy co, Va, Usa
Burial:
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Marriage:
1 Jan 1791
Hardy co, Va, Usa
Mother:
Individual Information
Sources:
#8
Notes:
                   or 15 Oct 1825

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http://www.uh.edu/~jbutler/gean/wildernessroad.html

"Jacob Van Meter, the younger son of Colonel Garrett Van Meter, inherited the Fort Pleasant homestead, where he and his wife, Tabitha, spent their lives. He was colonel of a regiment in the second war with Great Britain in 1812. He became a flour miller in the South Branch Valley and for many years was a partner of Chief Justice Marshall in the breeding of thoroughbred horses. He was also one of the chief pillars of the Presbyterian church in his valley."

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Jacob built the finest Flour Mill that had ever been erected at the time, in the South Branch Valley, it ran water for power.


1791 Deed:
Hite & Vanmeter Agreement

Memorandum of Agreement made and Entered into this 24th day of December One thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety One between Abraham Hite of the county of Jefferson & District of Kentucky of the one part and Isaac Vanmeter and Joseph Vanmeter both of the County of Hardy & State of Virginia of the other part. Witnesseth, that the sd. Abraham hath this day sold to the said Isaac & Joseph four Tracts of land lying on Vanmeters Mill Run Late the property of Abraham Hite Deceased and Patented in his name amounting to One thousand and fifty Acres for the Sun of Nine hundred Pounds Current money of Virginia, for and in Consideration of which the ad. Isaac & Joseph doth agree to pay to Mr. Jas. Mercer for and on Acct. of the sd. Abraham Hite Decease on or before the first day of March One thousand seven hundred and ninety three the sun of Four Hundred and Eight Pound thirteen Shillings and ten pence half penny being the amount of award against the sd. Abraham, deceased & Interest to the sd. first day of March 1793 and further the sd. Isaac & Joseph doth agree to pay to Mr. Gabriel Jones a bond of the sd. Abraham Deceased to the sd. Gabriel for Two Hundred Pounds, when the sd. Jones shall demand the same and to pay the Annual Interest thereon from the first day of April in the year One Thousand Seven hundred and Ninety Eight with legal Interest to be pd. annually from the first day of April One thousand Seven Hundred & Ninety five and the remaining part of the sd Nine hundred pounds to wit Ninety one pound Six shilling & Six penny half penny to be pd in the settlement of a bond from the said Abr. a. Hite deceased to Garret Vanmeter Deceased for the sun of One hundred and fifteen Pounds Payable the Second day of April 1788, for the true performance of the above Articles the parties bind themselves firmly by these present Witness our hands this day above written
Teste .
Isaac Cade Abr. A. Hite
William Snyder Isaac Vanmeter

Names of parents, date and place of birth, names and dates of birth of children as listed in VanMeter Family Bible.
Colonel and regimental commander in War of 1812; built home about 200 yds outside of the old fort; built flour mill on S. Branch Potomac; partner with Chief Justice John Marshall in breeding of thoroughbred horses; owner of fine grass and grain farm. G&BS, pp. 61-62.
Will probated October 13, 1829, Hardy County, Virginia: wife, Tabitha, sons, Isaac, Garrett, Abraham, daughters, Hannah, Ann, Rebecca, Susan, Sally. West Virginia Estate Settlements, p. 142.

"Colonel Jacob Van Meter, the younger son of Colonel Garret, inherited the old Fort Pleasant homestead, where he and his wife, Tabitha, spent their lives and reared quite a large family of children. He was a colonel and commanded a regiment, and took an active part in the war against Great Britain in 1812-13. He built a residence about two hundred yards outside of the old fort, where he and his wife spent the balance of their lives. He also built the finest flour mill that had ever been erected up to that time in the South Branch Valley, which was constructed to run by water power, and it is still standing, although now in a very dilapidated condition. He was an enterprising business man, and for many years a partner with Chief Justice Marshall in the breeding of thoroughbred horses.

"Judge Marshall lived over in what is now old Virginia, and owned quite a thin and ill-adapted farm for grass and grain, but was a very enthusiastic admirer of the thoroughbred or race horse. Colonel Jacob owned then one of the finest grass and grain farms in the United States. Judge Marshall proposed to furnish Colonel Jacob a lot of fine mares and fine horses if he would take charge of them, be at all expense and care of them, and deliver to Judge Marshall one half of the colts each spring, at two years old. Colonel Jacob accepted the proposition, and delivered to the Judge principally colts for a good many years, and retained the fillies, until finally he sent to the Chief Justice one spring as many or more colts than the entire number of mares which he had originally received, when Colonel Jacob received a letter from the Chief Justice saying that he was now more overstocked with horses than he was before he made the deal with him, and he would please never send him another horse. This dissolved the partnership and left Colonel Jacob with a stock of horses which finally improved and bred up the horse stock of the entire South Branch Valley so that it became noted for its excellent horse stock, and held this reputation until the war between the North and the South swept the entire stock away. At the commencement of that war the horses from this valley were eagerly sought after for cavalry purposes, but before the war closed there were none to be found. Colonel Jacob was for many years an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and one of the chief pillars of that church in the valley. His house was headquarters for ministers of the gospel who passed through this valley, whether Presbyterian or Methodist (no other denominations were represented in the valley then).

"Colonel Jacob Van Meter and his wife, Tabitha, had born to them the following named children: Hannah, born in Fort Pleasant, November 8, 1791; married Mr. John Hopewell, of Hardy County; lived there to be quite old, and died without children. The second child, Ann, was born April 1, 1793; was never married, but lived with two of her younger sisters, neither of whom ever married, viz: Rebecca, born May 2, 1799, and Susan, born December 12, 1807. These three maiden sisters lived with their parents at the old homestead near Fort Pleasant until the death of both parents, when they built a neat and comfortable brick mansion about a mile distant from the homestead and on a part of the same estate."

Benjamin F. VanMeter, Genealogies and Biographical Sketches, pp. 61-62 (Louisville, 1901).
                  
Tabitha INSKEEP
Birth:
11 Mar 1767
Hampshire co, Va, Usa
Death:
27 Sep 1851
Hardy co, Va, Usa
Burial:
Old Fields Church Cemetery, Hardy co, Wv, Usa
Individual Information
Sources:
#8
Notes:
                   age = 83, Birthplace = Ireland


Date and place of birth as listed in VanMeter Family Bible; parents listed as "Joseph Inskeep and Hannah, his wife."  Names and dates of birth of children as listed in VanMeter Family Bible.
                  
Children
Marriage
1
Birth:
8 Nov 1791
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
30 Jun 1878
Hardy co, Wv, Usa
Marr:
24 Oct 1824
Hardy co, Va, Usa 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Not listed in Garret Van Meter bible as posted on vanmetre.com/Bible%20Records/garret_van_meter_bible.htm
                  
2
Ann VAN METER
Birth:
1 Apr 1793
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
Oct 1892
Hardy co, Wv, Usa
 
Marr:
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   age = 57, Birthplace = Ireland, w/ mother Tabi


Ann, Rebecca and Susan Van Meter lived together - Susan died 1st - Rebecca 2nd and Ann 3rd.

Unmarried, no children. G&BS, p. 62.
                  
3
Birth:
24 Sep 1794
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
8 Oct 1854
Clark co, Ky, Usa
Marr:
17 Jun 1817
Clark co, Ky, Usa 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   age 55


Isaac Van Meter came to Kentucky at age 23 and Married Rebecca Cunningham. He had 15 Children , 10 lived to be adults.

Dates of birth, marriage and death, and names of children, as listed in VanMeter Family Bible. Family bible in possession of Betsy Woodford Lankford, Paris, Kentucky.


Native of Hardy County, VA, moved to Clark County, KY as a young man, where he engaged in farming and stock breeding, and was among the first to introduce shorthorn cattle to the State; for many years a deacon in the Presbyterian Church; an old line Whig.  W. H. Perrin, J. H. Battle and G. C. Kniffin, Kentucky A History of the State, 4th ed., p. 1029 (F. A. Batley and Co., Louisville & Chicago 1887)(reprinted Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC 1979, 1992).

Benjamin F. VanMeter, Genealogies and Biographical Sketches, pp. 64-65 (Louisville, 1901): "Isaac, the father of the writer of this, was the third child and eldest son of Colonel Jacob and his wife, Tabitha, and was born in old Fort Pleasant, Hardy County, in what is now West Virginia, September 24, 1794. He received a good English education from the best teachers that could be obtained in that country at that time, and received a thorough training from his father in the best mode of farming and the care and attention of live stock.

"Even at this early day this valley was producing the finest beef and pork, which supplied the Philadelphia and Baltimore markets. This fertile valley produced enormous crops of corn and wheat, and the very finest of clover and bluegrass pasture, nearly all of which grain and grass was consumed by the best of live stock that could be had at that time, and they were driven to one or the other of these markets and yielded very remunerative profits.

"My father was very early initiated into the Philadelphia and Baltimore markets with fat cattle and hogs of such stock as commanded the top of the market.

"But when about twenty-three years of age he came to Kentucky, married Rebecca, the only daughter of Captain Isaac Cunningham, of Clark County, took up his abode with him on his farm about four miles northwest of Winchester, and in this county he spent the remainder of his life.

. . .

"Isaac Van Meter brought with him to Kentucky about seven thousand dollars' worth of property, consisting chiefly of negro slaves, horse stock, and money. He and Captain Isaac Cunningham were for many years equal partners in their business affairs. They were very successful in business, and accumulated a very large and valuable estate, consisting principally of land and slaves. When they finally dissolved partnership and divided their lands, each owned more than one thousand acres of as valuable lands as were in Clark County. They resided on adjoining farms, with their residences less than one mile apart. Captain Cunningham having only one child (my mother), the grandparents bestowed full as much parental care on the grandchildren as did the father and mother, and it was seldom that all of the children were at one time at either one of the residences."
                  
4
Solomon VAN METER
Birth:
3 Apr 1796
Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
3 Jan 1818
Hardy co, Va, Usa
 
Marr:
 
Individual Information
5
Rebeckah VAN METER
Birth:
7 Oct 1797
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
2 May 1798
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
 
Marr:
 
Individual Information
6
Rebeckah VAN METER
Birth:
2 May 1799
Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
15 Jan 1882
Hardy co, Wv, Usa
 
Marr:
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   age = 51, Birthplace = Ireland, w/ mother Tabi


Ann, Rebecca and Susan Van Meter lived together - Susan died 1st - Rebecca 2nd and Ann 3rd.

Unmarried, no children. G&BS, p. 62.
                  
7
Joseph Inskeep VAN METER
Birth:
28 May 1802
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
7 Jan 1805
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
 
Marr:
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Dates of birth and death from Isaac VanMeter and Rebecca Cunningham VanMeter family bible.  Cemetery records from Old Fields Church Cemetery, Hardy County, West Virginia (as reported at www.vanmetre.com) indicate birth year was 1803.
                  
8
Benjamin Franklin VAN METER
Birth:
11 Jan 1803
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
7 Jan 1805
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
 
Marr:
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Dates of birth and death from Isaac VanMeter and Rebecca Cunningham VanMeter family bible.  Cemetery records from Old Fields Church Cemetery, Hardy County, West Virginia (as reported at www.vanmetre.com) indicate birth year was 1802.
                  
9
Birth:
24 Sep 1804
Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
25 Feb 1863
Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Marr:
21 Jun 1827
Hardy co, Va, Usa 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Section D, lot 84

age 45


Listed with wife and children in 1850 U.S. Census for Fayette County, Kentucky, age 45, occupation farmer, value of property, $50,000

Will Book Y, page 265, Fayette County Clerk's office, dated 24 Jan. 1863, probated 2 March 1863; wife, Elizabeth Ann, sons, Jacob, James, Samuel, William, and David (not of age), daughters, Hannah, and Betty (not of age); reference to land in Coles and Moultrie Counties, Illinois.

See also VanMeter Family Bible for relation to Jacob VanMeter and Tabitha Inskeep; G&BS pp. 138-40. Date of death from tombstone.
                  
10
Birth:
20 Apr 1806
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
10 Apr 1865
Hardy co, Wv, Usa
Marr:
2 Feb 1832
Hardy co, Va, Usa 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   age = 44


Date of birth from Isaac VanMeter and Rebecca Cunningham VanMeter Family Bible.  Old Fields Church Cemetery Records, Hardy County, West Virgina (as reported at www.vanmetre.com) gives year of birth as 1808, and year of death as 1867 (Garrett, son of Jacob VanMeter and Tabitha Inskeep is the only Garrett VanMeter who is born and dies with anywhere near this lifetime span).  U.S. Census records for 1850 (which lists age as 44) and for 1860 (which lists age as 54) indicate that birth year is 1806.

1850 U.S. Census for Virginia, Hardy County, District 23 (Roll M432_950, p 13:     Garret VanMeter, Jr., age 44 M Farmer value of real property $40,000, born VA; Elizabeth I., age 37 F born VA; Solomon, age 17 M Farmer, born VA; Jacob, age 15 M, born VA; Joseph, age 14 M, born VA; Charles W., age 12 M, born VA; Wm. C., age 10 M, born VA; Isaac N., age 8 M, born VA; Ann R., age 6 F, born VA; Tabitha I, age 3 F, born VA; Garret S., age 1 M, born VA.

1860 U.S. Census for Virginia, Hardy County: Garrett VanMeter, age 54 M Farmer, born VA; Elizabeth, age 46 F, born VA; Solomon, age 27 M, born VA; William. C., age 20 M, born VA; Isaac N., age 18 M, born VA; Ann R., age 16 F, born VA; Tabitha I, age 13 F, born VA; Garrett S., age 11 M, born VA; Abraham, age 9 M, born VA; Sallie, age 7 F, born VA; Mary M, age 2 F, born VA.

Benjamin F. VanMeter, Genealogies and Biographical Sketches, p. 140 (Louisville, 1901):  "Garrett Van Meter, sixth son of Colonel Jacob and his wife Tabitha, was born near old Fort Pleasant, April 20, 1806, and inherited a part of the old Fort Pleasant tract of land handed down to him from his father's estate.  He married Miss Elizabeth Cunningham of Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and reared a worthy family of nine children [LBV note: Garrett and Elizabeth had twelve children, but apparently only nine lived to be adults].  He died August 10, 1865, having lived to the age of fifty-nine years, and left a widow and nine children to survive him.  he spent his life on a part of the estate where he was born.  he was a quiet, unassuming, honest farmer; for many years a worthy member of the Methodist church, and lived and died a Christian gentleman.  After his death the Virginia homestead was sold, and the widow with most of her family removed to a large and very valuable tract of several thousand acres of land in Piatt County, Illinois, near Mansfield, of which his estate was possessed at the time of his death.  There the widow died in 1892, leaving nine children to survive her.

"The children of Garrett and his wife, Elizabeth, were: Solomon, who married Miss Jemima J. Parsons, of West Virginia; Jacob, who married Miss Anna Harness, of West Virginia; William C., who married Miss Margaret Chambers, of West Virginia; Rebecca, who married Rev. Mr. Crews, a Methodist minister; Isaac Newton; Tabitha; Charles W.; Sallie, who married Mr. Cunningham, of West Virginia; and garrett.  Nearly all of the above-named sons who were old enough for military service at the time of the last war were soldiers in the Southern army; nearly all bear honorable scars received in that unpleasantness, but all yet survive, and are all farmers in West Virginia or in the West."
                  
11
Susanna VAN METER
Birth:
12 Dec 1807
Old Fields, Hardy co, Va, Usa
Death:
1866
Hardy co, Wv, Usa
 
Marr:
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   or 7 Dec 1807

age = 42, Birthplace = Ireland, w/ mother Tabitha


Ann, Rebecca and Susan Van Meter lived together - Susan died 1st - Rebecca 2nd and Ann 3rd.

Unmarried, no children. G&BS, p. 62. Date of birth from VanMeter family bible.  Year of death from Old Fields church Cemetery Records, Hardy County, West Virgina (as reported at www.vanmetre.com).
                  
12
Birth:
26 Sep 1810
Death:
19 Nov 1876
Moorefield, Hardy co, Wv, Usa
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Jacob Van Meter - Tabitha Inskeep

Jacob Van Meter was born at Old Fields, Hampshire co, Va, Usa 18 May 1764. His parents were Garret Van Meter and Ann Markee.

He married Tabitha Inskeep 1 Jan 1791 at Hardy co, Va, Usa . Tabitha Inskeep was born at Hampshire co, Va, Usa 11 Mar 1767 daughter of Joseph Inskeep and Hannah McColloch .

They were the parents of 12 children:
Hannah Van Meter born 8 Nov 1791.
Ann Van Meter born 1 Apr 1793.
Isaac Van Meter born 24 Sep 1794.
Solomon Van Meter born 3 Apr 1796.
Rebeckah Van Meter born 7 Oct 1797.
Rebeckah Van Meter born 2 May 1799.
Joseph Inskeep Van Meter born 28 May 1802.
Benjamin Franklin Van Meter born 11 Jan 1803.
Abraham Van Meter born 24 Sep 1804.
Garrett Van Meter born 20 Apr 1806.
Susanna Van Meter born 12 Dec 1807.
Sarah ÒSallyÓ Inskeep Van Meter born 26 Sep 1810.

Jacob Van Meter died 1 Sep 1829 at Hardy co, Va, Usa .

Tabitha Inskeep died 27 Sep 1851 at Hardy co, Va, Usa .

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