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Benjamin Franklin VAN METER
Birth:
19 Jun 1873
Clark co, Ky, Usa
Death:
8 Mar 1934
Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego co, Ca, Usa
Burial:
6 Apr 1934
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Marriage:
19 Jun 1900
Jamestown, Newport co, Ri, Usa
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                   Section 17, lot 152


Born in Clark County, Kentucky on June 19, 1873, post medical degree course at Mothers' and Babies Hospital in New York and Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled in New York (June 1898); August 23, 1898, contracted with U.S. Government to serve as assistant acting surgeon in the army at Fort Thomas, KY, November 16, 1898, was assigned to the Sixth Infantry and ordered to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, May, 1899, sent to San Francisco with Sixth Infantry for embarkation to Manila, arrived Manila Bay, June 13, 1899, as surgeon of the First Battalion, campaigned over islands for several months, until latter part of November when he was assigned to surgical ward of Hospital No. 3, Manila, in June, 1900 sailed for United States; From beginning 1901, returned to Lexington, practicing specialty of surgery; met May H. Wetherill while on duty at Fort Sam Houston, married after his return from the Phillipines. Charles Kerr, 3 History of Kentucky, p. 391 (American Historical Society, Chicago & New York 1922).

Obituary, Lexington Leader, p. 1, Thursday, March 8, 1934: age 60, prominent physician and surgeon, formerly of Lexington, died March 8. 1934 at 7:30 a.m. at home in Rancho Santa Fe, California after a long illness; moved to California about 1931; had served as army surgeon during Spanish- American War and World War I; rank of major during WWI; native of Clark County, Kentucky, son of Benjamin F. and Amelia Lewis VanMeter; received early education at private school in Winchester and at Kentucky State College, graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York in 1897, post graduate work at other New York hospitals; returned to Lexington to live and practice after the Spanish-American War; in 1917, was made Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; served as president of the Fayette County Medical Society, attending surgeon at both local hospitals, chief surgeon of the Kentucky National Guard; survivors: wife, May Hubbard Wetherill VanMeter, son, Benjamin F. VanMeter, III, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Averitt, Lexington, KY, Mrs. Stanley Leland, New York City, sisters, Miss Mabelle VanMeter and Mrs. Emma V. Hamilton, both of Lexington, and brother, Thomas VanMeter, Lexington, KY.

Will Book 16, page 308, Fayette County Clerk's office, dated 28 May 1930, probated 9 April 1934; wife May W. VanMeter, children, Margaret V. Averett, Isabella V. Leland, Benjamin F. VanMeter, Jr.
                  
May Hubbard WETHERILL
Birth:
13 Jan 1875
Fort Buford (Historic site), Williams co, Nd, Usa
Death:
11 Nov 1966
Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Burial:
18 Nov 1966
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
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                   Section 17, lot 27. NW 1/4


Obituary, Lexington Herald-Leader, p. 12, Saturday, November 12, 1966: age 91, 832 E. Main St., Lexington, KY; widow of Dr. Benjamin Franklin VanMeter; native of Philadelphia, PA; daughter of Major Alexander Macomb Wetherill and May Hubbard Wetherill; member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Lexington Women's Club; survivors: daughters, Mrs. Lloyd B. Averett, Lexington, Mrs. Stanley J. Leland, Centro, CA, son, Benjamin Franklin VanMeter, Jr., Pasadena, CA, and three grandchildren.

Will Book 51, page 273, Fayette County Clerk's office, dated  12 February 1962, probated 15 November 1966: son, Benjamin F. VanMeter, Jr., daughter, Isabella VanMeter Leland, daughter, Margaret VanMeter Averett, son-in-law, Lloyd Averett, son-in-law, Dr. Stanley Leland, grandson, Peter Wetherill VanMeter, granddaughter, Margaret Lloyd Averett, granddaughter, Mary Ellis VanMeter; mentions brother Samuel Wetherill.

KY Death Certif. vol. 52, certif. no. 25710, year 1966.
                  
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                   Section 17, lot 27, NW


Attended Margaret Hall, Versailles, KY; Henry Clay, Lexington, KY; A.B., University of Kentucky.

KY death certif., vol. 16, certif. no. 7803, year 1984.

Will Book 104, page 68, Fayette County Clerk's Office: daughter, Margaret Averett Halpin; son-in-law, John A. Halpin; granddaughter, Anne Farra Halpin.
                  
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                   Middle name from marriage license of sister, Margaret W. VanMeter, Marriage Book 24, page 466, Fayette County Clerk's Office.
                  
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Benjamin Franklin Van Meter - May Hubbard Wetherill

Benjamin Franklin Van Meter was born at Clark co, Ky, Usa 19 Jun 1873. His parents were Benjamin Franklin Van Meter and Amelia Clay Lewis.

He married May Hubbard Wetherill 19 Jun 1900 at Jamestown, Newport co, Ri, Usa . May Hubbard Wetherill was born at Fort Buford (Historic site), Williams co, Nd, Usa 13 Jan 1875 daughter of A. Wetherill and M. Hubbard .

They were the parents of 3 children:
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Benjamin Franklin Van Meter died 8 Mar 1934 at Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego co, Ca, Usa .

May Hubbard Wetherill died 11 Nov 1966 at Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa .

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