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Solomon VAN METER
Birth:
10 Jul 1818
Clark co, Ky, Usa
Death:
14 Sep 1859
Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Burial:
15 Sep 1859
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Marriage:
1 Mar 1854
Montgomery co, Ky, Usa
Individual Information
Sources:
#8
Notes:
                   or 10 Aug 1818

Section D, lot 63, part W


Relationship to Isaac VanMeter and Rebecca Cunningham as shown in VanMeter Family Bible. Date of birth from VanMeter Family Bible. Date of death from tombstone, Lexington [KY] Cemetery.

Names of wives and children from G & BS, pp. 65-66, see also Deed of Partition and Division, Deed Book 104, Page 346, Fayette County [KY] Clerk's office: Solomon VanMeter died intestate in Fayette County, Kentucky on September 14, 1859, children and heirs: John S. VanMeter (and his wife, Lizzie M. VanMeter) of Ray County, Missouri; Lizzie M. Nicholas (widow of Capt. W. D. Nicholas) of Fayette County, Kentucky; Lucy H. V. Kerr (widow of Dr. E. M. Kerr) of Callaway County, Missouri; Isaac C. VanMeter, Jr. (widower) of Clark County, Kentucky; Nelson P. VanMeter (and his wife, Lizzie C. VanMeter) of Clark County, Kentucky; and Solomon L. VanMeter (and his wife, Evie T. VanMeter) of Fayette County, Kentucky; widow of Solomon VanMeter, Martha C. subsequently married William R. Estill and died May 21, 1894.

He lived most of his life in Fayette County, Kentucky, three miles north of Lexington on a farm called Duncastle. He was a prominent and successful farmer, and for many years was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. He died September, 1859. He was chosen as the agent from Clark County (where he was residing at the time and where he was born and reared) to go to England, along with Nelson Dudley, of Fayette County, and Charles T. Garrard, of Bourbon County, to select and import shorthorn cattle and other blooded stock for the Northern Kentucky Importing Company, and they made an importation which paid more than 100 per cent net profit. He was a fine judge of cattle; a very enterprising and intelligent man; highly esteemed by all of his acquaintances. G&BS, p. 66.
                  
Martha Coleman PREWITT
Birth:
6 Jul 1830
Montgomery co, Ky, Usa
Death:
21 May 1894
Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Burial:
23 May 1894
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Section D, lot 63, part W
                  
Children
Marriage
1
Birth:
11 Dec 1854
Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Death:
21 Sep 1906
Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Marr:
Dec 1903
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Section 9, lot 9


Dates of birth and death from tombstone.  Lexington [KY] Cemetery, Section 9, Lot 9.  Attended Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia; occupation farmer; name of first wife and only child from G&BS, pp. 76-78. See also obituary of Pattie Field. Second wife was Frances McChesney; only child and heir was Thomas Field VanMeter. Affidavit of Descent of I. C. VanMeter, deceased. Deed Book 325, Page 244, Fayette County (KY) Clerk's Office.
                  
2
Birth:
26 Apr 1857
Death:
23 Mar 1942
Clark co, Ky, Usa
Marr:
16 Oct 1889
 
Individual Information
3
Birth:
11 May 1859
Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Death:
11 Dec 1928
Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Marr:
Abt 1884
 
Individual Information
Notes:
                   Section D, lot 63, part W


B. F. VanMeter, Genealogies and Biographical Sketches, p. 79-80:"Solomon L. VanMeter, youngest child of Solomon VanMeter, Sr., and his wife, Martha C. Prewitt, was born at Duncastle, Fayette County, Kentucky, May 11, 1859; was educated at Bethany College, Virginia [sic]; married Evaline Trent Swoope, daughter of Captain George W. Swoope, Jr., and his wife, Margaret Jane Baylor . . . .

"Solomon L. VanMeter is a prominent farmer of Fayette County, Kentucky, and resides less than three miles from the city of Lexington, at 'Shenandoah Hall,' where he owns a fine landed estate, comprising a part of the 'Duncastle' lands, which he inherited from his father's estate, together with other lands which he has purchased.

"He was a member of the Kentucky Legislature, elected in the stirring and eventful times of 1899, and has been nominated for re-election from the County of Fayette."

Obituary, Lexington Leader, p. 1, Tuesday, December 11, 1928: S. L. VanMeter Sinks to Rest, Former Member of Kentucky Legislature Famed as Stock Raiser and Citizen. age 69, former member of Kentucky legislature, widely known Fayette County farmer and landowner, died at his home "Fairlawn" on N. Broadway this morning at 12:15 o'clock, following an illness of several weeks.

Mr. VanMeter was one of the outstanding citizens of Fayette County; and in addition to representing this county in the state legislature about 25 years ago, was prominent  in civic, agricultural and stock-raising activities. For a number of years he owned and operated a large farm on the Bryan Station pike, near Lexington, which was noted throughout Kentucky as a nursery of fine beef cattle and pure bred sheep and where he and his wife dispensed a princely hospitality.

Mr. VanMeter, who was the son of Solomon and Martha Chandler Prewitt VanMeter, was a deacon in the Central Christian Church and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends and business associates, who will regret to learn of his passing.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Pauline Hardin VanMeter, he is survived by three sons and three daughters, S. L. VanMeter, Jr., Washington, D.C., J. Baylor VanMeter, Lexington, Robert Hardin VanMeter, Lexington, Mrs. Ellison H. Capers, Calgary, Canada, Mrs. Brownell Berryman, Lexington, and Miss Rebecca VanMeter, Lexington; and one brother, N. P. VanMeter, Winchester.

Honorary pallbearers: Judge Matthew Walton, G. Allison Holland, Judge Charles A. Hardin, Joe VanMeter, J. T. McGarvey, John D. Marshall, H. V. McChesney, W.L. VanMeter, George Mastin, Nelson Gay, R. C. Estill, and T. H. Kinnaird; active pallbearers: Daniel Estill, Field VanMeter, William Pettit, J. Gay Hanna, C.M. Marshall, Nelson VanMeter, J.D. Gay, and Gay Prewitt.
                  
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Solomon Van Meter - Martha Coleman Prewitt

Solomon Van Meter was born at Clark co, Ky, Usa 10 Jul 1818. His parents were Isaac Van Meter and Rebecca Cunningham.

He married Martha Coleman Prewitt 1 Mar 1854 at Montgomery co, Ky, Usa . Martha Coleman Prewitt was born at Montgomery co, Ky, Usa 6 Jul 1830 daughter of Nelson Gilduroy Prewitt and Mary Ann Coleman .

They were the parents of 3 children:
Isaac Cunningham Van Meter born 11 Dec 1854.
Nelson Prewitt Van Meter born 26 Apr 1857.
Solomon Lee Van Meter born 11 May 1859.

Solomon Van Meter died 14 Sep 1859 at Fayette co, Ky, Usa .

Martha Coleman Prewitt died 21 May 1894 at Fayette co, Ky, Usa .

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