Martin Van Liew

17 July 1831–27 January 1900 (Age 68)
Scipio, Cayuga, New York, United States

The Life of Martin

When Martin Van Liew was born on 17 July 1831, in Scipio, Cayuga, New York, United States, his father, James Cannon Van Liew, was 32 and his mother, Sarah Babcock, was 29. He married Clara Spicer on 28 January 1845. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Zumbrota, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States in 1880 and Algoma Township, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1900. He died on 27 January 1900, in Pardeeville, Columbia, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Marcellon Cemetery, Pardeeville, Columbia, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

Martin Van Liew
Clara Spicer
Marriage: 28 January 1845
John Asa Van Liew
Sarah Elizabeth Van Liew

Spouse and Children

28 January 1845


Parents and Siblings

    James Cannon Van Liew


    Sarah Babcock




    Cornelius Van Liew


    Elizabeth Van Liew



    Diantha Vanliew


    Rebecca Van Liew


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 6

Michigan is the 26th state.
1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 23

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Martin Vanliew, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Martin Van Liew in household of Julia Kating, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Martin Vanliew, "United States Census, 1900"

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