John Van Vleet

1811–3 June 1876 (Age 65)
New York, United States

The Life of John

When John Van Vleet was born in 1811, in New York, United States, his father, Benjamin Van Vleet, was 22 and his mother, Nancy Burns, was 21. He married Abigail Brown on 16 February 1837, in Medina, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Owasco, Cayuga, New York, United States in 1860 and Morris, Kansas, United States in 1875. He died on 3 June 1876, in Council Grove, Morris, Kansas, United States, at the age of 65.

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John Van Vleet
Eliza Ann Northrup
Marriage: 14 August 1855
Arletta C Van Vleet
John Osro Van Vleet
Cummings Vanatta Van Vleet
Eugene Frank Van Vleet
Van Vleet
Estella Van Vleet

Spouse and Children

14 August 1855
New York, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 16

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 19

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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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Cause of Death & From Whence They Came

The oral family history passed down through at least four generations tells the story that John Van Vleet died of blood poisoning. He was one of the earliest match makers as in whittle a piece of woo …

Sources (3)

  • J Vanoleeh, "Kansas State Census, 1875"
  • John Van Vliet, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Vanvleet, "United States Census, 1870"

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