Elizabeth Van Meter

1815–1896 (Age 81)
Pittsgrove Township, Salem, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Van Meter was born on 17 February 1815, in Pittsgrove Township, Salem, New Jersey, United States, her father, Erasmus Fetters Van Meter, was 38 and her mother, Mary Burroughs, was 26. She married Samuel Swing on 14 February 1839. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 22 September 1896, in her hometown, at the age of 81.

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Family Time Line

Elizabeth Van Meter
Samuel Swing
Marriage: 14 February 1839
Dr. Erasmus Van Meter Swing M.D.
Mary Jane Swing
Alfred J. Swing
Ruth Ann Swing

Spouse & Children

14 February 1839


  • Dr. Erasmus Van Meter Swing M.D.


  • Mary Jane Swing


  • Female1844–1919Female

  • Alfred J. Swing


Parents & Siblings

  • Erasmus Fetters Van Meter


  • Mary Burroughs




  • Benjamin VanMeter


  • John Van Meter


  • James D Van Meter


  • William Mayhew Vanmeter


  • Rebecca Van Meter


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 4

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Age 5

On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.

Age 29

The 1844 revision of the New Jersey State Constitution made some significant changes. Suffrage rights were revoked from women and non-whites, meaning that only white men could vote. A separation of powers was established between executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A new bill of rights was provided, and the state now had the right to elect the governor.

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 .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Swing in household of Samuel Swing, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Elizabeth Van Meter in entry for Erasmus V. Swing, "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915"
  • Elizabeth Van Meter in entry for Samuel Swing, "New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985"

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