Lewis Davis Van Matre

1807–1886 (Age 78)
Clinton, Ohio, United States

The Life of Lewis Davis

When Lewis Davis Van Matre was born on 20 September 1807, in Clinton, Ohio, United States, his father, Morgan Camp van Meter, was 41 and his mother, Mary Pearce, was 37. He married Nancy Alexander Donaldson on 13 January 1831, in Highland, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Monroe, Green, Wisconsin, United States in 1880. He died on 15 April 1886, in Monroe, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Oneco Township, Stephenson, Illinois, United States.

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Lewis Davis Van Matre
Nancy Alexander Donaldson
Marriage: 13 January 1831
Melissa Van Matre
William N. Van Meter
Thomas J Van Meter
Mary Van Matre
Joseph Wilson Vanmetre
James W. Van Meter
Caroline Van Matre
Lucy P Van Meter
Lewis G Van Meter
Louis P. Van Meter
Willard Naramore Van Matre

Spouse & Children

13 January 1831
Highland, Ohio, United States


  • Melissa Van Matre


  • Thomas J Van Meter


  • Mary Van Matre


  • Joseph Wilson Vanmetre


  • James W. Van Meter


+6 More Children

Parents & Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1810 · Change of capital city

Age 3

Zanesville becomes the new state capital.

Age 11

Illinois is the 21st state.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 25

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

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)

  • L D Van Matre, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Louis D. Van Matre in entry for Matilda Ann Van Matre, "Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907"
  • L. Vanmatre in entry for Charles S. Marsh, "Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930"

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