Elizabeth Van Meter

1780–1846 (Age 66)
Hardin, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Van Meter was born on 25 July 1780, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States, her father, Abraham Van Meter, was 36 and her mother, Elizabeth Rebecca Kline, was 34. She married Jacob Swank on 1 April 1797, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 16 September 1846, in Mississippi, Missouri, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Charleston, Mississippi, Missouri, United States.

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Elizabeth Van Meter
Jacob Swank
Marriage: 1 April 1797
John Swank
Lettice Swank
Jacob Swank Jr.
William D Swank
Mary or Polly Swank
Eleanor Swank
Catherine Ann Swank
Elizabeth Swank
Sarah Swank
Silas Swank
David Swank

Spouse & Children

1 April 1797
Hardin, Kentucky, United States


  • Male1798–1866Male

  • Female1799–1851Female

  • Jacob Swank Jr.


  • William D Swank


  • Female1807–1881Female

+6 More Children

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World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 1

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1792 · Becomes the 15th State

Age 12

On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state. It was the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 20

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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 Vanmatre, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GP3Q-W8S?cc=1875188&wc=37R2-YWG%3A173389201%2C173963601
  • Elizabeth Vanmatre, "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979"

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