Saturday, 21 February 2015

Abraham van Meter 1744

Abraham VanMeter, 1744-1781
Abraham VanMeter was born on month day 1744, at birth place, Virginia, to Captain Jacob Van Meter and Letitia "Letty" Van Meter (born Stroud).
Captain was born on March 17 1723, in Somerset, New Jersey, United States.
Letitia was born on August 30 1725, in Frederick, Virginia, United States.
Abraham had 21 siblings: John VanMeter, Rachel VanMetre and 19 other siblings.
Abraham married Elizabeth VanMeter (born Klein) in 1769, at age 24 at marriage place, Michigan.
Elizabeth was born in 1746, in Virginia, Hardin, Kentucky, United States.
They had 22 children: Catherine VAN METER, Letitia Van Meter and 20 other children.
Abraham married Rebecca VanMeter (born CLINE).
Abraham married Roseanna VanMeter (born Summit).
Abraham passed away on month day 1781, at age 37 at death place, Kentucky.

Birth: Jun. 13, 1744 Virginia, USA
Death: 1787 Fayette County Kentucky, USA

Abraham was the second of twelve children born to Jacob Van Meter Sr. and Letitia STROUD Van Meter who were married Aug. 30, 1741 in Frederick Co. VA and are both buried in Hardin County, Kentucky.

In 1769, Abraham married Elizabeth Rebecca KLINE (or CLINE) Van Meter in Frederick Co. Virginia.
Abraham and Elizabeth had four children:

1) Catherine, b. June 13, 1770 in Green Co, PA

--m. Bladen Ashby

2) Letitia, b. Apr. 02, 1772 Green Co, PA

--m. Thompson Ashby

3) Sarah, b, 1776,

--m. Mr. Goodin

4) Elizabeth, b. 1780

--m. Jacob Swank

The photo of the plaque above is on the site of the Jacob Van Meter Fort in Hardin County, Kentucky. The fort was built in 1780 by Abraham's father Jacob Van Meter Sr. and his party of one hundred settlers. (Photo by Dottie McKee, intended for free personal, non-commercial use)

Abraham Van Meter was killed by a poisoned arrow at Boone Station, Kentucky. The Van Meter family Bible, with a bloody foot track and a spear hole in it, was found next to a dead woman at the fort after the Indian raid in which Abraham Van Meter was killed. It was later handed down by Abraham's daughter, Letitia, to her descendents. It is now known as the Harrison Bible, and is in the Iowa Historical Library in Des Moines, Iowa.


Abraham Van Meter's PARENTS:

FATHER: Jacob Van Meter Sr. b. 1723 KY

MOTHER: Letitia STROUD Van Meter b.1725 VA

(alternate spelling: STRODE)

Letitia STROUD Van Meter's PARENTS:

FATHER: James Stroud (or Strode)

Jacob Van Meter Sr.'s PARENTS:

FATHER: Jan Joosten (John) Van Meteren b. 1683 NY d. 1745 (alternate sp. Van Metre)

m. 1) Sarah BERDINE (alternate sp. BODINE)

m. 2) Margaret MOLLENAUER -(alternate spellings: MULINAUR, MONENAUR, MOLENAUER?)

MOTHER: Margaret MOLLENAUER Van Meteren b. 1725 d. 1745 (Alternate spelling: Van Metre)

Margaret MOLLENAUER Van Meteren's PARENTS:

FATHER: Henderick (Henry) Mollenauer

Jan Joosten (John) Van Meteren's PARENTS:

FATHER: Joost Jansen Van Meteren b. 1656 Netherlands - Came to America 1662, age 6

MOTHER: Sara Du BOIS Van Meteren b. 1682 NY

-John's parents Joost (age 6) and Sara (infant), and Sara's mother Catherine, were kidnapped by Indians and missing from their families for 3 mo.

Joost Jansen Van Meteren's PARENTS:

FATHER: Jan Joosten Van Meteren (Alternate sp. von Meteren) Came to America 1662 on ship "Vos" meaning "Fox"

Sara Du BOIS Van Meteren's PARENTS:

FATHER: Louis Du Bois b. France

MOTHER: Catherine BLANCHAN Du Bois b. France

Catherine BLANCHAN Du Bois' PARENTS:

FATHER: Mathew Blanchan (alternate spelling: Blanchard) Huguenot family, fled France when Protestant persecutions and martyrdoms began. Came to America in 1660.

Louis Du Bois' PARENTS:

FATHER: Chretien du Bois de Fiennes b. 1597 France. Cretien died through martyrdom because of his Protestant faith which led his family to flee France.

Family links:


Jacob Van Meter (1723 - 1798)

Letitia Stroud Van Meter (1725 - 1799)


Elizabeth Rebecca Kline Van Meter (1746 - 1800)


Catherine Van Meter Ashby (1759 - 1835)*

Letitia Van Meter Ashby (1772 - 1845)*


Abraham Van Meter (1744 - 1787)

Elizabeth VanMeter Vertrees (1752 - 1848)*

Mary Van Meter Chenoweth (1757 - 1832)*

Isaac Van Meter (1759 - 1840)*

Margaret Van Meter Haycraft (1759 - 1843)*

Jacob Van Meter (1762 - 1850)*

John VanMeter (1764 - 1850)*

*Calculated relationship


Elizabethtown City Cemetery


Hardin County

Kentucky, USA

Created by: J.L.

Record added: Sep 23, 2013

Find A Grave Memorial# 117530204

Added by: J.L.

Cemetery Photo

Added by: William Tatum

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