James French Van Meter

James French Van Meter belongs to an old pioneer family of Allegany county, Maryland, and today the name, Van Meter, is to be found in every State in the Union. In Maryland and in the adjoining State of West Virginia. the name is a familiar one. Farming is a favorite occupation among the Van Meters, though many of them engage in other business, mercantile and professional. As a general thing the Van Meters are a thrifty people and fine citizens.

James French Van Meter, merchant, was born at Cresaptown, Allegany county, Maryland, April 29, 1887. His father was Jacob C. Van Meter, who was born in Petersburg, West Virginia. His mother was Annie M. Hutson, before her marriage. She was born at Cresaptown in March, 1856. His paternal grandfather was Phillip Van Meter, born at Petersburg West Virginia. His paternal grandmother was Susan Van Meter, born at Petersburg. His sister and brother are, Mabel and Milton J. Van Meter.

Mr. Van Meter attended the public school at Cresaptown, and when yet a young man went into the mercantile business. In politics he is a Republican and in religion a. member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Van Meter was married to Miss Grace McKenzie, January 5, 1907. His wife was born at Cresaptown, January 29, 1886. Her parents are D. R. and Mary McKenzie. Fraternally, Mr. Van Meter is a member of the J.R.O.V.A.M. His father, Jacob C. Van Meter, died in 1897. His wife’s brothers, Guthrie and Cecil McKenzie were in the World War.

From: History of Allegany County, Maryland by Williams and Thomas (1923)

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