Nathan Van Metre
Nathan Van Metre was born near Martinsburg in Berkeley County, West Virginia
on November 13, 1820, and was the son of Thomas and Isabella (Rush) Van Metre.
Nathanís father died in 1875, at the age of 78. Nathanís brother (no name given)
served in the Confederate army three years during the Civil war and became a
farmer in the Opequon district of Berkeley County.
On October 9, 1851, Nathan Van Metre and Harriet C. Carper, whose parents were
Philip Carter, a native of Pennsylvania, and Eve (Walters) Carper of Berkeley
County, were married. The children of that marriage were: Mary I.E. Van Metre,
August 30, 1852-December 3, 1875; George Thomas Van Metre, January 20,
1854-September 16, 1875; Dona Virginia Van Metre, October 20, 1855-October 15,
1875; Lillie F. (Van Metre) Ramberg, April 12, 1857-?, lived in Hedgesville
district; Otha C. Van Metre, March 22, 1859-October 12, 1875; Catherine E. (Van
Metre) Rush, April 12, 1861-?, lived in Greensburg. Harriet C. Van Metre died in
1863, and on November 5, 1865, Nathan Van Metre and Harriet Williams, daughter
of John and Martha (Chrisman) Williams, were married. They had one child, Moses
G. Van Metre, January 16, 1866-May 10, 1866. Mrs. Van Metreís mother died in
1859, age 65, and her father in 1849, age 45.
Nathan Van Metre owned one of the largest farms in the Hedgesville district, as
well as a tract of timber land at the foot of North Mountain. He received his
mail at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.
From: West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a
reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County,
WV, Biographies List, 1884.