From "HISTORY OF THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY," Vol. I, page 498. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

  V. H. Van Meter, a venerable farmer and influential citizen of Liberty district, Ohio county, is a son of Joseph Van Meter, who was a nephew of John and Joseph Van Meter, who were prominent in the settlement of the upper Ohio valley. The latter named of these built Fort Van Meter on Short creek. In 1778 he was killed by Indians or drowned in the Ohio near the village of Tiltonsville, Jefferson Co., Ohio. Forty years afterward his gun barrel was found in the river when low by some boys at play, and was identified by some of the surviving comrades of the pioneer. The name of the latter was given to the father of our subject, who was born in the Shenandoah valley December 3, 1778. In August, 1800, the latter was married to Margaret Whitnah, and nine years later they removed with their family to Wheeling. In 1810 Joseph Van Meter moved to the farm upon which the subject of this mention now resides, which he purchased in the following year. There he lived until his death, January 14, 1822. He had four sons and one daughter, the latter of whom and two of the sons survive. V. H. was born on the farm he now owns June 7, 1817. He received such education as was available in that day, and then engaged in farming, which has been his occupation through life. Though he has lived in an age of great changes and improvement he has kept abreast of the times, and is one of the county's most esteemed citizens. He was married March 6, 1845, to Margaret A. Whitnah.

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