David Peerce Van Meter
- David Peerce VanMeter, son of Wm. C. VanMeter and Martha An Peerce, was
born in Hardy County, West Virginia, Feb 20, 1844, and died at his home,
Moose Range, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dec. 6. 1924. He was united in marriage
Nov. 1871 to Kate A. Seymour, of Petersburg, W. Va., who the death angel
summoned Feb. 1, 1874. April 7, 1877 he was married to Bettie Peerce Vause,
of Mattoon, Ill., and to this union were born seven sons and one daughter.
- Mr. VanMeter united with the Presbyterian Church at Moorefield, W. Va.,
May 19, 1860, was elected to the eldership of said church Dec. 19, 1897 and
served faithfully in that office for 13 years; during the term of office he
was called on often to represent his church in Presbytery and Synod.
- Mr. VanMeter removed with his family from his home in the Old Fields to
Canada in 1910. He located near Winnipeg, Manitoba, but later he and four of
his sons took up homesteads in Saskatchewan, building their home on
adjoining sections. Thus he and his sons became pioneers of the great North
West, with its hardships and joys, even as his forefathers were pioneers of
the South Branch Valley of the Potomac the early part of the eighteenth
century. He was a worth son of the sturdy, longest settlers of the valley.
- When eighteen years of age he enlisted in the Confederacy, serving in Co.
F, 7th Regiment Va. Cavalry, arm of Northern Va. until General Lee
surrendered at Appamatox. Eighteen months of the time he was in prison first
at Point Look-Out and later at Fort Delaware.
- He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Charles Zimmerman, of
Cleveland, Okla. and six sons, E. V. VanMeter of Cumberland, Md., W. H.
VanMeter, of Mitchells Stations, Ala., Wm. C., David Milton, Harry Decker
and David Peerce of Moose Range, Canada. He is also survived by three
sisters Mrs. J. Wm. Gillenson, Mrs. Ed Williams and Mrs. Geo. H. Kuykendall
and one brother Wm. Thomson VanMeter, all of Moorefield, W. Virginia.