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.


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