Reference Material on the Van Metre Family
Berkeley County Historical Society - Journal #10 "The Van Meter Family". Excellent 52 page pamphlet on the Van Metre Family early history in Berkeley County West Virginia. Covers; Stone House Mansion, Will of John Van Metre 1745, Jacob Van Metre House (Kildeer), Nathan Van Metre "Brick Farm House", Van Metre Ford Bridge, Descendants of Abraham and Ruth Hedges Van Meter, Mt. Zion Baptist Church. 1981 P.O. Box 1624, Martinsburg, WV 25402.
Berkeley County Historical Society - Journal #18 "Smoketown and Greensburg". Covers Henry and Mary E. Vanmeter's Smoketown Farm, Abraham Vanmeter House and other Vanmeters in the mid 1800's. 1994 P.O. Box 1624, Martinsburg, WV 25402.
Berkeley County Historical Society - Cemeteries of Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia., BCHS P.O. Box 1624, Martinsburg, WV 25402.
Chittenden, L. E., " An Unknown Heroine: An Historical Episode of the War Between the States", 1893 - Story of Elizabeth Van Metre's nursing a Union soldier thus saving his life and having her husband released from a Union prison. Also depict in the Readers Digest story published on this Web.
Cox, Gregory V., "The Hitt and Van Meter Family" - Urbana (Ohio) Daily Citizen, January 26, 1957. excellent
Cox, Gregory V., "A Van Meter Chapter in The American Story" , 2001 - excellent book following Greg's Van Meter line from starting in 1662 New York through Isaac of Old Fields to Ohio.
Dickinson, Patti " Hollywood the Hard Way" -- True story of twenty year old Jerry Van Meter who rode a horse from Guthrie, Oklahoma to Hollywood, California in fifty days on a bet in 1946. 1999
Draper, Lyman Copeland, "Draper Manuscripts" -- Collection of papers, documents, maps, etc. depicting the western areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, portions of Georgia and Alabama, the entire Ohio Valley, and part of the upper Mississippi Valley, from a period of the frontier conflicts in the 1740's and 1750's to the American Revolution and the War of 1812. LDS Film
Gray, Gertrude E., "Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume II - 1742 to 1774", 1988 Genealogical Publishing Company. Land Grant abstracts showing book, page, grantee, when surveyed, acreage, adjacent owners and date.
Gray, Gertrude E., "Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume III - 1775 to 1800", 1993 Genealogical Publishing Company. Land Grant abstracts showing book, page, grantee, when surveyed, acreage, adjacent owners and date.
Gray, Gertrude E., "Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume IV - 1800 to 1862", 1993 Genealogical Publishing Company. Land Grant abstracts showing book, page, grantee, when surveyed, acreage, adjacent owners and date.
Hamilton, Mrs. Jean Tyree, "Abel J. Vanmeter, His Park and His Diary". 36 page pamphlet on history of Vanmeter State Park, Missouri, the Abel Vanmeter family and his diary depicting a trip he took to Montana in 1865. Available at Van Meter State Park in Missouri.
Harper, Josephine L., "A Guide to the Draper Manuscripts, 464 pages, 1983 ISBN 0-87020-215-4. Wisconsin Historical Society. Guide and index to the 123 reels of microfilm that contain a large portion of the Draper Manuscripts. At most libraries.
Heidgerd, William. "American Descendants of Chretien Du
Bois of Wicres, France. These are being revised by
Catherine Smith the secretary of the DuBois Family Assn. at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Three floppy disks are available for $10.00 each.
Henton, William Walter. "The Van Meter Family", lived in Canton, Missouri. Three Volumes of Van Meter and connected lines. Type carbon copy of poor quality. LDS Film # 0982369
Keyte, Ethel A. "Jacob Van Meter Collection, 1927-1954" -- Not a very impressive collection. Largest part a letter from William Walter Henton listed above. LDS Film # 0875412
Leckey, Howard L.; " The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families : A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley. 1935, reprinted 1997, 731 pages. Frontier Press
Lillie, Shirley ; " I Wish I Knew Who Abraham Was", 2000 Research into the Identity of Abraham Van Meter Husband of Sarah Miller. Author will sell the booklet for $10 plus shipping. But be prepared to get frustrated, I spent 9 hours one day trying to figure out the findings of this "sketch" and came away with nothing more than a headache. It would have helped if you had shown her findings in a Pedigree Chart of Descendent View.
McClure, Daniel E. "Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and Hardin County Kentucky" LDS Film # 6100259 - 813 pages. Good information on Jacob Van Meter line who migrated to Kentucky from the "Northern Neck" of Virginia. First published 1979 and republished in 2000 by the Hardin County Historical Society.
O'Dell, Cecil; "Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia". Walsworth Publishing Co., 1995. Excellent book detailing land records and roads in Frederick Co. between 1730 and 1748. Includes maps showing individual parcels. Cecil O'Dell, 464 Morse, Liberty, MO 64068.
Parker, John. "Van Meteren's Virginia, 1607-1612". Publisher University of Minnesota Press.
Rann, Maurine Van Meter; " Our Van Meter Kinsmen". Nu-Art Printing Company, 1969, 112 pages. Follows the Van Meter line in Wise County, Texas.
Riley, Robert Shean. "The Van Meter Linkage".
Rogers, Amelia Clay Lewis Van Meter. "The Van Meteren's Of Holland and America". Kentucky Historical Society, 1934.
Salem County Genealogical Society. "Salem County, New Jersey Bible Records". Woodstown, New Jersey, 2003. The Benjamin VanMeter, Jacob Vanmeter, James Vanmeter, and Mary Vanmeter families bible records.
Shuck, Larry G. "Berkeley County, West Virginia Deeds and Will Abstracts, 1999. Deed Books 1-5 (1772-1781), Will Books 1-3 (1772-1805). Closson Press
Smyth, Samuel Gordon. "The Origin and Descent of an American Van Metre Family". 1924 Good manuscript, traces Van Metre's from Holland to Ohio. Pictures of a few houses and descendants. Blair's Book Service, reprinted by Tuttle Books
Smyth, Samuel Gordon. Records Relating to the Van Metre, DuBois, Shepherd, Hite and Allied Families. Article that appeared in the West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly, 1902.
Van Matre, Vincent. "The Van Matre Ancestry". CS71.V22618 1993, and LDS Film # 1698058 (revised 1998)
Van Meter, Anna Hunter. A Glance at the Van Meter Family in the United States of America - Article that appeared in the West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly, 1902.
Van Meter, Benjamin F. "Genealogies and Sketches of Some Old Families ...". Clearfield Publishing, Louisville, Kentucky, 1901, 183 pages. Follows the Kentucky Van Meter line, mostly.
Van Meter, James T. "Van Meter Pioneers in America". Prepared for the Van Meter family reunion, Putnam County, Ohio. June 25,1978. CS71.V269 1978.
Van Meter, Joseph M. "A Story of a Van Matre Family". August 28, 1985 (LDS/SLC929.273V331)
Van Meter, Richard L. "The Van Meter's in America, 1662-1990. Located in Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling WV.
Van Metre, Frances C., "A Van Metre Family Record", 1934, 52 pages. Final edition in 1940 includes corrections/additions, 63 pages. Good resource. Follows my line, from arrival in America to migration into Iowa. LDS Film # 1020763
Van Meter, Minnie Lucille Taylor. "A Little Bit Here A Little Bit There A Gatherin Of Kin". CS71.D25 1983
"Genealogies of West Virginia Families" from the West Virginia Historical magazine Quarterly, 1901-1905 (copyright 1992, Genealogical Publishing Company).
"James T. Van Meter Papers". Located @ The Historical Society of Montgomery County 1654 DeKalb Street Norristown, PA 19401 Tel 610.272-0297.
"Samuel Gordon Smyth Papers". Located @ The Historical Society of Montgomery County 1654 DeKalb Street Norristown, PA 19401 Tel 610.272-0297.
"Van Meter Family Papers, 1785-1919". Located @ West Virginia Div. of Culture and History. / Lib. Culture Center, Charleston WV, 25305 (304-558-2330).
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