This letter was sent to me by the Dubois Family Association, in New York. It was written by George S. VanMeter who is listed in the Pendleton Co. Census, as the son of Philip VanMeter who was my Gr.Gr. Grandfather. George was born June 7, 1844. It goes as follows:
September 14, 1905
H. Wallace ( Philadelphia)
The following names Of Henry VanMeter's sons: William, Abraham, Jacob, David, Issac, Henry,Solomon, and John. There was but one daughter. She was named Rebecca.
Henry VanMeter was my Gr. Grandfather. He and two brothers came to the South Branch Valley from New Jersey. This is an account given to me by my father. He said possibly I could be mistaken and Henry VanMeter's father came to the Branch from New Jersey.
These sons( of Henry} left in early manhood and settled in different parts of the west, one going to Texas and one to Kentucky. My Grandfather was the youngest son, named Jesse, named after an Uncle on his mother's side, while all of the other children were named after the VanMeter's.
The names John, David, Isaac, Jacob,Solomon, Abraham and Henry are still retained by his descendants, and the favorite names on the female side are Rebbeca and Sarah.
My father's name was Philip Harrison: his brother's names were John, David, and Henry. I do not remember his sisters names. Two of them were Sarah and Catherine.I think the one died quite young named Rebecca. My fathers brothers are all dead. Henry died a few years ago near Petersburg; John died earlier; and David was killed in a battle during the Civil War on the Confederate side. I, myself, was in the Federal Army in the 2nd Army Corps. I was in the battle of Gettysburg and was wounded seven times during the War.
My Mothers name was Porter. Her Mother was the daughter of Dr. George Lucas of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, but long since dead. Dr. Lucas served in the WAr of the Revoultion, and was with General Warren at Bunker's Hill. My Grandfather's name was John W. Porter.
My father would be 80 years old if living. He was the eldest of Grandfather VanMeter's children.
They say that grandfather was 25 when my father was born, then to get back to Henry VanMeter, we must count that my grandfather was the youngest of he generation, so that Henry VAnMeter must have been born sometime near 1760. I am informed that one record is in Pendleton Co."
George S. VanMeter
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