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A Brief Family History and Genealogy - The ancestral home of the Van Meter(en) family is the village of Meteren, Geldermalsen, Netherlands.

Migration Path of the Van Meter(en) Family
Meteren, Geldermalsen, The Netherlands>Burlington County, NJ>Salem County, NJ.

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Note: the following information is separated into 2 sections: (1) Two theories concerning the earliest known ancestors of the Van Meter(en) line; (2) descendants of Jan Joosten VAN METEREN.  Sincere appreciation is expressed to Mike Judd for corrections and additional information on this page.

Descendants of

Cornelius VAN METEREN and Otto VAN BEESTE

 1. Cornelius1 VAN METEREN , born <1475> in , , Netherlands He married in 1500 in , , Netherlands Otto VAN BEESTE , born <1479> in , , Netherlands.

Children of Cornelius VAN METEREN and Otto VAN BEESTE were as follows:

+ 2 i Johann Van Cuick2 VAN METEREN , born bef 1578 in , , Netherlands. He married (---) DISKE .

Generation 2

2. Johann Van Cuick2 VAN METEREN (Cornelius1), born bef 1578 in , , Netherlands. He married <1603> in <, , Netherlands> (---) DISKE , born <1582> in , , Netherlands.

Children of Johann Van Cuick VAN METEREN and (---) DISKE were as follows:

+ 3 i Melchior3 VAN METEREN , born abt 1604 in <, , Netherlands>. He married Arience ANNEKEN .

Generation 3

3. Melchior3 VAN METEREN (Johann Van Cuick2, Cornelius1), born abt 1604 in <, , Netherlands>. He married <1629> in <Guelderland, Thielerwardt, , Netherlands> Arience ANNEKEN , born abt 1608 in <Guelderland, Thielerwardt, Netherlands>.

Children of Melchior VAN METEREN and Arience ANNEKEN were as follows:

+ 4 i Jan Joosten4 VAN METEREN , born 1630 in Guelderland, Thielerwardt, Netherlands; died 13 Jun 1706 in , Burlington, Nj. He married Maeijken Macyken Crom HENDRICKSEN .


Descendants of

Gijsbert Van Meteren and Jutta Van Herwijen

 

 1. Gisbert1 VAN METEREN , born <1515> in , , Netherlands. He married Jutta Van Herwijen.

Child of Gijsbert Van Meteren and Jutta Van Herwijen were as follows:

+ 2 i Joost2 GijsbertseVAN METEREN , born <1545 in , , Netherlands. He married (---).

Generation 2

2. Joost2 GijsbertseVAN METEREN , born <1545 in , , Netherlands. He married (---).

Children of Joost2 GijsbertseVAN METEREN and (---) were as follows:

+ 3 i Gijsbertse3 VAN METEREN , born <1565> in <, , Netherlands>. He married (---) .

+3 ii Antoine Joosten VAN METEREN

Generation 3

3. Gijsbertse3 VAN METEREN , born <1565> in <, , Netherlands>. He married (---) .

Children of Gijsbertse VAN METEREN and (---) were as follows:

+ 4 i Jan Gjisbertse4 VAN METEREN, born <1585> in ,,Netherlands. He married Soeta Tijnagel, born <1580> in ,,Netherlands.

Generation 4

4. Jan Gjisbertse4 VAN METEREN, born <1585> in ,,Netherlands. He married Soeta Tijnagel, born <1580> in ,,Netherlands.

Children of Jan Gijsbertse VAN METEREN and Soeta Tinjnagel were as follows:

+5 i Jan Joosten4 VAN METEREN , born 1630 in Guelderland, Thielerwardt, Netherlands; died 13 Jun 1706 in , Burlington, Nj. He married Maeijken Macyken Crom HENDRICKSEN .

+5 ii Gijsbert VAN METEREN

+5 iii Anneke VAN METEREN

 


Descendants of

Jan Joosten VAN METEREN and Maeijken Macyken Crom HENDRICKSEN

 

 1. Jan Joosten1 VAN METEREN , born 1630 in Guelderland, Thielerwardt, Netherlands; died 13 Jun 1706 in , Burlington, Nj, son of Melchior VAN METEREN and Arience ANNEKEN . He married on 12 Dec 1646 in , , Netherlands Maeijken Macyken Crom HENDRICKSEN , born 12 Dec 1624 in Mappelen, Dreuth, Netherlands; died 1653 in Wyltwick, Ulster, Ny, daughter of Hendricks of Laeckervelt HENDRICKS (HENDRYGKSEN) and Anne JAN JANS .

Notes for Jan Joosten VAN METEREN
Arrived in the U.S. aboard the ship "Fox" on April 12, 1662.  Lived in Wiltwyck and Kingston,Ulster County, NY.

Children of Jan Joosten VAN METEREN and Maeijken Macyken Crom HENDRICKSEN were as follows:

+ 2 i Joost Jan(sen)2 VAN METERN , born 1656 in Gelderland, Netherlands; died 13 Jan 1706 in , Salem, Nj. He married Sarah DU BOIS .

3 ii Gysbert Jansen2 VAN METERN , born 1660 in Gelderland, , Netherlands.

Generation 2

2. Joost Jan(sen)2 VAN METERN (Jan Joosten1), born 1656 in Gelderland, Netherlands; died 13 Jan 1706 in , Salem, Nj. He married on 12 Dec 1682 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny Sarah DU BOIS , born 14 Sep 1662 in Hurley, Ulster, Ny; christened 14 Sep 1664 in 1st Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster, Ny; died 14 Sep 1664 in , Salem, Nj, daughter of Louis DU BOIS and Cathrine (Catherine) BLANCHAN (BLANSJAN) .

Notes for Joost Jan(sen) VAN METERN
Joost immigrated on April 12, 1662 with his parents on the ship "De Vos" (the Fox).

On June 10, 1683, Minnisink Indians attacked and burned the villages of Hurley and Kingston taking several women and children hostage. The mother of Sarah Dubois and her 3 older children, the 2 children of Mathew Blanchon, Jr., and young Joost Jansen Van Meteren and his mother were taken hostage. On September 5, 1683 after 10 weeks of captivity, Capt. Martin Krieger and a group of soldiers from New Amsterdam rescued 23 hostages. Sarah's father, Louis Dubois was believed to have been part of the rescue party.

Joost is said to have been fascinated with the American Indians and later dealt quite well with them, gaining their assistance in exploring the wilderness. He americanized his name to John Van Metre. Joost explored the "Valley of the South Branch of the Potomac" where he urged his sons to settle. His oldest and youngest sons, John and Isaac, obtained in 1730 grants for 40,000 acres in Berkeley County, VA from Lt. Governor Gooch of Virginia.

Children of Joost Jan(sen) VAN METERN and Sarah DU BOIS were as follows:

+ 4 i John3 VAN METRE , born 14 Oct 1683 in Marbletown, Ulster, Ny; christened 16 Oct 1683 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny; died 13 Aug 1745 in Apequon, Winchstr, Berkeley, Va; buried in , Frederick, Va. He married (1) Sarah BODINE ; (2) Margaret Miller MOLLENAUER .

5 ii Rebecca3 VAN METEREN , born 26 Apr 1686 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny; christened 26 Apr 1686 in Old Dutch Church, Kingston, Ny; died 3 Sep 1704 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny. She married on 3 Sep 1704 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny Cornelius ELTING , born 1681; died 1753.

6 iii Lysbeth3 VAN METERN , born 3 Mar 1689 in , Ulster, Ny; christened 3 Mar 1689 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny; died 1690/1783.

+ 7 iv Isaac3 VAN METRE , born 1692/93 in Marbletown, Ulster, Ny; christened 1692 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny; died 1757 in Pleasant, Hampshire, Pa; buried in Buried By Indian. He married (1) Annetjie WYNCOOP ; (2) Kathlene HENDRICKSE .

8 v Rachel3 VAN METER , born 1692 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny; died 1693/1786.

+ 9 vi Hendrik Jansen3 VAN METRE , born 1 Sep 1695 in Marbletown (Kingston), Ulster, Ny; christened 1 Sep 1695 in , , New York; died 12 Oct 1759 in Salem, Salem, Nj. He married (1) Mary FELTERE ; (2) Sarah ELWELL .

10 vii Abraham3 VAN METER , born 1700 in Sommerville, Somerset, Nj; died 1718/1790. He married abt 1718 Eliza (---) .

11 viii Jacob3 VAN METER , born 1705 in Sommerville, Somerset, Nj; died 1795. He married Letitia STROUD .

12 ix Malinda3 VAN METER , born 1710 in Sommerville, Somerset, Nj; died 1804.

Generation 3

4. John3 VAN METRE (Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born 14 Oct 1683 in Marbletown, Ulster, Ny; christened 16 Oct 1683 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny; died 13 Aug 1745 in Apequon, Winchstr, Berkeley, Va; buried in , Frederick, Va. He married (1) in 1705 in Somerville, Somerset, New Jersey Sarah BODINE ; (2) in 1710 in Somerville, Somerset, NJ Margaret Miller MOLLENAUER , born <1689> in <Somerville, Somerset, NJ>.

Notes for John VAN METRE
John was an Indian trader.

Children of John VAN METRE and Margaret Miller MOLLENAUER were as follows:

+ 13 i Rebecca4 VAN METER , born abt 1711 in , Somerset, Nj; died 1770 in , , Va. She married Solomon HEDGES .

14 ii Isaac4 VAN METER , born abt 1713 in , Somerset, Nj; died 1748 in , Frederick, Va. He married Alice SCHOLL .

+ 15 iii Elizabeth4 VAN METER , born 1715 in , Somerset, Nj; died Jun 1793 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va. She married Thomas SHEPHERD .

16 iv Henry4 VAN METER , born 1717 in , Somerset, Nj; died 1793. He married in , Somerset, Nj Eva PYLE .

17 v Rachel4 VAN METER , born abt 1719 in , Somerset, Nj; died 1744. She married John LESSIGE .

18 vi Abraham4 VAN METER , born abt 1721 in , Somerset, Nj; died 1783. He married in 1742 in <, Somerset, Nj> Ruth HEDGES , born <1721> in <, Somerset, Nj>.

+ 19 vii Jacob Jansen4 VAN METER , born 17 Mar 1723 in , Somerset, Nj; died 16 Nov 1798 in Elizabethtown, Hardin, Ky. He married Letitia "Letty" STRODE .

20 viii Magdalena (Maudlina)4 VAN METER , born 1725 in <, Somerset, Nj>; died 1819. She married in 1740/43 Robert PEWSEY (PUSEY) .

 

7. Isaac3 VAN METRE (Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born 1692/93 in Marbletown, Ulster, Ny; christened 1692 in Kingston, Ulster, Ny; died 1757 in Pleasant, Hampshire, Pa; buried in Buried By Indian. He married (1) <1716> in <, , Nj> Annetjie WYNCOOP , born 1698 in , Ulster Co, NY; christened 21 Aug 1698 in Ulster, Ulster, Ny; died aft 1757, daughter of Gerritt WYNCOOP and Jacomage FOLKER ; (2) <1717> in <Marbletown, Ulster, Ny> Kathlene HENDRICKSE , born <1696> in <Marbletown, Ulster, Ny>.

Notes for Isaac VAN METRE
Isaac was a key figure in the settlement of the Shenandoah Valley. Isaac was killed by Indians.

Children of Isaac VAN METRE and Annetjie WYNCOOP were as follows:

21 i Henry4 VAN METER , born 1717 in , , Nj; died 1759. He married in <, , Nj> Rebecca DUBOIS .

+ 22 ii Sarah4 VAN METER , born 1719 in Prob Salem, Nj; christened 23 Feb 1722 in Philadelphia, , Pa. She married John RICHMAN .

+ 23 iii Rebecca4 VAN METER , born 20 May 1734 in , Hampshire, Va; died 12 Jun 1809 in , Hampshire, Va. She married Abraham HITE .

 

9. Hendrik Jansen3 VAN METRE (Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born 1 Sep 1695 in Marbletown (Kingston), Ulster, Ny; christened 1 Sep 1695 in , , New York; died 12 Oct 1759 in Salem, Salem, Nj. He married (1) in 1712/1743 Mary FELTERE ; (2) in 1727 Sarah ELWELL , born <1706> in <, , Nj>.

Children of Hendrik Jansen VAN METRE and Sarah ELWELL were as follows:

24 i Joseph4 VAN METER , born abt 1728 in , , Nj. He married <1753> in <, , Nj> Hannah VAIL (VIAL) , born <1732> in <, , Nj>.

Generation 4

13. Rebecca4 VAN METER (John3, Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born abt 1711 in , Somerset, Nj; died 1770 in , , Va. She married in 1735 in , Frederick, Nj Solomon HEDGES , born 1710; died 1802.

Children of Rebecca VAN METER and Solomon HEDGES were as follows:

25 i Silas5 HEDGES , born 2 Dec 1736.

26 ii Joseph5 HEDGES , born abt 1740.

27 iii Rachel5 HEDGES , born 30 Jan 1743.

28 iv Catherine5 HEDGES , born abt 1748.

15. Elizabeth4 VAN METER (John3, Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born 1715 in , Somerset, Nj; died Jun 1793 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va. She married in 1733 in , Somerset, Va Thomas SHEPHERD , born 1705 in Prince Georges, , Md; died Jul 1776 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va, son of William SHEPHERD and Sarah COCHRAN .

Children of Elizabeth VAN METER and Thomas SHEPHERD were as follows:

29 i David5 SHEPHERD , born Jan 1733/34 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 2 Feb 1795 in Wheeling, Ohio, Va.

30 ii Sarah5 SHEPHERD , born 1736 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 1780.

31 iii William5 SHEPHERD , born 1737 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 1824.

32 iv Elizabeth "Eliza"5 SHEPHERD , born 3 Oct 1738 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 1788.

33 v Thomas5 SHEPHERD , born 1743 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 16 Oct 1792 in , Berkely, Va; buried in Shepherd Cem., Shepherdstown, , Va.

34 vi John5 SHEPHERD , born 1749 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 1812.

35 vii Martha (Matilda?)5 SHEPHERD , born 1752 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died abt 1825 in Clairsville, , Oh.

36 viii Mary5 SHEPHERD , born 1752 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va.

37 ix Abraham5 SHEPHERD , born 10 Nov 1754 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 7 Sep 1822 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va.

38 x Susannah5 SHEPHERD , born 1 Sep 1758 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Va; died 13 Apr 1835 in Wheeling, Ohio, Va.

19. Jacob Jansen4 VAN METER (John3, Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born 17 Mar 1723 in , Somerset, Nj; died 16 Nov 1798 in Elizabethtown, Hardin, Ky. He married on 30 Aug 1741 in , Frederick, Va Letitia "Letty" STRODE , born 30 Jul 1725 in , Fredericks, Va; died 30 Dec 1800 in , Hardin, Ky, daughter of James Edward STRODE and Eleanor SHEPARD .

Notes for Jacob Jansen VAN METER
At the time of his fathers death, Jacob procured a sand rock and carved out a tombstone for the grave, the lettering which is still distinct: "Here lies the body of Jacob Van Matre died in the 76th year of his age November 16, 1798".

A bronze marker in the Elizabethtown Cemetery, where Jacob's and Letitia's remains were removed in 1965 when a subdivision when constructed reads in part: "Jacob Van Meter, Sr.. Soldier, Kentucky Pioneer. Ensign, 12th Virginia Regiment, French & Indian War. Commanded a company in General George Rogers Clarks' Expedition to take over the Northwest Territory.

Children of Jacob Jansen VAN METER and Letitia "Letty" STRODE were as follows:

39 i Eleanor5 VAN METER , born 17 Oct 1742 in , Frederick, Va.

40 ii Abraham5 VAN METER , born 13 Jun 1744 in , Frederick, Va; died 4 Dec 1781 in , Shelby (or Hardin), Ky.

41 iii Elizabeth5 VAN METER , born 1746 in , Frederick, Va.

42 iv Rebecca5 VAN METER , born 11 Sep 1746 in , Frederick, Va.

43 v Susannah5 VAN METER , born 2 Jul 1750 in , Frederick, Va; died 16 Nov 1798 in , Hardin, Ky.

44 vi Alcinda "Alsey"5 VAN METER , born 1752 in , Frederick, Va.

45 vii Rachel5 VAN METER , born abt 1753 in , Frederick, Va.

46 viii Mary5 VAN METER , born 11 Feb 1757 in , Frederick, Va; died 1832.

47 ix Isaac5 VAN METER , born 2 Feb 1759 in , Frederick, Va.

48 x Margaret5 VAN METER , born 27 Feb 1759 in , Frederick, Va.

49 xi Jacob5 VAN METER , born 4 Oct 1762 in , Berkely, Va; died 12 Oct 1850 in , Meade, Ky.

50 xii John5 VAN METER , born 1664 in , Berkely, Va.

51 xiii McNeille5 VAN METER , born <1666> in <, Berkely, Va>.

22. Sarah4 VAN METER (Isaac3, Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born 1719 in Prob Salem, Nj; christened 23 Feb 1722 in Philadelphia, , Pa. She married on 27 Jan 1742 in Presbyterian Congregation, Pilesgrove, Salem, Nj John RICHMAN , born <1720> Of Pilesgrove, Salem, Nj; died 6 May 1786, son of Harman RICHMAN and Mary Elizabeth (---) .

Children of Sarah VAN METER and John RICHMAN were as follows:

52 i Rebecca5 RICHMAN , christened 1 May 1743 in Presbyterian Congregation, Pilesgrove, Salem, Nj.

53 ii Isaac5 RICHMAN , christened 17 Nov 1745 in Presbyterian Congregation, Pilesgrove, Salem, Nj.

54 iii Abraham5 RICHMAN , born 10 Apr 1749 in , Salem, Nj; christened 21 May 1749 in Presbyterian Congregation, Pilesgrove, Salem, Nj.

55 iv Benjamin5 RICHMAN , born 1753 in , Salem, Nj; died 17 Jun 1759 in , Salem, Nj.

23. Rebecca4 VAN METER (Isaac3, Joost Jan(sen)2, Jan Joosten1), born 20 May 1734 in , Hampshire, Va; died 12 Jun 1809 in , Hampshire, Va. She married on 3 Dec 1751 in , Hampshire, Virginia Abraham HITE , born 10 May 1729 in Perkiomen, Chester, Pa; died 17 Jan 1790 in Harrodsburg, Jefferson, Ky, son of Hans Justus (Jost) HITE and Anna Maria MERKLE .

Children of Rebecca VAN METER and Abraham HITE were as follows:

56 i Isaac5 HITE , born 24 Mar 1753 in , , Va; died 24 Feb 1794 in , , Ky.

57 ii Abraham5 HITE , born 25 Oct 1755; died 12 Jul 1832 in , , Ky.

58 iii Joseph5 HITE , born 6 Oct 1757 in , , Va; died 16 Feb 1830 in , , Ky.

59 iv George Henry5 HITE , born 18 Mar 1761 in , , Va; died 1764.