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Abraham Van Meter
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1744
Virginia, USA
Death: 1787
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

Abraham was the second of twelve children born to Jacob Van Meter Sr. and Letitia STROUD Van Meter who were married Aug. 30, 1741 in Frederick Co. VA and are both buried in Hardin County, Kentucky.

In 1769, Abraham married Elizabeth Rebecca KLINE (or CLINE) Van Meter in Frederick Co. Virginia.

Abraham and Elizabeth had four children:
1) Catherine, b. June 13, 1770 in Green Co, PA
--m. Bladen Ashby
2) Letitia, b. Apr. 02, 1772 Green Co, PA
--m. Thompson Ashby
3) Sarah, b, 1776,
--m. Mr. Goodin
4) Elizabeth, b. 1780
--m. Jacob Swank

The photo of the plaque above is on the site of the Jacob Van Meter Fort in Hardin County, Kentucky. The fort was built in 1780 by Abraham's father Jacob Van Meter Sr. and his party of one hundred settlers.
(Photo by Dottie McKee, intended for free personal, non-commercial use)

Abraham Van Meter's land grant was near Shelbyville. He and his family were stationed with Squire Boone at Boone's fort. Abraham was killed by a poisoned arrow at Boone Station, Kentucky. The Van Meter family Bible, with a bloody foot track and a spear hole in it, was found next to a dead woman at the fort after the Indian raid in which Abraham Van Meter was killed. It was later handed down by Abraham's daughter, Letitia, to her descendents. It is now known as the Harrison Bible, and is in the Iowa Historical Library in Des Moines, Iowa.
Abraham Van Meter's PARENTS:
FATHER: Jacob Van Meter Sr. b. 1723 KY
MOTHER: Letitia STROUD Van Meter b.1725 VA
(alternate spelling: STRODE)

Letitia STROUD Van Meter's PARENTS:
FATHER: James Stroud (or Strode)

Jacob Van Meter Sr.'s PARENTS:
FATHER: Jan Joosten (John) Van Meteren b. 1683 NY d. 1745 (alternate sp. Van Metre)
m. 1) Sarah BERDINE (alternate sp. BODINE)
m. 2) Margaret MOLLENAUER -(alternate spellings: MULINAUR, MONENAUR, MOLENAUER?)
MOTHER: Margaret MOLLENAUER Van Meteren b. 1725 d. 1745 (Alternate spelling: Van Metre)

Margaret MOLLENAUER Van Meteren's PARENTS:
FATHER: Henderick (Henry) Mollenauer

Jan Joosten (John) Van Meteren's PARENTS:
FATHER: Joost Jansen Van Meteren b. 1656 Netherlands - Came to America 1662, age 6
MOTHER: Sara Du BOIS Van Meteren b. 1682 NY
-John's parents Joost (age 6) and Sara (infant), and Sara's mother Catherine, were kidnapped by Indians and missing from their families for 3 mo.

Joost Jansen Van Meteren's PARENTS:
FATHER: Jan Joosten Van Meteren (Alternate sp. von Meteren) Came to America 1662 on ship "Vos" meaning "Fox"

Sara Du BOIS Van Meteren's PARENTS:
FATHER: Louis Du Bois b. France
MOTHER: Catherine BLANCHAN Du Bois b. France

Catherine BLANCHAN Du Bois' PARENTS:
FATHER: Mathew Blanchan (alternate spelling: Blanchard) Huguenot family, fled France when Protestant persecutions and martyrdoms began. Came to America in 1660.

Louis Du Bois' PARENTS:
FATHER: Chretien du Bois de Fiennes b. 1597 France. Cretien died through martyrdom because of his Protestant faith which led his family to flee France. 
Family links: 
  Jacob Van Meter (1723 - 1798)
  Letitia Stroud Van Meter (1725 - 1799)
  Elizabeth Rebecca Kline Van Meter (1746 - 1800)
  Catherine Van Meter Ashby (1759 - 1835)*
  Letitia Van Meter Ashby (1772 - 1845)*
  Abraham Van Meter (1744 - 1787)
  Elizabeth VanMeter Vertrees (1752 - 1848)*
  Mary Van Meter Chenoweth (1757 - 1832)*
  Isaac Van Meter (1759 - 1840)*
  Margaret Van Meter Haycraft (1759 - 1843)*
  Jacob Van Meter (1762 - 1850)*
  John VanMeter (1764 - 1850)*
*Calculated relationship
Elizabethtown City Cemetery
Hardin County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: J.L.
Record added: Sep 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117530204
Abraham Van Meter
Added by: J.L.
Abraham Van Meter
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Added by: William Tatum
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Thinking of you 6th great Grandpa.
- Kathleen
 Added: Jul. 1, 2015

- J.L.
 Added: Apr. 2, 2015
Thinking of you my 6th great grandfather.
- Heattown
 Added: Feb. 28, 2015
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