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Elizabeth Keyser Van Metre
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1840
Newport (Page County)
Page County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 1925
Clarke County
Virginia, USA

Elizabeth Keyser was the daughter of Alexander Keyser and Nancy Ann Koontz. A native of Page County, she had several of her brothers that served in the CSA, as well as her husband, James La Rue Evans Van Metre, from Berryville, Va. Elizabeth gained some minor fame after the Civil War for the mercy and nursing she gave to a Union soldier during the war.

From the Page News & Courier, 2/5/1915


A dispatch from Montpelier, Vt., Jan. 29th says: A resolution was passed by the legislature today commending Mrs. Bettie Van Metre, of Berryville, V., for her care of Lieut. Henry E. Bedell, of Westfield, Vt., after he was injured during the Civil War."

Lieutenant Bedell's leg was broken by a shell in a battle at Opequon, Va., and he was left behind by his regiment. Later according to the story told to the legislature, he was picked up unconscious and carried to the home of a family whose Southern sympathies were so string that he was left in an attic room for three days without proper care until Mrs. Van Metre, that a girl of 20 years, heard of his condition and insisted on acting as nurse. She watched over him regardless of the criticisms of her friends until he was able to be moved back to his Vermont home.

She accompanied him on a troop train, and when Washington was reached, Lieutenant Bedell told Secretary Stanton, of the War Department, how his life had been saved through her devoted care. The Secretary immediately ordered the release of Mrs. Van Metre's husband, a Confederate soldier, who with one of her brothers, had been imprisoned at Fort Delaware.

Mr. Van Metre went with his wife and Lieutenant Bedell to the latter's home ion Westfield, where they remained until the Lieutenant had recovered fully from his wounds and Mr. Van Metre from the sufferings occasioned by his long imprisonment.

‘As Mr. and Mrs. Van Metre are still living at their old home in Berryville, the former hale and hearty at the age of 83, it seems most fitting says the resolution, ‘that the State of Vermont should take some action in recognition of this young Virginia girl of 50 years ago to one of the Green Mountain boys.'

Mrs. Van Metre mentioned above is a daughter of the late Alexander Keyser a prominent citizen of the Honeyville section, this county. She is a sister of the late Capt. Alexander Keyser, who for many years was a member of the Board of Supervisor from Shenandoah Iron Works District. Mrs. B.F. Keyser and Mrs. Joseph W. Keyser both deceased of Rileyville were her sisters. She is an aunt of Mrs. F.C. Brumback of Springfield and Mrs. V.S. Finnell of Rileyville.

She is well known in this, her native county, everywhere she often visits relatives and friends."

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  Alexander Keyser (____ - 1872)
  Nancy Ann Koontz Keyser (1803 - 1883)
  James Larue Evans VanMetre (1832 - 1920)*
  Daniel A. Keyser (1822 - 1901)*
  Elizabeth Keyser Van Metre (1840 - 1925)
*Calculated relationship
Green Hill Cemetery
Clarke County
Virginia, USA
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Elizabeth Keyser Van Metre is my great-great-aunt. Her brother at Fort Delaware is my great-great-grandfather, Sgt Alexander Hamilton Keyser. He was a member of the 33rd Virginia Infantry Company H. He was wounded at Sharpsburg, Maryland on 9/17/1862. The...(Read more)
- Lynne Boppe
 Added: Feb. 5, 2011

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