New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||May 21, 1862|
Stephen Vannatta died a tragic death fighting for the Union in the Civil War at 29. He was wounded in battle and succumbed to the fever in Washington DC while in the hospital. He left behind a young wife and three children in the midst of the Civil War turmoil: His children would be raised by another man.
Stephen was married to Harriet Gano. Harriet later married Benjamin Swazye and would successfully raise Stephen's children. I have not been able to find Harriet's grave.
Stephen was a New Jersey volunteer, leaving his successful painting business to support his country. His relatives included his cousin, New Jersey Governor Wertz, along with prominent Uncles, such as Jacob Van Atta, who were deeply involved in the Republic and politics. Undoubtedly his family was in turmoil over the war, as they were strong supporters of the democrats at the time. Yet he sacrificed his life, and the future of his family, to protect the Union that he believed in so strongly.
Stephen would name his first born son after his Uncle's personal friend, President James Buchanan. This name would become a family standard for the next century and beyond. RIP my father I never knew.
The family name was originally Van Etten, but through time changed to Van Atta, Vannatta and finally Van Natta.
Iola VanNatta Anderson (1857 - 1926)*
James Buchanan Van Natta (1859 - 1906)*
US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Site C 2293
Maintained by: Jon Van Natta
Originally Created by: GulfportBob
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35810333
Added: Jul. 3, 2012