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  • John Van Meter - 1 #298/558 - List of names and dates of his birth, death 2 marriages, their children; prepared by William G. Scroggins, revised 13 Nov 1989, 718 Mill Valley drive, Taylor Mill, KY, 41015, page 1 of 21.
  • First white man to cross the Blue Ridge, while on the war-path with the Delaware Indians against the Catawba's. He wrote an account of this expedition - Virginia History Magazine, vol 3.


  • New York Colony, Kingston Baptism 1683, parents : Joost Janz - Sarah du Bois, Child : Jan, Date : 14 Oct, witnesses and spongers : Jan Joosten. Guysbert Crom. Maykin Hendricx.
  • Source citation for web : Netherlands, genealogy Online trees Index, 1000-2015 - John Van Meter spouse Margaret Mollenauer.
  • Find a Grave memorial # 79887491 created by Glenda Ragan, 4-11-2011.
  • Genealogy of Duke - Shepherd - Van Meter Family : from civil, military, church and family records - part 1, pages 31-36, will of John Van meter ( mentions wife Margaret ).

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Category: Frederick County, Virginia] Template: New Netherland Descendant



Jan Joosten[1][2][3] also Van Meter,[4][5] VanMetre[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][8][13][11][9] VanMetren[12][7] and van Meteren (see also Correction on Names below)

Parents: Joost Jans and Sara (du Bois) van Meteren
married New Paltz, Ulster County, New York (by banns 18 Nov 1682)[14][6][15][16]
Baptized: October 14, 1683[17] at Kingston, Ulster County, New York:[18][19]
Kingston Baptisms, 1683
Parents: Joost Janz, Sara du Bois
Child / Baptism Date: Jan / Oct. 14
Witnesses and Sponsors: Jan Joosten, Mayken Hendricz, Jacob du Bois.
  1. Sara Bodine (born in 1687, the daughter of Jean Bodine and Marie Crocheron of Staten Island) about 1705 at Somerset County, New Jersey.[5][9] Sara (Bodine) Van Metern died in 1709 (at Somerset County).[20] (Note: Marriage was before 30 Oct 1706, when daughter Sara was baptized.[21]
  2. Margaret Mollenauer (or Mulinaur, Miller) at Raritan (now Somerville), Somerset County, New Jersey[20] about 1710 (after Sara's death).[22] Somerset County, New Jersey[8][5]
by Sara Bodine (all baptized at Raritan, New Jersey):[20]
  • Sarah, baptized on 30 December 1706,[23][1] married James Davis;
  • Johannes Jansen, baptized on 28 April 1708, married Rebecca Poulissen (Pauleson), had two children, and died in Frederick County, Virginia in 1732;[2] and
  • Maria Jansen, baptized on 26 April 1709, married Robert Jones.[3]
by Margaret Mollenauer (all born in Somerset County, New Jersey with the surname as Van Meter)[24]
  • Rebecca, born in 1711, married Solomon Hedges in 1735 at Fredrick, Maryland, and died in 1770 in Virginia;
  • Isaac, born on 3 June 1713, married Alice Scholl in 1739 in Somerset County, and died on 3 September 1745 in Frederick County, Virginia;
  • Elizabeth, born in 1715, married Thomas Shepherd in 1733, had seven children, and died in 1782;
  • Henry, born in 1717, married (1) Eva Pyle in 1736 in Somerset County, had five children, married (2) Hannah Pyle in 1756, had five children, married (3) Mrs. Elizabeth Pyle (sister-in-law of Eva and Hannah), and died in 1793;
  • Rachel, born in 1719, married John Lessige in 1736 of Virginia, had one son, and died in 1744;
  • Abraham, born in 1721, married (1) Ruth Hedges in 1742 in Virginia, married (2) Martha Wheeler (nee Roberts) in 1762 near Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Virginia, and died in 1783 at Martinsburg;
  • Jacob Jansen, born 16 March 1723, married Letitia Stroud (or Strode) on 30 August 1741 at Frederick County, Virginia, had thirteen children, and died 16 November 1798 at Hardin County, Kentucky; and
  • Magdalena (or Maudlina), born in 1725 and married Robert Pewesy (or Pusey).
Died: In 1745 — will dated "8-13-1745 Winchester Co VA proved 9-3-1745"[17]

Indian Trader

'John VanMeter, Indian trader from New York', is said to have visited the valley of South Branch Potomac River (Wappatomaca) on an expedition with a Delaware war party sometime between 1725 and 1739. He was so impressed with the valley above 'the Trough' that he advised his sons to take up land there. This John VanMeter is usually identified as Joost Jansen VanMeteren, who as a boy kidnapped for 3 months by Minnisinks was so attracted to their lifestyle that he spent most of the rest of his life with them. His sons Isaac and Jacob settled in the South Branch Potomac valley. But consider that Joost Jansen was most likely aged only 3 (though possibly older) when kidnapped, and was last recorded at the christening of his first grandchild 30 Oct 1706, aged about 48 (or a little older) at Raritan [now Somerville], Somerset County, New Jersey. Curiously, no record of his death exists, but if he was still alive long after this, he would have been aged 65 (or more) when he participated in the war party. Perhaps a better candidate for 'John VanMeter, Indian trader from New York', is Joost's son John VanMeter, who would have been aged about 42 (or older) when participating in the war party. Though not father, but eldest brother, of the South Branch Potomac valley settlers Isaac and Jacob, he was considerably older than his younger brothers, and would have been a surrogate father to them if Joost had died in the early 1700s. Both John and his father, Joost, could have been described as 'from New York', though both would have been from New Jersey at the time of the war party. John was born in New York and lived there until he was aged about 20. Joost was born in Gelderland, but lived in New York from age 2½ (or more) to age 38 (or more).
VanMeter, Benjamin Franklin, Genealogies and Sketches of Some Old Families Who Have Taken Prominent Part in the Development of Virginia and Kentucky Especially, and Later of Many Other States of this Union J. P. Morton, Louisville, Ky., 1901. (Page: 149-156, Van Meters, as given by Mrs. Anna Louise Thompson, of Clinton, Iowa")[25][13]
Note: There is no question that the Indian trader was this John Van Meter (bp.1683). One book (Smyth, see #S11728), said the Indian trader was John's father Joost Jans (b.c.1658), and many have used that as a source. ~KGE

John (or Jan Joosten) Van Meter was popularly known as "The Indian Trader."[26]

Virginia Magazine

following transcription received via e-mail October 25, 2014 (Thanks Lucy!)

1730 - "Several years prior to the settlement of any portion of the Virginia Shenandoah Valley by the white man, a 'Dutchman' from New York, by the name of John VANMETER, accompanied a war party of the Delaware Indians on one of their excursions southward against their inveterate enemies the Catawbas. Near or upon the present site of Franklin, the county seat of Pendleton Co., West Virginia, a fierce battle was fought, in which the Delawares were worsted and driven back. VANMETER took part in the battle and escaped afterward with the defeated braves; and although he was on the losing side in this venture, he at once set about, with true German instinct, to turn his ill-starred trip to good account. He had seen the fertile bottom lands, all unoccupied, along the Shenandoah and the South Branch of the Potomac; he made application to Governor GOOCH for a grant of land, and obtained 40,000 acres in the lower part of the Valley. It was VANMETER's grant that Joist HITE purchased in 1732, when he and his party settled on the Opequon River."

John Walter Wayland's "The Germans of the Valley," THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE (May 1902), v.X, pp.35-36; A. D. Lough, "An account of the Indian Massacre at Fort Seybert" (Franklin, Virginia Newspaper Article, ca.1920s).


about 1725, Monocacy valley, Prince George's County, Maryland[9]
about 1740, Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia)[12]


Berkeley County (Virginia until 1863) was created in February 1772 from the northern third of Frederick County, Virginia. At the time of the county's formation, it also consisted of the areas that make up the present-day Jefferson and Morgan counties. Winchester is in Frederick County (Winchester is independent of the county but is the county seat). Opequon is shown in the following map of modern-day Frederick County; Opequon is also a magisterial district of Berkeley County ("Adam Stephen/Opequon").[27] See the 1770 and 1772 maps at Virginia Formation Maps to see Frederick county before and after Berkeley county's formation.


A charter for the town of Winchester, secured by James Wood and Lord Fairfax in February 1752, described the "parcel of land, at the courthouse in Frederick county" that "James Wood, gentleman, did survey and lay out..., in twenty-six lots of half an acre each, with streets for a town, by the name of Winchester..." (Winchester, Virginia and Its Beginnings, 1743-1814, by Katherine Glass Greene, p 33).

John Van Meter had land along the Opequon, as described in Greene's book: "One [record by James Wood, surveyor for Orange county], dated December 24, 1735, reads:

Surveyed for John VanMetre 50 acres of land in Orange county lying on the north side of Opequon Creek and opposite to another tract of land formerly surveyed for the said John VanMetre, it being within the limits of 100,000 acres granted by order of Council to Alexander Ross and others."

In 1743, Frederick County was formed from Orange County.[28]

"Opequon Creek is a 64.4-mile-long tributary stream of the Potomac River. It flows into the Potomac northeast of Martinsburg in Berkeley County, West Virginia, and its source lies northwest of the community of Opequon at the foot of Great North Mountain in Frederick County, Virginia. The Opequon forms part of the boundary between Frederick and Clarke counties in Virginia and also partially forms the boundary between Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle." (from Wikipedia article, accessed August 3, 2014)

see also: Berkeley County, Wikipedia article (accessed August 3, 2014). "The next known explorer to traverse the county [after John Lederer in 1670] was John Van Meter (1683–1745) in the 1730s. He came across the Potomac River, at what is now known as Shepherdstown, then he made his way to the South Branch Potomac River."


The family settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where Jan became a wealthy land owner and horse breeder. "Kegley's Virginia Frontier in describing the earliest history of Virginia, says: 'The Van Meters cross the Powtomack (Potomac River). John and Isaac Van Meter were traders who knew the country about the Potomac and the Shenandoah as early as 1728. After 1721 Isaac lived in New Jersey, but John had moved westward toward the southwest part of Maryland.[20] Around 1725, John was living in Monocacy valley, Prince George's County, Maryland.[29]

In 1730 their petitions for 10,000 acres each in the forks of the Sherando River and 20,000 more for other families were granted. This was not to interfere with the surveys of Carter and Page.' ...[20]

Jost Hite with Robert McKay began acquiring land in the Shenandoah Valley in 1731. They with one hundred families were desirous of seating (settling) themselves on the back of the Great Mountains on land lying between the land of John Van Meter, Jacob Stover, John Fishback and others. ... Hite acquired the Van Meter grants in 1734 and patents began to issue to his settlers, one thousand acres to each family ... joining the land of 'Jost Heyd' and others.[20]

"Mrs. Sims' article (material provided by Mrs. Ruth Bruner Sims of Frankfort, Kentucky) says John Van Meter and his brother Isaac, were granted 110,000 acres of land in the Shenandoah Valley by the Royal Governor, William Gooch, which they later sold to their cousin, Jost Hite, after selecting choice sites for themselves, while it was still a wilderness."[20]

He was in Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia) by about 1740. He died after August 13, 1745 in Frederick County, Virginia.[30]

John's estate was called 'Opequen' (sometimes 'Opequon' or 'Apequon,' Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia).[31]


"John settled and died in Winchester, Virginia."[32]
  • after 13 August 1745 (date of will)[17]
  • Apequon, Frederick, Winchester, Virginia
  • Winchester, Frederick, Virginia[33][22][34]
  • Apequon, Winchester, Berkeley, Virginia


Will of "John Van Metre in Frederick County in the Colony of Virginia" written August 13, 1745
To see the first half of his will, click here.
To see the last half of his will, click here.
Named in will:[35]
  • beloved wife Margaret Van Metre
  • son Abraham Van Meter ("a son of my wife aforesaid")
  • son Isaac Van Meter
  • son Henry Van Meter and his wife Eve
  • son Jacob Van Metre
  • daughter Sarah, "wife to James Davis"
  • daughter Mary, "wife to Robert Jones"
  • daughter Rebecca, "wife to Solomon Hedges"
  • daughter Elizabeth, "wife to Thomas Shepherd"
  • daughter Magdalena
  • son of daughter Rachel "deceased (viz) John Leforge"
  • "Johannes Van Meter son of Johanes Van Meter deceased and Joana daughter of the said Johanes deceased &c." ("his [John Leforge] two cousins", later in the will, Johannes Van Meter and Joana Van Meter named as grandchildren and their father as "my Eldest son Johannes Van Meter")
Executors "son-in-law Thomas Shepherd, Abraham Van Meter and Jacob Van Meter my sons"
Witnesses Edward Morgan, Andrew Corn, Joseph Carroll
Probated at Winchester, Virginia on September 3, 1745
His will includes details on bequests of his extensive land holdings. It also mentions a riding horse and two breeding mares.
  • Will dated 8-13-1745 Winchester Co VA proved 9-3-1745[17]
  • John Van Meter wrote his will August 13, 1745.[36]
  • "He drew up a lengthy will in which Jacob Van Meter was called 'my fourth and youngest son,' by which he inherited an equal share of 'all Staylen (stallions), geldings, mares, colts.' He inherited land, but not the estate 'Opequen,' on which his father lived, since he was the youngest." ('Opequen' also 'Apequon,' Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia)[20]


  • Berkeley County, September 3, 1745.[36]
  • 1745, Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
  • 03 SEP 1745, Frederick County, Virginia[5]
  • 3 September 1745, Apequon, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia (also had that "Jan died on 13 August 1745 at Apequon, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia")[20]


Ancestry link: The Shenandoah (format: htm)
Ancestry link: Will of John Van Metre (format: htm)
Ancestry link: Life of Jan Jansen Van Meter (format: htm)
Ancestry link: Part II; The Peopling of the Counties of Virginia (format: htm)
Ancestry link: Jan (John) VanMeter (format: htm)
Ancestry link The German element of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (format: htm)
Ancestry link: Jan Jansen "John" Van Meter (format: htm)
Ancestry link: A genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre family : from civil, military, church, and family records and documents (format: htm) - Note: this source is available without a subscription elsewhere: A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family, from Civil, Military, Church and Family Records and Documents

Correction on Names

Because of confusion in the use of patronyms and about the identity of the "Indian Trader, John Van Meter from New York" (who is this John (Van Meter-2), aka Jan Joosten), his name is sometimes give as Jan Jansen or other variations:
  • Jan Jansen VanMeter[33][7]
  • Jan Jansen VanMeteren[7]
  • Jan Jansen Joosten (John AKA The Indian Trader) /Van Meteren/[37]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Source: #S11733: "First Reformed Church, Raritan (Somerville) Baptisms, 1699 – 1745," Somerset County Historical Quarterly, 2 (1913): 30 Oct 1706, Sara of Jan Joosten. Record translated and transcribed as, "Joosten, Jan and wife — Sara. Witnesses: Joost Jansen and Katleyn Bodyn."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Source: #S11733: 28 Apr 1708, Johannes of Jan Joosten Note: Record translated and transcribed as, "Joosten, Jan and wife — Johannes. Witnesses: Isack Bodyn, Van Kocke"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Source: #S11733: 27 Apr 1709, Maria of Jan Joosten Note: Record translated and transcribed as, "Joosten, Jan. and wife — Maria. Witnesses: Albert Louw and wife"
  4. Source: #S-483386127
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Source: #S11520 Page: 149-156, Van Meters, as given by Mrs. Anna Louise Thompson, of Clinton,Iowa
  6. 6.0 6.1 Source: #S241 Page: 5-9
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Benjamin Franklin VanMeter, Genealogies and Sketches of Some Old Families Who Have Taken Prominent Part in the Development of Virginia and Kentucky Especially, and Later of Many Other States of this Union (Louisville, Ky.: J. P. Morton, 1901), 47–49, The Van Meter Family; 149–156, Van Meters, as given by Mrs. Anna Louise Thompson, of Clinton, Iowa.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Source: #S11721
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Source: #S11728 Page: 37-42, Descendants of Johannes Van Metre
  10. Benjamin Franklin VanMeter, Genealogies and Sketches of Some Old Families Who Have Taken Prominent Part in the Development of Virginia and Kentucky Especially, and Later of Many Other States of this Union (Louisville, Ky.: J. P. Morton, 1901), 49–50, Isaac Van Metre, or Van Meter.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Source: #S11728 Page: 37, Sarah Van Metre
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Source: #S11520 Page: 47-49, The Van Meter Family
  13. 13.0 13.1 Source: #S11520 Page: 49-50, Isaac Van Metre, or Van Meter
  14. Source: #S29
  15. Source: #S3249 Correspondence, to Kimball G. Everingham
  16. Source: #S3977 Page: 24, 5. Cornelius Eltinge
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 from Van Meter-43; source: p 44, William Heidgerd, The American Descendants of Chrétien Du Bois of Wicres, France, 20 vols. and index (New Paltz, N.Y.: DuBois Family Association, 1968–1984)
  18. Baptismal and marriage registers of the old Dutch church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York (1891), available online (accessed October 3, 2014): page 20, entry 329
  19. #S241 (Page: 5-9) and #S-483386127 show Kingston as birth location also, while #S38 has birth as Marbletown (Ulster County)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 20.8 from Van Metern-7, with a note for this Family Search link
  21. "First Reformed Church, Raritan (Somerville) Baptisms, 1699 – 1745," Somerset County Historical Quarterly, 2 (1913): 30 Oct 1706, Sara of Jan Joosten. Record translated and transcribed as, "Joosten, Jan and wife — Sara. Witnesses: Joost Jansen and Katleyn Bodyn." (another profile had baptism as 30 Dec. (#Van Metern-7)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Source: #S-1415197421
  23. transcript of baptisms had 30 Oct 1706 (next footnote in text, footnote 1)
  24. from Van Metern-7, with this link (no longer there, but captured by archive.org's WayBack Machine here)
  25. "Indian Trader" entry and source from VanMeter-50
  26. Scott Van Metre. "An Interesting Sketch of That Well Known Family" (Accessed 12 Feb. 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin).
  27. Source: Wikipedia articles on Berkeley County and Winchester (accessed August 3, 2014).
  28. Winchester Frederick County Circuit Court Clerks Welcome Page
  29. which profile this came from was not noted, but can probably be determined by searching through the details of edits, starting here
  30. VanMeter-50 showed death as being in Frederick County, Virginia. Van Meter-9 had just the year 1745 and Winchester, Frederick, Virginia. Data fields for VanMeter-50 had 1745-08-13, Opequon, Frederick County, Virginia. Van Meter-2 had the August date and Winchester location. The transcript of his will shows that it was written August 13, 1745.
  31. from Van Metern-7
  32. Wikipedia (accessed August 3, 2014)
  33. 33.0 33.1 Source: #S38
  34. Source: #S-1415228328
  35. abstracted from his will (see pages 31-36, Smyth)
  36. 36.0 36.1 from VanMeter-50
  37. from Van Meteren-42
1794 Virginia Court Reports
From District Court of Winshester. Pendleton v Vandevier
JOHN VANMETER, Will 13 August 1745, died prior to September 1745.
Issue, two children: Abraham Vanmeter, who has issue; Madgalena born 1744, married and has issue a daughter, Prudence, born 1744, died 1769, and a son who died in infancy.
Jacobus Vandevier had son James Vandevier. Their connection with Vanmeter is not shown.
Virginia Wills
  • S11520: VanMeter, Benjamin Franklin, Genealogies and Sketches of Some Old Families Who Have Taken Prominent Part in the Development of Virginia and Kentucky Especially, and Later of Many Other States of this Union J. P. Morton, Louisville, Ky., 1901.
  • S11721: Ehrlich, P. S., comp. and ed., Fine Lineage (world wide web: the compiler and editor, 2003–). V-4, "Their Children" (accessed August 1, 2014).
  • S11728: Smyth, Samuel Gordon, comp. and ed. A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family, from Civil, Military, Church and Family Records and Documents. New Era Printing, Lancaster, Pa., 1909.
  • S11733: "First Reformed Church, Raritan (Somerville) Baptisms, 1699–1745," Somerset County Historical Quarterly Vol. 2 (1913), Pages: 38, 138, 209, 298
  • S241: Stimpson, Roberta Shannon. Yesterday and Tomorrow: Van Meter - Tabb - Shannon and Allied Families (Berkley, Mich.: the author, 1976)
  • S29: Woodworth, John B. (Waynesboro, Virginia). Van Meeteren Manuscript Genealogy. n.d. Repository: Burlington Public Library, Patterson Creek Road, P.O. Box 61, Burlington, West Virginia 26710 (304) 289-3690 (Tues. & Thurs. 10-5, Wed. 12-5, Fri. 10-2, Sat. 10-3)
  • S3249: Correspondence, James F. Barnett of Elkville, IL with Kimball G. Everingham (Repository: Kimball G. Everingham Genealogical Collection)
  • S3977: Elting, James W., comp. The Descendants of Jan Eltinge: The Genealogy of the Elting/EltingeFamily. (the compiler, Charlotte, N.C., 2002)
  • S-1415228328: U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 (2011 Ancestry Online publication; APID: 1,2204::0). Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. Text (APID 1,2204::1007954): Birth Kingston, Virginia. Death Sep 1745, Frederick, Virginia. Residence United States.
  • Ancestors of Henry VanMeter, compiled by Kimball G. Everingham. (May 2013)
  • S-1415197421: Family Data Collection - Individual Records. Edmund West, comp. 2000 (Ancestry Online publication; APID 1,4725::0). Text (APID 1,4725::2646857): Birth 1683, Kingston, NJ. Birth 14 October 1683, Kingston, Ulster County NY or Somerset County, NJ. Death 13 August 1745, Apequon, Frederick County, Wichester, VA. Marriage 1710, Somerville, Somerset County, NJ. Text (APID 1,4725::1745034): Birth 14 October 1683, Marbletown, Ulster, NY. Death 13 August 1745, Winchester, VA. Marriage 1710, Somerville, Somerset, NJ.
  • S38: U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 (Ancestry Online Publication, 2011). SAR Membership Number: 74996.
  • S76: Netherlands, Genlias Marriage Index, 1795-1944 (Ancestry Online Publication, 2012)
  • S-483386127: U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 (Ancestry Online Publication). APID: 1,2204::0. Text: Volume: 286; SAR Membership Number: 57055 (APID: 1,2204::1204724).

Accessed 12 Feb. 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.

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