An American Family History


Joost Jans van Meteren


The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.



  also spelled Vanmeter, Vanmetre, Van Metre, Van Matre, Van Meteren, Van Maitre,  

West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.

John Van Meter (Joost Jans van Meteren) was born in Holland.

He married Sara du Bois on December 12, 1682. Sarah was the daughter of Louis du Bois and Catherine Blanchan.

Jan (John) Van Meter (1683, married Sara Bodine and Margaret Mollenauer),
Rebecca Van Meter (1686, married Cornelius Elting),
Lysbeth Van Meter (1689),
Isaac Van Meter (1692, married Annetje Wynkoop),
Rachel Van Meter (1697),
Cattron Van Meter (1693, married John Blue),
Hendrick Van Meter (1695, married Rebecca Du Bois and Mary Feltere),
Abraham Van Meter (1700), and
Jacob Van Meter (1705).

At first they lived in Ulster County, New York.

In 1714 they moved to Salem, New Jersey where they owned a part of a 1,200 acre tract.

In 1716 they sold their portion of the tract to Jacob du Bois.










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