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Where did the Dutch Vanmeter family come from? What is the Dutch Vanmeter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vanmeter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vanmeter family history?

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vanmeter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Stephen Yerkes Van Meter, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1905
  • S.S. van Meter, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Effuci Ada Van Meter, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Seymour van Meter, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Virginia van Meter, aged 17, who emigrated to America, in 1912


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  • Joseph VanMeter, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 11th District, 1881-84
  • John Inskeep Vanmeter (1798-1875), American politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1840; U.S. Representative from Ohio 8th District, 1843-45
  • John Vanmeter, American politician, Mayor of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1857-58; resigned 1858
  • James Vanmeter, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1847
  • C. L. VanMeter, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Paducah, Kentucky, 1916
  • Thomas A. Van Meter (1943-1992), American politician, Member of the Ohio Senate (1973-1982)
  • Solomon Lee Van Meter Jr. (1888-1937), American inventor, famous for inventing the first successful backpack parachute; he also invented the ejection seat but was never credited for it
  • Jennifer "Jen" Van Meter, American comic book writer best known for her Oni Press series Hopeless Savages and for her work with DC and Marvel Comics
  • Homer Van Meter (1905-1934), American infamous criminal and bank robber, an associate of John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson
  • Edwin Van Meter Champion (1890-1976), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1937-1939)

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  2. Tapper, Michael Ed. Immigrants to the Middle Colonies A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from The New York Genealogical Biographical Record. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Vanmeter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vanmeter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 December 2015 at 16:37.

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