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Birthplace: Monmouth county, New Jersey
Death: Died in Montgomery county, ohio
Managed by: Peter Dutton, Jr.
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About Benjamin Van Cleve

Benjamin Van Cleve (1773-1821) was one of the earliest European settlers of what would later become the city of Dayton, Ohio.

Benjamin Van Cleve was one of the first settlers of Dayton,Ohio, when he arrived with a small group of others at the present site of downtown Dayton on April 1, 1796. Benjamin Van Cleve’s other important roles in Dayton history include teaching at the first school in the city, being the first postmaster of Dayton, and serving as the clerk of courts for Montgomery County. He was also a surveyor.

In 1805, Benjamin Van Cleve was among the founders of the first library incorporated in the state of Ohio; the library was located in Van Cleve’s log house in Dayton. Benjamin himself wrote down his memoirs in his Memoranda, which contains, among other things, the most accurate and detailed description of General Arthur St. Clair’s defeat and the only reliable account of the settlement of Dayton in 1796.

The five children of Benjamin Van Cleve and Mary Whitten Van Cleve were: John Whitten Van Cleve (1801-1858), who was unmarried; William James Van Cleve (1803-1808); Henrietta Maria Van Cleve (1805-1879), who married Samuel Best Dover and later married Joseph Bond; Mary Cornelia Van Cleve (1807-1878), who married James Andrews; and Sarah Sophie Van Cleve (1809-1839), who married David C. Baker.

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Benjamin Van Cleve's Timeline

February 24, 1773
Monmouth county, New Jersey
August 28, 1800
Age 27
Dayton, Ohio
June 27, 1801
Age 28
Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
November 16, 1805
Age 32
Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
December 2, 1807
Age 34
Dayton, Montgomery co, Ohio
November 24, 1809
Age 36
Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
March 10, 1812
Age 39
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
November 12, 1821
Age 48
Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery co, Ohio, USA
November 29, 1821
Age 48
Montgomery county, ohio