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John VanCleef

Birthplace: New Brunswick, Monmouth County, Province of New Jersey
Death: Died in Jefferson County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Aaron van Cleef and Rachel Jans van Cleef
Husband of Mary van Cleave and Rachel Ryker
Father of Mary Leah Van Cleave; Aaron Van Cleave; Sarah "Sally" Van Cleve; Leah Van Cleave; Rachel Van Cleave and 7 others
Brother of Samuel van Cleave; Cornelius "Cory" van Cleave; Benjamin van Cleave; Willem van Cleef; Aaron Vancleave Jr. and 4 others
Half brother of William VanCleave and Jane Boone

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About John VanCleef

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor # A117458


(TLO note: John VanCleave is likely (but not proven) the John Van Cleave listed in the following at Grants Fort. Jane Van Cleave, a sister of John, married Squire Boone II, so it is known that this Van Cleave family were in this area of KY during this period.)

Grant's Fort

Located in Bourbon County, near Fayette County line and was build in 1779 by Col. John Grand and Capt. William Ellis, the military leader of the Traveling Church, for the use of twenty or thirty families who had come to Bryan Station. A group of sixty Indians from Byrd's war party attacked it in June, 1780, and burned the fort without taking prisoners. Forty men from Bryan's went to their relief and found two men named Stucker and a woman named Mitchell killed. James Ingels, Jr., was born here in November 1779. The fort was rebuilt in 1784 but the Grant family sold to Ingels and moved away. The site is about 1 1/2 miles from Antioch Christian Church near the border of Fayette County. Timothy Peyton was shot by Indians about one-half mile away. James Stark carried him to the fort where he soon died. His name is preserved in "Peyton's Run."

In a letter written by John Grant, founder of Grant's Station, dated April 24, 1780, to Col. John Todd, delegate at Harrodsburg, he told of those persons who at that time were living in the fort. A list of the names:

John Tamplin, John Jackson, John VanCleave, George Stucker, Samson Culpeper, Stufel Stucker, Philip

Drake, Christopher Harris, Wm. VanCleave, Manoah Singleton, Thos. Gilbart, Wm. Liley, Wm. Loving, Robert Harras, Jas. Rowland, Josiah Underwood, Frederick Hunter, Wm. Morrason, James Gray, Henry Millar, Stephen Murphy, Michael Stucker, Esmond Lilley, George Stucker (son), John VanCleave (sons), Samson Hough, Wm. Ellis.

There were six more at the station that he could not "properly call effective," and about seven he daily expected.

George Summitt later (1784) of Summitt's Station, was living at Grant's in 1780, visited Sturgus Station on Bear Grass, 1780, and raised a crop of corn there. (Suit Bourbon County).

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John VanCleef's Timeline

New Brunswick, Monmouth County, Province of New Jersey
Age 22
Rowan County, Province of North Carolina
October 25, 1762
Age 23
Mocksville, Rowan Co., NC
Age 26
Rowan Co., NC
Age 28
Rowan Co., NC
March 5, 1769
Age 30
Mocksville, Rowan Co., NC
January 20, 1771
Age 32
Mocksville, Rowan Co., NC
Age 34
Rowan Co., NC
March 14, 1780
Age 41
Shelby Co., KY
March 14, 1780
Age 41