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Isaac Joosten Van Meter

Also Known As: "VanMetre"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, Colonial America
Death: 1757 (64)
Fort Pleasant, Hampshire County, Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Old Fields, Hardy County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joost Jansen Van Meteren and Sarah van Meter
Husband of Annetjie Van Meter and Catalina Bodine
Father of Henry van Meter; Catharine Vanmeter; Col. Garret Van Meter; Elizabeth Hite; Rebecca Hite/Heydt (Van Meter) and 2 others
Brother of John "the Indian Trader" van Meter; Rebekka Eltinge; Lysbet Van Meter; Rachel Van Meter; Cattron Garretsen Blue and 4 others

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About Isaac Joosten Van Meter

scalped by indians

Bought a number of Tracts of land near Salem, New Jersey where he resided until 1730.

On June 17, 1730, he obtained from Gov. Goost of Virginia a grant of 10,000 acres of land "beyond the Blue Ridge" upon which he and divers other families were to settle.

About 1744 he and his family settled and built a home at Port Pleasant Old Fields, Virginia where he was killed and scapled by the Indians 1767.

His will was filed with the County Clerk of Hampshire County Virginia on December 14, 1757 (?). Hampshire County subsequently became a part of Hardy County when that county was formed

Killed by Indians

Son of Joost Jansen Van Meter And Sarah DuBois

or 1702 Built Fort Pleasant at Old Fields 1692 - Approximate year of birth. 1714 - Isaac Van Maitre sold land at Somerville, NJ to Isaac Bodine. 1719 - March 4 - Isaac Van Metere of Salem Co., NJ appointed executor of Hendrix Mullinar of the South Branch?s will [S outh Branch of Raritan River]. John & Henry Van Metere were appointed as Fellow bondsmen. 1721 - July 10 - Purchased Piles Grove Manor Plantation in Salem Co., [NJ]. 1726 - May 27 - recieved gift of land from his mother in Salem County, NJ. 1730 - Jun 17 - 40,000 acre Grant from Governor Gooch to John & Isaac, in Frederick Co., VA. 1731 - Nov 7 - Isaac Van Maitre was received on ?confession of faith? in the North Branch Church - per Readington Churc h Records. 1741 - 13th April - Signed covenant for Pittsgrove (Pilesgrove) Presbyterian Church of Salem Co., NJ. 1744 - Built Fort Pleasant in Old Fields, VA. 1757 - Died in Old Fields, VA - scalped outside Fort Pleasant.


Relation to mother, Sara DuBois, shown by deed from Sarah DuBois to Isaac VanMetre, dated 27 May 1726, recorded Liber D , page 203, Salem Deeds, which recites consideration as "love, good will and affection I have and do bear toward my lov ing and dutiful son Isaac VanMetre . . . "

John Van Meter and his brother, Isaac, were granted 110,000 acres of land in the Shenandoah Valley by the Royal Governo r, William Gooch, which they later sold to their cousin, Jost Hite, after selecting choice sites for themselves, whil e it was still a wilderness.

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 earl y as 1728. After 1721 Isaac lived in New Jersey, but John had moved westward toward the southwest part of Maryland. I n 1730 their petitions for 10,000 acres each in the forks of the Shenando River and 20,000 more for other families wer e granted. This was not to interfere with the surveys of Carter and Page."...Jost Hite with Robert McKay began acquirin g land in the Shenandoah Valley in 1731. They with one hundred families were desirous of seating (settling) themselve s on the back of the Great Mountains on land lying between the land of John Van Meter, Jacob Stover, John Fishback an d others. ... Hite acquired the Van Meter grants in 1734 and patents began to issue to his settlers, one thousand acre s to each family...joining the land of 'Jost Heyd' and others.

Isaac Van Meter first settled in this area in 1740 and in 1744 built a home and fort that he named Fort Pleasant. The h ouse and fort were built on a gentle rise overlooking wide open fields stretching south down the valley of the South Br anch of the Potomac River. Later, the Van Meter lands were passed on to his son, Garrett.

1754 Heirs Information about Isaac Van Metre, So. Branch of Potomack County of Frederick, VA. Married to Hannah. Will Feb 15 1754 Children: Henry Jacob Garrett Sarah Richman Catherine Rebecca Hite Clita

Names of wife and children as shown in will, dated 15 Feb. 1754, proven 14 Dec. 1757, Hampshire County, Virginia (now H ardy County, West Virginia): wife Annah, children, Henry, Jacob, Garrett, Sarah Rickman, Catherine, Rebecca Hite, Helli ta.


In the beginning it was the fatherland religion, but was admitted to the Presbytery of Philadelphia; which, consultatio n to those records will show. This accounts for the change to Presbyterianism of Isaac and his family. In 1714 Daniel C ox, of New Jersey sold 3000 acres of land to Jacob du Bois of Ulster Co., NY. , (a brother of Sarah du Bois, the wife o f Jan Joost Van Meteren) Sarah du Bois, John Van Meter and Isaac Van Meter, (the mother and two sons.) This was subsequ ently divided among them of which John individually acquired 400 acres and Isaac 430 acres. Isaac bought many other tra cts in Salem Co., also and passed a very active life there as did his brother John and Henry. The most important probab ly to his descendant, being the prominent part he took in the founding of the Pittsgrove (Pilesgrove) Presbyterian Chur ch of Salem Co., NJ. The covenant of which was signed 13th April 1741. This he is designated in signing as number 1: hi s wife Hannah (norn annetje), 2; their son Henry, 3; and their daughter Sarah, 4.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Scotch-Irish or The Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America, Volume 2  Chapter III   The Seaboard Colonies    Virginia The settlements in the Valley of Virginia were originated principally by the labors of four individuals -- John and Isa ac Vanmeter in Frederick county , William Beverley in Augusta , and Benjamin Borden in Rockbridge . To them Governor Wi lliam Gooch made extensive grants of land beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains , on condition that they should be colonize d within a reasonable time. These grants were all of a later date than the so-called Fairfax grant, which was made by C harles II. in the twenty-first year of his reign, and conveyed to a number of noblemen a tract known as the Northern Ne ck of land in Virginia , "rounded within the head of the Rivers Rappahannock and Quiriough or Patomack rivers , the cou rses of said rivers, . . . and Chesapeak Bay ." At a later date, title to all this tract became vested in Thomas , Lor d Culpeper , one of the original grantees. Culpeper 's daughter and heiress married Thomas , Lord Fairfax , "Baron of C ameron , in that part of Great Britain called Scotland ," and the estates passed to Lord Fairfax . This grant gave to t hat nobleman, with the exception of certain reservations, nearly all the land in what are now the counties of Page, She nandoah , Warren , Clarke , Frederick , Lancaster , Northumberland , Richmond , Westmoreland , Stafford , King Georg e , Prince William , Fairfax , Alexandria , Loudoun , Fauquier , Culpeper , and Madison , in Virginia , and Berkele y , Jefferson , Morgan , and Hardy , in West Virginia . Lord Fairfax visited his Virginia estates in 1739 , and returne d again about 1747 , ultimately settling at Greenway Court, in Clarke county , within a few miles of Winchester , wher e he remained until his death in 1782 . While living in Westmoreland county , he had become acquainted with the Washing ton family, and particularly with the young George , then a youth of fifteen, who had been a boyhood companion of the c hildren of Fairfax 's cousin, William Fairfax , of Belvoir , an estate near Mount Vernon . Accordingly, the nobleman pr oposed that one of the sons of his cousin together with George Washington should visit his lands on the frontier, for t he purpose of exploring, surveying, and making maps of them. They accepted the proposition, and started on their journe y over the mountains March 11, 1748 . A record of their surveys is preserved in Washington 's Journal of the expedition .

The Scotch-Irish or The Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America, Volume 2  Chapter III   The Seaboard Colonies    Virginia John and Isaac Vanmeter , of Pennsylvania , obtained a grant of forty thousand acres from Governor Gooch in 1730 , to b e located in the lower Shenandoah Valley , within the present counties of Frederick , Clarke , and Jefferson . This war rant was sold by the grantees in 1731 to Joist Hite , a Hollander, who removed from Pennsylvania in 1732 with his own a nd fifteen other families, most of them Scotch-Irish. They settled along Opequon, Cedar , and Crooked creeks , in wha t is now Frederick county . Scotch-Irish: The Scot in North Britain, North Ireland and North America [database online] Provo, UT: Anc, 2002. Original data: Hanna, Charles A. The Scotch-Irish or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland and Nort h America, Vol. 2. New York, NY: Putnam, 1902.


His son Isaac Van Meter with his wife and four children settled at historic Fort Pleasant in what is now Hardy County , West Virginia, in 1744.

"Isaac Van Meter, brother of Jacob, was killed and scalped by the Indians near his fort in 1757. One of his sons was Co lonel Garret Van Meter who was born in New York in February 1732, and was a boy of twelve when the family located at Fo rt Pleasant. In 1756 he married Mrs. Ann Markee Sibley, and after the death of his father, inherited Mount Pleasant an d a large tract of surrounding land. He was a colonel of a regiment of militia in General Washington's army in the Revo lution. After the war he and his wife lived at old Fort Pleasant, where they died full of years. Only two of their son s grew to mature years, Isaac, born in 1757 and Jacob, born May 18, 1764. These brothers married sisters, Bettie and Ta bitha Inskeep, whose mother was Hannah McCulock (McCulloch), a daughter of the most famous Indian fighter and scout o f his day. (Travelers through present Wheeling may note a marker at the site of McCulloch's leap, over a bluff to escap e from the savages.)


Isaac VAN METEREN766,879 was born before 1692 in USA, New York, Ulster Co.. He was baptized about 1692 in USA, New York , Ulster Co..763 He signed a will on 15 Feb 1754 in USA, Virginia, Frederick Co.,.880 Isaac's will states he was "of th e South Branch of Potowmach in the country of Frederick, Virginia" when it was made. It was presented in court in Hamps hire Co., Virginia December 14, 1757 by his sons Henry and Garret. The will provides for his "dear wife Hannah, as lon g asshe shall live," and mentions children: Henry, Jacob, Garret, Sarah (the wife of John Richman), Catherine Van Metre , Rebecca Hite ( the wife of Abraham Hite) and Helita Van Metre. The lands in New Jersey are to remain under their curr ent leases until their expiration when they are to be sold at public venue to the highest bidder; devises lands in Virg inia, slaves and money. The children are to have the privilege of selling their land, but must first offer it to thei r siblings so that they may keep it amongst them. He died after Feb 1754 in USA, Virginia, Frederick Co.. Isaac Van Mai tre was a landowner in Bridgewater Township, Somerset Co., New Jersey, in 1714. In 1718/19 Isaac Van Metere of Salem, N J was appointed executor of the will of Hendrix Mullinar. Fellow bondsmen were John and Henry Van Metre, also of Salem. Isaac had a family of eight children, some of which emigrated with their parents to the Valley of the South Branch of t he Potomac prior to 1745. Isaac's grant of land obtained in 1730 (the same time as his brother Jan) was for a 10,000 acre tract lying near "The T rough" on the Opequon River. All of these lands were in what was then known as Orange Co., later became Berkeley Co an d was near the present town of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Fort Pleasant was built on the land owned by Isaac. In 1757 both Isaac and his second wife were killed and scalped by the Indians outside Fort Pleasant.

994, 998 A genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre family : from civil, military, church, and family records and docum ents, p. 14, 16.

997 Anna Hunter Van Meter, "A Glance at the Van Meter Family in the United States of America." Salem, New Jersey, Marc h 1902. (Papers held by the Western Kentucky University Library in Bowling Green, transcribed by John H. Ross).

1151 Unknown. A Story of a Van Matre Family., p.6,8.

1152 Anonymous, Biographical, genealogical and descriptive history of the First Congressional District of New Jersey (N ew York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1900, 1368 pgs. ), p. 36.

?On the Wappatomaka [South Branch of the Potomac], a few miles below the forks, tradition relates that there was a ver y considerable Indian settlement. On the farm of Isaac Vanmeter, Esq., on this water course, in the county of Hardy, w hen the county was first discovered, there were considerable openings of the land or natural praries, which are calle d ?the Indian old fields? to this day?

?Tradition relates that a man by the name of John Vanmeter, from New York, some years previous to the first settlemen t of the valley, discovered the fine country of the Wappatomaka [South Branch of the the Potomac]. This man was a kin d of wandering Indian trader, became well acquainted with the Delawares, and once accompanied a war party who marched t o the south for the purpose of invading the Catawbas. The Catawbas, however, anticipated them, met them very near th e spot where Pendleton courthouse now stands, and encountered and defeated them in immense slaughter. Vanmeter returne d to New York, he advised his sons, that if they ever migrated to Virginia, by all means to secure a part of the Sout h Branch bottom, and described the lands immediately above what is called ?The Trough,? as the finest body of land whic h he discovered in his travels.?One of his sons, Isaac Vanmeter, in conformity with his father?s advice came to Virgini a about the year 1736 or 1737, and made what was called a tomahawk improvement on the lands now owned by Isaac Vanmeter , Esq., immediately above the trough, where Fort Pleasant was afterward erected. After this improvement, Mr. Vanmete r returned to New Jersey, came out again in 1740, and found a man by the name of Coburn settled on his land. Mr. Vanme ter bought out Coburn, and again returned to New Jersey; and in the year 1744 removed his family and settled on the lan d.?

??Isaac Vanmeter, Esq., of Hardy, detailed this tradition to the author.? [Kercheval seems to have erred in his version of Isaac?s tale. Either Joost Vanmeter was the Indian trader - Isaac?s fa ther; or Jan Joosten Vanmeter was the trader and told his grandsons about the land.], , , , , , , , , , , , , ,Page: Page 17Page: page 49Page: page 34Page: page 46* Reference: RootsWeb's WorldConnect -


Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1670-1760

Name: Isaac van Meter Date: 28 Nov 1758 Inventory of part of his estate found in Salem Co., in the custody of Jost Millar, viz., a negro man, "if he arrives at the age of 21 years," £50, proclamation money; a negro girl, £15, "if she arrives to full age." Signed by Bateman Lloyd and Joseph van Meter. Salem Wills, 1049 Q.

Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1670-1760

Name: Isaac Vanmetre Date: 15 Feb 1754 Location: South Branch of the Potowmack, in Frederick Co. Va.; will of.

Wife, Hannah, to have £20 yearly and negro named Hannah. Lands in New Jersey, with the stock thereon, to remain under the leases now granted till they expire, then to be sold, and money to go to my children, viz., Henry, Jacob, Garret, Sarah Richman, Catherine Vanmetre, Rebecca Hite, Helita Vanmetre.

Lands in Virginia I bought of James Cebrun, located by Abraham Hite and Jonathan Heath, of 600 acres, to be divided, and the upper 200 I give to my son Garrett, the middle 200 to my son Jacob and the lower 200 to my son Henry, whereon he now lives. The land I purchased of Michael Hyder I give to my daughter Catherine, if she incline to dwell thereon, and, if she does not, then to be sold. The 200 acres which is in dispute, if it goes to me, then I give it to Abraham Hite, husband of my daughter Rebecca, joining his lot, and the other 200 acres I give to my daughter Hellita. If my daughters Catherine and Hellita die without marriage or issue, then my daughter Sarah, the wife of John Richman, to have said land. If sons Jacob or Garret die without marriage or issue, then their part to go to the surviving children. Executors--sons Henry, Jacob and Garret. Witnesses--Ebenezer Holme, Abel Randell, Joseph Carrell. Will proved Dec. 14, 1757, in Hampshire County, Va. Lib. 12, p. 119.

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from:Ruckman, Phil N. Sr.

1836 Will of Isaac VanMeter: Page 1

Page 2: (sons of William & Sally Cunningham) three Negro Boys names Charles, Lloyd & Hamilton (Sons of Teny.) My oldest Grandson to take choice.

Item 3. I give and devise to my son Garrett Vanmeter his heirs and assigns the Land I held in the State of Maryland and now in his possession as far north as the south east corner of the Land I bought of Thomas Nanett and with a line due East from said corner to bound it. Also several tracts of Land, I hold in Hampshire County Va. and now in his possession, which I bought of Solomon Heater, John Slagle, John House and the heirs of the widow Slagle Dec. Also I give to my son Garrett & my son David a tract of Land in the Allegheny Mountains, adjoining my son Garretts land, and the Land which has been devised to my son David, and on which Joseph Dixon now lives, to be divided by them equally, so as to suit them both. Also I give to my son Garrett one Negro Boy names Anthony (son of Matilada).

Item 4th. I give and devise to my son John Inskeep Vanmeter, his Heirs & assigns all those several tracts of land, I hold in the State of Ohio; adjoining each other, and commonly called Miller's Bottom near the mouth of Big Beaver Creek, and now in his possession. Also I give to my Son John I. Vanmeter, my part of a tract of land on the Scioto River, commonly called Laytons Bottom, the other parts belonging to the heirs of George Harness, dec. and the heir of Lionel Branson, dec.

Item 5th. I give and devise to my daughter Elizabeth Inskeep, her Heirs and Assigns, all the several tracts, or parts, or parcels of Tracts of land I hold adjoining and near the town of Frankfort in Hampshire County, Va. purchased of the Rogers, the Jones & others. and all my interest in law and or equity in and to lots and rents of lots in the said town of Frankfort and now in her possession.

Item 6th. I give and devise to my Son Jacob Vanmeter, his Heirs and Assigns all the Lands whereon I now live, including all the Lands I hold in Hardy County, Va. (and not otherwise devised) subject to the payment of three thousand dollars, payable to me, or to my executors in installments, of eight hundred dollars annually to be applied as hereafter directed. Also I give to my Son Jacob. a tract of land I hold in the Allegheny Mountains call the Copper Spring. Also I give to my son Jacob Vanmeter, whatever stock of Cattle, sheep and hogs that may be on hand, at my deceased; also all my household and kitchen Page 3 furniture, and all of farming utensils of every description. Also I give to my son Jacob Vanmeter the following names Slaves viz. James, Bill, Bob, Manual, Dan (son of Teny), Rachel and her children (not otherwise disposed of) and Lot and her children (not otherwise disposed of.).

Item 7th. I give and devise to my Daughter Ann Markee Gibson, her heirs and assigns, the several tracts of Land I hold & Lying in Hampshire County, Va. at the mouth of Pattersons' Creek, and which I bought of James Higgins and the Eversoles, and now in her possession. Also I give to my Daughter Ann M. Gibson the whole of my stock in the Bank of the Valley at Romney. Also I give to my Daughter Ann M. Gibson the following names Slaves vix Edmund and Henry, Caroline, Caty, Harriet & Rebecca.

It is my will and I do furthermore direct, that my executors, hereafter mentioned to collect all the debts due to me and likewise the sum which I have directed my son Jacob to pay which sum (if not paid to me) is to be paid over to my said Daughter, Ann M. Gibson, and I do furthermore direct, that my said Executors do dispose of all my property of every description belonging to me wherever it may be (and not hereto fore devised or Disposed of) and after paying my just debts and legacies, the remainder (if any) to be equally divided among my children. And Lastly. I do appoint and constitute my sons David Vanmeter, Garrett Vanmeter and Jacob Vanmeter to be the Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and Testaments. It is to be understand and I do hereby direct that my two old Salves named Jack and Surry shall remain, and be under the care and direction of my son Jacob, and that the remainder of my salve not otherwise disposed of, be sold to the highest bidder among my children. In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and Affixed my seal this thirtieth day of April 1836.

Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in Isaac Vanmeter SEAL Presence of US Philip ?W. Peck Hannah L. Peck John Inskeep +++++++++++++

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Isaac Joosten Van Meter's Timeline

August 9, 1692
Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, Colonial America
Age 24
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
May 12, 1718
Age 25
New Jersey, United States
Age 37
February 1, 1732
Age 39
Age 40
Virginia, United States