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Jan Joosten van Metre (van Meteren)

Also Known As: "van Meter", "van Metre", "John Van Metern", "John Van Meter"
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Marbletown, Ulster County, New York
Death: Died in Winchester, Berkley, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Joost Jansen Van Meteren and Sarah du Bois
Husband of Sarah VanMeter and Margaret Miller van Meteren
Father of Sarah Jansen Van Meteren; Johannes J. Van Meter; Maria Jansen Van Meter; Elizabeth VanMetre Sheppard; Rebecca Janson Hedges and 5 others
Brother of Janitje Hendrick; Rebekka Eltinge; Lysbet Van Meter; Rachel Van Meter; Isaac Joosten Van Meter and 5 others

Occupation: indian trader/horse breeder
Managed by: Ian Thomas Gillespie
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About John "the Indian Trader" van Meter

Signed his will as John van Metre (see below).

The family settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where Jan became a wealthy land owner and horse breeder. "Kegley's Virginia Frontier in describing the earliest history of Virginia, says: 'The Van Meters cross the Potomac (Potomac River). John and Isaac Van Meter were traders who knew the country about the Potomac and the Shenandoah as early as 1728. After 1721 Isaac lived in New Jersey, but John had moved westward toward the southwest part of Maryland. In 1730 their petitions for 10,000 acres each in the forks of the Sheran do River and 20,000 more for other families were granted. This was not to interfere with the surveys of Carter and Page.' ...Jost Hite with Robert McKay began acquiring land in the Shenandoah Valley in 1731. They with one hundred families were desirous of seating (settling) themselves on the back of the Great Mountains on land lying between the land of John Van Meter, Jacob Stover, John Fishback and others. ... Hite acquired the Van Meter grants in 1734 and patents began to issue to his settlers, one thousand acres to each family ... joining the land of 'Jost Heyd' and others. Mrs. Sims' article (material provided by Mrs. Ruth Bruner Sims of Frankfort, Kentucky) says John Van Meter and his brother Isaac, were granted 110,000 acres of land in the Shenandoah Valley by the Royal Governor, William Gooch, which they later sold to their cousin, Jost Hite, after selecting choice sites for themselves, while it was still a wilderness." He died on 13 August 1745 at Apequon, Winchester, Frederick County,, Virginia and his will was probated there on 3 September 1745. "He drew up a lengthy will in which Jacob Van Meter was called 'my fourth and youngest son,' by which he inherited an equal share of 'all Staylen (stallions), geldings, mares, colts He inherited land, but not the estate 'Opequen,' on which his father lived, since he was the youngest."

Taken from GENEOLOGY OF THE VAN METER FAMILY by Olive Van Meter (Hamilton) and Arthur Ashley Van Meter

John lived for a time at Salem, New Jersey and Somerset County N.J. then moved to Maryland, and in June 1730 went to Virginia, where he and his brother Isaac secured from the Governor grants of 40,000 acres of land for colonization purposes, some of which is still in the hands of the descendents of thse two men, Jon and Isaac.

Jan or John Van Metre as he afterwards wrote his name, son of Joost Jan and Sarah (Du Boise) Van Metern, became a noted Indian trader, was of a roving disposition, and spent much of his time from home in trading with friendly Indians.

On one occasion he went in command of a band of Cough Indians on a trading expedition to Virginia, and on this excursion he explored the country then almost unknown to white people - the valley of the South Branch of the Potomac, known then by the Indian name, Wapatoma. When he returned home he urged his sons to lose not time in possessing that land, declaring that it was most beautiful land fertile.

On 30 Jun 1730 an Order of Council was made, granting leave to John Van Metre of New York to take up 10,000 acres of land lying in the fork of Sherando River, including the places called Cedar Lick and Stoney Lick and running up between the branches of the river - for the settlement of himself and family of eleven children, as soon as he could bring thirty families to settle the same.

John and his brother Isaac also obtained leave by another order of Council to take up 40,000 acres, including the 10,000 acres mentioned above.

John was born 14 Oct 1683 and died 1745. His will was probated at Winchester, Virginia 3 Sep 1745. He married first to Sarah Bodine and their three children were: Sarah, Johannes, and Maria. He married second to Margaret Mollenauer and they had 8 children: -, Isaac, Elizabeth, Henry, Rachel, Abraham, Jacob and Magdalina.

" ' In the name of God Amen, the thirteenth day of August one thousand seven hundred and forty-five, I, John Van Metre in Frederick County in the Colony of Virginia being sick in body but of sound mind and Memory praise be given to God for the same and calling to mind the uncertainty of the Transitory Life, and willing through Divine assistance to settle and Dispose of those Temporal blessings which it hath pleased God beyond my Deserts to bestow upon me and therefore making this my Last Will and testament Disannuling all other wills and Testaments heretofore made by me &c. &c. . . . First my will is that my beloved wife Margaret Van Metre Have the third part of my moveable estate, also one room which she like best, to Dwell in, in my Dwelling House, and one third part of the Orchard next the Run with the keeping of one Riding horse and two Milch cows, Linnen and wolling yarn to be wove her bed and bedding the said Room and Liberties to be by her possessed during her Life, without controle hinderence or molestation of any person whatever. . . The will, which is a very lengthy one, was witnessed by Edward Morgan, Andrew Corn and Joseph Carroll. It was probated at Winchester, Va., September 3, 1745. The executors were a son-in-law, Thomas Shephderd, and sons Abraham and Jacob." 1679 Jan or John - listed as Jan or John on Raylene Pooler's family records.

On her records it looks like he was the father of Jacob Van Metre that I have listed as Van Meter.

Find A Grave contributor Linda Newhouse

Their suggestion:

The Dutch naming customs are that the first son is named after his paternal grandfather who was Jan Joosten.

He was named Jan, but later adopted the English spelling "John." In Dutch Jan is pronounced like John.

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John "the Indian Trader" van Meter's Timeline

April 17, 1683
Marbletown, Ulster County, New York
October 14, 1683
October 14, 1683
Rdc, Kingston, Ulster Co, New York
October 14, 1683
October 14, 1683
Kingston, Ulster Co, New York, USA
September 3, 1706
Age 23
Somerville, Somerset, New Jersey, United States
October 30, 1706
Age 23
Somerset, New Jersey
April 28, 1708
Age 25
Raritan, Somerset, New Jersey, USA
April 26, 1709
Age 26
Raritan, Somerset, New Jersey