CORNELIUS D. VANNUYS, retired farmer, was born in Shelby County,
Ky., October 18, 1824, son of Tunis and Catherine Vannuys. Our
subject was a student at the country schools of Kentucky, and at
the age of twelve years came with his parents to Johnson County,
and here attended a private school at Franklin, and subsequently
spent some time at Hanover College. In the spring of 1845, he began
farming for himself, settling on a farm in Union Township, where he
remained until the winter of 1848, when he removed to a farm just
south of Hopewell, and in the fall of 1878, removed to his present
residence at Hopewell. As a farmer he was very successful, and by
industry and good management has secured a good farm, and a
comfortable home. In May, 1864, he enlisted in Company G, One
Hundred and Thirty-second Indiana Volunteers, and was honorably
discharged in September, 1864. The marriage of Mr. Vannuys,
occurred March 18, 1845 [sic-see Note], to Miss Jane Ditmars, born 
in New Jersey,December 5, 1819, daughter of Garrett and Sarah 
(Verbryke) Ditmars. They have had four children, one of whom is yet 
living; Chauncy L.,born April 10, 1852. Those deceased were: Electa J., 
Sarah B., and Cornelius. Chauncy L. was married October 3, 1877, to 
Miss Anna Powers, who died May 25, 1884, leaving two children: Nina A., 
born1878, and Rosco G., born 1882. Mr. Vannuys was formerly a whig, and
since the birth of the republican party, has been one of its most
ardent supporters. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church
since 1839, and his wife became a member of the same church in
1840. He is a thorough-going, industrious and liberal supporter of
all laudable pub-lic enterprises.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Note: Judge Banta gives Cornelius Vannuys and Jane Ditmar's marriage date as 18 Mar 1845, but the "Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850" gives it as 13 Apr 1840.

Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.