DOMINICUS VAN DYKE, one of Pleasant Township's honorable and respected citizens, is the son of Peter and Ady (Blue) Van Dyke, both of whom were natives of Somerset County, N.J. He was born in Franklin County, this state, July 30, 1818, and spent his boyhood there on a farm. His parents removed to Rush County, Ind., when he was fourteen years of age, and in this county his youth was spent assisting to clear and cultivate a farm. Owing to the very limited advantages of schooling in those days, his early education was quite limited. By reading, in later years, however, he has somewhat mitigated the lack of a good education. He was married in Rush County, this state, Novemeber 19, 1837, to Nancy, daughter of Henry and Hannah (Salisbury) Myers, born in Lewis County, Ky., September 13, 1816. When she was eight years old her parents came to this state and settled in Rush County, where she grew to womanhood. In January following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Van Dyke, came to Johnson County, and resided for one year in Pleasant Township. They then returned to Rush County and resided there on a farm for seven years. In 1845, they again came to this county, and have ever since occupied their present home. The life occupation of Mr. Van Dyke has been farming. He owns a well-improved farm of 110 acres, about eighty of which are in cultivation. The marriage of Mr. Van Dyke resulted in the birth of two [four] children, a son and daughter, who died in infancy, unnamed, and George P., born January 12, 1849, deceased, and John H., December 12, 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Van Dyke are members of the Christian Church. In politics, he is a republican. He is one of the influential and well-to-do men of his township, and he and wife are amoung its highly respected citizens.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.