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John Vandervoort


Transcription contributed by Martie Callihan 5 November 2005

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Massie Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


JOHN VANDERVOORT, farmer; P. O. Clarksville, Clinton County; born on the place where he now lives, Nov. 16, 1836; is a son of Paul and Elizabeth Vandervoort, whose history appears in sketch of Jonathan Vandervoort. The subject of this sketch was born and grew to manhood on the old home place of his father, where he now lives; was married Sept. 24, 1862, to Eliza A., daughter of Jabez H. and Eleanor C. (Edwards) Turner; he a native of North Carolina, and she of Ohio. The paternal grandparents were William and Edith Turner, natives of North Carolina, but who emigrated to the State of Indiana, and there lived and died. Jabez H. Turner married in Warren County, but lived a few years in Indiana; then returned to this county, and here resided till the breaking-out of the war of the rebellion, when, at his country's call, on May 31, 1861, he enlisted in the 12th O. V. I., and served only about one month, when, in a skirmish at Scarry Creek, W. Va., on July 17, 1861, he was killed; and thus suddenly was his war record and life terminated. Mrs. Turner is now residing in Harveysburg. They had five children; three now survive— Eliza, born June 16, 1845; Martha J., Aug. 26, 1847; and Emma B., born June 15, 1856. The maternal grandparents, Archibald and Nancy Edwards, were natives of North Carolina, but came among the early settlers of Warren County; opened out right in the woods, and have done a great amount of pioneer work, and lived and died in this county. Mr. Vandervoort and wife have one son and three daughters—Eva, born Jan. 29, 1865; Ida, Sept. 13, 1866; Allie, Oct. 30, 1868; and Edwin, born April 17, 1870. Mr. Vandervoort located on the old home place, where he has resided from his childhood; this place has now been in possession of the Vandervoort family for a period of 65 years. This family were among the early settlers, and their descendants are well known in this community; are among the prominent farmers and best citizens of Massie Township.

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