Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Nathan VAN METRE


         Nathan VAN METRE was born near Martinsburg in Berkeley County, West Virginia on November 13, 1820, and was the son of Thomas and Isabella (Rush) Van Metre. Nathanís father died in 1875, at the age of 78. Nathanís brother (no name given) served in the Confederate army three years during the Civil war and became a farmer in the Opequon district of Berkeley County.

         On October 9, 1851, Nathan Van Metre and Harriet C. Carper, whose parents were Philip Carter, a native of Pennsylvania, and Eve (Walters) Carper of Berkeley County, were married. The children of that marriage were: Mary I.E. Van Metre, August 30, 1852-December 3, 1875; George Thomas Van Metre, January 20, 1854-September 16, 1875; Dona Virginia Van Metre, October 20, 1855-October 15, 1875; Lillie F. (Van Metre) Ramberg, April 12, 1857-?, lived in Hedgesville district; Otha C. Van Metre, March 22, 1859-October 12, 1875; Catherine E. (Van Metre) Rush, April 12, 1861-?, lived in Greensburg. Harriet C. Van Metre died in 1863, and on November 5, 1865, Nathan Van Metre and Harriet Williams, daughter of John and Martha (Chrisman) Williams, were married. They had one child, Moses G. Van Metre, January 16, 1866-May 10, 1866. Mrs. Van Metreís mother died in 1859, age 65, and her father in 1849, age 45.

         Nathan Van Metre owned one of the largest farms in the Hedgesville district, as well as a tract of timber land at the foot of North Mountain. He received his mail at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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