Biography of James Van Keuren
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Van Keuren, James, was born May 14, 1856. His grandfather, Philip Van Keuren, was born near Newburg, N. Y., and went to Groton, Tompkins county, thence to Smith Valley, Schuyler county, and finally located in Fremont, Steuben county, where he died in 1862. Tcherick P. Van Keuren, father of James, was born near Newburg, N. Y., in 1815, and died February 11, 1883. He came to Fremont in 1856 and located on a farm one half mile north of Big Creek post office, where he engaged in farming and teaching school. He taught school twenty five years, and held the office of justice of the peace sixteen years. He was a member of the P. of H., No. 324. In 1852 he married Elenore B. Spaulding, who was born in 1825, and died August 29, 1893. By this union he bad five children: Mary F., born September 6, 1854, and married George R. Burdett, December 31, 1878; James, as above; George S., born August 4, 1858; Frank G., born June 1, 1860, and died December 5, 1884; and Fred, born March 26, 1865. James Van Keuren received a liberal education at Howard public school, and located on and owns the old homestead of 150 acres, where he is engaged in farming. He is a member of the P. of H., No. 324, Big Creek. March 20, 1891, he married Alice, daughter of Harrison Russel. George S. Van Keuren owns a farm of ninety six acres adjoining the old homestead. He was educated at Canisteo Academy, and has taught school ten terms, and has also held the office of supervisor two terms. He is a member of the P. of H., No. 324. December 24, 1892, he married Minnie, daughter of Eli T. Weld, by whom he has one child, Fremont W., born October 29, 1893. Fred Van Keuren owns a farm of seventy five acres one half mile south of Big Creek post office. He was educated at Canisteo Academy, and is engaged in farming and teaching school. He is also a member of the P. of H., No. 324, Big Creek.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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