Biography of Alonzo Van Wie
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Van Wie, Alonzo, was born in the town of Palatine, Montgomery county, November 30, 1837. His father, John Van Wie, was a farmer by occupation, and a native of the same county. For more than twenty years he had occupied the same farm upon which Alonzo was horn. His wife, Susanna, was the daughter of Henry Nehre, and to them were born fourteen children, seven of whom are still living: John, Catherine, Nancy Gertrude, Elizabeth, Alonzo and Henry. Thinking that he could better his condition by moving westward, he sold his farm in Montgomery county, and moved to Howard, Steuben county, where he bought a farm of 200 acres, located a short distance south of the village of Howard, where he resided until his death, which occurred February 3, 1892. The last twenty years of his life were spent with his son Alonzo on a portion of the old homestead, one half of which is now owned by his son Henry. Alonzo attended the district schools, taught school several terms, and in 1860 was graduated from Franklin Academy. He enlisted in the 189th N. Y. Vols., and served until the close of the war, and was never off duty for a day during his army service. In May, 1862, he married Sarah E., daughter of Elias Wygant, a native of Orange county, but who moved to Prattsburg, Steuben county, in 1835. She has in her possession statistics of her ancestors as far back as 1754, when her great grandfather, Thomas Wygant, was born. Mr. and Mrs. Van Wide have one son, Frank E., who was born December 29, 1868, and who is at present a member of the senior class in Hamilton College, Mr. Van Wide is a Republican and has always taken a keen interest in politics, and for three consecutive terms was elected to the office of supervisor of the town. For thirty four years he has been a member of the Presbyterian church, of which he is one of the ruling elders.

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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