Biography of H. E. Van Der Veer
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Van Der Veer, H. E. - The subject of this sketch is of Holland descent and traces the genealogy of his family for seven generations to Cornelius Jans Van Der Veer, who emigrated in the ship Otter in the spring of 1659 from the province of Alkmeer, Holland, and settled in Flatbush, Kings county, N. Y., and was the ancestor of the Van Der Veer family of New Jersey and Long Island. The grandfather of our subject was Garrett Van Der Veer, a native of New Jersey. born in 1765, who married Rachael Covenhoven, a native of Monmouth county, N. J., on whose father's farm the battle of Monmouth, of Revolutionary fame, was fought, when she, with others of the family, offered their help by furnishing water, and other offers of kindness during the battle and after it was over. Garrett Van Der Veer, the father, was born in Montgomery county, May 9, 1813, married Mary Allen, who was born June 4. 1814, removed to Wayne county in 1847, and settled as Marion. She died December 1, 1890. Mr. Van Der Veer has devoted much of his time in later years to the manufacture of machines of his own invention, for packing evaporated apples. He also kept a temperance hotel at Marion for several years. Henry E. Van Der Veer, the oniy child, was born in Montgomery county, April 27, 1843, was reared in the village of Marion, where he received his education at the Marion Collegiate Institute. At an early age he commenced business as clerk for F. & J. B. Reeves, which he followed in that place and Palmyra. He was also clerk daring the war in the commissary department at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, and also traded and acted as clerk for Indian traders in Southern Kansas and Indian Territory. In 1866 he returned to Marion and engaged in the drug business for himself. In 1873 he removed to Ontario, where he has since conducted a successful business. He is a Democrat, and was appointed postmaster in 1893. He is a member of Wayne Lodge No. 416, F. & A. M., also of Cyrene Tent No. 203, K. O. T. M., in both of which he holds positions of honor. February 22, 1870, he married Annette L., daughter of Jonathan and Clarissa (Jennings) Pratt, who were among the first settlers of the town of Williamson. Mr. Pratt settled in the northwest corner of the town of Williamson in 1811, where he became one of the largest land owners in the town. They reared a large family, and the oldest son, Aaron W., was the second male white child born in Williamson. In 1841 he sailed on a whaling ship under Captain Roise, and was on board the ship that first discovered the northwest whaling grounds. Another son. William W., was a whaler and merchant man for forty years. Of a large family that grew to maturity, none remained on the land for which their ancestors endured the vicissitude8 of pioneer life.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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