Biography of J. W. Van Etten
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Van Etten, J. W., was born in Lyons, March 11, 1833. His father, Cornelius W., was a native of Sussex, N. J., and removed to the town of Wolcott in 1835. He died in the prime of manhood at the age of thirty five. His wife, Esther, daughter of Jacob Westbrook, of Sussex county, N. J., and four children were left: Margaret, Henry, John W., and Mary J., of whom John W. is the sole survivor. He was educated in the common schools, the Lyons Union School, and took business course at the Bryant & Stratton College at Buffalo, graduating in 1856, after which he read law with William Clark of Lyons, and was admitted to the bar in 1862, and subsequently admitted to the United States District Court as attorney and counsellor thereof. At the age of thirtyseven he married Sarah, daughter of George S. Zeilley, of Fort Plain. Subject is and always has been a Republican, and was appointed postmaster at Lyons, N. Y., in August, 1869, holding the office to February. 1879, also takes an active interest in educational and religious matters. He is identified in advancing the best interests of his town, and is of conservative character and recognized worth.

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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