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





Van Der Veer, H. E., was born in Montgomery county, N. Y., April 27, 1843, the only child of G. Van Der Veer and A. Allen, the former born May 9, 1813, and the latter June 24, 1814. The grandfather of our subject was Garret Van Per Veer, a native of New Jersey, born in 1765. The family is of Holland descent, and date their ancestry to the coming of Cornelius J. Van Der Veer to America from Holland (Alkmarr) in 1659. Garret married Rachael Covenhoven, a native of Monmouth county, N. J., on whose father's farm the battle of Monmouth was fought. The grandparents came to Montgomery county, where they lived and died. The father of our subject came to Wayne county in 1848, and settled at Marion, where the mother died, December 1, 1890. Mr. Van Per Veer has devoted much of his time to the manufacture of machines for packing apples, and also kept hotel at Marion five years. He has always been a Democrat, a temperance man, and a prominent anti slavery advocate before the war. H. E. Van Der Veer was reared in the village of Marion, where he was educated in the Colgate Institute. At the age of fifteen he began as clerk for F. & J. B. Reeves, which he followed in that place and Palmyra, and was also in the Commissary Department in Indian Territory, at Fort Gibson, and was also in Kansas. In 1866 he came to Marion and engaged in the drug trade and in 1873 came to Ontario village, where he has since conducted a successful business in that line. He is a Democrat, and was appointed postmaster in 1893. He is a member of Wayne Lodge No. 416 F. & A. M., and the K. O. T. M, in both of which he holds positions of honor. February 22, 1870, he married Annette L. Pratt, of Williamson, born April 15, 1841, daughter of Jonathan and Clarissa (Jennings) Pratt, of Whatley, Mass., and Burlington, N. Y., respectively, who had fourteen children, six of whom grew to maturity, Mr. Pratt and wife settled in Williamson in 1811, where he became one of the wealthiest farmers of the town. His oldest child, Aaron W., shipped with the first whaler in the northern seas. Another son was Capt. William W., a whaler and merchantman for forty years.

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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