|James Van Meter|
was born in what is now Harrison County, Mo., January 11, 1843. His father, James Van Meter, was a native of Ohio, and his mother Mary [Plymell] Van Meter, was also born in that state. In August, 1839, they moved to what is now Butler Township, Harrison County, where the father died in August, 1842. His widow survived him several years and was married again. James Van Meter, Jr., was reared by his maternal grandfather, who accompanied him to Missouri. He passed his youth upon the farm where he now resides, and August 3, 1861, enlisted in the twenty-third Missouri Infantry, in which he served until discharged September 22, 1864, at the expiration of his enlistment. He enlisted as a private, but afterward was promoted and became a non commissioned officer. He was captured during the first day of the battle of Shiloh, and held a prisoner two months, afterward being paroled, when he returned home until exchanged. He was present at the seige of Atlanta and several skirmishes, but was never severly wounded. The year following his discharge he engaged in farming in Harrison County, where, January 28, 1866, he married Catherine Maize, whos father and mother were natives of Alabama and Indiana, respectively. John R. and Rachel [Flint] Maize moved to Harrison County after their marriage, and subsequently located upon the place where they have since resided. Mr. Van Meter owns 192 acres of land, 180 fenced and 50 acres in timber land. The remainder is mostly meadow, pasture and plow land, which is well improved, and upon which good buildings have been erected. Mr. Van Meter is a supporter of the REpublican party, and has served as constable and registrar of his township. He is grealty interest in educational projects, and has been a member of the school board some fourteen years. He belongs to the Pattonsburg lodges, A.F.& A.M., and G.A.R. post at Bethany. Mrs. Van Meter is a member of the Christian Church and the mother of the following children: Vada [wifeof William Green], Rachel, Asby, George, Lora, Robert, Elsie, Cecil and Orpha.
Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed 1881