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Johannes VAN METRE, Jr.

Male 1735 - 1818  (83 years)

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  • Name Johannes VAN METRE 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 9 Sep 1735  Frederick County, VA [later Berkeley County, WV] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Sep 1818  Berkeley County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 12 Oct 1818  Berkeley County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Smyth, Samuel Gordon, A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family, Lancaster, PA, The New Era Printing Company, 1909, pp. 38-39:

      JOHANNES [VAN METRE], Jr. . . , son of Johannes and Rebecca (Powelson) Van Metre was b. circa 1730; d. circa 1818; m. 1st Josina Taylor; m. 2d circa 1790, "when in his 60th year," a young German woman and by whom he is said to have had nine children, several of whom were under age at the date of their father's death. His will does not mention his wife's name nor allude to her, and the inference is that he died a widower.

      During the minority of Johannes and his sister Joanna they were under the care of their uncle Jonas Hedges and his wife Angelitje (Agnes). Their grandfather, John Van Metre, named them among legatees in his will (1745) and gave them personalty in his Deed of Gift (1744). Some difficulties having arisen in the distribution of the grandfather's estate, these children appealed to the Court of Prince George's Co., Md., and by it Jonas Hedges was appointed their guardian, 7 Oct., 1747. An action in chancery was taken by their guardian against Abraham and Jacob Van Metre, their uncles, and executors under the will of John Van Metre. Jonas Hedges filed his account in Court, as Guardian, in 1751; the wards having probably attained their majority prior to this time.

      Johannes had an estate in Maryland called "Pipe Meadow"; it probably lay on Pipe Creek which emptied into the Monocacy in Price George's Co. Jointly, with his wife Josina's endorsement thereon, 22 acres of it was conveyed to Michael Raymer, 5 Aug., 1759. This particular piece of property was called: "End of Strife" (Book F, p. 837, Frederick Co., Md., Records). The original tract called "Pipe Meadow" was composed of 350 acres; and the elder Van Metre on July 18, 1745, had sold 150 acres of it to the above Michael Raymer, under power-of-attorney running to Baltis Foutz. A further conveyance was made of the remaining 178 acres which was described as located at the mouth of Carver's run - by young Van Metre - which did not bear the wife's endorsement - on 21 June, 1759 (29 Nov., 1759), to William Burns, the husband of his sister Joanna (Bk. F, p. 899). Having disposed of Pipe Meadow, Johannes removed into Berkeley Co., Md. [Va.?] (then Frederick Co.), and settled a property on the bank of the Opequon east of the present town of Martinsburg, W. Va. - while his sister and her husband, Wm. Burns, located near the present village of Kearneysville, Jefferson Co., W. Va. Johannes Van Metre was very fond of hunting. His death, it is said, was the result of having thrown himself upon the ground while heated, after one of these expeditions, thereby contracting pneumonia. His will is recorded at Martinsburg and was probated 12 Oct., 1818. In it his land is described as being on the road from Opequon to "Traveler's Rest," former residence of Gen. Chas. Lee, of the Revolution; and that it shall go to his male issue as a "Home in Common for all my children until the youngest son attains the age of 21 years." His son Thornton is to have his dwelling plantation; and the three sons, Ezra, John and Thornton, "shall be chargeable with the clothing, schooling and support of my daughters: Catharine, Eliza, Josina, and Marie Van Metre." Then the instrument goes on to say: "Deeming it improper to hold a human creature in bondage during life I direct that my negro woman Hannah shall be emancipated when my son John arrives at age of 21 years, and at that period my executor pay her the sum of $5.00 for each of my children as a token for the attention she has shown toward my family." "Mulatto Mary" is to be emancipated when Thornton comes to age of 15 years. "All my younger slaves to be emancipated when they respectively arrive at age of 28 years and that all their descendants be emancipated when they arrive at same age." John Alburtis is named as Executor; but by a codicil of later date his eldest son Ezra is made a co-executor with Alburtis. Issue: . . .

      [i] Nancy. . . .

      [ii] Ezra. . . .

      [iii] John. . . .

      [iv] Thornton. . . .

      [v] Catharine. . . .

      [vi] Eliza. . . .

      [vii] Josina. . . .

      [viii] Marie. . . .

      [ix] a child d. y.


      Johannus VanMetre
      Birth: Sep. 9, 1735
      Death: Sep. 26, 1818

      The cemetery book has that there are no dates on his gravemarker.

      A report by the DAR says this is Maj. Johannes Van Metre (9 Sept 1735 - 26 Sept 1818), who was born and died at Kildare, the Van Metre home. In 1780, he was a captain in a company of the Virginia militia from Berkeley County, Second Battalion. He was later promoted to the rank of major. He was first buried at the Van Metre family burying ground at Kildare, but later his remains were removed to Green Hill Cemetery.

      According to "A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family" written in 1909 by Samuel Gordon Smith: Johannes Van Metre, Jr., (c. 1730 - c. 1818) was the son of Johannes and Rebecca (Powelson) Van Metre. Johannes removed from Prince George's County, Maryland, to Berkeley County, (now) West Virginia, and settled a property on the bank of the Opequon River east of the present town of Martinsburg. His will is recorded in Martinsburg and it was probated on 12 Oct 1818.

      Burial: Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA

      Created by: cmyers
      Record added: Feb 21, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 65934813
    Person ID I26000  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 

    Family Josina TAYLOR,   b. 11 Sep 1776,   d. 11 Jun 1816  (Age 39 years) 
     1. Josina Alida VAN METRE,   b. 6 Oct 1806, Berkeley County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1889, Iowa City, Johnson County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F11348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart