Captain Jacob VanMeter Chapter
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CHAPTER ORGANIZED JANUARY 10, 1947
Miss Margaret Ann Patterson, organizing regent, presented the eighteen charter members and their guests to the State Regent, Mrs. Hugh L. Russell and other visiting state officers at a formal reception preceding the organizational meeting. The name of Jacob VanMeter was selected as the chapter name to honor Hardin County's well-known, pioneer family.
In the later part of 1780, Jacob VanMeter Sr. built a fort on Severn's Valley Creek, two miles above the present site of Elizabethtown. VanMeter lead a party of 100 settlers from Virginia to southwest Pennsylvania and finally down the Ohio River by flatboat to the Falls of the Ohio. From the Falls of the Ohio, he set out over land some 40 miles to Severns Valley. He settled in the valley and there he spent the remainder of his days. VanMeter Sr. was one member of the Committee of Observation for Washington County, Pennsylvania, which met at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 16, 1775. This committee, like others established across the colonies, was charged with the enforcement of the trade boycott and, in effect, functioned as a quasi governmental system to take the place of the judiciaries that had been suspended. The members of the committee signed an Oath of Allegiance to the colonies and were all Sons of Liberty.
Also accompanying VanMeter Sr. to Severn's Valley was his nephew, Captain Jacob VanMeter. Captain VanMeter settled on over 3,000 acres of land received in payment for his military services to the United States during the American Revolution. He served as an Ensign in the Illinois Regiment under George Rogers Clark, fighting in Virginia, Illinois and Ohio in the 1777 campaign. Later as a Captain in the Virginia Militia he fought the Shawnee Indians.
A third Jacob VanMeter also settled the area. Jacob VanMeter Jr. was the son of Jacob Sr. The younger VanMeter also served on the Committee of Observance for Washington County, Pennsylvania, before settling in this area. There is no record of Jacob Jr. as a member of the 100 settlers. It is not known for sure when and how he arrived in the area.
|Regent||Susan Evans McCrobie|
|Vice Regent||Joyce Miller|
|Recording Secretary||Beverly Smith Heath|
|Historian||Rita Smith Byars|
|Librarian||Martha Gibson Lawson|
|EDMUND ABELL of Maryland||PVT. JAMES McWILLIAMS of North Carolina & Virginia|
|PVT. PETER ADAMS of North Carolina||PVT. SAMUEL MILLARD of Rhode Island|
|PVT. ELLIS ADKISSON of Virginia||PVT. SAMUEL NAY SR. of Virginia|
|PVT. JACOB ALFORD of Virginia||PVT. HEZEKIAH POUND of New Jersey|
|PVT. JEDIAH ASHCRAFT of Virginia||COL. JOHN SEVIER of North Carolina|
|JOHN BOONE of Pennsylvania||CPL. DANIEL SHEHEY of Pennsylvania|
|PVT. JOHN CHESTNUT of Virginia||JOSHUA WHITE SHERRILL of North Carolina|
|PETER CHIPMAN of North Carolina||PLIKARD DEDERIC SILVER of North Carolina|
|CPT. ROBERT CLEVELAND of North Carolina||RICHARD STITH of Virginia|
|PVT. TERRENCE CONNOR of Virginia||ROBERT TABB of Virginia|
|PVT. DANIEL DONNELL of North Carolina||SGT. SAMUEL TAYLOR of Massachusetts|
|ELIZABETH ELLIOTT of Virginia||WILLIAM THORNHILL, JR. of Virginia|
|VALENTINE FENTRESS of Virginia||WILLIAM THORNHILL, SR. of Virginia|
|AQUILLA GREER of North Carolina||CPT. JACOB VANMETER of Pennsylvania|
|CPT. MICHAEL HOLT of North Carolina||JACOB VANMETER, JR. of Pennsylvania|
|COL. JOSEPH R. HOPSON of Virginia||JACOB VANMETER, SR. of Pennsylvania|
|WILLIAM HORNEY of North Carolina||PVT. JAMES WILLIAMS of Virginia|
|PHILLIP LOCKARD of Virginia||PVT. MANLEY WINDSTEAD of North Carolina|
|GEN. JOSEPH MARTIN of Virginia||JOSEPH WRIGHT of Virginia|
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