Mark, DC [b 1870, not 1876] aren't always correct re: parents. I think Geo. was married several times in WI...1891 to Cora MORRISON; 1899 to Katie BURNS...this cert says he was b in Decorah IA [Winnishiek Co], and both certs state parents are Martin/Sarah WEST.
Sister?? Stella KLINEFELTER d 4-21-1919, Seattle; b 1866 Decorah IA d/o Martin VAN PELT/Sarah West Stella m Millard KLINEFELTER 2-19-1880 St Paul, Ramsey MN. According to the census below, she was b c 1859
3-9-1856 Martin V VAN PELT m Seraphina WEST, Winnishiek IA. 1856 Winnisheik IA..Martin V B [Van Buren?] VAN PELT b c 1835 OH; w/o Seraphina b c 1837 NY
When researching VAN names you have to try both ways on Ancestry...VANPELT; VAN PELT, or any 2 part surname.
Could Geo's middle/1st name be Martin as well?
1875 St Paul, Ramsey MN VAN PELT Martin 38 OH Saraphine 37 NY James 18 Stella 16 Nelson 14 Ulyses 9 Martin 6 [b 1869 Geo??] Sallie 3 all b IA