Hi VanNostin cousins,
I hope to hear from you.Celia Johnson and myself have been researching the VanNostin line for years.Here is a some of what she and I have collected.
Abraham VanNostin was born abt 1795 perhaps New Jersey md Margaret Cook born 25 May 1804 in Whitewater Twp, Hamilton, Ohio and had the following children:
1) Abraham born 1822 Hamilton Co Ohio; Died young
2) William Aaron born 1823 Hamilton Co Ohio; Died 7 Aug 1875 in Chautauqua County, KS; md 1st Elizabeth Lindley and 2nd Mary Louise Armstrong.
3) Ann born 2 Nov 1824 Hamilton Co Ohio; Died 30 Oct 1893 Bloomington, McLean, IL; md William C. King.
4) Eliza born 26 Jan 1826 Hamilton Co Ohio; Died 27 Sept 1872; md David A. Harbert.
5) Alexander born abt 1828 Hamilton Co Ohio; Died 21 Sep 1903 Clay Center KS; md Jemima Mitchell.
6) Charlotte born 1830 Hamilton Co Ohio; md Charles Tovrea
7) John born 7 Feb 1836 Hamilton Co Ohio; Died 15 Oct 1914 Gibson City, Ford, IL; md Martha Phillips.
8) Hannah born 24 Feb 1834 Hamilton Co Ohio; Died 1922; md Edwin Smith.
9) Margaret born abt 1837 Mclean Co IL; md 1st David Simons and 2nd John Karr.
10) Amanda born 24 Apr 1841 Mclean Co IL; md 1st Benjamin Simons and 2nd John Delancey.
11) Sarah born 29 Dec 1844 Mclean Co IL; Died 20 Mar 1922; md 1st Lyman S. Johnson and 2n Mr. Edmonds.
I just returned from a trip to Clay Center, Clay County Kansas from having taken a picture of Alexander and Jemima VanNostin's headstone.My line actually comes through Alexander's brother William Aaron VanNostin who married first Elizabeth Lindley in Blooming, McLean, IL.Elizabeth died and Wm Aaron then married my 3rd great grandmother Mary Louise Armstrong.Wm Aaron buried Elizabeth and a baby in Scogin Cemetery in McLean Co as well as burying a baby of his and Mary Louise before moving to Kansas.
Aaron (William) Vanostin died 7 Aug 1875 in Chautauqua County, KS [I have copies of Probate record]
More on Alexander and Jemima:
Clay Center, KS Times, ThursdaySept 24, 1903
AN OLD SETTLER GONE.
Alexander Van Nostin Of this City Died Monday Evening.
Alexander VanNostin, living in the southeast part of the city, died Monday evening at 6 o'clock.The funeral was held yesterday at 1 o'clock from the Congregational church, Rev. R. L. Turk officiating.Rev. Turk is one of the revivalists who was here recently and returned to preach the funeral sermon agreeably to a request made by VanNostin before his death.The remains were buried at Greenwood cemetery.
Mr. Van Nostin was one of Clay county's oldest settlers.He came here in the very early sixties and took a claim down on Timber Creek.He was here during all the hardships of early pioneer life when settlers lived upon acorn meal.Later he moved to near Oak Hill where he lived some time and then came to Clay Center where he since then lived.He was a man about 75 years of age, respected by all who knew him.
1)CLAY COUNTY ILLUSTRATED 1901, KANSAS - It's Early Settlement and Organization - Incidents and Anecdotes - Trials and Tribulations of the Pioneer by W.P. Anthony - pg 3. [SLC FHL]
"A. VanNostin, of Clay Center, was then living upon a claim near Timber creek.He and two others visited the homes of many of the settlers and found them living on meal made of bur-oak acorns.Not all of the settlers were reduced to such straits, and were able to buy supplies at the Missouri river.[A picture of A. VanNostin is listed on page 63.]
2)US Land Office, Concordia, Kansas - page 376 'Certificate showing that Alexander Vanostin purchased from the United States on the 1st day of February 1870 the W 1/2 of N.E. 1/4 and S.E 1/4 of N.W 1/4 & N.E 1/4 of S.W. 1/4 of Section 33 Township 9 South, Range 4 East in Clay Co, Kans.
3)Historical Plat Book of Clay County Kansas 1881 [SLC FHL] page 43 Plat of Town 9 South Range 1 East 4 lists'A. VanNostin'.Page 23 under COUNTY OFFICERS reads: "While the county was attached to Davis County, the only officers were Constables and Justices of the Peace.D.H Myers and J.W. Sheppeard were Justices of the Peace, and A. Van Nosten and Philip Rothman, Constables, in 1868-64.The next two years, D.H. and Orville Huntress were Justices, and the Constables were the same as in the preceding tow (two) years."
"The first death in the county was probably that of A. Van Nosten's child, John A., who died September 21, 1860."[pg. 2 Historical Plat Book Clay County Kansas 1881]
September 21, 1860, John A., son of A. Van Nosten died, being the first death among the settlers. [Cutler's History of the State of Kansas published 1883.] http://www.geocities.com/nathanedsondar/Clay.htmlhttp://www.geocities.com/nathanedsondar/Clay.html
Clay Center, KS Times6 Dec 1928
Handley:- With the death of A. Handley at this home in Clay Center late Friday afternoon marks the passing of a good man.He was quiet and unobtrusive, not caring to enter into public affairs, but he could always be counted on to do what he thought was right and if he could help anyone in need, he did not hesitate or wait for someone else to do it, but quietly gave a frien or stranger a helping hand.Death claimed him after a very short illness.he suffered a strok of paralysis a few days before the end came and never rallied from it.Archibald Handley was born in Galena, Illinois, January 6, 1855 and departed this life at his home in Clay Center, Kansas, on November 30, 1928.Age 73 years, 10 months and 24 days.
He came to Kansas in the fall of 1883 and lived on a farm near Oak Hill with his parents, who had come to kansas some years earlier.on March 4, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Van Austin at Clay Center.They have made their home in and near Clay Center through these years.Having no children of their own, Mr. and Mrs. Handley reared two girls who are now Mrs. Mabel Simmons Tucker and Mrs. Cecil Deetjen.In early life Mr. Handley was converted and joined the Congregational church of Clay Center and continued in membership until the church disbanded.He leaves to mourn his going, his wife, Mrs. Arch Handely, two foster children, Mrs. Mabel Simmons Tucker and Mrs. Cecil Deetjen, also one brother, Wm. Handley, living in the state of Iowa.He was a kind and devoted husband and a likeable neighbor.He especially loved the three children of Mr. and Tucker and thought of them as his grandchildren and they returned his afection. his going marks the close of another life, whose delight was to take his share of the responsibilities and to do his part in the service of his neighbors and friends.He numbered his friends by his acquaintances.he will be greatly missed by his relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock at the home and were conducted by Rev. R. Ernest Bray, pastor of the First Baptists church.Miss Mildred VanCuren, Mrs. A. C. Petermeyer, Dr. H. K. Benneson and V. V. Alquis sang."Safe in the Arms of Jesus", "Going Down the Valley", and 'Face to Face'.Burial was made in Greenwood cemetery.
The pall-bearers were Elmer Wilkerson, Adison Murphy, George Hanna,, Ed Howland, john Brown and Lew woods. Friends and neighbors came to pay their respects and the beautiful floral offers were further expressions of regard for the deaprted and sympathy to the sorrowing ones.
Clay Center, KS Times11 May 1916 pg.1
Van Nostin: - The funeral of Mrs. Jermima Van Nostin, whose death ocurred last Wednesday morning May 3rd, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Broden, seven miles northwest of Clay Center, was held at the Broden home Friday afternoon in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends.
Rev. J. Bayles of the First Baptist church conducted the services and appropriate music was rendered.Burial was made in the Greenwood cemetery.
Mrs. Van Nostin was born in Somersett county; Pa.In the year of 1854 she was united in marriage to Alexander Van Nostin and four years later they came to Kansas to take up a residence, continuing ever after to make their home in this state.Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Van Nostin, five sons and five daughters.Mr. Van Nostin and the five sons having preceded her in death. Mrs. Van Nostin is survived by the five daughters, namely: Mrs. Frank Woodbury and Mrs. A. Handly of Clay Center, Mrs. Laura Wheeler of Morganville, Mrs. Martha Hollingsworth of Kusa, Ok., and Mrs. Ella Broden, at whose home she passed away.
The deceased was aged eighty-four years and past and had she lived a few months longer would have attained the age of eighty-five.Her death was due to her advanced age and a general break-down.
John Vannostin's Obit. Notice-Gibson City, Ford County, Illinois
Buried in Drummer Township Cemetery
Obit Notice:Gibson City Courier (23 Oct 1914)
John Vannostin an aged resident of this city and one of the Ford County pioneers died at his home on Sangamon Avenue on Thursday night of last week after a lingering illness.The funeral was held at 2:00 Sunday afternoon at the home.The service being in charge of by Rev. E.L. Fletcher, pastor of the Methodest Church.The interment was in the Gibson City Cemetery.The following obit. prepared by a relative of the family was read at the funeral.
John Vannostin, a son of Abraham and Margaret Van Nostin was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, Whitewater Township, 7 Feb 1836 being 78 years, 8 months, 8 days of age being one of a family of 11 children 4 boys and 7 girls.Only 4 sisters are living.Mrs.Hannah Smith and Mrs. Amanda Delancy of Bloomington, Mrs. Margaret Carr of Hastings, Nebraska, Mrs. Sarah Edmons of Farmer City.The family located in Bloomington Grove south of Bloomington at an early age, where he grew up to manhood, an honored and respected citizen, beloved and fully trusted by everybody that know him and so lived and so trusted until the end of this life which ended at 10:45 P.M. 15 Oct 1914.
He made the good and noble confession of his belief in his God and Savior Jesus Christ in the year of 1873 uniting with Christ's Church and lived strictly to his belief as he understood it with the knowledge he had of gospels.He married Martha Phillips in Jan 1861 in Bloomington and commenced improving a new farm and home near Colfax; in 1875 removed to a farm 5 miles south of Gibson where they lived until they moved into Gibson 14 years ago, living the life of a retired farmer, but always busy, never idle, more talkative and social than the average man.The writer has a personal knowledge of many acts of charity and helps of his to ones in need and distress that were never made public.John and Martha Nannostin never had any issue and Mrs. Vannostin is left alone, for she has the knowledge of and sustinance of Jesus Christ having united with the Church at the same time as did her husband.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral were as follows:Mrs. Hannah Smith, Mrs. Alice Smith, Mr. & Mrs. John Delaney, Mrs. Alice Foster, Mrs. Eleanor Nay, Mr. & Mrs. William Simons, David King, Doc. King, Mrs. Maud James, Miss Allie Simons, Miss Hattie Hagler, Ray Hagler, all of Bloomington, Mrs. Sarah Edmons of Farmer City, Dr. & Mrs. H.H. Harris and A.F. Rhodes of Bellflower, Mrs. Martha Rasmason of Pekin, Mrs. Frank Hagler and Mrs. Shobe of Colfax, Ernest Larimer of Arrowsmith.
(1880 Fed'l Census)
Dale, McLean, Illinoispage75C
Edwin SmithSelfMMarrWage 56Birth place(Kentucky)
Hannah Smith (Van Nostin)WifefMarr wage 40Birth Place (Ohio)
Allice D. Smithdaufd (divorced ?)wage 26 Birth Place (Illinois)
John Sweseyothermsinglewage 24Birth PlaceIndiana
(1880 Fed'l Census)
Allen, McLean, Illinois
Eliza Harbert (Van Nostin)fwidowwage 54Birth Place (Ohio)
Ray Harbertm sonsinglewage 23Birth Place (Illinois)
occ:Works on Farm
Qeon Harbertfdausinglewage 21"""
occ: At Home
occ: Works on Farm
Della A. Harbertfdausinglewage 17"""
occ: At Home
May HarbertFdausinglewage 14"""
I found the obit for Sarah Van Nostin md to a Mr. Edmonds.The Obit not did not reveal much.
Farmer City Journal(23 Mar 1922)
In the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington, on Monday took place (20 Mar 1922) the death of Mrs. Sarah V. Edmonds, well known in this city, where she formerly resided.She had been ill several months.
Mrs. Edmonds was born in 1844.She had been a widow for thirty years.She is survived by two sisters and several nephews and nieces residing in Bloomington. **********
There are several spelling variations of VanNostin such as:
Vanosten, Vanaustin, and possibly VanNostrand.