I have a photograph of an adult bearded man (clothing indicating it was taken ca. 1850-60).On the back of the photo is the following inscription:"Alonzo Van Valkenburgh; Charlotte Cadwell's cousin."
The photo was taken in LaSalle, LaSalle Co., IL, which is where Charlotte Cadwell lived, so that is no help as to the identity of Alonzo VV.
There is an Alonzo VV in Lake Co., IN, of the right age to be the man in the picture.Lake Co., IN, is about 100 miles straight east of LaSalle Co., IL.
I know that the Abraham VV in Lake Co., IN, is related to the VVs who ended up in Racine Co., WI.The John VV (father of Alonzo) of Lake Co. has always been assumed to be the brother of Abraham VV, but I have started to suspect that this is not the case.Abraham VV in his will names sisters in Racine, WI, but makes no mention of John VV of Lake Co. or any of his relatives.
I am presently away from home until April, so if you know anything about these families or any other Alonzo VV who would have been a young man in the 1850s, please answer on this forum as I will not be able to access my email until April.