Dear Diane, Please contact me. The "Alan" you mention is (John) Allen Van Wie [Sr] b. 1875. He was my grandfather. His father, David Allen Van Wie b.1840, was Duncan's brother. I have info on their parents and back. And I would love to learn more about Duncan's son Adell Van Wie and his family.
My grandfather was called "Allen" or sometimes "Van" in business. You noted elsewhere that your family used "Allie" as a nickname. But I knew him as "Grandpa." ;-)
The name "Allen" came down in this line from Susanna(h) Allen who married Andries/Andrew Van Wie (1774-1826).That couple moved from the Van Wie's Point/Albany/Bethlehem area west to the Berne area.
One of their sons, John Allen Van Wie b.1804 went to Canandaigua, in Ontario County in the 1840s; he married Hannah Sigsbee.BTW this man is sometimes mixed up with another John Van Wie b. 1806, whose correct parents are Chloe (Holmes) and Hendrick/Henry Van Wie b. 1777, and who married Hannah Hotaling.
Two other sons of Susannah (Allen) and Andrew Van Wie -- including David and Duncan's father Henry Allen Van Wie (1809-1879) -- went to Stillwater in Saratoga County in the 1850s. They were farmers there.
In the following generations there was some back-and-forth to Oneonta in Otsego County. Eventually two of this Van Wie line went to Troy: Duncan (before 1880), and then his nephew Allen, my grandfather (about 1902).
FYI my grandfather was not an only child. Three sons were actually born to his parents, however one died in childhood and the other, who moved permanently to Oneonta in the 1890s, died as a relatively young man. They were: Fred Newton Van Wie (21 Aug 1873-12 Dec 1929) John Allen Van Wie (6 Dec 1875-3 Nov 1960) Claude Moody Van Wie (21 Nov 1877-4 Jul 1879)
I look forward to hearing from you! Susan (Van Wie) Kastan, NYC