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John A. Van Pelt 



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John A. Van Pelt
1775 - 1/16/1838
John A. Van Pelt was born about 1775 in Pitt Co., North Carolina and died on January 16, 1838 in Jackson Co., Florida. Actual date of birth is unknown. He lived to be about 63 years old.

John married Louise Wingate. They had the following children:
  1. Jonathan A. Van Pelt (1815) he married Amanda Dykes on 1/9/1868,
  2. Martha Eliabeth Van Pelt Fernadez (3/21/1817),
  3. William Seaborn Van Pelt (2/7/1827),
  4. Durant Van Pelt (1832),
  5. Alford Van Pelt (6/12/1833),
  6. Larkin Van Pelt (2/28/1837 -4/1860 Jackson Co. FL Mortality list - Brain Fever). He married Frances George on 4/5/1860),
  7. Ellenor Van Pelt Bullock (8/26/1838).
His parents were John Van Pelt (1738) & Unknown Trip (abt. 1740).
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Census1/1/1810 NC (Pitt County) 35 yrs old 
page 39 line 18, John Van Pelt is listed with a household containing three males under 5, one male 5-10 ,one male 10-15,one male 20-30 and one female under the age of 5, one female 5-10 one female 15-20 one female 20-30.  
Census1/1/1820 Capt Burneys District NC (Pitt County) 45 yrs old 
John Van Pelt is listed with a household containing one male under 5, one male 5-10 ,one male 20-30,one male 40-50 one male 50-60 and three females under the age of 5, one female 20-30 one female 30-40 one female 40-50.  
Census1/1/1830 FL (Jackson County) 55 yrs old 
Page 19 - John V. Pelt – one male (40-50) 
Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1830: Jackson County was formed in 1822 from Escambia County. Webbville, it's largest community, was started in the early 1820s and is declared the county seat. Marianna was founded in 1827 along the Chipola River and quickly begins to grow. An excerpt from an Aug. 5, 1828 letter says in the Chipola River area “lands have risen at least 300 percent in price, and are daily advancing – the tide of emigration is flowing in most rapidly, and the country still proves uninterruptedly healthy." Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Land Deed4/15/1837 Tallahassee FL  62 yrs old 
Grants ownership to John Van Pelt to 40.12 acres in the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section Five in township three, north of range nine, etc. 
Land Deed4/15/1837 FL (Jackson County) 62 yrs old 
John Van Pelt - 40.12 acres of land. Authoritsed: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566),Sec. 5, Twp 3N,Medidian: Tallahassee, Document Number: 4599  

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during John Van Pelt's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of John, his family, and friends. For example, John is 1 years old when July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
27 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become the north western border of FL.
35 1810 Western Florida, from the Pearl River to the Mississippi, is annexed by the US from Spain.
38 1813 During 1813-14, over 2,000 Muskogee-speaking Creeks move to Florida in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War). Most come from AL and GA.
43 1818 First Seminole Indian War takes place when Andrew Jackson brings his troops into northern Florida.
46 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
47 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
48 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
49 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
60 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
62 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
2 1777 The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
8 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
10 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
18 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
24 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
25 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
32 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
39 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
55 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
1 1776 NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
25 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
36 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
37 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
53 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
59 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
14 1789 The capitol of North Carolina moves from New Bern to Raleigh and North Carolina becomes the 12th state of the United States of America.
55 1830 The U.S. Government begins forcing Cherokee Indians from their homes in what becomes known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee hide in the mountains of North Carolina and surrounding states.
1 1776 July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
3 1778 Alliance between United States and France
12 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
18 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
19 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
23 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
28 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
29 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
30 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
31 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
36 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
45 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
55 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
60 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
62 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
4 1779 Spain declares war on England
5 1780 Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
8 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
12 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
13 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
14 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
17 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
18 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
20 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
21 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
22 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
58 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

The Children of John A. Van Pelt

Jonathan Pelt
Born in Craven County, North Carolina on October 25, 1815 and died in Jackson County, Florida about 1880. He was about 64 years old.

Jonathan dropped the Van from the family name. He married Mary Barbara Taylor (born 1818). He was the original owner of the land containing the pond known locally as Merritt's Mill Pond and was the ...
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35 years old
William Seaborn Van Pelt
Born somewhere in North Carolina on February 7, 1827 and died in Jackson Co., Florida about 1888. He was about 60 years old.

On Jan. 27, 1850 he married Elizabeth Pippins (Sept. 1829) and they had the following children:
  1. William Seaborn Pelt (7/14/1850)
  2. John Mason Pelt (1852),
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