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    “He was glad to be in old LeClaire.  It was there that he got his start in life.  It was there that he married the wife of his youth; it was there that he had buried his children.”—Governor Samuel Van Sant, The Van Sants, The Davenport Democrat, October 2, 1901, page 7.


1870 Federal Census, LeClarie City, County of Scott

Surname Given Name Age Occupation Birth place
Van Sant S. R. 26 Boat Builder Illinois
Van Sant Ruth 22 Keeps House Pa
Van Sant 6/12 - - Iowa



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Little Paul, son of S. R. & Ruth Van Sant, died August 8, 1870, aged 7 months and 24 days.  Inscription reads “Sleep on Sweet Paul and take thy rest.  God calls away when he thinks best.”




Daily Gazette, Thursday Morning, August 11, 1870, page 4.



VANSANT.-in LeClaire, August 8th, at 9 ˝ p.m., Paul Van Sant, infant son of Samuel M. and Ruth R. Van Sant, aged 8 months.  (Rock Island papers please copy.)





Gertie Van Sant



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Gertie, Daughter of S. R. & Ruth Van Sant, died November 9, 1872, aged 1 year, 9 months, 16 days.

Inscription reads “We loved our little Gertie and would like her to stay.  But our Father’s will be done she shines in endless day.”



The Daily Gazette, Wednesday Morning, November 27, 1872, page 3.


VAN SANT.—At LeClaire, on the 9th Inst., Gertrude, daughter of Capt. S. R. and Ruth Van Sant, aged 22 months.

Rock Island papers please copy.



Collected and Transcribed by

Sue Rekkas

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