Van Sant Elias
Census, State of Iowa, City of LeClaire, County of Scott
||Capt. of S. Boat
History of Peoria County, Illinois Containing a History of the
Northwest History of Illinois, History of the county, page 698,
contains the following about Elias Van Sant.
Van Sant Elias A., pump manufacturer, 301 Plank Road. Son of
John W and Lydia (Anderson) Van Sant. Was born in Rock Island
County, Ill, December 3, 1838. Learned the art of boat builder.
Married Miss Julia Adams. She was born in Bedford County, Pa.,
December 11, 1841. The fruit of this marriage is four
children—Alice, Born April 2, 1860; George born July 8, 1863; Fred,
born January 20, 1873, Blanche, born February 6, 1879. Mr. Van Sant
was raised in the M. E. faith and filled the pulpit for 9 years.
Tribune, Sunday, November 26, 1893, page 4.
“Captain Elias Van Sant was in the three cities Friday on his way
home to Peoria. He reported that he walked across the Mississippi
on the ice from LeClaire to Port Bryon.”
Captain Elias Van Sant died June 10, 1898 at Peoria, Illinois.
Davenport Democrat, Tuesday Evening, June 14, 1898, page 1.
Elias A. Van Sant, a brother of Capt. Van Sant, died at Peoria
Saturday night of dropsy. He was born in Rock Island Dec. 3. 1838,
and his venerable parents are still living in Le Claire. He had
been a resident of Peoria for a number of years, and was one of the
active energetic citizens of that place, representing the city’s
claims to the M W. A. head office of the Madison head camp.
Born in this locality 60 years ago, Mr. Van Sant was certainly
eligible to the title of “old settler” early in life. He moved to
Will County near Joliet, and was ordained a Methodist minister. He
filled charges there and at Polo, Ill., and at Le Claire, this
county, then became a steamboat captain on the Mississippi,
and later moved to Beardstown. Then he went to Peoria and engaged
in business there. He was a very active man, a good speaker and
writer. He had a great deal of influence with the people and was
instrumental in quelling the railroad riot in Peoria in 1877. He
leaves a wife and four children: Mrs. Dr. Mc Fall, of East Peoria;
George R. Van Sant, Fred Van Sant and Mrs. Blanche Mayer of Peoria.
From LeClaire Rivermen, Page 4 Compiled by Georgeann McClure and Sue
Davenport Daily Times, Tuesday, June 14, 1898, page 2.
ELIAS A. SANT
Brother of the Well Known Skipper Dies at Peoria.
Van Sant, brother of Capt. Sam Van Sant, died at his home in Peoria
Saturday night and was buried there this afternoon. He was born in
Rock Island in 1838, and has resided in Peoria for many years. He
is survived by his wife and four children as also by his venerable
parents, who are residents of LeClaire.